CSUSM NewsCenter (Students)

2018
October
09,
2018
William Felty received the 22 Pushup Challenge in the fall of 2016. It was the year when the social media craze was sweeping the nation, similar to but on a smaller scale than the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014.  The idea was to do 22 pus...
Read more
October
04,
2018
Music feeds the soul, as the saying goes. Sean Griser believes that now more than ever, especially since a music-based project he took on more than three years ago has transformed the course of his academic career at Cal State San Marcos.  Griser ...
Read more
Tags
September
25,
2018
Oscar Duran forwarded an email about a summer fellowship to his younger brother Juan with a succinct message: You better apply for this. Juan didn’t exactly jump at the opportunity. When Oscar asked how the application was going as the deadline...
Read more
Tags
September
25,
2018
Iris Lee tries to visit art galleries and exhibitions as often as possible. Unfortunately, many of her friends don’t share her interest in visual arts. “It’s a bummer going by yourself and having no one to talk to,” Iris said. Iris, a visual...
Read more
Tags
September
19,
2018
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin@ Center is partnering with campus organizations to plan an exciting lineup of events. The month runs from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15 and is an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diverse back...
Read more
Tags
September
12,
2018
If Lorena Aguirre goes on to become a famous astrophysicist, perhaps she can look back in gratitude to her father and his fascination with “Star Trek.”   Growing up in Escondido, Lorena and her dad, Manuel, would watch old episodes of “Star Trek: ...
Read more
Tags
September
11,
2018
The fall semester is underway, and the Cougars are back! Following move in, Weeks of Welcome wasted no time getting students involved with over 1,000 attending Miiyu: Welcome Night. With over 40 events between Aug. 25 and Sept. 9, Weeks of Welcome ha...
Read more
Tags
September
10,
2018
Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Cal State San Marcos. I hope that you, as fellow professors, had time this summer to engage in things that bring you joy, and that make you feel rejuvenated. I know that many of you taught in summer sess...
Read more
Tags
August
28,
2018
When he first arrived at Cal State San Marcos, Alexander Zarrabian had no interest in Greek life. He had heard all the stories about rowdy college fraternities that cared about partying more than passionate brotherhood and service.  Now a senior i...
Read more
Tags
August
27,
2018
Luiseño for hello, Miiyu kicked off the fall semester at Cal State San Marcos with an action-packed, late-night celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The opening event for Weeks of Welcome drew 1,200 students and featured games, food...
Read more
Tags
August
23,
2018
Talk about a much-needed public awareness campaign. Even though a significant number of Cal State San Marcos students are dealing with issues of food insecurity, a recent survey showed barely half of CSUSM students had heard about the new Cougar Pant...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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 ...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
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. ...
Read more
Tags
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 ...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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....
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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 ...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags