August 23, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 1

News Briefs

Los Angeles Press Club Salutes KCSN's News Unit

For the third time within the calendar year, Cal State Northridge's acclaimed public radio station has been recognized by a prestigious journalism organization for the talents of its news division.

KCSN-88.5 FM in June received two awards from the Los Angeles Press Club: "First Place for Investigative Series," for stories by news director Keith Goldstein on domestic violence, and "Second Place for a Newscast over 15 Minutes" for the station's "Evening Update" broadcast.

In awarding first place honors to Goldstein's reporting on domestic violence, the Press Club judges called it "a powerful piece of journalism and radio at its best."

Personal stories from the real victims gave the series extreme authenticity, the judges said. "It's hard to imagine how much effort went into putting this together. Excellent work and a deserving winner."

In spring 2004, the station's news team received three regional "Edward R. Murrow Awards," including one for overall excellence from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. In April, the team took home four first place awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association.

Goldstein is the sole full-time employee of KCSN's news division, which won two "Golden Mikes" and a special merit award from the Radio-Television News Association of Southern California in January.

KCSN News has won more than 400 awards in national and state competitions against professional and university broadcasters.

Cal State Northridge's journalism program offers training in several fields: newspapers, radio and television broadcasting, on-line media, magazines, public relations and photojournalism.

CSUN Senior Wins China Scholarship

Clayton Koenig, a Cal State Northridge senior majoring in linguistics, has been awarded a full scholarship from the Chinese Government Scholarship Council for the 2004/05 academic year.

He was scheduled to depart this month for a year of study in China, beginning with an intensive study of Chinese at Peking University.

Koenig becomes the eighth CSUN student in six consecutive years to receive the prestigious award from the Council, whose scholarship program facilitates the study of Chinese language and culture.

Fluent in English and French, Koenig also has studied Thai and Chinese. A student of traditional Chinese martial arts for 16 years both in Canada and the United States, he plans to connect with the Chinese martial arts community in Beijing.

"He would like to establish an ongoing relationship with at least one senior, inspiring martial arts teacher that will lead to return visits and provide a wealth of material to bring back to his students and training partners here," said Justine Zhixin Su, director of the China Institute at Cal State Northridge.

Su said the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles recommended CSUN for scholarship consideration because of the university's 22 years of collaborative relationships with China.

Wilma Worden Named Head of Small Business Center

Wilma Worden, former president and CEO of Community Career Development, Inc., has been named the new director of the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lead Center at Cal State Northridge.

Worden is working directly with Fred Evans, dean of Northridge's College of Business and Economics, in overseeing the lead center's operations as well as its four sub centers and their respective business service satellites. She also manages the relationships between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and small business service activities in the area.

Evans noted that Worden has substantial experience in nonprofit management, outreach, development and organizational strategy.

"Her experience in working with local businesses will prove invaluable as the SBDC Lead Center works with our Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and other community service centers," Evans said.

The SBA last year named Cal State Northridge the new regional lead center for its Small Business Development Network in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It awarded the university's College of Business and Economics $2.9 million annually to administer and fund the network of small business centers in the three-county region.

The small business development centers provide small business owners with one-stop access to free business consulting, planning, marketing and training programs.

Worden spent the past three years as president and CEO of Community Career Development, Inc., a non-profit organization engaged in a wide range of workforce development activities, including integrating the needs of businesses and the needs of individuals seeking employment.

Prior to that, Worden served six years as vice president of the Valley Economic Development Center, a community-based, private, non-profit corporation that offers training, consulting, technical assistance and financing to small and medium-sized businesses. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of the Philippines.

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