August 27, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 1


Online Registration Debuts With Impressive Results

More than one-fourth of the 29,000-plus Cal State Northridge students who initially registered for classes in the fall 2001 semester did so using the university's new Web Service Portal. About 26 percent or more than 7,500 students used the new system.

"We were pleasantly surprised," said Robert Stark, CSUN's director of application development. "We were led to expect that about 20 percent of students would register through the web. The results exceeded our expectations."

Students who registered at my.csun .edu were surprised at how easy and quick it was, said Stark. "When word gets around-and it will-the percentage of students who register using the web next semester should exceed 80 percent," he predicted.

According to Stark, web registration will be promoted more aggressively in the fall through on-campus group presentations and demonstrations on how to use the new service.

Students with Disabilities Find Role Models at CSUN

More than 100 students with disabilities from Los Angeles Unified School District high schools in the San Fernando Valley are slated to tour Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, September 26, as part of an innovative program aimed at expanding their opportunities for higher education.

The tour, the third and last in a series, is being arranged by CSUN's TRACS (Transition Resources and Career Services for Students with Disabilities) program at the National Center on Deafness. The tour is designed to allow seasoned students with disabilities to share their experiences with other students.

Two separate groups of high school and community college students with disabilities recently toured the campus through the TRACS program. The program provides employment and transition services for disabled students and alumni at CSUN and the surrounding community.

Students from Mission College began the tours on July 13. Then 86 students from four local high schools (Monroe, San Fernando, Polytechnic and Van Nuys) participated in the second tour. Each event culminated with a tour of the Northridge campus provided by the CSUN Ambassadors.

The tours program enables disabled students from the community to learn about the many programs that CSUN has to offer, especially the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) and Students with Disabilities Resources (SDR). TRACS is one of the grants operated through NCOD's Special Project Division.

Steve Fitzgerald Named Chief Technology Officer

Steve Fitzgerald, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department, has been named Cal State Northridge's new chief technology officer (CTO) within the university's Information Technology Resources unit.

As a member of ITR's management team, Fitzgerald will serve as the senior ITR director, reporting to campus chief information officer (CIO) Spero Bowman. Fitzgerald since last fall had served as the campus' information security officer.

"I am pleased that Steve has accepted this important appointment within Information Technology Resources," said Bowman. "His extensive knowledge and expertise will help the campus meet the challenges of information technology, and will be a valuable asset to the ITR management team."

In his new position, Fitzgerald will assume primary responsibility for the development of the campus' information technology (IT) standards, policies, procedures, and protocols as they apply to the architecture of the campus communication network and central computing services.

Fitzgerald also will direct the campus' Directory Services initiative, conduct an ongoing review of campus IT security polices, and manage the development and deployment of appropriate security measures to ensure the protection of the campus' IT network and systems.

PPM Grounds Worker Earns Governor's Safety Award

A Cal State Northridge grounds worker has been honored with a Governor's Employees Safety Award for developing the "trash bag poker," a device that removes excess rainwater from trash bags to lighten their load and minimize the potential for back injuries.

John Siebenthal, with CSUN's Physical Plant Management (PPM) Department, was formally honored at a state of California ceremony in Sacramento in August. Siebenthal has helped maintain a clean, safe campus environment at CSUN for the past 16 years.

His invention involves placing an angled piece of copper tubing at the bottom of trash cans that punctures trash bags when they become heavy enough with water. The innovative and cost effective device drains rainwater from trash cans, removing excess weight that can cause back injuries when the bags are removed.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in individual state employees and groups who help to improve job health safety, respond to life threatening situations, and prevent and reduce the number of occupational injuries and vehicle accidents.

"John Siebenthal's innovative, creative approach to safety is refreshing, and we are honored to have a member of our department be a recipient of such a prestigious award," said Ben Elisondo, PPM's safety training coordinator.

Siebenthal's invention has been used in outdoor trash receptacles on campus since last year, and has proven effective when it rains. His regular job involves removing trash and debris from trash cans and performing basic ground maintenance including planting, raking leaves and trimming bushes.

Kritzell Named New Purchasing and Logistical Services Director

Vice President for Administration and Finance Mo Qayoumi announced that Brian Kritzell has joined Cal State Northridge as the new director of Purchasing and Logistical Services.

Kritzell takes over for William Cooper, who moved to Caltech last fall. Previously, Kritzell was the director of Procurement and Contracts at Cal State Los Angeles.

During his career, Kritzell has worked for three universities/colleges, a Fortune 500 company and an international conglomerate. He also has a master's degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, co-authored a book for Business Week magazine on how to adapt to changing business trends and has written some 40 articles for various publications.

As the new head of Purchasing and Logistical Services at CSUN, Kritzell will oversee the following units: Purchasing, Asset Management, Central Receiving, Insurance/Risk Management, Reprographics/QuickCopies, University Licensing, and University Postal Services.

Prior to the position he held at Cal State Los Angeles since mid-1999, Kritzell served as the purchasing department manager for Yamaha Motor Corp. in Cypress, the manager of corporate purchasing for the Health Net HMO in Woodland Hills, a project manager and senior buyer at Ambassador College in Pasadena, and as purchasing liaison at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Lab.

He also is a certified purchasing manager through the National Association of Purchasing Management and a certified purchasing executive through the American Purchasing Society. At CSUN, Kritzell's contributions will enhance services to all campus customers.

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