CSU Leader
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Vol. 10, No. 8, April 7, 2011

Higher Education Leaders Detail Consequences of Budget Cuts with Governor, Legislators

University of California President Mark Yudof, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advocacy and State Relations Karen Y. Zamarripa discussing the state of the California budget with Governor Jerry Brown.

The three leaders of the state's higher education system – CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, University of California President Mark Yudof and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott – met with Governor Brown and other legislators on April 5 to talk about the consequences of the budget cuts already approved, and to ask policymakers to protect higher education from deeper cuts. They were joined by 250 campus officials and students from the three segments during their joint Higher Education Advocacy Day. More.

Students Choose Outreach Instead of the Beach

A Sacramento State student helps at a food bank during alternative break.A growing number of CSU students are opting to spend spring break volunteering instead of partying."Alternative” breaks are proof that the week can be both fun and rewarding.

Students are giving back globally and locally. For example, 24 CSU San Marcos students helped to eliminate poverty housing in Miami and Washington, D.C. as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, and nearly 50 Sacramento State students participated in an alternative break program where they assisted food banks around the campus community.

“It reminds me to not take for granted my education and time here,” said Sac State student John Kanemoto, who participated in his fourth alternative break. “Getting overwhelmed with finals and work on campus is nothing compared to the lives we touch through the Sacramento Food Bank or Habitat for Humanity. Community service reminds us of the power of a helping hand.”

Presidents Strengthen Ties With Middle East

CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia and CSU Monterey Bay president Dianne Harrison visited the countries of Jordan and Oman March 24 – April 8 in an effort to develop and strengthen international opportunities for American higher education.

Garcia and Harrison were two of seven U.S. college and university presidents selected for the 2011 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program. The program, led by the United States Department of Education, exposed the presidents to Arab and Islamic culture and the higher education system in the Arab world.

"Seminar members will undoubtedly develop a better understanding of these countries' institutions of higher education," President Harrison said. "As we share expertise and gain knowledge, we also will be helping to break what President Obama has called a 'cycle of suspicion and discord' between the United States and Muslims worldwide.”

Working for California, Influencing the World

CSULB Alum Steven SpielbergThese leaders, in every major industry, can all attribute one common element to their success: getting an education at the California State University. Working for California highlights 50 CSU alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world.


CSUCI to Launch Institute for Global Economic Research

The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands announced the official launch of the Institute for Global Economic Research - the first of its kind within the region, helping to link regional economy more closely to the global economy. More.

Weather Device Rolls Out New Research Possibilities at SFSU

SF State meteorology and oceanography students were the first class to work with the CSU Mobile Atmospheric Profiling System, a unique tool acquired by SF State and San Jose State as part of a joint research initiative. More.

CSUN Releases DVD Outlining Benefits of Sign Language

Cal State Northridge, working with the California Department of Education, released a DVD that stresses the benefits of American Sign Language for all babies. More.

CSULB to Host Former Governor's Archives

Former California Governor George Deukmejian chose the CSU Long Beach University Library as the repository for more than 3,000 boxes of historical documents chronicling his decades of public service. More.

Pledge Supports Chemistry Research at Cal Poly Pomona

Students and faculty in Cal Poly Pomona's chemistry department will have increased opportunities to expand their knowledge and expertise because of a $100,000 pledge to the Goldstein endowment, which was created to honor the memory of Professor Elisheva "Chevy" Goldstein. More

The NFL in L.A.? Cal State L.A. Leads the Debate

In a component of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute’s Public Policy Education Program at Cal State L.A., vice presidents of the two companies vying to build a new NFL stadium in Los Angeles joined in a panel exploring the benefits and potential risks. More.

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