November 17, 2000
Academy High School
Previous From the President's Desks have discussed a joint project
between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Cal State Northridge
to establish an "academy high school" at the university. The high
school, which the LAUSD proposes to build on our Zelzah Court property
north of Halsted Street, would provide an opportunity for CSUN to work
with the LAUSD to jointly ease some of the shortage of classroom seats
in this area and develop a program targeted toward Valley students who
are interested in pursuing teaching careers.
Seeking to gain community input, the LAUSD has formed a Site Advisory
Committee to guide the district on the design of the future school. The
committee's charge will include providing comments to the selected
architect about the project design. Mr. Tom Tindall, assistant vice
president for facilities management, will serve as a co-chair of the
committee, and Dr. Don Brownlee of the Communication Studies Department
will serve as the university's representative. The Site Advisory
Committee will hold its first meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in
the Monroe High School Auditorium at 9229 Haskell Ave. in North Hills.
Anyone interested in more information about the project should contact
Academic Affairs at ext. 2957.
Creating a More User-Friendly Campus
During my inaugural president's address in August, I defined four
priorities that will be the major focus of our efforts this year to
improve the campus. As you may recall, these priorities are:
strengthening internal and external community connections, improving
graduation rates, increasing fund raising, and creating a more
user-friendly campus. This and future issues of From the President's
Desk will help inform the campus of our progress on these priorities.
Let me start with an update on our efforts to create a more
user-friendly campus. Clearly, we all should be committed to improving
the ways we do our work and be focused on making our work a satisfying
experience. In the coming months, we will be looking at different facets
of the university where we may be able to make progress such as campus
business practices, campus services, student concerns, academic
programs, campus environment and faculty and staff concerns.
For this process to produce the best outcomes, we will need to gather
input from as many people on campus as possible to identify priority
issues. In doing so, we will discern why those issues are important and
determine appropriate, realistic improvements. Through a survey form we
are developing, campus community members will have the opportunity to
express their top three concerns in each of the categories listed above
and offer suggested improvements. The survey form will be posted on the
university's web site and be distributed to a wide variety of campus
constituency groups. More details about this process, including the
Internet site of the survey, will be announced in an upcoming From the
President's Desk. We will look forward to receiving your valuable
suggestions as we begin this process.
New Administration Building Named "University Hall"
As you know, the university has begun to select names for new facilities
that reflect the unique characteristics of CSUN, based on
recommendations from the university's Facilities Naming Committee. The
first facility we have formally named is Sequoia Hall, the building
under construction for the College of Health and Human Development and
the Technology Center.
With the approval of the President's Cabinet, we have now accepted the
naming committee's recommendation to designate the new administration
building as "University Hall." Other new building names will be
announced as they are approved.
Vice President for Student Affairs Candidates' Forums
In the last From the President's Desk, I also announced the names of
four candidates for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs
and the dates of their campus visits.
I am pleased to now add that open forums for members of the campus
community to meet the candidates are scheduled as follows:
The candidates' full resumés are available for review in the President's
Office. Abbreviated resumés also can be found online at
- Nov. 27 Dr. Elizabeth Stoddard 2 - 2:50 p.m., South Valley Room, USU
- Nov. 28 Dr. Cornel Morton 2 - 2:50 p.m., South Valley
- Nov. 30 Dr. Terry Piper 2 - 2:50 p.m., Room 1214, Education Bldg.
- Dec. 8 Dr. Karen Mendonca 2 - 2:50 p.m., Granada Room, USU
- Dr. Charles Hanson of the Educational Psychology and Counseling
Department has received funding from the state to support the "Valley
Trauma Center Northeast San Fernando Valley Project." The award will
enable the center to establish free sexual assault crisis follow-up
services for low-income and Spanish-speaking residents of all ages in
the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
The Valley Trauma Center underscores the importance of CSUN's work in
the community and is an example of how the university can strengthen its
external connections, one of the priorities outlined in my first annual
president's address. My congratulations to Dr. Hanson and the staff at
the Valley Trauma Center for their efforts to provide this important
- Our Public Relations team in the University Advancement Division has
received several district awards from the Council for the Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE) in several categories. An Award of
Excellence has been given to Mr. Randal Thomson, director of
publications, and Mr. John Chandler, director of public affairs, for
@CSUN in the category of internal audience periodicals (tabloids). An
Award of Distinction for excellence in news writing has been given to
Mr. Chandler. Also, Ms. Mayerene Barker, editor of Northridge magazine,
and the Public Relations staff have received an Award of Distinction for
Northridge magazine in the magazines category.
Congratulations to Interim Vice President for University Advancement
Dick Tyler and the entire Public Relations staff for this recognition.
The CASE awards, selected by other university public relations
professionals, recognize creativity, quality and effectiveness in
advancing the university's goals internally and externally through
campus publications. The awards will be presented during CASE's upcoming
conference in San Diego on November 30.