October 18, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 5



News Briefs

University Honors Donor Robert Barbera in October

President Jolene Koester and College of Humanities Dean Elizabeth Say will host a reception honoring philanthropist Robert Barbera at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 315.

Together with faculty, friends and Italian Studies students, Koester and Say will thank Barbera for "his extraordinary leadership and contributions" to the College of Humanities' Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department, the Italian Program Endowment Fellowship Fund and the Robert J. Barbera Endowment in Italian Studies.

Barbera has long partnered with Italian-American organizations such as UNICO (Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, Opportunity) and the Patrons of Italian Culture in philanthropic work supporting the study of the Italian language at CSUN and other area institutions of higher learning.

Say commended Barbera's "vision and determination to provide a permanent home for the study and appreciation of the Italian culture and community at Northridge and in the San Fernando Valley."

In 2002, Barbera helped form a group of Italian American leaders who pledged to raise more than $250,000 for students wishing to minor--and eventually to major--in Italian at CSUN. "There are traces of the Renaissance... (and) Roman Empire that should be perpetuated," he said at the time.

Founder of the San Gabriel Valley property management company Barbera Management Inc., Barbera helps support the annual UNICO National-California District 1 Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the College of Humanities' Italian Language and Culture Program. This year, the tournament takes place on Monday, Nov. 1, at the California Country Club in Whittier.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Is Planned

The Athletics Department will host its 2004 Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a reception and dinner planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Hilton Woodland Hills' Trillium Ballroom.

Honorees will include:

Valley Economic Report and Forecast Parley is Set

Cal State Northridge's San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center will unveil its 2004 San Fernando Valley Economic Report and update its May 2004 San Fernando Valley Economic Forecast at the annual Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Business Forecast Conference Power Breakfast Program on Friday, October 29.

Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.

Daniel Blake, research center director, will present the economic report at the conference. He will be joined on the morning panel by Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation President Jack Kyser.

The theme for this year's events--which will address economic, political and legislative issues that may impact business in 2005--is "Cracking the Economic Code╔What Lies Ahead for Business."

Admission is $175 for a full day or $85 for lunch only. For information or reservations, call (818) 817-0545 or access the VICA Web site at www.vica.com.


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