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Fall 2009 From the Desk of

From the Desk of Dr. Karen Haynes
Fall 2009


December 15, 2009

Zomalt Outstanding Service Award

Zomalt Award Winner Pat WordenI am delighted to announce that Dr. Pat Worden, Vice President for Student Affairs, is the 2009-10 Ernest and Leslie Zomalt Outstanding Service Award honoree.  

Pat came to the University as a founding faculty member. She went on to serve as an associate dean of arts & sciences and dean of graduate studies and AVP for research before taking on the interim role of vice president for student affairs.  She has led the division through its continued maturity and, over the past two years, through a difficult budget environment.

Vice President Worden is an effective and trustworthy leader, a valued mentor to many and a strong advocate for our students.  Under Pat's leadership, Student Affairs grew into a dynamic organization to serve and develop our students.   She has always demonstrated commitment to teamwork and collaboration.  Pat has led or served on numerous committees and has championed several initiatives to increase diversity, improve retention and graduation, and build student life.  

In all of her roles, Pat was constantly looking forward with a balanced sense of excitement and optimism for the future of CSUSM.   Pat Worden exemplifies our "university first" philosophy.  

It is with great please that I announce her selection for this prestigious honor. 


December 11, 2009

2009-2010 President's Faculty and Staff Awards

I am pleased to announce this year's President's Awards for faculty and staff:

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity
Professor Andrea Liss, Visual & Performing Arts

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation & Excellence
Professor Elizabeth Matthews, Political Science

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Service Leadership
Professor Marie Thomas, Psychology

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer
Professor Deborah Bennett, School of Nursing

Employees of the Year
Julie Mattingly, Student Affairs
Carl Hanson, Facility Services

Please join me on Thursday, January 14, at 11:00 a.m. in the Dome as we recognize each of the recipients at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Reception.


December 8, 2009

Reflections on 2009

As 2009 passes into 2010, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the many accomplishments of the past year and thank you for your continued dedication to working together and getting creative in order to serve students and advance the University's strategic priorities despite the budget challenges.  (read more)


November 18, 2009

2009-2010 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. Kathy NormanUpon the recommendation of the Faculty Awards Committee, I am delighted to announce that Professor Kathy Norman of the College of Education is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor. The Faculty Awards Committee concluded, and I wholeheartedly concur, that Dr. Norman's exemplary teaching, research, and service record honor this award. A great university begins with great faculty, with professors who are dedicated to scholarly excellence and devoted to the success of their students, and Dr. Norman is a shining example of that. (read more)


October 28, 2009

Vice President for Student Affairs Search

Dr. Pat Worden has provided outstanding leadership for the Student Affairs Division for the past four years. Pat was looking toward to her retirement three years ago but has graciously continued to serve in the role. She has led the division through its continued maturity and, over the past two years, through a difficult budget environment. Pat came to the University as a founding faculty member. She went on to serve as an associate dean of arts & sciences and dean of graduate studies and AVP for research before taking on the interim role of vice president for student affairs. We have been so fortunate to have Pat but we must let her and her husband Peter do what they set out to do three years ago. Pat will retire at the end of the academic year.  (read more)


October 13, 2009

President Haynes and Provost Cutrer Host Conversation with Department Chairs and Program Directors/Coordinators

President Haynes and Provost Cutrer hosted a conversation yesterday (October 12) with department chairs and program coordinators to discuss the University Budget and the year ahead.   Members of Academic Senate Executive Committee and local CFA leaders were also in attendance at the meeting.

Notes of the meeting were developed by Jackie Trischman and Matt Ceppi, and reviewed by Janet McDaniel and Don Barrett.   The notes can be found here.


September 22, 2009

Fall 2010 Admission

As part of the CSU adopted plan to address the significant reduction in state support, the system will reduce enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years. For California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) our enrollment target has been reduced by 6 percent. This is a big blow to a University that has seen such tremendous growth as ours, and a blow to our region. (read more)


September 11, 2009

Mayor's Education Forum

Mayor's Education ForumOn September 10, I joined City of San Marcos Mayor Desmond, Palomar College President Bob Deegan and San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Holt for an evening at The McMahan House to think together about the important role of public education in the future of San Marcos and this region.  Each of these educational institutions makes its own unique contribution to the landscape of public education. Together, we have the opportunity to prepare a new generation of leaders and citizens who will serve our state. More than ever before, education provides the foundation for the economic, cultural and social advancement.   

To view the text to the President's remarks, delivered at the September 10th Mayor's Education Forum click here


September 10, 2009

Budget Cuts Endanger CSUSM

On August 30, 2009, an editorial by President Haynes was published in the North County Times. To read her editorial click here.


September 9, 2009

University Budget Forum

President Haynes held a Budget Forum on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. To view her speech click here or visit http://www.csusm.edu/president/communication.html.


August 25, 2009

Campus Climate Advocate

I am pleased to announce that Scott Gross has accepted my invitation to serve as the University's new Campus Climate Advocate. In this role, Scott will facilitate the Campus Connect program, serve as my liaison to SAND (Staff Appreciation and Development), and advise me in general with respect to campus climate-one of the University's five strategic priorities. Scott will take on the advocate role as part of his current position as Director of Community Engagement, which now also includes oversight of the newly reorganized University's Event And Conference Services office.

Scott first arrived at CSUSM in November 2007 as a Program Director in Extended Learning. That position afforded him the opportunity to work closely with many of CSUSM's community partners, from which his current role with the community engagement initiative evolved. As Scott continues his work to build bridges between community organizations and their respective counterparts on campus, he will simultaneously work to help advance and promote the interconnectedness of the University campus.  

As Scott assumes this new role, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Marion Reid, retiring Dean of the Library who, as our first Campus Climate Advocate, has significantly advanced this initiative during the last three years and helped develop the Campus Connect program into the highly successful and popular program that it is today.