Posted Feb. 29
Broadway Composer On Campus
Broadway composer and alumnus John Bucchino will be giving a singing and musical theatre master class Monday, March 5, for BFA musical theatre majors. The 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. event, in the Little Theatre of the Clayes Performing Arts Center, is free and open to the university community.
Boggle Tournament Fundraiser
The Creative Writing and Teaching Writing clubs are hosting a “Boggle Tournament Fundraiser” at 7 p.m. March 15 in Room 317 of University Hall. The tournament is open to all campus members. Winner gets half the proceeds. The other half benefits the student organizations hosting the tournament. Entry is $5. For more information, call Maria Figueroa at 657-278-4024.
New Voicemail System
Information Technology is upgrading the current campus voicemail system Feb. 29. A new feature will be the ability to receive voicemails as email attachments, as well as on telephones. For more information, go to the IT website or listen to the audio overview.
Feb. 29 Noontime Science Talk Canceled
The noon Feb. 29 presentation by Aravindhan Vivekanandhan at the Science Symposium sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ InterClub Council and Associated Students Inc. has been canceled. The 5 p.m. program, “Mathemagic” with Arthur Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College, will be held in Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union.
Ed.D. Grads Share Research Projects
Twenty educational doctorate graduates presented their dissertation projects last week at the College of Education program, “From Theory to Practice: Educational Research Symposium.” Graduates Dori Barnett of the county Department of Education, Gail McMahon of Long Beach Unified School District and Eric Rabitoy of Citrus College moderated a discussion on “The Impact of Practice on Education.”
Puri Elected to Academic Senate
Anil Puri, dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, was elected to a one-semester term on the Academic Senate. He fills the administrative seat vacated by Willie Hagan when Hagan was appointed interim president in January. Hagan now serves in one of three ex-officio positions on the advisory body. The other two are held by Seven Murray, vice president for academic affairs, and Mougo Nyaggah, associate professor of history and chapter president of the California Faculty Association.
Community Engagement Nominations
Center for Internships and Community Engagement are inviting partner organizations, students, faculty and staff members to nominate candidates for the 2011 Community Engagement Awards. For deadlines and application forms, call 657-278-3746 or email email@example.com.
ECS Professors for a Day Event
Alumni and industry professionals will be visiting the College of Engineering and Computer Science for “Professors for a Day” March 6 and 7. Thirty professionals will share their successes and stories with students, giving them an insight about their jobs in engineering and computer science fields. For more information, contact Hart Roussel at 657-278-5429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Gardening Class
Developing and growing a beautiful and delicious vegetable garden is the subject of an Urban Gardener Class Series being offered at the Fullerton Arboretum. The first session of the three-part series — 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3 — will be all about designing the garden with effective irrigation, amending the soil for selected crops and establishing plants from seeds and transplants. Classes are $25 per class or $70 for all three; $20 or $55 for Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum. For more information, call 657-278-3407 or visit http://www.fullertonarboretum.org.
Michael Lorenzen, Carlos Lopez and Keegan Dale combined for 10 of the Titans’ 13 hits and drove in a collective seven runs to help Cal State Fullerton beat Texas Christian University 11-10 Feb. 26 in the Titans first series victory of the year.
Josh Ritchart scored 20 points and Eddie Miller added 17 points and 12 rebounds Feb. 25 as UC Davis held on for a 78-75 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Business Teams Score in National Contest
Two business student teams have placed in the top three at the National Small Business Institute Competition. MBA students under the direction of Dmitry Khanin, assistant professor of management, won third place in the graduate level and undergraduates under John B. Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurshiop, took first place.
Collegial Governance Award to Fontaine
Sheryl I. Fontaine, chair and professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics, has been named this year’s recipient of the Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award. The honor was presented to her at today’s (Feb. 23) Academic Senate meeting.
Smoke-Free Campus Resolution Passed
The Academic Senate today (Feb. 23) unanimously approved a resolution to ban all smoking on campus. The resolution will next move to Interim President Willie Hagan, who was among the faculty, staff and administrators who voted for the measure. If instituted, Cal State Fullerton would become the first CSU campus to be totally smoke free.
Student Scholarships Available
Associated Students Inc. is offering $14,000 in scholarships, as 35 free book rental scholarships, to eligible students this spring. Applications are now being sought for $1,000 awards in categories ranging from adult re-entry to student-parents. Forms and information are available online or in Room 207 of the Titan Student Union. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. March 12.
NSF Faculty Early Career Award
Kiran George, assistant professor of computer engineering, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program award for “CAREER: Design and Implementation of an Evolving Intelligent Wide Band Digital Receiver System on a Tribrid Computing Platform Capable for Cognitive Learning.”
WASC Session March 7
An accreditation team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will visit the campus next month and hold a public meeting March 7. The session is scheduled from from 1-1:45 p.m. in Room 3230 of Mihaylo Hall.
For those who wish to offer written comment, a confidential email account has been established: csufulvisitS12@yahoo.com and is only available to WASC team members.
Putting CSU Education to Work
Last fall, CSUF was among 20 CSU campuses that surveyed employers statewide about the hiring of CSU students and recent grads. Employers identified four areas where CSU hires were rated significantly above the pool of all college graduates they had hired: teamwork; flexibility to respond to changing work demands; capability to learn what is necessary to be effective in their assignments; and representing the diversity of the emerging workplace. There were 978 employers that responded to the survey. For details and the report, visit the Assessing Value website.
Calling All Artists to Tucker Spring Fair
Artists and crafters are invited to sell their homemade wares at the fourth annual Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary Spring Fair and Art Festival April 21-22. Application deadline is March 1. Cost is $75 for both days. For more information, contact Shauna Brady-Hart at email@example.com or visit www.tuckerwildlife.org.
Kids Learn to Bowl Program
Titan Bowl & Billiards will begin its nine-week Kids Learn to Bowl program for youth 5 to 14 years of age on Saturday, March 3. The 11 a.m.-noon program costs $50 per child and includes shoe rental. For more information, call 657-278-2144.
Real Women, Real Men, Reel World
The Women’s Center is offering free film screens every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Room 205 of University Hall. Free popcorn and drinks are available. Coming up: Feb. 21 — “For Colored Girls,” directed by Tyler Perry from the Obie Award-winning stage play; Feb. 28 — the documentary “The Devil Came on Horseback”; and March 6 — “The Stoning of Soroya M.” For more information, call 657-278-3928.
Engineering and computer science students will be displaying Formula One-type race cars and steel bridges and helping judge an egg drop competition at the “Student Club Project Exhibit” Feb. 25 at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. The exhibit is among the activities being held as part of Engineers Week. College of Engineering and Computer Science campus events include Career Fair, Feb. 23; and Dean’s List Lunch Feb. 24.
“Thinking Queer” Film, Discussion Feb. 21
Carolyn Coal, assistant professor of communications, will screen and discuss her film, “A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square” Feb. 21 as part of CSUF’s “Thinking Queer” speaker series. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Room 264 of McCarthy Hall. For more information, call 657-278-3888.
Communications Sought for WASC Visit
An accreditation team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will visit the campus March 7-9. As part of that visit, the WASC team will hold open meetings to hear from the faculty, staff and students. Those enrolled in distance education programs and at off-campus sites, as well as courses on the campuses, are being encouraged to comment on academic rigor and consistency, availability of student support services and other matters related to the quality of the educational experience. For those who wish to offer written comment, a confidential email account has been established: csufulvisitS12@yahoo.com and is only available to WASC team members. More information about the WASC visit is posted online.
Engineering Career Fair Feb. 23
Twenty-seven engineering and computer science companies will be recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, during the ECS Career Fair. The program, in the plaza area between the Engineering and Computer Science buildings, is hosted by the Career Center and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. For more information, visit the Career Center website or contact Sonia Rosas.
Campus Participates in National STEM Learning Project
CSUF is among participants across the county taking part in a four-year project to develop a comprehensive institutional framework to help translate national recommendations for raising achievement into scalable and sustainable actions to improve STEM learning and success for all students. Taking part in the Project Kaleidoscope/Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative are Robert A. Koch, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Michael Loverude, Physics; William J. Hoese, Biological Science; and Edward Sullivan, Institutional Research and Analytical Studies.
Another $1.3 Million for Social Work Program
A $1.3 million UC Berkely regents grant, awarded to CSUF is funding stipends to help graduate students pay for their MSW education. Applicants must be committed to working for a county or the State Department of Social Services for two years upon graduation. The stipends pay for tuition, fees, books and living expenses, special training sessions and other activities. Related story: http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2011sp/MSW-accredited.asp
Visionary Titans to Be Honored
For nearly 20 years, Cal State Fullerton has honored distinguished and honorary alumni for service to their community, state and nation with the Vision & Visionaries award. The 19th annual Vision & Visionaries awards gala Saturday, April 28, at the Hilton Anaheim will recognize Randall L. Baumberger (M.B.A. ’92), president, Paramount Studio Group; Caecilia S. Gotama (B.S. engineering-mechanical ’82, M.S. engineering-mechanical ’86), founder and principal, Gotama Building Engineers Inc.; documentarian Becky L. Hamilton (B.A. communications-radio/TV/film ’06); Tony Ortega (B.A. English ’87, M.A. English ’89), editor-in-chief, Village Voice; Raymond L. Thompson (B.A. theatre arts ’77), head lighting designer, “The Young and the Restless,” and actress Dale Raoul (B.A. theatre arts ’73, M.A. theatre arts ’79); Jeffrey S. Van Harte (B.A. business administration-finance ’80), senior vice president and chief investment officer, Delaware Investments; and 20-year campus volunteer Verne D. Wagner (B.A. business administration-accounting ’77). For more information, visit www.visionandvisionaries.com.
Members of the men’s basketball team, Tuffy and the Spirit Squad visited Sunset Lane Elementary School in Fullerton to kick off Titan Tales, a program that stressed the importance of education and reading.
Titans took a two-stroke victory over host Southern Utah today (Feb. 14) at the Pat Hicks Invitational men's golf tournament. It's the second tourney title of the season for CSUF, who won the Firestone Grill Invitational in October.
ASI Cookouts in the Quad
Associated Students Inc. has begun a series of monthly barbeque cookouts where members of the campus community can learn more about ASI leadership, ASI and Titan Student Union programs. The next program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Quad. For more information, visit asi.fullerton.edu or call 657-278-3295.
Proposal for New Concentration
Questions and comments on the proposal for a new concentration in business analytics within the bachelor's degree in business administration are now being sought. Deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 21. Arrangements to review a copy of the complete proposal can be made through Erinn Banks, Academic Programs, 657-278-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VP Searches for Academic & Student Affairs
Searches for the provost/vice president for academic affairs and the vice president for student affairs are under way and expected to conclude shortly after the arrival of incoming CSUF President Mildred Garcia. Appointments are expected by early summer.
New Online Program
The College of Engineering and Computer Science will offer an online master's degree program in environmental engineering, geared for working professionals, beginning fall 2012.
Be in the Zone for Big West Basketball Action
The Alumni Association invites faculty, staff and alumni to watch the Titans and other Big West teams March 8 at the Big West 2012 Tournament at the Honda Center. The association is offering a special $27 one-day pass that includes a ticket to watch the games, access the Alumni Hospitality Zone, complimentary snacks and opporunity to win door prizes and giveaways. To be a part of the action, visit www.fullerton.edu/alumni/BigWest.
The men's basketball team rallied for a 100-94 Big West Conference victory agains UC Irvine Feb. 9. The women's team lost to UC Santa Barbara, 52-39. Next up, the women travel to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Feb. 11; the men play at UC Riverside Feb. 15.
In softball action, the Titans were shut out in the season opener at Texas.
Consultant Hired to Study Programs, Services and Expansion of Student Union
Titan Student Union officials have hired Brailsford and Dunlavey, a national facility planning and program management consulting firm, to conduct a feasibility study on the future of the Titan Student Union and its offerings. The focus of the study will include: a review of current programs and services, a priority assessment for future expansion options and identification of what scope of expansion could be supported by Associated Student Inc. cash reserves versus other revenue sources, said Kurt Borsting, Titan Student Union director. Brailsford and Dunlavey previously conducted an assessment of the campus's recreational needs, which ultimately led to the construction of the Student Recreation Center.
New Communications Concentration approved
A new concentration in tourism and entertainment in the master's degree in communications was given presidential approval Jan. 6.
Department Name Change
The Afro-Ethnic Studies Department has been renamed the African American Studies Department effective Jan. 6.
Book Sale Center reopens
Bargains galore can be found at the Book Sale Center located in Room 199 of the Pollak Library. The center, operated by the Patrons of the Library, in cooperation with the Emeriti of CSUF, is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, noon-7 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-4 p.m. Thursdays.
New Normal in Higher Education Symposium Feb. 22
The evolving future and rising costs of higher education are the subject of the Feb. 22 President’s Symposium “Appraising the Future, Understanding Costs: Envisioning the New Normal in Higher Education.” National experts on education, politics and public policy will be speaking. The goal is to offer insight into how universities and colleges can evaluate new models, in order to continue providing a high-quality educational experience while dealing with the realities of limited resources.
NASA’s Tracy Caldwell Dyson Will Keynote March 1 Symposium
NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson (B.S. chemistry ’93) will give the keynote address at the ninth annual Science Symposium presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Inter-Club Council and ASI. The March 1 event will be held at the Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion.
Schenk Awarded $800,000 National Science Foundation Award
H. Jochen Schenk, associate professor of biological science, just received a three-year, $800,000 National Science Foundation award for “RUI: Water In, Air Out: Mechanisms of Xylem Embolism Repair in Seed Plants.”
Former Dean Rikli Appointed Acting Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, announced that Roberta Rikli, former dean of the College of Health and Human Development, has been appointed to a one-year term as acting chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department effective immediately.
The softball team was picked to finish third in the race for the Big West Conference title in a coaches' poll announced Jan. 31.
Indoor Track and Field Season Begins in New Mexico
The 2012 women's indoor track and field season opens with the New Mexico Invitational Feb. 4-5 at the University of New Mexico.
Pianist Gabriela Montero to Perform
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero gives a guest artist recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Meng Concert Hal of the university’s Clayes Performing Arts Center. Montero, who made her concerto debut with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra at the age of 8, has appeared with the New York, Los Angeles and Rotterdam philharmonics, and before audiences at the Kennedy Center, National Arts Centre Ottawa and Orchard Hall Tokyo. Tickets are available online or at the Performing Arts Center box office.