President's Monthly Campus Update

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. It is a season of growth. As we transition into the new season, some new traditions have emerged.

Alumni Hall of Fame
On March 24, 2007, the Alumni Association held its inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame awards ceremony, an elegant event held at Seven Oaks Country Club. The charter inductees are:

Congratulations to the inductees and to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for starting an important new tradition at CSUB in such an exceptional fashion. The 2006-2007 Alumni Association board members are: Lawrence Aldana, Kent Augustine, Lisa Baldridge, Allen Belluomini, Bryan Burrow, President, Nancy Chaffin, Sheryl Chalupa, Oscar Chavez, Kathy Daniel, Perry Eggleston, Marilyn Hallman, Shannon Hill, Renee Kinzel, Janet Millar, John Nilon, Mike Russo, Jewelle Scales, Margaret Southwick,ex officio, and John Von Flue.

CSU Legislative Day
On March 19, 2007, Mike Chertok and I led a CSUB delegation to Sacramento for the annual CSU Legislative Day. Included in the delegation were CSUB Foundation Board members Mel Atkinson, Greg Bynum, and Tom DeNatale; Alumni Association president, Bryan Burrow; and Dan Gianoutsos, presidential intern. We were joined there by faculty members Jacquelyn Kegley, John Tarjan, and Gene Clark, and Alumni Board member Sheryl Chalupa.

Following a morning briefing, which included recognition of Greg Bynum by the CSU Alumni Council as CSUB Alumni Advocate of the Year, we visited the Capitol and met with Senators Roy Ashburn, Dean Florez and George Runner, and Assembly members Bill Maze and Sharon Runner. Assembly members Jean Fuller and Nicole Parra were out of state, so the group met with their legislative staff. The purpose of the event was to gain support for the CSU Board of Trustees' Agenda for the 2007 legislative session, which includes the following budget augmentations:

Federal Legislative Agenda
On March 28th I joined Chancellor Reed, several CSU Trustees and other CSU Presidents for our annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. Following a morning briefing by Senator Dianne Feinstein, I had meetings with Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Jim Costa. Twenty- one CSUB alumni who live in the Washington, D. C. area were invited to the California Congressional Delegation Reception which was hosted by Chancellor Reed.

A summary of the CSU systemwide Federal policy priorities for 2007 and priority projects for FY 2008 are attached.

Interim Student Union Director
I am pleased to announce that Dan Gianoutsos, Presidential Intern, will serve as interim director of the Student Union while the director, Laura Catherman, takes maternity leave. His appointment was effective March 17th. Dan is the past two-term president of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). He recently completed his master of public administration degree at CSUB with a 4.0 grade point average.

Student Accolades
Congratulations are in order for ASI President Ken Beurmann, who has been admitted to the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication. Ken completed his undergraduate studies here at CSUB in three years. He is the youngest ASI president, having been elected at age nineteen.

I want to congratulate and highlight all CSUB seniors who have been admitted to a masters or doctoral program. If you would like to be included in this listing, please send or deliver a copy of your acceptance letter to my office. I will send an e-mail to all students giving them the opportunity to be included as well.

I am pleased to announce that CSUB has joined the Adopt-a-Highway program. The university has made a commitment to be responsible for trash abatement once per quarter along Stockdale Highway from Oak Street to California Avenue. The program seeks 30-40 volunteers. For further details and to volunteer, please contact Robin Flores in the Student Union at 654-2494.

University Council The next University Council meeting will be April 20, 2007 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

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