First meeting of presidential search committee convenes

First meeting of presidential search committee convenes

First meeting of presidential search committee convenes

Diversity. Teamwork. Commitment to excellence. Everyone’s got an opinion regarding what attributes the next University president should possess, and many shared their thoughts at the first meeting of the presidential search committee on Feb. 7. The first—and only—open meeting of the advisory committee, which was assembled to find a suitable successor to President James M. Rosser, explained the search process and allowed for input from the campus community.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include: CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell; Kevin Baaske, chair of Academic Senate; Herbert L. Carter (community); Hector Escobar, president of Cal State L.A.’s Associated Students, Inc. (student); Carlos Gutierrez, professor of chemistry and biochemistry (faculty); John Paul Isaacson, vice president of CSULA Foundation; Nancy McQueen, professor of biological sciences (faculty); Peter Quan, CSULA vice president/chief technology officer; Noelia Rodriguez ’86 (alumna), and Susan Tsuji, CSULA facilities-use coordinator (staff).

The Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President—consisting of trustees Lou Monville, Margaret Fortune, Lupe Garcia, Henry Mendoza and Bob Linscheid as well as CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White—will make the final decision. However, the advisory committee of campus representatives provides suggestions for qualities appropriate for the position, reviews all candidate applications, participates in interviews and the deliberations that lead to the selection of the final candidate.

Resume screening began on March 20.

CCOE Dean Falvey retires after 32 years at Cal State L.A.

Mary Falvey

Looking back on 32 years of service to the University, Mary Falvey says working at Cal State L.A. has been a great gift.

“So many of our students stay in the area, so I get to see them blossom and flourish in the field of education and make an extraordinary difference, especially in the lives of families who have kids with disabilities,” Falvey said.

Falvey, who has served as the Charter College of Education’s dean for the past seven years, retired at the end of February.

A national authority on inclusive education for students with and without disabilities, Falvey joined the faculty in 1980. She coordinated the program in severe disabilities and inclusive education and was recognized as an Outstanding Professor in 1987-88. After a couple years as director of student services for the Charter College of Education, Falvey was installed as dean in 2006.

Public education, particularly for those with disabilities, has changed tremendously in the past 30 years. Laws and regulations were enacted to ensure equal opportunities and access to previously underserved students. But more importantly, the mindset of how to approach teaching students with disabilities has been altered.

“The core essence is dignity and value,” Falvey said. “More people believe in recognizing the worth and the abilities of children with disabilities. Thirty years ago, they weren’t even in the public schools. The law helped push the system to serve those students, but you can’t legislate caring or a commitment and belief in children. More teachers have embraced educating students with disabilities.”

The key to her long tenure is the student population, whom Falvey says “never take a minute of the education for granted because they are paying for it out of their own pockets.” And the best memories were made at commencements—she’s never missed one.

“Seeing the pride in the graduates’ faces and in their families’ faces … so many of them never thought that their children, spouses, or mothers would ever be able to get a college education. And then it’s an education with a career. It opens up teaching or counseling as an option to them. I cry every year.”

Diane L. Fazzi will serve as acting dean of the Charter College of Education until May 31, 2013, when Eunsook Hyun will begin her tenure as dean. Hyun comes from University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she served as professor of curriculum studies and associate provost.

Los Angeles mayoral debate held on campus

Los Angeles mayoral debate

On Feb. 18, Cal State L.A. became a political arena as it played host to five candidates battling to be the next mayor of Los Angeles.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti, city Controller Wendy Greuel, entertainment lawyer Kevin James, Councilwoman Jan Perry and tech executive Emanuel Pleitez discussed platforms and policy, defended political records and hurtled attacks at each other during the 90‒minute mayoral debate organized by the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, and which aired live on KABC‒TV Channel 7.

The debate was moderated by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Marc Brown, with questions generated by Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute, David A. Holtzman, president of the Los Angeles League of Women Voters, and John North of ABC7 Eyewitness News.

The feisty exchanges between top contenders Garcetti and Greuel set up the clash for the March 5 primary election, in which they received 32.9 and 29.2 percent of the votes, respectively. The two City Hall mainstays will face off in the runoff election scheduled for May 21.

AROUND L.A.: Down for the count

Trying to identify homeless people in Los Angeles County is an enormous undertaking requiring 5,000 volunteers. This year, Cal State L.A. students were among those participating in the 2013 Greater L.A. Homeless Count.

The count, conducted every two years and organized by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, helps the agency demonstrate the region’s need for housing, shelter and service programs to the federal government.

“In order to make a difference in the lives of homeless men, women and children in Los Angeles County, we need to know who they are and where they are,” said Maricor Garaniel, LAHSA volunteer coordinator. “The 2013 Greater L.A. Homeless Count is an opportunity for everyone throughout Los Angeles County to play a tremendous role in ending homelessness.”

Los Angeles has one of the largest homeless populations in the nation. More than 51,000 individuals were identified as homeless in the county in the 2011 count.

Two groups of students from Cal State L.A. took part in the census count on the night of Jan. 29, canvassing in East Los Angeles and Monterey Park.

To learn more about the students’ experience and the count, read the full story at /univ/ppa/spotlight/archive/2013/homelesscount-csula2013.php.

Calendar of Events

Antonio Adriano Puleo April 6-June 2 Luckman Gallery (Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. and Sat., noon-6 p.m.)

This exhibition features paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Antonio Puleo that examine patterns, both man-made and natural, and how paintings can play off of the architecture of an exhibition space. Call the Luckman Gallery at (323) 343-6604 for more information.

Luckman Jazz Orchestra: Featuring Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

8 p.m. April 13 Luckman Theatre

Dianne Reeves, today’s preeminent jazz vocalist, will join the critically acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra for a stellar one-night-only performance. Undeniably one of the most important jazz vocalists in history, Dianne Reeves’ impact on the art form is deeply rooted. The four time Grammy Award-winner’s incredible artistic range is celebrated throughout the world. The New York Times says Dianne Reeves is “the vocal heir of Sarah Vaughan.” Call the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600 for more information.

Northwest Dance Project 8 p.m. April 20 Luckman Theatre

Founded in 2004, the Northwest Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, contemporary new dance works from established and emerging dance makers. Led by acclaimed Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, the NW Dance Project lies in the art of dance as a whole, providing artists at the threshold of their careers the chance to hone their craft, as well as fostering an environment for their artists to take risks, experiment, develop, and explore. The Northwest Dance Project has established itself as a bold and innovative contemporary dance company performing an all-original repertoire from a select roster of accomplished choreographers as well as the most promising new talents in the field of contemporary dance. Call the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600 for more information.

Honors Convocation 7 p.m. April 26 Eagles Nest Gym

Dean’s List honorees, recipients of scholarships and grants, and Honors College will be honored at the program. In addition, new freshmen will be recognized for having entered the University with a 3.5 GPA or higher on their high school records. Call the Academic Affairs office at (323) 343-3808 for more information.

David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture 6:15 p.m. May 14 U-SU Los Angeles Room

Speaker: Dr. José E. Muñoz, Chair of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Professor Muñoz’s research has focused on comparative ethnic studies, queer theory, and performance art. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from Duke University. Call the CSULA English Dept. at (323) 343-4140 for more information.

Pat Brown Institute’s 32nd Annual Awards Dinner 6 p.m. May 23 Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Pat Brown Legacy Award: James M. Rosser, President, California State University, Los Angeles Community Service Award: Erika Glazer, Erika J. Glazer Family Scholarship Fund Public Service Award: Veronica Marquez, 2012 California Teach of the Year—Harmony Elementary School, LAUSD

Call the Pat Brown Institute at CSULA at (323) 343-3770 for more information.

2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement June 14-15 University Stadium

The 2013 Cal State L.A. Commencement ceremonies will be spread over two days:

Friday 5 p.m. Ceremony - Charter College of Education, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, and College of Health and Human Services.

Saturday 8 a.m. Ceremony - College of Arts and Letters, College of Business and Economics, and College of Natural and Social Sciences. Call the Academic Affairs office at (323) 343-3808 for more information.