President's Monthly Campus Update


CSUB Seeks Comments on Administrative Draft
of its Final Campus Master Plan EIR
In order to allow more time for additional comments on our Campus Master Plan (CMP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR), we will post the administrative draft of the final EIR on our campus website on Monday, July 30th. The public will have fifteen (15) days to provide any additional written comments. Those comments will be incorporated into the final EIR, along with responses, before it is forwarded to the CSU Board of Trustees for consideration of approval.

Normally, the public does not have access to the administrative draft of the final EIR. This added comment period is being made available in response to some expressed concerns that the 30-day (rather than 45-day) comment period for the draft EIR was not long enough to allow adequate time for all interested persons to make comments. The administrative draft final EIR is different from the draft EIR which was previously available for public comment in that it is more up-to-date. It contains all comments received to date and responses to those comments, and it incorporates updates and clarifications of information contained in the draft EIR. Simply extending the comment period on the draft EIR would not have provided access to the most current information. For example, in describing the area of the campus which will be used for public-private partnership projects, the draft EIR mentioned the proposed twin towers hotel/condominium project, while the administrative draft of the final EIR states the fact that that project has been deleted.

The Campus Master Plan EIR covers the planned physical development of the campus to accommodate new academic buildings (classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, etc.), student services and athletic facilities, administrative and other program space, roadways and other facilities to meet the campus's needs for a planned enrollment from 12,000 FTES (current CMP) to 18,000 FTES.

The Campus Master Plan EIR does not cover public-private partnerships. Each of the two current proposals (office building and children's museum) and any future new projects will be required to undergo an environmental documentation process resulting in a separate EIR before final project approval would be considered by the CSU Board of Trustees.

American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Soraya Coley has been appointed to the American Council on Education Office of Women in Higher Education Executive Board for the State Networks. Her three-year term began July 1, 2007. As a Board member, Provost Coley will be instrumental in "supporting a national system of state networks for women in higher education by serving as liaisons to state planning boards, mentoring state coordinators, and advising OWHE on issues related to identifying, developing, encouraging, advancing, linking, and supporting women in higher education administrative careers." Congratulations, Provost Coley.

Dean of Student Life
Vice President for Student Affairs Shelley Ruelas and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emmanuel "Manny" Mourtzanos as the Dean of Student Life. Dr. Mourtzanos comes to CSUB from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he served as the Associate Dean of Student Services for two years. With more than ten years' experience in university administration, Dr. Mourtzanos has extensive experience in Student Affairs, including Residential Life, Health Services, First-Year Experience Programs, Student Activities, Counseling Services, and Disability Support Services. Along with his experience, Dr. Mourtzanos is known for being an advocate for students while maintaining great professionalism.

Dr. Mourtzanos received his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA), Master of Arts in Student Development from Providence College and Seminary (Otterburne, Manitoba) and his Bachelor of Arts from Tyndale College (Toronto, Ontario) in Christian Education. Welcome, Dr. Mourtzanos.

New Bookstore Manager
Deborah Majewski has joined the Barnes & Noble staff as the new manager of the Runner Bookstore. Deborah brings to CSUB almost 20 years' experience in retail management. She also brings new energy and enthusiasm for CSUB's growth in all areas. She has a keen understanding of the bookstore's role in providing a college experience for all who visit the bookstore, be they faculty, staff, current students, prospective students, alumni, parents, or members of the general community. There will be an increase in blue and gold spirit wear, athletic wear, and a greater variety of gift items in various price ranges, to name a few of the coming changes. Please stop by the bookstore and welcome Deborah to CSUB.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
Nursing Trainee Award
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Candace Meares for a new award in the amount of $32,041 for advanced education nursing traineeships. The award is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The nursing program benefits from all the external support that the faculty brings to the program. Congratulations, Dr. Meares.

Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President, Elena Avina, and ASI Vice President of Programming, Wendy Martinez, were selected as delegates to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The seven-day leadership seminar was conducted June 11-17 on the CSU Monterey Bay campus and helps student leaders enhance their leadership skills.

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad
Justin Koh, a junior at Stockdale High School, has been selected as a team member of the 2007 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). This year, this team of four will represent the United States at the 39th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Moscow, Russia, July 15-24. Justin also participated and his team won at the Science Bowl held at CSUB. Justin took the general and organic chemistry course sequences at CSUB while still a freshman/ sophomore at Stockdale High School, and conducted chemical research at CSUB. In addition to his high school mentors, Dr. Andreas Gebauer of the Department of Chemistry also mentors him. You can read further about this news on page 3 of the June 25, 2007 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. Congratulations to Justin and to Dr. Gebauer.

University Council
University Council will convene in the fall. I hope your summer is going well. I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming University or community event.