(December 2, 2013) – The community is invited to attend CSUN through Open University, which allows students not enrolled at CSUN to take academic-credit classes if they receive the instructor’s permission and there's room in the class. Weekday classes in the Spring semester start Jan. 21.
California State University's Division of Extended and Continuing Education notes that “Open University is a program available to anyone who wants to attend a college course without being admitted to the university. Open University allows you the flexibility to enroll in courses on a space-available basis and earn college credit.”
Check out the hundreds of courses offered at CSUN in the Spring semester through the CSUN Class Search. “We also have some fully online courses here at CSUN,” noted Jessica Isomoto, program coordinator for CSUN’s University Access Programs.
Although Open University students cannot register until the first day of the Spring semester, visiting students can see what classes will be offered in the Spring semester now.
CSUN is among California’s largest universities, with an enrollment of nearly 36,000 students. It is the only public university in the San Fernando Valley. Come join us for Spring.
(November 2013) – The Tseng College congratulates the Grammy Hall of Fame on its 40th anniversary this year and celebrates this milestone with a full-page advertisement for CSUN's master of arts in Music Industry administration degree in the Recording Academy's 40th anniversary booklet.
2014 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees consist of 27 recordings, adding to the hundreds of recording through the years selected for their quality and historical significance. The 40th Anniversary booklet, distributed nationally to music industry professionals, gives a detailed history of the music industry and its icons from the earliest days of recorded music.
The Recording Academy's acclaimed Grammy Museum opened in 2008 in downtown Los Angeles, and features exhibits, programs and hundreds of classic recordings of music across the genres.
CSUN students and the community at large may enroll in Winter Term starting Oct. 14. California State University, Northridge offers academic-credit classes in a compressed format between the fall and spring semesters.
The Tseng College administers Winter Term for the university, which has two components: online courses, which run Dec. 23, 2013-Jan. 15, 2014; and traditional courses, Jan. 2-17, 2014. Tuition fee is $325 per unit.
Students may choose from dozens of courses and need not be regularly enrolled at CSUN to take Winter Term classes. No formal application or admission process to CSUN is required.
The Tseng College looks forward to attending Cleantech LA Global Showcase 2013 Nov. 4-5, where the public and private sectors come together to share ideas for turning Los Angeles into a center of green energy and international trade.
Cleantech Incubator, a nonprofit that collaborates with the city and area business, educational and research organizations to develop clean energy, hosts the event, partly sponsored by California State University, Northridge.
The downtown Los Angeles conference at the JW Marriott will include public officials, entrepreneurs, investment professionals, international companies, and business and academic leaders, who will talk about increasing clean technology for energy and transportation, and shifting energy dependence from fossil fuels.
"In addition to being one of the top start-up friendly cities, in the world, Los Angeles is also one of the most environmentally conscious, said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement for LA Cleantech Incubator. Mayor Garcetti will speak at the event, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Air Resources Board, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Investment firm US Renewables Group echoed a need for alternative energy. "New models that give capital markets renewed confidence to invest in clean tech sectors are emerging and gaining traction, said Jim McDermott, managing partner of US Renewables Group, in a statement for LA Cleantech Incubator. "This global showcase will be a great opportunity to share ideas and examples of what is working and where the market is moving across the globe.
Participants from the Tseng College include dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar, an event panelist; Vanessa Andrade, international programs and outreach manager; and Julia Potter of the Tseng College's employer and partner programs and services.
(NORTHRIDGE, October 2, 2013) – The Tseng College will travel nearly 5,500 miles to Tokyo this week take part in a Wish Study Abroad student fair at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. Wish International Inc. sponsors the fair this weekend at the urban center to give Japanese students, parents and teachers a chance to learn about study abroad opportunities.
Vanessa Andrade of the Tseng College's Intensive English Program is ready to speak with anyone having an interest in attending CSUN and tell them about intensive English programs at the university.
While in Tokyo, Vanessa also will meet with the Japan Study Abroad Foundation, Ryugaku Journal, Kanda Language Institution and Global Studies.
"I will meet with various partners and potential partners throughout the week," said Andrade, international programs and outreach manager for the Tseng College. "One of my meetings will be at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with Education USA's team of advisers to find ways to increase CSUN's presence in the Japanese market."
Japan is the seventh largest source of international students who study in America, with 19,966 Japanese students going abroad to study in 2011-2012. Japanese college students who study outside of Japan choose business and marketing as their favored field of study, with social sciences and intensive English also popular, according to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors report.
A San Fernando Valley history expert gave a lively presentation about the development of the San Fernando Valley from its earliest days to a thriving center of more than 250 square miles and a current population of 1.75 million people.
Richard Hilton, tour director of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, led about 100 members of SAGE -- a learning-in-retirement group affiliated with the Tseng College – through a history of Indian tribes that hunted and traded thousands of years ago, to Spanish settlers, to the 18th century establishment of missions up and down the coast, to the massive ranches and land development in the 19th century.
"History forms a context for all of us," noted Hilton, who made Valley history come alive at an Oct. 11 presentation in Van Nuys. He told stories of early founders like Isaac Lankershim and Isaac Van Nuys, who developed the area into ranchlands that eventually evolved into suburban and urban centers, and how water and train transportation outlets started and grew. Hilton peppered the presentation with names like Hazeltine, Sherman and Chandler, who created early towns of the Valley and formed part of its rich history and development.
He noted the importance of keeping history alive so that people understand the present. "Tell your kids your history," said Hilton to the gathering of retired community members at the event. "Once you go, and it is not recorded, it is gone."
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley conducts local walking tours and community projects, and educates the public on the vast, rich history of the Valley. Hilton included in his presentation photos of sprawling ranch homes of movie stars of the 1930s, revealed the lore of how part of the movie "Casablanca" was filmed at a Van Nuys airport hangar that almost got destroyed, and even gave "I didn't know that"-type nuggets, such as how King Ferdinand was the inspiration for the city named San Fernando.
Photos of the SAGE event are posted on the Tseng College Facebook page
California creates about 200,000 jobs in the film and television industries, noted former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, keynote speaker at the VICA Annual Business Forecast Conference Oct. 4 in Burbank. He noted the importance of keeping film and television production in the area. "Today, American movies and TV shows are made in all 50 states and at locations around the globe," said Dodd, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America Inc.
The California Film and Television Tax Credit Program administers an annual $100 million in tax credits to film and television productions to keep them in California, and it is not alone. "More than 40 states offer financial incentives to snare production and post-production jobs," Dodd noted.
The VICA conference drew hundreds of people from area business, industry, organizations and the political world to discuss challenges facing Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and included economic, financial and political predictions for the near future. Panel topics included lawsuit abuse, the lack of a trained workforce for industrial and manufacturing jobs, and a difficult tax climate.
However, the California economy continues as one of the largest. Marc Doss, regional chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank, noted at a breakfast seminar sponsored by California State University, Northridge that if California were a country, it would be the eighth largest economy in the world. According to the Legislative Analyst's Office, California's gross domestic product – the total value of goods and services produced here – was just under $2 trillion in 2011. "This is a massive economy," Doss said. "This is an 'aircraft carrier' of all the states."
However he noted many obstacles in the state, including the "high cost of doing business, stagnation and the regulatory environment. USA Today noted that of the 50 states, California ranks fourth in the highest tax burden.
Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, said in a panel discussion that despite the many requirements for skilled workers in the manufacturing sector, people still lack the skills needed, even basic skills. "They cannot do the math. We do not have industrial training except in some community colleges. There is a big gap there. Change the curriculum so students know why they are learning the computer. What use is an Ipad? They don't know, and they are not being taught."
Doss agreed with that assessment: "There also is a lot of retraining that needs to take place," he noted. "There is a mismatch between skills and jobs."
William Roberts, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, affiliated with California State University, Northridge, noted that employment related to construction, finance, insurance and real estate are down in the San Fernando Valley. However, employment for professionals and those in science, management, arts and entertainment, and public administration professions have gone up. According to Roberts, a CSUN economics professor, industries to watch for growth include healthcare, construction, manufacturing and home improvement. "If you drive around the Valley, you see people starting to remodel their homes. People are more comfortable in the jobs they have."
And despite everything, he noted: "We are seeing growth in population. We are a destination. Population drives the economy."
Additional details about the discussions and predictions made at the VICA conference are posted on the VICA web site.
(NORTHRIDGE, September 10, 2013) – The Tseng College welcomed a visiting delegation from Al-Buraimi University College (BUC) in Oman to CSUN this week. BUC students take English and business classes at CSUN, and CSUN has a longtime partnership with BUC to develop business and other programs at the Oman campus.
BUC created academic programs at its campus in collaboration with CSUN, including business, education, information technology and English. CSUN faculty and advisers helped develop BUC's curriculum and its international Graduate Center at its campus. BUC students earn university credits that can apply to a degree from CSUN or other CSU. When BUC students graduate, their degrees are transferable to CSUN and to U.S. colleges.
"BUC and CSUN are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their partnership," said Patrick Colabucci, director of global studies for the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs. "We at the Tseng College are honored to host the BUC visiting delegation."
The delegation met this week with Patrick Colabucci and with CSUN president Dianne F. Harrison and Tseng College dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar.
Dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar traveled to Oman in 2011 to represent the Tseng College at the BUC graduation ceremony. Since 2003, faculty and senior administrators from CSUN and BUC have worked with BUC representatives to develop academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees. CSUN's College of Business and Economics, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Humanities and the Tseng College helped with course development, and CSUN faculty teach as guest instructors.
Oman is located on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It has a population of 2.33 million, and an 80 percent literacy rate, according to the US. Department of State. The country gives priority to education and has nine private colleges and plans additional public universities. Oman also belongs to the World Trade Organization. The United States has maintained relations with Oman since 1833 and entered into a Free Trade Agreement with Oman in 2009 to promote econmoic reforms and openness.
The Tseng College looks forward to the Oct. 4 Business Forecast Conference held by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. The annual event draws hundreds of Southern California business, government and education representatives, who learn about economic, employment and political trends in California and the Greater Los Angeles area.
California State University, Northridge sponsors a breakfast panel at the conference, featuring William Roberts, professor of economics at CSUN; David Heidel Jr., regional investment manager of U.S. Bank; and Gary Schlossberg, senior economist for Wells Capital Management.
Other conference sponsors include Business Life magazine, Clear Channel Outdoor, Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles Daily News, Providence Health and Services, San Fernando Valley Business Journal and The Walt Disney Company.
Panel discussions throughout the day feature topics such as regulation and taxation, skilled-labor shortages, real estate trends, traffic congestion, the growth of lawsuits in California and the importance of tourism. Keynote speaker Christopher J. Dodd, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America Inc., will speak about the motion picture industry at the conference luncheon.
Other panelists include the president-elect of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, California assemblyman Mike Gatto, Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Robert Sanger of the California Manufacturing and Technology Association, Los Angeles City councilman Tom LaBonge, and business and government agency leaders.
VICA is a business advocacy organization dedicated to economic vitality in the San Fernando Valley. The Business Forecast Conference takes place 7:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Congress's power to legislate for social, legal and health-related purposes arises from the U.S. Supreme Court's expansive view of Congressional authority under the U.S. Constitution, according to a presentation by two Constitutional law experts at CSUN.
CSUN history professor James Sefton and John Evans, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, led an annual seminar for the community that explores the meaning of the Constitution. More than 100 community members attended the event Sept. 7, hosted annually by the Tseng College in honor of U.S. Constitution Day.
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax and provide for the general welfare, and lists specific powers granted to Congress, including the right to regulate interstate commerce.
Alexander Hamilton defined Congressional power expansively. "He talks about the power of Congress to tax and spend beyond the enumerated powers, as long as it legislates in the general interest of the country," Dr. Sefton said. "Congress started following Hamilton quite early, especially concerning internal improvements, such as roads."
The United States Supreme Court affirmed in 1937 that Hamilton's view would prevail when it upheld the Social Security Act. It later upheld federal civil rights legislation under the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
"Congress uses other ways of legislating for general welfare," Dr. Sefton said. "It uses the Commerce Clause extensively, because there is almost nothing you can do without affecting interstate commerce."
A division dating back to the earliest days of the United States questioned whether Congress had the power to legislate for the "general welfare" only under its power to tax, or whether it had broader powers to pass legislation for the general welfare, separately from its power to tax.
"The concept of general welfare is very politically charged right now," Dr. Sefton said. "It is a partisan issue. What do you want the government to do for you, with you, about you? That relates to general welfare."
Abstract arguments over the meaning of Constitutional wording become concrete when debating the basis of power for Congress to pass healthcare, Social Security and civil rights legislation.
"Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes for the general welfare," Dr. Evans said. The Supreme Court upheld the Obama healthcare law as a tax, with Congress's power to tax for the general welfare giving it the power to pass the law."
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The Tseng College celebrates U.S. Constitution Day Sept. 7 and invites the community to a spirited discussion about the federal government's power to tax, spend and regulate. Historians, scholars, political figures and courts have collided since the 18th century about the meaning of Article I, section 8, which provides, "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes... and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States."
CSUN history professor James Sefton and John Evans, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, lead the presentation, "The Constitution and the General Welfare: Whose? How? Why?"
"The fact that the Constitution has the phrase 'general welfare' among the legislative powers of Congress raises questions concerning modern debates over economic, social and cultural policies," says Dr. Sefton. With controversial federal laws and Supreme Court rulings, the topic takes on a new, pressing urgency.
"The U.S. Constitution is more vital today than when it was adopted in 1787," says Marcella Tyler, executive director of program advancement for the Tseng College. "CSUN is honored to participate each year in a nationwide celebration of this invaluable document."
The Saturday morning program takes place at the campus University Club-Orange Grove Bistro, starting with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 9 a.m., and includes an opportunity for questions and comments. The event is free to the community, but reservations are required by Sept. 4. Email email@example.com to reserve a seat, or call (818) 677-2270.
(NORTHRIDGE, September 5, 2013) – Sixteen graduates of CSUN's master of science in Assistive Technology Engineering program celebrated their degrees at a reception hosted by the Tseng College, reuniting Sept. 5 after finishing the program in August.
Although students took part in the May graduation ceremony with CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science graduates, their final project ended a few weeks ago, and the Tseng College wanted to provide a celebration for them in addition to the campus graduation. "The reception is a way to acknowledge their accomplishments," said Jesse Knepper, program manager for the degree, offered by the Tseng College in collaboration with CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Altruism and the desire to help others motivates many of the students. "They want to help people, and some students may even know of someone with disabilities and want to help others," Jesse said.
The program teaches engineering and computer science students how to design and develop devices that help disabled people. Students move through the two-year program together, taking 11 courses pre-set for them. Classes give hands-on instruction involving biomechanics, design innovation, robotics, software development and emerging topics. "It's new and involves different disciplines," said graduate Lorenzo Villanueva.
Program faculty also teach in CSUN's departments of electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and kinesiology, giving a wide perspective about the many areas involved in developing assistive devices for disabled people.
The hands-on nature of the program also allows students to develop their own assistive devices. "I am hoping to finish my project and patent it," said graduate Alanie Lazaro, who developed a device to help people who suffered strokes with hand motion.
Benjamin Mallard, who teaches in CSUN's department of electrical and computer engineering, uses his more than 30 years of experience in electrical engineering to make life better for disabled people. "I wanted to apply my experience to something in the medical field," said professor Mallard, whose interests include electronics, nanotechnology, and augmentative and alternative communication.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 20 percent of U.S. adults have a disability. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 38 percent of adults aged 65 and older have disabilities, and 11 million disabled people aged 6 and older need personal assistance with everyday activities. The Assistive Technology Engineering master's degree addresses the needs of this growing population.
(NORTHRIDGE, August 22, 2013) – Students from around the world learned how to navigate CSUN at a new student orientation for this Fall's Semester at CSUN program. Semester at CSUN allows international students to take academic-credit classes for up to two semesters.
"We anticipate students from Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Norway, South Korea and Sweden," said Amy Cruz, program support coordinator for the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs, which administers Semester at CSUN.
The visiting group also includes students from the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, a Brazilian government program that encourages students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Business and management rank as the number one field of study for international students, followed by engineering, math and computer science, social sciences, physical and life sciences, fine and applied arts, and intensive English, according to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
According to a June 12 USA Today article, the high reputation of American universities draws students from abroad.
A campus orientation in the Oviatt Library prior to the start of classes introduced students to registration, library services, transportation options, computer support, food services, the Student Recreation Center and textbook purchases at CSUN.
"When you buy your textbooks, bring your course syllabus, so the staff can direct you to the correct books," Amy suggested. "You also can rent your textbook and save money. At the end of the semester, you can return it to the Matador bookstore. Also, e-books are accessible on any electronic device, even your phone."
But the Semester at CSUN program extends beyond racing for classes, navigating textbook purchases and late night studies. Field trips to well known Southland spots will introduce students to American culture and people, starting with a trip to Hollywood and Highland, the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade.
Also planned, on the practical side: an upcoming trip to a local Target.
A photo album of the new student orientation is posted on the Semester at CSUN Facebook page.
(NORTHRIDGE, August 7, 2013) – It's off to Hollywood, Santa Monica and The Grove in Los Angeles. The Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs (IEUP) welcomes about 100 new international students to campus this week for CSUN's Fall Intensive English Program.
Students arrived from around the world, including Brazil, China, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. They will experience American culture and visit well-known sites while hearing and speaking English in a fun environment. Instead of confinement to a suburban classroom, students get to explore Los Angeles as a group while practicing their English skills.
"Who likes shopping?" asked Yukiko Bryant, IEUP's Manager of Student Life, at the new student orientation at CSUN. The students clearly did. "Have you heard of Hollywood?" Yukiko asked. They sure did.
"We are going to Hollywood, and we'll see the stars on the sidewalk, the Chinese Theatre and Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre," Yukiko told the students grouped in the CSUN University Student Union to find out about classes and activities. "After Hollywood and Highland, we will go to The Grove and the Farmer's Market". Other planned trips include San Francisco and Santa Barbara.
The Fall IEUP program at CSUN runs Aug. 12-Dec. 6. Students at all English levels attend 20 hours of classroom instruction each week at levels from beginners to advanced. The field trips expand and reinforce their English skills. The program helps non-native speakers of English improve their academic English-language skills so they can study at an English-speaking university.
"Most of the students are in the Conditional Admission program," said Bessie Karras Lazaris, Director of Academic Programs and Student Life for IEUP, who oversaw the Aug. 7 orientation and testing of language skills. And while classroom instruction, books, computers, assignments and projects still form the program's core, students also learn first hand about Los Angeles by experiencing its most famous sites.
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(NORTHRIDGE, August 6, 2013) – Passing the boundaries of suburban Los Angeles, the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs travels nearly 5,600 miles to Denmark to take part in three international student fairs, Sept. 16-18. EDU, an international agency that promotes study abroad, sponsors the events, with participation expected by universities around the world.
"CSUN is excited to attend EDU fairs in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense," said Patrick Colabucci, director of global studies and international pathways for the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs (IEUP). "This is our third time at the EDU Days Fairs, and it's exciting to meet Danish students. The face-to-face interactions are a great way to share information and help them make the best decision for their study abroad experience."
The fairs also provide CSUN a chance to be known by participating colleges and universities, as well as by Danish students. More than 85,000 European students came to U.S. universities and colleges to study in 2011-2012, and 1,149 of those students came from Denmark, according to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors 2012 Report.
The Tseng College offers an Intensive English Program for students who need to improve their English skills so they can study at an English-speaking college or university, a Semester at CSUN program that allows international students to take academic-credit classes for semester at CSUN, and a Conditional Admission program that allows students to enroll in CSUN academic programs conditioned when they attain sufficient English skills.
A USA Today article noted that international students value the reputation of American universities and education options.
The Tseng College's IEUP program offers English classes at all levels for students residing abroad who want to study at an English-speaking university. "We hope they choose CSUN, because we're a great school and our services in arranging classes are second to none," says Patrick. "Danish students have performed well here, and CSUN professors have been welcoming to them."
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(NORTHRIDGE, July 24, 2013) – The Tseng College invites the community to register for academic-credit classes at CSUN this fall through Open University. Open University allows those not regularly enrolled at CSUN to take university classes in the fall and spring semesters, by registering through the Tseng College.
Visiting students may enroll so long as they meet course prerequisites, receive the instructor's permission, and space is available in the class. Registration starts Aug. 26, the first day of the Fall semester. View classes from dozens of departments now.
(NORTHRIDGE, June 26, 2013) – California State University, Northridge reaches more than 5,400 miles away to Japan when the Intensive English Program travels to Tokyo Oct. 6-11 to meet Japanese students, university representatives and international agencies to promote CSUN.
"I am very excited be return to Japan and share with prospective Japanese students the many option available at California State University, Northridge for their international studies," said Vanessa Andrade, international programs and outreach manager for the Tseng College. "We have an academically focused Intensive English Program for students to acquire English-language skills for success at an American college or university."
Nearly 20,000 Japanese college students came to American colleges and universities in 2011/12 to study, with Japan ranking seventh in the top 25 countries that have college-age students studying abroad, according to the Institute of International Education's Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
While in Japan, Vanessa also expects to share information about CSUN programs at Japanese universities and with international agencies. "I look forward to meeting students and education representatives to give them details about Conditional Admission and Semester at CSUN. I would love to connect with students, universities and agencies interested in learning more about CSUN, the Tseng College pathways program into the university, and graduate degrees and certificate programs offered by CSUN."
Students and faculty gathered at CSUN's University Club June 20, where academic leads for the Master of Science in Assistive Technology Engineering explained how the degree teaches students to develop technology that helps disabled people.
"This is a unique program, and we worked hard to make sure this program satisfies the needs of this region and even globally," said S.K. Ramesh, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, who spoke at the information session.
The Tseng College and CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science work together to offer the degree.
CSUN has long been active in offering programs for those with disabilities. "We have a Center on Disabilities on campus that has been running an international conference on disabilities," Dr. Ramesh said. "The conference brings academicians, practitioners and people who need these services together."
CSUN also brings academic research to the surrounding community, including business and industry. "We are active in applied research," Dr. Ramesh said. "The campus is a dynamic place to be."
According to the Administration on Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the population aged 65 and over increased more than 15 percent from 2000 to 2010. It is projected to increase more than 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, while the 85 and over population is projected to increase 19 percent in the same time period.
As people age and medical developments enable people to live with disabling conditions, the need for assistive devices to improve their quality of live and independence increases.
"For a person with a disability, robotics are very important for mobility," noted C.T. Lin, who teaches in CSUN's mechanical engineering department and in the M.S. Assistive Technology Engineering program. "Developing alternative methods of communication also is important."
The degree also includes information about business and regulatory affairs that relate to the field, in addition to engineering and computer science classes and projects. Underlying science and technology, however, is a focus on helping people. "If you care about improving quality of life, you are in the right place," Dr. Ramesh said.
Congratulations to the 26 graduates of CSUN's Master of Public Administration program in Santa Barbara who celebrated receiving their degrees May 30. The Tseng College offers the program at numerous Southern California locations, including at the Employees University Center in downtown Santa Barbara. Students working for nonprofit or government agencies apply what they learn directly to their work environment. They exchange ideas and strategies with fellow students who want to help their agencies better serve the public, making the program more than just an academic exercise. While people may think of bureaucracies as static, the program focuses on how students can improve their workplace. "Continue sharpening the saw, but look around you to see how you can make others better," said Camerino Sanchez, chief of police of the Santa Barbara Police Department in a keynote speech at the graduation. The two-year program gives students perspectives from other students working in an array of nonprofit and government settings. "I was able to examine public administration through the eyes of the uniqueness of my fellow students," said Scot Alderete, an MPA graduate who spoke at the event. The Santa Barbara program focuses on public sector management and leadership. Other MPA options include Health Administration, Nonprofit Sector Management, and Urban Studies and Planning.
(NORTHRIDGE, JUNE 12, 2013) – The Tseng College reaches out to South America in August with its participation at an EducationUSA Fair in Brazil, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Vanessa Andrade represents the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Aug. 31-Sept. 5.
"As a Brazilian native speaker and a former English as a second language student, teacher and teacher trainer in Brazil and the USA, I am especially thrilled to be involved in this recruitment project," says Vanessa, international programs and outreach manager for the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs. "It is close to home and to my heart."
More than 6,000 Brazilian students attended EducationUSA fairs last year, and the U.S. Department of State's Educational Information and Resources branch works with U.S. embassies in Brazil and other government agencies to promote U.S. higher education worldwide.
The Brazilian government also encourages students to study science and technology fields abroad through its Scientific Mobility Program. However, to study at an American university, students generally need to meet English-language requirements.
More than 57,000 international students take part in Intensive English Programs in the United States every year, according to the EducationUSA web site, and the Brazil education fair gives CSUN an opportunity to make the university known in South America.
The Tseng College congratulates gerontology students Joanne Cecilio and Ragini Kaur for scholarships awarded by SAGE, a learning-in-retirement group connected to the Tseng College. SAGE presented the scholarships at a gathering, May 10, that featured CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison as keynote speaker. Members of SAGE and professors, administrators and graduates of CSUN crowded into a ballroom at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys for the event.
The two students from CSUN's College of Health and Human Development received $500 each to help further their studies in gerontology. "I am a big believer in lifelong learning," said CSUN president Dianne F. Harrison. "It keeps us fresh and interested in things. We do need to keep exercising our brains."
Joanne Cecilio and Ragini Kaur each received a $500 Sonja Marchand Scholarship in Gerontology, named after a former Tseng College administrator who helped launch SAGE at CSUN more than 25 years ago. SAGE, an acronym for Study, Activity, Growth, Enrichment, organizes study groups, forums with speakers, and education adventures for retired people.
"We award scholarships to outstanding students at CSUN, and this is a true pleasure for us," said Jeanne Polak-Recht, SAGE president. SAGE also contributes to CSUN's Oviatt Library and administered a "Computers for Seniors" program at CSUN for many years.
"I want to continue collaborating with healthcare professionals to create healthy and better lives for seniors," said scholarship recipient Joanne Cecilio. Ragini Kaur works as a licensed vocational nurse helping elderly people and also expressed her appreciation. "I love every day of my life working with seniors, and I plan to be a patient advocate for seniors," she said.
Check out photos of the event on the Tseng College Facebook page.
(NORTHRIDGE, May 24, 2013) – The Tseng College congratulates its students who received degrees at CSUN this month. The desire to help others inspired graduates in the master of science in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services (ATHS) program. CSUN's College of Health and Human Development offers the degree in partnership with the Tseng College.
"The skills and values you learned are crucial," said Mary Ann Cummins-Prager, CSUN's associate vice president, Student Access and Support, at a ceremony prior to the ATHS graduation. "You will be ready to tackle complex matters. What you do will impact the lives of many. " She noted how developments in robotics, biotechnology and neuroscience lead to increased ways to help disabled people.
The Master of Public Administration program celebrated the graduation of 450 students with a reception on campus, honoring MPA students from throughout Southern California. Students work as managers in government and nonprofit agencies and attended classes on campus or at government sites.
Sheryl Spiller, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, praised department employees who earned their Master of Social Work at CSUN. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Tseng College jointly offer the program.
"I am able to apply all the skills I learned in my job," said graduate Daniela Alvarado, an eligibility worker who helps people in need of financial and mental health assistance. "We step outside our comfort zone. The program provided us an opportunity to become better people."
In other graduations, 60 students who studied online for their master of science in Communication Disorders and Sciences—Speech-Language Pathology gathered together at CSUN for their graduation. CSUN's College of Health and Human Development offers the program in collaboration with the Tseng College.
College of Humanities graduates spent two years building their knowledge of the best of Western intellectual and philosophical thought, and celebrated their award of a master of arts in Humanities at a reception before their graduation. CSUN's College of Humanities and the Tseng College offer the program.
Congratulations to all.
(NORTHRIDGE, April 10, 2013) – Professor Hamid Johari gave an overview of CSUN's groundbreaking design and installation of energy saving, green technology at a presentation sponsored by the Tseng College.
Dr. Johari, chair of the mechanical engineering department in CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science, spoke as part of the Tseng College's Elevate Breakfast Series, which acquaints business and community leaders with research capabilities at CSUN.
"We have a lot of interest in the practical, applied side of research," Dr. Johari said. He explained how faculty and students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science designed and installed projects. Collaborating with area industries and agencies, CSUN built and installed a fuel cell plant that generates electricity and captures heat, solar panels to meet energy needs on campus, microturbines that generate heat used on campus, and even a subtropical rainforest.
The fuel cell power plant produces 15 percent of the energy, electricity and heat on campus. "Mechanical engineering and electrical engineering students researched the available technology and developed specifications used in the bid," he said.
Solar panels in outdoor campus parking lots generate electrical output for the campus. "Faculty members acted as consultants. Students were involved throughout the design and installation. This was a real world design experience for students."
The subtropical rainforest, created in 2009, turned an undeveloped area into a lush landscape. Biology department students researched the vegetation and soil best suited for the rainforest. Recycled water from the fuel cell power plant irrigates the area.
California Senate Bill 2 requires that 33 percent of energy come from renewable sources by 2020. The hands-on research and application of research makes CSUN an important part of resolving sustainability challenges.
"We have access to faculty and students with a broad range of interests," Dr. Johari said. "Students are eager to get involved and roll up their sleeves."
CSUN's Institute for Sustainability provides detailed information about CSUN clean energy projects throughout the campus. In addition, CSUN's Liberal Studies program in the College of Humanities offers a minor in sustainability, and the Tseng College offers a graduate certificate in urban studies and planning that addresses sustainability issues.
For photos of Dr. Johari's presentation, see the Tseng College Facebook page.
The University Professional Continuing Education Association ( UPCEA) honored the Tseng College and CSUN's College of Health and Human Development's Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences with UPCEA's 2013 "Outstanding Program Award - Credit," for CSUN's master of science in Communication Disorders and Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology program. UPCEA bestowed the award at its annual conference in Boston April 5, attended by representatives of colleges and universities throughout North America.
A master of science in speech-language pathology is the professional entry-level requirement for employment as a speech-language pathologist. The online degree program trains speech-language pathologists throughout the country to help people of all ages with communication disorders.
"We thank you for your innovative programming, which provides a model to which your colleagues can aspire," said Alice S. Warren chair of the UPCEA Awards Committee. Three hundred and fifty institutions of higher learning belong to UPCEA, an association of leaders in professional, continuing and online education.
The Los Angeles County Commission for Women honored Joyce Feucht-Havair, university senior international officer and dean of the Tseng College, as a recipient of the 28th Annual Women of the Year Award, in the category of education. The ceremony took place March 11 at the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles.
The award salutes women for their work to bring about social and economic change and for excellence in the categories of education, health and law/public safety.
"There is a remarkable array of women in influential roles in education in Los Angeles," Feucht-Haviar noted. "I consider myself privileged, indeed, to be in a role and at an institution that allows me to envision a different future and then work with dedicated faculty and administrative colleagues to craft the innovative educational options that can make those envisioned possibilities a reality."
The Tseng College reached out to the community Feb. 28 with its participation in the annual Valley Business Expo at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Administered by the Valley Economic Alliance, the day-long event drew hundreds of people to network and exchange information. More than 100 exhibitors showcased their resources, with dozens of government, education, nonprofit and local businesses participating.
The Tseng College helped sponsor the event, which drew organizations throughout Los Angeles County, including economic and employment development departments, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, colleges and publications. The Tseng College hosted an exhibit table at the event to let visitors know about Elevate, which connects graduate education and applied research at CSUN to regional business and industry. Check the Tseng College Facebook page for photos of the event.
(NORTHRIDGE, April 4, 2013) – People upset with each other who take their dispute to court may find a less stressful, more efficient alternative in mediation. The Tseng College offers a 100-hour certificate program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and attorney Jack R. Goetz gave an overview about the advantages of mediation at an information session on campus.
The one-semester program trains community members as mediators in community, legal and workplace settings. Instead of a judge or jury deciding an outcome in a particular case, mediators helps the parties work out their own resolution to their disputes.
"You want to help the parties figure out how to solve their problem," said Dr. Goetz, academic lead for the program and a long-time mediator. "You give the parties feedback. You create understanding and are open and listening."
People choose mediation because of its lower cost than litigating a case through trial, the ability of the parties to control the outcome, and flexibility in finding a resolution.
The Judicial Branch of California recognizes alternative dispute resolution as a way for parties to resolve issues.
"Mediation implies we are bringing the parties together," Dr. Goetz said. "Often the emotions are so high, we have to place one party in one room and the other party in another room." As a result, the program focuses on listening and negotiation skills, and also includes sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.
More information about the information session is posted on the Tseng College Facebook page.
(NORTHRIDGE, April 2013) – Community members can register now for Summer Session at CSUN, even if they are not CSUN students. Dozens of CSUN departments offer hundreds of academic-credit classes during three separate sessions, May 28-Aug. 20; May 28-July 9; and July 10-Aug. 20.
The Tseng College administers Summer Session and invites community members thinking about obtaining a degree, furthering their professional or personal enrichment, or earning university credits to check out the array of Summer classes.
CSUN classes meet on campus or online, and registration continues to June 7 for Sessions One and Two, and to July 19 for Session 3. Whether it's business, computer science, foreign languages, health sciences, psychology or dozens of other subjects, a Summer Session class will give students a boost in knowledge or a head start in academic studies.
(Northridge, March 26, 2013) – Behind music industry glamor and glitz lies the business side of creating, producing, marketing and ensuring music artistry reaches a consumer. CSUN's Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration teaches students who love the music industry how to turn that excitement into practical knowledge.
The Tseng College held an information session about the program, attended by about 30 people in person and many more through a live-stream broadcast. "This degree is an alternative to the MBA for people who want to work in the music industry," said Jennifer Kalfsbeek, director of graduate and professional education programs and services for the Tseng College, which offers the degree in collaboration with CSUN's Music Department and College of Business and Economics. "We know you are busy, working adults. We make sure the schedule is conducive to your life and that you finish the degree in a timely manner."
The 11-course program takes students through developments and trends in the music industry, including business management, financial and managerial accounting, entertainment law, copyright and other issues vital to producing, distributing and promoting music.
"The traditional MBA does not address needs of today in the music industry," said Carey Christensen, assistant professor of music at CSUN and an academic lead for the program. "We are the only one on the West Coast doing this kind of program."
Prof. Andrew Surmani of CSUN's Music Department and an academic lead for the program emphasized the need for the specialized information provided. "We want you to have business chops. You don't have to have a music degree to take this program, but you should have a passion and love of music."
(Northridge, March 13, 2013) – CSUN biology professor David Bermudes led a stimulating discussion about his research to use salmonella bacteria as a cancer treatment, as part of the Tseng College's Elevate Breakfast Series. Elevate connects university research capabilities with area business, industry and the community.
"Tumor cells have the ability to break out and get into the bloodstream," Dr. Bermudes said. "When they get to distant sites, they can take up residence in the distance location and start to grow again."
Problems result when cancer drugs fail to penetrate tumors. "You wind up with toxicity of normal tissues and lack of efficacy against the tumor." The bacteria approach causes the bacteria to seek out the cancer cells directly or stimulate the body's immune system to attack the cancer. "You can reverse the inability to get drugs into the tumor. We exposed mice to salmonella. Salmonella invaded cancer cells in culture. The strain is attenuated salmonella that stimulates an immune response."
When unleashed on tumors in mice, salmonella attacked the cancer. "Injecting the salmonella into the mouse has an anti-tumor effect."
The tumor-targeted salmonella project stretches across years of research and experiments. "My goal is to make the salmonella tumor-killing salmonella," said Dr. Bermudes who noted that research on this possibility has spread throughout the globe.
Currently, Dr. Bermudes leads students in a CSUN biology teaching lab, training the next generation of biologists, and continues his work though CSUN start-up funding and a grant. "We turn the classroom and lab into research experiences."
Tseng College dean Joyce Feucht Haviar noted that attention to research projects is an important goal of the Elevate Breakfast Series. "I look for research in the university that makes a difference in the broader community, including putting forward ideas that have implications for how industry develops them."
Photos of Dr. Bermudes's presentation are posted on the Tseng College Facebook page.
(Northridge Feb. 13, 2013) — Businesses increasingly find the days of team members sitting around a conference room table giving way to virtual teams, with team members scattered throughout the world. "The use of virtual teams is skyrocketing," said Julia Hoch, Ph.D., a virtual team expert and faculty member of CSUN's Marketing Department in the College of Business and Economics. "It is expanding in organizations and applied research." Dr. Hoch spoke about unique dynamics of virtual teams at a Tseng College Elevate event sponsored by the Tseng College at CSUN's University Club.
Unlike face-to-face meetings, virtual team members may never see each other and may not know each other well. Dr. Hoch said companies hire individuals with the skills set to work under these circumstances. "Virtual teams are more difficult to manage. You need to be more self-motivated. People feel isolated and out of the game."
To compensate for the reduced in-person interaction, research shows that virtual team leaders and members must be proactive and able to work in different time zones and with different cultures. They must share the same understanding of team goals, when members do not have face-to-face interaction.
Dr. Hoch noted that lack of shared physical space challenge communication and management success. Structure and information management still must take place when the leader may participate from thousands of miles away. She said research shows virtual teams do better with shared leadership and shared decision-making, when they encourage feedback and recognition, and by making sure team members understand group goals.
"It does change the dynamic," said Joyce Feucht-Haviar, University Senior International Officer and Dean, at the event. "You are working in different ways. Some companies only put together virtual teams when looking for a high level of innovation. Managing the innovation process is not a hierarchical thing. You want members to come from different points of view and challenge each other."
Photos of the event are posted on the Tseng College's Facebook page.
(Jan. 29, 2013) — Students, faculty, playwrights and those who love theater will jam the Los Angeles Theatre Centre for the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Feb. 14-16. John Binkley, the Tseng College's deputy dean, serves as regional chair of the annual festival, which showcases new plays and gives opportunities to university students, actors and playwrights to have their productions performed and discussed.
The festival showcases university theater programs and perfectly fits Prof. Binkley, associate chair of CSUN's Theatre Department. The event gives a practical and hands-on educational experience for those involved in theater. It includes auditions, readings, performances, auditions and workshops about all facets of theater production.
According to the organization's web site, since the festival's launch in 1969, more than 400,000 college theater students nationally got the chance to have their work critiqued, and more than 16 million theatergoes attended 10,000 festival productions nationwide.
Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging exams, such as x-rays, on patients. CSUN's program is for radiologic technologists seeking advanced certification in CT (computed tomography) and/or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
According to the California Employment Development Department, CT technologists use scanning machines to produce three-dimensional x-rays. MRI technologists use magnetic resonance imaging machines that utilize magnets and radio waves.
CSUN's College of Health and Human Development offers the Radiologic Technologist program online in collaboration with the Tseng College. "It has significantly increased in students," said faculty member Jennifer Little. "There are a lot of online programs, but they do not offer the clinical program." Students must spend 24 hours a week in supervised clinical settings, in addition to online instruction.
The Certificate of Advanced Professional Development also qualifies students to sit for the advanced certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Many students work full time, and the online and clinical aspect allow them to continue their employment. "I saw this opportunity to further my education," said Bakersfield resident Phillip Tomlinson. "Online works perfectly."
The Master of Public Administration program continues to expand in the Greater Los Angeles area, with several off-campus classroom sites starting Fall 2013. The MPA provides graduate education in managing and resolving issues in the government, nonprofit and public sectors.
The Tseng College offers the program throughout the region. Students gain real-world knowledge and apply skills in issues such as budgeting, human resources, labor relations and strategic planning. Learn more by attending a free information session. The Tseng College collaborates with the City of Beverly Hills, the City of Pasadena, the City of South Gate, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide the MPA program at various government sites, so students don't have to drive to CSUN. Anyone with government or nonprofit administrative duties, or who wants to expand their expertise in this area, would benefit from the MPA. Classes start in August.
The Tseng College's international presence continues to grow, with its representation at upcoming education fairs in Denmark and meetings with German-based agencies. Jessica Isomoto, the Tseng College's University Access Programs Coordinator, will greet students March 4-6 in Copenhagen, the University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University to promote the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs (IEUP).
In Germany starting March 8, Jessica will meet with international agencies in Hamburg, Muenster and Bonn to discuss IEUP programs, including Semester at CSUN and Conditional Admission. Germany is the 12th leading country of origin of international students studying at American colleges and universities, according to the 2012 Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education.
Think a semester ahead, to Summer Session 2013. Even if you're not enrolled at CSUN for the Fall or Spring semester, you still can take Summer classes if you meet course prerequisites. Check out the class offerings. The Tseng College administers Summer Session, which features three separate sections, May 28-Aug. 20.
(NORTHRIDGE, Jan. 10, 2012) — The Tseng College welcomes students from around the world this month to take part in the Tseng College's Intensive English and University Pathways Programs (IEUP). Students are expected to arrive from Brazil, China, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Taiwan.
Visiting students also will come from Sahmyook Health University College in South Korea to take part in an English for Nursing program, and students from Namseoul University in South Korea also will study English. In addition, students from China will participate in an "English for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)" program, to improve their own ability to teach English.
IEUP offers year-round academic programs, including Intensive English, Intensive English Program with Conditional Admission, Semester at CSUN, English Language and Cultural Experience, and Custom-Designed Programs.