Aug. 25, 1997 Vol. II, No. 1

News Briefs

Inaugural Class of Presidential Scholars Selected

Sixteen of the West's brightest high school graduates have arrived at Cal State Northridge this fall as the university's first class of Presidential Scholars.

"We are delighted with the first group of Presidential Scholars, with their creativity, their academic abilities and with the enthusiasm for learning they bring to CSUN," said university President Blenda J. Wilson. "We have an exciting and challenging program planned for them."

The program includes a scholarship (covering the university fee of $1,584 per academic year, a partial book allowance and free on-campus parking); a mentorship program offering work experience by studying or working closely with a faculty member or administrator, and special opportunities for continuing contact with the university president.

Eligible students are incoming freshmen who typically rank in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating glass and achieve either 1) a combined SAT score of 1,300 or higher, or 2) a composite ACT score of 30 or higher. Students who demonstrate special talent in such areas as the arts, writing, math/science or athletics can apply if their high school grades place them within the top 10 percent of their class and they meet the SAT or ACT requirements.

The university's first class of Presidential Scholars includes (l. to r.): Front two: Nicholas Hamlin of San Diego, Michael Vogel of Simi Valley. Second row: Mollyanna Simison of Castaic, Arwen Vidal of Northridge, Mandy Kuntz of Saugus and Camila Dizon of North Hills. Third row: Timothy Tresierras of Oxnard, Rhonda Higgins of Gardena, Sarah Lawless of Santa Maria, Edit Tanahan of Glendale and Joshua Midtlyng of Granada Hills. Back row: Kyle Houston of Seatac, Wash., Megan McLeod of Glendale, Cindy Puckett of Newhall and Jennifer Nelson of Saugus. Not pictured: Teodora Manolova of Los Angeles.

Annual AIDS Walk Coming in September

Cal State Northridge is inviting the surrounding community to join its faculty, staff, students and alumni in the 13th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Last year, more than 25,000 people-including a record 650 from CSUN-raised more than $3.4 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles, Southern California's most comprehensive AIDS service, education and advocacy organization. CSUN's team raised more than $18,500.

CSUN's team last year was the largest in the event's history, and officials are hoping to increase the team size this year. Proceeds from the walk will be used to provide basic, life-sustaining services to Los Angeles County men, women and children with HIV and AIDS.

"The university is committed to community service and the fight against AIDS," said Amy Reichbach, the CSUN team coordinator. "This event is an inspiring reminder of our ability to come together to pursue an important goal. The more of us out there, the louder the message will be."

There is no fee to participate in the AIDS Walk, but pre-registration is required. For more information and registration forms, contact Reichbach at (818) 677-3683.

New Animation Program Launched

Building on its initiative to prepare students for careers in the entertainment industry, Cal State Northridge is launching a new animation program this fall.

The university kicked off the new program in July with a four-week, intensive summer workshop open to high school students and animation professionals. This fall, CSUN's art department is adding an animation program to its curriculum.

"We're excited about the program because there is a lot of opportunity out there for people who have animation skills," said art department chair Joe Lewis. "Animation is a really broad area. It's not just drawing and painting. It's acting, poetry, sculpting, all kinds of things."

Lewis said the fall program will cover all aspects of the profession, offering professionals and students the chance to brush up on the skills needed in a growing field. Entertainment industry employers are constantly looking for skilled animators and a diverse workforce, he said.

The animation program is part of CSUN's new Entertainment Industry Institute, which aims to establish a strong alliance with Hollywood by developing curricula and degree programs, coordinating internships, providing on-site classes in studios and supporting research.

August 25, 1997

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