November 17, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 7



News Briefs

Golden Key Society Salutes Northridge Chapter

Before an audience of more than 1,000 delegates from around the world, the 335-chapter Golden Key International Honour Society presented its prestigious Key Chapter Award to representatives of the Cal State Northridge chapter at the society's international convention in Chicago this summer.

Applauding the chapter for its participation in regional and international programs, the 25-year-old society cited Northridge excellence in five areas: communication, publicity, meeting management, chapter activities and leadership.

This year, said chapter vice president Charles Beris, the Northridge organization collaborated with the university's Associated Students and other student groups on some of the campus' largest and most popular events.

The chapter also earned the society's International Award for Community Service for its annual philanthropy project, "Books and Bears and Socks and Underwear." During homecoming, the chapter works with Associated Students and other student organizations to collect the items and donate them to the Union Rescue Mission.

Vice President for Student Affairs Terry Piper and Associated Students Activities Coordinator Leanne Vincent are chapter advisors for the Northridge chapter of Golden Key, which provides academic recognition, career development and networking opportunities to college juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their class.

Research and Services Director Retires

John Guarrera, founding director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science's Center for Research and Services (CRS), retired on November 1 after 27 years of service to Cal State Northridge.

A retirement party celebrating Guarrera's achievements is planned for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Sierra Center's second floor Special Events Room.

Guarrera's tenure at the helm of CRS was distinguished by his pioneering efforts in creation of the college's Design Clinic concept, in which "client" companies or government agencies sponsor faculty-supervised students who bring their research and design skills to bear in solving "real world" technical problems.

"John is irreplaceable," said S. T. Mau, dean of the college. "He will continue to serve CSUN as a volunteer with the title of director emeritus."

Mau will succeed Guarrera as CRS director.

Guarrera's network of key industrial leaders in the area served as the foundation upon which the college built its initial Professional Advisory Council, now the Industrial Advisory Board, noted the dean. "The workshops and short courses he directed," Mau added, "put the college on the map and served the industry well."

To RSVP for the retirement party, contact Diana Field at (818) 677-4501 by Wednesday, Nov. 26.


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