Save with “Wholiday” Fun at Universal Studios! From December 26-31, 2011; 2012-TBD, tickets are $13 off Gate prices and you also get two days free! Tickets for 3 years old or over are $64.00; children less than 3 years of age are free. Experience your favorite holiday story brought to life with the Grinchmas celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood. Watch as the Grinch and his friends from Whoville put on a living stage show featuring original music and dance as well as the other fun festivities! Please see attached Recreation Connection flyer for details.

Spend the Holidays with the Holiday Cruise in Newport Beach. For just $18.00 for adults and $15.50 for 12 years and younger, you can cruise around the Newport Beach Harbor to view the hundreds of waterfront estates, docks, and landscapes that are lit with extravagant themed light displays through December 1-13 and December 19-31. Enjoy the sights of Newport Harbor on this Newport Landing cruise. Please see attached Recreation Connection flyer for details.

Career Opportunities

Executive Director (Ratepayer Advocate) – Public Accountability office. In March 2011, Los Angeles voters approved the creation of the Public Accountability office which functions as the RatePayer Advocate and provides independent public review of the water and power rate of the Department of Water and Power (DWP). The newly created position of Executive Director will function as the Ratepayer Advocate to provide public independent analysis of actions by the DWP as they relate to water and electricity rates. The successful candidate will have substantial executive level experience, ten years or more of senior level experience, with a strong emphasis on financial expertise and organizational accountability. A competitive executive level compensation package will be offered for this position, with an excellent benefits package. Candidates are encouraged to submit early in the process and to apply prior to December 2, 2011. Please submit resume, cover letter, salary history, and professional references to Ms. Heather Renschler at

Teacher of English Conversation Classes – Teaching and Exchange of Chinese Culture. TECC program participants will be responsible for teaching English at public or private schools in China. Typical students will be of elementary to high school level. A typical TECC program participant’s position includes duties as teaching in English, preparation of class curriculum, assignment and grading homework and tests, organizing and overseeing English language social clubs, and other tasks. Benefits include 7,000 Chinese Yuan monthly (the average salary for a Chinese office worker in a metropolitan city is around 2,000 Chinese Yuan/month), free apartment (furnished), round-trip airfare reimbursement, paid holidays, and opportunities to learn Chinese, to visit local scenic spots. The city is Guangzhou, across the border from Hong Kong). To apply, please send application to Applications accepted until December 31, 2011.

Oracle Business Analyst – Walkwater Technologies. This position will be responsible primarily for daily technological functional support of the Oracle ERP modules. Additionally, this position will consult with business users to develop Oracle business solutions and document business system requirements. This individual is also responsible for performing business process/requirements analysis and re-engineering, module set up and configuration, spec customizations, coordinate and conduct unit testing, and reports documentation. Work closely with customers, colleagues, suppliers, and business stakeholders to define business requirements and documenting business processes using Oracle methodology and data flow diagrams. Salary is 60k annually. For more information, please visit To apply, please contact Jayanthy Manam at or call 408-269-0061, ext. 110. 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 field. Enhance your networking skills, learn about leadership opportunities, with Dr. Bruce Heller as the speaker and attend that evening’s Business & Technology Partnership Holiday Mixer for FREE! Drew Tolman, the Post Production Supervisor for the Walt Disney Company will be the main speaker for the Holiday Mixer. Take advantage of this great career opportunity, reserve a spot now spaces are limited. Please contact Jonathan Neira at or 805-437-3764.

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. 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. The last 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 For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or

CI to Hold Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening. Noted military speakers and veterans’ advocates will highlights public events. CSU Channel Islands invites the community, students, faculty and staff to the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on Wednesday, November 9 at 2pm at the Bell Tower Fountain Courtyard on the CI campus. The event will include remarks from former NFL player, Iraq veteran and noted veteran’s advocate Jeremy Staat, Naval Base Ventura County Commander Capt. James McHugh, University President Richard R. Rush, as well as others respectively. Officially opened to students this fall, the CI Veterans Resource Center is designed to support student veterans beyond the classroom while providing services that reinforce transition and improve retention. For more information, contact Jay Derrico, Veterans Affairs Program Coordinator, at 805-437-2745 or

CI Art Program Announces Exhibition “Chinatown Plaza and Victorians” The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands is pleased to announce the opening of “Chinatown Plaza and Victorians” by Simone Gad, a well-known Los Angeles artist. The exhibition will be on display in the Napa Hall art gallery located on the campus from November 10 through December 16. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Gad’s paintings at present have evolved to depict images of L.A. Chinatown Plaza and Victorian homes. Her recent work addresses the preservation of “old” Los Angeles and its disappearing architecture. For additional information, contact the Art Program at 805-437-8570 or

Take Advantage of the Career Development Services Events & Workshops!  Career Development Services is hosting events and workshops for your benefit. Here are the events and workshops provided:

  • How to Prepare for the Graduate & Professional School Fair – Learn how to effectively utilize your time with graduate & professional schools at the annual Graduate & Professional School Fair. It will be held on Wednesday, November 9 from 11am-12pm at Bell Tower 1548.
  • Graduate & Professional School Fair Week 2011: Workshops, Graduate & Professional School Fair Preparation & Mock Interviews – A complete schedule of workshops and events can be requested in the Career Development Center. This event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, November 8-11. Please see Graduate School Fair Week Schedule located on our website located under Our Services. Also available in Bell Tower 1548. Various times and locations on campus.
  • Weekly Resume Clinic – Have a question about your resume? This peer-to-peer clinic is designed to give you the ability to have your questions answered by Career Resource Assistants. The clinic will be open every Tuesday from September 20 to November 29 at 10:30am-1:30pm in the Broome Library Plaza.
  • Drop-In Career Counseling – Do you have a quick question about your resume or cover letter? Looking for an on-campus or off-campus job? Drop by to have your career related questions answered by the Coordinator for Career Development Services or by a Career Resource Assistant. Counseling will be held every Thursday from September 15 to December 1 at 10:30am-1:30pm in Bell Tower 1548.

Making the News

Advances with the Alumni Communications Focus Group Meeting on October 27, 2011. Alumni came together to focus on A&FA’s methods of communication and to give feedback. Not only were there some new ideas, but there was also a confirmation of some strategies the A&FA team had been investigating.  The feedback was necessary and the presence of each participant will make an impact on how we serve alumni in the future.  Thank you also to the Camarillo Chamber’s Young Professional Group for their generous sponsorship. 

Join The Camarillo Chamber Young Professional Group and Get Connected.  The Camarillo Chamber Young Professionals Group (YPG) was created in response to the growing need to connect young professionals to the business community through networking, professional development, and service to the Chamber of Commerce.  The YPG is dedicated to working with Channel Islands Students and Alumni. Currently there are many CI alumni involved with YPG, some of which have used YPG as a stepping stone to their current employment. Young Professionals Group is devoted to providing young professionals with the skills, contacts, and opportunities to help them succeed and become active members of the business community in Camarillo. Annual activities include Leadership Development Seminar, Lunch with a Purpose, Annual Casino Night Fundraiser and many more. To find out more please visit or call 805-484-4383 x4.

CI Awarded $6 Million Federal Grant to Encourage Science and Math Graduates.University will partner with local community colleges, schools in five-year grant-funded effort. A $6 million federal grant will be used to help inspire and educate the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates at CSU Channel Islands and nearby community colleges. The grant, awarded to CI by the U.S. Department of Education, will be disbursed over five years in installments of $1.2 million. It targets Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) with the goal of enhancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. For additional information, contact Professor Phil Hampton at 805-437-8869 or

CI Science Carnival Offered up Science Lessons Disguised as Fun. College students organized event to foster youngsters’ interest in science as part of service learning class. Ventura County students, grades K-8, were invited to launch marshmallows, make glow-in-the-dark goo, mix their own lotion, torch gummy bears and electrocute pickles as part of CSU Channel Islands’ Third Annual Science Carnival. The event was held on October 21 at University Charter Middle School in Camarillo. It’s the third year that CI organized the Science Carnival for local students, with help from the Free Radicals, the student chemistry club. For the first time this year, 15 CI students developed the Science Carnival for credit in their CHEM 492 Service Learning class. For additional information, contact Dr. Phil Hampton, Professor of Chemistry, at 805-437-8869 or

CI Named a “Military Friendly School”Ranking by G.I. Jobs places CI in the top 20 percent of colleges who embrace veterans. CSU Channel Islands has been named a “Military Friendly School” in an annual list that highlights colleges and universities who are doing their best to recruit, retain and support military veterans. The ranking, which resulted from a survey of more than 8,000 institutions nationwide, places CI in the top 20 percent of all colleges and universities for its military friendliness. The annual list is compiled by G.I. Jobs magazine, a respected, veteran-owned publisher that targets members of the military. Currently, 171 students at CI are veterans, members of the military, or their survivors or dependents – approximately 3 percent of the total student body. For more information on CI’s veterans affair programs, contact Jay Derrico, Veterans Affairs Program Coordinator, at 805-437-2745 or To view the 2012 Military Friendly Schools list by G.I. Jobs, visit

CI Announces Director For Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies. Dr. Elizabeth Hartung has been appointed as the new Director of the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies at CSU Channel Islands. The HLI is CSU Channel Islands’ latest effort to apply CI’s highly qualified faculty and student talent toward addressing issues on behalf of the larger community. President Richard Rush stated, “Dr. Hartung is a trusted and respected colleague whose expertise in community issues will serve us well. Under her leadership, faculty and students will have the opportunity to research important workforce issues and provide valuable information to local small businesses.”

Interested In Being an A&FA Events Sponsor?  As an event sponsor, you will be able to reach out and advertise your business to 4,000+ alumni! If interested, please contact Tania Garcia at 805-437-8952 or