CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 11, No. 9, April 19, 2012

Willie Hagan Appointed CSUDH Interim President

Interim President Willie HaganWillie Hagan has been named as interim president of CSU Dominguez Hills. Hagan currently serves as interim president of CSU Fullerton, and has held various senior leadership positions throughout his 16 year tenure there. He will assume the interim presidency June 11, succeeding President Mildred García. More.

Every Day is Earth Day

Students at SDSU's "GreenFest" celebration.Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. And like other political movements during that era, it originated at colleges and universities.

This week, CSUs are continuing that tradition of student advocacy by demonstrating the environmental commitment they have all year long. More.

Bolstering Business

Remarkable success stories come from Californians who sought the help of a Small Business Development Center at a CSU.Even in the midst of the state-wide economic crisis, the “American Dream” is still a reality for some small business owners:

In 2009, Bakersfield resident Marcus Johnson was laid off from his job. Today, Johnson owns a thriving business with more than 80 employees.

A viable business plan turned Cal Poly student Davis Carlin’s ideas for a life-saving medical device into reality.

In 2008, Paul Farmer’s Salinas-based vocational training business struggled to survive. Farmer’s newly-revived company recently re-hired the employees he had to let go.

These remarkable success stories come from Californians who sought the help of a Small Business Development Center at a California State University campus. More.

CSU Joins Forces for Veteran Care

CSU Fullerton nursing studentsCSU nursing programs at East Bay, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego, San José and Sonoma joined 524 other nursing schools and organizations in a national initiative which aims to provide better care for our veterans. Coordinated by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the initiative strives to educate current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injury, depression and other combat-related issues. More.

Summer at Sea

Cal Maritime cadetsThis summer, Cal Maritime has planned four faculty-led tours in addition to its annual two-month training cruise onboard the Training Ship Golden Bear. The voyages play an important role in ensuring each student obtains an international perspective that prepares them for success in today's global economy. Follow the cadets' educational journeys at www.csum.edu/voyages.

In the news

Cal Poly Pomona Stem Cell Initiative Awarded Additional $1.5 Million

Cal Poly Pomona has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant renewal for stem cell education and research from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Building upon a previous $1.5 million grant, the award will increase stem cell learning and internship opportunities for students. More.

Panetta Lectures Inspire Students at CSUMB

Throughout its annual lecture series at CSU Monterey Bay, the Panetta Institute ensures that its featured speakers are heard by students from surrounding communities. The world-renowned speakers spend an afternoon session with CSUMB students, and those from area high schools, colleges, and military installations, addressing issues of interest to them and answering their questions. More.

Dalai Lama Visits SDSU

The San Diego State community had the extraordinary opportunity to become inspired by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Prize recipient addressed students on “Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times." More.

SF State Celebrates Renovated Library

San Francisco State recently opened its newly-renovated J. Paul Leonard Library. The project to renovate and expand the university's library, started in 2008, has converted the building into a fully accessible, state-of-the art facility. More.

Fresno State Launches New Campus Logo

Fresno State is launching an integrated marketing and communications initiative that incorporates a new logo, the university’s well-recognized dog-paw symbol and three words sharply defining the university and its mission of opportunity: Discovery. Diversity. Distinction. More.

The CSU Green Sheet

The CSU is proud to share a part in the origin of Earth Day, as its founder, Gaylord Nelson, is an alumnus of San José State.

A lot has changed since Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970—but the mission behind the movement has not. See how CSU campuses are keeping it alive in the latest
CSU Green Sheet


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