Cal State Northridge to Inaugurate New President

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from California State University, Northridge

    NORTHRIDGE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- California State University,
 Northridge will host a weeklong public celebration April 16 to 21 -- featuring
 concerts, lectures, a student "carnaval" and a "Big Picture" -- honoring a new
 era for the campus with the inauguration of President Jolene Koester.
     Several thousand guests are expected at the inauguration in front of the
 Oviatt Library at noon on Thursday, April 19.  California State University
 system Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Board of Trustees Chair Laurence Gould
 will conduct the investiture of Koester as CSUN's fourth president in its
 43-year history.
     President Koester, who arrived on campus in July 2000, asked that
 inaugural events for the week be planned as a celebration of the university.
 So the week's activities also include the largest series of performances ever
 by the CSUN Music Department, a "Big Picture" mass campus photo gathering on
 April 17, and CSUN's inaugural gala and alumni awards on April 19.
     Cal State Northridge, with more than 29,000 students, is one of the
 largest universities in the country and the third largest in the California
 State University system.  The university offers a broad array of first-rate
 bachelor's and master's degree programs, as the only public university located
 in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley region.
     "The inaugural is really a celebration of the wonders of the university
 and the university's major place here in Southern California," said Marcella
 Tyler, the College of Extended Learning administrator who chaired the campus
 Inaugural Committee.  That group has been planning and organizing the week's
 events for the past seven months.
     "It's also a new beginning of sorts for the university whenever there is a
 new president," Tyler added.  "The fine work of the faculty and the
 university's array of first-class programs continue.  But President Koester's
 arrival has helped us focus on strengthening CSUN's connections with its
 community and creating a more user-friendly environment on campus."
       The April 19 inaugural will feature the spectacle of hundreds of faculty
 members and administrators from CSUN and other universities around the
 country, dressed in full academic regalia, marching onto the Oviatt Library
 lawn.  During the investiture, Chancellor Reed will present President Koester
 with the CSUN Presidential Medallion, a brass version of the university's
 seal.
     President Koester will then deliver her inaugural speech to the campus
 community.  The inaugural ceremony and speech will be broadcast live over
 campus radio station KCSN (88.5 FM) between noon and 1:30 p.m.  Starting at
 11 a.m., KCSN will air a recorded interview with the president.  The KCSN
 broadcasts also can be heard over the Internet at www.kcsn.org.
     The noon inauguration and the following 1:30 p.m. reception in the
 adjoining Sierra Quad are both free and open to the public.  The primary
 public parking location will be CSUN Parking Lot C on the east side of campus
 along Zelzah Avenue north of Nordhoff Street.
 
     Some of the related activities occurring during the week include:
 
     The Big Picture:  At noon Tuesday, April 17, hundreds of CSUN community
 members will gather on the steps of the Oviatt Library for a commemorative
 "Big Picture."  The best photograph from the event will be used to create a
 color poster for the campus celebrating the inaugural.
 
     Inaugural Concert:  On Wednesday, April 18, the university will host a
 free, open-to-the-public Inaugural Concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts
 Center.  Performing groups include CSUN's African Ensemble, Symphony
 Orchestra, Northridge Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz "A" Band and Faculty Jazz
 Quartet.  To reserve seats, call the Performing Arts Center at (818) 677-3943.
 
     Inaugural Gala/Distinguished Alumni-Emeriti Awards:  On Thursday,
 April 19, CSUN's Inaugural Gala/Distinguished Alumni-Emeriti Awards will be
 held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.  The $75-per-ticket
 event is sold out with attendance expected to exceed 400.  President Koester,
 four outstanding alumni and a retired faculty member will be honored.
 
     The week of inaugural events also will feature several special CSUN
 "firsts:"
 
     -- Just prior to the president's inaugural speech, Music Department
        instructor Timothy Howard will play live music via the 222-bell CSUN
        campus carillon for the first time ever.
 
     -- To commemorate the inaugural, the Music Department has pressed a
        special music compact disc titled "Discover CSUN Music" that will be
        given to special guests.  The CD will feature special performances by
        CSUN's Wind Ensemble, Northridge Singers, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz
        "A" Band.
 
     -- Faculty and students from CSUN's Music Department will mount their
        largest series of combined performances ever throughout the inaugural
        week, with some nine different vocal and music groups performing.
 
     In addition, the Oviatt Library is hosting an inaugural exhibit in the
 lobby featuring CSUN presidents' photos and campus memorabilia.  Elsewhere,
 students are holding "Carnaval -- A Celebration of Culture and Community"
 during the week in the University Student Union.
     Gold sponsors who have provided major financial support for the inaugural
 include (in alphabetical order) ANDERSEN; Arter & Hadden LLP; The Boeing
 Company, Sam and Emarie Britten; the Los Angeles Times Valley Edition; MiniMed
 Inc.; the Walter Lantz Foundation, and Washington Mutual.
     Silver sponsors who also have provided financial support for the inaugural
 include Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center/Tenet Healthcare Foundation;
 Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, and Wells Fargo Bank.
     A complete schedule of inaugural events is available on CSUN's web site at
 www.csun.edu/~univrel/2001inaugural.html.  More information about inaugural
 events is available from the CSUN Public Relations Office at (818) 677-2130.
 
 

SOURCE California State University, Northridge
    NORTHRIDGE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- California State University,
 Northridge will host a weeklong public celebration April 16 to 21 -- featuring
 concerts, lectures, a student "carnaval" and a "Big Picture" -- honoring a new
 era for the campus with the inauguration of President Jolene Koester.
     Several thousand guests are expected at the inauguration in front of the
 Oviatt Library at noon on Thursday, April 19.  California State University
 system Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Board of Trustees Chair Laurence Gould
 will conduct the investiture of Koester as CSUN's fourth president in its
 43-year history.
     President Koester, who arrived on campus in July 2000, asked that
 inaugural events for the week be planned as a celebration of the university.
 So the week's activities also include the largest series of performances ever
 by the CSUN Music Department, a "Big Picture" mass campus photo gathering on
 April 17, and CSUN's inaugural gala and alumni awards on April 19.
     Cal State Northridge, with more than 29,000 students, is one of the
 largest universities in the country and the third largest in the California
 State University system.  The university offers a broad array of first-rate
 bachelor's and master's degree programs, as the only public university located
 in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley region.
     "The inaugural is really a celebration of the wonders of the university
 and the university's major place here in Southern California," said Marcella
 Tyler, the College of Extended Learning administrator who chaired the campus
 Inaugural Committee.  That group has been planning and organizing the week's
 events for the past seven months.
     "It's also a new beginning of sorts for the university whenever there is a
 new president," Tyler added.  "The fine work of the faculty and the
 university's array of first-class programs continue.  But President Koester's
 arrival has helped us focus on strengthening CSUN's connections with its
 community and creating a more user-friendly environment on campus."
       The April 19 inaugural will feature the spectacle of hundreds of faculty
 members and administrators from CSUN and other universities around the
 country, dressed in full academic regalia, marching onto the Oviatt Library
 lawn.  During the investiture, Chancellor Reed will present President Koester
 with the CSUN Presidential Medallion, a brass version of the university's
 seal.
     President Koester will then deliver her inaugural speech to the campus
 community.  The inaugural ceremony and speech will be broadcast live over
 campus radio station KCSN (88.5 FM) between noon and 1:30 p.m.  Starting at
 11 a.m., KCSN will air a recorded interview with the president.  The KCSN
 broadcasts also can be heard over the Internet at www.kcsn.org.
     The noon inauguration and the following 1:30 p.m. reception in the
 adjoining Sierra Quad are both free and open to the public.  The primary
 public parking location will be CSUN Parking Lot C on the east side of campus
 along Zelzah Avenue north of Nordhoff Street.
 
     Some of the related activities occurring during the week include:
 
     The Big Picture:  At noon Tuesday, April 17, hundreds of CSUN community
 members will gather on the steps of the Oviatt Library for a commemorative
 "Big Picture."  The best photograph from the event will be used to create a
 color poster for the campus celebrating the inaugural.
 
     Inaugural Concert:  On Wednesday, April 18, the university will host a
 free, open-to-the-public Inaugural Concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts
 Center.  Performing groups include CSUN's African Ensemble, Symphony
 Orchestra, Northridge Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz "A" Band and Faculty Jazz
 Quartet.  To reserve seats, call the Performing Arts Center at (818) 677-3943.
 
     Inaugural Gala/Distinguished Alumni-Emeriti Awards:  On Thursday,
 April 19, CSUN's Inaugural Gala/Distinguished Alumni-Emeriti Awards will be
 held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.  The $75-per-ticket
 event is sold out with attendance expected to exceed 400.  President Koester,
 four outstanding alumni and a retired faculty member will be honored.
 
     The week of inaugural events also will feature several special CSUN
 "firsts:"
 
     -- Just prior to the president's inaugural speech, Music Department
        instructor Timothy Howard will play live music via the 222-bell CSUN
        campus carillon for the first time ever.
 
     -- To commemorate the inaugural, the Music Department has pressed a
        special music compact disc titled "Discover CSUN Music" that will be
        given to special guests.  The CD will feature special performances by
        CSUN's Wind Ensemble, Northridge Singers, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz
        "A" Band.
 
     -- Faculty and students from CSUN's Music Department will mount their
        largest series of combined performances ever throughout the inaugural
        week, with some nine different vocal and music groups performing.
 
     In addition, the Oviatt Library is hosting an inaugural exhibit in the
 lobby featuring CSUN presidents' photos and campus memorabilia.  Elsewhere,
 students are holding "Carnaval -- A Celebration of Culture and Community"
 during the week in the University Student Union.
     Gold sponsors who have provided major financial support for the inaugural
 include (in alphabetical order) ANDERSEN; Arter & Hadden LLP; The Boeing
 Company, Sam and Emarie Britten; the Los Angeles Times Valley Edition; MiniMed
 Inc.; the Walter Lantz Foundation, and Washington Mutual.
     Silver sponsors who also have provided financial support for the inaugural
 include Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center/Tenet Healthcare Foundation;
 Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, and Wells Fargo Bank.
     A complete schedule of inaugural events is available on CSUN's web site at
 www.csun.edu/~univrel/2001inaugural.html.  More information about inaugural
 events is available from the CSUN Public Relations Office at (818) 677-2130.
 
 SOURCE  California State University, Northridge