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Strategic Planning Synthesizers Pore Over Feedback from Town Halls


This week, California State University, Dominguez Hills continued strategic planning activities that will help to shape a vision and framework that will support the university’s commitment to become a “model urban university.” A committee comprising faculty and staff members, called “synthesizers,” met from March 23 to 25, to process the information collected from campus Town Halls that were held in late February and early March. Led by organizational strategist and consultant Carolyn J. C. Thompson, the group spent two and a half days poring over and analyzing the many ideas and aspirations that were shared by the campus community.









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Dominguez Hills Dance Students Perform at American College Dance Festival
Dominguez Hills Dance Students Perform at American College Dance Festival


Five students from the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Dominguez Hills performed at the 2009 American College Dance Festival Association’s South-Central Conference, held at Texas A&M University in College Station, Tx., March 11-14. Doris Ressl, assistant professor and coordinator of the dance program, received a $4,500 Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program grant to choreograph one work and for the students’ travel expenses.




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Computer Literacy Classes for Seniors Taught by Volunteers at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Campus


A beginning computer course for seniors titled, “How Do You Turn This Computer On?” is currently being offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in the College of Extended and International Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The course, which is taught by Carol Johnson, a longtime OLLI student and assisted by volunteers from the university's staff, focuses on computer basics such as word processing, e-mail communications, and navigating the Internet.









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Kenneth Garner (1955-2009)
Kenneth Garner (1955-2009): Alumnus Set Example for Fellow LAPD Officers and Los Angeles Community

Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner (Class of ’82, B.A., psychology) of the Los Angeles Police Department, died on March 1 at the age of 53. During his 31-year career with the LAPD, the native of Hot Springs, Ark., served in numerous prominent positions throughout the force, all the while maintaining an eye on South Los Angeles.

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Hansonia Caldwell: Expert on Music of the African American Diaspora Provides Clues for PBS’s “History Detectives”

Hansonia Caldwell isn’t a detective by trade but the emerita professor of music’s knowledge of scared music of the African Diaspora provided the clues needed to solve a mystery on an episode of PBS’s “History Detectives.” "Slave Songs of the United States" is a book in the collection of the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City, Calif. Clayton’s son, Avery, wanted to know if the compilation, which was originally published in 1867, was indeed the first record of Negro spirituals and presented the question to PBS’s “History Detectives.” Wes Cowan, appraiser and auctioneer, interviewed Caldwell onscreen last summer in the CSU Dominguez Hills University Archives and Special Collections to enlist her aid in solving the mystery.








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La Tanya Skiffer
La Tanya Skiffer: Sociologist Publishes Book on Women’s Hope Behind Bars

La Tanya Skiffer, assistant professor of sociology, recently published her book, “How Black Female Offenders Explain Their Crime and Describe Their Hopes,” based on her 2006 dissertation on the causes of crime by and incarceration of African American women. In her research, she interviewed 30 inmates at the California Institution for Women, the majority of whom were in for life on charges of murder.





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