Stanis­laus State Sched­ules Re­flect­ing Pond Ded­i­ca­tion

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Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Stanis­laus will ded­i­cate its iconic Re­flect­ing Pond to Dr. Mar­va­lene Hughes, pres­i­dent emerita of Stanis­laus State, at 6 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 29. The event will in­clude re­marks by Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Ellen Junn and a poem writ­ten for the event by Amer­i­can poet Nikki Gio­vanni.

Dr. Hughes was the Univer­sity’s eighth and longest­serv­ing pres­i­dent, the first fe­male and only African-Amer­i­can to lead the cam­pus. Dur­ing her ten­ure, 19942005, en­roll­ment dou­bled to more than 7,800, and the Univer­sity’s Stock­ton Cen­ter moved to its per­ma­nent home at Univer­sity Park. The Tur­lock cam­pus added $135 mil­lion in new build­ings and fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the four scenic lakes that, with the Re­flect­ing Pond, make up the 12 mil­lion-gal­lon land­scape wa­ter man­age­ment sys­tem.

The Dr. Mar­va­lene Hughes Univer­sity Re­flect­ing Pond has wel­comed vis­i­tors to the cen­ter of cam­pus for more than half a cen­tury, of­fer­ing a tran­quil drink for mi­grat­ing geese, pro­vid­ing flood con­trol in rain, wa­ter re­cy­cling in drought and, more re­cently, cli­mate con­trol for cam­pus build­ings.

Af­ter leav­ing Stan State, Dr. Hughes went to Dil­lard Univer­sity in New Or­leans, ar­riv­ing in 2005 only weeks be­fore Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina dev­as­tated the cam­pus. Through fundrais­ing and ad­vo­cacy ef­forts, she was able to re­build and ex­pand the cam­pus.

She has served on the boards and pan­els of na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the West­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges (WASC) Ac­cred­it­ing Com­mis­sion, the Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Ed­u­ca­tion (ACE), and the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of State Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties (AASCU). She joined with Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Vice Pres­i­dent Gore to in­au­gu­rate the fed­eral ini­tia­tive High Hopes for Col­lege for Amer­ica’s Youth. Hughes co-founded and led the Mil­len­nium Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute, now a part of the AASCU.

“The theme of this ded­i­ca­tion, ‘Re­flect­ing on Lead­er­ship,’ aptly de­scribes what so many of us in higher ed­u­ca­tion do when we think of Mar­va­lene Hughes,” said Mil­dred Gar­cía, pres­i­dent of Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Fuller­ton. “As a co-founder of AASCU’s Mil­len­nium Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute (MLI), she was in­stru­men­tal in men­tor­ing count­less higher ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers who were, and con­tinue to be, un­der­rep­re­sented in th­ese roles. I am one of those lead­ers, and every time I ‘re­flect on lead­er­ship,’ I think of my time in Dr. Hughes in­au­gu­ral MLI class and the in­cred­i­ble im­pact she had on me and so many oth­ers who as­pired to fol­low in her foot­steps.”

Dr. Hughes re­tired in 2011, but has re­mained ac­tive, in­clud­ing help­ing or­ga­nize re­search con­fer­ences at her alma mater, Florida State Univer­sity, where she re­ceived her Ph.D. in coun­sel­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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