April 13, 1998 Vol. II, No. 14

News Briefs

Two Campus CETI Forums Scheduled

Anticipating a possible deal announcement on the Cal State system's proposed CETI technology partnership, Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson has scheduled two campus forums to solicit feedback on the much-debated $300 million venture.

Top Cal State officials were supposed to be briefing campus presidents and technology team members on Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14, on the latest developments, prior to any public announcement. CSU officials have been striving to bring the item to the CSU trustees meeting in mid-May.

If a proposed deal is struck soon between the CSU and up to four partners in the California Education Technology Initiative, CSUN would hold forums in the Speech and Drama building's Campus Theatre on Monday, April 20, from 1-2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 21, from 9:30-11 a.m.

As previously proposed, the CSU's corporate partners--GTE Corp., Fujitsu Limited, Hughes Electronics and Microsoft Corp.--would finance a $300 million buildout of the system's technology infrastructure in exchange for various CSU financial and technology marketing commitments.

If a proposed deal is struck, CSU campuses will be asked for feedback on how the partnership could be improved, suggestions for its specific implementation, remaining concerns about the terms of any agreement and campus actions to ensure the success of the venture.

Earlier this month, however, CSU Academic Senate Chair Jim Highsmith wrote CSU Chancellor Charles Reed expressing "deep concern" about delays in the release of deal documents making it impossible for the statewide senate to receive feedback from campus senates in time for its May 5-7 meeting.

Foreign Born Population Reaches 25.8 Million

Nearly one in ten United States residents (25.8 million) was foreign-born and almost one in three of the foreign-born was a naturalized citizen here in 1997, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

"The biggest influx of foreign-born was from the Americas Central and South America and the Caribbean," said Dianne Schmidley, author of the report. "About 7 million people--or one in four of the total foreign-born population in the United States in 1997--were born in Mexico."

Among the report's findings:

CSUN Receives Award for Charity Campaign

Cal State Northridge was honored with an agency achievement award for the largest year-to-year percentage increase in contributions to the 1997-98 United California State Employees Campaign benefiting United Way and many other community organizations.

CSUN Director of Academic Resources Spero Bowman accepted the awards trophy on behalf of Provost Louanne Kennedy, who led the campus' effort, at a March 31 ceremony. The trophy, depicting a California bear, is on display in CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson's office.

Total donations from CSUN increased 37 percent for the latest campaign to $28,380, up from $20,693 the prior year. CSUN employee participation rose 91 percent, with 216 people participating this year compared to 113 the year before. CSUN topped the list of five state agencies receiving awards.

Goldwhite Named CSU Faculty Trustee

Gov. Pete Wilson announced the appointment of Harold Goldwhite, a chemistry professor at Cal State Los Angeles, as the faculty representative on the Cal State University's Board of Trustees effective immediately.

Goldwhite, 66, of South Pasadena, is currently serving as faculty director of the CSU's Institute for Teaching and Learning. He joined the faculty in 1962 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1967.

A Democrat, he has been active in academic governance and community and professional organizations. He was chair of his academic department from 1971-1977 and 1992-1993. He also served as chair of CSLA's Academic Senate from 1989-1991.

In addition, Goldwhite served on the CSU's Academic Senate as chair of its Academic Affairs Committee, a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Senate from 1993 to 1995. He also was a board member with the California Faculty Assn. from 1979-1983.

Goldwhite was born in England and received his bachelor of arts degree and Ph.D. in chemistry from Cambridge University. He was named CSLA's outstanding professor in 1967 and a system outstanding professor in 1978. The trustees appointment does not require confirmation.


April 13, 1998

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