New program geared at preparing incoming students

 Freshmen now required to attend two workshops their first year on campus.
By Ebony Williams
Staff Writer

For the first time at Cal State University Dominguez Hills students are required to undergo mandatory advising to help them through their freshmen year.

The University Advisement Center developed the Mandatory Freshman Advisement program to help freshmen understand what their college life will consist of.

Students are required to attend two workshops their first year at CSUDH. Freshmen are alerted via email two weeks before each workshop and can register online. If they do not attend, a hold will be placed on their future registration.

Chris Fernandez new ASI president

 New academic school year will also bring newly elected ASI board.
By Chiniqua McDonald
Staff Writer

Cellular and molecular biology major Chris Fernandez, 20, will take over as president of the Associated Students, Inc. in July.

California State University Dominguez Hills broke its record for the highest voter turnout rate ever. Last year, 936 students voted.

“This year’s elections campaign was a success,” said Thomas Freelon, elections commissioner. “This year we had 1,450 students participate in the polls, signifying that more students are becoming involved and taking action.”

The election had 14 eligible candidates who ran for a position on the board of ASI.

Visionary with an accomplished dream retiring

 Library dean Sandra Parham packing things up and heading to Tennessee after more than a decade at Dominguez Hills.
Sandra Parham is returning home to Tennessee but still plans to be involved in the art world.

After 15 years as dean of the University Library, Sandra Parham is retiring in June with plans to move back to Nashville.

“Fifteen years wasn’t too long,” said Parham. “I love Dominguez Hills. It’s been more enriching to me than what I’ve given out.”

Parham has been responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all aspects of the library. Most importantly, she helped facilitate the new library.

On April 29, 2010, Parham’s vision became a reality.

Douglas-Bethune Graduation honors African traditions

 Annual celebration, open to all students, to be held in student union ballroom.
By Tania Torres
Staff Writer

The Douglas-Bethune Graduation Ceremony has changed locations this year to a more intimate venue. The celebration recognizes students and families that follow Africana traditions.
In years past the ceremony was held in the gym. This year it will be in the Loker Student Union Ballroom.
“We moved locations because the ballroom is a lot nicer and intimate for the students and guests,” said Administrative Support Coordinator Shana Garrett.
Any graduating student can participate in this event.

Inauguration festivities include academic contest

 Students have only today left to submit original work inspired by “America Happens Here” theme.
By Necole Jones
Staff Writer

The campus community and alumni have a chance to win up to $300 and a year of free parking by sharing what CSUDH means to them.

The Presidential Inauguration and Investiture Committee is sponsoring a creative and academic contest as part of President Willie J. Hagan’s inauguration celebration.

“Our president decided to make [the inauguration] a university activity,” said Hamoud Salhi, acting associate dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. “It’s not about him. It’s about Dominguez Hills. He’s one among us.”

President Willie Hagan’s inauguration in May

 Students, faculty and staff encouraged to take part in the official welcoming of university’s 10th president.
By Sandy Cabada
Staff Writer

A year after he took over as interim president, Willie J. Hagan will be officially sworn in as the 10th president of California State University Dominguez Hills in May.

Previously California State University Fullerton’s interim president, Hagan came to Dominguez Hills last June. He took over for Mildred Garcia, who went on to become the seventh president of Cal State Fullerton.

Hagan was named permanent president of the university in December. The inauguration will act as a formal welcoming. Students, faculty and staff can take part.

Public administration associate professor recognized for efficient teaching

 Marie Palladini given Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award.
By Jonathan Ramirez
Staff Writer

Marie Palladini was honored with the Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award last month.

Palladini, associate professor for the Public Administration Department at CSUDH, has spent more than 20 years as a federal agent and lawyer. Seven years ago, she found teaching as a second profession at Dominguez Hills.

“It feels like I have a lot on my plate now,” Palladini said. “I’m learning more about the CSUDH culture.”

Petition signatures against new fee growing

 Administrators continue to pursue new Student Success Fee as CSUDH students unite to fight it.
By Sandy Cabada
Staff Writer

Dominguez Hills students have collected more than 1,500 signatures on a change.org petition protesting the new $560 Student Success Fee.

Every time a student signs, CSUDH President Willie Hagan, CSU Chancellor Timothy White, Gov. Jerry Brown and ASI president Gavin Centeno receive an email from change.org.

Robert DeWitz, vice president for Students for Quality Education on campus, said the petition was started after students approached SQE. They were upset that they were being denied a referendum by administration and felt that ASI was not doing enough to support students.

Students can apply online to appeal a ticket

 Online system allows students to fight tickets on their own time.
By Sonnoya Meloncon
Staff Writer

The campus community and visitors will soon be able to appeal parking citations online.

In the past, appeals had to be done in person in the Small College Complex. But for those with busy schedules, this can be difficult, said Jessica Garcia, parking and transportation manager.

“The online process is beneficial to evening students,” said Garcia.

The parking office closes at 5:30 p.m. and many students can’t get to the campus in time to handle disputes.

Warren Ashley passes away

 Long-time CSUDH staff member made great impact on campus.
By Ebony Williams
Staff Writer

Director of Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning Warren Ashley died last month after being hospitalized for several days. He was 70.

The cause of his death is unknown at this time.

Ashley had worked at California State University Dominguez Hills the last 25 years. In his early days, he developed a program that would aid in building relationships with local high school students interested in the television broadcast, video and online media. This would become the Young Scholars Program. The YSP gave high school students a chance to earn six units of college credits.

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