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Olga Morales Dr. Karnig

Anonymous Donation in Memory of Olga Morales

The Retirees’ Association Board of Directors extends a special “Thank you” to the individual who donated $500.00 in memory of Olga Morales. Olga worked at CSUSB for 28 years before retiring in 2012. She was the Director of Academic Resources, and she oversaw the university’s commencement ceremonies.

Former CSBS Associate Dean, Jean Peacock, remembers Olga as a consummate professional whose bursts of laughter could light up a room. Dr. Andrew Bodman, former provost, and Olga’s supervisor before she retired recalls “I enjoyed working with her; she was intensely loyal and never afraid to express her opinions, something I found very refreshing. “She was a very capable budget manager and was particularly helpful during the budget crisis of 2009-10, my first year at CSUSB; the fact that Academic Affairs emerged pretty much intact from that budget ‘shock’ was, in large measure, a tribute to her skill and aptitude,” said Bodman.

The Retirees Association Endowed Scholarship provides funds to a CSUSB student who has a parent working at the University. The scholarship is available to sophomore, junior or senior undergraduates enrolled full or part-time with a GPA of 2.8 or higher.

To donate to the scholarship fund, please phone the Advancement Office (909) 537-5004 or follow directions pertaining to the Endowed Scholarship on the Association’s Home page.

Klarissa Mendoza

Klarissa Mendoza

Two-Time Recipient of Association's Scholarship

Dear CSUSB Retirees Association,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in selecting me to receive the CSUSB Retirees Association Scholarship Endowment for the 2023-2024 academic year. I am very honored to be a recipient o fthis life changing award, and this will surely aid my success in my final year at California State University, San Bernardino.

I am currently a senior majoring in Health Services Administration. My experience and passion of helping others has encouraged me to remain focused on growing within the medical field as a long-term career. As I am nearing the end of completing my bachelor's degree, I am working towards graduating with honors and this scholarship will ensure that my education is my focal point throughout the academic year. I will be able to pay my tuition without the stress of other espenses and this generous award will ultimately alleviate my financial burdens. 

Once again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your generosity. Receiving this scholarship not only helps me to complete my degree and live out my lifelong goal of helping others, but it helps me to remember that anything is possible. I will continue to strive to be the best student and I thank you for your investment in me. I assure you that I will work diligently to make the most of this award.


Klarissa Mendoza

Letter (PDF)

Klarissa Mendoza

Klarissa Mendoza

2022-23 Retirees Association Scholarship Recipient

Dear CSUSB Retirees Association,

I want to take the time to thank you for selecting me to be a recipient for the CSUSB Retirees Association Scholarship Endowment for the academic year 2022-2023. I am humbled and honored to have been considered for this award and your generosity will surely make a positive impact towards my educational experience at CSUSB.

I am currently entering my junior year, majoring in Health Services Administration. Shortly after I obtain my bachelor's degree, I plan to pursue a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. I have always been passionate about helping others, which
is why the medical field has always been a destined area for me. I am moved to be able to give back to my community one day and I aspire to be a competent provider in healthcare services. With the generous funds that I am being awarded, I will be able to pay my tuition without the stress of other expenses. This will not only alleviate my financial burdens, but also allow me to focus solely on my studies and education.

I want to say thank you once again for providing aid for my future by awarding me the CSUSB Retirees Association Scholarship Endowment. I will stay committed to being a great investment and I dedicate myself to being an exemplary student. I hope one day I can help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Thank you.

Klarissa Mendoza

Letter (PDF)

Barbara Cabrera
Barbara Cabrera, Major: Nursing

Barbara Cabrera

2021-22 Retirees Association Scholarship Recipient

I am honored to have been selected as one of the recipients for the CSUSB Retirees Association Scholarship Endowment for the 2021-2022 academic year. I appreciate your financial support towards my education! 

I am currently a senior nursing student who will graduate this upcoming semester. After graduating with my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) I will study for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is a comprehensive exam used by the state boards to determine whether a candidate is ready to start practicing as a nurse. I plan on studying for the NCLEX for 3 months while simultaneously working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). My practice as a CNA will allow me to continue expanding upon my nursing skills and provide me with an opportunity for networking. Once I pass the NCLEX, I will apply for a Registered Nurse job and hopefully get hired by Kaiser's Labor and Delivery Unit. The money provided through this scholarship will be used towards the books, courses, and access codes needed for next semester. 

Once again, I thank you for your generosity. Being a recipient has motivated me to keep pushing towards my goals. One day I will give back to my community and change the lives of others, just like you have changed mine. Thank you! 

Brenda Cabrera

Lance Higgins
Lance Higgins, Major: English

Lance Higgins

2021-22 Retirees Association Scholarship Recipient

I sincerely thank you for offering me the CSUSB Retirees Association Scholarship
Endowment for the Academic Year of 2021-22. The CSUSB Retirees Association has
lessened my need for student loans and that is a genuine sense of relief during this
stressful time in online learning.

I am an English major here at CSUSB, and I plan on graduating by the end of the fall semester. After I graduate, I plan on working toward getting a graduate degree in English. Funny enough, I was utilizing the fee waiver from CSUSB because my father is an associate of the college. However, only one child of a faculty member can use the fee waiver per semester. This fall semester, my sister will be taking classes at CSUSB and I want her to be able to utilize the fee wavier for her tuition like I have. I have a slightly bigger tuition to worry about this next semester and this scholarship will help me avoid any students loans. Despite the contingent nature of online learning for a lot of students, there is mass comfort in knowing support from donors like the CSUSB Retirees Association exists for financially struggling students like myself. I am immensely thankful for your generosity and support during this pandemic. At the time of writing, I was stressing about the ways I would be able to afford college in the fall, and now with this scholarship, I know I will be financially stable enough to not need student loans and make good on my academic journey toward greater opportunities.

Lance Higgins

New CSUSB Performing Arts Center

New CSUSB Performing Arts Center construction project plans approved

The construction and renovation project would add two new buildings to campus including a new Performing Arts Center and an academic building that would serve as an anchor to the College of Arts and Letters.

Cal State San Bernardino is one step closer to a new Performing Arts village at the university, a $111 million construction and renovation project that would add two new buildings to campus including a new Performing Arts Center and an academic building that would serve as an anchor to the College of Arts and Letters.

The project will also renovate the existing performing arts building for future college expansion. 

The schematic design of the village project was approved by the California State University Board of Trustees at its Sept. 23 meeting. The project is currently scheduled to open during the 2024-25 academic year.

“The new performing arts center will both redefine the entry experience to the university and at the same time, provide state-of-the-art academic experiences to our students. We expect that this will be the premier performing arts facility for our community and the Inland Empire,” said Doug Freer, CSUSB vice president for administration and finance.

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Women's Volleyball team captures first national championship
2019 Division II - NCAA Champions

Women's Volleyball Team Capture CSUSB's first National Championship!

In case you missed it, the Cal State SB women's volleyball team captured the NCAA Division 2 nationall championship with a 3-1 victory over University of Nebraska-Kearney. It is the first team championship for any Coyotes athletic team in the 35-year history of intercollegiate sports at CSUSB (1984-85). Congratulations to Coach Kim Cherniss, Associate Head Coach Danny Scott, Assistant Coach Kelcie Tolan and the outstanding group of players who completed the first unbeaten season for the team at 33-0 with the national title win. It was only the third time an undefeated team has won the NCAA D-2 title in the history of the women's sport. Incidentally, this was the second NCAA volleyball title for Coach Cherniss, who was a player on the UC Riverside team that won it all in 1982.  Alexis Cardoza, an outside hitter for the Coyotes, was selected as the NCAA Division 2 Player of the Year.

Yusra Serhan
Yusra Serhan

Yusra Serhan Thanks the Retirees Association for CSUSB Scholarship

Yusra Serhan is one of the recipients of the 2019-20 Retirees Association's Scholarship. Yusra is a senior at CSUSB majoring in Criminal Justice. She is newly elected to the SMSU Board of Directors and is active in ASI. Yursra stated that the scholarship will "provide more time to focus on completing my law school application..." Yusra plans to become a civil rights attorney. Congratulations Yusra!

Robin Steege
Robin Steege - In The Heights

Robin Steege

Years at CSUSB:  7
When: April 2012  To July 2019
Where: Student Leadership and Development, Alumni Affairs and Relations
Robin came to CSUSB from San Bernardino City Unified School District where she was working with parents. When that position ended she applied at CSUSB and was hired to work with a Parent Program providing services for CSUSB students and families new to the university system. It was a perfect fit and she enjoyed helping students and parents navigate the university.
Two years later she moved over to Alumni Affairs and was part of the team building alliances between matriculated students and the campus.
Before all that Robin was a very successful musical theatre performer. When the Theatre Arts Department went looking for a seasoned performer for the Spring production of IN THE HEIGHTS- fate stepped in to bring Robin back to the campus.
The opportunity for current students to work with a performer whose experience was throughout our region and across the country was one we could not pass up. Robin was cast in the role of “Abuela Claudia” who is the matriarch of the neighborhood of Washington Heights. She was part of the rehearsal process beginning April 2 through the end of the production June 9. Many past and present faculty, staff and theatre friends came to get an opportunity to see Robin in this entertaining show. It was an ideal chance to reconnect with the campus community.
She says, “The best part of the experience was working with the students.” I am certain many of the students will stay in contact. “The role was challenging because of my absence from actively performing but I had such fun working with the group. CSUSB has so many great people.”
Robin will be continuing her work as a life coach and walking and visiting with friends.
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Arts Front

by Kathryn Ervin


Fall 2023

I finally cleaned out my office and turned in my keys. One of the joys of retirement is all the events in our community that I can attend. I hope to run into you somewhere soon!

Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern have an exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum (August 22-October 15). Titled Discrete Skins +Signs + Sites+ Poems- Believe In What’s In Front of You, the exhibit features poems, photographs and signage celebrating the narratives and cultures of the Inland Empire. Juan and Thomas have been collaborators several times and this exhibit is provocative, joyful and as vibrant as they are.

The California Arts Council announced its 2023-2024 “Individual Artist Fellows Grants” to recognize, uplift and celebrate the excellence of California artists and culture bearers. Congratulations to Sant Khalsa who was a recipient of a “Legacy Awards” and Juan Delgado who received an “Established Artist Award.”

On campus, the RAFFMA (Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art) has a wonderful exhibit for the fall. Featured Artists are Linda Vallejo and Laura August.

When you visit campus, please check out the Pfau Library. After the flooding last fall the first floor has undergone an extensive remodel. The changes have made the space much more open and airier and there is plenty of room for student interaction.

On August 29, the College of Arts and Letters celebrated the “topping off” of the new Performing Arts building. We signed the symbolic last beam that will be the last of those pieces to go in place. Several alums came out for the celebration along with community members. I have been collecting my “notes” on the new building and some of you may remember the new theatre has been moving toward construction since I came to campus in 1989!! I hope I can come back to direct in the new space.

There are so many wonderful activities in our community, and I hope you are getting out and about! I ran into Dwight Sweeny, Ellen Gruenbaum and many others at the Redlands Theatre Festival this summer. I attended The Book of Mormon with Hannan and Jamal Nassar. Earlier this summer I attended Leopoldstadt in New York with Mary Texeira who had just moved to Brooklyn. Of course, I have run into others at the Redlands Art Fair and all-around town.

The fall Theatre season on campus will open with Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig (Nov 10-12, 16-19). The production is being directed by guest Frank Mihelich. Shall we try to arrange a retiree meetup at the Sunday Matinee, Nov 12 at 2:00?

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Cynthia Linton

Cynthia Linton

Ms.  Cynthia Linton passed away on March 23rd, 2024, in her sleep.

Cynthia served the CSUSB community for 24 years in the CSUSB Learning Center and was a proud coyote. She grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was born into a military family. After high school, she attended Pomona College, where she earned her B.A. in International Relations/Black Studies. Then Cynthia attended CSUSB, earning her M.A. in Social Science/Political Science.

During her tenure at CSUSB , Cynthia was very active with the Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association (BFSSA), serving as  Treasurer, Scholarship Committee Chair, Mentor Program Coordinator, and Vice President. She was a cornerstone at keeping the BFSSA on track. She kept copious notes and was very instrumental in keeping the scholarship program going. 

Cynthia was honored at the 8th Annual Pioneer Breakfast as the 2020 Pioneer Award recipient for an honorable staff member. As a tribute to Ms. Linton, the BFSSA established an annual essay competition for the Pioneer Breakfast, and the BFSSA provides the “Cynthia Linton” scholarship to the competition winner.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at noon at Todd Memorial Chapel, 570 N. Garey Ave Pomona, CA 91767.

Tom Provenzano

Tom Provenzano

Tom Provenzano joined the CSUSB faculty in 1994 as a part time lecturer.

He was raised in Northern California and attended U.C. Berkeley and later the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. In San Francisco, he co-founded The Imagination Company, a theatre dedicated to developing and producing plays and events for young audiences. When he moved to Southern California, he joined the L.A. Weekly as a theatre reviewer.

When Tom Provenzano joined the CSUSB faculty, his skill in Theatre for Young Audiences was tremendously important in this growing area. It didn't take long to offer him a tenure track position in 1996, and his outstanding skills and training as a performer made him a welcome addition to the Acting Faculty. Soon, he was directing as part of the regular faculty rotation.

Tom was a tireless advocate for students and served as a mentor beyond their experiences at the university. As the department advisor to majors, working on the curriculum committee, and with the Liberal Studies students, he played a critical role in developing theatre education in our region. He was one of the Master Teachers for the California Arts Project, providing professional development for K-12 teachers throughout our region.

Tom’s productions included classics (Hamlet, As You Like It, Macbeth) and creative contemporary plays (Electricidad, A Wrinkle In Time, Psycho Beach Party) and many others. He created a wonderful environment for students to flourish and often pulled faculty from across the college into his collaborations.

Tom was a host who made everyone comfortable, a wonderful cook and a gardener who nurtured plants and vegetables and his many friends. He was a wonderful human being.

Dr. James Noblet

James Noblet

Dr. James Noblet, Professor of Chemistry, passed away on January 22, 2024. Jim was born and raised in Southern California, where he graduated from West Torrance High School and attended El Camino Community College. He transferred to UCLA where he earned a BS in Geology in 1983. During his employment in the aerospace industry performing Materials Science research, Jim developed an interest in Chemistry which motivated him to attend CSU Long Beach where he earned a MS in Chemistry in 1991, and later a Ph.D., in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry from UCLA in 1997.

Jim began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he worked for three years. But with the desire to return to his roots in Southern California, he gained employment as a Senior Research Scientist for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). In 2003, Jim joined the Chemistry Department at CSUSB, where he mentored undergraduate and graduate students, and served on several theses’ committees for students in the MS in Environmental Sciences program. He taught classes in General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science, and several GE classes. Jim is survived by his wife and son.

Marilyn Gareis

Marilyn Gareis

Marilyn passed on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. She was a long-time member of the CSUSB community. She was the ASC for the Political Science Department from 2005-2022. Prior to that, she was an ASA in the English Department from 2000-2005 and an ASA in the Payroll Department from 2000-2001. A graduate of CSUSB, with a B.A. in Spanish (’97), Marilyn also held several student positions on campus, including peer advisor and student assistant.

In 2012, Marilyn was recognized for the President’s Distinguished Service Award and for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Staff Award. She won the College award again in 2021. She left an indelible impact on all who worked with her and a lasting contribution to the success of CSUSB students.

The memorial service for Marilyn will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 1:00 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church, 877 N. Campus Ave., Upland, CA 91786.

Olga Morales

Olga Morales

The University recently learned of the passing of Olga Morales, a longtime former employee in the Division of Academic Affairs. Olga was a valued member of the Coyote family and a friend to many. Olga earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside in 1979 and a Master of Public Administration from CSUSB in 1990. She most recently served as director of Academic Resources (since renamed to Academic Budget and Planning) and oversaw the university’s commencement ceremonies.  She retired in August 2012 after 28 years of service at CSUSB.  

Olga, an avid supporter of education, believed everyone who wanted an education should have access to one. She continually advocated for students and was very involved with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She also supported Reach Out and Read (ROR), an early literacy program for children. 

Our condolences are extended to her two daughters, Suze Knobler and Meredith Knobler Kennedy, son-in-law Scott Kennedy, and her three grandchildren – Aiden, Grady, and Brenden. 

Deborah Lopez

Deborah (Debbie) Lopez, a native of Colton, CA, passed on April 15, 2023, and will be remembered as a colleague, friend, and mentor. 

Debbie devoted over twenty years of her life to the University.  Prior to joining the CSUSB community in 1986, she worked for the County of San Bernardino. She began her career at CSUSB as an administrative support assistant for the Educational Support Services office. She was subsequently hired as an Analyst Specialist for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), where she retired in 2009. 

Debbie was a beloved member of the EOP program and its mission. She understood privilege, powerlessness, poverty, and the implications of all those issues in terms of students pursuing higher education. It was never about her; it was about what was best for students, and their families, always.  Longtime colleagues described her as a trustworthy, selfless woman with integrity. She was witty, reliable, and a great listener, mentor and friend. She had a quite presence, a stillness and grace about her. Her calm presence made it easy to learn from her even during contentious conversations. She would give many hours of her time to discuss, plan and support any departmental effort. She was a "go to" person when it came to planning,  and a master in making resources available to support her colleagues and the students they served. She possessed great analytical skills and was viewed as a consultant by analysts across campus. She was a quite natural leader that paid close attention to detail. She was able to evaluate every possible action or outcome and could be counted on to make recommendations, to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Above all Debbie was a caregiver. She loved to give time to her family, her grandchildren, and her friends. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, colleague, and friend. Debbie touched the lives of many, and her family thrived because of Debbie's commitment and hard work in caring for them.  She leaves behind her sons: George & Anthony along with several grandchildren who brought her immense joy.  

Patricia Arlin

Patricia Kennedy Arlin

Patricia Kennedy Arlin, former dean of the College of Education, passed on March 26, 2023. Dean Arline’s academic credentials include a B.S. in Physics, from Mundelein College (1964); M.A. in Education from Fordham University, New York (1967); and, Ph.D., in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago (1997).  

Dean Arlin began her academic career as a high school teacher of Physics and Mathematics and began her career in higher education as an instructor at DePaul University in 1968. Prior to her appointment as Dean of the CSUSB College of Education in 1997, Dean Arline taught at the Universities of San Francisco, North Carolina, and British Columbia. She described her area of expertise as focused on a “developmental psychology of education.”  

Under Dean Arlin’s leadership, the College of Education was opened, and the College received the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation for the first time. Dr. Arline ended her role as Dean in September 2011 then began her participation in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) until September 2016. Dean Arlin is remembered for her dedication to public school education and for bringing national recognition to the College of Education.  On a side note, she was a great poker player and loved fine dining. 

Ernest Garcia

Dr. Ernest Garcia

Dr. Ernest Garcia, a former dean of the College of Education for more than a decade during the 1980s, died on April 5, 2023. He spent 36 years in education, including 13 as a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools and 23 years in higher education.

After teaching in Barstow, Redlands and Rialto, and after earning his doctorate at UCLA in 1966, Dr. Garcia became a professor of education at the University of Redlands. A year later, he joined the faculty of Education at Cal State College, San Bernardino where he also served as professor and chair in the department of elementary education. He became the dean of the College in 1979 and retired in 1990. In 2012 he was named as the LEAD honorary chair, or ‘el padrino de honor.' 

Garcia's educational career also included teaching part time and during summers at the University of Redlands, Stanford University, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and San Bernardino Valley College. 

Garcia served on the board of the Rialto Unified School District for nine years; later, an elementary school was named in his honor. He received the Career Achievement Award from the University of Redlands Alumni Association and was recognized as one of 'Forty Who Made a Difference' by the UCR Alumni Association on the occasion of UCR's 40th anniversary. He was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame by San Bernardino Valley College and received the 'El Fuego Nuevo' award from the Association of Mexican-American Educators, where he served as state president.

Dr. Garcia had a life-long interest in the arts, and he and his  wife, Dorothy, are the namesake for the Garcia Center of the Arts in San Bernardino. He was also curator of the National Orange Show Permanent Art Collection. Garcia’s family includes his wife Dorothy, three children and five grandchildren. 

Janice Loutzenhiser

Janice Loutzenhiser

The Management Department is sad to share that Professor Emeritus, Janice Loutzenhiser, passed away on December 22, 2022.    

What you say about Janice Loutzenhiser? She was an intellectually gifted attorney who opted to teach young minds the law in order to make them strong, successful, and ethical business people before it was "on trend".  She was kind—a fierce advocate for students and doing the right thing. She was an excellent colleague—a true gem amongst gems—and she will be missed.  

Professor Emeritus, Lloyd Peake, describes Janice as, “A wonderful person.… She was instrumental in helping me transition from my previous years as a trial attorney to teaching law and legal reasoning in an academic setting. I am forever grateful for her friendship and guidance."  

Lecturer, Melissa Bakeman, started her career in the Management Department as a result of Janice’s efforts and recounts, “She was so giving and patient. She taught me the underpinnings of ethics and holistic scoring and the need for standards on campus that still resonate with me today.  Also, visiting her house was like going on safari—she loved her critters and they adored her! Not to mention her fountain pen collection was epic!” She was a gracious person and gave to all that she encountered. 

Janice made her teaching career at CSU, San Bernardino for nearly three decades and served on the Faculty Senate for numerous years. She was also an animal lover who housed and loved the likes of African Grey parrots and fancy Macaws to the garden variety domesticated dogs, cats, and goats; she was a giver in every respect of her life.   

She was dedicated to our campus and genuinely cared about our student population. She was a vehement supporter of grading standards and served as the 306 Common Examination Holistic Scoring Director for years—ensuring grading standards across the board and being fair and equitable.  

Finally, even if you did not know Professor Loutzenhiser but took the time to read this tribute, remember that a small action can have a profound impact on young minds and embrace the spirit of Janice!  We celebrate this trailblazing woman when the road was much steeper and thank her for paving the way. 

Janice is survived by her husband, Jay, and sisters along with other extended family. 

Vernon Dorsey Jr.

Vernon Dorsey Jr.

Vernon Dorsey Jr., retired Facilities Management Paint Shop Supervisor. Vernon passed away on January 13, surrounded by his loving family, following a well-fought battle with cancer.

Vernon served the CSUSB campus community for 24 years and was a proud coyote. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa, and after high school, he attended Kentucky State University on a football scholarship as a running back. Vernon then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as Sergeant of the Guard at the Naval Air Station in Bermuda. It is there where he met his wife Shirley, another proud coyote who served CSUSB as the Payroll Manager for many years.

Vernon received the Divisional Distinguished Service Award during his tenure at CSUSB and was known for his leadership and commitment to excellence in everything he did. Also, he was active in the Black Faculty Staff & Student Association’s (BFSSA) Hotlink fundraiser for student scholarships. BFSSA will keep Vernon Dorsey Jr.'s legacy alive starting this year at its 10th Annual Pioneer Breakfast. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on February 9, 2023, from 9:00 am-11:00 am at Mountain View Cemetery, followed by a Marine Corps Burial Service at Noon at the Riverside National Cemetery. In place of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital in Duarte, CA.

Vernon is survived by his wife Shirley, children Shannon and LeShay, and grandchildren. 


Frank Lootens

Frank Lee Lootens

Frank Lee Lootens, aged 81, passed away peacefully on September 4th, 2022, at his home in San Bernardino, California. He was born on August 3rd, 1941, in Ashland, Oregon, to Frank and Dolly Lootens. He grew up in Northern California and was a 1959 graduate of Happy Camp High School. He married Maria del Rocio Juarez on July 14th, 1973, in Highland, California, and they cherished their 49 years of marriage.

Upon completion of high school in 1959, Frank enlisted in the United States Navy, and served faithfully for 10 years of active duty, and 22 additional years in the naval reserves. Frank retired from the Navy having earned the rank of Command Master Chief STCM(SW) in April of 1991.

He worked at Cal State University in San Bernardino, starting his career in September of 1969 as an equipment technician, first in the Department of Physics and then for the entire College of Natural Sciences. He later became a Project Manager in the Capital Planning Design and Construction Department, where his problem solving and attention to details admirably served the entire campus. Frank helped found what would eventually become the Murillo Family Observatory. He retired in September of 2003. He continued busy helping friends, family and his church with numerous projects.

His adventurous spirit and love for photography were two of his biggest passions. He loved to explore new destinations with his wife, traveling to new places ranging from the vineyards of central California, the Alaskan coast line, the southwestern states, and Europe. Frank’s easy-going nature and quick-witted humor always had the ability to make anyone smile, and he was well admired by those that he worked with.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Lootens; his son Shawn, son Brandon and his wife Amanda, and daughter Brandi and her husband Ryan Davis; grandchildren Cody and Liberty (Shawn’s); grandchildren Devan , Mia , and Layla (Brandon’s), and grandchildren Jaydon, Kaylon, and Birdie (Brandi’s); older brother, Jim Lootens and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family, friends, and others are invited to Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, September 21st at 5pm for a funeral Mass, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall at 6pm to reminisce and honor the life of Frank Lootens.

A burial service will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery on Thursday September 22nd at 10:30 am.

Clifford Young

Dr. Clifford Young

The University was informed about the passing of Dr. Clifford Young in August 2022. Dr Young joined CSUSB as an associate professor in 1989 and became a professor in 1993. During his 22-year academic career, he served in several impactful roles, ranging from department chair to principal investigator for the Innovation Policy Analysis Project.

In 1998, he was appointed executive assistant to former CSUSB President Albert Karnig, where he assisted in implementing various strategic planning initiatives, worked with numerous key committees on and off campus, aided in ensuring effective communications, and served as needed in ombudsperson and constituent relations roles. Among his many contributions and successes, he was a vital force in more than tripling the university’s federal grant and contract funds in the early 2000s.

In 2004, Dr. Young was appointed to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to serve the remaining term of Supervisor Eaves. As such, he became the first African American member of the Board.

Dr. Young joined the West Valley Water District Board of Directors in December 2013. A West Valley Water District public-service announcement indicates that Dr. Young “served as Board President between 2015-2018 and served as Division 3 Board Director until his resignation in early 2022. During his time as Board President, West Valley Water District made environmental history by opening its state-of-the-art Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System that utilized a natural process call bioremediation to remove perchlorate and other harmful chemicals in the water and provide ratepayers with clean water.”

Condolences can be sent to Clifford Young Jr. at 849 E. Gladwick St., Carson, CA 91746.

Kevin Curtis

Kevin Curtis

Kevin Curtis, a valued member of the Cal State San Bernardino Parking Services team, who had dedicated more than 20 years of service, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the age of 64.

Kevin was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended City Colleges of Chicago-Olive Harvey College where he obtained his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Accounting and Finance. After graduating Kevin began his career as an Accounting Clerk with Budget Rent-A-Car. In 1989 Kevin and Valerie McMillian were married and to this union five children were born. In January 1995, Kevin relocated his family to Southern California where he began working for the California State University system in Long Beach.

In 1997 Kevin became an active member of the Burning Bush Baptist Church where he assisted with the Parking Lot Ministry, B.O.W. Ministry, Food Distribution Ministry and the Deacon Ministry.

In 2002, Kevin transferred to CSUSB where he worked as a Parking Collections Agent. This move allowed him to spend more time coaching his children’s basketball and football teams. At CSUSB Kevin became an active member of CSUEU serving as Chief Steward and Treasurer for many years.

Kevin leaves behind a host of loved ones including his beloved Valerie, his beloved children, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Kevin’s colleagues and the campus community will best remember Kevin for his positive outlook even when dealing with parking citations, his generosity towards others especially the OBERSHAW DEN, his outgoing personality and volume that brought life into the Parking Office, his profound love of food, but most of all his love for his Chicago teams: DA BEARS, DA BULLS, DA WHITE SOXS, DA CUBS, and DA BLACKHAWKS. The Parking Office is a lot more somber and quieter without his presence. He is dearly missed by all and for one final time from the Parking Office we will shout in honor of him, CAPPUCCINO!!!

Lou Fernandez

Lou Fernandez 

Former provost and vice president for academic affairs Lou Fernandez passed away on the evening of March 28th. Lou first came to CSUSB in 1991, from New Orleans, as dean of the College of Natural Sciences and professor of geological sciences. He was named acting vice president for academic affairs in 1994 and then appointed to the permanent position in 1995. He assumed the title of provost in 1998. He retired in 2009. 

Lou was proud of his Bronx childhood and his Puerto Rican heritage. He cherished the time he spent with students as a professor of geology and was a mentor and role model to many. He remained in contact with his graduate students over the decades, going back to his years at the University of New Orleans. 

He provided the preface to Michael Burgess’ history of CSUSB, entitled The Coyote Chronicles: A Chronological History of California State University, San Bernardino, 1960-2010. Lou wrote, 

“I’m proud of my own contributions to CSUSB, while being all too aware that my efforts have been bolstered and made more effective by so many others on campus. I’ll miss Cal State San Bernardino, where I’ve spent almost half of my professional life, but I’ll treasure this history—and my many memories.” 

President Morales stated, “I first came to know Lou when I worked at Cal Poly Pomona and viewed him as a mentor and then as a dear friend.”  Lou is survived by his long-term partner and companion Laurel and his son Patrick. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Elsa Ochoa Fernandez 

Robert Gollihar

Robert Gollihar

Robert “Bob” Gollihar passed away Thursday, March 24th after a long battle with cancer.  

Bob came to work at CSUSB in 2006 and worked in Building Maintenance as a Carpenter until he retired in 2018.  In 2019 Bob returned to the campus as a retired annuitant helping Facilities Management with projects like the campus-wide electronic lock implementation.  Bob was known for his finish carpentry work and the fact that he could make anything! 

Bob was also an inspiration to everyone he met.  After his cancer diagnosis, Bob maintained his positive attitude. He talked about his treatments and even when the odds were stacked against him, he remained upbeat and was ready to face life head on.  

Bob’s death is a loss for the entire CSUSB Family and all those who knew and worked with him.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 ,from 10:00 – 11:00am at Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3520 E. Washington St., Colton, CA 92324.  Bob is survived by his wife Marsha, children Rachel, Mike, Sabrina, and Ryan, and grandchildren.  Mike is also part of the Coyote family, working in facilities. The family has asked that any donations be made using their GoFundMe Donation page. 

Dr. Tom Rivera

Dr. Tom Rivera

Tom Rivera, “Dr.  Tom,” passed peacefully on Tuesday, March 8,2022, at the age of 82, surrounded by his family. Tom Rivera was raised and educated in south Colton. From 1958 to 1960, he was a student at San Bernardino Valley College. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSU Los Angeles, Tom continued his education at UCLA where he graduated with a doctorate degree.

From 1970 to 1972, Tom Rivera worked at San Bernardino Valley College as a Counselor/Human Relations Coordinator. He went on to serve 38 years at California State University, San Bernardino in various administrative positions, retiring in 2011. Dr. Rivera initiated numerous programs designed to motivate underrepresented students to enroll in and graduate from college. A few of his accomplishments include:

  • He played an instrumental role in founding the EOP program, secured the first federal grant to establish the Upward Bound program and was also instrumental in securing federal funding for the development of the SAIL program.
  • He helped establish the Children’s Center, the Disabled Students Office and the Learning Center, which was under his supervision as Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • He founded Project Upbeat, the “I’m going to college project” for 4th graders and was a co-founder of the Inland Empire Future Leaders (IEFL) program for 8th and 9th graders.
  • He served as the university’s academic grievance coordinator, as a member or chair of campus-wide committees, and as the representative to community and university advisory committees and boards

One of his lasting contributions was the creation of the Inland Empire Future Leaders Program (IEFL) Seeing that 54% of Latino students were dropping out of high school, Tom Rivera, his wife Dr. Lily Rivera, and others implemented IEFL in 1985 to motivate 8th and 9th grade students to help them succeed. Working with IEFL youth brought “Dr. Tom” great joy and he served as a board member for 36 years and held the title of emeritus chair. The program is directed exclusively to Latino youth. The San Bernardino Sun most recently ran a profile on him in 2020, and wrote, “Rivera and the first generation of leaders found that doing so helped promote a family atmosphere and ability to tackle issues specific to Latinos.” Two sitting members of Congress—representatives Pete Aguilar and Raul Ruiz—were IEFL graduates. San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) has installed him in their Hall of Fame, listing his phenomenal community involvement in their profile of him.

Dr. Tom also encouraged and supported members of his staff to work with African American community leaders to design and implement the local “Black Future Leaders Program” (BFL). He served on the boards of the Rialto Teachers Association, United Way, Easter Seal Society, Omnitrans, Catholic Charities, and Rolling Start after being elected to the Colton Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees. He has served on the San Bernardino County Bilingual Task Force, the San Bernardino Valley College EOPS Program, the San Bernardino Drug and Gang Task Force, the Chancellor’s Chicano Advisory Committee at the University of California, Riverside, the Boys, and Girls Club of America, and Sister Cities International Mexicali-Villa Hermosa. 

On February 9, 2022, President Tomas Morales wrote, “there was absolutely no doubt of his passion for education, the IE and the underrepresented students in our region. His life-long work both empowered and inspired countless lives. We respect his leadership, honor his accomplishments, and remain deeply grateful for all that he did for so many. On behalf of CSUSB, my deepest condolences to his family on this tremendous loss.”

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made to organizations dear to his heart:

Lisa McBride

Lisa McBride

Lisa McBride passed on February 3, 2022. Growing up, Lisa worked with her father in the family construction business, where her love of building, construction, and making the world a more beautiful place flourished. This love led Lisa to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management, and she became a licensed general contractor in the State of California. Lisa was an accomplished choir singer who loved to share her joy for life and helping others. She joined our CSUSB community in 2016, after serving as a Project Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona.

Lisa was a Coyote at heart, having left an indelible mark on this campus through her work on the Center for Global Innovation which opened in the Fall of 2019. Most recently, Lisa, with great passion and pleasure, was managing the Performing Arts expansion project, which will break ground Spring, 2022. Lisa worked closely with the leadership of the College of Extended and Global Education and the College of Arts and Letters to ensure that their needs and wants were realized in these building projects. Known for her attention to detail, Lisa prided herself on delivering projects that would support our students and continue our shared mission of transforming lives.

Lisa’s passing is a loss for the entire CSUSB family and all those who knew and worked with Lisa. Information regarding services will be shared as it becomes available.

Dr. Amy Leh

Amy (Sheng Chieh) Leh

Amy (Sheng Chieh) Leh, a respected colleague and friend of Cal State San Bernardino for more than 20 years, passed on November 22, following a fight with pancreatic cancer. 

Amy served more than two decades in the College of Education. She joined our campus community in 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, which has since been renamed the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology.  During her tenure, Amy taught more than 10 courses in instructional technology, wrote more than 30 articles and gave more than 100 presentations at national and international conventions. 

She also passionately supported the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Among her roles, she served as treasurer and president-elect of Gamma Lambda, the Phi Beta Delta chapter at its home institution, and as the chapter’s president. She received her Ph.D. in education from Arizona State University. 

Amy’s passing is a loss to the entire CSUSB family and all those who knew and worked with her.  

Dr. Amy Leh

Sanders McDougal

On September 29, 2021, professor of psychology Sanders McDougall , had a massive heart attack while on campus.  Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, but unfortunately, they were unable to save him. 

Sanders, joined CSUSB in 1991 as an assistant professor in the psychology department and earned tenure in 1995.  He was a consummate educator, dedicated to his students, the department and his research. He was loved and respected by colleagues, students and staff alike. He was passionate about his work, deeply dedicated to his students, and rightfully impatient with things that stood in the way of either. He epitomized what it means to be both a teacher and a scholar. His students raved about him as an instructor and mentor, and their feedback made clear his embrace of our primary mission to serve and educate students. And while he was an excellent teacher, Sanders may have been even more impressive as a scholar. In fact, he was on campus nearly every day during the pandemic closure working on his research and supporting his students. Further, he regularly included students (undergraduate and graduate) in his research process and it was clear that he saw his teaching, research, and mentorship as interrelated components of his work. This was perhaps most evident in the many publications he produced with student co-authors and the number of students that moved on to top graduate programs specifically because of his mentorship. Most recently, he served as the program director of the Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE), which is aimed at increasing the diversity of students earning their bachelor’s degrees and moving on to complete research-focused, biomedical advanced degrees. Sanders was a fantastic colleague and an invaluable asset to the University and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his life partner, Cynthia Crawford, their lovely daughter Kelsey, and the rest of Sanders’ family. 

Paul Homstad

Paul Homstad

Paul Homstad, supervising plumber on campus for the past 16 years passed away on the evening of September 20, 2021. 

Paul was an expert in his field and was someone who would do anything he could to help others. In 2019 he received the Administration and Finance Division Leadership award for the excellent work that he did for CSUSB.    

Paul’s passing is a loss to the entire CSUSB family and particularly for those who knew him and had the honor of calling him a friend.  Paul’s friends and colleagues extend their condolences to his wife Judy and their family and ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. 

Jim O'Linger

Jim O'Linger

Jim retired from CSUSB in June 2021 after 33 years of fruitful service and recently moved to Clarksville, TN to begin a new chapter. In his most recent role as Chief Technology Support Officer, he led the Next Generation Smart Classroom project and transformed the process of bulk ordering equipment for the campus. As Director of Technology Support, Jim gave birth to the world-class Technology Support Center in 2013 and led many campus -wide projects including the implementation of Cherwell Enterprise Service Management System that transformed campus operations.  Prior to joining the Information Technology Services Division, he served as Information Technology Consultant in the Administration & Finance Division, as well as Financial Aid Systems Analyst and Data Entry Operator in the Financial Aid Office. 

Jim was a warm and caring individual and his dedication to the success of our students, faculty and staff was unparalleled. His passing is a loss to the entire CSUSB family and all those who knew and worked with him. 

We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. May his legacy live on in the thousands of lives he touched. Jim is survived by his daughter and 3 grandchildren.

Rick Hoglund

Rick Hoglund

Rick Hoglund passed away Friday, September 17 surrounded by his family. Rick began his career at CSU San Bernardino in 1992. Subsequently, he became a regular part of the collaborative team working in the theatre department and on musical productions as accompanist, musical director, composer and arranger.

Rick earned a BA in Music at the University of Toledo and played as a professional in musical groups and solo throughout the Los Angeles basin. His career in the Inland Empire included working as music faculty at Mount San Jacinto College, San Bernardino Valley College and with San Bernardino and Hemet City Unified School Districts. He worked with regional theatres including the Ramona Bowl, Redlands Bowl, Yucaipa Little Theatre and many more. He also served in the music ministry at several churches.

Rick loved teaching piano, vocal music, directing band and choir and teaching the history of Rock and Roll. His love of teaching lead him to share as part of The California Arts Project. An excellent collaborator he was a part of numerous projects with individual artists and small groups showcasing throughout the region.

Rick was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and husband. Along with his many friends and colleagues he leaves behind: his brother David Hoglund, his children Richard Hoglund Jr, Heather Grace Hoglund Trejo, Renee Williams, Lindsey Lombardo, Jose Roberto Trejo and grandchildren Robert Xavier Trejo and Natalie Grace Trejo and his life collaborator Kathryn Ervin.

A celebration of his life is being planned for October. In lieu of flowers we hope you will make a contribution to a Theatre, Music or Youth Arts Organization in his honor.

Julie Paegle

Julie Paegle

It is with great sadness I inform you of the untimely passing of Julie Paegle, a respected colleague and friend for the last 15 years at Cal State San Bernardino. She passed away at her home on Sept 11.

Julie joined the Department of English in 2006 as an assistant professor and became a professor in 2014. A Pulitzer-prize nominee and acclaimed poet, she served in numerous impactful roles during her career at CSUSB. Among her many contributions to the department and University, she served three years as director of the MFA in Creative Writing program. She also taught an exceptionally wide range of courses, ranging from general education world literature to graduate-level poetry workshops and special topics courses on classical and contemporary epics.

An inspiring and generous teacher, Julie mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students. She directed multiple MFA theses, advised students on honors projects, and served as the English department’s faculty advisor at the Palm Desert Campus.

Julie’s passing is an enormous loss to the entire CSUSB family and all those who knew and worked with her. She had a wonderful sense of humor, an empathetic nature and a luminous spirit. Her colleagues and students will always remember her as a brilliant and immensely talented writer and teacher.

We send our deepest condolences to Julie’s family, and we ask everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. Condolences can be sent by mail to Julie’s parents, Jan and Julia Paegle, at the following address:  4661 South Brookwood Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117-4909.

Joe Liscano

Joe Liscano

It is with extreme sadness that I announce that our dear friend, Joe Liscano, passed away this past Monday, September 13. Joe retired in July 2019, after 42 years of service to the university. He served the Department of Kinesiology tirelessly and faithfully for 39 of those years, most recently as the department’s equipment technician.

Joe was a friend to everyone he met, and made a meaningful, heartfelt impression on everyone, both in the department and in our college. He will always be remembered as a kind, caring, thoughtful, and vibrant individual who knew how to make a complete stranger feel like a lifelong friend.

Joe’s profound commitment to supporting faculty, staff, and students was recognized many times over the years. Joe was named the recipient of the CSUSB President’s Annual Staff Award for 1995-1996. He was also a member of the 2007-2008 Grad Days team that received the President’s Team Achievement Award. Joe also received the 2013-2014 College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Service Award.

He was so beloved by student athletes that in 2010, the Coyotes volleyball team, during a special pregame cancer-awareness ceremony, presented Joe with a commemorative pink-and-white volleyball signed by all the players to honor his wife, Maggie, who was battling the disease.

Joe’s passing is a tremendous loss to everyone in the department, the college, and the entire CSUSB community. We will celebrate his life and honor his service. Memorial services information is forthcoming.

Our hearts go out to his family, including his son, Ben Liscano, who currently serves as the department’s equipment attendant, during this difficult time. Joe will be very much missed by all of us.

Leo G. Doyle

Leo G. Doyle (1940-2021) 

It is with a tear in my eye and a heavy heart that I am sending this notice to our campus community. Leo Doyle—colleague, friend, brother—died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Grand Terrace, on Thursday, August 12th. 

Leo arrived at Cal State, in 1971, as an assistant professor of art. He specialized in woodworking, woodturning, and furniture design, and in the years before he retired, he turned his attention to creating designs in folk art. He was an internationally known artist who added to the renown and reputation of the University. One of his popular creations was a series of small, painted birds that he placed around the campus, especially in and around the area where the Administration Building is located. For some reason or other, these birds must have taken flight, because they didn’t stay put for long where Leo had placed them. 

He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree, in 1971, from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen. He also eventually became chair of the Art Department. He was a speaker to students and civic groups in the Inland Empire as well as in several states and as far away as New Zealand. He presented seminars and workshops around the country, and his creations appeared in more than 50 exhibitions around California and the rest of the nation as well as in more than 20 publications. Quite a few faculty members are proud owners of some of Leo’s creations. 

Along with his professional work, Leo was known among faculty and administrators as well as students as a warm, funny, clever, down-to-earth guy who was a pleasure to be around and to get to know more intimately. He loved to teach, which was really an adjunct to his role as a practicing artist. He had an active student following, and a few of his students were retired faculty and staff. Leo was welcoming to all. 

One image that many of us old timers have is of Leo—who was 6’3”—on his motorcycle and wearing his leather jacket as he came onto campus. It was a striking sight. Before leaving us, Leo left his mark on all who came into contact with him. 

He is survived by his wife, Vicky, his 3 sons, Leo jr., Todd, and Noah, along with grandchildren and scores of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Leo will not be forgotten. 

Robert Blackey 

Emeritus, Dept of History   

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke

The Passing of Michael Clarke

Michael was born in Sligo County, Ireland on May 5, 1946. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dublin and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia. He came to the Department of Public Administration at CSUSB in 1976 where he remained for 41 years until his retirement, and taught for the department until 2017.  At CSUSB he served in a variety of capacities, rising to full professor, department chair and chair of Faculty Senate. He was very active in the faculty union and held various positions in the CFA. In his final years he served as Labor Relations Director for Academic Affairs. 

Michael was loved for his ethics and integrity, his iconoclastic personality, his outspoken drive to speak truth to power and his wonderful sense of humor, often supported by photographs of signs and bumper stickers. .

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and children and grandchildren. Karen shared that Michael’s son’s wife is currently pregnant and he had commented “one out and one in.” 

He will be especially missed by those of us who met with him weekly the past couple of years in Zoom lunches.   

The below photo was taken by Michael’s son several weeks before his death. It captures well the fortitude and equanimity with which he faced his situation, as well as the sense of humor that graced his every interaction with others, until the very end.   

Audrey Matthews

Audrey Matthews

Audrey Mathews passed on December 31, 2020.  She was a Professor of Public Administration at CSUSB from 1996 until her retirement in 2006. She also taught courses on diversity in public organizations and organizational roles in multicultural societies as the CEO of Mathews and Associates, her consulting firm in Los Angeles.

After earning a doctorate from USC Audrey moved to Washington, DC to become director of budget operations under Mayor Marion Barry. She also served as Deputy Director for the Office of the Budget, District of Columbia Government for four years with responsibility for an operating budget of more than $4.4 billion and a staff of 120 people.

Audrey spent more than 35 years working in local and state government as a professor, budget director, planning director and consultant. In 2004, she was appointed to San Bernardino County’s Planning Commission representing the 5th District. In 2008, she became a member of the Lytle Creek Watershed Advisory Board, working with CSUSB’s Water Resources Institute; and in 2009, she was appointed to the county's Workforce Investment Board and served on the business resources, economic development, youth council, finance committees and was chair of the legislative committee.

To name a few of her accomplishments, Audrey was a consultant to several big eight accounting firms, such as Dean Witter Reynolds and KPMG and provided services to the Los Angeles Airport in management audits, and revenue bond sales. At Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, she served as a diversity management consultant and contractor for a $16 million new construction, renovation, and expansion project at Washington National and Dulles airports. Other clients included the National Academy for Public Administration, So. California Gas Company, and others.

Audrey was recognized locally and nationally for her dedication to teaching and public service. Her awards and honors include Who's Who in America, The World Who's Who of Women, and Certificates of Appreciation from American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Conference of Minority Public Administration (COMPA), and Society for Women and Public Administration (SWPA). She was the 1986 recipient of the Will Baughman Award for extended service to the Los Angeles Metropolitan chapter; in 1994, she received the Julia Henderson Award for service to the Section on Women in Public Administration; and in 1995, the prestigious Donald C. Stone National Service Award was given to Audrey for service to the public administration society. 

In 1997, Audrey received a Teaching Excellence award from the CSUSB, School of Business, and Public Administration, and in 2013 she received the Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) during their annual conference in New Orleans in March.  The organization honored Mathews for dedicating more than 35 years to public service in local and state governments as a professor, budget director, planning commissioner and consultant.


Dan Filadelfia

Dan Filadelfia

Dan Filadelfia passed away Monday, July 27, 2020. Dan was a member of the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction team for nearly 15 years. A CSUSB Alum, Dan served first as a student worker and then as a professional staff member in the department. Dan’s work initially focused on GIS and mapping for the campus; he later worked on project coordination for major and minor capital projects on campus. 

Dan’s passing was largely unexpected and is devastating for his friends and colleagues. Condolences are extended to Dan’s mother Donna, and his sister Sharon. 

Clark Molstad
Clark Molstad

The Passing of Dr. Clark Molstad

Dr. Clark Molstad passed away peacefully on June, 07th. Many members of the campus community will remember him fondly. Dr. Molstad completed a Ph.d from UCLA and he worked at CSUSB for over 25 years. He retired from the Management Department in 2010.  He taught very popular courses in Organizational Behavior, Industrial Relations and a variety of other Management Courses. He was also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association and a member of faculty council for the Water Resources Institute.  All of his students loved him and he was a wonderful colleague to all of us. Many faculty took advantage of meeting him for lunch discussions in the Commons after Clark retired.

Walter Hawkins
Walter Hawkins

Retired CSUSB administrator Walter Hawkins passes

Walter Hawkins, a member of the Cal State San Bernardino family who served as an administrator for 33 years in various university programs that included Upward Bound, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and the Research & Policy Analysis Office (RPAO), passed away on Nov. 18.

Hawkins joined CSUSB in September 1974 as the director of the Upward Bound program. He later became the director of the EOP. Under his leadership and determination to help students, and with the help of positive staff and support, the EOP accomplished several goals and developed a successful program. This included developing campus policies that were student-oriented, such as financial aid and housing; writing grants to expand services to students, which is known as Student Assistance in Learning (SAIL); and developing support systems with community organizations and parent groups.

Walter Hawkings, Lorraine Frost, Jean Peacock, Al Karnig

Hawkins and his wife, Jean Peacock, a CSUSB professor emeritus of psychology, were strong supporters of the university’s Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association (BFSSA) and its work with African-American students. The couple were honored by the BFSSA at its 2013 Pioneer Breakfast.

Hawkins was also an active member of the local community, serving as a member of the Westside Action Group, a nonprofit community organization.

If individuals are interested in making a gift in memory of Walter Hawkins, please make a check payable to the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation and reference Hawkins/Peacock Endowed Scholarship #P400261. Mail to:


Attn: Terri Carlos
Office of Philanthropic Giving
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Or a gift can be made online at Once on the site, follow the prompts under “I want my gift to support", choose 'To Select Multiple' and then list the Hawkins/Peacock #P400261 endowment, then follow the rest of the prompts.

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Michael Benton
Michael Benton

Michael Benton

Michael V. Benton is survived by his wife, Denise Benton of 40 years, and one daughter, Kimberlee Benton.  During Michael's 20+ years with CSUSB, the Department played critical roles in the opening of many buildings on campus, including moving the graduation process indoors from the front yawn.  supervising many custodians on the main, allow the second campus in Palm Desert.

Michael always found time to attend student events on campus.  He was one of the Advisors for the Gospel Choir on campus.  Community activities included supporting his Local church, community activities and singing for those who asked him to share his wonderful voice.  Michael was very active in the Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association during his years at CSUSB. He played a critical role in organizing and planning fundraising and scholarship events.

Denise Benton has provided this information for members of the CSUSB BFSSA community who are able to participate in Michael Benton's Homegoing.

Viewing 1:00-4:00 pm
Community Memorial Chapel
738 Highland Ave

Service 10:30 am
Community Memorial Chapel
738 Highland Ave
Service will be streamed- links to follow

Burial 1:00 pm
Montecito Memorial Park
Waterman and Barton Rd

Repast 2:00-5:00
Doubletree Hotel
Hospitality Lane

Dr. Lynne Diaz-Rico
Dr. Lynne Diaz-Rico

Dr. Lynne Diaz-Rico

Professor of English Education
College of Education/Department of Teacher Education & Foundations

Dr. Diaz-Rico passed away on June 24 at her Redlands home of pancreatic cancer. She was 73. She taught at CSUSB for over 30 years. She founded a successful master’s program in education,  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She was a past president of the California chapter of TESOL, a professional organization of more than 1,800 members.

She was the author of more than 50 publications including the definitive textbook for English as a second language instruction, “The Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Handbook: A Complete K-12 Reference Guide.” That textbook is now in its sixth edition. She also wrote “Strategies for Teaching English Learners.”

Dr. Diaz-Rico traveled extensively to deliver lectures and presentations. She possessed a deep knowledge of visual art and craft, European history and United States indigenous cultures. She wrote two volumes on the history and folklore of the Serrano people, a project commissioned by the San Manuel tribe located near Highland.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Philip Rico, her four children – Sandra Peacock, Eva Diaz, Daniel Diaz Thomas and Voltaire Rico along with five grandchildren.

A service commemorating her life and accomplishments was held June 30 at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel in Redlands.

Cita O. Jones
Cita O. Jones

Cita O. Jones

Cita O. Jones, a Cal State San Bernardino employee for 28 years, passed away on April 2, 2020 at age 72. Prior to retirement in 2008, Cita served as NCAA compliance coordinator for the CSUSB athletics department. 

She was hired in 1980 as a clerical assistant in the campus financial aid office. She joined the athletics department administration in 2000, then directed by former Athletic Director Nancy Simpson.

“It’s nice to have someone of strong ethical and moral character,” Simpson said of Cita in an interview with Koren Wetmore in the 2006-07 Fall-Winter edition of CSUSB Magazine. “You can’t teach that. She has it.”

Both students and staff complimented Cita on her knowledge of NCAA rules and guidelines for eligibility as well as her one-on-one work with students in making sure their grades kept them eligible and answering questions from coaches, staff and student-athletes on a variety of subjects.

Ashley Sodergren, at the time a member of the volleyball team, said of Cita, “she’s like a second coach. She knows about your grades, what you are going through and she’s easy to talk to. Everyone has a close bond with her.”

During her tenure in athletics, Cita was the advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and coordinated the organization’s involvement in the annual Read Across America project, seeing that student-athletes visited local elementary schools where they read to children and answered questions about their college experience and their career goals.

“Cita truly believes in the value of athletics for these kids,” said volleyball head coach Kim Cherniss.

Although no obituary was provided, arrangements for Cita were taken care of by Aaron Cremation and Burial of San Bernardino. Among her survivors are a son, Dino, and her longtime companion, Tony.

Alfredo Alva

Alfredo Alva 

Alfredo (Al ) Alva passed away on Sunday May 5, 2019.  Al was a member of the Facilities Management team for nearly 30 years, serving both the Grounds and Custodial departments. He spent most of that time working outdoors servicing the grounds near the Biological Sciences and Chemistry Sciences buildings. Most recently, he served as custodian of the Physical Education building. Al retired in March 2019.  

Al was a graduate of La Habra High School in Orange County. He is survived by his wife, Rose Alva, and his daughter, Austie Alva. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, 796 48th St., in San Bernardino. Later that day, a memorial reception will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.  

Ernie Paramo Sr.

Ernie Paramo Sr.

After 80 wonderful years, Ernie Paramo Sr., passed on February 25, 2018, surrounded by his family. Ernie grew up in East Highland and graduated from Redlands High School in 1956. He enjoyed playing many sports, but baseball was his passion. He played for AAA Seattle Rainier’s in 1956. He was an excellent coach and mentor of area youth for 25 years.  

Ernie worked for the City of San Bernardino for 20 years, before retiring from CSUSB after 18 years as the Physical Plant Automotive Supervisor. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Adelaide Catholic Church. Ernie is survived by the love of his life for 60 years, Theresa Paramo. He is also survived by his five children: son Ernest (Andrea)of Highland; daughter Jeannette (Dr. John) Steinmann of Redlands; son Patrick (Corina) of Highland; daughter Renee Paramo of Highland; and son Steven (Evette) of Highland. He will be greatly missed by his 20 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Ernie is also survived by his brothers, Sam, Mandy and Jack Paramo, as well as two sisters, Rose Mainez and Emily Guitron. Brothers Tony and David Paramo preceded Ernie in death.