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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 21 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.

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.

January 2022 Issue

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CSUSB Helps Yotes Get Boosted

The CSU has announced new Covid health and safety requirements for the spring 2022 semester. CSUSB will provide Booster clinics beginning in February at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses to ensure students can meet the requirements.

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Get to know Tanika Gardner!

She is the Director of Educational Talent Search (ETS), a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education designed to help middle and high school students continue to the next grade level, graduate from high school, and enroll in and complete college.

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Peer Career Educators Provide Career Development Assistance to Students

The Career Center's peer career educators program was created in 2018 and provides students with career education and development assistance. The peer career educators are trained to support students with resumes and cover letters.

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Osher Adult Re-Entry Center Serves As Bridge for Adult/Transfer Students

The Osher Adult Re-Entry Center (OARC) provides resources for adult re-entry students to help them get the most out of their college experience. In addition, it serves as a bridge for adult/transfer students.

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Meet Tyler Swanson!

She is the PDC Employment and Job Development Coordinator for Workability IV (WA-IV). Tyler provides WA-IV students at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus career counseling in employment preparation and job development, placement, and retention services.

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Student Health Center Provides Yotes First Aid and Out-Patient Care Services

The Student Health Center (SHC) is one of 21-plus departments in the Division of Student Affairs. The center is fully accredited and has a team of healthcare professionals who are passionate about students’ health and well-being.

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Student Affairs Celebrates End of Fall at PDC Winter Gathering

The Division of Student Affairs Winter Gathering was held at the Palm Desert Campus on Dec. 16 from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the end of fall and the beginning of the holiday season. Attendees enjoyed food, games, and giveaways.

December 2021 Issue

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Reminder: Don't Forget to Pick Up Your Coyote Pride T-shirt

All students (regardless of vaccination status) who completed the COVID-19 Self-Certification form on the myCoyote portal are eligible for a free Coyote Pride t-shirt. 

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Student Affairs Hosts Inaugural Latina Leaders Actualizing Agency Conference

The inaugural Latina Leaders Actualizing Agency Conference was held on Nov. 19 in the SMSU Events Center at CSUSB. The campus community heard from Latina leaders and networked with fellow faculty, staff, and students.

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CSUSB Alumnus Serves University for 16 Years

Meet Jesse Felix! He is the Interim Executive Director of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) and Recreation and Wellness Center. Jesse joined the Coyote family in 2005 and has worked in higher education for 16 years.

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Queer and Transgender Resource Center Provides Inclusive Space for Campus Community

The Santos Manuel Student Union Queer and Transgender Resource Center is an inclusive and supportive space for the campus community, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex students and their allies. 

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ASI Encourages Students to Get Involved at CSUSB

The Associated Students, Incorporated is the recognized voice of the student body and represents the interests, needs, and concerns of CSUSB students.

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Get to Know Francisco Alfaro

Meet Francisco Alfaro! He is the Rancho Mirage Student Center Coordinator. Francisco has served CSUSB in a variety of roles at both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses.

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Undocumented Student Success Center Peer Mentors Help Students Navigate Classes

In spring 2020, Undocumented Student Success Center (USSC) peer mentors were established as part of the Catalyst grant. Peer mentors are instrumental in keeping students engaged and informed about the USSC programming.

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Campus Advocate Helps Get Denim Day Act of 2021 Passed Into Law

CSUSB Campus Advocate Cortni Ty Alexander helped the Denim Day Act of 2021, also referred to as Assembly Bill 939, get passed into law in California.

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Tea with the VP Engages Students at San Bernardino Campus

Tea with the VP took place on Nov. 16 at CSUSB. The event provided students the opportunity to meet Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Paz Olivérez, learn about the division, and share how we can support them on their educational journey.

October/November 2021 Issue

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Reminder: Don't Forget to Pick Up Your Coyote Pride T-shirt

All students (regardless of vaccination status) who completed the COVID-19 Self-Certification form on the myCoyote portal are eligible for a free Coyote Pride t-shirt. 

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Division Launches 2021-24 Strategic Plan

While many campuses put key initiatives on hold due to the global pandemic, the Division of Student Affairs moved forward with a strategic planning process that it had set the stage for in late 2019 and early 2020.

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Get to Know the Chair of the SMSU Board of Directors

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

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Students Use Talents to Inform Yotes about Events and Resources

SMSU Graphics team of student assistants use their talents to inform Yotes about the programs, resources, services, and events at CSUSB.

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Tea with the VP and Road Show Introduce PDC Students to Programs and Services

Tea with the VP and the Student Affairs Road Show kicked off this fall at the Palm Desert Campus on Thursday, Oct. 7. Students were able to attend both events back-to-back. Tea with the VP took place first at 10 a.m., followed by the Road Show at 11 a.m.

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Women's Resource Center Provides an Inclusive Space for Students

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. It is a place for students to gather, gain support, and learn tools for social change.

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EOP Program Helps Students Succeed at CSUSB

The EOP program is one of 21+ departments in Student Affairs. It helps historically low-income, underrepresented, disadvantaged students succeed at CSUSB by providing support services.

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Get to Know the PDC Associate Dean

Meet Dr.  Anissa Rogers! She is the Associate Dean at the Palm Desert Campus. She joined the Coyote family in 2019. With more than 25 years of higher education experience, she is a veteran educator and administrator.

September 2021 Issue

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All Self-Certified Students Eligible for Free Coyote Pride T-shirt & Vaccinated Students Eligible for Other Prizes

All students (regardless of vaccination status) who completed the COVID-19 Self-Certification form on the myCoyote portal are eligible for a free Coyote Pride t-shirt. All vaccinated students are entered for a chance to win prizes.

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Student Ambassadors Help Yotes Receive Basic Needs Assistance

Basic Needs is one of 21-plus departments in Student Affairs that provides services and resources to students. The department is broken down into four key areas: student wellness and food insecurity, housing insecurity, and financial security programs.

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Student-Athletes Return to Competition

The return to campus marked the return to competition for our CSUSB student-athletes who were sidelined due to the pandemic. This fall, four teams will be competing: women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer.

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Students Find Community and Support at Pan-African Center

The Pan-African Student Success Center opened its doors in 2016 and became a place for students to get together, find community, study during breaks, and meet with student organizations.

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Virtual Career Fair Provides Job Opportunities to Students

Looking for a job or internship? Want to attend graduate school? Check out the Career Center’s virtual Career Fair on Oct. 21 from 1-4 p.m. There you’ll meet top employers and universities looking to fill those roles.

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Alumni Turned Staff Member Helps Students Succeed in SAIL

Meet Victoria Argot! She is the Counseling Supervisor in the Student Assistance in Learning (SAIL) program, which is a TRiO Student Support Services grant that has served nearly 5,000 students at CSUSB. 

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Get to Know Your ASI President

Meet Daisy Ramos Gomez! She is the new Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President. In this role, she advocates for all students at the local, state, and federal levels, making sure student voices are being heard at every table.

Leading the Pack: Awards and Recognition

Recognizing the achievements of Student Affairs staff, administrators, and teams.

December 2020 Issue

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Coyote Cares Day Allows Participants to Make a Difference From Home

This year, Coyote Cares Day was held virtually Oct. 19-24, allowing participants to make a difference from home. Student Affairs came out to support and help raise money for the charity Feeding America by participating in the virtual 5K.

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Veterans Success Center Donates Gift Cards to Families in Need for Thanksgiving

The Veterans Success Center hosted its annual Thanksgiving Giveaway. The department was able to provide CSUSB students who currently serve or have served in the military with grocery gift cards for Thanksgiving.

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Long Time Cal State Professional Leads Recreation and Wellness

Meet Vilayat Del Rossi! He is the director of Recreation and Wellness. Del Rossi joined the Coyote family in 2017 and has worked in the Cal State system for 16 years, previously working at both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Long Beach.

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Upward Bound Continues to Build Pipeline to Higher Ed Virtually for Local Students

All 21-plus departments in Student Affairs are available to students virtually, including Upward Bound. The department will continue to offer all of their regular services, just remotely.

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Seasoned Student Affairs Professional Earns President’s Outstanding Employee Award

Meet Natalie Cleary! She is the Basic Needs coordinator and a recent recipient of the President’s Outstanding Employee Award. Cleary received the award in August at this year’s Convocation.

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Students Collaborate to Create Dish It Out Event

The student-led event Dish It Out was held Oct. 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month and and Pilipinx American History Month.

Leading the Pack: Awards and Recognition

Recognizing the achievements of Student Affairs staff, administrators, and teams.

November 2020 Issue

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CSUSB Celebrates Most Anticipated Event of Fall, Homecoming

Homecoming@Home kicked off virtually Oct. 12-17. Student Affairs helped lead the charge by hosting events throughout the week for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community.

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CSUSB Relives Volleyball Championship at Homecoming Watch Party

CSUSB Athletics relived the greatest accomplishment in department history with an interactive watch party of the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship as part of CSUSB’s Homecoming@Home on Facebook Live on Oct. 16. 

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Study Spaces Available for Students on Campus

In a recent survey, 33% of students shared that they needed a place to study and/or attend virtual courses. In response to this demand, CSUSB has created several spaces that can be reserved and used by students for on-campus study.

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CSUSB Welcomes New AVP of Student Success and Educational Equity

Let's welcome Dr. Molly Springer! She is our new Associate Vice President of Student Success and Educational Equity at CSUSB. Dr. Springer joined the Coyote family in August.

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Professional Development Opportunity for Students Only a Click Away

All 21-plus departments in Student Affairs are available to students virtually, including  the Career Center. The department will continue to offer all of their regular services, just remotely.

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Barragan-Arreguin Earns President’s Outstanding Employee Award

Meet Maria Barragan-Arreguin! She is the coordinator for the Undocumented Student Success Center and a recent recipient of the President’s Outstanding Employee Award. Barragen-Arreguin received the award in August at this year’s Convocation.

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Fellowship Program Provides Students Professional Development

Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) named CSUSB’s Inland Empire Fellowship Program as the recipient for the 2020 Innovation Award, which will be used to recruit and train 22 academic fellows per academic year.

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Get to Know the Chair of the SMSU Board of Directors

Meet Elizabeth Corella! She is the Chair of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) board of directors. As chair, Corella meets with CSUSB administrators regularly and serves as a bridge them and students.

October 2020 Issue

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Check Out Coyote Connection – The Hub for Student Life

Check out the Coyote Connection events happening all year long, featuring the brand-new Coyote Hour, a designated time each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 12-12:50 p.m. when most students have no classes scheduled.

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VOICE Program Advocates for Students

This month, we will highlight the student program VOICE. VOICE peer educators are students who use prevention education to reduce the number of their peers impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.

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CSUSB Welcomes New Dean of Students

Let's welcome Dr. Daria Graham! She is our new Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at CSUSB. Dr. Graham joined the Coyote family in July.

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Virtual Mental Health Support Right at Your Fingertips

All 21-plus departments in Student Affairs are available to students virtually, including Counseling and Psychological Services. CAPS will continue to offer all of their regular services, just remotely through telephone or video conferencing.

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Health Educator Engages Students for Over 20 Years

Meet Albert Angelo! He is the Senior Health Educator at CSUSB, leading the programs and activities of the Student Health Center's Department of Health Promotion.

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Student Affairs Road Show Introduces Students to Virtual Programs & Services

The first-ever virtual Student Affairs Road Show was held Aug. 24-Sept. 4. Each department in the division created a video highlighting their programs, resources, and services available to students both virtually and on campus.

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Get to Know Your ASI President

Meet Graciela Moran! She is the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President. In this role, Graciela advocates for students both locally and statewide, making sure their voices are heard and issues affecting them get addressed.