Campus: CSU, Northridge -- April 09, 2001
Week of Celebration to Highlight CSUN President's
Cal State Northridge will host a weeklong public celebration April
16 to 21 ? featuring concerts, lectures, a student "carnaval"
and a "Big Picture" - honoring a new era for the campus with
the inauguration of President Jolene Koester.
Several thousand guests are expected at the inauguration in front of
the Oviatt Library at noon on Thursday, April 19. California State University
system Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Board of Trustees Chair Laurence
Gould will conduct the investiture of Koester as CSUN's fourth president
in its 43-year history.
President Koester, who arrived on campus in July 2000, asked that inaugural
events for the week be planned as a celebration of the university. So
the week's activities also include the largest series of performances
ever by the CSUN Music Department, a "Big Picture" mass campus
photo gathering on April 17, and CSUN's inaugural gala and alumni awards
on April 19.
"The inaugural is really a celebration of the wonders of the university
and the university's major place here in Southern California,"
said Marcella Tyler, the College of Extended Learning administrator
who chaired the campus Inaugural Committee. That group has been planning
and organizing the week's events for the past seven months.
"It's also a new beginning of sorts for the university whenever
there is a new president," Tyler added. "The fine work of
the faculty and the university's array of first-class programs continue.
But President Koester's arrival has helped us focus on strengthening
CSUN's connections with its community and creating a more user-friendly
environment on campus."
The April 19 inaugural will feature the spectacle of hundreds of faculty
members and administrators from CSUN and other universities around the
country, dressed in full academic regalia, marching onto the Oviatt
Library lawn. During the investiture, Chancellor Reed will present President
Koester with the CSUN Presidential Medallion, a brass version of the
President Koester will then deliver her inaugural speech to the campus
community. The inaugural ceremony and speech will be broadcast live
over campus radio station KCSN (88.5 FM) between noon and 1:30 p.m.
Starting at 11 a.m., KCSN will air a recorded interview with the president.
The KCSN broadcasts also can be heard over the Internet at www.kcsn.org.
The noon inauguration and the following 1:30 p.m. reception in the adjoining
Sierra Quad are both free and open to the public. The primary public
parking location will be CSUN Parking Lot C on the east side of campus
along Zelzah Avenue north of Nordhoff Street.
Some of the related activities occurring during the week include:
The Big Picture: At noon Tuesday, April 17, hundreds of CSUN community
members will gather on the steps of the Oviatt Library for a commemorative
"Big Picture." The best photograph from the event will be
used to create a color poster for the campus celebrating the inaugural.
Inaugural Concert: On Wednesday, April 18, the university will host
a free, open-to-the-public Inaugural Concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing
Arts Center. Performing groups include CSUN's African Ensemble, Symphony
Orchestra, Northridge Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz "A" Band
and Faculty Jazz Quartet. To reserve seats, call the Performing Arts
Center at (818) 677-3943.
Inaugural Gala/Distinguished Alumni-Emeriti Awards: On Thursday, April
19, CSUN's Inaugural Gala/Distinguished Alumni-Emeriti Awards will be
held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. The $75-per-ticket
event is sold out with attendance expected to exceed 400. President
Koester, four outstanding alumni and a retired faculty member will be
The week of inaugural events also will feature several special CSUN
- Just prior to the president's inaugural speech, Music Department
instructor Timothy Howard will play live music via the 222-bell CSUN
campus carillon for the first time ever.
- To commemorate the inaugural, the Music Department has pressed a
special music compact disc titled "Discover CSUN Music"
that will be given to special guests. The CD will feature special
performances by CSUN's Wind Ensemble, Northridge Singers, Symphony
Orchestra and Jazz "A" Band.
- Faculty and students from CSUN's Music Department will mount their
largest series of combined performances ever throughout the inaugural
week, with some nine different vocal and music groups performing.
In addition, the Oviatt Library is hosting an inaugural exhibit in
the lobby featuring CSUN presidents' photos and campus memorabilia.
Elsewhere, students are holding "Carnaval-
A Celebration of Culture and Community" during the week in the
University Student Union.
Gold sponsors who have provided major financial support for the inaugural
(in alphabetical order) ANDERSEN; Arter & Hadden LLP; The Boeing
Company, Sam and Emarie Britten; the Los Angeles Times Valley Edition;
MiniMed Inc.; the Walter Lantz Foundation, and Washington Mutual.
Silver sponsors who also have provided financial support for the inaugural
include Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center/Tenet Healthcare Foundation;
Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, and Wells Fargo Bank.
A complete schedule of inaugural events is available on CSUN's web site
More information about inaugural events is available from the CSUN Public
Relations Office at (818) 677-2130.