September 14, 1998 Vol. III, No. 1

Chancellor Reed Slated for First Visit to CSUN Campus

Itinerary Includes Faculty Senate Meeting, Open Forum and Technology Demonstration

New Cal State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed is scheduled to visit Cal State Northridge for the first time on Thursday, Sept. 17, with afternoon plans to attend a Faculty Senate meeting, address an open campus forum and observe an instructional technology demonstration.

Reed-who officially arrived in March to begin leading the 23-campus, nearly 350,000-student CSU system-started last spring touring the various campuses. As with the other visits, his planned trip to CSUN also includes some non-campus stops, this time in the San Fernando Valley community.

The chancellor said he values the campus visits because "I get a sense of each university's mission when I'm there." He added, "What I like is that each place has its own character, in terms of students, faculty, staff and community-which you only can get by being there."

During his CSUN visit, Reed said he'll be interested to see the recovery that has occurred since the 1994 earthquake. "I also want to be able to listen to students, faculty and staff, and hear what they want to tell me about their university," the chancellor added.

After a morning of community visits, the schedule calls for the chancellor to attend and speak at a 2 p.m. CSUN Faculty Senate meeting in the Engineering Building Auditorium. Then he is slated to address a 3:30 p.m. campus open forum for faculty, staff and students in the Performing Arts Center and answer questions.

The final campus stop is a 5 p.m., two-part academic technology demonstration in the Oviatt Library's media center by campus faculty members and Information and Technology Resources (ITR) staff.

The first session is scheduled to show how faculty members use HyperNews, a Web-based discussion program, to develop students' writing skills in composition courses. The second will be a tour of "virtual classrooms," created through the use of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), that involve both CSUN and local community college students.

Earlier in the day, Reed is scheduled to visit with the newspaper editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times' Valley Edition and the Daily News. Such newspaper visits are common as the chancellor travels around the state.

Then at midday, he, CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson and local community college presidents are slated to attend a ceremony at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, the renowned charter school in Pacoima. The event will mark the start of a new teacher training collaboration between the school and CSUN, and help dedicate a new building that will house the joint program.

Since arriving in California, the former chancellor of the State University System of Florida has made improving teacher training-and the CSU's role in it-his top priority. He's also talked about shortening students' time to degrees, promoting year-round programs and making CSU summer session classes more affordable.

Wilson said the chancellor touring the Vaughn center and seeing the technology demonstrations should help highlight CSUN's leading role within the CSU system of both collaborating with schools and using technology to improve instruction and learning.

-John Chandler

September 14, 1998

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