May 2011

May 27

CSU Recognized by Legislature for 50th Anniversary
The CSU was honored May 23 when the state Assembly and Senate presented resolutions recognizing the university system for 50 years of education and service. Presented by Assembly Members Marty Block and Ricardo Lara in the assembly and Senator Alan Lowenthal in the senate, the resolutions commend the invaluable contributions the CSU has made to students and to the state. CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed accepted the resolution, saying, “We look forward to your continued support of the CSU so we can enroll students and help create jobs in California.”

The Working for California display outside the governor’s office in Sacramento this week highlights 50 of the CSU’s most prominent alumni.

Titan Baseball Seeks Big West Crown This Weekend in Northridge
Cal State Fullerton (38-14, 17-4) heads to Cal State Northridge for its final three regular season games. The Titans are clinging to a two-game lead in the standings with three to play. Action begins tonight (May 27) at 3 p.m. with 1 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday.

With a one victory this weekend, the Titans can lock up the Big West Conference's automatic bid to the postseason, making it an even 20 consecutive years that a Fullerton team will be playing for a shot at the national championship. In the 36 previous seasons at the Div. I level, the Titans have reached the postseason 32 times. The exceptions were 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1991.

Ciara Short Fastest 400 Qualifier at West Regional Track and Field
Senior Ciara Short ran the fastest time in the women's 400 meters field May 26 to qualify for the quarterfinals Friday at the NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships. Short clocked 53.11 to win her heat and best all 47 competitors

She will run both the 400 and the qualifying race for the 200 meters Friday, May 27, about two hours apart. Teammate Lauren Williams also runs Friday to try to qualify for the women's 100 meter hurdles.

Theatre Arts Majors Awarded Kennedy Center Scholarships
Two theatre arts majors are winners of 20ll scholarships awarded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Hannah Sturges, a junior, and senior Rebecca Tucker were awarded scholarships to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, respectively. Sturges was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, and Tucker was her acting partner for the competition.

Nixon Through the Archives Talk
Timothy Naftali, director of the Richard M. Nixon President Library and Museum, will speak on “Telling the Nixon Story Through the Archives” at the June 4 Patrons of the Library meeting. The 2 p.m. free, public lecture will be held in Room 130 of the Pollak Library. For more information, call 714-870-7208.

Titan Named Howser Award Semifinalist
Junior Tyler Pill has been named a Dick Howser Award semifinalist by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Howser Award goes to the top player in college baseball and will be presented to the winner June 21 at TD Ameritrade Park prior to the fourth day of competition at the College World Series.

June Bloom Plant Sales
The Fullerton Arboretum hosts its annual “June Boom” perennial plant sale June 11 and 12. A wide selection of flowering plants will be available for purchase, including Coreopsis ‘Cherry Lemonade,’ a herbaceous perennial with golden foliage and red flowers, or Filigran Russian Sage, a drought-tolerant perennial with purple flowers. Sale hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, go to the Arboretum website.

May 18

CSU University Campuses Lead in Community Engagement
California State University, Monterey Bay and San Francisco State University were among six universities that received Presidential Awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Cal State Fullerton was named an “Honor Roll” member for the fourth straight year.

Titan Sprinter Repeats as Big West Conference Track Athlete of the Year
Senior Ciara Short won her second Big West Conference Female Track Athlete of the Year Award May 19. She became the first Titan female to ever win the award last year. She will next compete in the NCAA Regionals in Eugene, Oregon, beginning May 26.

Titans Complete Series Sweep of LMU
Tyler Pill had three hits and was one of seven Titan pitchers to check Loyola Marymount on five hits as Cal State Fullerton completed a seasonal three-game sweep of the Lions May 18 with an 8-1 non-conference victory.

Titans Place Eight on All-Big West Squads
The softball team placed eight players on the 2011 All-Big West Conference squads and senior K.C. Craddick was named the league’s inaugural Defensive Player of the Year May 17.

Athletics Golf Tourney Nets $40K
Nearly $40,000 was raised for the Titan athletics scholarship budget May 16 at the annual Titans Athletics Department Golf Tournament at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda.

May 16

Titans Defend Track, Field Titles
Seniors Lauren Williams and Ciara Short defended their Big West Conference Championships May 14 to highlight the Titans efforts at the Track and Field Finals at UC Irvine. Next up is NCAA Regional competition in Eugene, Oregon, May 26-28.

CSUF Baseball Sweep Long Beach
Cal State Fullerton completed a Big West Conference series sweep of Long Beach State with a 6-1 victory Sunday, May 15. Fullerton is idle next weekend but plays non-conference games May 17 at UCLA and at home May 18 vs. Loyola Marymount. The Titans complete the Big West schedule with three games at Cal State Northridge May 27-29.

Softball Falls Short with 4-3 Loss
Seniors K.C. Craddick and Torrie Anderson each finished with three hits and ignited a frantic rally in the bottom of the seventh, but Cal State Northridge rebounded to strand the tying and winning runs on base to claim the final regular season series for both teams with a 4-3 victory May 14 at Anderson Family Field.

May 12

Trustees Name New President for San Diego State University
The California State University Board of Trustees have named Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as president of San Diego State University.

Free Bicycle Check-ups for Faculty, Staff and Students May 19
Campus members can make sure that their bicycle is working to its best with a free check-up Thursday, May 19. The 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Parking and Transportation Services program along Titan Walk includes a safety check, air pressure, brake and derailleur adjustment. For more information, call 657-278-4699.

Summer Exercise Programs
Enrollment is now underway for the summer session of the Employee Wellness Program exercise classes: strength and conditioning, and women’s workout May 23- Aug. 19. A group cardio, yoga and pilates courses also are available. Registration information can be found on the Employee Wellness Program website.

The Center for Successful Aging also is offering summer programs for those over the age of 50. For more information, go to the center website.

Golf Tournament for Athletics
Titan Athletics will hold a May 16 golf tournament and auction in support of student athletes at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda. More information is available by calling Kellie Cox, 657-278-7016 or online.

May 10

Titan Baseball to Face Long Beach May 13-15
Titan baseball (33-13) visits Pepperdine (19-24) May 10 in a non-conference match up before returning home for the last regular season home series against long-time rival Long Beach State May 13-15. Player Carlos Lopez earned Capital One Academic All-District Second Team honors May 6 for his performance in the classroom as well as on the field.

May 9

Russian Educators Visit Campus
The Educational Leadership Department recently hosted 21 educators from the Regional Open Social Institute in Kursk, Russia, as well as from universities in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, as part of an ongoing partnership with Cal State Fullerton. Dawn Person, professor of educational leadership, who leads the institute, said the visit focused on educational leadership practices and challenges facing higher education.

Herb Weekend May 14-15
Whether you're looking for herbs to cook with, herbs for tea or herbs as decorative plants, the Fullerton Arboretum has the plants for all during its annual “Herb Weekend” May 14-15 at the Potting Shed. A large variety of herbs, including lemon grass, black peppermint, lavenders, thyme, rosemary and a wide variety of basil, will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is free. For more information, call 657-278-4010 or go to the arboretum website.

May 5

Building Future Titans
Athletics asked some youngster on the baseball field who they would like to be. To check out their answers at “Building Future Titans III.”

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Scholars Host Book Drive
There’s nothing like a good book, especially for to educate and nurture children. The President’s Scholars Student Association is working with Worldwide Book Drive to collect books to benefit schools, communities and library programs in India, Fiji, South Africa, Tanzania and Trinidad.

Donations of textbooks and children’s books can be made until May 20 at the following locations: the University Learning Center on Room 200 of the Pollak Library, Rooms 103 and 142 of McCarthy Hall and Room 511 of University Hall.

Eating Better to Avoid Disease
The Center for Successful Aging presents “Disease Prevention and Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition” by dietitian Kristy L. Richardson at noon, Thursday, May 12. Reservations requested by 5 p.m. May 9 at or 657-278-7012.

May 2

Titan Men Settle for Eighth in Golf
Dakota Duerr shot a 7-over par 79 May 3 but it was good enough for a tournament total of 228 strokes to top the Cal State Fullerton team, which finished in eighth place at the 2011 Big West Conference Men's Golf Championships at Mission Viejo Country Club.

UC Davis shot 7 over par Tuesday to finish at 7 over 871 for the tourney and claim the team title by 17 strokes over runnerup Pacific. Following in order were Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Fullerton at 933 (69 over) and UC Riverside.

Baseball, Softball Have Winning Weekends
Carlos Lopez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie lifting the Titan baseball team to a 6-4 win over Pacific May 1 at Goodwin Field. The game made it a 2-1 series for CSUF, who next play against UC Riverside May 6-8.

In softball action, the Titan softball team’s bats came alive, banging out a season-high 17 hits for an 8-1 win against Pacific May 1 at Anderson Family Field. The victory moved Fullerton back to within a game of first-place Pacific in Big West Conference play. The team next plays Long Beach May 7-8.

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