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Welcome to the Division of Student Affairs E-Newsletter! This newsletter was created to share what is taking place in the division and give an inside look into our departments, programs, and services.

Over 25 departments make up the Division of Student Affairs, from housing to student engagement, career services to counseling, the student union to athletics, and so much more. We look forward to sharing information about the division, as well as highlighting division news and key events.

Winter 2023 Issue

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Career Center Prepares Students for HACU Conference

Twenty CSUSB students traveled to the 37th annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conference held Oct. 28-30 in Chicago.

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Students Attend Third Annual Latina Leaders Actualizing Agency Conference

The third annual Latina Leaders Actualizing Agency Conference was held on Nov. 17. This year, 76 participants attended the conference.

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Get to Know Roderick Figgs

Roderick Figgs is the Director of Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program). He worked at the University of California, Riverside, for nine years before joining the Coyote family in 2015. 

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Meet Basic Needs and Student Support Graduate Intern Stacy Ann Cameron-Roberts

Stacy Ann Cameron-Roberts is an international graduate student majoring in Nutritional Science and Dietetics and a graduate intern in the Basic Needs and Student Support department.

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Dr. Jess Nerren Takes on New Role as Faculty Inclusion Fellow

Dr. Jess Nerren serves as the first Faculty Inclusion Fellow for Disability, Difference, and Accommodation. The new role was created at CSUSB and is the first of its kind in the California State University system. 

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LatinX Center Coordinator Debanhi Escobar Creates Inclusive Space for CSUSB Students

Debanhi Escobar is the Coordinator of the LatinX Center in the Santos Manuel Student Union. Her career in higher education began at Pasadena City College, where she has worked for 12 years and has held a variety of roles.

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Students Network with 71 Employers at Fall Career and Internship Fair

The Career Center hosted its annual Fall Career and Internship Fair on Oct. 5. More than 270 CSUSB students attended the event.

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Cal-SOAP Provides Students with Academic and Support Services

Cal-SOAP is one of 25-plus departments in the Division of Student Affairs. The college access and readiness program improves the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels.

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Program Board's Cosmic Coyote Attracts Over 700 Students 

More than 700 students came out to Cosmic Coyote on Nov. 3 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) North. Program Board hosted the event to help students relax, bond, and forge connections with their fellow Yotes.

September 2023 Issue

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Student Affairs Hosts Tea with the VP and Road Show

Great turnout at latest Tea with the VP and Student Affairs Road Show at the San Bernardino campus.

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Student Affairs Welcomes Services to Students with Disabilities Director Lori Palmerton

Meet Lori Palmerton. She joined the Coyote family in June as the Director of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD). Cal State San Bernardino is the fourth California State University she has worked at.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

CSUSB will host events that celebrate the culture, traditions, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx communities Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Student Affairs is proud to participate in the celebration by hosting and collaborating on events.

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2,500 Students Attend Annual Late Night

Students, faculty, and staff were invited to the annual Late Night event hosted by The Recreation and Wellness Department on Aug. 25 from 7-11 p.m. The back to school event kicked off fall at CSUSB and engaged students with clubs.

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SMSU Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair

Angelica Agudo is the Chair of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) board of directors. She helps oversee the SMSU and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Services to Students with Disabilities Removes Barriers for Students

Services to Students with Disabilities is one of 25-plus departments in the Division of Student Affairs. The department provides accommodations to students at the Palm Desert and San Bernardino campuses who have short- or long-term disabilities.

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CSUSB Alumni Serves as Academic Coach for SAIL

James Leduc took on his new role as the Academic Coach for the Student Assistance in Learning (SAIL) program in August. In his role, James provides individual and group academic coaching to students.

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John Burton Advocates for Youth Helps EOP Students Succeed

Since 2013, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and EOP Renaissance Scholars Program have partnered with John Burton Advocates for Youth and received its Burton Critical Needs and Opportunity Fund award.

Summer 2023 Issue

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Large Turnout for Annual Student Affairs Staff Development Conference

The sixth annual Division of Student Affairs Staff Development Conference was held on Aug. 11. This year was another great turnout with nearly 200 Student Affairs professionals and paraprofessionals in attendance.

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DSA Student Ambassadors Kickoff Fall with New Members

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Student Ambassadors program launched in fall 2022 with a total of six DSA Student Ambassadors. This fall, the team has expanded and added four new members.

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CSUSB Welcomes CAPS Director Dr. Jennifer Moulton

Dr. Jennifer Moulton is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. She joined the Coyote family in April 2023 and brings with her a wealth of higher education experience.

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Student Affairs Welcomes Thousands of New Students to CSUSB at Orientation

This summer, the Division of Student Affairs helped welcome 4,301 new Yotes to campus with the Student Affairs Department Showcase that was held during Orientation at CSUSB on the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses.

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Get to Know ASI President Carson Fajardo

Meet Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Carson Fajardo! He is a third-year Administration major with a concentration in Management. Carson became involved with ASI in October 2022, serving as the housing representative on the board of directors. 

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EOP Students Awarded Ramos Family Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Ramos Family Endowed Scholarship Fund was awarded to three CSUSB students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The award recipients were honored at the third annual Ramos Family Endowed Scholarship Luncheon on April 14.

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Baseball and Track and Field have Historic Seasons

The CSUSB baseball and track and field teams closed out their seasons with record-breaking performances.

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Meet Vanessa Hinostroza

Vanessa Hinostroza is the Communications and Social Media Specialist for the Santos Manuel Student Union. In her role, she oversees the social media content for the SMSU, Recreation and Wellness, and Esports. 

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CAPS Provides Mental Health Services to Students

Counseling and Psychological Services is one of 25-plus departments in the Division of Student Affairs. CAPS offers a wide range of services to support students. These services include individual and couples counseling, group therapy, and workshops.

May 2023 Issue

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Spring Town Hall Attracts Record Crowd

The Division of Student Affairs held its spring Town Hall on April 20. Approximately 140 Student Affairs staff and administrators were in attendance.

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Meet Lead Program Coordinator Leigh Connell 

Leigh Connell is the Lead Program Coordinator for the WorkAbility IV (WA-IV) program. She joined the Coyote family in 2006 and has worked in higher education for more than 20 years.

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DSA Student Ambassadors Support VPSA Office and Educate Yotes About Campus Resources

The Division of Student Affairs Student Ambassadors program launched in the fall of 2022 with a total of six DSA Student Ambassadors.

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Big Year for CSUSB Athletics 

This year, Athletics had record-breaking seasons in the different sports programs and welcomed new leadership.

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Commencement Season Has Arrived at CSUSB

The class of 2023 celebrated earning their degrees this month. Commencement season officially kicked off in early May with the celebration of CSUSB’s affinity graduation ceremonies and concluded on May 20.  

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Get to Know Student Gema Pena

Gema Pena is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in Counseling and Helping Professions at Cal State San Bernardino. She is a San Bernardino native and first-generation student who is passionate about education and helping students succeed.

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Black Scholars Program Provides Students Academic Support and Community

The Black Scholars Program provides academic support while helping students graduate and earn their degrees.

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Students Come Out for Tea with the VP

Great turnout at Tea with the VP held on April 18 during Coyote Hour from 12-1 p.m. More than 95 students attended the event.

April 2023 Issue

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Student Affairs Celebrates Cultural Diversity with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 

CSUSB hosted multiple events in April to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month. Student Affairs was proud to participate in the celebration by hosting and collaborating on events with campus partners.

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ASI’s Graphic Department Provides Design Services to Student Clubs and Organizations

The Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Graphics Department provides graphic design services for chartered student organizations and clubs at CSUSB. The team consists of three graphic design student assistants. 

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VPSA Office and DSA Student Ambassadors Celebrate Student Employees

In celebration of National Student Employee Appreciation Week held April 9-15, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) and Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Student Ambassadors hosted events to recognize student employees at CSUSB.

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Veterans Success Center Provides Support and Resources to Students

The Veterans Success Center (VSC) is a one-stop shop for CSUSB student veterans, service members, and their families.

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CSUSB Alumni Serves as Career Center Associate Director

Dr. Ann Lara is the Associate Director of the Career Center at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses. She began her role in August 2022 and brings more than 15 years of experience in university career services.

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CSUSB Honors Men’s Basketball Team with Block Party

CSUSB celebrated the men’s basketball team’s recording-breaking season with a block party on April 6 at University Hall Plaza.

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Meet Pan-African Student Success Center Interim Coordinator Roryana Bowman

Roryana Bowman’s path to her role as interim coordinator for the Pan-African Student Success Center was an unexpected journey for the Ohio native. 

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Get to Know Graduate Student Elmer Gutierrez

Elmer Gutierrez is a Graduate Student employee for operations and risk management at The Recreation and Wellness Department, where he has worked for four years.

March 2023 Issue

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PDC Students Learn About Resources at Road Show and Tea with the VP

The Student Affairs Road Show and Tea with the VP took place at the Palm Desert Campus on March 16. Students were able to attend both events back-to-back with Tea with the VP at 10 a.m., followed by the Road Show at 11 a.m. 

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CSUSB Welcomes Women's Resource Center Coordinator Navneet Singh

Navneet Singh was a student assistant at the Women's Resource Center (WRC) for a year before she transitioned to her current role as coordinator in October 2022.  

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Children’s Center and Infant/Toddler Lab School Provide Child Care Services to CSUSB Parents

The Children's Center's and Infant/Toddler Lab School enables parents of young children to attend CSUSB by providing a preschool program and child care in a nurturing environment that supports children.

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Get to Know Graduate Student Rhianna Norlund 

Meet Rhianna Nordlund! She is a CSUSB alumni who graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is currently in the CSUSB Social Work graduate program.  

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Undocumented Student Success Center Peer Mentors Connect Students to Resources  

The Undocumented Student Success Center peer mentor program officially relaunched in fall and consists of student leaders who are trained on the resources that are most helpful to CSUSB undocumented students.

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Meet EOC Director Fernando Marquez 

Fernando Marquez is the director of the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). He joined the Coyote family in April 2022. Prior to CSUSB, Fernando worked at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, as an Admissions Counselor.  

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Student Affairs Celebrates Womxn’s History Month 

In March, CSUSB celebrated Womxn’s History Month with a variety of virtual and in-person events in honor of the courage, accomplishments, and triumphs of women throughout the years.

February 2023 Issue

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Students Turn Out for Tea with the VP and Road Show Events

February attracted a record number of students at Tea with the VP and the Student Affairs Road Show held on Feb. 15-16, respectively. More than 350 students lined up to learn about the division and grab a free In-N-Out lunch at the Road Show.

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CSUSB Welcomes Flavio Paniagua-Navarro

Flavio Paniagua-Navarro is the Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout February, CSUSB hosted a variety of in-person and virtual events to celebrate Black History Month. The month-long celebration highlighted the culture, heritage, achievements, and resiliency of the African American community.

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Meet Interim Rancho Mirage Student Center Coordinator Sasha Baltazar

Sasha Baltazar joined the Coyote family in 2018 as a student volunteer her freshman year at CSUSB. As the interim Rancho Mirage Student Center Coordinator, Sasha oversees a team of seven student assistants and hosts events at the Palm Desert campus. 

Dr. Paz Olivérez
Student Affairs Host Third Event in Professional Development Series

Student Affairs held the third event in the professional development series of keynote and workshop sessions with authors of the book “Creating Sustainable Careers in Student Affairs” on Feb. 8.

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SAIL Provides Academic Support and Guidance Services to CSUSB Students

The Student Assistance in Learning (SAIL) program is one of 25-plus departments in the Division of Student Affairs. It is a Student Support Services (SSS) project that is part of the federally-funded TRIO family.

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Get to Know Graduate Student Beyza Aktepe

Beyza Aktepe is an international graduate student from Turkey who is majoring in Nutritional Science and a graduate intern in the Basic Needs and Student Support department.

January 2023 Issue

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CSUSB Athletics Welcomes New External Relations Team

Cal State San Bernardino Athletics was excited to welcome three new members to its administrative staff – Alex Kline, Madeline Luna, and Jalyn Hayes.

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Get to Know Kyrah Frank

Meet Kyrah Frank! She is graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in sociology. During her time at CSUSB, Kyrah has been involved on campus.

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Meet Campus Survivor Advocate Claudia Ochoa

As the Campus Survivor Advocate, Claudia provides support and resources to survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, harassment, and stalking.

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Sonia Martinez Helps Get Fitness Court Built Near CSUSB

Sonia Martinez, Recreation and Wellness Well-Being Coordinator for the Retreat, played an instrumental role in getting a Fitness Court built at Blair Park in San Bernardino only a few miles away from campus.

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Basic Needs Program Expands to New Department

The Basic Needs program has expanded to the new department of Basic Needs and Student Support.

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Student Affairs Welcomes ASI Executive Director Michael Rister 

The Division of Student Affairs welcomes Michael Rister as the new Executive Director of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).

December 2022 Issue

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Student Affairs Hosts 2nd Annual Latina Leaders Actualizing Agency Conference

Another great turnout at the 2nd annual Latina Leaders Actualizing Agency Conference held on Nov. 4 at CSUSB. The campus community heard from Latina leaders and networked with fellow faculty, staff, and students.

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Division of Student Affairs Celebrates the Holidays

The Division of Student Affairs held a week of holiday festivities with Jingle and Mingle, a posadas celebration, held Dec. 12-14, and our annual PDC Winter Gathering concluded the celebrations on Dec. 15.

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Students Attend Tea with the VP at San Bernardino campus

Tea with the VP took place on Dec. 6 during Coyote Hour from 12-1 p.m. at CSUSB. The event provided students the opportunity to meet Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Paz Olivérez and learn about the division.

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Town Hall Draws Large and Engaged Audience of Student Affairs Professionals

More than 100 Student Affairs staff and administrators attended the fall Town Hall on Nov. 3. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Paz Olivérez shared division updates and progress on the Student Affairs Strategic Plan.

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Undocumented Student Success Center Hosts Dinner for CSUSB and Local Community Partners

The Undocumented Student Success Center hosted a dinner on Dec. 7 for 80 community partners and CSUSB students, staff, and faculty to share semester highlights, recognize the President’s USSC advisory board, and celebrate its fall graduating students.

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Get to Know CSUSB Alumni Johnny Arredondo

Meet Johnny Arredondo! A CSUSB alumni from the Palm Desert Campus (PDC). Johnny graduated this fall, earning a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a concentration in relational and organizational communication.

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Student Affairs Welcomes Case Management Specialist Anais Otero

Meet Anais Otero! She is the Case Management Specialist in the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. Anais joined the Coyote family in October.

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Meet PDC Interim Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Avi Rodriguez

Avi Rodriguez has been part of the Coyote family for 12 years and has held a variety of roles at the Palm Desert Campus.

November 2022 Issue

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CSUSB Welcomes Campus and Local Community to Homecoming

CSUSB celebrated the most anticipated event of the fall, Homecoming Week, Oct. 17-22. Homecoming brought together CSUSB students, faculty, and staff and welcomed alumni back to campus in celebration of Coyote Pride.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Cultures and Identities

This fall, CSUSB celebrated diversity and inclusion by sharing the different cultures and identities that make up the Coyote family. Each month featured events and stories to honor one another and learn about our unique differences.

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PDC Students Make Connections at Road Show and Tea with the VP

Palm Desert Campus was the latest stop for the Student Affairs Road Show and Tea with the VP on October 13. Students were able to attend both events back-to-back.

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Get to Know PDC Physical and Visual Disabilities Specialist Rosie Garza

Meet Rosie Garza! She is the Physical and Visual Disabilities Specialist at the Palm Desert campus for Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD). She joined the Coyote family in 2004 and has held different roles in SSD and Workability IV.

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Peer Health Educators Promote Health and Wellness at CSUSB

Through training and mentoring, the peer health educators learn about critical health-related topics and develop skills to design and facilitate health promotion and disease prevention programs.

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Office of Student Engagement Expands Services and Changes Name

The Office of Student Engagement officially changed its name on Aug. 22 to better reflect its new charge and expanding services.

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Students Attend Annual HACU Conference

The Career Center prepared 70 students for the 36th annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference (HACU) held on Oct. 8-10 in San Diego by providing a variety of professional development activities prior to the event. 

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CSUSB Welcomes First Peoples’ Center Coordinator Carlos "Two Bears" Gonzales

Meet Carlos "Two Bears" Gonzales! He joined the Coyote family in August as the Coordinator of the First Peoples’ Center.

October 2022 Issue

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Student Affairs Road Show Attracts Another Record Crowd

Another great turnout at the Student Affairs Road Show on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 12-1:30 p.m. The event took place at Coyote Walk, where students came out to learn about the division and grab free lunch.

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Get to Know Basic Needs and Student Support Director Dr. Terri Anderson

Dr. Terri Anderson joined the Coyote family in August. She is the new Director of Basic Needs and Student Support. Dr. Anderson has worked in a variety of roles in the community college and California State University systems.

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Veterans Success Center Ranks Best for Vets

The annual Military Times list has once again ranked the Veterans Success Center as a Best for Vets: College for the eighth year in a row. This year, the VSC earned the number 10 spot.

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Meet SMSU Marketing Manager Jared Fisk

Jared Fisk joined the Coyote family in August 2020 as a graphic design student assistant in the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) before taking on his current role as Marketing Manager in the department.

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CSUSB Selected to Participate in Statewide Program College Corps

Cal State San Bernardino was selected as one of 45 partner campuses to participate in the statewide #CaliforniansforAll College Corps program that combines academic and hands-on work experience.

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Students Gain Leadership Experience with Residence Hall Association

Students who live on campus can get involved and gain leadership experience by participating in the Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA is the student government for CSUSB’s residential communities.

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CSUSB and Student Affairs Partner with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Host Events Honoring Indigenous People

CSUSB and the Division of Student Affairs partnered with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to honor indigenous people, learn about Native American culture, and reflect on their traditions in a series of events held at Cal State San Bernardino.

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SMSU Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair

Meet Alexandra Thambi! She is the Chair of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) board of directors. Alexandra helps to oversee the SMSU and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Summer 2022 Issue

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Spirit Days Kickoff This Fall

Get ready for school spirit this fall with the launch of Spirit Days at CSUSB every Thursday during Coyote Hour from 12-12:50 p.m.

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CSUSB Receives $2 Million Grant for College Assistance Migrant Program

Cal State San Bernardino was awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to assist migrant/farmworkers or their children stay in college.

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200 Student Affairs Professionals Attend Annual Staff Development Conference

The annual Division of Student Affairs Staff Development Conference was held on Aug. 12. The event had a great turnout with 200 Student Affairs professionals and paraprofessionals in attendance.

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Your University Student and Family Transition Program Welcomes Students to CSUSB

The Division of Student Affairs welcomed the inaugural cohort of the Your University Student and Family Transition Program held Aug. 16-17. The free two-day program was for incoming first-year, historically underserved students and their guests/families.

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Get to Know the ASI President

Meet Paola Galvez! She is the new Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President. Paola, a fourth-year mathematics major and philosophical logic minor, held multiple positions in ASI before earning her presidency.

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Pre-College Programs Prepare Students for College

Student Affairs hosted programs in the summer to help prepare students for college.

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Summer Bridge Program Helps Students Transition to CSUSB

The Summer Bridge Program for new CSUSB Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) freshmen was held June 20-July 13. The four-week program was to help students get acclimated to the university.

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Meet Career Center Director Dr. Tiffany Bitting

Dr. Tiffany Bitting is the Director of the Career Center at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses. She joined the Coyote family in July and brings with her a wealth of experience.

May 2022 Issue

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Students Participate in Graduation Celebrations 

Commencement season officially kickoff in early May with the celebration of CSUSB’s affinity graduation ceremonies and will conclude on May 22. 

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Coyote Fest Returns to CSUSB With 4,000 Students in Attendance

The annual Coyote Fest returned to CSUSB after a two-year hiatus from campus due to the pandemic. The event took place on Friday, May 6, from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. in the Athletic Fields.

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Student Affairs Creates Professional Development Series

Student Affairs kicked off a professional development series on April 27 to engage division staff and administrators with workshops that cover a variety of topics.

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First Star Academy Provides Foster Youth Mentorship and Support

First Star Academy is a Pre-College Program and one of 21-plus departments in Student Affairs.

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Services to Students with Disabilities Creates Writer’s Group to Foster Student Creativity

​​​​​​​Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD) created a student writer’s group in January that is led by student employee lead MaKelsey Sibille.

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CSUSB Students Attend National Business Women Association’s LEILA Awards

The National Latina Business Women Association Inland Empire Institute (NLBWA-IE) hosted its annual LEILA Awards gala on May 6.

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Former ASI President Serves as Interim Executive Director of Department

Alfredo Barcenas joined the Coyote family in 2011 as an undergraduate student before becoming a staff member in 2016 in Associated Students Incorporated, where he has held a variety of positions.

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Program Board Engages Students with Entertainment-Oriented Events

The Santos Manuel Student Union Program Board promotes a sense of community at CSUSB through exciting, entertainment-oriented events, such as dances, games shows, and end-of-the-year party Coyote Fest.

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Meet PDC Counselor Susan Lilly 

Susan Lilly is the Counselor at the Palm Desert Campus. She joined the Coyote family in February 2013 at the San Bernardino campus before heading to PDC in 2015. 

April 2022 Issue

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Record Turnout at Student Affairs Road Show

Students were lining up to learn about the division and grab free lunch at the Student Affairs Road Show at CSUSB.

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Educational Opportunity Center Joins Student Affairs

A new department has joined the division. The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is now one of 21-plus departments in Student Affairs. EOC is CSUSB’s first federal TRIO program specifically targeting students in the Coachella Valley.

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PDC Career Counselor Recognized for Empowering Students

Oscar Fonseca is the Career Counselor at the Palm Desert Campus. He joined the Coyote family nearly three years ago. However, he has worked collaboratively with his colleagues at PDC for 10 years through various roles.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 

Throughout April, CSUSB hosted a number of virtual and in-person events to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month. Student Affairs was proud to participate in the celebration.

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Meet Associate Dean of Students Lisa Root 

Lisa Root joined the Coyote family in May 2016 and has worked in higher education for more than 20 years.

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Leadership Lab Opens at CSUSB

The Office of Student Engagement's Leadership Lab officially opened on February 21 and was utilized as an activity space during the SMSU North grand opening on March 17.

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Students Gain Hands-On Experience with Children’s Center Internships

The Children’s Center and Infant Toddler Lab is one of 21-plus departments in Student Affairs. The department provides CSUSB students internship opportunities during the academic year. 

March 2022 Issue

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Santos Manuel Student Union North Officially Opens

The campus and local community came out to support the grand opening of the Santos Manuel Student Union North on Thursday, March 17. It was a day many had been looking forward to since the SMSU broke ground on the expansion in July 2019. 

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Coyote Hour Howl at CSUSB

If you thought you heard a coyote howl on campus the past few weeks, you did! The Coyote Hour Howl kicked off on Feb. 22 at the first in-person Coyote Hour event of the semester.

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Get to Know Agustin Ramirez

He is the Director of the Veterans Success Center. Agustin joined the Coyote family 15 years ago, starting off as a student assistant in the Office of the Registrar.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Womxn’s History Month

In March, Womxn’s History Month kicked off at CSUSB with a number of virtual and in-person events in honor of the courage, accomplishments, and triumphs of women throughout the years.

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Meet Laura Muñoz

She is the new Desktop Publisher and Graphic Specialist in the Vice President’s Office for Student Affairs. Laura joined the Coyote family in February.

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Student Team Leads Marketing Efforts in Recreation and Wellness

Recreation and Wellness is an auxiliary unit of the Santos Manuel Student Union and one of the 21+ departments in Student Affairs. Its student marketing team is responsible for creating campaigns and promoting events.

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A Conversation with Judith Heumann: Students, Disability Rights, and Social Justice

Services to Students with Disabilities hosted A Conversation with Judith Heumann: Students, Disability Rights, and Social Justice on Feb. 3. Judith is an internationally recognized disability activist.

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Paraprofessionals Help CSUSB Host NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament

On March 11, 12, and 14, CSUSB hosted the first three rounds of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament inside Coussoulis Arena. The undertaking was a massive one requiring a student staff of 40 paraprofessionals taking on a variety of roles.

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DHRE Provides Students Leadership and Employment Opportunities

The Department of Housing and Residential Education provides students a home away from home. While living on campus, students have the unique opportunity to explore who they are in a supportive, inclusive community of other students, faculty, and staff.

February 2022 Issue

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Shawn Chin-Farrell Serving on NCAA Division II Management Council

CSUSB Director of Athletics Shawn Chin-Farrell recently accepted the nomination to serve on the NCAA Division II Management Council. The Management Council is charged with recommending administrative policies and regulations that govern the division.

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Get to Know Jairo Leon

He is the new director for the Undocumented Student Success Center. He joined the Coyote family on Jan. 31. As director, “My primary responsibility is to amplify the undocumented experience here at CSU San Bernardino,” said Jairo.

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Student Mentors Help Yotes Adjust to College Life

The academic mentors program was created five years ago to help CSUSB students transition to college life, while living on campus.

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Meet Ashley Howard

She is the Black Scholars Program Academic Advisor. Ashley joined the Coyote family in 2018 and brought with her a wealth of experience, previously having positions at Cal Baptist University and Azusa Pacific University.

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OSE is One-Stop Shop for Student Engagement and Involvement

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is one of 21-plus departments in Student Affairs. The department helps students get involved on campus by providing social and co-curricular opportunities throughout the year.

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Yotes Celebrate SMSU North Grand Opening

Join us for the Santos Manuel Student Union North ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 17, from 11am-12pm. The grand-opening festivities will take place after the ribbon-cutting from 12-2 p.m.

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Student Affairs Welcomes New Elder-in-Residence Robert Levi to CSUSB

Student Affairs welcomes Robert Levi to CSUSB as the inaugural Elder in Residence and special consultant. In this role, Mr. Levi will sit on a variety of committees to support the work CSUSB conducts in relation to Native/Indigenous people.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month kicked off in February and will be celebrated at CSUSB with a variety of virtual events in honor of the accomplishments made by African Americans.