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 Steve Borowski, Extraordinarius Award Recipient

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Investor-philanthropist Steve Borowski ’79 receives Lauds & Laurels top honor; contributions of 20 prominent Anteaters – including four more from social sciences – celebrated for campus and community involvement

The University of California, Irvine Alumni Association bestowed its highest honor, the Lauds & Laurels Extraordinarius award, upon Steve Borowski ’79 for his philanthropic and volunteer work for the university. In its 48th year, Lauds & Laurels is UCI’s oldest awards tradition; it recognizes outstanding individuals for their service to the community, professional excellence, and campus involvement.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in social sciences at UCI and an MBA at Pepperdine University, Borowski was a managing partner at Palley-Needelman Asset Management Inc. and a co-founder and managing partner at Metropolitan West Capital Management LLC before becoming president of Aristotle Capital Management LLC.

Over the years, Borowski has demonstrated his passion for UCI, its students, and its faculty by serving as chair of the School of Social Sciences Dean’s Council, a founding member and chair of the school’s Board of Councilors, an executive adviser for the campus’s Center for Economics & Public Policy, a member of the Anteater Athletic Fund board, and a member of the Athletic Director’s Advisory Board. In addition to his university leadership, Borowski is on the boards of such nonprofits as the Blind Children’s Center in Los Angeles, the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.

According to dean Maurer, Borowski is an enthusiastic volunteer and mentor and “a stalwart community member and role model for all.”



Steve Borowski is a stalwart community member and role model for all.
– Bill Maurer, social science dean



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 Sarita Rosenstock, Outstanding Graduate Student 2018.

Also among those honored at the May 31 Lauds & Laurels ceremony were four more outstanding social sciences alumni and friends including Social Sciences Distinguished Alumna Marice DePasquale ’96; Outstanding Alumni Athlete Leticia Oseguera ’98; Outstanding Undergraduate Student Iman Siddiqi; and Outstanding Graduate Student Sarita Rosenstock, M.A. ’16.

Lauds & Laurels not only recognizes exceptional Anteaters but also supports the university’s and the UCIAA’s role in inspiring and supporting the next generation of alumni – an “Anteaters for Anteaters” movement. Net proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the UCI Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. 


How to get involved and support scholarships, research, and initiatives

The Dean’s Leadership Society provides an opportunity for alumni, parents, community, faculty, and staff to support the school at various commitment levels, while receiving special recognition and opportunities to engage in the school’s growth. Members join an influential network of supporters and like-minded individuals who are deeply committed to enriching the UCI social sciences and university’s national prominence.

Gifts to the DLS support specific projects determined annually in consultation with DLS chairs and its Executive Committee. Past gifts have supported scholarships for UCDC students, funds for faculty retention, and renovation and naming of a classroom used by social sciences’ student groups. Members that joined as Charter Members in 2014-15 received a brick in their name in the plaza outside of Social Science Plaza B, adjacent to the student activities room.

If you’re interested in joining, contact Liz Dahl, Director of Development, 949.824.8079 or Membership levels range from the Young Professional at $1500 to Dean’s Partner at $25,000.



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