September 22, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 3

News Briefs

Grant to Benefit Dementia Care Training Program

A $50,000 one-year UniHealth Foundation grant providing support for the Training for Dignity: Basic Dementia Care Training Program was awarded this month to health sciences assistant professor Debra Sheets, coordinator of the College of Health and Human Development's Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology.

"There is a pressing need for health care professionals who understand the special needs of older clients with dementia," said Sheets, who administers the dementia care training program.

The program will make high quality dementia care training available, convenient and affordable to health care professionals through a web-based training and certification program.

Funding was provided by the foundation's David R. Carpenter Initiative: Advancing Healthy Aging. The UniHealth Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well being of individuals and communities within its service area.

For more information on the Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, visit the program's Web site at, or contact Debra Sheets at Fielder Named Equity and Diversity Director The appointment of Jo Ann Fielder as Cal State Northridge's director of Equity and Diversity was announced this month by Mo Qayoumi, vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer.

Fielder, the former assistant dean for Equal Employment Opportunity/ Diversity for the Santa Monica Community College District, assumed her new duties in August.

"Ms. Fielder brings to campus the benefit of her specialized training in equity and diversity issues," said Vice President Qayoumi, "and extensive experience in human resources."

Her responsibilities with the Santa Monica Community College District, from 1997 to this year, included implementation of the district's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. Among many other duties, she monitored selection processes and investigated unlawful discrimination complaints.

At Cal State Northridge, she will coordinate the Equity and Diversity office's programs and support the advocacy efforts of the president, vice presidents, faculty and staff. In addition, Fielder will oversee the receipt and processing of harassment and discrimination complaints, serve as the university's Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, administer the campus Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students, develop the campus Affirmative Action Plan and advise the vice president for administration and finance on university equity and diversity policies.

The new director earned a master of education degree in English at South Carolina State University, and a bachelor's degree in English and history from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, La.

Yablonsky Honored for Life's Work in Sociology, Criminology

Lewis Yablonsky, sociology professor emeritus, has been honored by the American Sociological Association for his distinguished career, and for serving as a role model for others interested in social work. The professor received his award in August, during a special ceremony in Atlanta, Ga.

Yablonsky, who began teaching sociology and criminology at Cal State Northridge in 1963, retired in 1996. He has presented many lectures and papers at academic conferences and today serves as an expert witness for the criminal justice system, primarily in gang juvenile court cases.

Currently working on his 17th book, "Criminology: Into the 21st Century," Yablonsky has conducted up to 10,000 interviews with gang members over the last 25 years. The knowledge he has gained from the interviews, he said, has placed him in the unique position of understanding the dangers and nuances of the gang "culture."

"I probably have a lot more to give now than ever before in my life," Yablonsky said. "I've learned what it's like to be the underdog." Journal's '40 Under 40' List Includes Three from University A Cal State Northridge full-time lecturer in child and adolescent development and two Northridge alumni were among the 40 finalists in a field of 100 nominees for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list, which celebrates Valley movers and shakers under the age of 40.

Honored at an August reception at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel were Senta Greene, program director of the Jumpstart Northridge educational program for low-income preschoolers throughout the Valley; alumnus Zachary Schuler, president and CEO of Cal Net Technologies; and alumnus Oscar Mendoza, corporate officer of Twins Roofing Inc.

Greene last fall helped pen a collaborative Child and Adolescent Development Department and Center for Community-Service Learning grant proposal that brought to campus the Jumpstart Northridge program, part of the national Jumpstart for Children Inc. program. In the last academic year, undergraduates recruited and trained by Greene served more than 400 San Fernando Valley families.

Schuler, whose computer service company started small but last year posted revenue in excess of $1.5 million, earned a 1997 bachelor of science degree in marketing.

Co-founder of Twins Roofing, Mendoza also is president of Alta California Properties, Inc. A 2002 graduate in political science, he is pursuing his master's degree in public administration.

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