Oct. 6, 1997 Vol. II, No. 4

News Briefs

Library Roof Leak Causes Book Damages

More than 450 books and 28 boxes of archival manuscripts were damaged when the roof leaked water into the Oviatt Library's Automated Storage and Retrieval System during the rains Thursday, Sept. 25, officials said.

But none of the water-dampened material was seriously damaged because of fast work by library staff members. "It was a really good team effort," said Susan Parker, associate dean of the library. "I feel pretty good about the prognosis for the books."

When the rains came, construction crews had not completed installation of the roof over the ASRS after tearing down the upper floors of the library's earthquake damaged east wing above it. "It looked nearly done," Parker said. "But water did get in before they covered it with plastic."

Parker said there also are cracks in the ceiling over the ASRS that are being investigated. The ASRS was turned off once the leakage was discovered and it was put back in use by Sept. 29, Parker said.

Library staff members, including Parker and archivist Robert Marshall, worked into the early hours to salvage the books and archival manuscripts. The materials were put into cold storage in the science building until they were shipped to Document Reprocessors, a San Francisco firm, to be freeze-dried.

Marshall said some of the archival materials may need more expensive restoration by a conservator. Parker said the contractor will pay $60 a cubic foot, or about $4,560, to freeze dry the rain-damaged articles.

Richfield Hall Reopens After Repairs

More than three years after Sierra Hall North was renamed Jerome Richfield Hall, the building was formally dedicated to the memory of Richfield, the campus' first humanities dean, during a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 22.

The occasion also marked the reopening of the classroom building, which had been closed for $1.7 million in repairs since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. "This is a dual celebration," CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson told the estimated 200 campus community members who gathered for the ceremony.

Wilson said Richfield, who came to the campus in 1959 as the founding chair of the philosophy department, will be remembered as someone who devoted his life to CSUN and as a proponent of ethnic studies and of a "liberal education in a global world."

Wilson and Richfield's wife, Rosalind, cut a yellow ribbon symbolizing the building's reopening. "Jerry would have been so pleased and so proud to have his name on a building that he worked in for 30 years," Rosalind Richfield said.

Women's Commission Marks 10th Anniversary

State Sen. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) and CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson will join the university's Commission on the Status of Women in celebrating its 10th anniversary at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.

Solis, the first Latina elected to the California Senate, will discuss the effects of welfare reform on the state's women and children. A former member of the Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees, Solis is an advocate for higher education, women's issues and the environment.

The Commission on the Status of Women was created by former CSUN President James Cleary. Since its founding, the commission has, among other things, initiated annual safety walks that have led to improved lighting and an increase in public telephones on campus.

Cleary Recovers from Open Heart Surgery

Former Cal State Northridge President James Cleary is recuperating at home in Boise, Idaho, following open-heart surgery Sept. 9 in which doctors performed a quintuple bypass.

Cleary, 70, was in good spirits and resting comfortably after a 10-day hospital stay, said Dorena Knepper, CSUN director of governmental and community relations and a former Cleary aide.

The need for the surgery was discovered while Cleary, the campus president from 1969 to 1992, was being treated for another ailment, Knepper said. Cleary also underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1983, she said.


October 6, 1997

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