Sept. 30, 1996 Vol. I, No. 4


News and Briefs

Director of CSUN Ventura Campus Resigns

Joyce Kennedy, director of Cal State Northridge's program in Ventura since 1982, has announced she is resigning effective March 10, 1997.

Kennedy began her career in higher education in Ventura County in 1974 as assistant director of the Ventura Learning Center, a cooperative project between the Cal State and University of California systems. In 1988, the center officially became the Ventura campus of CSUN.

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson wrote to Kennedy that the vision for a free-standing CSU campus in Ventura County, now in planning, never would have been realized "except for the hope and promise your work has represented during these past twenty-two years."

Wilson added, "You have given more than anyone could have asked to the cause of bringing educational opportunity to the residents of Ventura County. You are the embodiment of the mission of the CSU and much beloved as a leader in higher education and community service."

Before moving to Ventura to help establish the joint CSU/UC learning center, Kennedy was national director of the Canadian Assn. for the Mentally Retarded in Toronto, Canada. Wilson said she would name a successor to Kennedy before the end of the year.

Campus Strategic Planning Retreat Planned

Participants at a strategic planning retreat Friday, Oct. 4, will begin to list and discuss goals that will help to guide Cal State Northridge's work. The retreat, expected to attract more than 150 administrators, faculty, students and staff, will take place at the University Student Union's Grand Salon.

"This retreat marks the start of the transformation of the strategic planning process from development to implementation," said Alan Glassman, a consultant to the Strategic Planning Committee. "It builds on the foundation of the past two years," which saw the formulation of university mission, values and vision statements and major themes or planning directions.

Goals, which derive from themes, consist of specific efforts that the university deems important to undertake. Goals have an impact on spending; President Blenda J. Wilson will consider them as she allots money to competing projects out of discretionary funds (not the general operating budget).

At the retreat, committee chair Pat Nichelson of the Religious Studies department will review progress to date and outline plans for the coming year. Wilson will discuss the relation between strategic planning and the budget. In small groups, participants will discuss possible goals and the kinds of data needed to evaluate whether the goals are feasible to undertake and achieveable.

Integrated Technology Meeting Set

Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson, Vice Provost for Information and Technology Resources Susan Curzon and members of the chancellor's staff will discuss the Cal State system's new Integrated Technology Strategy in an open meeting this Thursday, Oct. 3.

"The strategy is the largest and most far-reaching technology planning effort ever undertaken by the CSU system," said Peter Prager, a special assistant to Curzon. He said the meeting will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Northridge Room of the University Student Union.

Prager said the purpose of the strategy is to "enhance student-centered learning through improved student access to information resources, to increase personal productivity through better tools and training for students, faculty and staff, and to improve administrative productivity and quality by streamlining the delivery of information technologies at lower costs."

CSUN Loses Campus Attorney, Gets Two Replacements

Mike Gehringer, the Cal State system attorney assigned to Cal State Northridge in recent years, departed his post in August and has been temporarily replaced by two other CSU lawyers, Bruce Richardson and Richard Ludmerer, officials said.

The two will remain responsible for CSUN until a permanent replacement can be found. Gehringer, who advised Northridge and Cal Poly Pomona, left for an unknown position, colleagues said. "It was a surprise to everyone--it took our breath away," said Richardson, CSU's deputy general counsel.

Richardson and Ludmerer, a senior attorney who has been with the CSU system for years, will continue to work out of the Cal State headquarters building in Long Beach but they will make campus visits, Richardson said.

CSUN also is getting legal advice from Mike Longo, lawyer for the campus disaster recovery office. Longo has been here since July and will continue to deal with the legal issues relating to the Northridge earthquake. Unlike Richardson and Ludmerer, Longo is paid by the campus.

O'Connell Memorial Service Scheduled

A memorial service for Richard O'Connell, a member of Cal State Northridge's Psychology Department for more than 30 years, will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the University Club. O'Connell died Sept. 7 of a heart attack following chemotherapy for lung cancer. He was 66.

O'Connell joined the faculty in 1964, retired in 1994 and continued teaching at the campus through last spring under the faculty early retirement program.

"He was one of the department's most involved and dedicated faculty members. His life was devoted to teaching," said his colleague Richard Docter. "As a long-time member of the Psychology Department executive committee, he was a primary force in recruiting more than 20 faculty members-all but two of the present faculty."

O'Connell specialized in the fields of learning and motivation.

He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1952 and a doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1961. After completing college, he joined the Army and was exposed to radiation at the Nevada test site for the atomic bomb. That exposure eventually led to his death, Docter said.

O'Connell is survived by his wife, Claire, and three children.

Faculty Senate Committee Oks Vice President Search Panel

The Personnel Planning and Review Committee of Cal State Northridge's Faculty Senate has agreed to expand the search committee for the university's new vice president for university relations post in line with a request from President Blenda J. Wilson.

At its Sept. 18 meeting, the faculty committee voted to expand by two members the regular seven-member search and screening committee for the new position to include representatives from the Alumni Association and the University Foundation.

Committee chair Charles Macune said Wilson proposed that the two groups have representation on the search committee because the new vice president will take the lead in fund-raising and the two groups play a key role in that area.

If another faculty commitee concurs, the recommendation could come before the full Faculty Senate at its Thursday, Oct. 10 meeting. Ultimately, the search committee would choose the finalists for the new vice president post, the campus' fourth.

The nine-member committee would consist of four appointees by Wilson, including one each from the University Foundation and the Alumni Association; one member for Associated Students; the faculty president; and three members selected by the PPR committee.

Campus Hosts Annual Phenomenal Woman Awards

Four Los Angeles women will be honored Sunday, Oct. 6, at Cal State Northridge for their distinguished service and contributions to the community.

For the second year, the Phenomenal Woman Awards will be given out by CSUN's Women's Studies Department to honor those who embody "feminism in action." The recipients will be honored at a special reception and silent auction from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Club. The events are open to the public.

The honorees are Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian; Juana Beatriz Gutierrez, director of Madres del Este de Los Angeles (Mothers of East Los Angeles); senior citizen activist and community volunteer Betty Kozasa; and Avis Ridley-Thomas, administrator of the Dispute Resolution Program for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

Proceeds from this year's reception and auction will fund student scholarships, faculty development, information resources, guest lectures and special programs. For more information, call (818) 677-3850.

Anthropology Department Sponsors Catalina Expedition

The Anthropology Department is sponsoring a weekend expedition combining education and vacation in its "Safari into the Past" on Catalina Island November 8 to 10. Mark Raab, who directs the Northridge Center for Public Anthropology, will lead a tour of the earliest known human habitation sites on the island and discuss the research that university anthropologists are doing on Catalina and the other Channel Islands.

The fall Catalina weekend also includes two nights and continental breakfasts at the Hotel Metropole, round-trip transportation from San Pedro, a dessert reception on Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday. The cost is $375 per person double occupancy and $495 per person single occupancy.

The Alumni Assn. is co-sponsoring the weekend, which is open to all university members and friends. But the deadline for reservations is Tuesday, Oct. 8. For more information, call the Alumni Assn. at (818) 677-2137.

Educational Attainment at Record Highs

The percentage of Americans age 25 and above who have completed a bachelor's degree is at a record high 23 percent, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. It also found more than four-fifths of all adults have completed high school, another record high.

Younger people have been getting more education than their elders did, and as a result, the attainment level of the adult population in general will continue to increase. Among younger groups, though, it may be leveling off. The percentage of 25 to 29 year olds who completed high school (86 percent) is the same now as ten years ago.

The proportion of black students completing high school has increased greatly over the past decade. As a result, for people ages 25-29, the difference between black and white Americans on that measure is not statistically significant.

Hispancs have the lowest educational attainment levels, possibly because many foreign-born Hispanics have less than a high school education. But Hispanics' level of education is increasing compared to a decade ago, Census researchers reported.

Sept. 30, 1996

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