May 28, 2002 Vol. VI, No. 17


Reimonenq Named Interim Humanities Dean

Northridge Provost Louanne Kennedy has announced the appointment of Alden Reimonenq as interim dean of the College of Humanities for the 2002-2003 academic year. The college has begun the process of electing faculty to participate in the search for a permanent dean that will be conducted in the fall.

Reimonenq has served as chief of staff to President Jolene Koester since 2000. He joined the university in 1999 as executive assistant to the provost, having come from St. Mary's College of California, where he worked for 17 years as a professor of English, including a term as chair of the department.

Reimonenq holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University in English Renaissance studies with a specialization in Shakespeare. He has taught Shakespeare, African American literature and creative writing.

He also has published poetry, fiction and literary criticism on African American and Caribbean literature. "Hoodoo Headrag," his first book of poetry, was published in 2001.

As chief of staff, Reimonenq worked as an adviser to the president, as a liaison to all divisions on campus, and as a member of the president's cabinet. He also made time to teach a course on the Harlem Renaissance in the English Department during spring 2002.

CSUN Alumna Elected New CSU Trustees Chair

Cal State Northridge alumna Debra Farar was elected the new chair of the California State University system's Board of Trustees at the board's mid-May meeting. Farar had been the board's vice chair and a CSU trustee since 1999.

Farar, a long-time education consultant and former senior adviser on education policy to Gov. Gray Davis during his stint as lieutenant governor, holds a bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in education from Cal State Northridge.

In her remarks, Farar called the CSU trustees "the best board of higher education in the country.... As trustees and leaders of the CSU, we need to remember that we have an important leadership role not just here in California, but in serving as a model for the entire country.

"I want to let all of you know that I consider serving on this board a wonderful honor, a great privilege, and an enormous responsibility. I pledge to all of you that I will continue do my best to carry out that responsibility," said Farar, who also holds a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University.

Farar has worked as a private educational consultant since 1994, and served as an elementary school teacher at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth from 1986 to 1991. Farar and her husband, Sim, have two sons, Justin and Joel.

Governor's Budget Revision a Mix of Good and Bad for CSU

Gov. Gray Davis has proposed a general fund support budget of $2.758 billion for the California State University in his recently released May Revise to the state's budget. The revised budget includes various one-time cuts for the CSU, but adds revenue to fund more than 20,000 additional students (5 percent growth) for 2002-03.

"We appreciate the governor's continued commitment to meet the California State University's escalating enrollment demand by adding another 1 percent for student growth," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The budget still leaves the CSU with unmet needs, but in this harsh budget climate, we realize that it is not possible to meet all the system's requests."

The May Revise increases the governor's January budget for the CSU by $19.5 million for an additional 1 percent growth in student enrollment. This is on top of the 4 percent for growth already proposed in the governor's January budget.

However, the May Revise also reduces the CSU's base budget support by $43 million in one-time cuts in long-term needs such as technology, libraries, maintenance and equipment. The governor overall proposed total cuts of about 2.5 percent, or $50.4 million, including the $43 million and $6 million by cutting the Educational Technology Professional Development Program.

CSUN Chosen for Alliance's Excellence in Education Award

The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley last week honored Cal State Northridge with its Steve Allen "Excellence in Education Award." The award was recognition of the university recently having been named as one of the nation's top teacher training programs by the Carnegie Corp. of New York.

College of Education Dean Philip Rusche accepted the award at the alliance's Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, May 22. He was joined by deans Helen Castillo of the College of Health and Human Development and Edward Carroll of the College of Science and Mathematics in accepting on behalf of the university.

"This is a very special award because it is a recognition of San Fernando Valley residents by leaders from the San Fernando Valley," Rusche said. "Teacher education at CSUN is strong because it is a university-wide commitment and all units of the university participate in the preparation of teacher candidates."

The alliance's annual Steve Allen award is named for the long-time Valley resident and entertainer who spent much of his later years speaking and writing on the importance of education. The award recognizes Valley schools, educators or students that achieved national recognition during the school year.

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