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 Services), 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 records.

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 society.”

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 May 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. 3651.

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 /