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FALL 2005
Fall 2005

Pyramid Named for Mike and Arline Walter

CSULB’s Pyramid events center now bears a new name in honor of Mike Walter, dean emeritus of the College of Business Administration, and his wife, Arline, in recognition of their $2.1 million donation to the university. The California State University board of trustees approved the change to the Mike and Arline Walter Pyramid.

The Walters’ donation includes $1.2 million that is the lead gift of a total $2.3 million in combined donations to Athletics made by the Walters and others, including Glen and Debbie Bickerstaff, Mick and Louise Ukleja, Mark and Janice Dickson, Dick and Joan Vind, Rocky and Julie Suares, and Perry Moore. The donations also led to the launch of the Legacy Initiative for Athletics, a five-year fund-raising campaign to support athletics.

Additionally, CSULB facilities that support Long Beach student-athletes, including the Center for Student-Athlete Services, the 49er Athletics Strength and Conditioning Complex, and the Pyramid, which serves academic, special events and sports, will be enhanced or expanded.

Also, $1 million of the Walters’ commitment has been designated as a deferred gift to the Edge of Excellence endowment that focuses on enhancements to faculty research and teaching.

Walter is a professor in the Department of Information Systems and a member of the Academic Senate, in addition to serving as assistant to the president for community relations. He recently was appointed to the Long Beach Harbor Commission.

He previously was the dean of the College of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, and a senior vice president with Levi Strauss & Co.

Arline Walter taught mathematics at Simpson College before transitioning to a successful business career. For 20 years she worked as a vice president in information technology, first for Wells Fargo and most recently for Union Bank of California, from which she retired last year.

photo of Arline and Mike Walter

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