ALUMNI PROFILE"I had been studying for my Master's Degree for a year at Columbia when they graciously invited me to stay and earn my Ph.D. without having to finish the Master's program." More
Class of 2005
Why Support the Peace Gala?
About Soka University of America:
Soka = creating value
Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. SUA is just one mile from the beach (if you are a bird – seven miles driving) and located in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting and adventure opportunities.
SUA offers generous financial aid to both US and International students, with free tuition available to eligible admitted students whose earned family income is $60,000 or less (room and board fees still apply.) These financial aid packages are made possible through generous support from donors like you! In order to ensure that no qualified student is denied education due to financial hardships, we need your support. (Learn more about Soka University.)
The mission of Soka University is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.
SUA offers a 9:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester in their junior year living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs.
Approximately 60% of our students come from the US and about 40% have come from more than 40 other countries.
A student-focused campus, Soka University promotes and supports the well-being and growth of each student.
About Soka University of America's Peace Gala: Celebrating a Vision of Peace
What the magical night consists of:
See how the Recreation Center is decorated for the Gala (or click on any of the three photos below!)
Silent Auction (check for updates!)
Starting at 6:00 pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, you will be able to bid on great items! Some of the past items have included: Baccarat champagne flukes, Disneyland theme park tickets, sports memorabilia, spa packages, travel packages, wines and sumptuous gift baskets for every taste!
Students, some in their traditional dress, thanked Gala guests last year as they walked from the silent auction/cocktail party to the main event in the beautifully decorated Recreation Center.
Student Welcome at Peace Walk
Student Presentations - each year our talented students welcome guests and thank them in unique ways!
View student experiences!
|Student club Josho Daiko
(Japanese Taiko Drums) welcomes guests.
|Zuleyka Shahin (SUA Class
of 2013) shares her journey
coming to SUA (view here).
Student club Soul Wings
One of the most exciting parts of the evening is our live auction. Some of the past items have included: Paul McCartney autographed guitar, lunch with Herbie Hancock, custom made clothing, $5,000 South Coast Plaza shopping spree, and cars.
Student Tahereh Mafi (SUA Class of
Live auctioneer DawnMarie
Guests Linda and Luis Nieves raising
Broadway star Ivan Rutherford.
Ivan Rutherford has performed the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables over 2000 times on Broadway, national tours, and most recently in regional theatres across the country. He was honored with the role during the 10th anniversary company in New York, and co-starred along side Andrea McArdle (Original Annie in Annie) at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, and with Lea Salonga (Original Kim in Miss Saigon) on Broadway in the 20th anniversary Les Miz revival. Ivan was also nominated for “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Jean Valjean at the first annual National Broadway Theatre Awards held at the New York Supper Club in NYC. Some other favorite roles include, The Caliph in Kismet, Tony in West Side Story, Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific (Drama-Logue Award) and 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of Titanic. Ivan now lives in Southern California and teaches voice at his private studio in Irvine and online with Skype. He continues to perform and produce live shows for corporate, charity , and social events worldwide.
Gala has been supported by famous celebrities who have emceed and performed live!
|Herbie Hancock (left)||
Duncan Sheik (middle)
|Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter|
|Ron Glass||Nestor Torres||Howard Jones|
|Paul Williams||Judy Collins||Esperanza Spalding|
Why donate? For our future!
If you cannot attend the event, you can still support by making a donation!