President's Monthly Campus Update

This issue of the Update covers approximately the last three weeks since the January issue came out about one week late. If you missed that issue, it can be found on the CSUB homepage under News and Announcements.

New Vice President for Student Affairs Arrives
Dr. Shelley Ruelas began her tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs on February 13th. She comes to CSUB from Arizona State University where she served as a psychologist in the Counseling and Consultation Department. She holds a BA degree from UC San Diego, and MA and PhD degrees from UC Santa Barbara. She brings a strong background in the areas of student development, student life and organizational change, as well as outreach, retention, and diversity issues in higher education. Having been born and raised in the Fresno area, she has said she welcomes her return to the Central Valley. A welcome reception for Dr. Ruelas will be scheduled within the next two weeks.

I want to express my great appreciation to Bill Perry for his leadership of Student Affairs over the past few months.

Two Major Gifts to Endowment
The campus is the recipient of two major gifts from testamentary trusts that will add to our endowment fund. The Fred and Beverly Dukes Trust added $260,000 to an existing scholarship fund that bears their name. Loraine West, a founding faculty member in teacher education, established a scholarship with $175,000 coming from her trust. Both endowment funds are designated for student scholarships in teacher education. These friends were loyal donors and enthusiastic supporters of our University for many years. We are honored to be chosen as stewards of their philanthropy.

CSUB Image Committee
As CSUB advances along a path to greatness, we are redefining our identity and determining not only how we see ourselves, but also how others see us. To this end, a University Image Committee has been formed. Comprised of a cross-section of University constituents, the committee voices a broad spectrum of perspectives on how best to tell the CSUB story to prospective and current students, parents, alumni, faculty/staff, and the community-at-large. The committee's immediate focus is on the re-design of the CSUB website. Committee members are as follows:

Evelyn Nelson, Executive Assistant to the President - President's Office, Committee Chair
Erik Bartley, Administrative Support Assistant - President's Office
Joan Canfield, Director - E Learning / Web Services
Anne Dziadura, Manager - Bookstore
Dan Gianoutsos, President - ASi
Rod Hersberger, Director - Library
Shannon Hill, Director - Alumni Relations
John Hultsman, Associate Vice President - CSUB Antelope Valley Branch
Pierre Igoa, Web Design Specialist - Business & Administrative Services
Karen Langston, Director, Marketing & Sales - Athletics
Dr. Jacqueline Mimms, Associate Vice President - Enrollment Management
Dr. B.J. Moore, Chair - Academic Senate
Ben Perlado, Information Technology - Admissions & Records
Judith Pratt, Professor - Communications
Dr. Shelley Ruelas, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mike Stepanovich, Director of Public Relations - University Advancement

Fall 2006 Enrollment Update
We are closely monitoring our applications for Fall 2006. As you may be aware, we expect to be slightly under our enrollment target for 2005-2006, which results in reduced revenue for this academic year, and less funding from the Chancellor's Office in 2006-2007. However, projections are that we will have a slight increase in student enrollment next year over the current year.

As of February 1, we had a 5.9% increase in freshmen admissions from Kern County over last year, and a similar increase (5.6%) from Tulare County students. We have a 73% increase in transfer applications from Bakersfield College students and a 148.6% increase from Antelope Valley College students. A smaller increase in applications, 29%, occurred from community college students in other service areas. Typically, applications to our post-baccalaureate and graduate degree programs come later in the Spring. At the same time, we are 178% ahead of the number of graduate applications received this time last year, but below in teacher credential program applicants (-26%). We will continue our active outreach and recruitment programs, including working with high school and community college counselors, our CSUB faculty, and others who join in our goal of extending the opportunity for a quality education at CSUB.

Safety and Risk Management
David Beadle joined the campus as Director of Safety and Risk Management on February 13th. David has been a consultant in the field of safety and risk for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he held the positions of Environmental Engineer and Compliance Coordinator for several organizations. He holds a BS in Conservation of National Resources from Kent State University and is currently certified as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Cal OSHA Certified Asbestos Consultant, DHS Lead Consultant and a HAZWOPER Supervisor.

Annual Report
The President's Annual Report for 2004-05 provides a general overview of University plans, programs, and accomplishments. The statistical information in the report covers the 2004-05 fiscal year and certain campus census data for Fall 2005. Copies are available at the Office of the President, E-100 Business Development Center (33 BDC).

RFP for Public-Private Partnerships
We have reserved a portion of campus land on our southern boundary along Camino Media for the location of buildings and other facilities to be used for public-private partnerships that would provide substantial long-term support for the University's academic mission. A request for proposal (RFP) was issued earlier this month with a March 31, 2006 deadline.

Projects that are simply profit-generating or commercial will not be considered, and the purchase of University land is not an option. The University is not obligated to accept all or any of the proposals. For those proposals the University chooses to explore, discussions will be initiated between the University and potential partner(s) for further development. In those cases where the University will share in the cost of a project, the University's contribution will be the value of the land. In other cases the University will grant a long-term ground lease to the partner(s), with annual lease payments being made to the University. If you would like to receive a copy of the RFP, please contact my office at 654-2241.

University Council
The next meeting will be held on February 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

President's Campus Forum
The next Forum will be held on February 24th at 12:00 noon in the Albertson Room. The topic will be "Staff Training and Development". All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

I look forward to seeing you around campus or at a University event.