CSUDH History: 2010s

March 2010: University named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

March 10, 2010: Dr. Karen Mason, associate professor of psychology, is awarded the Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards; Dr. Kate Fawver, associate professor of history, is honored with the Excellence in Service Award; and Dr. Sally Etcheto, professor of music, receives the Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award.

April 29, 2010: On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the university, the campus celebrates with a ribbon cutting to open the south wing addition of the Leo F. Cain Univeristy Library.

May 21, 2010: Former HUD Secreatary Henry Cisneros receives honorary doctorate from the CSU system and gives the keynote address at the Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium. As part of the CSU Nisei Diploma Project, special honorary degrees are handed out to Louise Isako Miyake Morita and Terushi Naritoku, two Japanese Americans whose education on CSU campuss was disrupted during World War II.

October 2010: University partners with the City of Carson to organize and host the inaugural Tri-CARSON reverse sprint triathlon.

November 2010: Alumnus Karen Bass (1990, B.S., health science) wins election the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first graduate of CSU Dominguez Hills to serve in Congress.

November 8, 2010: School of Nursing ribbon cutting to open on-campus clinical skills lab.

April 30, 2011: University organizes Native American Pow Wow, the first pow wow on campus since the 1970s.

May 7, 2011: Three students from California State University, Dominguez Hills take top honors at the 25th Annual CSU Student Research Competition.

May 20, 2011: Two alumni return to give keynote addresses during the 2011 Commencement exercises: Dr. John Tracy (Class of 76, B.S., physics) and Judge Scott Gordon (Class of 80, B.S., public administration). Tracy is also awarded and honorary Doctorate of Science.

June 22, 2011: Carlos Velez sworn in as University Police chief

June 2011: Gopherus morafkai, a new species of desert tortoise, is named for the late Dr. David J. Morafka, who taught in the biology department from 1972 to 2002.

July 2011: President García is appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

August 2011: $1 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation establishes the Wallis Annenberg Endowed Professorship for Innovation in STEM Education, the university’s first endowed professorship.

September 22, 2011: University cuts ribbon on Veteran Student Programs (VSP) center in the Loker Student Union.

November 17, 2011: CSU Dominguez Hills faculty participate in one-day strike against lost pay raises from the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

January 25 2012: President García named by the CSU Board of Trustees as the new president at CSU Fullerton.

February 20, 2012: Ramon Torrecilha becomes the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs

March 15, 2012: Cyril “Ed” Zoerner, professor and chair of the English department, receives the 2012 Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award, and Carl Sneed, associate professor of the psychology department, is awarded the 2012 Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award.

April 3, 2012: CSU Dominguez Hills hosts the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics President’s Advisory Commission meeting in the Loker Student Union.

April 10, 2012: The CSU Board of Trustees announces the selection of Dr. Willie J. Hagan as interim president of CSU Dominguez Hills, effective June 11.

May 18 and 19, 2012: 3,100 graduates participate in commencement, divided into five college-based ceremonies over two days.

June 31, 2012: CSU Dominguez Hills raises $4.12 million, one of the strong fundraising years in campus history.

July 1, 2012: College of Business Administration and Public Policy welcomes a new dean, Dr. Joseph Wen.

August 3-10, 2012: Alumnus Carmelita Jeter (2006, B.S., physical education) wins gold, silver and bronze in track and field competition at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

September, 2012: Washington Monthly ranks CSU Dominguez Hills fifth in the nation in “contributions to public good”.

September 11, 2012: The Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Student Union celebrates its 20th anniversary.

October 2012: CSU Dominguez Hills’ Encounter to Excellence program is selected as a finalist for the 2012 Examples of ¡Excelencia! at the baccalaureate level by Excelencia in Education.

January 2013: CSU Dominguez Hills is selected by STEM Advantage as its inaugural partner to pilot a program aimed at preparing and inspiring women and minorities to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

March 2013: CSU Dominguez Hills is asked by the U.S. Department of Education to present their Encounter to Excellence program methods at the 2013 Higher Education Program Directors Meeting in Washington DC.

March 2013: CSU Dominguez Hills is named as a finalist for the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Presidential Award.

May 17 and 18, 2013: The university confers 3,274 undergraduate and graduate degrees—the most all time—and the CSU Dominguez Hills commencement ceremony is watched live via the web in more than 25 countries.

May 22, 2013: The CSU Board of Trustees appoints Dr. Willie J. Hagan as permanent president of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

July 2013: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks CSU Dominguez Hills first in California for bachelor’s degrees conferred to African American students and 38th nationally for bachelor’s degrees conferred to Hispanic students.

August 2013: BusinessInsider.com ranks CSU Dominguez Hills sixth in the nation using President Obama’s announced rating criteria of accessibility, affordability, and outcome.

September 2013: The Faculty Development Center (FDC) re-opens in the library, offering a state-of-the art venue for faculty to cultivate and expand their skills in the name of student academic success.

November 6, 2013: CSU Dominguez Hills hosts U.S. Undersecretary of Education, Dr. Martha, and other top Department of Education officials for an open forum on college affordability.

November, 2013: The university hosts its inaugural Professor for a Day program bringing successful alumni back to campus to impart wisdom and real-world advice to a new generation of Toros.

December 1, 2013: Ms. Carrie Stewart is appointed vice president for university advancement.

December 6, 2013: President Hagan is honored with the Millennium Momentum Foundation 2013 Ambassador of Education Award.

December, 2013: Long Beach archivist John Ahouse gifts the university a large portion of material by Upton Sinclair, Pulitzer Prize winning author whose works include The Jungle, which many consider a factor in the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act, and Oil!, which was the basis for the 2007 film There Will Be Blood.

January 18, 2014: DHTV begins streaming courses live over YouTube and the university becomes one of the nation’s first institutions to stream complete college courses from the first class meeting to the last.

January 20, 2014: President Hagan represents CSU Dominguez Hills as part of the procession in the Kingdom Day Parade, one of the largest parades in the nation honoring and preserving the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21, 2014: Dr. Ellen Junn is appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs.

February 2014: Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding is awarded the 2014-2015 Fulbright-PUC (Pontificía Universidade Católica) Rio de Janeiro Distinguished Chair in American Studies.

February 13, 2014: A record 316 students participate in the university’s ninth annual Student Research Day, a 70% increase over a three-year period.

March 3, 2014: The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) re-opens after a five-year closure, providing support, information, guidance, and resources for the women of the campus community.

April, 2014: Professor of Anthropology Jerry Moore receives the Society for American Archaeology’s Book Award for The Prehistory of Home.

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