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October Alumni & Friends Monthly Update

Fall Fun & Festivities for Everyone!

Benefits 

Dine with Delight at the Battle of the Dance Dinner Show in Anaheim! Buy one ticket, get one of equal or lesser value for FREE! This is a limited time offer – valid thru 11/20/11 (Both tickets must be used on the same day.) Adult tickets for Platinum are $72.00, for Gold are $48.00. For 12 years or younger tickets for Platinum are $41.00, for Gold are $26.00. Battle of the Dance is a spectacular presentation of international performers, captivating dancers, and exquisite dining transporting you to the finest stages of Europe for unrivaled family entertainment. Your dining experience of gourmet tenderloin, sumptuous seafood or savory chicken and is accented with appetizers and complimented with a selection of wines and spirits. Please see attached Recreation Connection flyer for details.

Ignite the Night with Nightmare: A Haunted Attraction at Fairplex in Pomona. Five great mazes for the price of one! These discounted tickets, which is $12.00, are available only thru our website www.recreationconnection.com. Last year he roamed the haunted barns alone. Now, he is looking for a bride! Pitchfork the maniacal farmer returns this Halloween to Nightmare… a Haunted Attraction at Fairplex. Five terrifying mazes offer the opportunity to escape from a fate surely worse than death. If you don’t want to give Pitchfork your hand in wedded bliss, and we mean give, or become his next victim, you must find your way out of one of the mazes. This is where your most haunted thoughts become reality. Please see attached Recreation Connection flyer for details.

Spotlight on Career

Oceans Interactive Internship – Digital Experiences to Save the Natural World. Experience working in a professional creative design environment while immersing yourself in the wildest country on earth. At Oceans Interactive we’ve met a great many talented designers and developers with a real passion for wildlife and environmental conservation. Quite often these individuals struggle to find opportunities to utilize their passion in an environment relevant to their skills. This is where we come in. We are a design company focused purely on organizations that make a real contribution to the protection of the natural environment, be it through ecotourism, research and/or conservation. By partnering with our sister company, Oceans Research, we offer prospective designers the opportunity to gain experience not only in a creative environment but also in exciting wildlife adventures. To apply, contact Mrs. Lezanne Vermaak at +2744 690-5799 or internships@oceans-interactive.com. For more information, please visit www.oceans-interactive.com. Applications accepted until October 31, 2011.
 
Acumen LLC. - Quantitative Research Analyst
The majority of our current projects are in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid policy, with a particular focus on Medicare Part D and the quality of care and safety. Junior and Senior Quantitative Research Analysts – Statistical typically conduct econometric and statistical analyses of data using statistical software, develop research files from large confidential datasets, interact with project officers and other government agency representatives and clients to access data and program information, and work with senior researchers. Minimum qualifications include BA/BS in economics, statistics, math, public policy or related field, statistical or computer programming knowledge, and experience in quantitative analysis and proven analytical ability. For more information, go to http://www.acumenllc.com/careers/default.html. Other positions being offered are data system algorithm programmer and software and web programmer. Applications accepted until November 30, 2011.
 
CallSource – Sales Executive (Inside) – Media / Ad Agency – Salary+Comm
CallSource; a Leading Call Tracking Company located in Westlake Village with over 200 employees is looking for talented full-time Inside Account Executive to join its growing team. Candidates with sales experience are preferred however; we encourage EVERYONE to apply as we have immediate openings. Account Executives must be highly motivated to succeed, hunters and closers are needed. Experience in the industry is not required. Salary is TBD. Advertising/Television/Radio/Print/Online Media industry experience a plus. Strong candidates will have the ability to establish relationships on the phone, will be able to handle Excel and Power Point, candidates need to be comfortable, persistent and gracious on the telephone as well as other similar characteristics. Duties include prospect and acquire new clients on a monthly basis, acquire, develop and grow a portfolio of clients, work with sales, proactive communication with prospects and clients, as well as other similar duties. Must be able to sell. Some travel involved. Send resumes to tgeller@callsource.com or call 818-673-4717. Applications accepted until December 31, 2011.

Upcoming Events

Join us for the Sixth Annual Alumni Mentorship and Networking Night on December 1! This unique event matches members of the Alumni & Friends Association with a local professional in their fields. Enhance your networking skills, learn about leadership opportunities, and attend that evening’s Business & Technology Partnership Holiday Mixer for FREE! Mark your calendar, and remember to take advantage of this great career opportunity. If interested, please contact Tania Garcia at tania.garcia@csuci.edu or 805-437-8952.

CI’s MVS School of Business & Economics Presents 2011 Fall Speakers Series. The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands will present a series of three speakers beginning Friday, Sept. 9. All three programs include lunch, are free, and are open to the public. The fall series will focus on the theme: Meet the CEOs: Learn about issues facing these business and government organizations. Andrew F. Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito, Hardee’s, and La Salsa), spoke on September 9. The second in the series will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus and will feature Michael Powers, County Executive Officer for the County of Ventura since April 2011. The third program will be held Friday, Dec. 2, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus and will feature Thomas P. Smith, Chariman of the Board and co-founder of TASER International. Please RSVP by visiting http://business.csuci.edu/events.htm. For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu.

CI Art Program Announces Exhibition “Eclectic Visions”. The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands is pleased to announce the opening of “Eclectic Visions”, the annual Art faculty show now on display through October 27 in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, October 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. The artworks in this exhibition reflect the vast research and vibrant imagination of the artists, expressed in bronze sculptures and conceptual installations, graphic design and paintings, mixed media and video, and photography and ceramics. Creativity and craft, subtly intertwined in all these works, unify the eclectic visual language to create a compelling conceptual and pictorial narrative. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information contact the Art Program, at 805-437-8570 or art@csuci.edu.

Making the News

Dodger Day Delights and Highlights for A&FA. Alumni and Friends came together for the 8th Annual Dodger Day on September 18. There were about 100 in attendance, with their spirited CSU Channel Islands rally towels in hand. Thank you to all who joined the Alumni & Friends’ tradition. The Dodgers’ win over the Pirates 15-1 was not a bad thing either!

CI Wins NASA Grant to Teach Climate Science in Local High Schools. A grant obtained from NASA by CSU Channel Islands will help engage Ventura County high school students in the science behind global climate change. CI Science Education Professor Dr. Bob Bleicher secured the $593,000 grant to help biology and earth sciences teachers incorporate NASA climate change data, research and curriculum into their classrooms. Teachers at eight schools in the Oxnard Union, Ventura Unified and Santa Paula Union High School Districts will receive professional development and resources under the grant. CI was one of only 14 institutions across the nation awarded the funding through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program. For more information on the grant, contact Dr. Bleicher at bob.bleicher@csuci.edu. For more information on NASA’s education programs, visit www.nasa.gov/education.

CI Student Wins Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship. CSU Channel Islands junior Stephanie Bower is one of 18 students in the CSU system to win a 2011-2012 Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students. The $6,000 award provides assistance for full-time students at CSU campuses who are declared legally blind. Dale M. Schoettler, a successful businessman who was blind himself started the scholarship. When he died in 2001, Schoettler left $4.8 million to the CSU Foundation to fund scholarships for visually impaired students at all 23 CSU campuses. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be legally blind, enrolled full time and maintain at least a 2.8 GPA. Anne Gillespie Brown, Director of the CSU Foundation, stated, “As evidenced by the serious medical problems that Stephanie has faced and fought… Stephanie will continue as she says, to jump, hop, and skip over all the brick walls that are in the way to a doctorate degree. She is an extraordinary person who is nothing short of inspiration.”

CI’s President’s Dinner to Present Lagomarsino Award to the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation and the Smith Family. The Twelfth-Annual CSU Channel Islands President’s Dinner took place on Sunday, October 2, at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. The gala event – Una Bella Sera­ ­– included the presentation of the CSU Channel Islands Robert J. Lagomarsino Award and celebrated the University’s accomplishments. The Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation and the Smith Family have been named the 2011 recipient of the Lagomarsino Award. The Smith family named the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CI and their gift built the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making as well as endowed the MVS Professorship of Economics. The President’s Dinner is the premier fund-raising event of the year for the University. In addition to the presentation of the Lagomarsino Award, guests at this elegant Italian-themed event enjoyed a five course gourmet menu complimented by fine wines created exclusively for the occasion, and bidded on exciting and unique live and silent auctions all at an exquisite historic venue.

CI Hosted Author Gregory H. Williams. CSU Channel Islands will present its seventh annual Campus Reading Celebration featuring Dr. Gregory H. Williams, author of Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black, on October 3. A book signing followed Williams’ presentation. The Campus Reading Celebration provides an annual opportunity for the campus community and public to share in a common intellectual experience. This year’s Campus Reading Celebration book follows the life of Williams, who grew up believing he was white but learned that his father was half black. Williams is the author of three published books, in which this book is the best known. As a result of this autobiography, he has been featured on a number of national programs including “Oprah,” “Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw,” and “Larry King Live.” In this remarkable memoir, Williams brings us with him as he negotiates the “color line” and brings a vivid contrast between the black and white worlds.

CI Remains Open for Spring 2012 Applications. CSU Channel Islands has announced that it will continue to accept applications for the spring 2012 semester. CI began accepting applications on Aug. 1 and upper division transfer students with 60 or more transferable semester units are encouraged to apply. “By continuing to accept applications for spring, the campus plans to meet the need of our many regional students are ready to begin working towards their goal of a four-year degree,” said Ginger Reyes, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Admissions & Records. The University expects to admit more than 400 transfer applicants for the spring semester, bringing total campus enrollment to more than 4,000 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. Requirements and applications for eligible transfer students are available online at www.csumentor.edu or on CI’s website at www.csuci.edu.

CI nursing student wins Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for outstanding achievement: Sophomore with multiple sclerosis aims to help others face medical challenges. Carli Lovell, a sophomore nursing student, is the 2011-2012 CSU Channel Islands recipient of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The $3,000 award, given to one student at each of CSU’s 23 campuses, recognizes students with financial need who have overcome significant hardships to excel in academics, community service and personal achievements. Lovell, a 19-year-old from West Covina, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 15. Lovell hopes to go into neonatal nursing, earning a master’s degree and, one day, specialize in helping children and teenagers with multiple sclerosis. Lovell and the 22 other Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award winners were honored at a ceremony on September 20, at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach. For more information on the award and this year’s winners, visit http://calstate.edu/foundation/hearst.

CI Faculty Members Awarded Google Grant to Develop Teacher Technology Project. Three CSU Channel Islands School of Education faculty members who were awarded fellowships and a grant from Google are developing a program to help teachers use technology more effectively in the classroom. CI Professor Dr. Jeanne Grier, Associate Professor Dr. Jill Leafstedt and Adjunct Lecturer Catharine Reznicek of the Ventura County Office of Education earned fellowships to take part in Google’s first-ever Faculty Institute. While at the Institute, Grier, Leafstedt and Reznicek developed the idea for UDTech, an online program that helps teachers create lesson plans using technology to engage all different types of learners in the classroom. The concept is based on applying the principles of universal design, which are rooted in engineering and architecture, to technology in education. Google funded the proposal with a $20,000 grant and has asked the three faculty members to return in May to present their project. Ultimately, Grier, Leafstedt and Reznicek hope to make UDTech available to the entire CSU system and the broader education community.

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