Nov. 11, 1996 Vol. I, No. 7


News and Briefs

CSUN Hosts Entertainment Industry Forum

Seventeen leaders in the entertainment industry--some of them Cal State Northridge graduates--lent their vision of how the university can better prepare its students for industry careers during a forum at the University Club last week.

The participants ranged from scriptwriters to studio executives. Their suggestions spanned from "teaching the business of the business" to improving communication and diplomacy skills. All agreed that exposure to "real-life" experience is essential whether through apprenticeships, internships or summer jobs.

The forum was a collaborative effort among CSUN University Relations and three of the university's colleges: Arts, Media and Communication; Business Administration and Economics, and Engineering and Computer Science.

President Blenda J. Wilson said the university's strategic planning process provided the impetus for the session, which also included the deans and several faculty members from the three colleges.

"We hear much talk about bridges to the future," Wilson said, referring on Election Day to President Bill Clinton's campaign theme. "It's a simple truth that our students will reach maturity in the 21st century."

Further impetus was provided, Wilson said, "when we realized that approximately one out of every seven of our undergraduate and graduate students envisions a career or careers in the entertainment fields."

Wilson said she expects to see additional collaborations between the entertainment industry and the campus, and to follow through on the ideas suggested by the participants.

CSUN alumni among the group included Mimi Abers, digital artist and animator; Gini Barrett, senior vice president for the Public Affairs Coalition of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers; Michael Bessolo, vice president for marketing of Walt Disney Records, and Karina Friend Buck, Genuine Buck Film, Inc.

Others were Richard Foos, founder and president of Rhino Records; Michael Grillo, head of feature productions, SKG Dreamworks; Michael Klausman, president, CBS Studio Center; Kathy McWorter, screenwriter; Sal Kuenzler, director, City Connection Entertainment Services; Randy Turrow, independent producer, Shockwave Entertainment; Allen Crutchfield, founder, Interlogue; and Debra Papageorge, a Union Bank vice president.

Other industry participants included Michael Caponnetto, vice president of the entertainment division, Union Bank; Ron Carter, senior publicity director, Quest Records; Peter Cyffka, senior vice president for finance, Twentieth Century Fox; Renee Longstreet, screenwriter and producer, Evergreen Dream, Inc.; Dan Slusser, senior vice president and general manager, Universal City Studios, Inc., and chairman, University Facilities Rental Division.

CSUN to Host "Day of Dialogue"

Cal State Northridge this week will host a "Day of Dialogue"--a practice begun in Los Angeles following the civil unrest sparked by the O.J. Simpson verdict--aimed at developing a better sense of community on campus.

The themes of the activity--slated for Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the University Student Union's Grand Salon--are diversity, inclusion and unity.

Two sessions will be offered to increase participation and accommodate individual schedules: the first track at 9 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Project Community, a campus group funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Although many such events have been hosted in the Los Angeles area, this will be only the second one in the San Fernando Valley, organizers said.

Family Focus Resource Center Receives Grants

The Family Focus Resource Center, affiliated with the College of Education, will be able to better serve persons with developmental disabilities and their families or conservators as a result of new grants.

One $80,000 award from the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities' Targeted Program Developmental Fund will aid the center in serving a new group of clients, those ages three and above.

The other $65,700 award will help the center continue serving infants and children up to the age of three. The center offers seminars and training on living with disabilities, as well as help to families that request additional support.

Blacks Close Gap on High School Completions

Closing a long-standing gap, young blacks in the United States by 1995 matched the high school completion rate of their white counterparts, 87 percent for people ages 25 to 29, according to a new survey by the Census Bureau.

That is a significant increase since 1985, when that portion of the black population had a high school completion rate of 81 percent at a time when young whites still had an 87 percent rate.

According to the Census Bureau, overall educational attainment levels for the total U.S. population ages 25 and above reached an all-time high in 1995 of 86 percent. The report said that was due to a younger, more educated generation that is replacing an older, less educated one.

The survey also revealed that college graduates with a bachelor's degree in 1995 had annual earnings that were nearly $24,000 more than those who had not completed high school ($37,224 versus $13,697).

Cal State Allows Admissions Applications via the Internet

Advancing further into the world of technology, the 23-campus California State University system is now accepting student admissions applications via the Internet.

Potential students can fill out and submit applications, in DOS, PC or Mac versions, on a web site at http://www.xap.com/xapWWW/Calif/csu.html. A $55 application fee also must be mailed to the Chancellor's office for applicants who do not qualify for fee waivers.

For help with the applications, students can call 1-800-GOTOXAP.

Over the next four years, the system expects to spend about $350 million on technological improvement. The Internet application process that began Nov. 1 is one early part of a broader Cal State program known as the Integrated Technology Strategies (ITS).

"The CSU needs to take advantage and control of technology now if it is to continue to be a leader in providing quality education to students," said CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Molly Corbett Broad. "By undertaking these comprehensive programs to improve the way we deliver education, the CSU will lead the way to expand student access, enhance academic quality and improve productivity."

Campus to Host Hearings on Higher Education Act

A comprehensive reauthorization symposium and hearing on the federal Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal student financial aid programs among others, will be held this week in the Grand Salon of Cal State Northridge's University Student Union.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is hosting a reauthorization symposium that will feature a variety of prominent education speakers. That is due to run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Slated to attend are Larry Gladieux, senior policy adviser for the College Board in Washington, D.C.; consultants Art Hauptman and Sam Kipp; Brian Fitzgerald, director of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, and Maureen McLaughlin, assistant to David Longanecker, the U.S. Education Department's assistant secretary for postsecondary education.

Then on Friday, Nov. 15, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will hold a hearing for speakers to address the issues that will be key to reauthorization of the law and to discuss those with their colleagues. That session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

November 11, 1996