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In Memoriam: March 2009

Published: March 16, 2009

In memorium

Rhoda “Randy “ Andersen, faculty emerita, died Dec. 20, at her home in Huntington Beach. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation from San Jose State University and her Master of Arts degree in Administration of Voluntary Associations from Lindenwood Colleges, St. Charles, Mo.

Andersen was an accomplished musician who played double reeds, bass viola and drums in the Women’s Marine Reserve Band during World War II. Following her discharge, she played in the Hormel All-Girls Orchestra as well as the Drum and Bugle Corps which took first place in national competitions.

She began her career in recreation in 1949 in the U.S Army Special Services as a civilian, operating military recreation clubs for enlisted military and their families (what is now MWR – Morale, Welfare and Recreation) in Munich, Germany. She proceeded to establish new clubs in various U.S. military bases in Germany and France from 1951-53.

Eventually, she returned to California and began working in the USO in Hollywood, working with the movie industry people and thousands of volunteers from the community. She then was assigned in 1956 to the USO in Paris and went on to establish a USO in Greece. Coming back to the United States, Andersen became the national program director at the National USO Headquarters in New York City. In 1962 she came to Los Angeles and became the chief executive officer of the Volunteer Center of Greater Los Angeles, where she convened the first International Conference on Volunteerism.

From 1970-74, Randy became the western regional director of the National Center for Voluntary Action. She traveled the 13 western states plus Hawaii and Alaska, assisting local communities with their volunteer programs and helping them establish volunteer centers. She made an incredible impact on individuals engaged in not-for-profit organizations.

In 1974 she joined the faculty of the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department at CSULB, where she established a Certificate in the Management of Volunteers and a course in volunteer management. She headed up the internship program for the department and established and directed the Elderhostel program until she retired in 1988.

After her retirement she continued to teach recreation leadership for the department and continued to be involved with the Senior University (now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). Andersen was a guiding force in the establishment of RALSAA – Recreation and Leisure Studies Alumni Association.

In support of Randy Andersen’s legacy, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to any of the following:

• The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at CSULB, c/o Maridith Janssen, chair, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-4903
• The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, c/o Jeannette Schelin, director, 1000 Studebaker Rd., Ste. 1, Long Beach, CA 90840-0601
• Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560 Washington, D.C. 20042-0560

Bruce Berg

Bruce Lawrence Berg, a CSULB criminal justice graduate adviser and professor, died on Feb. 20 in Santa Ana. He was 54.

Berg was born on Oct. 7, 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied sociology, earning his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1975 and his master’s and Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1982 and 1983, respectively.

Berg’s primary area of specialization was policing. Within that broad field, he was particularly interested in police training and police practice which involves both academy training and in-service types of training experiences.

A secondary area of specialization for Berg was qualitative research methods. Within that broad methodological area, he employed both traditional mainstream strategies as well as various innovative techniques of modern qualitative data collection and assessment, including action research, photo-voice, visual-ethnography, and the use of the Internet both as a data collecting instrument and as a source of qualitative data.

Berg began his teaching career as a criminal justice professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and 11 years later became a professor at CSULB. From 2001-03, he served as the chair of the Criminal Justice Department.

“Dr. Bruce Berg was a good man who had a passion for teaching, a great sense of humor who told us often to enjoy every minute of life,” said Sam Torres, a professor and former chair of the CSULB Criminal Justice Department. “His academic and scholarly accomplishments were impressive. They included books on criminal investigation, qualitative research methods, policing, methods for the social sciences, and intro to law enforcement. I also counted eight book chapters and 41 journal articles, not counting many essays, paper presentations and educational software. He was a real ‘workhorse’ for the department and was quick to mentor junior faculty.”

In addition to mentoring faculty and students, Berg taught 10 different courses about subjects such as criminological theory, thesis project writing, research methods, and causation and criminal investigation. He also worked with students through CSULB’s Partners for Success program.

He taught on campus as well as for the off-campus accelerated master’s program in criminal justice. Also, Berg was involved with an exchange program that sent criminal justice students to universities in China.

He worked on research projects with various groups including the Massachusetts State Police Academy. He especially took an interest in studying policing, police training, juvenile justice and substance abuse.

Berg is survived by his wife, Jill; his daughter, Kate, 27, of San Diego; and his son, Alex, 25, of Irvine.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 24 at the Shir Ha-Ma’alot synagogue in Irvine, proceeded by the burial at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar.