April 2012

Posted April 30

Golfers Share Second in First Round of Big West Championships

Mark Anguiano shot a 3-under-par 69 to lead the Titans to a share of second place April 29 after the first round of the 2012 Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championships.

Softball Team Takes Series

Gabby Aragon finished 3-for-3 to help power CSUF to a season-high 17 hits while Desiree Ybarra held Cal State Northridge to a single hit for a 11-0 victory and third Big West Conference series win April 29.

Track and Field Team Shines

Katie Wilson posted another personal record in the women’s 400 meters and both the men's and women’s 4x100 relay teams ran well to highlight CSUF's efforts Saturday at the UCSD Triton Invitational Track and Field Meet.

April 28

Jerry Samuelson Dies

Jerry Samuelson, former dean of the College of the Arts, passed away Friday, April 27. He had been battling cancer and retired in 2009 as the longest-serving dean in the university’s history. He spent 34 years in that post — a record of service for CSUF deans that is not likely to be broken. At Friday’s “Music & Magic” Music Associates luncheon, Music Department Chair Marc Dickey’s remarks included praise for Samuelson for his efforts for the event-- the latest example of his ongoing involvement in campus life. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, sons and grandchildren.

His impact upon the university was the subject of this look-back published after his retirement.

Veterans Appreciation Night

Cal State Fullerton will offer up a salute to student veterans from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the Titan Student Union. The evening is sponsored by the Student Veterans Association in collaboration withe the WoMen's Center and Veterans Student Services. To register for the event, call 657-278-8660 or go online by May 2.

‘A Machine of Terror’ May 1 and 8

Criminal justice students will perform “A Machine of Terror,” a one-hour reenactment of the Moscow Trials, a series of trials held during 1936-37 before Stalin’s purge of the Communist Part and government officials, at 8 p.m. May 1 and 8 in Room 252 of University Hall. The performances are part of a term project for the upper-division course “Russian Justice” taught by Jay Wachtel, lecturer in criminal justice. Seating is limited; reservations may be made by email. More information, online.

Spring Dance May 3-13

Faculty and student works are showcased in this year's Spring Dance Theatre May 3-13 in the Little Theatre. Gladys Kares directs the production. For more information and/or to order tickets, go to the College of the Arts website.

April 27

Chronicle Reports Average Faculty Salaries

According to the 2012 American Association of University Professors faculty salary survey, as reported in the April 26 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education, the average faculty salary for full professors at Cal State Fullerton is $95,200. That places the university in the 70th percentile of all master's institutions surveyed nationwide. The average salary for associate professors is $78,400 (81st percentile) and $70,000 for assistant professors (88th percentile). Compare Cal State Fullerton’s faculty salaries with those of other institutions by consulting the Chronicle’s survey report.

April 26

Professor Guillaume Honored for Teaching Excellence

This year’s recipient of the university’s Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award is Andrea Guillaume, professor of elementary and bilingual education. The honor — one of the top CSUF career awards for faculty members — was announced at today’s Academic Senate meeting, which erupted in cheers and applause when she was named. For 21 years, Guillaume has mentored university faculty members and served as a “master” teacher to various delegations. The award was created in recognition of the achievements of Carol Barnes, emeritus professor of elementary and bilingual education and recipient of the university’s 1994-95 Outstanding Professor Award. More details to follow.

National Geographic Lauds Famous Grad

Academy Award-winning director and CSUF graduate Kevin Costner (B.A. business administration-marketing ’78) is among those featured in the April 25 National Geographic News story “Biology Degrees and PhDs: Actors Who Are Smarter Than You Think.” The article points out that “not only are these actors impressive on the silver screen, but they appear to have considerable command over the Ivory tower. True class-acts and perhaps an example for youth, these actors are setting the bar for success.” Costner is known for starring roles in such films as “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham,” “JKF,” “The Untouchables,” “The Bodyguard” and “Dances With Wolves,” winner of the 1991 Oscar for best picture, as well as the Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award and Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Costner. “Dances With Wolves” and “Field of Dreams” are on the American Film Institute’s list of the “100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.”

Art of Convergence

Sculptures of various forms and sizes, including some 7 feet tall, are taking shape in and near Visual Arts Room 152, where students in art professor Jim Jenkins' advanced sculpture course are competing for prize money and visibility in a competition sponsored by Emulex Corp. The challenge: use discarded IT equipment provided by the Costa Mesa-based company to “create a sculpture that represents the concept of ‘convergence’ in the data center.” A top prize of $5,000 is on the line, and the competition is exclusive to CSUF students. Voting is set for May. More to come on this developing story.

Federal Designation

In addition to being a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the Department of Education has designated Cal State Fullerton as an Asian American, and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The designations are tied to the populations of the university’s student body and make the institution eligible for federal funding for various student programs.

Project Kaleidoscope: Advancing STEM Education

CSUF hosts the April 26-27 meeting for Project Kaleidoscope/Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative, a four-year project to develop a comprehensive institutional framework to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and success for all students. Campus participants 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. For more information, contact Robert A. Koch.

Student Creates Online Contest

Got an interesting school project? It could win a $1,000 cash prize in a “Project Popularity Contest” launched by YesYous.com, created by Hasan Almatrouk, a senior electrical engineering major. To enter the contest, students create a YesYous.com account, post their projects, then invite others to vote for their entry. The project with the most votes by May 20 wins. For more information, go to the YesYous website.

Half Off Book Sale

The Patrons of the Library/CSUF Emeriti Book Sale Center holds its annual half off sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1-2. Outdoor sidewalk sale (weather permitting), as well as indoors, just west of the Pollak Library in front of the Book Sale Center.

April 25

Lunch With Titan Visionaries

Community and campus members interested in meeting this year’s alumni Vision & Visionaries honorees are invited to attend an 11:30 a.m. April 26 luncheon hosted by Alumni Relations. Recipients slated to attend are Caecilia Gotama (B.S. engineering-mechanical ’82, M.S. engineering-mechanical ’86), Becky Hamilton (B.A. radio-TV-film ’06), Tony Ortega (B.A. English ’87, M.A. English ’89), and Verne Wagner (B.A. business administration-accounting ’77). Seating is limited. To RSVP, send an email to Dawn L. Bunch.

From Bench Press to Briefcase and Beyond

Scientific writer Corey Lohnes and television CEO Mike Bledsoe will discuss their career journeys after earning degrees in kinesiology and health science in April 30 presentations sponsored by the Kinesiology and Health Science Department. The talks will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 192 of KHS Building and at 2 p.m. in Room 404 of Langsdorf Hall. For more information, contact Andy Galpin, assistant professor of kinesiology, 657-278-2122.

Assessment Conference April 27

Faculty members, administrators and chairs are invited to attend the 15th annual Assessment Conference “Enhancing Student Learning Through Formative Assessment” featuring Trudy Banta, author of “Assessment in Practice.” The April 27 program is sponsored by Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Academic Affairs and the Faculty Development Center. Online registration is available at the program website.

Lorenzen Accepts USA Baseball Invite

Sophomore Michael Lorenzen has accepted an invitation for a second tour of duty with USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team this summer. He joins former Titan Christian Colon as the only Titans to have played with the CNT in consecutive seasons. Mark Kotsay, a Collegiate National Team member in 1995, was an Olympian in 1996 in Atlanta.

Titan Baseball No. 8 in Top 25 Poll

The Titans moved up to  No. 8 in Baseball America’s Top 25 Poll, and remain tied with Long Beach State atop the Big West standings.

The softball team is currently in fifth place in the Big West Conference.

Miracle League Clinic

Titan baseball players and coaches will offer support and tips to “special needs” players at the April 26 Miracle League of North Orange County on Goodwin Field. The league is based in Placentia and is comprised of 120 players ranging in age from 8-62 years old.

April 24

Democracy Dutch Treat

Artist Jules Rochielle is the current artist in residence in social practice at the university's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. April 24, she  guides a discussion to explore “What is Democracy?” Attendees will meet at the center’s Gypsy Den Café, 125 N. Broadway Ave., at 7 p.m. for a dutch treat dinner. RSVP to Grand Center Art Center Director John Spiak.

Former Wrestler Dies in Accident

Former Cal State Fullerton wrestler Andre Gonzalez perished early Monday morning in a one-car accident on Highway 133 in south Orange County. The 22-year-old senior was due to graduate next month with a degree in kinesiology. Gonzalez was a four-year letterman and captain of the 2010-11 squad.

Panetta Scholar Chosen

Cal State Fullerton’s student representative for the annual Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional Internship program, which takes one student from each CSU campus, is senior American studies and political science major Aissa R. Canchola. The Anaheim resident is chair of the California State Student Association. She has helped organize a number of statewide campaigns, advocating for reinvestment in higher education.

Geology Student Research Day

The Department of Geological Sciences hosts Geology Research Day Friday, April 27, in the Titan Student Union Garden Cafe. Both graduate and undergraduate students will share their earth science research in such areas as groundwater management in Southern California to volcano hazards in southern Alaska. the 3-6 p.m. program is co-sponsored by the South Coast Geological Society, who will be awarding prizes for best student posters.

Donate Life Run/Walk

The Employee Wellness Program is putting together a team to take part in the Donate Life 2012 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 28, on campus. This would be the seventh year that a team has been created through the campus program. For more information about taking part, contact Bill Beam.

April 23

Titans Win Series Against Cal Poly

Carlos Lopez doubled to the wall to score Ivory Thomas in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Titans a 5-4 Big West Conference series win over visiting Cal Poly April 22. The Titans will return to the field April 24 when they take on LMU in their only game of the week.

Softball Breaks Losing Streak

Senior Adriana Martinez’s ground ball off the pitcher’s glove scored the game-winning run, breaking a 4-4 tie and helping CSUF to a 5-4 victory over UC Riverside April 22. The team hits the road meeting San Diego State April 25 at 6 p.m. before opening a three-game series at Cal State Northridge April 28-29.

Making Connections in Chile

CSUF and INACAP, a private university system in Chile with 25 campuses throughout the country, have agreed to collaborate in the academic areas of social work, kinesiology, nursing and business. Anil Puri, Shari McMahan, David Cherin and Mikyong Kim-Goh signed the agreement in Chile during spring break.

Titan Tennis Rallies for 4-3 Big West Victory

Freshman Jessica Pepa outlasted UC Riverside's Kate Bergeson in three sets, helping the visiting Titans rally for a 4-3 Big West Conference women's tennis victory over the Highlanders April 19.

On April 21, the Titans got off to rocky start as UC Davis handed CSUF a 6-11 defeat in a Big West Conference match.

Titan Track and Field Place in LA

Walter Whitaker placed second overall in the triple jump, and Charles Michinock and Gavin Couvrey-Jacobs won two flights of the men's 400 meter hurdles April 19 at the Cal State Los Angeles Twilight Open Track and Field Meet.

April 19

Bring a Child to Work Day

Campus members are invited to bring children, ages 8 to 18, to campus on Thursday, April 26, in celebration of Take a Child to Work Day. A combination of hands-on group activities, individual job shadowing and interaction have been scheduled. For more details, go to Take a Child to Work Day website.

April 18

CSUF Among Top Grad Schools for Hispanics

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s recently published listing of the “Top 25 Graduate Schools Enrolling Hispanics” puts Cal State Fullerton at No. 19 based on 2010 data from the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics. Top two universities listed are in Florida: Nova Southeastern and Florida International universities. Eight from California are on the April 9 list, with USC in the lead at No. 5.

Teaching and Technology Day

The Faculty Development Center host a daylong April 24 Teaching and Technology Day with sessions on the tools that can help increase quality of digital instruction, including "Using Avatars and Recorded Narration to Increase Student Learning and Engagement" and "Getting Your Student to Read Deeply: Literature Circles As a Structure for Reading Across the Curriculum." For more information and to register, call 657-278-4722.

Info Session on M.S. in Counseling

Individuals interested in advancing their education with a master of science degree in counseling are invited to an 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, information session on the newly approved part-time degree program. Applications for the first cohort in Spring 2013 will be accepted starting Aug. 1. The info session will be held in Room 13 of the Ruby Gerontology Center. Reservations are requested and may be made by contacting Suzanne Batista at 657-278-4280 or sbatista@fullerton.edu.

Pepperdine Defeated

The Titan Baseball Team defeated visiting Pepperdine, 8-6, April 17, coming from behind three times during the nonconference game at Goodwin Field. April 20, the Titans begin three-game series against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at home.

April 17

Battle of the Greeks

The Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council are hosting the annual Battle of the Greeks through Saturday, April 21. More than 200 Greek students are spending the week raising money through fundraisers, competing in various Greek-pride sports activities, and collecting school supply items for the Maywood Parks and Recreation Center. To donate or for more information, contact Maricela Alvarado or Jenell Bukky at 657-278-3211.

Barros, Koch to Visit Brazil

Joao Barros, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Robert A. Koch, acting dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, are in Brazil this week as part of the Institute of International Education's yearlong partnership program with the South American country. CSUF's Brazil Partnership Steering Committee has contracted with the IIE for training programs and services to advance the formation of partnership efforts with colleges and universities in Brazil. Barros and Koch are part of a U.S. delegation of educators who will visit public and private universities, meet with a number of officials and take part in policy events. Related story: http://calstate.fullerton.edu/inside/2012sp/Brazil-initiative.asp

April 16

Former Titan Signs With Raiders

The Oakland Raiders signed former Titan basketball player Andre Hardy to a free-agent contract as a tight end. Hardy, who hasn't played football since high school, averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds the past two seasons for the Titans and was chosen Big West Conference newcomer of the year in 2010-11. Hardy's father, also Andre, played parts of three seasons in the NFL as a running back with Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco.

'Hidden Identities' Talk April 18

Jarret S. Lovell, associate professor of criminal justice, will speak at 5:30 p.m. April 18 on "Hidden Identities: Homosexuality and the Gay Rights Movement in Jamaica" in Room 402 of Langsdorf Hall. The program is part of the "Thinking Queer": Bringing Queer Scholarship to Cal State Fullerton 2011-12 Speaker Series.

Titans Win Series Against UC Irvine

Freshman JD Davis' two-run home run in the top of the sixth, broke a 2-2 tie and propelled the Titans to a 5-3 Big West Conference series victory over UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark April 15. CSUF lost their first game against the Anteaters April 13 but followed with two victories. The wins bring the team to 7-2 in Big West play and a tie with Long Beach State at the top of conference standings.

Pacific Takes Series Sweep in Softball

Nikki Armagost finished 4-for-4 with three RBI and Taylor Petty added a pair of hits and drove in four on the day, powering host Pacific to a 10-5 victory over Cal State Fullerton and a sweep of the regular season series April 15.

Track Champs Repeat

Long Beach State's men's team and UC Santa Barbara's women's team defended their championships Sunday at the Big West Challenge Track and Field Meet April 15 on campus.

April 13

Insurance Industry Foundation to Honor Center for Insurance Studies

The Center for Insurance Studies will be recognized for significant growth and achievements of the insurance program during the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation's May 3 benefit dinner in San Francisco. The foundation also will honor Weili Lu for her outstanding leadership as director of the center.

April 12

Softball Team Hosts ‘Power in Pink’ Event

The Titan softball team hosts its fourth-annual “Power in Pink” day to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness Saturday, April 21, during its doubleheader with Big West Conference rival UC Riverside at Anderson Family Field.

Bruins Halt Titans

Four Bruin pitchers held the Titan baseball team to just four hits and a UCLA RBI-triple and run in the fourth inning was the difference as the Bruins beat Cal State Fullerton 4-2 April 11 in a non-conference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Titans head to UC Irvine for a key Big West match-up kicking off Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game will be at 2 p.m., with the finale being televised by ESPNU.

April 11

Upcoming President’s Symposium on “Confronting Inequality”

Experts in politics, business and journalism will be discussing what appears to be growing inequality in wealth and income during the May 11 “Confronting Inequality: Political, Educational and Social Consequences and Remedies.”

April 10

Biel Named Among America’s Best

The nation’s students have spoken. Joseph Biel, associate professor of art, is among faculty members so lauded by students he was chosen for inclusion in the Princeton Review's newly released “The Best 300 Professors.” It’s billed as “the first comprehensive guidebook to America’s top undergraduate professors.” The guide features profiles, rather than ratings, and is available online, as is a Los Angeles Times April 8 feature about Biel and his creation, "Veil," an elaborate 12-foot wide drawing of a wall of televisions.

Men’s Early Childhood Experiences

The WoMen’s Center and new Center for Boys and Men hosts a Tuesday, April 17, workshop led by Steve LaPore, executive director and founder of “1in6,”  in Portola Pavilion C of the Titan Student Union. The 7-8:30 p.m. program will be focused on men's early childhood experiences, specifically the incidence of sexual abuse. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 657-278-3928.

April 9

Titans Complete Sweep With 11-0 Rout

Michael Lorenzen, Anthony Hutting, Matt Chapman and Austin Kingsolver each drove in two runs and Grahamm Wiest, Christian Coronado and Tyler Peitzmeier combined on a 9-hit shutout of visiting UC Davis as the Titans completed a weekend sweep with an 11-0 Big West Conference victory April 7. The Titans hit the road for four games beginning with 6 p.m. April 10 at UCLA.

Softball Earns Series Win

Sophomore Jena Rubio’s first career home run — a three-run, two-out, line-drive — capped a four-run, sixth inning, rallying the Titans from three-runs down to a 5-4 victory over UC Santa Barbara April 7. They take to the road April 14-15 to play Pacific.

Track and Field

Ashley Sims paced the  track and field squad April 6-7 at the 33rd Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State. She placed third in the women's 100 meters and seventh in the 200. Other top ten Titan finishers were Brandon Cook, fifth in the men's 800; Katie Wilson sixth and Thompson eighth in the women's 400; Aaron Ray tenth in the men's 100. The women's 4x400 relay team of Wilson, Sims, Thompson and Elizabeth Claustro ran ninth.

The Titans host the Big West Challenge April 13.

April 5

Night of the Pachyderm

Alumni and campus members are invited to take part in Night of Pachyderm Baseball sponsored by the CSUF Alumni Association Friday, April 20. The action begins at 5 p.m. at the Golleher Alumni House prior to the Titan-Cal Poly San Luis Obispo game. For more information, go to alumni association website.

April 6

Higgins Wins Outstanding Thesis Honors

Biology graduate Benjamin Higgins is the 2012 recipient of the Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award. Higgins, who earned an M.S. in biology in January, conducted research focusing on the feeding behavior of California grunion. His mentor, Michael H. Horn, professor of biological science and past recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award, nominated Higgins for the award.

Titans Snag Baseball Victory

Clay Williamson's 2-run pinch-hit single in the eighth inning and the arm and bat of Michael Lorenzen carried CSUF to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over UC Davis April 5 in the opening game of a Big West Conference series at Goodwin Field. The teams next play April 6 at 7 p.m.

The Titan softball team faces UC Santa Barbara April 6-7 on CSUF's Anderson Family Field. Games will be played at 4 and 6 p.m. Friday and noon April 7.

Departmental Name Changes

The Office of Facilities Management has been renamed the Office of Facilities Planning and Management, and the Office of Design and Construction is now the Office of Capital Project Management.

Meeting Canceled

An April 20 meeting of the University Curriculum Committee on the proposed course “Senior Seminar in Computers and Society” has been canceled.

April 4

Students Win Third in Google Map Contest

Civil and environmental engineering students won third place in last month’s “Google Map Maker University Mapping Contest.” Using Google Map Maker, graduate students Adam Lewis and Beena Ajmera and senior Mark Principe added campus details, including university building names, bike paths, roads and walkways, to the CSUF map image on Google. Binod Tiwari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, was the students’ faculty adviser for the contest, open to teams from U.S. and Canada institutions.

Call for Entries

“ART: Healing in Disguise” is the theme for Art 4 Health VI, the annual juried art exhibit at the Student Health and Counseling Center for students, alumni, faculty and staff. Campus members interested in having their work shown may submit applications and digital images by April 15 at the Art 4 Health website.

April 3

‘Star Trek’ Fame Reaches Pollak Library

Among the treasures housed in the Pollak Library’s Special Collections section is a script for an episode of the 1960s television series “Star Trek.” The teleplay “He Walked Among Us” was donated years ago by science-fiction writer Norman Spinrad after the series producers paid him for the work, then opted not to produce it. The script by the writer who also penned “The Doomsday Machine” became the subject of a March 28 New York Times story, “A ‘Trek’ Script Is Grounded in Cyperspace.” It seems CBS has objected to plans for the script to be produced for a popular Web series based on the characters and setting created by Gene Roddenberry for the original NBC series, which CBS now owns. Special Collections Librarian Sharon Perry is mentioned in the article reporting that she's received only one inquiry about the script during her 27 years at the Pollak Library.

Town and Gown Lecture

Brady P. Rhodes, professor of geological sciences, will discuss “Tsunami!” Tuesday, April 10, at the Fullerton Public Library as part of the 2012 Town and Gown Lecture Series co-sponsored by CSUF. The 7 p.m. program will be held at 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., adjacent to Fullerton City Hall.

Keeping Your Garden Green

The Fullerton Arboretum offers a wide selection of gardening classes this month, including: April 7 — “Plant Family Identification” and “Rejuvenating Haircuts for Plants,” April 21 — “Urban Farmers: Keep Plagues at Bay” and April 28 — “Water Conservation Gardening: Irrigation Techniques.” For more information or to reserve a spot, call 657-278-3407.

April 2

TSU Lights It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Campus students are taking part in the "Light It Up Blue" worldwide campaign to support autism awareness, lighting up the Titan Student Union with a "flip the switch" ceremony at sundown Monday, April 2. A movie screening and panel discussion also are scheduled during the month.

Softball Team Earns Shutout

The softball team earned its first Big West Conference series win of the season with a doubleheader split April 1, falling to host Cal Poly in the opener, 4-1, before rebounding with a 7-0 shutout victory in San Luis Obispo’s Rubber Match.

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