CSU Leader
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Vol. 10, No. 20, September 22, 2011

50 Remarkable Years...

CSU Alumni Council President Guy Heston presents Chancellor Reed with a commendation for the system's 50th anniversary.

The CSU Board of Trustees commemorated the system’s 50th anniversary at their Sept. 21 meeting. California State Assemblymember Ricardo Lara presented a resolution on behalf of the California Legislature, James Postma, chair of the CSU’s Academic Senate, and Guy Heston, president of the CSU’s Alumni Council were also on hand to recognize a half-century of the CSU working for California.

...23 Outstanding Scholars

Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester with Hearst Scholar Ryan GradyThe CSU celebrated the accomplishments of the 23 recipients of the 2011 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement, which is given each year to students who have overcome significant challenges to demonstrate superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements.

From a CSU East Bay student who plans on establishing an organization to assist women in abusive relationships, to a Cal State L.A. student who emigrated from Guatemala to pursue a career in Mayan archaeology, each story is unique. However, every one of them share the determination to overcome adversity and the passion to make a difference in California and the world.

Budget Plan Addresses Needed Funding

An overview of the CSU’s 2012-13 budget request, which was presented at the Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 21, accounts for $315 million in needed ongoing revenue increases. In the preliminary plan, which will be finalized and brought to the board for action at its November meeting, the CSU has asked for an 8.25 percent year-over-year increase which includes funding for a 3 percent compensation increase for all employees and enrollment growth of 5 percent. It also assumes that any additional "trigger cuts" occurring in the 2011-12 fiscal year will be one-time, which would not affect the CSU’s ongoing base of state support. More.

Welcoming a New Academic Year

President Horace Mitchell welcomes a freshman student to CSUB. CSU presidents welcome the beginning of a new academic year by addressing campus faculty, staff and students—outlining goals, celebrating accomplishments, and focusing on the future. This year’s convocation addresses were both optimistic and realistic. Despite the challenges imposed by an unprecedented cut in state funding, and the threat of an additional $100 million trigger cut to the CSU system this fiscal year, the themes remained positive. After all, the CSU’s faculty, staff and employees are engaged in creating California's future. More.

CSUs Answer Obama's Call to Service

Fresno State, CSU San Marcos, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo were chosen to join select colleges and universities nationwide in President Barack Obama’s recently launched Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The initiative calls on institutions of higher learning to advance interfaith cooperation through service projects that strengthen communities and unite people across religious and cultural lines.

A Stellar Summer

Team Fresno State experiences weightlessness while conducting NASA research.This summer, CSU students had the opportunity to participate in NASA research projects. A team of eight Fresno State students was one of 14 undergraduate teams to conduct experiments aboard the agency’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. In addition, two Cal State Long Beach physics students were among a group of only five interns at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. They were involved in a research project to measure the moments of inertia for the DROID III, a radio-controlled experimental aircraft.


$1 Million Gift to Fund STEM Education at CSUDH

CSU Dominguez Hills received a $1 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation to establish the university’s first endowed professorship focused on growing the number of teachers in STEM fields and creating for new STEM initiatives in the region. More.

CSUEB to Open Regional Science Fest

In late October, Cal State East Bay will become the Bay Area’s center of science. The campus is hosting “Discovery Days,” the first event in the Bay Area Science Festival, which will feature experiments, demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities, and lectures. More.

Fresno State Children’s Institute Gets Funds for Mental Health Project

Fresno State’s Central California Children’s Institute received a $450,870, three-year contract from the Central Valley Regional Center Inc. to support a project to plan, develop and implement a multi-county, multidisciplinary training program for professionals working with families with young children. More.

NSF Awards $1M for SDSU Computer Science Education

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, have received National Science Foundation grants to jointly expand the computer sciences curriculum among San Diego’s high schools, community colleges and universities. More.

CSULB, Cal Poly SLO Collaborate on Project for Tracking Fish, Sharks

Funded by a three-year, $490,000 National Science Foundation grant, researchers from CSULB’s Shark Lab and Cal Poly’s Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics will work on a project to track fish and sharks with innovative ocean-going robotic devices. More.

CSU Stanislaus Gets $5.5 Million Grant for STEM Initiative

The federal Hispanic Serving Institution grant money will support increasing enrollment and degree completion by Hispanic and low-income transfer and non-transfer students with a comprehensive transfer and articulation model between CSU Stanislaus and regional community colleges for STEM students. More.

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An Animated Learning Environment

In 1988, Andrew Gordon completed his first animated film at CSU Summer Arts. Find out why the Pixar animator still keeps the CSU in his summer plans.

Andrew Gordon with some animated friends.


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