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Broadcasting boost – Professor’s gift support students

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Alan Armer, an Emmy Award-winning producer and retired professor, has given $1 million to Cal State Northridge to build a new screening room in the school’s Media and Communications Building, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The gift is the largest faculty contribution the school has ever received.  Armer made gift anonymously during the 20-year period he taught at the school’s radio, television and film department.

The school made his gift public when it launched its new capital campaign.

Armer said he was inspired to give by his former students, whom he called “gutsy, wonderful kids who are working fulltime to put themselves through school.”

Students at Northridge compete with students from heavily endowed schools like the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Armer produced several television programs, including “My Friend Flicka”, as well as movies such as “The Fugitive” and “The Untouchables”, for which he won an Emmy.

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