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Blackboard Ally – Kathy Fernandes, Leon McNaught-

Presentation to the Executive Committee from Kathy Fernandes and Leon McNaught about
Blackboard Ally. Blackboard Ally is an awareness tool that integrates seamlessly into the
Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and focuses on making digital course
content more accessible. Instructors are given a dashboard that provides insight into the
accessibility of their course materials. In addition, the Ally tool can automatically
generate alternate electronic formats of course materials, such as EPUB, plaintext, audio,
tagged PDF, HTML, and electronic braille.

Wireless Networks Policy Review-

VP Samuel Sudhakar presented the latest version of the Wireless Networks Policy the Executive
Committee with modifications made after the last Administrative Council meeting. There was a
suggestion to incorporate language about the Acceptable Use Policy providing the framework in
the last paragraph. The policy was approved by the Executive Committee with the recommended
amendment.

Network Security Management Recommendation-

Director Javier Torner presented housekeeping changes and updates to the CSUSB Network
Security Management Standard that has been in place since 2008. This standard was
developed and implemented to comply with the requirements of the CSU Information
Security Policies and Standard (ICSUIAM Sections 8050, 8055, 8060) on network
security management and change control. The only major change presented was the
scope. The change is to not only cover servers/machines on campus but also to include
the resources on cloud. The recommendation was approved by the Executive Committee.

Information Authorities and Custodians Recommendation-

Director Javier Torner presented housekeeping changes and updates to the CSUSB Information
Authorities and Custodians Standard that identifies those individuals who have the
responsibility for the protection of specific university records. This standard was adopted
and implemented to comply with the CSU Information Security Policies and Standard
(ICSUIAM Sections 8065, 8065.S001) on Information Asset Management. The major
changes are the updates in terms of changing roles in departments. The recommendation
was approved by the Executive Committee with one amendment from University
Advancement.

From October 16th – 19th, ITS hosted their annual “Tech – or – Treat”, a week of tech which showcased the various technology services available to the campus community.

Tuesday, October 16th, was the start of the weeklong event with a Tech Fair and Download party in the Library Wedge. Students walked through the Wedge visiting different booths to learn about what is available to them and download several different free software programs that are available to them.

The following day, October 17th, was for an ITS Tech Open House and Professional Development, which offered workshops for CSUSB Staff. These workshops contained training on cyber security, using Zoom, how to expand your opportunities by using LinkedIn, and how to store and access data through cloud services.

On Thursday, October 18th, ITS visited and hosted an open house at the Palm Desert Campus.

The final day of “Tech – or – Treat”, October 19th, showcased various information regarding Teaching and Learning with Technology, which included affordable learning solutions, using immersive technologies to learn, and a tour of the ATI Virtual Reality Lab.

All in all, “Tech – or – Treat” was a fantastic success, informing and helping CSUSB students, staff and faculty about the campus technology available to them and working to improve their experience at CSUSB. For more information, contact ITS Technology Support Center at their number, (909) 537-7677, their email, support@csusb.edu , or their office located in the Library Wedge at PL-1108.
 

Stacy Brooks has served in the California State University system for 18 years (five years at California State University, Los Angeles & 13 years at California State University, San Bernardino and counting!).

“I would take the metro from San Bernardino to Los Angeles which was a two hour commute in the morning and two hour commute in the evening. I took that job because my husband was a general contractor (at the time) and we had five children with no health benefits.”

When Stacy’s husband (Blake Brooks, Facilities Services – Building Maintenance) learned of her decision to leave CSULA, he actively searched for open positions within CSUSB which led to Stacy eventually being invited to meet with then Psychology Department Chair and Associate Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Joanna Worthley. During the meeting with Dr. Worthley, Stacy remembers feeling underqualified for the position.  

Dr. Worthely’s response?

“This is good - I think this is going to work.”

“Those words changed my life,” said Stacy, “and I was offered the position as an emergency hire. Dr. Worthley was the first true, female mentor I ever had, my world changed.” With conviction in her voice, Stacy proudly exclaimed that CSUSB changed her family’s life. Stacy believes that CSUSB is more than just an educational institution, but a pillar within the San Bernardino Community.

“The University provided our family with benefits,” remarked Stacey, “we began building our retirement and were given a rock-solid foundation that we did not have in the early years of our marriage.”

A highlight for Stacy has been the camaraderie between employees as demonstrated in their support and investment towards each other’s successes.

“Joanna [Dr. Worthley] invested in people and taught me that everyone who comes to the front door of our department is a real person with real lives outside of these halls. Everybody matters.” As an example of how CSUSB interacts with the San Bernardino community, Stacy is an advocate for the fight against cancer.

“The wife of Albert K. Karnig, President Emeritus, CSUSB, Marilyn Karnig, introduced me and asked me to represent CSUSB to the Inland Women Fighting Cancer Charity (IWFC) and I’ve been with them for 10 years”, said Stacy. The IWFC in collaboration with Stater Bros. Charities created the Believe Walk held in Redlands. The walk brings over 12,000 people to the streets in Redlands and every dollar raised stays in the Inland Empire to support medical centers and organizations dedicated to the care of men and women with cancer. CSUSB has remained a major sponsor for this event and has a strong team who participate each year, walking the streets showing off their coyote blue Team Believe shirts. 

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When asked how she would like to leave her paw print at the University, Stacy replied that her motto is to always believe the best in people and always give more than you take.

“I love that Cal State San Bernardino is not just a university of classrooms, we are a pillar in the community.' Not only does Stacy view CSUSB as a pillar in the San Bernardino community, but she has had the opportunity to witness and participate as the University became a beacon of light during a dark time in the local community. Spring 2017 was the year of the North Park Elementary School Shooting, “I was overly emotional watching the news that day,” Stacy commented, “I wrote a simple email asking for 500 teddy bears to give to the children who were at the school and ended up collecting over 8,000 as the teddy bear drive grew beyond CSUSB!'

Stacy mentioned that the response was overwhelming as their offices were flooded with teddy bears which ended up being donated to domestic violence shelters, the San Bernardino Police Department (SPBD), Loma Linda University Children’s Center and local community hospitals within the San Bernardino County.

“CSUSB’s response to this incident showed me that a simple act of kindness with many people involved can make a huge impact,” remarked Stacy, “And guess what? It started right here, it started at CSUSB. If you ask, this community always says yes.”

When asked how she is transforming lives at CSUSB, Stacy replied, “I like to believe that no matter who comes through that door, they feel significant, they should feel listened to, and they should feel served. I want the students to know that CSUSB is their home and that we care about their academic career. Our job is to help them graduate and make sure they are successful, that’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to serve the students.”

What are Stacy’s howlin’ words of encouragement for staff who desire to grow in their roles at CSUSB?

“Learn to do more and be willing to do all that you can here so that you have the ability to do more elsewhere. Be more than CSUSB in your office, be CSUSB in the community.”

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About Stacy 

Stacy is a wife, the mother of five (three of who work at CSUSB), and grandmother (her best role yet!) She is an advocate for breast cancer awareness and is an active member in the San Bernardino Community as well as CSUSB. Every year, for the past 18 years (and counting!), Stacy brings a team to the three-day 60 mile Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk (over 1,080 miles so far!). Stacy currently serves on CSUSB’s Staff Council, and has served on the University’s Employee Development Day 2018 Planning Committee. She enjoys hiking and hiked Mt. Whitney, half-dome, and dreams of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro one day.

Iwona-Maria Luczkiewicz Contreras, Administrative Analyst/Specialist (AA/S) for the department of Undergraduate Studies, will be celebrating 15 years of service at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2019.

Born and raised in Poland, Iwona attended CSUSB in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. After graduation, Iwona secured a position as a safety practitioner.

Iwona’s love for the university brought her back to the campus as a professional staff member. She served as an Administrative Support Assistant in the College of Extended Learning, promoted to AA/S in the John M. Pfau Library, and earlier last year, assumed the AA/S position in the Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Studies. Iwona also served as the first Director of Programs for Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI).

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As Iwona reflected on her career at CSUSB, she mentioned two key milestones, her experience as a student assistant and a hiring decision a former manager made.

During her undergraduate years, Iwona secured a position as a student assistant in the division of Student Affairs. “My love for CSUSB really began when I started working as a student assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs,” says Iwona. In addition to being a full-time student and student worker, Iwona was actively involved with several organizations on campus; sorority member of Alpha Phi, National Pan-Hellenic Council (PHC) officer, and member of ASI.

Reflecting on a former supervisor (Johnnie Ann Ralph) from the Pfau Library, Iwona felt her supervisor took a chance in hiring her. “My former supervisor at the time, saw something in me, took a big chance, and here I am,” says Iwona, “In this role, I learned how to voice what I was capable of learning and doing.”

Throughout the years, Iwona has learned the importance of building relationships and taking part in activities, programs and committees at CSUSB. “It’s all about relationships and the people you know,” says Iwona, “Take time to get away from your desk and be a part of committees and campus events. If you want to grow, learn and develop, being involved is the only way it’s going to happen.”

When asked what advice she would give to those who want to grow their career, Iwona emphasized the importance of embracing change. Additionally, the importance of allowing your creative ideas to shine and learning how to share ideas with your supervisor.

“Don’t be afraid of change, it will happen,” says Iwona, “Take it [change] with a grain of salt and learn [how] to see change as something positive. Figure out how you and your role can fit into the changes that are happening and learn what you can do to help.”

Iwona’s volunteerism extends to her local community. She was recently elected to a second term as Executive Vice President for the Redlands Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Iwona also serves as Treasurer for the Arroyo Verde Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and is a Girl Scout mom.

Community outreach has become a way of life for Iwona. Her drive and passion fuel her to make a difference in the community. “I’m not just representing myself when I serve the community,” says Iwona, “I am representing the University. The community has always been a part of the University and when both entities are connected, they flourish. CSUSB has given me so much that I want to give back.”

Out of all of her accomplishments, Iwona is most proud of her work with United Way’s Young Leadership Council (YLC). YLC consists of professionals from the surrounding community, including credit union(s), Kohl’s Corporation, Target Corporation, San Bernardino County, San Bernardino Police Department, and CSUSB. YLC was organized in May 2010 as part of Arrowhead United Way whose mission “is to be actively engaged in the community, inspire philanthropy and volunteerism by collaboratively partnering with the next generation of decision-makers in a unique blend of service, education, social and networking activities throughout the year.” YLC planned and strategized ways to increase community involvement to help the City of San Bernardino take part, give back and help each other. Iwona is one of seven founding members.

When asked how she would like to leave her paw print at the University, Iwona responded by saying she hopes to inspire others to mentor and help others. “I want people to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and [learn to operate] outside of their comfort zones. Helping students see what is possible is something that I would love to do and continue to do.”

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About Iwona

Iwona is a mother of two, a full-time employee at CSUSB, a PTA mom and leader as well as a community organizer who loves to scrapbook, plan events, craft and go on new adventures.

 

CIA Delegate Approval Process Update-

Presentation and update to the Executive Committee from Michelle Behne, Information Security and Emerging Technologies, on the progress of the CIA delegate process. Michelle shared the results of the follow-up survey sent to users in March to measure how the CIA request process had impacted Delegates. Major highlights included decreases in inaccuracy issues, inaccurate information from PeopleSoft, and MPP approval issues. She also briefly shared an overview of the upcoming version 3- MPP view page. 

Telecommunications Infrastructure at CSUSB-

Gerard Au provided information to the Executive Committee telecommunications infrastructure updates. He provided an overview of the cellular service on campus and provided details on the coverage enhancements for the four carriers currently on campus—Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Additionally, Gerard shared information about telecom services and enhancements, the VoIP upgrade and the telecom roadmap looking forward.

Cherwell Update-

Christopher Bradney, Technology Support Center, provided an overview of the Cherwell, the service management platform chosen for CSUSB through a collaborative process between ITS and the Colleges. Cherwell will first serve as the IT Service management tool with plans of expansion to become an enterprise service management platform. Christopher shared the timeline with the Executive Committee and announced the target launch date of August 1, 2018.

Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)- VP Sudhakar shared an overview about the GDPR that will come into effect on May 25, 2018 to strengthen security and privacy protection for individuals. Dr. Javier Torner will be invited to the next Executive Committee Meeting to present further details.

 

Cathie Weber began working at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2001 as a Conference Planner for the College of Extended Learning. In 2007, she left the University and then returned to CSUSB in May 2014.

“I’m the type of person that wants to continue to grow professionally and returning to CSUSB was great timing,” says Cathie, “It was nice to come back because I felt like I had never left.” As a native of San Bernardino, Cathie is actively involved in her community. Prior to coming to CSUSB, Cathie worked in the non-profit sector as a special events coordinator and marketer where she gained exposure to accounting. Some of Cathie’s community engagement roles have included working as the controller for San Bernardino’s Route 66 Rendezvous (car show) and volunteering as the director for the Miss San Bernardino Scholarship Pageant. 

“It was a rewarding experience to work with young women,” says Cathie, “You always hope that you were able to give them more confidence and make an impact in their lives. Some of the pageant winners attended CSUSB and served as an ambassador to the city for one year.”

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Cathie is most proud of her current involvement in the Soroptimist International of San Bernardino, a non-profit service organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through education, leadership development, and networking opportunities. Cathie has served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the San Bernardino Club.

When asked about what she has learned the most in her career journey at CSUSB, Cathie replied, “Working hard, being dedicated and loyal to your position is really important, have fun doing it! Take each opportunity or position to really learn as much as you can and take that to the next step, whatever that might be. Embrace everything and enjoy the journey. You don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. Understand that each position you have is really important. Don’t give up and see where it is going to take you.”

One way in which Cathie is helping to transform lives at CSUSB is through her acts of service. “I pride myself on really good customer service. I once had a boss that would say that I answered the phone with a smile, and I always thought that was the greatest compliment. It is very rewarding to help people resolve an issue by just being nice. It seems simple, but it’s important.” As one of three recipients of the Administration & Finance Division’s S.T.A.R. award, Cathie has demonstrated her desire to continue contributing her talents towards the University.

When asked what advice Cathie would give to those who are hoping to grow at the University, she replies, “Persevere. If you really want something, understand that it is totally attainable and you just have to work hard and not lose sight of that goal.”

So how would Cathie like to leave her paw print at CSUSB?

“I would like to be known as a friendly individual who went that extra mile and always did my best."

 

 

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About Cathie

Born and raised in San Bernardino, Cathie is married and has one son and three step-children. She enjoys going to the beach, running, spending time with her family (including her German shepherd mix, Gerda), volunteering in the community, and traveling.

Employee Spotlight – Cynthia Perez

 

Cynthia Perez works as an Administrative Support Coordinator for the department of Administrative Computing and Business Intelligence here at California State University, San Bernardino, where she first began working as a student assistant before transitioning to staff.

As an Administrative Support Coordinator, Perez works most closely as an assistant to the director of her department, ACBI, which looks to develop, support, and manage various campus enterprise software applications on a variety of hardware platforms.

Having worked for the department now for approximately 8 years, Perez prides herself most in the work she’s able to do to help support the CSUSB community.

“[I’m most] proud of my involvement in improving processes for the division and supporting our staff to promote student success,” Perez said in an email.

Of Mexican descent, Perez notes that she enjoys traveling back to the land from which her parents come from, Guadalajara and Zacatecas. On the other hand, Europe and Dubai represent places she would love to travel to at some point.

On her free time, Perez enjoys reading a good book, shopping at her favorite retailer, or eating her favorite food – Thai cuisine or dark chocolates.

Perez recognizes and appreciates everything that the university has been able to provide for her.

“CSUSB represents a place of growth and opportunity,” Perez said. “I will forever be grateful to this campus as it has provided me with an education and a career.”

Department Spotlight

Enterprise and Cloud Services department

By Erick Camacho

 

Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS) is a department of the ITS division and is the technology backbone of California State University, San Bernardino. ECS department specializes in supporting the integrity of California State University, San Bernardino online service systems, providing the foundation for both its physical and private cloud server infrastructure.

The department does this via the careful collocation of physical servers, which make up the university’s Campus Data Center, which is a fixed location on campus that provides physical and virtual server hosting, enterprise storage, backup services, network, and monitoring services. Currently, ECS supports over 450 virtual servers and over 100 physical servers from different departments across campus.

ECS team oversees and provide support to multiple enterprise applications that have a direct impact on faculty, staff and student success. Some of these applications include Office 365 and Google email systems administration to mention some.

Operations Systems Analyst, Gerardo Garcia-Sotelo, who helps lead the department with a combination of different people, said via email that ECS also helps to process scantron examination scores and SOTE student evaluation forms, the latter of which are used by department heads when holding annual reviews with university professors.

Garcia-Sotelo acknowledged that professors gain access to SOTE evaluations once the process is completed, which they can use to help improve upon their own teaching capabilities.

“The SOTE information can be productively used by the instructors to improve their quality of instruction on specific areas mentioned by students on the surveys,” Garcia-Sotelo said. “[If taken constructively], they can assist the instructor to be better on what he/she loves to do —teach and educate.”

In an effort to build toward a future that is efficient, robust, and transparent, however, Garcia-Sotelo explains that part of what the ECS department is now also in charge of includes restructuring and refortifying current online infrastructure, either via system retirement or through the improvement of its system functionality.

“We know we will need to be ready to support thousands, and perhaps millions of data collection and automation devices,” Garcia-Sotelo said. “This is causing us to rethink how our network is structured and how [our] services are modeled.”

Currently, the ECS department is working on integrating CSUSB into the high-speed research network known as the Pacific Research Platform, a project which intends to support, inspire, and motivate current CSUSB scientists and faculty researchers obtain and publish large data sets for scientific study or investigation.

Students, staff, and faculty can contact the Enterprise and Cloud Services Department via the Technology Support Center at support@csusb.edu, 24/7 via phone (909) 537-7677, or via walk-in in PL-022. 

As a Payroll Technician at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Jamie Tricinella says that her career path at the University has been a lesson in adaptability and personal resilience.

Celebrating her 3-year anniversary this month, Jamie began working at CSUSB in April 2015 for the department of Environmental Health & Safety, transitioned to the department of English as an Administrative Support Coordinator, and then made her way to Payroll Services as a Payroll Technician.

Prior to coming to CSUSB, Jamie worked in the private sector for 10 years where she gained exposure to Human Resources and Payroll Services. Her ability to navigate through CSUSB’s many departments upon entry into the University and ultimately make her way to the department of her expertise demonstrates her resiliency and ability to persevere.

“There is something rewarding in being able to work in different departments across campus which helps you see the bigger picture," says Jamie.

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Part of seeing this bigger picture is understanding how Jamie sees her role advancing the University’s vision of transforming lives.

“Optimism has a lot to do with how I want to contribute to CSUSB,” says Jamie, “I try to be a positive person and recognize those qualities in others. You build close working relationships with people where everyone wants to know how they can help you move toward your goals.'

Whether it is the quality of work produced or the friendships developed, Jamie hopes that the lasting impression she leaves is one of positivity.

Regarding future ambitions, Jamie is interested pursuing management.

“I’m kind of a driven personality where advancing to management would be the ultimate goal. It would be interesting to see how far I could go.”

When asked what advice she would give to those who are hoping to grow in their personal and professional goals, she says, “I seek out the people who are successful and that I respect on campus. I observe their behaviors and their strengths . . . I observe their failures and how they overcome challenges . . . and I try to incorporate these observations into what I can do to improve myself.'

Some of Jamie’s proudest accomplishments include managing the English department’s 40th Gala as an Administrative Support Coordinator in the English department and being one of three S.T.A.R. award recipients for the Administration & Finance Division’s 2018 spring quarter.

Jamie understands that the feelings of being recognized for what she is doing helps to drive her ambition and increases her confidence.

 “If we continue to build a culture of leading by example at CSUSB, there is no limit to the exponential improvement in quality of work, and more importantly, the quality of life we all can enjoy here."

 

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About Jamie

Jamie is a wife and mother of three who enjoys spending time with her family. She additionally enjoys cheering on her daughter at soccer games, listening to the latest audiobook, as well as expressing her creativity through photography.

Jeffrey Beal of Facilities Management-Custodial Services is just a few weeks shy of celebrating his two year work anniversary at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jeffrey moved to the Inland Empire and began searching for new employment after working in the automotive and food industries for 10 years.

“CSUSB stood out to me”, says Jeffrey, “I had two nieces that graduated from here, and I had been on campus before. I was looking for longevity and something stable and thought that working here might be a good opportunity.”

Jeffrey describes his time at CSUSB as an ongoing opportunity to learn, grow, and recognize his potential.

“I knew that I was intelligent, but I think I realized that I had potential when I arrived to CSUSB.”

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Working at CSUSB has allowed Jeffrey to realize that everyone is different when it comes to ability and potential, and it is these differences that make up the uniqueness of the campus community.

Jeffrey’s first impression of CSUSB began at CSUSB Onboarding (New Employee Orientation) where he learned about the University’s history, professional growth opportunities and additionally met Rowena Casis-Woidyla (or simply “Ro”) who was an HR Manager at the time.

“I learned to be more vocal. All the tools at CSUSB are for learning and development. You can go back to school, take [eLearning courses] through the MyCoyote Portal, or go to the Staff Development Center and have conversations about your talent and learning capabilities. I began to think to myself that I can do this”.

As someone who is always looking for the next opportunity to contribute his talents towards the campus community, Jeffrey remembers meeting with his director, Jennifer Sorenson, to discuss his professional development goals at CSUSB.

“I remember sitting down with my director and talking about where I wanted to see myself in five years. She listened, we compared notes and she told me to go for it.”

It was this encouragement that led Jeffrey to San Bernardino Valley College where he completed two semesters, earned his Automotive Technician certificate and is on his way towards completing a second certificate in Heavy/Medium Diesel Truck Technology.

When asked what advice Jeffrey would give to colleagues who are looking to grow in their careers, he says, “My advice would be to sit back and look at your surroundings at CSUSB. Look at where you’re at and ask yourself where you want to fit into all of this. Put a plan together to find out what you need to do to be a part of this and go from there. You have to look at your own personal skillset and what you can realistically do.”

Jeffrey is an active member of the CSUSB community and serves on the Staff Council, has served on the 2017 Employee Development Days Committee, helped his intramural flag football team win two championships, and helped to start a new intramural softball team for Facilities Management. 

Jeffrey’s proudest accomplishment at CSUSB is being one of three S.T.A.R. Award recipients for the Administration & Finance Division’s 2018 spring quarter where he was recognized for his unique contributions to the University.

What’s next for Jeffrey?

“Management would be my next step and then the sky is the limit.”

Jeffrey recognizes that his successes at CSUSB would not be possible without the help of those who have come alongside him to help him grow including, Rowena Casis-Woidyla (Staff Development Center), Jenny Sorenson (Facilities Planning & Management), David Wilson and Brandon Hernandez (Facilities Management – Custodial Services), the Facilities Management team, the Recreation and Wellness Center department, as well as other departments that he has collaborated with.

When asked about the type of legacy Jeffrey would like to leave with CSUSB, he replies, “I want to be known as someone who is not only a hard worker, but a team player. My son and two grandkids motivate me and I’m trying to create a blueprint for them to follow.”

About Jeffrey

Jeffrey is a proud father and grandfather who enjoys all things automotive, sports (specifically football), and spending time at the gym. When he’s not working, you can find him developing his automotive skills or spending time with his son and grandsons.

Personalized Teaching in a Chemistry Course Using Adaptive Learning:

Presentation by Dr. Larry Mink and Dr. Andreas Beyersdorf discussing the utilization of Adaptive Learning Techniques. They shared information about the objectives, implementation, assessment and future of their developed content for their Chemistry course. They shared information about their beta testing along with a short demo of the Smart Sparrow program, the platform used for the course.

Information Security Items:

Dr. Javier Torner shared the results from the Winter Phishing Exercise that took place in January. The data was presented to the Executive Committee. 89 users clicked the link and 135 opened the email only. Currently, the biggest vulnerability comes with mobile users, as 16 of those who clicked the link had out of date plug ins on their devices. There was discussion and feedback from Executive Committee but the overall conclusion is that as a campus we are improving.

Dr. Javier Torner also provided a brief overview of the Fresno State Incident discovered on January 12th where an external hard drive containing data about 15,000 individuals was stolen. Dr. Torner shared details about the impact of the incident and shared recommendations on how campus managers can prevent incidents such as these.

Sonia Miranda works as an Administrative Support Coordinator for the ITS Department here at California State University, San Bernardino, where she’s worked for the last 12 years in providing technological support for campus staff and personnel.

 

More specifically, Miranda is tasked with providing administrative support to the department of Telecommunications and Network Services, Enterprise and Cloud Services, and to the Office of the Vice President. She also serves as an assistant to the Associate Vice President of Technology Operations and Customer Support.

 

Miranda concedes that, what she’s most proud of in her line of field is being able to help promote student success.

 

“I am most proud of my involvement in improving processes for the division and supporting our staff to promote student success,” Miranda said.

 

Miranda acknowledges that the TNS and ECS departments at California State University, San Bernardino, are at the heart of what goes on at the university when it comes to what the technological infrastructure and operations look like.

 

Being able to work for such an integral part of a state university like CSUSB, has helped her further appreciate what it took for her to get here.

 

“I love traveling to El Salvador, traveling to my homeland brings me back to my roots,” Miranda said. “I find value in understanding where my family originated, it humbles me to visit this place and helps me appreciate where I am today.”

 

When she’s not traveling back to her homeland, or working in the office, she enjoys reading up on history and spending time with her boys.

 

An alumni of CSUSB herself, Miranda agrees, and appreciates, everything that the university has been able to provide for her.

 

“To me, CSUSB represents a place of growth and opportunity. I am grateful to this campus as it has provided me with an education and a career,” Miranda said. “I am grateful for all the wonderful people I would have otherwise not encountered.”

The ITS Training Department plays an integral role behind the scenes in making sure that day-to-day operations run smoothly at California State University, San Bernardino.

 

The department works to assist faculty and staff with getting acquainted with things like a procurement card, understanding how to gain access to their email, or simply to inform them of the available technological resources at their disposal.

 

Administrative Analyst and adjunct faculty professor Doris Selva, who works for the ITS Department, conceded that the department also collaborates with the Information Security Office, where they work to ensure “that employees have met the training requirements to gain access to the different modules or databases that are supported under IT,” Selva said. “We are one of the leaders in providing the information security training that is required by all employees for the protection of information.”

 

When the ITS Department isn’t working to assist faculty and staff get acclaimed with CSUSB’s campus services, they are helping students settle into new work study positions.

 

“In order for a staff member to hire a work study student, they must go through training, and also, the student who is being hired under the work study grant, they are required to follow the protocol and go through an on-demand training,” Selva said.

 

Likewise, the department offers a variety of training services that teaches employed students the basics of accessing data as it relates to their on-campus employment, securing data on the job, or learning how to react in situations involving violence, a training course provided by the San Bernardino Police Department

 

Recently, the department launched the Accessibility Initiative program, a program that intends to raise awareness of the fluidity that permeates among popular services today. They hope to educate and promote its importance to others who follow the initiative.

 

Students, staff and faculty can contact the ITS Training Department at ITSTrainingServices@csusb.edu, 24/7 via phone (909) 537-7425, or via walk-in in PL-1104.

Carolina Van Zee, Annual Fund Director

Carolina Van Zee began her career at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) as a freshmen student caller in 2004. With over 15 years of experience working in Development, Carolina moved through the ranks as a student caller, floor lead, floor supervisor, and manager. On January 25, 2018, Carolina was promoted to Director of the Annual Fund.

“Each year I advanced in my profession until graduation in 2006. I was offered a full-time position and finished graduate school in 2008 and was manager there [until my recent promotion].”

When asked about her immediate work priorities, Carolina stated, “Even though I’ve been with the program for 15 years, including my time as a student caller, I’ve seen where we’ve been as a program and where we want to go. Having that perspective excites me in this new role!”

According to Carolina, it’s important that CSUSB begins to develop relationships early on and actively work to get people on board.

“As a director, I now have the opportunity to help more people. [My goal] is to try and to set the foundation for long-term fundraising. The foundation is to create that culture early on.”

Carolina is proud of the Student Giving Campaign, a new program she started for the Annual Fund. “We’ve always called alumni and parents,” says Carolina, “but one of my goals for a long time was to get the student population on board with giving. I really believe we need to develop a culture of philanthropy among the students at CSUSB.” It is this culture of philanthropy that Carolina says was not taught to her as a student.

“It’s not that [the students] don’t want to give, it’s just not taught to them. Now, as an institution we need to educate our students to have a philanthropic focus because it makes a difference for the institution.”

Creating this philanthropic culture is not just about the money, according to Carolina, but it can be a contribution of time and talents.

“[A culture of philanthropy] fosters a sense of pride and helps with making a difference. This culture can go beyond the university. We are human beings, we need to be able to do that.”

As a student caller in the call center, Carolina enjoyed speaking with several alumni and parents over the phone and learning about the different perspectives each call revealed about the university. Some conversations involved positive reminiscing of previous years as a student at CSUSB, other calls included negative perceptions of the university.

“I wanted to somehow change the negative aspect of the alumni”, says Carolina, “[I wanted] to showcase that not everyone has a bad experience at CSUSB.”

When asked if working in Development at CSUSB was the career path Carolina envisioned for her life, she stated, “I did not! I know I do a great job and I like what I do. I know that I am making a difference.”

Carolina earned her Master of Science in Child Life from the University of La Verne where she saw herself working with children in a hospital setting.

“The recession hit and I ended up staying at CSUSB in my current job. I wanted to work in a hospital with kids, but that’s not where my path led. I like my job and it’s very gratifying knowing that I am helping develop a strong work ethic in these young students. Having that moment surpasses me wanting to follow my career path in a hospital setting.”

For Carolina, her main focus is the student workers in her office and helping them develop professionally so that they are prepared for future careers after graduating from CSUSB.

“I always push my students to learn more and set goals. At the end of the day, I want to make sure that [we] are molding these students to be the best that they can be.”

When asked what advice Carolina would give to those who are looking to advance in their current positions, she says, “If you want to advance, you have to be proactive and seek out ways to develop and improve yourself. For example, any free webinar I could find, I would watch on my lunch break. When it comes to professional development, you have to do it for yourself, you have to be your own advocate.”

At the end of the day, Carolina would like to leave her “paw print” with the students of CSUSB:

“I’m leaving it with the students. I don’t really need to leave a legacy, but to me leaving [a legacy] with the students means more to me than my name on a wall. We are here for the students, we work for the students, and it’s all about the students.”

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About Carolina Van Zee:

Carolina is a wife and mother who’s proudest moment was “becoming a mom”. She enjoys spending time her with family, perusing Pinterest, and making fun, crafty items for her student assistants. Additionally, Carolina loves her job at CSUSB and considers herself lucky enough to work in such an environment.

Written and edited by Marissa Boles

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Ginny Stewart-Hattar has called California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) her professional and educational home base for the past eighteen years. Her educational journey at CSUSB began in 1999 as a transfer student where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, it continued with her pursuit of her Master of Public Administration in 2011, and concluded successfully in defending her dissertation in 2016, as the final step where she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Stewart-Hattar’s dissertation, Transfer Student Experiences at a Four-Year University, explored how transfer students engaged in service learning and/or internship opportunities at a four-year public Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Her hope is to open the doors to more resources and opportunities for transfer students at public institutions.

Currently, Dr. Stewart-Hattar is the Interim Director of Special Events and Guest Services, a department she began working in full-time after completing her Bachelor of Science at CSUSB in 2002.

“Through working in Special Events not only have I gained professional skills, but those skills have also helped me mature both personally and as an educator”, says Dr. Stewart-Hattar. It was those very skills that Dr. Stewart-Hattar claims allowed her to advance through different positions within Special Events, including her current role of interim director.

“[During my time at CSUSB] I began to realize that I enjoyed leading my peers and students. Being able to teach skills that I have learned, and used to propel myself to where I am today, provides a sense of achievement that is like no other”, says Dr. Stewart-Hattar.

When asked about her future goals, she replied, “Throughout my professional journey at CSUSB, my ultimate goal has always been to serve the students in the best way that I can.”

By earning her terminal degree, Dr. Stewart-Hattar believes she is one step closer to achieving that goal.

When asked what her greatest achievement is at CSUSB, she says, “It’s being able to watch students grow and knowing that I’ve made an impact on their lives, even as a small as it might be”.

One of Dr. Stewart-Hattar’s favorite quotes is a Chinese Proverb, “When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people”. It is clear that Dr. Stewart-Hattar has demonstrated and continues to exemplify the practice of serving others in training and education.

Advice that Dr. Stewart-Hattar would leave for those considering pursuing their terminal degree is to do it sooner rather than later, “There is nothing that can replace the experience, from the lessons you learn, to the amazing people that you meet and get to work with.  While it might be a struggle balancing work, life and school the outcome is definitely work the hard work and dedication.”

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About Dr. Stewart-Hattar:

Dr. Ginny Stewart-Hattar was born and raised in San Bernardino County and is a long-time Coyote of 18 years. She enjoys crafting, going to concerts, and catching the latest movie at the cinema.

Written and edited by Crystal Wymer-Lucero and Marissa Boles

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Rodrigo began his higher education journey at College of the Desert (COD), a community college located in Palm Desert, California. Rodrigo was in his second year at COD and shared he “was not on track to transfer on time.” 

During this time, Rodrigo learned from his English professor about the staggering statistics regarding graduation rates of students in community colleges. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 15 percent of community college students graduate in two years.

Rodrigo was adamant about “not being a part of that statistic” and took his “professor’s comments to heart.” Applying a new sense of focus and intention, Rodrigo had his eye on graduating. Although it took five years to transfer from COD to Cal State San Bernardino, Rodrigo learned the importance of taking ownership of his education, career, and life goals. “You can always tell someone [what do to], but it’s going to be up to that person to take the initiative to change.”

At California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Rodrigo completed his undergraduate degree in business and public administration. He continued his educational journey with pursuit of a master’s degree; Rodrigo completed his Master’s in Public Administration in 2017.

Taking ownership of his education and career led Rodrigo to CSUSB’s Human Resources Department where he first began working as a Administrative Support Assistant and now serves as the Student Employment Analyst for the Office of Student Employment.

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Understanding how life and career readiness influences student success allowed Rodrigo to serve the student employee population at CSUSB with coyote pride. “I was able to begin my career as a working professional at CSUSB,” said Rodrigo. And now, Rodrigo is proud to be able to witness and play a role in the growth and development of student employees at the University.

When asked how the Office of Student Employment relates to student success, Rodrigo replied that several opportunities present themselves in different ways. “I see the Office of Student Employment providing resources [to students] and allowing [the students] to grow as professionals and individuals,” said Rodrigo.

One of Rodrigo’s proudest accomplishments, in collaboration with a team of committee members from the campus community, was the inauguration of CSUSB’s Student Employment Appreciation Day, held in April 2018.
“Our student employees are an important part of the CSUSB community. It’s not easy working while also obtaining a degree and so to be able to provide this program for them was great”, commented Rodrigo.

This program was the first in CSUSB’s history and took place during National Student Employment Appreciation (NSEA) Week. This is a week where colleges and universities around the country recognize and celebrate the importance of student employees. Supervisors throughout campus had an opportunity to nominate student employees for the coveted Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award. From the number of nominations collected, there were eight finalists selected and recognized.

Each finalist received a gift basket from the Coyote Bookstore, $100 in Coyote Cash, personalized plaque, and a photo opportunity with President Morales and their division Vice President. After the NSEA week, participants completed a survey; the feedback consensus was overwhelmingly positive.

The Student Employment Office reports into the Human Resources department and within the Administration & Finance Division. Much to Rodrigo’s surprise, this inaugural event received a divisional award presented to Rodrigo this past summer. “I was surprised we received the award because we were really doing this for the student employees on campus”, said Rodrigo.

Rodrigo contributes his successes in his role to the team of individuals in the Office of Student Employment as well as the many relationships he’s developed with colleagues on this campus.

“Get involved”, encouraged Rodrigo, “Attend department events and collaborate with others on campus. Collegiality matters and goals are best met when people are collaborative.”

When asked what Rodrigo has learned about himself as a student, student assistant and employee at CSUSB, he replied, “You’re always going to be faced with setbacks so the question is not why things happen to you, but how you respond. Learn how to make the best of these situations, they’re only temporary and they give you the opportunity to move forward.”

An inspiring message for all students, staff, and faculty.
 

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About Rodrigo:

Rodrigo is a proud alumni of CSUSB and recent graduate of the MPA program at the University. Some of Rodrigo’s hobbies includes sports, specifically watching (and playing!) basketball, and finding new cultural cuisines to satisfy his palate. Rodrigo would like to thank those who have worked alongside him during his time at CSUSB including Rebecca Christopher, Joseph Ornelas, Anelsy Pimentel, Anastasia Power, Halee Bushman, Tiffany Melendez, and Serena Aguirre. A special “thank you” goes to the Public Administration program (graduate and undergraduate) including Dr. David Baker and Professor Alexandru Roman. Last, but definitely not least, Rodrigo is especially thankful for his parent’s support.
 

Throughout the year, Web Services works hard to ensure the best experience for the CSUSB community through our campus website.

Currently, the Web Services team, including 5 interns, are working to convert all old CSUSB sites to the Drupal application. Information transferred or applied include but are not limited to; FAQs, meeting minutes for the department, employee spotlights and much more. Web Services is close to having all old sites converted into Drupal. At the moment, they have converted 192 sites out of 250. The team hopes to have them all completed by the Summer of 2018.

Recently, they have inputted the CSUSB “news feed” into the RSS feed which allows the information to be transferred to “Alexa,” the new Amazon gadget.  Ask Alexa, “what is new on the CSUSB campus” and she’ll respond with an answer. For an example check out the ITS Support Instagram account at “CSUSBSupport.”

In the future, Web Services would like to work closely with the campus Police Department. They plan to create a form on Drupal which will allow notifications to be sent to the CSUSB community automatically.

New MyCoyote/Mobile App Demo - ITS showcased a preview of the new upcoming MyCoyote portal. Anthony De La Loza stated that the ITS Strategic Priorities call for a Mobile First Strategy. He shared the old and new versions of the portal and shared information regarding the approach towards the strategy. Additionally, he demonstrated to the Executive Committee a few screenshots with the new tile layout using Modolabs and the view with Greyheller which are a lot more mobile friendly than our current portal. Anthony shared a brief demo and the next step emphasizing that the enhancements will be coming in phases. David Vasilia also shared with the Executive Committee the Chat BOT application that will be integrated with the portal.

 

Fall Phishing Exercise Report - Director Javier Torner provided an overview of the results from the fall phishing exercise. 2203 faculty and staff were sent the phishing exercises. There were 49 reports to abuse@csusb.edu, 86 users clicked the link, 353 opened the email only. The report was distributed to the Executive Committee. Overall awareness seems to be improving as the reporting of suspicious emails has increased since last year. There will be another phishing exercise taking place in January 2018.

 

CMS Data Center Transformation - VP Sudhakar announced that the Utah CMS Data Center will be moving to Silicon Valley, providing campuses with the needed bandwidth that has been lacking. PeopleSoft will be unavailable from Midnight on February 2nd, 2018 through Noon on February 4th, 2018. Notices are already posted on the MyCoyote portal.

 

Throughout the year, Web Services works hard to ensure the best experience for the CSUSB community through our campus website.

Currently, the Web Services team, including 5 interns, are working to convert all old CSUSB sites to the Drupal application. Information transferred or applied include but are not limited to; FAQs, meeting minutes for the department, employee spotlights and much more. Web Services is close to having all old sites converted into Drupal. At the moment, they have converted 174 sites out of 238. The team hopes to have them all completed by the Summer of 2018.

Recently, they have inputted the CSUSB “news feed” into the RSS feed which allows the information to be transferred to “Alexa,” the new Amazon gadget.  Ask Alexa, “what is new on the CSUSB campus” and she’ll respond with an answer. For an example check out the ITS Support Instagram account at “CSUSBSupport.”

In the future, Web Services would like to work closely with the campus Police Department. They plan to create a form on Drupal which will allow notifications to be sent to the CSUSB community automatically.

ITS Strategic Priorities 2017-18

VP Sudhakar presented and provided a brief overview of the divisional strategic priorities to the Executive Committee—

•      Work with the Campus Community to Foster and Support the implementation of the University Strategic Plan, Quarter to Semester (Q2S) Conversion, and the Graduation Initiative 2025

•      Implement the Year Two objectives of the ITS Strategic Plan

•      Partner with the Pacific Research Platform to expand our support to faculty led research

•      Mature the University Analytics Initiative to provide actionable insights for the Campus Community

•      Fully develop and communicate the Student Success Ecosystem

•      Establish a team within ITS to work with the Campus Community on process automation projects

•      Foster and Support the Growth and Expansion of quality Hybrid and Online Courses and Programs and the Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative

•      Formulate a Five-Year Roadmap for Cloud Migration

•      Establish Tech Zones at the SMSU and other parts of the Campus

•      Continue to work on the People First initiative at ITS

 

MFA for CFS Recommendation

ITS is recommending to implement a Two-Step Authentication process to campus users with access to CFS before it becomes a requirement, and prevent any possible interruption on their access to CFS. Dr. Javier Torner provided background and rationale along with a timeline describing the recommended three phases for implementation—

·         Phase I: Identification of all campus users who have access to CFS

·         Phase II: Provide training and support on the use of the campus two-step authentication. Send email communication to CFS users providing information about two-step authentication

·         Phase III: Enforcing two-step authentication for identified user. Activate two-step authentication for CFS users

 

The Executive Committee voted to approve this recommendation and move forward.

 

Policy Review

Wireless Networks Policy- The policy was presented with proposed minor changes. The Executive Committee voted to move forward with taking the policy to the Administrative Council with some housekeeping changes.

ATI Advisory Audit

·         VP Sudhakar provided a brief overview of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) efforts on campus. He has invited the Chancellor’s Office auditors to perform an advisory audit in January-February 2018 to provide us a baseline on where we stand in terms of accessibility. More details will be announced in the near future.

Muriel Vita is a Finance Project Manager and Student Finance Lead here at California State University, San Bernardino. In this role, Vita provides support for the Common Financial System (CFS). However, more specifically she focuses on, the finance, administrational, and student financial systems of the Campus Solution application.

 

Vita acknowledges that some of the most rewarding work that she’s enjoyed with the university has coincided with converting the anterior legacy systems that powered CSUSB communications in the past, to the now current PeopleSoft systems, and the converging upgrades that have come along with it. It is through this work that she has received a great sense of appreciation. “It has always been a pleasure to assist and train our staff with all the new PeopleSoft functionalities in order to improve efficiency and maintain the integrity of the campus financial and student financial data,” Vita said.

 

Indeed, Vita acknowledges that the level of importance that her team represents for the university is critical. “As part of the ITS Division, the ACBI department is very critical to the campus because part of its responsibility is to enhance the use of technologies in training, learning, accessibility, communications, and administration in the support of all system applications,” Vita said.

 

Vita’s hobbies coincide with a large range of networked hobbies and interests that have truly given her an opportunity to commemorate in some of the more prominent things in life. Some of these hobbies which include traveling the world to distant holy places, playing the piano, or eating a variety of spicy foods, of which she concedes even includes others in different countries. “I do love spicy food,” Vita said.

 

Having attended UCLA for her first and second year, and eventually graduating from Cal State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, it is true that Vita has called many places home throughout her lifetime. It is none other than Cal State, San Bernardino, however, where she has found a community of which she has grown to love, in a timeless 19 years of service which has provided for her a foundational second home, of which she agrees. “I have been blessed to find good lasting friends here,” Vita said. “[I am also blessed] more than others to have such supporting bosses in my 19 years working for this university.” 

Presentation – Dr. Mike Berman, Chief Innovation Officer, CSU Office of the Chancellor.

The IT Governance Executive Committee was introduced to the new Chief Innovation Officer at the Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Michael Berman. The areas of focus for the Innovation Office at the CO are:

  • Student Systems – Currently there is a nationwide trend on how to make systems more agile through PeopleSoft. Mike hopes to launch a product in about 6 months to start trying a new interface.
  • Cloud Computing – Costs are going down, there are financial changes, staffing changes and demand changes. We now have better systems and spend less money.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality – A summit will take place next week which will have CSUSB’s Mihaela Popescu presenting. It will showcase what campuses in the CSU are doing with this technology.
  • Collaboration at a Distance – Zoom and other tools are used for collaboration at a distance.

College Scheduler Presentation – Amy Braceros

A brief demonstration of the step-by-step process was shown for the College Scheduler program.

Policy Review

The following policies were brought to the committee for validation and to review proposed changes.

  • Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Communications – The Committee validated the policy with some housekeeping changes.
  • Printing Policy – The Committee validated the policy with some housekeeping changes.
  • Mobile Device Policy – The policy was presented with proposed minor changes. The Executive Committee voted to move forward with taking the policy to the Administrative Council.
  • Campus Email Structure and Communication Policy – The proposed changes were discussed and a few minor changes will be made before moving to Administrative Council in November

All four policies will be taken to the Administrative Council Meeting on November 1st.

Chad Cordero is an IT Consultant in the department of Enterprise and Cloud Services (ESC). ECS is responsible for system administration and the maintenance of hardware, software, and cloud environment supporting the campus enterprise systems.

Alongside of the Office 365 team, Chad helps manage the employee email system on Office 365 as well as the student email system on Google and several other systems.

Chad works closely with the Pfau Library in order to help manage their servers. Chad has always enjoyed working with all aspects of computers, whether it is configuring systems or programming something new.

ITS is important to our campus in many ways. “We live in an age where technology touches almost every aspect of our lives and the campus community relies on that technology to be up and working 24/7,” said Chad.

During his time off, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as traveling around the globe. Chad loves a good Cuban or Puerto Rican dish. You might also catch Chad putting on his fins for a scuba dive. He enjoys sitting back and watching sci-fi and superhero movies.

Chad graduated from CSUSB with a degree in Computer Systems, Systems Administration option. As an undergrad, he worked for ITS as a student assistant. Back in 1999 he was hired as a staff member and has been working with ITS since then. The campus was always a friendly place for him with the support of faculty and staff. Now as a staff member he enjoys working with those who helped him during his time as student.

On September 27, 2017, the grand opening of the new 24/7 Study Area took place. The “Cave” is a result of the efforts of the ITS Division and the ASI Leadership Team. This new space will provide students with a comfortable and safe place to study – no matter what the hour.

The CAVE | The only 24/7 study space on campus!

Location:  First floor of the Wedge (Pfau Library Addition)
Hours:  24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Resources available:

  • Over 50 seats and collaboration station
  • 70 Windows workstations
  • 12 Macintosh stations
  • Wireless charging spots and charging lockers
  • Printing
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee & Tea machine, snack machines & water hydration station
  • In-person technical support from 6:00am – midnight, Mon – Fri and 7:00am – 7:00pm, Sat – Sun

Note:  Coyote OneCard is needed to access The CAVE between midnight – 6am (Mon-Fri) and 7am – 7pm (Sat-Sun).

CIA Request Recommendation Presentation

In order to address challenges with the current CIA process, ITS presented a recommendation to move to a delegated submission process where a select group creates CIA Requests and become the point of contact for those requests.  The new proposed delegated CIA request process was demonstrated, including statistics, benefits and the next steps and the Executive Committee provided feedback. This process will also be presented at a future Administrative Council meeting.

u-Direct Demonstration

Representatives from the office of Registrar demonstrated the u-Direct tool (Coyote Plan Builder) to the Executive Committee, highlighting the different key aspects and functions. The tool is currently being piloted in the College of Business and Public Administration.

Concur Q& A with Cindy Levin

Cindy Levin attended the meeting to address concerns shared at the previous meeting about the Concur system. The discussion covered expiration times for requests and notifications. Different scenarios were discussed and the Executive Committee recommended increasing the expiration time to fourteen days.

Campus-wide Phishing Exercise and Training- Phase II Recommendation

ITS shared the phishing exercise and training report from the 100 individual pilot group. Results included 45 individuals opening the email and 13 individuals opening the attachment. The report included a screenshot of what the lesson for the program looked like. Based on the results and the discussion, the Executive Committee approved the recommendation to move forward with an exercise campus-wide. It will take place before the end of the quarter.

Candace Johnson is an Assistant Budget Analyst in the ITS Budget Office within the office of the Vice President. The ITS Budget Office centrally manages the financial services, human resources services and procurement services at a divisional level.

As an Assistant Budget Analyst, Candace assists with the management of the ITS operating budget. She evaluates the impact of changes in the budget levels and expenses to take necessary actions to assure the division is within budget. This process involves tracking and reconciling all ITS division accounts. Candace tracks all financial transactions in the division, creates expense reports, enters purchase requisitions in PeopleSoft and prepares various financial forms.

The ITS division is important to the campus since they provide technology services and support to the whole campus.  However, the ITS Budget Office is significant to the division because they make all the necessary technology purchases needed to enable their division to provide world class customer service and support.

Candace is most proud of working on the Vital and Expanded Technologies Initiative (VETI) Grants. These grants are used to purchase new and cutting edge technology related items that students could use to enhance their learning experience. She is responsible for placing orders and tracking the expenses. Candace has purchased an X-Ray machine, 3D Printers, Neurological Kits and Software.

The most rewarding part about working on this project is she gets to attend the “Open Houses and/or Grand Openings” related to the grants to see how the items to see how they are being used. Some examples of the VETI Grant related projects are the Teaching Resource Center, the Library’s Innovation Lab and the Veteran’s Success Center. Another aspect that is rewarding to Candace is the ability to work closely with different faculty and staff from the various departments and colleges across campus.

On a personal note, Candace’s favorite television show is Grey’s Anatomy which she has been watching for the past 13 years. As for her favorite food, she would have to say shrimp, crab legs, sushi and, of course, dessert.

Candace hopes her next trip will be to the Bahamas or Jamaica. During her downtime she can be seen spending time with her family. They are always out at basketball events, school events or family events. However, if no events are scheduled, she is at home with her family watching movies in their pajamas.  

She attended CSUSB for five years where she received her Bachelors in Criminal Justice in 2002 and Masters in Criminal Justice in 2007. Candace has worked for CSUSB for 15 years.

For Candace, CSUSB means “a place of growth for me. I learned and excelled here. I received both my degrees from this campus. I have reached several milestones in my professional career here. I started as a student assistant and then moved on to become an Administrative Assistant, and Administrative Coordinator, and currently a Budget Analyst. The personal relationships that I have developed here has helped me grow on a personal level. So, I would say that CSUSB is a great place to plant a seed!”

Go to myCoyote

Seamless navigation and a visually relevant user interface remain the primary goals for Administrative Computing and Business Intelligence.  ACBI is constantly maintaining and improving the myCoyote portal needed to browse through essential applications and programs as CSUSB students, faculty, and staff.
 

What’s new in MyCoyote?

The most recent additions to the MyCoyote Portal are Zoom, Yammer, and Qualtrics. Some of us may have already had experience with these programs, yet in regards to user interface accessibility they remain the most recent. Placing these icons in front of users where they have easy access has lead to greater utilization outside of the classroom.  The increased use of these applications has given students the tools needed to expand upon their academics, along with faculty to experiment with new ways to teach their courses.

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What’s new in MyCoyote?

The most recent additions to the MyCoyote Portal are Zoom and Qualtrics. Some of us may have already had experience with these programs, yet in regards to user interface accessibility they remain the most recent. Placing these icons in front of users where they have easy access has lead to greater utilization outside of the classroom.  The increased use of these applications has given students the tools needed to expand upon their academics, along with faculty to experiment with new ways to teach their courses.

What’s on the horizon?

A discussion is taking place regarding the visual aspects of the current portal and ways to improve upon its navigational tabs. The concept of having a dashboard layout remains in consideration, allowing a change to the links and information that is currently portrayed. Such an idea can be suited for both students and faculty, providing an instant snapshot of data in the means of, enrollment, finances, holds, registration dates, current appointments, wait-list, and more.

Important Notes

With the inevitable changes that are underway with tuition, scheduling, semester conversion, and more, ACBI reminds us all to make sure we update our personal contact information through the MyCoyote Portal.

Blackboard inactive course duration on production server recommendation

As the result of Blackboard becoming more and more impacted by large amounts of data being stored, the need to keep the system agile and efficient was under discussion. After meeting with the ATDL committee, ITS has decided to recommend that only courses from the previous two complete academic years would be retained from the Blackboard production environment. Details of the recommendation were discussed within the Executive Committee in regards to the length of time the archives would be maintained as well as the process to be established to help faculty request archives. In conclusion, the recommendation was approved by unanimous decision, following a clear protocol for faculty to request archives.

Campus wide Phishing exercise and training update

In continuation from last month’s discussion, the CSUSB phishing exercise recommendation was once again brought up for discussion. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed the program and found it didn’t need approval as it was Not Human Subjects Research (NHSR). In response to the delivery of the program to users, the Executive Committee approved of the exercise. However, this approval was met in compliance of informing the various leadership committees throughout CSUSB about the program. The Phishing exercise is due to move forward with a pilot program of 100 faculty and staff across campus to share their results with the Executive Committee, eventually leading to proceed with the entire campus.

For Faculty & Staff

To install Office 365, log into the CSUSB OWA wesbite using your CoyoteID@csusb.edu.

For Students

To install Office 365, log into the Office 365 Portal. Type in your CoyoteID number using your CoyoteID@csusb.edu login.

You will now be at the Office 365 Page. Please click on the Gear icon and select “Settings”

 

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From the Settings area, select “Office 365”

 

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Select “Software”

 

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Press “Install”

 

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By offering technical support and new advancements, ATI Classroom Technologies stands to enhance the quality CSUSB student’s experience within the classroom. More commonly seen with the upkeep and maintenance of the classroom’s projection systems, ATI-CT expands their knowledge by being able to work with various operating systems and equipment that’s both new and old. Currently, over 200 classrooms are serviced within CSUSB utilizing a vast set of technology from VCR’s to Overhead Projectors and ultimately to High Definition projection.

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Video Switches

As seen in many of the colleges in CSUSB, the move to HD projection is growing more standardized with the inclusion of new video switches. No longer is tedious hardwiring needed to switch between projected devices and all can now be done within one control panel. The control panels themselves have been built to ensure easy operation for any faculty member that might be unfamiliar to this new technology. These new switches also have the benefit of being run with new cabling. CAT5/CAT6 cables now run through the new video switches, essentially improving the devices range and image quality.

Goals

Currently, the goal for ATI-CL is to upgrade older classrooms in the move from analog to digital technology. Along with the campus-wide upgrade, the idea of creating a universal workplace would be beneficial to not only future faculty but students as well. What this involves is creating a standardization of classroom devices which would work with student’s portable technology in a seamless fashion. Currently, Microsoft office and Apple remain the norms for academic software yet conflicts arise when attempting to incorporating these together. Eventually, ATI-CL hopes to be able to elaborate on alternative methods to make student and campus technology universal and seamless to operate. Whether this is seen with new academic software or projection devices or monitors, the fact remains the notion to make campus technology the same for all will only benefit all.

Along with the new video switches, ATI Classroom Technologies has improved upon classes with:

  • Brighter Projectors, higher lumens and less glare.
  • New document cameras.
  • Portable scanners and projectors.
  • Classroom customization – Apple TV.

ATI Classroom Technologies Technical Support is always there for you!

Monday – Thursday  8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Located in PL046

Access Control Standard Recommendation

ITS has recommended the implementing the use of multi-factor authentication for administrative users. This will be used as an extra security measure for those who have access to critical systems and sensitive data. After much discussion, the Executive Committee ruled in favor of the recommendation and approved of it unanimously.

Campus wide Phishing exercise and training

The Executive Committee discussed the advantages and disadvantages of initiating the campus wide training exercise in the awareness of online phishing attacks. After much discussion the program was accepted. However, further progress will continue after the pending review and approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Provided by The Chancellor’s Office, the phishing program PhishMe will be utilized to further educate students and faculty on the rise in phishing attacks. This initiative has been brought in response to the increased sophistication of phishing attacks and the high susceptibility of users falling victim to these links.

Standardization of Student Email Addresses

The current student email format was under discussion in how it remains non user-friendly and how faculty members are often not able to tell which student a specific email belongs to. It has been recommended to standardize the student email addresses after July 1st to the new format of firstname.lastname0000@coyote.csusb.edu. The “0000” will consist of the last 4 of the student’s CoyoteID. The consensus was approved by the Executive Committee yet the format was changed to lastname.firstname0000@coyote.csusb.edu.

Dung Vu is a Programmer Analyst in the Enterprise and Cloud Services (ECS) department in ITS. ECS is the central resource for server support for CSUSB providing efficient and effective utilization of resources throughout the IT division. They’re responsible for the system administration and maintenance of the hardware and software supporting the campus central servers and system maintenance. ECS provides services in software installation, configuration, maintenance, file backup and recovery and report processing.

As a Programmer Analyst, Dung is responsible for system and database administration. He is part of the Onbase team taking care of Onbase, a centralized Enterprise Content Management (ECM) that securely archives documents in electronic forms for the whole campus making them available anytime and anywhere. Onbase provides workflow automation and procedures can be web-based, paperless, and complete in a timely manner since the process can be automatically coordinated and monitored.

One of the features that makes Onbase at CSUSB unique is that it’s securely open to Internet users, who can submit and approve workflow forms virtually from anytime and anywhere. Its security goes beyond Onbase in that it just relies on regular authentication-authorization. The Onbase team has modified its architecture to allow Internet users to safely access the Onbase, while authorized personnel can securely access sensitive documents.

Dung is proud of administrating the System and Databases of the centralized Event Management that integrates Events and Academic scheduling with no-less security requirements. Onbase System, is growing fast as more departments are requesting to have their documents go electronic, and more workflow processes have been developed.

Dung has been working for CSUSB for over twelve years after graduating with M.S. degree in Computer Science from the California State University San Bernardino in 2004. During his study in the M.S. program, he worked as a Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, and actively participated in research and software development. He has developed Graduate Student Database Management System in MS Access, and then transformed it into a web-based system. This system has been further developed by other graduates and is currently in use.

In his final year of his M.S. study, he joined the professors in the Department to build a complex system including a secure database to save sensitive information, and a sophisticated web-based software. The SEC (Securities Exchange Commission)-approved system specified by Active Capital did not only help entrepreneurs complete legal disclosure document (U7) using a complex on-line questionnaire, but also assisted in matching entrepreneurs and investor angles nationwide. His knowledge and experience were advanced with multiple responsibilities: Software Developer, System and Database administrator. He was also Microsoft certified System Engineer and Microsoft Certified Database administrator.

While working at CSUSB, Dung continued to study at the University of California Riverside (UCR). He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at UCR in 2014 where he researched Efficient and Scalable Core Scheduling for Multi-Core Systems. He has published several papers among top-tiers international conferences such as IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo ICME (2012,2014), International Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness, QShine 2010, IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), 2012.

Dung has been awarded several awards for his research work in Cal State San Bernardino and the University of California Riverside, Travel Grant Award 2012, 2014, Ph.D. Forgivable Loan Scholarship recipient  2006, California State University Outstanding Graduate Student, Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship 2001-2002. He has even been offered an interesting position as a part-time lecturer for Computer Science courses in the Department of Computer Science at CSUSB.

For Dung, CSUSB has become his longest workplace and he enjoys working, learning, and hopes to make meaningful contributions for years to come.

The Telecommunications and Network Services department within ITS continues to expand and improve upon our campus’s communication systems whether it be by our telephone services or the via our Wi-Fi connections.  Currently TNS manages the over 800 access points spread out throughout the campus to ensure we all stay connected within our Eduroam.

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Wi-Fi now in Parking Lot N

As of now CSUSB’s Wi-Fi capabilities have branched out to Parking Lot N, being the first to establish a steady connection within the campus. With the upcoming plans to build new housing on campus, the TNS plans to continue its expansion of our Wi-Fi by having the entire campus connected whether inside or outside.

New digital phone book

The TNS department is beginning to make headway by initiating the launch of a new virtual phone book which will be used for faculty and staff. Unlike the CSUSB directory, the phone book is planned to me managed by HR to which proper contact and title information can be provided.

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Another changed within the TNS is that CSUSB Access is no longer available to access via one’s Wi-Fi settings. This change is one which will further encourage all within campus to utilize the Eduroam account. Let it be known that there is a “visitors” account through one’s Wi-Fi settings which can be used for guests who do not have the credentials met for Eduroam.

Janette Flores is an Administrative Support Coordinator in the Project Management and Assessment department of the ITS Division. Janette works with all ITS teams to track projects and report to IT governance and the office of the VP/CIO.  The Project Management Office also lead projects for the ITS division when asked.

As the Project Management Office Coordinator, she specializes in staff support, securing maintenance, and controlling the financial aspects of all projects. Janette’s primary role is ensuring projects are being delivered on time and meeting desired goals.  Janette verifies that all parts of the process and project as a whole remainorganized and running according to plan.  

Janette is most proud of the growth she has made and all that she has endured over the years here at CSUSB. Twelve years ago, Janette was responsible for the Outgoing Transcript Unit in Records and Registration. She has also worked with CMS and training services. Janette was a contributor to the design and creation of the staff training for PeopleSoft using captivate which served as an exciting and great learning experience. Recently, she has been part of the project, “Reach Digital Signage.” This project replaces all CSUSB owned digital signage with a system that is centrally managed and be unified in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The digital display management system will be rolled out into the colleges and university own displays followed by Auxiliary units. “Reach Digital Signage” is very important to her because it affects the entire campus community. Today, she is working in ITS Project Management and raising the bar for her professional growth.

On a personal note, Janette has recently traveled to Italy and would love to go a 100 times more if she could since it’s her favorite place. She would love to visit Greece next.

Her favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls and her favorite movie is Edward Scissorhands; her favorite food to this day is sushi. She is something of an artist, a musician who plays the keyboard and sings. She leads the worship team at “Agua De Vida” in San Bernardino.

Janette has worked at CSUSB for 21 years. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from CSUSB. Then, she went to Summit Bible College to get her Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Worship and Prayer.  

To Janette, CSUSB means home to her. She states, “My entire working career has been here at CSUSB and I am grateful for all the wonderful people and experiences this campus has afforded me.”

Distributed Technology Services Updates and Presentation

The goal of the Distributed Technology Services (DTS) is a collaboration of alliances consisting of college technical services. This area received a presentation from David Nimri.

Information Security Updates

Dr. Javier Torner, guest, discussed confidential issues.

Exploration of New Generation of Technologies to assist with Student Success

Currently we are exploring new types of technologies within the area of artificial intelligence (i.e. Alexa from Amazon-students would be able to ask FAQs). Every office has peak times and shared examples of questions students commonly ask, getting FAQs being answered in real time- on an as needed basis- condensing response times. Doug stated Intelliresponse from Toronto offers this type of service but it will be further looked at. Looking at a mobile app called 1 touch graduation – where the student will receive a text asking, “do you want to graduate?” and if the answer is yes it will take them step-by-step through the graduation process.

Dr. Michael Chao, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biology within CSUSB recently upgraded the department’s biological imaging capabilities with the acquisition of their new laser scanning confocal microscope. By utilizing the VETI grant, the Biology department has new gained a new piece of equipment to not only help students learn within such subjects as Cell Physiology and Microscopy, but to further assist in the faculty-led student research being done within the campus as well.

The laser scanning confocal microscope expands upon the capabilities of traditional microscopes. Unlike bright-field microscopes, the confocal microscope uses multiple lasers to scan and capture images of fluorescently-labeled molecules inside cells. Unlike the traditional method of staining specimens with vital dyes, this florescence imaging allows scientists to visualize individual biological molecules at close to 1000x magnification and a resolution of a few hundred nanometers.

Although an expensive piece of equipment, students are able to utilize the microscope after receiving appropriate training and supervision by the faculty. The funds granted to the Biology department have done much to expand upon the curriculum and research at CSUSB. As Dr. Michael Chao stated during our interview: “The entire process we went through with the VETI Grant was a great experience; they not only worked with our department but encouraged us along the way.”

Recent graduate and NASA Social Media Manager Jessica Arreola visited PR Campaigns (plus visitors from many other classes) to share her story of her journey as a comm professional and as a person. Students LOVED her talk and she generously gave of her time to connect with those who attended. Afterward, many students said of her talk, 'I feel like I could do it because she can do it!'

Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos has two new publications out now:This month, the peer-reviewed Journal of Latinos and Education (which has a 10% acceptance rate) accepted Dr. Conlisk Gallegos sole-authored 'Somos la dignidad rebelde: On Mexican indigenous praxis of resistance pedagogy, no longer misappropriated under US ‘innovative’ methods.' The article analyzes ways in which indigenous sensibilities and practices of resistance are continuously being ignored and yet misappropriated by academia.Also this month, Cholla Needles, 'a monthly literary magazine by local and visiting writers who love the desert' based in the Yucca Valley-Twentynine Palms-Joshua Tree area, will publish Dr. Conlisk Gallegos' 'El Muro y el Machete: No hay más ruta que la nuestra/ There is no other way than ours,' which connects powerful works of art from the last century to the decolonization of our conceptualization of education and the role of students as based on indigenous epistemology.

The Sydney Morning Herald recognized Dr. Muhtaseb's film '1948' one of the top five films in the column 'Best of the Big Screen.'Says the review:'Straightforward in style but dense with information, Andy Trimlett and Ahlam Muhtaseb's documentary on the partition of Palestine and the subsequent Arab-Israeli War incorporates often harrowing firsthand testimony from both sides. Essentially, however, this is the story from the Palestinian perspective – which in itself is worth the attention of anyone who wants to understand the world today. Screens as part of the Palestinian Film Festival. Cinema Nova, Saturday, October 6, 5pm.'Read more...

First, Dr. Muhtaseb sat on the panel at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting titled 'Achieving the Impossible: Re-writing the History of 1948' at Concordia University and then she attended a screening at McGill University. Her film '1948' is achieving worldwide recognition and our department recognizes her hard work and dedication touring with the film while also teaching and leading as graduate coordinator of our MA Comm graduate program.

Dr. Muhtaseb speaks at the sold out Melbourne premiere of '1948' at the Australia Palestine Film Festival, which is one of 6 Australia premiers. We congratulate her on the success of her highly acclaimed film, the result of over a decade of hard work!

Digital Disconnect: Fake News, Privacy and Democracy followed by a discussion facilitated by T.C. Corrigan and Rod Metts, Dept of Comm Studies Wed, Nov 14, 20182 – 4 pm Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005 Refreshments will be served “Based on the book by media historian and political economist Robert McChesney, Digital Disconnect examines how the logic of capitalism has turned a medium with utopian promise -- the Internet -- into a dystopian tool for monopoly, surveillance, and misinformation. Democracy itself is at stake. But unlike most critiques of the Internet and social media, McChesney locates the problem not with the technology, its users, or individual firms, but with capitalism's capture of the Internet. To save democracy, we must rescue the Internet from capitalism, and McChesney points -- optimistically -- to a broad-based, grassroots media reform movement as our best hope.” (Media Education Foundation) 

Our San Bernardino, Nuestro, held on Tuesday, October 16; 2-4pm was commissioned by VP Sudhakar with special support from Dr. Mihaela Popescu and ITS through the work of Dr. Gallegos and the Coyote Pack.

Offering a great new way for you to get more familiar and better acquainted with your faculty! The Communication Society will be hosting a mixer for Comm. Studies professors and students to socialize, build stronger connections, and network. If you’ve been interested in getting more involved in your department, this is a great opportunity! More information to come! 

Photojournalist Nick Ut's iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, 'Napalm Girl,' hugely influenced public opinion and won the Pulitzer Prize, but his work doesn't end there. An AP photographer for over 51 years, he collaborates frequently with Raul Roa at the LA Times community news, and together the two award-winning photojournalists mentor and speak all over the world as advocates for photojournalism, a free press, storytelling through journalism, and the impact that every person can have on their community and the world. At the SMSU Theater Oct. 9 at Noon, Ut and Roa displayed a few of their pieces and speak with students FREE about their experiences as photojournalists and as engaged citizens.

We are proud to congratulate Ariana Cano who will be receiving the Emerging Scholar Award at the Third International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Berkeley California! She will be presenting her accepted paper “Es Bueno O No Bueno? A Critical Analysis on Mexican American Menes on Social Media.” 

Our annual comm studies symposium will be here sooner than you know it! Save the date for May 7th, 2019 to join us in celebrating the diverse interests, perspectives, opportunities and fields of study within the Department of Communication. Have the chance to meet with alumni that are in the diverse communication workforce and learn tips on how to stand out and succeed in the field.

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Let us congratulate our new full communication professors! Dr. Owen, Dr. Popescu and Dr. Algan are our newest full professors. These three professors have achieved a high degree of excellence in their respective fields and we recognize them for their esteemed promotions at CSUSB.

The department's professors are hard at work preparing to make the 2018-2019 academic year the best one yet! This week, two full time COMM faculty attended the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion institute (Dr. Muhtaseb and Prof. Nerren) and one served as a facilitator (Dr. Grant). Attendees participated in many activities including reading and discussing the latest research, sharing their own unique experiences both inside and outside the classroom, and brainstorming future projects in thier research or in the classroom to enhance the learning experiences for all students through the use and insderstanding of inclusive and equitable practices. 

Photojournalist Nick Ut's iconic 1972 Vietnam War photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, 'Napalm Girl,' hugely influenced public opinion and won the Pulitzer Prize, but his work doesn't end there. An AP photographer for over 51 years, he collaborates frequently with Raul Roa at the LA Times community news, and together the two award-winning photojournalists mentor and speak all over the world as advocates for photojournalism, a free press, storytelling through journalism, and the impact that every person can have on their community and the world.At the SMSU Theater Oct. 9 at Noon, Ut and Roa will display a few of their pieces and speak with students FREE about their experiences as photojournalists and as engaged citizens.

An elective course Fundraising, Grant Writing and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations this fall at CSUSB, this course qualifies as one of 3 required courses for the JHBC’s Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership(click on link), an excellent résumé builder available to all CSUSB and non-CSUSB students. It is an excellent course option for students who want to learn more about leadership, social entrepreneurship, collaborative communication, grant writing, goal-setting, etc. These skills will be applicable not just to the nonprofit sector, but also to leading and managing businesses and government agencies. Each class will include a case study from Harvard Business School, Harvard's Kennedy School or UC/Berkeley and will emphasize practical, transferable skills.

 

If you have dreamed of raising the profile of your organization, starting a business, enhancing your media materials, receiving consultation on communication strategy and implementation, and more, our very skilled and talented interns can help you and your business grow! It is private and only CSUSB students can view the posting, but with your support you will be supporting your community and creating the brightest future for the next generation. Fill out our internship form today...!

Graduate students Walker Beverly and Richard Contreras were accepted for presentation at the UCI Social Justice Research Symposium on May 25 at UC Irvine. Richard’s paper, based on his graduate project, is titled 'A Communication Guide for ex-offenders' and Walker’s paper, also based on his graduate project, is titled “I just got out, I Need a Place to Live: A Business and Implementation Plan for Transitional Housing for the Ex-offender.' 

Graduate student Victoria Luckner had two papers competitively accepted for presentation at the NCA 104th Annual Convention being held November 8-11 in Salt Lake City.The two papers are: 

  1. 'Mother Eywa: Ecofeminism and James Cameron’s Avatar,' which she developed under the supervision of Dr. Ece Algan for her COMM 511.
  2. 'Don’t Dream Too Big: An Ideological Criticism of Disney’s ‘Be a Champion’ Commercial,' which she developed under the supervision of Dr. Julie Taylor for an independent study class.

Dr. Mihaela Popescu has been named a CSUSB Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow for 2018-2019. Read more about the program... 

The following professors in the Dept. of Communication Studies have been awarded Vital and Expanded Technology Grants for 2018-2019:

  • Dr. Mariam Betlemidze: Digital Storytelling Lab for Student Journalism & Multimedia
  • Dr. Jo Anna Grant: E-Learning Academy
  • Prof. Lacey Kendall, M.A.: PDC Paws Radio
  • Prof. Jacob Poore, M.A.: Coyote Radio & Advertising Multimedia Lab Improvements
  • Dr. Mihaela Popescu: Virtual Reality Lab for Producing Engaging Instructional Content (Continuation Grant); and VR-enabled classroom for teaching 21st-century skills

The VETI Grants support efforts directly used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty in the classroom, enhances student access across the institution and enhances student experience and success.Congratulations to all for their successful proposals which 'broaden/enhance the quality of the academic experience through the use of technology in support of the curriculum.

Dr. Mihaela Popescu has received a contract from MIT press for the publication of her co-authored bookPrivacy as a Right of Becoming: Algorithms, Selfhood, and Privacy Harmsin their Information Policy series.

Luis Esparaza's paper, 'The Right to Exist: A De-Colonial Analysis of Media Representations of Marginalized Sexual Identities' was competitively selected for presentation at the National Communication Association 104th Annual Convention which will be held November 8-11 in Salt Lake City, UT. He developed his paper in Dr. Muhtaseb’s COMM 600 class. Also, Luis was selected by the CSUSB Career Center to receive the Student Track Scholarship for HACU’s 32nd Annual Conference- “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Building America’s Future” scheduled for October 6-8, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. The HACU conference attracts hundreds of corporate, federal and non-profit employers along with colleges and universities, all whom are interested in networking with undergraduate and graduate students.  This scholarship was established to recognize exceptional full-time students that have demonstrated high academics and leadership, while enrolled at California State University, San Bernardino. The scholarship includes, HACU’s registration fees, flight, hotel accommodations, professional development materials and meals; all made possible by CSUSB’s Academic Affairs-Vice President’s Office and Associated Students, Inc.  

Student Scott Romo, and his faculty mentor, Dr. T.C. Corrigan, received the Mellon Mays Fellowship. The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a two-year program that provides financial support, research mentorship, and assistance with graduate school applications, primarily for underrepresented students who intend to pursue a doctorate in the humanities. Read more in the 'Inside CSUSB' article where the fellowship recipients are featured.

Dr. Corrigan has been ratified to the CSUSB Faculty Senate for the 2018-2020 term. 

'Powerhouse' does not begin to describe Ariana Cano, recent graduate of the Department of Communication Studies graduate program and prolific academic, already early into her studies and her career. In the past year alone, in addition to her student and graduate teaching associate responsibilities, Cano won a monetary prize in the Pansy Jacob Jackson National Student Research Competition at the NAAAS conference, presented in Sacramento at the CSU-wide Student Research Competition, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta honor society, mentored one of her own students to win her respective speech competition at C.A.S.T., co-presented at the Women's Leadership Conference, competed at the 'Meeting of the Minds' Symposium, and more. She was also awarded as a Graduate Student of the Year by the Department of Communication Studies for her significant contributions within the field of Communication Studies. 

'...to heal and empower students, our community and university by remembering what we were never taught'

Dr. Gallegos is a person with a vision. She sees the possibilities when it comes to breaking barriers that divide people and helping all students see themselves positively through the media. Through countless hours of advising and mentoring, and through her work leading The Coyote Pack and to the Transcultural Commons Collective.Dr. Gallegos invites her students to participate in several creative installations/exhibits, including major events which were extensively covered by both university and local media and were the result of her own academic research working with the student population in her classes. Students are able to exercise their media production skills in the areas of journalism, videography, podcasting, public relations, social and digital media curation. Students were responsible for the set up and execution of the following events through specific course assignments at these major events: 

The Art of Dreaming Poster Session (Winter 2017) 

Taking from traditional Xicanx and rasquache sensibilities, for the PR campaign, Dr. Gallegos's students engaged in recycling trash to create a series of posters to advertise the art of dreaming, engaged in a peaceful march around campus with posters, and strategically distributed the materials around campus.

 

The Art of Dreaming Workshop (Winter 2017) 

The workshop took place in the Art Department. Participants included students, faculty, and staff from over six different departments and from both PDC and CSUSB campuses. The goal was to create art pieces centered around the experiences of being undocumented or an ally. Over 40 pieces were donated by the participants. Local community spoken word, artists, and musicians performed during the event. Over 125 people attended. Work donated during the workshop would be auctioned at the spring gala event. 

The Art of Dreaming Exhibition and Gala Event (Spring 2017) 

The Art of Dreaming Exhibition and gala event took place at the local Garcia Center for the Arts. The pieces were exhibited for over two weeks, together with a multimedia presentation prepared by myself and her students. The final day of the exhibit, local bands came to perform, and the pieces were offered for sale through a silent auction. Over $2000 was raised. All proceeds were donated to our CSUSB Undocumented Students Resource Center for an emergency fund scholarship for undocumented students. Read more in the San Bernardino Sun... Read more in La Opinion...   The importance of this teaching approach was acknowledged by Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges and Universities(AAC& U). Gallegos took 17 of her students (She helped and guided all 17 attendees to fill out applications to get student grants) to the BTtoP conference in Chicago. There they presented their research work (most for the first time) on The Art of Dreaming. See the student-produced montage of their experience...Dr. Gallegos was invited to write the feature article for the BToP national newsletter, showcasing her class's efforts. Read the BToP newsletter...

Our San Bernardino, Nuestro (Spring 2018)

This showcase featured a short film produced by Gallegos and Graduate Student Loydie Burmah. Student testimonials with the lack of diversity as they communicate them by referring back to content and concepts learned in her Comm 409 course on Latinx Media. Students made collages to express their feelings and thought processes. The presentations of intimate experiences were projected and heard overhead, while the audience watched short videos made with 360 degree cameras, showcasing a public experience/expectation of diversity on campus. The public representation of diversity produced by students, presented in a private immersive experience, was superimposed to the private suffering, no longer represented, but shared in a public experience. Experimenting with 360 cameras allow us to explore the question: What is missing from our plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion? Read more in Inland Empire Community News... See the student-produced video...    Finally, the students in her courses become part of The Coyote Pack, a title that protects individual identities. It is an organization that has generations, depending on who takes her experimental media course and when. We will be welcoming the fourth generation in Fall 2018. Under the design and direction of Dr. Gallegos, all events are organized and covered by students.    Her teaching style has been featured in local media and a national academic outlet in an interview by BTtoP & AAC& U.    

Each quarter, in addition to her duties as lecturer, Professor Wassing and the forensics team travel to compete in debate competitions across the West. To celebrate public speaking throughout CSUSB, each Spring, she organizes and hosts the C.A.S.T speech tournament, a university-wide invitational event for students in Comm 120 to display their talents in expository and persuasive speeches. Not only is Professor Wassing a committed leader and educator, she is also an alumnus of the department, having graduated with her M.A. and having served as a graduate teaching associate. To learn more about the incredible programs and work of Professor Wassing, visit the Forensics Team page

On May 24, students from Comm 120 Oral Communication competed in persuasive and informative speeches, at the Santos Manuel Student Union, during the CAST public speaking competition held by the Forensics club and sponsored by Rand McNally and the Dept. of Communication Studies. The winners, who informed audiences about the sun and persuaded audiences to learn an instrument, received generous gift backpacks with many useful and fun items for students. Pictured standing with their Comm. 120 instructors, who also are Graduate Teaching Associates themselves, this event showcases the talents and strengths of Communication Studies students and educators.

Alumni Erica Acosta visits students in the Department of Communication Studies and shares her experiences as an Event Coordinator with the San Bernardino County Fire District Office of the Fire Marshal Household Hazardous Waste as part of the 'Professor for a Day' program.

The Coyote Chronicle newspaper takes home a fourth place award at the 2018 Associated Collegiate Press Associated Collegiate Press Awards Contest, a big honor for the campus newspaper of California State University, San Bernardino.

 

This “Four-Year Less-Than-Weekly Newspaper Award” is due to the collective effort put in by the writers, designers, editors, photographers, and all other groups associated with the success of this student-run newspaper.

The Associated Collegiate Press reviews work done by colleges, individuals, and groups within college media organizations, and selects the best performers as winners.

A total of thirteen campuses in California and hundreds of student journalists from across the nation applied for awards at this contest.

The Coyote Chronicle is proud to have over 60 students serve on staff as the independent voice of the university.

ABOUT COYOTE CHRONICLE: A campus newspaper for California State University, San Bernardino that consists of students’ own stories, experiences, photos, and opinions. Since 1965, students have contributed to designing, writing and editing this newspaper and are the backbone of its success. This paper is released bi-weekly and is available in print and online. http://coyotechronicle.net.

Prof. Jess Block Nerren has been invited by the Executive Director to join the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) Stakeholder Advisory Committee. This is a prestigious position in which Jess will use her expertise in public relations to design and facilitate effective communication strategies among stakeholders in the autism and disability communities. Jess has lectured on this topic at many universities and brings much passion to this work.

Dr. Rod Metts and Dr. Thomas Corrigan presented at the Union for Democratic Communication Conference, Media, Resistance, and Justice: The Fight for Humanity, May 10-13, 2018, at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Metts paper was titled: Reclaiming the Typographic Mind in an Age of Authoritarian Aesthetics and Bliss. Dr. Corrigan presentation was titled: Critical Realism and the Political Economy of Communication. Congratulations to both members of our department for their presentations.

Dr. Muhtaseb's film, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, was just published in the peer-review journal of Arab Studies Quarterly (Vol. 40, No. 1.). Dr. Terri Ginsberg, a well-known cinema studies scholar of AUC, provides a deep intellectual analysis of the film, with a short historical contextualization of the conflict and the popular/scholarly discourse around it. 

Says Dr. Ginsberg:

“1948 accomplishes its goal with a minimum of political compromise and historiographical distortion, and this is likely due in part to the fact that, according to one of its intertitles, the film was extensively researched.”

“Despite these issues, 1948 makes its undeniable intervention into the contemporary media scape as an asymmetrical balancing of Zionism’s unbalanced symmetry between Palestinian and Jewish suffering, and on this basis the film represents a landmark in the cinematic treatment of the topic.”

Student Kaitlyn Norris will be working in Washington D.C. this Summer, interning for the Library of Congress. Says Kaitlyn of her internship:

'I will be working at the Library of Congress, as an External Relations Assistant. I will focus on building relationships within the three branches of government and also will be doing weekly social media posts. My internship is through the HACU National Internship Program and the program is currently open for applicants in the Fall.'

Students were commended at the 2018 Comm. Symposium. Awardees were recognized on stage at the annual 200-person event, the only one of its kind in the College of Arts and Letters.

 

Students awarded at 2018 Comm Symposium

Department AwardsGraciela TrocheOutstanding Undergraduate Student

Andre AdameOutstanding Graduate Student

Ariana CanoOutstanding Graduate Student

Ariana CanoOutstanding Graduate Teaching Associate

Jessica VierraOutstanding Graduate Teaching Associate

Gabriel TorresCommencement Speaker

Concentration AwardsBerenice QuijadaOutstanding Student in Human and Organizational Communication

Crystal HarrellOutstanding Student in Media Studies

Nuha BouqisOutstanding Student in Public Relations

Activity AwardsOscar LobosOutstanding Student in Forensics

Theresa SalasOutstanding Student in Forensics

Darnell HutchOutstanding Student in Radio 

Jason SampOutstanding Student in Journalism

Ricardo Perez-MartinezOutstanding Student in Video Production 

Andrew DielemanOutstanding Student at the Palm Desert Campus

 

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Happy students received invitations to compete in the CAST (Coyote Annual Speech Tournament) coming up May 24, delivered by members of the Forensics Team. The annual event is held at the Santos Manuel Student Union and is an opportunity for invited students from COMM 120 to compete and showcase the skills they have learned. Again this year, the event is sponsored by McGraw Hill Education and will feature some fantastic prizes thanks to their support!

 

As first responders prepare for another busy season, the Los Angeles Daily News investigated causes for the increase in rescues in picturesque natural environments, asking if the #optoutside movement or the popularity of selfies plays a role. 

 

Los Angeles Daily News

Dr. Muhtaseb is quoted in the story below.

“If we take a technology deterministic view then we will build a causation out of a correlation and it’s not necessarily the case,” said Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor and graduate coordinator of Communication Studies at Cal State San Bernardino. “It’s not necessarily the technology that is making people participate in risky behaviors. It’s a reflection of a person’s own personality and behaviors and how they employ the technology in their day to day lives.”

Muhtaseb points out someone who generally isn’t a risk-taker wouldn’t be lured to climb a waterfall for a selfie.

“People have to be careful and educated on the appropriate uses on technology,” she said. “As with any new technology, the negative impacts might overshadow the positive.”

Instead, Muhtaseb and others in the hiking community say the emphasis should always remain on preparation.

Read the full article...

An event designed to further prepare current students for life after graduation, the Communication Studies Symposium, will be held at California State University San Bernardino May 1, 2018, from 9am-3pm in the San Manuel Student Union. [Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-next-using-my-comm-studies-degree-comm-symposium-and-awards-tickets-44236207688]

With the Symposium theme, “What’s Next,” the event features panels and guest speakers aimed at informing students on how they can apply their communication degree after graduation.

 

This year's student-led symposium embodies success providing information needed to perform within their respective fields following graduation.

Every year the symposium is presented by students and features alumni from the department providing information on further application of communication studies as professionals. The symposium highlights alumni accomplishments and achievements as some are invited back to share success stories. 

Says Dr. Owen, Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, “The student-designed Symposium is all about celebrating the success and achievements of our COMM students, and we are grateful to the students in COMM classes and student organizations whose contributions, including event planning and design of programs, posters, centerpieces, and publicity materials, will make the event a great success.'

Panels will include the alumni speakers:

Panel 1: Getting My First Job in Communication 

  • Michael Arteaga, Alumni Engagement Specialist, CSUSB
  • Stephanie Cardenas, Public Relations Specialist, The Brand Amp
  • Johnny Coffeen, Screenwriter and Film Director
  • Ashley Jones, Communications Specialist, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Ginger Ontiveros, Executive Director of Community Engagement, San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • Jacob Poore, Manager, Coyote Radio and Coyote Advertising, CSUSB
  • Manny Sandoval, Public Relations Specialist, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Radio Host, KCAA NBC News Talk Radio

Panel 2: What Employers Expect:

  • Angela Gillespie, Graphic Designer, CSUSB Strategic Communication
  • Lacey Kendall, Broadcast/Media Consultant, Palm Desert Campus, CSUSB
  • Kelly Koehler, Account Supervisor, Westbound Communications
  • Elena Maris, Ph.D. Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Carmen Murillo-Moyeda, Media & Public Relations (Retired), CSUSB
  • Terry Saenz, Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Solutions
  • Jesse Sandoval, Post-Production Supervisor, Warner Bros. Television Group

This press release was written by the undergraduate students of Comm. 243d. Public Relations Practicum.

ABOUT THE CSUSB DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES: As part of the College of Arts and Letters, the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies is a multifaceted discipline combining both academic and professional interests including concentrations in media studies, public relations, and human and organizational communication. https://cal.csusb.edu/communication-studies 

 

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Jacob Poore, Coyote Advertising manager, and the students of Coyote Advertising competed in the professional category at the American Advertising Federation Inland Empire Chapter, and won one gold award, three silver awards and six bronze awards! In addition, they shared two bronze awards with the CSUSB College of Education. Read more in Inside CSUSB...

 

AWARDS WON

Gold Award

Category: Integrated Media Public Service CampaignEntry Name: 1984 — A Three Part EventClient: John M. Pfau LibraryCredits: Nicole Rodriguez, graphic design; Cameron Massey, video production; Maelani Balane, video production.

 

Silver Awards

Category: Public Service Print AdvertisingEntry Name: Orozco Mexican RevolutionaryClient: John M. Pfau LibraryCredits: Nicholas Aceves, graphic design

Category: Public Service Print AdvertisingEntry Name: A Poetry ReadingClient: John M. Pfau LibraryCredits: Bliss Gray, graphic design

Category: Public Service Print AdvertisingEntry Name: Formerly Incarcerated IndividualsClient: John M. Pfau LibraryCredits: Nicole Rodriguez, graphic design

 

Bronze Awards

Category: Local Radio Commercial CampaignEntry Name: Renaissance FestivalClient: Koroneberg Renaissance Festival

Category: Logo DesignEntry Name: OneSearch LogoClient: CSU Council of Library DeansCredit: Bliss Gray, graphic design

Category: Logo DesignEntry Name: OktoberTech 2017Client: Information Technology ServicesCredit: Nicole Rodriguez, graphic design

Category: Public Service Online Film, Video and SoundEntry Name: ITS Promo VideoClient: Information Technology ServicesCredit: Maelani Balane, video production; Cameron Massey, video production

Category: Public Service Print AdvertisingEntry Name: 1984 — A Three Part EventClient:  John M. Pfau LibraryCredits: Nicole Rodriguez, graphic designer

Category: Public Service Print AdvertisingEntry Name: Who Are The RefugeesClient: Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern StudiesCredits: Bliss Gray, graphic designer

 

Collaborations between College of Education and Coyote Advertising, Bronze Awards

Category: Public Service Online Film, Video and SoundEntry Name: DisABILITY Sports Fest: “I am Able”Client: College of EducationCredit: Ginger Hartman, creative director/producer/copywriter; Keith Baxter, videography; Robert Whitehead, photography; Coyote Advertising, sound design; Emi Sunshine, music.

Category: Direct MailEntry Name: Together We Do Great WorkClient: College of EducationCredit: Coyote Advertising, graphic design; Ginger Hartman, creative director/copywriter, Robert Whitehead, photography

Student Sabrina Brooks was recently hired by Kia Motors Headquarters USA in Irvine California. She will be working with the communications and PR teams in the corporate office following the completion of her studies this year. Sabrina attributes many wonderful professors in the Comm. Department and the PR concentration for her success in getting her foot in the door. We congratulate Sabrina on her success!

Graduate student Ariana Cano has had a good month. Her presentation “Cultural Value in Instant Messenger: An Analysis between Mexico and the U.S.” won a monetary prize in the Pansy Jacob Jackson National Student Research Competition in the NAAAS 2018 Conference. She was also selected as the student representative of the College of Arts and Letters at the 32nd Annual CSU Student Research Competition hosted by Sacramento State University on May 4th and 5th, 2018.

With the support and guidance of her faculty mentor Dr. Fred Jandt, she is among the students who demonstrated exceptional knowledge of their research topics in oral presentations delivered during the CSUSB Student Research Competition on Friday, February 23rd.

Five students currently in the Dept. of Comm. Studies competed: Ariana Cano, Jessica Vierra, Rebeccah Avila, Melody Adejare and Teresita Pollard. We congratulate all of our students for their hard work!

 

In February, the Forensics team went to Santa Clara University to compete at the WSCA tournament. The campus was beautiful, the competition was fierce, and our wins were well deserved! Students Oscar Lobos took third place in Dramatic Interpretation, Oscar Lobos and Tejwant Brar took third place in Dramatic Duo, and Eric Estrada was a semi-finalist in the Impromptu division. The department congratulates all of our students who competed!

The following students attended the tournament and competed in the following events: 

Parli Debate

Natalie Gayoso & Amanda McFarlandKrystal Erickson & Elizabeth VargasTejwant Brar & Haley Brown

Dramatic Interp.

Oscar Lobos ** 3rd place in Junior division!Tabitha KesslerHaley Brown

Dramatic Duo

Oscar Lobos & Tejwant Brar ** 3rd place in Junior division!

Impromptu

Erik Estrada ** Semi-finalist in Junior division!Joshua JacquesRicardo OrozcoAmin SahwaniKevin Novak

Persuasive

Herman Medina

Judges

(These two longtime Forensics Team student members attended to judge Individual Events) Theresa SalasKaren Moreno

Cassie Zebisch, Director of Comm. for AEG (Staples Center, LA Live, Nokia Theater) will speak to PRSSA. Members and nonmembers alike are welcome. Cassie is an esteemed practitioner in public relations and communications, with experiences to share on her work in diverse events including professional basketball and hockey, Coachella and other record-breaking live music events, and more. She is not to be missed!

 

 

Ever since the video documentary 'Clouds over Sidra' boosted donations for UNICEF, 360-degree video has been marketed as an “empathy machine.” 360-degree video, also known as spherical video, is an immersive technology that enables the recording of video shots in all directions. This technology gives the viewer a complete 360-degree view and the ability to control the viewing direction simply by moving around the viewing device (usually, a phone). A recent Slate article citing the “Empathy at Scale” research project at Stanford seems to suggest that immersive technologies have promising applications in the classroom because they “nudge” students to community-based and social justice projects by counteracting “compassion fatigue.” 

In this presentation, Dr. Mariam Betlemidtze (Communication Studies) and multimedia specialist James Trotter (Academic Technologies & Innovation)  explained how you can use 360-degree videos to add storytelling components to your course curriculum in order to increase student and community interest and create an emotional link with the subject matter. They illustrated using the example of COMM 350 Online Journalism Production class, in which students use 360-degree video and non-linear storytelling techniques to connect the audience to the unique challenges faced by the ecology of the Mojave National Preserve. This presentation was sponsored by the Faculty Center for Excellence and the Academic Technologies & Innovation.

 

 

Dr. Michelle A. Holling, 2017 WSCA President, presented the presidential gavel to Dr. Brian Heisterkamp, 2018 WSCA President. As part of his role, Dr. Heisterkamp will fulfill all the duties of the Western States Communication Association president, acting in service of the 1000-person membership organization. 

 

 

Professor Donna Gotch and Dr. Julie Taylor with our graduate students at the WSCA Graduate Programs Open House, where students in our graduate program provided information and personal insight for interested attendees.

 

 

 

 

Students, faculty and administrators eagerly attended the on-campus screening of '1948: Creation & Catastrophe.' With screenings at two locations plus an opening reception, and director's Q and A, this highly acclaimed film was met with an enthusiasm for learning more about the subject matter addressed during the ten years Dr. Muhtaseb spent creating this documentary. Learn more...

 

 

Our faculty are active scholars, performers, and artists who present their work locally, nationally, and internationally. Each academic term, the College hosts a faculty colloquium or roundtable for faculty to share their research interests and creative activities. This quarter, two faculty from the Department of Comm. Studies presented their work to this event hosted by the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Presentations included:

Mo Bahk, Professor of Communication Studies. 'A Prelude to Dialogue: Racial Perception and Communication'

Julie Taylor, Assistant Professor, 'Women are Prostitution: Problematizing the Discursive (En)gendering and Organizing of Policy Enactment'

Students take the prizes for top papers at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Research Competition. WSCA Second Vice President Professor Donna Gotch is pictured with Sabrina Hockett who took first place for 'Public Criticism, Gender and President Trump's Twitter,'  Graham Smith, who took second place for 'Cattle, Progress, and a Victimized Nation: Exploring Metaphors in Current and Past Information Discourse,' and Sara Freitag too third place for 'Gucci: Flattening Women Through Patriarchial Heteronormativity.' Congratulations to all!

 

 

Dr. Popescu was featured in an in-depth news article about immersive technology including virtual and augmented reality use in the classrooms. An excerpt of the article by Angie Marcos is quoted and linked below:

'Students in education, nursing, astronomy, geology and journalism — to name just a few fields — are using augmented/virtual reality technologies to learn at campuses across the CSU. And, faculty say, they’re loving it.

'The point is not to adopt technologies simply because they exist, but to adopt technologies because they offer teaching and learning possibilities not available elsewhere,' says Mihaela Popescu, Ph.D, associate professor of communication studies and faculty director of academic technologies and innovation at CSU San Bernardino. 

'These technologies represent a new form of teaching. They focus on project-based learning and on creating student engagement through new means, whether narrative or technology-based,' adds Dr. Popescu.' Read the full article...

 

 

 

Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Muhtaseb attended screenings for her film in Dubai and Kuwait in January.

In Dubai, at an outdoor venue modeled after the meatpacking district in NY, about 300 people braved a sandstorm to see the film. Most of them also stayed afterward for what was described as “the most political and longest conversation in the history of the film festival.” 

In Kuwait, over 200 people attended in a beautiful auditorium at GUST University. Many prominent dignitaries and academics attended, including the Palestinian ambassador to Kuwait and Professor Salman Abu Sitte, who put the first comprehensive Atlas of Palestine in history and expressed his immense admiration of the film. She was also awarded a plaque of appreciation by the Kuwaiti Engineering Association. Her film will be screened on the CSUSB main campus February 15 at 6 pm. The film will be available on the CSUSB Palm Desert campus March 6. Learn more...

 

Graduate students Melody Adejare, Rebeccah Avila, Sean Maulding, Luis Esparza, Andy Acosta, Erendira Torres, Shirlena Baggett, Ariana Cano and Jessica Vierra will be presenting at the 7th Annual 'Meeting of the Minds' Student Research Symposium. 

The Coyote Chronicle is the student newspaper for California State University, San Bernardino, and is supported by the Department of Communication Studies. Students can also join the chronicle, become a photo or story contributor to the Chronicle, or submit their creative works to 'Expressions' the newspaper's back page featuring student works. Learn more... Subscribe today...

 

 

Graduate Teaching Associates Ariana Cano, Cecilia Gutierrez, Erendira Torres, and Jessica Vierra and Professor Donna Gotch presented a panel entitled, 'Empowered Women: An Examination of Female Graduate Teaching Associates Identity' at the  CSUSB Women's Leadership Conference held February 2, 2018. 

Since its inception in 2000, the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies' Graduate Teaching Associate  (GTA) Program has had over 70 graduate students who have served as teaching associates. New to academia, GTAs encounter many challenges including how they manage having multiple identities.  Being a graduate student while simultaneously being an instructor presents a number of challenges especially for those who are female. Such challenges include age, gender, and race in addition to the use of power in the classroom among other variables. This panel will address specific challenges female GTAs have encountered and how they have established a strong network of women who promote success. 

 

 

Professors Amy Wassing and Donna Cooley were honored at halftime for their contributions to the academic success of student athletes. Nominated by student athletes themselves, the Department of Communication Studies professors were recognized by the Provost. 

 

 

Undergraduate student Alysha Darby is the newest intern at Power106, the top hip-hop station in the Los Angeles market. What got her foot in the door? In addition to her hard work and glowing personality, Darby attributes the unique practicum classes offered at CSUSB, which helped her add real-world experience on her resume and prove to her internship employers that she had the academic and professional experience necessary to do the job. The department wishes Alysha the very best on her new internship!

The CSUSB Athletics Department featured news of Communication Studies student Dorian Butler, who took home a medal in the recent Intercollegiate Forensics speech and debate competition in Longview Washington. Read the full article...

 

 

Two of our undergraduates were competitively selected for presentation at the WSCA 15th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (USRC) in Santa Clara on February 16. There were undergraduates from 30 universities that submitted their research to this year's USRC.

-- Nikolas Bess for his paper titled 'Queer performance theory: Drag shows as a space where gender norms are defied.' Nikolas' paper is a result of the work he produced in Dr. Julie Taylor's Comm 411: Gender and Communication class last fall.

-- Graciela Troche for her paper titled 'Digital literacy divides: Impact on social determinants on college students' digital behaviors.' Graciela's paper is a result of the work she produced in Dr. Mihaela Popescu's Comm 400: Communication Research Methods class and through subsequent summer work supported by the CSUSB Office of Student Research. 

Congratulations to Nikolas and Graciela, and many thanks to Dr. Taylor and Dr. Popescu for their mentorship, and to Professor Gotch, WSCA second vice president and organizer of this year's USRC! 

 

 

Dr. Jo Anna Grant has been appointed to the position of director of the Teaching Resource Center. She will assume her new role on Jan. 2. Established in 1996 for CSUSB faculty, the Teaching Resource Center (TRC) is dedicated to promoting and advancing effective, innovative instruction and the scholarship of teaching and learning through its programs and resources. 

 

 

Dr. Grant, professor of communication studies, joined Cal State San Bernardino in 2003. Since then, she has served in a variety of capacities, including the College of Arts and Letters dean’s fellow for assessment, department assessment coordinator, department B.A. Q2S transformation team lead, associate department chair, faculty fellow of the Center for Health Disparities Research and Training, and department graduate coordinator.

In 2007, she received CSUSB’s Outstanding Originator of Distributed Learning Award and in 2006, the Lead Article Award from the Journal of the Northwest Communication Association. She has authored approximately 20 publications. Her research interests center around interpersonal communication, aging and health. 

 
 

Students walked with graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies. Our department congratulates all of our students for this accomplishment!

CSUSB held its 17th fall commencement on Dec. 9, with about 1,100 students participating in the three graduation ceremonies held at the Coussoulis Arena. 

 

 

From December 1-3, the Forensics team traveled to Longview, WA to compete in the Smelt Classic Tournament. CSUSB entered 14 members into the tournament in IEs and NPDA debate and came home with 3 medals. Says Professor Amy Wassing, Faculty Advisor to the team, 'I am very proud of their performance; we had a great time, met some new people, and even got to check out the local culture and food in Portland.' Students competed against nine other colleges- Lewis & Clark University (Portland, OR), Oregon State University, Pacific University, Western Washington University, University of Oregon, Linfield College, Mt Hood College, Bellevue College, and Lower Columbia College.

 


Dramatic Interpretation

  • Krystal Erickson- 3rd place
  • Tabitha Kessler
  • Zahnely Baca- won 2nd place and top novice speaker
  • Alba Luviano

ADS/STE (After Dinner Speaking/Speech to Entertain)

  • Theresa Salas- awarded top junior speaker
  • Dorian Butler- won 3rd place 
  • Maria de Lourdes Campos


Impromptu Speaking

  • Felipe Montano Jr


NPDA Debate

  • Natalie Gayoso & Amanda McFarland
  • Josefina Valdivia & Tejwant Brar
  • Elizabeth Vargas & Dalal Museitef
  • Maria de Lourdes Campos & Felipe Montano Jr.

For the graduate students to kick off the Fall 2017 quarter, Department of Communication Studies Graduate Coordinator Dr. Muhtaseb held a Graduate Program Potluck in her home. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by all who attended. Learn more about the grad program...

 

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In the Fall 2017 PR Campaigns class with Professor Nerren, the students' national PR campaign was featured on The Mighty, AJ+ and on the signs in Times Square. The campaign was for a disability nonprofit who trained a student with autism guest starring on a hit ABC television show 'The Good Doctor.'

In addition, the students' regional PR campaign collectively helped raised $4,000 for their nonprofit partner through a charity art show in Beverly Hills.

Through a partnership with The Miracle Project nonprofit, students were able to study, develop and practice Public Relations strategy and implementation on behalf of an educational theater arts program serving people with and without autism and other disabilities. Students researched, created and issued the campaign PR materials including press releases, media kits, media fact sheets, and PR reports.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos for her new feature in the Inland Empire Community News as a notable person in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in 'Gallegos’ ‘rainbow journalism’ teachings empower nontraditional students.' Read the article...

 

Dr. Gallegos Credit Anthony Victoria IECN

 

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and Professor of Communication Studies Professor Lane Shefter Bishop has a new film airing on Lifetime Movie Network. Titled “Wicked Mom’s Club,” the film premiered Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m.  Learn more...

 

Wicked Moms club

 

On Oct. 31, Kyle Finck of The Los Angeles Times spoke with Coyote Chronicle student journalists about multimedia storytelling and ways in which independent student media can acquire an edge. Finck met with the editorial staff first at 3 p.m. in the Coyote Chronicle newsroom. The topics he discussed were getting to know the staff and offering any helpful advice regarding the process of putting together a weekly publication that he learned while being Editor-in-Chief of the Middlebury College newspaper when he was a university student. At 4 p.m., Finck then visited the COMM 243A newspaper production practicum course consisting of Coyote Chronicle staff writers. Students were given advice on how to better craft a news article and to find a passion in their voice as writers. It was also announced that all the staff members of the Coyote Chronicle would receive a free digital subscription to The LA Times.  Finck is the section lead of High School Insider--a user-generated content platform of the newspaper that consists of over 225 high schools and 2,000 students publishing stories. Over 3,300 stories have been published on High School Insider by both high school and college students since its launch in November 2014. Finck’s visit is part of the Times’ ongoing investment in youth journalism initiatives in San Bernardino that include a seed grant to launch a Community News Section of the Chronicle and support El Cajon High School’s involvement in High School Insider. This collaboration was brought about in the wake of The Times' coverage of the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, which earned them a Pulitzer Prize. To encourage public service through journalism and to honor the victims, The Times donated the 10,000 dollar prize to help launch a community news section in the Coyote Chronicle. The Los Angeles Times first collaborated with the Coyote Chronicle in the winter quarter of 2017, when the Community Journalism Reporting Initiative was created on Jan. 9. This produced a new community section of the newspaper that allowed the young journalists to cover important issues across the Inland Empire. '[Kyle] encouraged us to continue writing about the topics we are passionate about and to pursue our goals even when they seem so far away,' stated Coyote Chronicle managing editor Andrea Engelhorn. 'He reminded us to ask ourselves every day, 'why am I here? What is my purpose?'' 

 

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Dr. Mary Fong's competitively selected paper in the International Intercultural Communication Division: Ethnic Identity Development and Adaptation of Accused 'Oreos' and a panel presentation in the Spiritual Communication Division: Course Resources in Teaching: Communicating Love and Compassion will both be featured. Read more about the conference...

 

Dr. Mary Fong Featured at Natl. Comm. Assoc. Convention

 

Dr. Muhtaseb received an energetic standing ovation following the screening of her film '1948: Creation & Catastrophe' at the San Diego Arab Film Festival on October 29.  Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. View a future screening of the film...

 

Standing Ovation for Film by Dr. Muhtaseb

 

 

Documentary co-directed by CSUSB professor to debut at Arizona International Film Festival

As a result of successful years of hard work and dedication, Dr. Thomas Corrigan has been promoted to Associate Professor and received Tenure. 

PRSSA Chapter President Andrea Stewart and Vice President Fatima Rivera-Ortiz are attending the Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference, the largest gathering of public relations students in the country. The national conference, this year, themed “The Revolution Continues,” gives our participating students the opportunity to network and to explore different sections of the public relations industry. Learn more...

 

 

Congratulations to Jacob Poore, the Coyote Advertising team, and the Fall 2016 COMM 243D students who are being recognized at the 2017 Public Relations Society of America, Inland Empire Polaris Awards in the student PR campaign category for their planning and execution of the 2016 Holiday PSA Food Drive benefiting The DEN. The Polaris Awards are an annual program that recognizes the very best in strategic public relations programs and tactical execution in the Inland Empire. 

PRSSA Chapter President, Andrea Stewart is being recognized at the 2017 Public Relations Society of America, Inland Empire Polaris Awards in the student PR campaign category.   Stewart submitted 'So Cal Yard Handbook Proposal' that was created for Western Municipal Water District while enrolled in COMM 341: Introduction to Public Relations during Spring 2017. Students who are currently working on any public relations projects at CSUSB are encouraged to submit their student projects for 2018 Polaris Awards after June 2018.

 

Two PRSA Polaris Awards by CSUSB Students and Professors

 

On October 18, four of Professor Nerren's students appeared on live web TV. As part of class, students have been working on a real PR campaign serving individuals with autism on behalf of a national autism nonprofit called The Miracle Project. View the show...

 

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Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world, which is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This documentary is ten years in the making.Working with a team of researchers, archivists, historian consultants, fixers, camera operators, and translators to tell this story, production took place across seven countries: Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, UK, Canada, and the US. After releasing the film to rave reviews at the Arizona International Film Festival, Dr. Muhtaseb will be present at film screenings across the United States: Georgetown University, Cambridge University, The Palestine Center in Washington D.C. the OXO Tower in London, The Middle East Studies Association Film Fest 2017 Conference, the Department of Media Studies at Hunter College in New York City, University of Memphis, Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee, and the AMP Conference in Chicago.

Our students have again been recognized as having the best Phi Alpha Theta honors society chapter in the country for our division. Our Phi Alpha Theta chapter (Alpha Delta Nu) overlaps largely with our History Club.  All students are welcome to join the History Club, but to join PAT you must have a 3.1 GPA.  There are details including information about how to apply here.If you would like to join Phi Alpha Theta, and if you meet the requirements, please contact Dr. Yvette Saavedra.For further information about the award, see the recent campus news story with the details and more information about the Club and Phi Alpha Theta.

 

 

Marc Arsell Robinson earned his PhD in American Studies from Washington State University in 2012.  His research focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in the Pacific Northwest, and his upcoming book chronicles the Black Student Union in Washington State during the late-1960s.  He has published articles, essays, and book reviews in venues such as Blackpast.org, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Reference Services Review, and The Journal of Black Studies.  Before coming to CSUSB, Robinson was Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at Whitworth University, winning the 2017 Junior Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and service.  Prior to that, he was an Instructor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, where he also served as a diversity-affairs administrator. Robinson joins the CSUSB History Department this fall as Assistant Professor, teaching courses on African American and US History.  This past summer, along with packing boxes and moving from the state of Washington, Robinson conducted several oral history interviews with former members of Seattle's Black Student Union and Black Panther Party.

 

The History Department is proud to announce the endowment of the W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence program.  Each year, CSUSB will bring in a prestigious visiting scholar to teach a class on Ancient Egypt for the Department of History, Anthropology, and/or Art.  The scholar will also work with Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) and its renowned collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts to bring the study of ancient Egypt to life for our students.  This visiting professor will also share her or his exciting work with the greater Inland Empire community in an event for the public. We are very pleased to announce that our first W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence is Dr. Jessica Tomkins from Brown University.  In Winter 2019, she will teach History 452, Ancient Egyptian History: Origins to 1700 BCE. This class will allow her to share her personal research and knowledge of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, a time of pyramids and god-kings.

Interim director and editor for Great Oak Press, and CSUSB alum, Lauren Kirschke discusses her vision for the press in a recent interview with the San Diego Union Tribune.  She outlines her dedication to Californian Native American history.  She discuses how her education and involvement in CSUSB's History in the Making journal led her to this appointment.  Incidently, one of the first books published by the press, which focuses on California Indian history, cultures, and langues, is one of CSUSB's adjunct faculty members, Dr. Michelle M. Lorimer's Resurrecting the Past: The California Mission Myth (2016). Click here for the San Diego Union Tribune article.

Dr. Yvette Saavedra’s recently released book Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity, and Land Use in Southern California, 1771-1890  (University of Arizona Press) is a social and cultural history detailing how Spanish, Mexican, American and Indigenous groups’ competing visions of land use affected the formation of racial and cultural identity in Pasadena, California, during this period. She will be giving a public book talk and signing on November 15 at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena at 7pm. Congratulations, Dr. Saavedra! Read more about the book here: https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/pasadena-before-the-roses

 

Pasadena Before the Roses

Congratulations to Dr. Tiffany Jones on her promotion to full professor!

Three history students, Jasmine Colorado, Marmar Zakher, and Natassja Martin have been accepted into the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.  In outstanding recognition of their hard work and dedication to academic excellence, each student will be receiving financial assistance, research mentorship and graduate school application assistance which will provide them the platform to launch them into further graduate study in the humanities.  

 

CSUSB Students in Front of Nelson Mandela @100 Banner

    

CSUSB Students write about their contributions

As part of Dr. Tiffany F. Jones' Study Abroad program to South Africa, CSUSB students honor Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday by giving to a Soweto Orphanage.  See the full news item at https://inside.csusb.edu/node/16196

Dr. Tiffany Jones attended a seminar in Ghana. Read more about the seminar here: https://inside.csusb.edu/content/three-csusb-faculty-attend-seminar-ghana

PressTV interviewed Dr. David Yaghoubian about the Trump administration's intentions in Venezuela.  Dr. Yaghoubian spoke live from Tehran, where he is conducting research. You can find more about the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dZmhVJyuRQ& feature=youtu.be

Dr. Marc Robinson will join the Department of History at CSUSB this Fall as an assistant professor of African American history.  He  attend an oral history workshop at UC Berkeley. Learn mor about Dr. Robison's research on oral history history here: http://update.lib.berkeley.edu/2018/05/31/marc-robinson/

The university honored our very own Dr. Cherstin Lyon with BOTH the Outstanding Professor and Outstanding Advisor Awards for her excellence in teaching, scholarly activities and service to students.  Congratulations, Dr. Lyon! Read more about Dr Lyon here: https://inside.csusb.edu/node/12231

Dr. Yvette Saavedra was re-elected to serve another two-year term to the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), as Chicana Caucus co-chair along with co-chair Dr. Isabel Millán, assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon. Saavedra and Millán organized and moderated the Chicana Caucus Plenary 'Reclaiming Power: Centering Queer Chicana Indígena Resistance and Histories.'

Additionally, Millán and Saavedra inaugurated the Chicana Caucus Publication/Creative Works Recognition, and awarded three student scholarships. Saavedra was also part of a workshop titled, “Developing a Guidelines for Good Practice in Chicana/o/x Studies,” which discussed issues of faculty of color recruitment, hiring, mentoring, and retention.

 

 

Photo participants Left to right:

Dr. Isabel Millan, University of Oregon

Dr. Gabriela Spears Rico, University of Minnesota

Dr. Osa Hidaglo de la Riva, Independent Filmmaker

Dr. Susy Zepeda, University of California, Davis

Dr. Yvette Saavedra, CSU San Bernardino 

Our very own Dr. Kate Liszka won the College of Social and Behavioral Science's Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for her work in developing the CSUSB Egyptology program, her extensive research portfolio, and her service to CSUSB students. Congratulations!

Dr. Kate Liszka and a group of CSUSB students attended the the annual conference for the American Research Center in Egypt held in Tucson, AZ.  It was a highly successful event for CSUSB. The attendees from left to right are:

Bryan Kraemer – RAFFMA part-time Egyptologist

Efren Perez – History Club President

Kate Liszka – Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology

Eva Kirsch – Director of RAFFMA

Benson Harer – Benefactor who made Egyptology at CSUSB possible

Nathanael Gonzales – History Major

Marmar Zakher – Vice President of the History Club

History students Danny Cervantes, Jacqulyne Anton win an Office of Student Research's grant! During the summer monthts they will be working with Dr. Huacuja Alonso on a research project about sound and policing. The project, titled 'The 'Noise Complaint' and the Politics of Sound: A Case Study in Southern California,' studies the criminalization of sound through an in-depth analysis of reports of noise complaints and violations published in two newspapers: LA Times and San Bernardino Sun from 1975 to the 1990s. The purpose of the study is to understand through qualitative analysis of sound reports in local newspapers how individuals conceptualized sound and came to understand silence as right.

Marmar Zakher's paper, 'From Female Moneylenders to Church Shares: The Coptic Town of Jeme,' won third place in the Undergraduate World History category at the Southern California Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference.  The paper analyzed the social economics of the people living in Jeme. Ms Zakher wrote an earlier verson of the paper in Dr. Liska's HIST 339 Culture and Society in Ancient Egypt class.

Our very own Tristian Arrieta gained admission to his first choice graduate program. He will join UC Riverside graduate program in education in June!

Jason Garcia presented his research on Chilean folk music at the the LASPP (Latin American Social & Public Policy Conference) at the University of Pittsburgh on March 23, 2018.  He earned  a grant from the Office of Student Research to attend the conferece. He completed the research for the paper titled 'Music is Power! Nueva Cancions Push for Indigineity' in Dr. Isabel Huacuja Alonso's and Santoni's classes. 

(View of the groves at Citrus State Historic Park, Riverside, California)

CSUSB students, under the direction of Professor Cherstin Lyon and in collaboration with students at UCR and the project lead, UCR Professor Cathy Gudis, have conducted research to develop a new interpretive plan and a series of outdoor exhibits that will incorporate more stories of immigrant and migrant laborers into the landscape at the Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. This project will serve as a model for the statewide California State Parks' 'Relevancy and History' project. California Citrus State Historic Park, the community partner for this project, serves as a pilot location for the “Relevancy and History” project, which aims to create a model for re-interpreting and re-invigorating State Parks Interpretation and Education Program. The State Parks are seeking new ways to better serve the public and to integrate students in the process. Student involvement is in keeping with the educational mission of the project and the park at large.

 

This year has seen an extremely impressive class of History undergraduates accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country. Tomi Pulkkinen has been active as an editor and contributor to the department’s award-winning undergraduate journal, and he is now headed to the doctoral program in history at UC Santa Barbara. Recent graduate, Elvis Rivera Salinas, winner of numerous departmental honors including highest GPA and the J.C. Robinson Scholarship, is on his way to the University of Pittsburgh to begin work on his doctorate in history with renowned expert of Nicaraguan history, Dr. Michel Gobat. Emily Wild, another award-winning and outstanding student is off to Virginia Tech for her Master’s in History, with full funding support. Connor Gahre will begin his work also in a fully funded Master’s program at Miami University in Ohio. Arlene Gutierrez is currently completing her first year in the Master’s program at Johns Hopkins. Rocio Gomez was awarded with a highly competitive Latino Heritage Internship as part of the Hispanic Access Foundation, and she was placed at the Manzanar National Historic Site for the 2017 summer, further strengthening our department’s ties with Manzanar. Angela Tate will begin her doctoral studies in history Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), where she plans to focus on 19th and 20th century African Diasporic histories of the US and UK, with minor fields in Women's Studies and Public Humanities. Ms. Tate was selected as a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar for 2016-17 at CSUSB, and she was also chosen as an alternate for the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Award, 2017-18.

JB-255 (THE HUB)

California State University, San Bernardino’s Department of Marketing located at The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration has officially launched its own lab called The HUB located in room JB-255.

The HUB stands for Helping Understand Business and it was supported and funded by The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration as well as a VETI Grant. The classroom is a collaborative learning environment that is developed by the faculty of the department of marketing alongside the marketing advisory board.

It has its own branding and design which was all created on campus by Bliss Gray. Gray is a Graphic Design student assistant at the on-campus multimedia training facility, Coyote Advertising. The graphic designer, “combines art and technology to project ideas through visual and textual content.”

The classroom is completely redesigned with new furniture, new technology and a bright setting to ensure the students are comfortable and ready to learn in The HUB. This lab is set up to support group study and projects during class time. The students have already given their positive feedback upon its first quarter.

A survey was conducted in the winter 2018 quarter during the lab’s first year of use and it has received positive feedback from students who have attended their class in the lab. They mostly agreed the technology in JB-255 has prepared them for the real-world business environment. The students who took this survey also strongly agreed the classroom increased their motivation to interact with their group and that the classroom facilitates a flexible interaction between classmates as well as instructor.

Lastly, the marketing students are able to gain greater understanding of marketing concepts taught in JB-255 and they will gain greater experience in oral and written communication.  

*Coyote Advertising is an “on-campus multimedia training facility with a mission to prepare CSUSB students for the 21st century media leadership position.” The facility is run by Jacob Poore who is also a part of the Marketing Advisory Board.

Source: Coyote Advertising (www.coyoteadvertising.com)

The Coyotes Of Comedy Show - Dante, Rebekah K, Ace G, Darran C, Deshawn R, Josh K, Kil T

The 6th Annual CSUSB Sports & Entertainment Marketing Scholarship Fund, Coyotes of Comedy show was held at the Redlands Fox Theatre on March 16, 2018 in Redlands, California. The Department of Marketing in the Jack H. Brown College is proud to announce that this show was completely sold out!

Every year, marketing students who take the course, Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning & Strategy (Marketing 555), plan the entire event from selling tickets, booking the venue, working at the event, as well as booking the talent for the night. The class instructor for Marketing 555 this year was Marketing Adjunct Professor, Eric Hutchins. 

The 6th Annual CSUSB Coyotes of Comedy lineup featured great comics who had the whole crowd laughing non-stop. Including Dante, Rebekah Kochan, Ace Guillen, Darran Carter, Deshawn Raw, Josh Kreps, and Kil Theodrick. The special MC for the night was the lovely and funny, Melissa Greenberg! 

Be sure to look forward to our next Coyotes Of Comedy show in Winter 2019. 

What is Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning & Strategy (Marketing 555)?

It is an integrative approach to strategic entertainment marketing management providing theoretical and practical aspects of marketing management in the entertainment industry. Topics include the planning, design and execution of a comprehensive situation analysis, identification and evaluation of strategic marketing alternatives, and the implementation of marketing plans and programs.

faculty research

Profound and widespread changes in information and communications technologies (ICTs) have influenced our lives and reshaped leadership.

There has been a paradigm shift in communication patterns in every sphere with the overdose of ICTs - social media, e-mail, integrated communication platforms (e.g. Blackboard), videoconferencing and document sharing.

Changes are being studied by Dr. Monty Van Wart, who is leading a team of scholars around the world along with Dr. Alexandru Roman from the college department of public administration. They are conducting a series of studies with various local governments and soon with the Korean government. They attribute their success and speed in expanding their research agenda to using the appropriate amount and number of ICTs, as well as good old-fashioned face-to-face research gatherings once or twice a year.

Using CSUSB as its backdrop, one study reveals that:

1) most managers use computer-mediated communications about 50% of the time

(2) ‘transactional’ aspects of leadership are perceived to have been aided by ICTs

(3) the ‘transformational ‘aspects are more difficult to implement by ICTs alone (but they aren’t easy in face-to-face settings either)

(4) followers expect leaders to be increasingly proficient in the use of ICTs.

Research also shows that effective e-leaders need the ability to communicate competently, exercise virtual social skills, create teams in disembodied contexts, foster and encourage innovation and change without extensive personal contact. They need to be capable of handling routine technological issues and challenges with calmness, and maintain a sense of trustworthiness.

Alumni Robert Watkins

Graduation was nearing, but in between wrapping up a full course load of classes, working a couple of jobs, building a business and raising his infant, Robert Khalid Watkins ('11 Marketing) hadn't had a chance to pause and reflect on the achievement. That is until he received the call that he was a Marketing Department scholarship awardee.

'It was only $250, but honestly it was huge for me - it was the icing on the cake and incredible recognition for all the hard work I was putting in.'

This just goes to show that even the most minimal scholarship can make a difference. Since the 2008-2009 school year, more than 550 scholarships have been awarded in various amounts to Jack H. Brown College students.

Robert, who now successfully leads a real estate team called The Watkins Group – Intero Real Estate Services in Rancho Cucamonga, says attending the scholarship night awards with his family was a proud moment.

'School is difficult, especially if you're a returning student like I was at age 28 at the time of graduation,' Robert said. 'I wasn't making much and child care costs were a challenge. But that night, we all got a chance to celebrate.'

Now as an alumni, Robert says he wants to give back any way he can.  

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The Cyber Security program is among the top college programs nationally, making significant strides to address the national shortage of cybersecurity talent through training that is measurable, standard and simulating real-world challenges.  It was recently chosen as a Cybersecurity National Resource Center, a designation given to only three institutions in the country by the National Security Association.

Collaborations with the Center, led by Tony Coulson, have included curriculum design, project labs, workshops, virtual servers, Intelligence community programs, national recruitment, virtual challenges and special projects with more than a dozen colleges. The Cyber Security Program team are often called on as expert sources in the media as well. Recently, Tony provided personal tips on cyber security for Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival attendees after a security scare. 

“To be in the same company as Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Purdue is truly extraordinary.”

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales wrote in a recent congratulatory note

Ever advancing its offerings and opportunities for students, the center expects to launch a new online National Security Master’s program this fall.

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MAJOR PROGRAM AWARDS SINCE FALL 2016

CAE Community CNAP -$565,000 for one year, awarded Mar 2017NICE Challenge Curriculum CNAP - $1.71 mill for one year, awarded Mar 2017NICE Challenge Research and Heat Map - $878,000 over 3 years, awarded Jan 2017Cybercorps Scholarship for Service - $4.3mill over 5 years, awarded Oct 2017

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CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program

Opportunity to receive full student fee coverage for California residents (including books and annual stipend), participate in federal summer internship and attend federal cyber security job fair in Washington D.C. Deadline is April 30, 2017.

Learn more and apply at csusb.edu/cyber-security

Export Controls Regulation Discussion—

Javier Torner and Dorota Huizinga facilitated a discussion around Export Controls Regulation. To adhere to federal export control regulations CSUSB requires its faculty, staff, and students to comply with the export control regulations of the U.S. The Executive Committee. Briefly reviewed the CSU Export Controls manual, talked about the current restriction countries, and proposed various avenues to disseminate the information to the greater campus community. More information can be found at https://www.csusb.edu/academic-research/research-compliance/export-controls.

ITS Strategic Plan Implementation Plan Updates—

VP Samuel Sudhakar provided the mid-year progress report for the ITS Strategic Plan Implementation Plan Year 3 to the Executive Committee. There was a brief overview of the document along with a brief discussion.

IT Governance Executive Committee Charge and Membership—

VP Sudhakar presented the current charge and membership document for the IT Governance Executive Committee. The Executive Committee was asked to review and provide feedback on any necessary changes. The document will be revised to reflect positions and roles rather than the individuals serving as members of the Executive Committee.
 


Dr. Mauricio Cadavid works as a Senior Instructional Designer for Academic Technologies and Innovation (ATI) in the lower level of the Pfau Library here Cal State University, San Bernardino where he started as a student assistant in the Summer of 2003 and became full-time staff in 2006.

Inside ATI, Cadavid’s responsibilities include working alongside the faculty of the school in helping them with designing engaging activities, effective assessments, and overall great quality learning experiences for their courses.

Cadavid also reviews courses to make sure they meet the criteria for Quality Matters certification, as well as design and conduct various workshops on how best to handle setting course work for online and hybrid courses. He was also a part of the redesigning the first Quality Matters certified course at CSUSB.

“Overall, my passion in my job is increasing student achievement through learning experiences,” said Cadavid.

Cadavid, himself, is an alumnus of CSUSB with three degrees from the school, those being a BA in Psychology, MA in Education focused on Reading/Language Arts and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Policy.

When not working alongside faculty with creating courses, Cadavid has a passion for woodworking, rollerblading and tennis. He also used to be an instructor for Latin dance, specifically salsa and merengue. On top of all of this, Cadavid is also a certified scuba instructor.

Cadavid is a man who has made CSUSB a special place for him, getting the entirety of his education here and staying to make sure that future students receive the best education as well, so it comes as no surprise that to him, CSUSB means family.

Aaron Bookman has always considered California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) his second home. As a young boy, Aaron lived down the street from the university and would frequently visit his father, Tyrone, a building maintenance manager who retired from CSUSB almost a decade ago. Aaron fondly remembers visiting the campus with his father where they both would take their dogs for a walk.

Two years ago, Aaron was given the opportunity to use his education to maintain the athletic fields here at CSUSB.  Holding a certificate from Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. Sac) in Sports Turf Management, Aaron demonstrates his strong work ethic by choosing to invest in his professional development. In addition to holding a certificate in his field, Aaron is also pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) at Mt. Sac in Ornamental Horticulture with a concentration in Sports Turf Management.

Aaron’s commitment to a strong work ethic and professional development further allows him to transform lives at CSUSB. When asked how Aaron is transforming lives at CSUSB, he immediately discussed the connection between properly maintaining the university’s athletic fields and student athletes’ successes.

“It’s great to see young, student athletes arrive and develop into strong athletes throughout their time at CSUSB. I feel that the athletic fields are another classroom for the students, and it’s my role to maintain the fields in such a way so the students can be successful.”

Not to mention that maintaining the athletic fields, according to Aaron, is another way to beautify the campus and ensure the wellness and safety of those who walk the grounds. Additionally, Aaron learned that how he manages the fields is critical for the fields’ ability to sustain ongoing field classes, athletic games, large scale events and music concerts, which take place throughout the year. Acknowledged for his strong work ethic and dedication to his role, Aaron was one of two individuals who received the President’s Outstanding Employee Award at CSUSB’s 2018 Fall Convocation. Awarded to individuals who “demonstrate excellence in job performance and an exceptional willingness to assist others”, the Presidential Outstanding Employee Award is a coveted possession amongst the CSUSB community.

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At Fall Convocation, Sam Sudhakar, Vice President of Informational Technology Services, shared with the campus community accolades from Aaron’s award nomination which described Aaron as “a dedicated and passionate member of the campus community” who “possesses a level of expertise that is extremely valuable to colleagues, the department and the entire university” and who “is known for calling the athletic fields his own.” Above all of the accolades read of him by Vice President Sudhakar, perhaps the most poignant statement was Aaron’s love for what he does and for CSUSB.

“I was completely blindsided and very surprised!” recalled Aaron, “I felt that all my hard work was validated and that someone not only noticed I was doing my job, but doing it right and beyond expectations.”

What is Aaron’s advice for those who wish to grow in their roles at CSUSB?

“Have patience and work on continuously improving yourself through education and training. Be open to talking to people and always be willing to learn something new,” replied Aaron.

As a reminder to continue to look for new ways to embrace the university’s core value of Inclusivity, Aaron offered the following advice: “We can all learn something new from every person, no matter where they come from or what their background is, we all have knowledge to share.”

Now, Aaron continues his father’s legacy at CSUSB by serving as the Light Auto Equipment Operator in the department, a position he has held for 13 years. It has been nearly 18 years since Aaron joined the CSUSB family and remarks that his career journey at the university has taught him the importance of possessing a strong work ethic.
 

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About Aaron:
Aaron is married to an amazing and beautiful woman, Tiffany Bookman, and is the father of two boys, Tevin and Tyler. He loves sports and has been involved in some capacity his entire life, whether playing competitively (soccer, track, and cross country), coaching his kids in Little League or AYSO, or working on the athletic fields on campus. Aaron is passionate about music and collects vinyl records, often scratching them on his turntables at home. Above all, Aaron loves his family and enjoys spending time with them and making memories.
 


At CSUSB, ITS Department Academic Technologies and Innovations (ATI) are developing and creating a new interactive way for students to learn through the use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality programs, through their emerging group Immersive Technologies.

These programs offer a hands-on way to learn a topic by being able to experience it without physically being there. If you would like an example of how this program works you could come into Pfau Library Room 003 to experience the archeology project “Ambrosia”.

“Ambrosia” allows you to take part in an archeological field site and be able to explore and learn about artifacts found throughout the experience.

The process of making these programs is highly involved, needing work to be down from several different departments. These departments include Music, Art, Computer Science, Communication, Natural Science and several other departments.

Immersive Technology has a plan to continually expand the types of experiences they would like to offer, like being able to better understand subjects on Chicano population street art or being able to recreate a crime scene for a courtroom to better understand the crime committed.

When it comes to how these projects are handled, Dr. Mihaela Popescu, a professor for the Department of Communications Studies and the Faculty Director of ATI, said, “One thing I learned from past experience is that it’s very useful to have a student as a project manager. Right now, every time we take on a new project we are identifying a graduate student who is going to serve as the project manager and channel what’s happening”.

While Dr. Popescu’s job for Immersive Technologies is to make sure that everyone works well together, in the end, it is up to the students to see how the project gets completed, thus offering up unique learning experiences that can be translated to the real world.

For those who would like to get involved, look forward to the creation of a VR club soon, and If you are interested being a part of this new field of technological creation right now, you can visit the ATI lab in Pfau 003, all creative mindsets are welcome.

Danny Vasquez works as an ITC for the Technology Support Center, in the Library Wedge here Cal State University, San Bernardino where he started here as a freshman in 2012.

Within the Technology Support Center, Vasquez is in charge of offering world class customer support for the campus community, be that for the faculty, staff or the students.

Vasquez and his team work closely together with each other and other departments on the campus to make sure that students, staff and faculty are able to get help and complete what they need to get done in as efficiently and effectively as possible.

“As technology is growing it starts to get busier..., so there is tons of support needed,”said Vasquez.

Outside of his work for the Technology Support Center, Vasquez has a love for DJing, where he can express his love for music. He has DJ’ed on campus and for a couple of parties for his family.

The style of song that he likes to use for his DJing is music like old school hip-hop, with his personal favorite music being country.

This love of DJing started when Vasquez was a senior in high school, where he and his baseball team would get together and just mess around with music.

Vasquez is an alumni of CSUSB and for him this campus means opportunity.

“To me it means opportunity, just being able to grow as an individual whether it be academically or professionally,” says Vasquez. “Just the opportunity and the growth of the individual is what I believe CSUSB means.”
 

The CSU Data Lake Presentation - Brendan Aldrich, Chief Data Officer, CSU Chancellor’s Office- 

Aldrich provided a brief introduction and background on his career and led into a discussion on big data and systemic barriers for education. He shared information on the limitations of traditional data and shared how the CSU Data Lake creates a historically stable daily copy of all tables utilized for analytics with the ability to add 365 days worth of history for any tables not already included. He stated the ways in which the Data Lake is better than a traditional data warehouse:
 

  • creates historical stability in systems that don’t natively do this
  • collecting all data means we can now answer questions that haven’t yet been asked
  • data is quickly added to Data Lake and adding a year’s worth of tables can be done in hours


Additionally, he shared a road map as to how the CO will work with campuses for training and to build a campus Data Lake that will be able to bring in years of historically stable data. The Executive Committee provided feedback and discussion about the presentation.

Proofpoint URL Defense Discussion-

VP Samuel Sudhakar shared that July’s phishing attacks resulted in ITS enabling URL defense, which prevents individuals from entering their credentials into fake websites. A concern was brought forth from Forum about why this was done. Gerard Au stated that the TOCS subcommittee recommended continuing with this.

The Executive Committee unanimously approved the recommendation to keep URL defense enabled.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Baod2TyxXqM
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We created a branding video for CSUSB Information Technology Services (ITS) to help bring awareness to students of the services ITS Support Center has. By letting students know ITS Support Center provides best of class customer service and support. This video was posted on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

James Trotter

James Trotter is the Assistant Director of the Academic Technology and Innovations (ATI) Division in the lower level of the Pfau Library. The ATI Department is a division of CSUSB Information Technology Services. In his ATI role, James has dedicated his expertise, mentorship and passion for technology to his department for over eleven years.
 
Mr. Trotter constantly searches for new opportunities to elevate the department’s technological contributions to the campus. As an Assistant Director, James invests his time into ensuring that his students and employees are equipped with the right information, technology, and equipment to perform successfully in their positions for ATI and the campus.
 
“ITS affects everyone through technology. With ATI specifically, we have instructional designers who impact student success. We provide accessibility and tools for any students regardless of any disability they may have.”
 
With his background in radio, TV and film, Trotter proudly states, “Go Beach” as he received his BA degree from California State University, Long Beach. James Trotter has applied his knowledge to the fullest as he mentored over 40 student assistants, some of which he still keeps in contact with and explains they are doing extremely well in the field.
 
While he positively leads his department towards ongoing success, Trotter is more than just a leader. A fun fact about James, he is an experienced scuba diver and has even worked as a presentation diver for the Aquarium of the Pacific for seven years. Trotter’s sense of adventure and passion for technology labels him not only as a valuable leader, but a genuine individual that brings life to the CSUSB community.
 
“CSUSB means opportunity to me. It’s not just an opportunity for me but for everyone, as they all have the ability to do something greater than they originally expected to do in their lives.”
 
 

Watching Molecules Dance- Presentation by Dr. Kimberley Cousins

Dr. Kimberley Cousins, VETI Awardee, provided a presentation to the Executive Committee showcasing their VETI project. The project goals were shared as follows--

  • Replace aging FTIR spectrometer with modern instrument with ATR accessory
  • Use instrument in seven different classes
  • Assess student attitudes toward new instrumentation
  • Assess student competency using FTIR instrumentation and spectral interpretation
  • Publicize SSI funding source


Dr. Cousins provided the assessment plan for the project as follows—

  • Track users/spectra: hundreds fall/winter 18-19 
  • Student satisfaction on spring 19 lab final question
  • Spectral mastery on spring quarter lab finals and spectral problem sets
  • Look for mention of instrument on upcoming senior/exit surveys


Budget data, acknowledgements and marketing efforts were shared about this project.

Campus Email Structure and Communication Policy Review- Gerard Au

Gerard Au presented proposed changes to the Campus Email Structure and Communication Policy for Executive Committee review. This policy was last presented to the Executive Committee in 2018. This latest draft proposed changing the list of allowed senders of student group emails as follows—

The President, Provost, Vice Presidents, the Office of Strategic Communications, the Office of Registrar, Office of Student Financial Services, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship, the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment, the Office of Graduate Studies, or their designees are authorized to send emails to selected groups of students.

The Executive Committee provided feedback and discussed items that should also be considered including adding other offices to this list, information about faculty using personal email addresses, security risks such as impersonation attacks and revising the language of the policy. Additionally, there was a suggestion to begin thinking about combining communication policies. The feedback will be incorporated as needed and will be taken to the subcommittees for another read and review.

The policy will be brought back to the Executive Committee next month.

ITS Survey Results- Sam Sudhakar

VP Sudhakar shared an overview of the ITS student, faculty and staff survey results. He shared that ITS places an emphasis on end user experience and that the campus community holds the scorecard on the success of technology assisted projects across the University. Additionally, he shared the tools for assessment that ITS has utilized. Questions arose from the Executive Committee about how ITS would move forward with these results. VP Sudhakar shared that the ITS Leadership Team is working on a timeline for addressing tactical items from the survey. Strategic items will be incorporated into the ITS Strategic Priorities & Next ITS Strategic Planning Process.

Claire Macdonell serves as the administrative support assistant for the Academic Technology and Innovations (ATI) Division in the lower level of the Pfau Library. As an alumnus of CSUSB, Macdonell received her BA in Anthropology and MA in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton.

Macdonell joined the CSUSB staff family in November of 2017, her current  responsibilities includes managing calendars, meetings, deadlines and working with instructional designers. Macdonell recognizes that technology is becoming the lifeblood of future education as hybrid and online courses are becoming more popular within the academic field. She recently had the opportunity to participate in a virtual reality project, Ambrosia.

“Ambrosia, through the anthropology department, you get to experience fieldwork through virtual reality and gain the skills that you need.” said Macdonell.

Outside of the office, Macdonell enjoys crocheting and trying new foods such as vietnamese dishes. As a Star Trek fan, Macdonell shares that she enjoys traveling and would like to visit Japan one day. Macdonell wears many hats as she is a mother, wife and administrative support assistant.

Macdonell expresses that CSUSB gave her more than a degree but family as she states, “CSUSB has impacted my life by not only giving me my undergraduate education but by giving me the opportunity to meet my husband.”
 

The Division of Information Technology services (ITS) invited CSUSB faculty and staff on April 16th to the third annual ITS Tech Talks, an event in support of Graduation Initiative 2025.  With over 200 attendees, Tech Talks was an informative hands-on technology expo that showcased a variety of the latest practices and tools, one technology in particular captured the attention of many attendees who eagerly stood in line.

Lightboard 2.0 made its first appearance at the Tech Talks 2019, where it showcased its frame of transparent glass with a section of the screen dedicated to showcase a graphic, whereas the other section allows a professor to write on the board with a dry erase day-glow marker as they look directly through the board.

The original Lightboard, Learning Glass, was designed by Dr. Matt Anderson. Anderson developed Learning Glass for instructors to write notes for students on a transparent board while keeping eye contact with students through the transparent board. Over the course of a year, ATI was inspired to take the original Lightboard one step further.

While Lightboard 2.0 is still in the experimentation phase, it differs from the original Lightboard. According to Academic Technology and Innovation (ATI) Assistant Director, James Trotter, he explains that professors can now utilize a board they can see through, write on, and refer to a graphic image that is projected onto the board.

The innovated technology aims to be a ready-to-use resource targeted specifically for faculty to utilize for online video instruction. A handful of professors had the opportunity to experience Lightboard 2.0 and shared their feedback.

“They love it! However, it needs a little tweaking here and there,” Trotter said.

Excited about the future of Lightboard 2.0, Trotter shares the expectation of the completion and implementation of the innovated technology within the upcoming months.

“The purpose of ATI is working with faculty, hearing what faculty have to say and finding those technologies that will help them be successful. Even then we work to tweak technologies to help solve whatever issue faculty may have.”
 

Amidst the piles of paperwork and CSUSB pennants hanging on her cubicle walls are several plaques and certificates that sit on Tiffany’s desk, serving as reminders of the projects worked on and accolades received as a contributing member of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). More importantly, the plaques and certificates remind Tiffany that to embrace change is to embrace the possibilities.

Tiffany Chiang has called CSUSB her home for nearly 15 years now, however, she first began her career journey in Taiwan, managing 45 employees as the owner of an advertising agency.
“The goal for many people in Taiwan, including myself, was to make money, so I dropped out of college and opened my own business,” said Tiffany. As she continued to grow her business, Tiffany noticed that although she was a successful business owner she longed to earn her college degree. 

Making the life-changing decision to sell the company to her business partner, Tiffany set out for the United States to resume her educational journey by completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at California Baptist University (CBU) as a foreign student.

“I remember arriving to CBU when it was called the California Baptist College (CBC) and had 700 students, now I think they are at 8000,” exclaimed Tiffany.
Since English was not Tiffany’s first language, she was required to participate in the English Learner’s program before being admitted into the business administration program. Eventually, Tiffany graduated with her bachelor’s degree.

After graduating from CBU, Tiffany returned to Taiwan for two years and then came back to the states, married her husband, and began working at a telecommunications corporation in Los Angeles.

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Always believing that it is never too late to learn something new, Tiffany made a career change that ignited her passion for learning and defined her future in a new and innovative way. Choosing to venture into the world of technology, Tiffany set out to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Science.

In a self-published entry entitled, Computer and I, from Tiffany’s personal blog, she revealed her concerns and contemplations as she wrestled with the decision to follow her own heart and intuition.
“When is a person past the optimal age to learn something new – perhaps endeavor to master a completely new field? My feeling is, it is never too late to learn, to grow and expand in knowledge and personal capability. One must never shrink from an opportunity to expand intellectually. It is with this emphatic point of view that I commenced my own journey into the world of computer science and the advanced technology associated with it.”

With counsel from her family and by listening to her intuition, Tiffany enrolled at CSUSB as a graduate student in the School of Computer Science and Engineering. At the start of the program, Tiffany received a C+ in her very first course and battled discouragement; however, after meeting with her graduate advisor, Dr. Josephine Mendoza (now, Director, University Faculty Mentoring Network), Tiffany discovered her zeal and passion for computer science and increased her GPA more than a full point.

While in the program, Tiffany was encouraged by Lorraine Frost (then, Interim Vice President, Information Resources & Technology) who at the time was the director of Administrative Computing Services, to intern with the Teaching Resource Center (TRC) and develop an event registration and grant tracking system for the center. Her successes on this project led to new opportunities where she designed the Commencement Registration System which revolutionized the way CSUSB managed its registration for commencement ceremonies and eventually earned Tiffany, along with fellow team members, the President’s Team Achievement Award.
Tiffany’s accomplishments and achievements didn’t stop there as she continued to find ways to give back to the CSUSB community. Taking pride in her accomplishments, Tiffany shared that her dedication to her work has always been about the community.

 “. . . I am realizing my goal to help enable my colleagues, faculty members, administrators, and community members benefit from new and enhanced technology and programs,” Tiffany shared.
This sentiment is collectively shared by the campus community as Tiffany was awarded the 2017-2018 President’s Special Achievement for her contributions to the campus’s technical growth, innovation, and development.
In addition to her role as Lead Analyst for the department of Administrative Computing & Business Integration (ACBI), Tiffany is a part-time lecturer for the School of Computer Science and Engineering, often teaching the very classes she attended as a student in the program.

Tiffany’s outlook on life is one of optimism, exploration, and confrontation in the face of change. “I never give up on a project,” Tiffany said, additionally noting the importance of pushing through challenges.
It is this dedication and courage exhibited towards her work that Tiffany has been able to achieve so many impactful accomplishments in her time at CSUSB.
“Perspective is critical. What keeps us going is a positive mindset where everyone can benefit. There will always be change. CSUSB helped to shape my perspective on growth and education.”

What is Tiffany’s advice?

 “Learn to embrace the change, because if you don’t change, you will never know what could happen.”

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About Tiffany: Tiffany is a wife and mother who enjoys teaching and spending time working on various projects in her role.
 

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) course in effective teaching practices is designed to equip faculty with the instructional skills shown to promote student motivation, learning and persistence. The ACUE course was offered to full and part-time lecturer faculty who teach large classes during the Winter 2019 quarter.

Krystal Rawls, lecturer of business management organizational behavior and theory, is a participant of the ACUE online course and she shares her experience with implementing the techniques learned through the online course. Rawls believes it speaks strongly to the value of engaging students using the practices being taught in the course.

“My students have wholeheartedly embraced the concept map as a discussion tool so they use it when outlining our topics which means, we actually cover so much more” says Rawls. Using the closing techniques, it has allowed her and the students to feel better prepared for the next class meeting. These techniques, along with many others, are discussed throughout the onine course. 

Rawls also shares the feedback she received from an evaluation of her classroom by another professor. The evaluation highlights that Rawls has effectively incorporated numerous innovative methods for delivering the content of the organizational behavior course as well as assessing learning in such a large section of 60 students.

 

“Student-led discussions and the ‘volunteer vs. voluntold’ approach appears to be working to motivate some, if not most, students to read the textbook in advance” the evaluation states.

The feedback also suggests that Rawls’ creative manner in which she developed an innovative reward system using achievements that are related to effort and learning was impressive and worth noting.

The evaluation comment further emphasizes this by saying, “These achievement ‘certificates’ are very much aligned with the recognition and incentives used by actual organizations, which give many students a glimpse into the corporate methods of motivating employees”.

Long-time CSUSB lecturer from communication studies, and winner of the 2017 College of Arts and Letters’ Outstanding Lecturer Award, Donna Gotch, has lead the faculty cohort in 25 learning modules throughout the winter quarter and mentor them in using new skills in their classes. Gotch shared the information to Teaching Resource Center Director, Jo Anna Grant. 

 

Grant explains more about the ACUE online course and highlights what the course involves  

“The ACUE course uses an evidence-based framework, offered online, to support and grow expertise in teaching practice. The 25-module course prepares college instructors to use research-based techniques demonstrated to help students succeed,” Grant said.

“Our goal is to help and encourage our faculty to use proven teaching methods and cutting-edge techniques to help our students succeed.” 

Krystal Rawls values the process of engaging students using the practices that were taught in the ACUE course. Her organizational behavior course is proof that the ACUE course is supporting and encouraging faculty to use the proven teaching methods and cutting-edge techniques to help students succeed.  


CAL Academic Advising and Student Engagement Modernization Project- Sarah Ellison, VETI Awardee

Presentation to showcase one of the projects in the College of Arts and Letters funded by the VETI grant. Sarah Ellison provided an project overview—

  • Employs 5 Student Assistants
  • Provides rotating schedules and opportunities for students to complete practicum requirements as Peer Advisors
  • Provided academic advising services to approximately 2,538 students between July 1st- March 22nd


The goals for the project were also shared with the Executive Committee—

  • To more efficiently assess student satisfaction
  • Improve service delivery to support University initiatives such as Q2S and GI 2025
  • Encourage and increase student engagement by way of social media and online advertising
  • Increase student participation at university events
  • Highlight college specific events and provide increased support and access to information and resources


Sarah also shared information about processes in CAL advising prior to the award of the grant along with the improved processes after the VETI project was implemented.

Terms of Use for Faculty Web Pages Third Review- Seval YildirimSeval Yildirim brought back the draft document to the Executive

Committee for a third read. Based on feedback at the previous meeting, language was incorporated about the use of university marks and language was added to address a concern raised by ASI. With two friendly amendments to the document, the Executive Committee unanimously voted to approve the terms of use for faculty web pages.

CNI Wired Network Refresh - Gerard Au  

This spring and summer, ITS will be performing major upgrades to the campus network infrastructure. This work is being done as part of the Common Network Initiative (CNI) program of the Chancellor’s Office and is expected to last through mid-October 2019.
 
The Executive Committee voted to approve the proposed Campus Network Infrastructure project schedule as follows

  • May 27-31: Pilot building(s) migration
  • June 24-August 30: Access Layer network migration
  • August 12-September 10: Data center network migration
  • TBD: Final testing

CAL Academic Advising and Student Engagement Modernization Project- Sarah Ellison, VETI Awardee
Presentation to showcase one of the projects in the College of Arts and Letters funded by the VETI grant. Sarah Ellison provided an project overview—

  • Employs 5 Student Assistants
  • Provides rotating schedules and opportunities for students to complete practicum requirements as Peer Advisors
  • Provided academic advising services to approximately 2,538 students between July 1st- March 22nd


The goals for the project were also shared with the Executive Committee—

  • To more efficiently assess student satisfaction
  • Improve service delivery to support University initiatives such as Q2S and GI 2025
  • Encourage and increase student engagement by way of social media and online advertising
  • Increase student participation at university events
  • Highlight college specific events and provide increased support and access to information and resources


Sarah also shared information about processes in CAL advising prior to the award of the grant along with the improved processes after the VETI project was implemented.
 
Terms of Use for Faculty Web Pages Third Review- Seval Yildirim
Seval Yildirim brought back the draft document to the Executive Committee for a third read. Based on feedback at the previous meeting, language was incorporated about the use of university marks and language was added to address a concern raised by ASI. With two friendly amendments to the document, the Executive Committee unanimously voted to approve the terms of use for faculty web pages.
 
CNI Wired Network Refresh - Gerard Au
This spring and summer, ITS will be performing major upgrades to the campus network infrastructure. This work is being done as part of the Common Network Initiative (CNI) program of the Chancellor’s Office and is expected to last through mid-October 2019.
 
The Executive Committee voted to approve the proposed Campus Network Infrastructure project schedule as follows—

  • May 27-31: Pilot building(s) migration
  • June 24-August 30: Access Layer network migration
  • August 12-September 10: Data center network migration
  • TBD: Final testing


CSUSB wants to offer students the best possible academic experience for them, yet for students with disabilities, it may be more difficult for them to get this experience than it is for other students. Thankfully here at CSUSB, programs like Workability IV (WAIV) exist to help give students with disabilities the academic experience they deserve.

With the help of the VETI grant provided by ITS here at CSUSB, the WAIV program offers CSUSB students with disabilities, access to mock interviews to prepare them for the future and access to smartpens and notebooks to help them in their academic ventures.

In order to prepare students for the working field, the WAIV program offers mock interviews for students to improve and gain confidence when interviewing with employers. When interviewing, students are video recorded and can watch the recording to realize what they can improve on.

“We all have that tendency to not want to be recorded, but seeing a video of yourself in an interview also helps anyone realize what they do,” says Elizabeth Perez, program administrator of the Workability IV program.

The WAIV program has improved its special technology for students. The smartpen services offer smartpens for students in order to accommodate their note-taking. Students use the smartpen alongside a special notebook that accommodates note-taking and records each page, allowing the student to hear back what they wrote.

Additionally, WAIV provides a fully accessible workstation that assists students with visual or audio disabilities, to help them navigate through a PC. Located in one of the WAIV staff offices, the workstation is available to any students who visit it.

“In a nutshell, that is what we do, we prepare students to overcome any challenges they may have due to their disability. Whether it be visible or invisible, we help them overcome those hurdles, so they don't use those as a way to not get the job,” says Perez.


Kevin Cleppe works as an Assistive Technologist for Academic Technology and Innovations (ATI) in the Cave at the Pfau Library here Cal State University, San Bernardino and has worked with ATI for over a year and a half.

As an Assistive Technologist, Cleppe manages the Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center (ATAC) computer labs and provides group and 1-on-1 training with assistive technology. Cleppe is also responsible for maintaining the working order of the ATAC computers across the CSUSB and PDC campus and strives to promote and raise awareness for the accessibility needs of the campus body.

“Anytime I can provide a solution to a student, staff, or faculty member and make their life easier, that’s a pretty great moment that I’m always proud of,”  said Cleppe.

Cleppe is an alumnus of CSUSB with a BA in political sciences and an MS in National Cyber Security Studies.

Outside of his office, Cleppe enjoys traveling to Joshua Tree as he believes it is a perfect place to relax and rock climb. As an active summer camp volunteer, Cleppe dedicates his time to teaching GEN Cyber Camp participants about cybersecurity and computer science.

Cleppe also envisions developing a crash course program to educate those considering the IT field. As he had built his first computer in 2015, this sparked his interest in creating an introduction program for non-STEM students to show them how accessible the field can be.  

With his strong work ethic and dedication to helping the CSUSB community, Cleppe goes above and beyond making a difference within the field of technology.

“CSUSB means to me a quality education at affordable prices. If you come here, you can go anywhere!” says Cleppe.

Q2S Technical Update- Grace King, Technical Director/Project Manager, Q2S &  Lenora Rodgers, Director, Administrative Computing and Business Intelligence

Presentation to the Executive Committee to provide technical updates on the Q2S Conversion. Grace King covered the Q2S overview including information about the curriculum, advising and information about the technical aspects as follows—

  • Projects to Support Q2S
  • CSUSB vs. Other Q2S CSU Campuses
  • Timeline
  • Escalation Plan
  • Code Freeze Recommendation

Lenora Rodgers provided information about all the projects in progress to support the Q2S Conversion and information about the CSU and Baseline Modifications. The technical conversion timeline for PeopleSoft and uAchieve (PAWS and myCAP ), the escalation process and information about the Code Freeze Recommendation were also covered during the presentation. The next steps for the Q2S Technical Conversion were shared as follows—

  • Approval of the Curriculum
  • Technical Decisions
  • System Integration Testing in PeopleSoft CS
  • Encoding of PAWS
  • uAchieve Enhancements for Q2S
  • Exceptions from the Audit (EFA)
  • Course Conversion Guide
  • Advising Semester Students

More information about the Q2S Conversion can be found at www.csusb.edu/semester.

Terms of Use for Faculty Web Pages (Second Read)- Seval Yildirim  Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs and Development 

The Executive Committee reviewed the second draft of the proposed Terms of Use for Faculty Web Pages. Seval Yildirim facilitated the discussion and shared the draft document. She stated that it had been shared with our legal counsel, Robin Webb for review. Yildirim asked for feedback on the revised language and on the usage of the University logo.  The Executive Committee provided feedback and discussed different ways the University logo and marks could and have been used. Yildirim will take back the feedback provided and will draft and incorporate language relating to the usage of the University Logo. The draft will be brought back to the next IT Governance Executive Committee meeting for further discussion.

Impersonation Attacks- Javier Torner, Director, Information Security and Emerging Technologies 

Verbiage for the email to campus on impersonation attacks was distributed to the Executive Committee.

 


Did you know that CSUSB offers faculty and staff access to LinkedIn’s learning site Lynda.com?  Lynda.com allows you to have access to thousands of videos to help develop your skills in the professional environment.

Lynda.com has been offered at CSUSB for 2 years, and it allows you to be able to extend your knowledge on certain topics or even act as a refresher if it has been a while since you used InDesign or you just want to learn a few tricks of the trade that you didn’t learn the first time you studied the subject.

Thanks to CSUSB, you have access to Lynda.com's huge library of video tutorials that you can view on anything that can be connected to the internet, that means your phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer at any time of the day.

Through Lynda.com, you can work at your own pace and expand your skills,  in topics such as Business, Design, IT, Marketing, Audio+Music and several other subjects. With videos ranging from learning about how to be a project manager to how to have better success when promoting your YouTube channel.

Whether you want to expand your skillset or just become more skilled in what you already know, let Lynda.com be your free guide thanks to CSUSB. If you want to start using Lynda.com click the link on this page.


Micah Schiessel works as an Academic Systems Administrator for Academic Technologies and Innovations (ATI) in the lower level of the Pfau Library here at Cal State University, San Bernardino where he has been working for 3 and a half years.

Within ATI, Schiessel’s responsibilities include working on the Blackboard program here at CSUSB as an administrator, making sure that the program is running perfectly for both faculty and students.

“As administrator of one of the several critical systems of the University, Blackboard, I take pride in the trust the leaders of my department and the division have placed in me to ensure the reliability and utility of its services to the campus,” said Schiessel.

Schiessel is a Cal Poly Pomona grad with a business degree in Information Systems.

During his off time, Schiessel enjoys either snowboarding or playing video games to unwind after a long time at work, and for the past 10 years he has met up with friends to play table-top role-playing games.

For Schiessel, CSUSB and ITS have offered him opportunities to explore different aspects of technology that no other place could have offered him, and for that his grateful.

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Chris Bradney serves as the Assistant Director of the Technology Support Center (TSC) located in the Pfau Library addition, first floor. The Technology Support Center is a division of Technology Operations and Customer Support, which provides CSUSB students, faculty and staff with training and access to software, issues the Coyote OneCard and 24/7 tech support.
 
After earning a BS in Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University and a MA in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Bradney joined the CSUSB staff in February 2018.  As the Assistant Director, Bradney oversees the day-to-day operations of the Technology Support Center including the ITS Training Service Office, the Coyote OneCard and the Enterprise Service Management team.
 
Bradney is most proud of his work that brings efficiencies and automation to the ITS Department and the campus in general. He strives to make technology easy for students to navigate, as he is a firm believer that technology should be used to help stimulate student learning.
 
Bradney has a passion for technology and helping people, stating “I’ve always liked to say that what brought me to IT was the desire to help people.”
 
If he is not at the TSC, you may be able to find Bradney hiking at Mammoth Lakes with his family, woodworking and building furniture, or watching his favorite film, About Time.  He hopes to travel with family to rural Japan for authentic ramen, his favorite dish.
 
Bradney describes CSUSB saying, “It means the opportunity for transformation.”
 

There’s a new department in ITS! Web Services has transformed into Digital Transformation (Dx). They are located in the Pfau Library PL-1105. Utilizing web and mobile technologies, Dx strives to create a culture of easily accessible, intelligently designed, and seamless systems to improve the human experience at CSUSB. That means offering as many features to the CSUSB myCoyote mobile app as possible. The myCoyote app is currently used by over 10,000 people. It is available for both iOS and Android devices. Dx plans to offer features such as the ability for students to navigate to a classroom, book an appointment with an advisor, view seat availability in computer labs, and receive personal notifications for things such as enrollment dates, holds, or when a grade has been posted. Dx has already created a chatbot for Financial Aid and they plan to build out more features, such as answering questions about dining, parking, and advising. 
 
Ultimately, Digital Transformation seeks to improve university processes, eliminate bottlenecks, reduce barriers, and increase efficiency by creating tools that accelerate graduation and support the success of our students, faculty, and staff.


CSUSB Website Redesign—Robert Tenczar, Associate Vice President for Strategic Communication, Michael Casadonte, Director Digital Transformation, Ricky Courtes, Information Technology Consultant, Digital Transformation
 

VP Sudhakar provided an overview of the website redesign process from 2013 and introduced Robert Tenczar to give an overview of the thoughts and logic behind the new website design. Ricky Courtes provided an overview of the proposed new homepage design. 
 
The new design is based on the target audience being the prospective student population. The new homepage will have an image that will cover half the screen with the other half always showing content. The next steps include the team beginning roadshows for different audiences to gather feedback including students, faculty and staff. The Executive Committee provided feedback about the design and made suggestions about the roll out and the communication plan.
 
Accessible Technology Initiative Presentation—Sam Sudhakar, Vice President/CIO for ITS, Leon McNaught, ATI Coordinator
 
VP Sudhakar provided an overview and presentation of the Accessible Technology Services for students, faculty and staff with disabilities at CSUSB. Major highlights were presented as follows-- 
  

  • ITS Accessible Technology provides comprehensive accessibility services at the SB and PD Campuses
    • Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center (ATAC) lab
      • including 25 adaptive workstations across SB and PD
  • Accessibility Consultation for students, faculty, and staff
  • Implements the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI):
    • Web accessibility
    • Accessible Procurement of IT
    • Instructional material accessibility
  • Accessibility Consultation and Collaboration
    • Work closely with Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD) and create accommodations for students, faculty and staff
    • Work with the Office of Strategic Communication, colleges and departments across San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campuses to provide video captioning
    • Provide AT licensing and technical support to SSD, Veteran’s Success Center, WorkAbility, and SAIL offices
    • Collaboration with College of Education Rehabilitation Counseling Program
  • Accessible Technology Initiative Steering Committee Charge
    • The CSUSB Accessible Technology Initiative Coordinator and the ATI Steering Committee work together with the campus community to accomplish progress in the following three areas:
    • Web accessibility 
    • Instructional materials accessibility 
    • Procurement of Accessible Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Accessible Technology Initiative Subcommittees
    • The CSUSB Accessible Technology Initiative Coordinator oversees three monthly subcommittees that work together with the campus community to accomplish progress in the three ATI priority areas:
    • Web accessibility subcommittee
    • Accessible Procurement subcommittee
    • Instructional Materials subcommittee
  • Building CSUSB’s Accessible Technology Organizational Capability: Present & Future
    • Accessible Technology Initiative: Capability Maturity Model
    • Annual report to CO regarding status of 158 success indicators across Web, Procurement, and Instructional Materials
    • Each Success Indicator is assigned a status level from 0 to 5
    • ATI Annual Report is a self-assessment by each campus
    • An honest assessment of capacity and progress guides CSUSB’s implementation efforts and ensures real progress


Network Upgrade Schedule Recommendation- Gerard Au, Associate Vice President for Technology Operations and Customer Support 
Gerard Au provided a draft of the Network Upgrade schedule. He stated that all work should be completed by September 11-12-2019. VP Sudhakar stated that the ITS team is working with the college technicians to work around any blackout dates or dates of impact. The schedule will be finalized in the next couple of weeks and then shared with the campus community.
 

 

Dear valued Faculty and Staff:  Did you know that the 365 Office software is available for free to all students? All of the same benefits that you are enjoying, now your students can too. You know how students can stress out, facing anxiety because the first question that comes to mind is, where do I start?

Here is an opportunity for you to share this valuable information. This can support students with the development of their presentations and projects. Now that you know, please tell students to explore and utilize all of these free Office 365 software features including:

·         Microsoft Word
·         Microsoft PowerPoint
·         Microsoft OneNote
·         Microsoft Excel
·         Microsoft OneDrive

So, what else do your students need to know?

They are not expected to do this alone because a support team is available at the Technology Support Center (TSC), located in the Pfau Library. That is the addition first floor (PL-1108), where they get their Coyote OneCards.

Steer your students to the one-stop shop, where friendly staff are ready and willing to assist students with their new, free, Office 365 download. Lab is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Give your students a better chance of getting their assignments done in a timely manner and put them on a path to academic success.

Blackboard Ally – Kathy Fernandes, Leon McNaught-

Presentation to the Executive Committee from Kathy Fernandes and Leon McNaught about
Blackboard Ally. Blackboard Ally is an awareness tool that integrates seamlessly into the
Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and focuses on making digital course
content more accessible. Instructors are given a dashboard that provides insight into the
accessibility of their course materials. In addition, the Ally tool can automatically
generate alternate electronic formats of course materials, such as EPUB, plaintext, audio,
tagged PDF, HTML, and electronic braille.

Wireless Networks Policy Review-

VP Samuel Sudhakar presented the latest version of the Wireless Networks Policy the Executive
Committee with modifications made after the last Administrative Council meeting. There was a
suggestion to incorporate language about the Acceptable Use Policy providing the framework in
the last paragraph. The policy was approved by the Executive Committee with the recommended
amendment.

Network Security Management Recommendation-

Director Javier Torner presented housekeeping changes and updates to the CSUSB Network
Security Management Standard that has been in place since 2008. This standard was
developed and implemented to comply with the requirements of the CSU Information
Security Policies and Standard (ICSUIAM Sections 8050, 8055, 8060) on network
security management and change control. The only major change presented was the
scope. The change is to not only cover servers/machines on campus but also to include
the resources on cloud. The recommendation was approved by the Executive Committee.

Information Authorities and Custodians Recommendation-

Director Javier Torner presented housekeeping changes and updates to the CSUSB Information
Authorities and Custodians Standard that identifies those individuals who have the
responsibility for the protection of specific university records. This standard was adopted
and implemented to comply with the CSU Information Security Policies and Standard
(ICSUIAM Sections 8065, 8065.S001) on Information Asset Management. The major
changes are the updates in terms of changing roles in departments. The recommendation
was approved by the Executive Committee with one amendment from University
Advancement.

The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite has begun to be offered to the students of CSUSB, allowing students to be able to have full access to all Adobe products alongside the programs already offered by ITS.

The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite arrived on campus in the summer this year, thanks to work by all 23 of the CSU Campuses it is possible for student at CSUSB, as well as other CSU Campuses, to gain the ability to use the full set of programs offered by Adobe for only $20 dollars a year instead of the normal price of $20 dollars a month.

Chris Bradney, the Assistant Director for the ITS Technology Support Center, discussed the work and how ITS wanted to get the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite out and available to students alongside the other programs available to students, like Office 365 and the antivirus ESET.

“We know that coming to a new university and starting school can be a stressful time so we want to make sure that getting that software out to them is something that they can just take off their plate,” said Bradney on the topic of informing students to use the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and other programs that ITS offers to the students of CSUSB.

Bradney mentioned that the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, is popular among people in the graphic design and communication areas, yet it is available to all students who have an interest or a want to experiment with the several different services that Adobe Creative Cloud Suite offers.

For more information on how to sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, you can go to this link and follow the instructions to begin using the several different Adobe programs today.

From October 16th – 19th, ITS hosted their annual “Tech – or – Treat”, a week of tech which showcased the various technology services available to the campus community.

Tuesday, October 16th, was the start of the weeklong event with a Tech Fair and Download party in the Library Wedge. Students walked through the Wedge visiting different booths to learn about what is available to them and download several different free software programs that are available to them.

The following day, October 17th, was for an ITS Tech Open House and Professional Development, which offered workshops for CSUSB Staff. These workshops contained training on cyber security, using Zoom, how to expand your opportunities by using LinkedIn, and how to store and access data through cloud services.

On Thursday, October 18th, ITS visited and hosted an open house at the Palm Desert Campus.

The final day of “Tech – or – Treat”, October 19th, showcased various information regarding Teaching and Learning with Technology, which included affordable learning solutions, using immersive technologies to learn, and a tour of the ATI Virtual Reality Lab.

All in all, “Tech – or – Treat” was a fantastic success, informing and helping CSUSB students, staff and faculty about the campus technology available to them and working to improve their experience at CSUSB. For more information, contact ITS Technology Support Center at their number, (909) 537-7677, their email, support@csusb.edu , or their office located in the Library Wedge at PL-1108.
 

The annual “OktoberTech” event took place October 17th – 20th. The event showcased the technology services available to the campus community.

During the Tech Fair and Download Party on Tuesday, students were able to walk around and speak to representatives from Dell, Apple, and Amazon. There were several different tech booths, including a software booth that helped assist attendees in downloading free software that they weren’t aware of.

On Wednesday, workshops were offered for Professional Development. CSUSB’s Staff members received training on software programs such as; LinkedIn, Qualtrics, and Zoom.

Thursday, representatives of the division visited the Palm Desert Campus and hosted a Download Party and Open House.

Friday, the last day of OktoberTech,  various Innovations in Teaching and Learning were presented to the CSUSB community in AcTI’s Idea Lab in the Pfau Library. Some of the tools showcased during the event were Lightboard, One-Touch Recording, 360 video, and 3D printers. 

OktoberTech was a great success, helping students, faculty, and staff to learn about campus technology and improve their experience at CSUSB.

Dr. Mauricio Cadavid is a Senior Instructional Designer for Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI) who recently completed his doctoral degree in educational leadership at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He began his studies at CSUSB in 2003 as an undergraduate student and completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology followed by his master’s degree in education.

“I received all three of my degrees from CSUSB”, says Dr. Cadavid.  A coyote through and through, it was only fitting that Dr. Cadavid should earn his terminal degree in educational leadership at CSUSB.

Dr. Cadavid joined CSUSB in 2004 as an instructional designer for ATI where he provided 13 years of support and training to faculty members on multiple learning and multimedia platforms. Additionally, Dr. Cadavid has conducted seminars on Blackboard, Moodle, and other learning management platforms, as well as presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences on topics that relate to the effective use of technology in the classroom.

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Dr. Mauricio Cadavid and his two daughters with President Tomas Morales at Commencement

When asked why he selected the educational leadership program at CSUSB, Dr. Cadavid replied, “I [already] felt part of the CSUSB family having completed my previous degrees [at CSUSB]. Plus, I am a staff member, and the Chancellor offered a doctoral incentive program [to staff]. Furthermore, because my master’s was in education, I developed a great relationship with the [College of Education].”

Additionally, faculty member, Dr. Deborah Stine, inspired Dr. Cadavid to pursue a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

“I had been working with [Dr. Stine] on the course design for the courses in Blackboard, and prior to that, I had worked on setting up the program’s interest survey. One day when we were working on a course design, she urged me to apply as she saw leadership traits in me that would be enhanced by the program. Of course, my family has always supported any academic endeavor I pursue, but Dr. Stine really was my mentor, colleague, friend, counselor, and supporter.”

Dr. Cadavid has already integrated elements of his learning with his position at the University, as well as traveled to Nepal and Cuba to give seminars on effective educational approaches to help children learn.

“I have already used parts of my degree at my current job [since] a large part of this degree focuses on leadership skills, communication, team projects, project management, and policy analysis. As a senior instructional designer, these are skills I practice on a daily schedule. Most of my course design consultations with faculty directly reflect these skills.”

In selecting his dissertation topic, Literacy tutoring strategies of America Reads university-level tutors, Dr. Cadavid says, “I looked into what I am most passionate about: reading. The University has a literacy center that helps students, and I have kids who are starting to read. I wanted to put my master of education knowledge to use and investigate a topic that dealt with effective teaching strategies for teaching reading.”

He is most proud in knowing that his efforts and work have already been put into implementation at the Watson and Associates Literacy Center here at CSUSB.

Learning to balance work, family, and education were a real challenge; however, Dr. Cadavid expressed that persistence and determination as well as focusing on the inspiration behind his educational pursuit were crucial in helping him accomplish his goals.

“Prioritization, or the lack of, can be detrimental to reaching your goals. There will be times when things seem impossible, but nothing is. Push through it and choose [to focus] on something that always brings you peace. In my case, my kids always helped, and when you are exhausted at 3:00 am in the morning, and think you just can’t do it, think of that happy reason, and somehow, it will get you through.”

In the future, he hopes to move up to a managerial position and retire as a professor.

About Dr. Mauricio Cadavid

Originally from Colombia, Dr. Mauricio Cadavid is a husband and father. He enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with his church’s children’s ministry, reading comic books (or just reading in general) and completing construction projects in his free time.

Written and edited by Anthony Roberson and Marissa Boles

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We created a promo video to get students, faculty, and staff engaged with reading George Orwell's 1984 and attend a discussion panel CSUSB Pfau Library was holding. This video was sent in mass via email and published in Pfau Library Facebook.

Challenge: To provide a brochure for prospective students interested in teaching programs and credentials at Cal State San Bernardino. // Solution: We developed a brochure known as the COE Viewbook that provides students with the information they need for enrollment, affordability, and programs offered within the College of Education. We created the designs and layout of the brochure and managed printing.

Let's Talk Relationships is a specialty show aired on Coyote Radio. They wanted an identity for their show and graphics for their social media platforms. -Identity -Social Media Graphics Facebook

Only a handful of aspiring journalists of color were admitted each summer into the Summer Program for Minority Journalists, run by the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). The summer-long program provided real-world learning for beginning reporters, and Alan Llavore (Public Affairs/ Communication Specialist, Office of Strategic Communications) was one of two dozen new college graduates accepted into the program in the summer of 1984. This once-in-a-lifetime experience, recalls Alan, affirmed his passion for telling stories.

Journalism was not an unfamiliar career path to Alan, his uncle worked in the newspaper industry and his cousins also pursued newsroom careers as well as public relations. Although Alan jokes that he chose journalism because he was not great at math, choosing journalism felt like continuing a family tradition. As a second generation Filipino-American, Alan earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Cal State Long Beach. Covering major events like the 1984 Democratic National Convention where he interviewed individuals like Angela Davis, Alan holds several years of experience in the industry. Alan’s career experience in journalism spanned across several cities in the United States including, Connecticut, New York, and California where he eventually landed in Riverside at The Press Enterprise, a local newspaper.

In the fall of 2001, Alan began working at Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) as a publications coordinator for the Office of Strategic Communications (formerly known as Public Affairs). As a writer and frequent collaborator with the department graphic designers, Alan became immersed in the digitization of news media. This led him to become the de-facto editor of Inside CSUSB, the university’s daily news source for campus and community events, announcements and programming.

If you were to ask Alan what he considers to be the best parts of working at CSUSB, he would reply that writing for CSUSB is always exciting because there is something new happening every day. “You learn so much about the faculty, staff, students and their stories,” explains Alan, “and there is a recurring theme of community that is consistent across the stories I’ve covered.” Of all of the stories that Alan has covered, his interview with Dr. Richard Addante, an associate professor of psychology at CSUSB, shares Addante’s experience as a participant in a NASA simulated mission in the summer of 2017 (read the story).

“These are the stories that matter,” says Alan, “These stories are what make this University a light in the community. The students and faculty are helping to define the future and every opportunity we get, we share what we do.”

To Alan, it is a privilege to witness a diversity of ideas present within the CSUSB community as well as the wealth and breadth of ideas that emerge in the stories he’s covered. According to Alan, Universities are often seen as inaccessible and monolithic institutions, so his proudest accomplishment is telling the stories of students, faculty and staff who are doing important things and breaking that perception.

“My job is to show the campus off and tell our neighboring community that this is a good University, I’m helping to push this message along, and I get to tell this story.”

Alan’s hard work does not go unnoticed as he was one of two recipients of the 2018 President’s Outstanding Employee Award. At the 2018 Fall Convocation, Sam Sudhakar, Vice President of Informational Technology Services, shared with the campus community accolades from Alan’s award nomination which described Alan as “exceptionally knowledgeable and collaborative” and “a team player, who possesses a pleasant and often humorous demeanor, always seeking to give the best of himself and working for the greater good of the campus.”

In that moment, Alan recalls hearing the word “marquee” as the nomination was being read which was immediately followed by his thought of “don’t fall” when he went to receive his award. “There were a lot of people nominated so to be selected was an honor, I just want to do the best job I can do for the community,” commented Alan.

Serving CSUSB and the local community is what continues to inspire Alan in his work, “In the region that we serve, we get to help define the future for this community.” With each story written, edited and shared, Alan is leaving his creative paw print at CSUSB.

About Alan:

In addition to his work, Alan enjoys shooting photography and engaging in outdoor activities. As a former track and field athlete, Alan continues to run marathons (when he can) and enjoys participating in CrossFit. Community is important to Alan and so, when able, he enjoys spending time with his family in San Diego as well as leading the music department at his church where he serves as an associate pastor.

 

CSUSB students have access to the Hispanic Educational Resources Technology (HETS) Virtual Plaza, a Cengage Learning website that offers students free resources such as career planning, practice tests and online textbooks.
 
The college planning center of HETS allows students to search for scholarships, apply for financial aid and provides tips on how to navigate college life in general.  
 
HETS provides students access to over 300 online practice exams, such as the GMAT, LSAT, and career specific exams such as police officer and medical assisting practice tests. Free study guides and textbooks are also available through HETS.
 
The Career Transitions area of HETS provides users with blogs and videos on career related content, such as “how to write a cover letter” and an interview simulation.
 
 HETS provides students with the resources to “Learn how to find a new career, land the job, and thrive in your new position” according to their website.  
 
CSUSB students can log on to HETS by going to the ITS student software webpage, clicking “access HETS today” and using the code calstate2013.

Academic Technologies and Innovation (ATI) a unit in the Division of ITS, collaborated with the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center to design and host GenCyber, a five-day camp for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, encompassing students from Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The yearly event hopes to inspire and expose the girls to the importance of cyber security while also teaching online safety behavior. The National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation funded the free event on June 17-21 at CSUSB. 

Equipped with the newest technology in virtual reality, the Girl Scouts at GenCyber were able to learn about cyber threats and how to respond to them. The Security Operations Center (SOC) was the heart of this activity, which was available for the Girl Scouts through the virtual reality headsets. 

Dustin Smith, Information Technology Consultant of ATI, worked on creating the SOC explained the project saying, “General secure operation centers are fortified locations that people run all of their internal systems and networking through, so that whenever they are being attacked by a cyber threat, such as hackers, they have the ability to respond to it immediately. We created a prototype version of that in virtual reality.” 

The Girl Scouts participated in other activities that included content on coding, drones, cyber forensics, internet safety and career pathways.  During the event, the girls were learning from CSUSB staff and working professionals in the cyber security industry. 

Keith Baxter serves as videographer for the Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI) Department, a division of ITS located in of basement of the Pfau library.

After serving 23 years as a combat videographer for the United States Air Force and retiring as Senior Master Sergeant, Baxter enrolled at Riverside Community College and transferred to CSUSB.

Baxter is a CSUSB Alumnus, earning both a B.A. in History and M.A. in National Security Studies.

His career with ATI began in April 2019, though he has previous experience doing freelance animation work for the Office of Strategic Communication.

As the videographer, Baxter films, edits and executes both informational and creative video productions for students and staff.

Speaking on the importance of ITS on campus, Baxter says, “It’s really all about creating engaging content for the students, and that’s what we’re here for, to make sure that everybody that comes here has a quality education.”

He is proud of his work on distance learning classes for the Palm Desert Campus, which allows students to remotely attend classes traditionally held on the main campus, “It’s a great way for students to take classes,” says Baxter.

While in the military, Baxter had the opportunity to fly over Antarctica but was not able to visit.
He wants to one day go back and document the U.S. research station in Antarctica.

In his spare time, Baxter loves to go on adventures with his daughter and service dog, Kilo.

He says CSUSB is “like a second home.”

Coyote Advertising gave me the opportunity to develop and expand the experience and skills I needed in a professional environment while having the support and guidance from experts in their fields. After graduation, I was able to secure a management position with the top marketing agency in my area, which led to my current position here at CSUSB College of Education. I would not be where I am today without Coyote Advertising and the invaluable experience, training and connections I was able to make.

Bryan Figueroa was a Graphic Designer for Coyote Advertising as an undergraduate at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) before graduating in 2016 with his degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. Bryan currently holds a position as a Graphic Designer for the prominent  company, Esri. His profession allows him to work with Large Format which includes creating wall sized graphics along with smaller format graphics. Bryan states, “Coyote Advertising helped me get my current position as a graphic designer by helping me practice and improve my skills as well as giving me experience in an agency setting with real clients and real deadlines. If I hadn’t found Coyote Advertising when I did, I don’t think I would be where I’m today.”

Brian Bañuelos was a former Graphic Designer at Coyote Advertising as an undergraduate at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He recently graduated with a Graphic Design degree in 2016 and can now find him at Hallmark Floors. Brian currently holds a position as a Graphic Designer and a Marketing Coordinator. He is responsible for brand development, web content management, social media content production, and creation of print content for flooring products. For Brian, working at Coyote Advertising has helped him with his current position saying, “The most valuable thing I gained working at Coyote Advertising was the amount of experience I got in my major. I was completely prepared to enter the workforce immediately after graduating.”

 

Dayna (Perry) Murphy graduated from Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2008 with a degree in Communication/PR and went on to receive her M.A. in Business Management from the University of Redlands in 2011. During her time at CSUSB, Murphy worked as a student assistant in the PFAU library and was an active leader of the Alpha Phi International Fraternity. Murphy was also a member of Coyote Advertising’s PR team. After graduating from CSUSB in 2008, she took her skill-set to the nonprofit sector, working with the American Heart Association (AHA). Murphy started as a Coordinator, then advanced to Operations Manager and Director. In 2014, Murphy left the AHA to join the American Diabetes Association as a Manager of Fundraising and Special Events and was quickly promoted to Development Manager of Corporate Relations. Murphy says, “Working with Coyote Advertising while I was a student at CSUSB was one of the best career development decisions I could have made. The skills I learned at Coyote Advertising guided me to become a successful business woman. I have worked in the nonprofit sector, planning fundraising events for over eight years and utilize every bit of information Jake and the team taught me.”

 

Marissa Mooney is a former Coyote Advertising employee as well as, Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Coyote Chronicle. After graduating, she landed a job at Katz Public Relations as a Junior Publicist. Today you can find Mooney as a Junior Publicist specializing in talent publicity, branding, social media, special events, and marketing. She pitches clients internationally and nationally to media outlets, attends red carpet events, and submits talent requests for a roster of celebrity clients. Mooney credits Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) for preparing her to succeed in the entertainment and talent public relations sphere. Mooney says, “My passion for public relations and marketing grew along with my experience as I began to learn more about the industry. Coyote Advertising really helped me get to where I wanted to be in my career. I learned how to work with clients and how to implement marketing strategies. I highly recommend anyone interested in pursuing a career in any of the advertising, public relations, and communications industries to apply for an internship at Coyote Advertising. It will pave your way to a successful career within the industry.”

 

Kelly Koehler was a part of the Coyote Radio team during her undergraduate program at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Today Koehler is a successful Account Supervisor with Westbound Communications. Westbound Communications is a Southern California public relations and marketing firm that turns client messages into stories that earn trust. Koehler had a blast working with the Coyote Radio team. She attributes her time as “DJ Kelly K” to her development as a creative and confident professional. Koehler reveals, “Learning the radio business and honing my on-air personality as ‘DJ Kelly K’ broke me out of my shy shell and it felt great to be a part of such a neat campus opportunity. This work gave me a new found confidence that helped me grow as a student and young professional.”

After graduating from Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2011, Paul Dudley was immediately hired by KOLA 99.9 FM to manage their promotions department. Shortly after being named the department’s director, he was awarded the “Superior Performance” accolade for his groundbreaking work in marketing, promotions, programming and digital media. In 2014, Dudley took the next step in his career by accepting a position with the WHDH-TV as a writer and soon after he accepted a position as a Sports Assistant with The Boston Globe. He is now a reporter/anchor for KION NewsChannel 5. Dudley states, “When I was a senior in high school and looking at potential colleges, every radio program director told me that I had to at least be a Junior to be on the air...but not Lacey! She told me she’d put me on the air on my first day if I wanted it! I am a Coyote for life because of her!”

 

Chris Martinez was a member of Coyote Advertising during his undergrad at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and went on to land a job in his field of study. He worked for Pandora Radio as a Client Services Coordinator where he managed the pre-sale phase responsibilities by monitoring inventory availability, creating insertion orders, compiling media plans, and conducting a profile of deadline and revenue directed priorities with minimal errors. Today, you can find Martinez working at NBCUniversal Media, LLC as a Digital Sales Planner. As a Digital Sales Planner with the highly motivated Digital Ad Sales team at NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, Chris is responsible for managing day-to-day partner relationships and account management across all digital brands across NBCU. Martinez reveals, “The opportunities [CSUSB] provided me during my undergraduate time paved the road for my future success by providing me with experiences that are unmatched in any college institution. In addition to showing me the value of results-driven work, Coyote Advertising gave me the tools to furnish my career.”

 

Eddie Villanueva was employed as the Creative Team Lead with Coyote Advertising. After graduating, Villanueva was hired to work for Competitor Group Inc., a privately held, for-profit, sports marketing management company based in San Diego, California. Villanueva is responsible for webpage layouts, updates, and redesigns of seven different websites managed by the competitor group. Eddie also contributes to the design of media campaigns (billboards, web banners, video, photography) and is a key player in planning and creating marketing collateral for the winter promotion campaign for Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series--which was a huge success for the company. Villanueva says, “My time at Coyote Advertising was valuable because it helped to hone my skills in design and marketing which I am greatly utilizing at CGI. Coyote Advertising is an excellent springboard for any student looking to make the jump into the Marketing/Creative field because of it’s small in-house agency structure. Learning to work with real clients, handle real deadlines, and being able to provide feedback/guidance in marketing campaigns is not something that is easy to come by without experience doing it.”

 

Kristine Elledge, a former Coyote Advertising employee, landed a job with a top company in the development of floor covering adhesives and floor preparation products (W.F. Taylor LLC.). Kristine was responsible for maintaining the brand’s integrity and business promotion through strategies involving print advertising, website management, product development, package design, and displaying exhibits at large trade shows. Now, Elledge is a Marketing Specialist for North and South America at D&D Technologies. Elledge says, “I highly recommend that [Cal State University, San Bernardino] CSUSB students get involved with Coyote Advertising. It is not just a campus job, but a kick start to you career!”

Aaron Panther, a former Coyote Advertising employee, took his talents to Los Angeles to work for advertising agency, Ignited. Two years later he joined the 2,700+ employee team at Maxus, USA; the fastest growing media network in the world. Aaron’s responsibilities included; creating insertion orders, creating ad specs, and sending website tracking tags. He also formed new relationships with vendors and maintains those relationships to ensure a positive reputation for both his client accounts and Maxus. Now, Panther is working at Opera Mediaworks as a Brand Sales Planner. Panther reveals, “In order to get that job in your field of study right out of college you need to meet the right people in the industry, and that’s what Coyote Advertising did for me.”

 

Anthony began his broadcasting career at Coyote Radio, where he hosted two morning sports shows and handled interviews for the syndicated radio program, My Awesome Empire. As a result of his education, skills, training and experience, Anthony landed a position at CBS Radio at their Inland Empire Station, K-FROG 95.1. He works in the web department as the social media coordinator, contributes to KFROG.com as a staff writer and is on-air weekend mornings as ‘Anthony Frogatelli’. Anthony was also a 2015 finalist for Media Talent of the Year at the first ever Inland Empire Media Awards. Anthony states, “I walked into Coyote Radio on my first day of school, looking to volunteer. Before I knew it, I was in front of the microphone. Lacey Kendall, Penny Drake-Green, Jacob Poore and the whole staff gave me the experience and confidence to help me get where I am today. I’m so grateful for their continued support. Coyote Radio is much more than just a radio station, it’s a life changing opportunity.”

 

Caleb Boaz is a Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Alumni (2015) with a degree in Marketing and a former team member of Coyote Advertising. Boaz worked at ESRI as a UC Transportation Clerk where he established schedules for ESRI’s 1,800 worldwide employee’s to attend ESRI’s yearly User Conference. He organized and ordered buses to transport employees to and from the User Conference, seek manager and director approval for User Conference schedule’s and answers 300 time-sensitive daily emails. Boaz says, “Coyote Advertising was instrumental in helping me gain the skills necessary to start my career. With Jacob’s guidance I learned to lead, take initiative, produce excellent work and work with a team to accomplish a common goal.”

 

Amanda Boada was an Account Executive intern with Coyote Advertising during her senior year at Cal State University, San Bernardino(CSUSB). After graduating, she landed a job at Univision as an Account Coordinator. Some of her tasks include, assisting the Account Executive with their clients’ orders, running reports, and working with the traffic team to ensure the proper placement of television spots. Boada says, “My experience at Coyote Advertising really helped me get to where I wanted to be in my career. I learned how to work with clients and how to multitask effectively. I highly recommend anyone interested in pursuing a career in any of the advertising/communications industry to apply for an internship at Coyote Advertising. It will benefit you in more ways than one!”

John Moran worked at Coyote Advertising at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) before graduating in 2014. His role at Coyote Advertising consisted of writing creative copy for radio spots, maintaining the website, and generating interest in Coyote Advertising through social media marketing. Moran also co-hosted a sports show on Coyote Radio entitled, “The Sports Den with The Don and John”. Moran is now a Digital Marketing Advisor at Dealer.com. Moran reveals, “In addition to my position, I still remain connected to the Inland Empire chapters of the American Advertising Federation and the American Marketing Association. Working closely with Jake and Lacey provided me with the tremendous opportunity to network with two well-connected individuals. Without their help and guidance I probably would have never discovered a new career path. Their dedication to students is unparalleled and truly something that makes Coyote Advertising a very special opportunity for future students.”

Michael Diaz is a former Coyote Advertising employee turned CEO and now presides over a successful company, Epikore Digital Media. Epikore is, “a digital media company comprised of creative individuals who establish and maintain social media platforms, graphic design, and create websites for other companies in need of an online presence.” Diaz’s experience with Coyote Advertising played a crucial role in developing the necessary skills and knowledge for leading teams, planning projects, and executing marketing strategies with maximum efficiency. Diaz says, “I am now growing a successful company, employing the exact skills I acquired during my time with Coyote Advertising.”

 

Jeff Pope graduated in 1992 after having been a music DJ (Dr.Disco), a sports talk show host and a basketball play-by-play announcer. A fellow Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) graduate helped Pope land his first job at a San Bernardino sports station. From there, he could be heard on IE radios doing news and traffic on X 103.9, and most recently, for 13 years doing mornings on 99.1 KGGI. Pope is currently the Morning Host of “Pope & Marla in the Morning” Mix 106.5 KEZR at KBAY/KEZR. He reveals, “I can’t imagine where I’d be without Coyote Radio. I was allowed to grow in an environment that allowed for hands-on critique while still getting valuable broadcasting experience. And it was a fellow Coyote who allowed me to get my foot in the door. My experience at CSUSB has truly been invaluable.”

 

From January 2007 until her graduation in June 2007 from Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Roxanne Escatel was a successful student employee at Coyote Radio as both an On-Air personality with her own show and as a radio production assistant. Using the experience she gained at Coyote Radio, Escatel was offered an internship and position with Nickelodeon as a Casting Assistant just three months after graduation. From this great opportunity came another and in the summer of 2010 Escatel began working as a Talent Casting Coordinator with Walt Disney World Creative Entertainment. She is now a Network Talent & Casting Coordinator at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. She states, “To say that CSUSB and Lacey Kendall helped me jump-start into the workforce would be an understatement. My experience at Coyote Radio had given me the guidance, experience, and support I needed to follow my dreams of pursuing a career in entertainment. I look forward to what the next 7 years hold for me, as the past 7 years since graduating have been nothing short of a dream thanks to Coyote Radio.”

 

Jeffery Ly was an Account Exec at Coyote Advertising pitching to potential clients for advertising and marketing services. As an undergraduate in 2013, he worked diligently with Jacob Poore as an intern learning everything there is to know about marketing and using social media strategically. During his internship with Coyote Advertising, he aimed to build infrastructure for the next interns and account execs to come. Ly developed sales scripts to make business pitches more effective and also created a directory of companies to advertise with. He’s produced and scripted advertisements for Coyote Radio and Coyote Advertising that reach up to one million listeners on the radio and online; you’ve most likely heard Ly’s commercials aired on our world famous Coyote Radio. In an interview, Ly shared helpful hints for students who were gaining internship experience and looking to be successful professionals. For students specializing in social media, Ly advises to use social media tools “proactively” and strategically to deliver clear messages to your target market. He also said it’s important to be aware of your attitude and work ethic. Students aiming to be successful in the marketing and sales industry should develop the necessary skills and character to stay focused on project goals and needs of the client. Ly worked as the Communications Coordinator at Ultra Marine West. He is also the owner and Marketing Media Producer for Digital Discovered, his own entrepreneurial business venture. Preparing for the future, Ly is now a Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams Pacific Estates Cerritos and plans to invest in multiple business ventures so that he can devote time to working a fulfilling job without worrying about if it pays well enough. “I want to make the world a better place and I don’t care how much it pays,” Ly says.

 

Corina Cuevas graduated from Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2012 and played a key role as a Coyote Advertising team member. She used her multimedia background that developed while working as a radio production assistant to transition into a professional career as a Social Media Specialist at Cochran Consulting. Cuevas states, “Coyote Advertising played an important role in my success along the way because it challenged me to be the best. The program helped me step out of my comfort zone by placing me face to face with real life customers. Knowing customers were satisfied with my radio production work was a great feeling.” As a Social Media Specialist Cuevas manages Cochran Consulting’s Blog, Twitter, Facebook Pages, and YouTube accounts. The confidence and skills that Corina acquired during her time with Coyote Advertising and the creativity that the environment inspired was key to her success as a professional. I can’t thank Jacob Poore enough for all of his help, guidance, and support. Coyote Advertising is not just a place where you go and clock in internship/job hours; it is a place where lifelong friendships are made.

Tasi Hogan is a Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Alumni (2013) and former Coyote Advertising Account Exec. She relocated to Florida to pursue her M.A. in Mass Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communication from the University of Central Florida. After graduating, Tasi has been hired onto the Global Travel International (GTI) team as a marketing assistant. As a marketing professional Tasi’s goal is to generate leads, sell travel deals and sell GTI travel memberships to prospects. She also communicated with industry partners and affiliates, such as Hotel Power and Princess Cruises, to execute marketing campaigns, tailor online communications to specific markets, and manage dynamic social media accounts. She is now a Digital Marketing Specialist at Venue Trading Co. Tasi’s time with Coyote Advertising fostered an experience like no other as she was able to develop her interpersonal communication skills, networking capabilities, and organizational methods. She says, “Working with Jake and Coyote Advertising was an experience unparalleled to any other and has certainly benefited me both personally and professionally.”

 

Amber Foster, former Coyote Advertising intern, took her talents to Red Fusion Media in Redlands to explore the world of marketing. As a marketing assistant, Foster’s position included the planning and execution of events, blogging, writing copy, creating promotional materials, assisting clients with goals, and identifying target markets. Foster states, “Ultimately, after taking several tests and attending two interviews I was hired as a marketing assistant for a media marketing company.” Foster credits Coyote Advertising for teaching her about the world of marketing and advertising. As a valuable addition to the team, she learned a great deal of information that translated over to her current position as a Content Marketing Specialist at The Henehan Company. Foster says, “Plugging into Coyote Advertising is a must for students who are interested in networking with professionals in the Inland Empire.”

 

Mindi McNeil is a graduate student at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in the Criminal Justice Department. During her time here she worked extensively with Coyote Radio by having her own radio show and aiding in the development of CSUSB’s own My Awesome Empire radio program. McNeil says, “Being able to be on air at Coyote Radio and through My Awesome Empire has given me the skills that I need to turn myself into a successful interviewer and on air personality.” The experience she gained with Coyote Radio set her up for professional success and since her time with us she has worked at NPR affiliate stations 91.9 KVCR, 99.9 KOLA-FM, and 96.7 KCAL. McNeil reveals, “I have been able to interview entertainers, such as John Pate and Kathy Griffin, as well as Politicians ranging from Mayors, Congressmen and Congresswomen, and state assembly members. All of this would not have been possible had I not been trained at Coyote Radio. This station has a far reaching impact into the community and it sets students up for immense professional success.”

 

Veronica Natal graduated from Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2012 and was an intern for Coyote Advertising and Coyote Radio. As an intern, Natal was trained to edit, record audio, write copy, create consistent business branding and successful advertising campaigns. She worked for the Los Angeles Times as a Digital Account Executive where her job required meeting with clients, understanding their digital advertising needs and creating a successful marketing/advertising campaign that would help capture their audience. Now you can find her working as a Digital Marketing Associate at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies. Natal reveals, “After graduating from CSUSB in 2012, I acknowledge Coyote Radio and Coyote Advertising as playing a pivotal part in my success. Having a recommendation from Jacob Poore and Lacey Kendall as an intern for Coyote Radio/Advertising was the key part in me successfully getting my first job out of college. Any student who is able to be involved in Coyote Radio and Coyote Advertising will quickly realize how beneficial it is not only to their education but also to their future career in the industry.”

 

DJ Watson is a 2014 graduate from Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) that used his experience as an Account Executive in Coyote Advertising to land a job in his professional field. Watson worked as an account manager for Edison-Opto by providing services to existing accounts, obtaining orders, and establishing new accounts by planning and organizing calls to existing and potential clients. Today, you can find Watson working as a Marketing Associate at Techno Coatings Inc. He reveals, “While working with Coyote Advertising, I became aware of how a business works and a taste of the real world. I’ve learned that no matter what a company does, sales is one of the most important positions to keep the company running. Cold calling, emailing and meeting clients in person for the Coyote Coupon Club got my foot in the door for the account executive position I have now. I have the ability to talk to people and get to know them, but with the help of the internship, I was able to utilize this trait and talk to customers. I also realized that no matter who you are, you have to start somewhere and with Coyote Advertising I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the account executive field.”

Erik Fallis, Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) alumni (2005), is a former student manager and program host for Coyote Radio. He built a career in public affairs based on the experience of media project management gained as a Coyote. Since graduation, Fallis has served as the Constituent Affairs Representative for the Office of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2008, Fallis joined California State University as a Media Relations Manager for the CSU system, then in 2013 he was named Senior Manager of Operations, University Relations, and Advancement for the office of the Chancellor. Now he is a Director and Speechwriter for the California State University, Chancellor’s Office. Fallis states, “These days, I oversee communications that reach a statewide audience for the chancellor of the California State University. I enjoy serving as a university spokesperson, which even includes being interviewed on occasion by Coyote Radio.”

CSUSB students, faculty and staff can protect their computers from malware and spyware for free by downloading ESET Antivirus.
 
Malware and spyware are malicious types of software that can damage computers, leading to slower performance speeds and a greater risk of identity theft or fraud.
 
ESET Antivirus is available from ITS as a free download for up to three personal devices per student, staff and faculty. For CSUSB owned computers, there is a campus version of ESET also available. The software is available on both Mac and Windows.
 
ESET Antivirus will expire one year after activation and can be renewed for free as long as the computer still belongs to an active student, staff or faculty.
 
To download ESET Antivirus, go to the ITS Software page and look for the “Get ESET Antivirus” button.

The Self-Instructional Computer Lab (“The Cave”) is located on the first floor in the Pfau Library Wedge and is available for students to use 24/7 during the regular academic year.  The lab contains over 80 computer workstations, including 16 ADA compliant stations.  Each station has software such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, VLC Media Player, iMovie, Adobe Creative Cloud and many more. Students can utilize these programs at no cost!
 
The lab is also home to one of the new Ink SmartStation printers, which are conveniently located around campus, and offer students a way to “upgrade the way you print.” In comparison to other printing stations, the Ink SmartStations provide copying, emailing and scanning services.
 
Juan-Carlos Corona works as a student assistant in the Student Technology Center, which is located in the Self-Instructional Lab. His job duties include assisting students in the Lab with troubleshooting and software downloads.
 
Corona describes the Student Technology Center and Lab saying, “We have Mac computers that have photo and video editing software and we can help you out if you have any questions about anything with the programs.”
 
The Self-Instructional Computer Lab and Student Technology Center are both resources that students can utilize as a place to study and print documents 24/7. Staffed Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  After hours, students can still enter 24/7 using their Coyote OneCard to swipe for door entrance. They can also call (909) 537-7677 after hours for help.”
 

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The CSUSB website is transitioning to Drupal 8, which will launch on September 3, 2019. Michael Casadonte, Director of Digital Transformation, features the new updates in an informative video. The video can be viewed on all ITS social media pages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @csusbsupport or above.

The new design features will improve the functionality of the CSUSB website and provide site visitors with a better experience. 

The new search tool and search engine will help users navigate quickly through high traffic pages. A condensed menu and wider page layouts will decrease the amount of scrolling to find content. 

The home page will highlight campus events, social media posts, campus news and have important date reminders. Each department site will include the same navigation as the home page. 

There will be more ways to feature and highlight events, such as the option to add a photo to event listings. 

“We hope everyone, whether you’re a visitor, student, faculty, staff or content editor will benefit from these enhancements to our university website,” says Casadonte. 

Elsa Lopez

Elsa Lopez serves as an Administrative Support Coordinator II for two departments within ITS, the Information Security & Emerging Technologies department and the Digital Transformation department, both located the Pfau Library.
 
Lopez is a CSUSB Alumna, who began her career at CSUSB as a student assistant in 2001 when pursing her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Kinesiology.
 
As an Administrative Support Coordinator II, Lopez provides administrative support to Dx and ISET such as completing travel, purchase orders and student and staff payroll. Her favorite part of the job is how efficiently she completes her projects and assignments.
 
Speaking on the importance of ITS on campus, Lopez says, “We provide world class customer service to our campus community by being an efficient tool through the use of new technology.”

Elsa loves supporting her children’s extracurricular activities such as watching her son play baseball and attending her daughter’s recitals and Girl Scout outings. She also enjoys traveling to different beaches and would love to go to the Bahamas or Jamaica someday.
 
Elsa has been a member of the CSUSB Community for many years as both a student and a staff member.
 
She calls CSUSB her “second home.”  

Portfolium

CSUSB students have free access to Portfolium, an online portfolio website serving more than 4 million students from 18 countries. 

Portfolium allows students to showcase their skills, coursework, resume and experiences. Portfolium profiles can be shared with employers and peers and gives students the option to follow the profiles of companies. 

Portfolium allows companies to post open job descriptions that students and Alumni can then apply for. 

Students can customize their profiles to include their education, location and skills. The portfolio tab also gives students the ability to add completed projects to their profile. 

The discover page highlights the projects of students from different schools for all users to view. 

Portfolium is easy to use! Students can access their profile by going to the ITS student software webpage and clicking “Build Your Portfolium Today!” 

CSUSB students will have access to Portfolium free for life!

Technology Support Center Webpage

For technology assistance, CSUSB students, staff and faculty can submit support tickets to the ITS Technology Support Center (TSC).

The TSC is located in the Pfau Library Addition first floor and provides the CSUSB community with 24/7 tech support. 

Support tickets are requests for assistance on many types of technology platforms. Tickets can be submitted on issues with MyCoyote, Blackboard, software, printing, email, WiFi and general help. 

Once a ticket is submitted, it can be viewed and the status can be tracked. 

For immediate help, the TSC has compiled the Knowledge Base, where articles on general and frequently asked questions can be accessed. 

Support tickets can be submitted by logging on to the Technology Support Center on the ITS webpage and clicking “support.”  

 

Tech Fest Save the Dates

Faculty, Students and Staff: Mark your calendars for Tech Fest Week! This four-day event presented by the ITS Department is taking place October 8 – 11, 2019. There is a Palm Desert Campus Day, too.  

Student Day is October 8 beginning at 9 a.m. in PL-1109. Students are invited to come see all that ITS offers. They can get training on student software, bring their laptops and download free software, see the new INK SmartStations and more! There is a download and pizza party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in PL-025. In addition, students can visit The Cave and stop by stations to get their ITS passport stamped for a prize.

On October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Staff Day, attendees can gain a deeper understanding of CSUSB students’ needs, learn how to edit images, enhance their technical skills and discover what Digital Transformation really means.

On the Palm Desert Campus, October 10 is PDC Day! The Technology Support Team will be on hand to help with questions and concerns. Meet the PDC ITS Team, see what is new on campus and have a bite to eat. Join the Tech Fest fun in the HS Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Faculty Day happens on October 11 in PL-1104 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ATI will have presentations on Light Board, QLT certified online course example and GoReact Demo. Faculty can also watch ATI technology demonstrations on virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D scanning, 360 immersive video and active learning.

Join the ITS Department for the annual Tech Fest Week on both CSUSB Campuses October 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Tammy Dietzel

Tammy Dietzel serves as a Lead Analyst for the Project Management Office in Enterprise & Cloud Services, a division of ITS. She began her career at CSUSB working in Human Resources and transitioned to her current role in April 2019. 

Tammy is a CSUSB Alumna, earning her M.P.A. in Public Administration in Spring 2019. She also holds a B.S. in Healthcare Administration from CSU Long Beach and hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in the near future.  

As Project Management Lead, Dietzel has to ask the necessary questions regarding ITS projects so that students have access to technology services in a timely manner. 

Regarding her department Tammy says, “We are here to make the other departments in ITS shine.” 

A project that she feels is essential to student success is the continuous updating of Blackboard, a software that every class utilizes. “Engaging students through technology starts with Blackboard,” she says.  

In her free time, Tammy enjoys hiking and training for half-marathons. She also likes watching The Office and Friends. She has visited Colorado and New York and would love to go back to both states someday soon. 

Describing CSUSB, Dietzel says, “CSUSB means opportunity, it’s an exciting time and it’s an exciting place to be.” 

The Hispanic Education Technology Consortium Workshops

Information Technology Services (ITS) invites staff, faculty and student assistants to the third day of Tech Fest for the Hispanic Education Technology Consortium Workshops. The event will be held on Thursday October 10, in PL-5005.

Registration and breakfast will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with Workshop 1 running from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Workshop 1 will educate staff and student assistants about the Hispanic Educational Technology Resources Virtual Plaza (HETS), a free software that offers students resources such as career planning, financial aid and scholarships, internships, practice tests and much more! 

Workshop 2 is from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for staff and faculty. This workshop will teach faculty and staff how to navigate HETS for resources on professional development opportunities. Topics covered will include Hispanic Educational Research Journal Fellowships, professional development webinars and best practices showcases.  

The event will conclude with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. by October 2! 

JB-255 (THE HUB)

California State University, San Bernardino’s Department of Marketing located at The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration has officially launched its own lab called The HUB located in room JB-255.

The HUB stands for Helping Understand Business and it was supported and funded by The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration as well as a VETI Grant. The classroom is a collaborative learning environment that is developed by the faculty of the department of marketing alongside the marketing advisory board.

It has its own branding and design which was all created on campus by Bliss Gray. Gray is a Graphic Design student assistant at the on-campus multimedia training facility, Coyote Advertising. The graphic designer, “combines art and technology to project ideas through visual and textual content.”

The classroom is completely redesigned with new furniture, new technology and a bright setting to ensure the students are comfortable and ready to learn in The HUB. This lab is set up to support group study and projects during class time. The students have already given their positive feedback upon its first quarter.

A survey was conducted in the winter 2018 quarter during the lab’s first year of use and it has received positive feedback from students who have attended their class in the lab. They mostly agreed the technology in JB-255 has prepared them for the real-world business environment. The students who took this survey also strongly agreed the classroom increased their motivation to interact with their group and that the classroom facilitates a flexible interaction between classmates as well as instructor.

Lastly, the marketing students are able to gain greater understanding of marketing concepts taught in JB-255 and they will gain greater experience in oral and written communication.  

*Coyote Advertising is an “on-campus multimedia training facility with a mission to prepare CSUSB students for the 21st century media leadership position.” The facility is run by Jacob Poore who is also a part of the Marketing Advisory Board.

Source: Coyote Advertising (www.coyoteadvertising.com)

The Coyotes Of Comedy Show - Dante, Rebekah K, Ace G, Darran C, Deshawn R, Josh K, Kil T

The 6th Annual CSUSB Sports & Entertainment Marketing Scholarship Fund, Coyotes of Comedy show was held at the Redlands Fox Theatre on March 16, 2018 in Redlands, California. The Department of Marketing in the Jack H. Brown College is proud to announce that this show was completely sold out!

Every year, marketing students who take the course, Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning & Strategy (Marketing 555), plan the entire event from selling tickets, booking the venue, working at the event, as well as booking the talent for the night. The class instructor for Marketing 555 this year was Marketing Adjunct Professor, Eric Hutchins. 

The 6th Annual CSUSB Coyotes of Comedy lineup featured great comics who had the whole crowd laughing non-stop. Including Dante, Rebekah Kochan, Ace Guillen, Darran Carter, Deshawn Raw, Josh Kreps, and Kil Theodrick. The special MC for the night was the lovely and funny, Melissa Greenberg! 

Be sure to look forward to our next Coyotes Of Comedy show in Winter 2019. 

What is Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning & Strategy (Marketing 555)?

It is an integrative approach to strategic entertainment marketing management providing theoretical and practical aspects of marketing management in the entertainment industry. Topics include the planning, design and execution of a comprehensive situation analysis, identification and evaluation of strategic marketing alternatives, and the implementation of marketing plans and programs.

faculty research

Profound and widespread changes in information and communications technologies (ICTs) have influenced our lives and reshaped leadership.

There has been a paradigm shift in communication patterns in every sphere with the overdose of ICTs - social media, e-mail, integrated communication platforms (e.g. Blackboard), videoconferencing and document sharing.

Changes are being studied by Dr. Monty Van Wart, who is leading a team of scholars around the world along with Dr. Alexandru Roman from the college department of public administration. They are conducting a series of studies with various local governments and soon with the Korean government. They attribute their success and speed in expanding their research agenda to using the appropriate amount and number of ICTs, as well as good old-fashioned face-to-face research gatherings once or twice a year.

Using CSUSB as its backdrop, one study reveals that:

1) most managers use computer-mediated communications about 50% of the time

(2) ‘transactional’ aspects of leadership are perceived to have been aided by ICTs

(3) the ‘transformational ‘aspects are more difficult to implement by ICTs alone (but they aren’t easy in face-to-face settings either)

(4) followers expect leaders to be increasingly proficient in the use of ICTs.

Research also shows that effective e-leaders need the ability to communicate competently, exercise virtual social skills, create teams in disembodied contexts, foster and encourage innovation and change without extensive personal contact. They need to be capable of handling routine technological issues and challenges with calmness, and maintain a sense of trustworthiness.

The Cyber Security program is among the top college programs nationally, making significant strides to address the national shortage of cybersecurity talent through training that is measurable, standard and simulating real-world challenges.  It was recently chosen as a Cybersecurity National Resource Center, a designation given to only three institutions in the country by the National Security Association.

Collaborations with the Center, led by Tony Coulson, have included curriculum design, project labs, workshops, virtual servers, Intelligence community programs, national recruitment, virtual challenges and special projects with more than a dozen colleges. The Cyber Security Program team are often called on as expert sources in the media as well. Recently, Tony provided personal tips on cyber security for Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival attendees after a security scare. 

“To be in the same company as Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Purdue is truly extraordinary.”

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales wrote in a recent congratulatory note

Ever advancing its offerings and opportunities for students, the center expects to launch a new online National Security Master’s program this fall.

cyber security students

MAJOR PROGRAM AWARDS SINCE FALL 2016

CAE Community CNAP -$565,000 for one year, awarded Mar 2017
NICE Challenge Curriculum CNAP - $1.71 mill for one year, awarded Mar 2017
NICE Challenge Research and Heat Map - $878,000 over 3 years, awarded Jan 2017
Cybercorps Scholarship for Service - $4.3mill over 5 years, awarded Oct 2017

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CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program

Opportunity to receive full student fee coverage for California residents (including books and annual stipend), participate in federal summer internship and attend federal cyber security job fair in Washington D.C. Deadline is April 30, 2017.

Learn more and apply at csusb.edu/cyber-security

Man holding an infant as woman goes to work.

Faculty Research

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that women breastfeed for at least the first year of a child's life for improved health outcomes for baby and mother. Yet previous research shows that when mothers are employed during that first year, they are more likely to cease breastfeeding. In a refereed research published in the premier Journal of Organizational Behavior, Professor Jing Zhang and her colleagues asked why some working mothers continue breastfeeding, while most don’t.

Using a longitudinal dataset from the Centers for Disease Control, they found workplace toxicity - supervisors' negative workplace remarks about breastfeeding – increases family-to-work conflict and a woman’s likelihood to discontinue exclusive breastfeeding by eight times. Conversely, workplace support – supervisor perceptions and co-worker support – improves the likelihood to continue, and decreases depressive symptoms for the employed mothers. 

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE>>

SOURCE: Spitzmueller, C., Wang, Z., Zhang, J., Thomas, C., Fisher, G., Matthews, R., Strathearn, L. (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016). Got milk? Workplace factors related to breastfeeding among working mothers. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37(5), 692–718. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/job.2061/abstract

Robert Watkinsmed

 

Graduation was nearing, but in between wrapping up a full course load of classes, working a couple of jobs, building a business and raising his infant, Robert Khalid Watkins ('11 Marketing) hadn't had a chance to pause and reflect on the achievement. That is until he received the call that he was a Marketing Department scholarship awardee.

"It was only $250, but honestly it was huge for me - it was the icing on the cake and incredible recognition for all the hard work I was putting in."

This just goes to show that even the most minimal scholarship can make a difference. Since the 2008-2009 school year, more than 550 scholarships have been awarded in various amounts to Jack H. Brown College students.

Robert, who now successfully leads a real estate team called The Watkins Group – Intero Real Estate Services in Rancho Cucamonga, says attending the scholarship night awards with his family was a proud moment.

"School is difficult, especially if you're a returning student like I was at age 28 at the time of graduation," Robert said. "I wasn't making much and child care costs were a challenge. But that night, we all got a chance to celebrate."

Now as an alumni, Robert says he wants to give back any way he can.  

RESOURCES

General Student Resources

Support JHBC Students

64 out of 100 students graduate in 6 years or less

Sixty-four out of every 100 students who join our College as freshmen graduate from CSUSB, and almost half remain as business and public administration majors. The percentage of Jack Brown students graduating in 6 years or less has surpassed the campus targets for 2025, nine years ahead!

Our path to success began with the design of a one-stop Student Success Center in 2012. In addition to professional academic and internship advising, the Center has added many high-impact programs such as student peer advisors, a business mentoring program and a passport program for student professional development.  In fall 2016, the Center reported more than 500 unique student contacts.  Our academic departments joined the movement by addressing bottleneck courses, adopting digital learning, mentoring discipline-based student clubs, promoting study abroad, and holding faculty conversations and professional development around the metric that matters most – student success.

In fall 2016, the College opened an innovation and collaboration space in on the first floor for student use. We designed study and lounging spaces on each floor of the Jack H. Brown Hall and supported the opening of a Coyote market where students can buy snacks any time. 

“We are proud that the Jack H. Brown College is becoming a home away from home, where our students do have the support and space to bring their dreams to reality,” said Vipin Gupta, JHBC Associate Dean – Innovation and Collaboration. “Together, we know we ca move the needle beyond our President’s and Chancellor’s goals.  We’ve done it before and plan to go even further.  We have to.  For the sake of a third of our students who still leave CSUSB not graduating and for other two thirds who do graduate!”

RESOURCES

 

The Coyotes Of Comedy Show - Dante, Rebekah K, Ace G, Darran C, Deshawn R, Josh K, Kil T

The 6th Annual CSUSB Sports & Entertainment Marketing Scholarship Fund, Coyotes of Comedy show was held at the Redlands Fox Theatre on March 16, 2018 in Redlands, California. The Department of Marketing in the Jack H. Brown College is proud to announce that this show was completely sold out!

Every year, marketing students who take the course, Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning & Strategy (Marketing 555), plan the entire event from selling tickets, booking the venue, working at the event, as well as booking the talent for the night. The class instructor for Marketing 555 this year was Marketing Adjunct Professor, Eric Hutchins. 

The 6th Annual CSUSB Coyotes of Comedy lineup featured great comics who had the whole crowd laughing non-stop. Including Dante, Rebekah Kochan, Ace Guillen, Darran Carter, Deshawn Raw, Josh Kreps, and Kil Theodrick. The special MC for the night was the lovely and funny, Melissa Greenberg! 

Be sure to look forward to our next Coyotes Of Comedy show in Winter 2019. 

What is Advanced Entertainment Marketing Planning & Strategy (Marketing 555)?

It is an integrative approach to strategic entertainment marketing management providing theoretical and practical aspects of marketing management in the entertainment industry. Topics include the planning, design and execution of a comprehensive situation analysis, identification and evaluation of strategic marketing alternatives, and the implementation of marketing plans and programs.

 

JB-255 (THE HUB)

California State University, San Bernardino’s Department of Marketing located at The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration has officially launched its own lab called The HUB located in room JB-255.

The HUB stands for Helping Understand Business and it was supported and funded by The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration as well as a VETI Grant. The classroom is a collaborative learning environment that is developed by the faculty of the department of marketing alongside the marketing advisory board.

It has its own branding and design which was all created on campus by Bliss Gray. Gray is a Graphic Design student assistant at the on-campus multimedia training facility, Coyote Advertising. The graphic designer, “combines art and technology to project ideas through visual and textual content.”

The classroom is completely redesigned with new furniture, new technology and a bright setting to ensure the students are comfortable and ready to learn in The HUB. This lab is set up to support group study and projects during class time. The students have already given their positive feedback upon its first quarter.

A survey was conducted in the winter 2018 quarter during the lab’s first year of use and it has received positive feedback from students who have attended their class in the lab. They mostly agreed the technology in JB-255 has prepared them for the real-world business environment. The students who took this survey also strongly agreed the classroom increased their motivation to interact with their group and that the classroom facilitates a flexible interaction between classmates as well as instructor.

Lastly, the marketing students are able to gain greater understanding of marketing concepts taught in JB-255 and they will gain greater experience in oral and written communication.  

*Coyote Advertising is an “on-campus multimedia training facility with a mission to prepare CSUSB students for the 21st century media leadership position.” The facility is run by Jacob Poore who is also a part of the Marketing Advisory Board.

Source: Coyote Advertising (www.coyoteadvertising.com)

Tech Fest Flyer

Faculty, Students and Staff: Mark your calendars for Tech Fest Week! This four-day event presented by the ITS Department is taking place October 8 – 11, 2019. There is a Palm Desert Campus Day, too.  

Student Day is October 8 beginning at 9 a.m. in PL-1109. Students are invited to come see all that ITS offers. They can get training on student software, bring their laptops and download free software, see the new INK SmartStations and more! There is a download and pizza party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in PL-025. In addition, students can visit The Cave and stop by stations to get their ITS passport stamped for a prize.

The schedule for Student day is as follows:

9:00am – 2:00pm: Tech Fair in THE CAVE

Vendors: Adobe, Ink, CSUSB Bookstore, LiveSafe

Student Organizations: Women in Engineering, Computer Science Club, Society of Women in Cyber Security

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Station

10:00am – 11:00am: Student Software Training: Blackboard Basics

Location: PL-1104

11:00am – 2:00pm Download and Pizza Party

Location: PL-25

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Student Software Training: Qualtrics Basics

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Student Software Training: Office 2016 PowerPoint

Location: PL-1104

On October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Staff Day, attendees can gain a deeper understanding of CSUSB students’ needs, learn how to edit images, enhance their technical skills and discover what Digital Transformation really means.

The schedule for Staff Day is as follows:

Staff Day Presentations

10:00am-10:45am

Mythbusters, Presenters: Lesley Davidson-Boyd & Tanner Carollo

11:00am-Noon

Editing Images for the Web, Presenter: Rob Garcia

12:15pm-1:00pm

What is Digital Transformation? Presenter: Michael Casadonte

1:15pm-2:00pm

LinkedIn Learning, Presenters: Rowena Casis-Woidyla & Sara Garcia

Location: Staff Development Center PL-1104

On the Palm Desert Campus, October 10 is PDC Day! The Technology Support Team will be on hand to help with questions and concerns. Meet the PDC ITS Team, see what is new on campus and have a bite to eat. Join the Tech Fest fun in the HS Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Palm Desert Campus

10:00am-2:00pm

1. Demo’s for INK Smart station

2. VR Demonstrations

3. Software Download Area

4. Wish List Post It’s

5. Pizza with INK

Location: PDC, HS Lobby

The third day of Tech Fest features the Hispanic Education Technology Consortium Workshops. The event will be held on Thursday October 10, in PL-5005.

Registration and breakfast will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with Workshop 1 running from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Workshop 1 will educate staff and student assistants about the Hispanic Educational Technology Resources Virtual Plaza (HETS), a free software that offers students resources such as career planning, financial aid and scholarships, internships, practice tests and much more! 

Workshop 2 is from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for staff and faculty. This workshop will teach faculty and staff how to navigate HETS for resources on professional development opportunities. Topics covered will include Hispanic Educational Research Journal Fellowships, professional development webinars and best practices showcases.  

The event will conclude with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

The schedule for the HETS Workshops is as follows:

8:30- 9:00 AM 

REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00- 10:30 AM                

WORKSHOP #1

TOPIC: HETS services to students

AUDIENCE: Staff and student assistants

DESCRIPTION: Staff and student assistants will receive an overview of HETS, learn about HETS' student resources and how to help students benefit from these resources.

  • Overview of HETS
  • Student Placita
  •  Scholarships
  •  Resources for graduate school
  • Preparation for graduate exams
  • Internship and jobs search
  • Templates for resumes and cover letter
  • Interview stimulation experience

10:45- 11:30 AM             

WORKSHOP #2

TOPIC: Professional development resources for staff

AUDIENCE: Staff /faculty

DESCRIPTION: Staff /faculty will learn about the various professional development opportunity available through HETS for staff.

  • Hispanic Educational Research Journal
  • Fellowships
  • Professional development webinars
  • Best Practices Showcases

11:30- 12:30 PM  

 LUNCH

Faculty Day happens on October 11 in PL-1104 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ATI will have presentations on Light Board, QLT certified online course example and GoReact Demo. Faculty can also watch ATI technology demonstrations on virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D scanning, 360 immersive video and active learning.

ATI Instructional Designer Presentations

10:00am - 10:30am

Light Board 

Location: Room PL 054

Presenters: Ron Freidman and Professor of Kinesiology, Dr. Christopher Hill

10:30am - 11:00am

QLT Certified Online Course Example 

Location: PL 003A

Presenter: Tracy Medrano

11:00am - 11:30am

GoReact Demo 

Location: PL 003B

Presenter: Mauricio Cadavid

Afternoon Sessions

12:00pm - 12:30pm

QLT Certified Online Course Example 

Location: PL 003A

Presenter: Tracy Medrano

12:30pm - 1:00pm

GoReact Demo  

Location: PL 003B

Presenter: Dr. Mauricio Cadavid

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Light Board 

Location: PL 054

Presenters: Ron Freidman and Professor of Kinesiology, Dr. Christopher Hill

ATI Technology Demonstrations

10:00am to 2:00pm

Virtual Reality SOC

Location: PL 003

Presenters: Dr. Vince Nestler & Duncan Smith

Augmented Reality Native American Artifacts 

Location: PL 003

Presenters: Professor Scott Vance & Yutong Lu

3D Scanning Room

Location: PL 003

Presenters: Dr. Kurt Collins, Yutong Liu & Scott Vance 

360 Immersive Video Chicano Artist / Chicano Park LA Murals

Location: PL 025

Presenters: Dr. Bibiana Diaz & James Trotter

Active Learning Classroom: PL 015

Location: PL 015

Presenter: Joeleen Monclova

Ms. Yubelkeys Montalvo, M.A. is the Executive Director of HETS and will be speaking to CSUSB students, staff and faculty during Tech Fest on October 10. Her passion is sharing how the HETS organization can benefit students.

CSUSB students have access to the Hispanic Educational Technology Resources (HETS) Virtual Plaza, a Cengage Learning website that offers students free resources such as career planning, practice tests and online textbooks.

She will be hosting two workshops to educate students on what resources the Consortium has to offer.

While the HETS services have a focus on the Hispanic community, they are open and available to all students. 

Montalvo states, “One of the benefits of CSUSB as a member of HETS is that we have all of our services free of charge for the students.”

Their services include two databases, both of which Montalvo will be presenting. 

The first database, called the Testing and Education Resource Center provides students with practice tests such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT as well as eBooks and study guides. 

The Testing and Education Resource Center also includes financial resources. “This database provides a very comprehensive scholarship search that has more than $8 billion beside the FAFSA, not only for undergraduate students but also for masters and third-degree scholarships,” says Montalvo. 

The other database is Career Transition for students who are pursing advancement in to the workforce. “You can search for internships, jobs, apprenticeships and temporary jobs. This is a collaboration with Cengage powered by Indeed,” according to Montalvo.

There is also an interview simulation application where students can undergo a mock interview with an avatar to determine their interview strengths and weaknesses.

Montalvo strives to bring growth to the Consortium and help CSUSB students access the HETS Virtual Plaza. 

The HETS Workshops are during Tech Fest, Thursday, October 10 and they are  free to students, staff and faculty. Just show up! Breakfast and lunch will be included.

Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen serves as an Information Technology Consultant for the Technology Support Center (TSC) and Distributed Technology Services (DTS), both divisions of Information Technology Services (ITS).

Peter is a CSUSB Alumnus, earning his B.A. in Business Administration in 2012. He has been working for ITS since September of 2016. 

As an Information Technology Consultant for the TSC Nguyen says, “When in the TSC I provide tech support to the campus community. This includes all faculty, staff and students on campus.” When working for DTS he says, “I provide tech support to staff and faculty which is geared towards the individual college.”

He is most proud of how his position provides him with the opportunity to meet and work with many people from different backgrounds. 

Peter believes that ITS is important for the CSUSB campus because, “We are always here to support everyone’s needs. We are kind of the backbone since technology is so important,” he says. 

Peter likes vacationing in Cancun, with Japan and Greece on his bucket list. He also enjoys playing video games and collecting coasters from different breweries. His favorite being a surfboard coaster from Hawaii. 

Describing CSUSB, Nguyen says, “CSUSB means a better, brighter and more stable future.”  

Instructional design session

Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI), a division of Information Technology Services (ITS), will be hosting a series of instructional design days for faculty at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. 

Instructional design refers to the way course content is designed and the general development of course materials. 

The Palm Desert Campus does not have any instructional designers on campus, so these events give faculty a way to seek technological help in person. 

There will be both a morning and afternoon session for both dates scheduled for November 19 and December 2 in Indian Wells 102.  

The morning session will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon session will occur from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The topics will  range from Blackboard, course builds, hybrid and online classes and VR and AR instruction.

Jonathan Brooks, an instructional designer for ATI hopes the faculty at PDC are aware of the support and services ITS has to offer, “We just wanted to make sure PDC knows that we’re sending people out to help and we’re extending our support circle,” he says. 

While the focus will be instructional design, faculty can come to the sessions for any type of technological support.  

Student Tech Fest Day

Information Technology Services (ITS) hosted our annual October technology event kicking off Tech Fest with Student Day. 

Student Day occurred on October 8 in the Pfau Library at the Cave beginning at 9 a.m.

The purpose of Student Day was to inform students about technology resources on campus. The students had a chance to visit various stations learning from vendors, organizations and about services ITS offers. 

The stations consisted of vendors from Adobe, Ink, LiveSafe and the CSUSB Bookstore. Student organizations participating consisted of Women in Engineering, Computer Science Club and Society of Women in Cyber Security. 

ATI also provided students the opportunity to learn and use virtual reality headsets and augmented reality headsets tablets. 

Software trainings on Blackboard, Qualtrics and Office 2016 PowerPoint occurred during the event, as well. 

From 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. students had the opportunity to download free software and enjoy free pizza during the Download Pizza Party! 

Student Day of Tech Fest successfully provided students with technological resources for their success. 

CSUSB History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, and Philosophy Department Present: 

 “Fully Human and Fully Divine” 

How Comparative Religious Studies Informs Theology 

A Lecture with Dr. Christopher B. Hays 

(Fuller Theological Seminary) 

Wednesday November 6, 2019 2pm, 

PL-4005, Pfau Library, Faculty Center for Excellence

We are pleased to announce that CSU-San Bernardino’s Alpha-Delta-Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society is the recipient of this year’s Best Chapter Award for Division V colleges and universities. This award is reserved for chapters that have done an outstanding job of promoting the honor society and its mission on their campus.  Drs. Jeremy Murray and Marc Robinson and their student members can be proud of this national recognition.     

Longtime supporters of Egyptology at CSUSB, C. Kenworthey Harer and Cynthia Harer-Gibbs, the children of W. Benson Harer, generously donated more than 2,200 books worth over $300,000 to the John M. Pfau Library and the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at CSUSB.  For more information see https://inside.csusb.edu/node/27391 

The W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence brings one of the world’s preeminent experts in the field to the university, serving as a part-time (single quarter) visiting faculty member to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This year we welcome Dr. Tara Prakash, assistant professor of ancient art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.  She will be teaching a course for both the departments of history and anthropology titled, “Gods, Kings, and Demons: Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt,” which critically considers the role of religion and ritual in ancient Egypt, and questions how much religion and ritual actually influenced the lives of different Egyptians. For further information see: https://inside.csusb.edu/node/26946

Join us on Monday, October 14 from 3:30 to 6pm in PL-4005, when we will hold another 'Future History Teachers Information Panel.' If you plan to possibly teach in the short term or long term, or even if you just plan to work as a substitute while you plan your next move, this session will give you the benefits of meeting alumni teachers and regional administrators, as well as College of Education faculty, plus get a rundown of the CSET, credentials, sub work, hiring processes, etc.  Pizza will be provided and the event will be Zoomed.    We hope to see many of you there.  (RSVP is not necessary at this stage, and you can come for all or any portion of the event.)

Dr. David Yaghoubian was interviewed by Press TV about the Sept 14, 2019 drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil fields and Abqaiq, a key oil-processing facility in the eastern part of the country.  See the Inside CSUSB for further info: https://inside.csusb.edu/node/26326.

Welcome to all new and existing history majors as we launch in to our last quarter on academic quarters.  We are pleased to also welcome Dr. Cary Barber and Dr. Diana Johnson who will be joining our department as tenure-track faculty this year.  Dr. Barber received his B.A. in History and Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 and his Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University in 2016. Last year, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Languages at Wake Forest University. He studies the convergence of politics, warfare, and death in the Roman Republic and its implications for social, cultural, and political history through demography. Dr. Johnson joins the history and ethnic studies departments from SUNY at Purchase, where she was previously an Assistant Professor.  Originally from Washington State, Dr. Johnson received her BA from Eastern Washington University and her MA and PhD in History from the UC Davis, which she completed in June 2017. She is currently completing a book manuscript chronicling a multiracial history of labor activism, cultural nationalism, and transnational politics based in Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest during the 1970s and 1980s.We are looking forward to working with you all in what promises to be yet another amazing year.  

 
On June 10th, 2019, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences held it's annual College Awards event.  The following history students were granted awards in various catergories.  Congratulations to this year's Department of History award winners! 
 DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AWARDEES(2018-19)Highest GPA Awards Track A: Ryan Cuddy Track B: Cynthya De AndaTrack C: Alma Jimenez Honors Recipients Lixsaden FelixAlma Jimenez Department Service Award Lixaden Felix and Alma (Soul) Jimenez Dr. Cheryl Riggs Endowed Student Award FundKristina Cardinale J.C. Robinson Endowed Scholarship Sandra Morayla Margaret McGann Tarter Endowed Scholarship FundAndreina Lopez        Professor Robert Blackey Endowed Student Fund Award            Mariano Sebastian Peinado             Schofield-McAfee Award James Martin  

Dr. Ryan Keating, Associate Professor of History, has been selected as an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow at Cal State San Bernardino by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE).  The IECE's program is 'an initiative that seeks to support faculty from across the University who are interested in integrating an entrepreneurial mindset and related approaches into their specific discipline through curriculum development, teaching, research, commercialization of research or outreach activities. The program is open to full-time faculty members from all academic areas on campus.'  Dr. Keating will be working on a project that examines the history of business and entrepreneurship in the United States. 

The Dr. Robert Blackey Endowed Student Award Fund has been increased to $50,000 thanks to contributions from Blackey, a professor emeritus from the history department, who has the distinction of being the first CSUSB faculty member to reach the milestone of 50 years of service.  For more information see https://inside.csusb.edu/node/23546 

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Long who won CSUSB’s 2018/19 Outstanding Service Award.  He was surprised by President Morales and Provost McMahan and many others in his classroom on Thursday, May 9th with the announcement.  His extensive service to the university and community over the past 13 years makes him well deserving of this award.  See further details and the news announcement at https://inside.csusb.edu/node/22866.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has named Dr. Huacuja-Alonso as one of its 2019 ACLS Fellows for her work on “Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting and the Politics of Sound in Modern South Asia.”  For more information, see 'Inside CSUSB' article which details the full details of this prestigious award.  “Radio for the Millions” is a transnational history of radio broadcasting in Hindi and Urdu from 1920 to 1980. It argues that the medium of radio enabled listeners and broadcasters in South Asia to contest the cultural, linguistic, and political agendas of the British colonial administration and subsequent independent Indian and Pakistani governments.  This means that Dr. Huacuja-Alonso will be working on this project for the 2019/20 AY and will not be teaching her courses for the year.  We congratulate her on this tremendous award!

April 23, 2019

Richard Rothstein, a noted expert on American racial disparities, visited a Cal State San Bernardino African-American history class via video chat on April 22 to share his expertise and to discuss his New York Times bestselling book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.”For further information, see Inside CSUSB article for further information.

Dr. Kate Liszka led five CSUSB students -- Marmar Zakher, Jessica Howe, Maia Matheu, Evelyn Hildebrand. and Christopher Brito –-to Egypt to work on an archaeological expedition at Wadi el-Hudi in Winter 2019. During this study abroad, students worked on the archaeological expedition helping to make 3D models of 11 archaeological sites. They also travelled all over Egypt seeing dozens of other archaeological sites, trying new foods, and experience modern Egyptian culture. 

Members of the Wadi el-Hudi expedition lived in Aswan and commuted into the Eastern Desert daily. Over the month, they took over 146,000 photos by attaching multiple cameras to poles to take dozens of pictures of every part of the archaeological sites from every angle. These photos are then put into a photogrammetric program called Agisoft Photoscan to create 3D models. Over the next few months, the Wadi el-Hudi team hopes to make some of these models available on their website, www.wadielhudi.com . Additionally, these 3D models can be turned into accurate 2D maps, which they will publish in their academic volume, An Atlas of Wadi el-Hudi. 

In addition to creating the 3D models, the Expedition also discovered two new archaeological sites, and visited two other sites for the very first time. Site 13 was particularly impressive, having a perimeter of over 1.7 kilometers and being an enormous rock out crop filled with housing units in its natural cave-like crevices. The team determined that it was an Islamic gold processing settlement in Egypt. 

CSUSB students also travelled all over Egypt, visiting the Giza Pyramids, Abydos, Aswan, Edfu, and especially Luxor. In Luxor, they toured the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Hatshepsut’s Temple at Deir el-Bahri and many other places. Plus they got class credit for all of their work, travel, and cultural adventures. It was a once in a life time experience for them. Hopefully, Dr. Liszka will be able to take more students to Egypt in the coming years

Don't miss the China Lecture Series on Friday Apri 19, 2019How Not to Write History: Teaching Methodologoy throgh Aliens, Conspirancies, and the Chinese Discovery of America Dr Chelsea Zi WangTalk Description: The speaker will share her experience teaching what she calls pseudohistory—sensational arguments about the past that have been widely discredited by professional historians. This introductory undergraduate course is premised on the belief that each member of society can and should develop the skills needed to distinguish between reliable and unreliable accounts of the past. The talk will present examples of case studies, assignments, and discussion strategies adopted in the course, illustrating how the study of negative examples can help us define and analyze the basic elements of historical writing that make an argument trustworthy.Dr Chelsea Zi Wang Lecture on Friday April 19 Flyer

Information Session for Future History Teachers

Wednesday April 24, 2019 @ 3pm in PL 4005

Are you considering becoming a History teacher? Are you looking for insights and advice from people who were where you are just a few years ago, as well as from regional educators and educational administrators with a wealth of information to share? Don’t miss this lively information panel session. Our panelists include teachers in the surrounding region who have wisdom and great experiences to share with you – what they wish they’d known when they were in your shoes! Members of our faculty and representatives from the College of Education teaching credentials program will also join us. Be there and get some great advice about your professional future. RSVP is not required but would be appreciated to Professor Murray at jmurray@csusb.edu.

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Drs. Yvette Saavedra and Isabel Huacuja Alsonso, Assistant Professors in the Department of History will be presenting their recent works on Feb 6th, 2019 at 2 -3 p.m. in PL-5005 as part of the CSUSB Women of Color in Academia panel.  Dr. Saavedra will be presenting her recent book publication entitlted, Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity and Land Use in Southern California, 1771-1890.  Dr. Huacuja Alonsos will be discussing her work, 'Radio, Citizenship and the 'Sound Standards' of Newly Independent India.'  For more information contact Dr. Saavedra at yvette.saavedra@csusb.edu.  

 

CSUSB Women of Color in Academia - Faculty Publication Celebration, Feb 6, 2019 , 2:00-3:00 P.M., PL-5005

Prof. David Yaghoubian was interviewed on Jan 18th, 2019 by Press TV about the the recent detention and ill-treatment  by US authorities of Press TV anchor, Marzieh Hashemi.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfHRt60PaHE& feature=youtu.be

 

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Low Fong Chow, Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, 1899-1955. Record Group 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004. (National Archives Identifier 5831060) https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5831060

A Community Engagement mini-grant offered by the Office of Community Engagement has funded a partnership between Dr. Cherstin Lyon, CSUSB history student researchers Frankie Patino, Chance Douglas, Cecia Gonzalez, Breana Benegas, the National Archives at Riverside, and both the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the Save Our Chinatown Committee of Riverside. The project is designed to digitize the Chinese Exclusion Case Files in Riverside, and to partner with citizen archivists to make more records available to the public interested in Chinese immigration history. 

The case files document the entry into the United States of Chinese aliens and the reentry of U.S. citizens of Chinese ancestry under the Chinese Exclusion Acts passed by Congress between 1882 and 1930, and repealed in 1943. 

This project will make available hundreds of thousands of images in the National Archives Catalog that are rich in historical and genealogical information.

Series: Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, 1899-1955. Record Group 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004. (National Archives Identifier 5831060) https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5831060 

(Dec 14th, 2018)

CSUSB History Alum, Dr. Alicia Gutierrez-Romine, currently Assistant Professor at La Sierra University, attended the Western History Association annual meeting and was interviewed about her research about abortion in California by CSPAN.  See

https://www.c-span.org/video/?453206-6/mid-20th-century-abortion-access 

(December 10, 2018)

Dr. Alicia Gutierrez-Romine

Dr. Alicia Gutierrez-Romine, CSUSB alum was the guest speaker at the Meet the Fellows reception on November 27th, 2018 to honor the winners of this year's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.  Dr. Gutierrez-Romine completed her BA in History at CSUSB in 2010, and completed a PhD at the University of Southern California in 2016.  She is now is an Assistant Professor at La Sierra University.  She spoke on the importance of 'Creating an Engaging and Meaningful Scholarly Community for Your Success.'  The event recognized four students, three of whom are history students; Jasmine Colorado, Marmar Zakher, and Natassja Martin.  Each student will be receiving financial assistance, research mentorship and graduate school application assistance which will provide them the platform to launch them into further graduate study in the humanities.   

History in the Making Cover 2018

History in the Making: A Journal of History, CSUSB's student-run journal won Third Prize in the 2018 Gerald D. Nash graduate print journal national competition.  The journal, which is made up of research papers, travel pieces, reviews, and various other articles from undergraduate and graduate students and alum, is an annual publication of CSUSB's Alpha Delta Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.  This issue was overseen by faculty advisors Dr. Jeremy Murray and Dr. Tiffany F. Jones, and sponsored by the history department and Instructionally Related Programs at CSUSB.While the journal has won five previous awards in the undergraduate competition, due to the fact that many graduate students from the MA in Social Sciences participated in the journal, along with many undergraduate history students, this is the first year the journal was entered into the graduate level competition.  We are exceptionally proud of the work completed by the two chief editors, Athahn Steinback and Lark Winner, and the dedication and diligence of the editorial board, Alexander Serrano, Andrew Richter, Byron Williams, Danny Cervantes, Eric Lowe, Hannah Norton, Jacqulyne Anton, Jasmine Colorado, Jordan Hammon, Kyle Burke, Martin Votruba, Samuel Briseno, and Sarah Slawson.  Copy editors were Brittnie 'Bunny' Anglin, Jacqulyne Anton, Jasmine Colorado, Jordan Hammon, and Martin Vortruba.  This year's journal contained a diverse array of articles and reviews that reflects the global focus of our program. 

Articles

'Unconditional Surrender: The Rise of President Erdogan and the end of Kemalist Turkey' by Amelia Sullivan'An Exclusion and an Agreement: Comparing the Chinese and Japanese Immigrant Experiences, 1870–1942' by Eric Lowe'In Dependence: Haiti in the Period of Neoliberalism' by McKenzie Kelly'Present Tense: Indian Boarding School Resistance in the Twentieth-Century' by Casey Lee

Travels Through History'Summer in Berlin' by Esther Devai'An Ole Coyote’s Tale: Life is a Journey, not a Destination' by Brock Barrows'Israel' by Allegra Glaviano

In Memoriam'The Life and Legacy of Norma McCorvey' by Jacqulyne Anton 

Public History

'Manzanar: Lasting Remnants and Reflections on an American Injustice' by Rocio Gomez 'The Irish Nationalist: Motivations, Experiences and Consequences' by Sarah Slawson'Western-Constructed Narratives of Hawai’i' by Megan Medeiros

Sources in History

'Continuity at Luxor Temple' by Matthew Unruh 'From Female Moneylenders to Church Shares: The Coptic Village of Jeme' by Marmar Zakher 'American Populism During the Ninteenth-Century' by Andrew Richter

Reviews and Analysis

'Film Review: Alfred Hitchcock—The Films That Reflected American Society from 1940–1944' by Amy Stewart'Film Review: 1948 Creation and Catastrophe' by Melissa Sanford 'Video Game Review: Kingdom Come Deliverance' by Eric Lowe 'Sargent’s Mysterious Sitter: Objectification and Subjectivity in Madame X and Other Works By John Singer Sargent' by Silvia Lopez'Book Review: Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment' by Randy Stuart'Book Review: Assassination of a Saint' by Jasmine Colorado'Exhibit Review: In|Dignity' by Maia Matheu 'Exhibit Review: Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace' by Hannah Norton

Congratulations to all involved!  For the CSUSB's news article on the journal, see https://inside.csusb.edu/node/18771.For more information on the journal, see the journal website at https://csbs.csusb.edu/history-in-the-making.

(Nov 5, 2018)
IT Governance

Summary- October 2019 IT Governance Executive Committee Meeting

Presentation to the Executive Committee from Professor Monty Van Wart, Student Perspectives on Online Teaching Quality at CSUSB

Highlights

  • Research agenda at JHB CBPA
  • Determinants of Quality (lit review)
  • Student perspectives on quality
  • Quality perspectives about online education by MPA/MPP programs
  • Next Phase: determinants of student and faculty adoption?
  • Seven Major Factors by Student Perception
  • Some research observations
  • Regression analysis indicates that many students will sign up for classes with only the first four elements, but want all seven   elements present in order to have a good experience.
  • The factors hold for all groups, but the emphasis can vary significantly depending on education level and probably disciplinary differences.
  • According to both students and program administrators, faculty training is very important.
  • Learning achievement has overwhelmingly been shown to be roughly equivalent in equivalent teaching mode comparisons.
  • Students tend to perceive that they are spending more time teaching themselves because of the “flipped classroom” model even though instructors may spend the same amount of time or even more time overall in teaching. 
  • Therefore, student evaluations tend to be slightly to substantially lower in online classes than their F2F equivalents depending on the quality of online teaching done in the class.
  • Final questions raised by the research
  • How important is improvement in quality and quantity of online classes at CSUSB?
  • Does CSUSB?
  • Does plan?

VP Sam Sudhakar brought forth the Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Communications. He provided an overview of the policy and the Executive Committee reviewed and discussed various aspects. The Executive Committee did not raise a need for revisions or further discussion.

Cierra Lavarias

Cierra Lavarias serves as a Compliance Initiatives Analyst for the Compliance Initiatives Office in the division of Information Technology Services (ITS). 

Cierra is a CSUSB Alumna earning both her B.A. in Public Administration and M.P.A. in Public Administration.

Her career with CSUSB began in 2012 as a student assistant for ISET. After graduating in 2015 Cierra has held positions within other ITS divisions before beginning her current role in February 2019.

As an administrative analyst specialist, Cierra deals with access control of student information, “my main job duty is keeping our students, faculty and staff information safe and secure” she says. 

She is most proud of how her position ensures the safety of student data and that information is not overshared. 

Cierra loves vacationing in tropical places, her favorites being Costa Rica and Bali, Indonesia. She would like to visit Jamaica and the Dominican Republic someday.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog and baking deserts. 

Describing CSUSB, Cierra says, “CSUSB means opportunity.” 

 

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Welcome to the October edition of the Enrollment Management E-Newsletter where we will highlight all of the new and exciting individuals, projects, deadlines, resources, and events within the division of Enrollment Management. The purpose of the Enrollment Management e-newsletter is to inform California State University, San Bernardino students, staff, and community partners about the vital information our four offices would like to share.

 

Our offices include the Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment.

 

Our goal as the Enrollment Management department is to empower all students by providing the tools and information required for academic success, and becoming a #Coyote4Life!

A Message from Dr. Beech...

As Associate Vice President, my role is to assist and support you in achieving your academic and intellectual development; and I am very pleased to welcome you to our comprehensive and engaging community. I hope that you are excited to share your talents and insight, as you continue your academic career here at Cal State San Bernardino. Through your experience of being a part of our enriching community, I am confident that you will feel empowered and motivated to create lasting progress in your personal and professional development. Here at Cal State San Bernardino, we pride ourselves on the services we offer to support the productivity and well-being of students, staff, and faculty.

 

We designed this newsletter to make it easier for you to make contact with helpful resources on campus; please use it freely and often. I am confident that you will graduate from Cal State San Bernardino and leave your mark as a #Coyote4Life. I look forward to upholding the values of Cal State San Bernardino, to remove barriers to education, and to cultivate the professional, ethical, and intellectual development of our students, faculty, and staff as they contribute to a globally connected society, and strive for personal growth and success.

 

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CSUSB Snapshot 2019

CSUSB Snapshot is an event that is dedicated to students and families from underrepresented communities, with an emphasis on prospective African American students.

This year, CSUSB Snapshot was held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Obershaw Den, in the Meeting Center where attendees met our president, Dr. Tomas D. Morales, in a warm and welcoming setting. Another featured speaker this year was Associate Director of our Santos Manuel Student Union, Anthony Roberson who shared an empowering message of perseverance and community. CSUSB Snapshot is designed to remove barriers and provide access to education, for students from all communities. The program helps students understand that CSUSB is a home for them and that resources will be made eagerly available to help them navigate their educational journey.

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CSUSB Preview 2019

CSUSB Preview is an exciting event meant to showcase our beautiful campus and diverse culture to prospective students. During CSUSB Preview, future Coyotes receive vital information regarding their academic career here at Cal State San Bernardino, and the steps required to attend our institution. The workshops offered during CSUSB Preview are designed to convey specific details to prospective students. The workshops include financing your education, living on campus, transferring to CSUSB, admissions information for first-year students, coyote study abroad program, and discovering careers on campus; which helps students navigate career opportunities by assisting with professional networking and resume building. This exciting event was coordinated alongside one of our exciting CSUSB events — Homecoming.

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Homecoming 2019

Homecoming at CSUSB is the highlight event of the fall! With various activities occurring on campus throughout the day, Coyotes can engage with our student-centered campus in an exciting setting. Our engaging tours are student-led and crafted with our visiting tour groups in mind. Each tour introduces prospective students to our comprehensive environment where they will receive a quality education. 

 

This year, Homecoming campus tours began at the Santos Manuel Student Union, which houses a variety of social, recreational, and academic programs available to all Coyotes. Centers in the SMSU include the Office of Student Engagement, Title IX and Gender Equality, the Coyote Café, and the DREAMers Resource and Success Center, among others. The Coyote Dining Quad hosted the beer garden, our CSUSB spirit station, giveaways, the family fun zone, and free food! 

 

All Homecoming attendees received free tickets to the CSUSB vs Cal Poly Pomona volleyball game at the Coussoulis Arena. This year, our Coyotes defeated the Cal Poly Broncos in a 3-0 win! Finally, following the game, Homecoming attendees finished their eventful day by stargazing via our Murillo Observatory!

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Financial Aid Workshop
November 12, 2019

The Enrollment Management department houses the Office of the Registrar, Admissions, Student
Recruitment, Financial Aid, and the Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience. It is the goal of our department to eliminate barriers to education, which is why we are excited to offer an exclusive Dual-Workshop for the first time at Cal State San Bernardino.  The Dual-Workshop will assist students with Cal State Apply and the FAFSA applications. 

 

The Enrollment Management department is student-centered and considers your busy schedule, by hosting two workshops in one day, we intend to maximize your learning while occupying as little of your time as possible. The Dual-Workshop is scheduled for November 12, 2019, from 3 pm-6 pm; please RSVP because seats are limited. 

 

Follow the link and select the date of Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to register.

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Young Black Scholars Event

Find out what the Young Black Scholars event is all about in this short video:

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CSUSB Preview Highlights

Watch the highlights from the recent CSUSB Preview event!

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PDC Breakfast with the Counselors

The Palm Desert Campus Office of Admissions is proud to provide Coachella Valley students with educational programs that fit the needs of the region. The faculty and staff at the Palm Desert Campus are committed to student success, committed to serving the Coachella Valley, and committed to maintaining an environment on campus that honors diversity and provides all students with the opportunity to fulfill their dream of a higher education. 

 

Breakfast with the Counselors is a free event held during the fall where students learn about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus and its student life, new academic majors, and scholarship opportunities! Through events like Breakfast with the Counselors, students engage in comprehensive face-to-face conversations with their academic counselors in a friendly setting that fosters collaboration and partnership. This event is designed to introduce you to all the phenomenal opportunities that the Palm Desert Campus has to offer.

Meet The Recruitment Team!

The Office of Outreach and Student Recruitment is proud to facilitate understanding by providing prospective students with the resources and information necessary to become a Coyote for life!

 

Dr. Tiffany Bonner and her recruitment team strive to meet the needs of diverse communities in the Inland Empire by maintaining a student-centered outlook.

 

“At every school we visit, the Outreach team and I are happy to have conversations about individual improvement and academic excellence with our prospective students. We provide tangible examples of the intellectual potential that Coyotes possess and we remind our prospective students, that at Cal State San Bernardino, We Define the Future” she stated.

 

The outreach and recruitment team are a vital resource of information for future CSUSB students. By visiting countless schools in the Inland Empire, Dr. Bonner and her team encourage and empower prospective students by providing them with the tools necessary to attend Cal State San Bernardino.

 

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During each visit, the Outreach team has immersive conversations with future coyotes that foster a sense of belonging and Coyote pride, leaving students eager to engage with their intellectual potential.

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IMPORTANT DEADLINES, UPCOMING EVENTS & REMINDERS

Nov. 12

2-in-1 Workshop
3pm - 6pm - Register Now

Nov. 15

Black Student Leadership Symposium
8am - 1pm - More Info

Nov. 22

Cal State Apply Workshop
3pm - 6pm - Register Now

Nov. 27

Cal State Apply Workshop
12pm - 6pm - Register Now

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is available for students to download from Information Technology Services (ITS).

Through CSUSB, Adobe Creative Cloud is only $19.99 a year for students! A regular subscription costs almost $300.

The software includes a collection of over 20 desktop and mobile apps including InDesign, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. 

The Creative Cloud Suite applications are developed for video editing, graphic design, photography, social media and much more! 

Adobe Creative Cloud allows students to expand their creativity and develop their design abilities. 

To download, go to the ITS software tab and click “Download Adobe Creative Cloud” and log into CSUSB. This will direct you OnTheHub, where you can add Adobe Creative Cloud to your cart and check out. 

Second place award for Best Non-Breaking News Story

Congratulations to the Coyote Chronicle under the guidance of Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Mariam Beltemidze and with help from ATI Department Assistant Director James Trotter and collaborating Professor, Dr. Mihaela Popescu. 


The Chronicle article “Cadiz Controversy: Multimedia” won second place recently for a non-breaking news story in the 2019 competition contest of the California College Media Association.


The article’s project took shape with the addition of 360° video + drone footage. As part of ATI’s ongoing commitment to empowering faculty in achieving their instructional goals, Mr. Trotter and Dr. Popescu worked on the piece with Dr. Beltemidze to achieve the video and shots of the proposed Cadiz Water Project in the Mojave Desert and the land around the project that has environmentalists concerned.

CSUSB students Jason Samp, Gabriella Ventruo, Dustin Alexander and Valentine Pachon wrote the Coyote Chronicle award-winning article.

Review “Cadiz Controversy: Multimedia” from the following link:

https://coyotechronicle.net/cadiz-controversy-multimedia/ 

 

Stephanie Bianeth Garcia

Stephanie Bianeth Garcia serves as an administrative support coordinator for Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI), a division of Information Technology Services (ITS). 

Stephanie has been in her current role for two months, previously serving ITS as a student assistant and administrative support assistant during her undergraduate studies. 

She graduated from CSUSB in Spring 2019 with a B.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Health Care Management. 

Describing her duties as an administrative support coordinator Stephanie handles the day-to-day operations of the ATI office saying, “I make sure the office is up to date, open and ready to help out any staff, faculty or students.”

Stephanie enjoys working for ATI and ITS, “Its very nice to be in a division that holds the idea that students come first and we’re here to help our faculty to make sure our students graduate on time,” she says.

She is most proud of the work she did during Tech Talks, an annual event hosted by ITS for faculty and staff.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys crafting, listening to music and watching Netflix. She is currently rewatching A Handmaid’s Tale.

Ms. Garcia is traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico over winter break to visit family. For traveling, Stephanie would also like to go to Greece or Italy one day to try the food. 

Describing CSUSB Stephanie says, “CSUSB is my home away from home.” 

 

IT Governance

IT Governance Executive Committee Meeting Digest

CIA Request MPP View Demonstration

  • Michelle Behne provided an overview of the workflow API. She emphasized that it was a lot more user-friendly.
  • The Executive Committee provided positive feedback.

IT Governance Executive Committee Membership and Composition

  • VP Sudhakar presented an overview and history of the IT Governance Executive Committee (ITGEC) at CSUSB.
    • Purpose
    • The IT governance structure establishes the strategic, operational, and technical decision-making process required to ensure IT enables the University to excel in its mission. 
    • IT governance provides strategic leadership, establishes campus-wide IT priorities and policies, and is accountable and transparent to the University community.
  • ITGEC
    • The IT governance executive committee is responsible for the following:
    • Establishing and communicating a campus-wide IT vision that supports the University mission and goals
    • Establishing IT policies that support strategic, campus-wide IT priorities
    • Defining technical architecture and standards for the University
    • Establishing best practices and tools for IT across campus
    • The IT Governance Executive Committee will form sub committees to set agendas that cover the topics of interest as depicted below and form task forces as needed to address particular areas
  • Membership
    • Appointed by the President at the recommendation of the ITGEC
      • Committee Membership
      • Co-Chairs: Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Information Technology Services & CIO
      • Members:  17
        • Dean, College of Extended Learning and Global Education – 1
        • Dean, Library – 1
        • Deans, Academic Colleges -5
        • Faculty Senate – 2 (Appointed by the Faculty Senate)
        • Faculty Teaching Resource Center – 1
        • Staff (IT + Academic) – 2
        • Staff Council – 1 (Appointed by Staff Council)
        • Students– 1 (Appointed by ASI)
        • Vice Presidents – 3

Phishing Exercise Results

  • Gerard Au presented the results of the July 31 Phishing Exercise to the Executive Committee. He also briefly touched on risks and recommendations to improve information security.
    • By the numbers
      • 7/31/2019 at 8:00 AM PST
      • 2124 faculty, MPP and staff
      • 136 reports to abuse@csusb.edu
      • First click: 7/31/2019 8:02 AM using iPhone browser
      • 970 viewed the email (45.66%)
      • 386 opened the email only (18.17%)
      • 584 users clicked the link (27.50%)
    • Mobile vs Desktop Risk
      • Most mobile devices are not maintained by the campus
      • Unmaintained operating systems
      • Malware and spyware could exist from apps or public WiFi
    • Efforts to Improve Information Security
      • Proofpoint URL Targeted Attack Protection (July 2018)
      • Multi Factor Authentication (DUO)
      • Phase 1: Sensitive Data
        Approved Apr 2017, completed Mar 2018: 313 users total
      • Phase 2: CFS Users
        Approved Oct 2017, completed May 2018: 629 uses total
      • Phase 3: ITS Users and MPPs
        Approved Sep 2018, completed Jan 2019: 826 users total
    • Recommendation
      • Phased 4: DUO rollout for all employees
      • Faculty and Staff
      • Phase 5: DUO roll out for all students


 

To print at the library, you'll need your Coyote OneCard (CSUSB ID card) with money added to it for copying/printing. You can charge up your card with cash (bills only) using machines in the library, or login to MyCoyote to add money via a credit or ATM card.

All computers in the library print, including our laptops. Or, print wirelessly from your own laptop, tablet, or phone.

Get the full details in our Library Guide: Printing in the Library.

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Today more than ever, employers are seeking employees that not only have a degree but also those who were involved in student clubs and organizations or have volunteered their time to the community. Student organizations provide an opportunity for individuals to practice leadership and management skills.

On our campus, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), we offer a great amount of student clubs and organizations as well as, plenty of opportunities for our students to volunteer and help the community.

The Marketing Department located at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration at CSUSB is home to an active student organization, the American Marketing Association (AMA). The AMA provides students with a variety of opportunities that will enhance their education experience here on campus. Our university chapter is a student-run marketing club that provides students with unique windows of opportunities and training for careers in marketing. The club was named “Outstanding Student Organization” for the 2012-2013 academic year. Furthermore, our chapter placed third (3rd) in the “AMA Saves Lives” video contest nationwide. It was also awarded the “Excellence in Chapter Planning” award at the annual AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans back in 2013.

Students who are enrolled in the course, Advanced Entertainment Marketing (MKTG 555) during winter quarter put on a fundraising event called the Coyotes of Comedy. These students develop, organize and promote this night of great laughs for all in attendance. 

In the Spring Quarter, the Advanced Sports Marketing and Entertainment class (MKTG 550) organize a charity golf event that supports outstanding academic achievement within the Sports and Entertainment Marketing program. The scholarship is then presented to students in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing discipline. These students celebrate this success with family, friends, loved ones, professors and donors who make our annual scholarship reward possible. 

The department also offers six (6) scholarships to students concentrating in Marketing and Sports & Entertainment Marketing. They are: The Franklin Tomkins Memorial Endowed ScholarshipJudy David Memorial ScholarshipMichael T. Slaton Memorial ScholarshipRichard C. Moseley Marketing ScholarshipRami Tameez Expendable Scholarship Fund (MBA) as well as the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Scholarship.

Scholarships: 

The Franklin Tomkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Maria Tomkins, along with friends and family in memory of Franklin Tomkins who was studying marketing at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.

  • Junior or senior student enrolled in any major in the College of Business and Public Administration--preference will be given to marketing students.
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • Financial need considered but not essential.

The Judy Davis Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by Dr. Victoria Seitz in memory of Judy Davis, a student in the Marketing Department.

  • Student enrolled in the concentration of Marketing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrates a commitment to serving their community
  • Merit-based only with financial need considered

The Michael T. Slaton Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by Stater Bros. Charities.

  • A junior or senior majoring in Business Marketing; preferably with an emphasis in Economics or Commercial Real Estate.
  • A full-time student (minimum 12 units per quarter)
  • A student with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for all college coursework
  • Preference will be given to Stater Bros. employees if all above criteria is met

The Richard C. Moseley Scholarship was established by Jack Brown Chairman, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets in 1997.

  • First preference will be given to employees of Stater Bros. Markets and immediate relatives of employees of Stater Bros. Markets.
  • Second preference will be given to individuals employed in the supermarket industry.
  • Students must have an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • Students must have sophomore, junior or senior class status and be majoring in Marketing within the College of Business and Public Administration. If there are not enough Marketing students who qualify then the scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in other majors in the CBPA and who comply with the remainder of the criteria.
  • Students must be full-time (minimum 12 units per quarter).
  • Financial need considered but not essential.

The Sports and Entertainment Marketing Scholarship was established in 2014 by Dr. Haakon Brown.

  • Student enrolled in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
  • First preference given to students in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Concentration
  • Second preference given to students in the Marketing Concentration
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • Financial need considered but not essential

Rami Tameez Expendable Scholarship Fund (MBA) was established in 2018 by Dr. Rami Tameez.

  • Student enrolled in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
  • With a concentration in Marketing, Sports & Entertainment Marketing or International Business
  • Student must have applied for admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
  • Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

If marketing is something you would like to major in, then consider taking your marketing courses at CSUSB. The faculty and staff are passionate about getting students ready for their future careers. So if you want courses with hands-on experience, this is the place to start!

'A beautiful thing about communication is its ongoingness. There is always a chance to try again, to have a new conversation, to ask a question in a different way. Every time we speak or listen, communication presents a new opportunity to make, or learn, or appreciate something.That’s why communication matters.' Read more...

At the 29th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival held Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the following students from CSU San Bernardino representing Communications received certificates in honor of their finalist project: Cesar Chanon, Julia Anne Davis, Amanda Romero, Second Place Television News for Death Taco Challenge We look forward to seeing more outstanding work from your students, so please continue to encourage them to participate in the activities of the CSU Media Arts Festival. To review a full list of 2019 CSU Media Arts Festival Winners and Finalists, and to learn more about the festival, please visit: www.MediaArtsFestival.org

CELEBRATING OUR IDENTITIES THROUGHART, MUSIC, POETRY, AND PAN DULCE!DECEMBER 5, 2019@2PMPFAU LIBRARY PL-4005

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CoyotePR was selected for a PRSA Polaris or Capella award at the November 2019 Polaris awards. The award submissions were written and prepared by students in Comm243d PR Practica. The award winning actions were executed, planned and produced by students as part of their coursework serving client, Coyote Chronicle, in a branded event for them. The award will be in 'tactics-branding' for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Speaker event with Nick Ut and Raul Roa, a mentee/mentor duo with Ut having taken the photograph that is credited for ending the Vietnam War. It is the first known award garnered by the efforts of the Dept. of Communication Studies. We congratulate the many students who worked on this effort!

Executive Producer Dr. Muhtaseb will screen and hold a Q and A on Wed, Nov. 6 at 6:15. Event is open to the public. Read more about 1948...

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A current Public Relations student is interning at Cartoon Network's Adult Swim program, a strutured internship that has served as a launchpad for many in the PR and media industries. 

Professor Pate's 'Tears of Gaduhav' was just picked up for another 18 month option to shop around and produce for a potential T.V. limited series by Mission Control Productions and William MacDonald, the same producer that did ROME for HBO several years ago. Professor Pate has been Adjunct Faculty for 27 years with the Department of Communication Studies.Read more on Prof. Pate's book that is inspiring the adaptation...

The CSU featured student run PR agencies, including CoyotePR, our CSUSB student-run agency, for being an innovative approach to learn hands-on skills.Said the article, 'While traditional PR skills, such as writing and public speaking, will always be valuable, today's PR practitioners must also flourish in the digital landscape. Tech-savviness, in addition to interpersonal skills, has become essential to effectively reach the modern audience. To meet the increased expectations of PR professionals, CSU undergraduate students are gaining strong career preparation by working in student-run PR agencies. Currently available at 10 CSU campuses, the agencies are student-managed businesses that provide advertising, public relations and event planning services to real-world companies. The agencies are designed to benefit the clients while providing a robust hands-on learning experience for students.'

Read more about CSUSB's Student Run PR agency...

Read the CSU System artile on student agencies...

Professor Donna Gotch attended and was featured by the University at the First-Generation Student Welcome Reception as part of its newly launched initiative, I’m First Alliance, a program to support new first-generation students – both freshmen and transfers. The inaugural event, which took place on Oct. 2 in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center, was to celebrate the first-generation community, engage in discussions, bring more awareness to the first-generation student experience, and support students’ transition to CSUSB. Read more...

Dr. Muhtaseb will have a screening and talk at San Jose State University on October 17 on her highly acclaimed film, 1948.

Graduate Student Sean Maulding speaks to the 200+ incoming graduate students at the graduate student orientation, as a member of the grad committee for Associated Students Incorporated. His humor and approachability stole the show and was the highlight of the event.  

Dr. Fong was recently published for her work 'Chinese International Students' Adaptive Orientations to Intercultural Compliment Interactions with Caucasian Americans.' Congratulations to her!Mary Fong. (2019). Chinese International Students' Adaptive Orientations to Intercultural Compliment Interactions with Caucasian Americans. China Media Research 15 (3).

The 'Death Taco Challenge' story on Local Matters, CSUSB's local TV news program, was selected to be a finalist in the CSU Media Arts Festival, a first time in the festival's history that CSUSB was selected.

A '17 PR Major will be attending law school beginning in September 2019. Congratulations to our Alum for their success!

The new graduate students are welcomed by the Grad Coordinator and Department Chair in orientation and in the graduate student potluck, hosted each year by Dr. Muhtaseb. 

Roberto S. Oregel is a producer and director, known for Eloy Take Two (2010), One Man Show (2013) and Casa Libre/Freedom House (2008). He was born in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and grew up in East Los Angeles. He earned his BA from UC Berkeley and both his MA and MFA in film directing and production from UCLA. Oregel is an independent filmmaker who has been writing, directing and producing documentary films for over 15 years. He has produced an directed and eclectic array of award winning short films that have earned him a following in both the art and film world. His works represent a variety of film genres, including experimental, narrative, and documentary, dealing with a range of subjects, from the creative process to the issues that impact underrepresented communities. The themes of social justice and human relations run through his films. Oregel has collaborated with famed muralist Eloy Torrez, actor and art collector Cheech Marin and produced a Showtime interview with Noam Chomsky. He is currently working on two feature length documentaries, Foxtrot: Operation Reunification that delves into the 1990 Persian Gulf War under George H.W. Bush and another film on Los Angeles painter Alfredo de Batuc.  

Dr. Larry Hygh joins CSUSB as the newest full time lecturer in Public Relations, bringing his energy and enthusiasm to a new generation of PR professionals. He will be teaching Business and Professional Comm, PR Writing, Crisis Comm, PR Campaigns and more. Dr. Hygh previously served as Senior Communications Manager for the Black AIDS Institute.  Founded in May of 1999, Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute’s mission is to 'stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black leaders, institutions, and individuals, in efforts to confront HIV and conducts advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.' Hygh spent 20 plus years as the chief communications officer for The United Methodist Church (UMC) in five different regional offices in the United States, and the international mission agency when it was based in New York City. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, Calif. In 2008, Hygh earned a Doctor of Education from Pepperdine University in Organizational Leadership.  His dissertation is entitled A Qualitative Leadership Study of the Four Female African-American Bishops of the United Methodist Church.  His undergraduate and masters’ degrees are from Stephen F. Austin (SFA) State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Radio/Television and Mass Communications.  The Alumni Association of Stephen F. Austin State University named him a “2006 Outstanding Young Alumnus.” While in New England, Hygh studied at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a sought after public speaker, especially to youth and young adults, who brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to each speaking engagement. He has keynoted and facilitated training, spoken in local churches, and to secular entities, across the country. In his spare time, Hygh enjoys public and motivational speaking  and reading biographies and autobiographies.  Hygh has acted in community plays and on commercials for regional television. He is an exercise enthusiast and enjoys Zumba, hip-hop dance, and jogging. Hygh resides in Pasadena, California and is a member of Harmony Toluca Lake United Methodist Church.  Hygh is an exercise enthusiast and loves to travel.  He has traveled to six of the seven continents, approximately 29 countries, and 45 of the 50 states in the United States.  Some of the countries he has visited include Thailand, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Costa Rica, Singapore, and Turkey. 

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. At CSUSB, and around the world, Dr. Muhtaseb is an esteemed leader and mentor to many.On campus, in addition to being the Comm MA graduate coordinator for seven years running, she is the director of Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and faculty in the doctoral program in the College of Education. She chairs many students theses and projects and is an educator who truly cares about her students. Under her leadership, the Comm MA graduate program just accepted the largest number of incoming graduate students and she has grown the program in numbers, quality, depth and breadth.Her research interests include digital communication, social media, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to national and international conventions and scholarly meetings. Her most recent project is the documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, a film on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in the Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. In addition, most of her recent research focuses on digital media and social movements online (cyber activism), and Arab and Muslim images in the media. ​ 

During Winter and Spring 2019 Professor Donna Gotch lead a faculty cohort in 25 online learning modules mentoring them in using new teaching strategies in their classes. Faculty who satisfied the program requirements, which complements the university's ongoing faculty development, were awarded a nationally recognized certificate in Effective College Instruction that is co-endorsed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education. Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE's courses address more than 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course; establish a productive learning environment; use active learning techniques; promote higher-order thinking; and utlilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning. In addition to Professor Gotch the following Communication Studies faculty completed the course and will be awarded their certificates in Effective College Instruction in September: Thomas Berry, Angelina Burkhart, Brenda Ortiz, Sarah Patzold and Sabrina Roberts.

Comm lecturers attended and presented at IAFOR EuroMedia conference in Brighton UK in July 2019. Professor Nerren and Instructor Vierra presented on 'Adapting PR Technology into the PR Classroom' and Instructor Vierra also presented her thesis on multicultural relationships and intercultural communication. 

CoyotePR member and recent Comm graduate Gilbert was awarded for his superior service to individuals with disabilities in his recent internship with Options for All, a nonprofit offering digital multimedia training and filmaking for individuals of all abilities in San Bernardino. At the 2019 graduation ceremony, Gilbert was called up and applauded by the graduating class for the impact he had on all his students in the program. Options for All is administrated by alumni of CSUSB and also generously donated filming services to the Communication Symposum in 2019. We congratulate Gilbert for his recognition and the role he played in the ongoing collaborations with the valuable community nonprofits in our region like Options for All.

Dr. Heisterkamp was the President of the Western States Communication Association in 2019 and his presidential address was recently published in the Western Journal of Communication. Both the association and the journal are prestigious outlets within the field.His two recent publications include: 

Donna Gotch, Lecturer, Hadia Bendelhoum and Angelina Burkhart, Adjunct Faculty, participated in a summer institute, co-sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Faculty Center for Excellence. They examined the potential for an integrative experience across the four core honors courses in a cohort-based curriculum.

Donna Gotch facilitated a program-based Faculty Learning Community with Instructors Alatorre, Patzold and Wassing participating. They examined the Communication 120: Oral Communication course and how best to review the curriculum and assessment needs. They consulted the literature on best practices for teaching and learning, investigated research on best practices for teaching and assessing Oral Communication including reviewing the NCA resources for assessment and consulted with GE assessment rubrics for learning outcomes the course must fulfill. This Faculty Learning Community revised the Departmental requirements for Comm 120 to include assignment choices that reflect our new learning outcomes in preparation for the transition to semesters in fall 2020.

Alum Manny Sandoval, a recent speaker at our Comm. Symposium, was selected to be recognized by Aseembly Member Reyes as one of her '30 under 30' Congratulations!

If you've ever wondered what a communication symposium looks like, see it here, in photos contributed by CSUSB and CSUSB students including Blair, Courtney, Citlaly and more! See the photos...

The 2019 Comm symposium was bigger and better than ever before and the Coyote Chronicle was among the first members of the media to pick up on this groundswell effort, featuring the event as their cover story. Says the Chronicle, 'Each speaker was given around 30 minutes at the panels to impart their stories of how a communication degree has impacted their career paths, and leave some words of advice for students who are transitioning to life in the communications field post-graduation...At the end of the session, [one speaker] left these parting words: 'I didn’t have a path, I had to make it. I challenge you all to do the same. You can’t follow a path, you have to make it and search out the opportunities; then that is what is going to differentiate you from the competition.'” Read more...

The 2019 Comm Symposium, with a theme of 'Transcending Boundaries' celebrated outstanding students and explored many academic and professional topics in communication studies. Read more in the Coyote Chronicle...

Students were honored and recognized for their outstanding work at the 2019 Communication Symposium.

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We celebrate commencement together as students, staff and faculty. Enjoy a few images from the recent event.

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Student Ethan Mink wins Emmy for his role as researcher on KVCR program 'Vietnam Speaks.' Mink also served as intern on the program 'From Scratch' which also received an Emmy. Read more...

Graduate Student Luis Esparza, in conjuction with department and university clubs and programs, held an event, 'IE Centricity: Centering Our Stories,' an event where students spoke their truths through music, art and poetry. 

Professor Gotch was surprised in class with news she won the 2019 Outstanding Lecturer Award for the university.In a letter to the president, the nominating committee wrote, “Our lecturers play an essential role in CSUSB’s mission to provide a high quality educational experience to our students. Ms. Gotch has demonstrated exemplary skill in teaching; her devotion to her students is indefatigable.”  They also singled out her “outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.”Gotch has taught a wide array of courses at CSUSB. The nominating committee highlighted that “she has developed and taught fully online courses and courses in distance learning formats, reflecting her skills in adapting her courses to fit the mode of instruction.” They also singled out her mentoring of graduate students as a thesis committee member and as a supervisor in the Communication Studies Teaching Practicum.She has received positive student comments and high ratings in evaluations by her students. A graduate student who nominated her for this award summarized her contributions in this way:  “Donna’s passion for her students and for teaching shows in everything she does. She is always well-prepared for lectures, detailed in her assignments, accessible outside of class, and is always open to listening to student problems. She is one of a handful of professors that I have had in my college education that I can say I will always remember. She truly is one of a kind.”She has previously received the College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Lecturer Award (2016-17) and the CSUSB Panhellenic Council’s Faculty Recognition Award (in 2014 and 2016).Read more...

Four students each received a $1000 scholarship or stipend to support their studies in Comm591 (Communication Studies undergraduate internship) in Spring 2019. For more information on what stipends, awards and scholarships are available for interns, visit Here to Careeer and the Career Center.

A year-long institute to increase and enhance equitable opportunities at CSUSB, Dr. Muhtaseb and Prof. Nerren were recognized by Dean of the Library Caesar Cabrillo for the completion of the program and their presentations to the university.

Please join the department in congratulating Mike Wichman on 25 years of service to CSUSB. Thank you, Mike! We so appreciate all you do for our students and for the department. Congratulations!

Dr. Corrigan was recognized for his mentorship of undergraduate Ethan Mink, recipient of Outstanding Student in Media Studies and nominated for an Emmy award in the 'Military - Program or Special' category by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter as one of the eight credited filmmakers of Vietnam Speaks produced by Empire Network PBS.

Dr. Corriganpresented his paper 'New directions for critically theorizing the sports-media-society relationship: The Athletic and the disaggregation of sports media from public service journalism' at the ICA pre-conference 'Sports Communication and Social Justice' Dr. Algan presented on 'Local Ethnic Media and the Struggle for Recognition,' and graduate student Andy Acosta presented on 'The Hip Hop Pedagogy' at conference.

In the Spring, Dr. Muhtaseb held two rare California screenings of her film '1948' to LA Jews for Peace in Pasadena, and for Palestinian Cultural Day in Santa Clara. 

Dr. Grant was accepted to the prestigious HERS Academy for Women in Higher Education Leadership Academy.HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education. Through various programs that support women in every stage of their careers, HERS provides program participants with transformational experiences and opportunities that result in stronger institutions of higher education. HERS believes that impactful leadership not only requires women in leadership positions, but demands that each woman bring her unique voice and perspective to her leadership role.Founded in 1972, HERS proudly serves as both a network and hub of resources for women eager to advance both themselves and their respective institutions of higher education. For nearly 50 years, HERS has made great strides with respect to the advancement of women in higher education. However, there is much work to be done and HERS plans on boldly moving onward to ensure greater diversity and equality in university and college leadership moving forward.

Dr. Gallegos has been selected as one of this year’s 2019 CSUSB Research and Creative Activity Mentor Awardees. Faculty selected for this award have shown exceptional dedication to student’s success for careers in research, teaching, and preparing them to meet the highest professional and ethical standards as scholars. As a recipient of this award, she will receive a stipend towards her development funds, and will be honored at the Recognition of Faculty Mentors and Student Researchers Luncheon on May 17th from 12-2pm in the Yasuda Center.

The Palm Desert City Council re- appointed Dr. Leo as Chair of the Investment, Audit and Finance Committee. He will serve a four year term.

Jessica Vierra is a Graduate Teaching Associate where she teaches two sections of Oral Communication while also completing her Master’s degree. In 2018, Instructor Vierra received the award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate, an award recognizing her excellence in teaching.Passionate about the work she does, Instructor Vierra frequently develops innovative and inclusive solutions to teaching challenges including inviting students deliver presentations outdoors so they may work through any distractions and practice their projection. Recently, her paper on 'Using PR Technology in the PR Classroom' was accepted for conference presentation at the EuroMedia Conference in the United Kingdom.She received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations from CSUSB. 

Dr. Taylor is recognized as an outstanding faculty member who goes above and beyond for both her current and former students. She identifies her teacher-scholar role as a guide, mentor, and facilitator of knowledge within a rigorous learning environment. Dr. Taylor has made a lasting impression on numerous students for being knowledgeable, compassionate, and a reflective professor who truly cares about students’ success. Dr. Taylor earned her BA and MA from Colorado State University, and her PhD from the University of Utah in Communication Studies. As an Assistant Professor at CSUSB, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Organizational Communication and Gender & Communication. She serves as lead undergraduate advisor for the Department of Communication Studies, is leading a multidisciplinary team in launching an Oral Communication Center on campus, and develops curriculum for both the Prison Art Collective and Million Kids (a Human Trafficking prevention organization).  In addition, she has conducted community-engaged research on sex for sale for over 10 years. Dr. Taylor has published peer-reviewed articles in nationally ranked journals such as: the Journal of Human Trafficking, Communication Education, the Western Journal of Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Connexions: International Professional Communication Journal, among other scholarly journals and outlets. 

Professor Donald Girard has been a full-time lecturer at CSUSB for six years and has made incredible contributions to the Public Relations concentration due to his knowledge, experience and past work in the industry.Bringing a wealth of real-world insight into his teaching, Professor Girard is the former Vice President of Experian, a credit reporting agency, and also worked for Fleishman-Hillard, a communications consulting firm and Sempra Energy as Director of Communications. He is currently the President of Girard Communications, a communications firm that he founded.He teaches many upper division Communication courses, such as Public Relations, Crisis Communication, and Organizational Communication. He obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance and Economics from Ohio State University.Professor Girard is praised by his students and peers for offering real-world experiences and advice in his classes and he prepares his students for the workforce. 

Professor Mary Fong and Karl’s “Two Heart Nuts to Crack!” is the first memoir of Mary Fong’s Magnificent Mess trilogy. The book takes the audience on a journey throughout Mary’s first memories, including growing up in Los Angeles as the daughter to Chinese American immigrants. Mary Fong’s memoir seeks the answer to big questions about what life is.

Speakers are ANNOUNCED for the Spring Comm symposium and we have something NEW and EXCITING this year! We have TWELVE morning 'express sessions' featuring speakers on topics ranging from tech and space, to gaming, to film production to mediation, HR and higher education. No matter WHAT may interest you, we have something for YOU! Join us and bring a friend! Register today... 

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is the director of CIMES. She co-produced and hosted the well-attended event Syrianamericana: A Nation State of Mind with rapper-poet Omar Offendum on January 29th. 

The CEAT awards for exceptional service to students has been awarded to  Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, Dr. T.C. Corrigan, Dr. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, and Dr. Julie Taylor. 

The department wishes to congratulate the Interim GTA Coordinator Carol Damgen, who as Vice-Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Playwriting Program, will make two large presentations at the Region VIII Festival in Los Angeles.

The department wants to congratulate the Coyote Chronicle for Excellence in Student Media. The paper received a 2nd place award for a news story and a 3rd place award in promotions/social media/single event awarded by the California College Media Association (CCMA). The winners will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2, 2019 during the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Journalism Convention. 

Congratulations to graduate student Luis Esparza whose paper, “Desde la Periferia de La Milpa: A Study of Sexual Minorities in Nuevo Refugio” was accepted by the Non-conforming Imperatives Interest Group of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies in February. In addition, Luis and Professor Conlisk Gallegos will hold a panel on, “Our San Bernardino, Nuestro’ (2017 & 2018): Using Multimedia, Virtual Reality Technology, Testimonio, and Community to Reimagine Research and Impact.” Thank you to Dr. Conlisk-Gallegos and Dr. Yvette Saavedra for their vital contributions.

On February 1 to 3, 2019, Professor Jess Block Nerren used a TRC TSSA grant to attend sessions and to present a panel on 'Effective Communication and Collaboration.' The sessions and panel took place at the annual CalABA (Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis).

On Friday, February 8, 2019, Dr. Gallegos presented, “Somos la dignidad rebelde: On Mexican Indigenous praxis of resistance pedagogy, no longer misappropriated under US ‘innovative’ methods'” at the Women of Color in Academia panel. Dr. Gallegos also received a certificate of recognition by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, who was represented by Esmeralda Vasquez. 

Healing through music, poetry and art will be the feature of this new event March 21, 2019, from 12:00pm-5:00pm in UH-053.

This February, CSUSB welcomes Emmy Award winning creator of DirecTV and Former LA Times Publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein. This digital pioneer gives a discussion of how artificial intelligence, digitization, and automation are fundamentally and irreversibly changing the economy and society. 

The CSUSB Podcast Club will hold their first meeting on Monday, February 18th, from 12 to 2 pm in PL5005M. The club will operate like a book club. For the first meeting, there will be a discussion about three recent episodes from Ear Hustle -- an award-winning podcast by prisoners in San Quentin State Prison about life in the American prison system. The following episodes will be discussed at their first meeting.

  • 'Episode 24: The Big No No' (11/8/18) -- Prisoners falling in love with staff or volunteers
  • 'Episode 25: Prime Real Estate' (11/12/18) -- The different types of dating in prison
  • 'Episode 26: Bittersweet' (12/12/18) -- Life's major milestones passing at a distance

If you like listening to and talking about good storytelling join them on the 18th! If you don't get a chance to listen to all three episodes -- no worries. Join them anyways!If you have any questions, or if you'd like to be added to the contact list for future meetings, please contact corrigan@csusb.edu 

Join Dr. Muhtaseb for a screening of her highly praised film, '1948: Creation and Catastrophe' a documentary of the historical roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

There will be a special screening of the film 1948: Creation and Catastrophe followed by a discussion with Filmmakers Andy Trimlett and Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb of Cal State San Bernardino, moderated by Dr. Hatem Bazian of Zaytuna College. This will be held on Friday January 25, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Asian Cultural Center in Oakland.

The UCI School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences and School of Humanities will screen Dr. Muhtaseb's film with riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestines and Israelis revealing shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. The VIP reception will be at 5:30 pm, film screening starts at 6:15pm, and panel discussion at 7:45pm. The location is at UCI Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium.

Congratulations to graduate student Andre Adame for having his paper “Child's Play: A Critical Examination of the Video Game ‘PeaceMaker’' accepted for the 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Communication Beyond Boundaries. This event will be held in Washington DC, 24-28 May 2019. This year was quite competitive and only 39.4% of the papers and panels submitted were accepted. The department is very proud of Andre’s achievement!

Sean Maulding’s paper “Pussy Hats and Anti-Trans Sentiments: When Second-Wave and Third-Wave Collide”  was accepted by the Western Social Science Association for presentation at their 2019 Conference. His paper “Trans Representation in U.S. Media: Using Clark’s Evolutionary Stages of Minorities in the Mass Media” was selected by the Media Studies Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) at their convention. The Communication Studies Department congratulates Sean on his achievements.

Rebuilding Alliance will be hosting a Gala Awards ceremony, benefit dinner, and silent auction to benefit Gaza artists including CSUSB’s very own Ahlam Muhtaseb will be making an appearance, accepting the Storytellers Award on behalf of her documentary, “1948: Creation and Catastrophe” at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center on January 26.

Donna Gotch is a full time faculty member at California State University, San Bernardino. She has been teaching for over 30 years. Gotch obtained a B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Gotch is beloved by her past and present students for the many methods she uses to connect with her students. Students comment on her effectiveness at engaging them in the learning process, making classes fun while also informative and rigorous. She has been recognized a number of times for her teaching excellence. She received the College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Lecturer Award 2016-2017 and has twice received the Faculty Recognition Award from the CSUSB Panhellenic Council honoring her commitment to CSUSB students and high-quality teaching (2014 and 2016).  Gotch teaches a variety of communication courses such as Oral Communication, Persuasion, Ethical Aspects of Communication and Classroom Communication. She is a life member of Western States Communication Association having served as its Second Vice President in 2017 – 2018. Gotch previously served as the Graduate Teaching Associate Coordinator for more than 6 years at CSUSB. 

Professor Donna Cooley is alumna and part-time faculty member at California State University, San Bernardino, where she instructs communications courses including Oral Communication, Interviewing, and Senior Project but she has made so many incredible contributions in her esteemed career as a professional and an educator.With vast experience in the field of communication, Cooley previously served as the Assistant Public affairs/Marketing Director. for San Bernardino City Mayor Judith Valles and developed the Community/Alumni Relations office at San Bernardino Valley College. She was awarded the “Phenomenal Woman” award by the Redlands University Town and Gown Gala in 2005 and the CSUSB Athlete Appreciation Award in Fall 2017.Cooley also volunteers with Rotary Club, Salvation Army, and United Way. 

Dr. Brian Heisterkamp is a professor and a long-time valued member of CSUSB. He is known by his students as someone who is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he teaches. Dr. Heisterkamp attended Arizona State University for his Ph.D. and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management, and he obtained his Master’s in Communications at San Diego State University.In the past, Dr. Heisterkamp has been known to volunteer as a Youth Teacher at the Center for Spiritual Living in Temecula.Currently, Dr. Heisterkamp is the President of the Western States Communication Association, a membership organization with over 1000 members. He is also the head of the CSUSB Title V grant program “Here to Career,” a large-scale initiative that provides mentorship, internship and pipeline opportunities that increase student success in the academic study of digital media and increasing opportunities for Hispanic or low-income students.He has offered courses including: Research Methods, Ethical Aspects of Communication, Communication Theory, Nonverbal Communication, Communication and Conflict, Family Communication and Interpersonal Communication. Dr. Heisterkamp has a specialization in language and social interaction conflict management. 

Melody Adejare’s paper “Media Influences on Intercultural Communication: People’s Perceptions of Racial Groups” was not only accepted by the Intercultural Communication Division of the Southern States Communication Association, it will also be part of the “Outstanding Emerging Scholars: Top Student Papers in Intercultural Communication.” The department congratulates Melody on becoming an outstanding emerging scholar and having her paper selected as a top paper!

In collaboration with the Undocumented Student Success Center, the Coyote Pack, and the Department of Communication Studies held a meaningful event that helps students and community cope with current issues by creating a space where they can engage in dialogue and provide the university with feedback. Participants had the opportunity to express themselves through art and then that art was auctioned to raise emergency funds. The emergency funds help students who, due to recent changes, are lacking bare minimum resources. While local media coverage puts shows we have straight relations and involvement with the San Bernardino community, according to Dr. Gallegos, what matters most 'is that we have students who without access to this emergency scholarship would have to interrupt or abandon their education. We get to intervene.' Participants, families and friends filled this packed event in the visual arts building in October. 

The Communication Studies Symposium will be held at California State University San Bernardino on May 7, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrating communication studies students and featuring awards and speakers, the Symposium helps students conquer anything in their future careers. Past topics have included preparation for professional careers in the field, women in the workforce, and expectations in the workplace - all featuring alumni of the department.Public information: Attending the event is free. Tickets aren't available yet for 2019, but when they are you can register through the Symposium age at https://cal.csusb.edu/communication-studies/symposium.This press release was created by undergraduate Communication Studies students as part of their coursework in Public Relations.ABOUT THE CSUSB DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES: As part of the College of Arts and Letters, the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies is a multifaceted discipline combining both academic and professional interests including concentrations in media studies, public relations, and human and organizational communication. 

Participate in this year’sCSUSB Student Research Competition. This is a wonderful event for students to showcase their work and develop their presentation skills. CSUSB will be selecting participants from this competition to go on and represent CSUSB at the CSU state-wide competition in April at CSU Fullerton.  Being selected as a representative of CSUSB would be an honor for you as a student, and this would be a great achievement to add to your CV/Resume. OSR will provide travel support for students that are selected to attend, as well as intensive support to strengthen their oral presentation skills and graphic design support for their presentation. In addition to being part of a team, representing our campus, and enhancing their skills and confidence,  delegates can also win monetary prizes and system-wide recognition. Last year, CSUSB sent 11 students to the competition in Sacramento. I had the pleasure of accompanying them, along with some of their faculty mentors. Everyone had a wonderful experience and reported numerous benefits, including developing their confidence, networking, and learning from their peers from other CSUs. This is truly an incredible opportunity for students and our campus. The CSUSB competition is not until February 1st, but studentsmust apply by Friday December 7th. You can find the link to apply here:https://www.csusb.edu/student-research/events-and-calendar/csusb-student-research-competition

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb and her co-producer/director Mr. Andy Trimlett who have received the 'Storytellers: Media & Education Award' from the Rebuilding Alliance organization. The award will be presented at the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance Awards and Benefit Dinner in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. In their award letter, the chair of Rebuilding Alliance's board of directors writes that “At this event, we recognize and honor peacemakers and storytellers who have shown courage and leadership that promote a just and enduring peace in Israel and Palestine based on equal rights, security, and opportunity for all.”

The team has returned from the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament in El Cajon, CA with a win! Our American Parli debaters (Melissa Cardonato & Lorena Lemos) took the BRONZE in Novice debate!! This was their very first competition and they walked away with third place after five rounds of debate. An impressive feat! The team worked together as researchers to help them gather stats and information for 20 minutes before each round began (once the topics are announced, the debaters only have 20 mins to prep). CSUSB competed against 18 other schools:1  California Baptist University2 California State University, San Bernardino3 Concordia University Irvine4 Cypress College5 East Los Angeles College6 Glendale Community College of Arizona7 Grossmont College8 Irvine Valley College9 Los Angeles City College10 Mt. San Antonio College11 Mt. San Jacinto College12 Northwestern University Evanston, IL13 Palomar College14 Point Loma Nazarene University15 Rio Hondo Community College16 San Diego Mesa College17 San Diego State University18 University of Arizona 19 University of California San DiegoStudents also competed in IE (individual events) where they had an amazing experience and gained valuable feedback and confidence. Here are the team members and their categories: 

  • Megan Peacock- Novice Dramatic Interp
  • James Fisher- Novice Impromptu
  • Tip McPartland - Novice Impromptu
  • Graciela Ramirez- Novice Dramatic Interp
  • Elizabeth Castillo - Novice Dramatic Interp
  • Rodne Boles-Muse- Novice Dramatic Interp
  • Tejwant Brar - Open Impromptu/ Parli Judge
  • Melissa Cardonato & Lorena Lemos- Novice NPDA

Theresa Salas- IE JudgeIf you see any of these FANTASTIC and hardworking students in the halls, please be sure to congratulate them! It was a successful weekend where the students showcased their talents and dedication as representatives of the Forensics Team, the Department of Communication Studies, the College of Arts & Letters, and Cal State University San Bernardino as a whole. Says Forensics Director Professor Amy Wassing, 'I am so proud of their dedication and success. Go YOTES!!'You can view more photos from the trip through the team Instagram @Coyote_Debate. 

With a world-class faculty practicing, teaching and researching on the cutting edge of the field of Communication Studies, the CSUSB Dept. of Communication Studies might be an incredible new chapter in your story. New jobs are posted regularly. Join us!

Professor Donna Gotch has been appointed as CSUSB facilitator for the upcoming Association of Colleges and Universities (ACUE) online course on Effective College Teaching.

Congratulations to the following who presented at the National Communication Association convention in Salt Lake City:

  • Gretchen Bergquist, paper: 'Family Socialization and Perceptions of Mental Health'
  • Gretchen Bergquist, paper: 'Exploring the content and influence of parental memorable messages about depression on the relationships of young adults diagnosed with clinical depression'
  • Gretchen Bergquist, panel chair: 'Managing Identities and Impressions Within and Outside Family Boundaries'
  • Mariam Betlemidze, panel presenter: 'Playing with Effective Communication Practices: Female Faculty and Their Experiences of Bullying in the Classroom'
  • Luis Esparza: 'The Right to Exist: A De-Colonial Analysis of Media Representations of Marginalized Sexual Identities' (accepted but not presented)
  • Brian Heisterkamp, panel presenter: 'Mindfulness Matters: A Collaboratory Dialogue'
  • Donna Gotch, panel presenter: 'Communication at Play in Teacher-Student Relationships'
  • Julie Taylor, panel co-chair: 'Research Sexpectations: Conducting Field Research on a Sensitive Topic in a Nuanced World'
  • Jessica Vierra, paper: 'Who Says Teachers Can't Be Funny? An Analysis of the Success of Humor in the Classroom'
  • Jessica Vierra, panel presenter: 'Communication at Play in Teacher-Student Relationships'

The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.

Seven CSUSB Communication students from CoyotePR, the on-campus student public relations firm, attended the Polaris Awards for the first time on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Riverside Convention Center. The Inland Empire Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America Polaris Awards celebrates and recognizes excellence in Public Relations in the Inland Empire. Students observed the award-winning recipients to help refine Coyote PR as a firm and practice excellence within the field of PR and its collaborations with the Coyote Chronicle, the campus student newspaper and CoyotePR client. Attending the event is part of a funded Service Learning grant by the Office of Community Engagement in the effort to facilitate learning through meaningful engagement with real-world community partners.  

Streaming LIVE on Coyote Chronicle Facebook, a screening of the discussion following Digital Disconnect: Fake News, Privacy and Democracy facilitated by T.C. Corrigan and Rod Metts, Dept of Comm Studies. Link: https://www.facebook.com/CoyoteChronicle/videos/251763955492994/ “Based on the book by media historian and political economist Robert McChesney, Digital Disconnect examines how the logic of capitalism has turned a medium with utopian promise -- the Internet -- into a dystopian tool for monopoly, surveillance, and misinformation. Democracy itself is at stake. But unlike most critiques of the Internet and social media, McChesney locates the problem not with the technology, its users, or individual firms, but with capitalism's capture of the Internet. To save democracy, we must rescue the Internet from capitalism, and McChesney points -- optimistically -- to a broad-based, grassroots media reform movement as our best hope.” (Media Education Foundation) 

Our very popular ALA, MLA, and Chicago workshop series starts on Monday, January 27, 2020.

We've divided the complexities of APA 6 and 7 into three separate workshops: reference list, in-text citations, and formatting your paper.  Each workshop is just 25 minutes long.  There are even online options for APA 6.

Register for a workshop now!

U.S. Rep Norma Torres with members of the CSUSB cybersecurity team

U.S. Rep. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) paid a visit on Oct. 9 to the Cybersecurity Center at Cal State San Bernardino and met with students and faculty to discuss their work, as well as meeting with university President Tomás D. Morales.
 
Torres’s visit included a tour of the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center in Jack H. Brown Hall, where she met the students and Tony Coulson, director of the center and professor of information and decision sciences, and Vincent Nestler, associate professor of information and decision sciences.
 
She also met with the university’s cybersecurity team: Shari McMahan, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Robert Nava, vice president for University Advancement; Ya (Anna) Ni, interim associate dean, Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration; Javad (Jay) Varzandeh, chair, Department of Information & Decision Sciences; Pam Langford, assistant vice president, Alumni, Government & Community Relations; and Coulson and Nestler.
 
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center will host an open house on Friday, Oct. 18, at the center in Jack H. Brown Hall, room JB 102. The open house is free and will take place from 6-8 p.m. 
 
Visit the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center website for more information on the open house and on the center’s work.

 

CSUSB Cybersecurity Center hosting annual Open House Oct. 18

San Bernardino, Ca -Cal State San Bernardino’s Cyber Intelligence and Security Organization (CISO) will hold a free open house on Friday, Oct. 18, for all students, high school and community college counselors, parents, and students interested in cyber technology.

The open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, Room 102. Parking will be available in lots G, H, and F. Standard parking rates apply. 

The student organization has grown from a small student club (InfoSec Club), into a professional student organization thanks to the outstanding efforts from the CISO outreach officers and supporting team. The student organization has managed to significantly increase the number of members that are passionate and willing to take on challenges in today’s cybersecurity industry.

The organization’s activities have garnered interest from various employers and leaders in the community, as well as visitors from Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies, which frequently attend student project showcases. Students participating in these projects develop critical thinking and analysis techniques that can be applied in real-world cybersecurity problems.

Involvement in projects allows students to explore in-depth topics that are only briefly discussed in class. This has helped students gain an edge when seeking networking and employment opportunities.

Along with learning new skills, students in the organization are encouraged to join competitions such as Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), National Cyber League (NCL), Information Technology Competition (ITC), and CyberForce Competition. The competitions put students in situations that allow them to make critical decisions similar to those that businesses face every day.

CISO members’ willingness to take on these challenges and learn from them has enabled the club to develop relationships with major companies such as Facebook, Red Hat, and more. Thanks in part to these relationships, more companies have reached out to provide valuable training and resources to ensure that students have the best quality education possible.

The progress of the last ten years will be evident to those attending this year’s CSUSB Cybersecurity Center Open House. The program’s high-quality degrees, opportunities to work with faculty, national scholarships, and student-led projects are capturing the attention of employers across the country.

Due partly to the national recognition of CSUSB’s cybersecurity program, CISO club membership has soared this past year, impacting the quality and quantity of projects. Students in the club emphasize that there is no cybersecurity knowledge required to participate.

“Every day new students walk into the lab, wanting to see how they can join the club and participate in a project,” club president Manny Vasquez said. “We have something for everyone.”

For more information or request accommodations, please contact cyber@csusb.edu or call (909) 537-7535.

About Cal State San Bernardino

California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. The university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate program in educational leadership. Every one of its academic programs that is eligible has earned national accreditation. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. More than 80 percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu.

Adobe Creative Cloud

CSUSB students have access to download Adobe Creative Cloud at a discounted price through Information Technology Services (ITS). 

The subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud is $19.99 per year for students and includes access to over 20 desktop and mobile applications. 

The original price of Adobe Creative Cloud is $240.00 per year.

A popular application included in Adobe Creative Cloud is Photoshop. Photoshop is an image editing application that allows users to retouch images, enhance colors and much more!

Other features of photoshop include web design, video editing and gif creation. 

InDesign is a popular application used in graphic design that is also included in the purchase of Adobe Creative Cloud.

InDesign allows users to create logos, layouts and electronic publications. 

With so many applications to choose from, Adobe Creative Cloud has options for every project! 

To download, go to the ITS software tab and click “Download Adobe Creative Cloud” and log into CSUSB. This will direct you to OnTheHub, where you can add Adobe Creative Cloud to your cart and check out. 

 

 

 

Richard Rothstein, a noted expert on American racial disparities, visited a Cal State San Bernardino African-American history class via video chat on April 22 to share his expertise and to discuss his New York Times bestselling book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.”For further information, see Inside CSUSB article for further information.

CSUSB’s Jack H Brown College of Business and Public Administration Cybersecurity Center recently hosted it’s 4th Annual GenCyber camp this past June 18th-22nd. This free cybersecurity summer program, held in partnership with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, welcomed 250 girls from both middle and high schools in the surrounding area. Funded by a generous grant through the National Security Agency, the camp teaches safe online behavior, awareness of the cybersecurity field, and exposure to hands-on technology activities related to cybersecurity.

Students attended sessions taught by security professionals from Google, Facebook, Bank of America, Cisco, IBM, Northrup Grumman, and the Department of Homeland Security. Camp sessions included a drone obstacle course, programming micro-computers such as Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, an escape room, securing a web-page, rock climbing, a computer forensics challenge, and much more.

The camp depends heavily on CSUSB volunteers, which included 66 technology students completing more than 1,060 hours to host the 5-day camp successfully. Nationally, there are almost 200 GenCyber camps taking place this summer at different universities around the country funded by the NSA. Since 2015, CSUSB has hosted more than 1000 middle and high school girls attending this cybersecurity camp.

The GenCyber program is part of the Cybersecurity Center’s larger outreach initiative to spread education and awareness about cybersecurity. This 2017/2018 academic year has seen a surge in volunteer activity with more than 160 CSUSB student volunteers completing 1377 hours (including camp hours) and serving 10,549 individuals in the surrounding two-county region.

CSUSB students attending Black Hat and DefCon.

By Christine Hysell

San Bernardino - Since 2015, nearly 750 girls have attended CSUSB’s GenCyber camp. Representatives from Facebook return each year to teach a session at the camp in hopes of encouraging young girls to enter the cybersecurity field in the future – but the partnership has expanded beyond a single summer event to include sponsorships and recruitment for older students.

The social media giant sponsored 21 CSUSB students to give them the opportunity to attend Black Hat and DEF CON, two computer security conventions held in Las Vegas in July.

“DEF CON has many purposes, but ultimately, it is a gathering of hackers and cyber geeks from all over the world, ranging from Noobs to Uber hackers,” Lauren Cirillo said. “To put it simply, I would not have attended the convention if it weren’t for Facebook and their support. I am grateful to them for allowing me this opportunity and fulfilling a dream of mine that I have had since high school.”

The students in attendance saw the value of their education tangibly through both conventions.

“As a student that as studied Business Administration and is now Cybersecurity focused, the business application focus of BlackHat was so easy to pick up and see the importance of,” Nick Trezza said. “The presenters all work in their field and were showing ways to change the way that the working world looks at security. These guys are trying to take the difficulty out of keeping client and business information secretive.”

Facebook supported future learning endeavors for these students and others in the cybersecurity field through a new educational initiative: a 12-week course on web security, with students receiving credit and Facebook certification upon completion of the class.

CSUSB is one of seven schools to partner with Facebook, and students plan to visit the Facebook campus in the future. In addition, students hope that this partnership may lead to recruitment for potential jobs and internships.

Facebook’s contribution to the educational community (including a mixer and luncheon for the students attending DEF CON and Black Hat) has encouraged students to pursue their passions beyond the classroom.

“I had no idea that I could learn such amazing material without being in school, and it has triggered my interest in game theory,” Trezza said. “All in all, the learning experience as a student seeing what professionals and experts are talking about was an unparalleled experience. Thank you to Facebook a million times!”

By Christine Hysell

San Bernardino - Two hours after registration opened for Gen Cyber, a Cybersecurity camp for girls in grades 6-11, all 250 spots were filled. The camp is divided into two weeks – 200 middle school girls meet June 19-23, and 50 high school students attend the next week, June 26-30.

A large number of students from Title 1 schools in underserved areas are recruited to participate in the event, and 62% of attendees in 2015 and 2016 qualified for free or reduced lunch. In the first two years of hosting Gen Cyber, a total of nearly 500 girls attended the camp.

Gen Cyber is funded by the National Security Agency as well as the National Science Foundation. The estimated expense of the event for each girl is over $2000. Every attendee receives a Raspberry Pi (micro-computer) that they will learn to use throughout the week.

Several corporations work with CSUSB, sponsoring the event and offering activities for the girls to be involved in, including Facebook, IBM, Cisco, Google, Bank of America, Northrop Grumman, and the Department of Homeland Security. Capture the flag, various presentations, drone and coding experience, and sundae bars are all a part of the experience.

The primary goals of the event are to provide girls with an understanding of what constitutes safe online behavior, as well as to increase diversity and interest in Cybersecurity and related careers. The camp itself welcomes students from all backgrounds, with 37% of past campers being Hispanic, 31% Caucasian, 14% African American, 5% Asian, 4% Native American, 2% Hawaiian Pacific Islander, and 7% other.

For more information, contact cyber@csusb.edu.

Aerial footage of Bourns Inc. in Riverside, California off of Columbia Ave.

San Bernardino, CA - On April 26, 2017, approximately 150 Girl Scouts set aside their cookies to attend a drone demonstration at Bourns, Inc. in Riverside, CA. Upon their arrival, the girls learned about the various uses of drones and careers in the field, from reconnaissance to Amazon deliveries.

Dr. Vincent Nestler, with help from volunteers from CSUSB’s Drone Club, hosted the event. In the days leading up to it, volunteers prepared the drones for the demo with firmware updates, iPad updates, and software configuration, as well as by charging batteries and studying materials. Throughout the day, they presented some of the capabilities and limitations of the technology.

“We taught them the uses of drones and the practicality of why people have drones,” volunteer Lauren Cirillo said. “We told them how farmers use drones to find livestock that wander off. We talked about different jobs you can have in drone flying. You can find employment being a drone pilot.” Scouts also had the opportunity to work with the drones themselves.“We demonstrated for them the key features [of the DJI Magic Pro],” Cirillo said. “We had them go to max height, which is 400 feet in the air. The girls took a selfie with the drone. Using hand movements, you can have it take pictures of you.”

The event encouraged girls interested in technology or cybersecurity to pursue their interests. “The girls were thrilled with the drone activities,” Girl Scout STEM Program Manager Carrie R. said. “The majority of the girls had never had any exposure to drones. They were so excited to see them in action.”

CSUSB would like to thank Dr. Nestler; the Drone Club; Bourns, Inc; and the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio for making the event successful.

For more information about the CSUSB Drone team, please visit contact us at cyber@csusb.edu

Students working together on a laptop.

Cybersecurity degrees might not be as common as engineering or computer science degrees, but there are already a number of colleges and universities that offer cybersecurity programs. Those who are interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity will find themselves as among the first line of defense against cyber attacks and cyber crimes in the future. Here are five colleges that have been recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) for offering such programs.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon has cybersecurity programs from their undergraduate to Ph.D. programs. For the undergraduate course, they are offering the Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Program: Information Assurance Track. One of their master's programs is the Masters of Science in Information Security, where the main focus is handling and managing the emerging complexities of information technology, including data and network security. They also offer a Ph.D. in ECE: Mobility Research Center, where the focus is on mobile devices and the improvement of mobile network and security.

California State University - San Bernardino

The California State University - San Bernardino offers certifications in different cybersecurity areas. Their Business Administration, Concentration: Cyber Security is one of the first cybersecurity programs in California. The university has received various grants from different state and federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense, allowing them to offer multiple cybersecurity programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

George Washington University

George Washington University in Washington, D.C. has a lot of NSA-recognized cybersecurity programs in both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Moreover, they also offer online degree programs, although it is only for those who are pursuing a master's degree in cybersecurity. One of these programs is the Online Master of Engineering in Cyber Security Policy & Compliance, which incorporates engineering and computer science courses.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Located in Rolla, Missouri, the institution offers two NSA-recognized cybersecurity programs: Big Data Management and Security Graduate Certificate and Information Assurance & Security Officer Essentials Graduate Certificate. Admission to the program requires a B.S. degree in any engineering field with an average GPA score of 3.0.

Purdue University

Purdue University offers several graduate and undergraduate cybersecurity programs recognized by the NSA. The highest one can get a Ph.D. in Computer Science with an Info-Security Focus. According to the university's website, the average time to complete the Ph.D. degree is five years, provided the student has an excellent undergraduate background in computer science.

Students were welcomed into the new school year at the 11th annual Late Night event, hosted by Cal State San Bernardino’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC), on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the rec center. The Cybersecurity Center’s Cyber Squad outreach program was present with ten volunteers and a staff member to promote cybersecurity awareness and opportunities in their academics and scholarship programs.

More than 5,000 attendees joined the free welcome-back event for a festive night of games, food, giveaways, and entertainment. CSUSB’s Late Night annually includes various adrenaline-inducing attractions, Ferris wheel, zip line, mechanical bull, plus free food trucks, and much more.

On September 24, 2019, CSUSB’s Office of Student Engagement (OSE) conducted its annual Fall Club Fair, one of many events associated with the campus welcoming of new students into the 2019-2020 academic year. One hundred thirty student clubs were on display with interactive games and activities, inviting over 3000 participating students to be a part of their organizations. The Cyber Intelligence and Security Organization (CISO)’s outreach group, Cyber Squad, was present to promote cybersecurity awareness and student opportunities in the Jack H. Brown College (JHBC) Cybersecurity academic and scholarship programs.

10 CISO student volunteers and Cybersecurity Center staff set up a clever giant Jenga game in which participants (in the traditional game manner) pulled a block that gave them different tasks, which resulted in a gain or loss of points. At the end of the game, each point earned participants a raffle ticket for free drones and other prizes redeemable at the Cybersecurity Center’s annual Open House event drawing held later in October. What made this game particularly interesting was the inclusion of not only silly and goofy physical tasks, but also cybersecurity oriented exercises like developing a secure password and understanding online safety tips.

The JHBC Cybersecurity Center also supported the presentation and advertisement of the CSUSB Women in Cybersecurity chapter and the Coyote Karate Academy.

 

On September 25, 2019, the National Security Agency sent three representatives to CSUSB to speak to our cyber students and exchange information about both the agency as well as the work the students are involved in on campus. The university’s Cyber Intelligence and Security Organization (CISO) had 14 volunteers demonstrate various ongoing projects, including Virtual Reality, Network Engineering, and Malware Analysis, just to name a few. At the close of the event, select students were interviewed by the agency to be offered full time or internship positions potentially. This was one of numerous recent events aimed at building the relationship between the Jack H. Brown College (JHBC) Cybersecurity Center and the NSA, thereby boosting the pipeline of cybersecurity professionals CSUSB can provide toward the Department of Defense each year.

On October 2-3, 2019, three staff members and eight student volunteers from CSUSB’s Cybersecurity Center and Cyber Intelligence & Security Organization (CISO) supported the Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference (STEPCon) 2019 at Bourns Technology Center, Riverside, California.

CSUSB joined with 50 STEM-related vendors of colleges, universities, city and county departments, tech companies, and IT professionals from around the Metroplex to serve over 5,000 Inland Empire K-12 students, showing off interactive technology exhibits and the infinite opportunities available in STEM.

CSUSB’s CISO brought unmanned ground and aerial drones, Raspberry Pi projects, and a virtual reality exhibit to excite participating students about STEM concepts, careers in IT, and cybersecurity opportunities through CSUSB’s academic programs, student clubs, organizations, and cyber projects.

Various politicians and their staff toured the Cybersecurity Center and the Cyber Intelligence and Security Organizations (CISO) student lab to learn more about potential funding areas and about the different projects our students are involved in. Their contributions through legislation have a significant impact on financial investments toward our Cybersecurity Center and CISO. 

Our intent during this visit was to show how well-deserving we are of all their support by dazzling them with evidence of our amazing program and ongoing cyber projects. 

For this particular visit, we had ten student volunteers displaying their extracurricular projects, including car hacking, drones, and virtual reality. Our student presentations during visits such as this only last from 10 to 20 minutes at a time. During this short period of time, our students must present multiple projects in such a way that our guests can understand the scope of what they are currently doing as well as the momentum they have gained from everything that they’ve done in recent years. With this event being one of many visits during the Fall 2019 quarter, our team of student volunteers has developed a presentation method in which each project is well represented and leaves our guests wanting more.

The WCHS College Career and Military day is an opportunity for 9th through 12th-grade students to explore college majors, careers, and military options.

Who are the presenters, and what is their mission? We want experienced professionals to share with our students what a typical day looks like for their specific career field. We want these presenters to cast vision for our students for what it takes to do this type of career. The goal is for our students to be inspired to think about their future career possibilities. We want these presentations to be as fun and interactive as possible. We encourage the presenters to prepare an interactive discussion that utilizes audiovisuals and audience participation.

Every year in October, during cybersecurity awareness month, the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center coordinates an open house for people from around the community to come together and learn about everything that CSUSB has to offer in regards to cybersecurity.

This year 350 people attended, and among them were high school and community college teachers, counselors, and students as well as that of CSUSB. The Cybersecurity Center recruited 33 student volunteers to help with this event and to set up many different demonstrations of projects that they are working on, including virtual reality, drones, malware analysis, and car hacking, among others. Not only did these students display projects outside of their extensive amount of course work, but they also spoke on different relationships that they’ve built with industry professionals such as Facebook and Red Hat Linux. Along with the Cyber Intelligence and Security Organization (CISO), who oversees the advancement of these projects, other student organizations were invited to attend and promote their clubs as well. Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WiCSE) and Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys) are two new clubs that have recently joined CISO and the Computer Science and Engineering clubs at this event.

Due to the huge variation in the level of education of those who attend this event, the Cybersecurity Center makes sure to invite both CSUSB admissions as well as graduate degree offices and programs so that they are better able to address the needs of both current and potential students. This annual event is held to welcome everyone to cybersecurity at CSUSB and to expose them to the opportunities that are available to them.

The Cyber Intelligence and Security Organization (CISO) at CSUSB celebrated Halloween this year by putting on their third Hacker’s Haunted House, beginning in 2016. This student-led event attracts numerous students every year, and each year the number increases. In this year’s event, the students incorporated virtual reality.

This October CISO successfully recruited 20 eager and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with this event that took over a month for them to plan. In preparation for Hackers Haunted House, the planning committee split themselves up into multiple teams in which they would each come up with different cybersecurity-focused Halloween challenge for the participants to try. With an expected attendance count of around 35 people, based on last year’s participant numbers, CISO developed a hugely successful event in which the attendance rate nearly doubled from the expected count at 60 participants.

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education and collaborating partners will be holding our 7th Annual STEMapalooza Event. STEMapalooza includes an engaging keynote and about 30 interactive exhibits that relate to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We expect over 500 Seventh graders about 300 high schoolers (from all over the county) in attendance. This year the event will again be held at San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino on Friday, November 1, 2019

We are building a cyber pipeline, from middle school right to our own JHBC doorsteps. Come out and help us excite middle & high school students toward STEM & cybersecurity careers!  We’re gearing 8th graders toward Eisenhower’s cyber program and high schoolers toward our own awesome club, projects and academic programs. 

Veteran broadcaster and producer Wenda Fong, who was appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees in 2018, visited the Cal State San Bernardino campus on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Fong met with CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales and later met with the university’s vice presidents and members of the president’s staff. She then toured the CSUSB campus visiting the Obershaw DEN food pantry, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), the Center for Global Innovation, the Cybersecurity Center and the Undocumented Student Success Center.

After lunching with the university’s student leaders, Fong met with members of the Faculty Senate and the Staff Council.

Fong is a partner of The Group, a strategic communications, and marketing company. She is the producer and director of music and variety specials, awards shows, reality specials, sitcoms, talk shows, documentaries, and live events.

Fong holds the dual distinction as being the only woman and the only person of color to have produced the Emmy Awards. In 2001, Fong joined the Fox Broadcasting Company and was with FOX for 13 years. She was its first executive director of Creative Development of Diversity and vice president of Diversity Development.

In 2002, she was appointed to oversee American Idol, which became the historical groundbreaking and network television ratings phenomenon. In 2003, Fong was promoted to vice president of alternative entertainment where she supervised all reality series and specials representing thousands of hours of programming including American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, and The X Factor to name just a few.

Among her community service, Fong is co-founder and chairperson emeritus of CAPE, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, which began in 1991 and is the largest, longest-running, and most influential organization for Asian American Pacific Islanders in the entertainment industry.

She was president of East West Players, the nation’s oldest Asian American theater, co-founded Asian Americans for Fair Media and served on the board of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists. She was the co-chair of the Leaders Forum and currently serves on the board of California Humanities and chairs the Programming Committee.

Fong has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980 and is founding co-chair and chairperson emeritus of the DGA Asian American Committee. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Fong received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies from the University of Southern California.


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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (www.pnnl.gov) and Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) are connecting with us for a cybersecurity research program opportunity, called the Cyber Talent Initiative (CTI). The main objective of the CTI is to create a Los Angeles based workforce pipeline of cybersecurity talent that can easily transition to open industry cybersecurity positions.

Trustee Garcia is an honors student at Cal Poly Pomona, majoring in political science.  Trustee Garcia serves on these CSU Trustee committees: Governmental Relations (Vice Chair), Educational Policy, Finance, and University and Faculty Personnel.  More recently, he was named to the Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor.

Trustee Khames is an honors student at San Diego State University, where she is pursuing a degree in international security and conflict resolution.  Trustee Khames will serve on these committees, beginning January 1, 2020: Educational Policy, Organization and Rules, Institutional Advancement, and Government Relations.

Trustee Garcia will be joined by the second CSU Student Trustee, Maryana Khames.  Both are scheduled to participate in the Campus Showcase Tour, stopping by the Cyber Security Center at approximately 3:10 p.m.

The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Community hosted its sixth annual symposium on November 21-22 in Phoenix, Arizona. With 361 representatives from 241 CAE-C designated institutions, the event marked the largest symposium ever hosted by the community. In addition to the growth in attendance, the program for the event also marked a milestone for the entire community with the addition of two program tracks—CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) and CAE in Research (CAE-R).

Up to his usual antics, Dr. Tony Coulson from the CAE-C Community kicked off the symposium on November 21 by thanking our sponsors (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center), providing a brief overview of the program, and teasing his infamous door prizes. Following Dr. Coulson’s brief introduction, Carrol Parker, chief for the Center for Education, Innovation, and Outreach for the NSA’s National Cryptologic School, and Diane Janosek, commandant of the National Cryptologic School for the NSA, reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to the CAE-C program and commended our efforts as a community to produce the next generation cyber workforce.

The community also heard from Lynne Clark, deputy chief of the Center for Education, Innovation, and Outreach for the NSA’s National Cryptologic School, about the evolution of the CAE-C program, objectives for 2020, and an overview of program changes. Also commenting on the importance of the proposed program changes were two panels, the Executive Leadership panel— comprised of University Presidents and Deans from two and four-year institutions—and the CAE National Resource Center (CNRC) panel.

The Executive Leadership panel consisted of Dr. Paul Maurer, president of Montreat College, Lawrence Rose, dean of Jack H. Brown College at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Dr. Ryan Carstens, president of Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso (ENMU-Ruidoso), and Randy VanWagoner, president of Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC).  Each member of the Executive Leadership panel discussed the strategic implications of the proposed changes and reaffirmed how these changes would positively impact the community.

In addition, the CNRC Panel comprised of Dr. Tony Coulson (CNRC—CAE in Cybersecurity Community), Corrinne Sande (CNRC—Candidates Program), Art Conklin (CNRC—Knowledge Unit Development), and Margaret Leary (CNRC—Peer Review) discussed the tactical and operational benefits of the proposed program changes.  This article does not discuss the proposed CAE-C program changes. For an overview of the proposed changes, please refer to the symposium presentation archive.

Commenting on programs affiliated with the CAE-C community, Corby Hovis, program director for the Division of Undergraduate Education, and Li Yang, program director for the Division of Graduate Education from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided an overview of investments in cybersecurity education, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to cybersecurity education, and provided an overview of planned activity for 2020. In addition, Rodney Petersen, director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), also asked the community to comment on updates to the NICE Framework per the President’s Cybersecurity Workforce Executive Order, which will continue accepting comments until January 13, 2020. For more information, please visit here. 

Kicking off the working lunch, Anastacia Webster, CAE-C Community program manager, discussed available resources, current and upcoming website changes, as well as a planned user survey on the community website taking place from January 1st-31st 2020. In addition, she also provided an overview of the resources available on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) website on behalf of Latasha McCord from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 

The community also heard from Amy Hysell, CAE-C Community assistant, about the CAE Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and NSF, on September 27, 2019. A total of 758 students/alumni and 73 industry representatives (representing 20 employers and 4 CAE-C designated institutions) participated in the event.

Following the CAE-C Community updates, Paul Wagner, Jason Denno, and Tom Jewkes from the University of Arizona discussed programs, curriculum, and future initiatives during this year’s CAE Spotlight segment. The CAE Spotlight institution, selected by the CAE-CDE program committee, is recognized for its efforts as a CAE-C designated institution as well as its efforts to advance cyber education.

After the CAE Spotlight presentation, the community split into the CAE-CDE and CAE-R session tracks. The CAE-CDE session track included discussions from Lynne Clark from the NSA on 2020 critical community actions and initiatives, Dr. Vincent Nestler from CSUSB on competencies, and the fastpitch segments from members of the community. Fastpitch speakers included Kyle Jones from Sinclair College, Guillermo Francia, III from the University of West Florida, Mark Thompson, and Ram Dantu from the University of North Texas, Siddharth Kaza from Towson University, Mark Loepker from the National Cryptologic Museum, and Cara Tang from Portland Community College. All fastpitch talks are available on the CAE-C Community Website in the Symposium Presentation Archive.

The CAE-R track included discussions from Michael Kunz from Sandia National Laboratories on successful research projects, Dr. Li Yang from NSF on funding opportunities, and Yingfei Dong from the University of Hawaii, Dan Dougherty from Worcester Polytechnic Insitute, and Martha Crosby from the University of Hawaii at Manoa on CAE-Rs and collaboration.

To conclude the first day, the entire community, except for all government representatives, gathered back into the main ballroom to discuss questions, concerns, and initiatives for 2020. The event ended with a brief overview of the program and directions for the following day.

For day two of the symposium on November 22, participants reported directly to their respective tracks (CAE-CDE and CAE-R).

The CAE-CDE track consisted of two special interest groups. Yair Levy from Nova Southeastern University and Eric Berkowitz from Roosevelt University led a special interest group on a fundamentals course. In contrast, Allen Parish from Mississippi State University and Siddharth Kaza from Towson University led a group focused on developing a professional society for cybersecurity education.

The CAE-CDE track also included six presentations from twelve members of the community, including Wei Li from Nova Southeastern University, Chris Simpson from National University, Shelly Heller from George Washington University, Zachary Zaccagni and Ram Dantu from the University of North Texas, Jinpeng Wei and Bei-Tseng Chu from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Deanne Cranford-Wesley from Forsyth Technical Community College, Melissa Dark from Dark Enterprise, Inc., Mark Loepker from the National Cryptologic Museum, as well as Faisal Kaleem and Portia Pusey from Metropolitan State University. All presentations provided to the community are available on the CAE-C Community website.

The CAE-R track heard from Melissa Dark from Dark Enterprise, Inc. and Agnes Chan from Northeastern University on the History and Highlights of INSuRE.

Next, the community split up into five different rooms to discuss regional community activities. Discussions in these rooms included regional activity for 2019, planned regional activity for 2020, program changes, as well as regional engagement.

During the working lunch, Dr. Tony Coulson (CNRC), Corrinne Sande (CNRC), and Lynne Clark (NSA), answered questions gathered from the community on the first and second day of the symposium ranging from the new CAE-C program changes to the annual report to general questions about the program.

To conclude the activities of the symposium, Lynne Clark (NSA), presented details on the new program guidelines and split the community into three groups (community college, bachelors and graduate programs, and research) to once again ask for feedback on the proposed changes. Once the group discussions finished, the community met once more in the ballroom to discuss final comments and questions that arose over the two-day symposium.

The CAE in Cybersecurity Community thanks all attendees for their participation in the symposium. We would also like to thank this year’s program committees (CAE-CDE Track: Amelia Estwick from Excelsior College, Faisal Kaleem from Metropolitan State University, and Kim Muschalek from San Antonio College; CAE-R: Agnes Chan from Northeastern University, Donwan Shin from New Mexico Tech, and Jennifer Cuttler from Texas A&M University.

All materials from the symposium are available on the website. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s symposium in Atlanta, Georgia!

Mark Loepker is the Director of Education for the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI). We look forward to his support and collaboration toward our cyber outreach program targeting our community K-12 schools.

We’d like to share some of our project experiences and outreach tools to discuss our current and future investment toward cyber education and recruitment. This visit is very important to us.

ITS Town Hall
ITS Town Hall

Information Technology Services (ITS) hosted another “Town Hall Meeting" in their once a month sessions for students, staff and faculty. The meeting held on January 30 had the topic of “virtual reality for teaching.” 

Staff from Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI), a division of ITS, showcased their progress on incorporating virtual reality into classrooms. 

YuTong Liu, Duncan Smith and James Trotter of ATI described the augmented reality and virtual reality projects that ATI has been working on.

One such project is the Xcode app, an application students can download and scan items to create 3D images. 

ATI has also developed a virtual reality lab. In the lab, students learn how to produce fully interactive virtual reality environments. 

The most recent example of the interactive virtual reality environment has been designed for nursing students. The program allows the students to interact with artificial intelligence to determine patient discharge, and is still in testing.

For students interested in developing virtual reality projects, the Virtual Reality Club meets in UH-043. Stop by to inquire about their upcoming meetings.

Mr. Trotter presented 360-degree video, a type of immersive technology that allows the user to record a location and playback the video through the virtual reality headsets. 

Featured faculty Kurt Collins, Mihaela Popescu and Scott Vance also spoke about their opinions and experiences incorporating virtual and augmented reality in the classroom.

 

ITS Town Hall meetings will continue to inform the campus of new and exciting technological projects. 

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January 2020 IT Governance Executive Meeting Digest 

Adobe Sign Presentation

Shaun Geer shared that there is a problem with paper forms creating and resulting in long lines and long wait times and presented information on the Adobe Sign solution and the implementation at CSUSB as follows:

  • User Expectations
    • Access Information Anywhere
    • Anytime
    • On Any device
    • Needs to be Secure
    • Quick Turn Around
  • What is Adobe Sign?
    • Cloud-Based, enterprise-class e-signature service
    • Allows you to replace paper & ink signature processes.
    • Fully automated electronic signature workflows.
    • Send, sign, track and manage documents across multiple platforms.
  • Key Benefits include:
    • Drastic reduction in the time it takes to submit and process forms
    • Licensing allows for unlimited users (Enterprise Solution).
    • Adobe is willing to integrate with our existing computer systems (PeopleSoft, Oracle, Onbase, etc.)
    • Works across multiple platforms (mobile & desktop)
    • Lower cost than DocuSign
  • Implementation at CSUSB
    • Provide improved electronic form services through digital transformation that reduce waiting time and enhance customer experience
    • Migrate CSUSB users from DocuSign to Adobe Sign. *DocuSign expires Nov. 2020
    • Meet expectations of our users by reducing processing time while not interrupting their current business
    • Provide security for e-signatures while still providing access needed
    • Complete project by Spring 2020
  • Challenges
    • Identify all DocuSign documents in use and recreate them in Adobe Sign
      • 10 Complex Forms
    • Identify existing users of DocuSign so we can work with them to get their forms migrated to Adobe Sign
      • 29 users
    • Retrieve DocuSign archived documents and make them available for Adobe Sign users to be able to search them
      • 4,718 documents
    • Develop testing procedures which assure the quality of the forms that have been migrated to Adobe Sign meet the expectations of our users
    • Meeting Departments Secure Access needs
    • Gather pertinent information that will help to develop a platform that integrates easily with existing business on campus Enterprise Solution
  • Implementation Timeline
  • Future Vision
    • Advertise the service so it is more widely known and used on campus.
    • Provide customer support by having trained staff available to assist.
    • Provide training classes so anyone on campus can learn how to make their own forms/workflows.
    • Work with Adobe Sign Team to help develop their product so it connects more easily to campus systems such as PeopleSoft, DACS, etc.
    • Develop a library of electronic templates to help accelerate building on what we already have done.

Drupal 8 Domain Names and URLs Recommendation

Michael Casadonte presented a Management Action Plan for Drupal 8 Domain Names and URLs. Michael stated that there has been a slow movement over the past few years to reduce the number of domain names the university creates for websites. Due to the migration of websites to one code base and one installation in our Drupal environment (a.k.a. D7 to D8), there is a compelling reason to rebuild our websites with addresses (URLs) that put the university first. For example, jhbc.csusb.edu would become www.csusb.edu/jhbc. Colleges can continue to use the old URL that put the college first with the use of redirects. The colleges of JHBC and SBS have already agreed to this structure. 

He stated that keeping URLs consistent throughout the CSUSB website requires convincing all Colleges to go through and accept this change.

The recommendation to the Executive Committee from the team was to build out the remaining colleges (COE, CAL, CNS) in Drupal 8 using a URL path that visibly represents a new structure and puts the university first.

Staff Spotlight

Ever since David Barker stepped onto California State University, San Bernardino’s (CSUSB) campus as a contractor, he knew he wanted to be part of the CSUSB community. David worked for several agencies prior to being hired at CSUSB as an electrician in 2010 where he was promoted to lead electrician in Facilities Management in 2012.

“This job”, David shared, “Never gets old or stagnant. There are a variety of projects to work on and the job provides great opportunities to perfect your craft—the work is never-ending.”

Of the many projects that David has worked on, his proudest accomplishment includes working on the Coussoulis Arena. “New light fixtures were installed to uplift the ambiance in the Arena for some of the university’s most prestigious events, like the President’s Gala and special concerts”, David said.

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David had the privilege of working with the former director of Special Events, Carol Dixon, and team to install truss motors for the light fixtures. “The installation and design of the power and controls were completed by myself and a colleague, we finished that process in one month”, added David. What was most exciting about this project was the brand-new technology David was introduced to.

During his career journey at CSUSB, David shared that his belief in the power of teamwork grows stronger each day. “I’ve learned that people will give their all if they know that everyone is a team player. CSUSB’s work environment has allowed me to be more me. I like working with people and I’ve found that it’s easier to get rid of the negativity by spreading positivity.”

Growing in his role at the university didn’t happen overnight, but according to David, there are few things one should consider as they continue to grow in their roles. “Figure out what you want to do. Know that everyone has rough days, but remember to keep a positive attitude (it’s contagious). And, have fun.”

Perhaps the highlight of David’s career is receiving the distinguished President’s Outstanding Employee Award at the 2018-2019 Fall Convocation. Although David was unable to attend Convocation as he was out of town for the birth of his grandchild, he shared, “I was blown away when I found out I was this year’s award recipient,” remarked David, “my wife did a great job keeping it secret!”.

In his nomination, David was described as “a conscientious and a collaborative member of the campus community” who “serves as a mentor for new professionals” in his division. According to David, winning the President’s Outstanding Employee Award felt like his team had received recognition and had won the award right along with him.  “CSUSB management believed in me and takes my opinions very seriously, and as an employee, that feels good,” shared David.

So how would David like to leave his paw print at the University?

“Inspiring those around me to be the best version of themselves is how I hope others remember me.”

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About David:

In addition to his trade, David’s hobbies include engaging in outdoor activities like wake boarding and camping at Emerald Cove.

Brandon Sierra

Brandon Sierra works as the Interim Assistant Director for the Technology Support Center (TSC), a division of Information Technology Services (ITS) in the Pfau Library here at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

He is a CSUSB alumnus, earning both his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science Engineering.

Brandon has held different roles in ITS since he first started his career in 2010 and began his current role in January of this year. As an Interim Assistant Director, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the TSC, training services and all of the student assistants. He is also responsible for thinking of new ways to be innovative and how to improve their current service offering to students, faculty and staff.

Gearing their work toward student success is what Brandon is most proud of. The TSC provides a 24/7 study area, The Cave, where students can use the space and computers to collaborate at any time. Students are also provided with free software’s such as Word, PowerPoint, ESET Antivirus, Windows 10 and more.

“Our goal is to see our students grow and become successful from the first day on campus through their graduation,” he says.

Having previously traveled to Washington D.C. and New Orleans, Brandon wants to go back and see more of the historical sights each city has to offer. After having dinner in Miami on a layover, he would really like to go back and see the rest of the city.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys working on cars and watching Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies.

Describing CSUSB, Brandon says, “The one thing that really comes to mind is family.”

UPDATE: The Comm Symposium is cancelled. We thank all of you for your patience during our campus closure.

 

The Communication symposium is HERE! Learn more about our upcoming awards event, the biggest of the year in communication studies at CSUSB and Register TODAY!

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Professor Oregel recently screened a sample of his film "Reflecting Solitude and Dreams" to the CSUSB Visual Arts Department. The documentary on Alfredo de Batuc, a well-known representational artist, is being worked on presently with the hopes of completion in 2021. 

As a result of an assignment in Professor Donna Gotch's Comm 321: Persuasion class where students were required to develop a persuasive campaign that will directly benefit CSUSB students, Finals Retreat is being held on our campus. Congratulations to the following students who were enrolled in Comm 312 in spring 2019: Alfredo Deluna, Austin Gehrke, Leslie Leach, and Brenda Rombalski for their great work on developing the idea, designing all promotional materials and making the event happen on our campus. A special thanks to Leslie Leach, currently a graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies, for taking the lead on the campaign and finalizing all the details.

Reservations, the short film that Julie Nichols co-wrote and executive produced, has been selected for Amazon's All Voices Film Festival. Reservations, which starred Dale Raoul from the True Blood HBO series, won the Best Script award at the Classical Arts Film Festival in Napa, California and was selected for a total of eleven film festivals. Julie co-wrote and produced the film with her CSUSB colleague, Jeffrey Fischer Smith, who penned the short play upon which the film was based. Available now on Amazon...

 

Lacey Kendall; Broadcast Consultant to the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters, PDC, and a faculty member from the Comm Studies Department, has accepted a position to serve on the advisory board to the Inland Futures Foundation. The organization oversees KVCR TV, KVCR FM, and the FNX First Nations Television Network. Kendall has served as a consultant to San Bernardino Valley College since 2018 and is an alumni of that campus who began a media career with her first job-at KVCR 91.9 FM, at the age of 18.

One of the most influential public intellectuals in the world who has authored more than 100 books on topics as wide-ranging as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media was interviewed by CSUSB Comm Studies very own Professor Oregel while visiting the University of Arizona over three days.

Communication Studies graduate students presented their research at the communication graduate student mini-symposium

Andy A. Acosta Jr.

Suicide, Read All About it: A Critical Genealogy of the Music as the Media and Hip-Hop as the Culture

Shane L Burrell Jr.

Exploring En-Roling and De-Roling in Virtual Reality

Loydie Burmah

They’re All Going to Cancel You: The Curious Case of Cancel Culture as Manifest in Both Online and Offl ine Environments

Luis Esparza

Indegismo, Sexualidad, Genero, y el Pecado Nefando: Deconstructing Sexuality and Gender in Mexico

Mark A. Reotutar

The Misunderstood Language of Krump

Francisco Rodriguez Ramos

Passing vs Non-Passing: Latinx Experiences and Understandings of Being Presumed White

Brenda Rombalski

Secluded in a Room: Applying Relational Dialectics Theory to Extreme Internet Use

Students will share their experiences with the "ISMS" that derive from the logic of coloniality in an open-mic style event.

The CSUSB Office of Outreach and Student Recruitment is hosting the 2020 Virtual Coyotes Rising Summer Program this June! Coyotes Rising is a comprehensive award-winning recruitment and retention program for high achieving African American high school students in the 11th grade.


The 2020 Program will provide prospective students with a virtual glimpse into the beautiful CSUSB campus and provide vital information about how to become a #Coyote4Life. All participants will learn professional development skills and participate in a panel discussion —where they can ask questions. 

The program will provide participating students early exposure to a university setting, in addition to enrollment assistance to prospective students and their parents through workshops, presentations, and individual counseling from designated Admissions Counselors and staff members.


This year, the 2020 Virtual Coyotes Rising Summer Program will take place on June 24 – 26 and the selection process has begun! For students that submitted applications, the selection process will be complete in May. At which point, the Virtual Coyotes Rising Summer cohort will be contacted and will have one week to accept the program offer. After one-week, applicants on the waitlist will be selected for the program.


This thoughtful, interactive, and transformational virtual summer program is brought to you by California State University, San Bernardino.

To learn more about Coyotes Rising, click here.

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales

 

 

The Admissions Office at the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus hosted a live webinar for first-time freshman, transfer students, and their families to assist with the Next Steps in becoming a #Coyote4Life. This virtual event brought together the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Orientation, Admission Operations, and the Office of Outreach, to help new PDC students in finalizing their admissions. 

Over 95 participants attended the webinar and received step-by-step assistance from admissions counselors with essential steps — such as completing the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD), and ways to submit online documents. Additionally, prospective students learned about the process of changing their major, deadlines, and the benefits of being a Palm Desert student. This virtual webinar provided students an opportunity to ask our dedicated staff questions during the live chat portion of the webinar. Attendees also received updates on what to expect during the transition to CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. During the webinar, our phenomenal staff answered over 100 questions!

As a friendly reminder, all students should check their myCoyote email and to-do list frequently to stay informed about important dates and deadlines. 

To learn more about PDC, click here

 

 

PDC Admissions team

To keep the offices of the Enrollment Management Department accessible to our students and their families during social distancing, each office is providing easy access to services online. The Registrar’s Office is working diligently to support students and their families by streamlining processes for effectiveness and ease. To read more about the services the office of the Registrar will provide, you can access their webpage by clicking the link below.

New Online Services

 

 

Online Services

As the world adjusts to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Coyotes of Cal State San Bernardino remain resilient and #CoyoteStrong. The need for patience and flexibility in the face of change is essential. We thank you for your continued understanding as we achieve to provide a safe learning environment. The need for physical distancing will not be a barrier to personal assistance and support. We are confident we will endure these difficulties and, together, we will continue to define the future. 


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Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus hosted the Mardi Gras Moonrise Magic Reception on March 8th to raise funds for scholarships and support for its hospitality management program, which will officially launch in fall 2020. The event took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. The Gala is the primary funding mechanism for the annual short-term study abroad to Italy held during Spring Break, which is being planned for 2021. From an academic standpoint, the Gala is an important experiential learning activity for the management course. It also helps promote and market the hospitality program, and of course it generates scholarships and financial aid for students to study abroad that is offered in tandem with the Global Seminar curriculum.

The reception had approximately 100 attendees, including students who volunteered for the event. The students, Nora Duenas, Jake Vargas, Kimberly Fuentes, Sofia Torres Crespo, Nicholas Conoway, Jonathan Lowell, David Garcia - Tlahuel, Cristian Cabrera and Baldomero Felix-Felix are concentrating or minoring in the Hospitality Management Program. They greeted and mingled with guests and participated in fundraising event activities. Attendees learned more about the exciting developments of the program, met the first enrolled students and enjoyed a wonderful evening. 

Some notable figures in attendance also include Director of the Hospitality Management Program Joseph Tormey, JHBC Dean Lawreance Rose, Palm Desert Campus Dean Jake Zhu, Provost Shari McMahan, and the Department of Marketing Chair Victoria Seitz, Senior Director of Development Julie Nichols, Marketing Professor Dr. Eric Newman and Chair of the Dean's Advisory Board Thomas Galindo.

The event was sponsored by Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Desert Champions, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage and The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

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Students at the Gala

Students of the Hospitality management Program

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Students are excited!

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Jake Zhu & Joe Tormey

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Dean And Provost

Scott Welsh, Media Director, Redlands Bicycle Classic
Scott Welsh, Media Director, Redlands Bicycle Classic

California State University, San Bernardino’s Department of Marketing located at The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration has launched its own lab entitled The HUB placed on the second floor, in room JB-255.

The HUB stands for Helping Understand Business and it was supported and funded by The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration as well as a VETI Grant. The classroom was produced for a collaborative learning environment and was developed by the faculty of the Department of Marketing alongside the Marketing Advisory Board.

It has its own branding and design which was all created on campus by Bliss Gray. Gray was a Graphic Design student assistant at the on-campus multimedia training facility, Coyote Advertising*. The graphic designer,

“combines art and technology to project ideas through visual and textual content.” (www.coyoteadvertising.com)

The classroom is completely redesigned with new furniture, new technology and a bright setting to ensure the students are comfortable and ready to learn in The HUB. This lab is set up to support group study and projects during class time. The students have already given their positive feedback upon its first quarter.

A survey was conducted in the winter 2018 quarter during the lab’s first year of use and it has received positive feedback from students who have attended their class in the lab. They mostly agreed the technology in JB-255 has prepared them for the real-world business environment. The students who took this survey also strongly agreed the classroom increased their motivation to interact with their group and that the classroom facilitates a flexible interaction between classmates as well as instructors.

Finally, the marketing students are able to gain greater understanding of marketing concepts taught in JB-255 and they will gain greater experience in oral and written communication. 

*Coyote Advertising is an “on-campus multimedia training facility with a mission to prepare CSUSB students for the 21st century media leadership position.” The facility was run by Jacob Poore who is also a part of the Marketing Advisory Board before it was taken over by Alfredo Cruz in 2018.  

Melika Kordrostami wins!
Dr. Melika Kordrostami Wins Award For Best Working Paper

Dr. Melika Kordrostami, an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing at Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) recently won an award for best working paper at the "Society for Consumer Psychology" (SCP) 2020 annual conference.

Dr. Kordrostami has her Ph.D in Marketing from Iowa State University. You can find her teaching courses such as, Marketing Principles and Consumer Behavior at CSUSB.

The award is for her paper, "Sexual agency and advertising" which is co-authored with her sister, Elika Kordrostami. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cyber Intelligence & Security Organization (CISO) will be moving all club projects temporarily online. Although the club will likely not meet physically next quarter, CISO is dedicated to the development of our members and will continue to offer resources to help you feel competent and capable when you enter the cybersecurity workforce upon graduation. Please check on the CISO website or on the CISO Slack for information about your project meeting date and time. Meetings will likely occur through Zoom.

While the campus is advising that meeting on campus is unlikely, our vision for the spring quarter is to continue collaborating with our partner clubs WiCyS, CSE, and WiCSE, to ensure that member resumes/interview skills are well-developed and display CSUSB qualities to employers throughout the Nation. We recognize that there are current factors and challenges that our campus is facing; however, through adversity, there is opportunity. Thus, the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the hybrid use of in-person and hybrid technologies.

Many of our events will still take place virtually. For other events, you must check the CISO website, the CISO Slack, or the Cybersecurity Center Events page for updates. Before the spring quarter, our officers, as well as members, were in the process of planning out our 2nd Annual Tech Fair. Several employers were invited to talk about recent occurrences in the technological world to spark an interest in technology or to motivate those who are already pursuing a career in tech. Furthermore, members of CISO, WiCyS, CSE, and WiCSE will have booths showcasing some of their areas of expertise.


We look forward to having an exciting quarter with our members and newcomers.

Come join me and Dr. Tony Silard this Wednesday noon for an hour of conversation. We'll hear a little bit about Dr. Silard's background and about his research. We will also spend sometime talking about the Coronavirus and the challenges for public administration. Come share your thoughts, concerns and ideas. Zoom link https://csusb.zoom.us/j/145893011.PS- You can also wish me a Happy Birthday!

A new $1 million grant to bridge the achievement gap in Chemistry was awarded to three Co-Principal Investigators at California State University, San Bernardino, by the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research on March 19, 2020. 

 

The three-year innovation grant, titled, “Rebalancing the Equity Gap in Chemistry Education with Culturally Sensitive Adaptive Learning,” will use online, personalized learning technologies to decrease the achievement gap in for approximately 8,000 students per year through a coordinated effort which was one of only five grants selected by the State of California.

 

Professors Larry Mink, Ph.D., Chemistry, Andreas Beyersdorf, Ph.D., Chemistry, and Mihaela Popescu, Ph.D., Communication Studies representing Academic Technologies and Innovation, alongside Co-Principal Investigators from all three segments of California postsecondary education at the University of California, Davis, the California State University Chancellor’s Office, and Mendocino College, secured the grant, now made more relevant by the need to rethink course delivery due to COVID-19 disruptions and closures.

 

With over 100,000 students taking chemistry courses in California annually, the study is designed to directly improve outcomes for underrepresented student populations pursuing STEM education by using culturally-responsive, technology-enabled learning to address factors known to disproportionately impact historically marginalized groups in STEM.

 

Adaptive learning is a technology-driven teaching approach that is responsive to individual student’s needs, behaviors and performance. Culturally Sensitive Adaptive Learning uses culturally-responsive content to bolster STEM identity.

 

Academic Technologies and Innovation piloted adaptive learning technology with the Chemistry Department in 2018. [Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3r1M-_oHwg&list=PLyi2oxLFZUr2Jf1ivAR9-yVZaRebHun8u&index=2]

 

The outcomes of this study will include development, testing and distribution of a free adaptive learning platform as part of the LibreText Open Educational Resources program, an online repository of free textbooks and course content that has saved students $30 million on textbook costs, broadening access to education nationally. [Info: https://libretexts.org]

 

Said Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, “The Selection Committee noted that your project proposes an innovative approach to increasing student success by creating an open-education-resource adaptive learning platform and by developing editable, culturally responsive learning and homework modules for Chemistry.”

 

Additional benefits from the grant to California State University, San Bernardino, will include adaptive learning implementation into campus general chemistry courses in order to specifically address the equity gaps, and dissemination of research in publications and conferences.

 

Making this new effort possible were the partnerships forged across universities and disciplines, credited and listed for their contributions:

  • University of California System
  • Delmar Larsen (UCD) Prof. of Chemistry and Executive Director of the LibreTexts
  • Ozcan Gulacar (UCDs) Prof. of Teaching in Chemistry
  • Anthony Albano (UCD) Prof. of Education Psychology in School of Education
  • Marco Molinaro (UCD) Director, Center for Excellence in Education
  • California State University System
  • Larry Mink (CSUSB) Prof. of Chemistry
  • Andreas Beyersdorf (CSUSB) Assistant Prof. of Chemistry
  • Mihaela Popescu (CSUSB) Prof. of Communication Studies & Faculty Associate, Academic Technologies & Innovation
  • Frank Gomez (CSULA and CSU Chancellor's Office) Prof. of Chemistry and Executive Director STEM-NET
  • Jonathan Brooks (CSUSB)Instructional Designer, Academic Technologies & Innovation 
  • Cathleen Lucas, (CSUSB) Senior Grant Development Officer, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • California Community College System
  • Michelle Pilati (ASCCC) Faculty Coordinator, Open Educational Resources Initiative at Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Greg Allen (MC) Assistant Prof. of Chemistry

 

ABOUT ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATION: Lovingly referred to as “tech next to the mountain,” Academic Technologies and Innovation is a research and development space at  California State University, San Bernardino, where highly qualified and experienced specialists design inclusive, pedagogically sound, and technology-enhanced environments that empower faculty to achieve their instructional goals and students to achieve their highest levels of success. http://ati.csusb.edu

 

ABOUT CSUSB:A center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California, California State University, San Bernardino reflects the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. The university offers over 70 traditional baccalaureate and master's degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctoral program. https://www.csusb.edu

Kim Tan, MVP
Kim Tan, MVP

On February 27, 2020, the men’s and women’s basketball teams recognized their MVP (Most Valuable Professor). Kim Tan of the Department of Marketing (Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration) was chosen as an MVP for the second year in a row. Last year, a different student also honored him with the MVP award.  

Kim Tan is a well-known professor among Marketing students due to his great teaching skills. He is always willing to help his students when they come to him and his love for teaching is seen in times like these. It was no surprise that he’d be the MVP again this year.

Although, he was not able to make it out to the Faculty Appreciation Night due to his teaching schedule, Kim was still recognized and later sent a Most Valuable Professor t-shirt!

In anticipation of the incoming Cal State San Bernardino class of 2020, each office in the Enrollment Management Department is hosting webinars for students and their families. The webinars are a great way to interact with our offices and learn the latest information about admissions at Cal State San Bernardino. So far, Virtual Coyotes Connect has covered Next-Steps in the Admissions process, Housing & Residential Education, and the University Honors Program. In addition to the webinars for students and families, CSUSB hosted Counselor’s Day, which is an informational webinar for our community partners in education, such as, high school and community college counselors, advisors, and faculty. Counselor’s Day is one way that CSUSB helps our community partners stay informed and empowered through education. Our webinars were hosted by the staff, directors, and the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Dr. Rachel Beech. Each webinar has a live question and answer portion where attendees can send in their questions and received an answer right away. 

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University Honors Program

This webinar is for high achieving first-time freshmen interested in the Honors program at Cal State San Bernardino. The University Honors Program is an excellent learning experience for new students at CSUSB. This webinar details the educational and hands-on curriculum of the program, as well as, important information about Honors Advising.

 

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Next-Steps, Orientation, and Financial Aid

This webinar focuses on providing students with important dates and deadlines for admission. Such as the June 1st deadline for the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD), along with a step-by-step guide on how to complete that transaction via myCoyote. Students are also introduced to the university through Orientation, which helps students process their advancement at Cal State San Bernardino. Lastly, this webinar describes the important process of Financial Aid. Such as the different types of federal aid, and when to apply.

 

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Housing & Residential Services

This webinar details up-to-date information about Residential Housing at CSUSB. As the worldwide response to COVID-19 changes, the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community will always be our first priority at Cal State San Bernardino. Watch this webinar to hear first-hand experience from #Coyotes4Life about living on campus!

 

Cal State San Bernardino recognizes the importance of staying informed during social distancing. Therefore, the Enrollment Management Department is providing virtual opportunities that can be easily accessed via the CSUSB Admissions website, YouTube, social media, and many other live-streaming platforms. 
 
CSUSB is continually innovating ways to provide consistent and timely information to our students, staff, faculty, and community. Our use of virtual webinars has allowed us to remain in contact and exchange important information with students, their families, high schools, community colleges, and other institutions of higher education. 

We have partnered with many offices to ensure that we provide all students, parents, and guardians the most updated and accurate information in becoming a #Coyote4Life — as a current student. The virtual Coyotes Connect event consisted of several breakout sessions. Such as the University Honors Program, Next Steps, Orientation, Financial Aid, Housing and Residential Education, and a glimpse into the majors offered within the College of Natural Sciences. These webinars detail information about admissions deadlines, virtual Orientation for fall 2021, and requirements for applying to the University Honors Program. 

The Enrollment Management virtual programming will continue to provide insightful information to our Cal State community. 

Visit our Admissions page

 

 

 

Helping Students

Adele Hutchinson

I knew I wanted to work in the publishing industry,” says Adele Hutchison, “because I love to read so much.” 

Since graduating in 2007 with her B.A. in English (Literature Track), Adele has gotten to do just that.  She worked at SAGE publishing as their Senior Permissions Editor for five years and then as a freelance permissions editor for three.  She is now the Permissions Manager at the American Psychological Association (APA), a major publisher of scholarly books and journals in psychology and related mental health fields. 

At APA, Adele handles requests from writers and others to use previously published APA content.  And as Adele suggests, these permission inquiries are interestingly diverse—everything from reusing journal article material to “having APA book covers as props on a bookshelf in a TV show.” 

It’s a job that Adele enjoys:  “I love working on anything involving copyright law and assisting co-workers and customers with questions about items that are fair use, public domain or Creative Commons.” 

One reason Adele has been able to work in this field is her English degree.  As she says, it helped her to “craft a standout resume,” and to secure full-time positions because of her excellent communication skills. 

Adele’s advice for English majors?  “Don’t listen to anyone who says you can only teach with an English degree . . . The English degree will expand your career path, not limit it.”

Alanna Trejo (B.A. 2007)
Presidential Aide, California State University Channel Islands

Alanna TrejoAlanna Trejo didn’t start out as an English major. She began at CSUSB in psychology but English felt like a better fit, especially as she “enjoyed learning about linguistics and analyzing novels in a historical context.” The switch paid off.  What Alanna gained through the English major greatly enriched her professional journey.  “I thought that having a degree in English would tie me down to being a teacher or professor,” she says, “but I was able to branch out into different types of industries.” Alanna is currently the Presidential Aide at Cal State, Channel Islands (CSUCI)—a dynamic role that she notes involves “a range of diverse administrative activities for the President and the Office of the President.” Before this, Alanna worked as an editorial assistant and production coordinator at a publishing company as well as an account manager for a software equipment management company. Alanna graduated with a B.A. in English (Literature Track) in 2007. It was through this degree that she sharpened her abilities to analyze, think, communicate, and edit.  “Having these skills has benefited my career path enormously,” she says. Alanna offers this advice to current students: “Think outside of the box when it comes to using your English degree. Know that you can use it in a variety of fields, not just teaching.” 

Amanda Baker

Amanda Baker (B.A. 2015)

Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Army

Amanda Baker was torn between two passions:  a love for journalism and her dream of serving in the armed forces.  After graduating with her B.A. in English (Literature Track), she found a way to pursue both—as a Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. army.  

Amanda is stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord just outside Tacoma, Washington.  As a Public Affairs Specialist, she writes for the Base’s two newspapers:  The Guardian and The Ranger. For these, she has covered stories on special forces soldier trainings, ‘combatives’ events, and family days at the base, as well as features on a unit chaplain and a retiring colonel.  She has also become ‘airborne certified’ to jump out of airplanes in flight and been trained in Psychological Operations (PSYOP) for the base office where she works. 

Amanda credits the English major for preparing her for the multiple responsibilities of her position.  Specifically, it was in her English courses that she learned to ask questions about characters and themes in literature—a skill that she applies to unpacking Psychological Operations texts, and to creating news stories.  In fact, Amanda says that because of her natural inquisitiveness, her colleagues at the base call her the ‘Riddler’ (a play off of her birth name, Amanda Ridder).  The English major, says Amanda, has also helped her work well at the base with people from diverse backgrounds: “English taught me to see multiple perspectives by engaging texts that spoke about culture, history, science and gender.”

Before joining the army, Amanda worked for City News Group, a regional weekly newspaper in Grand Terrace.  And prior to that, she interned as a writer with LA Yoga Magazine, for which she earned ENG 575 credit toward her B.A.  Amanda again emphasizes how important the English major was in her writing jobs: “English helped me to articulate my thoughts and structure my ideas on paper,” and to communicate those ideas effectively to various audiences.

Amanda has many positive recollections of her time at CSUSB:  “I remember the wonderful, helpful professors and the beautiful campus . . . My two favorite English courses, Studies of the American Gothic with Professor Chad Luck and Victorian Literature with Professor Luz Ramirez, allowed me to study the most interesting works of literature.  Writing in the Public Sphere with Professor Mary Boland also encouraged me to pursue journalism and blogging.  And while at CSUSB, I was a student editor for the Pacific Review . . . and was proud to read one of my short stories at an open mic on campus.” 

To students wondering about the English major, Amanda offers these words:  “Having an English background gives you many valuable assets for employers.  You can use this degree towards practically any career field.”  And to current English majors, Amanda says:  “Enjoy the journey.  Sit with a book assignment, turn off your phone and escape into a story.  Have fun with it because you’ll be amazed at what you learn.” 

Andrea “Nikki” Harlin, (B.A. 2014, M.F.A. 2016)
Field Representative, Congressman Pete Aguilar District Office

Andrea HarlinAndrea (“Nikki”) Harlin works for an elected official. She is a field representative for the District Office of Congressman Pete Aguilar, the U.S. Representative for the 31st Congressional District of California.

As a field representative, Nikki coordinates public events on job development, small businesses, and federal grant opportunities. She oversees, for example, an annual local job fair, something she finds especially gratifying:  “When you see someone leave a job fair with an interview scheduled or a new job, you really feel like you are helping people.” 

Nikki has two degrees from CSUSB: a B.A. in English (Creative Writing Track, 2014) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry Concentration, 2016).  As an English student, she says, she “learned how to approach and tackle complicated texts,” skills she now uses to “analyze pieces of legislation, understand project narratives, and prepare official documents.”

While she was a student, Nikki also emceed open-mic events for the Pacific Review reading series, an experience that built her confidence for the public speaking she does now in her job.  She in turn encourages students to get involved on campus by volunteering with the Office of Community Engagement, going to a conference, participating in a study abroad program, or taking a class outside the English major. 

To those who want a career like hers in the public sector, Nikki underscores this advice:  Pursue an internship.  An internship led to her own position, and “it’s a great way to gain professional experience, enhance your resume,” and learn more about areas that interest you. Even if the internship is unpaid, Nikki emphasizes, “it is still a job and you should take it seriously.”  Doing so could reap serious benefits:  “You may love it, and they may have an opening and give you a call.”   

Candace Loya (B.A. 2003)
Community Content Manager, Esri

Candace LoyaThe English major “taught me to be an excellent storyteller,” says Candace Loya.And as the Community Content Manager at Esri, Candace gets to tell various (true) stories about the Esri company, its cutting-edge software, and its customers.  

Esri is a leading Geographical Information Systems (GIS) company based in Redlands, with 80 distribution offices around the globe and over 4,000 employees. Candace oversees a range of online content about Esri in live-blogs, social media, and other forums.

Prior to coming to Esri, Candace worked in communications positions requiring other genres of storytelling.  She was an editorial assistant for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group and a web content writer for Loma Linda University Health.  As well, she served as a congressional aide, writing speeches and policy documents and representing a local congressman at community events.  More recently, Candace worked as a communications strategist for Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), where she coordinated internal and external company communications.

The ability to write flexibility across her career, says Candace, is rooted in her time as an English major:  “I developed a unique skill set to write any type of content—technical, contractual, web-based, journalistic and educational—for any audience.”

Candace graduated from CSUSB with her B.A. in English (Creative Writing Track) in 2003.  Although she started in another major, she switched to English after taking the English Grammar class: “I fell in love with the English language when I saw the word-by-word breakdown of sentences, everything from modals and sentence trees to subjects and predicates.  It was amazing.”

For students wondering whether an English degree is practical, Candace’s experience-informed advice is reassuring:  “Organizations are looking for people who know how to write well . . . This means being able to tell any story in any medium.”And English majors are built for that.   As Candace encourages current students, “You chose a degree in English because you love a good story.  So tell it.”

Catherine Perez (B.A. 2011)
Attorney, District Attorney’s Office, Buncombe County, North Carolina

Catherine PerezAs a state prosecutor for a North Carolina district attorney’s office, Catherine Perez creates positive social change at the local level. It’s what she likes most about her job: “I love being a part of the community” and “if you’re engaged, you can influence your local leaders to change policies.”  

Also—somewhat paradoxically—in her prosecutor role, Catherine is able to assist community members facing criminal charges.  She specializes in drug prosecutions, but her main goal is getting drug offenders alternative sentences—such as rehabilitation programs or extensive community service.  Indeed, the most rewarding part of her job says Catherine, is when people actually complete these options because “it’s just a different person walking out than the person who walked in.”  She also advocates for the accused, who are typically the most economically disadvantaged in the community, by asking judges to waive their costs and by assisting them if they can’t afford their own attorney.

After graduating in 2011 with her B.A. in English (Literature Track), Catherine continued her educational journey at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Law, one of the top law schools in the country.  She credits her English degree with preparing her for the intellectual rigors of both law school and law practice. As she puts it, “Anybody who can get through the English program at CSUSB” can make it in a high-level program like UNC.  Her literature courses also gave her experience weighing different interpretations, a skill she applies every time she prepares for a trial.

Catherine also cautions, however, that law school is tough and competitive—with tons of reading and studying for classes full of high-achieving peers.  She got through it by treating it like a job, getting to campus at 7:30 AM and not leaving until the end of the day. She advises current English majors to think carefully about whether they want to go to law school, to take an LSAT prep course, and to intern at a law firm or clerk at a courthouse in order to “figure out if you really want it.”

Catherine also encourages minority students, including Hispanic students, to consider applying to law schools in the South (such as UNC), which give generous financial support to students from underrepresented groups.  UNC also offers financial incentives to students who wish to pursue public interest law, an area focused in part on advocacy for disadvantaged populations.

A final piece of advice that Catherine offers to English majors is to simply talk to your professors and meet with them for mentoring. “I would not have made it where I’m at if it were not for the professors who helped me get here,” she says.  She offers special words of appreciation for Professors Renée Pigeon, Chad Luck, Luz Elena Ramirez, and Jessica Luck for their engaging courses on crime fiction, literary theory, British representations of Latin America, and Garbage in twentieth-century literature, as well as for their support in the law school application process. 

Jessica Lee (B.A. 2011, M.A. 2013)
Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, Principal Financial Group

Jessica LeeJessica Lee tracks geopolitical events and cyber criminals.

She works as a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst for Principal Financial Group, a position that requires her to pinpoint potential attacks on her company’s cyber systems.  Every day Jessica researches cyber threat information via social media, government sources, and intelligence providers.  She then makes recommendations about how to protect the company.

Jessica emphasizes that the skills she gained in her English and linguistics programs help her to identify the purposes of texts from cyber adversaries as well as the language backgrounds of the texts' authors.

Jessica received her B.A. in English, Linguistics Track in 2011 and M.A. in English Composition, Applied Linguistics Concentration in 2013.  She then moved to Texas and started her career as a technical writer for a software company.  She was later hired by Chevron as a technical writer in cyber security and, after only six months, was promoted to cyber threat intelligence analyst.   She later landed her current position with Principal Financial.

Jessica’s advice to current students: Research what is out there for you career-wise, and clearly spell out to potential employers the writing and analytical abilities you developed as an English major.

To hear more from Jessica about her work at Chevron, watch “A Day in the Life: Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst.”

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M1ND6WhE95s?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0">Watch lumni Jessica Lee Feature YouTube Video</a>

 

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams  (B.A. 2014)
Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Student

Jessica Williams knows about language centers in the brain, vocal tract anatomy, and treatments for language disorders in children and adults.   

She is a graduate student in the highly-ranked M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program at San Diego State University (SDSU).  Prior to this, she earned her B.A. in English (Linguistics Track) from CSUSB in 2014, the year when she was also the Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the College of Arts & Letters. 

After the B.A., Jessica did a post-baccalaureate program in Communicative Disorders at Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in order to complete prerequisite coursework required for her M.A. in SLP application. Now in the M.A. at SDSU, Jessica takes courses on language disorders, diagnostic methods, and treatments.  In addition, her program requires her to complete clinical practicums where she works with children and adults who have language delay, autism, and/or language loss due to brain injury. 

In these SLP clinics, what has been particularly gratifying, says Jessica, is “getting to know your clients personally, understanding the struggles they have, finding ways to help them improve . . .and knowing that you’ve made an impact.” Because her SLP interests are eclectic, Jessica is as yet undecided on a particular professional specialization.  

But there are a plenty of employment areas she can explore, including speech therapy work in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and private practice.  “I kind of want to do everything,” Jessica says smiling.  And over the course of her career, she can.  To other students considering going into SLP, Jessica offers much sound advice.  First, they need to know that it is a four to five year educational commitment after the B.A.:  approximately two years of post-baccalaureate prerequisite coursework (like Jessica did at CSUF) and then two or three years for the M.A. (Her SDSU program is two years). 

And SLP courses and clinics are highly demanding.   So before students take this plunge, Jessica recommends they do what she did while still an undergrad:  ‘Shadow’ real speech therapists at their work and see what they actually do.. Students can also search for SLP graduate programs via the website for ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).  In order to improve their chances of being accepted into a program, they need to have both an excellent academic record and extracurricular activities demonstrating commitment to SLP.  

Before applying to SDSU, Jessica volunteered at an elementary school, joined NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association), and chaired a NSSLHA sister organization focused on multiculturalism.  As Jessica points out, it helps if applicants show that they “have some leadership capabilities, are interested in the community, and are actively looking for ways to improve the profession.”

Jessica also strongly encourages students to take their CSUSB linguistics coursework seriously “because it really gives you a solid foundation” for both the postbac and master’s SLP programs.   She credits her linguistics track courses with not only helping her understand the “technical aspects” of language but also with raising her awareness of the legitimacy of all dialects.  Jessica says that this awareness allows her to distinguish between natural language differences and actual language disorders:  As such, she says, “I’m not going to freak out if someone uses English differently than I do.  I’m more interested in whether or not their differences in language cause a problem to the point where they can’t communicate within their own community.”  

And finally, Jessica offers this wise counsel:  While you’re still an undergrad, start researching career possibilities, shadow an expert at work, volunteer, and “get as much experience as possible.” 

John Neiuber (B.A. 1977)
CEO, Trinity Youth Services

John Neiuber“An English major will open doors that you never thought possible,” says John Neiuber, knowingly.  

John is the CEO of Trinity Youth Services, a nonprofit that provides a range of support services for children, adolescents, and their families.  He arrived there by way of a rich professional journey that started with his English degree. 

After graduating from CSUSB with his B.A. in English in 1977, John taught composition and literature at the secondary school level for five years while also earning an M.A. in Educational Administration.  He then worked as an elementary school principal and later as president for Advanced Education Services (AES), a position in which he established fourteen schools across four states.  It was through AES that John connected to its affiliate Trinity Youth Services (TYS), where he became Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and Chief Executive Officer in 2009.

As CEO, John oversees TYS’s entire mission, which includes finding foster and adoptive families for abused and neglected children, and offering residential therapy programs for youth dealing with life challenges.  John also partners with his staff on new programs and advocates for legislation with elected officials.  As John puts it, “I get to deal with a wide variety of people, from employees to government representatives, and from donors to board members.”

John credits his English degree with giving him the communication skills he’s used in all of his professional roles.  In the English major, John says, “I learned to write and write well.”  Analyzing literature also prepared him “to read a wide range of written documents, and to assist colleagues with understanding documents they find challenging.”  

Outside of his work at TYS, John writes a monthly history column for Claremont Courier and is an architectural commissioner for the City of Claremont.  In 2016, he won the Social Entrepreneur Award for the Inland Empire’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur awards. Although John wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after he graduated from college, he says, “I chose to teach and the teaching led me to more career options and opportunities than I ever thought possible.” 

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JDMDK_JsxTk?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0">Watch English Alumni - John Neiuber YouTube Video</a>

 

Kim Hunsaker (B.A. 1997, M.P.A. 2015)
Special Projects Liaison, CSUSB Student Health Center 

Kim HunsakerKim Hunsaker thought she would be a teacher.  But after earning her B.A. in English, she ended up staying at CSUSB and working in various university staff positions. 

“I just fell into different roles and responsibilities on campus.  It’s been 20 years now and an amazing journey,” she says.

Kim is currently a special projects liaison and confidential aide at the CSUSB Student Health Center.  In these capacities, she assists the director and medical chief of staff, participates in accreditation for the Center, and coordinates on-campus events for community agencies. Prior to this, Kim was the communications coordinator for CSUSB Capital Planning, which oversees building and expansion projects for the campus.  In addition, she has worked as the office manager for Alumni Affairs, and as a confidential aide to the Vice President of Student Affairs.  

Kim has contributed greatly to the campus and region—a fact officially recognized by her multiple awards.  She’s twice received the President’s Staff Award for Team Achievement, and she’s won the San Bernardino League of Women Voters’ Citizen of Achievement Award for her volunteer work and cultivation of campus-community partnerships.  Perhaps most notably, in 2014, Kim received the Augie Award, given to a CSUSB employee who is especially affirming, understanding, and inspiring.  

Kim graduated from CSUSB with her B.A. in English (Literature Track) in 1997.  About her time in the English major she says, “I can’t say enough about the English Program.  It prepared me so well.”  With the skills you develop in the English major “you can tackle anything.”  Kim later earned her Master of Public Administration degree from CSUSB in 2015. 

To current students, Kim offers this encouragement:  “Get to know your campus, faculty, staff, and fellow classmates.  Everyone is here to help you.” 

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VC_3Cz87zM8?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0">Watch Kim Hunsaker (B.A. 1997, M.P.A. 2015) YouTube Video</a>

 

Mischa Tacchia (B.A. 2006, M.P.A. 2013)
English Teacher, Indian Springs High School. 

Mischa TacchiaMischa Tacchia sees a global purpose to his teaching at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino:  “I love having an impact on students . . . . teaching them not just their academics but also developing them as whole individuals” who are prepared both intellectually and interpersonally “for the real world.”  And his positive effect on students is clear.  In 2014, he won the prestigious Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence, an annual honor granted to only one secondary school teacher in San Bernardino City Unified School District.  

In addition to teaching his six periods of eleventh- and twelfth-grade English, Mischa serves in a variety of leadership roles for his school and district.  He mentors new teachers. He created district curriculum aligned with the Common Core standards. And he has evaluated schools applying for accreditation and coordinated his own school’s accreditation process.

Some years ago, Mischa also discovered that he had a knack for writing grants.  He nailed his first grant application—$200,000 for a new environmental education program in his district.  “It’s exhilarating to be able to pull that kind of money into our community for students . . . so I became obsessed,” he says.  Since then, he has written multiple other grants and received nearly $1,000,000 for career and music education programs in San Bernardino.

Mischa TacchiaMischa himself is product of San Bernardino public education, having gone to his district’s elementary and secondary schools before attending CSUSB, where he earned his B.A. in English (Creative Writing track) in 2006, and then a single-subject teaching credential (2009) and a Master of Public Administration degree (2013).

The English B.A., says Mischa, gave him the literary and writing expertise necessary for teaching his subject matter, particularly in his AP Language and Composition course, where “you really have to be on your game because it’s college level work.”  The creative writing track also prepared Mischa for “writing in my public administration program, grant writing, and all the different types of writing we’re required to do as educators that you don’t think of when you’re a college student.”

Mischa’s advice to current English majors?  “Look at other people who have the job or career you want . . . and use that as starting point to mold your own path to where you want to go.”

 

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sxLrhIFcdfE?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0">Watch English Alumni - Mischa Tacchia YouTube Video</a>

 

Sara Gerber (B.A. 2009, M.F.A. 2011)
Human Resources Business Partner, Monster Energy
 

Sara GerberIn a given week, Sara Gerber might write a creative product description, run a job fair, present a talk on company branding, discuss wellness initiatives, and mentor new employees. Sara handles all this and more as a Human Resources Business Partner at Monster Energy, a company where she excels as a creative writer, analytical thinker, and tuned-in communicator.    

In Sara’s eclectic work week, a couple of activities stand out as especially rewarding.  One of these is mentoring all levels of Monster Energy employees—from entry-level staff to senior management—and making sure that they feel valued for their work:  “As an HR professional,” says Sara, “you really have the opportunity to change how people operate in their day-to-day roles, which ultimately influences the business as a whole.”  

Another thing she loves is writing copy for company products.  She works with the marketing department to add a “creative twist” to the company’s new drink descriptions.  It’s been “a blast,” she says, seeing her work on products in local stores. 

Sara received her B.A. in English (Creative Writing Track) in 2009 and M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry Concentration) in 2011—both from CSUSB.  After the M.F.A., Sara moved to Beijing, China, where she was an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for Disney.  She then returned to California and taught community college and coached water polo before transitioning into human resources.   Her English major skills are assets in the business world.  For one, she says, “I’ve found it extremely useful to be able to read a text and understand the tone, whether a piece of literature or an email from your boss . . . When you understand how tone affects communication and professional relationships (both positively and negatively) you are able to influence situations, which ultimately defines you as a leader in your workplace.”

What she appreciates most about her CSUSB years are her English professors, “who genuinely love what they do and want to share their passion with anyone willing to learn.”  The one thing she regrets about that time is not starting to research job possibilities earlier.  As she approached graduation day, she says, “I had that ‘Oh crap, now what?!’ moment.” 

Thus, to current English majors, Sara emphasizes: “Network, network, network!!!  Get out there, meet people, volunteer . . . Send follow-up emails and calls . . . Those small gestures stick.”  And don’t be afraid to ask. “I’ve been able to shift careers entirely because I worked hard and was not afraid to ask for the opportunity.”    

Sarah Sikora (B.A. 2018)
Marketing Intern, Cosmetics and Fashion, New York

Sarah SikoraIt can be stressful not knowing what you’ll do after graduation.  That’s why during the summer before her senior year Sarah Sikora got herself two amazing internships in New York City, positioning herself well for future jobs in public relations (PR) and marketing.   

Sarah interned at a beauty PR firm writing ‘pitches’ for various cosmetic products and brands.  Pitches are creative product descriptions, like what you see “on the back of a shampoo bottle,” says Sarah.  She and her manager edited her pitches back and forth, and then sent them, along with product samples, to ‘influencers’, an industry term for people with large audiences—such as celebrities and YouTube vloggers.  Sarah says “it was really fun” applying her English skills to write pitches with personality.

Also that summer Sarah interned with a fashion PR company and was “running clothing literally all over the city” for photo shoots at magazines like Vogue and Elle.  She enjoyed how this work “was really fast paced” and how the interns were entrusted with significant responsibility. The best part about both internships, says Sarah, were the industry connections she made:  “I met so many people that worked at so many different companies.”

How did Sarah land these New York City internships?   Through an agency called Dream Careers.  The agency placed Sarah in internships connected to her PR marketing interests; arranged for housing and metro cards; and helped her with her resume.  About the whole experience, Sarah says, “It’s really, really worth it.” Once she got back to California, in fact, her internship background helped her secure a paid position at the cosmetics company Glossier in San Francisco.

The PR writing in New York was also key to Sarah building a professional portfolio.  She saved the “piles” of cosmetics pitches that she wrote and has attached some to job applications.  Employers, she says, can then “see what I’ve written, how I did it, and even the design and layout. . . . I have all that to show.”

Sarah received her B.A. in English (Creative Writing Track) in 2018.  Although she started at CSUSB as pre-med, she eventually switched to English because, she says, “I love to read, I love to write.”  She knew she didn’t want to be a teacher but was interested in PR and marketing, both viable English paths. With her English major, Sarah’s gotten “a lot of interviews.”  She’s found that companies “want someone who’s intellectual,” who can read and write and “bring stuff to the table.”

Sarah’s advice for current English majors:  “Get an internship.” Doing so will help you figure out what you want to do professionally.  And “go outside the box” and consider the varied career possibilities with an English degree—not just teaching.  As Sarah says, English “is a really inspiring major, and it opens up a lot of different doors.” 

Dr. Tracy Vaughn-Manley (B.A. 1995)
Associate Professor of African American Literature, Northwestern University 

Tracy Vaughn-Manley“I would not be here if not for this institution,” says Dr. Tracy Vaughn-Manley when speaking about CSUSB and its English Department. Tracy is an associate professor of instruction in the African American Studies Department at Northwestern University, a top-ranked university.  A specialist in African American literature, Tracy has taught at Northwestern’s main campus just outside of Chicago and at its Qatar campus in the Middle East. 

Although Tracy came to CSUSB as a computer science major, she realized her true calling on the first day of a Harlem Renaissance course with English Department Professor Sandra Kamusikiri.  On that first day, Tracy recalls, “in wa­lks this black woman” who then stands at the front of the classroom and begins speaking about the Harlem Renaissance and its political context.  At that moment, “I saw someone who looked like me in that position of authority . . . I had never had a black woman teach me.  It was really powerful.”  After class, Tracy said to Professor Kamusikiri “I want to do what you do” and changed her major to English that very day.  

At Northwestern, Tracy teaches African American literature courses on such topics as Black Women Writers, Autobiography, the Legacy of Slavery, and Toni Morrison.  While at the Qatar campus, she also taught general American literature and Middle Eastern literature courses. Tracy relishes the subject matter she gets to teach:  “I love a good story; I love a smartly written poem or play.”  And she highlights literature’s potential to expand our life understanding.  “There are certain ways we analyze our world that can only come from the skills you attain through engaging with literature,” she says. 

 In 2017, Tracy was named a Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished University Professor of Instruction, one of the top teaching honors at Northwestern.  Students are inspired by the passion with which Tracy approaches her subject matter.  As she observes, “When you love something, that love, that passion just comes out of you as you are teaching.”

In addition to being an amazing teacher, Tracy is an avid maker and scholar of quilts.  She has researched how Nobel laureate Toni Morrison uses the trope of quilting in her novels.  At a special dinner, Tracy got to meet Morrison, who invited Tracy to make her a quilt.  Tracy indeed did and presented Morrison a stunning quilt at a Jazz at Lincoln Center celebration in New York.  This quilt later appeared in an article about Morrison in New York Times Magazine. Tracy graduated from CSUSB with a B.A in English (Literature Track) in 1995. She then went on to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earning both an M.A. and a Ph.D in English.  As she describes it, the CSUSB English courses prepared her superbly for her graduate studies:  “I rose to the top based on that preparation.” 

Also at CSUSB under the mentorship of Professor Kamusikiri, Tracy won the California Pre-doctoral Fellowship, which allowed her to attend the Modern Language Association conference and to visit the graduate English program at Princeton University. 

Tracy’s advice to CSUSB English majors is straightforward but important:  Make the most of the time you have in college.  “There are not many opportunities that you have to spend four years reading and thinking, and engaging in the life of the mind,” she says.  Take courses in all different areas of English Studies “and give it a hundred percent.”    

Victoria Porraz (B.A. 2001)
English Teacher, Granite Hills High School 

Victoria Porraz“When we get to do literature, that’s when I’m on fire,” says Victoria Porraz.

Victoria is an English teacher at Granite Hills High School, where she has taught since 2002.  Her passion for her subject matter was cultivated in the English major at CSUSB:  “I fell in love with the literature and wanted to share all of the really cool things that I was learning in my classes.”

Victoria excelled at CSUSB, graduating with a B.A. in English in 2001 (Literature Track, departmental honors), and serving as the English major commencement speaker.  She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English Composition, also at CSUSB.

Victoria is a stellar teacher.  In 2014, in fact, she was nominated for the California League of High Schools Educator of the Year.  Those who’ve worked with her testify to both her teaching excellence and her genuine care for her students.  And Victoria in turn loves what she does.  Her favorite moments in teaching, she says, are when her students ‘get’ the difficult material:  “That’s the thrill. That’s what keeps me going back year after year.”Reflecting on her time in the English major, Victoria says that she appreciates how her professors challenged her:  “I was better for it . . . and had to make sure I was on top of things in my coursework.”

She also says that those four years as an undergrad “went by so quickly, and it was so fun.”  So to current English majors, she urges:  “Just enjoy the ride." 

Brock Brawner (B.A. 2016)
Copywriter, HyattWard Advertising 

Brock BrawnerBrock Brawner gets paid to write, and he writes a lot. As a copywriter at HyattWard, an award-winning advertising agency in Redlands, Brock regularly juggles ten different writing projects simultaneously.  He writes ad copy for businesses and non-profits, as well as researches, curates and produces content for his clients’ social media platforms. 

And that’s not all.  Brock collaborates with HyattWard’s creative director, graphic designer, project director, and CEO.  And he pitches original story ideas for the agency’s blog and monthly email newsletter.  One of his latest blog posts tackled the recent phenomenon of consumer brands adopting social activist stances. 

Brock first joined HyattWard in 2014 as an intern while he was still a student in CSUSB’s English major (Creative Writing track).  Not too long into his internship, he was challenged to write his first ever radio script.  At the time, he was lucky enough to be enrolled in both screenwriting and playwriting.  As it turns out, HyattWard and their client loved Brock’s script. Soon after, while playing pool with some friends, Brock heard his ad on Pandora!  

From the outset, Brock’s English major helped him succeed at HyattWard, and it continues to help him five years later.  “Everything I do every day I learned at Cal State San Bernardino,” Brock says.  Specifically, he credits the creative writing program with teaching him how to receive constructive criticism, to set aside his ego, and to know his audience.  It was through his creative writing workshops that he got to work with fellow writers who challenged and improved his style and craft.

Brock emphasizes that these are indispensable skills for a professional writer, and cultivating these skills has allowed Brock to succeed in his career. Brock’s advice for those interested in writing for a living?  “If you want to be a writer, you have to write.”  He stresses that professional opportunities for writers exist across all industries:  Anything you’ve read, about any industry, was written by someone. And that means “there is a lot of opportunity out there” for a writer.

Brock encourages recent graduates not to discount social media platforms as viable avenues to initiate new writing projects.   Also, he sees short-term, freelancing positions as opportunities to build one’s writing portfolio and to become a stronger and more flexible writer.  As he says, “Your skill set will improve, and it will allow you to adapt to different industries.” 

Finally, Brock recommends that you remain open to challenging yourself.  Don’t ignore that freelance opportunity because you know nothing about, say, the healthcare industry.  Take the risk.  In fact, you might surprise yourself with how much you do know.  Remember Brock’s first radio script as an intern . . . and things seem to have worked out well for him since.  

Technology Support Center logo

Information Technology Services (ITS) and CSUSB are providing numerous resources to faculty, staff, and students to support the transition to a fully online modality for the summer quarter and fall semester. 

ITS has developed a page of resources for virtual learning, teaching and working at https://www.csusb.edu/covid-19/resources-virtual-learning-teaching-and-working

In support of instructional continuity, faculty can make a virtual appointment with an instructional designer, or a faculty peer tech and view past and current workshop recordings. These tools will help faculty with blackboard navigation, accessibility and communication with students. 

Staff resources include telecommuting tips, software trainings, tech support and how to securely work from home. 

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that will be used for some online class meetings. ITS is offering free online trainings on Zoom to help students, staff and faculty feel prepared. 

To access the trainings, download Zoom and join the meeting via this link https://csusb.zoom.us/j/9095377425

The Laptop Lending program has been extended by the John M. Pfau library to allow students to borrow laptops for the entirety of the summer quarter and fall semester. In order to check out a laptop, students must fill out a reservation form at https://csusb.edu/laptop-checkout and pick up the laptop at a later time scheduled by the library. Laptops currently checked out for the spring quarter will automatically be renewed for summer if the student is enrolled in summer classes. 

For students without internet connection, ITS suggests contacting your cellphone provider for information on free internet hotspots, public library parking lots, and some CSUSB parking lots have internet access. These lots are identified at https://www.csusb.edu/its/support/covid-19-internet-access

More information about student resources can be found at https://www.csusb.edu/its/support/student-resources-virtual-learning

ITS Tech Talks

On Tuesday April 14, ITS Tech Talks a hosted live webinar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for faculty and staff via Zoom. 

Usually held in person with faculty and staff sharing and exchanging ideas, exploring emerging technologies and experiencing hands-on demonstrations of various learning technologies offered by CSUSB, this year’s Tech Talks was experienced completely online.

The webinar featured panel discussions and Just-in-Time instructional technology demonstrations to enhance student engagement and collaboration in an online teaching and learning environment.

The ITS Tech Talks in its fourth year, and features panel discussions and Just-in-Time instructional technology demonstrations to enhance student engagement and collaboration in an online teaching and learning environment.The goal of ITS Tech Talks is to bring faculty and staff together to discuss the transition from in person teaching to a virtual learning environment.

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales gave a virtual welcome. Following the president’s remarks was the keynote address, “What is a Good Online Course,” given by Montgomery Van Wart, chair of the Education Leadership & Technology Department and a professor of public administration. Van Wart’s online course, Public Sector Human Resources, was the first CSUSB course to receive Quality Matters national certification as a fully accessible online course using state-of-the-art technology and methods. 

Giveways were conducted at various times during the webinar for online participants.

For the Tech Talks agenda and more information visit the CSUSB Virtual ITS Tech Talks 2020 web page 

James Trotter and Tracy Medrano from Academic Technologies Innovation (ATI) have organized and oversee the annual ITS Tech Talks at Cal State San Bernardino. Contact them by email JamesT@csusb.edu and tracy.medrano@csusb.edu.

Duncan Smith

Duncan Smith serves as an Information Technology Consultant for Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI), a division of Information Technology Services (ITS). 

Duncan holds a B.S. in Computer Science: Computer Game Design from UC Santa Cruz and has been in his current role with ATI since March of 2019. 

As an information technology consultant Duncan leads a team of student assistants in the creation of XR teaching tools for classes at CSUSB. Describing his work he says, “I work on ideation, programming, design, and project management, and act as the student’s staff liaison.”

He is most proud of the environment he provides for students describing it as, “We teach them skills that they can’t get anywhere else on campus and I help them to develop amazing portfolios so that they can get great jobs right out of college.”

Duncan believes that ITS and the ATI division are important to the CSUSB campus due the ever evolving technological landscape of education. 

In his spare time Duncan is an amateur voice actor and enjoys watching the T.V. show Castlevania. 

He would love to travel back to Ireland and visit Japan one day.

Describing CSUSB Duncan says, “CSUSB has been a huge part of my life for many reasons, this campus helped shape who I am, and it is very dear to me.”

A dual major in history and Arabic language literature and culture, Zakher was awarded the prestigious Provost Fellowship for Ph.D. studies in Comparative Literature at UC Davis.  

See the press release at: https://www.csusb.edu/inside/article/527164/mmuf-fellow-marmar-zakher-awarded-prestigious-uc-davis-phd-fellowship

US President Donald Trump has announced that Washington would stop funding WHO, accusing the body of mismanaging and covering-up of the spread of the COVID-19 across the globe.

The abrupt decision received widespread backlash from across the world where officials and activists voiced concern over the defunding amid the global fight against a pandemic.  

In an exclusive interview with Mehr News Agency, Professor David Yagoubian noted that Trump’s measure “should not surprise anyone who has been following the steady path of unilateralism and belligerence that the Trump regime has pursued since its unfortunate inception."

Here is the full text of the interview with David Yaghoubian, professor of history at California State University San Bernardino.

"History in the Making" is an annual publication of the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Alpha Delta Nu Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, and is sponsored by the History Department and the Instructionally Related Programs at CSUSB.

Issues are published at the end of the spring quarter of each academic year. The journal is proudly student-reviewed and edited. For further information about the journal, see https://www.csusb.edu/history-in-the-making.

Pamela Briguglio - Procurement and Contracts

Pamela Briguglio works as a Contracts Coordinator for Procurement and Contracts Services (Purchasing) in Sierra Hall here at Cal State University, San Bernardino. She has worked at CSUSB since June 1988.

As a Contracts Coordinator, Pamela provides contract support for student internship requests.

“Many students are required to obtain a learning experience for their degree program, and we are here to support our students by ensuring a contract is processed,” she says.

Pamela attended school in Jefferson City, MO before moving to California and finding her passion in supporting the CSUSB academic programs.

Outside of her office, Pamela enjoys baking and watching a good drama on TV. She hasn’t traveled to many places outside of the USA, but she dreams of visiting the home of one of her favorite foods – Italy!

With her strong work ethic and dedication to helping the CSUSB community, Pamela Briguglio goes above and beyond making a difference within her field.

“CSUSB has been my family for 32 years and I am proud to be a part of the campus community,” Pamela says.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Register at bit.ly/osresearchweek
This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program and the Office of Student Research in accordance with the 2020 Academic Research Week.
In this talk Dr. Young uses the writings and activism of Mabel Williams, a southern activist from North Carolina, to discuss the philosophy of armed resistance. As an activist during the Civil Rights movement, Mabel Williams criticized the dominant ideology of the movement: nonviolence. She also practiced armed resistance when white vigilante violence and police repression threatened the lives of activists. This talk interrogates the gendering of armed resistance and reveals the complex set of struggles between Black men and women about Black self-defense.


For more information please contact the Office of Student Research at (909) 537-3728 or mmuf@csusb.edu

Coffee with the Chair, Tues, April 30th, noon - 1 p.m.

Bring your cup of coffee (or whatever you like to drink) and stop by virtually to chat, hang out, ask advice, and offer feedback about your quarter.  Stay for 5 minutes or the whole hour, whatever you prefer.  The Chair misses seeing student faces, hearing the chat of history majors in the history lab, and would love to hear from you all.   Just click on https://csusb.zoom.us/j/101554615 to join.  


 

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The Enrollment Management Department Parents and Family Resources webpage is live with all the information necessary for a successful university experience. The new webpage provides information about Next-Steps in the Admissions process, along with resources for Financial Aid, and details about campus life, housing, and safety. Additionally, links to our five academic colleges, the history of CSUSB, and more are all accessible to our students and their families.

To access the Parent and Family Resources page, click here

CSU system

The California State University, CSU, recently made changes to admissions requirements for the2021 – 2022 academic year. All 23 CSU campuses will temporarily suspend the use of SAT/ACT scores in determining eligibility for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. The change is temporary and will apply to Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022. After which, testing is expected to resume. 
For more information about these adjustments

Amy Beran - Procurement and Contracts

Amy Beran is a Buyer III (Senior Buyer) for Procurement and Contract Services (Purchasing) in Sierra Hall here at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Beran’s 20-year anniversary at CSUSB will happen this June.

 As a Buyer III, Amy specializes in facilities maintenance agreements supporting Facilities Management and Housing. She is responsible for processing the bulk of furniture orders and is the main contact for any CFS (PeopleSoft) Req and PO processes that include troubleshooting.

Amy is most proud of having revised and updated the entire procurement manual and creating several quick reference guides for both internal and external use. She really enjoys the close working relationship she has with many of the staff in Facilities.

“Procurement is so important because there are so many policies and procedures and we cannot expect the general campus community to know all of them. We are here to help them get the items they need within the CSU’s/State’s guidelines, and to help mitigate risk to the campus,” she says.

Beran is an alumnus of CSUSB with a BA in Criminal Justice.

Outside the office Amy enjoys watching anything medical or law related, her favorite TV show being Grey’s Anatomy. She never gets tired of enjoying the savory taste of sushi and enjoys baking even though her skills have gotten a little rusty since becoming a mother. Amy has traveled across Europe and Hawaii and hopes to travel to Singapore in the future.

When asked what CSUSB means to her, Amy answered, “Friendship and family. I have made some amazing friends at CSUSB and can’t imagine my life without them.”

Please join us Tuesday, May 26, at noon on Zoom to hear historian, Dr. Maggie Greene from Montana State University, lecture on her new bookResisting Spirits: Drama Reform and Cultural Transformation in the People's Republic of China, from the University of Michigan Press.

 

You can find out more about Greene's work here at her faculty profile.  And at this Mental Floss link, you can learn about a quirkier side of Greene's work, including Chinese comic books, Star Wars, spaghetti Westerns, and dinosaurs.

 

Zoom in at this link:  https://csusb.zoom.us/j/388207496

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Rebeccah M. Avila

Current Status: 

Graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies. 

Public Speaking Experience:

Two years as a public speaking instructor at CSUSB, student/classroom presentations, symposiums, conferences, and 12 years of customer service.

Why I work for the Speaking Center at JHBC: 

I am excited to be a communication consultant for the Speaking Center to be able to have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who are eager to succeed  

My Consultant Philosophy: 

As your communication consultant, I am here to be open-minded with the ideas you come in with and collaborate with you to really master your speech or presentation skills. Public speaking is an ART! Just as we have learned to ride a bike with practice, we can learn to be better public speakers with practice too! I am passionate about helping our students succeed and overcome any public speaking related fears  

 Steven deWalden

Current Status: 

Graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies. 

Public Speaking Experience: 

My experience in public speaking and presentations comes from several years of teaching in a U.S Marine Corps Military Occupation School, several years in safety management where I was able to create and deliver presentations to employees in the construction industry, my role as a student pursuing my education goals, and as the keynote speaker at the 2019 CSUSB Veterans Graduation ceremony

Why I work for the Speaking Center at JHBC: 

I believe good presentation skills are the most versatile set of skills that can complement any college degree.

My Consultant Philosophy: 

My approach to consultations is student-centered. Through understanding what the client’s goal is, we can develop a plan to achieve it.

Audrey Robertson

Current Status:

With great ambition, Audrey is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. She is expected to earn her degree in June 2020.

Public Speaking Experience: 

Having developed her public speaking skills through the performing arts, Audrey was able to leverage her communication skills to benefit her professionally. As a Regional Supervisor, working in the healthcare arena for 12 years, Audrey was responsible for communicating with top level executives and business partners, conducting presentations and training seminars, and developing processes and procedures. Having built her career around the art of communication, Audrey is a great addition to the Speaking Center.

Why I work for The Speaking Center at JHBC:

Understanding that public speaking can be a great feat for many students, Audrey is committed to helping students channel negative energy and transfer it into an exciting presentation. Whether students need help developing ideas, constructing PowerPoint slides, or simply working on their body language, Audrey is confident that the resources provided by The Speaking Center will help.

My Consultant Philosophy:

“I like to video record students giving their presentation without any instruction and then again after they receive feedback. It’s incredible how much progress a student can make within a 25-minute consultation.” With many techniques up her sleeve, Audrey believes that helping students find a comfortable speaking pace is key in delivering a well-spoken message. 

Maggie Boyraz

Current Status: 

Associate Professor in the Management Department at Jack H. Brown College   

Classes Taught: 

Administrative Communications; Managerial Communications (Graduate Course) as well as Work Group Management

Why I believe in the Center: 

Because of the research I do, I know that there is a gap between what employers want college graduates to have in terms of soft skills, especially public speaking, writing and collaboration and the skills most students have when they graduate college so I think the Center is a very important tool for our students.  

Other professional experience:

Research interests include the impact of diversity and culture on processes and outcomes of global teams, organizations’ expectations in terms of teamwork and other soft skills, as well as socialization into multinational organizations. Her work has been published in journals from several disciplines, including Management Communication Quarterly, Human Resource Management Review, and Atlantic Journal of Communication. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Boyraz worked in business operations and Human Resource Management among other professional positions.

Ying Cheng

Current Status: 

Assistant Professor in the Management Department at Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration

Classes Taught: 

Administrative Communications; Advanced Managerial Communications (Graduate)

Why I believe in the Center: 

During my time as a consultant of the Ernst & Young Communication Center at Michigan State University, I enjoyed working with students in one-on-one and small group settings where I can build a trusting relationship with them and offer personalized feedback. As communication is a reiterative process, the personalized feedback can help students identify their areas of improvement more precisely and motivate them to continuously strive for the next level of excellence.

Other professional experience:

Dr. Ying Cheng’s research areas focus on persuasion and social influence, especially the persuasive effect of message features in the context of advertising and health communication. Her work has been published in Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, American Behavioral Scientist, etc. She won a Top Four Paper Award from the Information Systems Division in the 2020 International Communication Association Conference. Before joining CSUSB, she has been a consultant for the Ernst & Young Communication Center at Michigan State University for two years. 

Matt Habich

Current Status:

Full-time lecturer in the Management Department at Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration

Classes Taught:

Undergraduate and Graduate courses in: Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Design; Managerial and Administrative Communications; Workplace Groups and Teams; and Business, Ethics, and Society

Why I believe in the Center:

From my own business experience as well as from current work with business executives, I know how critically important good communication skills are to workplace effectiveness and career advancement.  And I’ve seen students show remarkable improvements in their oral communication skills after just one 45-minute consultation at the Speaking Center.  A visit to the Center is just a great investment in students’ future career success.

Other professional experience:

Previous work experience in engineering, product management, operations, and finance, as both an individual contributor and manager; Executive development experience as an executive coach, Vistage Chair, and facilitator for the Executive Leadership Network (XLN).

Julie L.Taylor

Current Status:

Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies

Classes Taught:

Undergraduate and Graduate courses in: Organizational Communication, Communication & Gender, and Persuasion.

Why I believe in the Center:

During my graduate years at the University of Utah, I was a communication consultant for the College of Engineering. This interdisciplinary experience not only changed my perspective on the immediate importance of the communication discipline, but I watched it transform the lives of students. Communication is the foundation of our lives. Thus, effective communication must be learned, treated with great care, and practiced.

Other professional experience:

Dr. Taylor’s  research interests include organizational, policy, and gender communication. Dr. Taylor’s recent projects include investigating organizing elements of sex for sale around policy construction and enactment. Dr. Taylor has published articles in Communication Education, the Western Journal of Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Connexions: International Professional Communication Journal, and the Journal of Human Trafficking, among other scholarly journals and outlets.

Michael Casadonte

Michael Casadonte serves as the Director of Digital Transformation (Dx), a division of Information Technology Services (ITS). 

Casadonte holds a B.S. in Education from Wayne State University located in Detroit, MI. He also holds an M.A. in Instructional Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University located in New York, NY. 

He has been a CSUSB staff member since October 1998.  

Describing his duties as the Director of Dx, Michael states, “My job is to lead a fearless team of highly motivated and skilled transformers who work every day to improve and promote the campus experience by removing administrative bottlenecks, increasing efficiency, proliferating mobility, and enabling student, faculty and staff success and achievement by freeing up time to allow students to focus on the academic and social rewards of attending CSUSB.”

He is most proud of the way Dx has redesigned and rebuilt over 250 CSUSB websites, making them uniform and branded. 

Dx is also responsible for the CSUSB mobile app, myCoyote portal, all administrative websites, departmental chatbots and many other digital projects. 

Michael believes that ITS and Dx are important to the CSUSB campus due to the many services they provide stating, “Digital Transformation is a department uniquely positioned to provide all academic and administrative departments with tools that benefit and impact the lives of students, faculty, and staff to ease the burden of learning, teaching, and interacting with campus services from anywhere.”

In his spare time, Michael photographs manhole covers that identify the city they are located in. In the past he painted murals and signs, and was a drummer in a punk band.

In the future he would like to travel to Calabria, Italy, where his father’s family is from. 

Describing CSUSB Michael says, “CSUSB offers me a strong sense of community, dedication to a cause, and commitment.”

Cody the Coyote

In support of the upcoming Summer and Fall quarters transition to virtual modality learning, Information Technology Services (ITS) has developed numerous resources for students, staff and faculty. 

Students can continue to check out computers through the Pfau Library’s laptop lending program. If a student is enrolled in Summer classes, the laptop rental will be automatically extended through the Summer quarter. Students interested in a free laptop rental can reserve one at https://csusb.edu/laptop-checkout 

For a limited time, Adobe Creative Cloud is available for download to all students free of charge. After July 6, 2020 students can access Adobe CC for $19.99 a year through ITS. More information on how to download software can be found on the ITS student software page at https://www.csusb.edu/its/software/student-software

Virtual computer labs are also available for access due to campus labs being closed. The virtual computer labs will provide access to all of the software that physical labs offered, such as JMP, R/RStudio, Camstasia, Adobe Creative Cloud, and many more. The online labs can be accessed at https://www.csusb.edu/its/support/student-virtual-lab-access

For assistance with technological support, a team of ITS student assistants are available Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Student Technology and Resources Team (STAR) can be reached through the technology Support Center bot at https://www.csusb.edu/its/support/technology-support

More resources can be found on the ITS resource page for virtual learning, teaching and working at https://www.csusb.edu/covid-19/resources-virtual-learning-teaching-and-working

JHBC Class 2020 Congrats to our Grads

While we don’t know when we will be able to celebrate you in-person, we want to recognize your perseverance and accomplishments now.

Please consider being part of our 2020 Graduate Recognition Reels, short videos that showcase our graduates' achievements and success. Fill out survey to submit your information and upload your photo.

We will be featuring the videos on the JHBC website as well as our Instagram and Facebook pages starting in June. Feel free to tag us @jhbcimpact and use #jhbcimpact on any shout outs that you or your family and friends create and we will echo the cheer with a reshare. The community can also share well wishes in the Alumni Services 20for20 campaign. We are also working on digital items such as Zoom backgrounds, Snapchat filters, gifs and more.

The end of this journey is in sight, but a new one is sure to emerge and we are so proud of you.

 

Stay well 'Yotes!

 

All the best,

 

Your CSUSB Jack H. Brown College pack

 

Join us this coming Wednesday June 3 at 4pm via Zoom for a campus conversation on Race and Policing, which will include faculty, students, and staff.

Zoom at this link: https://csusb.zoom.us/j/388207496

After brief remarks by the panelists, attendees will have an opportunity to join the discussion.  The panel will include faculty with expertise in the history and recent events related to race and policing, and will include student voices, and campus counselors with information about resources offered through CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services).

The panelists are:

  • Mary Texeira, professor of sociology;
  • Marc Robinson, assistant professor of history; 
  • Sid Crudup II, an author and educator;
  • Marlo Brooks and Kameron Pyant, both currently students at CSUSB;  and
  • Hattie McNutt (M.S., LMFT), a counselor in the CSUSB Counseling and Psychological Services.  
  • Charlene Eaton, CSUSB adjunct instructor and doctoral candidate (Claremont Graduate University) will moderate.

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A Student-Hosted Panel Presentation and Campus Conversation

Featuring Students, Staff, Administrators, Faculty, and Campus Guests

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 4pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://csusb.zoom.us/j/97960458784

 

 

JOIN US LIVE VIA ZOOM for a student-hosted panel presentation and campus conversation on issues related to racism, racial violence, police brutality, and their impact on the community. Panelists will include students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus guests and topics will range from institutional racism and history, to community responses to police violence, and campus support resources.

 

HOSTS: MARLO BROOKS and KAMERON PYANT are both currently students at CSUSB, and will host and moderate the event.

PANELISTS:

  • Dr. RAFIK MOHAMED is Dean of the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • KATHRYN ERVIN (MFA) is Professor of Theater Arts.
  • Dr. ALEXIS NORRIS and Dr. ZACHARY POWELL are both Assistant Professors in the Department of Criminal Justice.
  • ANTHONY ROBERSON is the Associate Director of Operation in the CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Center.
  • Dr. MARC ROBINSON is Assistant Professor of History.
  • Representatives of the Westside Action Group will also join the conversation.

Like previous events in this series of campus conversations, this event will be recorded and posted at the CSUSB History Club YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClLJkNoG6YO3AHF5nbE5pMA
For questions, contact Jeremy Murray: jmurray@csusb.edu

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Multi-Factor Authentication (DUO MFA) Recommendation- Gerard Au, Deputy CIO/CISO presented a recommendation to Expand the implementation of the use of two-step authentication (DUO) for all employees by December 2020 in several waves as follows—

Wave 4a: Enable self-opt-in for DUO for everyone, and enforce DUO to the following groups by June 1, 2020

●        All current MPPs

●        All new employees (new faculty and staff)

●        Employees (including student employees) who have position changes

●        Employees with access to Level 1 data

Wave 4b: Enforce DUO for all existing academic (Unit 3) employees by August 1, 2020

Wave 4c: Enforce DUO for all existing staff employees by December 1, 2020

After discussion amongst the Executive Committee, the recommendation was unanimously approved with the following amendments—DUO for staff by December 1st and DUO for faculty by December 18th after grades are due.

STAR Team and Beyond— Karina Alvarado, Office of the Vice President and CIO & Alicia Silva, Technology Support Center, presented an overview of the development and current status of the Student Technology and Resources (STAR) team. The STAR team is made up of 15 ITS student assistants who provide Level 0 tech/moral support for students. They answer basic questions and help triage questions to the appropriate departments within and outside of ITS using the TSC Bot went live on April 6th with the STAR students serving as live agents. The students are available Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Additionally, the STAR team is responding to requests via email at starteam@csusb.edu and are serving as live phone agents. End users can reach them at (909)537-STAR (7827).

Students Brenda Cabrera and Julio Hernandez provided live testimonials to the Executive Committee and shared their experiences so far. The students held a short live demo of the TSC bot and how the STAR students respond to requests.

Dr. Michael Hawkins, Cal State San Bernardino lecturer of history has been named the university's 2019-20 Outstanding Lecturer. This prestigious award was announced in a surprising visit by CSUSB President, Tomás D. Morales and about 40 other administrators, previous award winners, faculty, staff and co-workers at a department meeting via Zoom screen on June 5th.

We are exceptionally proud and feel that his winning this award is most well deserved.   

For more information see Inside CSUSB news article.

Information Technology Services is providing staff members with numerous resources to support as they telecommute working from home.

There are many software programs available to staff members that will assist in their virtual workspace.  

Staff have access to Adobe Sign, a new, easy way to route forms and signatures electronically.

Office 365 is available for download which includes Word, Excel, and Microsoft Teams. Teams is an application that offers video conferencing and file sharing.

Jabber is also available to download through major app stores. Jabber is an application that allows phone calls to be placed and received with a university extension through a cell phone while supporting privacy.

Other free software for staff are listed on the faculty and staff software page at https://www.csusb.edu/its/software/faculty-staff-software.

 

Staff can also register for virtual trainings on multiple on-demand topics via Zoom. Topics range from software such as “Office 365 email and features” to role specific tasks such as “Procurement card training.”

 

Register for online training at https://www.csusb.edu/its/training/register or email ITS Training Services if you are unable to find a desired offering at itstrainingservices@csusb.edu.

 

Information Technology Services (ITS) has committed to providing resources for faulty in support of the online virtual modality for the upcoming summer quarter and fall semester.

ITS has compiled a collection of resources to assist faulty with instructional continuity. These resources include tips on accessibility, Blackboard, Zoom, and student communication. The resources can be accessed at https://www.csusb.edu/academic-technology-innovation/instructional-continuity.

Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI), has provided recordings of past Zoom workshops on topics such as “Zoom and Alternate Teaching Modalities” and “Setting up your Blackboard Course Site” and many more! The Zoom workshop recordings can be accessed at  https://www.csusb.edu/academic-technology-innovation/instructional-continuity/view-recordings-past-workshops.

Faculty Peer Tech Advisors and Instructional Designers are also available for online meetings for faculty at https://www.csusb.edu/covid-19/resources-virtual-learning-teaching-and-working.

Faculty can register for the Summer Virtual Teaching Institute with the option of two tracks. Track one is the CSU Office of the Chancellor’s course “Introduction to Teaching Online With QLT” which is offered during three time frames: June 15 to July 5, July 6 to July 26, and August 3 to August 23.

Track 1 is an asynchronous online course taking place over 21 days, with total work time estimated at 20-25 hours (60-90 minutes per day). The online course is a broad course on best practices in virtual teaching. Those that successfully complete the course (85% of course deliverables) will receive $1,000.

Register for track 1 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBqdSg8bFwMS1niHJo1AsxTeAqs3cTGbRcfHETpVAUmOesWA/viewform?fbzx=7151077175932373543

Track 2 of the Summer Virtual Teaching Institute is faulty proposed, faculty designed, and faculty led. To participate as a facilitator in the CSUSB Faculty Learning Communities please submit a proposal on a topic related to virtual instruction by June 9th. The goal of the FLCs is to provide knowledge and resources to faculty teaching virtually. These sessions will occur anytime between June 17th and August 15th. Faculty that successfully complete the course deliverables will receive $1,000 and FLC facilitators will receive $2,000. Proposals can be submitted at https://csusb.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdPQQEOr3kOlupD.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is working hard to ensure the success of students via virtual modality learning during the Summer and Fall 2020 terms with the development of several student resources.

Computer labs can be accessed remotely at https://csusb.edu/coyote-labs. Once a student logs in, they will have access to the all of the software the physical labs offer.

Students that need WiFi can connect to mobile hotspots while in specific parking lots at the San Bernardino campus. There are a limited number of hotspots so students will need to fill out a request form to gain access to them. For more information about internet access, visit https://www.csusb.edu/its/support/covid-19-internet-access.

Student software such as Microsoft Office 365, ESET AntiVirus, HETS Virtual Plaza, Adobe Creative Cloud and more will continue to be available for download at https://www.csusb.edu/its/software/student-software.

The library Laptop Lending Program will continue to provide laptops for students to check-out. Students interested in a rental will have to fill out a reservation form at  https://csusb.edu/laptop-checkout. The library will schedule a time and date for pickup before notifying the students of their appointment. Laptops will either be picked up from the Technology Support Center (PL 1108) – The Pfau Library Wedge or at the Palm Desert Campus Library.

More resources are available on the ITS resource page at https://www.csusb.edu/covid-19/resources-virtual-learning-teaching-and-working.

Student webinar event presented by HETS

Students are invited to participate in an HETS webinar to learn how to access the online support services that HETS offers free of charge.

These services include practice tests such as: GRE, MCAT, DAT, LSAT, NCLEX, among other tests. Also, students can download the electronic books and get prepared. This webinar will be via Zoom with capacity for 500 participants to connect live. 

Webinar: Practice graduate tests like: LSAT, MCAT, GRE y NCLEX

  • Date:    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 
  • Time:     11:00 am to 12 noon  
  • Invited presenter: Hilmaris Santiago, HETS Student Ambassador at UPR Bayamón Campus 

TO REGISTER, complete the form at: https://hets.org/hets-events/student-leadership-corner/. A registration confirmation will be sent with the Zoom link to connect.