CSUSM NewsCenter (Students)

2019
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
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
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
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
02,
2019
Most people stay away from the beach when it rains. But on this particular cold and rainy day seven years ago, Jaime Jacob and her dad made their way down to Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia to hit some sand wedges near the shore. Jacob was a freshman a...
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May
01,
2019
Nearly 3,800 students are expected to graduate from Cal State San Marcos this month. On April 29, six standouts from the Class of 2019 were honored at a special awards dinner to celebrate their achievements. Honorees were nominated by faculty or s...
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May
01,
2019
Kyle Lunneberg’s life changed forever on April 17, 2017. On that fateful day, his lifelong friend Alex Lazo committed suicide. Lunneberg’s personal and academic life as a student at Cal State San Marcos took an understandable dark turn. But wit...
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April
29,
2019
Stephanie Trevino is as tough as an old patch of Texas leather, fitting being that she hails from San Antonio. She served two tours of duty in the Marines during wartime, one in Iraq for seven months in 2008 and one in Afghanistan for eight months th...
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April
24,
2019
Joseph Robinson almost didn’t make it to Cal State San Marcos. After all he overcame to reach CSUSM’s doorstep – a childhood spent bouncing around the foster care system, stints in jail, a prison sentence – the thought that a math requirement woul...
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April
24,
2019
Rosa Romero’s message is simple: “Whatever opportunities are given to you, take them.” Indeed, Rosa, one of nearly 3,800 Cal State San Marcos students graduating in May, has made the most of every opportunity that has come her way – from services ...
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April
23,
2019
When Melinda Saltzmann speaks on campus this week, she will be able to relate to many of the people in the audience.   She hopes that the feeling is mutual.  For many years, Melinda did not think her story was one worth telling. She felt too as...
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April
09,
2019
Cal State San Marcos has identified the fourth president in the university’s history, and it’s someone whose educational values hew closely to those held dear by her predecessor.   The California State University Board of Trustees announced in Mar...
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March
26,
2019
Blake Steinecke had no interest in playing blind ice hockey. He didn’t even know the sport existed until someone in a Facebook support group for people afflicted with an inherited form of vision loss told him about it. It didn’t matter that Blake ...
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March
01,
2019
Before the season began, the Cal State San Marcos surf team lost one of its top performers when Will Reichel decided to spend some time studying abroad. And when top performer and Pro Junior Tour surfer Micah Crozier went down with a broken femur ...
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February
27,
2019
When you’re a college student, the last thing you want to do – well, other than study for another final or write another term paper – is talk about the end of your life.  College students, or just young people in general, like to think of themselv...
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February
26,
2019
Nadia Delgadillo Miranda made a promise to herself when she enrolled at Cal State San Marcos: She would seek out every possible opportunity to prepare herself for a career in science. As part of that vow, Nadia attended meetings for the Office for...
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February
19,
2019
It’s a Monday afternoon in October at Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences, which means it’s time for a little STEM.  Sixteen students from sixth through eighth grades line up outside a classroom door 15 minutes before the lesson is to begin at t...
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February
18,
2019
As the first in his family to attend college, Conner Whitten knows all too well the challenges faced by first-generation students. For Conner, those challenges not only included helping his parents understand the often complex, painstaking process...
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February
04,
2019
If Tyler Burch had preconceived notions about life as a congressional staffer, they quickly dissipated last fall. Tyler, who will graduate from Cal State San Marcos with a bachelor’s in economics in May, spent the fall semester as a participant in...
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January
29,
2019
The 2018-19 academic year at CSUSM witnessed the largest influx of incoming students to date. With 17,000 students, the campus is home to a diverse array of student interests, backgrounds and values. Since its opening in 2014, the University Student ...
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January
24,
2019
Lauren Tafla’s introduction to Gerardo Dominguez’s physics lab at Cal State San Marcos began with a simple knock on the door. Lauren had only recently started taking physics courses and was touring some of the labs when her professor, Stephen Tsui...
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January
21,
2019
It certainly wasn’t an ideal schedule for a student taking a full class load during his first semester at a university.  Every Wednesday, for about five months starting last January, Jeffrey Foertsch would arise at 4 a.m. and take a bus from his O...
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January
03,
2019
As Jameson Meyst sat in jail, facing charges of drunken driving, his mind focused on the other people involved in the three-car accident. “I thought everyone had died,” Jameson said. While others sustained injuries, Jameson was relieved to lear...
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2018
November
08,
2018
CSUSM spirit has attracted a lot of attention – 1.5 million views and counting – on social media in the last month with the university’s first collection of official GIFs. A GIF, a commonly used acronym that stands for Graphics Interchange Format,...
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November
07,
2018
This time last year, Steven Sutherland was attending a Veterans Day ceremony at MiraCosta College that doubled as a memorial service for one of his friends at the college, a Marine veteran who had committed suicide two weeks earlier.  During the s...
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November
05,
2018
Hagen Javier almost ignored the Instagram post about an internship fair at Cal State San Marcos, but the advice he received from an older friend kept gnawing away at him. The friend had returned from college and told Hagen, then in high school, th...
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