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Dean’s Update - June 22, 2012

New CBA Center for Student Success and New Director

Under the university’s Highly Valued Degree Initiative, which was initiated in 2010, each college was tasked with creating coordinated student success plans. As part of this effort, we are creating a CBA Center for Student Success under the leadership of Dr. Gayle Fenton. This center will bring together our Advising Center (led by Carol Grutzmacher) and our Student Retention & Success efforts (led by Shelia Hill; see the next item for news about Shelia).

For the past few years, Gayle has served as the Senior Director of the University Center for Undergraduate Studies (UCUA), refining its mission and working collaboratively with both Student Services and colleges to meet the needs of new students as well as student cohorts requiring proactive advising, such as the Beach Learning Community. Her experience in Student-Athlete Services and UCUA make her an ideal choice for this new role. Gayle will continue to serve as Senior Director of Academic Advising with responsibility for Student-Athlete Services, University Advisor Institutes, and the University Advising Council.

Carol Grutzmacher, Director, will continue overseeing day-to-day operations of CBA Advising Center under Gale’s supervision and we will be searching for a Student Success & Retention coordinator who will also report to Gayle.

Gayle’s office is CBA-323, her phone number is 5-5622. We are very fortunate that Gayle has joined our team, working for our students’ success.

Shelia Hill Moving to New Advising Position at Cerritos College 

Shelia Hill will be leaving the CBA next week to start a new position as an Academic Counselor at Cerritos College on July 2, where her duties will be the full range of general counseling responsibilities, including academic, career and personal counseling with both individuals and groups, and teaching discipline specific courses. Sheila joined the CBA as Director of our Student Center for Professional Development in May 2008, and since January 2011, she has been directing the CBA’s Student Success and Retention efforts that are part of the university’s Highly Valued Degree Initiative. I thank Shelia for all of her work with students and her determination to promote their success both academically and professionally. Please join me in wishing Shelia great success in her new position.

John Ferretti “Going Home” to Assist Father

After nine and a half years as the CBA’s Director of Technology, John Ferretti has resigned to move back to Florida to be close to his 85-year-old father. Since John’s mother passed away last December, his father has been living alone. Since his parents were always there for him when John needed them, he is committed to giving back to his father now. The CBA’s computer center and technology support has always been top notch, and we have John to thank for creating a well-run, well-managed operation. I think that each of us has had our computer problems solved by John or his staff, so we will each be missing something when he leaves, but I applaud his decision to care for his father.   John’s last day in the CBA will be July 6. Please join me in wishing John all the best in this next phase of his life.