President's Monthly Campus Update

RFP for Public-Private Partnerships
In the February 16, 2006 issue of the Update, I shared with you our issuance of a Request for Proposals inviting conceptual proposals for public-private partnerships on University land along Camino Media. Please review the February Update for background information.

I am pleased to inform you that six (6) proposals were received. A brief description of each proposal is outlined below:

Proposal Review Process
The six proposals have been reviewed by the President's Cabinet, and discussion with each of the potential partners will be completed by May 4th. All proposals will be reviewed by the Campus Master Plan Committee (CMPC) on May 11 at 10:00 am. A sub-committee of the CMPC, augmented by faculty from appropriate disciplines, will provide an in-depth review of each project's proposed substantial benefits to our academic mission. That will be followed by a review of the financial and land use considerations for each proposal by the Finance Committee of the CSUB Foundation May 31 at 4:00 pm. Selected proposals will then be presented to the Chancellor's Office for review and consideration of their being forwarded to the CSU Board of Trustees. Each proposal recommended for Trustees' approval will undergo an environmental impact review before being presented to the Trustees for final approval (TBD).

Bequest to Benefit Teacher Education Students
Dorothy Jane Jones has left a major gift to CSUB for scholarships "for students acquiring a teaching credential in the School of Education." The initial distribution to CSUB from the Dorothy Jones Trust was $750,000. This fund will grow as additional distributions are made from the trust. Dorothy Jones began her teaching career as a first-grade teacher in Bakersfield and in retirement was active in the Retired Teachers Organization. She was 91 years of age when she passed away on September 20, 2005. Her generosity will benefit many generations of CSUB students who are preparing to become teachers and in turn benefit the students in classrooms all over our community.

Update on Student Recruitment
Faculty, deans and the Enrollment Management staff are actively involved in student recruitment activities for the 2006-07 Academic Year. More than 20 receptions have been held in area high schools to acquaint students with CSUB's academic programs, with over 180 students admitted to date. In addition, events have been held for newly admitted students and their parents in Tulare County and Los Angeles. On April 8th we had one of the most successful Community College Transfer Days ever with more than 200 students attending Orientation and over 600 admitted for the Fall, which represents a 21% increase over last year. The first batch of financial aid awards were distributed earlier than ever before.

Student and Faculty Accolades
Congratulations are extended to our student SIFE Team (Students in Free Enterprise) who won first place in the California Regional SIFE Team Competition. The BPA Team competed against other business school students from California, Alaska, and Kansas. In addition to winning the overall regional competition, the team took first place in the Financial Literacy Category. Our Team now advances to the national competition in Kansas City in May. Dr. David Olson, Associate Professor of Management, is the team's faculty advisor.

Staff Development Initiative
There was another great turnout at the most recent staff training and professional development workshop offered by the Office of Human Resources and the CSU Systemwide Training Office. The workshop, entitled "How to Excel as a Manager" was offered to MPPs on Thursday, April 13, 2006 on the CSUB campus. Attendees included participants from other CSU campuses, but there was an overwhelming response from our staff. I encourage staff to continue to discuss professional development goals with their supervisors and to obtain approval to attend these workshops.

University Council & the President's Campus Forum
The next University Council meeting will be on Friday, May 19, 2006, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

The next President's Campus Forum, focusing on the CSUB Strategic Plan, will be a "brown bag" luncheon in the Stockdale Room, date and time to be announced.

I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming University or community event.