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Awards and Accolades: Armenta Receives Mentoring Award

Richard Armenta, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is the winner of the 2020 Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, which recognizes Cal State San Marcos faculty who actively “engage undergraduates in research experiences/scholarly activities, consistently provide opportunities to promote student success, and offer unbridled support and assistance on admission and matriculation to graduate programs, or in securing a professional career.”

The award includes a $1,500 stipend.

In its decision letter, the award committee noted, among other accomplishments, Armenta’s efforts advising a large and diverse group of students and the large range of disciplines these students come from, including epidemiology, public health and kinesiology.


Gamma Phi Beta honors FSL coordinator

Megan Ceppi, coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life, was selected to receive Gamma Phi Beta’s Outstanding Campus Professional Award, which recognizes a campus professional who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the fraternity and sorority community where a Gamma Phi Beta chapter is present.

The award letter noted that recipients are “recognized for their high professional standards, work with Gamma Phi Beta to strengthen and/or foster change in our local collegiate chapter and/or the Greek community, and for their commitment to fraternities and sororities on their campus while promoting the interfraternal community.”

CSUSM’s Gamma Phi Beta chapter launched last spring.


Tribal liaison appointed to California Truth & Healing Council

Tribal Liaison Tishmall Turner has been appointed to the California Truth & Healing Council by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The council is charged with “bearing witness to, recording, examining existing documentation of, and receiving California Native American narratives regarding the historical relationship between the State of California and California Native Americans in order to clarify the historical record of such relationship in the spirit of truth and healing.”

The council is required to report annually and submit a final written report of findings to the Office of the Tribal Advisor by Jan. 1, 2025.


Among nation’s best

CSUSM was ranked 43rd for total bachelor’s degrees awarded in Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics 2020” and 64th in total enrollment among four-year schools.

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