May 17, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 17



News Breifs

IS Students Take Top Prize in Pomona Competition

A Cal State Northridge Information Systems student team took first place in the systems analysis and design category of the 2004 annual Information Technology Competition held at Cal Poly Pomona in April. CSUN also placed second in the networking category.

Sponsored by Cal Poly Pomona's Management Information Systems Student Association and the Computer Information Systems Department, the competition was launched in 1996. It brings together West Coast information technology/information systems students who apply their classroom expertise to assigned cases in a simulated "real world" business environment.

Each team worked against a deadline to conduct systems analysis and modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and specifications for implementation. Team members were required to present and defend their resulting detailed package before a panel of industry professionals.

CSUN's two teams were coached by Dat-Dao Nguyen and Richard Ye, both information systems faculty in the College of Business and Economics' Accounting and Information Systems Departments.

First place winners in systems analysis and design included students Atul Rao, Nadia Meskova, Don Irwin and Curtis Brown. The networking team included students Dan Carmi, Mark Cayabyab and Vladimir Ignatenko.

"Each case involved a complex problem of information systems design," said Ye. "Because all competition participants must be fulltime students, they basically sacrificed their entire spring break week to work on the project."

The competition gave students invaluable experience in situations they will undoubtedly encounter in the workplace after graduation, Nguyen added. "The students had to virtually work around the clock in the lab to meet the deadline. They enjoyed it."

Northridge students have won consistently during the last five years of the competition, placing first place in the 2003 networking category, tying for first in the e-business slot and winning second place in systems design and analysis. CSUN's team took the top award in the 2002 systems analysis and design division.

Murrow Awards Top KCSN Banner Year

Capping an academic year rich with first place awards from news organizations, campus station KCSN 88.5 FM has won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).

For the first time, KCSN earned the Murrow "Overall Excellence" award, a special recognition that this year went to only four other public radio outlets in the country.

"We are much honored," said KCSN News Director Keith Goldstein. "This is one of the most prestigious awards that a news department can get in broadcast journalism."

The station won for its "Evening Update" broadcast featuring coverage of the war in Iraq, breaking and continuing news, and features such as "Immigrant Driver's License Law."

In the "Feature Reporting" category, KCSN broadcast journalism student Karen Apostolina was saluted for her story on recycling, which aired during the fall 2003 semester. Goldstein received a Murrow Award for "Best Use of Sound" in his "Model Airplanes" feature.

All three winning entries will be considered for national RTNDA honors in fall 2004.

According to Goldstein, the new awards bring to an even dozen the number of Murrow awards won by the station's news department. Named for famed broadcast journalist Murrow, the awards have been given by the news directors association since 1971 to spotlight outstanding electronic journalism.

Earlier in the year, the Cal State Northridge station received two Golden Mikes and a Special Merit Award from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California. The station also earned four first place statewide awards from the Associated Press Television Radio Association.

New Senior Associate Director Joins Athletics

Janet Lucas, a former intercollegiate sports administrator at James Madison University in Virginia, will join Cal State Northridge's Athletics Department at the beginning of June. Lucas will serve as the department's new senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator.

"We are privileged to have been able to secure the professional services of Janet Lucas," said Northridge Athletic Director Dick Dull, who added that Lucas will bring to her new duties "a comprehensive knowledge" gained from her experience at James Madison.

During her 15 years of service at the Virginia university, Lucas supervised and evaluated its intercollegiate sports programs and the coaching staff for up to 21 programs. She also supervised a comprehensive compliance program related to National Collegiate Athletic Association and regional sports authority regulations.

Among Lucas' other responsibilities were management of athletic and foundation scholarships, the coordination of admissions and housing for student-athletes, and oversight of the eligibility certification process for more than 600 athletes.

"The opportunity to work at a quality university, build on the outstanding athletic tradition that has been established, and assist with moving the university forward to an unprecedented level of athletic excellence is very exciting," Lucas said of her new CSUN position. "I will work diligently to provide an integrated, enriching, and positive student-athlete experience that incorporates academic, athletic, and personal success."

Lucas received her bachelor of science degree in physical education from Wake Forest University, and her master of sports administration degree from Ohio University. She is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators.


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