Ellen Weisser, BA, English, ’68, will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes an achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements or a career or humanitarian effort of noteworthy accomplishment.
Diane Vines (nursing) was honored by the city of Palm Desert for her service to the community, David Marshall (English) was interviewed for a podcast on advising, and Kathryn Ervin (theatre arts) was the emcee for the topping out ceremony for the new Performing Arts Center.
Three university-wide awards – Distinguished Alumni, Emerging Leader and Coyote Spirit – will be presented, as well as the Paw Print Awards, which honor esteemed alumni from each of the university’s five colleges.
Luz Elena Ramirez (English) published a critique of the novel, “Montezuma’s Daughter,” Meredith Conroy (political science) collaborated on a paper on why people run for political office, Nerea Marteache (criminal justice) co-wrote a paper on co-production, the involvement of citizens in the production of public services, and Brian Levin (criminal justice) was interviewed about public safety issues possibly arising from protests over Donald Trump’s arraignment in federal court.
Dia Poole, who graduated with her master’s in communication studies, and Filimon Fregoso, who graduated with his bachelor’s in English, are the 2022-23 College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Students.
Mary M. Heckmann, who is also a CSUSB alumna, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the College of Arts and Letters and the James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education Commencement, scheduled for May 20.
Thomas McWeeney (public administration) discussed school shooting safety measures at the Zero Tolerance training at the Palm Desert Campus, and Chad Sweeney (creative writing) wrote a column on how writing haiku can help “to restore us, to connect us to our bodies and the world around us.”
“Educational Leadership and Voice for Critical Action: Leading Educational Policies and Practices in an Era of Change” brought together Southern California’s top educational leaders to engage in topics that will enhance K-12 and higher education opportunities.
The Oct. 28 event will include presentations and a roundtable discussion that focuses on what fascism is, how it works and what the ramifications of it are as a political system and ideology.