CSUDH History: 2000s

2000: CSU Dominguez Hills celebrates its 40th anniversary.

March 2000: The Extended Education building opens and later wins a design award from American School and University magazine.

April 2000: Ralph Nader, consumer activist, speaks on campus as part of the “Distinguished Scholars 2000” series.

Angela Davis, political activist and professor, draws a capacity audience to the University Theatre talking about women’s rights, prisoner’s rights and violence in society.

Christopher Nance of NBC-TV is the master of ceremonies at the 2nd annual Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner.

Dee Hardison, Mayor of Torrance, is named “Alumna of the Year” at the annual Alumni Mixer.

January 2001: The CSU Dominguez Hills men's soccer team becomes NCAA Division II national champions.

CSU Dominguez Hills becomes one of two CSUs dividing up $5.4 million in "state-of-the-art" technology equipment; U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Norman Mineta donates used Census 2000 equipment to 82 colleges and universities nationwide to "help close the digital divide."

Considered by some to be one of the foremost interpreters of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest and its aftermath, author and professor Edward Chang visits campus.

Orthotics & Prosthetics student, Shawn Brown, takes home gold medal in discus throw from the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

February 2001: The CSUDH School of Health and South Korea's Taegu Health College sign a memo of understanding to further explore exchanges between the two institutions.

February 15, 2001: Leo F. Cain, founding President of California State University, Dominguez Hills, dies at the age of 91.

April 2001: First annual Cesar Chavez celebration is held on campus.

April 28, 2001: CSU Dominguez Hills presents "Much Ado about Nothing" live via television and the Internet.

May 2001: Jim Walton, president of Domestic Networks for the CNN News Group, gives keynote address at thirty-fifth commencement.

June 2001: The RISE and SCORE programs, supporting minority science research, awarded a $5.2 million dollar grant by The National Institute of Health.

June 3, 2001: The Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir performs at Carnegie Hall.

June 4, 2001: The California State University Trustees vote to approve the proposed construction of the National Training Center/Sports Complex at CSU Dominguez Hills.

September 2001: Student Alex Bengard drafted by L.A. Galaxy major league soccer team.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges approves MPA Online, the first Web-based Master in Public Administration program in the CSU system.

CSUDH wins national education award for promoting diversity in teacher education from the American Association of College for Teacher Education.

November 2001: U.S. Department of Education awards TRIO grant to CSUDH for its student support services. Undergraduate student training in academic research (U*STAR) program receives additional five-year funding of $1.3 million dollars from Minority Opportunities in Research Division of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

February 26, 2002: Groundbreaking ceremony for the Home Depot Center gets construction underway on the $150-million sports complex.

September 2002: Fall enrollment eclipses 13,500 students for the first time in school history.

May 2002: Antonio Villaraigosa, state assemblyman, gives commencement address.

January 28, 2003: Katherine B. Loker gives $4 million, the largest gift in school history, towards the expansion of the student union.

February 27, 2003: Campus celebrates the dedication of James L. Welch Hall, the first state-funded building constructed on campus in nearly a quarter-century.

June 1, 2003: The Home Depot Center kicks off its inaugural season with a premiere track event highlighted by 100-meter gold medalist Maurice Greene. The sports complex soon follows with major events in soccer, tennis, and beach volleyball.

August/September 2003: James T. Strong is appointed dean of the School of Business and Public Administration.

Allen A. Mori is named new provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs.

October 2003: David Heifetz, chair of interdisciplinary studies and director of the Program for Adult College Education (PACE), receives the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the County of Los Angeles, for providing accessible quality education for county employees.

CSUDH’s Orthotics and Prosthetics program establishes a partnership with Ossur North America.

Laura Robles, professor of biology, receives the 2003 Minority Access Faculty Mentor Role Model Award at the 4th Annual National Role Models Conference in Washington D.C. Alumna Jerome Nwachukwu, (B.A. biochemistry,2002) receives the 2003 Student Role Model award at the event.

October 11, 2003: The Multicultural Center and ASI celebrate National Coming Out Day with a week of activities and the launch of a Safe Zone program, honoring tolerance for gay and lesbian students, faculty and staff.

November 2003: Professor Clarence Augustus Martin publishes his second book on terrorism, "The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings." Martin teaches the only homeland security course, “Terrorism and Extremism,” in the CSU system.

January/February 2004: Jamie Dote-Kwan appointed vice provost for Academic Affairs.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast celebrates its 10th anniversary. Former CSUDH president, Herbert Carter, civil rights activist Rev. James Lawson, and world-renowned gospel vocalist Wintley Phipps comprise the program.

March 2004: Graduate student and former ASI president, Jose Solache, becomes the youngest representative ever elected to the Lynwood School Board.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) approved CSUDH for membership

Susan Sloan assumes the title of Police Chief, the first female to do so in the force’s 43-year history.

May 2004: The 38th Annual Commencement is held at the Home Depot Center for the first time. 4,600 students were eligible to participate.

June 2004: The ADT Event Center, part of the Home Depot Center athletic facilities, opens on the south end of campus. The only indoor cycle track in the United States officially opened with the USCF Jr. National Track Championships.

July 2004: Former CSUDH Interim President Herbert L. Carter is appointed to the CSU Board of Trustees.

CSUDH physics professors Kenneth Ganezer and James E. Hill and CAMS physics instructor William Keig become members of the international Super-Kamiokande collaboration, a new analysis of atmospheric neutrino data.

May 18, 2005: Antonia Coello Novello, the first female and first Latina Surgeon General of the United States, delivers keynote address at 39th Annual Commencement ceremonies.

August 25, 2005: Dr. Mitch Maki appointed dean of College of Health and Human Services.

September 2, 2005: CSUDH becomes one of seven CSU campuses to admit or otherwise assist students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

November 2005: U.S. Department of Defense awards $575,000 to CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Program.

CSUDH men's and women's soccer head coach Joe Flanagan voted the CCAA Men's Soccer Coach of the Year by his fellow CCAA soccer coaches.

March 9, 2006: High number of times his articles cited in scientific journals earns Physics Professor and Pre-Engineering Program Coordinator Kenneth Ganezer spot as one of the world’s “hottest researchers” for 2004-2005 in Science Watch magazine.

April 13, 2006: National Institutes of Health announces funding for the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program at CSUDH. It will support 12 CSUDH students at about $320,000 a year for four years, or nearly $1.3 million total.

August 2006: CSUDH to offer new M.A. Degree in Social Work.

November 13, 2006: President James Lyons announces retirement effective at the end of the academic year.

January 25, 2007: Katherine Loker cuts ribbon, officially opening expanded Loker Student Union building.

February 22, 2007: CSU Chancellor Charles Reed appoints Dr. Boice M. Bowman to serve as acting president.

April 22, 2007: Congressional Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald dies of cancer. August of 2007, her congressional papers and memorabilia are donated to the University Archives and Special Collections.

May 18, 2007: Former Carson Mayor Gilbert Smith and educator/activist Abel Amaya awarded CSU honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during commencement.

May 15, 2007: CSU Board of Trustees appoints Dr. Mildred GarcíaHistory 2000s

as seventh president of  Dominguez Hills; she becomes the first Latina president of a CSU campus.

June 2007: University Archives and Special Collections posts more than 2,000 photos of the university's history online as part of its CSUDH Photography Digitization Project.

June 2007: Dr. Margaret Blue named dean of undergraduate studies.

June 14, 2007: Alumnus Dirk Sciarrotta (Class of ’94, B.A., music) wins Outstanding Achievement in Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing Award at the Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards.

June 25, 2007: Dr. George Arasimowicz appointed dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

August 27, 2007: Campus breaks ground on $51 million library wing that will double the amount of library space on campus.

September 11, 2007: Noted Chicana author Sandra Cisneros gives a reading and book signing on campus as part of Latino Heritage Month.

October 8, 2007: Hispanic Business magazine names University President Mildred García to its list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics for 2007.

October 16-21, 2007: Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention and Competition held on campus.

January 8, 2008: Occupational Safety and Health Administration chooses Dominguez Hills as one of eight new OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.

January 21, 2008: President García serves as the the grand marshal of the 23rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles.

Chelsea Clinton

February 1, 2008: Chelsea Clinton visits campus as part of a young voter outreach effort for her mother Hilary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

February 22, 2008: Dr. John A. Brownell, past president of California State University, Dominguez Hills, dies after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

March 2008: Faculty Awards given to Dr. Maria Hurtado-Ortiz, Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award; Dr. H. Leonardo Martinez, Presidential Outstanding Professor Award; Dr. Jerry Moore, Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award; Dr. Munashe Furusa with the Excellence in Service Award.

March 16, 2008: California Assemblyman Warren T. Furutani sworn into office in the Palm Courtyard of the Loker Student Union. He is the first Asian American to represent the 55th Assembly District.

March 25, 2008: University recognized by the Institute for Higher Education Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students program for its ability to address issues such as retention and faculty development in a time of budget limitations and staff shortages.

March 28, 2008: College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences hosts second Distinguished Speakers Series Luncheon, featuring alumnus Gilbert Ivey (Class of ’75, B.A., business administration).

April 4, 2008: Dr. Lynne Cook, dean of the College of Education, honored with the TED/Merrill Excellence in Teacher Education Award by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Teacher Education Division.

Inauguration of President Garcia

May 2, 2008: Inauguration ceremony for President Garcia. Installation ceremony sets theme of “Transforming Lives: Our Heritage, Our Future.”

May 22, 2008: California Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-55th) gives the keynote address and La Opinion publisher Monica Lozano receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the CSU during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

May 23, 2008: Radio and television talk show host Tavis Smiley delivers the keynote address and receives honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony before approximately 1,500 bachelor’s degree candidates.

June 26, 2008: Campus mourns death of longtime benefactor, Ms. Katherine Bogdanovich Loker.

June 2008: Latinas Juntas mentoring program, Title V Gateways Math-Science Project, and the Enhancing Critical Literacy Project are recognized in national Excelencia in Education report.

July 2008: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reaffirms CSUDH’s accreditation with its highest accreditation – a 10 year accreditation to 2018.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks CSUDH 45th and 39th in granting undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, to minorities in its annual Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers

August 1, 2008: Dr. Sue Borrego named vice president of planning and enrollment management.

December 7, 2008: Men’s soccer beats Dowling College 3-0 to win the NCAA Div II National Championship, their second title.

January 2009: University partners with Southwestern Law School to offer a 3+3 program through which students can earn their B.A. in Negotiation Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (NCRP) and a J.D. degree in six years, and a joint J.D. /M.A .

March 2009: CSUDH embarks on a months-long strategic planning process with a series of nine town hall events to collect feedback from students, faculty, staff and the community as to what should be the core values, mission and goals for the university.

May 2009: U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis addresses 1,525 undergraduates at commencement.

August 2009: Faculty and staff begin a yearlong employee furlough plan to help bridge cuts in state funding to the CSU following the state and national financial crisis. Employees took 18 to 24 unpaid days off for a year— 10 percent reduction in pay—as part of the furlough.

August 2009: Pathways to Success Pledge signed by President García and Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, guaranteeing LBCC students who successfully complete the required courses for transfer to the CSU would be admitted to CSUDH. It is the first of many community college commitment partnerships.

August 2009: The Master of Public Administration is re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for seven years.

August 18, 2009: University hosts the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans’ Community Conversation town halls to gather input on improving education success for Latinos.

O&P program move to VALB

August 21, 2009: The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program moves to a 10,200 square-foot facility at the VA Long Beach Medical Center after years at the Ossur America facility in Aliso Viejo.

August 22, 2009: University hosts the first Univision Feria Deja Huella (Leave Your Mark Fair) for Spanish-speaking families to learn how to navigate the K-college education system and the various resources available to help their children succeed.

September 2009: University launches its YouTube EDU channel, youtube.com/csudhtv, and populates it with the distance learning courses that stream on the DHTV web site, as well as other video produced by the university.

September 28, 2009: 14,483 students counted during Census Day, the highest enrollment in university history.

October 2009: University receives U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Grant to create the Urban Teacher Residency credential and graduate program to prepare highly qualified math and science teachers for underserved middle and high schools in Los Angeles region.


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