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Life’s Transitions

By Ian Ruddell
Chico State 2013 Graduate
CSU Student Trustee, 2011-2013
Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Scholar, 2010

Commencement at Chico State – from left to right: CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, CSU Student Trustee Ian Ruddell and CSU Board of Trustees Chair Bob Linscheid

Commencement at Chico State – from left to right: CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, CSU Student Trustee Ian Ruddell and CSU Board of Trustees Chair Bob Linscheid

Embracing Tim White and Bob Linscheid after receiving my bachelor’s degree, it hit me that this commencement at Chico State was my last official event as a California State University student and as a trustee. This was the end of an extraordinary experience and the beginning of a new journey.

Transitions always involve emotional reflection on growth, change, relationships lost and friends gained. My time at Chico State and in the CSU captured a period of personal realization, growth and change. I am leaving a lot of who I once was behind, including an identity and name.

Coming out to the CSU Board of Trustees as transgender, undergoing transition from female to male, was nerve-racking. In retrospect, their embracing support was a natural extension of the welcome they had extended me since my appointment. I also knew I had an ally in Chancellor White.

As an activist advocating for gender and sexual equity at Chico State and in systemwide student government, publicly sharing this life-changing moment was the logical decision as well as an educational opportunity for those around me. More …

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Student Voices Echo Through the Halls of Government

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

In April, the California State Student Association filled the halls of government in Sacramento with hundreds of student voices. The California Higher Education Student Summit is dedicated to equipping students with the tools to be strong leaders and advocates for their peers. Last month’s CHESS was the 18th time students gathered in the state capitol for this purpose.
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Working Together for Reinvestment

Featuring CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed
with Greg Washington, CSU Fullerton Alumnus and
2011-2012 California State Student Association President

On April 10, 2012, CSU Chancellor Reed and CSSA President Washington went to Sacramento to advocate for students. Watch how their joint advocacy efforts are encouraging reinvestment in the CSU.

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Team Work Makes the Dream Work

CSSA officers meet with Marty Block, chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Collaboration, commitment and communication were the underlining themes throughout the 2012 California Higher Education Student Summit. Student leaders from 22 CSU campuses came together to work as one in hopes of achieving a common goal: saving higher education.

From April 20-22, members of the California State Student Association (CSSA) participated in workshops at Sacramento State University where they learned how to effectively disseminate key messages, picked up vital leadership techniques and shared ideas of how to lobby.

When the workshop trainings were completed, the students gathered together for an inspirational awards banquet where stories about the positive effects of advocacy were shared, the need for investment in affordable education was expressed, and recognition of campus and individual student accomplishments were lauded. CSSA President Greg Washington concluded the banquet with one simple phrase that incited a roaring round of applause from his peers: “Team work makes the dream work.” More …

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Fund Our Future

Photos by Michael Quibuyen, Sarah Vagts and Erik Fallis

Thousands of CSU, UC and California Community College students march to the steps of the capitol in Sacramento on March 5.  Their message is concise and direct: “Fund Our Future.”  This message is a response to the billions of dollars cut away from the state’s three higher education systems in the last five years. 

The students’ message also highlights the slow economic recovery in California – a recovery threatened by the shortage of educated workers prepared for high-paying, high-demand and high-tech fields.  The simple reality is that California cannot secure its future while shortchanging colleges and universities.  Funding students and higher education is funding the future for all Californians.

California State Student Association President Greg Washington (center) holds the banner leading the students through nearly two miles of Sacramento city streets.  Fellow leaders from the UC Student Association and Student Senate of the California Community Colleges join Washington at the front of the march. 

Standing to the left of Washington is CSSA Legislative Affairs Vice President Sean Richards.  Washington and Richards meet directly with several elected officials following the march. More …

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You Are California’s Future

Interview with Greg Washington,
California State Student Association President
Political Science and Communication Studies Major
CSU Fullerton

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Student Leadership During Challenging Times

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

Members of the CSSA Board of Directors discuss system and statewide issues during the July 2011 transition meeting

Members of the CSSA Board of Directors discuss system and statewide issues during the July 2011 transition meeting

Being a student leader has its challenges in the best of times. Given the widespread ramifications of a $650 million reduction in state funding for the CSU, these are not the best of times. Fully aware of the struggles ahead, the California State Student Association Board of Directors has stepped up as the voice for all 412,000 CSU students.

CSSA is made up of representatives from the Associated Students on all 23 CSU campuses. CSSA speaks for CSU students in both the Capitol and the Chancellor’s Office, sharing in the development of laws, policies and practices. The board also elects its own leadership, choosing to trust five of their own to set the agenda for the entire year.

As veterans in student advocacy, the officers share a strong vision reinforced through diverse experiences. More …

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Green Eggs and Ham

By Lisa McPheron
Director of Communications
The Collins College of Hospitality Management
Cal Poly Pomona

The Collins College’s Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch has a lovely location on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.  Just uphill from grazing land for cattle and the swine unit, it is not difficult for Collins College students to understand where food comes from and grasp food-sourcing concepts.

The Collins College’s Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch has a lovely location on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Just uphill from grazing land for cattle and the swine unit, it is not difficult for Collins College students to understand where food comes from and grasp food-sourcing concepts.

Green eggs and ham don’t quite mean what they used to.  These days if a restaurant can show its customers that it practices sustainability – it has a leg up on the competition. “Green” eggs, at least figuratively speaking, are actually a hot sell.

The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch (RKR) at Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management embraces sustainable practices and is eager to adopt new methods to reduce its impact on the environment.  The RKR is a classroom where undergraduates learn all aspects of a hospitality business.  Each quarter, a lunch class and a dinner class operate the restaurant, which is open to the public. In each class, 30 students rotate weekly through all the positions, under the direction of faculty.  Every student has an opportunity to fill a management role, gaining hands-on leadership experience. 

A culinary garden, energy and water efficient equipment and some locally sourced food are a few ways the restaurant embraces green standards of operation.  Additionally, an environmental audit is being conducted this summer by faculty and students at Cal Poly Pomona’s John T. Lyle Center of Regenerative Studies to identify where improvements can be made.  Food sourcing, food waste and energy and water consumption will be studied closely.

Below are a few images of the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. More …

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Defending the California Dream

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

During the 16th California Higher Education Student Summit, the student leaders of all 23 CSU campuses joined forces in Sacramento to defend a California dream that is “Made in the CSU.”  The California State Student Association offered two days of preparation and training, on April 16 and 17, during which time students learned to lobby the legislature as well as developed leadership skills and knowledge of statewide issues.

After developing their skills, student advocates went to the capitol on April 18 to meet with legislative staff.  The students carried a message for their 412,000 peers: that higher education is a critical investment for the future of the state and that CSU students will defend that investment.

This message comes at a critical time.  The CSU faces $500 million in cuts with the prospects of even deeper cuts if the state fails to secure additional revenues.  Such deep cuts have dire consequences for the entire CSU community, especially current and future students.

Below are a few images from CHESS XVI:

The CHESS XVI Planning Committee, a.k.a. dream team, including from left to right: Miles Nevin (CSSA Executive Director), Kevin Starks (San José State), Michael Quibuyen (CSU Long Beach), Elizabeth Bingham (CSU Channel Islands), Aaron Guerrero (Humboldt State), Olgalilia Hernandez (CSSA Director of Government Relations), Jasmine Gray (CSU Dominguez Hills) and Committee Chair Daniel Galvan (Cal Poly SLO)

The CHESS XVI Planning Committee, a.k.a. dream team, including from left to right: Miles Nevin (CSSA Executive Director), Kevin Starks (San José State), Michael Quibuyen (CSU Long Beach), Elizabeth Bingham (CSU Channel Islands), Aaron Guerrero (Humboldt State), Olgalilia Ramírez (CSSA Director of Government Relations), Jasmine Gray (CSU Dominguez Hills) and Committee Chair Daniel Galvan (Cal Poly SLO)

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The Struggle Continues

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

The month of February ends with a commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the month of March with César Estrada Chávez.  Both leaders struggled against the status quo and repression to advocate for rights, equal treatment and opportunity.

During the middle of the month, on March 14, thousands of CSU and community college students marched on Sacramento to preserve the progress made and defend access to higher education for the diverse communities of California.

The rally, called March in March, brought the student voice to the front steps of the California’s capitol.  The students were reacting to more than $1.4 billion in cuts to higher education, of which $500 million will be taken from the CSU.  Student speakers described the impact of the cuts on their lives, their communities and the state as a whole.

The students are not done yet.  The California State Student Association, the CSU’s statewide student voice, holds the California Higher Education Student Summit in Sacramento during the month of April.  Student leaders will continue to press lawmakers to prioritize higher education and the students of this state.

Below are a few images from the March in March.

CSSA President Chris Chavez, bullhorn in hand, prepares to lead students on a march to the steps of the state capitol

CSSA President Chris Chavez, bullhorn in hand, prepares to lead students on a march to the steps of the state capitol

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