VPAC hosts conference about the future of the CSU


Students rally outside the Valley Performance Arts Center during the CSU: The Next Fifty Years conference. Chancellor Charles Reed was the keynote speaker at the conference. Photo Credit: Herber Lovato / Assistant Photo Editor

3:27 p.m. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Harry Hellenbrand closes the conference with a speech about the future of education, students and teachers.

1:58 p.m. Panelist Dr. Gerard Haney, executive director of MERLOT, an online collection of learning materials and provider of faculty support services, discusses the importance of “understanding the personal needs of the learner.” Teri Yamada, CFA president at CSU Long Beach questions our relationship with the virtual world and how instruction can be monitored through cyberspace.

1:44 p.m. Second panel sessions begin in a few moments at the University Club.  They are Serving the Student, Serving the State and Instruction, Technology and the CSU.

1:13 p.m. CSUN Vice President of Administration and Finance  Thomas McCarron discusses funding models for the CSU and how they might change.

1:03 p.m. Students protest outside CSUN’s Orange Grove Bistro, which is hosting discussion panels about the future of education.  CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and CSUN President Jolene Koester have left, accompanied by campus police.

12:36 p.m. The question and answer session between CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and students has ended.  Reed answered questions about education, state budget cuts and other student concerns.

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CSU: The Next Fifty Years conference adjourns for lunch.

12:04 p.m. Students are headed to Kurland Hall for the a question and answer session with CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. CSUN President Jolene Koester and campus police are present.

11:49 a.m. Students shout while Chancellor Reed addresses their issues about the question and answer session at Kurland Hall at VPAC.

11:36 a.m. Students’ demands are met. Chancellor Reed and State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) will have a question and answer session with students in Kurland Hall at VPAC.

11:15 a.m. Students take their seats when Chancellor Reed leaves the podium.

10:50 a.m. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed is addressing the conference.

10:20 a.m. Students wearing T-shirts that read Student Q&A Demanded are standing in the the audience while everyone else is seated. Protesters outside VPAC are calling for Chancellor Charles Reed to resign.

10:15 a.m. Faculty and student groups are in attendance at the conference.

10:00 a.m. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed has arrived at the Valley Performance Arts Center for CSU: The Next Fifty Years, a conference that will consider how public higher education, especially the CSU, can best serve the state and nation in the years ahead in a time of diminishing resources.

CSUN President Jolene Koester and officials from other CSU campuses are also present. They will address issues that affect education in conferences and panels throughout the day.


Reporting by: Brian De Los Santos / Staff Reporter and Reanna Delgadillo / Senior Reporter