Cal State L.A.: 2000 Year in Review

Cal State L.A.: 2000 Year in Review

Some people celebrated the millennium at the beginning of the year 2000, also affectionately known as "Y2K." At California State University, Los Angeles, there was much to celebrate throughout this highly publicized year.

Historic Gift to Luckman Gallery

On Jan. 19, the Luckman Gallery, the visual arts gallery of Cal State L.A.'s Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, was named as one of only 29 arts institutions in the United States and abroad to receive gifts of contemporary sculpture from the well-known collection of Peter and Eileen Norton. The Nortons donated nearly 1,000 artworks, with a total estimated value of more than $2 million, to institutions including The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Tate Gallery in London. Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Gallery in Los Angeles and California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Santa Clarita were the only Los Angeles County universities included in this donation.

Engineering Student Recognized for Academic Achievement

Also in January, the College of Engineering and Technology at Cal State L.A. selected Wenbin Zhuang as its 1999-2000 Outstanding Civil Engineering Student. Selected for his outstanding scholarship, leadership and service, Zhuang was recognized for this honor at the University's Engineering Week 2000 and annual Honors Convocation.

University's Hall of Fame Inducts Top Athletes for 2000

On Feb. 2, Cal State L.A.'s Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Berhane Andeberhan, men's soccer; Jesus Gonzalez, men's soccer; and Ron Morris, men's track and field, during an annual awards ceremony at the Windows Restaurant (formerly Tower Restaurant) in the Transamerica Building, downtown Los Angeles. Since its inception in 1985, Cal State L.A. Athletics has honored more than 80 men and women-including Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis champion Billie Jean King, two-time Green Bay Packers Super Bowl participant Jim Weatherwax, two-time Olympic track medallist Barbara Ferrell, and 1984 Olympic swim coach Don Gambril-to highlight just a few.

Chemistry Professors Gutiérrez and Pine Honored Nationally

Cal State L.A. chemistry professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was presented The Quality Education for Minorities in Mathematics, Science and Engineering (QEM/MSE) Network's Year 2000 MSE Giants in Science Award at a Feb. 12 ceremony. The QEM/MSE Network has been honoring individuals who have achieved distinguished research, teaching and service records at its annual MSE Conference since 1994. In recent years, Gutiérrez has been honored with a White House Presidential Award for Mentoring and received the CSU Wang Family Award for outstanding teaching.

Cal State L.A. chemistry professor emeritus Stanley H. Pine was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), for "exemplary service to the profession through teaching and administration with special attention to environmental and safety issues." Pine was honored on February 19 at a recognition ceremony in Washington DC presided over by AAAS president Stephen Jay Gould. Pine joins a prominent group of scientists whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished. Among the chemists chosen nationally for the 2000 award, Pine was the only academic not from a Ph.D.-granting institution.

Engineering Professor Boussalis Named Educator of the Year

Cal State L.A. electrical and computer engineering professor Helen Boussalis was honored by the San Fernando Valley Engineers Council as Educator of the Year at its annual banquet on February 26. Chair of Cal State L.A.'s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boussalis is an expert in the areas of control systems and automation. Daniel S. Goldin, the head of NASA, was the speaker for the event. This is not the first time the head of NASA has helped to honor Boussalis. In 1994 at a campus event, Goldin presented Boussalis a NASA award citing her unique collaborative program at Cal State L.A. to develop the next generation of space observation technology. Creating a unique engineering community, Cal State L.A. engineering undergraduates work together with graduate students and faculty from other noted institutions to design and fabricate a testbed (model) of a space segmented telescope. The project is supported by NASA grants, authored by Boussalis and equaling $5.3 million.

University's Education Program Given High Marks

A team of outside evaluators had high praise for the Charter College of Education at Cal State L.A., when it delivered its independent evaluation of the school in a written report on Feb. 23. The team was representing The Evaluation Center of Western Michigan University, which had been selected last year on a competitive basis to conduct an independent assessment of the school.

Cal State L.A. Given Top Rating in Success of Hispanic Students

The March 2000 issue of Hispanic Magazine ranked Cal State L.A. thirteenth among the top 25 U.S. colleges that offer excellent education for Hispanics. The listing included universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, UCLA and sister CSU campuses San Francisco State and San Diego State.

Coach Yanai Wins John Wooden Award

Long respected as one of the premier educators in Division II collegiate basketball, Cal State L.A. head coach Dave Yanai received recognition as Outstanding Coach at the John R. Wooden Awards Ceremony held in March 2000 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. For 20 years, this award has been given to an individual who exemplifies the outstanding qualities set by legendary coach John Wooden. Yanai was selected for placing the highest standards of commitment to his student-athletes; for significant contributions to his community and to the southern California basketball community; and was honored as a quintessential teacher with the ability to embrace various cultures in understanding the sport of basketball.

Governor Reappoints Professor Goldwhite to CSU Board

Professor Harold Goldwhite, an honored member of the Cal State L.A. Chemistry faculty for 38 years, was reappointed on March 7 to the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) by Governor Gray Davis. The Board establishes policy for the CSU and manages and administers all colleges within the system. His original term began April 1998.

Model U.N. Brings Home Top Award

Spring 2000
saw Cal State L.A.'s Model U.N. chapter bring home a major souvenir from the Big Apple-its first national award since the club's inception more than 30 years ago. The Cal State L.A. team placed in the top 30 schools among 190 universities in the United States. The best teams were ranked in three categories: outstanding delegation, distinguished delegation and honorable mention. Cal State L.A. students earned the honorable mention distinction. Rebekah Viola, one of two team leaders who mentored the student delegates, estimates that schools from nearly a dozen other countries participated in the national conference, including academic institutions from Japan, Germany, England, France, Canada and Mexico.

University Receives ENLACE Grant

In 2000, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation selected Cal State L.A. as one of 18 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a $100,000 planning grant to improve educational opportunities for Latino communities in East and Northeast Los Angeles. The grant supports university-community programs that increase the number of under-served students who successfully matriculate in the K-16 pipeline. This initiative is known as ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education). The word enlace-a form of the Spanish verb enlazar, to link or weave together-signifies a connected entity whose whole is stronger than its parts.

Professor Gutierrez Receives Top CSU Award

Cal State L.A. chemistry professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was selected as one of the four CSU faculty to receive the $20,000 systemwide CSU Wang Family Excellence Award. Gutiérrez' award falls under the category of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. The awards to four faculty and one administrator from throughout the 23-campus system was presented at a formal ceremony on May 9 at the CSU Trustees meeting in Long Beach.

University Initiates World Music Festival

Cal State L.A. hosted its first World Music Festival on May 13. Music, arts and crafts, dance as well as free master classes were presented at this event. Musical groups participating included: the Gospel Choir of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Grupo Inca (Andean music), Mariachi Mezcal, Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre, Taiko Center of Los Angeles (Japanese drumming), Shubha and Shruti Chandramouli, and the music groups Slowrider and Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Afro-Cuban music). International foods were also available to make this a full day of family fun.

Cal State L.A. Pasadena Training Center Opens

Cal State L.A.'s Office of Extended Education opened its new Pasadena-based Training Center on May 24. The center, located at 3500 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200, will be home to Cal State L.A.'s Center on Child Welfare-established in 1999 by the University's College of Health and Human Services. In addition, the center will provide business and professional training to residents of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley during evenings and Saturdays.

Top 50 Nursing Degree-Granting Colleges

Hispanic Outlook ranked Cal State L.A. fourteenth among the top 50 U.S. colleges granting B.A. degrees in Nursing to Hispanics in its June 2000 issue. The listing included such universities as Florida International University, San Jose State University, Texas A&M, USC and CSU Dominguez Hills, among others.

Students Selected for Prestigious Smithsonian Program

In the spring of 2000, Cal State L.A. Chicano Studies graduate students Adriana Aguirre and Salvador Jimenez were selected to participate in the prestigious summer Smithsonian Institution research and museums seminar program, "Interpreting Latino Cultures." Aguirre's research toward her master's thesis combines literature, art, and history to demythologize Mexicana/Chicana icons. Jimenez' research explores the history of a middle class Mexican American organization through research on the "California-Arizona Club" of East Los Angeles.

Governor Appoints Roybal Institute Director to Commission on Aging

In June 2000, Jorge J. Lambrinos, director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology at Cal State L.A., was one of nine members appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the California Commission on Aging, an independent agency of the State of California, created by the Legislature to serve as "the principal advocate body in the state on behalf of older persons."

University Receives Getty Visual Arts Service Learning Grant

The Getty Grant Program announced in June that Cal State L.A. was one of six CSU campuses awarded a two-year grant to support visual arts service learning programs. In service learning courses, students learn from community service experiences directly tied to the academic content of their classes. The Getty grant partners Cal State L.A. faculty and community agencies to develop an array of service learning courses in the visual arts. The courses offer Cal State L.A. students opportunities to learn more about museums and other visual arts organizations to foster a better understanding of, and increased commitment to, the nonprofit arts sector. The $167,000 grant also funds a service-learning institute for faculty and deans from Cal State L.A. and five other CSU campuses.

Top Undergraduates Named as University's Second Beckman Scholars Group

Rehana Ismail
(Biochemistry major) and Adam Fraser (Pre-Law/Chemistry major) were selected as Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 2000-2001 Beckman Scholars. This is the second time in two years that a group of Beckman Scholars were selected to conduct research at Cal State L.A. The two outstanding undergraduate students started their full-time research participation under this program at the beginning of summer 2000, and will continue conducting research under the program part-time during the academic year, along with their full-time academic studies. The Beckman Scholars program is designed to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited universities and four-year colleges located in the U.S.

CSU Scholarship Goes to Cal State L.A. Senior

Child Development major William George Vine, a Cal State L.A. senior, was one of only five students statewide to receive the 2000 Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement at the July 2000 CSU Board of Trustees meeting.

GEAR UP Summer Language Enrichment Outreach Initiated

The Cal State L.A.-based Project GEAR UP kicked off a collaborative summer project focused on a four-week language enrichment program at East Los Angeles College on July 5. GEAR UP is an innovative Department of Education grant that aims to increase the number of students prepared for college from low-income underserviced areas.

Engineering and Technology Students Awarded Space Station Scholarships

Cal State L.A.'s MESA Engineering Program (MEP) announced in July 2000 that students Jorge Arreola, Daniel Castellanos, Stephen Sherwyn and Cesar Robert Velasco were selected to receive NASA/NACME Space Station Engineering Scholars Program scholarships. Along with college tuition and expenses, the $12,000 per year, renewable scholarships gave the four students an opportunity to participate in internships and research related to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space projects and attend leadership seminars.

College of Education Charter Renewed

Following the completion of a highly successful five-year pilot phase, the Cal State L.A. Charter College of Education announced on July 28 the ten-year extension of its charter status by the CSU Office of the Chancellor. The assessment of the effectiveness of Cal State L.A.'s Charter College of Education, conducted by The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, confirmed the success of the school's "initial aspiration of engaging in creative experimentation and the development, implementation, and evaluation of new models of teaching and learning that incorporate best practice and research-based knowledge."

Name Change From "School" to "College" Approved

In August, Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser approved the official change of name to College for the University's six Schools, effective September 1. In each case, the School's faculty has supported the name change, following the recommendation of the University's Academic Senate Executive Committee. In addition, the name of the Division of Continuing Education changed to Division of Extended Education.

University Announces Oracle Gift

Oracle Corporation provided comprehensive software licenses and support services for academic use to the Cal State L.A. College of Business and Economics to promote lifelong learning and address the critical shortage of information technology professionals. The College is the first of only 17 elite business school leaders in the U.S. to be included in the Oracle Academic Initiative Applications Pilot Program. This initiative will provide leading edge, Internet-enabled business application software and training for students and faculty to create hands-on learning programs within every department and discipline in the school.

Professor of Spanish Receives Major Award in Her Field

Domnita Dumitrescu
, Cal State L.A. professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, was named 2000 AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) College/University Teacher of the Year. The award was presented at the Annual AATSP Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 2000.

New Web Site Simplifies Transfer to Cal State L.A.

In August 2000, Cal State L.A. announced a new Transfer Student Services Web site for students interested in transferring to Cal State L.A. This is the first of several proposed Cal State L.A. self-service Web sites. Students who visit this site at can see current information on articulation of courses between Cal State L.A. and more than 85 California community colleges. Information is presented for individual courses, multiple subjects, general education and lower division major preparation.

Assistant Vice President Ukpolo Selected for National Leadership Program

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) announced the selection of Victor Ukpolo, Cal State L.A. assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, as one of only 37 participants selected to take part in the second annual Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute, August 12-16. MLI is the only program that offers individuals preparation for the role of college or university president or chancellor. The institute is designed to strengthen both the preparation and the eligibility of persons who are traditionally underrepresented in these positions.

Luckman Complex Inaugurates Ballet Festival

The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at
Cal State L.A. inaugurated BalletFest 2000, Southern California's first summer ballet festival. From August 17-19, the event brought together six ballet companies to perform, share and celebrate classical dance at the Luckman Theatre. Southern California companies participating in BalletFest 2000 included Francisco Martinez Dance Theater (Francisco Martinez, Artistic Director), Inland Pacific Ballet (Victoria Koenig, Artistic Director), Los Angeles Chamber Ballet (Raiford Rogers, Artistic Director), Pasadena Dance Theatre (Cynthia Young, Artistic Director), and State Street Ballet (Rodney Gustafson, Artistic Director). Also, in a very special Los Angeles guest appearance, Silicon Valley's Diablo Ballet (Lauren Jonas, Artistic Director) presented Apollo by George Balanchine.

New Environmental Engineering Program Offered

An Environmental Engineering Program was offered for the first time by the College of Engineering and Technology beginning fall quarter 2000. The courses, available to civil engineering majors who are juniors or seniors, included "Introduction to Environmental Engineering," "Sewage and Water Treatment," "Technological Aspects of the Urban Environment," "Environment, Earth Systems and Technology," and "Groundwater Contamination and Remediation."

Remodeled Playground Safer, More Attractive for At-risk Infant-Toddler Program

Cal State L.A.'s Centro de Niños y Padres, part of the division of Special Education at Cal State L.A., celebrated the grand opening of its new infant/toddler playground on Sept. 26, 2000. Playground reconstruction was supported by the University's Charter College of Education and a generous grant support from SHARE, Inc. Centro de Niños y Padres provides early intervention for children from birth to three years of age who are identified by the Regional Center as having developmental disabilities and children who are at risk.

University Names Outstanding Professors, President's Distinguished Professor

In September 2000, Cal State L.A. named its 1999-2000 Outstanding Professors at the University's Fall Faculty Day. Honored were Alan J. Bloom, Professor of Broadcasting; Cheryl A. Cruz, Professor of Accounting; Silvia P. Heubach, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; and Caroline H. McManus, Associate Professor of English. These awards are made primarily for excellence in teaching, but significant achievements are expected in scholarly inquiry or creativity, professional activities, and service to the campus and community. As part of the annual faculty tradition, Cal State L.A. Professor of Physics Demetrius J. Margaziotis was selected as the recipient of the 2000 President's Distinguished Professor Award.

U.S. News & World Report Gives Top Ranking to Four Cal State L.A. Programs

In Fall 2000, the U.S. News & World Report 2001 "Best Colleges" issue ranked Cal State L.A.'s business and engineering programs among the nation's best undergraduate programs for the second year in a row. Ranked among the top 70 colleges and universities for the first time was Cal State L.A.'s rehabilitation counseling program. The University's nursing master's degree program was rated among the top such programs, and one of only three-along with UCLA and USC-in the Los Angeles area.

First Woodrow Wilson Humanities Fellow on Two-Year Faculty Appointment

The College of Arts and Letters at Cal State L.A. announced Jane Ann Dini as the University's first Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities. Dini, whose two-year term started September 2000, is a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara whose doctoral dissertation in Art History focuses on "Public Bodies: Form and Identity in the Work of John Singer Sargent."

USDoE Grant Announced for International Business Program

In November 2000, it was announced that Cal State L.A. marketing professor Linda Beamer was awarded a grant of $90,819 for the second year of a two-year award by the U.S. Department of Education for strengthening international business programs at Cal State L.A. and developing export education programs for area businesses.

Through NSF Grant, Students Work With Futuristic Materials In New Caltech Partnership

Also announced in November 2000 was Cal State L.A.'s receipt of a partnership grant totaling $779,557 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) program based at the newly-established Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM) based at the California Institute of Technology. The grant enables Cal State L.A. students and faculty to participate in this cutting-edge research at Caltech, and will also foster materials research and curriculum development on the Cal State L.A. campus.

Volleyball Completes Perfect Season

Cal State L.A. women's volleyball--ranked no. 1 in the Pacific Region and no. 2 in the country-completing the regular season with a perfect 30-0 overall record, becoming in the process only the sixth school to go undefeated in CCAA play.

New Certificate Program to Improve Services by Gang Intervention Specialists

The first-in-the-nation Youth and Gang Violence Intervention Specialist Program was launched in Dec. 2000 at Cal State L.A. under the auspices of the University's Pat Brown Institute, Department of Criminal Justice, and Division of Extended Education. Supported by Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, and funded by a one-year $200,000 grant from the Los Angeles City Community Development Department, the certificate program is designed to improve the quality of services provided by violence intervention and prevention workers by increasing their level of expertise in gang intervention strategies.

Edison Supports Tomorrow's Teachers

Five Cal State L.A. students were awarded the Edison International Teachers for Tomorrow Scholarship-a $5,000 award to each student for the 1999-2000 school year. Receiving the scholarships were Jennifer Lynn Chan, Teresa Giedraitis, Timothy Michael Luzzi, Laura Murphy, and Jill Nicole Tschirgi. New to the Edison International Scholarship Portfolio, The Teachers for Tomorrow Scholarship Program addresses the state's teacher shortage. It aims to mitigate the number of teachers holding emergency credentials and to place well-prepared, qualified teachers in California classrooms.

Broadcasting Majors Win Top Awards

Cal State L.A. senior Fernando Santos and junior Chris Hickam were among the 2000 CSU Film and Video Festival Rosebud Award winners. The festival, held each year, showcased the very best in student film and video from all of the CSU system's 23 campuses. Cal State L.A. students had a total of five works in the finals-more than any other campus but one, which had seven.

Development Specialist Named New Fundraiser of the Year

Robin Moler
, director of development for University projects at Cal State L.A., was named 2000 New Fund Raiser of the Year by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE/GLAC). The award was presented to Moler at the NSFRE annual conference held at The Pasadena Center on Sept. 26, 2000.

Carlos Robles Receives 2000 Bautzer Award

In Fall 2000, Carlos Robles, professor of Biology and Microbiology at Cal State L.A., was named the University's fifth Bautzer Faculty at the 2000 CSU Advancement Academy Conference in Long Beach. The Bautzer Faculty University Advancement Award enables faculty to learn more about professional university development at national conferences and CSU workshops throughout the year.

Golden Eagle Athlete Participates in XXXIV Olympiad

Louise Ayetotche
, current member of the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles women's track & field team, represented her home country, the Ivory Coast, at the 34thOlympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She ran a second national record (Ivory Coast) time of 22.76 in the 200-meter dash and finished in 9th place.

Faculty Composer Adds Eleventh Consecutive ASCAP Honor to His Award List

Cal State L.A. assistant professor of music John M. Kennedy was the recipient of a 2000-2001 ASCAPLU$ Standard Award. ASCAPLU$ is a unique awards program that provides both cash and recognition to many active writers in the early stages of their careers as well as to established composers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media. Kennedy has received 11 consecutive ASCAP awards since 1990.

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