CSUSM NewsCenter (steps)

2019
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
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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March
05,
2019
His suitcases were packed. The social workers were on their way.  Matt Walsh was only 14 years old but had endured a lifetime of abuse at the hands of a woman who had adopted him from the foster care system when he was an infant. Now he was headed...
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March
04,
2019
Tiffany Teusch didn’t give much thought to college as a teenager. Teusch failed most of her high school classes as a freshman and sophomore. She spent her final two years of high school transitioning to a new school, a new living situation and try...
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February
27,
2019
Barbara Mannino and Syd Harris were no strangers to Cal State San Marcos when they attended the ACE Scholars Services scholarship donor reception in 2015.   Mannino had been on the advisory council to President Karen Haynes for more than five year...
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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
25,
2019
It’s another step in the right direction for Cal State San Marcos. Forward Together, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, was a bold ambition. Some wondered if CSUSM aimed too high when setting a goal of raising $50 million. ...
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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
07,
2019
The first gift of the day came in just after the clock struck midnight. By 6 a.m., when the late-autumn sky was still dark, 114 donations already had been made.  The pace rarely waned during Giving Day at Cal State San Marcos on Nov. 27. Administr...
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February
07,
2019
Jack Raymond marvels at the success of Cal State San Marcos’ first comprehensive fundraising campaign. When the quiet phase of Forward Together was launched in 2012, Raymond wondered if the $50 million campaign goal might be a stretch for such a y...
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2018
August
02,
2018
Few job titles have earned the envy status that Judith Downie ’94 has in San Diego County. When Downie introduces herself as a craft beer historian, jaws drop and questions begin to pour in. It’s an unexpected title for a librarian, especially one...
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August
01,
2018
Like many great stories, it began over cocktails. It was Oct. 9, 2013. Danika Garlotta ’06 can still recall what she was drinking as she and her husband Chris talked about wanting to travel the world but struggling to find the time. Somewhere betw...
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August
01,
2018
Cal State San Marcos’ campus looked quite a bit different when music professor Bill Bradbury joined the faculty in 1993. Only Academic Hall, Craven Hall and Science Hall 1 had been built. As for a state-of-the-art music studio, well, only if you c...
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August
01,
2018
Ben Fairweather and Mike Stevenson have learned more than their share of lessons while working to open Culver Beer Company. But the biggest surprise? “The money going out the door,” said Stevenson, laughing. “Lucky for us beer is a pretty go...
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August
01,
2018
Long before San Diego came to be known as the “Capital of Craft” and the 78 was nicknamed “Hops Highway,” Todd Colburn was a lover of beer. This was in the 1980s — before Stone, before Karl Strauss, before Ballast Point — and he and his best friend (...
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August
01,
2018
Perhaps you’ve heard, breast is best. Or, party at the breast, coined by the late Encinitas lactation trailblazer Vicki Wolfrum. They are catchphrases that many new mothers hear. They are simple, yet salient, slogans that align with the American Acad...
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August
01,
2018
It was a run-of-the-mill workout when one of the Cal State San Marcos runners sensed someone on her hip. But it wasn’t just anyone tagging along – it was running legend Steve Scott. “He jumped in and ran with me,” Natalie Rodriguez said, “then he ...
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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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