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New CSUSB Performing Arts Center and College of Arts and Letters Building

New Performing Arts Center and College of Arts and Letters building coming to CSUSB

CSUSB is one step closer to a new performing arts village at the university, following approval of a construction and renovation project that will add two new buildings to campus, including a new Performing Arts Center and an academic building that will serve as an anchor to the College of Arts and Letters. The project also will renovate the university's existing Performing Arts Building for future expansion.

The California State University Board of Trustees approved the schematic design at its Sept. 23, 2020 meeting. The project currently is scheduled to open during the 2024-25 academic year.

“We hope that the new Performing Arts Center will provide invaluable learning experiences for our students and it will bridge the connection between our campus and local communities,” said Dr. Rueyling Chuang, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “This project exemplifies the continuation of our campus master plan, specifically with regard to enhancing our campus and connecting communities in the Inland Empire.”

Visit New CSUSB Performing Arts Center construction project plans approved for the full story.

Dr. Parastou Feizzaringhalam and Dr. Peter Williams

Parastou Feizzaringhalam named interim associate dean; Peter Williams to serve as senior dean's fellow

Dr. Parastou Feizzaringhalam (known to most as "Dr. Feiz") has been appointed interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters for 2020-21. Feiz joined CSUSB in 2007, having received her PhD in applied linguistics from Penn State University.

With Feiz’s appointment, Dr. Peter Williams will transition to senior dean's fellow for scheduling and enrollment and will assist with plans for the upcoming expansion of the CSUSB performing arts facilities.


Dr. Parastou Feizzaringhalam named 2019-2020 Golden Apple Award winner

English professor ‘Dr. Feiz’ receives university’s top teaching award for 2019-2020

During a surprise ceremony June 5, English professor Parastou Feizzaringhalam, affectionately known as Dr. Feiz, was named the recipient of the 2019-20 Golden Apple Award, the highest award for teaching at Cal State San Bernardino.

“You are receiving this award based on the exceptional and vast teaching record here at CSUSB,” President Tomás D. Morales said in honoring Feiz during a Zoom meeting filled with administrators, faculty and staff. “Your dedication to teaching and mentorship of our students reflects this university’s mission to provide outstanding education to our students. It is so well deserved.”

A visibly moved Feiz called the honor “so unexpected, a true surprise,” offering thanks to her colleagues for their support.  “I’m fortunate to be a part of this wonderful group,” she said.

Visit English professor honored with 2019-20 Golden Apple Award for the full story.

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb named Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award winner

Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award for 2019-2020 goes to Communication Studies professor Ahlam Muhtaseb

On June 11, Communication Studies professor Ahlam Muhtaseb received the university’s award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities.

President Morales cited Muhtaseb "for her impressive academic research and creative activities that have resulted in expansive publications, presentations and documentary projects that better educate the public about the Middle East and the Islamic World."
“For me, as a woman of color, it really means a lot to me to be awarded for my scholarship and creative productivity,” said Muhtaseb, who joined the Department of Communication Studies in 2003. “Not only for me personally, but also for all other women of color who are usually invisible and who are not appreciated for their academic works. I highly appreciate that appreciation of my work.”

Visit Communication studies professor given Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award for the full story

Dr. Bibiana Diaz named Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award winner

Associate professor of Spanish Bibiana Diaz receives 2019-2020 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

On June 11, Bibiana Díaz, associate professor of Spanish, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for 2019-2020.
President Morales said the recognition was for “her passion, commitment and dedication to student success providing career and life guidance.”

“I believe, and I think we all do, that academic advising, whether it’s delivered by faculty or by professional advising staff, is critical," he said. “It’s really central to any student success initiative, and so that the work that Bibiana has done has been incredible.”

Visit Spanish associate professor named 2019-20 Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the full story.

Dr. Rueyling Chuang portrait

Rueyling Chuang named dean of College of Arts and Letters

Following a national search and the careful consideration of input from the campus community, Rueyling Chuang has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters, effective June 1.

Chuang has been a valued educator and leader at Cal State San Bernardino for 20 years. During the past two years, she has served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters; prior to that, she was associate dean of the college for nearly three years.

She will continue to advance academic excellence in her new role. Among her responsibilities, she will provide strategic academic and administrative leadership to the seven departments and one interdisciplinary program in the college.

Visit CSUSB’s College of Arts and Letters selects new dean for the full story.

"Online Education During Unprecedented Times" panel discussion

CAL faculty discuss 'Online Education During Unprecedented Times'

During the 2020 ITS Tech Talks event held April 14, Dr. Mihaela Popescu (Communication Studies), Dr. Bibiana Diaz (World Languages and Literatures) and Dr. Oraib Mango (World Languages and Literatures) discussed the challenges and expectations of transitioning to online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic during a live panel.

Panelists shared best practices, gave advice, discussed the challenges of online teaching, highlighted some of their favorite online tools and answered audience questions.

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"World News Now" co-anchor Kenneth Moton

ABC News co-anchor, former White House press secretary among guest speakers for CSUSB communication students

For his Spring 2020 courses, Communication Studies' Dr. Larry Hygh lined up a diverse roster of guest speakers, including ABC News "World News Now" co-anchor Kenneth Moton, Calaya Stallworth, story editor at Netflix, and former White House press secretary Mike McCurry.

While speaking to Hygh's COMM 344 PR students via Zoom, Moton discussed his career path, encouraged students to read, urged them to learn different styles of writing and to know their audience.

The next day, Moton gave the students and Dr. Hygh an on-air shout-out in "World News Now," the country's No. 1 early morning national newscast.

Visit CSUSB communication studies class hears directly from accomplished professionals for the full story.

Assistant Professor Kaitlyn Creasy

American Philosophical Association spotlights assistant professor Kaitlyn Creasy

The American Philosophical Association interviewed Assistant Professor Kaitlyn Creasy for its blog, touching on themes that have animated her work and her upcoming book, "The Problem of Affective Nihilism in Nietzsche."

"At the moment, I’m working on two very different papers," Creasy said. "One employing the theoretical tools Nietzsche has on offer to illuminate the affective dynamics of gender oppression and sexism and one that argues for Nietzsche’s proto-ecocentrism in 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra.'"

Marmar Zakher

MMUF Fellow awarded Ph.D. fellowship at UC Davis

Marmar Zakher, CSUSB history major and Arabic language literature and culture major, was awarded the Provost Fellowship for Ph.D. studies in Comparative Literature at UC Davis, one of the most prestigious graduate school fellowships available for first-year graduate students. 

Zakher received six years of full funding from the department. Her research at UC Davis will uniquely look at the intersection of Arabic and Chinese literature in order to examine women, minorities and multiculturalism of the middle class.

Visit MMUF Fellow, Marmar Zakher, awarded prestigious UC Davis Ph.D. fellowship for the full story.


CSUSB art museum offers virtual tours and more with ‘RAFFMA @ Home’

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art remains closed temporarily but the museum staff is sharing its extraordinary collections and exhibits virtually with specially curated material dubbed RAFFMA @ Home.

During the venue's temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the RAFFMA @ Home page for links to original video and audio content, at-home crafts for children, a showcase of past and present exhibitions and virtual backgrounds to liven up Zoom meetings.

Carly Luna

Communication Studies sophomore named national semifinalist for Sports Scholar of the Year

Women's soccer student-athlete Carly Luna has been selected as one of 10 National Semifinalists for Sports Scholar of the Year by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

Luna is a sophomore goalkeeper from San Pedro majoring in communication with a 3.83 GPA.  On the field this past year she started in 16 matches as a goalkeeper and only allowed 1.68 goals per game.  She made 86 saves and posted three shutouts. In the classroom she is concentrating on media studies and minoring in film studies.

Visit Carly Luna Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Semifinalist for the full story.

Andre Adame

CSUSB alumnus accepted to UC Irvine doctoral program to study human/computer relationship

Andre Adame, who graduated from CSUSB in 2019 with his master’s in communication studies, has been accepted to the highly competitive doctoral program at University of California, Irvine’s School of Informatics — an opportunity that will be fully funded.
Adame will study video games in the Ph.D. program starting this September. More specifically, he will focus on the human/computer relationship that promotes engagement and how that can be applied to promoting greater opportunities for learning.

Visit CSUSB alumnus to study video games in prestigious doctoral program for the full story.

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CSUSB professors secure $1 million grant to develop adaptive learning technologies for chemistry students

Seeking to close the achievement gap for approximately 8,000 chemistry students annually, a team including three CSUSB professors recently was awarded a state grant of up to $1 million to develop culturally responsive, technology-enabled learning to address factors known to disproportionately impact historically marginalized groups.

One of only five 2020 Innovation Grants awarded by the California Education Learning Lab, the three-year project will use online, personalized learning technologies in a coordinated effort.

CSUSB professors Larry Mink and Andreas Beyersdorf of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with Prof. Mihaela Popescu of the Department of Communication Studies, representing Academic Technologies and Innovation, joined an intersegmental team comprised of UC Davis and Mendocino College faculty, as well as representatives from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges in securing the grant.

Visit Grant awarded to CSUSB team aims to bridge achievement gap in chemistry for complete details.


Screen capture from Addy Award-winning video about Windows 10

Coyote Radio & Advertising students, staff win multiple awards for outstanding creative work at regional advertising competition

Students and staff from the CSUSB Coyote Radio & Advertising and Office of Strategic Communication teams were honored with a total of 13 “Addy” awards from the Inland Empire chapter of the American Advertising Federation during its gala ceremony in Riverside.
As the advertising industry’s largest and most diverse competition, the American Advertising Awards (the Addys) receive more than 40,000 entries annually through local competitions. Local winners advance to one of 15 district competitions for the chance to move on to the national finals.  
The 2020 Inland Empire competition, held March 13 at Riverside’s Mission Inn, honored the work of professionals and students in more than 200 categories.

Visit CSUSB teams honored with 13 ‘Addy’ Awards for the complete list of CSUSB winners.

CSUSB Orchestra performing in Seoul

Documentary chronicles CSUSB Orchestra's concert at acclaimed performing arts venue in Seoul

Through the generosity of the Shin Il Cultural/Education Foundation and Dr. Se-Ung Lee, honorary chair of the foundation, the CSUSB Orchestra embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to South Korea, where they performed their first-ever international concert at the world-renowned Seoul Arts Center on Oct. 2, 2019.

Watch their extraordinary experiences unfold in the 28-minute documentary “Flight to Harmony,” which premiered on Sunday, March 1, during a special reception with the CSUSB Orchestra and their friends and families.

Visit Flight to Harmony: The CSUSB orchestra experiences performance of a lifetime for the full story.

Katherine Gray

Art & Design professor named to American Craft Council College of Fellows

In February, Katherine Gray, a professor with the Department of Art & Design, was named to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in recognition of “leadership in the field, outstanding ability as an artist or teacher and 25 years or more of professional achievement as an American craftsperson.”

Prof. Gray currently is featured as a judge on the Netflix glassblowing competition "Blown Away."

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