September 9, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 2


CSU Begins School Year With Student Boom, Budget Uncertainty

The California State University is beginning the 2002-03 academic year with considerably more than 400,000 students enrolled-at least 20,000 headcount higher than last year.

While exact details of the state budget signed by Gov. Gray Davis were not available last week, CSU leaders pledged to manage the university's $2.68 billion budget for 2002-03 in the best manner possible for the university's workforce and students.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed has asked all 23 CSU campus presidents to continue to be prudent in their budget plans, maintaining selective hiring freezes and avoiding major contractual commitments.

The CSU was funded for an additional 15,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) students this year. But with more than 21,000 additional FTE actually enrolled systemwide, there remains a funding shortfall.

Also, the CSU starts this year with $43 million in one-time cuts, as well as another $42.7 million in increased, but unfunded costs for employee health benefit premiums, other salary expenses and energy demands.

The CSU, like other state entities, could experience additional revenue decreases as part of the more than $750 million in additional state cuts the governor will be making during the next few months. If the cuts were to go as high as 5 percent, that would mean an additional $135 million cut from this year's CSU budget.

"This has been a complex and difficult year for everyone involved in the budget process," said Chancellor Reed. "We appreciate the governor's and Legislature's support in terms of providing funding for student access. But we are concerned what additional cuts could do at the very time more students are seeking a CSU education."

Curzon Named to County Library Commission

Susan Curzon, dean of Cal State Northridge's library, recently was appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to the county's public library commission.

"I am honored to be representing people in their library needs," said Curzon. "I am representing the Fifth (Supervisorial) District, Antonovich's district, and I hope that my experience at CSUN and as a former employee of the county library will be a valuable resource to the commission."

The 20-member commission, which includes mayors and city council members from throughout Los Angeles County, advises the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian on library policy, administration, operation and service. It also makes suggestions and recommendations on matters that come before the commission.

The County of Los Angeles Public Library is one of the largest in the nation and provides service to more than 3.5 million residents living in unincorporated areas and to residents in 51 of the 88 incorporated cities in the county. Its service area extends over 3,000 square miles.

Curzon has been dean of the University Library at Cal State Northridge since 1992. Prior to that she was director of libraries for the city of Glendale. She also worked for the County of Los Angeles Public Library in a variety of positions, including as a regional administrator supervising 11 branches, a books-by-mail service and four bookmobiles.

Curzon has a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California, a master's in librarianship from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Riverside.

Jazz Scholarship Created to Honor Chuck Niles

The jazz community joined Cal State Northridge in celebrating the creation of a scholarship in honor of jazz great Chuck Niles.

Performers Lou Rawls, Buddy DeFranco, James Moody and many more joined Niles for a 75th birthday celebration in July at the Westin Long Beach Hotel to raise money for the Chuck Niles Scholarship for Jazz Broadcasting.

"The scholarship will be awarded to one upper division student who shows an interest in a broadcasting career with an emphasis in jazz," said Michele Cesca, director of development for the College of Arts, Media, and Communication.

Cesca said In-House Music, a jazz entertainment company, chose to establish the scholarship at Northridge after meeting with several universities across the country.

"We felt that Cal State Northridge has an excellent combination of music and broadcasting," said Merle Kreibich, president of In-House Music. "The university is perfect for the type of scholarship we are creating."

Kreibich said it was appropriate to establish the scholarship at CSUN because of Niles' past relationship with the university. He taught an intro to jazz course in CSUN's music department during the mid-1970s.

Niles' career began at the age of 14 when he started playing the saxophone professionally. However, he continued his education and later graduated from American International College with a degree in sociology. Chuck Niles is widely known as the "voice of jazz radio" in Southern California and has been afternoon host for the area's jazz radio station, KLON, since 1990.

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made payable to KLON/Niles Fund and sent to In-House Music, 4425 Stewart Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

Nine Pre-Doctoral Scholars Named at CSUN

The California State University system has recognized nine Cal State Northridge students with Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral awards for their efforts in pursuing doctoral degrees.

More than 80 pre-doctoral candidates at CSU campuses throughout the state received the award. The scholarship was created to increase CSU faculty members and support the doctoral ambitions of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational hardships. CSU and University of California faculty selected the winners.

The CSUN recipients are:
Kadimah Elson, a clinical-experimental psychology major from Tarzana;
Negin Ghavami, a social psychology major from Los Angeles;
Kimberley Harris Phillips, an educational psychology major from Lancaster;
Kimberly Hernandez, a history major from Santa Clarita;
Dennis Lopez, a literature major from Huntington Park;
Joseph Roberson, a psychology major from Northridge;
Aaron Rozzell, a cognitive/quantitative psychology major from Chatsworth;
Lorena Salazar, a social education major of Reseda; and
Jose Tabares, a general/experimental psychology major from Torrance.

During the academic year, each recipient will work with a CSU faculty sponsor and develop an outline to guide each student's educational and career goals.

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