October 22, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 5



News Briefs

Provost Candidates to Meet Campus Community

Four finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs will visit the Cal State Northridge campus beginning Monday, Oct. 20, at the invitation of the Provost Search Committee headed by Faculty Senate President Michael Neubauer. The campus community is invited to meet the candidates at the following sessions:

Prior to making its recommendation to President Jolene Koester, the search committee will receive input from the campus community at an open meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Oviatt Library presentation room.

Other members of the search committee are Edward Alfano, professor of art; Deborah Chen, professor of special education; Judy C. Knudson, vice president for University Advancement; Juan Lopez, chief of staff of Associated Students; Mary Pardo, chair of Chicano/a Studies, and William Toutant, dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication.

Copies of candidate resumes can be obtained from the Faculty Senate Office, Faculty Office Building 106, x3263, or from the Office of University Advancement, University Hall 110, x4400.

For more information, contact Veronica Grant at x4400.

Blake to Present Report at Business Forecast Conference

Daniel Blake, professor of economics and director of Cal State Northridge's San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, will present the center's sixth annual "Report of Findings," detailing economic growth and industry trends in the region, at the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) 15th annual Business Forecast Conference.

The conference is set for 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel, 21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills.

Blake will join a panel of prominent economists at the conference's lead event, an Economic Forecast Breakfast hosted by California State University, Northridge. The panel also will include Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, and George Passantino, director of Government Affairs for the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based public policy think tank.

Blake's report, considered an authoritative source of economic information for the Valley, will cover topics ranging from employment and real estate trends to entertainment, school performance and retail trades.

"It's a Jungle Out There: How to Survive in a Chaotic Economy" is the theme of this year's VICA conference. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and open to the public, the event will offer workshops, more than 40 exhibits and a luncheon featuring Jeet S. Bindra, president of Global Refining, ChevronTexaco Corp., as keynote speaker.

Admission is $175 for VICA members, $200 for non-members. Lunch-only admission is $85. For registration or more information, contact VICA at (818) 817-0545, or at www.vica.com.


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