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CAHSS welcomes Alin Hett, our 2021/22 Associated Students Senator for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Alin will be working closely with the Office of the Dean on joint events and opportunities for all CAHSS students.  We hope to see you soon!


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CAHSS Students:  Stop by CAHSS 504 in the Atrium Lobby between classes 5-6 pm November 18 for Cookies with Cole

Join us for this opportunity to meet and converse with Dean Dr. Juanita Cole.  CAHSS AS Senator Alin Hett will also be there for trivia games, prizes, and of course, cookies courtesy of Dean Cole!

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Angelica Avila Named Carmel Bach Festival's 2021 Paul Goodwin Scholarship Winner

MPA student Angelica Avila standing at mural at CAHSS Building 504

CAHSS congratulates senior Music and Performing Arts major Angelica Avila on being named the recipient of the 2021 Paul Goodwin Scholarship from the Carmel Bach Festival. Angelica's focus in the MPA program is the performance aspect, she enjoys vocals and piano.  One of the appealing aspects of our B.A. in Music is the variety of learning experiences emphasizing well-rounded musicianship through a balance of experience in performance, composition, musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, acoustics, and music technology.   

This scholarship is in honor of Maestro Paul Goodwin's final season of his 11-year tenure as artistic director and principal conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival. Angelica received a personal congratulatory note from President Ochoa, who also serves as a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Board of Directors.

CAHSS Student & Alumni Stories

CAHSS Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Callaghan, Psychology '13

PSY alumna Melissa Callaghan widely credits CSUMB for helping her get to where she is today. Before her junior year, she did not know a lot about graduate school until academic advisor Chrissy Lofgren suggested she look into the McNair Scholar program. From there, she got in touch with CSUMB’s Undergraduate Research and Opportunities Center (UROC) and that was when her entire academic trajectory changed. Read more about Melissa featured in the December Alumni Association Alma Otter Newsletter.

CAHSS Students Sweep Fall UROC Research Competition

The results of the 6th Annual UROC Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Competition are in and CAHSS Students sweep the awards!

CAHSS Alumni Stories: Ronnie Miramontes (HCOM) and Alexis Garcia-Arrazola (HCOM): Otters Elected in Monterey County

The votes are in as we congratulate two Otters recently elected to positions in Monterey County in the November, 2020, elections:

CAHSS Alumni Stories: Ryan Bosson (WLC-Spanish) named CLTA 2021 California Teacher of the Year-Congratulations!

Congratulations to WLC Alum (Spanish) Ryan Bosson, California Language Teachers' Association (CTLA) 2021 California Teacher of the Year! Ryan is also a team leader of the Monterey Bay World Language Project, led by Professor Yoshiko Saito-Abbott and housed in our School of World Languages and Cultures.

Congratulations Melissa Wilson, Cinematic Arts Major, Named a Winner of CSU Media Arts Festival 2020

Congratulations to Cinematic Arts & Technology Major Melissa Wilson, who was listed as a winner of the 2020 CSU Media Arts Festival for her work, Timelapse. The winners were announced at the annual festival held Friday, October 30, via Zoom. The afternoon featured a retrospective of the first 30 years of the MAF, a screening of all qualified entries and culminated in the CSU Media Arts Festival Award Ceremony.

CAHSS Alumni Stories: Alex Ibarra, Cinematic Arts & Technology

Alex Ibarra, from Turlock, CA, graduated from CSUMB in 2018 with his B.A. in Cinematic Arts and Technology. Ibarra credits his time at CSUMB for helping him mature as an artist and more importantly, as a person. “I had great professors there that were always willing to listen, critique, give feedback, talk and overall, just give support to myself and to all their students. It's just a very supportive environment and one I'm extremely appreciative of,” Ibarra declares.

CAHSS Alumni Spotlight: SBGS-Jordan Leininger, County of Monterey

In an old bank building in downtown Monterey, Jordan Leininger opened the massive steel door of a vault filled with historical treasures. The temperature and humidity-controlled space provides an ideal environment for storing delicate and aging documents and other artifacts, he explained. Read more about Jordan as featured in the Spring/Summer 2020 CSUMB Magazine.

UROC students awarded Sally Casanova scholarships

Selina Espinoza, psychology major and statistics minor, has been awarded as this year's Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. Mariana Duarte, computer science, was recognized by the pre-doctoral program in the honorable mention category. Duarte was one of four juniors selected from the 21 honorable mentions selected, composed of mostly masters students.

President’s Award Winners

Congratulations Jackie Ceccato, VPA! By Sophia Huang McKenzie

CAHSS Student Spotlight: Jacqueline Ceccato, Visual & Public Art

Congratulations to Jackie Ceccato, Recipient of the 2020 President's Award for Exemplary Student Achievement, the 2020 CAHSS Dean's Medalist Award, and the recipient of the first annual Keland Family Endowed Memorial Award for Visual & Public Art, and the VPA Capstone Student Spotlight. Congratulations!

CAHSS Student Spotlight: Juan Pacheco Marcial

Recipient of the 2020 CSUMB Alumni Vision Award. Congratulations Juan!