CSUCI searches for new provost

California State University, Channel Islands, has launched a nationwide search for a new provost to replace former Provost Gayle Hutchinson, Ed.D, who was appointed president of California State University, Chico, in March. The nationwide hunt will include interviews and vetting by Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Academic Search Inc.

Chair of the Academic Senate, Professor of math Cynthia Wyels, Ph.D., also serves as chair of the Provost Search Committee.

“We need somebody here who wants to help lead a young and ambitious institution that has accomplished a lot and is poised for yet more,” said Wyels, “someone who wants to make a difference in the lives of our students and our region, and have our campus serve as a national model.”

CSU, Channel Islands, at 15 years old, is the youngest university in the CSU system. Its student population is expected to top 10,000 by 2025. The search was launched on Sept. 30 and the university will accept applications through Jan. 3, 2017, expecting to fill the position by the summer.

Applications, nominations or expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, in confidence, at: CSUChannelIslandsProvost@academic-search.com.

Low-income housing project opens in Oxnard

A mural at the RHF affordable housing complex in Oxnard.

A mural at the RHF affordable housing complex in Oxnard.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, families and Oxnard city officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the RHF Sonata at Riverpark, a housing community for low-income families. RHF (Retirement Housing Foundation) hosted state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Ventura County Supervisor Jon Zaragoza as well as representatives from Assemblyman Das Williams’ office.

One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are available for low-income families at RHF Sonata, with rent based on income, anywhere between $500 for a one-bedroom up to $1,200 for three. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen, living room, bathroom and dining area. The project was built with “a multitude of green building features,” says Chris Ragon, vice president of communications at the RHF. Features include high-efficiency lighting and low-flow toilets, to name a few, and the building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified.

This is the first RHF community in Oxnard, but the 65th in California.

“RHF takes great pride in what we do, and we’re in this for the long run so we work really hard on maintaining our buildings to look like a place someone wants to live in,” said Ragon, adding that a manager will live onsite. “Hopefully we’ve given 53 families in Oxnard a nice home.”

Raising awareness for Domestic Violence Prevention month

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month, and local businesses and organizations are participating by turning the world purple, one nail at a time.

Volunteers from across the county will participate in several events aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence with the message: “If you see something, say something.”

Erik Sternad, executive director of Interface Children and Family Services, says that the message is important because, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey conducted between 2009 and 2013, Ventura County ranks No. 1 in reported domestic abuse per capita — excluding five other counties with a population of 60,000 or less.

“Interface is committed to leading efforts to engage community members in a solution that moves us to the bottom of that list and ranked first at preventing family violence from occurring in the first place,” said Sternad.

To help in that effort, during the month of October, Interface will host several awareness events. On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., food and entertainment will be provided at Kirby Subaru (6404 Auto Center Drive in Ventura), where guests can take a pledge and have a fingernail painted purple — a symbol and promise to confront the “silence, shame and stigma associated with domestic violence.”

Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 6 p.m., two-time world boxing champion and domestic violence advocate Maureen Shea will host “Purple Punch Out: Knock Out Domestic Violence” featuring a presentation, a boxing workshop, special prizes and drawings. The event takes place at Title Boxing Club, 1714 Newbury Road, Newbury Park.

For more information on the events, visit www.icfs.org.