Service Learning is on a roll

Service Learning is on a roll

The Cat in the Hat reads books to children.

For the third consecutive year, Cal State L.A. was named to
the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary
service to America’s communities. Established in 2006 by the Corporation for
National and Community Service, the Honor Roll recognizes more than 700
institutions nationwide, including 14 CSU campuses.

Students engage in community service activities through two
key avenues: the Educational
Participation in Communities
Program, which
hosts an annual toy drive and regularly participates in the
America Reads program, among other things; and the
Office of Community Engagement, which coordinates service-learning opportunities that accompany classroom
studies and projects.


Discover ‘Darwin Now’

Visitors to the Darwin exhibit compare notes.

A multi-panel exhibit that explores the impact of
naturalist Charles Darwin’s research and writing on science, religion, and
society throughout the last 150 years opened on campus in May. Installed in the
first floor lobby of La Kretz Hall, the
“Darwin Now” Exhibit will be on display
through December 2011.

The former-traveling exhibit has been given as a gift to
the University from the British Council. It was originally produced to
commemorate Darwin’s 200th birthday (he was born Feb. 12, 1809—the
same day as Abraham Lincoln) and the 150th anniversary of the
publishing of his most renowned work, On the Origin of Species.

Cal State L.A. will be the last stop for “Darwin Now.” For upcoming programming related to
the exhibit, go to, you can also contact English Professor Lauri Ramey for more information.


CSULA Library gets a ‘special’ addition

Movement’s mementos enhance East L.A. Archive project.

Renne James in CSULA collections library.

A collection of political flyers, broadsides, newspapers,
books, buttons, posters and photographs that document events and emotions
surrounding Chicano activism from 1967 to the late 1970s was donated to the
F. Kennedy Memorial Library
’s special collections.

The materials, gathered and preserved by community activist
Gloria Arellanes, augment a recently established
East Los Angeles Archive. The
archive documents the history of a community central to the social, political
and cultural history of the Chicano/Latino community in Los Angeles.

As part of the Library’s
Special Collections, Arellanes
materials join a repository of literary, historical and cultural treasures
housed on campus. The special collections materials are available for viewing
by appointment, at (323) 343-4435.


Alums return to mark campus landmarks

The Cal State L.A. community celebrated two significant milestones in April with a
little help from friends and former students.


literary magazine commemorated its 60th anniversary and the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry
celebrated its 50th anniversary with presentations
and appearances by alumni, faculty and former contributors.

Accomplished author and former student-contributor Helena
María Viramontes shared some of her work and experiences in publishing during
the magazine party. Writing for the student-led literary and arts magazine,
which is one of the oldest publications of its kind in the country, was a
stepping stone for Viramontes in her career, she said.

Meanwhile, a 50th anniversary celebration for
the science department drew more than a hundred visitors to campus to tour the
new science facility, La Kretz Hall, and hear from distinguished alumni and
faculty, including Deborah Wong ’98, John Petersen ’70, Glenn Millhauser ’80,
and Professor Emeritus Harold Goldwhite.


Afro Latin Ensemble Heading to China

The Afro Latin Ensemble, under the direction of
Music Professor Paul De Castro, has been invited to perform at the 29th World
Conference of the International Society for Music Education, a gathering of thousands of music professionals and educators this summer in Beijing, China.

The Ensemble, which comprises 20 undergraduate and graduate students, will perform two concerts at the conference and then again in the city
of Tianjin. Previously, the Ensemble has performed with celebrated salsa pianist
Larry Harlow
and many other guest artists, including Pablo Menendez, Orestes Vilato, Frank Emilio Flynn, and Edgardo Cambon.


Fueling California's economy

Cal State L.A. is a driving force in the region, sustaining thousands of jobs
and pumping millions of dollars into the economy each year.

According to a recent study released on the economic impact of the California
State University system in the state, Cal State L.A. adds nearly $600 million
annually to the local economy through operational, auxiliary, capital and campus
community spending. The University also sustains more than 5,300 jobs statewide.

See the complete report at


Engineering team out-clocks the competition with national top honors

Group shot of the WESTEC engineering team.

A team of ten engineering and technology students outdid
collegiate competitors in March, bringing home the grand prize title in the
Manufacturing Challenge
with a pendulum driven grandfather clock.

The grand prize title was a first for Cal State L.A., which
has had teams participate in the competition annually and has garnered three
first-place titles (2004, 2005 and 2008 competitions) in the last six years. The
WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge is a creative competition where college students
design and manufacture products for judging by manufacturing professionals.

According to team captain Ian van den Bosch, “The challenge
was for each school to produce a creative product that could be manufactured,
and to also document the process clearly. We have worked extremely hard and have
sacrificed necessities like sleeping in order to win this competition.”


From prescription, to policy

Cal State L.A. students are getting their hands wet, collecting water samples
and analyzing river watersheds in Valley Verde, Arizona. As participants in the
newly launched Hydrology and Water Policy Program at the University, the
students are trying to gain a clearer understanding of recent water issues
in the Southwestern United States.

The new program is funded with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of

More news updates are available on the University's homepage at



Discover an opportunity to enrich your life
through one of many activities on campus:

  • Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival
    June 4–June 6

    A West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos, the
    three-day film festival brings together a broad base of community
    members, U.S. Latino film/video independents and entertainment
    industry representatives. The Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival,
    originally started as a means for spotlighting Latina/o talent to
    the campus community, is now celebrating its seventh year.

    For more information about the event, visit

  • 2010 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement
    June 11–June 12

    University Athletic Stadium

    In ceremonies spread over two days, Cal State
    L.A. will confer several thousand bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
    Friday ceremony will include graduates from Charter College of
    Education, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology,
    and College of Health and Human Services, and Saturday will feature
    graduates from the College of Arts and Letters, College of Business
    and Economics, and College of Natural and Social Sciences. For more
    information, visit

  • Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet
    June 19, 8 p.m.

    Luckman Theatre

    A world premiere of Hammerklavier, a multi-media ballet set to
    Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106. It is
    widely considered to be one of the most important works of the
    composer’s third period. For more information or for tickets, visit or call the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600.

  • Focus on Los Angeles: Pat Brown California Agenda 2010

    June 24, 8:30 a.m.

    A panel discuss about the issues surrounding health care and
    health care reform. the panelist will discuss ways that parties are
    trying to reframe the conversation locally to be about creating a
    healthy community for all Angelinos. For more information, call (323)

    To see a listing of other events on campus, visit the University Calendar homepage at