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  • July 13, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    Campus Community The upcoming baseball All Star Game always sends the signal that the summer is in full swing and flying by rapidly One of the highlights of summer 2015 thus far was the return of the 4th of July fireworks to campus after a five year hiatus Our thanks to the Turlock Chamber of Commerce and the City of Turlock for the very productive partnership that made the celebration possible Within our own campus community I want to thank all of the units that went the extra mile to make the event a success Commercial Operations Risk Management the University Police Department Facilities Services Communications and Public Affairs Reprographics and Chartwells The evening went very well thousands attended and the fireworks were spectacular As important many children were on a college campus for the first time and could imagine themselves studying here someday It was a special evening Otherwise the summer progresses as most summers do except that the lawns are much browner and our campus has become a leader in water conservation programming Summer camps are well underway Summer classes continue New students are appearing for their orientations The enrollment picture looks good for the coming year Budget

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  • June 19, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    Updates June 19 2015 June 19 2015 President s Update Printable PDF Version May 19 2015 To The Campus Community I imagine that most of you have heard the news that the Governor and legislature have reached agreement on the 2015 16 budget such that it moves the allocation to the CSU beyond what was signaled in the May Revision Indeed the new budget adds 59 million to the allocation proposed in May and provides the CSU with the amount sought by the Board of Trustees This is very positive news Details are forthcoming and they will be important in the sense that we have yet to learn how much will be allocated to our campus and for what particular functions and needs increased enrollment deferred maintenance and so forth Important to remember as well is that the amount sought by the Board was what was considered necessary to keep things afloat not what it would take to move back the clock to a better time That said considerable pressure has been lifted from us The greatest budget pressure that we still face is an overreliance upon reserves to address needs normally met with base dollars In short we are spending our reserves faster than we can replenish them and we must reduce our dependence upon reserves before the situation becomes exceptionally serious In this vein I invite you to read the recent recommendations of the University Budget Advisory Committee which help us focus on this matter I need to study the specific recommendations further before responding but do want to extend my sincere thanks to UBAC members for their exceptional work They have captured well the financial dilemmas with which we are wrestling as we try to give our best to our students My continued wishes for an enjoyable

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  • May 19, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    key there is no such thing as the disinterested bystander Intervene Health and Safety Of related interest we have become a lead campus in our approach to risk management health and safety My thanks go out to everyone who is formally involved our Risk Management Committee and campus leadership in the risk management area our newly reconstituted campus Safety Committee and our ongoing initiative to promote health and safety on campus My appreciation also goes to the rest of our campus community more generally Cultural change is critical to health and safety We need to look out for each other Identity On the matter of connection to the community I am pleased to note the progress made by the Brand Identity Enhancement Project Committee Members have worked tirelessly to shape recommendations regarding names by which to refer to our university within official communications a logo design and a tagline slogan that captures much of what we are and aspire to be The work will continue through the summer and we hope to have the final product ready for community introduction as the fall semester begins I am grateful to everyone who has participated in committee work and in focus groups for this project Alumni This has been a good year for our alumni relations team Our Vines event came back better than ever it was a great night Stan State has gotten its name out into the community has seen an uptick in alumni interest and pride in their alma mater and has demonstrated that we can play with the big kids we stand at number three in the system behind Long Beach and Fullerton in the number of our alumni who posted on the CSU 3 Million Alumni website And there s cause for celebration One of our alumni

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  • May 15, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    Committee for its commitment to thorough review of the budget and consultation with the campus community We remain in tough financial times UBAC s approach signals both the gravity of the times and the importance of the potential manner in which we address our challenges In a related vein I am grateful for the work of the Committee for the Implementation of the Strategic Plan The committee is now receiving comments from the campus community regarding its potential recommendations to me I appreciate the current focus on priorities and assessment regarding strategic objectives for the University Thoughtful well executed advising remains the key especially with first generation college students to academic success mastery of basic knowledge and skill sets academic performance time to graduation and so forth The University Task Force on Advising has been working diligently this year to produce recommendations to guide the campus s efforts to provide effective and engaging advice to our students I appreciate the efforts of the Task Force members Parking plans and fee schedules have been addressed this year by way of thoughtful recommendations from the Campus Ad Hoc Parking Task Force We now have an approach that brings consistency and predictability to the next seven years but also provides the capacity to alter direction should the need arise I appreciate the hard work of the Task Force members and the input of those who were part of the consultation process The Cross Divisional Collaboration Committee continues to research and suggest efficiencies in how we do business across campus divisions Among this year s efforts was the streamlining of various HR processes such as reporting funding changes and separation clearance activities Also in the works are the streamlining of the fee waiver process and an analysis of the results of the electronic communication

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  • April 28, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    wore high heels and paid the price in quaking calves and ankles and later very sore lower backs Student Affairs and Residential Life really stepped up bringing a busload of students Fraternities made a huge statement All aimed at sending the message that domestic and sexual violence will be tolerated no longer Modesto saw our campus make its statement in its Warrior red shirts Perhaps most important contemporary stereotypes of college men were challenged CSU Stanislaus college men led the way Scholarships for Student Writers I am also pleased to announce the availability of ten 2 000 GROW Greatness Relies on Writing scholarships for our undergraduates for the 2015 16 academic year These come courtesy of the One Purpose scholarship campaign The scholarships are competitive Student applicants must be full time have a CSU Stanislaus cumulative GPA of 3 25 or higher and have no more than 150 units The applications must contain a 500 word essay regarding the importance of writing in life and work in contemporary society those of successful applicants will be posted on the GROW website The applications must also be accompanied by a sample of the applicant s course related writing and letters of support from two faculty members Please deliver the application packages to the Office of the President subject GROW scholarships Applications are due May 10 2015 I look forward to reading the best from some of our very best Student Success Hats off to students who are engaging in various regional academic competitions Lorie Webb and Teri Kelly took first and third place honors respectively within the best undergraduate papers at the recent Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Conference Eric Nystrom s paper placed third among the best graduate papers The conference brought together 33 student contestants from Northern California and

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  • April 17, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    April 17 2015 President s Update Printable PDF Version April 17 2015 To The Campus Community I want to say thanks to all of you alumni who have signed on to the CSU Class of 3 Million web site We have surpassed the 500 mark holding strong in third place and in hot pursuit of two of the big campuses for first place Every one of you who signed up helped us send the message to the rest of the system that CSU Stanislaus is for real a true source of pride for alumni and the entire campus community And there s still time the web site remains open through June 30 2015 Thank you for your interest and your hard work I also again invite any and all to join your colleagues at the Haven Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Modesto next Saturday morning April 25 I especially want to thank the men who signed up on one of the teams from the University and the women who are attending to support the event Proceeds benefit Haven s efforts to combat domestic abuse and violence against women To join a CSU Stanislaus team mine is President s Pacers please sign up via the event web site the entry fee is lower for those who come in as team members We are asking everyone who participates in the event walking or just showing your support to wear a Warrior Red shirt It sends a tremendous message to our region And if you can t participate but wish to donate you can do so online Or send your check made out to Haven Women s Center to the Office of the President We ll see that it gets delivered Again thank you for your generosity and your willingness

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  • March 16, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    means effectively that we can look forward rather than to the past and are back on schedule with regular WASC reports and visits I am exceedingly grateful to everyone who worked hard to make the October special visit a success The WASC outcome is a very positive statement about CSU Stanislaus Budget News There is little new to report on the budget front The CSU is working with legislators regarding possible increases to the state allocation to the system The effect on the CSU of ongoing discussions between the governor and the University of California concerning tuition hikes for UC students remains to be seen Meanwhile various CSUs including Fresno State are moving toward enrollment impaction which likely will increase enrollment pressure on our campus The University Budget Advisory Committee has begun its look at our budget situation for 2015 16 We have definite challenges We entered 2014 15 with 600 000 less in state funding than we had planned We also are in the third of four years of Prop 30 temporary relief and years three and four provide 15 percent less revenue to the CSU than did years one and two The drop in Prop 30 funding virtually assured little expansion in enrollment the common mode of increased revenue for a campus Indeed we have been given an enrollment target with only one percent growth about 70 new students FTES for next year Against this backdrop I have asked UBAC and the Vice Presidents to examine the balance in our expenditures between ongoing state funding and reserves Little or no new state funding is coming our way and Prop 30 relief begins to sunset in a year We must budget conservatively and approach our financial obligations needs and aspirations understanding that a ours already is a skeletal workforce

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  • March 6, 2015 | California State University Stanislaus
    how well the University is doing generally For example we have tied for second place and in the top 18 among 233 western universities in the Washington Monthly s Best Bang for the Buck rankings Individual employees are drawing important attention to CSU Stanislaus as well The Department of Social Work s Dr Kilolo Brodie for instance will be among the honorees at a reception this month for Governor Brown s African American appointees Dr Brodie was appointed to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities in 2014 Noelia Gonzalez Director of Admissions and Financial Aid has been asked to present at the California Student Aid Commission CSAC hearing this April And you likely read about Dr Viji Sundar s receipt of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the San Joaquin Engineers Council Congratulations to each of them and to all of you who make such a difference in our students and colleagues lives Our Office of University Advancement achieved distinction recently The Council for Advancement and Support of Education CASE District VII western states chose CSU Stanislaus for a gold award in Best Practices in Fundraising Campaigns and a bronze award in Targeted Campaigns for the University s highly successful One Purpose campaign Congratulations on two well deserved awards Hats off too to the many staffers administrators and students who produced and facilitated one of the best conferences ever held at CSU Stanislaus Last Saturday s Education Technology Conference attracted nearly 1 200 participants from the region and beyond It went off without a hitch and spawned a long list of notes of congratulations and gratitude Not to be outdone our College of Science faculty staff and students again put together a great Science Day for regional youth Their impact on the future of science in the region was

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