Changes, New Faces, and People in New Places
Ruth R. Wu (Emerita Professor of Nursing), who has rececently retired as Dean of CSLA's School of Health and Human Services, was honored at a retirement dinner at the La Canada-Flintridge Country Club in October.
Wu joined the Department of Nursing faculty in 1971. She was department chair from 1972 to 1982, after which she served asssociate dean and then acting dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts. Wu was the first female, as well as the first Asian, to serve as a school dean on campus.
During her administration as dean, the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology, the Institute for the Study of Child Maltreatment and Family Violence, the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies and credit certificate programs in Youth Agency Administration, Environmental Health, Parent Education, and Social Services were established. She also was instrumental in the preliminary development of master's degree programs in Social Work and Public Health. Wu's contributions as a leader in nursing education have also been recognized nationally.
An endowed scholarship is being established in her name and will be awarded to a student in the School of Health and Human Services. For information, call (323) 343-4600.
Donald O. Dewey (Dean, Natural and Social Sciences and Professor of History) has announced his plan to retire September 1, 1996. In 1962, Dewey arrived at Cal State L.A. - then Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences - as an assistant professor of history. He served for 14 years as Dean of the School of Letters and Sciences before becoming Dean of Natural and Social Sciences. He was elected to the statewide Academic Senate and served from 1971 to 1977. In 1976, he received the University's Outstanding Professor Award.
Dewey has published widely, including ten books, and many articles and reviews, most of which are on U.S. constitutional history. He has been a journalist and newspaper editor.
Having served on the faculty for nearly 34 years, 26 as dean, Dewey has a legacy of involvement that may never be equaled. He will be the victim of a farewell roast on campus, May 18, 1996. For information, call the School of Natural and Social Sciences at (323) 343-2008.
Dean Dewey notes that, "armed" for his retirement party, he has been accumulating anecdotes about Cal State L.A.which he plans to expand for publication during the University's 50th anniversary year (1997). He asks all former and current students, faculty and staff to submit their favorite memories of CSLA - "especially those that are humorous, poignant and ironic" - to the School of Natural and Social Sciences (fax (323) 343-2011). Dewey says he "will accept anonymous stories only if they are too good to resist."
Alice Watkins, Associate Dean for Student Services, Cal State L.A. Charter School of Education, was honored at a retirement dinner in October. Watkins joined the faculty in 1969 and was associate dean from 1986 to May, 1995. She was chair of the Division of Special Education for five years, providing leadership for the graduate degree programs, most notably the CSLA/UCLA joint Ph.D. program. During the early '70s she assumed a major role in the development of CSLA's Learning Handicapped and Severely Handicapped specialist credential programs, and authored the "generic core" that continues to be a prerequisite of all specialist programs at the University. During 25 years in higher education, she forged strong bonds between the University and Los Angeles area public school communities.
Douglas A. Davis was appointed to the post of University Librarian on August 1, 1995. For the past 20 years Davis was affiliated with the CSU Northridge Library and was central to the planning and implementation of various library automation projects. He was associate dean of the CSUN University Library from 1989-91, acting dean from 1991-92, and held other CSUN Library positions. Before that, he was affilliated with the Harvard College Library. He has worked closely with the CSU Chancellor's Office, and chaired both the CSU Southern California Mutual Library Use Network and the CSU OLPAC Committee Circulation Task Group. He was also the systemwide coordinator for "Transforming CSU Libraries for the 21st Century; A Strategic Plan of the CSU Council of Library Directors."
Donald P. Zingale was named to the position of Dean, School of Health and Human Services, effective September 1, 1995. Zingale was affiliated with CSU Sacramento (CSUS) for 20 years. From 1993 to August 1995, he was CSUS Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and before that, Associate Vice President and Associate Dean of the School of Health and Human Services.
Zingale has taught at CSUS, Ohio State University, City University of New York, and other campuses and is a licensed clinical social worker, marriage, family and child counselor, health and physical education instructor and certified alpine ski instructor. He is a frequent lecturer and has appeared on numerous local and regional radio, television and cable programs in the Sacramento area.
Manuel R. Miranda has been appointed to the Edward R. Roybal Endowed Chair of Gerontology. As a faculty member of the Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology and the School of Health and Human Services, he will help develop courses on the politics and economics of aging, offer seminars for upper division and graduate students and develop collaborative programs with local educational institutions and service agencies.
Since 1989, he has been Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Research at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before that, he was staff director of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging and a professor in UCLA's School of Social Welfare. Miranda has published widely and has been a major consultant for various local, state and federal programs.