In anticipation of the new school year, welcome back to the campus. We
hope that faculty, staff, and students had a restful and relaxing
As we usher in the new semester, we are pleased to debut @csun Extra.
This newsletter replaces From the President's Desk. @csun Extra will
carry many university-wide and time-sensitive announcements,
supplementing the university's bi-weekly newspaper, @csun. President
Jolene Koester will write letters to the campus community at least once
each semester on issues related to the mission and values of the
Quad Project to Add New Trees and Landscaping to Center of Campus
Building on the success of the very attractive Oviatt Library stairs,
the university will be undertaking a comprehensive project to strengthen
and beautify the adjoining Sierra Quad area this fall. The quad project
will include additional trees, new walkways, and improved lighting. When
completed, the project will reinforce the quad area as the central
gathering place on campus and provide an even more attractive, serene
oasis in the heart of the campus.
Funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the quad and
similar projects are part of a broader effort to restore landscaping and
provide other enhancements around the campus. All of this is now
possible because the university's post-earthquake restoration of
buildings is essentially complete. We now can proceed with the finishing
touches of the recovery.
The design of the quad project is an outgrowth of the university's
campus Master Plan, which was completed in 1998 after nearly two years
of campus discussion and review. The first of five goals stated in the
Master Plan is to "Strengthen the Central Quadrangle and Campus Open
Space." Now that the Oviatt Library stairs project has provided an
inviting, open front entrance to the library, the quad project will
realign and center the adjoining quad green space on the front of the
library. That will be accomplished by removing the paved concrete
section of the quad along the Science buildings and replacing that with
lawn and trees, which should help lessen heat gain and glare during warm
The project also will include the planting of many new trees along the
west and newly defined eastern boundaries of the quad, giving the area
inside much stronger visual boundaries and an enhanced sense of place.
Earlier plans had called for the removal of various existing trees
within the quad to accommodate the new design. But upon review, campus
planners have determined that the existing, older trees now in the quad
should be retained, providing much-needed shade while the newly planted
trees have a chance to grow. The quad lawn will be crisscrossed with
curving walkways that will follow common walking paths. In this way, the
redesigned plan will cohesively accommodate the old and the new.
Around the quad's outer boundaries, the shaded courtyard with memorial
bricks at the base of Sierra Tower will be retained, and a similar
shaded seating area will be installed around the earthquake monument
near the Bianchi Planetarium. The Jerome Richfield rose garden will be
kept, and the seating area east of Sierra Hall will be enhanced with
additional trees and benches. Access for people with disabilities also
will be improved, particularly at the western entries to Science 1 and
2, and along the southern edge of the quad where walkways will be sloped
for universal access. Walkway lighting in the redone areas will be
replaced with campus-standard metal halide fixtures, which are more
energy efficient and provide better nighttime lighting.
Due to contract bidding schedules, the quad project could not be
launched and completed during the past summer. So instead of suffering a
long delay in the improvements, the construction work was authorized to
proceed during the fall semester. The work will be completed in phases
to avoid impeding pedestrian access to campus buildings. Construction
vehicle routes to and from the quad will be coordinated to minimize
disruption and ensure public safety. Any questions about the project
should be directed to Facilities Planning at ext. 2561.
Interim Dean and New Faculty President Announced
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Louanne Kennedy is
pleased to announce that Dr. Diane Schwartz has been appointed interim
dean for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Schwartz,
who has served as a professor in the Department of Computer Science
since 1980, is well-prepared for this role: she served as the college's
interim dean from 1992 until 1994, and was associate dean from 1986
through 1989. Dr. Schwartz received her B.A. in mathematics from UC
Berkeley, and her doctorate, also in mathematics, from UCLA. Her
teaching at CSUN has included courses in algorithms, programming
languages, and software engineering.
The search for a permanent appointment to the position will be conducted
By accepting this appointment, Dr. Schwartz has stepped down as faculty
president. The remainder of her two-year term, which began in June 2000,
will be filled by the former faculty vice president, Dr. Michael
Neubauer of the Department of Mathematics.
Congratulations to Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Neubauer on their new
Interim Executive Assistant to the Provost Appointed
Provost Kennedy also has announced the appointment of Professor Penelope
R. Jennings from the Department of Business Law as interim executive
assistant to the provost. Dr. Jennings begins her appointment on August
22. In her new position, Dr. Jennings will serve as chief of staff to
the provost, assisting the provost in a broad range of administrative
responsibilities and collaborating with the administrative team in
Academic Affairs to advance university goals.
Dr. Jennings brings to her position more than 25 years of legal
experience and 21 years of experience in higher education. A Phi Beta
Kappa graduate of UC Davis, Dr. Jennings received her J.D. from UCLA.
She joined the CSUN faculty in 1980, first serving as a lecturer and
later as associate professor and professor of business law.
Throughout her career at CSUN, Dr. Jennings has been recognized as a
creative and enthusiastic teacher. This past year, she received the
University Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1999, she was named
Outstanding Faculty Member by the Business Student Equity Center. She
also received five Polished Apple Awards from the University Ambassadors
in recognition of her outstanding support of students.
For the past two years, Dr. Jennings has served as the coordinator of
New Faculty Programs, overseeing new faculty orientation and providing a
variety of programs for new faculty throughout their first years on
campus. She has been a participant in the peer coaching program and
other faculty development programs of the Center for Excellence in
Learning and Teaching (CELT) and has served on that group's advisory
As this demonstrates, Dr. Jennings' service to the university has been
extensive, and includes work on numerous committees on curriculum,
personnel, and student affairs. She has chaired the Presidential
Advisory Board on Equity and Diversity and served on the Educational
Policies Committee, the Academic Grievance and Grade Appeals Board, and
the advisory boards of the Marilyn Magaram Center for Science,
Nutrition, and Dietetics, and the Center for Ethics and Values. She has
published widely and presented papers on a number of topics, including
legal and economic issues related to risk, ethics in business education,
The search for a permanent appointment to this position will be
conducted in the fall.
Provost Kennedy asks the campus community to join her in congratulating
Professor Jennings on her appointment. Professor Jennings' experience
and knowledge will serve her well in her new role.
Welcome Back Picnic
The President's Ninth Annual Welcome Back Picnic will be held Thursday,
August 30, on the grassy area between the Student Services Building and
Jerome Richfield Hall. To accommodate students' schedules, the picnic
will be offered at two times: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. As
in past years, faculty and staff volunteers will join President Koester
and university administrators in welcoming new and returning students to
the new academic year at what is always a joyful and cooperative
community activity. Live music will be provided courtesy of Associated
Students' SPACE and the University Student Union Program Council.
If you have not signed up as a volunteer yet, you may do so by
contacting the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at ext.
President's Convocation and Welcome Back Coffee
As a reminder, please note that President Koester will deliver her
second annual convocation to the campus community on Friday, August 24,
at 9 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The event will include a
question-and-answer period and will be immediately followed by the
President's annual welcome back coffee for faculty and staff at
approximately 10 a.m. The coffee will be held just outside the
Performing Arts Center in the Court of Community in the University
The President invites all members of the campus community to attend the
convocation and the coffee. We are pleased to announce that campus radio
station KCSN (88.5 FM) plans to broadcast the address live from 9 to 10
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