April 7, 2000

Sulpizio Family Gift Supports Cal State San Marcos Center For the Study of Books in Spanish

The Cal State San Marcos Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents will be renamed following a $100,000 gift from the family of Gaby and Richard Sulpizio. The Center will be named the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents, in honor of Flora and the late Francisco Barahona, Mrs. Sulpizio's parents. Mrs. Barahona lives in San José, Costa Rica.

The gift and the naming will be celebrated at an event scheduled in July.

The gift enhances an endowment fund for the Center, with a fund-raising goal of $1 million.

"Because of this wonderful gift, the Center will be able to continue its efforts in the scholars in residence program, the reading partners program and other activities to promote literacy and understanding among all children," said Dr. Isabel Schon, Center Director. The scholar in residence program would bring internationally known scholars to the Barahona Center for varying lengths of time to conduct research, to teach, and to prepare professional publications. The Reading Partners Program places trained bilingual volunteers with students who need help with their reading.

The Sulpizios have lived in Poway for 16 years and have been married 28 years. Richard Sulpizio is President of Qualcomm Inc. They have three children. Their daughter, Tricia Marie Sulpizio, graduated from CSU San Marcos in 1999 with a degree in psychology.

The Center is the only program of its kind. It collects books in Spanish for children and adolescents published worldwide since 1989. It also collects books in English about Latinos published worldwide during the same period.

The Center's mission is to promote literacy in English and Spanish by encouraging children and adolescents to read for enjoyment, education and information. The Center maintains an award-winning Web site that provides information about books in Spanish for young readers. The Center conducts seminars and workshops to assist teachers, librarians and parents in the selection and use of books for young readers. The collection is open to the public to use and conduct research.

Dr. Schon regularly contributes review articles for national and international library, education and literary publications. She is recognized as the world's foremost authority on the study of books in Spanish for young readers. Dr. Schon was born in Mexico City and came to the United States in 1972. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1974. She is a professor and founding faculty member of Cal State San Marcos and has received a number of national and international awards and recognitions.

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