CSU Leader
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Vol. 11, No. 3, February 9, 2012

Ag Fields See Organic Growth

Cal Poly Pomona student Andrew Esterson with organic produce grown on campus.Last summer, Cal Poly Pomona students Joanne O’Sullivan and Andrew Esterson devoted five acres of the campus farm to growing organic produce.

They have experienced the struggles and the successes that come with growing all-natural crops. Getting perfect vegetables with minimal use of resources is tough, but the students’ dedication is paying off. In addition to organic produce, which is sold at Cal Poly’s farm store and other farmer’s markets, they are also reaping the rewards of hands-on learning. More.

An Early Start is a Smart Start

Beginning this summer, incoming CSU students who need to strengthen math and English skills will get a boost through the CSU's "Early Start" program, which aims to prepare students for college level math and English before they arrive on campus for their freshman year. More.

Super Sunday: The CSU at Your Service

Chancellor Charles Reed gives a Super Sunday attendee information on how to get to college.Each February, Super Sunday brings CSU staff and officials including Chancellor Charles B. Reed, trustees, and campus presidents to African American churches throughout California—where they preach the power of college preparation.

Aimed at improving college access and graduation rates among African Americans, Super Sunday provides families with a wealth of information about how to get to college and the value and importance of a college degree. A recent report indicates that African American males who do well in college had parents that set high expectations for them and participated in programs that helped them make the transition to college. Family involvement and programs like Super Sunday contribute to college success in the African American community.

Now in its seventh year, Super Sunday has expanded to include more than 100 churches throughout the state. For more information about participating churches, times of services and locations, go to the Super Sunday website. More.

Celebrating Black History

February also marks National Black History month, an annual celebration of the role of African Americans in U.S. history and several CSU campuses are paying tribute to these achievements. More.

CSU Chico Celebrates 125th Anniversary

The Chico State Normal School ca. 1890In 1887, John Bidwell, founder of the City of Chico, donated eight acres of his cherry orchard so California could have a college in the north part of the state. One hundred and twenty five years later, thousands of students have come to Chico State and transformed their lives.

This year, the second oldest CSU campus is commemorating its 125 years of service to the North State and California. More.

Recycling Rivalry

This week, nine CSUs joined more than 600 colleges from across the U.S. and Canada in the 2012 RecycleMania competition—to see who rules at recycling.

"RecycleManiacs" at CSUMBCSU campuses including Bakersfield, Chico, East Bay, Humboldt, Monterey Bay, Pomona, San Francisco, San José, and San Marcos will be competing to see who recycles the most on a per capita basis, produces the least amount of waste and recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. Their progress can be tracked at Recyclemania.org.

In 2011, CSU San Marcos won the contest, which included 630 participating colleges and universities that collected more than 91 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics.


Arabian Horse Library Opens at Cal Poly Pomona

W.K. Kellogg with an Arabian horse.

The new library provides a permanent home for Cal Poly’s Arabian horse collection, which includes papers from the original W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch, and books dating back to the 1700s that cover breed history, training and bloodlines of the Arabian horse. More.

Afghanistan Ag Training Program Begins

Army, Marine, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Agency for International Development personnel took part in the first one-week program of a two-year, $3 million collaboration among Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Colorado State University and Southern Illinois University that provides information on sustainable agricultural practices that can be taught in Afghanistan. More.

CSUF Gets Grants to Target Obesity, Nutrition

The USDA has awarded CSU Fullerton more than $800,000 for projects tackling obesity and promoting good nutrition and related research. More.

SDSU Campaign Reaches $300 Million

Gifts from nearly 34,000 donors took San Diego State closer to its $500 million goal for its first university-wide fundraising campaign. Launched in 2007, the campaign is providing new opportunities for students through academics, faculty mentoring and professional internships. More.

SJSU Gets $73.3 Million for NASA Research

The NASA Ames Research Center has selected San José State for a five-year, $73.3 million cooperative agreement to participate in the development of systems for improving the safety and efficiency of air and space travel. More.

CSUEB Awarded More than $25 Million to Provide Educational Support

CSU East Bay is one of five organizations nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a grant for more than $25 million over the next five years for the university’s Hayward Promise Neighborhood initiative. More.

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