Donor profile: June Stock

When June Stock first came across the armillary, she was simply taken. "The shape, the arrow and the numerology, something about the piece just made me want to look at it and look at it and look at it," she said. Armillary spheres were ancient instruments used to model the way the solar system works. They were also used for astronomical instruction.

After displaying the piece in her home for several years, June decided that she wanted others to be able to enjoy it, too. "Because it represents an instructional instrument, the university seemed like an appropriate place to display it," she said. She donated the armillary to CSU Monterey Bay in 2004 to coincide with the opening of the Chapman Science Academic Center. It rests on a stand in the courtyard behind the building, a popular spot for students and faculty to hang out between classes.

June still stops by to look at the armillary when she visits campus. "I continue to find it very inspiring," she said. "The design of it, and the fact that these devices have endured through the centuries, and just the feeling that it projects. I still get pleasure from seeing it."

As do many people on campus, who are very grateful to June for sharing it with us.

If you are interested in donating artwork to CSU Monterey Bay, please contact Deborah Howitt at 831-582-3346 or