July 2012

Posted July 31

Bardsley, Great Britain Stymie Brazil, 1-0

Former Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and her Great Britain teammates are into the quarterfinals unbeaten and unscored upon after posting a 1-0 shutout over perennial powerhouse Brazil to conclude Group E play at the 2012 London Olympic Games today (July 31) at Wembley Stadium.Great Britain is next up in the quarterfinals Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m. PST.

Coaches Pick Titans Third in Big West Poll

The Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team was picked to finish third in the race for the Big West Conference title in 2012 while senior Ann Marie Tangorra was named to the preseason all-conference team according to a vote of the league's coaches released on Tuesday afternoon.

McMahan Among ‘Awesome 100’

Shari McMahan, dean of the College of Health and Human Development, is among "100 Awesome Deans of Public Health 2012" chosen by MPHPrograms List.com. The criteria for selection, according to the website, were "based on the reputation of the institution along with the personal achievements of each dean." McMahan, listed at No. 56, became dean in 2011 and is the newest member of the CSUF Council of Deans. McMahan oversees the departments of Child and Adolescent Studies, Counseling, Health Science, Human Services, Kinesiology and Social Work, as well as the college's School of Nursing and its Military Science Program.

CSU/Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement

The California State University has reached a tentative agreement on a successor contract with the California Faculty Association that represents 23,000 faculty, coaches, counselors and librarians. The contract runs through June 30, 2014 and becomes effective upon ratification by CFA members and the CSU Board of Trustees.

July 30

Olympic Update

Great Britain’s women football team, which includes Titan alumna Karen Bardsley (B.F.A. art-graphic design ’08) shutout Cameroon Saturday, July 28. The team next plays Tuesday, July 31, against Brazil.

Fellow Titan Howard Bach (B.A. business administration-finance ’07) was not so fortunate. Bach and his teammate Tony Gunawan were eliminated after defeats by South Korea and Malaysia and Japan.

July 27

Student Featured in “Made in L.A. 2012”

Music history major Nzuji De Magalhães is part of this summer's history-making exhibit, “Made in L.A. 2012,” the first Los Angeles-based biennial art exhibition. It’s on view through Sept. 2 at three venues, including the Hammer Museum in Westwood, where the grad student’s performance project will be staged in August.

“The museum is prominently featuring her work in its current show,” noted De Magalhães’ thesis adviser, music professor John Koegel, who attended the exhibition’s packed opening and “was very impressed. This is a very important and large show, with many artists represented.” There are 60 overall — mostly emerging and under-recognized artists. “Daily Perplexities” is De Magalhães’ performance art project, involving an original composition of hers performed by four pianists on four hand-painted armatures holding electric pianos. She has assembled a cast of CSUF students and faculty members to perform at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 12. Admission is free for students with ID and $10 for others.

Restoring the Oyster in Alamitos Bay Workshop

Marine ecologist Danielle Zacherl is presenting a workshop and informational talk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, as part of her efforts to restore the Olympia oyster in Jack Dunster Marine Reserve in Alamitos Bay, Long Beach. The workshop at Sea Base Aquatic Center, 5875 E. Appian Way, is open to volunteers, dock owners and other community members interested in learning more about the restoration efforts.

Locker Rooms to be Refurbished

The women’s general locker room and the women's and men’s faculty/staff locker rooms are part of a summer refurbishment project being undertaken by the Office of Capital Project Management. The renovation work in the faculty/staff locker rooms begins Monday, July 30, in Rooms 194 and 158 of the Kinesiology and Health Science Building, with completion slated for Aug. 10 and 24, respectively. The women’s general locker room (Room 191) will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 13, and is slated to be completed Friday, Aug. 24. The existing lockers will be removed and replaced permanently with different lockers. Any questions about the project may be directed to Stephen Chamberlain at 657-278-5997.

July 25

President García Speaks at AASCU

President Mildred García spoke yesterday (July 26) at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Academic Affairs Summer Meeting in San Francisco. The meeting’s theme is “Building the 21st-Century University: Tools and Elements.” The president spoke at the opening plenary, “Changing Demographics Affecting Higher Education: Becoming a True HSI.”

The address focused on rapidly changing U.S. demographics that are impacting higher education and “who we serve on our campuses. Today’s campus are more diverse than ever before. Census data indicate that by 2015, Hispanics will be in the majority, but as a group they continue to be underserved with some of the lowest graduation rates.” The session dealt with Latino students — their hopes, dreams and challenges — and the promising practices that will allow more institutions to become Hispanic Serving Institutions. She spoke about the educational attainment of Hispanics; being an institution that truly becomes a Hispanic Serving Institution; promising practices from across the country; and the role of the provost as an academic leader in managing change in transforming institutions to become truly student-centered.

Titan Kicks Off Olympics With Shutout

Alumna Karen Bardsley (BFA art-graphic design ’08) kicked off the Olympics helping the Great Britain women's soccer team defeat New Zealand, 1-0, July 25. Bardsley, who played on the 2002-06 Titan teams, served as goalkeeper, blocking four shots on goal. Great Britain next plays on Saturday, July 28.

Another Titan competing in the Olympic games is Howard Bach (B.A. business administration-finance ’07) who is competing for his third chance at Olympic gold on the USA badminton team. Bach and his teammate Tony Gunawan will see action against a Korean doubles team on Saturday, July 28.

It’s Time to Test Those Bridges

High school students taking part in the Johns Hopkins University-Cal State Fullerton Partnership Engineering Innovation summer program will put their spaghetti bridges to the test from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 27, in Room 199 of the Kinesiology and Health Science Building. The contest culminates an intensive four-week course that introduces high school students to engineering. During Friday’s event, six groups of four students will compete to see whose bridge can hold the most weight before breaking. Past winning bridges have held more than 100 pounds. See 2011 participants in the bridge-building phase.

July 24

Scholar and Ultra Marathoner

Earlier this month, kinesiology major Alexa Dickerson completed the 135-mile Bad Water Ultra Marathon in under 40 hours. She is the second youngest woman — at age 24 — to complete the race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney. For more information on her accomplishment, read David Whiting's column in the Orange County Register.

July 23

Energy Efficiency and Climate Policy

When most of us think of energy efficiency, we think reduction in power usage. Not necessarily so, says Robert Michaels, professor of economics, in his just finished study “Energy Efficiency and Climate Policy.” Sometimes efficiency creates a “rebound,” such as when people who install more efficient lighting then leave the lights on longer. An indirect rebound, the researcher notes is when increased fuel economy leads to more driving and an increase in the demand for tires. “The pervasiveness of energy efficiency rebounds illustrates that attempts to plan or direct energy policy toward desired goals will likely fall far short of expectations,” writes Michaels. “Instead of imposing energy efficiency mandates, energy policy should embrace market prices and disruptive innovations to guide energy to is most valuable uses.”

Service to Transfer Students

Cal State Fullerton has been included in a U.S. News and World Report list of the 10 schools with the most-degree-seeking transfer students in 2010. The report lists CSUF seventh for accepting 4,165 in fall 2010. The figure includes both students transferring from community colleges and students who have transferred from either a CSU, UC or other higher education institution. Cal State Fullerton has been designated the No. 1 destination for California community college transfer students among all California public universities for 12 consecutive years, according to the California Postsecondary Education Commission

July 20

Restoring Oyster Beds in Alamitos Bay

Marine ecologist Danielle Zacherl is continuing efforts to increase the number of native Olympia Oysters along the Southern California coast. This summer, the educator, her students and community volunteers are expanding her ongoing project in Newport Bay to Jack Dunster Marine Reserve in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. In June, Zacherl, associate professor of biological science, received a $89,000 State Coastal Conservancy grant for her restoration efforts. Declining oyster populations impact local ecosystems and clean water, she noted.

Tomato Tasting and Summer Salsa Contest

Campus and community members are invited to bring out their finest tomatoes and salsa for the Fullerton Arboretum's annual Tomato Tasting and Sizzlin’ Summer Salsa Contest Saturday, Aug. 4. For more information, go to the Arboretum website.

July 18

Conference Promotes Undergrad Research

National leaders in higher education science will meet on campus July 26-28 ways to advance research and educational activities at the undergraduate level and promote careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. CSUF and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts “Enhancing Biological Science Research Opportunities at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Advancing Discovery While Training the Next Generation of Scientists,” which is made possible by a $130,000 National Science Foundation grant.

Hispanic Media Program Planned

President Mildred García, College of Communications Dean William Briggs and several members of the College of Communications faculty and staff will be meeting with members of Hispanic media outlets at a reception today (July 18) hosted by The Walt Disney Company to discuss the launch of a new program in Hispanic media at Cal State Fullerton.

“As the leading university in the nation when it comes to awarding bachelor's degrees in communications and journalism to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012), it makes sense for us to offer this program reflecting the new realities of the California media marketplace and the students we serve,” said Briggs. “We are especially pleased that President García will be joining us as a champion for this proposed academic program.”

July 17

Blood Drive July 18

The Volunteer and Service Center hosts a blood drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 on the walkway between Titan Gym and the Student Recreation Center. Participants will receive coupons for Chili's, Laught Factory and a voucher for two Chivas soccer tickets. To sign up, go to www.RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code “CSUF” or call 714-427-2605.

July 16

New Tutoring Center Opens

The PROCESS Project Tutoring Center has opened to give students completing the education specialist credential program assistance in their preparation to become highly qualified educators in special education. The center offers help with test taking, studying strategies and competency exam support. Located in Room 610 of College Park, the center is funded through a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant. For more information, contact Sara Head, project coordinator, 657-278-7523.

July 12

Titan Olympians in London

Two Titans will be competing this month at the summer Olympic games in London. Howard Bach (B.A. business administration-finance ’07) will be returning for another chance at Olympic gold on the USA badminton team. Bach competed in the 2004 games in Athens, Greece, and in the 2008 games in Beijing, China, where he and his doubles partner, Bob Malaythong, made it to the quarter finals — a first for the Americans in the sport. Karen Bardsley (BFA art-graphic design ’08), who played on the women’s soccer team from 2002-06, will be a goalkeeper for Great Britain. She is the second Titan women’s soccer player to make it to the Olympics. After graduation, Bardsley was a volunteer coach with the Titans and played professionally for three seasons with Sky Blue FC in Women’s Professional Soccer before joining Swedish Linkopings FC in August 2011.

July 11

CSUF Among Top 100 for Graduate Degrees Awarded

Cal State Fullerton is ranked in several categories in Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100” listing of institutions that award graduate degrees. CSUF is 25th for the number of master’s degrees awarded to Asian Americans, 28th for those awarded to Hispanics and 47th for the number of master’s degrees awarded to minorities overall. The rankings are based on 2010-11 data from the U.S. Department of Education and were published in the July 5 edition of the magazine.

July 9

Civilian Oversight in Law Enforcement

Graduate students Eduardo L. Calderon and Maria Hernandez‐Figueroa will make a July 11 presentation on community police oversight at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. The 6:30-8 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Facilitating the discussion will be Jarret S. Lovell, associate professor of criminal justice. Fullerton’s acting police chief Dan Hughes will discuss recent improvements in the city's police department. The presentation is part of a project that the students are working on with political science faculty members Christine Gardiner and Shelly Arsneault, as the community considers proposals for an oversight committee for the Fullerton Police Department. The university’s Center for Public Policy plans to publish the research findings and share them with all police agencies in Orange County, Arsneault said.

Knowledge Is Power Conference

Student Affairs holds its annual professional development conference: Knowledge Is Power VIII Monday, July 16, in the Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion. The 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. conference is free and open to faculty, staff and administrators on campus. For more information, call Aimee Nelson at anelson@fullerton.edu. To register, go to the conference website.

Free Public Nature Tours

Campus and community members who are interested in learning more about the Fullerton Arboretum are invited to attend free Saturday morning nature guide tours. The 10 a.m. sessions are offered Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. For more information, call 657-278-3407.

July 6

MHIRT Program Receives Funding

Marcelo Tolmasky, professor of biological science, has received a $241,560 National Institutes of Health grant to continue the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program. The 15-year-old program supports student research overseas in an effort to increase the number of those entering research fields, as well as increase awareness of minority and international health issues.

Tuesday Nights in the Garden

The Fullerton Arboretum will be holding a series of evening programs for the whole family kicking off July 10 with “A Bee’s Life,” a program on the lives of bees and their role in the plant world. Other programs: July 24 — “City Wildlife” on how red foxes, opossums, prairie dogs and skunks have adapted to living in an urban environment; Aug. 7 — “Scavenger Hunt” for unique plants from around the world; and Aug. 21 — “Birds of Prey.” The 6-7:30 p.m. programs cost $5 per program for adults and children over the age of 4; younger children are free. For more information, call 657-278-3407.

July 3

Grads in ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’

Two alumni are performing in the Musical Theatre West production of “Monty Python’s  Spamalot,” being staged through July 15 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy spoofs the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Matthew J. Vargo (B.A. business administration-finance ’91), a member of the Broadway cast of “Cats,” and Neil Starkenberg (B.F.A. theatre arts-musical theatre ’11), whose TV credits include “How I Met Your Mother” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” share the Carpenter stage with Davis Gains, who performed the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.

July 2

Summer Institute for Future Teachers

Daniel S. Choi, assistant professor of educational leadership, has received a $99,146 award from Growth Sector in support of the Cal State Fullerton Teacher Pathway Partnership Summer Institute, which was launched last year to encourage students to seek careers as STEM teachers, especially in elementary and secondary schools in areas of high need. The program is a partnership between the university’s College of Education; Santa Ana, Santiago Canyon and Fullerton colleges; local California Workforce Investment Boards; and area after-school programs.

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