As part of its continued efforts to keep Cal State San Bernardino students informed, connected and exuding Coyote Pride, the Division of Student Affairs has enacted various programs and opportunities for the CSUSB community.

One initiative is Coyote Spirit Days, which is aimed to increase Coyote Pride among students, faculty and staff, which calls for everyone who is part of the campus community to wear their Coyote gear every Thursday during Coyote Hour, noon-12:50 p.m., to show their Coyote Pride.

Students also look for the Spirit Cart, which will feature a variety of Student Affairs staff and members of the Spirit Squad passing out prizes. Students not wearing CSUSB apparel may earn a free CSUSB T-shirt.

Students not on campus can get involved by posting a picture of themselves in CSUSB apparel on Instagram using the hashtag #CSUSBSpirit and tagging the Santos Manuel Student Union in the photo (@csusb_smsu). This post will offer students the chance to win swag bags full of prizes.

The Palm Desert Campus is also taking part in Spirit Days and will have a Spirit Cart as well. Students at the PDC who wear their CSUSB apparel on Thursdays can visit the Rancho Mirage Student Center to claim their free CSUSB swag.

While Student Affairs is working to unite students through their Coyote Pride, it is also working to connect the entire CSUSB campus and community.

This is made possible by students using the platform Coyote Connection, which can be accessed on the MyCoyote portal or by visiting the Coyote Connection website.

“Coyote Connection is the place to go if you are looking to get connected and have fun at CSUSB,” said Jackie Varela, director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and Coyote Connection co-chair. “You can search for student organizations and community service opportunities along with campus events on the platform.”

The purpose of Coyote Connection is to allow students to access information regarding campus organizations, news and events. This resource allows students to visit one place to access information regarding campus activities and organizations.

“Coyote Connection also has a built-in co-curricular transcript, which can help you track your involvement and participation while here at CSUSB,” said Varela.

Through Coyote Connection, Students have the ability to document experiences such as career readiness and applied skills, community engagement, honors awards, leadership development, social justice equity diversion and inclusion and study abroad. This allows students to keep track of their experiences at CSUSB.

With this tool, students will have an easier time when building their resumes or applying to graduate school.

“We are trying to find the best way to highlight Coyote Connection events in course syllabi and find ways to utilize the co-curricular transcript for accepting extra credit,” said Varela.

For those interested in taking part in the spirit days or want more information regarding resources provided by Coyote Connection, contact or visit the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement in the Student Union North, room 3302.