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February 2006

February 20, 2006 • Volume 10, Number 2

Is there a Doctor in the House?

A Ph.D. in Public Administration, that is. And yes, we have one. Congratulations to Dr. Rhonda Rios-Kravitz on her achievement of obtaining her D.P.A. on February 15 th from the School of Public Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation entitled “Precepts for Success: Chicana/o Latina/o Administrations Working in the California State System” is a qualitative, descriptive study that provides an in-depth analysis of the multiple factors on the impact success of 25 Chicana/o and Latina/o administrators working predominantly in the California State University (CSU) System. Her grueling final exam was here in Sacramento and as we can only expect from Rhonda, she did a stellar job!
    Now with a Ph.D. in hand what is next for her? A trip to the beach in Hawaii next month to read novels (as nice as this seems, can you really imagine Rhonda sitting still reading novels?). She is grateful to the Access Services staff for their support and encouragement and particularly to Charles Olsen for all his editing of the dissertation.

Exhibits on Display
By Carol Gebel, Library Exbihits Committee

February hosts an exhibit that did not have advance billing. Created by Maria Kochis of the Reference Department, the exhibit presents From Globalization to Localization. It highlights concerns of a cross-cultural attempt to meet society’s needs at a local level, and seeks changes from globalization, such as shifting food production to quality, compassionate, and local production of meat and preparing for a post-carbon world. The exhibit is located on the second floor mezzanine.
   The small vertical case on the first floor has been relocated to a new seating area situated at the approach to the Library Media link. It currently is featuring an exhibit honoring African-American History Month presented by a CSUS student organization: AFRICA (Africans for Reeducation Innovation Consciousness and Achievement). This exhibit is based on the theme: Standing on the Shoulders of Greatness and emphasizes the cultural inheritance that exists between black Americans and African societies.
   March will welcome three new exhibits. Haft Seen: The Persian New Year will be showcased on the library’s first floor and highlights items used in the Persian New Year celebration. Traditionally, seven objects that begin with the letter ‘S’ are displayed on a New Year’s table. The exhibit will include additional Persian cultural objects and has been initiated by Shoaleh Zarkesh of the Reserve Book Room.
   Also in March, the cases on the second floor mezzanine will host exhibits that complement exhibits opening in March in the Library Gallery and Special Collections and Archives. The topics presented are Historic California, with an emphasis on photography, and the Traditional Art of Japan and Gaman. Gaman refers to “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.” Both of these exhibits are presented by members of the CSUS Library Exhibits Committee.

BUN Representatives visit Library
By Joe Zhou, Head, Reference Department

Dr. Binglin Zhong and President Alex Gonzalez signed an MOU on 2/16/06 to start a joint degree program with Beijing Normal University (BNU). Beijing Normal University is one of the oldest universities in China and has been ranked among the top 20 universities in China for years. BNU was one of three universities in Beijing to receive 985 special education funds for the next five years to assist it in becoming a first class university in the world in the next 10-20 years. The special education fund in China will DOUBLE the BNU annual budget for 3-6 years in order to increase foreign exchange and worldwide research.
   Dr. Binglin Zhong, President, Beijing Normal University Dr. Chengwen Hong, Director, Office of International Exchange and Cooperation Madame E. Zheng, Director for Financial and Business Affairs Madame Lihong Yu, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies, Office of Academic Affairs, Dr. Hesheng Zhang, Executive Dean of the School of Chinese Language and Culture came to the CSUS Library on Thursday morning 2/16/06. Dean Terry Webb met the group in the Library Conference room and Joe Zhou provided them a brief tour of the library.

Editor: Kathryn Blackmer Reyes
Assistant Editor: Laura Archbold

Floor to Floor is a monthly publication from the CSUS University Library. The newsletter fosters communications and promotes a community spirit within the Library.

My Last Issue

Colleagues, with this issue I end my editorship of the F2F. It has been a wonderful responsibility to take on this effort and as I have expressed before I am incredibly grateful to everyone that made it happen. Who will be the next editor? Don’t know but I hope there is someone in this organization that understands the importance of such a publication and is willing to take it on.
   Bueno, con mucho respecto me despido. In the words of Walter Mercado, “¡Les deseo mucho, mucho paz y mucho, mucho amor! – ed


Candy Grams
Thanks to the support of Library employees, the Student Employee Advisory Committee raised $130 from the Valentine’s Day Candy Grams. It will be used toward the Annual Student Recognition Picnic in May. Thank you everyone! – Angela Stephenson

Exhibit at SCUA
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) would like to invite all employees to view the exhibit of vintage valentines and valentine pop-up books. Thanks are due to our very own Laura Archbold and art professor Maria Winkler for lending the exhibit items from their personal collections. The exhibit will be on display until the end of the month. Stop by SCUA and check it out! - Julie Thomas

Current & Upcoming University Library Exhibits

1st floor standing case – Black Heritage Month: Standing on the Shoulders of Greatness. By A.F.R.I.C.A.
2nd floor: From Globalization to Localization. By Maria Kochis, Reference.

1st floor cases: beginning March 10 . Haft Seen: the Persian New Year. By Shoaleh Zarkesh, RBR.
2nd floor mezzanine: Traditional Art of Japan and the Art of Gaman. By Carol Gebel, Acquisitions.
2nd floor mezzanine: Historic California. By Library Exhibits Committee.