California State University, Northridge

From the President's Desk



November 11, 1998

Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium

All who remember the late Dean Bianchi will be pleased to know that the Planetarium Room of Science Building 3 will be renamed "The Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium." The name change was recommended by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, with the support of the dean and faculty of the College of Science and Mathematics, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Louanne Kennedy, and the Facilities Naming Review Committee.

As many of you know, Dr. Donald E. Bianchi passed away in March 1996 after almost 40 years of distinguished service to this campus as a faculty member and administrator. Joining Cal State Northridge in 1959 - only one year after the campus was formally made part of the CSU - he was a senior and distinguished member of our faculty. As dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, he enhanced the university's contributions to research and teaching in the sciences. His leadership was the sustaining factor in the development of our science complex, consisting initially of Science Buildings 1 and 2 and later Science 3 and 4 and the Planetarium.

Dean Bianchi was serving as acting vice president for Academic Affairs when I arrived on the campus and I had the great privilege to work with him during my first year. After he returned to his deanship, the Provost and I continued to depend greatly on his advice and knowledge of the campus. I particularly appreciated his genial and unflappable presence; he was a model of dedication and service to the university and its students. I've missed him, as we all have, since his death.

Our 40th anniversary year is a particularly suitable time to remember Don Bianchi's contributions to Cal State Northridge. I'm delighted for his family and for the university community that the planetarium - which is just a small part of his legacy - will perpetuate his memory for all time .I hope you will be able to join me and members of his family at the dedication ceremony for the renamed planetarium at a future date.

Support Matador Athletics

Given the recent changes in administrative personnel in athletics, this past week has been a very difficult time for student athletes, the department and the university. These events have taken attention away from the achievements of our student athletes and have been a great challenge to the values of the university and the traditions of competition and excellence that we are trying to build within the department.

Nevertheless, the Cal State Northridge coaching staff and student athletes have remained focused and resilient, posting a combined record of nine wins and no losses over the past week. This achievement attests to the talent and dedication of our student athletes and coaches. They have been able to overcome a difficult situation with grace and determination, and focus on their performance on the playing field. My congratulations and appreciation to the entire department - the student athletes, coaches and staff - for their dedication and spirit. We should be proud of them, and I hope you will join me in supporting them at their games.

Below is a list of the teams' achievements:

Suggestions? Participate in the President's Community Forum and the Student Internet Relay Chat

As this issue of From the President's Desk demonstrates, we are involved with many issues that are important to our lives and work. I am convening this semester's community forum on Monday, November 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. I hope to see you there and look forward to hearing your views, concerns, and suggestions about building a stronger community and advancing the university's mission.

In a similar vein, on Wednesday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m., I will participate in a moderated internet relay chat (IRC) discussion for students and other interested community members. The event is being sponsored by the CSUN Web Project as part of their Wednesday Night Live IRC series. During the session, I will interact with students in "real time" online and answer questions that they submit to a moderator. Dr. Shelia Harbet, professor of Health Sciences, will moderate the online chat and questions. Dr. John Hartzog, director of Instructional Technology, will provide the technical support for the IRC.

Log onto http://www.vcsun.org/~john/preswilson.html for instructions on participating. < h2 align=center> California State Employees Campaign The California State Employees Campaign - a partnership between the State of California and United Way of Greater Los Angeles - is underway. Cal State Northridge is participating again this year, and Provost Louanne Kennedy has again agreed to lead this year's campus drive.

This campaign gives all of us, as state employees, an opportunity to express caring for our communities and neighbors and to assist over 1,500 participating agencies. The volunteer agencies that benefit from the campaign include many that helped Cal State Northridge and Southern California during its greatest hour of need after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Recent disasters, like destructive floods and storms around the world, underscore the important mission of these organizations and remind us that these volunteer agencies bring us closer together as a people and represent the very best of our national character.

The Campaign provides a quick and convenient opportunity to contribute to the charity of your choice. It is also a way for us to demonstrate pride, unity and caring as Californians, state employees and members of the Cal State Northridge community. You have been very generous in the past; I urge you to give even more this year.

When you receive the solicitations from the campaign coordinator in your area, please give as generously as you can. The voluntary organizations supported by the campaign are counting on us.

Central America Relief

With so many events - including the recent elections - commanding the attention of the campus and the nation, the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Central America has not received the concern and attention it deserves. The disaster has resulted in the loss of over 9000 lives at least, and the homelessness of many thousands more.

If you would like to join in efforts to provide relief there, the Central American United Student Association (CAUSA), with the guidance of Dr. Alberto Garcia, Department of Chicano/a Studies, has taken the lead on campus in collecting goods and donations. They are particularly looking for canned food, rice and beans in bulk, clothes, rain boots, shoes, and medicine. All donations should be delivered to Jerome Richfield Hall, Conference Room 121. For more information, contact the CAUSA office at extension 2737. Associated Students is also accepting donations in its main office.

Campus Achievements

I'm pleased to report the following campus achievements:

Prop 1A Results

As many of you know, Proposition 1A, the K-12/Higher Education Bond Act, passed overwhelmingly - in fact, by the highest majority vote for a statewide education bond act since the education community began using statewide bonds as the principal method for financing school repair and new school construction in 1986. The measure was approved by an even wider margin in Los Angeles County (66% to 34%, versus 62% to 38% statewide). The margin of approval demonstrates the high priority that this year's voters placed on education during the election.

The K-12 schools, community colleges, University of California, and CSU will all benefit from the bond measure. At Cal State Northridge, the bond will provide funding for upgrading the campus's telecommunications infrastructure and fund construction projects.

My thanks to all of you who exercised your right to vote during this mid-term election and supported the bond act!

Blenda J. Wilson
President



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