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UR&D’s Lori Evans Named Top Employee

Lori Evans, administrative coordinator for endowment development and estate planning, was named by her coworkers in University Relations and Development recently as employee of the month.

Evans, a member of the university since 1994, was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union which was renamed Lori Evans Lane for the month.

President F. King Alexander saluted Evans for her commitment to the university.

“In her 12 years on campus, Lori has always been ready to go the extra mile and has demonstrated a sense of caring that makes it a pleasure to work with her,” he said.
Evans felt honored to be named employee of the month. “I’ve worked here for a long time, long enough to see this honor go to a lot of deserving people,” she said. “It’s very cool but I never thought it would be me.”

Evans began her career at CSULB working with the University Foundation in Grants and Contracts. She moved to University Relations and Development in 1997 where she served as assistant director of prospect management and research for nine years.

Her new responsibilities include assisting estate planning attorney David Harrison while running the office and working with clients.

“This job calls on people skills I never had a chance to use when I worked in Prospect Management and Research,” she said. “I love fund raising and that’s what we do here. I love this campus and I can’t imagine being honored like this anywhere else.”

She especially believes in the importance of relationships to fund raising. “Fund raising is more friend raising than it is fund raising,” she said. “It’s our job to help potential donors to understand where their donation would do the most good. This new job gives me the opportunity to come out from behind the computer and use more of the tools of fund raising.”

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Evans has a long record of service to the community as well as to the university. For 14 years, she led Doingsomething, a non-profit organization that mobilized volunteers for other area non-profits. She also has played a significant role in fund raising for the American Cancer Society through their annual Daffodil Days campaign and the Relay for Life.

“I continue to support the American Cancer Society and these two campaigns,” she said. “Working with Daffodil Days at CSULB alone, we have helped to raise $60,000 to fight cancer over the years. The Relay for Life is one of the American Cancer Society’s biggest fund raisers and attracts thousands of people to campus for a 24-hour fund-raising walk meant to represent 24 hours in the life of a cancer patient.”

Evans earned her bachelor of science in anthropology from Cal Poly Pomona in 1990. She continued at Cal Poly as a staff member until she joined CSULB.
She is absorbed by the challenges of her new position and looks forward to many years at CSULB.

“I see a lot of opportunities in my new job and that’s exciting,” she said. “I’m glad I chose CSULB. Coming here has turned out to be a good decision. It’s a great place to be educated and a great place to work.”

Evans received several gifts with her recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $30 gift certificate for Domenico’s Pizza Inc., a gift certificate for four admissions to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, two special event buffet tickets to The Hop in Lakewood, a $10 gift certificate for Blackboard Bistro and two coupons for the Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers.