2001 Year in Review

Cal State L.A.:  2001 Year in Review




CSULA Among Hispanic Outlook in Higher EducationÂ’s Annual PublisherÂ’s Picks

Cal State L.A. was one of 19 CSU campuses listed on The Hispanic Outlook in Higher EducationÂ’s fifth annual PublisherÂ’s Picks, a national list of colleges and universities that the publication views as offering solid opportunities for Hispanic students. According to Hispanic Outlook (Nov. 2000), the institutions selected understand the importance of attracting, inspiring, and empowering Hispanic students, not only for the studentsÂ’ well-being, but for the well-being of the country.


Faculty Member Wins 20th Straight Downbeat Honor

Cal State L.A. Professor of Music James Newton (B.A., music, 1980) was named in the 2001 Downbeat criticsÂ’ poll as the top jazz flutist for the 20th year in a row. Newton was also listed as one of the top jazz flutists on the 2001 Downbeat readersÂ’ poll. Newton, also Luckman director of music programming and research, has formed a new world-class jazz orchestra at the Luckman whose performances have garnered much critical acclaim.


Grad Students Help Establish New Comprehensive Care Clinic at VA Medical Center

Cal State L.A. social work major Desmonette Hazly and UCLA student Maria Carpiac took the lead in establishing a comprehensive care clinic at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, West Los Angeles, in winter 2001. Hazly, Zoila Nova and Shirley Maalouf were the Cal State L.A. graduate students participating in the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC), which received $479,000 in funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and $450,000 from the Archstone Foundation. Through the leadership of Partners in Care Foundation, the GSWEC included a collaboration of four university social work programs (Cal State L.A., CSU Long Beach, USC and UCLA) along with four service agencies that have particular expertise in serving older adults. Hazly, who received her B.A. from Cal State L.A. in 1998, is founder and CEO of the International Education Council on Family Violence.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored the IECFV in August 2001.



Alumnus Named Top Dot-Com “Roadkill Warrior”

Cal State L.A.’s 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Marshall Geller (B.S., Business Administration, 1961) was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal (Jan. 4) as one of a handful of resourceful Angelenos who are rescuing “at-risk” new media businesses. The LABJ named Geller among 20 top “Roadkill Warriors” who the magazine identified as successfully revitalizing businesses in the dot-com meltdown.


Presidential CitizenÂ’s Medal 2001

Congressman Edward R. Roybal, who helped to establish Cal State L.A.Â’s Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology in which he remains active, received the Presidential CitizenÂ’s Medal at a White House ceremony on Jan. 8. His daughter, Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles, 33rd U.S. Congressional District), who received her bachelorÂ’s degree from Cal State L.A. in 1965, accepted the medal from the President on her fatherÂ’s behalf. Bestowed at the sole discretion of the President, the Presidential CitizenÂ’s Medal is awarded to U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds or service for their country or fellow citizens. It is the second highest civilian honor granted by the President. Edward Roybal has been devoted to improving the quality of life for all persons. Because of his dedication and achievements, Congressman Roybal received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cal State L.A. in 1998.


Alumnus Confirmed As 2001-2002 Tournament of Roses President

In a Jan. 18 ceremony, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses AssociationÂ’s Board of Directors confirmed Cal State L.A. alumnus Ronald A. Okum as president for the 2001-2002 Tournament Year. The owner and president of Ron Okum Insurance Agency in Pasadena, Okum (B.A., physical education, 1963; M.A., health science/safety, 1970) is a member of the Cal State L.A. PresidentÂ’s Associates, a former member of the Alumni Board of Directors, a member of the Cal State L.A. Development Board, and a recipient of the UniversityÂ’s 1983 Distinguished Alumnus Award.



Cal State L.A. Students Listed in WhoÂ’s Who Among American Students

In February 2001, fifty-three Cal State L.A. students were selected for listing in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. A highly regarded honor program, Who's Who has recognized outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements since 1934. More than 1,900 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have conferred this exclusive honor.


Student Play Is Regional Short Plays Category Winner

Dahil Sa Iyo (Because of You), a play written by Cal State L.A. student Lorely Trinidad with original music by student Javier Arjona, and directed by Professor of Theatre Arts José Cruz Gonzales, was a John Cauble Short Plays category winner in the Region VIII Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC / ACTF). Students Leslie G. Baloy, Sheila Han, Arman Ahangarzadeh, and Jooyoung Song (pianist) took part in the production with students Alysia Robbins (stage manager), and Lawrence Melendez (scenic designer). With this distinction, Cal State L.A. earned the opportunity to present the play in Fresno, CA, in Feb. 2001 as part of the KC/ACTF national competition.


CURE Students Help Discover New Comet

On Feb. 4, three community college students working as a part of the Cal State L.A.-led Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) found that a recently discovered asteroid was, in fact, a new comet. CURE is a Los Angeles-based collaboration of Cal State L.A., Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Southwest College, East Los Angeles College, Pasadena City College, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since 1999, it has been funded as the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Astronomy site led by professors David Gregorich and Milan Mijic of Cal State L.A.Â’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Stephen D. Gillam at the JPL Table Mountain Observatory. The associate program director at Los Angeles City College is LACC faculty and Cal State L.A. alumnus Dean Arvidson (M.S. physics, 1992).


 Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs Releases First State of Immigration Report

A press conference on Feb. 12 at Cal State L.A. announced the release of the First Annual PBI State of Immigration Report. Noted urban geographer Ali Modarres, professor of geography and associate director for the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs (PBI) at Cal State L.A., offered remarks on the report, which covers national immigration patterns. Providing detailed analysis of social, demographic and spatial characteristics of immigration since 1990, Modarres’ report emphasized California and Los Angeles data and highlighted Asian immigration.


Luckman Launches Jazz Orchestra Led by Composer James Newton

On Feb. 24, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex launched the Luckman Jazz Orchestra under the direction of James Newton, composer, flutist, conductor, new faculty member, and Cal State L.A. alumnus. For its inaugural Big Band Concert, the new orchestra—in the planning stages for more than six years—performed works by Charles Mingus, infrequently heard collaborations by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and Gil Evans’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck 's “The Duke.” Some of Newton's own compositions were also performed, including the première of a fanfare written for the Luckman. The orchestra comprises some of the top jazz talent in the city, many of whom worked with Newton in his previous big band and in his quartet.



Legendary Cuban Pianist Gives Master Classes at Cal State L.A.

During the Spring quarter 2001, Cuban piano master, maestro Frank Emilio Flynn, worked with Cal State L.A. music students and members of the University’s award-winning Latin Jazz Ensemble as a visiting artist-in-residence in the Department of Music. The classes were his last in the United States—Flynn died in Havana in Aug. 2001.  Best known as a Latin jazz pioneer who performed with many great American jazz artists, Flynn was equally at home in classical music, and performed Symphonic Orchestra of Havana.  Completely blind since the age of 13, Flynn developed a technique for teaching the blind to write music.


Students Win Top National Marketing Awards

This spring 2001, Cal State L.A.Â’s Phi Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) national professional marketing organization took home national first place awards from the weeklong National Pi Sigma Epsilon Convention in Dallas, Texas. The UniversityÂ’s chapter also received a plaque recognizing the 45th year of the Phi ChapterÂ’s existence at Cal State L.A. At this yearÂ’s PSE convention, students participated in several competitions and attended numerous seminars. The Phi Chapter competed in the following competitions: Top Marketing Research Project, the Challenger Award, and National Speakers Competition, as well as Special Events and Pro/Am Sell-a-Thon, at which Cal State L.A. placed first.


Senior Makes 2001 Forensic All-American Team

Patty Patchrint, senior speech communication major, was named by the American Forensic AssociationÂ’s National Individual Events Tournament to the first annual N.I.E.T. All-American Team in spring 2001. The fourteen student winners of this inaugural award demonstrated excellence throughout the year in forensics, academics, and service to the community.



Sophomores Are High Tech Student Expo Winners

Cal State L.A. garnered two awards at the 15th annual High Tech Student Expo, part of the recent National Association for Equality in Higher Education Conference in Mar. 2001. The winning Cal State L.A. students were sophomore chemistry major Vivian Aracely Galicia, third place $100 award, and sophomore biology major Karla Lisandra Solorio, second place $200 award.


McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Scholars Announced

In March 2001, Cal State L.A. announced the selection of the UniversityÂ’s high-achieving students to participate in the national Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program. The program teams students with faculty who mentor the scholars in an effort to help them progress to graduate study and careers in their fields. Students were anthropology majors Lizette Rivera and Lydia Lopez-Cruz; geological sciences major Raul Lima; history major Larry Bristow; political science majors Barbara Bullen and Gabriela Montes; psychology majors Sofia M. Campuzano, Carolina Gomez, Emma Morales, Saloniki James, William Joiner, Leticia Padilla, Toshia Reedy and Marilu Neal; and social work majors Lizabeth Gonzalez and Ruth Madrid.


Graduate Student Wins Regional MasterÂ’s Thesis Award

Cal State L.A. civil engineering major Reinard Knur was selected for a 2001 Western Association of Graduate Schools MasterÂ’s Thesis Award. The presentation of the award was made at the WAGS annual meeting from Mar. 2-4 at Universal Studios. This honor is given annually to one graduate student from nearly 100 member institutions whose masterÂ’s thesis exemplifies excellence in his or her field of study. The award, which includes a certificate of accomplishment and an honorarium of $1,000, is also a mark of distinction for the receiving university.


Participants Complete NationÂ’s First Gang Violence Intervention Specialist Certificate Program

On Mar. 23, Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas spoke to the first graduates of the nationÂ’s first youth and gang violence intervention specialist certificate program. The program was launched at Cal State L.A. in Dec. 2000, under the auspices of the UniversityÂ’s Pat Brown Institute, Department of Criminal Justice, and Division of Extended Education. Funded by a grant from the Los Angeles City Community Development Department, the program is designed to improve the quality of services provided by violence intervention and prevention workers.


Students Win Third Place In Student Manufacturing Challenge Competition

On Mar. 26, the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and TechnologyÂ’s H.E.R.E. team Beach Cruiser Wheelchair placed third in the WESTEC 2001 Student Manufacturing Challenge Competition, in which collegiate-level engineering and technology students discover the connection between classroom lectures and real-world applications. The Cal State L.A. team beat last yearÂ’s first and second place winners, San Jose State and Arizona State Universities.


Students Work With Visiting Brazilian Theater Director and Activist

Internationally-known Brazilian theater director, theoretician and activist Augusto Boal worked with students and faculty at Cal State L.A., as part of a series of workshops from Mar. 31-Apr. 3 at Cal State L.A., USC and UCLA. Cal State L.A.’s College of Arts and Letters and Theatre Arts and Dance Department sponsored the event on campus. Augusto Boal is the founder of “Theatre of the Oppressed,” which developed from Boal’s work in the 1950s and 1960s with the Brazilian popular culture movement and with peasant and worker audiences throughout South America.


CSU Recognizes Student for Community Service

In Apr. 2001, California State University honored Cal State L.A.Â’s rehabilitation services senior Jesus Perez as one of 21 students throughout the state with the STARS (Students That Are Recognized for Service) Award. The award acknowledged PerezÂ’ outstanding efforts in University service learning and his ongoing commitment to serve the community. Perez, who is blind, has worked with the Braille Institute and helped establish a Braille program in Spanish.



Faculty Member Receives Lester Horton Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award

On April 1, Cal State L.A. dance faculty member Don Hewitt was presented a Lester Horton Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award 2000 by the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles. The event honored excellence in Los Angeles-based concert dance for the years 1999 and 2000, and celebrated a decade of the Lester Horton Dance Awards.  Hewitt, artistic director of Dance Kaleidoscope for the past 12 years, was responsible for the rebirth of this premier modern dance festival in Los Angeles on the campus of Cal State L.A.


Professor Receives 2001 American Chemical Society Award

The American Chemical Society honored Carlos G. Gutiérrez, professor of chemistry with the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Gutiérrez received the award, sponsored by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., for significant contributions to the educational success of students underrepresented in the sciences. The ACS recognized Gutierrez’ dedication as a classroom instructor, faculty advisor, research supervisor, director of University programs, and for his active participation in programs at the national level. The presentation took place on Apr. 3 at the 221st ACS national meeting in San Diego, CA.


Adaptive Technology & Learning Center Opens

On Apr. 4, the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at Cal State L.A. opened its Adaptive Technology & Learning Center (ATLC) and computer lab, equipped with six Pentium computers. Established through the Cal State L.A. presidentÂ’s office funding initiative and the U.S. Department of Education, the ATLC provides students with disabilities access to computing resources and information technology. The equipment in the new center is now a main resource for the OSD to train registered OSD students to use various adaptive technologies, including the centerÂ’s Braille printing and tactile image enhancement services.


Nobel Laureate Delivers Cal State L.A.Â’s Annual Pape Memorial Lecture

On April 20, Nobel Laureate and Caltech president David Baltimore delivered Cal State L.A.’s 18th Annual Leon Pape Memorial Lecture on the topic, “Viruses: The Essence of Life But Sneaky Critters.” The lecture series, honoring the late Leon Pape, a member of the Cal State L.A. Physics Department faculty from 1961 to 1971, brings Nobel Prize winners and distinguished experts in the science field to the campus.


Noted Journalist, Educator and Alumnus Félix Gutiérrez Addresses Honors Students

On Apr. 27, noted journalist, author, and journalism educator and alumnus Félix Gutiérrez, senior vice president/Newseum, and former executive director of The Freedom Forum Pacific Coast Center, spoke to more than 2,000 Cal State L.A. students at the University’s 40th Honors Convocation. Gutiérrez is a 1965 Cal State L.A. graduate in social science and former student body president. He is a founding member of the California Chicano News Media Association. The annual Honors Convocation recognizes students whose academic record places them in the upper fifth percentile of their peers.


Students Win Five Awards in Annual CSU Student Research Competition

Cal State L.A. garnered five awards—more than any other participating CSU campus—at the 15th annual CSU Student Research Competition held at San Jose State University, Apr. 27-28. CSULA’s two first-place finishers were psychology major Laura Mickes, in the Behavioral & Social Sciences undergraduate category, and geography major Natalie Jolly, Behavioral & Social Sciences graduate category. Second-place winners were: biology major Autumn Ivy, Biological & Agricultural Sciences undergraduate category; physics major Manuel Gallegos, Physical & Mathematical Sciences undergraduate category; and chemistry major Robert Ramirez, Physical & Mathematical Sciences graduate category.



Student is Among 51 Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellows

Cal State L.A. biochemistry honors senior Leana Wen was one of only 51 students nationwide selected to receive the $7,000 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society National Graduate Fellowship, funded by a James R. Slater Fellowship. She was honored at the Cal State L.A. chapterÂ’s annual installation and awards banquet on May 6, at which more than 100 of Cal State L.A.Â’s top students were inducted. This was the third year that a Cal State L.A. student has been awarded a national Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest academic honor society in the nation open to students in all academic disciplines.


University is Listed in Hispanic Outlook’s 11th annual “Top 100”

Cal State L.A. was ranked #8 on The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s 11th annual “Top 100” (May 7). This national listing of colleges and universities that conferred the most bachelor’s degrees on Hispanics is based on the latest report by the National Center for Education Statistics. In addition, Cal State L.A. was ranked #7 among the top 100 colleges and universities that awarded the most master’s degrees to Hispanics.


New Roybal Endowed Chair Named

On May 18, Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser announced the appointment of Jeanette C. Takamura, former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging, to the Edward R. Roybal Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Public Service. During Takamura's tenure as Assistant Secretary, Congress reauthorized the Older Americans Act and established the National Family Caregiver Support Program. The Edward R. Roybal Endowed Chair was established at Cal State L.A. in 1989 to honor the leadership and advocacy of former U.S. Congressman Roybal, currently active in the center, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cal State L.A. in 1998.


National Book Award Nominee Reads at Jean Burden Poetry Series

On May 22, award-winning poet and author David St. John—a National Book Award nominee in Poetry and author of seven collections of poetry—read his work at the University’s 16th Annual Jean Burden Poetry Reading. The annual poetry readings were established at Cal State L.A. in 1986 to honor Altadenan Jean Burden for her influence as a poet, essayist, anthologist, teacher and editor, and for her long-standing support of poetry on the Cal State L.A. campus. The free annual reading has featured Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. Poets Laureate, and other noted and emerging American poets since the series’ inception.  Readers have included Maxine Kumin, Tess Gallagher, Lucille Clifton, Carolyn Kizer, Howard Nemerov, Richard Wilbur, Linda Pastan, Mark Strand and Gallway Kinnell.



Six Students Are 2001-2002 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars

In June 2001, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced the selection of six Cal State L.A. graduate students as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for the 2001-2002 academic year. Students were Demetrios Florakis and Thananchai Jirasupakorn, electrical engineering; Andrew Long, history; Gregory Park, social work; Gerald Pesta, communication studies; and Vanessa Sheldon, music. The program helps to fund visits to doctoral-granting institutions for students and their faculty sponsors, provides financial support for purchase of books, software and journal subscriptions, and provides subsidies for doctoral program application fees, graduate entrance exam fees and the costs associated with preparing for exams.


MEP Students Named NASA/NACME Space Station Engineering Scholars

In June 2001, MESA Engineering Program (MEP) freshmen Guadalupe Sanchez (mechanical engineering), Ignacio Sanchez (electrical engineering), and Diana Pinal (engineering) were selected for the NASA/NACME Space Station Engineering Scholars Program. The scholarship awards were based on the studentsÂ’ academic achievements, their active involvement in student chapters of national engineering societies and their DeanÂ’s List status.


Department of Education Grant Helps University Increase Transfer Student Rate

In June 2001, Cal State L.A. received a grant of $415,842 from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a larger five-year development grant to the University of $2.08 million. Cal State L.A. was one of only 40 officially-designated Hispanic Serving Institutions in the nation to receive this award. The grant is being used to help increase the transfer rate of students from local community colleges, and to improve their retention rate once they get to Cal State L.A.


Changes Announced in College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser announced the renaming of the College of Engineering and Technology to the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, with the establishment of the Department of Computer Science within the College, effective June 2001.


University Listed Among Black Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100”

On June 7, Cal State L.A. was listed among Black Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100,” a national list of colleges and universities that conferred the most bachelor’s degrees to minority students in 1999-2000, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. Cal State L.A. also ranked first in awarding education degrees to minority students.


Faculty Receive National Security-Related Grants

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on June 8 the granting of Infrastructure Support Program Awards to two Cal State L.A. faculty members. The grants enhance programs and capabilities in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD. Sonsoles de Lacalle, assistant professor of biology and microbiology, received $105,000 from the Army Research Office for her instrumentation proposal, “Acquisition of a Fluorescence Microscope and Related Instruments to Set-up a Core Resource for Research and Teaching.” An award of $800,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was granted to Majdedin Mirmirani, professor of mechanical engineering, to support his research on “Multidisciplinary Anaylsis and Control of High Performance Air Vehicles.”


CSU Trustee Speaks at 54th Commencement

On June 9, CSU Trustee William Hauck addressed more than 20,000 attendees at Cal State L.A.’s 54th Commencement, at which more than 1,121 master's degrees and 3,199 bachelor's degrees were conferred. Hauck is recent past chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, on which he has served since 1993. Since 1996, he has been president of the Sacramento-based California Business Roundtable, a public policy forum composed of chief executive officers of major corporations that is dedicated to improving the business climate, economic growth, and the quality of life in California. He has been chief of staff to two Democratic State Assembly speakers—Bob Moretti and Willie Brown—and deputy chief of staff to a Republican Governor, Pete Wilson.


Athletics Director Named Athletic Director of the Year

Cal State L.A. director of intercollegiate athletics Carol M. Dunn was named a recipient of the 2001 NACDA/Continental Airlines Athletic Director of the Year Award, presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics at their annual convention, June 10-13, in Salt Lake City, UT. Dunn was one of only four regional winners in NCAA Division II and 25 honorees nationally.


Outstanding Staff Award Presented

Elizabeth "Libby" Kent, University travel coordinator for business financial services was awarded the Cal State L.A.’s 2001 Outstanding Staff Award on June 20. The Outstanding Staff Committee selects honorees based on nominations submitted by colleagues, faculty and students.  Kent’s nominations cited her commitment to “quality work and service,” her “ideal set of people, communication and professional skills,” and her willingness to “go the extra mile” in her concern for others.


Society of Women Engineers Names Distinguished Engineering Educator

Neda Fabris, professor of mechanical engineering at Cal State L.A., was selected as the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award of the Society of Women Engineers. Fabris developed Cal State L.A.’s Mother and Daughter Engineering Academy, a six-week series of lectures, hands-on experiments and engineering contests intended to provide an enjoyable introduction to engineering for high school girls, with participation opportunities for their mothers. The award was presented on June 28 at the 2001 SWE National Conference in Denver, CO. Award committee chair Patricia M. Shamamy commented that Fabris demonstrated an overwhelming love of teaching and research. “Her efforts in developing innovative programs to interest girls in engineering, particularly minority groups, are indeed noteworthy.”



Staff Member Elected to Lead L.A. Community College Board

Sylvia Scott-Hayes, director of Cal State L.A.’s University Testing Center, was elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees for a one-year term effective July 5 through July 2002.  She is the first Latina to be elected board president.  Under her direction, the LACCD will focus on modernizing and expanding libraries, constructing new technology centers and upgrading facilities. Scott-Hayes’ projects include further strengthening intersegmental collaborations and programs that will lead to increasing the transfer rates of community college students to the CSU, and especially Cal State L.A. The LACCD is the largest community college district in the world, comprising nine colleges, 122,000 students, 7,000 employees, and covering 100 cities and communities in an 882 square-mile area.


New University Auxiliary Services “One Stop Shop” Building Begun

On July 23, Cal State L.A. broke ground for construction of its new University Auxiliary Services (UAS) building, which replaces the former Eagles’ Landing cafeteria. The new UAS building, envisioned as a “one-stop shop” for the campus community, is scheduled for completion by Jan. 2003. The facility will have a food court equipped to serve 750 people, a banquet/conference center with state-of-the-art technology for 600, and Barnes & Noble’s West Coast showcase campus bookstore, which will be larger than the University’s current store. UAS administrative offices, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Extended Education’s American Culture and Language Program, and other commercial services will be tenants of the new building.



2001-2002 ASCAPLU$ Standard Awards

In Aug. 2001, two Cal State L.A. music faculty members, John M. Kennedy and James Newton, were chosen to receive the 2001-2002 ASCAPLU$ Standard Awards. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), is a membership association of more than 120,000 and the only performing rights organization in the U.S. created and controlled by composers, lyricists, songwriters and music publishers. The ASCAPLU$ awards program provides both cash and recognition to many active writers in the early stages of their careers as well as to established composers.


CSULA Alumna Becomes 41st Treasurer of the United States

Cal State L.A. alumna Rosario Marin (’83, B.S., business administration-marketing) was sworn as the 41st U.S. Treasurer by Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill on Aug. 16. The U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment on Aug. 3, 2001. As Treasurer, Marin oversees matters relating to coinage, currency and the production of other instruments issued by the United States government. The U.S. Treasurer is the oldest office in the U.S.  Marin will be the University’s Commencement speaker on Saturday, June 14.



University Announces 2001-2002 Beckman Scholars

In fall quarter 2001, Cal State L.A. announced the selection of chemistry major Alfred Baca and biology major Autumn Ivy as the UniversityÂ’s 2001-2002 Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholars. This prestigious scholarship program fosters and supports research by outstanding undergraduate students in chemistry and biological sciences research at select universities throughout the United States. The two outstanding undergraduate students started their full-time research participation as Beckman Scholars at Cal State L.A. at the beginning of the summer 2001, and will continue conducting research under the program part-time during the 2001-2002 academic year, along with their full-time academic studies.


2001 CSU Bautzer Faculty Named

James Newton, professor of Music at Cal State L.A., was named the UniversityÂ’s sixth Bautzer Faculty at the CSU Advancement Academy Conference in Long Beach, fall 2001. The Bautzer Faculty University Advancement Award enables faculty to learn more about professional university development at national conferences and CSU workshops throughout the year.


Alumnus Named CSULA Business & Economics Executive-in-Residence

Leading international trade expert Fermin Cuza, the former senior vice president for international trade and world government affairs with Mattel, Inc., was named the Executive-in-Residence in the College of Business and Economics at Cal State L.A., effective fall quarter 2001. Cuza is the collegeÂ’s first executive-in-residence, a newly established program that offers selected business executives an opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with students and faculty.



U.S. News & World Report 2002 “Best Colleges”

In Sept. 2001, U.S. News & World Report 2002 “Best Colleges” data ranked Cal State L.A.’s business and engineering programs (www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex.htm) among the nation’s best undergraduate programs for the third year in a row. U.S. News ranked the business program of Cal State L.A.’s College of Business and Economics among the top 150 U.S. undergraduate business programs. The program, which was listed as #130 out of 350 undergraduate college business programs rated throughout the United States, is the only such program at a public university making the list in Los Angeles. Programs in Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology placed among the top 50 Best Undergraduate (non-Ph.D.) Engineering Programs in the United States. The College of Engineering and Technology program was listed at #32 out of 139 such college programs ranked throughout the country. Cal State L.A.’s master’s programs in nursing and rehabilitation counseling have been listed as top graduate programs since January 2000; the University’s master’s program in public administration/political science master’s program has been listed under best public affairs programs since January 2001, and the master’s programs in art and music have been listed under top graduate arts programs since 1997. 


Biology Professor Wins National Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award

Intertidal community ecologist Carlos Robles, professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology, received the SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) 2001 Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award at an awards ceremony on Sept. 29 in Phoenix, AZ. Robles is director of the University’s Center for Environmental Analysis (CEA-CREST)–the first of its kind funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the West Coast. CEA-CREST offers students opportunities for focused and interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences. The SACNAS awards are presented each year at the Society’s national conference to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to science, education and mentoring.



University Receives $300,000 Three-Year NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded a $300,000 three-year grant to Cal State L.A. for a project entitled “Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Up for Youth—ASCEND.” The grant, effective Oct. 8 through Sept. 30, 2004, was awarded under the NSF’s division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education. CSU Trustee Professor Jewel Plummer Cobb is the principal investigator for the University project. An outreach effort in the East Los Angeles community at the Centro Maravilla Service Center, the project enables the University to conduct informal science activities in the community for middle school students and their families.


Inaugural Reginald Wilson Award Recipient

Jewel Plummer Cobb, CSU Trustee Professor at Cal State L.A., was among the first three recipients of the Reginald Wilson Award given by the Washington DC-based American Council on Education (ACE), Office of Minorities in Higher Education. The inaugural honor, given to individuals who have made significant and noteworthy accomplishments to diversity in higher education over a lifetime or a career, was presented during the organization’s conference and 20th Anniversary Diversity Celebration, “Educating All of One Nation,” held Oct. 18-20 in Cincinnati, OH.


Biology Professor Publishes Animal Population Research in Science

Population biologist Robert A. Desharnais, a professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology, was part of the so-called “Beetle Team”—comprising leaders in the study of nonlinear population dynamics from several U.S. universities—that published a new study in the journal Science (Oct. 19). The interdisciplinary team of two biologists, three mathematicians and a statistician, used six years of flour beetle population data to improve modeling tools widely used to explain fluctuations in animal numbers. The research provides ecologists vital information for the management of natural resources and aids those who rely on the tools for understanding or managing a variety of animal populations, including wildlife, commercial fisheries and agricultural pests. The team’s work—first published in Science in 1997—is considered the first convincing example of chaos in ecology. Desharnais’ research reports on other topics have been published in many professional journals, including Nature, and have been reported on in news articles in Nature and several major newspapers, including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the author of the highly popular Web service, Virtual FlyLab, used extensively for genetics instruction, and author of the instructional applications FlyLab, now available at Biology Labs On-Line (www.biologylabsonline.com) published by Benjamin-Cummings and the CSU.



CSU Media Arts Festival Rosebud Award Winners

Broadcasting students Van Pham and Heather Nichols were among this yearÂ’s CSU Summer Arts Media Arts Festival Rosebud Award winners. The festival, Nov. 9-11, showcased the very best in student film and video from all the CSU systemÂ’s 23 campuses. At the festival, Cal State L.A.Â’s professor of broadcasting Alan Bloom, the faculty adviser for this competition, was recognized as the CSU Faculty Honoree for 2001. Bloom, who helped develop the Media Arts Festival, served as its director in 1997 and 1998. He has mentored more undergraduate award-winners in the eleven-year history of the Festival than any other professor in the system, and his students are successfully employed at dozens of production companies and nearly every studio, network and station in the greater Los Angeles area.



$1.4 Million Gift Supports PepsiCo/Frito-Lay “Gateway to Los Angeles” Partnership

Cal State L.A. officially received a $1.4 million donation from the PepsiCo Foundation to the College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology—the largest cash gift ever received by those colleges—at a check presentation ceremony on Dec. 6. The gift is supported by significant gifts in kind from Frito-Lay, Inc. over the next four years. The donation was presented by Frito-Lay President and CEO Al Bru to Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser, along with Dean of the College of Business and Economics G. Timothy Haight, and Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Kwei-wu Tsai. This ceremony marked the launch of an innovative partnership between the University and PepsiCo/Frito-Lay that will develop model programs preparing CSULA students to become tomorrow’s business leaders, work teams, and entrepreneurs. These programs will be run by the newly created Frito-Lay Leadership Center, which will be funded by the donation.




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