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It’s Good to Be Home: An American Indian Professor’s Journey

Dr. Proudfit (far left) and CSUSM President Dr. Karen Haynes (far right) stands alongside  graduates at the 2015 American Indian Honoring Ceremony.

Dr. Proudfit (far left) and CSUSM President Dr. Karen Haynes (far right) stand alongside graduates at the 2015 American Indian Honoring Ceremony.

By Joely Proudfit, Ph.D.
Director, California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center
Department Chair, American Indian Studies

My first exposure to the CSU was in 1987, when a CSU Long Beach (CSULB) college counselor came to my high school to speak with students who were preparing to attend college. For the sole purpose of skipping class, I accompanied my best friend to his scheduled one-on-one visit with the counselor. That same counselor ended up changing my life that day. She asked me what my plans were after graduation and I told her that I would probably be joining the military because I would need a place to live, since my aunt was only willing to house me until graduation. She then told me about dorms and recommended that I apply for college.  When I became the first member of my family to graduate high school, I decided to take the counselor’s advice and applied to CSULB. I was the last person to move into the campus dorms in fall 1987. From there, I was led by wonderful CSU professors who told me about the CSU Forgivable Loan, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I am so humbled today by the opportunities that the CSU has provided me – I now look to serve, mentor and educate at every occasion. More …

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Identifying Those Left Behind, a Search for Closure

Kristyna Pfluger conducting the first part of her thesis for Humboldt State’;s Master’s in Applied Anthropology program.

Kristyna Pfluger conducting the first part of her thesis for Humboldt State’;s Master’s in Applied Anthropology program.

By Kristyna Pfluger
Student, Humboldt State
Alumna, Chico State

I was in seventh grade when I found out one of my closest friends was murdered. To this day, I’m still bothered that her family and friends don’t have closure. This experience is what initially inspired my drive to pursue a career that helps give people closure when they suffer the loss of those they love.

When you think of biology, I don’t think anthropology and forensics are usually the first two words that come to mind. But they do for me. I graduated from Chico State with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, minor in biology and certificate in forensics identification, and in July of 2014 I started the master’s in applied anthropology program at Humboldt State.

When I receive my degree from Humboldt State, I want to be able to help identify the remains of people who have died at war so that they can be returned home to their families. My goal is to give closure to our heroes’ families and friends. The type of closure that I wish I would have gotten with the passing of my friend. More …

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Q & A with the CSU’s New Chair of Institutional Advancement

Upward Bound student Thais  Rodriguez finds her love for public policy while interning at the CSU Advocacy and State Relations Office in Sacramento.

Trustee Steven Stepanek, a CSUN alumnus with over 40 years of service at the CSU, was recently appointed Chair of the Committee on Institutional Advancement.

The Committee on Institutional Advancement of the Board of Trustees includes seven CSU trustees who review, discuss, and recommend action involving alumni affairs and charitable gifts made to the CSU. When individuals and companies make generous contributions to the university, a responsibility of the committee is to approve the naming of programs and facilities to honor these donors. Institutional Advancement is also responsible for arranging and managing CSU partnerships with a wide variety of regional groups. Trustee Steven Stepanek is the newly appointed chair of the committee, whose motivational force for serving is rooted in his 40-year history at the CSU. More …

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A Conversation with CSSA Leadership

2015-16 CSSA Executive Officers
Pictured from left to right: Alfredo Barcenas, Lauren Lombardo, Agatha Gucyski, Taylor Herren, and Edgar Garcia 

Since 1958, the California State Student Association (CSSA) has been at the forefront of providing student advocacy at the university and legislative levels. The CSSA consists of two student leaders from each of the system’s 23 campuses – the Associated Students president and a designated CSSA representative. As the collective voice of the CSU student body, the CSSA works with both the university administration and state legislatures to advocate for or against university policy.

In fall 2015, the Student Involvement and Representation Fee (SIRF) will go into effect – a $2 per-term voluntary fee assessed to each CSU student – a proposal adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees on January 28, 2014. As the CSSA was previously funded by Associated Students membership dues, fundraising, and Chancellor’s Office grants, SIRF will allow each CSU student to financially support the association advocating on its behalf. The implementation of SIRF will aim to create a more stable, independent, and expanded statewide student association.

With SIRF in place and preparation for the upcoming school year underway, the newly elected 2015-16 CSSA Executive Officers discuss their roles and vision for the next year: More …

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Translating Research into Textbooks

Honorable Paul Lo at CSU “Journey to Success,” hosted at Fresno State on May 2.

(L to R) CSUSB Provost/VP Academic Affairs Andrew Bodman, CSUSB Professor in Public Administration Montgomery (Monty) Van Wart, and CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales at the university’s 3rd Annual Student Research Symposium on May 27, 2014 where Dr. Monty Van Wart was awarded CSUSB’s inaugural Outstanding Scholar award for his extensive research in Public Administration. Photo courtesy of CSU San Bernardino

By Montgomery Van Wart, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Public Administration
CSU San Bernardino

Beyond my passion for teaching, scholarly research is a close second. A misconception about non-science faculty members is that our sole expertise lies in teaching. What people don’t realize is that we too conduct research and engage in scholarly activity.

Whether teaching public administration, history, communications or any other subject, professors all conduct research to help our respective universities become the best institutions possible. At CSU San Bernardino, we’ve created an environment where research endeavors thrive. I’m able to bring the research I conduct in the field into the classroom to help give students a well-rounded understanding of public administration topics. More …

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Trailblazing Beyond Gender for a Stronger California

On April 27, CSU San Marcos President Karen Haynes received the Trailblazer Award from Leadership California alongside her five fellow CSU women presidents. (left to right) Lisa Rossbacher, Humboldt State; Dianne Harrison, CSUN; Mildred García, Cal State Fullerton; Karen Haynes, CSU San Marcos; Soraya Coley, Cal Poly Pomona; and Jane Conoley, Cal State Long Beach.

On April 27, CSU San Marcos President Karen Haynes received the Trailblazer Award from Leadership California alongside her five fellow CSU women presidents. (left to right) Lisa Rossbacher, Humboldt State; Dianne Harrison, CSUN; Mildred García, Cal State Fullerton; Karen Haynes, CSU San Marcos; Soraya Coley, Cal Poly Pomona; and Jane Conoley, Cal State Long Beach.

By Dr. Karen S. Haynes
President, CSU San Marcos

I never intended to become a university president but in 1995, after serving as the only female dean at the University of Houston for ten years, I was provided with the unexpected challenge and opportunity to become the president of the system’s Victoria campus. Today I have served as a university president for 20 years—over 11 of those at Cal State San Marcos—and I am the senior woman president in the 23-campus California State University system.

This week I was proud to join my five fellow CSU women presidents in collectively receiving the Leadership California Trailblazer Award. We all have traveled our unique paths to leadership, bumping up against – and putting some cracks in – what has been called the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But my pride is dampened by a sobering reality. As I thought about the award, I was struck by the notion that being a female university president is still considered trailblazing.
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PEEPS: Not Only About Marshmallows

By Jeffrey Cabanez
2014-15 CSU STEM VISTA Member
Alumnus, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Jeffrey Cabanez—a CSU STEM VISTA member—ignites passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in high school students as the CSU Program for Engineering Excellence for Partner Schools Coordinator.

Jeffrey Cabanez—a CSU STEM VISTA member—ignites passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in high school students as the CSU Program for Engineering Excellence for Partner Schools Coordinator.

When you hear the word PEEPS, what comes to mind? Probably five yellow marshmallows shaped as tiny chickens, or five pink marshmallows shaped as tiny bunnies, placed in a box wrapped in plastic that you eat during Easter. When I hear the word PEEPS, I think academic learning communities, STEM, professional development opportunities, and financial aid.

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I am working with a brand new scholarship program called the Program for Engineering Excellence for Partner Schools, cleverly shortened to PEEPS. PEEPS aims to recruit, retain, and graduate engineering students from underrepresented backgrounds.
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Passing on a Message of Inspiration

Devon Graves

By Devon Graves
Student, Cal Poly Pomona
Chair, California State Student Association

My family inspired me to get a college education, and now I have the opportunity to pay it forward and inspire others.

This is my second year speaking at churches throughout the state during CSU Super Sunday about the opportunities college has provided me. For me, Super Sunday is not just speaking about the importance of college; it’s about rekindling the fire for those who have already attended college, and inspiring them to speak to the next generation about going to college.
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The Big Win

By Monica Arellano
Graduate of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Monica and Pablo Arellano with their youngest daughter, Tania, during her high school graduation.

Monica and Pablo Arellano with their youngest daughter, Tania, during her high school graduation.

To me, “winning” means being able to successfully send my children to college. It means doing anything in my power to help them succeed. Winning is not letting my daughters go through what I went through as a child, and being able to give them a better life that will open doors to a promising future.

When I was growing up, no one told me that I had the option of going to college. I was raised by a single mother who worked so much that she wasn’t really aware of what opportunities were available beyond high school graduation. Back then, there weren’t many programs that helped parents get their children college ready, which is why I am so thankful that collaborations such as the CSU/PIQE partnership exist today.
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Empowering Others to Do More

Julie Debbs

By Julie Debbs
Student, Sacramento State

It starts with one thought: I can do more. At least that’s where it started with me.

My story begins more than 30 years ago, during a time where addiction and prostitution were the only things that mattered in life. When I finally was able to admit to myself that “I could do more,” I enrolled in a rehab program, cleaned up my life and started to take school seriously. It was then that I realized that I could also function in an advocacy role and use my unique history, combined with my education, to make a difference in the world.

At Sac State, I worked with professors Mimi Lewis and Dana Kivel to help build Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), a program that assists sex workers in transitioning out of commercial sexual exploitation and into college. As a program coordinator, I provided women emotional support, encouragement and inspiration to move forward. More …

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