Sept. 27, 1999 Vol. IV, No. 3

CSUN Geography Department Featured at Trustees Meeting

Department Chosen for First of Academic Department Profiles Highlighting Outstanding Teaching and Research

Showcasing the campus' academic prowess, Cal State Northridge's Geography Department was chosen to make the first in a new series of presentations highlighting outstanding teaching and research in the Cal State system for the CSU's Board of Trustees.

The Geography Department (faculty at right)profile, presented at the trustees' mid-September meeting in Long Beach, drew a warm response from CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who called it "outstanding," and others attending the board's first meeting of the new school year.

CSUN Interim President Louanne Kennedy introduced the presentation that featured a 15-minute university-produced film profiling the department's activities, its faculty and staff achievements and the enthusiasm of its students. The department also produced an accompanying informational booklet.

"Our program is special because we have excellent faculty, talented and devoted staff, flexible programs and state-of-the-art facilities," said department Chair I-Shou Wang.

"I think we can all see it's a well-earned reputation," added David Spence, the CSU's executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, after the half-hour presentation. "Thank you very much. We're very proud of the faculty and staff of this department."

In the past, the trustees have heard presentations from notable faculty members on their individual accomplishments. But for this fall, CSU officials decided to shift the focus to department presentations. The Chancellor's Office chose CSUN and its Geography Department to launch the new series.

Some of the highlights of the presentation included the following:

September 27, 1999

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