CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 17, August 4, 2011

Debt Deal Preserves Pell Grants for CSU Students

President Barack Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the Oval Office, Aug. 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
More than 140,000 California State University students will be able to receive Pell Awards of up to $5,550 following President Obama's signing of a new debt ceiling bill on Tuesday, August 2. The new debt measure includes funding to protect Pell Grants and provides specific protection in the discretionary budget to ensure that there will be sufficient funding for Pell without undermining other critical investments. More.

CSUs Accepting Applications for Spring 2012

Despite significant budget cuts, a number of CSU campuses are accepting applications from students intending to enroll in the spring 2012 term. Applications from eligible, upper-division transfer students remain a priority. Visit CSU Mentor for more information on which campuses are accepting applications. The priority application period ends Aug. 31.

Brown Appoints Faculty, Student Trustees

Bernadette Cheyne and Jillian RuddellGovernor Jerry Brown appointed Humboldt State Professor of theater, film, and dance Bernadette Cheyne, and Chico State student Jillian Ruddell to the California State University Board of Trustees. Last year, Ruddell received a William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustee’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is the first recipient of the award to serve as a CSU Trustee. More.

CSU and DreamWorks Celebrate Partnership

Left to right: Rex Grignon, head of character animation at DreamWorks; Marilyn Friedman, head of outreach at DreamWorks; Charles B. Reed, CSU Chancellor; Megan Dong, story trainee at DreamWorksCSU staff and faculty met with Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg to review the unique public-private partnership between the CSU and DreamWorks Animation. CSU faculty members from the campuses that work with DreamWorks also shared best practices in animation instruction and contributed other ideas to keep this partnership thriving. More.


CSU Chico Educational Talent Search Re-Funded

The program, which academically prepares low-income, first generation college students, received more than $3 million from two separate US Department of Education grants. More.

CSULA Gets Grant for Community Health Advocacy

A grant of $249,000 from the California Endowment will help Cal State L.A. empower youth to support a healthier community in neighboring Boyle Heights and beyond. More.

Fresno State Hispanic Youth Institute Aims to Empower

In an effort to guide Hispanic students to achieve a college education, Fresno State hosted the Central Valley Hispanic Youth Institute. The program kicked off the Hispanic College Fund’s year-round college empowerment program. More.

CSUN Gets $3.7 Million to Develop Future Research Scientists

CSU Northridge has received nearly $3.75 million from the National Institutes of Health for an innovative program that pairs campus researchers with students from underrepresented communities in an effort to help them achieve their dreams to become research scientists. More.

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Cal Poly Pomona Alumna and Director of Food and Beverage for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Michele Gendreau, says her college experience prepared her for the Magic Kingdom.


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