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NOV. 10
CSU Trustees OK Proposed Fee Increase
The California State University Board of Trustees, during their Oct. 26-27 meeting, approved a proposed 2006-07 budget request that, if funded by the state, would mean an increase of $235.5 million for the system and its 23 campuses.

Based on revenue and expenditure assumptions in line with the second year of the Compact for Higher Education, the CSU projects a 3 percent increase in the state General Fund appropriation with a supported enrollment increase of 2.5 percent, or 10,000 students. It also would provide for a 3 percent increase in the compensation pool.

The budget request also proposed to increase the state university fee for undergraduate and credential students by 8 percent and graduate students by 10 percent. A third of the new fee revenue will be set aside for financial aid grants.

Nationwide, the CSU remains the least costly university among its comparable institutions, even with the proposed fee increases.

To read more about the proposed budget and fee increase, go to Dateline Extra at

NOV. 10
Titans Basketball Picked To Win Big West Championship
Cal State Fullerton’s basketball team was picked to win the big West Conference men’s basketball championship by both the head coaches and media representatives at the annual Media Day in Irvine.

Fullerton and UCI each had two players selected to the six-man, preseason all-conference team. Bobby Brown and Jamaal Brown were tabbed from the Titan squad.

NOV. 07
CSUF Celebrates Native American Awareness Month
Cal State Fullerton will celebrate Native American Awareness Month with cultural activities organized by the Inter-Tribal Student Council. Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Southern California Intertribal Bird Singers and Native American hip-hop artist MC Quese will perform at noon in the Quad. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Jennifer Villalobos, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, will speak on Native American women’s issues at 4 p.m. in Langsdorf Hall Room 318. In addition, the film “Medicine River” will be screened. The events are open to the public free of charge. Additional information is available at 657-278-3603.

NOV. 07
Silverado Country Fair to Highlight Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Cal State Fullerton’s Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary will be honored Nov. 12 at the Silverado Country Fair. The Inter-Canyon League, a nonprofit organization hosting the fair, is highlighting Tucker for the first time. Fair-goers will be able to see a historical display of the sanctuary and visit an information booth. The Inter-Canyon League also will also present Tucker with a gift during the Saturday event, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Silverado Community Center in Silverado Canyon. Entertainment will include musical performances, dance classes, crafts and games. Entrance fees are $2 for adults and $1 fee for children. Media Contacts: Frances Williams, Inter-Canyon League,
(714) 649-2069 or Karon Cornell, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary,
NOV. 07
Rice University Scholar to Lecture at Cal State Fullerton
“Liberal Arts for a Lifetime” is the subject of a public lecture to be presented Thursday, Nov. 17, at Cal State Fullerton by Robert L. Patten of Rice University, where the author is the Lynette S. Autrey Professor in Humanities. His books include “Charles Dickens and His Publishers” and “George Cruikshank’s Life, Times, and Art,” named the best biography of the 1990s by the British newspaper The Guardian. The former Fulbright scholar and Guggenheim fellow is spending two days at CSUF as part of Phi Beta Kappa’s Couper Scholars Program. Patten’s lecture is at 4 p.m. in Kinesiology and Health Science Building Room 199.

SEPT. 15
State Assembly Passes CSU Ed.D. Bill
The California State Assembly has passed SB 724, a bill giving the California State University the authority to award specific doctorates.

The agreement will authorize the CSU to independently award an education doctorate (Ed.D) designed to meet state needs for training current and future K-12 and community college administrators. The amended legislation aims to be responsive to the state’s needs for training programs for educational leaders across all of the segments. It builds on the mutual strengths of CSU and UC campuses while remaining consistent with the basic tenets of the Master Plan for Higher Education.

The UC will continue to offer its own doctoral degrees in education and both systems will continue to offer a wide variety of degree and nondegree training and professional development programs for teachers and administrators.
The bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence with Assembly amendments. If approved it will move on to the governor, who has until Oct. 9 to sign the measure.

SEPT. 15
New Guardian Scholars Named
Cal State Fullerton welcomed 13 students as the newest class of Guardian Scholars — the 10 freshmen and three juniors, all promising, college-bound foster youth — joined 27 returning scholars when the fall semester began.
The new scholars and their majors are: Aaron Adkins, undeclared; Torhan Barnes, child and adolescent development; Michelle Cadwell, history; Rachel Kerley, art; Crystal King, psychology; Sarah McMurry, political science; Samantha McKee, communications; Leila Makboul and Nicole Muth, both psychology; Desiree Penland, business administration; Nicole Pimentel, sociology; Frances Ronquillo, liberal studies; and Natalia Yungerlevi, business administration.

Titan Alumnus ‘Honored’
Former Titan baseball player Mark Kotsay was commemorated Sept. 6 with a Kotsay bobblehead doll given away by the Oakland A’s prior to their game against the Seattle Mariners. The centerfielder for the Bay Area team was the college baseball player of the year in 1995, when he led the Titans to the NCAA championship.

Another former Titan was similarly “honored” in 2003. The Montreal Expos saluted their long-time ,all-star third baseman with a Tim Wallach bobblehead night. Wallach was college baseball’s player of the year in 1979 when he led the Titans to their first NCAA championship.

MAY 05
University in Top Five for International Student Enrollment
Cal State Fullerton is fifth among the country’s top 40 master’s institutions for the number of international students enrolled on campus, according to Open Doors, a report on international educational exchange. The annual report, based on 2003-04 statistical survey figures, is published by the Institute of International Education. Four of the top five institutions are California State University campuses. “The year for which this is published reflects the first time in 30 years that there has been an overall decline nationwide in international student enrollment. Nonetheless, the stats for the CSU and our move up in the national rankings reflects that our appeal to international students remains strong,” said Bob Ericksen, director of International Education and Exchange.
MAY 05
CSUF is Among Top 25 Graduate Schools for Hispanics
Cal State Fullerton was ranked among the top 25 graduate schools for Hispanics in the April 11 issue of Hispanic Outlook. The university was listed 17th in the nation based on 2003 enrollment figures from the database of the National Center for Education Statistics.

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