News Briefs

Emerita Named

President Milton A. Gordon conferred the title of chief financial officer, emerita on Sherri Newcomb after more than 19 years of service to the campus. Newcomb retired from the university effective July 17.

Professional Certificate Approved

Students interested in earning a certificate of athletic training can now do so. Final approval of the new program was granted in June.

Arts Orange County Honors University

Cal State Fullerton was recently awarded an Annual Achievement Award by Arts Orange County. The local agency honored the university for its "Outstanding Contribution to the Built Environment" during its seventh annual awards evening at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

Campus Alcohol Program Honored

Cal State Fullerton’s Designated Driver/Sober Sidekick Program was honored last month with a $1,000 Automobile Club of Southern California regional award. The honor is given to organizations for efforts in developing and implementing programs to prevent student alcohol abuse.

CSUF competed against colleges and universities from seven states and was one of just six schools in the nation to receive recognition through the College and University Drinking and Driving Prevention Awards.

The Designated Driver/Sober Sidekick Program helps students identify ways to reduce harmful drinking situations, encourages party-goers to understand the importance of a designated driver, increases the number of fraternity and sorority houses offering non-alcoholic options and reduces the number of drivers leaving parties intoxicated. It also calls for volunteers to serve as designated drivers or sober sidekicks, who walk intoxicated students back to university dorms.

The program hopes to team with the Fullerton Police Department and local alcohol retailers in the future to further reduce drinking and driving.

The College and University Drinking And Driving Prevention Awards is a joint program between the Automobile Club of Southern California and the Center for College Health and Safety.

New Name for Concentration

Effective in fall, the nursing administration concentration within the master of science degree in nursing will become nursing leadership.

Emerita named

President Milton A. Gordon conferred emeritus status to Jane Hipolito, emerita professor of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics.

Campus Appointment

Anthony R. Fellow was appointed to a three-year term as chair of Communications effective Aug. 17. Thomas Fujita-Rony, was appointed to a three-year term as program coordinator for Asian American Studies effective Aug. 17. Susan Hallman was reappointed to a three-year term as chair of Theatre and Dance effective Aug. 17. Joseph W. Sawicki was reappointed to a three-year term as chair of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics effective Aug. 17.

Student Health Center Is Accredited

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. has awarded the Student Health and Counseling Center a three-year accreditation.

"The dedication and effort necessary for an organization to be accredited is substantial, and your organization is to be commended for this accomplishment," noted officials of the AAAHC in the official notification to campus.

The campus center was begun in 1960 in the office of the Dean of Students. It moved into its current facility in October 1974.

Student Films to be Screened

Two radio-TV-film majors will be seeing their films on the big screen as part of the Corona Film Festival June 17.

The films are: "Monuments" by Melissa Huddleson, and "Beyond the Fence" by Sarah Akkari.

Catastrophic Leave Donations Sought

Due to extended illnesses, Douglas Ball and Dennis Davids, both of Physical Plant, have exhausted all leave credits. Fellow campus employees are asked to donate either sick leave or vacation credits. Amounts of hours that can be donated vary depending on bargaining unit. Catastrophic Leave Donation forms are available through Payroll, located in Room 320 of College Park.

Titan Games Available Via Video Streaming

The Big West Conference, in partnership with CSTV, has begun video streaming selected baseball games for the remainder of the 2006 season. This weekend’s Titan baseball games vs. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m. — are among those being offered. For more information, go to

Emeriti Named

President Milton A. Gordon has awarded emeritus status to the following individuals:

Karen Bell, emerita administrative support coordinator II, for 35 years of service, including 22 years with the Art Department.

Lee Broadbent, emeritus senior counselor, for 25 years of service in the University Counseling Center, Career Development Center and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Carol S. Brooklier, emerita department secretary III, for 29 years of service, including 20 in the Theatre and Dance Department.

Lora Perry, emerita data coordinator, for 19 years of service in Admissions and Records.

Michael Riley, emeritus media production specialist, for 36 years of service in the Instructional Media Center and University Extended Education.

Catastrophic Leave Donations Sought

Due to extended illness, Jeffrey Cady, Physics, has exhausted all leave credits. Fellow campus employees are asked to donate either sick leave or vacation credits. Due to an extended family illness, Soad Boulos, Admissions and Records, is seeking contributions of vacation credits to supplement her exhausted leave account.

Nine Titans to Compete at Research Contest

Nine Cal State Fullerton students will represent the campus at the 20th annual CSU Student Research Competition May 5-6. The competition is designed to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate research and creative activity.

Undergraduate students taking part are Annette Tarnowski, music; Francisco Zabala, engineering; and biological science majors Catie Garrett, Diego Miranda, Marcella Olave, Myesha Poland and Paul Gerard.

Graduate students are David Teubner, art, and Go Watanabe, biochemistry.

Summer Youth Programs Offered

Youngsters from kindergarten through 8th grade can spend the summer learning new games, sports activities and having fun at the Titan Youth Sports Camp, offered by the Associated Students Rec Sports.

The annual program offers six, back-to-back one-week sessions of sport-related activities from June 26 through Aug. 4. The daylong sessions offer morning and afternoon snacks and lunch. Extended child care options are available.

Other summer youth programs include an August gymnastics camp for boys and girls 5 to 14 years of age, and a learn-to-swim program for children as young as six months.

For more information or to register online, go to or call 278-PLAY.

Catastrophic Leave Donations Sought

Due to extended illness, Ramona Corpron and Armando Ramirez of Physical Plant, have exhausted all leave credits. Fellow campus employees are asked to donate either sick leave or vacation credits. Amounts of hours that can be donated vary depending on bargaining unit. Catastrophic Leave Donation forms are available through Payroll, located in Room 320 of College Park.

Emerita Named

President Milton A. Gordon has awarded the title emerita director of student life to Loydene L. Keith for 18 years of service to the university.

Three Titans Earn All-American Status

Cal State Fullerton wrestlers Curtis Schurkamp, Paul Tice and Ian Murphy each earned All-America status for their efforts at the University Greco Roman Nationals held last week at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Tice placed sixth at 145 pounds and Schurkamp (132) and Murphy (185) each finished eighth in their weight categories. Schurkamp is a sophomore-to-be while Tice and Murphy will be juniors during the 2006-07 collegiate season. All three also competed April 29 in the freestyle competition.

Special Games Set May 5

The 21st annual California State University, Fullerton Special Games – Kathleen E. Faley Memorial will once again bring developmentally disabled students from area schools to campus to participate in a series of non-competitive athletic events. This year approximately 2,800 special athletes will take part in opening ceremonies followed by activities such as football and basketball toss,

Catalog for CSU Summer Arts Available

Interested in Jazz? Dance? Art? The eighth annual California State University Summer Arts Program may have something for you.

The annual two-week program, hosted at Fresno State University, offers 17 three-unit courses coordinated by members of the CSU faculty and taught by guest artists. Among the offerings: The Complete Jazz Musician led by 2005 Grammy-Award winner Terence Blanchard, and Crossing Genres: The Flamenco Classical Guitar Tradition, taught by Eliot Fisk and Juan Serrano. There is also the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique and Dell’Arte International; From the Streets to the Screen: Puppets, Cameras and Controlled Chaos; Troika Ranch Digital Dance Company’s workshop; and California’s Canadian Voice Intensive.

In addition to the courses, the Summer Arts program includes a festival of arts in which guest artists will perform for the community in 41 public events.

Approximately 500 students are expected this summer. Scholarships are available. A catalog describing each course is available online at or by calling (559) 241-6090.

Model UN Students Win Honorable Mention

Three Cal State Fullerton students -- Jeffrey Gonzalez, Nishad Marathe and Michael Warner -- recently received honorable mentions at the National Model United Nations Conference held at Harvard University.

The students were part of a 16-member delegation, all political science majors, that included Lucas Carreras, Arya Hawkins, Jason Montgomery, Michael Schreiber, Ian Hudson, Ritika Deshmukh, Lana Sawalha, Cameron Mangels, Denise Nogales, Rebecca Rees, Shane Kelley, Cynthia Rodriguez and Alaa Ibrahim. Fifteen members of the delegation represented the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, while Cynthia Rodriguez represented the Democratic Republic of Yemen. The conference involved a simulation of the 1971 United Nations Conference of the General Assembly.

Approximately 1,500 students from hundreds of colleges and universities competed at the annual event, including Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and the U.S. Military Academy, as well as universities in China, Venezuela, Bolivia, Mexico, France, Germany and England.

Cal State Fullerton’s delegation now is preparing for the April 10 through 16 competition at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York.

Choudhury Shamim, associate professor of political science and a former UN delegate for Bangladesh, is the adviser to the university’s Model United Nations Club.

Program Name is Changed

Robert L. Palmer, vice president for student affairs, and Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, have announced a new name for the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Engineering Program (MEP). The program is now the Center for Academic Support in Engineering and Computer Science. Sergio Guerra remains director of the program.

Vonna Hammerschmidt continues to direct the MESA Schools Program for 6th through 12th grade students.

Asian American Resource Centers Showcased April 8

The Asian American Studies Program will host an April 8 conference titled "Crossroads: Pathways to Successful Asian and Pacific Islander Resource Centers."

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. event will provide information about centers that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, said Eric Estuar Reyes, assistant professor of Asian American studies.

"Crossroads is an opportunity for all of us who work with Asian and Pacific Islander communities to share lessons learned, challenges met and successes achieved," he said.

Keynote speaker will be Evelyn Hu-DeHart, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

The conference also will cover: past and current models of resource centers; benefits of such centers to students, researchers and communities; and the challenges of starting and maintaining a center.

The program will be held at the Titan Student Union. For more information, contact Reyes at

Comments Sought for Athletic Certification

Cal State Fullerton has launched a yearlong, campuswide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program.

While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, this program focuses solely on certification of athletics programs. Cal State Fullerton completed its first certification self-study in 1998. This self-study is the five-year, interim-status report, a requirement of 10-year certification.

Specific areas the study will cover are academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, as well as a commitment to equity and student-athlete welfare.

Comments on the program are currently sought and may be sent to Athletics, Room 102 of Titan House.

Conference Offers Leadership Skills to University Students

Close to 300 Southern California students will get the chance to sharpen their leadership skills, participate in networking activities and attend workshops on topics ranging from life balance to risk taking at the ninth annual University Leadership Conference beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18, in Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union.

Scott Greenberg, a motivational speaker and leadership consultant who uses humor to inspire audiences, is the keynote speaker. Rose Epsinoza, founder of Rosie's Garage and a member of the La Habra City Council, will give closing remarks.

The conference also includes a book drive -- all participants are encouraged to bring a children's book -- which will be donated to Orange County homeless shelters.

The conference is open to all college and university students. There is a $15 fee for CSUF students and a $20 fee for all other students. Advisers can attend for $25. For more information, call 278-3211 or visit

Retreat Brings Students Together

Twenty-nine Cal State Fullerton students spent a January weekend enhancing their global citizenship skills as part of the Retreat for Student Peace Education and Cultural Training (RESPECT).

The weekend program brought together domestic and international students for cross-cultural dialogue, community- and team-building exercises, self-reflection periods, cultural exploration, action planning and discussion of social-justice issues.

RESPECT is a collaboration between the offices of the Dean of Students and International Education and Exchange. It is funded by a $7,500 grant underwritten by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs.

Emerita Named

President Milton A. Gordon awarded the title emeritus professor of communications to Hazel G. Warlaumont, effective Dec. 31, 2005.

Cal State Fullerton Students at Harvard

A delegation of 23 students from Cal State Fullerton's Model United Nations Club have traveled to Harvard to participate in today's (Feb. 16) National Model United Nations Conference. The same delegation will attend the National Model United Nations Conference in New York on April 10 through 16. Choudhury Shamim, associate professor of political science and a former UN delegate for Bangladesh, is the adviser to the student club.

Comments Invited For Gordon Review

California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed is inviting members of the Cal State Fullerton community to participate in the presidential review process for President Milton A. Gordon.

CSU Trustees require that campus presidents be reviewed every three years. The process provides feedback to the trustees and Chancellor Reed about a president's leadership and current state of affairs on campus. It also should provide information that will further the university's progress and assist President Gordon in the leadership of CSUF. Criteria used by the trustees to evaluate presidents are described on the CSU Web site at

Confidential letters may be submitted through Feb. 24 to Charles B. Reed, chancellor; California State University; 401 Golden Shore, Suite 641; Long Beach, CA 90802-4210. Unsigned letters and petitions will not be accepted.

Written responses will be summarized in a confidential report that will be discussed with Gordon and presented to the board of trustees. None of the commentators will be identified by name, and responses will be treated in confidence to the extent permitted by law. After the trustees receive the report, a general summary will be prepared for release to the campus community.

Theatrical Scene Showcased at Regional Festival

A scene from the Cal State Fullerton production of "Raised in Captivity" was among the works showcased Feb. 14 during an Evening of Invitational Scenes at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre regional festival at Southern Utah University.

Directed by graduate student Ian Swanson, it was one of 12 scenes selected from 60 nominated works from Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Building Designs Win Architectural Honors

The American Institute of Architects, Long Beach/South Bay chapter, has recognized Cal State Fullerton and AC Martin Partners with its "Honor Award" in recognition of architectural design excellence for the Nutwood Parking Structure. In recognizing the building's design, the award jury noted the unique "layering of architectural elements" on the north façade along the new entrance to the Performing Arts Center, reported Michael Smith, director of design and construction.

The award is but the latest received for projects on campus. In November, the designs for Mihaylo Hall -- the College of Business and Economics building -- and the Fullerton Arboretum Visitor Center were recognized as Outstanding Designs for Work in Progress in American School and University magazine's Architectural Portfolio for 2005. The visitor center also was honored in June with the Best Practices Award for Overall Sustainable Design during the 4th annual UC/CSU Sustainability Conference at UC Santa Cruz. The award recognizes energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable projects. Last April, the Kinesiology and Health Science Building was honored with the Western Council of Construction Consumers Distinguished Project Award for performance in engineering, design and construction.

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NASCAR Supports Alcohol Prevention

NASCAR driver Robby Gordon recently made a special appearance on campus to present a $20,000 check to the Dean of Students office for alcohol education and programming.

The funds were provided by the Century Council, a nonprofit organization of distilled spirits companies that encourage education program to combat underage drinking and driving while under the influence.

County Clerk-Recorder Becomes Sponder of CDR

Orange Countyís Clerk-Recorder Department has become a sponsor for the Center for Demographic Research. ìWe are thrilled and feel fortunate to have this new partnership,î said Deborah Diep, director of the center. ìItís natural to team up with the Clerk-Recorderís Department given the vast vital information and records that they provide.î

Cal State Fullerton hosts the center, which was established in 1996 as a nonprofit organization. The CDR conducts population estimates and projections using select characteristics from a variety of geographic areas throughout Orange County. Other sponsors include the OC Transportation Authority, League of California Cities - Orange County Division, the county sanitation district and Municipal Water District of Orange County.

Barragan Named to Conference Team

Senior Jose Barragan earned a first-team berth as one of four Cal State Fullerton menís soccer players selected for the All-Big West Conference team. Junior Aaron Craggs made the second team and honorable mention went to juniors Eugene Brooks and Taylor Sheldrick.

More Soccer News

Assistant coach and CSUF alumnus Bob Ammann signed a one-year contract Dec. 5 to serve as head coach of the Titan menís soccer program. Ammann takes over from Al Mistri who retired after 25 years leading the CSUF program. The Titans were 4-14-1 in 2005 and 35-53-9 over the last five seasons.

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.

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Campus Recycling Exceeds Goals

Last year, Cal State Fullerton recycled 73 percent of its trash - or more than 10,000 tons - generated on the main campus, College Park, CSUF Irvine Campus and Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx.

The amount far exceeded a goal of 50 percent established in 2001, when the university diverted more than 122 tons of trash, or 19 percent of total waste.

"We surpassed this goal (of 50 percent by 2004) due in large part to the construction projects on campus," noted Steven Dugas of Physical Plant, who is in charge of the recycling program. Construction materials amounting to 607 tons of asphalt, concrete and assorted rubble were part of the waste recycled from campus.

Other items included 55 tons of scrap metal, 34 tons of office paper, six tons of cardboard and more than a ton in glass, plastics and beverage containers recycled through the university's own efforts. An additional 1,189 tons were recycled by a material recovery facility that pulls recyclables out of the general trash.

"We also use mulching mowers that account for more than 200 tons of composted material annually," Dugas said, adding that leaves and branches from tree trimming are composted as well. For more than 14 years, Cal State Fullerton has been recycling certain materials that would normally end up in the trash. In addition to cans, glass, paper, cardboard and building materials, the campus also gathers used ink cartridges from campus printers, fax and copier machines, and typewriter, calculator and adding machine ribbons for recycling.

Residents Maintain Negative View of State

A recent survey by the Orange County Business Council and Cal State Fullerton's Center for Public Policy has found that county residents have differing views regarding the county and state. As part of a continuing trend, 70 percent of the survey sample told interviewers that Orange County was going in the right direction, while only 40 percent of the same sample felt positively about the direction of the state of California.

"You can call it the Lake Wobegon effect," said Phil Gianos, professor of political science and center director. "People tend to say that things are good close to home but tend to be less positive about things elsewhere. Seventy to 80 percent of our respondents over the last several years of surveys have told us they think things in the county are going in the right direction.

"What has varied in our survey is how our respondents view California," Gianos continued. "The state has gone through a recall of the governor, to a honeymoon for the new governor, followed by a decline in his popularity....All this provides a background for the upcoming special election, in which the present state and the future direction of California will be a central issue."

The survey was conducted for the Center for Public Policy/Orange County Business Council by the Social Science Research Center. Data results from 492 telephone surveys of county households between Aug. 16 and Sept. 11. The survey margin of error is plus or minus 4.51 percent.

Grad Student Takes First Place in CSU Research Contest

Andrew Klerer, a graduate student majoring in psychology, won first place in the behavioral and social sciences category at the 19th Annual CSU Student Research Competition.

Klerer's research won for his study titled "Finger Tapping Indicates Gender Differences, Possible Cerebral Hemisphere Asymmetries for Stroop Effect," in which he explored brain interference in how people process information.

In his experiment, he had subjects look at lines where the words blue, red and green were written but not necessarily in the same color as the word, such as the word "red" in blue ink. Subjects were then asked to name the colors and disregard the words. While doing so, subjects tapped their fingers on a computer mouse as rapidly as possible.

"It sounds easy but it isn't," Klerer said. "Many people see the color and want to say the name of the written word rather than the color of the print. What I'm trying to determine is how and why that Odisconnect' occurs by looking at finger tapping rates."

During the systemwide competition at Sacramento State, students were required to make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major competitions, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.