CSUDH History: 1990s

January 1990: Kaiser Foundation and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group fund students in clinical sciences; one of largest scholarship gifts in CSUDH history.

Winter 1990: Campus raises more than $5,000 to help victims of November ’89 Watsonville earthquake.

Biology professor Laura Robles’ octopus retina research attracts National Science Foundation grants exceeding $230,000, to fund work on retinal diseases

March 1990: Young, Gifted and Black Honors Program brings tennis champion Arthur Ashe on campus.

History professor Donald Hata selected as Outstanding CSU Professor.

May 1, 1990: Groundbreaking for Loker University Student Union; six foot high cake replicates student union at reception for Katherine Loker.

May 25, 1990: Commencement address delivered by California Assemblyman John Vasconcellos.

Summer 1990: School of Health established.

Fall 1990: State budget shortfall stings higher education.

Fall 1990: Psychology professor Aaron Hass receives Pulitzer Prize nomination for In the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Second Generation.

Fall 1990: Li Lu, a key student leader of 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, speaks on campus.

1991: CSUDH distance learning program debuts.

Toro baseball, soccer, golf and softball teams all achieve national ranking.

February 1991: Poet Nikki Giovanni fills the University Theatre as part of Black History Month.

Winter 1991: National Center for Postsecondary Education selects CSUDH as positive role model for minority access to achievement in U.S. universities; one of 10 institutions selected nationwide.

Spring 1991: Advance magazine names CSUDH’s re-entry program for medical technologists the best in nation.

Spring 1991: Music professor Frances Steiner named CSUDH Outstanding Professor.

May 1991: Boys Choir of Harlem director Walter J. Turnbull receives university’s first honorary doctorate.

Fall 1991: Continuing state budget crisis forces $6.2 million cut in CSUDH program and operating funds.

Fall 1992: Loker University Student Union opens.

First University Campaign rewards four students with first University Merit Scholarships.

March 1992: Hal Charnofsky, professor of sociology, named CSU Board of Trustees Outstanding Professor.

1993: Philanthropic support for university approaches $2 million mark, largest ever yearly total; alumni accounts for largest number of gifts.

Spring 1993: CSUDH students’ documentary video on in-line skating captures Student Emmy awards in College Television Awards.

May 22, 1993: First A.M.E. Church pastor Cecil Murray addresses graduates at 27th commencement ceremony; Dr. Lloyd Richards, professor emeritus at Yale School of Drama, receives honorary doctorate.

Fall 1993: California budget crisis reduces CSUDH funds .

Winter 1993: Katherine Loker establishes merit scholarships in her name.

Winter 1994: W.K. Kellogg Foundation gives Division of Nursing $1.3 million for its Center for International Nursing Education Program.

February 1994: Plans to build AlliedSignal Challenger Learning Center at CSUDH unveiled.

History 1990s

March 22, 1994: Actor Edward James Olmos gives campus talk titled “We’re All in the Same Gang.”

May 5, 1994: LaCorte Hall dedication ceremony honors generosity of John N. and Marion L. LaCorte, whose $750,000 gift is dedicated to positive values of diversity.

May 7, 1994: New Center for Study of Cultural Diversity and Internationalization presents inaugural cultural

 diversity conference.

Spring 1994: CAMS honors first graduating class.

Summer 1994: “Targeting Healthy Communities” partnership funded by Kellogg Foundation; CSUDH, St. Francis Medical Center of Lynwood, local school districts team up to provide health center for Southeast L.A. families.

Fall 1994: National Council for Black Studies relocates to CSUDH.

November 14, 1994: The Newcomen Society, national research organization, honors CSUDH for success with diverse student population.

October 27, 1994: Alumni brick courtyard dedication ceremony.

1995: Women’s basketball team wins first conference title.

January 26, 1995: Opening celebration for Challenger Learning Center; author Ray Bradbury gives keynote address.

Spring 1995: School of Education confers honorary doctorate on Lodwrick Cook, then-chair of ARCO.

History 1990s

October 19, 1995: Death of Lyle E. Gibson, former vice president and emeritus professor of geography, who spearheaded recognition of teacher excellence on campus and was one of original campus visionaries.

1996: CSUDH archeology students and anthropology professor Jerry Moore find 5,000-year old Baja California site that pre-dates Stonehenge, Cheops Pyramid.

History 1990s

January 29, 1996: Ten-year-old Steve Lu, CSUDH’s youngest student, begins course work.

Spring 1996: CSUDH students win top awards at Model United Nations.

May 25, 1996: Honorary degree awarded to international sports figure Anita DeFrantz at 30th commencement.

Fall 1996: Physics professor Ken Ganezer receives NSF grant to include CSUDH students in research on Super Kamiokande nucleon decay experiment in Japan.

June 16, 1997: Forbes magazine lists CSUDH as one of top 20 distance learning universities in U.S.

Summer 1997: U.S. News & World Report ranks CSUDH first among western universities in campus diversity.

Fall 1997: 1910 Air Meet archives collection established at CSUDH.

Winter 1998: Kazimierz Kowalski, professor of computer science, receives Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

April 1998: Toro baseball team travels to Japan to play series of games with Nattai University and Hosei University near Tokyo.

May 1998: United Farm Workers labor activist Dolores Huerta speaks at campus Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Spring 1998: 19-year-old sophomore Roland Clarkson discovers largest known prime number - 909,526 digits long.

Spring 1998: Gardena Gardeners Association restores Shinwa Japanese Garden in SBS patio.

June 30, 1998: President Detweiler resigns.

History 1990s
July 1, 1998: Herbert Carter begins duties as interim CSUDH president.

Summer 1998: Roller hockey rink opens on campus; joint effort of CSUDH, Los Angeles Kings, Gardena-Carson YMCA.

October 19, 1998: Groundbreaking ceremony for new Extended Education Building.

Fall 1998: National Institutes of Health funds U-STAR and BRIDGES programs, giving minority students chance to do biomedical research.

Winter 1998: Edison International funds renovation of University Theatre classroom into performance studio.

November 3, 1998: California voters pass Prop 1A; largest bond issue in history of any state; gives CSUDH go-ahead on more than $45 million in campus projects.

Fall 1998: Discovery of neutrino mass; CSUDH physics professor Kenneth Ganezer leads CSUDH research team on project.

January 21, 1999: “Painted Light: California Impressionist Painting from the Gardena High School Collection” exhibition opens in University Art Gallery; exhibition and associated educational components funded by W.M. Keck Foundation.

March 17, 1999: James E. Lyons, Sr. appointed to succeed Herbert Carter as university president.

March 1999: New African Grove Black Theatre Program launched; its scholarship named in honor of President Herbert Carter.

History 1990s

May 14, 1999: Presidential Scholarship and Awards Dinner debuts; past presidents attend event honoring AlliedSignal Corporation, Edison International, Sempra Energy and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., as well as outstanding K-12 teachers.

History 1990s

May 28, 1999: Largest graduation in CSUDH history acclaimed as rousing success; keynote address by Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, honorary doctorate degrees to Katherine Loker and Judge Norman Epstein.

July 1, 1999: President Lyons takes reins as new president, sets aggressive agenda to make CSUDH the model “communiversity.”

Fall 1999: School of Education’s Stuart Foundation

History 1990s

Project employs cutting-edge, “holistic” approach to teacher training in three-year program.

University-wide Accreditation Committee focuses on issues of leadership, clarification of mission, planning, institutional and educational effectiveness, and financial support in preparation for WASC visit.




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