March 2012

Posted March 28

Titans on Broadway

Seniors in the bachelor of fine arts musical theatre program are performing in New York City today (March 29) in two showcase performances at the Snapple Theatre Center on Broadway in the heart of Manhattan's famed Theater District. Mitch Hanlon, professor of theatre and dance, is directing and producing the program with assistance of fellow faculty members Eve Himmelheber and William Lett. The evening performance has a reception for New York area Titans hosted by the CSUF Alumni Association.

March 27

Students Compete for Best Business Plan

Thirty student teams from throughout campus are taking part in the Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Contest. Semifinalists will make presentations April 6 followed by  finals presentation April 13. Top finishers will be announced and approximately $8,000 in cash prizes and $15,000 in in-kind services will be awarded. More information is available online.

March 26

Titans at Arizona Tuesday

The Titan baseball team takes on nationally-ranked Arizona State March 27-28 in Tempe, Ariz., following a 3-0 loss in the last game of a three-game series against Oral Roberts University March 24.  CSUF faces Northridge at home March 30-April 1.

In other sports: the track and field squad competed at the Pasadena Games and UC Irvine’s Spring Break Invitational March 24, and women’s tennis went to the final set in a nonconference match March 23.

Dancers at Kennedy Center

Students in the dance program will take the stage May 24-27 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2012 National College Dance Festival. At a regional conference, their well-received performance of "Vitals," choreographed by guest choreographer and CSUF alumnus Mike Esperanza, led to their inclusion.

March 23

Course Hearing April 20

(Hearing was cancelled 4/5/12)

Those interested in learning about and commenting on a proposed new liberal studies course (“Senior Seminar in Computers and Society”) are invited to an April 20 meeting of the University Curriculum Committee from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Room 141 of McCarthy Hall. If you cannot attend and want to provide input, written comments may be sent to Jochen Burgtorf, chair and professor of history, at, by April 12.

March 22

Baseball Moves Up in Ranking

The Titans are up two spots to No. 13 in Baseball America’s weekly Top 25 rankings after a 2-2 week that saw them win their fourth consecutive series.

Internship and Career Expo April 5

More than 70 employers will be on campus to recruit for full-time, part-time and internship positions at the April 5 Internship and Career Expo. The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. program will be held in Titan Student Union Portola Pavilions and will feature recruiters from JP Morgan Chase, KTLA, Verizon Wireless, Kohl’s Department Stores, the Orange County Sheriffs Department, LA County Department of Mental Health, Peace Corps and PBS SoCal. 

Powerful First Impressions at the Internship and Career Expo

A workshop to help students prepare for the April 5 Internship and Career Expo will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Room 130 of the Pollak Library. For more information, contact the Career Center at 657-278-3121.

March 21

Titan Golfers Finish Fifth

Tisha Alyn Abrea and Taylor Fowler each shot a 78 March 20 to tie for eighth place and help their team take fifth place at the BYU at Entrada Classic women's golf tournament.

March 19

Nature Drawing Workshop

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a Saturday, March 24, nature drawing workshop for adults. Cost for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. program is $3. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 714-649-2760.

Veteran Journalist and Author to Speak

Award-winning journalist and author Narda Zacchino will discuss the role of media in a democracy at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in Room 130 of the Pollak Library. Zacchino spent 31 years at the Los Angeles Times, as well as six years atf the San Francisco Chronicle. She also is co-author of "Boots on the Ground by Dusk" about Pat Tillman, the NFL star and Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire. The free, public talk is sponsored by the Patrons of the Library.

'Measure for Measure' Opens March 23

William Shakespeare's dark comedy, “Measure for Measure” will be performed on campus March 23-April 22 in the Hallberg Theatre of the Clayes Performing Arts Center. The production is directed by Joseph Arnold, dean of the College of the Arts. Information and tickets available online.

Titans Win Two of Three Against Long Beach

The Titan baseball team beat the 49ers in a March 16 doubleheader, but couldn't overcome the Long Beach team March 18 in a three-game nonconference series.

CSUF Wins Tie-Breaker

Malorie de la Cruz won the tie-breaking set at No. 5 singles to carry the Titans to a 4-3 victory March 18 over Colorado State in nonconference women's tennis action.

March 16

Greek Week Efforts Pay Off for Children

Sororities and fraternities raised approximately $62,000 during recent Greek Week activities. More than 600 students in 12 organizations took part with proceeds benefiting Camp Titan, a philanthropic summer program for underprivileged children. Top fundraisers were the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Chapter with $20,000 and the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity with more than $21,000.

Affordable Housing Opportunities

Campus faculty and staff members have priority when purchasing homes in the University Gables community in Buena Park or leasing homes in the University Heights community in Fullerton. For current availability and information, go to the CSU Fullerton Housing Authority website.

March 15

White-Collar Unemployment Author on NPR

Carrie M. Lane, associate professor of American studies and author of  “A Company of One,” provided expert analysis March 9 on Patt Morrison’s program. Listen here.

March 14

State of the City March 29

Cal State Fullerton again hosts the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City luncheon in the Titan Student Union. The March 29 event will feature Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva and remarks by Stephen Gordon, chairman and CEO of Opus Bank. Contact information: 714-871-3100.

Ready to Get Fit

Enrollment is now under way for the spring “Mid-Session” of the Employee Wellness Program exercise classes. Two regular classes — Strength and Conditioning and Women’s Workout — run for eight weeks beginning March 19. Two group exercise classes in Pilates and yoga also are available. Registration materials and a fee are required for each class; to learn more go to the EWP website.

Titan Women Win Second Tourney

Freshman Tisha Alyn Abrea finished second individually and freshman Se Ri Lee moved up 15 places to sixth March 13 to lead the Titans to the championship of the Lexus Classic Women's Golf Tournament at Copper River Country Club.

March 13

Health and Counseling Center Reaccredited

The Student Health and Counseling Center was reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for a three-year term. The campus center opened in 1960 in the Office of the Dean of Students and was moved into its current facility in October 1974.

South Pacific Islander Culture Night March 17

Campus and community members are invited to attend the South Pacific Islander Cultural Association’s fifth annual cultural night, “We Are Oceana” from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion. For more information, email

Titan Baseball Wins Series Against Texas A&M

Anthony Hutting’s pinch-hit ground out with bases loaded in the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Titans to a 4-3 non-conference road series win over Texas A&M March 11 at Olsen Stadium. The team plays its next four games at home against Washington State 6 p.m. today (March 13) and Long Beach State March 16-18.

Softball Team Routs Utah, Heads Into Garmen Tourney Wednesday

Junior Ashley Carter finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and every Titan starter finished with at least one hit on the day as the Titans closed out the Long Beach State Invitational with a 13-4, five-inning rout of Utah State March 11 at Mayfair Park in Lakewood. The team returns home Wednesday, March 14, to host the five-day 2012 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field. The Titans open with a 4 pm. doubleheader against Notre Dame and Purdue.

March 12

Presidential Honor Roll

For the fifth consecutive year, Cal State Fullerton was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “with distinction.” Only 18 percent of the 623 universities named to the honor roll were so recognized. In California, 47 universities were named to the honor roll, including 15 CSU campuses.
Titan community engagement totaled more than 1.4 million hours of community service through course-related hours and voluntary service. Related story: Presidential Recognition

Pizza With the Presidents March 14

Interim President Willie Hagan and ASI President Eric Niu are among the administrators and other ASI officers who will be answering questions during the Associated Students Inc.’s Pizza With the Presidents program at noon Wednesday, March 14, in the plaza in front of the Humanities-Social Sciences Building. For more information, call 657-278-3295 or visit the ASI website.

March 10

‘Women & Politics in the OC’

In honor of Women’s History Month, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva will discuss “Women & Politics in the OC” from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Golleher Alumni House. The event is sponsored by Women and Gender Studies Program and the Women and Gender Studies Student Association.

Honors Week March 13-16

Joseph M. Gonzalez, associate professor of liberal studies, is the 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, keynote speaker for Honors Week. He will discuss how high-achieving students can make a difference in and out of the classroom, in the Alvarado Room of the Titan Student Union. The week’s activities include faculty presentations, a student research symposium, resource fair, undergraduate research workshops, awards and scholarships. Info: 657-278-5494.

March 9

Titans Honored at Big West Banquet

Lauren Chow and Carlos Lopez were honored Thursday as Cal State Fullerton's female and male scholar-athletes of the year 2011 at the annual Big West Conference banquet in Anaheim.

‘Transgender Studies and the Politics of Mobility’

Toby Beauchamp, University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow from UC San Diego, will present “None Shall Pass: Transgender Studies and the Politics of Mobility” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in Room 264 of McCarthy Hall as part of the “Thinking Queer”: Bring Queer Scholarship to Cal State Fullerton speaker series. The series is sponsored by the Psychology Department, Women and Gender Studies Program and the Women and Gender Studies Student Association.

March 8

Gordon Lauded for Lifetime Achievement

For his accomplishments in higher education, Milton A. Gordon, former president of CSUF, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from 100 Black Men of Orange County  Saturday, March 10. On April 14, Gordon will receive an Estrella Award for lifetime achievement from the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

‘American Voices’

Pacific Chorale’s 24-voice John Alexander Singers, under the direction of John Alexander, emeritus professor of music, will salute contemporary American composers in a 4 p.m. March 11 performance in the Meng Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 or $20 with Titan discount and may be purchased online.

March 7

Student Housing III Receives Platinum

Phase III of student housing has been awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, based on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Several recently constructed buildings on campus have been awarded LEED certification or been built to LEED equivalent.

Online Scholarship Recognized

For the second year in a row, the Human Communication’s Communication Studies Program was rated a “Top Ten” department by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship. The program was awarded the designation for extensive record of publications on issues in areas such as debate and argumentation and conflict, intercultural and nonverbal communication.

Golfers Finish in 11th Place

The Titans finished the Lexis Classic Men's Golf Tournament in 11th place March 6.

USC Ends Titan Baseball Win Streak

A two-run single in the Trojans’ five-run seventh inning was the blow that snapped the Titans’ seven-game winning streak March 6 at Dedeaux Field. The baseball team next plays Texas A&M March 9-11 in Texas.

Softball Team Shutout by East Carolina

A two-out, two-run error with runners in scoring position broke a scoreless tie and visiting East Carolina exploded for eight runs in the seventh to hand the softball team a 10-0 loss March 6 at Anderson Family Field.

Season Ends for Women’s Basketball

Top-seeded Cal Poly shot just under 52 percent from the field March 6, handing No. 8-seeded Cal State Fullerton a 71-53 loss in the first round of the 2012 Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo.

March 6

Women Head Into Postseason

The Titan Women’s Basketball team faces Cal Poly San Luis Obispo tonight (March 6) at 7 in opening action as the No. 8-seeded team in the Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. The winner of the match will move to the semifinal round at the Honda Center in Anaheim Friday, March 9.

Golfers 13th in Fresno Tournament

The Titans rested in 13th place Monday among 16 teams after the first two rounds of the Lexus men's golf Classic at Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno.

Engineering Students Vie for National Award

The civil and environmental engineering student team that placed second for design and written report in a Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers national competition advance to the finals, where the students' design becomes a reality — a 2-foot-long, load-bearing wall made of sand — at the “GeoWall” competition March 25-27 in Oakland. Team members are Richard Hasting, Martha Nevarez, Alex Motzny and Barzin Sharrifi; faculty adviser is Binod Tiwari, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

‘Godspell’ and ‘Traces of Utopia’ at Grand Central

Tickets are now on sale for two upcoming theater productions at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana: “Godspell,” the rock gospel musical runs March 9-24, and “Traces of Utopia,” an ensemble of storytellers leading a journey through northern and central Africa runs April 6-21. Coming up later in the semester are “Twisted Wine” April 27-May 12 and the free performance of “BFA Cabarets” May 15-18. For more information or to order tickets, click here.

March 5

Foundation Supports Business Program

The Pacific Life Foundation has awarded the Center for Insurance Studies a $30,000 grant to provide general operating support for the undergraduate insurance/actuary program.

Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts its annual "Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale" March 15-18. More than 230 varieties of tomato plants, from currant and grape to beefy beefsteak size and colors ranging from white to black, and 100-plus varieties of hot and sweet peppers, including the hotter-than-hot Naga Jolokia or ghost chili, will be on sale for purchase. Proceeds from this annual sale benefit the Fullerton Arboretum. For more information, go to the Arboretum website.

Big Wins for Titans

The CSUF softball team earned an eight-run fifth inning March 4 to beat Michigan State, 11-7. They next play at 6 p.m. March 6 against East Carolina.

The Titan baseball team knocked off visiting Utah Valley, 11-3 for a three-game sweep March 4. They face off against USC March 4. And women’s tennis posted its first shutout of the season March 5 against Southern Utah. Next up is a match against CSUF Bakersfield March 7.

March 2

Nursing Doctorate Accredited

The new joint doctorate of nursing program being offered this fall by California State University campuses Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles, has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Final WASC approval was determined Feb. 24 and the campuses notified March 1. Stay tuned for developing story.

Titan Named Golfer of the Month

Taylor Fowler was selected the Big West Conference women’s golfer of the month for February. A junior from Murrieta, she led the Titans to a second-place finish in the recent Folino Invitational, shooting a career-best round of 8-over-par 221 (75-74-72), one stroke off the individual championship.  The Titans next compete March 11-13 in the Lexus Classic in Fresno.

Books for Troops

The student organizations Acacia, Teaching Writing Club and Creative Writing Club are collecting books to send to troops stationed across the nation and abroad. Students, faculty and staff may donate books and magazines of all genres, except romance novels, at the Writing Center on the first floor of Pollak Library or in the English Department office in Room 322 of University Hall through March 23. Donors are asked to write a note to the troops in the books they donate. For more information, call Maria Figueroa at 657-278-4024.

March 1

Documenting the Voice of the Silenced

Writer, director and producer Lydia Nibley will discuss her experience working on the award-winning documentary “Two Spirits” at noon Tuesday, March 6, in Room 205 of University Hall. Her talk is sponsored by the Women’s Center as part of Women’s History Month. 

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