TV, Film and Media Center officially opens with Hollywood glitz
With a hint of Tinseltown glamour, Cal State L.A. recently rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art TV, Film and Media Center.
The ceremony featured a ribbon-cutting and public tours of the center’s 2,300-square-foot sound stage and 3-D motion capture studio, digital audio recording and mixing rooms, projection and screening rooms, computer lab, conference and collaboration spaces.
“This center demonstrates our continual commitment to investing in the best possible resources and curricula to help our students obtain the skill and knowledge to pursue successful careers upon graduation,” said Dean Peter McAllister of the College of Arts and Letters.
During the festivities, a Hall of Fame showcase was also unveiled, recognizing ... moreindustry contributions and achievements by Cal State L.A. alumni, including nine Emmy Award winners, such as Julian Gomez, Laurie Lopez-Tixier, Michael Schultz and Colin Taylor. These stars mingled with faculty, students and staff during the landmark event.
Media guests also attended the opening, helping to spotlight Cal State L.A.’s success in equipping students for careers in the entertainment industry through innovative resources and industry partnerships for more than five decades.
The building is home to the MFA in TV, Film and Theatre program—the only one of its kind in the United States that brings together directors, writers and actors of the entertainment industry as cohorts—and the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of TV, Film and Media Studies. About 700 students are currently enrolled in the department, while more than 1,400 alumni are working in Hollywood.
“The TV, Film and Media Center is not just going to be an investment in Cal State L.A., it’s going to be an investment in Hollywood, the City, and the entire region,” said President William A. Covino. “It is my hope that, through this center and our forward-thinking curriculum, Cal State L.A. will continue to do its part to ensure that Los Angeles remains the entertainment capitol of the world for years to come.”
L-r: Architect Jay Bauer, Dean Peter McAllister, President William A. Covino, and Provost Ashish Vaidya. back
‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds’
An impressive and inspiring gathering of state and national leaders took place at Cal State L.A. when Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Judy Chu, former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and State Senator Holly Mitchell stopped by to discuss why “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.”
Joined on the panel by Cal State L.A. Professor Gay Yuen, the March 10 forum highlighted three main pillars of success for women: equal pay, work and family balance, and child care.
“We’re privileged to have you all here for this important discussion of a national economic agenda for women and families,” said President William Covino during the opening address. “I cannot think of a better place to have this dialogue than Cal State L.A.—nearly 60 percent of our student p... moreopulation are women, and 60 percent of this year’s entering students are the first in their families to go to college.”
For a video of the discussion: http://bit.ly/1hcJmDV.
L-r: Nancy Pelosi and Hilda Solis. back