February 2, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 9

News Briefs

Revised Campus Policy on Smoking Announced

Cal State Northridge's revised "University Policy on Smoking," written by the Smoking Policy Review Working Group at the request of President Jolene Koester, has been approved by the president.

Vice President for Student Affairs Terry Piper, working group chair, served with Gregory Buesing, director of planned giving; Richard Dull, director of athletics; Fran Horvath, director of institutional research and planning; Thomas McCarron, executive director of the University Corporation, and Mo Qayoumi, vice president for administration and finance.

In the revised policy, smoking is prohibited in all university buildings and leased space (including space within buildings shared with others); in any area enclosed by a building's perimeter walls such as restrooms, warehouse and storage space, atriums, balconies, stairwells, and other similar building features; in state and university-owned vehicles; within 20 feet of entrances and exits, operable windows and ground level air intake structures; within stadium seating areas, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities; and in outdoor dining areas posted as "smoke-free."

The policy states the university will place ashtrays, other smoking litter appliances and appropriate signage in designated areas, with consideration of pedestrian traffic patterns and safety, Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements and campus aesthetics.

Piper said policy administration will be the responsibility of deans, directors, department chairs and heads of other administrative units. Assistance with interpreting the policy is available from the Environmental Health and Occupational Safety Office and Human Resource Services.

Campus entities that contract for the use of campus facilities or routinely host campus visitors must inform visitors about the revised policy.

"This policy's success depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of every member of the university community," Piper said, adding that periodic review and assessment of the revised policy are planned.

Alumni Group Calls for Heitz Nominees

Following the success of its fall 2003 Volunteer Service Awards event, Cal State Northridge's Alumni Association is issuing an early call for submission of nominations for its top volunteer service honor, the Dorothea "Granny" Heitz Award.

Fall 2003 winners of the award included alumni Robert Rawitch and I. Allan Oberman. Rawitch serves on the boards of the Journalism Alumni Association, the University Corporation and the Cal State Northridge Foundation. The CSUN alumnus was on the team of reporters and editors awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Oberman helped launch the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Emeriti Merit Award during his tenure as Alumni Association president. He helped negotiate partnership agreements guaranteeing funding of nearly $1.5 million in private support of university programs and scholarships.

D.G. "Gray" Mounger, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, said any alum, faculty, staff, emeriti faculty or staff may nominate a deserving alum for the Heitz Award, presented annually in November. Nominations, along with biographies and records of volunteer service to Northridge, may be mailed to: Cal State Northridge Alumni Association, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8385.

For more information, call Alumni Relations at (818) 677-2137.

KCSN Makes Room for New Broadcast Journalism Awards

When a small campus radio station has won more than 400 state, regional and national awards, the arrival of three more can present an interesting housekeeping problem.

Cal State Northridge's station, KCSN, will have to clear off shelf space for two new "Golden Mikes" and a Special Merit Award, presented to its news department at the Radio Television News Association of Southern California awards ceremony on January 24 at the Universal Hilton.

The station's achievement brings to 52 the number of "Golden Mikes" it has earned since its establishment in 1963. KCSN competes in Division B, whose stations have five or fewer full-time news department employees.

Keith Goldstein, news director and the newsroom's sole full-time employee, worked with KCSN's staff of broadcast journalism students on the September 25 "The Evening Update" program, the winning entry in the "Golden Mike" category of "Best Newscast Writing—Over 15 Minutes." In its 30-minute 6 p.m. weekday time slot, the program explored the state's purchase of Ahmanson Ranch, the Los Angeles Police Department's need for bilingual officers, rude drivers and a range of other topics.

Student contributors included anchor/writer Sean Frank, writers Michael O'Keefe and Cheryl Porter; business reporter Esmeralda Ramirez, producers Joselyn Ontiveros and Satish Panchal, and reporters Alex Stamakinley and Matthew Workman.

Workman, a senior, won another "Golden Mike" for "Best Investigative Reporting." His "Immigration Processing Delays," developed as a feature assignment in Goldstein's radio production course, uncovered what had become a downtown fixture: a nightmarishly long queue of people waiting for service outside the offices of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

"At 3 a.m. one morning, I went out there," Workman said. "People had been lining up since 6 p.m. the night before." He interviewed many of them, from Central American immigrants to a former Afghani general. BCIS officials told the reporter that a dramatic increase in staffing actually has eliminated the need to queue up.

Goldstein's Special Merit Award, for his six-part series called "Domestic Violence: The Cycle of Abuse," was the product of eight years of research and 20 filled audiocassettes. His report covered the victims of domestic violence, its vicious cycles, police response, prosecutions, women who remain with their abusers, and the effect of domestic violence on children.

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