Support Communication Studies

Thank you for your interest in supporting Communication Studies at Cal Poly. Your tax-deductible donation will be used to develop and maintain Learn by Doing opportunities in Communication Studies that would not otherwise be funded, such as


  • Communication Studies Department General Fund. Direct your contribution to the Communication Studies Department discretionary fund. Your contribution will help fund the general mission of the department by augmenting the department operating budget and serving as a source of funds for expenditures not covered by the university budgeting process.
  • Nancy Fisher South Endowment. supports faculty and student excellence. The endowment augments funds for conference travel and research, frequently involving students, and also makes possible student recognition and awards. In addition the funds are used to help fund career events and visiting scholars and a host of other activities vital to the welfare of the department.
  • James R. (Bob) Emmel Faculty Development Fund. Named in honor of Dr. Bob Emmel, the first chair of what is now the Communication Studies Department. Throughout his long tenure at the university, Dr. Emmel championed any program that made resources available to assist faculty in pursuing their own research and scholarship interests. Upon his retirement, Dr. Emmel started the Faculty Development Fund, and for many years provided a generous donation to keep it afloat. Dr. James R. (Bob) Emmel passed away in December 2007, and in appreciation for his many years of service and friendship to the Department, the fund has been renamed in his honor. If you would like to donate to this fund please state so in the Gift Fund Name or Number field.
  • John Hinton's Endowment
  • Harry Sharp, Jr. Forensics (Debate) Endowment. Direct your contribution to the Professor Harry Sharp, Jr. Forensics Endowment. Your contribution will help the endowment principal grow. The Sharp Forensics Endowment was established as a retirement gift to the university by former Director of Forensics, Speech Communication Department Chair, and Dean of Liberal Arts Harry Sharp, Jr. The endowment principal is held in trust, while the annual earnings help support debate team activities. If you would like to donate to this fund please state so in the Gift Fund Name or Number field.


If you do not wish to donate online, you may download our giving form and mail your donation to:

Office of Advancement
College of Liberal Arts
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Ave., #47-31 
San Luis Obispo, CA  93407

To learn more about department needs and how you can help, please contact the CLA Advancement Office at (805) 756-6246.

The faculty and the students of the Communication Studies Department at Cal Poly thank you for your support.

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