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VISIONFORSUCCESS How Research and Creative Development Enhances Education and Keeps Students Engaged
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PRESIDENT’S VIEWPOINT With the creation and implementation of California State University, Fullerton’s strategic plan, the institution seeks to emphasize a goal it has long embraced: improve student retention, graduation and academic success through faculty research and creative activities. Faculty members participating in these endeavors are proven to foster hands-on student engagement, jointly published papers and postgraduate aspirations, all of which tracks with our strategic plan and its goal to establish Cal State Fullerton as the model comprehensive university of the nation. To that end, the University is addressing the important roles that research and creative activities play, and we remain committed to not only initiating and sustaining research, but also leveraging our unique diversity to enhance research opportunities and outcomes. Securing funding is a critical component of this process, and I am proud to report that during the past year, Cal State Fullerton faculty members garnered more than $19.5 million in grants for their research. The research projects and scholarly and creative activities that resulted from these grants indeed serve as cornerstones for many of our academic programs. By integrating their research and creative activities into the classroom, laboratory and curriculum, faculty members make learning relevant and fascinating. Consequently, students become both energized and equipped to make their own marks in their fields of study and eventually in their careers. This issue of Titan highlights faculty members throughout the University’s eight colleges and how they are weaving research and creative activities into the fabric of their students’ experiences. Upon reading their stories, I am confident you will be as impressed and inspired as I am by their efforts to ensure all Titans continue to “reach higher” in our classrooms, laboratories, communities and beyond.
14 Vision For Success As they prepare students for workplace achievement and success in a global society, CSUF faculty members are dedicated to research and creative activities that offer students hands-on learning opportunities.
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3 Philanthropic Foundation
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Mildred García President California State University, Fullerton
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IN THIS ISSUE IN FOCUS
8 Fighting Back TITAN PRIDE
12 Perfect Timing
20 Milestones: CSUF Emeriti
24 Class Notes
27 Spotlight: Kyle Rush ’08
28 Titan Profile: Gayle Tauber ’73
Cathi Douglas ’80
Debra Cano Ramos ’84; Michael Mahi ’83; Pamela McLaren ’79; Valerie Orleans ’80; Kathy Pomykata ’80
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CONTRIBUTORS Katrina Eberly, Matt Gush ’12
Howard Chang ’00
Andrea Kelligrew ’99
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DESIGN Mishu Vu
Associate professor Kiran George and his students, including Michael Vavro, have designed a mechanical arm attachment controlled by facial expressions. Projects like the robotic arm help students link their degrees and careers with societal needs. Image by Matt Gush ’12
Dr. Mildred García
VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT Gregory J. Saks
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS Jeffrey D. Cook
TITAN ADVISORY BOARD
Sherry Angel ’78; Elaine Beno ’83; Laura Bleiberg; Jeff Brody; David Ferrell ’78; Janine Fiddelke Arp ’80; Bryan Fisher ’92; David Koenig ’85; Dianna Lopez Fisher; Jimmy Hsieh ’10; Cynthia Ragland ’93; Joan Rubio; Paula Selleck; Steve Scauzillo ’81, ’05; Andi Stein; Kelly Teenor ’86, ’96; Anne Valdespino; Greg Young ’90
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NEWS BRIEFS COMMENCEMENT 2014 DRAWS 50,000 ATTENDEES
Thousands celebrated at commencement May 17-18. Saturday’s keynote address was given by Richard K. Davis ’83, top right, chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, who received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez was Sunday’s keynote speaker.
PSYCHOLOGIST RECEIVES L. DONALD SHIELDS AWARD Michael H. Birnbaum, professor of psychology and a world-renowned expert in the scientific study of decision-making, is recipient of the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award. Birnbaum founded the University’s Decision Research Center, received the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Scholarship and Creativity Award, and was the 1992 CSUF Outstanding Professor. The Shields Award, created in 2012 and named in honor of Cal State Fullerton’s second president, is presented to faculty members in recognition of outstanding scholarship and/or creative work that is demonstrated through a variety of activities.
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Nearly 10,600 grads and candidates for graduation were eligible to participate in May 17-18 commencement ceremonies, which attracted more than 50,000. Richard K. Davis ’83 (B.A. economics), chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, addressed graduates during Saturday’s ceremony and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, currently serving her ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, was keynote speaker at Sunday’s ceremonies. Commencement images are in the Commencement 2014 Flickr collection flickr.com/csufnewsphotos.
PRESIDENT GARCÍA APPOINTED, SPEAKS ON PANEL President Mildred García was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The coalition is an international organization of universities in large metropolitan areas that share common understanding of their institutional mission and values – to provide leadership in addressing urban problems through teaching, research and professional service. García also was a panelist at the April 24 Orange County Forum luncheon, where panelists discussed the 2014 Orange County Indicators Report. Joining García were Aaron Kushner, publisher of the Orange County Register, and Steve PonTell, president of the La
Community and business leaders listen to OC Forum discussion by panelists.
Jolla Institute, a nonprofit think tank. The moderator was Hugh Hewitt, broadcaster, author and attorney. García noted that Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 1 in California and eighth in the nation among top institutions awarding degrees to Hispanics.
PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION GIFTS SUPPORT FUTURE OF FOSTER YOUTH The Stuart Foundation awarded $75,000 to Cal State Fullerton, Golden West College and Orange Coast College to develop the Orange County Network, a multicampus linkage supporting current and former foster youth. Guardian Scholars also received a recent $100,000 gift from the Angell Foundation and a $50,000 gift from the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust. ENDOWMENT GIFT SUPPORTS WOMEN’S CENTER A portion of an endowment gift of $305,000 to Student Affairs from Carole Wakeman ’89 (B.A. Amercian studies) will establish the WakeMan Seminar Room in the WoMen’s Center and the WakeMan Re-Entry Scholarship Endowment. CREDIT UNION CONTINUES COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GIVING SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is continuing its support of the College of Education with a new naming gift of $500,000. SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union’s Dana Schuller, second from left, and Diana Kot were joined by Dean Claire C. Cavallaro and Vice President for University Advancement Greg Saks in announcing the gift, which will support the SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking. FOUNDATION GRANT SUPPORTS ENGINEERING Alcoa Foundation has made a $150,000 grant over two years to establish an Engineering Professional Practice Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In 2006 CSUF received $90,000 from Alcoa to establish an environmental engineering lab. NEW CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH RECEIVES GIFT A $75,000 gift from the Crevier Foundation launched a partnership between the College of Communications and DGWB Advertising & Communications to form the Center for Brand Values Communication and Research. SEVEN JOIN FOUNDATION BOARD Seven new members have joined the board of governors of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation: Regino Diaz ’00, ’03 (B.A. business administrationfinance, MBA), consumer market executive and senior vice president of Bank of America; Joseph Hensley, market president of U.S. Bank; Hector Infante, Southern California regional manager of policy, government and public affairs for Chevron; Enrique “Henry” Martinez ’75 (B.S. engineering-electrical), vice president of power production for Southern California Edison; Tam Nguyen ’05 (MBA), president and owner of Advance Beauty College; Maya Patel, a board member and director of the Tarsadia Family Foundation of Newport Beach; and Michael Weisman ’76 (B.A. communications), partner and president of DGWB. n foundation.fullerton.edu
“Science Guy” Bill Nye takes a selfie with student Jonathan Kwok at CSUF’s “Explorations in Citizens Science” symposium, which featured student research and faculty lectures.
BILL NYE WOWS SOLD-OUT CROWD WITH HIS PASSION FOR SCIENCE Cal State Fullerton students cheered loudly and chanted his name as “Science Guy” Bill Nye took the stage March 20 before a standing-room-only crowd. The popular scientist, engineer, comedian and author had a simple, yet powerful message for Titans: “I want you to change the world!” President Mildred García said Nye has “sparked the passion for science” and put students on the path to upward mobility, while adding fun and laughter to learning. Nye was the keynote speaker for the “Explorations in Citizens Science” symposium presented by the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Inter-Club Council. García noted that the two-day symposium showcasing student research and faculty lectures is “high-impact education at work.” Nye, executive director of the Planetary Society, is well known for his 1990s educational science show for young audiences. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSIT Y, FULLERTON I
ECONOMIST CHOSEN FOR FACULTY LEADERSHIP AWARD Robert W. Mead, associate professor of economics and vice chair of Cal State Fullerton’s Planning, Resource and Budget Committee, was honored April 17 before his Academic Senate peers with the Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award. President Mildred García said that Mead has shown respect in his actions with faculty, staff
and students, and “with his gift to bring all of them together.” The economist has served on the University’s Strategic Planning Steering, and Planning, Resource and Budget committees – both groups play key roles in University governance, planning and operations. He co-chaired the strategic planning group and chaired PRBC in 2012-13.
TITAN DREAMERS RESOURCE CENTER CELEBRATES OPENING
More than 200 students, faculty, staff and guests celebrated the April 23 grand opening of Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Dreamers Resource Center. “Undocumented students continue to face struggles attaining a higher education. Today marks an important moment in the history of Cal State Jannett Esparza, a senior political science major, holds up her Fullerton as we become handwritten dream for posting on the dream wall during the grand the first campus in the opening of the Titan Dreamers Resource Center in the Pollak Library. CSU system to provide a dedicated resource center to serve these students,” said Berenecea Johnson Eanes, vice president for student affairs. President Mildred García said the center “is a true example of Titans reaching higher. This is a testament to who are. We want our students to know that we are with them every step of the way.”
TOP TEACHING AWARD HONORS EDUCATOR Lynda E. Randall, professor of secondary education and 40-year educator, was honored May 8 with the University’s 2013-14 Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award for her dedication, outstanding teaching and contributions to education. “Her rigorous academic standards, various publications, pedagogical innovations and perhaps, most notably, her creativity in the world of technology and online teaching, encapsulates all of the criteria” of this award, said President Mildred García. “We at Cal State Fullerton are 100 percent more likely to continue succeeding as a model, comprehensive University with her in our classrooms, leading our programs and contributing to our curriculum.”
ORANGE COUNTY’S MOST TRUSTED BRANDS NAMED Hosted by the Center for Brand Values Communication and Research in the College of Communications, the Trust Summit 2014 will honor 10 of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. A portion of the ticket sales and sponsorships from the 2 p.m. event in Meng Concert Hall will support the center. For more information, visit thebrandswetrust.com.
CONCERT UNDER THE STARS – “ALL THAT JAZZ” From swing and the blues, to bebop and Latin, to fusion and funk, enjoy an evening of jazz through the decades and fireworks at Cal State Fullerton’s signature fundraising event benefiting student scholarships and programs. For more information, visit fullerton.edu/concert .
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George Kuntz, a 26-year head coaching veteran, was appointed in December as the eighth men’s soccer head coach in Cal State Fullerton history. Kuntz comes to the University after serving 19 years as the men’s head soccer coach at UC Irvine.
TITANS CLAIM SECOND CONSECUTIVE BIG WEST TITLE The Cal State Fullerton men’s golf team claimed the University’s second consecutive Big West Men’s Golf Championship after sharing the crown with Pacific last season. With the conference title came an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I men’s regionals, a first-time accolade since the Fullerton golf program was reinstated during the 2009-10 season. Fullerton was one of six teams in the 14-team regional that earned an automatic bid from winning its respective conference championships. The team played in the qualifier to the NCAA Division I Regionals at Sugar Grove, Ill., May 15-17, finishing in 11th place. WOMEN’S SOCCER CAPTURES BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP, ACCOLADES The Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team completed the 2013 season with a record of 8-7-7 after winning the Big West Tournament championship and making the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament appearance. Fullerton’s seven ties marked a season high for the program, surpassing the previous record of five ties in 2009. Sophomore Morgan Batcheller, senior Lindsey Maricic and senior Erica Mazeau were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ Continental Tire All-West Region Team. DANCE TEAM CLAIMS 13TH NATIONAL TITLE The Cal State Fullerton Titans Dance Team defended its national title for the 13th time. The Titans competed in the Division I Jazz category in January and took home their 13th Universal Dance Association /UCA Collegiate National Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The team also finished second in the Division I Pom finals, competing in the event for the first time.
CSUF administrators join Tam Nguyen, center, during a recent community night held to share information regarding the University’s Vietnamese programs. Pictured are, from left, Mitchell E. Avila and Sheryl Fontaine of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Natalie Tran and Claire Cavallaro of the College of Education.
UNIVERSITY HOSTS VIETNAMESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY PROGRAM More than 100 community members learned about Cal State Fullerton’s Vietnamese classes and academic programs at a recent Garden Grove program. Claire Cavallaro, dean of the College of Education; Sheryl Fontaine, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Mitch Avila, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, were among the administrators addressing the crowd. Natalie Tran, associate professor of educational leadership, and MBA alumnus Tam Nguyen ’05, president and owner of Advance Beauty College in Garden Grove, served as masters of ceremonies and provided opening/ closing remarks. Cal State Fullerton’s offerings include a Vietnamese language teaching credential; a Vietnamese minor; a bilingual authorization; and a summer institute on teaching the Vietnamese language, culture and history. A number of other programs, including a bachelor’s degree, are under development.
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CHANCELLOR WHITE APPROVES STUDENT SUCCESS FEE CSU Chancellor Timothy White has authorized Cal State Fullerton to adopt a Student Success Fee in fall 2014 that will generate funds for academic services and other student resources, including technology upgrades, expanded library
hours, increased course availability and improvements to athletics facilities. Phased in over a three-year period, the fee will total $181 per semester by 201617. Fullerton is the 11th campus in the 23-campus CSU to initiate such a fee.
$1.5 MILLION PROJECT TO ENHANCE STEM LEARNING To examine the effect dual-language programs have on increasing mathematics and science achievement among Latino junior high students, Cal State Fullerton faculty members are spearheading an ambitious research project in Anaheim schools. Mark Ellis, associate professor of secondary education, is leading the effort to build on students’ linguistic, community and cultural resources to support their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning. He secured a $1.5 million National Science Education and mathematics faculty members leading a National Foundation grant for Science Foundation project to increase STEM achievement among “Transforming Academic bilingual students are, from left, Natalie Tran, Sam Behseta, Mark Ellis and Cultural Identidad and Armando M. Martinez-Cruz. Through Biliteracy.” Grant partners are Anaheim Union High School and Anaheim City School districts, which both serve predominantly Latino student populations; the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana; and California Association for Bilingual Education, Orange County chapter.
SHIELDS TO RECEIVE GOLDEN OAK AWARD The Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum and the Midsummer Night in the Garden Gala Committee will present CSUF’s second president, L. Donald Shields, with the 2014 Golden Oak Award at the Midsummer Night in the Garden event July 19, in recognition of his personal efforts to establish the Arboretum. For more information, call Janet McGarvey at 657-278-4792 or email email@example.com .
CRUZ APPOINTED TO EDUCATION TRUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS José Cruz, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was recently appointed to the board of directors of The Education Trust, a national research and advocacy organization that promotes equityminded educational policies and practices. Prior to his CSUF appointment, Cruz served as vice president for higher education policy and practice at The Education Trust, where he was responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the Access to Success Initiative, which worked with 22 public higher education systems and 312 campuses serving 3.5 million students.
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Inez Gonzalez leads the University’s Latino Communications Initiative.
NIGHT OF THE PACHYDERM WELCOMES TITANS Cal State Fullerton alumni, friends and community members gathered for the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association’s annual baseball pregame tailgate event, Night of the Pachyderm on April 25, cheering on the home team in 10 innings of fast-paced action against the University of Hawai’i, with the Titans victorious, 1-0. BEYOND THE CSUF DEGREE Cal State Fullerton graduates become exclusive members of one of the largest and well-known university systems in the country. The California State University system will boast three million graduates as of next year’s commencement ceremonies. Get ready for the Class of 3 Million, graduating spring 2015. GRADFEST WELCOMES NEW CSUF ALUMNI More than 2,600 new graduates joined the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association this spring. In addition, more than 475 of these new graduates became donors to the University by contributing to the 2014 Senior Class Gift. The Alumni Association continues to be a national leader in new graduate membership campaigns and continued outreach to students. DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that many companies offer employee gift match programs that also provide for matching contributions based on hours volunteered in service to the University? The time and talents of CSUF alumni are precious, and employers acknowledge this. These programs multiply support to CSUF while recognizing alumni. We invite alumni to consider talking to their employers to see if they offer this benefit. SAVE THE DATE The power of Titan Pride will take place at Homecoming 2015 on Saturday, Feb. 7. Homecoming is an annual tradition for alumni, students, parents and the campus community. More than 1,000 attended the pre-game festival and a crowd of more than 3,000 cheered at the Titan men’s basketball game versus the University of Hawai’i Warriors in 2014.
LATINO COMMUNICATIONS INITIATIVE LAUNCHED The College of Communications has recruited Inez Gonzalez to direct the Latino Communications Initiative, launched in fall 2013 to develop and maintain an industry-ready, qualified workforce by offering courses and certificate programs in Latino-oriented communication studies. Planning is underway for two certificate programs that will emphasize cultural competency in Latino communications issues.
TWO VICE PRESIDENTS NAMED Lori S. Gentles has been named CSUF’s new vice president for human resources, diversity and inclusion. Gentles has 25 years of professional and senior-level human resources leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently at San Francisco State University, which she joined in 2008. Danny C. Kim has been named vice president for administration and finance/ chief financial officer. Kim has served more than 20 years in university administration, including 14 years in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, most recently as associate vice chancellor, CFO and administrative officer.
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With assistant professor Karyl Ketchumâ€™s assistance, Lori Duron fought bullying and worked with the school district to provide a safe environment for C.J. and his brother.
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FIGHTING BACK Online Course Arms Educators and Parents Against Bullying
By Cathi Douglas ’80 / Images by Matt Gush ’12
hen her then-17-year-old daughter – star of the school musical “Rent” – was threatened with rape and murder by some Corona del Mar High School football players five years ago, Karyl Ketchum took action. Ketchum, an assistant professor of women & gender studies, became an active, nationally recognized voice for establishing a bullying-free environment in schools. She battled school administrators in court and worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to mandate training in sexism and homophobia for school leaders. Believing her work is not yet complete, she designed a one-of-a-kind, one-unit, online course, “Understanding and Addressing Bullying,” aimed at teachers, administrators and parents that is offered through University Extended Education. It is believed to be the first and only course of its kind offered nationally. “The course was developed largely in response to the many phone calls and personal appeals I’ve fielded from parents throughout Orange County desperate to help their children who were targets of bullies in the schools,” Ketchum said. “The experience of seeing how a school can turn itself around once the people involved get a little bit of education was really a profound experience for me and my family. Maybe we can prevent these cases of bullying before they happen, as opposed to being reactive.”
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While new California laws help to better protect students, Ketchum said, higher education is not successfully addressing the issue of bullying in the schools. The CSUF course discusses the role of technology in bullying and reviews new laws concerning bullying and cyber bullying, such as the California Safe Place to Learn Act, certain portions of the California Education Code and the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act. More new legislation, referred to as Seth’s Law, requires schools to have anti-bullying policies and provides a timeline school officials must follow when investigating student claims of discrimination based on protected categories. Bullying has a predatory and sadistic component that sets it apart from the normal way that friends tease each other. The California Department of Education defines bullying as “a desire to hurt + a hurtful action + a power imbalance + repetition (typically) + an unjust use of power + evident enjoyment by the aggressor + a sense of oppression/fear on the part of the target.” The definition is important, experts noted, because mislabeling behaviors as “bullying” can aggrandize incidents of thoughtlessness and insensitivity or mask the seriousness of incidents, such as sexual assault and murder. 10
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“First and foremost, our hope was that administrators struggling with this would look to this class as a resource for their legal responsibility to protect these students and think more deeply about the impact of bullying,” said James Gilliam, deputy executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, who contributed a video lecture to the course. “Bullying has the potential to have a lifelong impact on victims. It’s our hope that by educating folks about their responsibility, we will change their hearts and minds.” A south Orange County parent who has seen the lasting consequences of bullying, Lori Duron is the mother of two elementary school-age sons and author of the well-reviewed recent memoir, “Raising My Rainbow,” a heartfelt account of her family’s adventures raising a “gender-creative” son. When C.J., her youngest son, began dressing in girl’s clothing and playing with Barbie dolls, her eldest son, Chase, was relentlessly bullied for his brother’s behavior. Duron and her husband, Matt, consulted Ketchum for help, discovering that their sons had legal safeguards that protected them. “We need to teach kids to stand up to things that are wrong and speak out. They should recognize bullying behavior and
1.1 Karyl Ketchum, assistant professor of Women & Gender Studies, is nationally recognized for her efforts to establish a bullying-free environment in schools. She developed CSUF’s class on understanding and addressing the issue. 2 C.J., who loves his backyard trampoline, also plays with dolls and prefers dresses. 3 Brothers Chase, above, and C.J., are close. Chase suffered bullying when other students noticed his younger brother’s behavior. 1.4 Lori Duron wrote “Raising My Rainbow” about the family’s adventures and challenges in raising C.J. 5 Duron and her husband, Matt, are south Orange County parents of gender-creative son, C.J. Their video testimonial is included in the class curriculum.
become global citizens who know that everyone’s different and celebrate those differences,” Duron said. “Studies show that if students, especially LGBT students, have just one person on campus who understands them, their chances of engaging in substance abuse, unsafe sex, depression and suicide are reduced.” With Ketchum’s assistance, the Duron family fought bullying and worked with their school district to provide a safe environment for their sons. Lori and Matt Duron are featured in a video segment in CSUF’s online class, offering firsthand insights and discussing their experiences. Tragic recent news stories about desperate young people coping with cyber bullying – some of whom have ended their lives – have kept the issue in the headlines, acknowledged Jodi Davis, assistant professor of women & gender studies and the course’s previous instructor. “Bullying is not a new phenomenon, but the way that people bully is changing,” Davis noted. “It can transcend school hallways and impact students’ lives at home through social media and technology. Bullying is a buzzword now, but the cause is real. Young people experience bullying for a variety of reasons, but perhaps some of the most damaging are those caused by restrictive
ideas surrounding sexuality and gender.” Bullying’s consequences – including trauma, self-harm and violence – must be dealt with by educators and other adults, broadening their perspectives and fostering their understanding of sexuality and gender, Davis said. “Successfully addressing bullying means having tough conversations about homophobia and misogyny to help create a social structure that promotes and encourages acceptance and advocacy.” Kristin Beals, an associate professor of psychology who contributed a social psychological perspective to the course, has studied the effects of stigma as it manifests in conjunction with sexual orientation and gender identity. “This issue is important because bullying hurts,” Beals noted. “It is the responsibility of administrators, teachers and parents to make our schools safe for all students.” Ronni Sanlo, another course contributor, was the keynote speaker at the University’s recent Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Symposium, which addressed issues of inequities within the gay, lesbian and transgender community. An author, lecturer and internationally known scholar on creating and maintaining safe and inclusive school campuses, Sanlo noted that often the perpetrators of bullying lash out at others because they are insecure about their own sexual, physical and emotional identities. They also operate in “groupthink” mode and rarely question their own upbringing and ideas. Successfully addressing bullying means creating a supportive, kind and caring school environment, not vilifying the bully, agreed Judy Chiasson, coordinator in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, and another course contributor. “This course helps people engage in thoughtful, creative thinking,” Chiasson said. “Teachers really need to be strong advocates for children, to take hold of the political and learning environment. While bullying is radically over-identified now, teachers who understand what bullying really is can be stronger and more appropriate advocates on their campuses.” For more information about the course, visit extension.fullerton.edu/bullying . n
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Journalist’s Tech and Writing Skills
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f it were not for his failure to master third-year physics, CSUF alumnus Walt Baranger ’86 (B.A. communications) would never have visited the Daily Titan newsroom to inquire about switching majors. On the other hand, if it hadn’t been for his early interest in engineering and computer science, Baranger wouldn’t have such a fascinating career, culminating in his current position as senior editor of news operations at The New York Times. It all began back at University High in Irvine, where Baranger wrote for the school newspaper. He enjoyed it, but he also loved playing with computers, which he’s done since 1972. So he decided, following his brief U.S. Navy service, to study the sciences at Cal State Fullerton. His timing was perfect, and his skills have paid off. After spending three semesters on the Daily Titan, one as managing editor, Baranger’s unique combination of technological prowess and writing and editing abilities led to an internship and then full-time work at the San Diego Tribune and then the San Diego Union. There, he was one of just three people on the news staff who knew all about computerized typesetting and photo typesetting. He single-handedly developed a system to put the horse racing page together more quickly and efficiently. His outstanding work ethic, technological know-how and editorial abilities led to a 1989 out-of-the-blue phone call from The New York Times, whose editors paid for his trip to New York City. He was hired almost immediately. Baranger’s Times career has meant logging 100,000 miles a year of air travel to the paper’s international bureaus, as well as management of the paper’s systems supporting coverage of such major events as the Democratic and Republican conventions. He also works on the NYT Stylebook and participates in the newsroom’s strategic planning. In between, he wrote a business column, and still writes news stories whenever he can. “You wouldn’t expect any student to wind up at The New York Times,” noted Baranger’s former Daily Titan adviser Jay Berman. “But if any one of them did it, it would be Walt. From the start, he was such a standout and such a leader, a good force within the newsroom. He was the kind of guy who could get things done, and a good writer. Everyone loved having him on the staff.” Nearly 30 years later, Baranger stops by campus a couple of times a year, serves on the College of Communications Dean’s Council, and keeps in touch with fellow Titan alumni. “The time [since graduation] has gone by so fast,” Baranger said in a telephone interview. “The Daily Titan has turned out a whole raft of highly successful journalists. It’s unimaginable that I would have landed the NYT job without my Daily Titan training.” Baranger, in fact, has seen Titans wearing CSUF baseball hats or T-shirts in the strangest places, such as in Baghdad’s green zone and in Times Square. Back East, he and his family live in Fairfield, Conn., and he commutes two hours into New York City every day. His favorite bureau to visit is in Hong Kong, a “tremendous city,” although he knows the best hotels and restaurants to visit throughout the world. On vacations, he and his wife take train trips throughout the U.S. “Walt Baranger is the perfect alumnus,” noted William Briggs, former dean of CSUF’s College of Communications. “He’s a successful professional with an amazing career, always a Titan so generous with his time and efforts to help our students. If he’s not in Afghanistan or New York, he’s on a train coming west to help us. Journalists are storytellers, and Walt’s stories are the best.” n
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t’s a compelling vision that takes center stage in the University’s strategic plan: keep students engaged, on the path to graduation, and empowered to build lives of purpose. Faculty dedication to research and creative development is an important part of this vision, yielding enriched teaching and learning while collaborative faculty-student projects enhance student persistence and postgraduate success. “High-impact activities – demonstrated by both faculty research and faculty-student collaboration on research and creative activities – add richness and robustness to student learning,” said Tami “Sunnie” Foy, interim director in the CSUF Office of Research Development. “Students achieve academically and personally, thanks to the connections they make beyond the classroom.” By providing renewed, additional support to faculty in search of funding for research, community service and creative activities, the University is continuing a long CSUF tradition. In 2012-13, faculty members attracted more than $19.5 million in grants for these activities. “Higher education institutions are increasingly being asked to improve student learning, increase degree completion rates, push the frontiers of knowledge and better serve their communities,” noted José Cruz, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “At Cal State Fullerton, we have long recognized that one way to meet these demands is to invest in faculty research and creative activities.” u
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“Typically, faculty members engaged in research teach more effectively, because they bring their research into the classroom and engage students more by these enriching captivating activities,” said Chandra Srinivasan, STEM research development faculty fellow and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Ongoing research and creative activities influence the way faculty members teach, agreed Terri Patchen, student research faculty fellow and professor of elementary and bilingual education. “It makes us more enthusiastic, and that’s infectious. Including students in the process allows them to see direct links to the subject.” Arnold Holland ’12, faculty fellow for creative activities and associate art professor, said they “make faculty better scholars who are ultimately reinvigorated, and thus more effective teachers.” Here, CSUF faculty members share meaningful ways their research and creative activities result in student success.
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College of the Arts Music professor Bill Cunliffe, a Grammy Award-winning arranger and Grammy-nominated composer, recently wrote a wind symphony in honor of late alumnus Mark Garrabrant ’81 (B.A. English, B.M. music-performance), who taught trumpet and ran the varsity band. An inventive pianist and bandleader, Cunliffe involves students in all his work and enjoys bringing renowned musicians, such as bassist/composer John Clayton, conguero Poncho Sanchez and vocalist Freda Payne, to campus. “It’s important for students to see faculty involved in the creative work that they want to do,” Cunliffe said. “We need to generate knowledge, and if students can get that in a demonstration, rather than merely being told, so much the better.” Alvin Rangel, assistant professor of dance, concurs that teaching and creative activities are linked. Students provide new insight as part of his creative process while he performs, conducts research and choreographs his specialty, the tango. Rangel, who has performed his works worldwide, believes that “CSUF’s strong commitment to faculty research and creative activities will attract more grants and funding, leading to more successful students and a higher national profile for the University.”
1 Research by Alvin Rangel, assistant professor of dance, shows that the earliest practice of tango paired men as they perfected their skills. 2 Grammy Award-winning music professor Bill Cunliffe involves students in all his work and enjoys bringing professional musicians to campus. 3 Arnold Holland ’12, faculty fellow for creative activities and associate professor of art, believes faculty research and creative activities “make faculty better scholars who are ultimately reinvigorated, and thus more effective teachers.” 4 The director of the College of Communications’ new Latino Communications Initiative, Inez Gonzalez, brings together talented communicators and the industry that seeks them.
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Professor HyeKyeung Seung of the Communicative Disorders Program in the Department of Human Communication Studies includes students in her research into the development of speech in autistic children. “Teaching and research are strongly linked,” Seung said. “It’s a challenge to find the time and energy for both, but it energizes me and keeps me current. The teaching feeds the research and vice versa,” with each making the other more powerful and effective. The director of the college’s new Latino Communications Initiative, Inez Gonzalez, brings together talented communicators and the industry that seeks them. At a recent national conference, Gonzalez and Dean Kazoleas, director of the University’s Maxwell Center for International Communications and Media, presented the findings of a national survey of U.S. Hispanic journalists’ beliefs about their profession and their use of social media and technology. “Latino journalists play a vital role in our society, and the initiative reflects our determination to add the courses, training and programs in Latino-oriented communications needed to keep pace with this growing sector,” Gonzalez explained.
Elementary and bilingual education associate professor Loretta Donovan and professor Timothy Green, facilitators of the college’s online technology education master’s degree, noted that their students’ work was recently included in the journal Tech Trends. “Our scholarship, service and teaching all involve educational technology,” Donovan said. “All our work is intertwined.” That interrelationship confirms CSUF’s commitment to faculty research and creative activities and underscores its dedication to teaching, Green said. Associate professor of secondary education Mark Ellis agreed. Ellis recently received a three-year, $1.5-million National Science Foundation grant to examine the effect dual language programs have on increasing mathematics and science achievement among Latino junior high students. The project in Anaheim schools will offer fellowships to bilingual CSUF students preparing to teach junior high school math or science. “I wanted to be at Fullerton because I wanted to be in a place that valued teaching and to inform others about teaching well,” Ellis said. “We develop more productive learning environments and integrate creativity into teaching.” CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSIT Y, FULLERTON I
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Ofir Turel, professor of information systems and decision sciences, recently coauthored several articles about social media addiction, an area attracting the attention of academia, the medical community and employers. Turel sees firsthand that some students cannot seem to leave their electronic devices alone, so his research hits home, with students keenly interested in his work studying brain functions and the effects of technology. When research is relevant to student careers and lives, it generates stronger academic interest and aspirations, he said. One of the results is that Mihaylo grads consistently are accepted into some of the nation’s top doctoral programs. Associate professor of marketing Susan Cadwallader, who serves also as director of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research, infuses community-based learning into her classes and employs papers published in leading academic and practitioner business journals in her coursework. “Students deeply learn course material by applying ideas found in current business literature to solve actual community problems,” Cadwallader said. “This deep learning not only matters to future employers, it creates new knowledge for our field.”
Students involved in research have innate curiosity and want to push knowledge forward, said assistant professors of kinesiology John Gleaves and Matt Llewellyn. They recently organized an international conference on the philosophy of sports that drew more than 100 top scholars to CSUF, exposing students to cutting-edge thinking in the field. “We want faculty who are doing the research that is going into the textbooks,” Llewellyn said, noting that internal grants supported their international travel in pursuit of Olympics research. Nursing professor Christine Latham employs peer mentoring and volunteer activities to help train nurses to be knowledgeable advocates who help patients and their families navigate the complex health care system. “Many CSUF students mirror the community’s socioeconomic profile as first-generation, underrepresented students,” Latham said. Under her guidance, a recent $1-million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – funds a three-year project to advance nursing workforce diversity.
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1 Kiran George, associate professor of computer engineering, said projects like the robotic arm he and his students have designed help students link theoretical and practical knowledge and societal needs. 2 Professor of Nursing Christine Latham’s work helps prospective nurses learn how to best relate to and advocate for their patients. She stewards a $1-million grant that seeks to advance nursing workforce diversity. 3 James Parham, assistant professor of geological sciences, welcomes students to his lab and the John D. Cooper Center, where he is faculty curator of paleontology.
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College of Engineering and Computer Science Civil engineering associate professor Binod Tiwari involves students in his research into earthquakes and seismic zones, encouraging them to publish in scientific journals, participate in professional conferences and conduct collaborative research. Following their experiences in Tiwari’s lab, one of Southern California’s best-equipped geotechnical facilities, his former students pursue civil engineering positions and graduate school. “We get results – our students are leaders in the civil engineering industry,” he said. By incorporating their research into coursework, CSUF faculty members expose students to the latest scientific developments, noted Kiran George, associate professor of computer engineering. His students’ projects include a mechanical arm attachment controlled by facial expressions utilizing commercially available technology. “These projects help students link their degree and career with societal needs,” George said. “With new technology emerging all the time, I have to update my skills and knowledge. In turn, this is integrated into my courses in the form of case studies, lab experiments and projects.”
Psychology professor emeritus Allen Gottfried’s 30-year Fullerton Longitudinal Study started in 1979 with 130 one-yearold children who were followed periodically; 106 subjects, who live all over the world, remain in the study. Its student researchers have produced more than 125 publications, nearly 300 conference presentations and 115 awards. Many of the psychologists who “graduated” from the study now teach and pursue research at some of the country’s best universities. “We are able to bring the complexity of what we’re learning into the classroom,” Gottfried explained. “We teach critical thinking skills. Students learn to question and use research to get answers.” Chicano/a studies associate professor Erualdo R. González has conducted extensive field research with students in urban and regional planning. “This kind of practical and local, tangible activity expands, deepens or even changes students’ attitudes about their future careers,” Gonzalez said. “It entices and exposes them, gives them possibilities – new ways of analyzing the world.”
College of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Associate professor of mathematics Angel Pineda, now on sabbatical at USC researching ways to make MRI technology faster, mentors student teams, which consult for industrial clients as part of the master’s program in applied mathematics. “The best teaching I do at Fullerton isn’t in the classroom,” Pineda said. “It’s with the research students. We explore problems that no one has solved before, and I help students use their knowledge to solve them.” James Parham experienced the value of primary research as an undergraduate. Parham incorporates it into his work as an assistant professor of geological sciences and faculty curator of paleontology at the John D. Cooper Center, with many of his students studying fossils in his lab and at the center. “Hands-on research demystifies the entire process of science,” Parham said. “Students learn to break it down, format papers and see how the process works. Primary research is a huge career advantage because they can show the projects they worked on to future employers.” n
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MISSION CSUF Emeriti Faculty Provide Essential Perspective and Support By Cathi Douglas ’80 / Images by Matt Gush ’12
e might assume that when faculty members retire, they ride off into the sunset and into a rosy retirement. That’s far from the truth when it comes to Cal State Fullerton emeriti professors, who individually and as a group provide CSUF with varied scholarships, mentoring, leadership and support long into their “retirement” years. Retired since 2004, Nelson Woodard, emeritus associate professor of history, came to the University in 1968 and now is in his third year serving as president of the Emeriti of California State University, Fullerton. Woodard notes that retired faculty
The University is richer for the talent, energy and time that emeriti dedicate to it, said Provost José Cruz. Emeriti who continue to be involved on campus include 1 P. June Pollak 2 Jim Young 3 Leland Bellot 4 Dorothy Heide 5 Vince Buck 6 Lawrence de Graaf
members remain active and alert by socializing with their fellow retirees – but also offer the University the distinctive benefit of longtime connections and inside knowledge about how the institution works. “We have the institutional memory. We are guardians of that continuity,” agreed P. June Pollak, emerita professor of English and comparative literature, who came to Fullerton in 1961 and retired in 1990. “It’s a rare experience to be able to build an organization from the beginning, and remaining involved allows me to be in touch and socialize with people I’ve known and worked with all these years.” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs José Cruz said emeriti provide both vital service and important perspective to Cal State Fullerton. “The thickness and richness of our University’s narrative is directly proportional to the talent, energy and time that our emeriti have invested in forging our reality,” Cruz said. “Our emeriti have helped shape our present, and we can only hope they choose, through their continuous engagement, to have a hand in driving our future.”
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Emeritus Professor of History Lawrence de Graaf, who came to CSUF in 1959 and retired in 1997, said that newer faculty members and students look to retired professors for the history of their departments, as well as the University. “Emeriti can bring back a sense of of what departmental activities were like in past years,” de Graaf said. “Faculty were expected to counsel students on overall college requirements, majors and futures, as well as participating in campus governance through committees at several levels. Some programs, such as oral history, were ones in which CSUF was a leader for several decades.” Emeritus Professor of Theatre Jim Young, who came to campus in 1960 and retired in 1986, believes that emeriti have a rich background and can be put out to pasture too early. “Emeriti, having worked through the educational system, have seen the changes in the University and the community and have reached the richest time in their lives,” Young said. “We have tremendous pride in the University. It’s one of the most wonderful institutions in the country, and that’s what we always wanted it to be.” CSUF emeriti meet regularly during the academic year for luncheons and other events; appear frequently as guest speakers in topics of interest; assist as volunteers in special projects, including the It’s Our University donor campaign; memorialize deceased faculty members with donations; and in partnership with Patrons of the Library, staff the Pollak Library’s Book Sale Center. Emeriti also fund the installation of campus sculptures, offer lecture series, attend campus athletics and arts events, deliver lectures to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) audiences, visit Southern California museums and gardens, and, perhaps most important, provide scholarship assistance to deserving students, including the Guardian Scholars. Some emeriti continue research and teaching long into their emeritus years. Linda Andersen, emerita professor of French, taught at CSUF from 1970 to 2002 and now serves as chair of the emeriti Scholarship Committee. Andersen said the emeriti provide one graduate and one undergraduate CSUF student each year with $1,000 scholarships to continue their education.“I doubt students are aware of emeriti faculty, because the link is not that direct other than through the scholarships,” she said. “But emeriti represent a growing number of people who’ve dedicated their lives to the University and still care about it.” Leland Bellot, emeritus professor of history, came to the University in 1964 and retired in 2001. Bellot said emeriti faculty try to make themselves available to whomever in the CSUF community might benefit from their experience. “We add an institutional memory in a youth-oriented world,” he observed. “We get together and it’s a great reward to be able to talk about things we did and how we might contribute to carrying it on.” In 1998, Dorothy Heide, emerita associate dean and professor of management, joined her husband in retirement to travel the world, visiting more than 130 countries. Then a friend 22
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CSUF emeriti meet during the academic year for luncheons and other events; appear as guest speakers; assist as volunteers in special projects, including the It’s Our University donor campaign; memorialize deceased faculty members with donations; and in partnership with Patrons of the Library, staff the Pollak Library’s Book Sale Center. Remaining active are 1 Nelson Woodard 2 Jim Friel 3 Linda Andersen Emeriti fund the installation of campus sculptures, offer lecture series, attend campus athletic and arts events, deliver lectures to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute audiences, visit Southern California museums and gardens, and, perhaps most important, provide scholarship assistance to deserving students, including the Guardian Scholars. Some emeriti continue research and teaching long into their retirement years. Active emeriti include 4 Herb Rutemiller 5 Mark Shapiro
asked her to consider serving on the Patrons of the Library Board, which led to much greater involvement in campus activities, including the OLLI (formerly known as CLE) Board and the Emeriti Board. “The University’s social connections for all emeriti are a great benefit to the campus and to the emeriti themselves,” Heide said. “Emeriti bring an institutional memory with them as they work with colleagues on campus issues helping to make the University a better place for students, faculty and staff.” Emeriti offer a variety of backgrounds and expertise, which enrich community life as well as academic life, noted Jim Friel, past president of the emeriti organization and emeritus professor of math, who arrived at CSUF in 1973 and retired in 2004. “We are trying in every way possible to further the life of the institution and support it,” Friel said. “It’s a new University in a lot of ways, with a new way of looking at how an institution functions. The amount of support from the state has decreased so much that it’s a whole new ball game. We help expand community and support possibilities.” Students who notice emeriti on campus are impressed, said Herb Rutemiller, emeritus professor of management science. “They get the feeling that CSUF is like a family,” Rutemiller said. “Teaching is such a great profession, and you want to be back here talking to people who are still teaching.” Vince Buck, emeritus professor of political science, joined the faculty in 1974 and retired in 2009. Buck is a trustee of the Fullerton Public Library, sits on several other local boards and represents emeriti on the Academic Senate, providing perspective on campus issues and shared governance. “I’m glad to use my expertise in a way that I feel is useful, doing my small part to help make the University and local community better places.” As webmaster of the CSUF emeriti organization, Emeritus Professor of Physics Mark Shapiro – who came to the campus in 1970 – is a member of the California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association, which represents the interests of emeriti and retired faculty from all 23 CSU campuses and supports local affiliates. Not only do emeriti provide input on critical statewide issues, such as pensions and health care, but they sometimes take stands on nonpartisan issues in support of faculty members and fellow emeriti, Shapiro said. “We have a keen interest in campuses remaining healthy, and because we’re an independent group, we bring credible, objective arguments to the issues.” Of course, emeriti tend to be the University’s most loyal contributors to fundraising, and also serve as volunteers, he noted. “They tend to offer wisdom and advice to new faculty members just joining departments and support the campus quite strongly. At Fullerton, emeriti are a real benefit to the campus.” n
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CLASS NOTES JAMES EADS ’69 (B.A. art) was one of 12 illustrators recognized at the 29th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards in April.
GAI JONES ’68 (M.A. theatre arts) was elected
to the International Educational Theatre Association Governing Board in September. Jones is creator of Making Magic Defying Gravity and founder of California Youth in Theatre.
JIM CARNETT ’71 (B.A. com-
munications) writes a weekly column for the Daily Pilot.
PATRICK DONOHUE ’77 (M.P.A.) is a judge on the Orange County Superior Court. RICHARD FOXX ’70 (M.A. psychology),
Penn State Harrisburg professor of psychology and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine, received the 2013 American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research.
JUDY GOFFIN ’74 (B.A. communications) has
written her seventh book, “On Writing a Book: Quips, Tips & Tidbits,” available at her website, judygoffin.com, on Kindle, Smashword and PUbit.
LISA HARLOW ’79, ’81 (B.A., M.A. psychology), professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island, was appointed editor of the journal Psychological Methods.
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KEN HEDLER ‘78 (B.A. communications), re-
porter for The Daily Courier in Prescott, Ariz., received first place for enterprise reporting from the Better Newspapers Contest of the Arizona Newspapers Association and the state’s Associated Press Managing Editors.
ROBERT KLEIN ’76 (MBA) retired after 34
years with Nabisco as director of national training. Klein has written two books, including “From Cotton Picker to Millionaire: An Autobiography.”
THOMAS LUTZ ’70 (B.A. theatre arts) was
inducted into the Santa Ana College Hall of Fame in May.
BOBBY MCDONALD ’75 (B.S. physical educa-
tion) recently was named chairman of the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council. McDonald is president of the county’s Black Chamber of Commerce.
RAND SCHERFF ’71 (B.A. business admin-
istration), who owns Speedpro Imaging in Tustin, was honored in 2006 with the Shingo Award for Manufacturing Excellence. He also serves on the board of the Tustin Chamber.
AZZAM ALWASH ’81 (B.S.
engineering-civil and mechanical), through the work of Nature Iraq, a nonprofit he founded in 2004, has worked to restore the Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq. JERRY BUCKLEY ’86 (M.A. biology) is
assistant superintendent and vice president of instruction for College of the Canyons in Valencia, Calif.
JUSTINE CUNNINGHAM ’83 (M.S. educationreading), Associated Chino Teachers president, retired in June after 34 years with the Chino Valley School District. STEVE LEVESQUE ’80, ’84 (B.A. political science, M.S. environmental studies) is executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and recently was named to the board of directors of the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
“I saw the opportunity and a way to enhance graduate education. I hope the contributions I made will give students a chance to move ahead.” - Giles T. Brown
HE CREATED A LASTING LEGACY.
CONNIE SCHULZE ’87 (B.A. business adminis-
TERRY SPENCER ’88 (B.A. communications-
The late Giles T. Brown, one of Cal State Fullerton’s pioneering faculty members and
tration-accounting) is the CFO for Goodwill in Sacramento.
journalism) is Florida news editor for the Associated Press and recently won Toastmaster International’s humorous speech contest for south Florida and the Bahamas.
EDWARD TERPENING ’84 (B.S. computer
science) worked as a software engineer and Internet marketing executive before studying painting with several internationally known artists. Terpening is a consultant with Altimeter Group in San Mateo, participating in gallery exhibitions and plein air events across the country.
leaders, represented a long tradition of service at CSUF. His legacy continues, fueled by more than $1 million in gifts he made to the university. His support for graduate students pursuing research has furthered knowledge in the sciences, culture, health care and history. You, too, can help create a legacy by supporting the work of Cal State Fullerton through planned or estate gifts, including charitable gift annuities. For more information about bequests and planned giving, contact Joan Rubio, Executive Director of Central Development, at 657-278-3947 or email@example.com.
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VIKKI VARGAS ’81 (B.A. communications),
NBC4’s Orange County bureau chief of more than 30 years, was recognized with the Sky Dunlap Award 2013 from the Orange County Press Club at a banquet on July 29. The club’s top honor recognized Vargas’ lifetime achievements in journalism and her community involvement.
MICHAEL BARRY ’90, ’01 (B.A.
criminal justice, B.A. history) is the author of five books, including his most recent work, “Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers,” published earlier this year. GUILLERMO CABRERA ’94 (B.A. political science) recently was listed as a top attorney in San Diego by the Daily Transcript.
LEE DAILY ’99 (M.F.A.-theatre arts) is director of Utah State University’s Old Lyric Repertory Company. MARK DENNY ’92 (B.A. political science) is COO for the county of Orange. KEVIN LANE ’90 (B.A. criminal justice) is
clerk/administrator of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, overseeing all non-judicial employees at the court’s offices in San Diego, Riverside and Santa Ana.
DOROTHY MIKUN OWEN ’95 (B.A. Latin
Feb. 22 after a long illness. He was 66. Fortuna is survived by his wife, Ann; sons, James and Andrew; and two grandchildren. n FRED KATZ , emeritus professor of anthropology and a world-class jazz cellist, died Sept. 7. He was 94. Katz taught jazz and ethnic music, as well as anthropology courses. n LEE KERSCHNER, a founding member of the Political Science Department, died Aug. 5. He was 82. Kerschner served the campus community for 16 years. n ARAMINTA (MINTA) LITTLE , emeritus professor of dance, died April 22. She was 80. n ANTHONY MANZO, professor of reading from 2001-05, died Aug. 17. He was 73. Manzo is survived by his wife, four children and 10 grandchildren. n MAX NELSON , emeritus professor of speech communication, died Sept. 22 at the age of 95. Nelson is survived by his wife, Doris and son, Bruce. n PAUL OBLER, emeritus professor of English, died
n GERALDINE BALDWIN-WOODS ’68, ’70 (B.A., M.A. anthropology) died May 28. She was 83. She is survived by her twin children: son, Lee Woods and daughter, Jennifer (married to Mike) Casebeer; and seven grandchildren. n GILES T. BROWN, emeritus associate vice president for academic programs and graduate studies and professor emeritus of history, died Dec. 28 at the age of 97. Brown was a founding member of the history faculty. n MARLENE DOBKIN DE RIOS, emeritus professor of anthropology, died Nov. 10. She was 73. n MARILYN DUFF, a generous donor to the College of the Arts, died Mar. 3 following a massive stroke. n GEORGE ETUE , emeritus associate professor of history, died Jan. 11. He was 89. Etue specialized in European history. He is survived by his wife, Patricia. n JEFFREY L. FORTUNA , lecturer in health science, died 26
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advertising) was elected to a four-year term on the Chino Hills City Council in November 2012. Moran is chair of the Chino Hills Community Foundation. FUMI OZAKI ’98 (B.A. speech communication) owns “O” de Kirei, a Redondo Beach, Calif. skincare and cosmetology business.
BEATRIZ MEDINA PRATT
’98 (B.S. human services) was appointed co-president of Conexion, Cisco Systems’ Latino-focused Employee Resource Organization.
DAVID CRABTREE ’95 (B.A. communications-
radio/TV/film) directed “Gwyndor.” As an editor, Crabtree’s current credits include Lifetime’s “The Client List” and USA Network’s “Psych.”
CYNTHIA MORAN ’90 (B.A. communications-
DANNY PASQUIL ’94 (B.A. psychology) is district director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour division. Pasquil played football at CSUF from 1989-1992.
American studies) was recognized as Ambassador of the Year 2012 by the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce.
Aug. 17. He was 89. He is survived by his wife, Anita and three grown children: Gale Gouker, Linda Jenkins and Stephen Obler. n BILL POLLACEK ’78 (MBA) died May 3. He was 70. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his brother, Jim; and sister, Jeanne. n ORRINGTON RAMSAY, emeritus professor of English, died April 18. He was 92. Ramsay was one of CSUF’s founding faculty members. He is survived by his children, Linda R. Oclaray, Allan M. Ramsay, Joanne M. Ramsay, Bill Bush and Pat Fiala, and several grandchildren. n ELAINE REDFIELD, a founding member of the CSUF Music Associates, died Jan. 5. n GERTRUDE REITH, emeritus professor of geography, died Feb. 20 at the age of 96. Reith helped develop CSUF’s geography curriculum. n MARVIN J. ROSEN, emeritus professor of communications, died Jan. 16. He was 84 years old. Rosen is survived by his wife, Ruth, and children. n SHIRLEY
SPOTLIGHT SPOTLIGHT BRIAN CAIN ’03 (M.S. kinesiology) is a noted sports psychologist and performance coach who has worked with teams and athletes across the country.
VANIAH DE ROJAS
’09, ’11 (B.A. business administrationmanagement, MBA) was named one of the 57th Assembly District’s Distinguished Women of the Year by California Assemblyman Ian Calderon. JULIE GARCIA ’08 (B.S. human services)
has written a book, “Resilience: An Unbroken Spirit,” after suffering multiple strokes, followed by brain surgery and a bout with cancer. The book can be purchased at the Tustin Library, 345 E. Main St., Tustin, CA 92780 for $12.99. Proceeds are donated to the Friends of the Tustin Library.
STEPHENSON ’71, ’73, ’81 (B.A. history, M.S. library science, M.A. history), emeritus associate director/archivist of the Oral History program, died Sept. 12. She was 91 years old. Stephenson is survived by sons, Gordon, Mike and Tom. n KINJI KEN YADA , emeritus associate professor of history, died July 9. He was 84. He is survived by his wife, Yoko, and children, Jerry and Allison. n DOROTHY REA YOUNG , retired teacher and longtime CSUF donor with her husband, James D. Young, died Jan 7 at the age of 89. She was involved in the founding of the Fullerton Arboretum. Besides her husband, she is survived by their daughter, Vicki L. Golich; son, Douglas; daughter-in-law, Terry Forrest Young; granddaughter, Megann Forrest Young; grandsons, Nate and Scott Golich; and great grandson, Mason Golich.
Alumnus Merges Expertise and Interest His hobby was computers. His interest was politics. So it’s no surprise that KYLE RUSH ’08 (B.A. political science), at right in above image, managed to find a way
to merge those interests shortly after graduation. As deputy director of front-end web development for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, Rush helped maintain the online fundraising platform that brought in $690 million. “I worked on the campaign from June 2011 until the end of January 2013,” he said. “We worked 10-hour days, seven days a week, but what an incredible experience.” Rush got a taste for D.C. after completing two summers as a Cal State DC Scholar. Upon graduation, he worked for DCS and Blue State Digital, a group that develops websites and online strategies for progressive candidates. Then the Obama for America campaign called. “They needed some engineering help with their online fundraising platforms, so I went to Chicago,” he said. “We started with about 30 people and ended up with more than 400. We were pretty content because we didn’t think Obama was in any real danger of losing the election. “After Obama lost that first debate, our attitudes changed,” he said. “We got nervous. Obama’s numbers dropped substantially, and Romney was surging. There was real concern that we could lose.” Rush’s job became increasingly important. Romney’s campaign was wellfunded, while the Obama campaign needed more money. “We were bringing in some pretty big numbers in terms of online donations,” he said. “For that reason, it was critical that the architecture of the system could support a variety of platforms. We had people donating through Macs, PCs, iPhones, you name it.” Today, Rush lives and works in New York as a technology developer for the New Yorker, redesigning websites and identifying an application that will give the magazine control of its accounts and websites and implementing a pay wall. “I’m working in a field that’s more removed from my major, but I do believe my education prepared me for this as well,” he said. “At Fullerton, I was fortunate that I was able to serve as a resident adviser in the dorms and participate as a DC Scholar. Both of these experiences offered me with perspectives that I use even today.” n
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JEREMY A LELLIOTT ’09 (M.FA.) and his classmates REBECCA EISENBER ’08 (B.F.A.), SAMANTHA SMITH ’08 (B.F.A.) and AIMEE KARLIN ’10 (B.F.A.), founded a
production company, Coeurage Theatre Co., in Los Angeles.
DIANNA MALINAO ’05 (B.A. women’s studies) won the Best of Show award for her mixed-media artwork, “Abstract,” in Art 4 Health’s fourth annual event at CSUF’s Student Health and Counseling Center earlier this year. Malinao was awarded space to showcase her art in the Chapman Gallery of the Titan Student Union from January to April. Her blog is 365artjournal.blogspot.com.
Alumna Blends Business, Philanthropy and
DAVID RUTHERFORD ’00 (M.A. geography) is an associate
professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Mississippi.
ROBERT STAM ’05 (BA. business administration-marketing) is launching a product on Kickstarter. Kck.st /11AY WiJ BURNIE THOMPSON ’00 (B.A. political science) is star of “The Burnie Thompson Show,” a radio talk show aired weekdays from 12-3 p.m. ET. JEFFERSON TIANGCO ’98 (B.A. business administration-accounting) received the award of distinction for best use of photography on the Web from the California School Employees Association for his role as the CSEA Region 33 webmaster. MARC TRINH ’01, ’07 (B.A. business administration, M.S. information technology) is coordinator of the Information and Computer Access Program in CSUF’s Disability Support Services Office.
AMERICA ARIAS ’13 (B.A. political science) is a morning producer for NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento. Arias recently won a daytime Emmy for best daytime newscast in a medium market for her previous work at KSFN-TV in Fresno.
WENDY GRIEB ’12 (MFA-art design) is a tenure-track faculty member in CSUF’s Art Department and Disney storyboard artist who works on the hit Disney cartoon “Phineas and Ferb.”
Air Force Airman First Class DAVID ORNELAS ’11 (B.A. geography) recently graduated from basic training at joint base San Antonio-Lachland, Texas. 28
I TITAN SUMMER/FALL 2014
By Cathi Douglas ’80
hen Gayle Tauber ’73 (B.A. history), co-founder of the Kashi Company, sold the well-known food enterprise to Kellogg’s in 2000, she didn’t consider retirement. In fact, these days she and her husband, Phil, who launched the company in their La Jolla home in 1984, are busier than ever. They could have rested on their laurels. Kashi – which required all of the money the Taubers had to launch – generated $25 million in sales in 1999 alone and grew more than 100 percent in the last fiscal year the Taubers owned it. But the energetic and enthusiastic Tauber, who said the family faced bankruptcy twice as they built their empire, remains active in both business and philanthropic organizations, serving as CEO of Seedling Fund LLC, a family investment company that takes positions in first-stage companies, and supporting women’s, Jewish and educational causes. “We made classic business mistakes,” Tauber recalled of the couple’s early years. “At one point, we couldn’t even make the mortgage payment” for their home in the Hollywood Hills. “But we always realized what was important – our core as a couple and doing whatever we needed to do to ensure that we succeeded.”
Commitment to Family
rtant Image by Matt Gush ’12
The couple has been nearly inseparable ever since they met at a Bob’s Big Boy on Van Nuys Boulevard when she was 16 years old and Phil was 18. In the early years, she said, the couple were nearly starving when friends persuaded them to sell knives door to door. That experience led to the realization that Phil is both a born salesman and a prolific dreamer, while Gayle is both good with numbers and has a nuts-and-bolts affinity for business operations. They have been married for 45 years; it is a fateful and productive pairing. A musician, Phil toured with rock groups in the 1970s with Gayle in tow. When they settled down, they built the foundations of what is now the indoor plant industry. Then they met legendary bodybuilder Vince Gironda and together popularized bodybuilding for women. In the process, they dedicated themselves to fitness and healthy eating, which eventually led to their development of the Kashi line. Along the way, they owned and operated a gourmet grocery store, co-founded a real estate company that focused on distressed property turnarounds, and had two daughters. Both are grown, and the Taubers now have two granddaughters.
A co-founder of Women Give San Diego, Gayle has been both entrepreneur and philanthropist for more than 35 years. She is immediate past president of The Trusteeship, a Southern California chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an international organization that advances women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents, and remains on its board. She is a past board member of the Women’s Foundation of California, a nonprofit that focuses on low-income women and girls. She has served on the boards of the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the San Diego Women’s Foundation, and The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Phil is an accomplished musician and composer who backs up visiting international artists through his affiliation with the Musicians’ Association of San Diego County. He is a past board member of San Diego’s Lyceum Theater and the Los Angelesbased Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. He is a board member of Yapert, an online celebrity social media company. “Early on, we were pushed to the outside of society,” Gayle recalled. “It was then we realized our true essence – that we are risk-takers. We are not afraid of anything.” n CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSIT Y, FULLERTON I
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