CAHSS welcomes Emily Shim as our 2022/23 Associated Students Senator for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Emily will be working closely with the Office of the Dean and the CAHSS Dean's Student Advisory Council on joint events and opportunities for all CAHSS students. Interested in joining this council? Complete this google form to get started. The Office of the Dean would like to thank 2021/22 CAHSS AS Senator Alin Hett for his work this academic year and extend congratulations on your graduation!
Events With Dean Cole
Cookies with Cole
Thank you for Coming-Spring 2022 Cookies With Cole!
Thanks to the students who stopped by before heading out for spring break for our Spring Cookies with Cole event. Shown at right are a few students who came by early to meet and talk with Dean Cole, Assistant Dean Godfrey, and CAHSS AS Senator Alin Hett. Congratulations to our jeopardy winners, and our thanks to all who came.
We'll be back in Fall 2022 for the next event.
CAHSS Students: Stop by CAHSS 504 in the Atrium Lobby between classes 5-6 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 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, delicious cookies courtesy of Dean Cole!
Dean Cole and CAHSS AS Senator Alin Hett at the Fall 2021 Cookies with Cole event.
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CAHSS Student & Alumni Stories
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Current students and alumni of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with news to share: We want to hear from you! This form (https://bit.ly/cahssnews)was designed to make it quick and easy for you to keep us in the loop with your news. Received an award, presenting at a conference, accepted to grad school or other news? Have a new job or want to share information about your current job? Have a particular story, experience, or CAHSS memory to share with your fellow Otters, former professors and staff? We want to share the good news and look forward to hearing from you soon!
In addition to the below stories, we're also excited to celebrate our students continuing their education. Please visit our Graduate School Acceptances page for the list.
CAHSS Student Stories: Nevan Bell Earns First Place at 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition
Congratulations to PSY student Nevan Bell, who earned first place at the 26th Annual CSU Student Research Competition hosted by San Francisco State University April 29 & 30, 2022!
Competition Category: Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Campus Policing and How to Improve Sense of Safety: Our research highlights the perceptions of campus policing and improving a sense of safety and belonging for students, faculty, staff, and administration. The goal was to help identify the experiences and feelings of the community to better assess ways in which we can meet the needs for more mental health resources, police reform, and bolstered community connection between police and community members. The results of this research will better help the campus community by not only allowing for all students to feel heard, but allows for the voices of the staff, faculty, and admin to influence the next steps in informing for ways to address our police force and safety.
Congratulations to CAHSS students C.K. Choongh, Spencer Winter, and all the CSUMB delegates who competed:
Ellre Villanueva-Ancheta & Lauren Frey~ Master of Science Physician Assistant
The Effects of Near-Peer Mentorship on Aspiring Physician Assistant Student Confidence
Faculty Mentor: Nicole Reichhart, MSPA, PA-C
Competition Category: Education
Gagandeep C.K. Choongh~ Psychology & Business
Cultural Appreciation: A Case Study on Conducting Cross-Cultural Research
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin
Competition Category: Behavioral and Social Sciences
Rachel Frese~ Kinesiology
Rock Steady Boxing Exercise Both Maintains and Improves Physical Function in People with Parkinson’s Disease
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maria Bellumori
Competition Category: Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences
Erika Hernandez- Gonzalez~ Business Administration
Green Skepticism: Examining the Role of Social Media Influencers on Consumer Attitudes Towards Green Brands
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin
Competition Category: Business, Economics, and Public Administration
Spencer Winter~ Molecular Biology; Human Development
Speckled Sanddab Cell Proliferation During Adult Neurogenesis
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zurine De Miguel (Psychology)
Competition Category: Biological and Agricultural Sciences
CAHSS Student Stories: Jianshan Chen Khalsa, Psychology, 2022 CAHSS Dean's Medalist Award
Congratulations to Jianshan Chen Khalsa, Psychology major, selected as the 2022 recipient of the Dean's Medalist Award. The deans of CSUMB’s five colleges select one outstanding graduating senior each year for the Dean’s Medalist award. Recipients must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, have made significant contributions to students or the university, and shown leadership as a positive agent for innovation and action.
Jianshan Chen Khalsa is a first-generation college graduate, earning summa cum laude academic honors. She transferred to CSUMB from Hartnell College in 2020 and will continue her education as a graduate student in CSUMB’s School Psychology Program. She grew up in a remote farming village in Guangdong Province, China, where she dropped out of high school to support her family.
She moved to California in 2016 to pursue her dream of becoming an educator. She plans to become a school psychologist to help diverse student populations receive the services they need to help them thrive and succeed.
For the full article from CSUMB's Sophia Huang McKenzie, please visit the Dean's Medalist news listing. Congratulations to all!
CAHSS Student Stories: Amaris Lopez, Japanese Language & Culture, 2022 Alumni Vision Award
Congratulations to Amaris Luis, Japaense Language and Culture major and Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures minor, selected as the 2022 recipient of the Alumni Vision Award. This award is given in recognition to the graduating student (graduate or undergraduate) who best exemplifies the Vision of CSU Monterey Bay of preparing leaders for a collaborative, multicultural society. The Alumni Vision Award is awarded to a student who:
- manifests the beliefs and tenets of the Vision statement through personal example, voice, and initiative;
- is a powerful spokesperson whose words touch and move others in promoting the Vision;
- has provided leadership in a project or activity that extended the Vision into the lives of others, especially in the areas of bridging social/economic divides, empowering education, celebrating diversity, and promoting understanding and respect for other cultures and global awareness;
- is in good standing and not on probation of any kind;
- and is an undergraduate or graduate with a degree award date of Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022.
The award was presented at Honors Convocation Saturday, April 30, 12:30 pm, in the Otter Student Union Ballroom. The program from the event is available online. Congratulations!
CAHSS Student Stories: Taylor Paige Prentiss, VPA Student, 2022 MRWMD Artist in Residence
Congratulations to VPA student Taylor Paige Prentiss, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District Artist in Residence Fellow. Her art installation Home: the Things We Carry will be on display at the Last Chance Mercantile May 3-7, 9 am-4pm, with a special reception and artist meet and greet Thursday, May 5, 2-4 pm.
Paige’s AIR art installation will feature sculptures that explore the idea of home. “Home is different for each person and is constantly changing,” said Paige. “These pieces are meant to challenge the audience’s idea of home while connecting to individuals who do not have traditional homes.”
About the Residency: Taylor Paige Prentiss, a Visual and Public Art (VPA) student at California State University, Monterey Bay, is the 2022 Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) and Last Chance Mercantile. The AIR Program is a partnership between MRWMD, CSUMB’s VPA department, and the Last Chance Mercantile. Since 2016, student artists from the Visual and Public Art Department are selected for a fellowship at MRWMD, which is managed by Associate Professor of Sculpture, Installation, and Community Engaged Practice, Dionicio Mendoza. The artists work with materials in the salvage yard at the Last Chance Mercantile. While on-site, they have access to salvaged materials in the store as well as the Materials Recovery Facility that processes the community’s recyclable items. The art they create during the residency is displayed in a week-long exhibition at the Last Chance Mercantile.
“We are proud to continue this great tradition and relationship with the local art community and CSU Monterey Bay,” said Felipe Melchor, general manager of MRWMD. “Taylor’s impactful work will help inspire creative reuse and educate our community about the importance of repurposing and upcycling materials.”
About the Artist: Taylor Paige Prentiss is a mixed media artist from Los Angeles. Her mediums include sculpture, illustration, digital art, and photography. She will graduate with a B.A. in Visual and Public Art from CSUMB in May 2022.
Artist Website: www.taylorpaigeart.com
CAHSS Alumni Stories: Desiree Sheppard '12 HCOM
2012 HCOM Alum Desiree Sheppard chose CSUMB because she knew she wanted to work in journalism and media studies after speaking with an advisor at a college fair. Not only did CSUMB’s affordable tuition rates influence Sheppard’s decision but she also wanted to still enjoy the scenic beach views she grew up seeing in SoCal. Sheppard credits the university’s internship program for helping her get to where she is today. She was featured in the March-April 2022 Alma Otter Newsletter, read the full article here.
CAHSS Student Stories: Congratulations UROC/McNair Scholars Cohort
CAHSS is proud to celebrate all the new UROC Scholars/McNair Scholars. This cohort of fourteen work with faculty research mentors to secure summer research positions here and across the country as well as present their research at academic conferences and more in support of their career and graduate school pursuits. For more information on our 5 CAHSS students and the full list including mentors, please visit our UROC/McNair Scholars Cohort page.
CAHSS Student Stories: Hana Jacinto '22 SPAN (WLC) Accepted to Graduate Program at UCLA
Spanish major and Psychology minor Hana Jacinto was recently accepted to the Teaching Asian Languages MA Program at the University of California at Los Angeles Department of Asian Languages Cultures. Thanks to School of World Languages and Cultures Chair Dr. Shigeko Sekine for sharing the excting news. Congratulations!
Psychology Student Jordan Cursi Awarded $5,000 Research Grant
Psychology student Jordan Cursi was awarded a $5,000 grant by Providence health care for her proposal to conduct a clinical research study this year. The goal of Cursi’s study, titled “Stress Levels of the Adolescent Population,” is to see if Latinx teens have higher levels of stress and different coping methods than non-Latinx teens. She will also study familismo, or familism. Read the full story.
Angelica Avila Named Carmel Bach Festival's 2021 Paul Goodwin Scholarship Winner
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Recipient of the 2020 CSUMB Alumni Vision Award. Congratulations Juan!