CSUSM NewsCenter (Students)

2018
July
27,
2018
Many students in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) share two common reasons for wanting to participate – the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and a chance to visit the United States. Rand Al-Khalidi is among 20 Iraqi s...
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May
24,
2018
Cal State San Marcos celebrated the graduation of more than 3,500 students – the largest graduating class in CSUSM history – during the University’s 27th annual commencement ceremonies May 18-19. Notably, 54 percent of the graduating students were...
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May
15,
2018
The epiphany came when Mariana Arevalo was imparting a bit of parental advice to her oldest son as he was readying to enter high school. Education, she said, was of paramount importance. College, she emphasized, was the key to a better future. “Af...
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May
10,
2018
Dwaine Collier wasn’t supposed to be at Cal State San Marcos' commencement ceremony on May 18. Not after being born to a mother addicted to drugs. Not after bouncing between family members and foster families for most of his childhood. Not after atte...
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May
08,
2018
When Stephen Vandereb became a father at 16, he never could have imagined he would be where he is today. Stephen was recently recognized as a Cal State San Marcos Civility Champion and the Outstanding Senior Student of the Year for his contributio...
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May
04,
2018
More than 3,500 students are expected to graduate from Cal State San Marcos this month. On May 1, five standouts from the Class of 2018 were honored at a special awards dinner to celebrate their achievements. Honorees were nominated by faculty or ...
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May
02,
2018
Jenny Veyna is justifiably proud of her many achievements at Cal State San Marcos. A senior biochemistry major, Veyna will become a first-generation college graduate later this month, and she even tried out to speak at commencement on May 18 (she was...
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April
23,
2018
Brittany Masterson remembers the exact moment she decided to leave. It wasn’t after the black eye. It wasn’t after being kicked in the head. It wasn’t after finding a scarf to hide the bruises on her neck. It wasn’t even one of the terrif...
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April
19,
2018
San Marcos, CA – Cal State San Marcos visual and performing arts students will host an exhibition of their work at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The exhibition, “Unrestrained: Unsubdued Creativity and the Processes of Making,” is free and open to...
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April
19,
2018
When the LGBTQA Pride Center first opened at Cal State San Marcos, the office was tucked away in a small space at the University Commons, it had no budget, no money, and interacted with only a handful of students – if that – each month. No more. ...
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April
10,
2018
Cal State San Marcos student Alexa Ufholtz was involved in charitable endeavors as a teenager in Orange County. But participating in philanthropy as a member of CSUSM’s chapter of Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) proved eye-opening. “I never realized how ...
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April
02,
2018
Ingrid Trovão jumped at the opportunity to direct the play “Sisters in the System” after being asked by Cal State San Marcos associate professor Judy Bauerlein. Ingrid has always been drawn to productions that help increase visibility or conversat...
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March
27,
2018
Nothing calls to mind feelings of summer like an outdoor music and arts festival. For CSUSM students, summer comes early as Festival 78 celebrates another year on campus with a hot lineup of musical artists, activities and hands-on art installations....
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March
27,
2018
Erika Martinez had been through these kinds of nights before. Her father high or drunk, throwing whatever he could get his hands on, waking up the neighbors in the middle of the night with his yelling. But something changed for Erika on this parti...
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March
15,
2018
Alexa Diaz is grateful for the assistance she has received from TRIO during her time at Cal State San Marcos. So she welcomed the opportunity to help others during National TRIO Day on Feb. 24. “For us to have so many students show up and parti...
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February
27,
2018
Involvement is the one constant in Louis Adamsel’s life. His college résumé is impressive – volunteer work, academics, fraternity life, National Guard reserves, on-campus employment and leadership in student government. There is almost no leadership ...
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February
26,
2018
Riley Bender grew up in Orange County, but it’s difficult for her to pinpoint a specific city. There was Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Irvine, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, the list is seemingly endless. There were periods of being homele...
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February
19,
2018
At 16, Lyndcee Barragato made a phone call that sounds like the makings of a John Hughes cult classic. She called the mother of one of her sophomore peers, Caleb, asking if he would be her date to the winter formal. Caleb’s mother burst into tears...
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February
02,
2018
Joe Moon knows the value of an internship. Joe began his studies at Cal State San Marcos planning to earn his bachelor’s in kinesiology before attending physical therapy school. But he re-evaluated after taking part in a physical therapy intern...
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January
31,
2018
Brenda Barniga had a long list of items to procure for her Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program application last year. There was the written essay, a résumé, college transcripts, two faculty letters of recommendation – and that didn’...
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January
25,
2018
Michael Wood always encouraged Marines under his command to pursue an education. Michael, who was on active duty for 12 years, did everything from offer to let them go home early to rearranging schedules. But Michael never took classes himself ...
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January
12,
2018
Damien Brantley’s foster mother always told him he should attend college. Despite her encouragement and his desire to pursue higher education, there was still the matter of preparing for the rigors of college as a first-generation student. As D...
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2017
December
05,
2017
Cal State San Marcos had a different feel when Rylee Leavitt’s grandmother attended in the early 1990s. Back then, Jane DeRoche was a single mother returning to school for her bachelor’s knowing it would help her earn a better living. ...
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September
18,
2017
Campus has been buzzing with life now that the school year is back in session. From traditions like Casino Night and Leave Your Mark, to one-of-a-kind events like the NCAA Celebration, Weeks of Welcome kept students busy and engaged their first two w...
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May
16,
2017
More than 3,300 students are expected to graduate from Cal State San Marcos this month. On May 1, six standouts from the Class of 2017 were honored at a special awards dinner to celebrate their achievements. Honorees were nominated by faculty or s...
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April
10,
2017
Throughout the month of April, CSUSM will hold a series of events focused on educating and raising awareness of issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) community. Sponsored by Associated Students, Inc., ...
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March
06,
2017
March is Women’s Herstory Month, a national observation of the valuable contributions of women to our culture and society. CSUSM has scheduled a month of programs that showcase the accomplishments of women in U.S. history. In 1985, Congress and th...
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February
28,
2017
Concluding the month-long celebration for Black History Month, CSUSM added its own historical milestone with the grand opening of the University’s Black Student Center. The special event on Thursday, Feb. 23 began with an opening ceremony and ribbon ...
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2016
October
04,
2016
With the fall 2016 semester just a few weeks old, students are probably not planning for fall 2017 just yet, but the CSUSM Financial Aid & Scholarships Office hopes they will be. This year, changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (...
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July
12,
2016
In today’s global world, the cultural exposure and independence developed from studying in another country sets a student ahead of their peers.  Studying abroad is one of the most personally enriching and academically rewarding experiences an indi...
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