September 20, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 3

News Briefs

CSUN Co-Hosts Debate on Government Overhaul

The fundamental reorganization of California government will be debated on Thursday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Oct. 1 at the annual Envisioning California Conference, hosted in Sacramento by Cal State Northridge's Center for Southern California Studies and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Addressing the theme of "Refounding California," retired State Librarian Kevin Starr will be the keynote speaker. Also scheduled to speak are Billy Hamilton, co-executive director of the California Performance Review; former Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti; former Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy; Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, and other political and media luminaries.

Topics such as "Lessons from Earlier Refoundings," "Private Ambitions and Public Business," and "News Media and Refounding State Governance" are slated for panel sessions.

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New Program Bridges Engineering, Construction

Cal State Northridge in fall 2005 will launch a new College of Engineering and Computer Sciences degree program that will bridge the art of engineering and the practice of construction.

Offered by the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, the Construction Management Technology (CMT) program will be offered initially at the Port Hueneme naval base during spring 2005, through CSUN's Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning.

The two-year program, available to students with 60 transferable units from an accredited college, will be taught by licensed engineers with experience in construction. CMT graduates will have opportunities to manage multi-trade construction programs with large companies, or they can apply their extensive construction and management knowledge to develop small construction firms.

"There is a big need for construction managers in the industry," said Stephen Gadomski, chair of the new program.

Companies in and around Los Angeles and Ventura Counties will have a need for about 500 construction managers within the next five years, he said.

Renovated Language Center Named for Aviator Ward

The sky was one of the late Barbara Ann Ward's chief passions in life. Around the age of 40, the Cal State Northridge alumna earned her pilot's license. As a septuagenarian skydiver, she began leaping out of planes for the pure joy of it.

Back on terra firma, Ward found time for another of her passions: the Spanish language. A Spanish major at CSUN—then San Fernando Valley State College—the former Barbara Rhoads years later established a gift of nearly $900,000 to endow The Barbara Ann Ward (Spanish '67) Scholarships in Spanish Studies within the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, President Jolene Koester and College of Humanities Dean Elizabeth Say will salute the benefactor's memory by hosting a 3 p.m. dedication ceremony unveiling the newly renovated Barbara Ann Ward Language Center, Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 316.

"Barbara Ward's gift provides a lasting legacy, one that will benefit our students for years to come," said Dean Say. "Ward's commitment to the study of Spanish language and culture reaches beyond CSUN, connecting us to a global community of learning."

Current and emeriti faculty—many of whom were close to Ward—will receive special recognition at the ceremony, as will recipients of the Ward Scholarship since the endowment's inception in 2000. Both friends and faculty will share stories about the unconventional aviator, whose knowledge of Spanish helped her communicate with many of the clients whom she served during her 16 years as a state rehabilitation counselor.

The Ward Language Center provides multimedia support not only for Spanish, but for Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

Ward's gift is the largest ever for the College of Humanities.

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