University Reports

Honors and Entertainment at 1996 Staff Award Event

On June 13, an impressive gathering in the Luckman Theatre celebrated the twenty-second annual ceremony honoring the staff of Cal State L.A. Staff, faculty and friends were treated to a program of musical selections presented by Jessie Chang, a piano student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and tenor Todd Wilander (Music), 1996 graduate and recent past president of ASI. Shannon Levy-Heath (Theatre Arts and Dance) choreographed a tribute to diversity at Cal State L.A. — Colors of the Wind — featuring CSLA dance students Wendi Brown, Veronica Garcia, Nadiya Siregar, and Sosi Ter-Karapetyan. Assistant Vice President for Administration and Finance/Human Resource Management La Verne Parker-Diggs emceed the event.

Always the dramatic high point of the afternoon, the 1996 Outstanding Staff Awards — kept secret until the early summer event — went to Geri Higley (Geological Sciences) and Brian Magness (Physics and Astronomy). The awards were presented by Acting Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Janet Fisher-Hoult and President James M. Rosser. The two honorees were selected by a committee of past Outstanding Staff awardees who reviewed nominations submitted by colleagues, faculty and students. According to Fisher-Hoult, the 14 worthy candidates nominated this year made it especially difficult to choose.

To Geri Higley, secretary for the Department of Geological Sciences, the selection was a complete surprise. Higley accepted her honor wearing a “Susan Lucci” nametag that she later said alluded to her “often nominated but never selected” status, comparable to that of the well-known soap opera star. To the delight of those attending, she dramatically peeled off the Lucci tag after receiving the award from President Rosser.

Higley, who has been with the Department of Geological Sciences for 20 years, says she always puts the needs of the students first — calling them her “second family.” Her many nominating letters came from retired as well as current staff, and even from former students and professors now working at other institutions. Some letters gave her high credit for her adroit balancing act — handling the problems of students, faculty and other staff members while keeping the department running smoothly. Others praised her thorough knowledge of University procedures that helped her get them through the red tape. An appreciative graduate student wrote: “She is cheerful and encouraging toward grumpy, overworked, forgetful graduate students. Over the years, she has helped so many muddle-headed graduate students to actually graduate that she is revered on a level with faculty advisors.”

In a short and gracious speech, Brian Magness acknowledged the staff and faculty who he said contributed to his success as Equipment Technician III, Specialized, for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Magness, who earned his B.S. in physics at Cal State L.A. in 1991 and will receive his master’s degree this fall, has worked in the department since 1989. He operates and maintains the recently restored Van de Graaf accelerator and its support systems (“His involvement in all the accelerator projects is crucial,” wrote his department chair) and maintains and modifies lab equipment, among his many important duties. The accolades for Magness are many: he has been described as “approachable” and “innovative” — a man who “never says ‘no’ to a job” and who is “active in supporting students.” Magness says he enjoys meeting the challenges of the job, but modestly refuses to take all the credit. “Working in an environment where cooperation with other staff members results in really helping students is fantastic,” he says — adding that it “makes the University a great place in which to work.”

Parker-Diggs, Fisher-Hoult and President Rosser were joined by Vice President for Information Resources Management Desdemona Cardoza, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs David Godoy in presenting awards to CSLA staff distinguished by their many years of service to the University.

Diana Balli, History
David Chang, Business and Economics
Helen Fabian, Biology and Microbiology
Connie Gil, Business and Economics
Yen Kim Hang, Theatre Arts and Dance
Geri Higley, Geological Sciences
Dave Horvath, Physics and Astronomy
Anita Houston, Communication Disorders
Tracy Iwamoto, Modern Languages and Literatures
Ron Johnson, Physics and Astronomy
Nofoao Leau, Pan African Studies
Brian Magness, Physics and Astronomy
Ruth Martinez, Sociology
Connie Porras, Health and Nutritional Sciences

Herman D. Ando, Library
Cheryl K. Jones, Admissions and University Outreach
Rosalinda Lozano, Graduation Office
Kenneth T. Okita, Student Financial Services
Kamau Thabiti, Educational Opportunity Program

Frances Bustillos, Facilities Operations
Cheryl R. Carrillo, Facilities Operations
Beatriz Deakins, Academic Senate
Joanne M. Disney, Financial Services
Maria G. Gutierrez, Special Education
James F. Hallada, Facilities Operations
Shirley Y. Ilcken, Admissions and University Outreach
Aileen Y. Mori, Educational Opportunity Program
Katherine T. Numoto, Academic Affairs
Jesus Ruiz, Facilities Operations
Jeanne M. Saenz-Vasquez, Office of Action
William R. Stellmacher, Academic Support
Joel J. Tureaud, Facilities Operations
Jesus A. Villalpando, Facilities Operations
Mark T. Weller, Shipping and Receiving

Jaime Arevalo, Admissions and University Outreach
Marilyn Y. Ashdown, Educational Opportunity Program
Jean L. Cruz, Biology and Microbiology
Joseph T. Duron, Facilities Operations
Beatriz Encinas, Talent Search
Gwenith S. Franklin, Physical Education
Isabel Garza, Biology and Microbiology
Jeanne R. Gee, English
Ann M. Harris, Financial Services
Juanita M. Lewis, Information Resources Management
Aida I. Mrakich, Academic Affairs
Regina D. Nall, Business and Economics
Glenn R. Rehl, Academic Technology Support
Rudolph A. Rendon, Educational Opportunity Program
Maria L. Rodriguez, Facilities Operations
Gabriela Rubio, Office for Students with Disabilities
Joanne Smith, Psychology
Rudy H. Spit, Computing Services Group
Therman D. Swann, Library
Linda C. Thompson, Library
Sharon M. Vice, Student Relations
Linda G. Wolever, Student Financial Services
Wayne A. Wright, Administrative Information Group

Anita J. Aguilar, Purchasing
Stephanie M. Carey, Residential Life
Gladys Chamberlain, Analytical Studies
Christine Chavez, Alumni Relations
Hoa H. Duong, Facilities Operations
Myyen T. Duong, Facilities Operations
Helen Fabian, Biology and Microbiology
Melva J. Fitzgerald, Career Planning and Placement
Vincent V. Garcia, Facilities Operations
Patricia Huffman, Special Education
Edward J. Hidalgo, Facilities Operations
Tracy Iwamoto, Modern Languages and Literatures
Feliz Z. Jimenez, American Culture and Language Program
Ocalene M. Jones, Student Financial Services
Rebecca Palomino, University Auxiliary Services
Robert J. Pure, Facilities Operations
Joyce M. Pyatt, Educational Opportunity Program
Nilsa Rivera, Career Planning and Placement
Patricia Rodriguez, Music
Flora C. Saavedra, Arts and Letters
Patricia A. Sheaffer, Scheduling
Jan Slater, Early Entrance Program
Elizabeth Strother, Business and Economics
Tricia D. Trejo, Mathematics and Computer Science
Barbara A. Valedez, Educational Opportunity Program
Miguel Villegas, Jr., Research and Sponsored Programs
Patricia R. Williams, Financial Services
Ronald A. Witte, Administrative Information Group
Elsa S. Young, Academic Technology Support

Winnick Appointed Associate V.P.

Andrew J. Winnick has been appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs effective September 16, 1996. Since 1992, Winnick has served as dean of Special Programs at Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Winnick received a B.A. in mathematics and economics from UC Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At UC Santa Barbara from 1969-71, Winnick taught economics and helped develop the university’s urban studies programs and in environmental studies. From 1971-83 he taught political economy at Antioch College, Ohio, serving as chair. At Antioch, Winnick initiated and directed the comparative European systems program and co-directed the college’s Institute for the Study of Social Problems.

In 1983, after having served as visiting and adjunct faculty at Central State University (Ohio), he was invited to join that “Historically Black” public institution, and was appointed chair of the Department of Economics in 1987. In 1989, he joined Schiller International University as professor of economics and computer studies, and was head of the computer studies program and director of the Heidelberg campus from 1989-90. He served as director of planning and public affairs before being appointed dean.

Winnick has held numerous research and consulting positions. He has authored numerous publications, including Toward Two Societies: The Changing Distributions of Income and Wealth in the U.S. Since 1960. Winnick is listed in Who’s Who in the World, The International Directory of Educational Leaders and, for “Extraordinary Service to the Teaching Profession,” in The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.

Acting Associate Vice President Janet Fisher-Hoult will return to her position as director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, effective September 1, 1996. She has been in her present position since July 1, 1995, and was the acting assistant vice president for academic affairs from January through June 1995. She is a professor of education in the Division of Educational Foundations and Interdivisional Studies.

Soltz is New Dean of Natural and Social Sciences

David L. Soltz has been named dean of Cal State L.A.’s School of Natural and Social Sciences effective September 1, 1996. Soltz is currently the acting dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSU, Long Beach, where he has also been a professor of biology since 1988. Soltz’ academic career began at Cal State L.A. in 1974, when he joined the faculty as an assistant professor of biology. Later, as professor of biology, he served as acting chair of the department and, from 1981-88, as chair. In the fall of 1988 he joined the CSU Long Beach faculty as chair of biology, and was named acting dean in 1995.

Soltz received his A.B. in zoology from UC Berkeley, and Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of ecology and environmental biology — specifically population biology and physiological ecology of fishes inhabiting stressful environments — and have led to the management and conservation of several endangered species. Since 1979 he has been active on the Board of Governors of the California Desert Studies Consortium and in 1988 became chair, with oversight of major improvements at the CSU Desert Studies Center, among other responsibilities. Soltz has been a member of the Los Angeles County Environmental Review Board for the past three years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Academy of Sciences since 1988 and in 1994 was elected president.

In his administrative capacity at both Cal State L.A. and CSU Long Beach, Soltz has established strong programs in cellular and molecular biology. At CSU Long Beach, he coordinated the merger of the biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology departments into an integrated department of biological sciences. Also at Long Beach, he brought to maturity the Student Access to Science Center which coordinates college outreach, recruitment, advising, retention and undergraduate research programs.

Soltz is the author or coauthor of 27 publications and environmental reports, and over forty abstracts. He has served as reviewer for Annual Review of Biology, Copeia, BioScience, Nature, Science and other publications, and has given numerous invited lectures.

He will head the School that has been led by Donald O. Dewey, noted Constitutional historian and professor of history. Dean Dewey retires this year after a record 34 years on the Cal State L.A. faculty, 26 of them as dean.

Selkin Named Dean of Arts And Letters

Carl M. Selkin has been named to the post of dean of the School of Arts and Letters, effective July 1, 1996. Selkin has been serving as acting dean of the School since July 1, 1994. Prior to that, he chaired the Department of English from 1991 to 1994. He joined the CSLA English Department faculty in 1970. He received his B.A. in English from Syracuse University, and his M.A. and Ph.D., with a specialization in Renaissance and 17th century British literature, from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Selkin, who considers himself “a generalist with a specialty in Renaissance studies,” has been involved in developing and supporting interdisciplinary studies at Cal State L.A. He has worked in the NEXA program of interdisciplinary humanities and science courses originated by San Francisco State, and was active in developing numerous theme classes for CSLA’s upper division general education program. In 1986 he inaugurated the Canadian studies project at Cal State L.A. with an international conference and celebration of Canadian literature and film, and since then has been active in Canadian studies locally and nationally.

He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop audiences for poetry. As a past coordinator of the CSLA English Department’s visiting writers series, he has been instrumental in bringing national and international authors to campus. In 1986, he founded the Jean Burden Poetry Series at Cal State L.A. and established it as an endowed annual reading featuring Pulitzer Prize winners and U.S. Poets Laureate, including, most recently, acclaimed poet Richard Wilbur.

In 1989, he was invited to teach in the Department of English of Université Blaise Pascal in Clérmont-Ferrand, France, and was a Fulbright lecturer at Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, France. Active in university, school and department governance, Selkin has served on the Cal State L.A. Academic Senate (including the executive committee) and numerous other committees. As acting dean, he established the School’s first community advisory board. He is a member of the board of the Southwest Chamber Music Society, and is listed in Who’s Who in California.

Johnson is Acting Dean of Health and Human Services

Jo Ann Johnson has been appointed to the position of acting dean of the School of Health and Human Services, effective August 1, 1996. She has been a faculty member of Cal State L.A. since 1968 and has served as chair of the Department of Nursing from 1989 to January, 1996.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and her master’s degree at Columbia Teachers College. In 1975, she received her doctorate in public administration at the USC School of Public Administration. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse with a research specialty in the administration of public hospitals. She was the recipients of a pre-doctoral nurse scientist fellowship from the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare from 1969 to 1975.

As chair of the Department of Nursing, Johnson increased department resources by helping to strengthen partnerships between Cal State L.A. and community healthcare service organizations. She has served as acting chair of the CSLA Department of Health and Safety, as chair, vice-chair and executive committee member of the Academic Senate and as coordinator for Health Related Programs.

Johnson has published articles on negotiation, performance evaluation, staffing, nursing management and healthcare delivery in public hospitals, and serves on the editorial board of Nurse Week. She speaks on such topics as nursing education, collaboration between service and education, outcome assessment, authority and accountability and legal aspects of nursing. From 1980 to 1989, she was an accreditation visitor for the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing. She has served as president for San Gabriel Valley Nursing Consortium and is immediate past president for California Association of Colleges for Nursing.

Thanks to Our Experts!

As part of the University’s expanded services to journalists, Cal State L.A.’s Guide to the Experts at Cal State L.A. 1996-1997 — along with the University’s most recent press releases and a list of who is who in the CSLA Publications/Public Affairs Office — is now available on the World Wide Web. Links to CSLA’s home page, Calendar of Events, and other University information are also available. The media site is available through the University’s home page (click on Publications/Public Affairs, then Services to Journalists). Or go directly to </sites/default/files/ppa/media/jourpage.htm>

Since current affairs and late-breaking news allow the media little time to search for expert opinions, this electronic guide to CSLA experts will act as a quick directory for our press contacts. In addition to providing a needed service for researchers, writers, editors and reporters, the guide also enables CSLA to alert the media to the quality and variety of resources at the University.

The Office of Publications/Public Affairs takes this opportunity to recognize the more than 300 faculty members who have expressed a willingness to work with the media. As participants in the University’s outreach program, you are key factors in getting the word out about the high quality of teaching and scholarship at Cal State L.A.

For questions about the experts directory, call Publications/Public Affairs at ext. 3050.

CSLA’s Olympian

This past April, Ron Morris (Physical Education) once again became a part of Olympic history as he carried the flame in the relay leading to this year’s Summer Games in Atlanta. “It brought back a lot of memories,” said Morris, an Olympic Silver Medalist in pole vaulting who has been a record-setter in his field. In the fifties, Morris was two-time California and U.S. Interscholastic pole vault record holder, and was twice Intercollegiate All-American and USC pole vault record holder. In 1956 he became the sixth man in history to clear 15 feet. From 1956-66, he was eight times All-American and ranked among the world’s top ten pole vaulters each year.

Morris’ crowning achievement came in 1960 at the XVII Olympiad in Rome, where he was honored with the Silver Medal for pole vaulting. By 1962, Morris — ranked number one in the world — was the only athlete to convert successfully from the steel to Fiberglas pole. Morris served as track coach at Cal State L.A. from 1960-78, during which time he coached several All-American athletes. In 1978 he was ranked as the second best pole vaulter in history and honored for his longevity in the field by Track and Field News.

Letterhead Change

The Chancellor’s Office has requested each of the California State Universities to include a complete listing of all 23 CSU campuses on our official University stationery. The Office of Publications/Public Affairs has modified the Cal State L.A. letterhead in response to this request. Although this new format will be implemented immediately, you may use your existing supplies of department stationery and reorder as needed.

Continue to order your stationery and other printing through Reprographic Services; sign-off sheets for printing (new Form 50 contains old Form 50A) should be routed through Publications/Public Affairs, with samples attached. Any questions regarding the new letterhead or other publication-related matters may be directed to the Office of Publications/Public Affairs, ext. 3050. Copy Submission for University ReportsUniversity Reports is published several times each academic year by the Office of Publications and Public Affairs.