CSU Leader
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Vol. 10, No. 5, March 3, 2011

CSU Leaders Take Agenda to the Hill

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed (right) meets with California Congressmen John Garamendi (left) and Dennis Cardoza (center) during CSU Hill Day.

California State University officials visited Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for the university’s priorities. CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, trustees and university presidents met with federal lawmakers to discuss policy priorities including teacher preparation, college access and completion, workforce training, and applied research.

A key item on the agenda was fighting the proposed cuts to the Pell program. The CSU is the nation’s largest recipient of need-based Pell grants. If enacted, the cuts will mean nearly one-third of CSU students would likely be unable to attend college. More.

Higher Education Heightens Inspiration at Super Sunday

Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon visits the Baptist Church of the New Covenant in Norwalk on Feb. 27.

Throughout February, CSU officials including Chancellor Charles Reed, 20 university presidents, trustees and provosts took to the pulpit at dozens of African American churches throughout the state. Advocating the value of higher education, the speakers were joined by teams of CSU staff and volunteers to provide information about what it takes to go to college, from what classes to take in high school to how to apply for financial aid. More.

CSU Students Lend a Hand at Tax Time

Students in Cal State Fullerton's VITA programThis spring, thousands of families in need of tax help will turn to a CSU student.

Nearly every CSU campus has an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. With the help of student volunteers, the programs provide low-income families with free e-filing services.

VITA benefits every party involved: The IRS gets volunteer help throughout the busy season, low-income families save money, and students get hands-on experience while serving their communities.

According to IRS spokesman Jesse Weller, most VITA sites are set up by university accounting, business and law departments as well as student clubs. The IRS retrains volunteers every year to keep them certified.

The students’ service pays off with valuable experience. More.

California Nisei Project Honors Former Students

Last May, Japanese Americans forcibly removed from California universities during World War II were granted with honorary degrees. New CSU alumni Satoshi Kuwamoto, Carl Yoshemine and Bessie Kawachi Chin share their compelling stories.


Cal State East Bay Gets Bayer Grant for STEM Disciplines

Cal State East Bay received a $540,000 grant from pharmaceutical and health care giant Bayer Corp. for continuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. More.

Planting the Seeds of Service Learning

Humboldt State University is host to this year’s Northern California Regional Service Learning Conference, which will address service-learning techniques in higher education’s STEM disciplines and environmental science.

Cal Poly Pomona Gets $5 Million Gift

Panda Restaurant Group co-founders pledged $2.5 million to The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. Matched by Carol and Jim Collins, the pledge is effectively worth $5 million and allows the college to begin work on a new $10 million educational complex.

CSUN Scholarship Endowment Honors Pioneering Musician and Educator

Joan A. Lamb, who toured the United States and Canada during World War II as part of an all-female military band, left the university more than $250,000 that will now help several students go to college. More.

SJSU Accelerating Toward Campaign Goals

With over $142 million in gifts committed, Acceleration: The Campaign for San Jose State University is moving at a powerful pace toward its goal of raising $200 million. To date, SJSU’s students, faculty and programs have already benefited from $68 million in cash received.

CSUSB Business College Gets International Recognition

Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration has been selected by European CEO magazine as one of the world’s 18 most innovative business schools. More.


CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Blog:
Living the Mission

Gayle Ball-Parker, University Outreach and Information Services Director at CSU Dominguez Hills, was the first in her family to go to college. Boosted by the support of church community and family, Gayle's academic path led her to a Ph.D.


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