CSUSM NewsCenter (TopStory)

2019
July
11,
2019
Like millions of parents over the last half-century, Tom Holm read “Island of the Blue Dolphins” to his daughter when she was in elementary school. The classic 1960 children’s novel by Scott O’Dell chronicles the tale of a 12-year-old girl named Kara...
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July
03,
2019
Abrahán Monzón wasn’t focused on political or social issues as a young person from the Imperial Valley. But that all changed while attending UC Santa Barbara as an undergraduate. Abrahán started college in September 2008, just two months before Ca...
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July
02,
2019
Merryl Goldberg knows a good leader when she sees one. When she met Dairrick Khalil Hodges early last year through their roles in the San Diego Creative Youth Development Network, she could tell immediately that he was something special.  “At the ...
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July
01,
2019
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt officially has begun her tenure as Cal State Marcos’ new president as the university on Monday welcomed the fourth leader in its history for her first day on campus.  Neufeldt was appointed to the presidency in March by the C...
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June
24,
2019
Located in the center of campus, a unique and symbolic concrete bench honors the indelible impact of President Karen Haynes and First Gentleman Jim Mickelson. The art installation, built into the northwest-facing hillside along Forum Plaza, is known ...
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June
20,
2019
Rehabilitating fire-scarred hillsides by hydroseeding the terrain may cause more harm than good to the microbial composition of the soil, according to research by Cal State San Marcos students taking part in a groundbreaking new course funded through...
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June
18,
2019
Cal State San Marcos has a long history of successful Gala fundraisers to support student scholarships. But the 2019 Gala on June 8 was unlike any other. A special evening to celebrate the legacy of President Karen Haynes and First Gentleman Ji...
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June
13,
2019
Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes received the Neil Morgan Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement during the 2019 Visionary Awards on June 6. It was the second time Haynes has been honored by local leaders in recent months. In May, the ...
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June
13,
2019
The CSU Institute for Palliative Care is now the Shiley CSU Institute for Palliative Care, thanks to another generous gift from prominent  philanthropist Darlene Marcos Shiley.  Shiley announced during Cal State San Marcos’ annual fundraising gala...
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June
12,
2019
Erick Ochoa was one of almost 20 Cal State San Marcos science and math students who accepted a challenge from a Vista-based business incubator in the spring of 2018.  The challenge was this: Come to our laboratory over the summer and try to devise...
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June
05,
2019
It’s safe to say that when Karen Haynes first met Jim Mickelson, it wasn’t exactly a classic boy-meets-girl love story. It was an ordinary, but also unexpected, encounter between a social work advocate and a social work professor. The clincher was pe...
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June
05,
2019
Do women need to dress like a man to rise to leadership? “The apparel oft proclaims the man.” Shakespeare penned the line in “Hamlet” as Polonius’ parting parental advice to his son, but the statement – with its modern translation that clothes ...
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June
05,
2019
From the deep-hued paint on the walls to the faint aroma of coffee, President Haynes’ office is filled with delightful, unexpected and storied pieces. 1. Goodbye Taupe, Hello Presidential Purple // It was one of the first changes she made to her o...
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June
04,
2019
Karen Haynes still remembers buying the suit. It came from a shop in Amsterdam, purchased while Haynes and her husband, Jim Mickelson, were teaching abroad one summer. This was before Haynes was appointed Cal State San Marcos’ third president, bef...
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June
03,
2019
When Damien Brantley was at his lowest point, when he felt like he had nothing left and nowhere to turn, Mr. Jim was there. That was what Brantley called Jim Mickelson, the founding director of ACE Scholars Services. The innovative Cal State San M...
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May
31,
2019
Becoming a provost was never part of Graham Oberem’s plan. He never expected to be an administrator of any type at Cal State San Marcos. But when Oberem steps down as CSUSM’s provost at the end of June, it will mark the end of a 6½-year tenure, mo...
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May
30,
2019
The wait is nearly over for Cal State San Marcos’ military-affiliated students. The much-anticipated expansion of CSUSM’s Veterans Center is nearing completion, and many of the entities involved in making it a reality gathered to celebrate a miles...
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May
24,
2019
No wind, sun or beating rain could stop them. The class of 2019 showed up in large numbers with family, friends and supporters at this year's commencement ceremonies. This year's graduating class is the largest in California State University San Marc...
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May
22,
2019
Youwen Ouyang and Marisol Clark-Ibáñez first connected in a meaningful way almost a decade ago at a summer “boot camp” for Cal State San Marcos faculty.   Clark-Ibáñez was a coach for the program designed to introduce e-learning to faculty members...
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May
21,
2019
Five years ago, Cal State San Marcos men’s golf coach Greg Hutton approached Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo with a pretty big ask. Hutton wanted to coach the women’s golf program, too. Why? To bring home the Cougars’ first NCAA Division II na...
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May
20,
2019
She has built a successful career in the mobile marketing industry and founded Mobvious Media, a digital enterprise later acquired by one of Spain’s largest media conglomerates. She opened the Chicago, New York and Los Angeles offices of AdsMovil, wh...
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May
16,
2019
Cal State San Marcos has its first national champion at the NCAA Division II level. Jaime Jacob made CSUSM history on Thursday, winning the individual title in the Division II women’s golf championship in a duel that went down to the wire. Jacob s...
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May
15,
2019
In the first commencement ceremony for Cal State San Marcos’ College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences on Friday morning, there will be 212 graduates receiving a bachelor’s degree in communication. There will be 115 who earn a de...
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May
14,
2019
Malika Berens doesn’t know exactly how long she cared for her younger sisters after the three siblings were abandoned by their birth mother while growing up in Kazakhstan. She thinks it was three months. Her middle sister, Madina, estimates that i...
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May
13,
2019
As someone who has spent nearly a quarter century working in the construction industry, Kevin Dunn thought he had a handle on popular misconceptions about undocumented immigrants in the workforce. It wasn’t until the Cal State San Marcos sociology st...
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May
10,
2019
As expected for a senior kinesiology major, Ryan Eick pores through his textbooks during the week to build the knowledge he needs to work with adaptive athletes. But on the weekends, he trades his textbooks for ocean waves, and what he reads there ca...
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May
08,
2019
When Alisha Blush first attended college, she was a smart, high-achieving but relatively aimless teenager, going to the university she thought she was supposed to go to and pursuing the career she thought she was supposed to choose.  When she retu...
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May
08,
2019
It’s not the needles that bother Stephanie Gonzalez. It’s watching the nurses struggle to find a vein. “When I see people now, I always stare at their veins and think, ‘Wow, you have nice veins,’ ” Stephanie said. “It’s the little things.” Step...
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May
03,
2019
The rededication of the White Rose Memorial at Cal State San Marcos had been in the works for months.  But the event took on an added significance in the wake of the shooting last weekend at a Jewish synagogue in Poway.  Hundreds of people turn...
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May
02,
2019
Ashley Jacobs and Marissa Beltran each bring a unique perspective to the CodeQueens Club, a 12-week after-school program coordinated by Cal State San Marcos that introduces high school students to computer coding. Today, Ashley and Marissa work as...
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