August 2011

Aug. 29

Ola Carr was appointed associate director of development in Mihaylo College of Business and Economics effective Aug. 15. She previously served at USC.

William Haddad, History, was appointed to a one-year term as program coordinator of the Women's Studies Program effective Aug. 18.

Laurance M. Timm was appointed to a one-semester term as acting chair of Music effective Aug. 18.

John C. Carroll was reappointed chair of Geography for a three-year term effective Aug. 18.

Aug. 22

Paul D. Avedissian, Humanities and Social Sciences, Julianna A. Stern, Health Professions, LaTanya R. Henderson, Strategic Communications, Barbara L. Kerr, University Research Initiatives, and Jennifer L. Schorz, Philosophy, has completed the University Business Institute Managing Funds and Accounts Certificate Track.

Stephen Stambough and Valerie O’Regan, both Politics, Administration and Justice, co-authored “The Novelty Impact: The Politics of Trainblazing Women in Gubernatorial Elections” in the Vol. 32, Issue 2 of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.

Mostafa Shiva was reappointed to a three-year term as chair of Electrical Engineering effective Aug. 18.

Former Titan baseball player Kirk Saarloos (1998-2001) returns to his alma mater as pitching coach. Also joining the assistant coach ranks is former Titan baseball assistant coach and alumnus Mike Kirby, Mike Gee, Monica Quan and Sara Pickering.

Aug. 18

Biological science majors Luigi Basilio and Sonia Kumar are the recipients of the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter’s inaugural “Young Scientists Awards,” an honor created to encourage scholars to pursue careers in the field of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Kumar, a May graduate and co-recipient of university’s 2011 Kenneth L. Goodhue-McWilliams Award for outstanding community service in the health professions, and Basilio, who is studying cell and developmental biology, have conducted research in the neurobiology laboratory of Math Cuajungco, assistant professor of biological science.

Senior hurdler Lauren Williams has been named a 2011 All-American scholar-athlete honoree by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Aug. 12

In Memoriam — Karl H. Kahrs, emeritus professor of political science, died Aug. 7 at the age of 80. Born in Germany, Kahrs immigrated to the United States in 1959 and returned to school, receiving a doctorate in political science from UC Santa Barbara in 1969, then joined CSUF in fall 1969. During his tenure on campus, Kahrs not only taught, but also wrote or co-authored two books, numerous articles and book reviews, and served on two publication advisory boards. He traveled to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar in 1993, served as a resident director for the California State University International Program in Heidelberg, Germany, and was a visiting professor at universities in Lancaster, England, and Hamburg. Kahrs was awarded emeritus status in 1994 and continued to teach for a further five years. He returned to campus in September 2001, to serve on a panel discussing “Terrorism: Why and What Can Be Done?” to a capacity crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members. He is survived by his wife, Christina Brewer-Kahrs, and son, Till.

Aug. 9

Three College of Education students were selected to serve on the 2011-2012 statewide executive board of the Student California Teachers Association. Heidi Jones will serve as southern regional vice president; Kristina Hohmann, executive vice president; and John Bellecci, secretary-treasurer. Jones and Bellecci also serve on the SCTA Cal State Fullerton chapter board.

Ed Hart, former director of business development at USC, has been named director of the Family Business Council in Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. He succeeds Mike Trueblood, who served for 12 years as the leader of the program, which was created as a partnership between the business community and university, enhancing the well-being and survivability of family businesses through education, interaction and information tailored to business needs and concerns.

Aug. 5

Clarinetist and music professor Håkan Rosengren performs Aug. 5 as a soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, an annual symposium and festival devoted to the clarinet. The four-day event is being held at Cal State Northridge through Aug. 7. His soon-to-be music faculty colleague Jean Ferrandis will be performing as a headliner at the National Flute Association Aug. 11-14 in Charlotte, N.C.

Aug. 2

President Milton A. Gordon has conferred emeritus status on the following individuals:

Pinaki Chakrabarti, emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering, in honor of 28 years of service during which he served multiple terms as department chair and helped develop the structural engineering program.

Mildred Donoghue, emeritus professor of elementary and bilingual education, in recognition of her 49 years of service on campus. She helped establish the Donoghue Children's Literature Center in the Pollak Library and contributed to a Mildred Ransdorf Donoghue Education Scholarship.

Michele Druon, emeritus professor of modern languages and literatures, in honor of her 31 years of service. During her tenure, she served as a graduate adviser and a resident director for the CSU International Program.

John Fisher, emeritus professor of theatre and dance, in recognition of his 30 years of service to the university during which he won seven Drama-Logue Awards and an Ovation Award for achievements in sound design.

Alana Northrop, emeritus professor of political science, in honor of her 34 years of service on campus. She has received more than $1 million in National Science Foundation grants during her service.

Larry Ward, emeritus professor of radio-TV-film, in recognition of his 35 years of service, including serving on the Faculty Personnel Committee and acting associate dean of the College of Communications.

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