Fueling Discovery and Engagement

Map made of leavesINVESTMENTS BY LIBRARY DONORS in vital, highly used resources, innovative services, and high-tech spaces enable UCLA to attract and retain acclaimed faculty and high-caliber students. This issue features three recent gifts in one of those areas: the Library’s distinguished collections.
 
May Chong grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States following her high school graduation. While working on her bachelor’s degree in economics at UCLA, Chong found a “home away from home” in the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library. In gratitude, in 2011 she established the May C. Chong Endowment to support the library’s acquisition of Chinese classics, modern literature, and materials about culture and education in Chinese or bilingual Chinese-English.
 
Chong recently doubled the size of the endowment. “The resources of the East Asian Library are critical to many disciplines and research centers on campus,” she says. “Having materials in Chinese and English helps students and researchers from a variety of backgrounds reach a deeper understanding of Chinese literature and culture.”
 
Collection endowments also contribute to student success at UCLA by ensuring resources are available to students and faculty in emerging fields of study. In 2016 UCLA added an interdisciplinary food studies minor as well as a graduate certificate program in food studies, which bring together students and scholars in disciplines ranging from the arts to public health, from environment and sustainability to folklore and mythology, from geography to law.
 
Chef, author, and UCLA alumna Marcie Rothman is helping undergraduates pursuing the food studies minor with an innovative gift that provides both scholarships for students and Library resources for scholars and faculty. This year, she established both the Marcie Rothman Endowment for Food Studies at the UCLA Library and the Marcie Rothman Centennial Scholars Undergraduate Scholarship.
 
“I know how important Library resources are to UCLA’s research and teaching mission,” Rothman notes. “It gives me great pleasure to know my endowment will support a range of resources, from scholarly works to the Community Cookbook Collection and historical materials in special collections.” 
 
Legendary Japanese art director and designer Eiko Ishioka (1938-2012) transformed the face of Japanese advertising, then rose to international fame for her costume and set designs as well as graphic designs. She won Academy Awards for costume designs for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mirror Mirror, was nominated for two Tony Awards for M. Butterfly, and earned a Grammy for the cover of Miles Davis’s album Tutu.
 
Nicholas Soultanakis, Ishioka’s husband, has donated her extraordinary archive to UCLA Library Special Collections. Ranging from early student sketches in art school to finished products created throughout her life, its contents will enable students and scholars to trace her creative process and experience first-hand her remarkable genius. Currently being processed, the collection fills more than seven hundred boxes. 
 
The UCLA Library relies upon the generosity of donors like these to provide limitless opportunities, inspire excellence, and advance knowledge by and for the university’s students, faculty, researchers, and staff. Won’t you join them and help UCLA create solutions to pressing global problems by making a gift to the UCLA Library?
 
To learn how you can impact Bruins for generations to come, contact Stephanie Kimura at 310.206.8551 or sbkimura@library.ucla.edu.