Commendation in Memory of CSU Academic Senator Shane G. Frehlich


WHEREAS, Shane Frehlich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1990, and a doctorate in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Florida in 1997; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Frehlich began his career in public higher education as an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at the State University New York (SUNY), Cortland, and worked his way up to professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); and

WHEREAS, Professor Frehlich’s professional expertise was in the area of motivation and cognitive and social psychology, and he was a published researcher and academic mentor in this important area of study; and

WHEREAS, Not only was Professor Frehlich elected Vice President of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education, he was elected in 2011 by the faculty of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as both Faculty Vice President and a CSUN delegate to the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU), and in 2014 he became CSUN Faculty President; and

WHEREAS, As a member of the ASCSU, Senator Frehlich served with distinction on two of its standing committees (the Academic Affairs and Faculty Affairs Committees) where he developed a strong passion for issues related to higher education and the role of kinesiology within it; and

WHEREAS, Senator Frehlich inspired the ASCSU, the California Faculty Association, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office Human Resource Services to collaborate on a change in system-wide policy regarding cross-campus redistribution of sick leave that has implications for each of about 23,000 faculty members in the CSU; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Frehlich was well respected as a professor, researcher, advisor, leader and mentor, but he will be missed most as a friend; and

WHEREAS, Former students and colleagues will remember Shane Frehlich not only for his tireless efforts on their behalf, but also his genuine warmth and compassion; and

WHEREAS, Shane Frehlich was lost to us on September 4, 2015 due to complications arising from Acute Myeloid Leukemia; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU memorialize the achievements of CSU Academic Senator Shane Frehlich and express its profound sadness upon his passing; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU express its deep sympathy to his wife Dianne and sons Max, Miles and Jonas; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU extend its condolences to the CSUN campus community, in particular its Faculty Senate, in the loss of its Faculty President.

Approved by Acclamation –  November 6, 2015




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