August 2012

Posted Aug. 16

Tucker CSI — Critter Scene Investigations

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary hosts an Aug. 25 family program about the creatures that habitat the area. Mark Mendez leads the 9 to 11 a.m. session that includes an easy hike and lessons on how to identify native animals by their tracks, scat, burrows and other signs. Fee is $5 for the program, which is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. Reservations can be made by calling 714-649-2760.

Finding STEM Success

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosts "Finding Success As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Major" for incoming freshmen, community college transfer students and their families from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Titan Student Union. Tours of the college and its labs, as well as faculty, staff and administrator included. For more information or schedule of events, go to the NSM website or contact Yvonne Moar at 657-278-2638. 

Aug. 15

Tournament Kicks Off Men’s Soccer Season

The Titan men's soccer season kicks off Aug. 24 and 26 with the Fullerton Tournament featuring Cal State Northridge, University of Portland, American University and CSUF. To see the full schedule for the tournament and the season, go online.

The Titan team has been picked to finish fourth in the newly formed Big West Conference South Division, and seventh overall, according to a vote of the league's coaches earlier this month.

Aug. 14

TV Star Grad to Sign Autographs Aug. 19

“Criminal Minds” star and CSUF graduate Kirsten Vangsness (B.A. theatre arts ’96) is scheduled to join fellow cast members of the CBS drama Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts “Celebrity Meet and Greet” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Vangsness plays computer ace Penelope Garcia in the hit television series and was master of ceremonies for her alma mater’s Front & Center 2010. Fans are invited to bring their cameras and pens to the Aug. 19 event, which is included with paid festival admission ($10) or Pageant of the Masters ticket. Also scheduled to attend are “Criminal Minds” cast members Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Vangness’ flirty counterpart, Shemar Moore.

Aug. 13

Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Fund Established

A new $25,000 fund established with an initial gift by Dorota M. Huizinga, associate vice president for graduate studies and research, will underwrite scholarships and other activities to support student innovation.

Named after Huizinga’s late husband, the Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Fund will provide scholarships and funding to Cal State Fullerton students participating in campus events that foster student creativity, scholarship, research and/or entrepreneurship with a particular focus on novel approaches to technological innovation or approaches to innovative technology.

“It is inspirational that a member of the Titan family is supporting students and innovation in this way, and it is certainly a touching tribute to Dorota’s husband, Ed,” said President Mildred García.

The fund is designed to welcome additional contributions to expand its impact.

Titan Croons About Olympic Gymnasts

The USA’s gold-medal-winning women’s gymnastics team has legions of enthusiastic fans, but few are as talented as CSUF musical theatre alum Noah Rivera, a Broadway veteran. Before the London games, the singer/dancer/actor was so inspired by the gymnasts’ prospects that he created a “go for the gold” video sendoff, posting it on YouTube a few ​days before their historic victory in London. It’s two minutes and 36 seconds of fluid flip-and-tumble imagery set to music with Rivera singing a parody of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.” He titled it “... in Honor of the USA Women’s Gymnastics Team! We Are Proud Of You!” So far, more than 8,600 have "liked" the tribute.

Rivera will be among the musical theatre alumni on campus Sept. 8 for “Opening Night,” showcasing Titan talent for donors to the College of the Arts. For details, contact Milly Heaton, director of development, 657-278-7695.

Aug. 9

Invitational Golf Tournament Aug. 13

Athletics will host the second annual Bruce Bowen Invitational Golf Tournament Monday, Aug. 13, at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. Proceeds from the daylong program will benefit the Titan men’s basketball student-athletes. For more information, or to participate, contact Kellie Newman at 657-278-7016 or go to the invitation website.

Women’s Soccer Exhibition, Season Opener

CSUF women's soccer kick off the season with an exhibition match at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Sunday, Aug. 12. The Titans begin their season with a 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, home opener against USC in Titan Stadium. For more information about the team and its schedule, go to the women’s soccer home page.

Flags at Half Staff

Cal State Fullerton joins other universities, public buildings, military posts, naval stations and navel vessels in flying its American flags at half staff in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wis. The lowering of the flags through Aug. 10 follows a proclamation by the President of the United States.

Aug. 8

Titans Qualify for U.S. Amateur Tourney

Men’s golfers Dakota Duerr and Ryan Tetrault have qualified for the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship tournament presented by the U.S. Golf Association and will be competing among hundreds of amateurs for an invitation to play in the Masters and U.S. Open in 2013.

Aug. 6

Open House Aug. 11

Are you “north of 50” and interested in lifelong learning through lectures, classes and fun activities? Osher Lifelong Learning Institute campus and community members to their annual Open House Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Ruby Gerontology Center. OLLI annually offers more than 350 lectures, classes and activities that range from history, language arts, travel, yoga, photography, art, music and computer science. The 9 a.m. program will outline the institute’s fall 2012 lineup of classes and the benefits of membership. A free light lunch is included along with tours of the facility.

STEM Research Symposium

A summer research symposium showcasing 70 student poster presentations will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Dan Black Hall. The “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Summer Research Symposium” provides an opportunity for students to present their summer research activities with their faculty mentors. The following research programs will be represented: Bridges to Stem Cell Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, CSU-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Summer Research Program in Mathematics, McNair Scholars, Southern California Ecosystems Research Program and Strengthening Transfer Education and Matriculation in STEM. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is hosting the event. More information: Ignacia Royer at 657-278-4358.

Family Business Renamed

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics has renamed the Family Business Council as the Center for Family Business. The program was created in 1995 and provides opportunities for such businesses to learn from business leaders, authors, educators and others in an academic atmosphere. Topics of discussion are geared to address issues specific to family-owned businesses, such as transition to next generations and working with family members. Director of the center is Ed Hart.

Aug. 3

Spaghetti Bridge Record-Breaker

Four high school students in this year’s Engineering Innovation Program made history by constructing a spaghetti bridge that held a whopping 183 pounds, the heaviest load ever for the 7-year-old campus program. The July 27 contest, which culminated the four-week program, featured 24 students putting engineering concepts to the test by designing and building bridges using only pasta and glue. The winning team members are Madeline Augustine of Palo Alto, Pinewood School; Jeong Won Huh of Seongnam-Si, Korea, Korea International School; Kristin Lee of Irvine, University High School; and Rish Shah of Cerritos, Gretchen Whitney High School. The previous top weight was 100 pounds.

Aug. 2

Washington Post Quotes Fousekis

A July 30 Washington Post story on child care issues quotes Natalie M. Fousekis, professor of history, director of the Center for Oral and Public History and author of “Demanding Child Care: Women’s Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971.” The book features Fousekis’ research on the history of child care in America and oral histories she conducted with mothers who fought for child care legislation.

Kick Off for the Kids

The Titan soccer teams host the inaugural “Kick off for the Kids” free soccer clinic Saturday, Aug. 4, at Titan Stadium. Youngsters ages 5-13 are invited to participate and will receive a complimentary ticket to the team’s Aug. 17 opener against USC. For more information, contact the women’s soccer office at 657-278-4053.

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