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2013-2015 University Catalog 
2013-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the University


Governance on the campus at California State University, Fullerton is the responsibility of the president and his administrative staff. Working closely with the president are a number of faculty and student groups that initiate, review, and/or recommend for approval, various University programs, policies and procedures. Although the president is vested with the final authority for all University activities, maximum faculty and staff participation in campus decision-making and governance has become traditional. Students also are actively involved, with student representatives included on almost all University, college and departmental committees and policymaking bodies.

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

Learning is preeminent at California State University, Fullerton. We aspire to combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaboration to expand knowledge.

Our affordable undergraduate and graduate programs provide students the best of current practice, theory, and research, and integrate professional studies with preparation in the arts and sciences. Through experiences in and out of the classroom, students develop the habit of intellectual inquiry, prepare for challenging professions, strengthen relationships to their communities and contribute productively to society.

We are a comprehensive, regional University with a global outlook, located in Orange County, a technologically rich and culturally vibrant area of metropolitan Los Angeles. Our expertise and diversity serve as a distinctive resource and catalyst for partnerships with public and private organizations. We strive to be a center of activity essential to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our region.


  • To ensure the preeminence of learning
  • To provide high-quality programs that meet the evolving needs of our students, community and region
  • To enhance scholarly and creative activity
  • To make collaboration integral to our activities
  • To create an environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed
  • To increase external support for University programs and priorities
  • To expand connections and partnerships with our region
  • To strengthen institutional effectiveness, collegial governance and our sense of community

Accreditations and Associations

California State University, Fullerton, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Questions about accreditation may be addressed to:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-748-9001
Internet: wascsenior.org

Other accreditation and association recognition includes:

AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - Accounting Program

AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - Business Programs

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

American Alliance of Museums

American Association for State and Local History

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Chemical Society

American College of Nurse Midwives Division of Accreditation, 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring MD 20910

American Council on Education

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 telephone - 410-347-7700

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Council of Graduate Schools

Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Council on Education of Public Health

Council on Social Work Education

Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 telephone - 410-347-7700

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

National Association of Schools of Dance

National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

National Association of Schools of Theatre

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Nurse Anesthesia Council on Accreditation

Orange County Business Council

Southern California Consortium on International Studies

Western Association of Graduate Schools

Academic Freedom and Responsibility

The Academic Senate of California State University, Fullerton endorses the American Association of University Professors 2009 Statement of Professional Ethics (University Policy Statement 230.000).

History of the University

In 1957, Cal State Fullerton became the 12th State College in California to be authorized by the Legislature. The following year a site was designated in northeast Fullerton. It was purchased in 1959, when Dr. William B. Langsdorf was appointed as founding president, the first staff was selected and plans for opening the new college were made. Orange County State College started classes for 452 full- and/or part-time students in September, 1959, using leased quarters for its administrative offices on the Fullerton Union High School campus and for its classrooms at Fullerton’s Sunny Hills High School. In the fall of 1960, the college opened classes on its own campus, where it occupied 12 temporary buildings. The name changed to Orange State College in July 1962, to California State College at Fullerton in July 1964, to California State College, Fullerton in July 1968 and to California State University, Fullerton in June 1972. The first permanent building, the six-story Letters and Science Building (now known as McCarthy Hall), was occupied in 1963.

Today, there is much dramatic evidence of additional, rapid growth. A number of new buildings have been completed, and enrollment has climbed to more than 37,000. Since 1963 the curriculum has expanded to include lower-division work, graduate programs including two doctorates, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs.

The Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960 established the California State Colleges as a system under an independent Board of Trustees, redefined the functions of the State Colleges, and related them to both the community colleges and the University of California system.

In May 1971, Dr. L. Donald Shields, who had served as acting president for seven months, was appointed the second president of Cal State Fullerton. Dr. Miles D. McCarthy became acting president in January 1981; Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb took office as the third president in October 1981; Dr. Milton A. Gordon was appointed the fourth president in August 1990; and in June 2012, Dr. Mildred García became the fifth CSU Board of Trustees-appointed president of Cal State Fullerton.

Environment of the University

Fullerton, a city of more than 135,000 inhabitants, is located in North Orange County, about 30 miles southeast of central Los Angeles. It is part of the Southern California population center and within easy freeway access of all the diverse natural and cultural attractions of this region.

Orange County, with an area of 798.3 square miles, is the 47th in size of California’s 58 counties, but it is the third-largest county in population (more than 3.1 million) and the sixth-most populous in the nation. Orange County has more than doubled its population over the last four decades, and it will continue to grow in the decades to come.

Today, there co-exists an interesting mixture of the old and new economic and life styles in Orange County. Underneath the soil, archeologists and bulldozers uncover traces of the hunting and gathering Indian bands who flourished at least as early as 4,000 years ago in what was a benign and bountiful region. More visible traces remain of the Spanish and Mexican periods and cultures: Mission San Juan Capistrano, which began the agricultural tradition in Orange County, and subsequent adobes from the great land grants and ranches that followed. Additionally, both customs and many names persist from this period and so does some ranching. The architectural and other evidences of the subsequent pioneer period are still quite visible: farmsteads, old buildings from the new towns that were established in the late 1800s, mining operations, and traces of early resort and other types of promotional activities. For about 100 years, farming was the main economic activity with products such as grapes, walnuts, vegetables and oranges replacing the older wheat and cattle ranches. Today, agriculture still is very important. Orange County ranks high among California’s counties in mineral production with its oil, natural gas, sand and gravel, and clay mining and processing activities.

The extensive development of the 42 miles of beaches in Orange County and the development of such attractions as the Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, the Laguna Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, the Honda Center, Angel Stadium, the Anaheim Convention Center and the Orange County Performing Arts Center continue to make tourism an increasingly important activity.

So does the Mediterranean-type climate, with rainfall averaging 14 inches per year, and generally mild days (either freezing or 100-degree temperatures are uncommon) with frequent morning fog during the summer. Both downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean can be reached by car in half an hour, and mountain and desert recreation areas are as close as an hour’s drive from the campus.

The Campus and its Buildings

Once part of a vast orange grove, Cal State Fullerton’s attractively landscaped main campus now consists of approximately 240 acres bounded on the south by Nutwood Avenue, on the west by State College Boulevard, on the north by Yorba Linda Boulevard and on the east by the Orange Freeway (57).

The portion of Orange County immediately surrounding the campus is predominantly suburban; it includes housing tracts, apartment complexes, shopping centers and industrial parks.

Other educational institutions also are part of the immediate environment. The Southern California College of Optometry opened in the spring of 1973. It is just north of Cal State Fullerton.

To Cal State’s immediate south is Hope International University, a liberal arts school with a Bible emphasis, where students started classes in the fall of 1973. Western State University College of Law occupied its new campus to the immediate west of Cal State in January 1975.

In fall 2012, the Cal State Fullerton campus property expanded by 3.6 acres with the acquisition of property and two buildings currently housing the Western State University College of Law, which is located at the corner of Dorothy Lane and State College Boulevard. The four-story and two-story buildings together provide approximately 86,500 square feet of space that will be occupied by CSUF in the future.

The Cal State Fullerton campus itself has an efficient urban layout of facilities developed to serve a predominantly commuting public. The University’s modern buildings were planned so that no student needs more than 10 minutes to go from one class to another. The campus is surrounded with landscaped parking areas.

The first permanent building, the Letters and Science Building, was occupied in 1963. This imposing structure, master planned to serve ultimately as a facility for undergraduate and graduate science instruction and research, has been used to house other programs until they could warrant new facilities of their own. This building is now called Miles D. McCarthy Hall.

Since 1963, growth has been rapid. The Performing Arts Center was completed in 1964, the Physical Education Building in 1965, the Library Building in 1966, the Commons in 1967, the Humanities-Social Sciences Building and Visual Arts Center in 1969, William B. Langsdorf Hall (Administration- Business Administration) and the Engineering Building in 1971, the Student Health Center in 1974, the Education-Classroom Building and University Center in 1976, an addition to the Visual Arts Center in 1979, the Jewel Plummer Cobb Residence Halls and the Charles L. and Rachael E. Ruby Gerontology Center in 1988, and the Fullerton Marriott and the Computer Science Building in 1989. The Ruby Gerontology Center was the first building on campus financed solely by contributed funds; the Fullerton Marriott, a full-service hotel, resulted from a joint venture involving the Marriott Corp., the University and the city of Fullerton.

An expansion of the Titan Student Union (formerly known as the University Center) and the Titan Sports Complex, featuring the multipurpose 10,000-seat Titan Stadium, baseball pavilion, track and tennis courts, were completed in 1992. The Titan Student Union houses a 1,200-seat pavilion, small theater, food court, pub, bowling alley and conference rooms. The five-story University Hall, with classrooms, faculty offices, and student and academic support services, was occupied in 1993, followed by the two-story Science Laboratory Center in 1994. The Science Laboratory Center was renamed and dedicated as Dan Black Hall in fall 2006. A four-story addition to the University Library was completed in 1996, and the entire complex was dedicated as the Paulina June & George Pollak Library in 1998.

The 10-story College Park building on Nutwood Avenue provides additional classrooms and office space for University staff and faculty members.

A 71,000-square-foot expansion of the Kinesiology and Health Science Building was completed in 2003. The addition includes the Wellness Center for Successful Aging, practice gymnasium, seminar rooms, faculty offices and a 125-seat lecture hall. A new 109,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center opened in January 2006 and was named the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center in September 2008. The complex features venues that include an 800-seat concert hall, 250-seat thrust-stage theater and a 150-seat black box theater. Three parking structures - completed in 2004, 2006 and 2010 - provide on-campus parking for about 5,500 vehicles, expanding the overall number of parking spaces on campus to nearly 12,000.

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, home of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, opened in fall 2008. The five-story, 195,000-square-foot facility provides a state-of-the art learning environment, including technologically advanced classrooms and lecture halls, computer labs, and houses the college’s renowned centers and institutes. Also completed in 2008 was the Student Recreation Center. The two-story, 95,000-square-foot facility features a rock climbing wall, multicourt gymnasium, one of the largest cardio/weight rooms on a West Coast campus, an outdoor leisure and lap pool, multimedia cardio room and indoor track.

Cal State Fullerton’s on-campus student-resident population more than doubled with the completion of the new $143-million residence hall complex in summer 2011, adding 1,064 beds to the existing 880. The complex includes a state-of-the-art dining facility, recreational and study facilities on each floor, smart classrooms, a convenience store, laundry and mail facilities, new complex coordinator and faculty-in-residence apartments, to name a few. Other new additions to campus in 2010-2011 included a new home for University Police, as well as a new and expanded Children’s Center. The new $8.7-million facility, built for the Associated Students, Inc. program, offers a program accredited by the National Association for the Education for Young Children.

In the northeast corner of the campus is the Fullerton Arboretum, which was dedicated in the fall of 1979 in a joint venture with the city of Fullerton. The 26-acre botanical garden is a living museum of rare plants from around the world. The ecologically arranged botanical collection depicts habitats from the desert to the tropics. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, it offers a tranquil retreat from urban life. In spring 2006, the University welcomed the opening of the Fullerton Arboretum Visitor Center and the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, the campus’s first “green” building. The Fullerton Arboretum also is home to Heritage House, a restored 19th-century dwelling, and serves as a cultural museum for North Orange County.

Cal State Fullerton is one of the most energy-efficient campuses anywhere, and has been since the early 1990s. The University has been honored three times by the University of California/California State University Energy Efficiency Partnership Program including “Best Overall Sustainable Design” awards for the Student Recreation Center and the Fullerton Arboretum Visitor Center and Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. The awards recognize reduced use of natural resources during construction and ongoing energy conservation efforts throughout the life of new buildings and major renovations. Water savings, sustainable site development, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality are among the key elements considered in the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The Student Recreation Center achieved a Gold rating by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which is the nationally accepted benchmark. Mihaylo Hall, the Children’s Center and the University Police building operate at a LEED Silver level. Most notably, the new Student Housing complex achieved a rare Platinum LEED rating.

The ample freeway and surface street accommodations that approach the main entrance to the University’s campus also provide comparatively easy access to the great and diverse learning resources available in Southern California: many other colleges and universities; museums, libraries and art galleries; zoos; and the wide variety of economic, governmental, social, and cultural activities and experiences that may be found in this dynamic and complex region of California and the United States.

Information concerning the instructional, laboratory and other physical facilities that relate to the academic program may be obtained from the Office of Facilities Planning and Management.

CAL State Fullerton - Irvine Campus

The Irvine Campus is a branch campus of California State University, Fullerton. The campus is located approximately 21 miles from the Fullerton Campus. It serves as a regional center for meeting the higher educational needs of Central and South Orange County. Students who plan to attend the Irvine Campus must be admitted to California State University, Fullerton through the regular admission process. Applications for admission to the University are available on the web at csumentor.edu.

Dean Susan M. Cooper and Associate Dean Van Muse work with the faculty and staff to provide an efficient yet personal environment at their facility located in the Irvine Spectrum. The Irvine Campus offers a small number of lower-division courses, several upper-division courses, post-baccalaureate and graduate-level courses. Professional degrees are also offered through University Extended Education. They include: MBA, M.S. in Taxation and M.S.W.

The Irvine Campus offers 23 smart classrooms with state-of-the-art technology including three Dell computer labs and a Macintosh lab. In addition, there are two conference rooms, a spacious multipurpose room, open lab, library, bookstore, Titan Student Union, fitness center, Student Affairs service center and Admissions, Registration and Cashiering.

PRactical ADvantage Communications is a student-run public relations and advertising agency at the Irvine Campus. With support from faculty advisers, the agency provides opportunities for students to develop and implement advertising and public relations campaigns for local for-profit and nonprofit businesses and organizations, as well as for department programs and student organizations at CSUF. In addition to PRactical ADvantage, the Irvine Campus also has a three-bed Nursing Simulation Lab that provides nursing students with hands-on training to prepare for their clinical experiences.

The Student Affairs office supports students seeking a high quality education and the personal attention on which the CSUF Irvine Campus has built its reputation. As a resource for admitted CSUF students, staff and faculty, Student Affairs provides student services such as academic advisement, financial aid, disabled student services, career counseling, personal counseling, tutoring/study groups, student engagement and CSUF Associated Students, Inc. sponsored events. We invite you to visit our office and explore the variety of services available to assist you in your educational achievements.

Academic Advising provides students with the necessary information to make sound academic decisions and educational plans. Advisers assist students with information about graduation requirements and course selection. Prospective students who wish to transfer to the University also have the option of meeting with a transfer adviser to discuss University requirements for admission.

Financial Aid at the Irvine Campus assists students in the process of applying for financial aid and finding ways to meet educational expenses. Financial aid is designed to assist students in paying basic educational costs for eligible certificate and degree programs. The Irvine Campus offers the Shea Home scholarship to students who are actively involved at the branch campus. This scholarship is available only to students who attend classes at Irvine and is awarded each semester.

Students at the Irvine Campus have many opportunities to get involved in curricular and co-curricular experiences. These experiences foster collaborative relationships, professional success, a vibrant campus life, active civic participation and engaged alumni. Curricular and co-curricular experiences affirm the University’s commitment to student engagement in diverse learning opportunities that positively contribute to students’ success. Activities such as ASI Productions, Accounting Society speaker events, Business Development and Entrepreneurship Club, Irvine Student Advisory Committee, student newsletter, and peer tutoring are available for students to increase their on campus involvement.

The Irvine Campus branch of the Pollack Library provides information and access to high quality resources to meet the instructional and research needs of Irvine students, faculty and staff. The facility includes course reserves, study rooms, computer workstations, bibliographic instruction classroom, a reference librarian and an online reference service. Easy access to the 100-plus databases, NetLibrary, online library catalog, online chat reference and document delivery are all available to Irvine Campus students.

The CSUF, Irvine Campus is located at 3 Banting, Irvine CA 92618. For additional information including campus hours, administration and events please call 657-278-1600 or refer to the Irvine Campus website at fullerton.edu/irvinecampus/.

CAL State Fullerton Garden Grove Center

Classes are offered in the heart of Orange County at CSUF Garden Grove Center. The center opened in 1998 as part of University Extended Education’s mission to extend the resources of Cal State Fullerton into the community. The facility is part of the Garden Grove Higher Education Center near the civic center.

The center is home to the M.S. in Counseling-Garden Grove program that features evening classes. In addition, academic credit classes are broadcast to the Garden Grove Center from the Fullerton campus via Interactive Televised Instruction (ITI) for easy access to students who live or work in central Orange County. University Extended Education (UEE) certificate classes for professional development are also offered in a wide variety of areas, with classes conveniently scheduled in the evening or on weekends. The CSUF Garden Grove Center is located at 1290 Euclid Street.

Students of The University

Much of the distinctive character and learning atmosphere of any campus comes from the nature and vitality of its students. Diversity, the synthesis of academic study with work and family interests, and strong records of participation and achievement are hallmarks of the student body at Cal State Fullerton.

The University is primarily a community-based institution, with three on-campus residence facilities. The majority of our students live in Orange County. Seventy-three percent of all students take 12 or more hours of coursework each semester. Of the fall 2012 new undergraduate students, 46 percent came from California public high schools, 4 percent from California private high schools, 46 percent came from California community colleges, 0.6 percent from other Cal State campuses, 0.5 percent from other California colleges and universities, and 3 percent from other states or other countries. The fall 2012 new graduate students came from Cal State University campuses (53 percent), other California colleges and universities (25 percent), and other states or other countries (22 percent).

The student body is 12 percent first-time freshmen, 15 percent other lower division, 58 percent upper division, and 14 percent graduate levels. Fifty-seven percent of all students are women. The median age of all students is 22; undergraduates have a median age of 21, while graduate students have a median age of 27. Course offerings during the day and at night provide our students with flexibility in their schedules. Most students choose to attend during the daytime.

Virtually all upper-division and graduate students have declared a major field of study. Fifteen percent of our lower-division students are in the process of exploring different fields prior to declaring a major. During 2011-2012, 6,724 undergraduates received their baccalaureate degrees, 1,565 graduates received their master’s degrees, and 19 graduates received their Ed.D. degrees.

The Faculty

Central to the effectiveness of any institution of higher learning is the quality and dedication of its individual faculty members to teaching and scholarship.

In the fall of 2011, there were 880 full-time faculty and administrators and 955 part-time faculty members teaching on the campus. Almost all the full-time faculty had some previous college or university teaching experience before coming to Fullerton. Faculty members also have a wide variety of scholarly experiences and creative activities. Eighty-seven percent of the full-time faculty have earned their doctoral degrees.

Criteria for selection to the faculty include mastery of knowledge in an academic specialty, demonstrated skill and experience in teaching, and continuing interest in scholarly study and research. Retention and promotion criteria also include service to the University and community.

Information concerning the faculty and other personnel may be obtained from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Records.

Outstanding Professor Award

Each year the University selects a faculty member to receive the CSUF Outstanding Professor Award

Below are the names of all professors who have received the CSUF Outstanding Professor Award. Those with an asterisk were also honored with the Statewide Outstanding Professor Award, an honor which was conferred annually on two system faculty members by the Trustees of the California State University until 1995.

Year Name Subject
1963-64 Donald Stanley Tull Marketing
1964-65 Miles Duffield McCarthy* Biology
1965-66 Giles Tyler Brown History
1966-67 Gustave Bording Mathieu French/German
1967-68 Norman Townsend- Zellner Economics
1968-69 John Brown Mason Political Science
1969-70 No award given  
1970-71 Loh Seng Tsai Psychology
1971-72 Richard C. Gilbert Mathematics
1972-73 Herbert C. Rutemiller Quantitative Methods
1973-74 Fred M. Johnson Physics
1974-75 Willis E. McNelly* English
1975-76 Donald E. Lagerberg Art
1976-77 Sidney Klein Economics
1977-78 Charles G. Bell Political Science
1978-79 Bruce H. Weber Chemistry
1979-80 Michael H. Horn Zoology
1980-81 Donald A. Sears English and Linguistics
1981-82 Joyce E. Pickersgill Economics
1982-83 Carl C. Wamser Chemistry
1983-84 Corinne S. Wood Anthropology
1984-85 Maria C. Linder Chemistry
1985-86 Charles C. Lambert Zoology
1986-87 Glenn M. Nagel Chemistry
1987-88 Harris S. Shultz* Mathematics
1988-89 Warren A. Beck History
1989-90 Roger Nanes Physics
1990-91 Gerald F. Corey Human Services/Counseling
1991-92 Michael H. Birnbaum Psychology
1992-93 David L. Pagni* Mathematics
1993-94 Keith O. Boyum Political Science
1994-95 Carol P. Barnes Elementary and Bilingual Education
1995-96 Mario Martelli Mathematics
1996-97 Frank G. Cummings III Art
1997-98 John A. Olmsted Chemistry
1998-99 George A. Marcoulides Management Science/Information Systems
1999-00 Jane V. Hall Economics
2000-01 Hallie Yopp Slowik Elementary, Bilingual, and Reading Education
2001-02 Albert W. Flores Philosophy
2002-03 Steven N. Murray Biological Science
2003-04 Richard L. Wiseman Human Communication Studies
2004-05 Nancy L. Segal Psychology
2005-06 Zvi Drezner Information Systems and Decision Sciences
2006-07 Chandrasekhar Putcha Civil and Environmental Engineering
2007-08 Stella Ting-Toomey Human Communications Studies
2008-09 Mohinder Grewel Electrical Engineering
2009-10 Marcelo Tolmasky Biology
2010-11 Martin V. Bonsangue Mathematics
2011-12 John A. Bock Anthropology

CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC)

The CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation was established and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in October 1959. The ASC is an auxiliary organization of the University established to provide essential student, faculty and staff services that cannot be provided from state appropriations. It supplements University programs and activities by assisting the University in fulfilling its purposes and in serving the people of the State of California, especially those in the immediate Fullerton area.

The ASC develops and administers research and educational grants and contracts; conducts retail operations including bookstore, food service and vending on campus; and administers various educationally-related functions and programs, such as the Artist Village and the purchase of the College Park and Western State College of Law buildings.

The ASC’s overall policies are administered by a Board of Directors composed of members of the University faculty, administration and students, as well as prominent community leaders.

Board of Directors

Chair, Ted Bremner*

Vice Chair, Ron Rangel*

Secretary, Robert Hall*

Rosalina Davis*

Theresa Harvey

Zeke Luna*

Tom Meyer

ASC Executive Director

ASC Chief Financial Officer

CSUF President

Provost/Vice President, Academic Affairs

Vice President, Administration and Finance

Vice President, Student Affairs

Vice President, University Advancement

Academic Administrator nominated by Council of Deans

Academic Senate Chair plus three faculty appointees

ASI President plus two student appointees

Director, Office of Grants and Contracts

*Community Member

CAL State Fullerton Alumni Association

The Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association is a not-for-profit auxiliary organization of the University that represents the University’s more than 215,000 alumni and provides ways for current students and alumni to be involved with campus initiatives and activities. In addition, the association provides students and graduates with networking, educational and social activities. The association provides many programs and services to the entire alumni community including chapter outreach, alumni communications and a dues-paying membership program. Members receive exclusive benefits and services such as career-building tools, access to all 23 CSU campus libraries and the Titan Recreation Center, invitations to members-only events, discounts to the Titan bookstore and campus activities, discounted group insurance and more. The most important benefit of being a member of the CSUF Alumni Association, however, is the opportunity to be part of an active and engaged Titan network.

The George G. Golleher Alumni House is the focal point of alumni activity on campus where alumni, students, faculty and staff engage in a variety of activities - everything from pre-game barbeques, wine events, retreats, receptions and workshops.

Cal State Fullerton students are considered alumni when they have successfully completed 12 units of credit. We invite all students and alumni to participate in alumni association sponsored activities. For more information please contact 657-278-2586 (ALUM) or visit csufalumni.com

Community Support Groups

California State University, Fullerton welcomes and encourages the development and activities of volunteer organizations committed to enriching University life. The expertise and efforts of dedicated volunteers enhance the University’s academic excellence. Annually, each organization nominates a member volunteer who is honored at a luncheon each spring.

The Cal State Fullerton Coordinating Council of Support Groups consists of representatives from all volunteer organizations on campus. The council coordinates communication between the volunteer organizations and the University. Further information about the council may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, College Park 850, at 657-278-4796.

Art Alliance

The Art Alliance encourages excellence in the arts, particularly through the educational curriculum of the University’s Art Department. Organized in 1967, the alliance assists in financing gallery exhibitions, participates in the acquisition of campus art works, and annually awards scholarships and graduate research grants. Art Alliance members host special exhibit tours and receptions, trips to museums and artists’ studios, and staff the main gallery during open hours.

College Advisory Councils and Boards

Many academic departments and colleges are supported by advisory councils and boards, which are composed of community and campus leaders and alumni who are committed to sharing their expertise and providing support to individual colleges within the University.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

For three decades, Cal State Fullerton’s learning in retirement program has offered individuals who are retired, semi-retired or approaching retirement age an opportunity to enjoy experiential learning in classes for an active, healthy life. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Fullerton (OLLICSUF) is a nationally recognized, self-supported organization offering a wide range of programs that are created and directed by its many talented members. This organization was founded as Continuing Learning Experience (CLE) in 1979.

For an annual membership fee that includes parking, OLLICSUF members enjoy the University setting and many student privileges. Programs include self-directed study groups, educational lectures, discussion groups, computer education, arts workshops, physical activities, special events, social activities and travel opportunities. Select classes, including Transitions in Retirement Essentials, are open to the public.

OLLI-CSUF committees respond to requests of the membership in determining offerings each semester. While members learn from each other, they also learn from community leaders, University professors and other leading authorities.

The OLLI-CSUF office is housed in the Ruby Gerontology Center, a research and conference facility built with private funds raised in large part from members of this outstanding program.


The Emeriti of California State University, Fullerton, is a formal association of all persons awarded emeritus status by the president of CSUF. The emeriti, as an association, exists to promote the welfare of California State University, Fullerton; to enhance the continuing professionalism of the emeriti; to provide for the fellowship of the members; and awards two student scholarships each year. Through affiliation with the system-wide CSU emeriti organization, California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association, emeriti concerns are presented to all branches of the government and the Chancellor’s Office.

Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum

Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum support the 26-acre botanical garden located on the northeast corner of campus. The Friends coordinate the work of the many volunteers needed to maintain the gardens, programs and events. Friends host tours of the Arboretum and Heritage House museum, a turn-of-the-century residence listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Inventory of California Historic Sites. Through plant sales, facility rentals and special events, the Friends contribute operating monies for the Arboretum and fund student scholarships.

MAMM Alliance for the Performing Arts

The MAMM Alliance supports excellence in performing arts programming for the CSUF College of the Arts. Originally organized in 2001 as a foundation in honor of the late philanthropist Marcy Arroues Mulville, the Alliance joined Cal State Fullerton in 2006. During her lifetime, Marcy Arroues Mulville was credited with founding, supporting and advancing more than 26 nonprofit organizations, starting with Cal State Fullerton, where she founded the Music Associates. She was a key figure in the early years of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and donor to the CSUF’s Performing Arts Center.

The Alliance’s mission and purpose includes underwriting legendary guest artist performances, royalty support for major productions, guest artist solo performances with student ensembles, professional ensembles and artist residencies.

Music Associates

Music Associates at California State University, Fullerton, contributes to the Department of Music through funding of student scholarships and performance awards that recognize excellence in vocal and instrumental performance and that encourage and develop the technical and creative skills of talented and dedicated music students. In fact, Music Associates contributed $50,000 to the Music Department for scholarships in 2011 and 2012.

Music Associates is a volunteer organization that is totally dependent upon contributions received through membership dues, private donations and fundraising event revenue. The organization also holds a Concerto/Aria Competition annually, and awards $3,300 to the winners.

Music Associates members attend campus performances, sponsor the annual “Carol Candlelight Dinner Concert” and the spring “Music and Magic Luncheon” fundraisers that feature the University Singers and performances by scholarship winners.

Patrons of the Library

Community members, alumni and faculty and staff members interested in enhancing the excellence of the Pollak Library belong to Patrons of the Library. The group sponsors exhibits and operates a book sale center in conjunction with the Emeriti. Funds raised through book sales, dues and donations support the augmentation of library holdings and facilities.

During the academic year, Patrons sponsor a variety of activities, including field trips to libraries and other cultural venues, lectures by authors and local journalists, and a monthly book discussion group. Membership in the Patrons at all levels includes library borrowing privileges. Discounted memberships are offered for faculty, staff, Emeriti and students.

Reading Educators Guild

Graduates who earn a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Reading and other interested individuals are eligible for membership in the Reading Educators Guild, one of the oldest alumni support groups on the CSUF campus. Working in close relationship with the Reading Department, the Guild provides service as a professional development and networking organization for reading educators. REG also provides support for the Reading Department in a variety of ways, including the awarding of scholarships to both Reading Center and graduate students. Throughout the school year, the Guild holds various activities, lectures and conferences, promoting effective reading instruction.

Titan Athletics Club

Fullerton Athletics is strong because alumni, parents and fans work together to keep our student-athletes competitive. There is no better way to do that than through the Titan Athletics Club.

The Titan Athletics Club was founded to organize the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Department’s fundraising efforts, with the mission of providing financial support to enhance the experiences of our student-athletes.

Support from alumni, parents and fans helps to sustain Cal State Fullerton’s commitment to improving our facilities, attracting and retaining outstanding coaches, and providing an environment that will make Fullerton the first choice for premier student-athletes.

Every gift helps to build a lasting foundation for excellence in Cal State Fullerton Athletics.

For more information, contact the Titan Athletics Club office at 657-278-4407 or fullerton.edu/tac.

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is a 12-acre education center and nature preserve in Modjeska Canyon, owned by California State University, Fullerton and operated by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Its mission is to promote science and environmental education and preserve local native habitat and wildlife. While open to the public 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Tucker also provides a unique field research opportunity for college and University students and is a field trip destination for K-12 schools. Its school programs are built on the California State Standards for Science Education. Admission is free and naturalist-led tours are available for $6 per person. For reservations, call 714-649-2760. For more information, visit our website at tuckerwildlife.org.