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CSUSM NewsCenter (Alumni)

2021
July
12,
2021
| 16:04 PM America/Los_Angeles
It isn’t the knowledge gleaned from textbooks while attending Cal State San Marcos nearly two decades ago that Tony Pecora carries with him. Rather, it’s the exposure he had to implementing the principles he studied.“Learning how to think for yoursel...
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June
29,
2021
| 08:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
For most graduating students, receiving the opportunity to sing at their university’s commencement would be the performative highlight of the year, if not many years.For Rachael Groeneweg, it was merely the kickoff for what will surely be a summer to...
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June
18,
2021
| 08:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
One of the foundational rules of improvisational comedy is to say yes. To use a common example, if you’re performing a skit with a partner and they point their finger at you and exclaim, “Freeze, I have a gun,” the scene won’t go very far if you obse...
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June
07,
2021
| 09:02 AM America/Los_Angeles
The electrical engineering program is among 17 teams from colleges and universities across the country selected to participate in the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition: Powering the Blue Economy.The competition, which is hosted by the U.S. De...
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May
17,
2021
| 10:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Growing up in San Marcos, David Gonzalez II had no plans to attend college. In fact, he dropped out of high school then left continuation school to work for his father’s landscaping business.But there was something missing in Gonzalez’s life. Maybe i...
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May
13,
2021
| 11:35 AM America/Los_Angeles
Six years ago, two students from faraway nations met as part of the orientation day of the Office of Global Education at Cal State San Marcos.Khyati Kansagra hailed from Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India. Bayan Sairafi was from the Easte...
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May
13,
2021
| 09:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Kamilah Brown graduated from college in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, but it was a sage piece of advice and a twist of fate that led to her true calling.Just a month after earning her degree, the 9/11 terrorist attacks shocked the ...
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April
29,
2021
| 08:15 AM America/Los_Angeles
Elizabeth Castillo’s battle with COVID-19 began gradually. San Diego County was enduring gusting Santa Ana winds in early December, and Castillo thought she might be having a reaction to weather conditions.A few days later, she knew it wasn’t the wea...
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April
19,
2021
| 09:27 AM America/Los_Angeles
As a member of the inaugural women’s soccer team at Cal State San Marcos in 2006, Marika Patterson learned firsthand the importance of time management, working hard at one’s craft and showing up every day ready to give your best.As a law enforcement ...
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April
06,
2021
| 15:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
Cal State San Marcos alumnus Alfredo Aguilar has been invited to attend one of the most prestigious creative writing programs in the United States. Aguilar, who graduated from CSUSM in 2013 with a degree in literature and writing studies, recently re...
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March
26,
2021
| 08:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
Gwendalyn Wulf visited the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park countless times with her grandmother as a child.So it was only natural that Wulf immediately called her grandmother a few months ago to share the news that she had landed a dr...
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March
17,
2021
| 08:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
The question might have been considered predictable, coming as it did at the start of a course in American Indian studies. After the professor, Joely Proudfit, proudly declared her Native heritage, she asked the students whether any of them were Nati...
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January
11,
2021
| 09:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
A tinkerer by nature, Ryan Miller always had an interest in computers and technology — building home computers, playing video games, really any kind of problem-solving with a twist of science.His technical skills made Miller well-suited to an initial...
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January
06,
2021
| 10:55 AM America/Los_Angeles
When Carson Luna transferred to Cal State San Marcos in 2017, he knew he wanted a career in sports, but he didn’t know his niche. Just three years later, he is in Los Angeles developing marketing relationships between corporate sponsors and USC athle...
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2020
December
21,
2020
| 09:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
In 2017, Kenneth Graves knew things had to change. At 51, he had a hard time holding down a job and a harder time focusing in general. He had always had difficulty following through with his ambitions, leaving him frustrated. He had been indigent sev...
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December
18,
2020
| 08:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
For 23 years, Eddie G. Utuk has proudly and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps.He has defended his country in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, respecti...
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October
13,
2020
| 13:47 PM America/Los_Angeles
In the fall of 2016, Cal State San Marcos student Jake Northington took a photography class for the first time as part of his pursuit of a degree in visual and performing arts.  For the final project, lecturer Nancy diBenedetto instructed students...
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September
28,
2020
| 10:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Giancarlo Vallejo is thinking big when it comes to his fledgling company, Proper Cell Biotechnologies.“I want to be one of the largest biotech companies in San Diego,” Vallejo said. “I want to bring a lot of talent from Cal State San Marcos. I know i...
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September
23,
2020
| 10:57 AM America/Los_Angeles
In late August, one week before the start of the school year, Jose Melo was invited to an impromptu, one-on-one Zoom meeting by the principal of Valley Center Middle School, where Melo has taught for the last eight years.  That’s unusual, Melo tho...
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September
18,
2020
| 08:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Cal State San Marcos alumna Karina Gonzalez Herrera was named to Cell Mentor’s list of 100 of the most inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists working in the United States.Gonzalez, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s at CSUSM before attending Harvar...
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September
17,
2020
| 08:34 AM America/Los_Angeles
Yazmin Doroteo was a first-year student at Cal State San Marcos in 2014 when she noticed a fellow freshman in her humor in literature course.   He sat in the back of the classroom and was shy. She sat in the front and was talkative.   Doroteo f...
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September
04,
2020
| 09:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Margie Tumolva was fully invested in her Senior Experience project at Cal State San Marcos last fall. So much so that, as the semester was winding down, she asked professor William Byun a simple question: “What’s next?” Byun explained that usually...
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August
10,
2020
| 08:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
When Erik Caldwell was about 10 years old, his parents purchased the family’s first computer. This was in the late 1980s – before the World Wide Web captured the public imagination – and for a young boy of a certain age, computers were little more th...
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August
03,
2020
| 08:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Like many people, Tiffaney Boyd’s daily life seemingly has become an endless parade of Zoom meetings. But one such virtual get-together last month will stay in her memory for a long time.  In late June, there was a surprise Zoom party to celebrate...
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July
08,
2020
| 13:59 PM America/Los_Angeles
It seemed like a simple question in the moment. Yet Nathaniel Keifer-Wheals was left stumped by it.  It was 2017, and Keifer-Wheals was driving to the annual Cougar Night at Petco Park. His passenger was Michelle Romans, Cal State San Marcos' dire...
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July
06,
2020
| 08:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Neal Griffin doesn’t remember exactly when he first sat down to start writing, just that it was something his wife encouraged him to try. “She said to me, ‘You're always telling these stories and you seem to enjoy it. You should start writing some...
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June
19,
2020
| 08:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Antoinette Chanel was a fifth grader at Grapevine Elementary School in Vista when the then-San Diego Chargers reached the Super Bowl in January 1995. Grapevine hosted a contest in which students were asked to write a poem about the Chargers. Chane...
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May
22,
2020
| 11:53 AM America/Los_Angeles
In recognition of the challenges that graduates overcame this spring in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cal State San Marcos Alumni Association is gifting the entire Class of 2020 a free two-year New Grad Membership. “It is a priority to CS...
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May
20,
2020
| 09:06 AM America/Los_Angeles
Like hundreds of other members of the campus community, the Jardin family eagerly participated in the Graduates on Parade celebration at Cal State San Marcos on Friday, May 15.  They decorated their car with markers, streamers and balloons, piled ...
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May
05,
2020
| 11:18 AM America/Los_Angeles
One of the significant benefits to attending a major university is its extensive alumni network, and Cal State San Marcos is no different in that regard. The university recently rolled out a new program called Cougar Connect: CSUSM Mentorship Prog...
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