Dec. 1, 1997 Vol. II, No. 8

News Briefs

Annual Charity Campaign Begins at CSUN,
The 1997 United California State Employees Campaign, a partnership between the state of California and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, is underway with a charity fund drive at Cal State Northridge.

CSUN has participated in the campaign since 1988, with employee contributions remaining roughly the same in the past three years. During 1996-97, 150 CSUN employees (about 5 percent) participated by contributing a total of $22,608, for an average individual gift of $151.

The contributions go to help Los Angeles County residents in areas such as job training and placement, health services, promoting youth education and development, emergency assistance and youth recreation and camping programs. Last year, all state employees contributed a combined $730,000.

CSUN Provost Louanne Kennedy is leading this year's campus campaign, which runs from Monday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 12. "Our contributions to the vital services supported by the United Way bring us together as a community and make an important difference in the lives of many individuals and families," Kennedy said.

Employee contributions can be made through payroll deductions or by a one-time donation, and go toward either general uses or a tax-exempt agency specified by the employee. Non-designated funds go to the United Way's general fund and will be distributed to needy programs.

The United Way was hired by the state to administer the program. Officials said 83 cents of every dollar donated to the campaign will go to service providers.

Kennedy and CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson plan to host a reception for campus contributors on Friday, Jan. 30, starting at 9 a.m. in the Balboa Room of the University Student Union. n

Final Settlement Reached on Four Buildings
Cal State Northridge and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have agreed on a total $63 million settlement to reimburse the campus for 1994 earthquake damage to the Administration, South Library, Fine Arts and University Tower Apartments buildings.

The settlement, announced Nov. 20, was the first made under FEMA's new Grant Acceleration Program (GAP) for public facilities damaged in the Northridge quake. Under the program, the campus gets a fixed price commitment from FEMA, but cannot appeal later if actual costs are higher.

In making the announcement, FEMA released an additional $8.9 million to the campus to augment the $47.8 million previously authorized as reimbursement for the four buildings. The two figures together represent FEMA's 90 percent funding share of the $63 million total, with the state providing the rest.

CSUN plans to spend the money on a variety of recovery projects. The South Library and Fine Arts buildings, among the most heavily damaged on campus, already have been demolished. The tower apartments, which will not be rebuilt, are scheduled for demolition in early 1998.

The special GAP program gives CSUN additional flexibility in handling the design and construction of projects funded with the money, and allows the campus to use funds not spent on one project toward others that might have cost overruns. CSUN's total recovery cost is estimated at $328.7 million.

Northridge Ranks as Third Largest CSU
Cal State Northridge's official fall 1997 enrollment grew 1.7 percent to 27,652 students, the university's largest fall total in five years and enough to regain CSUN's ranking as the third largest university in the 23-campus CSU system.

Northridge's percentage increase over the prior fall was slightly less than that for the entire Cal State system, which grew about 2 percent in enrollment to 343,479 students. But for both the system and CSUN, this fall marked the third consecutive year of growing enrollments.

Both the Cal State system and the Northridge campus also reached their highest fall enrollment figures since 1992, when they stood at 347,693 and 29,092, respectively. All CSU campuses except Hayward, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco and Humboldt gained enrollment this fall.

Below are the system's fall 1997 campus headcount enrollments ranked by size:

San Diego-30,593
Long Beach-27,810
San Francisco-26,983
San Jose-26,896
Los Angeles-18,857
San Luis Obispo-16,732
Chico -14,248
San Bernardino-13,287
Dominguez Hills-10,701
San Marcos 4,684
Monterey Bay-1,586
Maritime Academy-388

VTC Allows Students to Test Their Mettle
The Valley Trauma Center on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, run under the auspices of Cal State Northridge's College of Education, is the San Fernando Valley's only rape crisis center, now in its 13th year of operation.

The center's professional and volunteer staff members handle more than 3,000 hotline calls a year, and offer counseling and support services to about 750 long-term clients. Volunteers also staff the center's 24-hour hotline and conduct workshops for about 15,000 students and parents in the region each year.

The center also provides an educational opportunity for CSUN's own students-undergraduate and graduate-giving majors from such fields as psychology, sociology, Pan-African and Chicano studies the opportunity to do one-on-one crisis intervention and sexual assault prevention education.

Charles Hanson, CSUN associate professor of educational psychology and the executive director of the center, said the operation also serves as a training ground for counselor trainees from other area campuses including UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University and Antioch University.

With grant support from the state Office of Criminal Justice Planning, the center offers up to eight free counseling sessions to victims (and/or their relations) of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse. After that, services are provided on an ability to pay basis, typically at relatively low cost.

Counseling services are provided only by counseling interns, those with post-master's degrees in counseling or related fields, or counseling trainees, those currently enrolled in master's or doctoral-level programs in an appropriate field. Other volunteers serve as rape crisis advocates.

Center volunteers accompany rape victims to hospitals and provide advocacy services for them in court and with the police. The center is open seven days a week and is located at 8949 Reseda Blvd., Suite 222 in Northridge. The office phone number is (818) 772-0196.

December 1, 1997

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