Alumnus Nathan C.H. Chow, chairman of the board at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan, has donated $2 million to the University of La Verne.
Morgan Sandler, assistant professor of film production program chair of the broadcast program, worked with Chow on the provisions of the donation.
“Dr. Chow and I spent a lot of time discussing a lot of needs our universities have and the goals for his university,” Sandler said.
Sandler traveled to Taiwan last year to spend time with Chow, when they shared their goals and dreams with each other.
Sandler said that his and Chow’s goals correspond really well, and Chow is a film lover like Sandler.
President Devorah Lieberman also worked with Chow on securing the donation.
“My goal was to get to know him as an alumnus, to listen to his passions, have him feel very cared for by the University of La Verne and potentially create programs between his university and ours,” Lieberman said.
Lieberman said that Chow is a visionary and he wanted to help the students to be successful in the program by upgrading equipment as well as other resources.
“When I noticed that the University of La Verne, with its proximity to Hollywood, was lacking in some of the more modern equipment used in modern film making, I decided that this would be a good area for me to make an impact on the university, my alma mater,” Chow said, adding that with the right resources and faculty, the program at the University can become competitive.
As of now, there are few specific dates and plans for major changes to the film program, but there are plans in the works.
Sandler said that with the donation so far he has purchased new equipment, such as cameras and tripods.
“We do want to build a studio, so hopefully that will be in the making for this project,” said Brian Clocksin, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Harley Randazzo, sophomore film major, said there should be a separate studio for editing classes and an outdoor studio.
“I hope that with the money we will be able to get more resources to help us have more hands on type of practice,” Randazzo said.
Randazzo also said that investing in a CGI department or an animation course would be a great addition to the department as these could give students additional skills as they transition from a student attending college, to an adult in the professional world.
“For some instant needs the department might need, the money will be used to help those needs,” Clocksin said. “Some curriculum changes are going to be seen and purchasing of additional equipment.”
Don Pollock, professor of communications emeritus, said that some of the money should be used to promote the program and to make a separate facility for the film program to grow along with additional faculty positions.
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