March 26, 2001 Vol. V, No. 13

Week of Celebration to Highlight Presidential Inaugural

CSU Chancellor and Board of Trustees Chair to Conduct Investiture of President Koester on Thursday, April 19

Cal State Northridge will host a weeklong public celebration April 16 to 21-featuring concerts, lectures, a student "carnaval" and one very "Big Picture"-to honor a new era for the university with the formal inauguration of President Jolene Koester.

Several thousand guests are expected to attend the official inauguration in front of the Oviatt Library at noon on Thursday, April 19. Cal State 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 asked that the inaugural and related events for the week be planned as a celebration of the university. Thus, the week's activities also include the largest series of performances ever by the Music Department and an April 19 evening inaugural gala including the Distinguished Alumni/Emeriti Awards.

"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, who has chaired a campus Inaugural Committee that has been planning and organizing the week's events for the past seven months.

"The week truly will carry a Cal State Northridge flavor," Tyler said. "We've tried very hard to involve many people in the inaugural, because that's what we are about here. We've worked to make this an all-inclusive event. It's also a new beginning for the university whenever there is a new president."

The inaugural ceremony will feature the colorful 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. All faculty members are invited to march.

Al Baca, president of CSUN's Association of Retired Faculty, will lead the procession as Grand Marshal and carry the University Mace, the four-foot silver staff with a soaring bird atop, which symbolizes academic freedom. The University Mace is the ceremonial symbol of the university's authority.

During the investiture, Chancellor Reed will present President Koester with the CSUN Presidential Medallion, a brass version of the university's seal that symbolizes the authority of the Office of the President. President Koester then will deliver her inaugural speech to the campus community.

The noon inauguration-and a subsequent 1:30 p.m. reception in the Sierra Quad-are both free and open to the public. To assist with event planning, though, those planning to attend from both on- and off-campus are requested to RSVP to CSUN Public Relations at (818) 677-2130 no later than Monday, April 2.

Because Lot C will become a major public parking facility for the day of the inaugural, CSUN will operate special shuttle buses to transport students between the campus and overflow parking areas in Lot T on the North Campus. The inaugural is occurring on a regular university class/business day.

The week of inaugural events also will feature several special "firsts" for Cal State Northridge.

About 200 Music Department students will be involved in the various performances, highlighting what Luedders called "the depth of the talent and the diversity of styles" present in the department. "The Music Department is at the cutting edge of diverse musics," he said.

Throughout the week, the Oviatt Library is hosting an inaugural exhibit. Students will be holding "Carnaval-A Celebration of Culture and Community" at different times throughout the week in the University Student Union.

At noon on Tuesday, April 17, all members of the CSUN community are being asked to gather on the steps of the Oviatt Library to take a commemorative "Big Picture." The best photograph from the event will be used to create a color poster for the campus celebrating the inaugural.

On Wednesday, April 18, the night before the official inauguration, the university will host a free Inaugural Concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. On Thursday, April 19, the $75 per person Inaugural Gala/ Distinguished Alumni/Emeriti Awards will be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

A full schedule of the week's inaugural events is available on the university's web site at www.csun.edu/ ~univrel/2001inaugural.html. For additional inaugural information, call (818) 677-3979.


President's Inauguration and Distinguished Alumni Awards Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Arter & Hadden LLP
Arthur Andersen LLP
Professor and Mrs. Sam Britten on behalf of the Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled
Los Angeles Times Valley Edition
Washington Mutual

Silver Sponsors
Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center/ Tenet Healthcare Foundation
Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP

Inaugural Sponsors
Alumni Insurance Agency and Administrators
Airtel Plaza Hotel
Bank of America
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project
Matador Athletic Association
Matadors Federal Credit Union
Prudential
The University Corporation


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