For Alumni and Friends
CSU Board of Trustees launches search for the next president of Cal State LA
The California State University Board of Trustees is launching a nationwide search for the next president of Cal State LA. The interim chancellor and the Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President will host a hybrid open forum on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Luckman Theatre at Cal State LA. The forum will provide members of the campus and surrounding community an opportunity to participate in person or virtually via live stream and share their thoughts about the qualities and experiences needed by the next president of Cal State LA. Participation is highly encouraged as this is the only presidential committee meeting that will be open to the public. Find more details about how to participate in the forum and other important information about the search on the Presidential Search website.
Engagement, Service, and the Public Good
Wrongfully convicted Los Angeles Innocence Project client released after 38 years
Maurice Hastings, a 69-year-old man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 38 years, was freed after new DNA test results presented by the Los Angeles Innocence Project at Cal State LA pointed conclusively to another suspect. “I prayed for many years that this day would come,” Hastings said during a news conference Friday at the Hall of Justice in Downtown Los Angeles. “I thank the District Attorney’s Office, my attorneys and my family for standing behind me. I am just looking forward to moving forward. I am not pointing fingers; I am not standing up here a bitter man, but I just want to enjoy my life now while I have it.” Read more about the case.
Cal State LA to serve as Vote Center
Cal State LA will serve as a Los Angeles County Vote Center for California’s November General Election. The Cal State LA Vote Center will be open to the campus and surrounding communities from Saturday, Nov. 5, through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8. At the Vote Center, individuals will be able to cast their ballot in person, drop off their vote-by-mail ballot, or register to vote in person if they missed the regular voter registration deadline on Oct. 24. The center will be located in room 4049 of the University Library, Palmer Wing, on the fourth floor.
Learn about the upcoming election at Nov. 2 webinar
Join the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA for a webinar, “The How and the Why: Voting in the 2022 General Election,” featuring Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan and League of Women Voters of Greater Los Angeles Executive Director Ninochka McTaggart. The guest speakers will address your questions about voting and voting systems in Los Angeles County for the 2022 general election with a focus on young voter engagement during the Nov. 2 webinar, which will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Register for the webinar.
Prospective students invited to Golden Eagle Fest
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment is hosting Golden Eagle Fest on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, prospective students and their families can explore the campus, meet with faculty, advisors, and current students, and learn all the reasons why they should apply to Cal State LA for fall 2023. Campus and housing tours will be offered, as well as application and financial aid workshops.
Cal State LA named champion for success in supporting transfer students
The Campaign for College Opportunity has named Cal State LA a 2022 Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer. The University will be recognized for supporting transfer students during the annual Champions of Higher Education Celebration on Nov. 1. “Together, the 2022 Champions of Higher Education are ensuring that thousands of students can achieve their goal to transfer and earn a four-year degree,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “That is exactly what the ADT set out to do in its creation over a decade ago, and we commend each campus for their dedication to serving students and for securing a brighter economy for our state.” Read more about the recognition.
Cal State LA named 2022 Fulbright HSI Leader
Cal State LA has been named a Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The University is among 43 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) selected for the designation, which recognizes noteworthy engagement and promotion of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Read more about the honor.
Cal State LA, CSUs receive $1.8 million NSF grant for culturally responsive computing curriculum
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.8 million grant to Cal State LA and five other California State University campuses to help transform the early computing curriculum for underrepresented minority students studying computer science. Cal State LA will work with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, and San Francisco State on the grant project. The universities will incorporate inclusive STEM pedagogy into early computing courses, with faculty training to support community-centered projects in their coursework. The project organizers will evaluate the new curriculum through peer review and focus on the retention rate of Hispanic and Latina/o students. “I am very excited to be part of this alliance and to work with a passionate and experienced team of computer science faculty members who are devoted to increasing retention rates and improving diversity in the computing fields,” said Eun-Young Elaine Kang, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science in Cal State LA’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.
Cal State LA receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Cal State LA has received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—Cal State LA will be featured in the November 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the third time that Cal State LA has been named as a HEED Award recipient. The University has also recently received the Health Professions HEED Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity for its success in fostering diversity and inclusion in the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing. Read more about the HEED Award.
Cal State LA to host Association for Ethnic Studies Conference
The Association for Ethnic Studies’ 50th Anniversary Conference will be held at Cal State LA on Nov. 3-5. Founded in 1972, the association provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and activists concerned with the national and international dimensions of race and ethnicity. Hosted by the College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State LA, this year’s conference theme is “Ethical Community Care: Imagining New Futures While Living in the Now.” Please register online to attend this conference.
Join us for the 2022 President’s Distinguished Professor Lecture on Nov. 8
Cal State LA Professor Stephen McGuire will discuss his studies on the relationship between status, happiness, and good or bad behavior in the U.S., Mexico, Russia, Romania, and the Philippines as part of his President’s Distinguished Professor Lecture on Nov. 8. McGuire, a professor of management in the College of Business and Economics, received the President’s Distinguished Professor Award in 2022. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. with a reception following at 4 p.m. Register online by Nov. 3.
University Library exhibit celebrates Cal State LA’s 75th anniversary
Cal State LA students sworn in as part of first cohort of statewide #CaliforniansForAll College Corps
Cal State LA students pledged to serve their communities during a virtual swearing-in ceremony this month for the first cohort of fellows in the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, a new statewide paid service program. College Corps aims to provide meaningful work to underserved college students, helping them graduate on time and with less debt while benefiting the local community. “Part of the California way is giving back to help uplift others, and that is a core principle of the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “Students from a range of backgrounds will use their unique experiences to serve others and at the same time earn money for college—a triple win for our communities, our students, and our future.” Read about the swearing in.
Alumni, friends celebrate success of We Are LA: The Campaign for Cal State LA
The Cal State LA community, alumni, and friends of the University gathered in Greenlee Plaza on Oct. 22 to celebrate the success of Cal State LA’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, We Are LA: The Campaign for Cal State LA. The campaign publicly launched in 2018 with the goal of raising $75 million by the University’s 75th anniversary. Thanks to the contributions of more than 16,000 donors, Cal State LA surpassed that goal, raising more than $101 million to support students, programs, faculty, research, and community services. “Every gift makes a difference. Every gift helps us help our students. They are the reason we do what we do,” Cal State LA President William A. Covino said. “We believe that’s why so many of you gave. You know Cal State LA is transforming the lives and rewriting the futures of our students and their families. That’s powerful work. That’s why we’re here. Your gifts will help us carry out the mission of the University.” During the brunch event, guests enjoyed musical performances by Jessica Fichot, La Santa Cecilia’s La Marisoul, and the Luckman Jazz Ensemble.
Golden Eagles catch exciting night at Dodger Stadium
Volleyball, soccer teams seek success in season, playoffs
Cal State LA’s soccer and volleyball teams are seeking stellar finishes to their seasons as fall sports near their end for the year. Cal State LA volleyball enjoyed a celebratory weekend, honoring three graduating student-athletes during Saturday’s senior day match before securing their first CCAA Conference Title since 2005. With two games left to play, the Golden Eagles will look to win out their remaining schedule to clinch sole ownership of the title.
The men’s and women’s soccer teams are headed to the 2022 California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament Semifinals. The women’s soccer team, which finished third in the regular-season standings, defeated sixth-place Cal Poly Pomona over the weekend in a first-round match, 2-0. With the win, the Golden Eagles advanced to the tournament semifinal where they will face second-place Stanislaus State. Men’s soccer clinched a second-place finish in the CCAA standings and enjoyed a first-round bye before their semifinal match on Nov. 2 at the tournament site in San Bernardino.
Association for Ethnic Studies’ 50th Anniversary Conference
November 3-5, 2022
Cal State LA
Códice Maya de México: Discovery and Authenticity of the Oldest Maya Codex
November 5, 2022
Cal State LA
President’s Distinguished Professor Lecture
November 8, 2022
Golden Eagle Ballroom 1
Lecture at 3 p.m.
Reception at 4 p.m.
In The News
- Man wrongly convicted of Inglewood murder freed after 38 years by DNA evidence (Los Angeles Times)
- Man exonerated after spending 38 years in jail for crime he didn’t commit (FOX 11 Los Angeles)
- Man Who Spent Nearly Four Decades in Prison for Inglewood Murder is Cleared by DNA, and Freed (NBC Los Angeles)
- DNA evidence frees California man imprisoned for decades (Associated Press)
- Wrongfully Convicted Client of Los Angeles Innocence Project at Cal State LA Freed After 38 years (L.A. Sentinel)
- Veteran baseball broadcaster Jaime Jarrin says goodbye (NPR)
- Roots of L.A. City Council’s leaked audio scandal can be traced back decades (Los Angeles Times)
- Congratulations to the 104 2022 INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award Recipients (Insight Into Diversity)
- California swears in first 3,200 College Corps volunteers (Spectrum News)
- Recognizing Hispanic Serving Institutions For Production Of Fulbright Leaders (Forbes)
- CSU student applications open for 2023-24 academic year (Sacramento Bee)