CSUSM NewsCenter (steps)

2017
December
14,
2017
Cal State San Marcos’ Senior Experience Program has helped regional businesses and nonprofits for a quarter of a century. Now, thanks to a gift from Malin and Roberta Burnham through the Burnham Foundation, the door is open for additional nonprofi...
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December
14,
2017
Stella Clark once had a student who was forced to sneak into his grandmother’s nursing home at night to sleep on the floor because he had nowhere else to go. Clark, who founded the Modern Language Studies department at Cal State San Marcos, recall...
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December
12,
2017
Catalina Melendez isn’t fazed by a daunting schedule.  “It’s challenging, but it’s not unbearable,” said Catalina, who will graduate from Cal State San Marcos in May with a bachelor’s in speech-language pathology.  Being a full-time student is ...
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December
11,
2017
Diversity isn’t a fad. It’s in our DNA at Cal State San Marcos. More than demographics, diversity at CSUSM represents three core values: inclusion, social justice and equity. ...
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December
11,
2017
Francisco Fernandez knows the importance of higher education.   As he enters the final stretch of a seven-year journey toward his bachelor’s degree, Francisco is determined to help others from his hometown of Zapopan, Mexico, follow a similar path...
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December
11,
2017
Jeff Mata never planned to attend college. He never thought about competing in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He certainly didn’t expect to speak to audiences about the challenges he has overcome.  Mata never could have predicted just how much the ...
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December
11,
2017
Female finance chiefs are rising. While the representation of women in senior financial roles is still less than 15 percent among Fortune 500 companies, there is progress. Last year, the number of female CFOs doubled. One of those executives joini...
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December
11,
2017
The weight was worth it.  "And it looks good with the blue turf,'' CSUSM basketball player Ethan Alvano said.  Cal State San Marcos’ newest fitness facility -- powered by Aire-brand equipment, weights and training ropes -- has blossomed behind ...
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December
07,
2017
Born and raised in the highlands of Kenya, Dr. David Bwambok was mesmerized by the healing powers in traditional medicinal plants often employed to treat villagers in place of modern pharmaceuticals. He set out to find out why, earning a Ph.D. fro...
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June
19,
2017
Merryl Goldberg is on a mission to change public perception of the arts. “I’ve never met a kid who wasn’t capable,” said Goldberg, a music professor in CSUSM’s School of Arts. “I have met a lot of kids who haven’t had opportunities. I was one of t...
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June
19,
2017
Stefawn Payne was not your typical freshman college basketball player. After all, how many student-athletes begin their collegiate career at age 31? Stefawn’s path to Cal State San Marcos has included more than a decade of service in the Marine...
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June
19,
2017
Nationally, less than five percent of former foster youth attend college and less than half of those who start will see it through to graduation. It’s a startling statistic and one that CSUSM has been on a decade-long mission to change – one degree a...
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June
19,
2017
Nastassja McDonald - Biological Sciences, 2012 Nastassja was a familiar face across campus by the time she graduated. Not only was she active in numerous campus organizations, but she became the first ACE Scholar featured as a student speaker at c...
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June
19,
2017
It’s a good bet that Matt Guiliano is in rare company among college head coaches. After all, how many 34-year-olds have a résumé that already includes a decade of experience as a collegiate head baseball coach? Guiliano may be young in age afte...
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January
10,
2017
Steve Schlesinger considers himself fortunate to have had his undergraduate education funded through scholarships and financial aid when he was attending Cornell University in the 1960s. That good fortune continued as he earned a government-funded...
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2016
December
07,
2016
It may sound simple – songs loaded on an iPod – but Sean Griser knows simple things can change peoples’ lives in meaningful ways. So when his psychology field research class gave him the opportunity to put the compassionate care practices he was l...
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December
05,
2016
Catherine and Sash Matsumoto have been there from the beginning. The Matsumotos have had courtside season tickets since the inception of the Cal State San Marcos men’s basketball program – which until this year has played its “home” games a 20-min...
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December
05,
2016
Fawad Alizada doesn’t mince words when talking about the benefits of the Cal State San Marcos Faculty Mentoring Program. “The mentor program is a big reason why I am the first person in my family of 10 brothers and sisters to graduate from college...
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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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June
14,
2016
What started as an early childhood passion for traveling and a lifelong love of fashion has turned into a career that CSUSM alumna Aimee Bradley can stand on. Bradley is currently the only specific product material developer for footwear materials...
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June
13,
2016
Call it a wise investment. That’s how Dr. Ann Bersi frames her generous contributions to Cal State San Marcos—contributions that have endowed the annual Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. Bersi has been so pleased with the returns o...
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June
13,
2016
You could say that business is in Ken Markstein’s blood. His grandfather, Albert, was a selfless, hard-working entrepreneur that started his career by distributing beer by horse and wagon almost a hundred years ago. Today, Markstein Beverage Company ...
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June
13,
2016
Anyone who has purchased a new car knows the feeling—it doesn’t feel like yours until someone hands you the keys. The Cal State San Marcos Department of Athletics shared the sentiment this March when the keys to the brand new on-campus arena, The ...
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June
13,
2016
Surfing might just be the closest thing a person can get to walking on water. Those who practice the sport—and rough estimates place the number at about 20 million worldwide—cite the adrenaline rush, the escape from the daily grind and the earthy sub...
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June
02,
2016
On Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, Cal State San Marcos conferred nearly 3,200 degrees and credentials at its 25th commencement ceremony, making the Class of 2016 the largest graduating class in university history. Relive the celebration or s...
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2015
December
07,
2015
CSUSM student Kelsey Estes has a bubbly personality and a vivacious spirit. She is candid, cheerful and has big dreams for her future in broadcast media. It is evident within minutes of knowing her that she will succeed in life and in her career. ...
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December
07,
2015
It’s been five years since Donald Shiley, the biomedical engineer and inventor of the Bjork-Shiley prosthetic heart valve and numerous other medical devices that saved lives, passed away. For his widow, Darlene, time hasn’t eased her loss but it has ...
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December
07,
2015
The brain is one of the most complex and magnificent organs in the human body. Neurosurgeons train for a minimum of 15 years—including four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school and seven years in a residency program—to garner th...
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December
05,
2015
Key to the soon-to-be-launched CSUSM music major is the recently opened music and piano lab. The lab includes 30 new, 88-key digital pianos, a huge improvement over the limited number of 61- key models that were previously used, ensuring that student...
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June
03,
2015
It’s often said that nursing is not just a career, it’s a calling – and that certainly was the case for Jean Doan Quinby. As a young girl living in New York City in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Jean already knew that she wanted to be a nurse, d...
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