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From the Desk of Dr. Karen Haynes - Fall 2010

December 15, 2010

Summary of President Haynes' Roundtable on Diversity and Campus Climate

On December 3, 2010, President Haynes convened a roundtable on Diversity and Campus Climate. Invitees included representatives of committees, task forces or University offices involved in diversity-related work and campus climate initiatives. President Haynes and participants discussed the University's initiatives and identified opportunities for collaboration, or additional necessary actions, in order to achieve the University's goals for diversity and campus climate. 

Participants discussed the goals around diversity and equity, and the multiple facets of diversity. Topics identified and discussed included training on diversity and inclusiveness for faculty and staff, campus climate assessment, planning for initiatives addressing diversity, awareness and visual representation, and community relations. Participants also provided input on the role of the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Educational Equity. A search will be conducted in spring 2011. (read more)

December 14, 2010

2010-2011 Zomalt Outstanding Service Award Winner

I am delighted to announce that Margie Kidd of the School of Nursing is the 2010-2011 Ernest and Leslie Zomalt Outstanding Service Award honoree.

Ms. Kidd has been with Cal State San Marcos since 1999 and has been with the School of Nursing since its inception, assisting with the organization and startup of the program. She has shown her dedication to the mission of the University in her work with the students of the School of Nursing.  Students commented that she is the "backbone" of the program, ensuring they have a "positive and successful experience" with her "selfless service" and her support of student hosted activities and events.  Ms. Kidd assisted in the start-up of the 16-week residency program in coordination with Palomar Pomerado Health and remains involved in helping students succeed in the program.  She is active in assisting nursing students by coordinating clinical placements for cohorts and scheduling CPR classes. Her dedication to the School of Nursing provides students with the opportunity to succeed while helping build the program's positive reputation.

Please join me on Thursday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m. in the Dome as we recognize each of the recipients at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Reception.

December 13, 2010

2010-2011 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
Bianca Mothé, Biology

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation & Excellence

Jocelyn Ahlers, Liberal Studies

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Service Leadership

Janet McDaniel, College of Education

President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer

Jonathan Marion, Anthropology

Employees of the
Kathy Martin, Academic Affairs
Jennifer Williams, Finance and Administrative Services

Please join me on Thursday, January 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Dome as we recognize each of the recipients at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Reception.

December 10, 2010

Community Engagement

At convocation, and over the course of the semester, we have reflected on our five strategic priorities and our University's future focus. Our five priorities remain important to our success and will continue to be our strategic priorities into our future.  In my forums this semester, I have talked about putting structures in place that position the University for growth and to further support the framework and activities around our strategic priorities so that they are sustainable. To that end, I announced earlier this semester that I would create a full-time diversity officer position to further institutionalize our educational equity and diversity priority. The final piece for institutionalizing and supporting our strategic framework is in the community partnerships priority.

For the past three years, Dr. Jan Jackson has held two titles, and essentially two positions, as the Dean of Extended Learning and the Associate Vice President for Community Engagement. Effective January 1, Dr. Jackson will become the Vice President for Community Engagement, reporting to me. Extended Learning will remain in Academic Affairs. Provost Cutrer will immediately begin a search process for a dean to lead Extended Learning and our Temecula off-campus center. Dr. Jackson's associate vice president position has been partially funded by my office, and this new position will be fully funded from the Office of the President.  (read more)

December 10, 2010

College Restructuring

Earlier this week, the Provost forwarded to me her final recommendation for structuring our University's colleges.  In considering this recommendation, I have taken into account the responses to the initial recommendation forwarded to the Provost by college governance committees and the Academic Affairs website, as well as the principles outlined in the initial structure recommendation:

  • The organization of instructional units within Academic Affairs must provide an appropriate platform for future growth and development of the university's instructional mission.
  • The organization should develop and enhance synergies among academic programs.
  • The organization should enhance administrative and governance processes.
  • Resources and workload should be rationally distributed.
  • Strong unit identities are important to both internal and external constituents.
  • Equitable representation in advisory and decision-making bodies is a goal.

I believe that the Provost's recommendation is in keeping with these principles, and, thus, I am authorizing Academic Affairs to move ahead with reconfiguring itself into four colleges, as outlined below.

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

  • Departments: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, History, Liberal Studies, Literature and Writing Studies, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Visual and Performing Arts, Women's Studies
  • Interdisciplinary and Emerging Programs: Cognitive Science, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, Global Studies, Native Studies

College of Science and Mathematics

  • Departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics
  • Interdisciplinary and Emerging Programs: Biotechnology

College of Education, Health, and Human Services

  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Kinesiology
  • Human Development

College of Business Administration

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November 30, 2010

Open Letter from Chancellor Reed On President Haynes' Review

View letter from Chancellor Reed on President Haynes' Review

November 4, 2010

President's Forum

The script for the President's Forum is now available at:

October 20, 2010

2010-2011 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award

Upon the recommendation of the Faculty Awards Committee, I am pleased to announce that Professor Rajnandini ¿Raj' Pillai of the College of Business Administration is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. The Faculty Awards Committee concluded, and I concur, that Dr. Pillai's exemplary teaching, research, and service record honor this award. We are privileged to have excellent faculty at Cal State San Marcos and Dr. Pillai is one of our very best who exemplifies CSUSM excellence. (read more)

October 18, 2010

Budget Update

The 2010-11 budget has been enacted by the Governor.  We are awaiting the final campus allocations from the Chancellor's Office. The California economy continues to present challenges.  Mid-year budget cuts and a difficult budget year in 2011-12 are a real possibility.  We are also unsure whether the Board of Trustees will take any action at their November meeting on fee increases that were originally part of our campus budget planning.
Nevertheless, understanding the necessity to invest in instruction and the timelines necessary for faculty searches, I am allocating $2.5 million for tenure track faculty hiring based on the Academic Affairs rolling plans.     
This is in addition to the $1.4 million allocated for additional course sections in the spring from the onetime ARRA dollars received by the CSU over the summer.  

Given the unknowns, we will continue to review the information provided by the Chancellor's Office.   I will release additional information or hold a budget forum when the details of our 2010-11 budget plan are more complete.

October 11, 2010

Budget Update

Last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the 2010-11 state budget. We were pleased the governor and legislature made higher education a priority in the 2010-11 fiscal year by partially reinvesting the $571 million reduction the CSU experienced in 2009-10. The budget reinvests $199 million in the CSU base budget as well as a $60.6 million general fund increase to provide additional student access. The budget also includes the one-time $106 million from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The total budget year increase is $365.6 million. 

Campus allocations will be made from the Chancellor's Office in the coming week. Once we receive the Chancellor's allocation memo, I will be meeting with the Executive Council to review the priorities set by the University Budget Committee in order to determine campus funding allocations.  We will continue to make budgetary decisions that ensure a high quality of education for our students and build for the future of Cal State San Marcos. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to serving our students.

CSU Statement on 2010-11 Budge:

September 27, 2010

President's Forum

The script from the President's Forum is available at:

September 14

Budget Update: Campus Receives One-Time Funding for 2010/11

As you likely know, there is still no state budget for fiscal year 2010-11.  However, the campus received word yesterday of a one-time allocation of funds as a result of legislative action taken last week. Last Friday, Acting Governor Maldonado signed into law AB 185 to appropriate $106 million from the final installment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the California State University. The campus will receive a one-time allocation from these funds to increase course availability and student services, and support the general capacity of the campus to instruct and serve students. Based on earlier data from new and continuing student trends, deans were already planning for being over our previous established enrollment targets for the college year. The one-time funding will provide some relief for accommodating these additional students. (read more)

August 31, 2010

New Video Message: Convocation 2010

Welcome back to campus and the new academic year! I invite you to visit my web page for a new video message regarding Convocation 2010 at