University Reports

Cal State L.A. Salutes Outstanding Alumni

On March 19, the University recognized eight individuals whose
outstanding achievements have brought distinction to the University.
The University’s highest alumni honors, were presented by
the Alumni Association at the 23rd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony
and reception in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

David R. Barclay, vice president of workforce diversity
at Hughes Electronics Corporation was named Cal State L.A.’s
Outstanding Alumnus. The honor is presented to a graduate whose
achievements have brought favorable recognition to the University.

Actively involved in equal opportunity, affirmative action and
human relations programs for three decades, Barclay joined Hughes
Electronics Corporation in 1971 and became corporate vice president
in 1990. He currently serves as corporate advocate and chief officer
for the development of programs for a diverse workforce.

In 1988 he was named outstanding alumnus by the CSLA Black Support
Group and in 1991 he received BSG’s Business and Community
Leader of the Year award. Many other organizations have honored
Barclay for his dedication to his field and corporate leadership
in the community, including the L.A. County Commission on Human
Relations, Southern California Employment Roundtable and LEAP.

Dean Donald O. Dewey, of CSLA’s School of Natural
and Social Sciences, received the Alumni Award of Merit. This
Alumni Association award honors an individual for assisting the
University in achieving its goals.

Dewey retires September 1, after 33 years at CSLA, 26 years as
a dean. He is the longest-serving administrator in the history
of Cal State L.A. and has worked with a series of University presidents
and academic vice presidents who have all praised the excellence
of his administration.

He has continued to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate
levels and received CSLA’s Outstanding Professor Award in
1976. He continues to publish and lecture in his areas of expertise:
the U.S. Constitution and President James Madison. Dewey served
on the Statewide Academic Senate from 1972 to 1978, and has maintained
an active role with the CSLA Academic Senate.

In addition, Distinguished Alumnus Awards were presented to graduates
of the University’s six Schools: writer Monserrat Fontes
(Arts and Letters), whose first novel, First Confession,
has been praised as a major contribution to Chicana fiction; Hayden
C. Eaves III (Business and Economics), president and CEO
of the investment firm Hayden Holdings, Inc. and former west region
president and CEO of Trammel Crow; Sy Liebergot (Engineering
and Technology)
, senior project engineer for Johnson Engineering
Corporation and a former member of Apollo 13 mission control;
educator Linda Sasser (Education), an expert on language
minority students; Colleen S. McLaughlin (Health and Human
, regional nursing consultant in systems and research
for the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals of Southern California; and
JPL physicist Linda J. Horn (Natural and Social Sciences),
member of the Voyager Project team and internationally-known expert
on planetary rings.

Alumni honored at past events include educator Jaime Escalante;
author Joseph Wambaugh; tennis great Billie Jean King; LAPD Deputy
Chief Mark Kroeker; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; muralist Kent
Twitchell; engineer Rodrigo Garcia; past president of the Screen
Actors Guild Barry Gordon; Philip Quigley, president and CEO,
Pacific Bell; LAUSD Superintendent William Anton, and astronaut/physicist
Samuel Durrance.

They Sell Solar Cells...

You can help put a winning team on the road! As Sunrayce 97 –
the third national transcontinental solar car race – approaches,
Cal State L.A.’s Engineering and Technology students are
gearing up with an all-new solar-powered vehicle, the Solar Eagle
III. To support the Solar Eagle III student team in its effort
to win the upcoming competition, the School of Engineering and
Technology is asking the CSLA community and other supporters to
“purchase” a solar cell or two or three – a $100
donation “buys” one cell, or buy three for $200! Donors
will receive special commemorative Solar Eagle III lapel pins
and be acknowledged on a donor display banner. For information,
call Laura Carlson-Weiner at (323) 343-4494.

Jewel Plummer Cobb to Speak at Honors Convocation

Noted biologist Jewel Plummer Cobb (President Emerita, CSU
Fullerton, CSU Trustee Professor)
will be the speaker at the
University’s thirty-fifth Honors Convocation on Fri., April
26, 7 p.m. Cobb is currently the principal investigator for the
CSLA ACCESS Center that helps underrepresented precollege students
access higher education and prepare for careers in math, science,
technology or engineering. Her expertise ranges from cancer study
and research to analyses of the causes of underrepresentation
of women in science to international science and its future in
developing countries. In August, she represented the Committee
on Women in Science and Engineering of the National Research Council
at the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Forum in Huairou, China.
The event was part of the U.N.’s Fourth World Conference
on Women.

Jewel Plummer Cobb earned her B.A. in Biology from Talladega
College, her M.S. and Ph.D. in cell biology from New York University,
and was a National Cancer Institute Post-doctoral Fellow from
1952-54. She was assistant professor of research surgery at NYU,
visiting lecturer at Hunter College, CUNY, and professor of biology
at Sarah Lawrence College. From 1969-76 she was Dean of Connecticut
College as well as professor of zoology, and was Dean of Douglass
College of Rutgers University and professor of biological sciences
from 1976-81.

She is a trustee of California Institute of Technology and serves
on the Board of Fellows, Claremont Graduate School and numerous
other boards including the California Afro-American Museum Foundation,
First Interstate Bancorp, Georgia Pacific Corporation and Charles
R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

The Honors Convocation recognizes students whose academic record
places them in the top five percent in their respective schools.
These students have also earned a grade point average (GPA) of
3.4 or better in 12 or more traditionally graded units in any
academic quarter during the previous calendar year. Recipients
of scholarships, grants and alumni certificates of honor and general
education honors program participants will also be honored at
the evening program. In addition, 146 first-time freshmen will
be recognized for having entered the University with honors at
entrance, indicating a 3.5 or higher GPA on their high school

Immediately following the Convocation, honors students and their
guests are invited to informal receptions and programs hosted
by their Schools. At these events, the University’s six academic
schools and the Academic Advisement Center will recognize individual
student accomplishments.

Kirschenbaum is HRM Assistant Director

Ellis Kirschenbaum began serving as the University’s Assistant
Director, Division of Human Resource Management in August 1995.
He is primarily responsible for the employment and recruitment
area with additional responsibilities over workers’ compensation.
In the absence of the Assistant Vice President for Operations,
Kirschenbaum is responsible for managing benefits, payroll, employee
relations and regulatory compliance issues. Prior to joining CSLA,
he was in charge of human resources and operations for a multi-location
healthcare management company. He was the highest ranking non-physician,
administering a fifteen million dollar budget with a staff of
two hundred.

Kirschenbaum received his J.D. from the University of Washington
School of Law. He received his B.A. in Political Science from
Stanford University. Before choosing to enter the world of business
and human resource management, Kirschenbaum was a workers’
compensation litigation attorney whose major clients included
UCLA, several municipalities, McDonnell-Douglas and Northrop.

Viewing "--isms"

This past spring, CSLA broadcasting majors took a good look through
the lens at “–isms.” Although the project’s
name sounded vaguely whimsical, students found the subject matter
serious and thought-provoking. Producing short documentaries based
on the theme, “diversity on our campus and in our community,”
the Documentary Television Production course taught by Ivan Cury
(Communication Studies) was one of 12 classes in the United States
chosen to receive a grant from the Durham, NC-based –ism
(n.) project. The national video project was initiated and supported
by the Ford Foundation. “Usually diversity is seen negatively,”
says Tony Diefell, the project’s director: “We hope
that people see it as an asset.”

–ism (n.) was conceived in 1995 by youth leaders who traveled
around the country asking students about their biggest concerns
for American society. They found diversity the most volatile issue.
These young leaders identified a need for new, more engaging approaches
for addressing diversity.

“The problem with racial and ethnic conflict among young
Americans is of great concern to me,” says U.S. Attorney
General Janet Reno in an –ism (n.) national video. “We
must find ways to promote harmony and appreciation for cultural
diversity among our youth . . . or face the frightening and disastrous
consequences of an increasingly violent, hateful and intolerant

Using the video documentary process as an educational tool, –ism
(n.) aims to strengthen teaching related to diversity, to help
students become more reflective about their attitudes towards
diversity, and to create constructive public dialogue on diversity
issues, building better student relations in a time of heightened
tension on college campuses.

“[The project] may have caused students to confront issues
that are uncomfortable or even frightening,” says Ivan Cury.
But, he adds, “Although the students didn’t infiltrate
gangs or do bungee jumping, they were encouraged to create videos
that are emotionally involving. I believe these videos provide
insights into our prejudices for students and audiences.”
The footage will be used, with that from other campuses, in a
nationwide broadcast scheduled to air in October 1996.

HRM Highlights

Open Enrollment Change

Health and Dental enrollment will not take place this
as it has for many years. CalPERS has converted to calendar
year contracts, therefore the next Open Enrollment will be- held
at some point between September 1 and October 31 (watch
for confirmation of exact dates). Changes made during the fall
1996 Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 1997. Questions?
Call Olga Burt or Denise Watson-Cross, ext.

Have Fun and Volunteer

It’s that time of year again — Human Resource Management
is planning the University’s fun and exciting June 1996 Staff
Awards Ceremony
. We need volunteers to help make this event
entertaining and enjoyable.

If you’d like to contribute: 1. you’ll need
to be creative (perhaps you always wanted a place to show off
your singing talents . . . ); 2. you need to be willing
and able to work with limited resources (this is where creativity
really kicks in); 3. you’ve got to be a team player
(the only way to get things done on this project!); 4. you
need to have the approval of your supervisor (just remind your
supervisor that this is the only staff recognition event at the
University, and it’s a significant event).

Finally, send a brief note requesting to be placed on the Staff
Awards Ceremony (SAC) committee, and briefly tell why you want
to serve. Be sure to include your campus phone extension and work
location, so we can respond! Send to Hildebrando Dominguez,
HRM, Adm. 605, by March 31. Any questions? Call Hildebrando at
ext. 3673.

Employment Opportunities

Career Opportunity announcements from various higher education
institutions and other agencies are available for reviewing in
the Human Resource Management reception area, Adm. 605. Promotional
fliers and applications for on-campus administrative, staff, service
maintenance/skilled craft and health and safety positions are
also available. Office hours: Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and
Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Visit Us on the Web! Select Human Resources/Personnel
on CSLA’s Home Page: /

Dewey Asks, "Heard Any Good Ones?"

Dean Donald O. Dewey writes: “When I was invited
to talk to the Emeriti on ‘Some Funny Things Happened on
the Way to Retirement,’ I initiated a formidable collection
of ‘good’ stories. To be sure that I have one on anyone
with the temerity to slam me at my retirement party in May, I’ve
gone on adding to my ‘memories’ file.

Thus armed, I volunteered to Margaret Hartman that as I enter
retirement I would be willing to revert to my early career as
a journalist to write a humorous anecdotal history of California
State University, Los Angeles.”

“Unfortunately,” Dewey notes, “I am the hero,
or at least near the center, of most of my good stories. While
that is no problem to me, it surely will be to the publisher (the
University).” He asks faculty, staff, students and alumni
to send him their reminiscences that are funny, poignant or ironic.

Send stories to the Dean’s Office, School of Natural and
Social Sciences. Dewey adds that he’ll “accept anonymous
stories only if they are too good to resist!” Dean Dewey’s
retirement party will take place May 18. Call the School of Natural
and Social Sciences, ext. 2000, for details.

March Election Important to Schools and Universities

On Tuesday, March 26, you will have the opportunity to vote
on the school bond measure, Proposition 203.

Proposition 203 provides $3 billion in bond funds to help
upgrade K-12 schools, community colleges and public universities
for new technologies, improve earthquake safety and to lessen
overcrowding. Of the proposed $3 billion, $975 million is allocated
to higher education.

This amount will be evenly divided among the CSU, UC and community
colleges over a two-year period, providing the CSU with approximately
$150 million in Capital Outlay funds per year. The allocations
will be used for seismic safety upgrades, to improve the technology
infrastructure of campus buildings and to meet enrollment growth.

At Cal State L.A., the buildings/projects benefiting from
these funds are Library South (seismic upgrade, $172,000
for preliminary plans and working drawings), Engineering and
Technology Building
(seismic renovation, $25,444,000 for construction),
and Telecommunications Infrastructure, phase I ($160,000
for preliminary plans).

This is the first time California has held a primary election
in March.
Poll analysts say voter turnout will be a key determinant
in this election. We urge you to remind your family, friends and
associates to vote.

You can access more information on Proposition 203 by
going to Cal State L.A.’s World Wide Web home page at