A publication for friends of Spring 2000 Vol. 5 No. 1
C A L I F O R N I A S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C H A N N E L I S L A N D S
IN THIS ISSUE
Securing Our Future
Summer College for High
$5 Million Gift Launches Endowment, MESSAGE
ÒMy wife, Martin V. ÒBudÓ Smith, a leading real
Martha, and I estate investor and developer, recently
are committed announced plans to provide a $5 mil-
lion endowment for California State
University Channel Islands. The gift
will create an endowed University
continue their Chair in Land Use Planning and
academic Development, a topic of great signifi-
studies in cance to the future of Ventura County. When I arrived in Ventura
Ventura County County some four years
The donation will also recognize and reward facul-
ago, the University was but
so that their ty for superior teaching and scholarship by endow-
a twinkle in everyone’s eye.
ing the Martin V. Smith Award for Teaching
talents and Excellence. In addition, the endowment of a Martin V.
We had 260 acres of lemon
opportunities trees and row crops, a
Smith Scholars program will enable the new University to
rather checkered project
may grow here recruit, reward, and retain the highest caliber of students. Mr.
history—and no money!
Smith is also establishing an endowment
as ours did,Ó to be used by the University President for How things have changed.
says Mr. Smith. opportunities that enhance the educational We now have the begin-
mission of CSU Channel Islands. “This nings of a major showpiece
gift is an incredible investment in the campus, which I believe
future of CSU Channel Islands,” says will become a campus of
University President J. Handel Evans. choice as we develop its
Mr. Smith’s imagination helped to potential in the years to
develop Channel Islands Harbor, the
come. Every time I come to
Oxnard Financial Plaza, and a host of
CSUCI President J. Handel Evans with Foundation work I am struck by the
other significant landmarks, which
Board Member Dr. Victoria Pozzi and Martin V. Smith. changes–some subtle, some
changed the face of Ventura County and
more obvious, which are
stimulated the local economy.
taking place as we prepare
for our first students. We
Summer Release: are just beginning, but our
CSU Channel Islands Master Plan
future looks bright.
It has been crucial, and still
is, that the university not
n July, CSU Channel Islands will pres- The objectives of the Physical Master Plan are to develop a stand alone as it proceeds
site that: with planning. The part-
ent its Physical Master Plan for campus
nerships that we create will
development to the Trustees of the • Accommodates a full-service, four-year university campus
have much mutual benefit
California State University System. The • Provides quality, public higher education programs to
as we progress. Our most
eligible high school graduates, community college transfer
Master Plan articulates a long-range significant and unique
students, and “non-traditional” students who are
approach which will guide the growth and partnership has been the
presently in the work force or retired
creation of the California
development of the campus over the next 25 • Develops an educational, cultural, and recreational State University Channel
years. The plan must be flexible in order to facility that serves all citizens of the region
Islands Site Authority as
accommodate changes of the physical infra- • Provides a beneficial re-use of an existing state facility a result of SB1923
structure and the academic mission of the • Preserves the historic nature of the site and its buildings (O’Connell.)
campus as time goes on. • Fosters an alternative funding mechanism for campus This legislation created the
means by which planning and
The Master Plan is the result of an 18-month collaboration development will take place in
process, which involved working with local municipalities, our quest to create a true uni-
the County of Ventura, representatives of the environmen- versity community.
tal community, and community members at large.
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PRESIDENTÕS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
(Continued from front page) Needs Analysis Submitted
The Site Authority, with
Supervisors Frank Schillo In what is considered to be a
“Having spoken with members of the Commission following our initial presentation
and Kathy Long represent- major hurdle in becoming an
in April, I feel confident we will receive CPEC approval in early Fall,” said Dr.
ing the County Board of academic credit-granting Barbara Thorpe, Associate Academic Vice President.
Supervisors and Council- university, CSU Channel Before an institution of higher education can grant academic credit, it must first
woman Charlotte Craven receive approval from CPEC by establishing a need for its existence. CSUCI’s “Needs
Islands will submit a ÒNeeds
of Camarillo representing Analysis” takes into account numerous factors, including the steady growth of the
the cities, ensures a public AnalysisÓ on May 1 to the
Northridge off-campus center since 1974, the economic needs of Ventura County,
voice in the sensitive issue California Postsecondary public school enrollment data, demographics, projected enrollment growth, possible
of the development of Education Commission. academic programs, and available facilities among other issues.
By the time you receive this
newsletter, we will be A Head Start Agricultural Collection
unveiling our final specific
plan for the project and igh school students interested in getting Comes To CSUCI
will have presented our a head start on their college studies can
supplementary enroll in CSU Channel IslandÕs Summer Channel Islands is the
Environmental Impact recipient of a $10,000 grant
College program, which begins this summer.
Report. This community
The five-week program earns students three college level
from the Hansen Trust to
development, with its uni-
versity housing and future credits. It is co-sponsored with CSU Northridge at Channel build the Hansen Trust Library Collection in
school sites identified will, Islands and combines academic coursework with Career Agricultural Management.
I trust, be well-received Exploration Seminars. Seminars will cover a range of
The successful proposal to the Hansen Trust Agricultural
within the community as a careers and academic disciplines including the arts, busi-
Literacy and Issues Competitive Grants Program will pro-
serious and thoughtful con- ness, education, health sciences, science and technology,
vide the new John Spoor Broome Library with an essential
clusion to a long process and the social and behavioral sciences.
collection of approximately 500 books. This collection will
involving many individuals The seminars will also help students make decisions
support educational programs in agricultural business man-
about college selection and career paths, as well as narrow
and organizations. agement, marketing, and finance.
choices for college majors. Special events are planned to
Much of the public interest The need for educational programs in agribusiness was
involve students in learning about law enforcement, the
underscored in a “Survey of Educational Needs in
has been held by our CSU K-9 Academy, local Chumash Native American histo-
Agriculture” funded in 1998 by the Hansen Trust and
unique development pro- ry, the latest in alternative fuel vehicles, careers in biotech-
reported in March of 1999. The results indicate the top pri-
gram; however, the pur- nology, the arts and business, recent developments in
ority of the agricultural business community in Ventura
pose of this development is sports medicine and kinesiology, and much more.
County is that CSUCI offers programs and courses in the
to facilitate the establish- We invite highly motivated students entering their jun-
business of agriculture, including marketing and finance.
ment of a university, not ior or senior year in high school to apply for CSU Channel
The collection will be purchased this Spring and Summer
the other way around. Islands’ first Summer College experience. For additional
and will be housed temporarily in the CSUN at Channel
Therefore, it is important information, students and parents may contact the program
to recognize the effects of coordinator, Dr. Shelley Bartenstein, at (805) 437-8451.
community support on our
Since the last issue of
Partnership Formed Getting Ahead
Current, we have been
blessed with a generous With Oxnard High In Business
gift in the form of a $5
million bequest from the Channel Islands and
estate of Martin V. Smith. Certificate in Business
Oxnard Union High
“Bud” Smith, as he is more provides basic business skills to students with
School District have
popularly known, has been BachelorÕs degrees from other disciplines.
formed a partnership, known as Project ASPIRE,
a developer of renown in
which is designed to prepare 200 junior high The course work allows students to learn the theory and
Ventura County and par-
applications of accounting, economics, finance and law, sta-
ticularly in the city of school students for college admission.
tistics, management, and marketing.
Oxnard. Project ASPIRE (Achieving Student Progress and Increasing “This is the new and innovative type of program that we
This gift, given to our Readiness for Education) is funded through the Ventura feel is the way of the future,” says Rear Admiral Robert C.
endowment fund, has spe- County Community Foundation, along with matching Chaplin. “For the Navy, it enables us to offer effective pro-
cific direction as to its use; funds from the Oxnard Union High School District. grams for people at sea. It’s really taking advantage of the new
and as such ensures a con- The program is intended to help students by increasing technology because it lets us take the classroom to the student.”
tinuity of funding for our basic English and mathematics proficiency skills, increasing Offered in collaboration with California State University,
university. The proceeds the number of graduates going to a California State Los Angeles, and the Navy Postgraduate School in
from the Smith bequest are University, and reducing the number of CSU freshman Monterey, the Certificate in Business Management is com-
requiring remedial work. Activities include CSU faculty prised of six fundamental management courses that are pre-
to be used to establish a
exchanges with math and English teachers, administration requisite to the Master in Business Administration degree.
faculty chair in Land Use
of diagnostics in English and math, development of tutor- Academic credit is awarded by CSU Los Angeles, and four
ing plans for each student, and tutoring students through of the six courses in the certificate program are also accept-
Development, which we
the Fall of 1999 and the Spring of 2000. Parental involve- ed by the Navy Postgraduate School as transfer units for the
hope will become a cata-
ment will be an important aspect of the partnership as Master of Science in Management degree.
lyst for the establishment
well. Instruction for this innovative certificate is delivered
of an institute for the study Staff members at both CSU Northridge and CSUN at entirely via the Internet. The on-line format permits students
of land use issues, particu- Channel Islands will provide advice regarding financial aid, to complete their assignments and participate in class discus-
larly those germane to our the college application process, and other admission issues. sions from any place, at any time. While the entire course
county. can be accessed via the web, faculty meets with students in
(Continued on next page) an intensive, one-day Saturday session on campus at the
beginning of each course. The first class is scheduled to
begin April 29, 2000.
Sharing Resources PRESIDENTÕS
Library Branch MESSAGE
Opens on Campus
(Continued from previous page)
HELP OUR In addition, Mr. Smith has
LIBRARY GROW demonstrated his interest
ince the Spring semester, CSU Northridge students enrolled in employing an outstand-
A gift to the CSU Channel Islands
ing faculty from the very
library is a wonderful way to remem- at the Channel Islands campus have had access to new library beginning and a part of the
ber a loved one or honor someone spe- facilities including computer workstations, group study areas, bequest is to be used to
cial on their birthday or anniversary.
and individual study stations equipped with power ports and reward and encourage fac-
Individuals making a donation of $50
Internet access. Housed in the west wing of the Bell Tower building, ulty in their research and
or more may have a name inscribed on classroom work. Ever
a bookplate, the 6,500 square foot library operates as a branch of the CSU
mindful of the sacrifice
which will be Northridge library. This facility will serve students and faculty until and commitment made by
placed in a the expected completion of the John Spoor Broome Library at CSU students, Mr. Smith has
new library Channel Islands in 2003. asked that a portion of the
acquisition. gift be allocated to scholar-
The library is open 62 hours per week and offers students a signifi-
For further ships for outstanding stu-
cantly expanded level of support from professional librarians. “Having a
information dents. The gift also con-
library provides a much-needed resource for students conducting research
please contact tains a provision for a fund
and a wonderful location for students to study,” says Larry Johnson,
Nancy President of the Associated Students at the Channel Islands campus. to be established to assist
Covarrubias Approximately 15,000 volumes are available in the library. In addi- the University in meeting
Gill at (805) tion, students have electronic access to the full text of thousands of jour- unforeseen or special
437-8456. nals and can order any item from the complete catalog at CSUN’s Oviatt needs. All in all a terrific
Library. A daily courier service delivers materials to the branch library vote of confidence in the
from the main campus. University’s future, a future
that will be ensured by this
These examples of partner-
ship and philanthropy set
the stage for the future,
and are assisted by the
Islands Foundation general goodwill and sup-
port of many others who
contribute time, effort and
funds to ensure our suc-
cess. Our President’s Circle
More than fifty business leaders gathered now has close to two
at the first CSU Channel Islands Corporate hundred founding mem-
Council breakfast meeting on February 24 bers and the ranks are
to hear Russell Goldsmith, Chairman and swelling as word of our
C.E.O. of City National Bank, speak work circulates throughout
about the impact CSU Channel Islands is the community.
likely to have on the local economy. The
Corporate Council fosters support and Yes, we have come a long
involvement by the business community in way. We have a long way
the development of CSU Channel Islands. to go, but with the help of
As Ventura County’s first four-year people like you, we will
public university, CSU Channel Gathered at the Corporate Council breakfast were (left to right): Debbie Rodgers, surely succeed.
Islands intends to be responsive to Coldwell Banker Town & Country, Regional Director, Business Development;
Russell Goldsmith, City National Bank CEO; J. Handel Evans, CSUCI President;
and reflective of the region’s diverse
and, Pat Richards, City National Bank, V.P. Business Development.
President’s Circle members and their invited guests attended the first President’s Circle Lecture hosted by President J.
Handel Evans and the CSU Channel Islands Foundation. Over 100 people attended a coffee and dessert reception prior to
a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Gary Greene,
Marine Geologist of the Moss Landing Marine
Laboratories and San Jose State University. Dr.
Greene’s lecture, “Fish Tales from the Geological Zone
of the Channel Islands,” highlighted marine life along
the Ventura and Santa Barbara county coastlines.
Those in attendance were also treated to a preview of
this year’s keepsake for President’s Circle new and
renewing members. Our appreciation goes to Barber
Ford of Ventura, the event’s sponsor.
Coldwell Banker Town & Country’s “Homes for
Books” program resulted in a gift of nearly $17,000
to the University for the purchase of books and other
resources for its new Library. The company’s president,
William W. Geary, Jr., presented a check to CSU
Channel Islands President J. Handel Evans at a
reception held on campus on February 28.
Joining CSUCI President J. Handel Evans at the Coldwell Banker Town & Country gift presentation
Among those applauding the contribution were were Carlsberg Management Company President William W. Geary, Jr., John S. Broome, Coldwell
librarians from local public libraries and stu- Banker Town & Country, Regional Director, Business Development Debbie Rodgers, and Coldwell
dents from CSUN at Channel Islands, underscor- Banker Commercial Carlsberg Executive Vice President Forbes W. Burdette.
ing the fact that the University’s Library will be a
resource for the entire community.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS CSUCI
May 26 CSUN at Channel Islands
Commencement Ceremony; 10:00 a.m.
at the CSU Channel Islands campus,
June 26-June 29 CSUCI/CSU Readiness Summer Institute
In The News
As part of CSU Legislative Day, Art Flores, Chief Financial Officer, and Elizabeth Stacey,
to be held at CSU Channel Islands Director of Development, led a delegation of university supporters to Sacramento on
April 3 for a morning of policy briefings and the opportunity to visit with legislators in
June 26 - July 28 CSU Channel Islands & CSU Northridge the State Capitol. Those in attendance included Bernie and Barbara Bobitch, Jack
at Channel Islands, Summer College for Broome, Marty de los Cobos, Hank Lacayo, Manuel and Irma Lopez, and Doug Off.
High School Students Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson and Senator Jack O’Connell expressed confidence
that $10 million would be included in the May revise of the Governor’s budget to enable
August 28 Fall classes begin for CSU Northridge at CSU Channel Islands to begin building the academic infrastructure that is essential to
Channel Islands open the university in the Fall of 2002.
September 9 President’s Awards & Scholarship Dinner The CSU Channel Islands Shuttle Program got off to a successful launch with riders
black-tie, fund raising dinner to exceeding original projections made by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.
recognize CSUCI achievements and the In one month, over 8,000 trips to CSU Channel Islands were made. “This is great news
individuals who contributed to the year’s for our Green Campus,” says Ray Porras, Director of Transportation & Parking Services.
success. Proceeds from the dinner will “The shuttle bus not only helps the environment by cutting down on the number of cars
be used to establish scholarships. For on the road, but it also saves people the cost of parking on campus.” Groups or individu-
information, call Nancy Covarrubias als wishing to visit the campus may call (805) 437-8430 to arrange for a free shuttle ride
Gill at (805) 437-8456. from the Metrolink station in Camarillo or C Street in Oxnard.
The California Preservation Foundation has bestowed a 2000 Preservation Design Award
upon CSU Channel Islands. The award was given in the rehabilitation/adaptive reuse
category in recognition of the transformation of the Bell Tower building’s purpose from a
state hospital facility into a modern university structure, while maintaining its architec-
tural integrity. “We considered ourselves to be stewards of this site. Our goal was to cre-
CSUCI Current is an official publication of the California
ate collegiate spaces and capture major characteristics of the architecture as symbolic
State University Channel Islands.
anchors of the future university’s growth,” says Michael Bobrow who, with his partner
It is published bi-annually by the Office of the President.
Julia Thomas, is a principal in the Westwood firm of Bobrow/Thomas and Associates,
CONTRIBUTORS: lead architects on the Bell Tower project and the campus master planning architects.
Editor: Elizabeth Stacey Headquartered in Oakland, the California Preservation Foundation is the only private,
J. Handel Evans Barbara Thorpe non-profit, statewide organization dedicated to ensuring that California’s diverse historic
Nancy Covarrubias Gill Dan Wakelee resources are identified, protected, and celebrated for their history and role in California’s
Ted Lucas economy, environment, and quality of life.
This newsletter is printed on recycled and recyclable paper
As President of Associated Students, the best advice I can offer other students is not to lose
their drive for learning. There are times when events or personal responsibilities force us to
make difficult choices. I urge each of you to allow your education to remain a priority.
ÐLawrence Johnson, Senior, Psychology,
CSUN at Channel Islands
As I prepare to graduate, IÕd like to offer students the following advice: Make a list of your
academic goals and gain the satisfaction of checking each one off as it is completed. Look into
scholarship opportunities, get involved with student government, and volunteer your talents.
You will always benefit from the involvement. Before you know it, graduation will be here!
ÐMichelle Jordan, Senior, History,
CSUN at Channel Islands
One University Drive Non-Profit Organization
Camarillo, CA 93012 U.S. Postage
(805) 437-8400 Telephone
(805) 437-8424 Fax
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