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Aug. 16, 2007

President García’s First Convocation To Be Webcast

Carson, CA New California State University, Dominguez Hills president, Mildred García, Ed.D., will formally greet faculty and staff for the first time Monday, Aug. 20, as she officially opens the 2007-2008 academic year at Fall Convocation. A first-ever live convocation webcast will mark her inaugural university-wide address.

“Everybody wants to hear what President Garcia has to say,” said Warren Ashley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning, on the decision to webcast convocation. “From the number of people who have told me they are going, I would say it is possible that attendance will exceed the capacity of the theater.”

Simulcasting the convocation over the Internet also will allow faculty members who cannot make it to campus the opportunity to view the proceedings. Ashley noted that many faculty members teach remotely hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of miles from campus as part of Dominguez Hills’ distance learning programs.

Fall Convocation is the time in which the president highlights the university’s and individual departments’ accomplishments during the past year and set goals for the future. It also serves as the official welcome to the university to all new faculty and staff, with the provost, vice presidents and deans introducing the new employees to their departments. In the past year, 87 new employees have joined the faculty and staff of Dominguez Hills.

Among the new employees is President García, who was named to the post in May and took office as of Aug. 1. In taking the position, García became the first Latina president of a California State University campus—and Dominguez Hills’ first female president. García previously was president of Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey.

The convocation ceremony will take place in the 485-seat University Theater beginning at 9 a.m. The Internet broadcast will begin at that time, as well. The link to view the webcast is http://dhtv1.csudh.edu/Fall2007/ava_player.php. The site is up now with links enabling users to test their computers for compatibility before Monday.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.


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