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Associated Students, Inc.

Loker University Student Union          (310) 243-3686

All students are members of the Associated Students, Inc. by virtue of mandatory fees paid during registration.  The governing body of the Association is the Senate, which is composed of officers elected by students each spring.  Within the Association, various commissions are concerned with finance, publications, academic affairs, activities, organizations and recreational sports.  The Associated Students, Inc. makes available a supplementary health insurance plan for students of the University.

The Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee appointed by the President serves as liaison between campus administration and the Associated Students, Inc.

 

Athletics

Hughes Education and Athletic Center     (310) 243-3893

The CSU Dominguez Hills athletics department has built a national reputation for athletic and academic achievement.  Toro athletics compete nationally at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level.  CSU Dominguez Hills is also a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), which is recognized nationally as the NCAA Division II “Conference of Champions.”  The Toros are the only NCAA Division II program to capture both men’s  and women’s soccer titles.  In 2000, the CSUDH men’s soccer team cruised to the National Championship winning their final 13 games in  a row including a thrilling 2-1 four-overtime victory over Barry University in the championship game before 2,036 fans in Miami Shores, FL.  Leading the Toros to a national-best 23-1-1 record, head coach Joe Flanagan was named the NCAA II Coach of the Year while the team had three players named to the All-America squad including First Team All-American Juan Carlos Bolanos who was named the NCAA II Player of the Year.  In 1991, the Toros women’s soccer team garnered the first-ever NCAA National Championship for CSUDH defeating Sonoma State 2-1 in front of more than 1,000 fans at Toro Field.  Though no other Toro program has won an NCAA title, all the CSU Dominguez Hills  teams have earned recognition both nationwide and in the state.

CSU Dominguez Hills sponsors eleven intercollegiate athletic teams which serve approximately 200 student-athletes: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men's golf, baseball, women’s volleyball, softball, cross country, outdoor track and field.

A source of even greater pride than the Toros’ considerable athletic achievements has been the success of Toro student-athletes in the classroom.  CSU Dominguez Hills athletics has produced three Rhodes Scholar candidates and two Rhodes Scholar finalists since 1987.  Toro athletes have been represented on the GTE Academic All-America teams for nine consecutive years and have won two prestigious Woody Hayes Scholar Athlete Awards, making CSU Dominguez Hills one of just two schools in the nation with two winners of the award.

Athletic facilities such as the gymnasium, weight room, swimming pool, tennis courts, track and all-purpose field are available for use by enrolled students, faculty and staff.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the facilities when there is no conflict with classes or other scheduled events and approved supervision  is provided.  For further information about the Toro athletics program, please call (310) 243-3893.

 

Center for Urban Research and Learning

SAC  2149                                      (310) 243-3064

The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) was established in order to serve CSUDH students' need for active and cooperative learning experiences and to serve our surrounding communities' applied research needs. 

The research program of the Center concentrates on projects with direct application to the improvement of a range of identified urban community conditions and needs in our region, thereby offering faculty and students from diverse disciplines the opportunity to contribute to collaborative research endeavors applied to satisfying those needs.  Faculty and students from all departments and schools on campus are encouraged to develop collaborative research projects consistent with the mission of the Center.

Faculty and students interested in participating in or developing new Center research projects should contact the Director of the Center, Robert M. Christie.

 

Forensics Team

UTA-101                                          (310) 243-3588

In the "real world" we are often judged by how well we communicate with others.  The Toro Forensics Team gives students the practice and experience they need to sharpen their speech communication and oral interpretation skills.  Members of the Forensics team take weekend trips to intercollegiate tournaments at other campuses, primarily in Southern California.  All undergraduate students are eligible for up to eight semesters of competition, and may earn two units of credit per semester.  No audition is required.  Forensics experience can be especially useful for students who are planning to go into law, business, teaching, broadcasting, theatre, science, or any field which emphasizes oral performance, but all students are welcome.  The sooner you start, the better!

 

Honors Program

SCC M-110                                     (310) 243-3974

Program Description, Features and Benefits

The Honors Program offers high-achieving students a variety of opportunities for enriching their undergraduate studies.  Honors students receive the extra stimulation of a  special program while participating in the life of the campus at large.  They choose their own level of involvement, while meeting and learning in the company of their peers.

All components of the program are designed to provide an atmosphere in which committed students may strive for excellence  and further the process of self-discovery, which is the significant goal of a university education:  “Education is not preparation for life; education is  life itself.”  (John Dewey)

Honors Program students have priority registration privileges, priority consideration for on-campus student housing, and first year and transfer students who are eligible for the Honors Program qualify for the President's Honors Scholarship. 

General Education Courses

In these classes, highly-motivated students work in the atmosphere of specially-designated sections of required General Education courses.  Several different courses are offered each semester so that in two years students can  fulfill a good part of their required courses.  The courses are taught by outstanding instructors who encourage students to participate actively in their own education.

Eligible students may choose as many Honors courses in a given semester as they wish, though a minimum of nine courses (out of the required eighteen) is required for the Certificate of Honors in General Education.  Each Honors course is specifically noted on the student’s transcript as an advantage when applying to graduate school or for employment.  These challenging courses provide the basis for a strong liberal education in any major.  Honors sections are identified in the Class Schedule by the designation “H” after the section number.  Students not already members of the Honors Program must receive special permission from the honors program coordinator to enroll, on an exceptional basis, in an Honors course.

Upper Division, Honor Options

Several kinds of upper division opportunities are available for Honors students:

Honors Contracts enable a student to have the designation “Honors” appended to a given upper division course by completing  more sophisticated work than the instructor is asking of the regularly-enrolled students.  With this option, the student, with the consent and guidance of the instructor, can undertake Honors-level study, and receive Honors credit in a non-Honors course.  The Honors work undertaken is in addition to, rather than instead of,
the regular course assignments. 

The student and faculty member agree at the beginning of the course on the nature of the work to be done for Honors credit (examples might include pretesting lab experiments, making one
or more special presentations to the class, or creating an annotated bibliography of materials).  This agreement, its rationale, and its means of evaluation, are specified on a proposal form submitted to the honors program coordinator by the fifth week of the semester.

Special Seminar courses are occasionally offered, in which Honors students in a particular field of majors (e.g.,  School of Management students) focus on a topic of mutual interest.

Honors Scholars are upper division Honors Program students who are eligible to apply as “apprentices” to faculty members in their fields.  Apprentices receive a stipend for working with these faculty members on research or teaching-related activities for a semester.

The  Senior Honors Thesis enables students to pursue an original project in an area of their interest (usually within the major) culminating in a substantial written report or other appropriate result. Students work under the guidance of a faculty member in the area of interest.  Successful completion of the thesis will be noted on the student transcript.  Students should inquire at the Honors Program for guidelines and direction.

Eligibility

The program is open to undergraduate students from throughout the University.  Eligibility is determined by grade point average, SAT scores and personal interviews.  Application forms are available in the program office, SAC 2121.

Honor/Service Societies

(May require minimum grade point average and/or particular departmental affiliation)

r     Delta Mu Delta - Epsilon Mu Chapter

r     Phi Kappa Phi

r     Phi Alpha Alpha

r     Phi Alpha Theta

r     Sigma Pi Sigma

See the  Student Organizations  section for additional Honor Societies.

 

Housing, University

University Housing Office                  (310) 243-2228

Off-Campus Housing: As a service to students seeking off campus housing accommodations, the University Housing Office keeps a listing of local houses, apartments, rooms, and room in exchange for service rendered. Students who are seeking off-campus housing accommodations are encouraged to visit the office to review the current listings.

On-Campus Housing: 164 Furnished apartments are located on the northeast corner of campus. The complex includes 32 one-bedroom, 72 two-bedroom and 60 three-bedroom apartments. There are also recreation and meeting rooms, study lounges, new laundry facilities and a computer lab.  On the complex grounds are basketball and volleyball courts, a weight room and a picnic area. Convenient residential parking partially surrounds the complex.

Further Information On Housing: If you are interested in obtaining additional information regarding on-campus housing, contact the University Housing Office in Building A or telephone (310) 243-2228.  The office is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

Multicultural Center

WH B-365                                       (310) 243-2519

The Multicultural Center serves as a focal point on campus for creating a forum for students, staff and faculty that facilitates inter-cultural and international awareness, sensitivity and communication.  The Center is a haven for individuals and groups to explore  not only their ethnicity but all ethnicities.  The Center provides cultural programming, campus community involvement, volunteer opportunities and cultural resources.  All members of the CSUDH community are welcome and are encouraged to participate in the programs of the Multicultural Center.  For more information stop by and visit the Center in SBS in fall or Welch Hall in spring.

 

Music Performance Groups and Concert Series

LCH  E-303                                     (310) 243-3543

The Music Department sponsors an excellent and highly varied series of concerts throughout each academic year.  In addition to recitals by guest artists, programs by the faculty, and frequent new music concerts, the students themselves are heard each semester in regular student recitals and individual programs. 

The University Orchestra and Chorus perform each semester and, on many occasions, appear in concerts off campus.  Other performing groups include the University Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Chamber Music, Jubilee Choir.

University Orchestra

The University Orchestra combines with the Carson Community Symphony for the presentation of at least four major concerts each academic year.  The full symphony orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Frances Steiner, plays standard repertoire, such as Beethoven, and Brahms symphonies, classical and romantic concerti, "Pops" selections and a wide selection of contemporary works, including a number of premieres emphasizing composers of diverse ethnicity.  The concerts are performed in the campus’ beautiful University Theatre and are open to the public. 

The University Chorus and Chamber Singers

The principal aim of the chorus is to acquaint its members and its audiences with the finest chorale music drawn from all periods of music history including the present time.  Music by such composers as Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Copland and Bialosky among many others, grace its programs.

The Chorus performs both unaccompanied and with orchestra compositions and often joins forces with neighboring schools in special presentations.  The conductors are Dr. Sally Etcheto, Dr. Frances Steiner, and Dr. Joanna Nachef.

Jubilee Choir 

The Jubilee Choir, under the direction of Dr. Hansonia L. Caldwell, performs not only well-known classical religious work, but also literature that includes spirituals, gospel music, jazz and blues.  They perform widely in the community and have an annual benefit concert.

Musical Theatre

Students may participate in musical theatre performances produced by the Theatre Arts Department.  Recent shows have included “The Wizard of Oz,” “ Cabaret,” “A Chorus Line,” “Guys and Dolls,”  “Little Shop of Horrors,” and "Nunsense."

The University Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Rod Butler, performs a wide variety of contemporary commercial music.  Past concerts have featured the music of Jazz legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie as well as current Blues and Rock artists.   Membership is by audition.

 

Newspaper - The Bulletin

FH B-009                                        (310) 243-2313

Dominguez Hills students have the opportunity to hone their reporting, writing, and editing skills while working on the student newspaper.  Published bi-weekly during the academic year, the newspaper production facility is housed in a modern, fully-computerized laboratory environment.

Here, staff members put into practice the theoretical approaches covering advertising, journalism, public relations, and print production.  Most importantly, they work closely together to achieve a common goal while encountering the social, political, and cultural give-and-take that forms the "espirit-de-corps" context of a working newsroom.

 

Older Adult Center

SBS B-235                                      (310) 243-2003

The Older Adult Center (OAC) serves as a support system for older students on campus, but provides a warm and friendly atmosphere for people of all ages.  Services include a fee waiver program for students over age 60.  The OAC also provides many other academic and social opportunities for students, faculty and staff including internships for Gerontology majors and others. Those interested  may drop by the center and sign in.  Come in anytime and join our informal discussion groups.

 

Student Organizations          

Office of Student Life                                                      Loker University Student Union    (310) 243-2051

The following student organizations are representative of the clubs available to students.  They invite your membership and active participation.  Inquire at the Loker University Student Union office for current registration status.

Cultural Organizations

o    Pan Afrikan Union of CSU Dominguez Hills does service in the community and on campus, promotes Afrikan cultural traditions, morals, and values among CSUDH students. 

o    Chinese Student Association promotes member's common interests in Chinese culture through educational, social, and cultural activities.

o    M.E.Ch.A. aids in academic retention and raising the level of social consciousness in both the University and its community for the betterment of Chicanos/Mexicanos.

o    Philipino Educational And Cultural Experience (PEACE) promotes and increases the awareness of the Philipino culture among the students of CSU Dominguez Hills and supports activities in the interest of the Philipino community.

o    Vietnamese Student Association helps unify Vietnamese students of different origins and provide them with academic and social assistance while promoting awareness of Vietnamese culture.

Departmental/Professional Organizations

o    Accounting Society promotes the understanding of accounting on campus and arranges contact with local and national accounting firms and organizations.

o    Anthropology Club involves anthropology majors, minors, in introducing the campus of CSUDH to anthropology/archaeology and to extend the ideas of the different cultural groups of the community.

o    The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) strives to exchange knowledge and ideas pertaining to the general development and understanding of computers and information processing.

o    Association of Political Science educates and involves students, staff and faculty in the democratic process of the United States and in global politics.   It is a nonpartisan organization.

o    Association of Women Students fosters, promotes, and maintains good scholarship and recognizes achievements in the field of women's studies or service.

o    California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAPHERD) promotes the professional interests and coordinates the professional concerns of students within the fields of physical education, recreation and dance.

o    Ceramics Guild furthers the education of ceramics students and promotes ceramics within CSU Dominguez Hills.

o    Dance Club assists, supports and promotes all dance activities for the CSU Dominguez Hills dance program and increases awareness of dance as an art form.

o    Earth Science Club furthers the knowledge of physical, geographical, and geological sciences.

o    Future Teachers Club/Student California Teachers Association develops in prospective educators an understanding of the teaching profession.

o    International Business Association heightens the awareness of business students to the field of international business.

o    International Student Association promotes better companionship between the university and international students.

o    Marketing Association provides access to future careers in marketing for interested students and to create potential organizational and networking skills.

o    Occupational Therapy Club outreaches and serves as a socializing agent to potential and currently enrolled students in the program.  It offers a unique opportunity to learn about the profession, its organizations, policies and regulations governing professional practice, and opportunities to appreciate the uniqueness of the CSUDH program.

o    Psychology Club seeks to create, assist, support and promote psychology activities for the CSUDH Psychology Department and to increase student awareness of the various aspects of the field of psychology.

o    Public Relations Student Society of America cultivates a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between public relations students and professionals.  It further seeks to foster the students’ understanding of current public relations theories and procedures, to encourage them to adhere to the highest ideals and principles of the practice of public relations, and to instill in them a professional attitude.

o    Science Society promotes understanding and appreciation of science/mathematics on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus and provides a medium for interaction among students and faculty.

o    Students for Community Medicine works to improve the representation of Latinos within the health profession and graduate schools of the U.S. in order to increase medical assistance in Latino communities by Latinos.

Recreation/Sports Organizations

o    Recreation Club provides recreational experiences for the student body and networking among students, alumni and recreation professionals.

Religious Organizations

o    Catholic Newman Club fosters the spiritual and moral development of Catholic and other interested students.

o    Muslim Student Association at CSUDH helps build a bridge of understanding in matters of culture, beliefs, relationships, and above all, how to live together peacefully.

o    Toros Christian Fellowship provides fellowship for Christian students, spreads the good news of Christian hope to students, and develops students into mature Christians who can bring Christian hope to the world.

Service Organizations

o    Circle K Club serves the campus and community and provides the opportunity for leadership training in service.

o    Human Services Club provides a forum for exchange of ideas among those students interested in Human Services Relations.  Focuses on promoting Human Services programs on campus and in the community.

Special Interest Organizations

o    Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Association provides social support; educates and creates awareness of Gay/Lesbian and Bisexual issues.

o    Resident Student Association (R.S.A.) seeks to develop, promote, provide, implement and continuously work to improve a central body for conduct of business/policies pertaining to all residents.

Honor/Service Societies

(May require minimum grade point average and/or particular departmental affiliation.)

o    Alpha Kappa Delta, Honor Society a democratic, non-secret organization, is dedicated to the scientific study of social phenomena for the promotion of human welfare.

o    Alpha Eta is the national honor society for allied health professionals.  The purpose of the society is to promote scholarship and fellowship, recognition of high attainments in and significant contributions to the allied health professions.

o    Delta Mu Delta:  is a national honor society in the field of business administration.  The society has a two-fold mission—to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward business administration students who have distinguished themselves scholastically.

o    Mu Phi Epsilon: International professional music fraternity -  Gamma Sigma Chapter.  Dedicated to the advancement of music in  America and throughout the world, the promotion of musicianship and scholarship, loyalty to the Alma Mater, and the development  of a true bond of friendship.

o    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - The oldest and largest national honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines in higher education.

o    Psi Chi: National honor society in psychology.  Psi Chi was founded for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, maintaining scholarship in and advancing the science of psychology.

o    Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society is an international honor society for scientists and engineers.  Its goals are to foster interaction among science, technology and society, to encourage appreciation and support of original work in pure and applied science and technology; and to honor scientific research accomplishments.  Dominguez Hills Chapter of Sigma Xi is affiliated at College of Arts and Sciences.

o    Xi Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Purposes of this society is to recognize superior achievement and development of leadership qualities.

Fraternities and Sororities

o    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Upsilon Chapter to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to alleviate problems concerning women and girls, and to be of service to all mankind.

o    Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Pi Chi Chapter engages in cultural, educational and public service activities to establish, maintain and encourage high cultural, intellectual and moral standards.

o    Phi Sigma Sigma, Iota Gamma Chapter an academic and philanthropic oriented sorority.

o    Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity promotes and furthers the ideas of brotherhood, leadership, scholarship, and cultural awareness and understanding of people of Mexican, Central American, South American, and Caribbean descent.

o    Sigma Lambda Gamma  promotes standards of excellence in morality, ethics, and education.  The sorority works to better serve the needs and wants of all the people and respect the views of others.

o    Sigma Pi chapter was founded to advance the causes of the Sigma Pi Fraternity International.

 

Women’s Center

WH B-365                                       (310) 243-2486

Edward J. Whetmore,  Executive Director

Robyn McGee, Coordinator

 

The Women’s Center provides information about campus and community resources, serves and assists women in recognizing their opportunities, meeting the challenges of today, accepting and promoting change, and provides a place for study and interaction with others.

Academic credit for internship in the Women’s Center is available through selected departmental programs. Appropriate services of the Women’s Center also are available to men. Information about the campus chapter of the Women’s Council of the State University may be obtained at the center.