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CLASS introduces distinguished visitor's program with presentations by Provost, Education Foundation member


Provost James Houpis, left, and Education Foundation Member Evelyn S. Dilsaver '77 will open Dean's Invited Guests program.

  • February 18, 2011

A variety of distinguished visitors will be invited to the Cal State East Bay campus through the "Dean's Invited Guests," a new program initiated by Kathleen Rountree, interim dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

At the invitation of Rountee, participants will visit and speak to students in various classes in the College, meeting with faculty and administrators, and joining the dean for coffee or lunch.

The first two visitors, both affiliated with the university, will speak to classes during the week of Feb. 21. University Provost James Houpis, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, a master’s degree in biology and a doctorate in forest science, will speak on sustainable resource management to a Department of Geography and Environmental Studies class. Investment banking manager Evelyn S. Dilsaver, a member of the CSUEB Education Foundation, will speak to a freshman World Civilizations class in the Department of History about the life experiences that led to her many honors, including being named to the "San Francisco Business Times’" “100 Most Influential Women” list four years in a row.

Connecting CSUEB students with community leaders, notable alumni or friends of the College and university is the goal of the Dean's Invited Guests program, Rountree said.

"I expect the connection of students and visitors to provide a two-way excitement; students will be inspired and informed, and our distinguished guest will, I am sure, find our students to be bright, enthusiastic, and full of promise," Rountree said. "I look forward to bringing these exciting individuals into the very heart of the academic experience – the classroom." 

Rountree said she hopes guests will talk about their journey of life and leadership – the challenges they faced in becoming successful; the personal journeys they have made; the premises by which they live their lives and, of course, the value of education, civic engagement, and personal achievement. By building this bond between students and our successful friends and alums, she observed, students will be more able to envision their own successful career and life journeys.

Additional guests are expected to speak on campus in the months ahead. As their appearances are set, scheduled guests will be added to a CLASS Web site.

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