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President's Monthly Campus Update

Spring 2008 commencement continued the rising trend in the number of graduates. One hundred fifty seven more students graduated in Spring 2008 than in Spring 2007, which itself saw a rise of 200 students over Spring 2006. We commend our faculty, administrators, and staff for their commitment to excellence in instruction and advising, and our students for their hard work in completing their courses of study.

In addition to celebrating the 1,500+ students who graduated, the end of the academic year gives us pause to recognize and celebrate the achievements of dedicated faculty, staff, and accomplished students. This issue of the Update highlights faculty, staff, and student achievements. Congratulations to all of our honorees.


Total Degrees
  '06 '07 '08
Bachelor's 997 1155 1232
Master's 201* 231* 311
Total 1198 1386 1543
  '06 '07 '08
Bachelor's 56 64 89
Master's 107 157 177
Total 163 221 266
  '06 '07 '08
Bachelor's 644 752 770
Master's 38 22 60
Total 682 774 830
  '06 '07 '08
Bachelor's 160 145 144
Master's 4 15 14
Total 164 160 158
  '06 '07 '08
Bachelor's 137 194 227
Master's 51 36 58
Total 188 230 285

*1 master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Awards
I am pleased to recognize the following recipients of the 2008/2009 faculty awards:

Faculty Teaching Award
Dianne Turner - Teacher Education
Faculty Leadership and Service Award
Helia Corral - Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty Research Award
David Germano - Biology

Tenure and Promotion Awards
It is my pleasure to announce the following tenure and promotion awards effective Fall Quarter, 2008:

Promotion to Professor
Steven Frye, English
Mark Martinez, Political Science
Mandy Rees, Theatre
Penny Swenson, Advanced Education
Robert Yohe, Sociology/Anthropology
Early Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Mark Baker, History
Liora Gubkin, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Debra Cook Hirai, Teacher Education
Jeffrey Moffit, Physical Education and Kinesiology
Geri Mohler, Teacher Education
Douglas Dodd, History
Chris Eicher, Theatre
Anthony Nuno, Modern Languages and Literatures
Carl Kloock, Biology
Bruce Friedman, Social Work
Samuel Hudson, Chemistry

Emeritus Status
Emeritus status is an honor given to a retiring or retired faculty member or administrator in recognition of meritorious contributions to the University over many years of service. Congratulations to:

Mark Sutton - Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Kim Cohn - Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Margaret "Peggy" Leapley - Emeritus Professor of Nursing
Brenda Moscove - Emeritus Professor of Marketing
Junie Webb - Emeritus Professor of Special Education

Staff Forum Annual Service Awards
The Staff Forum Annual Service Awards recognizes staff employees in all classifications for their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th year of service. Staff employees who have in excess of 30 years of service to CSUB also are recognized, as are Foundation employees. Congratulations to all.

5 Year Service Award
Bill Potter
Vic Arcabos
Nancy Bloomquist
Kathy Hafler
Brian Chen
James Dethlefson
Kristie Luna
Analia Rodriguez
Lizeth Gamez
Pierre Igoa
Dwayne Hunter
Wesley Zuffinetti
Claudia Neal
Katrina Gilmore
10 Year Service Award
Kenneth Rinehart
Antoinette Jacobs
Yvonne Diggles
Vincent Oragwam
Tem Moore
Joseph Nailor
Kathy Lund
Miguel Velado
Michelle Mills
Alberto Perez
Rosa Velado
Andrew Lowrimore
Keith Robertson
Bruce Barker
Carol Tucker
15 Year Service Award
Maria Delgado
Jean Stenehjem
Lori Lowrimore
Debbie Trunkey
Deborah Cink
Janet Chambers
20 Year Service Award
Debbie Blowers
Sherry Bennett
Darline Norris
Tom Osborn
Sue Wallace
Kellie Garcia
Hernando Mondragon
25 Year Service Award
Kenneth Preston
Patricia Ivy Quijada
Marge Becas
Roy Kirchner
LeRoy Nelson
Nancy O'Kane
Jeanne Furstenfeld
Sandy Swiecki
30 Year Service Award
Vickie Melton

Staff Forum Awards
Congratulations to the staff who received the following awards:

Tom Osborn, Electronic Equipment Technician - Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Shirley Stevens, Work Control Coordinator - Facilities Management
Stella Chavez, Presidential Aide - Office of the President
Kenneth Preston, Instructional Support - Information Technology Services Support
Lisa McQuin, Department Coordinator - Criminal Justice

Robin Flores, Student Union Administrative Support Assistant, received the Joe Embry award.

Student Leadership Awards
Congratulations to the following winners of the student leadership awards. Nominations were made by the campus community. Winners were selected by a panel of students and staff.

Outstanding Advisor of the Year
Emerson Case, English Club
Sam Behseta, Math Club
Charles Lam, Math Club
Jesse Quintanilla, Nu Phi Chi Sorority
Outstanding Community Service
California Nursing Student Association
Phi Sigma Sigma
Nu Phi Chi
Outstanding Educational Program
Sigma Tau Delta
Math Tutoring Center
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Gamma Phi Beta
Outstanding Student Organization
Gamma Phi Beta
Trio Parapro Club
Club Literario "Hermes"

Fulbright Scholar
Congratulations to Marit MacArthur, Assistant Professor of English, who has been awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship in the Department of English Literature and Culture at the University of Lodz in Poland for Fall 2008. She will work in Lodz and Warsaw with poets and editors on a research project about the cross-cultural influence of modern American poetry on post-Communist Polish poetry. Marit will be joined by her husband, Gregory Miller, a lecturer in English, writing and film at UC Davis, who also has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship to Poland.

Andy Alali, Professor and Chair of the Communications Department, was noted in last month's issue of the Update as being a Fulbright scholar. He will lecture and conduct research in mass communications at the University of Abuja in Abuja, Nigeria.

Social Work Leadership Institute
The New York Academy of Medicine has selected Bruce Friedman, Professor of Social Work, to participate in the prestigious Social Work Leadership Institute. The institute advocates policy issues concerning the aging population, seeks to increase the knowledge of and support for caregivers of older adults, and to increase the number of social workers who specialize in the aging. Bruce will participate in leadership programs in New York, Pennsylvania and California.

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
Parental involvement and early childhood education are critical to creating a college-going culture in our region. The Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) works with low-income, Spanish-language parents to orient them to the educational system. Last night, 81 parents of pre-kindergarten and middle school students in the Lamont Migrant Education Program graduated from a 9-week parent education session. During those nine weeks, parents learned how to be advocates for their children's education. Workshops focused on how the education system works, the importance of parental involvement, how to build relationships with teachers and counselors, understanding academic standards, A-G requirements, and standardized tests, and how to prepare children for college from pre-kindergarten forward. At the graduation ceremony, parents were awarded a PIQE Certificate of Completion and a California State University Admission Certificate from CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. The certificate lists the parents' names and the names of their children and states that, upon meeting the minimum requirements of the CSU, the listed students will be admitted to one of the 23 CSU campuses. After completing the PIQE program, parents go on to join such school committees and councils as the PTA and PTO. PIQE parents encourage other parents to go through the program and to engage in their children's school activities. Congratulations to Juan Avila, PIQE Director and to Jacqueline Mimms, Vice President for Enrollment Management, for her work with the PIQE program.

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars
The California Pre-Doctoral Program provides opportunities to explore doctoral programs to economically or educationally disadvantaged CSU and UC upper division and graduate students who wish to teach at the university level. Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars and a faculty mentor develop a plan to explore and apply to doctoral-granting institutions, summer research internships, acquire reference books and materials. The campus is awarded $3,000 to support these efforts. I am pleased to acknowledge history major Fernando Jara as the CSUB Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. His faculty sponsor is Mark Baker, Assistant Professor in History. In addition to this recognition, Fernando's research paper entitled  The Friend of Muslims: Germany and the 1914-16 Struggle for a Muslim Uprising  won first place in the Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences categories of the CSUB Student Research Competition, as well as the Dean's Award for the best undergraduate research paper in Humanities. Congratulations.

Staff Appointments
Mustafah Dhada has been appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Programs. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Sussex, England, and a doctorate in History from the University of Oxford, England. He brings more than 20 years of faculty and higher education administrative experience both here in the United States and internationally. He has served as a program coordinator, strategic planner, vice provost, and most recently as Dean of the Division of Extended Education at California State University, Los Angeles. He brings experience in academic program development and curricular innovation, international institutional coalition building, multicultural and cross-disciplinary education.

Beth Rienzi assumes the permanent position of Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs on July 1; she was interim AVP-FA since 2006. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a Master's in Behavioral Science from CSUB, and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Prior to her appointment, she was a CSUB Professor of Psychology, and the Associate Dean in the School of Humanities and Social Science. She previously served as the Mentor Program Coordinator, Assessment Director, and the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Co-Director.

A special thank you is extended to the search committee chairs and members. Serving as chair of the AVP-Academic Program search was Tom Blommers, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures. Committee members included: BJ Moore, Roy LaFever, Penny Swenson, Jeanne Harrie, Brian Hemphill, Cliona Murphy, Shelley Ruelas, Marla Iyasere, Janice Clausen, Jacqueline Mimms, and Anne Duran. Oni Brown provided staff support.

Gene Clark, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Science, was chair of the AVP-Faculty Affairs committee. Joining him on the committee were Kellie Garcia, Mark Evans, Janet Millar, Mary Doucet, Ron Hughes, Luis Vega, Joseph Fiedler, Johanna Alexander, Christina Howell, Patricia Henry, Vandana Kohli, Doug Ross, and Todd McBride. Linda Phillips provided staff support.

Conference Papers
CSUB library faculty Johanna Alexander and Curt Asher, along with colleagues from Oberlin/Occidental and Simmons College programs, will present a conference paper titled, Assessing, Improving, and Sustaining Internship Programs: Three Models at the 2008 American Library Association National Conference. The research proposal was one of the top twenty accepted out of 165 submitted. Johanna and Curt will discuss evaluation measures and methods used to improve and sustain library internship programs. They will highlight assessment in CSUB's Title V Library Internship program which provides paid internships for qualified CSUB ethnic minority or low-income students. Students receive training and professional work experience at the CSUB Library before entering an information and library studies graduate program.

Student Recreation Center Tops Out
Faculty, staff, students, and community members were on hand June 4, 2008 to witness the  topping-out  of the Student Recreation Center. The ceremony acknowledges that the building project has reached the highest point of construction. In commemoration, attendees signed their names on the beam which will be placed at the highest point of the building. The general contractor for the project is S.C. Anderson. The Student Recreation Center is scheduled to open late Fall 2008. For more information, contact Mark Harriman, Director of the Student Recreation Center, at 654-2635.

PeopleSoft Conversion
The Office of Human Resources successfully implemented the PeopleSoft Benefits Administration module during the planned  go-live  week of May 19, 2008. During the last several months, the Human Resources implementation team, working with campus Administrative Computing Support technical staff, has been engaged in various planning, configuration, training, and testing project tasks to deliver the functionally and technically sophisticated benefits administration program. Through the use of intricate eligibility and event rules, the Benefits Administration module provides a tool for the Human Resources Department to manage employee benefit information more efficiently by automating eligibility criteria. In the future, additional module components will allow for the roll-out of self service features giving employees the capability to review, add, or update benefits information or plan options on-line. The PeopleSoft conversion has been a tremendous undertaking by our staff and administrators. Congratulations, Human Resources and Administrative Computing Services.

Summer Schedule
Beginning July 7 through August 29, 2008, both the main campus and Antelope Valley Center will institute a four-day work week. Offices will operate Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will close on Fridays. A regular Monday through Friday work week will be in operation during the week of July 28 through August 1. The adjusted summer schedule is designed to help save energy for the campus and commute costs for our employees.

University Council
University Council will resume in the Fall.

First Lady Barbara Mitchell and I wish you a refreshing and invigorating summer. I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming community event.