Coyote Athletes Join Honors
Lana Klaib & Jeffrey Bongga
CSUSB boasts a number of talented and bright students who excel in their athletic and academic work. The University Honors Program is delighted to host our first varsity athletes, all of whom maintain a high academic standing, engage fully on campus, and participate in Honors-level coursework, all while committing countless hours to their sport. The dedication, passion, and drive these students exhibit every day demonstrates the best that CSUSB has to offer. The University Honors Program is a steadfast supporter of all our university’s athletic programs and are proud of our student athletes who challenge themselves in the classroom as well as on the court. We look forward to inviting more outstanding student athletes to our program.
Nicole Tabuena, a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in psychology, is the first student-athlete to join the Honors Program. She is currently a defensive specialist on the Women’s Volleyball Team, helping the team push forward to being ranked No.1 in the DII Women AVCA poll for 2018. Kim Cherniss, head coach of the Women’s Volleyball Team, describes Nicole as extremely hard working and having a “team-first” attitude. “She is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team be more successful.” Though she was hesitant to join the Honors program as an athlete, as it is something that has not been done before, she ultimately decided to go for it. Nicole says that joining the Honors Program “has probably been one of the best decisions [she has] made.” She compares being part of the Honors Program to being a part of another team, and being part of a family that encourages her to continue to strive for greatness. Her advice for prospective Honors students would be; “Join the Honors Program! It sounds scary because you will be held at high expectations with some of the most intelligent people on campus, but everyone is so welcoming, understanding, and supportive.”
Cassidy Jessup knew she wanted to attend CSUSB after her first time touring the campus. In high school, she was driven to exceed scholastically, carrying that dedication through to her college career by joining the Honors Program. Because she is incredibly motivated academically and wanted to surround herself with like-minded students, Cassidy decided to join the Honors Program Living and Learning Community, which provides her the academic support and social connections that she now cherishes. She is majoring in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dance and minoring in Education. Cassidy is currently a member of the CSUSB Dance Team, performing at on-campus athletic games and community events. Though her workload seems daunting, Cassidy balances all of her commitments without breaking a sweat. She is excited to continue as an Honors student for the rest of her time at CSUSB and is grateful for the Honors Program for allowing a space for students like her to grow and learn alongside other incredibly driven individuals.
Carly Luna is a Communications major with a concentration in Media Studies and a goalkeeper for CSUSB’s soccer team. She is grateful for the opportunities presented to her by the university, stating, “CSUSB offered not only offered me the opportunity to compete in one of the most competitive conferences in the country and have great coaching staff that made me feel welcome, but also an academic program that would challenge me to be just as competitive in the classroom.” The University Honors Program provides Carly with the academic support she needs to strike a balance between her schoolwork and soccer. She is grateful for the community of students that the program cultivates and for the resources that the program provides. Because of all-around positive experiences she has had during her time in the Honors program, Carly strongly encourages other student athletes who are eligible to apply to the Honors Program.
A fourth Coyote athlete, Marissa Angulo, joined the University Honors Program. The cross-country runner is a first-year student majoring in Kinesiology and Allied Health Professions. She and her coach were unavailable for comment.
Students Conduct Research at Universities Around the US
Melissa Taha on a visit to NASA site visit
Hanna Fejzic in Washington DC during an REU at Georgetown University
Headed to the Ivy League
In 2016, two University Honors Program students were featured in a video produced in advance of their summer Research Experience for Undergraduate summer programs. Karina Vega traveled to Brown University to conduct Biology research while Erika Gutierrez went to Harvard to work on robotics.