Ah, the sweet smell of success – science success.
The College of Natural Sciences at Cal State San Bernardino, in partnership with the university’s Office of Philanthropic Giving, will host the fourth annual Sweet Success: A Celebration of the Power of Scholarship. The dessert-themed event is geared to publicly recognize both the academic achievements of the college’s 2022-23 scholarship recipients and the generous private donors and companies and institutions who invest in their education.
Sweet Success is scheduled for 3 p.m., April 6, in the Santos Manuel Student Union East, Obershaw Dining Hall, Room 205A.
“I am very much looking forward to this occasion to celebrate our students’ successes and thank the members of our community who show their commitment to their educational goals by providing generous support,” said college Dean Sastry G. Pantula. “The value of these scholarships can never be underestimated and our gratitude is immense.”
Students often cite scholarship support as playing a powerful role in their education. This form of financial support helps them cover the cost of tuition, textbooks and other related expenses, so the students can focus more on their studies, on their research, and on their professional goals.
“I am looking forward to congratulating each and every student, and I am eager to thank all our donors for their robust support,” Pantula added. “When we invest in science and education, we pave the way for future innovation, future leaders, future educators, and a bright, prosperous future for our communities and our world.”
Scholarship recipients from the following departments are slated to be recognized: biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science and engineering, geological sciences, health science and human ecology, kinesiology, mathematics, nursing, and physics and astronomy.
Attendees will also include members of university leadership, students’ family members, and CNS faculty.
Highlights of this year’s event include:
• Welcome remarks from Pantula and Adrian Paul Stevens, associate vice president for philanthropic giving.
• Student keynote speaker and biology major Anthony Castro, the recipient of the Richard Fehn Memorial Scholarship. He has distinguished himself both in and outside the classroom. He serves as co-president of the American Medical Student Association, and assisted in an ongoing coronavirus research project focused on identifying potential antiviral targets to prevent potential emerging coronaviruses. This experience earned his first publication as a scientist.
• Department of Health Science and Human Ecology professor Dorothy Chen-Maynard. Besides her role as the director of the department’s Food and Nutritional Sciences program, she was the recipient of the university’s 2020-21 Outstanding Service Award. The honor annually recognizes outstanding faculty who have made a significant impact through service at CSUSB and beyond. Chen-Maynard is also a member of the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation Board.
She, along with her spouse, David Maynard, a Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry professor and Dean’s Fellow, are the founders of a college scholarship in their name.