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Faculty and Staff Awarded Emeritus Status

May 1, 2013

President Mildred García has conferred emeritus status on the following individuals in recognition to their service on campus:

Gordon M. Bakken, emeritus professor of history, for 43 years of service to campus. The educator has served as adviser to the Theta-Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and authored more than 20 books, served as vice president and director of the California Supreme Court Historical Society and national president of Phi Alpha Theta, and been honored with the Western History Association 2009 Award of Merit and honorary life membership.

Phillip L. Gianos, emeritus professor of political science, honored for 42 years of campus service including tenures as acting associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, chair of the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice, and as a member of the University Faculty Personnel Committee. Gianos also was involved in the establishment of the Center for Public Policy, which since 1999 has polled Orange County residents about ballot measures, taxes, an airport at MCAS El Toro, school vouchers and beach pollution.

Michael H. Horn, emeritus professor of biological science, has served Cal State Fullerton for 42 years as an educator — winning the 1979-80 Outstanding Professor Award, working with students in the Southern California Ecosystems Research Program and mentoring a number of award-winning students — and as a researcher, earning more than $1.7 million in grants and having more than 80 peer-reviewed works published. 

Tsong-Yue Lai, emeritus professor of finance, was honored for 21 years of service during which he taught several of the department's quantitative courses and served on its Personnel Committee. Lai also authored articles for several academic journals in finance and real estate and made numerous presentations before such organizations as the European Real Estate Association, Asian Finance Association and International Conference of Pacific Rim Management.

Jeffrey C. Senge, emeritus coordinator of information and computer access, in recognition of his 22 years of service in the Disabled Student Services Office. Senge, who was honored as recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Staff Employee Award, is a nationally recognized expert in access technology and services for people with disabilities in secondary education.

Christine Valenciana, emeritus associate professor of elementary and bilingual education, who has taught at CSUF for 26 years. During her tenure, the Cal State Fullerton alumna '72, '79 (B.A. history, M.S. education-bilingual-bicultural) founded the Los Maestros Alumni Chapter, served as leader of her department's Bilingual Authorization program and served on numerous department and college committees.

Abel A. Zeballos, emeritus professor of theatre and dance, for 40 years of service to the campus community. A CSUF alumnus, Zeballos '73, 78 (B.A., M.A. theatre arts) has not only taught theatrical design but also done make-up and hair for several professional and repertory theaters throughout the region, as well as served as makeup director of Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt for more than 20 years.  


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