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CSUMB Celebrates 21st Commencement

SEASIDE, Calif., May 20, 2017 – With a record number 2,083 candidates for graduation, CSUMB celebrated its 21st annual commencement Saturday May 20, 2017 with two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Former Rep. Sam Farr brought a historical and nostalgic perspective to the ceremonies with his keynote address at the university he was pivotal in establishing more than 20 years ago.

Monterey County Film Commission Selects CSUMB’s Briana Gonzales as Scholarship Winner

May 17, 2017 – Cinematic Arts and Technology student Briana Gonzales was named the 2017 winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.

CSU Launches New Cal State Apply Application Portal

May 16, 2017 – The California State University (CSU) today announced the launch of a new application portal, Cal State Apply, a streamlined user-friendly application for all CSU incoming students.

CSUMB Alumnae Win Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program

SEASIDE, Calif., May 12, 2017 – Two CSUMB alumnae were members of the Wonder Women film crew who won the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program April 30, 2017.

MPC, CSUMB Sign Dual Enrollment MOU for Business Admin & Marine Science Students

SEASIDE, Calif., May 15, 2017 – Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) solidified a new pathway program Monday, May 15, 2017 allowing for dual enrollment between institutions for students seeking to complete a bachelor’s in business administration or marine science at CSUMB.

Upcoming Fort Ord Munitions Cleanup: Public Meeting May 23, 2017

May 12, 2017 -- Munitions cleanup activities will begin in the northern portion of the Fort Ord National Monument in June 2017. The U.S. Army is hosting a public kickoff meeting on May 23, 2017 to share information about the cleanup and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Clone of TAKE A BOW

CSU Monterey Bay will hold its annual honors convocation May 20, recognizing students for their distinguished academic achievements. Six students will receive special awards, 18 will be honored for their Service Learning work and 365 will be acknowledged for having earned grade-point averages of at least 3.5.

Local Startups to Compete for $50K in Cash Prizes at Startup Challenge Finals May 12

SEASIDE, Calif., May 4, 2017 – Twenty-four local startups will compete for $50K in cash prizes at CSU Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) Joel and Dena Gambord Business & Information Technology Building Friday May 12, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Students Receive Top Honors at CSU Student Research Competition

SEASIDE, Calif., May 2, 2017 – Six CSUMB students represented CSUMB at the 31st annual CSU Student Research Competition April 28-29, 2017 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; two took home first place honors.

Commencement 2017

SEASIDE, Ca., May 12, 2017 -- Cal State University Monterey Bay’s 21st commencement ceremony will take place Saturday May 20, 2017 at Freeman Stadium with two separate ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

CSUMB Hosts 1,400 7th Graders for Santa Cruz County College Commitment April 28

SEASIDE, Calif., April 28, 2017 – 1,400 seventh-graders from seven Santa Cruz County middle schools attended the Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) Friday, April 28, 2017.

CSUMB Holds Conference in Effort to Bolster Undocumented Student Support

SEASIDE, Calif., April 21, 2017 – CSUMB students, faculty and staff came together Friday, April 21, 2017 to discuss best practices for supporting undocumented students and their families within the CSUMB community.

Sam Farr to Give Keynote Address at CSUMB’s 21st Commencement Ceremony

SEASIDE, Calif., April 24, 2017 – Sam Farr will give the keynote address to graduates at CSU Monterey Bay’s 21st commencement ceremony at CSUMB May 20, 2017.

Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series Hosts O Sole Trio Saturday April 15

SEASIDE, Calif., April 11, 2017 -- The World Theater at CSUMB will host O Sole Trio, performing "From Pavarotti to Pop," Saturday April 15, 2017 from 8-10 p.m. as a part of the Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay Finalists Selected: Final Round Scheduled for May 12

SEASIDE, Calif., April 10, 2017 – A record-setting field of 91 entrepreneurs from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties has been whittled down to 24 after pitching their businesses to a panel of judges at CSUMB April 8, 2017.

CSUMB to Host 2nd Annual Monterey Bay Art & Film Festival for Youth: Expects 2,000 Attendees

SEASIDE, Calif., April 10, 2017 – For the second consecutive year, CSUMB will play host to The Monterey Bay Art & Film Festival for Youth (MAFFY) April 20-22, 2017.

Native Advisory Council Speaker Series to Shed Light on California Indian History

SEASIDE, Calif., April 6, 2017 – CSUMB’s Native Advisory Council will host several speakers and events throughout April, sharing an array of rich Native American cultures and traditions.

CSU Summer Arts 2017 Heads to Fresno

SEASIDE, Calif., April 4, 2017 --After five consecutive years at CSUMB, the CSU Summer Arts program will head to Fresno this summer. CSUMB’s Umi Vaughan will lead “Drum Talk: Rhythms From Cuba and Brazil.”

President’s Speaker Series panel to discuss immigration policy change impacts to Monterey region April 26

SEASIDE, Calif., April 3, 2017 -- CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa will host a panel of local political and legal experts to discuss potential effects of immigration policy reform to the Monterey Bay region Wednesday, April 26 at CSUMB at Salinas City Center from 3:30-5 p.m.

CSUMB to host Pulitzer Prize-winning author during 21st annual Social Justice Colloquium

SEASIDE, Calif., April 3, 2017 -- CSUMB will host Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thursday, April 6th from 6-8 p.m. at Music Hall as the keynote speaker for the 21st annual Social Justice Colloquium.

Home Depot Foundation Donates $6,000 for CSUMB Veterans Resource Center Renovations

SEASIDE, Calif., March 24, 2017 – The Veterans Resource Center at CSUMB has a new refurbished space for student veterans to gather thanks to a generous donation of $6,000 by The Home Depot Foundation (THDF).

CSUMB Leading the Charge in Student-Athlete Mental Health Awareness

SEASIDE, Calif., March 8, 2017 – CSUMB was recently recognized as a leader and trendsetter across the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a collaborative and dedicated effort toward providing student-athletes with a holistic approach to wellness.

CSUMB’s Enid Baxter Ryce Has Fort Ord Projects Highlighted in Washington D.C.

SEASIDE, Calif., March 8, 2017 – CSUMB professor and documentary filmmaker Enid Baxter Ryce will have her Fort Ord documentary films highlighted by The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project March 17, 2017 in Washington D.C.

President Ochoa to Receive Prestigious Americanism Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Foreign-Born Communities

SEASIDE, Calif., March 3, 2017 – CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa has been selected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to receive the prestigious Americanism Medal.

CSUMB Alumnus Featured in CSU-Wide Student Success Profile

SEASIDE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017 – CSUMB alumnus and owner of J&P Organics Juan Perez was featured by the CSU for his successful ventures after graduating from CSUMB. Perez credits inspirational faculty, summer internships and a strong family support system for his success.

Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series Hosts The Wallace Roney Quintet Feb. 25

SEASIDE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2017 – The CSUMB World Theater will host The Wallace Roney Quintet Saturday Feb. 25 from 8-10 p.m. as a part of the Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series.

CSUMB, Community Leaders Partner for First Ever Sustainable Hospitality Symposium in Monterey

SEASIDE, Calif., February 13, 2017 – The Sustainable Hospitality Management program at CSUMB has partnered with community leaders, public officials and hospitality professionals to bring the first-ever sustainable hospitality symposium to the Monterey peninsula Feb. 23, 2017.

President’s Speaker Series: James Canton to Speak On Trends Reshaping the 21st Century

SEASIDE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2016 -- Cal State Monterey Bay President Eduardo M. Ochoa will host James Canton to speak trends reshaping the 21st century at The Colligan Theater Feb. 15, 2017 from 3:30-5 p.m.

CSUMB Student to Support Local Immigrant Communities with New Scholarship Program

SEASIDE, Calif., Jan. 27, 2017 -- Daisy Leon Melendrez, a CSUMB service learning student leader, has been selected as a Principal Community Scholar for her community project to provide information to immigrant communities about their constitutional rights.

CSUMB Faculty Member and Students Discover How Ocean Acidification Affects California Rockfish

SEASIDE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2017 – A new study examining how ocean acidification may negatively affect some juvenile rockfish, a key marine prey base to the California ecosystem, was published by researchers from Moss Landing Marine Labs of San Jose State University, California State University Monterey Bay and University of California Santa Cruz.

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay 2017 Registration Now Open

SEASIDE, Ca., Dec. 12, 2016 – Registration for the 2017 Startup Weekend to be held at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 27-29, 2017 is now open for all college students and community members.

CSUMB signs partnership with Universidad de Leon, Spain

SEASIDE, Ca., Dec. 8, 2016 – California State University Monterey Bay and Universidad de Leon, Spain signed a memorandum of understanding today creating an international partnership that opens great possibilities for exchange of students, professors and educational resources.

2016 CSUMB Holiday Donation Guide

Dec. 1, 2016 -- Whether you’re looking to donate toys or time, here is a list of all the opportunities around CSUMB to help everyone in our community enjoy this 2016 holiday season.

CSUMB Receives two-year $1.28M Grant to Improve College-Level Math Readiness

SEASIDE, Ca., Nov. 18, 2016 -- California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is one of four CSU campuses to be awarded a two-year, $1.28 million grant from the California Mathematics Readiness Challenge Initiative (CMRCI).

President Eduardo M. Ochoa Recognized as Hispanic Role Model and Leader in Higher Ed

SEASIDE, Ca., Nov. 8, 2016 -- President Eduardo M. Ochoa is one of 25 leaders recognized by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s “Hispanic Leaders and Role Models in Higher Education.”

CSUMB Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Receives CCNE Accreditation

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 28, 2016 -- CSU Monterey Bay’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is now the only Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program in the Central Coast region.

The Big Read Book Cover Design Contest

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 25, 2016 -- This fall Cal State Monterey Bay joined libraries from throughout Monterey County to support the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read. Your fellow students have designed book covers and now we need your vote to determine the best book cover!

Startup Hackathon 2016 Nov. 4-6

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 21, 2016 -- Cal State University Monterey Bay will host the 5th annual Startup Hackathon weekend featuring 80 students from Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College, Hartnell College and CSUMB Nov. 4-6, 2016.

Service Learning MVP Oct. 2016; The Digital Otter Center

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 17, 2016 -- Cal State Monterey Bay’s newest community outreach program, the Digital Otter Center, provides a variety of free technology services on a drop-in basis to students, businesses owners and residents in Monterey County.

CSUMB-Hartnell partnership aims to address critical teacher shortage in region

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 10, 2016 -- A joint venture between Hartnell College and Cal State Monterey Bay aims to tackle the critical teacher shortage in the region with plan to "grow our own."

Richard Wolffe to speak globalization impact on Monterey Bay region Oct. 27

The 2016-2017 President's Speaker Series kicks off Thursday Oct. 27 when President Ochoa will host best-selling author and MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe. The topic of conversation: Impacts of globalization on the Monterey Bay region and beyond.

CSUMB, SJSU to co-host CSU-wide "Camp Counterparts" conference

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct 7, 2016 -- CSUMB and San José State University will co-host the semi-annual “CSU Counterparts” conference Oct. 12-14, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds with representatives from all 23 CSU's.

AED's are on campus; get familiar and save a life

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct 5, 2016 -- With an AED located within walking distance from any location on campus, students and employees are encouraged to complete a free AED/CPR training offered through UPD to become certified in AED and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) use.

CSUMB to use STEM award toward improving retention and graduation rates

SEASIDE, Ca., Sept. 28, 2016 -- CSUMB selected to receive $5.6M STEM grant under the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

CSUMB students, local researchers to benefit from NOAA Grant

SEASIDE, Ca., Sept. 23, 2016 -- CSUMB is one of six universities across the nation who will benefit from a new five-year, $15.5-million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems.

New Public Affairs/Media Relations Manager at CSUMB

The University Affairs team has officially welcomed Noah Rappahahn to serve as the new Public Affairs and Media Relations Manager for CSUMB.

CSUMB remembers Robert Chapman

Robert Chapman, the spouse of Patricia Chapman, passed away at home recently. He was 91 years old. Patricia and Robert Chapman were the lead donors for the Chapman Science Academic Center, a 68,000-square-foot facility that is the home of the College of Science. The Chapmans, Salinas residents and community leaders donated $2.5 million toward construction costs for the state of the art facility.

CSUMB Student Awarded USDA Scholarship

CSUMB student Mykayla Latronica has been selected to receive a $30,000 USDA Scholarship to help her complete her degree in biology with a minor in mathematics.

CSUMB Cinematic Arts Professor Luis Camara pens successful film screenplay

Luis Camara has added another accomplishment to an impressive cinematic career. The longtime CSUMB Cinematic Arts professor wrote a screenplay for a comedy that is now a box office success in Mexico.

CSUMB Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus

CSUMB launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community over the age of 21.

CSUMB Partners with Mann Packing to establish College of Business Scholarship

Cal State Monterey Bay has signed an agreement with Mann Packing to provide a $10,000 per year, five-year scholarship for the CSUMB College of Business.

Hundreds of students now call CSUMB home after Move-in Day

New beginnings are at CSUMB this weekend. Not only is it the beginning of a new academic year, hundreds of freshmen are starting an exciting chapter in their young lives – they have officially left home and are now college students.

CSUMB Science and Environmental Policy is now the School of Natural Sciences

The CSUMB Science and Environmental Policy Division has changed its name to the School of Natural Sciences (SNS). It will continue to be a part of the College of Science, together with the School of Computing & Design and the Mathematics & Statistics Department. The change became effective July 1st.

CSUMB showcases the best of undergraduate research

The next generation of scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, social scientists were in the CSUMB Tanimura & Antle Family Library today, presenting the best of their summer work during the third annual Monterey Bay Summer Research Symposium.

Corey Garza speaks at international marine science panel in Paris

It’s been a busy summer for many CSUMB faculty. Corey Garza, a faculty member in the CSUMB Marine Science program, traveled to Paris in June and spoke on an international panel about the relationship between the oceans, human health and coastal resiliency.

CSUMB cuts water use

Cal State Monterey Bay has taken drastic measures to reduce water use since the beginning of California’s historic drought. Savings achieved at CSUMB since 2013 is equal to the water use of 255 homes annually.

Strike up a tune with CSUMB’s Lanier Sammons in Santa Cruz through July 24

If you’re on the north side of the bay, pay a visit to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. There, you will find CSUMB music instructor Lanier Sammons hosting an open, functioning artist's studio that allows visitors to collaborate on musical compositions.

Cal State Monterey Bay supports national Opportunities for All campaign for state colleges and universities

Accessibility, affordability and quality – like all state colleges and universities, Cal State Monterey Bay embodies those values for students. To reinforce this, CSUMB President Eduardo M. Ochoa has signed a pledge supporting the national Opportunities for All campaign launched by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

From Inner Mongolia to Monterey Bay

CSUMB Provost Bonnie Irwin recently welcomed a delegation of 18 educators from Inner Mongolia University of Finance and Economic from Inner Mongolia, China. The delegation consists of a team of faculty, department chairs and deans who are participating in a three-week professional development program at CSUMB from July 5 to 26.

Elevating Youth

Cal State Monterey Bay’s Upward Bound program continues to grow. This summer, the program is hosting nearly 100 under-privileged youth from North Monterey County, Soledad and Watsonville high schools, the largest summer group ever for the Monterey Bay region. The federally-funded program began serving local students in 1999.

CSU Summer Arts Celebrates Final Season at CSUMB

Don’t miss out on the final season of performances and classes for CSU Summer Arts. The 2016 season features a variety of inspiring performances in dance and theater, and classes for adult learners and community artists.

Final President’s Speaker Series addresses transportation and marks grand opening of CSUMB @ Salinas City Center

Final President’s Speaker Series addresses transportation and marks grand opening of CSUMB @ Salinas City Center

CSUMB Celebrates the Class of 2016

California State University, Monterey Bay celebrated its 20th annual commencement on May 21. This year’s celebration took place during two separate ceremonies. Approximately 1,500 graduates were honored. More than 11,000 friends and family members were in attendance during the day.

At commencement, one word: Plastics

The gowns worn by CSU Monterey Bay’s graduates will still be black, but they’ll also be green. The graduation regalia is manufactured from Repreve, a fiber made of recycled materials, including plastic bottles. It takes approximately 27 bottles to make a gown.

Very low test scores from English language learners in county

Jose Luis Alvarado, dean of the College of Education at CSUMB, was interviewed about the startling numbers from the state that show 93 percent of students who are English language learners are not meeting expectations. – KSBW-8, April 22, 201

Frank Wojcik named first library dean

. . .Wojcik came to CSUMB after serving as interim dean of the Mason Library at Keene State in New Hampshire. – Monterey Herald, April 17, 2016

Awards and Honors

Jim Raines, chair of the Department of Health, Human Services and Public Policy, won this year’s Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work. – American Association of State Colleges and Universities, April 6, 2016

Scholar: LGBT student data needed

Assistant Professor of Psychology Shannon Snapp is part of a national team that concluded more data are needed to determine how gay students fare in schools when it comes to discipline. – Monterey Herald, April 2, 2016

Get out and volunteer

Laura Lee Lienk was interviewed for a story on Earth Day and the work the CSUMB-based Return of the Natives has done for more than 20 years. “I think we’ve been a very consistent and steady organization in terms of environmental stewardship.” – Salinas Californian, April 2, 2016

Local schools recruiting teachers

Professor of Education Mark O’Shea was interviewed on efforts by local K-12 districts to find enough teachers to staff their classrooms. – KSBW-8, March 29, 2016

Surviving El Nino a challenge for otter pups

Dr. Rikk Kvitek commented on the effects of toxic algae blooms on the health of sea otters in Monterey Bay. – Monterey Herald, March 6, 2016

CSUMB welcomes new dean of science

. . . Andrew Lawson, new dean of CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Science, accepted the position at CSUMB in part because of the university’s “ambitions in terms of its growth targets, ambitions in the spirit of innovation.” – Monterey Herald, Feb. 28, 2016

Filmmaker wins recognition at international festival

Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, a filmmaker and lecturer at CSUMB, and his associate Robert Machoian were co-directors of a film that took the top prize at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. – Davis Enterprise, Feb. 27, 2016

Past Lives

“When I took the teaching job at CSUMB, part of the reason was the landscape," said Professor Enid Baxter Ryce. “I’m interested in a sense of place and understanding the land we’re walking on.” – Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 11, 2016

Teacher shortage could get worse

Professor of Education Mark O’Shea was quoted in a story on the state’s teacher shortage, agreeing with a report that concluded low pay is one of the reasons fewer students are entering the profession. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 20, 2016

Class of Computer Science Grads Breaks the Mold

Three years ago, CSUMB and Hartnell College started an ambitious computer science bachelor’s degree program called CSin3. On May 21, the first cohort graduates. And in a field dominated by white and Asian men, more than 80 percent of the graduates are Latino and nearly half are women. – National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, May 15, 2016

‘Last Chance’ artists

New waste district program gives CSUMB art students space to scavenge. – Monterey Herald, May 13, 2016

Honey maker wins $10K prize

CSUMB Startup Challenge gives entrepreneurs a chance to shine – Monterey Herald, May 7, 2016

CSUMB deploys falcons in demolition process

. . . The university is using sustainable demolition practices to clear the campus of 66 remaining structures. The practice employs measures that not only recycle more than 90 percent of the materials, but also use falcons and hawks to keep nesting birds at bay. – Monterey Herald, April 29, 2016

University students face graduating with diploma and debt

“We actually have about 72 percent of our students who have some type of financial aid here at CSUMB,” said Ashlie McCallon, lead financial aid counselor. – KION-5, April 28, 2016

Building a vision

CSU Monterey Bay looks toward its future with a final draft of its master plan circulating throughout campus. The plan sets a blueprint for growth and development on campus over the next 15 years, which includes growing the student population by thousands while achieving the goal of carbon neutrality. – Monterey County Weekly, April 28, 2016

College degree in three? Not a pipe dream

Students from farmworker, working-class families take part in ambitious computer science program. – San Jose Mercury News, April 26, 201

Seaside, CSUMB agreement establishes scholarship fund

An agreement between Seaside and CSU Monterey Bay will not only provide a path to development of a prime city parcel, but will also establish funding of up to $500,000 for a scholarship program for Seaside youth. – Monterey Herald, April 21, 2016

Otter Space

This year’s California College Media Association’s Excellence in Student Media Awards were a celebration of innovation and journalistic ideals in campus newspapers throughout the state. . . The Otter Realm scored across a range of categories, receiving 10 awards, three of them first-place honors. – Monterey County Weekly, April 14, 2016

Kid science

At CSUMB’s Camp SEA Lab, kids become junior marine scientists, and become more excited about – and invested in – our most inspiring local resource. – Monterey County Weekly, April 14, 2016

Getting down to business

Baseball was his first love, but after graduating from college Matt Urakami will hang up his cleats to pursue another dream – he has a job lined up with an international accounting and auditing firm. – Monterey Herald, April 12, 2016

CSUMB students earn NSF fellowships

Beth Alger and Elisabeth Carrillo have received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation totaling $138,000 each. – Monterey Herald, April 8, 2016

Best school

Intimate class sizes. A nationally recognized service learning program. These are just a few things that make CSUMB an exceptional school. – Monterey County Weekly, March 24, 2016

CSUMB building named after Pebble Beach donors

CSU Monterey Bay unveiled the name of its newest building, the Joel and Dena Gambord Business and Information Technology Building. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 26, 2016

Student documents homeless man’s life

A CSU Monterey Bay student’s video project on a homeless Navy veteran is a gritty look at life on the streets that he hopes will help him on his way to a filmmaking career. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 23, 2016

CSUMB expands service into North Salinas area

From our campus, we can see both sides of the county’s divide: the agricultural areas of the Salinas Valley and the tourist mecca of the Monterey Peninsula. Helping to bridge it is an important part of our mission. – Salinas Californian (op-ed by President Eduardo Ochoa), Feb. 13, 2016

CSUMB tapped for freshmen study

What will the college freshman year of the future look like? Cal State Monterey Bay is one of 44 institutions nationwide drawing the scenario. – Salinas Californian, Feb. 12, 2016

CSUMB works to broaden its reach in Salinas

Cal State Monterey Bay has leased the building that once housed Heald College, and will offer classes there beginning in the fall. – Salinas Californian, Feb. 10, 2016

New programs

Cal State Monterey Bay is starting an undergraduate major in human development and family studies. – Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2016

Salinas hopes to turn farm workers’ children into computer scientists

Dario Molina’s alternative life scrolls by on both sides of Highway 101 north: acre upon acre of lettuce, spinach, heartbreak . . . He was awarded a Matsui Foundation scholarship to the new computer science program, which crams a four-year computer science curriculum into three years. – Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8, 2016

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay: ‘Best one in four years’

The event not only infuses the excitement of entrepreneurship to the campus and the region, it cultivates the pipeline of innovation and startups for the future. – Santa Cruz Tech Beat, Feb. 1, 2016

Back to School

. . . CSUMB hosts the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program for those 50-and-over that proves learning is its own reward. – Monterey County Weekly, Jan. 21, 2016

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay Returns for Fourth Year

On Jan. 29, the University Center at CSU Monterey Bay will be overrun with community and student entrepreneurs and creative minds alike. – Santa Cruz Tech Beat, Jan. 20, 2016

Lots of students want to get in CSUMB

A record number of students applied to attend CSUMB in the fall 2016 semester. The university received 16,182 freshmen applications by the Nov. 30 deadline to apply, an increase of almost 5 percent from the previous year. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 14, 2016

TAKE A BOW

CSU Monterey Bay will hold its annual honors convocation May 20, recognizing students for their distinguished academic achievements. Six students will receive special awards, 18 will be honored for their Service Learning work and 365 will be acknowledged for having earned grade-point averages of at least 3.5.

Commencement 2016 by the numbers

One year of planning and countless staff hours create this unforgettable day

KAZU honored for excellence in journalism

KAZU has won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism, bringing to 16 the number of awards its reporters have earned since 2010.

Marine science student’s work honored at research competition

Marine biology student Madison Heard took second place at the CSU Student Research Competition with her work on the impacts of ocean acidification on abalone.

How to help the oceans? Send in the hackers

A team of nine CSUMB students took the top honor at the Fishackathon 2016 event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with an app to help fishermen in the Philippines identify and avoid marine protected areas. And– bonus! – it alerts fishermen to dangerous weather conditions.

A helping hand for budding entrepreneurs

During the current school year, Junior Achievement and CSU Monterey Bay’s School of Business partnered to provide high school students with a program that helps prepare them for college and career. Funding was provided by AT&T, as part of the company’s $350 million planned national commitment to education.

Upward Bound coordinator wins top regional honor

Cesar Velazquez, coordinator of Cal State Monterey Bay’s Upward Bound program, has been honored by his peers in the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel.

Documentary examines PTSD

Buried Above Ground, a documentary that tracks the lives of three people trying to recover from PTSD, will be screened at CSUMB’s Black Box Cabaret on May 11. Showtime is 6 p.m. Director Ben Selkow will take part in a panel discussion following the showing.

School board colloquium

Find out what issues shaping local schools on April 28, when the School of Education will hold a school board colloquium with officials from the Gonzales, Monterey Peninsula, Aromas and Santa Cruz districts.

Seventh-graders inspired at CSUMB

More Santa Cruz County students are preparing for college, and Cal State Monterey Bay is part of the process. On April 22, half of the county’s seventh-graders – about 1,400 students – will visit CSUMB to attend a summit on college eligibility requirements and to learn about the college experience. The university’s office of Early Outreach and Support Programs will host the visit to campus.

Campus presents Monterey Bay Art and Film Festival for Youth

Three days of film screenings, music, art workshops and artists talks are on tap April 28 through 30 at the Monterey Bay Art and Film Festival for Youth at Cal State Monterey Bay and the Greenfield Cultural Arts Center.

Art in the service of science

Illustrating Nature, the annual exhibit of work by students in the Science Illustration Program, will be on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History May 7 through June 12. The opening reception will be held May 6.

Program marks National Minority Health Month at CSUMB

The community is invited to join Cal State Monterey Bay’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services on April 26 to mark National Minority Health Month. Speakers Gil Cedillo and Carlos Ugarte will focus on farmworker and immigrant health.

Exchange program sends CSUMB students to Japan

In July, 10 students from Cal State Monterey Bay will head overseas as participants in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, better known as JET.

CSUMB highly ranked among study abroad programs

CSUMB ranks No. 8 among its peer institutions for the length of time its student spend abroad. Nationally, only 3 percent of students who study abroad stay a year; CSUMB students stay that long 35 percent of the time.

CSUMB celebrates Asian Pacific Island culture

The beauty and diversity of the Asian Pacific Island cultures will be celebrated at Cal State Monterey Bay April 25-29. Highlights include a luau and Holi, the festival of colors.

Psychology lecturer featured at conference on tribal issues

Dr. Kathryn England-Aytes is among the cultural and legal experts and tribal leaders invited to participate in the annual Sovereignty Symposium sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Undergraduate research pays off big

Two biology majors have won prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships in the amount of $138,000 to pay for three years of graduate school. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center played a big role in their success.

Photo exhibit a 'tribute' to students

“Archaeology on the Edge of Empire,” an exhibit of photographs by Professor Ruben Mendoza, honors the many CSUMB students who, over two decades, have worked on projects sponsored by the archaeology program.

Students earn CSUMB's first Goldwater scholarships

Juan Cerda and Jordan Collignon are the first students in the university’s history to earn the prestigious scholarships for students in STEM fields.

MENding Monologues returns to CSUMB

Following on the heels of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” CSU Monterey Bay students continue their campaign to end sexual violence against women with performances of “The MENding Monologues” April 7, 8 and 9 at the World Theater.

Study: Schools need more data on LGBT students

Dr. Shannon Snapp and researchers at the University of Texas and the Equity Project at Indiana University say that school districts across the United States have made significant strides in addressing racial disparities in school discipline, but the same attention needs to be paid to disparities for LGBT students.

Native American student group formed

Native American Students United, a campus club, and a Native American Council have been organized at CSUMB. The goal is to provide community and support for students and to advise campus administrators on issues relevant to the support of Native students, faculty, staff and alumni.

CSUMB sends 10 to statewide competition

Outstanding research by CSU Monterey Bay students on topics ranging from the effects of climate change on red abalone to visitor engagement in California Mission museums will be presented at a system-wide competition next month.

CSUMB professor works to increase diversity in geosciences

Dr. Corey Garza is one of 30 participants invited by the National Science Foundation to attend the GEO GOLD – Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity – workshop March 20-24 in Annapolis, Md. The event is part of an effort by the NSF to develop new programs to increase diversity in ocean science, geology, atmospheric science and related disciplines.

Raines wins national social work award

Dr. Jim Raines is the winner of this year’s Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work.

CSUMB scholars share their knowledge

Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., will host a symposium on March 23 with a decidedly CSUMB feel. The symposium, "the Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery,” is sponsored by the college’s Center for American Indians. CSUMB archaeology professor Ruben Mendoza is the keynote speaker, psychology lecturer Kathryn England-Aytes is a panelist.

Campus Compact action statement celebrated

Cal State Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa was on hand March 20 when Campus Compact celebrated the signatories on its action statement during a summit of presidents and chancellors in Boston.

Washington, D.C., conference: A teachable meeting

Three students in the Sustainable Hospitality program are spending a few days helping to staff a conference in Washington, D.C., that will be attended by more than 16,000 people – including the vice president and four presidential candidates.

'Carry' hits campus

A small, self-driving vehicle is traveling campus walkways to deliver packages. The autonomous vehicle – which looks more like a cooler on wheels than a high-tech robot – uses sensors to navigate sidewalks the way self-driving cars navigate roads. Dispatch, the South San Francisco-based maker, is testing the vehicle at CSUMB until August.

CSUMB poet honors civil rights leader

Diana Garcia, a professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, joined U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and others in a reading March 9 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the groundbreaking exhibition honoring United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta.

CSUMB honored at Student Affairs conference

Cal State Monterey Bay received two awards at the recent National Orientation Directors Association region II conference. Natasha Daly was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader, and the university earned the Innovative Program Award.

Afraid of public speaking? Oratory Otters is here to help

Do you tense up when speaking in front of a group? Does the thought of your capstone presentation terrify you? Are you a scientist who needs to communicate your findings to policymakers and the public? If so, Oratory Otters, CSUMB’s Toastmasters Club, is here to help.

Professor’s coming-of-age novel nominated for literary award

Professor Deb Busman’s novel Like a Woman is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. The awards, in multiple categories, celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writing published in 2015.

Social Justice Colloquium set for March 15

Vicente Rafael, professor of history and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington, will talk on “Amidst Three Empires: The Philippines Under Spain, the United States and Japan, 1565-1945.” The talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., March 15, in the University Center.

Need help with technology?

Computer science students will provide free assistance to members of the community weekly starting March 11. At the Digital Otter Center, CSUMB’s newest community outreach program, students will provide a variety of free technology services on a drop-in basis to individuals, startups and non-profits.

A suitcase full of help

Cal State Monterey Bay students are bringing health care to the homeless in the Chinatown area of Salinas. In collaboration with a local physician, CSUMB’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association and students from a biology service learning course launched a “suitcase clinic” in the fall of 2015.

Professor's lighting design lauded

Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson, a professor in Visual and Public Art, was mentioned in Sam Hurwitt’s review of the play Exit Cuckoo (Nanny in Motherland). “Stephanie Anne Johnson’s lighting shifts markedly as Ramirez shifts from one persona to another . . . ” – San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 17, 2016

Artificial intelligence: The end of humanity as we know it?

The annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum will take a look at artificial intelligence. Is it, as Stephen Hawking has suggested, the end of the human race? Or is it a new age of 'superintelligence' in which smart devices and machines will extend human capabilities? Join guest speakers and panelists to examine the issue on March 16.

Photo exhibit highlights turbulent times

Approximately 40 images from the Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Libraries will be exhibited at CSUMB starting March 3. They depict historical events and intimate moments from the peace, social justice and cultural movements of the 1960s and ’70s – shining a spotlight on critical events in American history.

Information made beautiful

Each year, the National Science Foundation and Popular Science magazine team up to issue a challenge: Can people visualize a scientific idea, concept or story in an arresting way? Stephanie Rozzo, a 2011 graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s science illustration program, took the challenge last year, and it paid off.

Otter Realm honored at collegiate media event

For the second straight year, the Otter Romp, a year-end issue of the Otter Realm that features investigative reporting, was named best special section at the California College Media Association’s annual Excellence in Student Media Awards ceremony. It was one of 10 awards earned by CSUMB's student newspaper.

Living Memorial for Women and War

Three academic departments at Cal State Monterey Bay have joined forces to present a “Living Memorial,” a series of public art installations, performances and discussions called “Songs for Women Living with War.” The Visual and Public Art, Global Studies and Humanities and Communication programs are collaborating on the project.

Alum named Firefighter of the Year

Anthony Prado (TMAC ’00) always wanted to be a firefighter. Even a degree in computer science and a job in Silicon Valley didn't derail his dream. Now, the engineer with the Marina Fire Department has been honored by his peers.

Former NAACP head to speak at commencement

Ben Jealous, former head of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at CSU Monterey Bay’s commencement ceremonies May 21. This year marks two milestones for CSUMB – the university celebrates its 20th commencement, and for the first time, two ceremonies will be held.

Veterans History Project topic of panel

Professor Enid Baxter Ryce and her students collected oral histories of local veterans that will be included in the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. On Feb. 25, two staff members from the library will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion of the project.

The invisible force: Latinos at war in Vietnam

Dr. Tomás Summers Sandoval, professor of history and Chicano/Latino Studies at Pomona College, will visit CSUMB March 7 to talk on “The Invisible History of the Vietnam War in Mexican America.” It’s estimated that more than 200,000 Mexican Americans fought in the war. Dr. Summers Sandoval's research indicates that for those who returned home, the war altered the course of their lives, reshaping their economic and educational trajectories, as well as their notions of identity, nation and world.

Art meets sustainability

By the end of the semester, the capstone project of two Visual and Public Art students will grace a wall of CSUMB’s Dining Commons. The design will focus on sustainability as it relates to the food industry and will depict the cycle of food – from the fields to the kitchen to the table to compost and back to the fields.

Science dean named

Andrew Lawson, interim dean of Science and Mathematics at Fresno State University, has been named dean of Cal State Monterey Bay’s College of Science.

Writing residency leads to autobiographical play for VPA professor

Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson, professor of Visual and Public Art, was awarded a writing residency in Atlanta last fall. During that time, she wrote a second play, Mrs. Reiff and The Counterfeit Shop.

CSUMB joins effort to re-imagine freshman year

Cal State Monterey Bay is one of 44 colleges nationwide selected for a three-year pilot program, Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY), that aims to transform the freshman year in order to improve students’ chances of success in school and in the 21st century workplace.

CSUMB expands its presence in Salinas

Cal State Monterey Bay has leased the main building vacated by last year’s closure of Heald College in Salinas and will begin offering classes in that facility later this year. The 25,000-square-foot building on North Main Street and Alvin Drive includes office space and 11 classrooms. It will be known as CSUMB@North Salinas.

Panel examines issues around workforce development

Building the workforce of the 21st century will be the topic addressed by a panel of experts on March 2, when the President’s Speaker Series resumes at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Former Congresswoman visits CSUMB Feb. 24

CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services celebrates Black History Month with a lecture by physician and former Congresswoman Donna Christensen on Feb. 24.

Challenges facing women entrepreneurs topic of forum

This semester’s Entrepreneurship Forum at Cal State Monterey Bay features a discussion on the challenges and rewards women face in startups and tech companies. The forum will be held Feb. 11.

CSUMB volunteers offer free tax preparation

Looking for a way to reduce the stress of tax season? CSU Monterey Bay students and faculty working with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – VITA – program may have an answer.

Monologues tell women's stories

The Vagina Monologues returns to CSU Monterey Bay Feb. 11, 12 and 13. The play tells the stories of a variety of women, their connections with each other and with the world.

Kinesiology professors present research at international conference

Do physiological factors drive exercise addiction? Does substance abuse play a role? CSU Monterey Bay kinesiology professors Brian Cook and Ryan Luke will present research to address these questions, among others, at the International Conference on Behavioral Addictions in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14-16.

New degree offered in human development and family studies

The Human Development and Family Studies bachelor of arts program will teach students about human growth and change through all stages of life, focusing on how families develop and grow in specific contexts and environments. Students will learn about the diversity of families and how culture and community can define appropriate practices across the lifespan.

Faculty research looks at language use in Salinas Valley

The Spanish spoken in the Salinas Valley has shown a remarkable degree of resilience, complexity and prowess that merits closer study, according to Dr. Juan José Gutiérrez of the Division of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies, and Dr. Gabriela Zapata of the university’s School of World Languages and Cultures, who are currently conducting research there. Their work is sponsored by a faculty grant.

Alum earns California Sea Grant fellowship

Patrick Mulcahy, a 2015 graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s master’s program in applied marine and watershed science, has been named a California Sea Grant Fellow for 2016. He'll spent a year working with the state Lands Commission.

'Latino Americans' documentary to be screened Feb. 17

"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History," a six-part documentary, was created for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 2013. CSUMB has been screening the films thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. On Feb. 17, another installment in the series will be shown on campus. A talk by director Ray Telles will accompany the screening.

Student's art tapped for race logo

As publicity kicks in for the annual Together with Love 5 and 10K race, colorful posters are popping up around the local area. The artwork was done by CSU Monterey Bay student Andrew Bailey in Professor Bobbi Long’s introduction to digital graphic design class.

Exhibit explores art, symbolism of Fort Ord

"Insignias of Fort Ord: Art in Everyday Military Life" opens Feb. 11 at the Monterey Museum of Art. Professor Enid Baxter Ryce, chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, created the exhibition in collaboration with the Veterans Transition Center (VTC) of Marina and CSUMB students.

Applications soar for fall enrollment

A record number of students applied to attend CSU Monterey Bay in the fall 2016 semester. The university received 16,182 freshmen applications by the Nov. 30 deadline to apply. That’s up almost 5 percent from the previous year. The number of transfer students applying to attend CSUMB increased 15.3 percent to 4,182.

CLASS ACT

The city of Salinas is getting help from Cal State Monterey Bay students and faculty members. The city was chosen as the partner for CSUMB’s first Sustainable City Year Program, a collaboration involving a handful of classes working with city officials toward a more sustainable, livable city.

Birds of a feather count together

Volunteers are needed on Saturday morning, Jan. 16, to look for hawks, geese, ducks, wrens and a variety of other species at the Watershed Institute’s annual winter bird count at Upper Carr Lake in Salinas. Experienced birders and novices are welcome to help during the three-hour count.



Learning for the fun of it

U.S. foreign policy, Don DeLillo and the physiology and disorders of sleep are among a diverse range of classes that will be offered in the spring through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at Cal State Monterey Bay. The courses and speakers are specifically geared for those 50 and better.

Programa Promesa de estudiar en la Universidad

Estudiantes del sexton grado del distrito escolar de Salinas, visitan la Universidad Estatal de Monterey como parte del programa, University Promise, el cual los invita a que prometan que continuaran sus estudios hasta llegar asistir y graduarse de una universidad. – KSMS-67, Dec. 9, 2015

Mazda Raceway brings in big bucks

Research conducted by Jarrett Bachman of CSUMB’s College of Business reveals that Laguna Seca Raceway contributed more than $60 million to the Monterey County economy in 2015. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 28, 2015

CSUMB receives $10 million gift

CSUMB has announced a $10 million gift from Joel and Dena Gambord of Pebble Beach – the largest gift in the university’s 20-year history. It will create two endowed professorships, a fund to help students research, build and bring products from concept to market and fund scholarships. – Philanthropy News Digest, Nov. 28, 2015

Mazda Raceway produces $62 million

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca contributed more than $62 million in direct economic benefit and more than $5 million in taxes during this year’s major racing season, according to a study by a CSU Monterey Bay professor. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 25, 2015

PARTY APP-TITUDE

. . . The PartyOn team was one of nine teams competing at the fifth Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay competition at CSUMB. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 23, 2015

CSUMB students push food reform

Student activists at CSUMB are demanding more healthful local food on campus. They are navigating the bureaucracy to rethink the CSU food system. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 21, 2015

A CSUMB senior wants to make the region more bike-friendly

Communications major Bernard Green had a revelation in his teens that set him on his current path: make whatever world he lived in more bikeable and walkable. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 19, 2015

The Next Generation

. . . CSUMB is now offering a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Hospitality Management. The major, headed by John Avela, provides students with a broad foundation in hospitality, sustainability, leadership and management, operations, marketing and information technology. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 5, 2015

Drought effects seen from space

Researchers at Cal State Monterey Bay have teamed with NASA to use satellite data to better understand the effects of the drought on the state’s agriculture. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 28, 2015

Cal State Monterey Bay wins $1 million grant for data science program

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, CSUMB will soon train its students in the hot new field of biomedical data science. – Santa Cruz Sentinel, Oct. 23, 2015

CSU chancellor visits CSUMB

Chancellor Tim White paid his fifth visit to CSU Monterey Bay, and if one word could be used to summarize most of the concerns expressed to him, it would be resources. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 8, 2015

CSUMB event celebrates Hispanic Heritage, importance of reaching community

. . . two presenters were offered by the College of Health Sciences and Human Services; the goal was to highlight the importance of services in the medical community that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 1, 2015

Challenging, Supportive Computer Science Program Allows Students to Excel

Faculty and administrators at CSUMB and nearby Hartnell College, a two-year school, are removing obstacles that keep students from completing computer science degrees, such as stereotypes about who should be in these classes. – Insight Into Diversity, October 2015

CSUMB finishes Steinbeck Center buy

More than a year after it was first proposed, the purchase of the National Steinbeck Center by CSUMB has been finalized. “This is our front door to Salinas and we’re going to use this as a way to connect to the community and respond to their needs,” CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa said. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 25, 2015

U.S. News ranks Cal State Monterey Bay

CSUMB is one of the top public universities in the Western United States, ranked 18th, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges edition. The assessments were based on critical indicators such as graduation and retention rates, faculty resources and financial resources. – Monterey County Business Council, Sept. 18, 2015

Room to grow

When CSUMB officials last updated the campus master plan in 2007, enrollment was expected to cap at 8,500 students. Fast forward to 2015, with an enrollment of 7,000 students and a revised expected growth of 12,500 by 2020. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 29, 2015

CSUMB students drawn by opportunity, region

Bright-eyed students and emotional parents unloaded vehicles in the parking lot of CSUMB, an annual ritual at an institution that enters its 20th year with a record enrollment of more than 7,000. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 22, 2015

CSUMB president touts university’s ‘maturing’

Eduardo Ochoa itemized numerous signs of significant progress, and outlined his vision of the future of a “transformative university” when he delivered his annual State of the University address to a large audience at the World Theater. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 21, 2015

Taking tech to the fields

An upstart, home grown ag tech company has its product out working farmland in the Salinas Valley with plans to broaden its product line. And two students from the CS-in-3 program run by CSUMB and Hartnell College had a strong hand in designing the software. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 20, 2015

CSUMB gets money for program to train school psychologists

CSU Monterey Bay has received $1.2 million from the U.S. Department ofEducation to develop a program to train school psychologists. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 17, 2015

Technology camp draws international students

Dozens of high school students – 34 from Taiwan and an equal number from the local area – attended the annual Technology Innovation summer camp at CSUMB, designing video games and learning to program. – American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Aug. 12, 2015

Mist opportunity

. . . Professor of science and environmental policy Dan Fernandez has been building fog catchers for scientific purposes. He said they are used in arid communities throughout the world. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 15, 2015

Student excels despite odds

. . . Despite odds stacked against him, Ricardo Mata, 27, proudly made the dean’s list during his first semester at CSUMB. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 7, 2015

Math immersion program inspires middle school students

According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, 50 percent of high school students admitted to CSU campuses require remedial math. This is not news to Hongde Hu, chair of the math and statistics department at CSUMB. Hu has been seeking ways to improve math performance among incoming freshmen for nearly a decade. – Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 6, 2015

Estudiantes en la Universidad de Monterey

Mas de 300 estudiantes provenientes de veinte del Condado de Monterey celebraronla clausura del programa “MESA Junior Otters” en la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey. Uno de los oradores del evento fue el fundador del Teatro Campesino Luis Valdez. – KSMS-67, July 31, 2015

Matsui awards over $1M in scholarships

The Matsui Foundation is awarding more than $1 million in scholarships to students enrolling in CS-in-3, an innovative computer science bachelor’s degree program offered by CSUMB and Hartnell College. – The Salinas Californian, July 28, 2015

Young kids shine at CSUMB urban dance workshop

Blending music, theater, dance and over 100 children just can’t help being fun.And so it was at CSUMB when members of CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater held an inventive workshop with young migrant students from the Salinas City Elementary School District. – The Salinas Californian, July 23, 2015

Marina, CSUMB team up on new housing project

Those involved say there is much to be proud of when talking about The Promontory – the multi-million dollar 579-bed student housing project about to open at CSUMB. – Monterey Herald, July 15, 2015

Summer's Cool

For many, especially students and people in academia, summer can signal a time to slow down and relax. At CSUMB, it’s the start of frenetic activity. – Monterey County Weekly, June 25, 2015

Latino Catholics See Reflection in a Friar Set for Sainthood

Professor Ruben Mendoza was quoted in a story in the New York Times about the canonization of Father Serra. – New York Times, Sept. 19, 2015

Person to Person

The Weekly profiled Professor Deb Busman, who teaches creative writing at CSUMB and is co-director of the university’s Creative Writing and Social Action program. She talked about her most recent book, like a woman, a novel about a teenager and her friends in L.A. trying to escape poverty. – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 31, 2015

Trees capture fog – so why can't we?

The work of Professor Dan Fernandez, was cited in a story about capturing fog for a water source. The story pointed out Dr. Fernandez has developed and deployed dozens of “fog catchers" throughout the region, testing their effectiveness with different materials and in different coastal areas. Fernandez has taught and researched sustainability issues for many years on topics ranging from clean energy to large-scale composting, as well as water conservation. – Bay Nature, Dec. 30, 2015

Teachers wade into new science standards

Professor Mark O’Shea was featured in a story about new K-12 science standards. With support from a federal Dept. of Education grant, Dr. O’Shea is helping to train South County teachers to implement the new curriculum. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 15, 2015

California Missions and Father Junipero Serra

As part of C-SPAN's nationally televised American history series, Professor Ruben Mendoza gave a tour of the Carmel Mission and talked about Father Serra, who founded the mission. – C-SPAN, Dec. 5, 2015

Mazda Raceway brings in big bucks

Research conducted by Jarrett Bachman of CSUMB’s College of Business reveals that Laguna Seca Raceway contributed more than $60 million to the Monterey County economy in 2015. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 28, 2015

Scientists to use wetlands to clean, treat sick rivers

Research by Professor Fred Watson was featured in a story on using wetlands to curtail nitrate levels in local rivers and streams. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 27, 2015

El Nino pushes California calamari landings down

Professor Louis Zeidberg explained that higher temperatures may be altering the briny buffet of krill and other small crustaceans that market squid eat, forcing their numbers down. – San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 25, 2015

‘Hidden’ murals lead to bigger collaborations

What started with Professor Enid Ryce’s curiosity about art in abandoned buildings has grown into collaborations with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Monterey Museum of Art and the local Veterans Transition Center. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 10, 2015

Monterey Bay fisherman experiments with nets

. . . Professor James Lindholm of CSUMB studies the ways fishing methods alter habitat. In a study published earlier this year, he analyzed the impacts of trawling on the sandy floor of Morro Bay. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 31, 2015

Drought effects seen from space

Forrest Melton, CSUMB researcher with the NASA collaboration, was interviewed for a story about how satellite data is being used to help the state’s growers deal with the drought. – Salinas Californian, Oct. 28, 2015

Challenging, Supportive Computer Science Program Allows Students to Excel

“This is College done right,” said Professor Sathya Narayanan, co-director of the CS-in-3 program and associate professor of computer science at CSUMB.“We’re getting students to where they need to be and giving them a high-quality education.” – Insight Into Diversity, October 2015

Inspirational leader or indigenous oppressor?

“There is no documentation or evidence that shows Father Junipero Serra abused or killed anyone,” Professor Ruben Mendoza told the Orange County Register in a story about the canonization of Serra. – Orange County Register, Sept. 19, 2015

Native Americans Debate: Father Serra, Saint or Sinner?

Professor Ruben Mendoza was interviewed for a story on how Native Americans view Serra, who will be canonized during a papal visit to the U.S. – Voice of America, Sept. 3, 2015

Fog catchers create water from air

. . . Professor of science and environmental policy Dan Fernandez has been building fog catchers for scientific purposes. He said they are used in arid communities throughout the world. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 15, 2015

Local researcher offers insight into the ocean

Professor James Lindholm was featured in a story about what lies beneath the Monterey Bay, and about his work that allows researchers to measure the impacts of climate change. – Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall issue

The year in review

Cal State Monterey Bay experienced a year of transformative change and growth. From a $10 million gift – the largest in school history – to new buildings and acknowledgement of innovative programs, 2015 was a banner year for the university.

CSUMB Creates! A special venue at First Night Monterey

Works by CSU Monterey Bay students,faculty, staff and alumni will be showcased at First Night Monterey, the family-friendly celebration of New Year’s Eve. CSUMB Creates! will include music, visual art and film and will be held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ McGowan Center at Pacific and Franklin streets in downtown Monterey.

Soaking up the sun

University House, the on-campus home of President and Mrs. Ochoa, has gone solar. The 21 roof-mounted photovoltaic cells were installed recently by Western Sun Systems and produce 6.9 kilowatts of power. That’s enough electricity to meet about 80 percent of the total power need for the house.

Community invited to student recitals

Cal State Monterey Bay students are offering the gift of music this holiday season. The community is invited to a quartet of free public performances featuring students in the university’s Music and Performing Arts Department.

Salinas sixth-graders take the college pledge

Approximately 500 sixth-graders filled the ballroom of CSU Monterey Bay’s University Center on Dec. 8, radiating energy and enthusiasm. The youngsters came from six schools in the Salinas City Elementary School District to participant in the University Promise program. The idea is to get them thinking about and planning for college, even though it is six years away.

Researcher represents CSUMB at international conference

A shortage of fish in the ocean, combined with human population growth, means global shortfalls for traditional food sources. Squid may help to fill the gap. That’s according to Michael Navarro, a National Science Foundation post-doctoral scholar in Science & Environmental Policy at CSUMB.

Faculty member assumes presidency of national organization

In January, Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott will become president of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. She will coordinate with other language teaching associations “to promote world languages and cultures nationwide.”

Student's artwork promotes First Night Monterey

Images of musicians and dancers are popping up around the local area as publicity for First Night Monterey. The artwork was produced by CSU Monterey Bay student Carly Allen, the result of a partnership between the university and the event’s organizers.

Alumna tackles the evolution of birds

"The Wall of Birds" will be finished next week. Jane Kim’s announcement on Facebook, posted Dec. 1, heralded the completion of her two-and-a-half year project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. – a mural that depicts the evolution and diversity of birds. The 2010 graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s science illustration program has painted one representative example from every bird family in the world – all 271 of them – including extinct species.

TAT alumni nominated for indie film honors

A feature film written and directed by Robert Machoain (TAT 2007) and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck (TAT 2009) will compete at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The pair received a nod in the Someone to Watch category for God Bless the Child, a 94-minute narrative feature film. The category recognizes filmmakers of “singular vision who have not yet received appropriate recognition.”

Toy drive under way at UPD

CSUMB’s police department is participating in the Crime Prevention Officers Association toy drive, and reaching out to the campus community for help. Anyone who would like to contribute can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Police Department (Bldg. 82E) and place it in the barrel located in the lobby by Dec. 16.

Annual winter concert to be held Dec. 5

The 5 p.m. concert in the World Theater features the university’s chorale; jazz, strings, wind and guitar ensembles; gospel choir; and Sharp Nine, a band that originated from a jazz improvisation class. Santa will also make an appearance.

CSUMB receives largest donation in its history

Joel and Dena Gambord of Pebble Beach have made a $10 million gift to California State University, Monterey Bay to establish two endowed professorships, fund student scholarships and set up an entrepreneurship fund.

What happens when entrenched prison culture is challenged?

Seven years, three men, one prison. What happens when a court order and an anti-violence program challenge deeply entrenched prison culture? That’s the issue explored in the documentary, In an Ideal World, shot in Soledad Prison. Filmmaker Noel Schwerin will be on hand when it is screened at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the World Theater.

Vigil for victims of Paris terrorist attacks

Cal State Monterey Bay Provost Bonnie D. Irwin will preside over a vigil to mourn the passing of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, including Nohemi Gonzalez of Cal State Long Beach. The vigil will also allow the campus to extend condolences to our French exchange students enrolled at CSUMB.

Mobile app competition coming to CSUMB

Now is the time for students to register for the annual Startup Hackathon Monterey Bay. This year’s event will be held Nov. 20-22 on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay.

Alumnus makes good impression on Hillary Clinton

Mac Clemmens (TMAC 2005) recently got to hang out with a presidential candidate. The CEO of Sacramento web development firm Digital Deployment attended a $2,700-a-plate fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton, where the two chatted about tax policy.

Otter Realm named one of nation's best

CSUMB’s student newspaper has earned a Pacemaker award, the highest honor given by the Associated Collegiate Press. The award was presented at the group’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 31.

Wells Fargo supports College of Business

The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development and a program that helps prepare students for the business world will benefit from a $30,000 gift from Wells Fargo.

New play tells story of the Esselen tribe

A staged reading of 'IYA The Esselen Remember' will be held Nov. 19 and 21 at CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater.

Polar ICE

CSU Monterey Bay, in collaboration with Rutgers University, has received a three-year, $1,100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education – ICE – program, which shares the story of how polar science is done.

Lecture examines the conflict in Palestine

Journalist Ben Ehrenreich will visit Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 10 to lecture on “Is This the Third Intifada? Understanding the Conflict in Palestine.”

Native American Heritage Month celebrated at CSUMB

As part of Cal State Monterey Bay’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Joseph Pierce will visit campus on Nov. 5. His topic: Indigenous identities and native authenticity.

Taking it to the streets

Thanks to student transportation coordinator Bernard Green, CSUMB will be represented at the third annual Ciclovia Salinas event. It's part of a global movement to get residents outdoors for biking, walking, roller-skating, skateboarding – any kind of people-powered transportation – on motor vehicle-free streets.

A Greater Vision

The “Greater Vision” series of forums addressing issues facing agriculture continues Nov. 5 with a look at how emergent technologies are transforming the industry. The series is intended to build a continuing conversation from the Forbes AgTech Summit held in Salinas last July. That event was part of an effort to merge the technological expertise of Silicon Valley with local agriculture.

Big data is a big deal

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Cal State Monterey Bay $1 million to train a diverse workforce in biomedical data science as part of its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative.

'A Path Appears' to be shown at CSUMB

In the documentary, A Path Appears, the subject is gender oppression, violence and solutions. The subtext is how everything is connected: domestic violence, poverty, sex trafficking . . . It’s not easy to watch, but it carries an important message.

Breathless in Bombay author reads at CSUMB

Indian writer Murzban Shroff will visit Cal State Monterey Bay for a special presentation on Oct. 27. His debut story collection, Breathless in Bombay, was published in 2008 to great critical acclaim for its ability to capture the lives of the invisible and show a city in the throes of seismic modernization.

Another honor for Azama

Yo Azama (MAE 2015) has earned another award for his work in the classroom and in promoting language study.

Exhibition of faculty artwork opens Oct. 28

Work by faculty members in the Visual and Public Art Department will be displayed in the Balfour Brutzman Gallery starting Oct. 28. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., in the gallery located in the art department, Bldg. 71, on Inter-Garrison Road.

Student photos on display

Each summer for the last four years, about a dozen students have attended the ethnographic field research summer school in Leon Province, Spain. Photos documenting their experiences will be on display in Heron Hall starting Oct. 23. The community is invited to view the photos and hear about their research and service learning experiences from 4 to 7 p.m.

Science fiction classic puts spotlight on faculty research

Cal State Monterey Bay Professor Dan Fernandez was invited to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of Dune, the science fiction classic about a planet where it never rains. His talk – Every Last Drop: Extracting Water from Fog – is based on research he has conducted since 2005.

CSU Chancellor Timothy White visits CSUMB

California State University Chancellor Timothy White continued a tour of the system’s 23 campuses when he visited CSUMB on Oct. 7. It was his fifth trip to the campus since he became chancellor in December of 2012.

OLLI lecture: The changing lens of nursing

There's a movement underfoot to transform the nursing profession. Learn about the changes from Dr. Savitri Singh-Carlson, head of CSUMB's nursing program, at a free lecture set for 10 a.m., Oct. 9, at the OLLI offices in the Corporation Building.

KOREA IN FOCUS

Two upcoming events at Cal State Monterey Bay will focus on the Republic of Korea. The counsel general from San Francisco will visit on Oct. 15 to discuss his country's relations with the U.S. On Nov. 2, peace activist Gwyn Kirk will report on the women's walk for peace across the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

A hole-in-one for STEM education

Cal State Monterey Bay students got hands-on experience teaching scientific concepts such as Archimedes’ principle and Newton’s theory of gravity through their application to golf. The students served as mentors at the STEM Zone, which made a stop at the Nature Valley First Tee Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach.

Disc golf takes flight . . . with help from CSUMB students

Led by women’s disc golf club president Traci Alger, a dozen volunteers – mostly from CSUMB – created a course at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina earlier this month. Alger worked with the city and the local Rotary Club to build the nine-hole course. When the school isn’t using it, the course will be available to the public.

CSUMB acquires National Steinbeck Center

California State University, Monterey Bay and the National Steinbeck Center have completed a deal that will bring the university to the city of Salinas. “This is our front door to Salinas and we’re going to use this as a way to connect to the community and respond to their needs,” said CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa.

Serra scholar attends canonization ceremony

Professor Ruben Mendoza will be among those in attendance Sept. 23 as Pope Francis celebrates Mass and canonizes Father Junipero Serra. Dr. Mendoza, a professor of archaeology at CSU Monterey Bay, has studied Father Serra’s life for 20 years. He is one of the researchers whose work prompted a reappraisal of the Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California.

Black Lives Matter

When she visits Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 6, Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will talk about how #BlackLivesMatter went from a political project to a global movement and how social media served as a platform to elevate the founders’ dreams, vision, hopes and love for humanity.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated with a look at health care

The community is invited to join Cal State Monterey Bay’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a discussion on Sept. 30. Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati and Zoila Escobar will share vital information on programs and strategies to meet the health care needs of the Latino community.

The future of burial: From cradle to compost?

You might take solace in the fact that when you die, your days of polluting the planet are over. But the truth is that the method you choose to dispose of your mortal remains has more of a deleterious impact on the environment than you might think. That’s according to Katrina Spade, founder of the Urban Death Project, who will speak at CSUMB on Oct. 2. The Seattle architect is leading a growing effort in support of a green alternative to caskets and cremation: human composting.

U.S. News recognizes CSUMB

Cal State Monterey Bay is one of the top public universities in the Western United States, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges edition released this week.

Displaced by Katrina, student cherishes time at CSUMB

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, drowning New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Many universities were forced to close their doors just as the fall semester was starting, displacing thousands of students. More than 300 of those students transferred to CSU campuses. Among them was a student from the University of New Orleans, Staci Caccioppi, who came to CSUMB.

Rodriguez honored for outstanding achievement

An aspiring physician and medical researcher from CSUMB has been chosen for a California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Jason Rodriguez, a senior biology major from the San Fernando Valley, will be honored on Sept. 8 at the CSU board meeting in Long Beach.

Biology student lands big scholarship

Second year student Francisco Hernandez Jr. has been awarded a $40,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture scholarship to help him complete his biology degree. The scholarship is part of a program that helps to train the next generation of scientists to work in fields related to the USDA’s mission of providing leadership on food, agriculture and natural resources.

CSUMB seeks participants for Library of Congress project

Every veteran has a story. Cal State Monterey Bay wants yours. This fall, Enid Ryce, chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, will lead an effort to record the stories of local veterans as part of the Veterans History Project (VHP). Created by Congress in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the VHP collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American wartime veterans so that future generations may hear their stories and better understand the realities of war.

The code to tomorrow

“I quickly realized that there is a demand for someone like me, a Latina, to learn this set of skills,” Anita Garcia said. “I thought it a wise decision to study computer science because it would allow me to make the most impact in today’s world.”

Filmmaker John Valadez visits CSUMB

The documentarian will screen his latest project, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta, at CSU Monterey Bay on Sept. 10. Valadez has been writing, producing and directing award-winning documentaries for 16 years. Two of his films: War and Peace, about Latinos in World War II, and Prejudice and Pride, about the Chicano movement, aired on the landmark PBS documentary series Latino Americans.

Alumna continues tradition of service

Judith Flores Carmona continues to demonstrate the service and leadership she first exhibited while a student at CSU Monterey Bay. She was named chair-elect of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS/Women Active in Letters and Social Change) at the organization’s annual meeting in July.

Sea Otter Awareness Week comes to campus

Sea otter fans – that’s sea otter as in Enhydra lutris, not Monte Rey – it’s your time of year.

Chinese circus comes to CSUMB

In past years, CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater has brought Chinese acrobats and circus performers to the area. This year, it’s acrobats AND the circus. On Sept. 15, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will kick off this year’s Performing Arts series. The company, founded in 1953, combines elements of Peking opera and martial arts, introduced the concept of a circus without animals, and inspired the pioneers of Cirque du Soleil.

CSUMB makes magazine's list of top schools

CSU Monterey Bay fared well in the Washington Monthly's annual ranking of colleges and universities. The rating measures service in the public interest, based on social mobility, research and service.

Students – and their stuff – fill the residence halls

Hundreds of excited students carried, dragged and wheeled their belongings into the residence halls at CSU Monterey Bay on Aug. 21, the first day of the three-day move-in weekend. By the time classes start on Aug. 24, approximately 3,700 students who live on the main campus, in East Campus and in the newly opened Promontory will be settled into the rooms and apartments that will be their home for the next year.

‘Think about possibilities,’ President Ochoa tells campus

President Eduardo Ochoa delivered an upbeat State of the University address May 20 at the World Theater as he noted school achievements as well as plans for the future. “Overall, it has been an outstanding year for Cal State Monterey Bay,” he said. “The signs of progress are all around us.”

Counseling center director earns statewide honor

Caroline Haskell, director of health and wellness services at CSU Monterey Bay, has been named social worker of the year by the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The award recognizes her years of service in improving the lives of CSUMB students and the community.

Sevene wins excellence in teaching award

Trish Sevene, associate professor of kinesiology, has been honored with a teaching award sponsored by the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

‘Graduation Day’ for ocean science researchers

For the 11 students who spent the summer conducting research through the Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates program based at CSU Monterey Bay, Aug. 14 was graduation day. The students – including two from CSUMB and two from local community colleges – presented their work to a group of their peers, faculty and administrators, and mentors from the collaborating agencies at the Summer Research Symposium.

CSUMB developing program to train school psychologists

The university has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a program to train school psychologists. The program will address the critical shortage of school psychologists, who support K-12 students in a variety of ways.

Grad school off to good start for this alumna

Breanna Orozco (Kinesiology 2015) is about to start graduate school at the University of Southern California, and she’s already winning awards – she received a USC Latino Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship to help with tuition.

Teachers convene for day of learning

The 200 teachers who attended the CSUMB location for the statewide event were welcomed to campus by Dr. Cathi Draper Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Keynote addresses were delivered via video stream by actress and teacher advocate Yvette Nicole Brown and astronaut and STEM education pioneer Leland Melvin. They spoke about the potential of teachers to spark curiosity, creativity and a love of learning in their students.

Graduation day for Migrant Junior Otters

A collaboration among CSUMB, the Monterey County Office of Education and El Teatro Campesino, the Junior Otter program involves youngsters in grades four through nine from school districts throughout Monterey County. Each day during July, the youngsters came to campus – from as far away as San Ardo – where they received instruction in language arts and math in the morning. Every afternoon, they participated in theater activities, including music, dance and art, taught by staff members of El Teatro.

HIGH VISIBILITY

Ania Flatau (Kinesiology 2015) doesn’t let anything get in her way. The wheelchair athlete and dancer has participated in swimming, basketball, kickboxing and other sports since she was a child. As she got older, she added ballroom and salsa dancing.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do The Arabian Nights, John Steinbeck and Monterey Peninsula history have in common? They are among a diverse range of classes that will be offered in the fall through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at CSUMB. The courses and speakers are specifically geared for those over 50.

Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy inspires students to succeed

While many teens spent the last bit of summer at the beach, more than 115 incoming eighth-graders from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties hunkered down with calculators and pencils at the sixth annual Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy. Ten members of the first academy class have been accepted to CSUMB for the fall semester.

New housing project comes online

“We can’t wait for students to fill these buildings with life,” CSU Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa said at the July 23 ribbon-cutting for the Promontory, a housing complex north of campus.

Youngsters shine at urban dance, poetry workshops

Summer Arts isn’t just for university students. On a recent morning, 100 youngsters from the Salinas City Elementary School District came to campus to work with instructors from Summer Arts poetry and dance classes.

Ocean science researcher gets career boost

Madison Heard applied for a spot in the CSU Monterey Bay-based ocean science summer program as a way to “test the waters of research” for a possible career. Consider the test a success. “After only a few weeks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, I am positive I want to continue on this path,” she said.

Federal grants provide support services for CSUMB students

Cal State Monterey Bay was recently awarded a pair of grants from the U.S. Department of Education to help low-income and first-generation college students and students with disabilities complete their education. More than $2.2 million will assist 280 students in their pursuit of undergraduate degrees over five years.

Monterey mural features work by science illustration grad

A mural by Stephanie Rozzo is now helping visitors to Monterey understand what the city’s natural landscape looked like over 400 years ago.

Alum's internship promotes marine sanctuaries

Ashley Quackenbush (Applied Marine and Watershed Science, 2015) spent the summer of 2014 as a coastal tourism intern in the National Marine Sanctuaries' Monterey office. She was asked to increase tourism and recreation; the social media campaign she devised was so successful that it was adopted nationally this year.

Teens tackle technology at summer camp

For eight days in July, a computer lab at Cal State Monterey Bay was buzzing with energy. Dozens of high school students were designing video games and working with circuit boards they manipulated by programming a computer. It was the Technology Innovation Summer Camp, now in its third year.

Junior Otter Academy returns to campus

About 200 fourth- through ninth-graders are on campus during July for the annual Migrant Junior Otter Academy. During the four-week camp, students from 11 school districts take classes designed to improve their English skills; learn about college life and what it takes to be a successful student; and get a healthy dose of arts and technology instruction.

Students earn pre-doctoral fellowships

Four CSU Monterey Bay students – whose research interests include gene splicing, agricultural pathogens, population dynamics in Monterey Bay and computer network security – have been recognized by the California Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Grant provides arts education to local students

Hundreds of local students – elementary through high school – are benefitting from a $10,000 grant awarded to CSU Summer Arts. The grant provides enrichment experiences that emphasize the importance of the arts and higher education.

Campus invited to hear former NFL player

Former NFL running back Herschel Walker will make a stop at the Gen. Stilwell Community Center on July 15 to share his story about overcoming challenges and building resilience.

Congressional intern gets insider's look at national politics

While other students returned to school on Aug. 24, Karla Corres started work in a Congressional office in Washington, D.C., where she will learn first-hand what classroom lectures can only hint at.

Students explore health issues of the Maya

The mystery and grandeur of the Yucatan Peninsula has beckoned travelers for centuries. This month, a group of 14 Cal State Monterey Bay students and several faculty members are among those visiting the area.

ETS helps students on road to college

Nearly 1,200 high school students start down the path to college each year through the Educational Talent Search program based at CSU Monterey Bay. They attend seven high schools in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. A video showcasing some of those students is in the running for national recognition, and the community's help is needed to push it over the top.

Poet laureate visits CSUMB

Poets are prominent at this year’s edition of Summer Arts, but the most prominent may be Juan Felipe Herrera, newly named U.S. poet laureate. In June, the Library of Congress made him the 21st person to hold that title. When he starts his tenure in September, he’ll be the first Chicano poet laureate, writing and speaking in English and Spanish. Herrera will read at the World Theater at 7 p.m., July 21. He's also one of the instructors for a poetry course offered as part of Summer Arts.

Staff member awarded USDA fellowship

Omar Murillo (in red tie), interim coordinator of the TRiO Student Support Services program, was named a Kika de la Garza Education Fellow for 2015. He'll be in Washington, D.C., for two weeks, meeting USDA staff members and connecting with federal agencies.

Filmmaker examines life of civil rights pioneer

Doug Harris has been making socially conscious films for 20 years. He perfected his media skills by earning a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at CSU Monterey Bay in 1998. His latest project is an hour-long documentary, Fair Legislation: The Byron Rumford Story, about Northern California’s first African American member of the state Assembly and, according to Harris, a forgotten pioneer of the civil rights movement.

Student housing complex nears completion

Rising to the north of campus is a four-story student housing complex, set to open in August. It's the first new housing build at CSU Monterey Bay is more than a decade.

Biology major earns coveted internship with public media

As a child, Grace Singer explored tide pools on the Monterey Peninsula. That led to degrees in biology and chemistry at a local community college, an internship at Hopkins Marine Station and volunteer work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Her goal is to pursue a career in science communication.

Scholarship named for local nurse

The Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific has established the Nora Walsh Nursing Scholarship at Cal State Monterey Bay. It will award $1,000 annually to a nurse graduating from Monterey Peninsula College.

Summer school in Spain

A group of CSU Monterey Bay students is spending June in Spain, studying the life and customs of people in the northwest part of the country, earning academic credit, and completing service learning requirements. The ethnographic field research summer school, now in its fourth year, is under the leadership of Professor Juan Jose Gutierrez.

PBS documentary Latino Americans to be shown on campus, in Salinas

CSU Monterey Bay has received a grant to support programming around Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of the country’s largest minority group. The first event is set for Oct. 8.

With help from CSUMB, high school students imagine college

. . . The class is part of the Imagine College Summer Scholar Institute. The program's goal is to give students a taste of campus life and encourage them to think that college is a realistic possibility. During the weeklong program, the students take a class of their choosing, go on field trips, tour campus, and attend a panel where first-generation college graduates tell their stories.

CSUMB hosts Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 29

Cal State Monterey Bay will host the Better Together: California Teachers Summit for the Monterey Bay region on Friday, July 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Tanimura and Antle library. CSUMB is one of 38 universities statewide that will host the summit.

Alumnus gets surprised – on national TV

CSUMB alum David Bennion (Biology, 2012) and his wife, Kristen, got a big surprise June 3 when the phone rang in their Troy, Michigan, home and Ellen DeGeneres was on the other end of the line.

Summer school of a different sort

University teachers and students from Mexico are studying American language and culture this summer at CSU Monterey Bay. The group of 10 is part of Proyecta, an initiative that aims to have 100,000 Mexican students enrolled at U.S. universities by 2018, and 50,000 U.S. students studying in Mexico. Their intensive English classes – 20 hours a week – include academic writing and editing, reading and oral communication. They will also visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Francisco, a farmers’ market and participate in other activities including a “conversation club.”

Trilingual Salinas grad off to Japan

Nicole Saldana is one of six CSUMB graduates chosen to spend the next year in Japan through the JET program.

Greenfield teacher wins Perry Scholarship

Estrella Caballero is making a difference for her students at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Greenfield. As an intern teacher through the CalState TEACH program’s regional office at CSU Monterey Bay, she is working in the same community where she grew up. “I understand their struggles first-hand because I experienced the same struggles,” she said of her students. Now, she has gotten some help to pay for her credential program.

Classes, camps, conferences – summer at CSUMB

Especially on foggy days, visitors can be excused for thinking that CSU Monterey Bay’s campus is quiet during the summer. But don’t let the outward appearance fool you – there’s really a lot going on.

This graduation season means a first for Cal State Monterey Bay

CSUMB graduated its first class of nursing students, making the grads the first to graduate from the area's only four-year nursing program. – KSBW, May 20, 2015

More than 1,500 receive degrees at CSUMB commencement

Thousands of well-wishers crowded the stands of Freeman Stadium May 16 for the commencement ceremony at CSU Monterey Bay. Keynote speaker Hugo Morales urged the graduates to remember that they can make a difference. "I hope that you become advocates for public education; we cannot take public education for granted," he said. – Salinas Californian, May 18, 2015

Wheelchair athlete among CSU Monterey Bay grads

Even though she was born with spina bifida, Ania Flatau's parents always made her feel she could do anything she wanted. . . . On May 16, she will be among the more than 1,450 students who will take part in CSUMB's commencement ceremony. – Monterey Herald, May 16, 2015

CSUMB student films mark end and beginning

At the end of every school year, CSU Monterey Bay's graduating seniors have to prove that what they learned sunk in. For students in the Cinematic Arts and Technology program, the proof is in a slate of films that will be shown May 14 as part of the university's capstone festival. – Monterey Herald, May 14, 2015

GOOD GRIEF

A CSUMB student has built a sculpture for mourning, celebrating and letting go. – Monterey County Weekly, May 14, 2015

CSUMB's Capstone Festival, a chance for the public to see what students are working on

CSUMB students must complete a capstone project in order to graduate, and they will present them to their parents, peers and the public on May 13, 14 and 15. . . I love the capstone projects. They give you a sense of what students have been working on, a truly inspiring experience. Catch some if you can! – Monterey Herald, May 12, 2015

CSUMB wins big on National Science Foundation grants

Four members of this year's graduating class at Cal State Monterey Bay and an alumna have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Josh Smith of Clovis, April Makukov of Fresno, Christina Villalobos of Salinas, Andrea Valdez of Ripon and Lydia Jennings of Santa Fe, N.M., were awarded the fellowships, which provide $138,000 to support three years of graduate education. – Monterey Herald, May 7, 2015

Professor speaks at Vatican on Serra

As Ruben Mendoza stood near Pope Francis in Rome last week, the CSU Monterey Bay professor firmly clutched the tattered and electrical tape-mended Bible that once belonged to his grandfather. "It was an important moment for me," said Mendoza, who had been invited by the Vatican to speak on the life of Father Junipero Serra. "It was transformational." – Monterey Herald, May 7, 2015

Local effort makes great art

Cesar Chavez Library patrons and CSUMB students celebrated a semester's worth of service learning collaboration with an art opening at the library. Students from CSUMB's Digital Public Art class created a number of new interdisciplinary projects with children and parents. – Salinas Californian, May 7, 2015

Local scholar invited to meet with the pope

A local scholar is heading to Rome this week to participate in events related to Junipero Serra's impending canonization. "I was a bit in shock, and I was excited at the same time, and I thought, 'Oh my, this is really going to change the equation in terms of how I deal with these kinds of issues,' " said Dr. Ruben Mendoza, who teaches at CSUMB and has spent 20 years studying the California missions. He believes his role at the meetings in Rome will be to share his perspective as a man of Native American descent who has researched the missions extensively. – KSBW, April 27, 2015

THE STORIES OF US

Numerous oral history projects can be found in Monterey County. And part of that can be attributed to CSU Monterey Bay and Rina Benmayor, who established popular classes in the subject as well as an oral history archive at the university. – Monterey Herald, April 9, 2015

Environmental initiatives reshaping local hospitality industry

This fall, CSUMB launches a sustainable hospitality management program with concentrations in sustainable hotel, resort and event management and sustainable ecotourism management. – Monterey Herald, April 3, 2015

Best Professor – Brad Barbeau

Brad Barbeau not only teaches business – he transforms his students into entrepreneurs as he brings the academic chops and years of real-world experience to help students design business models. – Monterey County Weekly, April 2, 2015

Trawl on!

James Lindholm, a professor marine science and policy at CSU Monterey Bay, collaborated with commercial fishermen and environmentalists to study the effects of bottom trawling near Morro Bay. Their partnership revealed that trawling had essentially no effect on habitat when the gear was used over soft, sandy bottom. – National Fisherman, March 24, 2015

CSUMB grads bike across the country for the homeless

Daniel Troia and Luke Young rode bikes from Portland to New York City, a 3,500-mile journey, to raise money for Dorothy's Place, an organization that provides food and clothing to homeless people in Salinas. – KSBW, March 22, 2015

Innovation grants

In future years, the CSIT-in-3 program could serve as a model for accelerated degree programs at other colleges and universities. – KSBW, March 20, 2015

Hartnell, CSUMB awarded $5 million innovation grant

A program that allows students to earn a computer science degree in three years, a collaboration between CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College, was ranked among the top five applications and received $5 million from the state through its Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. CSUMB also received $3 million for an innovative developmental math course. – Salinas Californian, March 21, 2015

CSUMB-Hartnell collaboration rewarded

CSIT-in-3, a three-year computer science degree program that is a collaboration between CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College, has been awarded $5 million prize from the state. A developmental math program at CSUMB was awarded $3 million. – Monterey Herald, March 21, 2015

CROSS-COUNTRY CAUSE

Two CSUMB graduates embarked on a 3,000-mile cycling trip to raise money for local homeless. – Monterey Herald, March 19, 2015

CSUMB professor pens harrowing coming-of-age novel

"It's easier to tell the truth using fiction, for me," said Deb Busman, a creative writing associate professor at CSU Monterey Bay. "I was more interested in capital-T Truths than I was in my own particular story," she said. – Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 19, 2015

Riding on a Dream

Daniel Diaz is living the dream of a Dreamer. The 20-year-old is en route to obtaining a bachelor's degree in computer science in the innovative CSIT-in-3 program operated by Hartnell College and Cal State Monterey Bay. But first he'll be spending the sumer in San Francisco in a coveted internship at Uber. – Salinas Californian, March 19, 2015

Often criticized, Serra gets a reappraisal from historians

When archaeologist Ruben Mendoza was a boy, his father was prone to outbursts. "Over and over, he claimed Catholic missions were cancers that Spain brought to the New World," said Mendoza, one of the founding faculty members at Cal State Monterey Bay. Mendoza's archaeological research revealed that the real story is more complicated than the caricature. – Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2015

Growing educational opportunities at CSUMB

"Where we are headed now is to create a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness (by 2017)," said Dr. Brad Barbeau, associate professor of economics and entrepreneurship. "We will be partnering with Hartnell College to create a 'two-plus-two' program." Sumadhur Shakya, assistant professor of operations management and agribusiness, said that preliminary research suggests there is interest in such a degree from employers and from individuals working in the ag sector. – Salinas Californian, March 16, 2015

CSUMB students participate in Ideas of March hackathon

It's an innovative, intense competition for college students with basic programming skills. More than 50 students worked through the weekend to develop a prototype app for local businesses. Professor Miguel Lara said that with growing emphasis on tech in business, more students – especially girls – are signing up for this event every year. – KION, March 15, 2015

Future teachers gets hands-on experience

CSU Monterey Bay students got hands-on experience teaching scientific concepts such as Archimedes' principle and Newton's theory of gravity through their application to golf. The future teachers served as mentors in the Chevron STEM Zone, an interactive exhibit that highlights the scientific side of sports. – American Association of State Colleges and Universities, March 11, 205

What new USGS report means for Monterey County

"Even a 6.7 or a 7 earthquake can be devastating if it's close to an urban center," said Dr. Doug Smith of CSUMB. "Different rock types will shake more or less in an earthquake," he explained. – KSBW, March 10, 2015

CSUMB president has lofty goals

It's hard to believe that more than 20 years have passed since the founding of California State University, Monterey Bay, but the institution's president, Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, sees his campus as a "butterfly coming out of its cocoon." – Monterey Herald, March 8, 2015

Trawling has "negligible" effect on soft-bottom seafloor

A groundbreaking new study recently conducted by California fishermen, The Nature Conservancy and James Lindholm of CSU Monterey Bay indicates that bottom trawling only has a "negligible effect" on the seafloor and fish habitat in certain types of soft sea bottom. – World Fishing and Aquaculture, March 6, 2015

Vision Statement

A signature public art piece comes into focus on a highly visible corner at CSUMB. – Monterey County Weekly, March 5, 2015

Otter Realm takes a raft of awards

The otters have evolved. Staff of CSU Monterey Bay's Otter Realm student newspaper won seven awards from the California College Media Association. – Monterey County Weekly, March 2, 2015

From field work to field research

Laborers' son on track to become plant scientist. – Salinas Californian, Feb. 28, 2015

CSUMB students get help to study abroad

Six CSUMB students received Benjamin Gilman scholarships for the upcoming school year. The competitive program offers grants of up to $8,000 to defray the costs of tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and airfare.

Research supports targeted trawling

"A lot of them had in the back of their minds that these habitats weren't being impacted and everyone was using too broad a brush in regulating trawling," Dr. Lindholm said. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 17, 2015

Bottom trawling not as bad for California sea life

Researchers from Cal State Monterey Bay, The Nature Conservancy and Pomona College found that California's largely soft-bottom sea floor saw negligible lasting impacts from small-footrope trawling equipment. – KPCC, Southern California NPR, Feb. 17, 2015

CSU Monterey Bay study backs targeted bottom trawling

James Lindholm, a professor of marine science and policy at CSUMB, partnered with commercial fishermen and conservationists . . .they found trawling with a small-diameter net had a negligible impact when fishing in areas with soft, sandy ocean floor. – fisherynation.com, Feb. 17, 2015

County has big teacher demand

"I looked at the number of posted positions . . . our shortage in the area is substantially greater than in Los Angeles, Orange County r the Bay Area," said Mark O'Shea, coordinator for the credentialing program at CSUMB. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 13, 2015

California farmers fight drought

Forrest Melton, a CSUMB researcher at NASA Ames, collected and analyzed satellite data that allowed the state Department of Water Resources to allocate water to in the Central Valley. - San Francisco Examiner, Feb. 2, 2015

English gap the focus of ed group

Educational leaders of Monterey County partner with CSUMB. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 1, 2015

Startup Weekend: A nice marriage of technical and non-technical

Brad Barbeau, associate professor of entrepreneurship at CSU Monterey Bay, said this weekend's event was the best Startup Weekend that the university has hosted, adding that he would love to see a similar future event in Salinas with an agricultural focus. – Santa Cruz Tech Beat, Jan. 26, 2015

CSUMB professor earns national recognition

Maria Villasenor was named "Outstanding First-Year Advocate" by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. – Salinas Californian, Jan. 25, 2015

Local health and fitness experts shine science on widely held misconceptions

Science matters, say Kent Adams and Trish Sevene. – Monterey County Weekly, Jan. 22, 2015

Latino MacArthur Fellows gather in Seaside to rally kids

. . . Amalia Mesa-Bains, cultural rights advocate and professor emerita at CSU Monterey Bay, got a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. – Monterey County Weekly, Jan. 22, 2015

Tech program helps put Latinos on a path to Silicon Valley

. . . In the CSIT-in-3 program, 90 percent of the students are Latino, and nearly half are women. – NPR, Weekend Edition, Jan. 18, 2015

Decision to canonize Junipero Serra draws divided reaction

"I've always felt the canonization process was stymied through misinformation and politicization, and laying blame and onus on one individual who was actually in constant conflict with governors and military commanders in New Spain over how they were treating Indians," Ruben Mendoza said.

All that glitters isn't gold: 'Glamorgeddon' at SOMArts Gallery

It's tough not to be dazzled by "Glamorgeddon: the Spectacle," on view until Feb. 4 in SOMArts' Main Gallery. The group exhibition curated by Bay Area artist Johanna Poethig, along with Angelica Muro and Hector Dionicio Mendoza . . . – KQED, Jan. 14, 2015

Fellowship program trains students in arts administration

Two Cal State Monterey Bay students are getting the opportunity to learn how nonprofits operate through a fellowship program with the Carmel Bach Festival, and helping the festival at the same time.

Alum works on climate change issues

Nick Sadrpour, who earned a master’s in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy at CSUMB, has been named a California Sea Grant Fellow for 2015. He's spending the 12-month fellowship with the Ocean Protection Council in Sacramento.

Another honor for the Otter Realm

Cal State Monterey Bay’s student newspaper, the Otter Realm, was one of nine campus newspapers to receive a $1,500 grant from the California Press Foundation.

Summer school of a different sort

For some college students, summer is a time to put the books away for a few months and kick back. That’s not the case with several dozen CSU Monterey Bay students involved with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center.

Commencement throng celebrates with Class of 2015

More than 8,600 well-wishers crowded the stands of Freeman Stadium Saturday for the commencement ceremony at California State University, Monterey Bay. They heard keynote speaker Hugo Morales tell the 1,500 graduates to "become advocates for public education."

CSUMB aims for zero-waste move-out

Since 2010, Anya Spear, associate director of campus planning, and student volunteers have worked to change the culture of waste at CSUMB with an event called Move Out. Between May 8 and 17, more than 1,800 students will vacate their rooms on the main campus. They are encouraged to "sort it, don't trash it" by recycling their usable electronics, clothing and household items.

Online marketplace for students takes top prize at Startup Challenge

An online marketplace where students and young professionals can compete for freelance assignments took the top prize in this year’s Startup Challenge. Mooki, as the business is called, won a cash prize of $20,000 and $10,000 in legal and other services.

Awards celebrate excellence in journalism

The third annual Otter Realm Awards, recognizing students who have done excellent work in journalism – print, video, photography and page design – were handed out at a campus ceremony on May 6. In all, 75 students in Liberal Studies, Global Studies, Visual and Public Art, Communication Design and Human Communication entered 90 submissions.

Capping off college with senior projects

During the Capstone Festival, scheduled for May 13-15, the campus will take on the feel of an intellectual marketplace. At recent festivals, a biology major presented a study of human stem cell proliferation, a social and behavioral sciences major looked at women police officers in American society and a psychology student examined the socialization of sarcasm.

Let Us Know What You Think

Grants Accounting and research compliance need and want your feedback for a campus service assessment.

Science work pays off

Four members of this year's graduating class and an alumna have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The awards are worth $138,000 to help cover the costs of graduate school.

Kinesiology student advocates for people with disabilities

Ania Flatau has taken kickboxing classes. What might surprise you is that she uses a wheelchair. “I like to try everything once,” she said. “I’ve gained a lot of health benefits and confidence by being able to move and dance.”

University community invited to support Nepal relief efforts

On April 25, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal about 50 miles from the nation's capital and largest city, Kathmandu. The death toll has been estimated at more than 5,000; the earthquake destroyed homes and businesses, leaving tens of thousands homeless and in need of aid. In the wake of the disaster, the website Charity Navigator, one of the leading resources for evaluating the performance of non-profit agencies, posted a list of seven highly-ranked charities that are mounting efforts to provide relief to the people of Nepal. For those in the CSUMB community who want to provide help in the wake of the earthquake, continue reading for a links to those charities.

Archaeologist headed to the Vatican

Dr. Ruben Mendoza, professor of archaeology at Cal State Monterey Bay, has been invited to Rome to participate in two events focusing on Junipero Serra.

KAZU honored for outstanding journalism

KAZU once again dominated the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism presented by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association. The station has been honored each year since 2010.

Showcase for budding entrepreneurs

An ag tech business, a company producing a healthy alternative to soda, and an urban homesteader are among the business startup ideas that will vie for cash and services at the Venture Showcase on May 1 at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Student filmmakers showcase set for May 14

A stellar lineup of student films will be shown at the Cinematic Arts Spring Capstone Festival at the World Theater on Thursday, May 14. The screening will feature 20 professional-quality productions spanning a range of genres, including comedic and dramatic live-action films, as well as animation, documentary and experimental work.

JAZZ IT UP – Heritage Music Festival celebrates Cinco de Mayo

The community is invited to an evening of jazz as the annual Heritage Music Festival returns on May 5 – just in time for Cinco de Mayo. The concert features the Latin Jazz Collective, the Sharp Nine Band, the CSUMB Jazz Ensemble and special guest Greg Abate.

CSUMB student awarded film commission scholarship

The senior Cinematic Arts and Technology student was awarded a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Student Scholarship and Awards program.

Campus input needed for master plan update

Throughout 2015, Cal State Monterey Bay will work to update its campus master plan, and the campus community is invited to participate. The master plan provides a road map for growth and renewal of the campus; it considers the academic environment, student and residential life, mobility and infrastructure systems, and connections with our neighboring communities.

CSUMB among 'greenest' schools

For the fifth consecutive year, CSU Monterey Bay has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the country by The Princeton Review.

Cine Arts student headed to Cannes

Andrea Valenzuela will head to France in May as a participant in the Creative Minds Filmmaker Institute held in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival. The festival is home to the largest film market in the world. More than half a million people – celebrities, filmmakers, journalists, industry professionals and fans – descend on the French Riviera town for two weeks every May.

Master class features jazz-playing brothers

Jazz-playing brothers Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf will present a master class at Cal State Monterey Bay on May 7. The public is invited to join students in the university’s Music and Performing Arts Department at this free event, which gets under way at 7 p.m.

Alum receives national recognition at NCAA tournament

Lisa Fortier (Human Communication, 2004) was named Rookie Coach of the Year after her first season at the helm at Division I Gonzaga University's women's basketball team. Longtime Otter fans may remember her as Lisa Mispley, an All-California Pacific Conference selection in her two seasons at CSUMB. She was an NAIA All-Academic team member in 2003, and was named CSUMB’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2004.

Earth Week at CSUMB

Earth Day is really Earth Week at CSU Monterey Bay. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, people around the world have sought to celebrate the planet through a variety of individual and community activities. The Associated Students' Environmental Committee has a variety of activities planned for the week including a beach cleanup, an eco expo and a showing of the documentary Tapped, about the monopoly placed on water access.

MAD ABOUT MARIACHI

In a musical genre dominated by men, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles has been breaking stereotypes and shaping new cultural traditions since 1994. The 12-member all-female group brings sensitivity, beauty and warmth to Mexico’s musical heritage and has earned a reputation in the industry as a pioneer. Back by popular demand after sold-out performances the last four years, Mariachi Reyna will return to Cal State Monterey Bay’s World Theater for performances on April 29 and 30.

Grad student earns California Sea Grant fellowship

Sean Windell, a student in the applied marine and watershed science master’s degree program, has been named one of 17 California Sea Grant Fellows for 2015. He is already working with the Interagency Ecological Program, a collaboration among nine agencies that does long-term monitoring in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. His project involves designing a conceptual life-cycle model for the winter run Chinook salmon, an endangered species.

Keepin' it Reel

The Salinas Project, a feature-length documentary about the lives of four young adults in East Salinas, will be shown at Cal State Monterey Bay as part of the 14th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival April 28 through May 1.

What's the future of California's coast?

California is one of the most beautiful, diverse and fascinating places on the planet. That makes the work of David Helvarg especially important. Helvarg, executive director of the Blue Frontier Campaign, will visit CSUMB on April 27 to talk about the state of California's coastal areas, how they got that way, what it means for our future and what we can do about it.

International service learning focus of workshop

For three years, CSU Monterey Bay students have traveled to rural communities in the province of Leon, Spain. The students spend the month of June learning research methods of data collection and analysis and getting service learning experience working with the local chapter of the Red Cross. On April 9, representatives of the Spanish Red Cross, their counterparts from Monterey County, students and faculty will meet on campus to evaluate and come up with ways to improve the summer program.

Former Foreign Service officer to discuss U.S.-Cuba relations

Former Foreign Service officer Charles Barclay will visit Cal State Monterey Bay April 14 to present a talk on U.S.-Cuba relations. Between September 2009 and July 2012, Barclay served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Havana. During his 28 years in the Foreign Service, he held positions across the globe – in Mexico City, Malawi, Sarajevo, Kuala Lumpur and Managua, Nicaragua, as well as Cuba.

CSUMB teams join March for Babies

In Monterey County, more than one in 10 babies is born too soon. Premature babies often spend their first weeks in a newborn intensive care unit fighting for life, and often have lasting consequences such as vision and hearing loss or learning disabilities. Four teams from CSUMB will join the effort to combat the problem by participating in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies walk on April 12. The walk will take place along the Recreation Trail in Pacific Grove.

Social Justice and CSUMB@20

To recognize the 20th anniversary of the founding of Cal State Monterey Bay, the university will examine and celebrate its social justice work at a daylong event on April 25. The community is invited to join students, staff and faculty – including some who were involved at the beginning – for the 19th annual Social Justice Colloquium, which will look at where the university has been, where it is now and where it's going.

Cornel West lectures at CSUMB

Cornel West has many roles: philosopher, professor, author, civil rights activist and interpreter of African American experience, actor (in several “Matrix” movies) and advocate for social justice. He also travels the country delivering lectures. He’ll give one of those lectures at Cal State Monterey Bay on April 24.

Media executive to speak at commencement

Hugo Morales, who built a community radio station for California farmworkers into a national Latino public media network, will be the keynote speaker at CSU Monterey Bay’s commencement ceremony on May 16.

Summer Arts returns to CSUMB

This year marks CSU Summer Arts 30th anniversary, and the program – which starts in late June – invites students to register for this year’s classes.

DANCE MAKER: At 84, Paul Taylor is still a towering figure in dance

Taylor has a resume that reads like a history of 20th-century dance. He got his start performing under Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine, and his company has featured Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Dan Wagoner during its 60-year existence.

Candidate forums for director of sustainability position

The final two candidates for the newly created position of director of sustainability will make presentations at a pair of open forums on March 27. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at their conclusion of the 20-minute presentations.

We Want You! The Rise of Citizen Science

The annual Sanctuary Currents Symposium brings scientists, managers, students and the public together to address important issues involving the Monterey Bay and beyond. This year’s event, scheduled for April 25 at Cal State Monterey Bay, will examine citizen science.

Faculty authors celebrate with reading

The community is invited to join Cal State Monterey Bay faculty members Deb Busman and Umi Vaughan on April 15 as they celebrate the publication of their most recent books with a reading on campus.

CSUMB awarded $8 million innovation grants

The innovative work being done by CSU Monterey Bay was recognized by the state through its Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. CSIT-in-3, a program that allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science in three years, and Math@CSUMB, a developmental class that has a 90 percent success rate, were recognized with grants from a fund that Gov. Jerry Brown established to encourage college and universities to devise creative and cost-effective ways to get more students to earn degrees in less time.

To these artists, the public matters

The Visiting Artist series at Cal State Monterey Bay continues on April 9 with a presentation by Reanne Estrada and Mike Blockstein of Public Matters, a Los Angeles-based social enterprise. Public Matters works with people to create media about their neighborhoods. The goal is to connect people to the places they live and work and to develop a sense of ownership over these places and a belief that they can directly shape their neighborhoods’ future.

Graduate student earns Rote research grant

Michael Esgro studies de facto marine protected areas – regions of the ocean that are not formally protected but experience limited human impact nonetheless. Examples include shipping lanes, military training areas and waters adjacent to high security areas such as nuclear power plants. Esgro, a second-year student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science master’s program, has undertaken the first study on the West Coast to determine the contribution these areas make to marine conservation.

Haskell honored by national social workers group

The Central Coast Unit of the National Association of Social Workers will honor Caroline Haskell, director of Health and Wellness Services at CSU Monterey Bay. She will receive the organization’s Social Worker of the Year Award March 20 at its annual event to celebrate Social Work Month.

Environmental filmmakers show their work

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Godfrey Reggio’s conservation documentary, “Anima Mundi,” students in CSU Monterey Bay’s environmental filmmaking class have created documentaries that will be shown on March 23 at the Monterey Museum of Art’s La Mirada location.

BLUE GOES GREEN

The University Police Department gets CSUMB's first all-electric vehicle, parking a Nissan Leaf next to its Crown Victorias as the department goes green.

Immigration reform examined

"Why immigration reform is so difficult to achieve" will be the topic addressed by Professor Leo Chavez of UC Irvine when the President's Speaker Series continues March 27.

MUSIC LESSON

The Music and Performing Arts Department invites the public to attend a free master class with the Latin Jazz Collective, a six-member group that performs jazz compositions arranged with Latin rhythms.

Calling all entrepreneurs

The application deadline is looming for the Startup Challenge, an annual competition that provides an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging companies to showcase their ideas.

Mobile app competition returns to CSUMB

It’s innovative, intense and for those who thrive on creative competition, a shot at fame and fortune. It’s the Ideas of March Hackathon, a mobile app programming competition open to college students with basic programming skills.

Documentary film shines light on oppression

"To Light a Candle" shows how a small minority has defied brutal religious persecution through non-violent resistance and education. The film will be screened at CSUMB March 5.

Tales from the Trenches

Five local business owners will share their experiences at the spring Entrepreneurship Forum on March 2. Hear from owners of startups, a turnaround and a company that has been in business for a decade talk about what has worked for them.

Research supports targeted trawling

Peer-reviewed work, published in the Fishery Bulletin, found that California’s largely soft-bottom seafloor saw little lasting impacts from trawling with a small-footrope trawl.

Sustainability to go at CSU Monterey Bay

Students found a new addition to their list of campus essentials when the spring semester started: reusable to-go containers for use at the Dining Commons.

CSUMB student goes to Hollywood . . .

Can universities do a better job of promoting good eating habits while also serving food that is environmentally sound? Stephanie Yee thinks so, and has taken a leadership role in the Real Food Challenge, a national campaign to move colleges and universities away from junk food and toward “real” food.

Student earns TAMC award

Bernard Green is helping to change the culture at CSUMB.

Infuse technology into learning

The public is invited to learn about CSUMB's master’s degree program in Instructional Science and Technology (MIST) at an online open house Feb. 26.

Accounting student earns scholarship

Business major Kyle Priddy was one of four students from the Central Coast region to earn a scholarship from a national society of CPAs.

Villaseñor earns ‘First-Year Student Advocate’ honor

Maria Villaseñor, associate professor and coordinator of the First-Year Seminar program at Cal State Monterey Bay, has received national recognition as an outstanding champion for freshmen students.

Japanese diplomat to speak at CSUMB

Nobuhiro Watanabe, deputy consul general with the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Feb. 25.

Their own beat

San Jose Taiko will take the stage at California State University, Monterey Bay’s World Theater on March 7.

University earns community engagement classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has once again honored CSU Monterey Bay for its focus on service and public engagement, making it one of only 361 institutions in the United States to hold the classification.

Clone of Fish stories

UPDATE: The final exhibit, "Fishing Families: The Monterey Sicilian Story," will open Sept. 5 in conjunction with the Festa Italia weekend in Monterey's Custom House Plaza. The exibit will celebrate a yearlong gathering of stories, photos and mementos of the Italian fishing families by the Italian American Cultural Center Foundation. The exhibit will highlight family life, culture, religion and food.

Native educator works to serve the needs of children

Kathryn England-Aytes, a lecturer in psychology, has joined a newly created national organization that serves the needs of children.

Are these Salinas Valley students what Silicon Valley needs?

As most college kids are getting ready for their winter classes, students who want a career in tech are busy preparing for summer. Right now they're interviewing for internships. That's where we find a unique class of college students we first met a year ago. They're from the Salinas Valley, many the children of farm workers or immigrants themselves, who are working toward careers in Silicon Valley. – KAZU (NPR affiliate), Jan. 8, 2015

MacArthur Fellows to visit CSUMB

The MacArturos – well, some of them – are coming to Cal State Monterey Bay.

University earns community engagement classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has once again honored CSU Monterey Bay for its focus on service and public engagement, making it one of only 361 institutions in the United States to hold the classification.

Art exhibit looks to entertain and empower

A new art exhibit that invites spectators to take part in the festivities by "dressing to transgress" is filling galleries, stages and limousines. "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle," curated by (CSUMB faculty members) Johanna Poethig, Angelica Muro and Hector Dionicio, is nothing short of a sensory extravaganza . . .   – San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 7, 2015

S.F. art exhibit showcases work of CSUMB faculty

A San Francisco art exhibit that invites spectators to take part by “dressing to transgress” features the work of CSU Monterey Bay faculty members.

CSUMB earns national honor for Service Learning

Cal State Monterey Bay’s Service Learning program has earned another honor.

Alum's work on display in Pacific Grove

Work by alumnus Lew Aytes will be on display at the American Tin Cannery through March 31. The exhibit, “Steinbeck: The Art of Fiction,” features artistic interpretations of John Steinbeck’s work in sculpture, photography and painting.

Help RON count the birds

Volunteers will be out at 7 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, looking for hawks, geese, ducks, wrens and a variety of other species at the Watershed Institute’s 10th annual winter bird count at Upper Carr Lake in Salinas. Everyone is welcome to help during the three-hour count.?? The lake, on East Laurel Drive between Constitution Boulevard and Sanborn Road, is a resting stop for migratory birds. In 2014, volunteers from CSU Monterey Bay’s Return of the Natives project identified more than 70 species, including American coots, yellow-rumped warblers, a few egrets and several varieties of hawks.?? Participants will be provided with a data sheet on the birds of Monterey County, published by the Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society, and a pair of binoculars. ??After the bird count, volunteers are invited to help clean up the lake from 10 a.m. to noon. Tools, water and snacks will be provided.?? “We are happy to see that this growing environment fosters an accommodating habitat for birds – which emphasizes the purpose of the second half of the morning – to keep Upper Carr Lake clean and healthy to keep the birds coming back,” said Alyssa Schaan, volunteer coordinator with Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project.?? The local bird survey is one of 2,100 similar counts over the last month. As many as 55,000 National Audubon Society volunteers from Guam to Labrador and from Alaska to Chile slog through the woods, find their way up mountains or look out their kitchen windows for the squawking, quacking and tweeting flocks.?? Return of the Natives will submit the information it gathers to California eBird, the Audubon Society’s online database.

America Fast Forward?

“America Fast Forward?: Demographic Shifts, Economic Challenges, and the Future of California” will be the topic addressed by University of Southern California professor Manuel Pastor on Jan. 30, when the President’s Speaker Series resumes at Cal State Monterey Bay.

News Releases 2015

Rape Crisis Center taps student's work for race logo As publicity kicks in for the annual Together with Love 5 and 10K run, colorful posters are popping up around the local area. The artwork was done by CSU Monterey Bay student Diana Mejia in Professor Bobbi Long's introduction to digital graphic design class. . . . continue reading

Notes from Cinematic Arts capstone festival

. . . the film festival on Dec. 19 was one of the most energizing events of the year. It's the energy of the young filmmakers that turns it out.  – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 31, 2014

CSUMB's first class of nurses get their pins

CSU Monterey Bay's first class of 10 nursing graduates participated in a pinning ceremony on Dec. 20. The ceremony marked a milestone for the students and for the university. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 31, 2014

CSUMB athletes earn academic honors

CSUMB had a notable fall sports season when it came to academics. Thirty-two student-athletes were selected for CCAA all-academic teams. – The Salinas Californian, Dec. 19, 2014

The vision mural, through a new lens

A new vision mural is taking shape on campus.

First class of nursing students gets 'pinned'

For one group of history-making Cal State Monterey Bay graduates, it’s not about the caps and gowns. It’s all about the pin.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do Hamlet, Flannery O’Connor and music’s Romantic Period have in common?

Smart, provocative Black History Month

From arts and culture year in review:

Catch CSUMB on TV

In partnership with KCBA Fox 35, the university is producing a weekly television program, “Campus to Community.” It’s part of CSUMB’s commitment to serving as a catalyst for positive change – through education, outreach and public service.

A capstone for a bucket list

. . . Nicole LeVere will get to cross "graduating from college" off her bucket list – three weeks before turning 40 and 18 years after first being accepted into CSU Monterey Bay – as she presents her capstone project on Dec. 19. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 16, 2014

Sixth graders visit CSUMB

A slew of sixth graders descended up Cal State Monterey Bay in the last few days to learn more about what the university has to offer them. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 11, 2014

College scientists shine at conference

CSU Monterey Bay students took first and second places during the annual SACNAS conference, the largest STEM diversity event in the country. CSUMB was represented by 15 undergraduates, four graduate students and four students from other schools who were part of last summer's Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experience for Undergraduates. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 7, 2014

CSUMB president tweeting from the White House

President Eduardo Ochoa tweeting from the White House—Monterey Herald, Dec. 4, 2014  

Trail Blazers

Two CSUMB professors envision a trail network connecting the former Fort Ord with the sea

Capstone Festival set for Dec. 18 and 19

At CSU Monterey Bay, all students must complete a capstone project in their final year, publicly presenting and defending the project or portfolio of work that demonstrates what they have learned. They do this each fall and spring at the Capstone Festival, which is organized by academic departments.  Capstone projects represent the skills, knowledge and abilities developed over the course of a student's education at CSUMB. They include research presentations, original poetry, oral histories, installation art, photography, tabletop exhibits, films and videos, multimedia works, computer visualizations and more. 

Plant yourself at CSUMB

Return of the Natives, the education and outreach arm of CSU Monterey Bay’s Watershed Institute, has a big idea for 2015. RON plans to transform parts of CSUMB’s Seaside campus into a living laboratory of learning and stewardship. It will invite the public to help plant up to 3,000 native plants – grown by students and volunteers from Gateway and Hope centers – on sites where former Army buildings have been demolished. The work, to be done during the rainy months of January, February and March, will help to create an inviting campus. The project is part of Monterey County Gives, a year-end fundraising campaign that supports local non-profit organizations. The six-week campaign ends Dec. 31. Donations to support  Return of the Natives can be made online.

An animation celebration set for Dec 8.

CSU Monterey Bay’s Cinematic Arts and Technology Department presents its third Wonderland Film Festival on Monday, Dec. 8.

President Ochoa attends White House conference

Cal State Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa joined President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President Biden and hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

Freshmen applications jump more than 5 percent

CSU Monterey Bay saw a 5.3 percent increase in freshmen applications this year over last year, with approximately 15,391 first-time freshmen applying for admission next fall.

Flu shots available at CSUMB

It’s free. It’s on campus. It takes only a few minutes and it really doesn’t hurt.

Artists reflect on issues of sustainability

Visual artist Peter Hiers and dancer/choreographer Matthew Nelson will be part of a program at CSU Monterey Bay on Dec. 3.

Chamber music concert set for Dec. 5

The Living Earth Show – electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson – will perform at CSU Monterey Bay on Dec. 5.

'Planet Ord' takes a spin through history

CSUMB film project tells a story of the once-thriving base – Monterey Herald, Nov. 23, 2014

Teacher, student success focus of CSUMB efforts

Cal State Monterey Bay recently received two Department of Education grants to support our efforts to work with local schools and to enhance our teacher preparation programs. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 22, 2014

Campus closed Nov. 27 and 28

CSU Monterey Bay will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28.

Become an entrepreneur in 54 hours

Ever wonder what it takes to be an entrepreneur? ?CSU Monterey Bay will be a great place to find out when the university hosts Startup Weekend Monterey Bay Jan. 23-25. Startup Weekend will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources. Throughout the course of this 54-hour event, attendees will share ideas, form teams and launch startups. ? ? “Startup Weekend is a great way to get into entrepreneurship and test it out, said Mary Jo Zenk, a member of the organizing team. “This event will foster an innovating environment for entrepreneurs to share, vet and launch their ideas.” Here’s how it works: The weekend opens with open mic pitches on Friday, where attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. You don't have to have an idea to attend. Teams form around the top ideas (as deemed by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

Code talking

. . . .Native American Heritage Month events try to inject reality and history via the voices of Native Americans. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 13, 2014

Students get advice from Google, Twitter

. . . . It is the second year that CSUMB students looking to enter the fierce world of Silicon Valley computing heard from experts long before they start handing out resumes. The networking event is designed for students to meet engineers, programmers and recruiters in an informal setting and get tips about landing a job in the high-tech hub. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 8, 2014

Cal State student boosts merits of bike use

Bernard Green, 20, a student at Cal State University Monterey Bay, was a volunteer at Ciclovia Salinas. He brought a pop-up display of a Protected Bike Lane on behalf of TripWise, the campus transportation program. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 3, 2014

CSUMB joins national initiative on economic inequality

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is spearheading a national effort to engage students in the topic of economic inequality and its impact on democracy. CSU Monterey Bay, which has long been a leader in the area of service learning in higher education, is one of 31 institutions participating in the effort.

Campus food, clothing drives help the community

CSU Monterey Bay is embracing the spirit of the holiday season with a flurry of charitable activities intended to help the local community.

Honoring others, helping students

Bob Johnson and Diego Espinoza will be among the honorees at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 21. Both were nominated for awards by CSU Monterey Bay, but they share something much more important.

International Education Week Nov. 17-19

CSU Monterey Bay welcomed its largest-ever group of international students this year. About 200 students from other nations are attending CSUMB this semester, and hundreds more are coming to campus for shorter stays to study English through an intensive American language and culture program.?

Community invited to Dec. 6 winter concert

CSU Monterey Bay’s Music and Performing Arts Department will hold its annual winter concert, “A Holiday Parade Around the World,” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the World Theater. The public is invited. The free event features the university’s chorale, jazz band, chamber strings ensemble and wind ensemble. No tickets or reservations are necessary. While the event is free, a parking permit must be purchased from a machine on the lot or online.

Director of refugee studies center to lecture

Dr. Dawn Chatty, director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on Nov. 17. The topic of her public lecture is “Forced Migration and the Humanitarian Aid Regime.” She will explore forced migration around the world and the meanings of the terms attached to the label “refugee” in international law. Her talk will also provide an overview of the contemporary refugee regime and the significance of the Middle East. Dr. Chatty is a social anthropologist with long experience in the Middle East as a university teacher, development practitioner and advocate for indigenous rights. She earned a Ph.D. at UCLA and has taught at UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, the American University of Beirut and the University of Oxford. The lecture will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Center living room. The University Center is located on Sixth Avenue and B Street. While the lecture is free, a parking permit must be purchased from a machine on the lot. Driving directions and a campus are available here.

National health conference has CSUMB flavor

The National Conference on Health Disparities took place Nov. 5-8 in Long Beach, and CSU Monterey Bay was well represented.

Vision and Voice

Photo by Daniel Lyons (SBS, 2004)

Biology student on microbe mission

Andrea Valdez, a senior biology major, is on a microbe mission. Valdez, in conjunction with Dr. Gretchen Hofmann’s lab at UC Santa Barbara, is studying a wasting disease contributing to the recent demise of sea stars, a keystone species in the near-shore environment. Valdez is using molecular techniques to determine the diversity of bacterial organisms found on sea stars with wasting disease, and comparing them to bacterial populations on healthy sea stars.

Innovation and Big Data

Each month during the school year, CSU Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development sponsors an informal event that brings together faculty, staff, students and community members to discuss innovative ideas in a particular field.

Faculty member captures the spirit of Fort Ord

Fort Ord – once the largest military base in the American West – was a vital center during much of the 20th century. More than a million people lived and worked at the base. But that was two decades ago; now, many people know it only as a ghost town that surrounds CSU Monterey Bay.

Students take tech ideas for test ride

Cal State Monterey Bay students will put their creative and technical skills to work at HACK UCSC 2015.

CSUMB celebrates Native American Heritage Month

CSU Monterey Bay celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November with talks, a film screening, a poetry reading, photography exhibit, musical performance and panel discussion – all around the theme of “generational voices.”

New CSUMB coach a familiar face

Although Darcy Milligan only started as CSU Monterey Bay's women's golf coach a few weeks ago, she is a familiar face at the Otters' home courses of Bayonet and Black Horse. Not only is Milligan an assistant golf professional at the courses, she played for the Otters from 2007 to 2011. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 23, 2014

Catchy Studies

Cosmas Magaya appears at CSUMB on a mission to preserve African music. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 23, 2014

Mojo Rising

La Santa Cecilia carries on the Los Angeles music tradition at CSU Monterey Bay. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 23, 2014

CSUMB researchers hatch a biological machine to clean farm runoff

. . . This is the field laboratory of CSUMB environmental science lecturers John Skardon and John Silveus and their six students. They're trying to find better ways to filter the pollutants out of agricultural runoff. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 23, 2014

CSUMB observes National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

CSU Monterey Bay student Max Everett looks at a sport utility vehicle damaged in a DUI-related crash that was placed in the main quad at CSUMB. The vehicle was part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and sponsored by the University Police Department and Monterey Garage. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 22, 2014

CSUMB's purchase of Steinbeck Center supported

School districts in Salinas are lining up in support of a deal to sell the National Steinbeck Center to CSU Monterey Bay. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 15, 2014

Physician assistant program

In a few years – 2019 is the target date – CSU Monterey Bay expects to launch a new master's degree program that will produce medical professionals known as physicians assistants – people who are trained to handle 70 to 90 percent of the tasks a doctor performs each day. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 12, 2014

Students take top honors at SACNAS

CSU Monterey Bay students took a first-place award and two seconds at the recent conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Learn about instructional science grad program

The public is invited to learn about California State University, Monterey Bay's master’s degree program in Instructional Science and Technology at an open house on Nov. 6.

Thinking outside the borders

La Santa Cecilia is set to rock CSU Monterey Bay’s University Center on Oct. 29.

Otters at the bottom of the world

While penguins and seals call it home, there are few permanent human residents on Antarctica. But, each year, several thousand people temporarily reside at research stations scattered across the continent. At the moment, two of them are CSU Monterey Bay alumni. Kevin Johnson and Erin Frolli, both members of the Class of 2012, had a chance meeting there recently while working on separate projects. Running into Frolli was an “incredible” surprise, Johnson said via e-mail. “I had arrived a few days ahead of her group and was finishing our required safety training when she walked past me in the hall.”  Frolli was equally surprised. "You don't expect to see a fellow UROCer at the bottom of the world," she said.

Film showcases young people succeeding despite the odds

A feature-length documentary that had its California premiere at the Carmel International Film Festival features a CSU Monterey Bay student.

Stanford futurist kicks off President's Speaker Series

“Innovators, upstarts and mythmakers: the deep origins of Silicon Valley” will be the topic addressed by Stanford professor Paul Saffo on Nov. 4, when the President’s Speaker Series returns to Cal State Monterey Bay.

Students haunt house for a good cause

The Rotaract Club of CSU Monterey Bay wants to scare you.

College prep focus of CSUMB grant

Middle school students in Monterey County are the target of $2.1 million in grants awarded to Cal State Monterey Bay, and will be awarded for six years. The money will allow students in South Monterey County, Salinas and Seaside to be served by the GEAR UP program. – Off 68, Oct. 10, 2014

Federal grant for teacher education

CSUMB received $8.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit, train and support teachers over the next five years. They'll be primarily focused on the STEM subjects. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 3, 2014

Salinas student lands internship in D.C.

Jesse Reyes of Salinas is determined to go from fixing trails to civic trailblazing when he returns home after an internship in Washington, D.C. The environmental studies major is working and studying at the Office of Surface mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the U.S. Department of the Interior. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 2, 2014

Professor to present at global business conference in Croatia

Dr. Murray Millson, director of the MBA program and professor of marketing at CSUMB is leaving for Dubrovnic, Croatia, to continue his passion for lecturing to the international community. – Benito Link, Sept. 23, 2014

PEDAL PERKS

Students, faculty and staff are invited to pedal their way around campus, collecting information and prizes as they go.

Scholarship fund makes headlines

After former Los Angeles Times photojournalist Alwin Krause died in 2002, his wife, Marian Krause, thought about how she could honor him.

Forum addresses the business of healthy eating

The “Greater Vision” series of public forums on topics important to local agriculture and the larger community continues Oct. 22 at California State University, Monterey Bay. The topic is “The Business of Healthy Eating.”

Valley of the Heart comes to World Theater

Valley of the Heart explores themes that are ever-present in California – immigration, racism, identity – and folds them into a love story and a history lesson.

Creating a thousand lights

California State University campuses throughout the state are holding candle-lighting events this month to send a message of support, understanding and comfort to those who have been impacted by suicide or other mental health-related challenges.

Alcohol Awareness Week comes to CSUMB

As part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) Oct. 20–25, CSU Monterey Bay is offering panel discussions, games, displays and other activities to help students understand the ramifications of alcohol and its effect. The activities are designed to reinforce personal responsibility and respect for state laws and campus policies when it comes to the consumption of alcohol. Highlights of this year’s activities include:

Beyond rhythm

CSU Monterey Bay’s concert series continues on Oct. 24 when the community is invited to an afternoon of African music and culture with mbira and marimba master Cosmas Magaya of Zimbabwe.

CSUMB awarded $8.6 million to boost teacher quality

CSU Monterey Bay has received one of 24 grants from the U.S Department of Education to recruit, train and support new teachers primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

A call to public service

From CSU Voices and Views blog

World Affairs Council honors CSUMB students

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area has awarded scholarships to two students from California State University, Monterey Bay.

CSUMB presents an evening with Lea DeLaria

An evening with Lea DeLaria will highlight Cal State Monterey Bay’s celebration of LGBTQ history month.

Protecting intellectual property

For most startup companies, their intellectual property, including their brand, logo, taglines, documents and innovations, are their most important assets. Those assets need to be protected from competitive infringement.

The Class of 3 Million is coming

When graduates cross the stage at commencement next May, they will join not only the Class of 2015, but also The Class of 3 Million – three million graduates of the California State University system.

CSUMB to add sexual assault advocate

An independent, confidential advocate for survivors of sexual assault will join the support system already in place at Cal State Monterey Bay.  – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 23, 2014

Educational programs advance the local tourism industry

Soon, CSUMB will introduce one of the country's first sustainable hospitality management programs. Students who earn the bachelor's degree, which will offer concentrations in sustainability and ecotourism, sustainable resort and hotel management, and sustainable event planning and management, will be equipped to build and lead eco-friendly tourism businesses. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 12, 2014

Concert offers an array of new music

CSU Monterey Bay’s concert series resumes on Oct. 13 with a free performance by A/B Duo.

Grants help students GEAR UP for college

Middle school students in Monterey County will be better equipped for college thanks to federal grants awarded to Cal State Monterey Bay.

ShakeOut shakes things up on Oct. 15

The Big One – it’s not a matter of “if,” Californians have been told. It’s a matter of “when.” At 10:15 on the morning of Oct. 15, members of the CSU Monterey Bay community are invited to join millions of people in this year’s Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill to prepare for the inevitable by practicing the drop, cover and hold on move.

Mayan health and agricultural practices topic of Oct. 6 talk

Professor Bernardo Ca’amal Itzá, the United Nations representative for the Mayan People, will visit Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 6 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Faculty member shares diversity strategies

Professor Corey Garza has been successful in attracting underserved students – minorities, low income and first-generation college students – to ocean sciences.

Professor helps to set world record

Cal State Monterey Bay Professor Dan Fernandez was one of hundreds of electric vehicle buffs who helped the U.S. reclaim a world record Sept. 20 in Cupertino.

Salinas resident earns CSU Trustee Award

Cal State Monterey Bay sophomore Jesus Ochoa Perez has been chosen for a California State University Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. He and the other award winners were honored Sept. 9 at the CSU board meeting in Long Beach – Monterey Herald, Sept. 14, 2014

A touch of CSUMB at Days and Nights Festival

Philip Glass’ Days and Nights Festival returns to the local area Sept. 25-28, with a big contribution from CSU Monterey Bay.

Foundation of CSUMB adds board members

Eight community members have joined the Foundation of CSU Monterey Bay board of directors.

Coming to terms with the experience of combat

As a Marine lieutenant during the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes learned what every young officer learns – to fire a rifle, to command a platoon, to fight and to kill. Over the next four decades, he spent his time reading, thinking and writing a memoir that helped him come to terms with that experience.

Visiting artist series kicks off Sept. 17

CSU Monterey Bay’s visiting artist series kicks off Sept. 17 when Los Angeles artists Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra Jr. visit campus.

CSUMB commemorates Constitution Day

To commemorate Constitution Day, California State University, Monterey Bay Professor David Reichard will present a talk on the topic “Beyond 5 to 4: Understanding How Supreme Court Justices Interpret the Constitution and Why it Matters,” at 8 p.m., Sept. 17.

Campus celebrates Chicano/Latino Heritage Month

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Chicano/Latino Heritage Month. During the month, the cultures and tradition of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central and South America and the Caribbean are celebrated. CSU Monterey Bay is commemorating the month with a variety of activities and events.

Computer science students work on shark project

Students in the CSIT-in-3 program know a good opportunity when they see it.

Dean of new health college at CSUMB debuts

A community health expert and educator is heading the new College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Cal State Monterey Bay. Britt Rios-Ellis is the founding dean of the college. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 8, 2014

CSUMB has new dean, new college of education

Here's what a monolingual Mexican child who comes to the United States at age 10 can become: dean at a major university.  – Monterey Herald, Sept. 5, 2014

Giving signals at CSUMB

The series of skits and guided discussions by acting troupe Catharsis Productions demonstrate that role-playing and blunt talk make more memorable sexual assault training than lectures. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 2, 2014

BLANK CANVAS

CSU Monterey Bay professor Juan Luna-Avin works with students in his mural class to map out the new vision mural that they will paint at Inter-Garrison Road and Fifth Avenue. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 2, 2014

Just a bus ride away

Students attending CSUMB have unprecedented easy access to campus. . . . CSUMB get an A for its transportation efforts. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 1, 2014

Weekly Farm Stand returns to campus

CSU Monterey Bay Dining Services is teaming up with the campus Farm Club to bring a weekly farm stand to campus throughout the fall.

Coastal Cleanup (in Salinas)

The annual worldwide Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet. Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 100 countries clean up beaches, lakes and waterways. If you’d like to help with the effort, join CSU Monterey Bay’s Return of the Natives (RON) on Sept. 20 to celebrate the day and contribute to a better environment. RON is working in partnership with Save Our Shores on the annual event. This year’s event will include more than two dozen sites in Monterey County, including Upper Carr Lake in Salinas. RON is recruiting volunteers to help clean up trash and remove invasive weeds at the lake from 9 a.m. to noon. Last year, volunteers worked to clean up Natividad Creek and prevented approximately 1,200 lbs. of debris from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, protecting the ocean and keeping flood channels open. More than 80 percent of the plastics and other litter that pollutes the oceans comes from land sources. That means the debris that’s picked up during the cleanup will make a difference. Upper Carr Lake is located off East Laurel Drive between Constitution Boulevard and Sanborn Road. Snacks, water and tools will be provided. Return of the Natives is dedicated to bringing people closer to nature and nature closer to people through hands-on participation in restoring habitats. It is the education and outreach arm of the Watershed Institute at CSUMB. RON events are a great way to learn more about where you live, meet new people and help protect our water supply and natural habitat.??

Learn what to do in an emergency

Should a disaster strike, university officials want campus community members to be prepared, educated on what to do and have the resources and training to be emergency-ready.

Faculty, grad student work on novel way to manage grasslands

Dr. Suzy Worcester and John Inman, a graduate student in CSU Monterey Bay’s applied marine and watershed science program, have been working with Bruce Delgado at the Bureau of Land Management to manage 2,500 acres of coastal grasslands at Fort Ord National Monument.

Fish stories

UPDATE: The final exhibit, "Fishing Families: The Monterey Sicilian Story," will open Sept. 5 in conjunction with the Festa Italia weekend in Monterey's Custom House Plaza. The exibit will celebrate a yearlong gathering of stories, photos and mementos of the Italian fishing families by the Italian American Cultural Center Foundation. The exhibit will highlight family life, culture, religion and food.

Aspiring math teacher earns CSU award

Cal State Monterey Bay sophomore Jesus Ochoa Perez has been chosen for a CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. He and the other award winners will be honored on Sept. 9 at the CSU board meeting in Long Beach.

Alum sails Atlantic in search of plastic debris

The 5Gyres Institute is on a mission to educate the world about the downside of its reliance on single-use plastic. The institute documents the prevalence of marine plastic pollution in oceans around the globe by traveling to the large oceanic systems called gyres, which tend to collect floating plastic. In June, Carolyn Rosevelt, a 2011 graduate of CSUMB’s master’s degree program in applied marine and watershed science, joined a team from the 5Gyres Institute on a sailing expedition to document changes in the density of plastic pollution between the sub-tropical gyre and sub-polar gyre in the North Atlantic Ocean. A few months before the voyage, staff members at 5Gyres had inquired about Rosevelt’s graduate work and the methodologies she used to investigate beach litter in the Monterey Bay region. They encouraged her to apply to join their expedition from Bermuda to Iceland. Bermuda is located in the middle of a sub-tropical gyre. Rosevelt was shocked to see the large quantity of plastic fragments as they pulled up to the beach survey sites on mopeds. Organizations such as the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and volunteer stewards with Keep Bermuda Beautiful were happy to work with the 5Gyres team to conduct surveys, even lending them a small boat. After wrapping up the beach surveys, the team departed by ship from St. George, Bermuda. The crew was made up of 14 volunteers with various backgrounds in environmental conservation, all eager to meet the challenge of reducing plastic pollution.

Watershed alumni work on San Clemente Dam project

Evan De Lay, Sheldon Leiker, and Elizabeth Geisler, graduates of CSU Monterey Bay's Applied Marine and Watershed Science program, are working on the removal of the San Clemente Dam from the Carmel River.

CSUMB professor, colleagues land NSF grant

CSU Monterey Bay Professor Cheryl Logan and four colleagues have won a grant of nearly $900,000 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on ocean acidification and hypoxia.

CSUMB makes magazine list of top schools

CSU Monterey Bay fared well in the annual College Guide and Rankings released Aug. 25 by Washington Monthly magazine.

Alumna earns first Perry Scholarship

Maritza Bautista’s third-grade teacher influenced her career choice.

BACK FOR FALL

. . . It was move-in day at CSUMB, the day when about 3,000 souls return to fill up the campus. The weather cooperated and gave the students and their families a sunny day to unpack, walk around and become familiar with the campus. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 23, 2014

CSUMB student sings national anthem at game

Melissa Bowling, a CSUMB senior, sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at the opening of the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 22, 2014

Ochoa talks of growth, inequalities

CSU Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa launched the 2014-15 academic year with a 45-minute speech that touched on the university's recent accomplishments, its restructuring, immediate and long-term plans, national education policy, the growing inequality gap, the university's developing role in shaping Monterey Bay and California's drought. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 22, 2014

Otters, talented and deep, head into fall golf season

With nine returning varsity players from a team that took fifth place at last season's Division II national championship, the Otters are talented and deep as they embark upon the fall schedule of the men's golf season. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 21, 2014

Otters' focus on community unites

The CSUMB soccer teams kicked off the preseason earlier this month with a free soccer clinic for more than 200 children. The players introduced basic drills with excitement and joy for the sport. – Salinas Californian, Aug. 20, 2014

Student creates new 'feminist art movement'

A handful of CSU Monterey Bay college students are aiming to produce a creative outlet for women to let their voices be heard. That platform is the Not a Pretty Girl Project, founded by Selena Gonzalez, a human communications major with an emphasis in social action creative writing. – USA Today, Aug. 23, 2014

Move-in day heralds start of school year

Aug. 22 was move-in day at Cal State Monterey Bay, where incoming students said hello to new roommates and goodbye to parents.

National Acrobats of China bring their art to CSUMB

Acrobatics is an ancient art form in China. Centuries ago, performers combined dramatic folk arts and variety shows with the cultural roots of their civilization, and using common objects as stage props, created an acrobatic art unique to their culture.

Health sciences, human services dean named

Britt Rios-Ellis, a professor of health sciences at Long Beach State and director of the National Council of La Raza/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training, has been named the founding dean of Cal State Monterey Bay's College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

Science informs art

Images from the Seafloor Mapping Lab at CSU Monterey Bay have been put to use by an East Coast artist. 

Students on computer science fast track

Heads together over a laptop computer, Jose Sanchez Garcia and Benito Sanchez worked to bring a jumble of multicolored wires and a patch of computer hardware to life. . . . The accelerated program, run jointly by Hartnell Community College and CSU Monterey Bay, will allow them to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science in just three years. – EdSource, Aug. 14, 2014

'Graduation day' for ocean science researchers

For the 11 students who spent the summer conducting research through the Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program based at CSU Monterey Bay, Aug. 15 was graduation day.

Youth soccer clinic set for Saturday morning

CSU Monterey Bay's men's and women's soccer teams will hold a free clinic on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Otter Sports Complex.

Acting out against sexual assault

Call it an innovative approach to tackling a sensitive subject.

Former AS officer heads to Washington for internship

While other students are returning to the classroom this fall, Wendy Holman is heading to Washington, D.C., where she will spend the semester working in the office of a member of the House of Representatives.

Students present environmental research

A contingent of CSU Monterey Bay students and faculty members will be among those presenting research at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Ocean science research opportunity for undergrads

. . . .Taylor Eddy is one of 11 undergraduate students spending the summer conducting research at CSUMB thanks to the Summer Ocean Science Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation. – Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 7, 2014

Courses aimed to building pipeline for 3-year bachelor's program

. . . CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College put together a plan for students to finish a bachelor's degree in three years as a way of tackling several issues: the long time some students are taking to earn a bachelor's degree, and the dropout rate among minority students. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 6, 2014

Seed lending library takes root

The seed lending library was first proposed a few years ago, and then implemented with CSU Monterey Bay environmental studies major Heather Cunningham and other university students. A CSUMB Alumni Association capstone grant . . . supported the initial launch. – Carmel Magazine, summer-fall 2014

Activists, artists earn California Peace Award

. . . "I like being out there in the community," said Elizabet Zepeda Gonzalez, a social and behavioral sciences major at CSUMB. "I love helping people. It's my passion." – Monterey Herald, July 30, 2014

Students headed to Washington internships

Two CSU Monterey Bay students are about to get an up-close look at the inner workings of government.

MASTERING MATH

More than 100 incoming eighth-graders will spend the last days of their summer break immersed in math at the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy, which began Aug. 7 at Graniterock headquarters in Watsonville.

'Follow your heart,' Junior Otters told

“Find your heart. Follow your heart and you will find your destiny,” playwright Luis Valdez told a group assembled in the University Center at CSU Monterey Bay on July 30.

California Peace Award for student, alumnus

A CSU Monterey student and an alumnus will be recognized by Assemblyman Luis Alejo as California Peace Award winners for the 30th Assembly District.

Ocean science attracts summer researchers

Many universities offer a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, but they don't have what CSU Monterey Bay has to offer. The bay and the National Marine Sanctuary – and the research institutions that surround them – are hard to beat for anyone interested in studying ocean science.

Book illuminates emotions around racism

“Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism,” edited by Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline Haskell, was published about 18 months ago, but continues to draw attention for its important message.

CSUMB adding faculty for upcoming school year

With enrollment in the California State University system expected to top 450,000 for the upcoming school year, hundreds of new faculty members have been hired. At California State University, Monterey Bay, 14 new tenure-track professors have already been hired for the new school year and several more may join them. The university anticipates it will hire 24 more for the 2015-16 school year. The hiring is part of an effort in the CSU system to fill about 700 full-time faculty positions for the upcoming year to accommodate enrollment growth (approximately 10,000 more students are expected this year), relieve course bottlenecks and fill posts left vacant by retiring faculty members. Now that the system is getting more funding – $142.2 million in additional money for the upcoming year – the CSU has made it a priority to boost the number of tenure-track professors, according to CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp. CSUMB’s newly hired faculty members with department, rank, discipline and degree: Starting in fall 2014:

CSUMB, Carmel collaborate on city project

A Carmel city councilwoman put out a call for help, and CSU Monterey Bay faculty, staff and students responded.

Teacher a finalist for presidential award

Stefanie Pechan, a CSUMB alumna and fifth-grade teacher, has been nominated for a national teaching award that could net her $10,000 and an opportunity to meet President Obama in Washington, D.C. – Monterey Herald, July 24, 2014

Grant helps migrant students

CSUMB has received a $2.1 million federal grant aimed at enrolling more migrant students in higher education. – Monterey Herald, July 20, 2014

A+ for this teacher

A CSU Monterey Bay graduate has been nominated for a national teaching award.

High Fidelity

When students in CSU Monterey Bay’s Music and Performing Arts Department enrolled in an advanced audio production class in 2013, they were signing up for the opportunity to work on a real-world project.

VPA professor steps out from behind the scenes

After more than 35 years of experience behind the scenes as a lighting designer and visual artist, Stephanie Johnson will perform her first one-woman show on July 21 as part of the AfroSolo Arts Festival in San Francisco.

NAACP president gets early start on the job

When she was elected in the spring of 2014 to head the campus chapter of the NAACP, Mia Elliott said, “I can’t wait to start. I am really looking forward to being president.”

Girls Love Science, Too

Girls interested in pursuing a career in marine science are exploring their options this week through a program at CSU Monterey Bay.

Community-based restoration, a few acres at a time

Rose Ashbach, a graduate student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science program at CSU Monterey Bay, has left her mark on the campus while helping the university implement its master plan.

Camp SEA Lab encourages girls to pursue science career

Twenty-four high school students from around the country got some cool hands-on training in Monterey Bay on Monday, exploring the world of marine science. Camp SEA Lab summer camp is put on by CSU Monterey Bay; it encourages teenage girls to pursue careers in science. – KION-TV, July 14, 2014

Inspiration flows from CSUMB Inventor's Workshop

Move over, Rube Goldberg. There's a new generation of inventors out there, melding old and new technology to create fascinating stuff. It was evident Friday afternoon as 17 students in the Inventor's Workshop, part of CSU Monterey Bay's Summer Arts program, displayed their works. – The Salinas Californian, July 14, 2014

Business, IT building nearing halfway point of construction

As of July 1, the Business and Information Technology (BIT) building was approximately 40 percent complete.

CSUMB, Steinbeck Center closer to buy-out deal

Salinas city officials have agreed to forgive the National Steinbeck Center nearly $500,000 in deferred loan payments as part of a bid by CSU Monterey Bay's University Corporation to purchase the downtown center's building and land, and help save the financially struggling organization. – Monterey Herald, July 10, 2014

BYOB, help RON

CSU Monterey Bay’s Return of the Natives program is getting some help from Whole Foods shoppers.

Capstone project leads to museum exhibit

CSU Monterey Bay alumna Erika D’Auria has turned her capstone project into an exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art.

Reaching out to the world

CSU Monterey Bay’s reach extends far beyond California’s Central Coast. About 100 students from other nations attend CSUMB each year for a semester or two, and at least that many CSUMB students travel abroad.

Endless Summer

In late June, a Broadway star, several Grammy-nominated musicians, an enigmatic sound sculptor, an award-winning graphic designer, a team of Nickelodeon animators and other notable artists will make a temporary home at the CSU Monterey Bay campus for this year's Summer Arts program. – Monterey County Weekly, June 26, 2014

CAMP gives student a helping hand

Ashley Rojas was nervous about attending college and scared of failing.

CAMP grant helps migrant students attain college dream

California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $2.1 million federal grant aimed at enrolling more migrant students in higher education.

TAT grad moves up to major studio feature

July 11 is the day Planet of the Apes fans have been anticipating, as “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” premieres nationwide.

CSUMB recognized for preparedness efforts

CSU Monterey Bay’s efforts to prepare for natural disasters have won recognition from the National Weather Service.

High school students imagine college . . .

During June, small groups of aspiring filmmakers could be seen around campus. They aren’t college students – not yet anyway. The filmmakers are part of Imagine College, a program that allows high school students to get a taste of what college is all about.

CSUMB's social work program earns national accreditation

CSU Monterey Bay's master's degree in social work is now nationally accredited. The Council of Social Work Education has spent four years examining the program. Evaluators recently issued their report, granting initial accreditation through February 2018. – Monterey Herald, June 22, 2014

Professor to attend White House summit

Lisa Stewart, an assistant professor in the social work program at CSU Monterey Bay, will be one of hundreds of participants at the White House Summit on Working Families, a gathering of stakeholders from different sectors who will discuss issues facing working families. – Monterey Herald, June 21, 2014

Summer Arts at CSUMB

From June 30 to July 26, a weekly slate of more than 30 guest lecturers and performers will offer a series of evening dance and musical programs plus talks on photography, mixed media and interactive art and sculpture. – The Salinas Californian, June 19, 2014

CSUMB names new dean of education

Jose Luis Alvarado, who has served as associate dean for the College of Education at San Diego State since 2010, has been named dean of CSU Monterey Bay's newly created College of Education. – Monterey Herald, June 15, 2014

Scientists catalog life in Monterey Bay marine sanctuary

Using the first-ever seafloor maps of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, marine biologists are now cataloging what lives there, and in the process helping those who manage the preserve. Dr. James Lindholm points to a video monitor in a research lab at the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay and says, "We are going over a rocky reef." – KAZU (NPR affiliate), June 12, 2014

Drive raises scholarships for MSW program

Wayne and Maureen Lavengood didn't need much convincing when it came to enlisting them to head up the "100 Who Care" campaign. The fundraiser is attempting to raise scholarship funds for individuals pursuing a master's degree in social work at CSUMB.  – The Salinas Californian, May 30, 2014

President Ochoa joins coalition to support Common Core

CSU Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa has joined more than 200 college and university leaders from 33 states in a new coalition, Higher Ed for Higher Standards, to mobilize in support of the Common Core State Standards.

Faculty member at White House summit

CSU Monterey Bay faculty member Lisa Stewart is taking her research on work-family issues to a national stage.

Learning about leadership

Ian Olden of CSU Monterey Bay was one of 28 students who attended the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s annual Student Leadership Seminar in June.

Students travel to Spain for summer school

A group of CSU Monterey Bay students are spending June in Leon, Spain. Under the direction of Dr. Juan Jose Gutierrez, they are collecting and analyzing data, and getting service learning experience.

Social work program earns national accreditation

California State University, Monterey Bay’s master’s degree in social work (MSW) program passed an extensive accreditation process recently, and is now nationally accredited.

Milestone marked in Gambord building construction

At an informal gathering on June 12, CSU Monterey Bay staff members were joined by representatives of the architect and contractor to sign a beam that will be used in construction of the Business and Information Technology building. The beam was covered in white material to accommodate the signatures. It will be used in a “topping off” ceremony, an event that marks the placement of the highest beam in the building, tentatively scheduled for June 20. The $43 million, 58,000-square-foot structure is on schedule to open in the fall of 2015. The technology-rich building, located next to the Tanimura & Antle library, will have eight classrooms, 12 labs, offices, conference rooms and student study areas. Sustainability strategies are incorporated into the design. Spaces are organized to ensure learning environments and staff areas receive natural light; storm water runoff will be contained on site; water conserving plumbing fixtures will be used; and heat-producing direct sunlight kept to a minimum with the exterior screen wall. The building has been designed to LEED Gold standards. View the construction site webcam

Dr. Lindholm goes to Washington

At Capitol Hill Ocean Week, held June 10-12, marine scientists and others interested in the state of the world’s oceans gathered in Washington, D.C.

Student housing complex under construction

Rising to the north of campus is a four-story student housing project, set to open in the fall of 2015.

Math major adds up research opportunities

“I know I made the right decision coming to CSUMB,” said Lilyana Gross. “The school and the faculty have gotten me where I am today.”

Dean named for new College of Education

Jose Luis Alvarado, who has served as associate dean for the College of Education at San Diego State University since 2010, has been named dean of Cal State Monterey Bay’s newly created College of Education.

Mural graces library's main floor

CSU Monterey Bay has recently added to its collection of historically significant works of art.

A long way from home

After commencement, Daniel Troia didn't spent much time celebrating. Nine days after receiving his degree in kinesiology, he and current student Luke Young headed off on a 3,500-mile cross-country bike ride to see America and to raise money for a good cause.

Historically African American sorority comes to campus

For more than a century, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority has been committed to public service, with a primary focus on the black community. Now, there is a chapter at CSU Monterey Bay, the first historically African American sorority established on campus. The Upsilon Xi chapter was chartered in April with seven members: Diamond Gaskins, Shiyla Goodie, Nancy Her, Brigette Johnson, Tyler Posey, Courtney Thomas and Tiffany Williams.

White House adviser to deliver keynote

. . . Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to President Obama and director of the Domestic Policy Council will be the commencement speaker. – Monterey Herald, May 17, 2014

CSUMB grads don 'green' gowns

CSU Monterey Bay is rapidly gaining a reputation for being environmentally responsible – right down to the gowns that graduates will wear on Saturday. – Monterey Herald, May 16, 2014

CSUMB to graduate 1,447

Come Saturday, Sandra Zuniga will have a new field to explore – mathematics at the graduate studies level. The daughter of a farm worker family from east Salinas will join 1,446 other graduates at the 18th commencement ceremonies at Cal State Monterey Bay. – The Salinas Californian, May 13, 2014

CSUMB advances to Super Regionals

It took an extra game, and a come-from-behind win, but CSU Monterey Bay's softball team is on its way to the NCAA Super Regionals. – Monterey Herald, May 11, 2014

CSUMB golf in national tourney

The CSU Monterey Bay men's golf team took fourth place in the West/South Central Regional at Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, Texas, to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship. – Monterey Herald, May 8, 2014

CSUMB makes list of green colleges

CSUMB is included in the 2014 edition of "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges." The university is cited for having a "formidable green pedigree." – The Salinas Californian, May 5, 2014

Point Lobos undersea world revealed

. . . the method proved impractical, so they turned to the Cal State Monterey Bay seafloor mapping lab, which used a jet-ski-based, multi-beam sonar platform to map the terrain with great detail and accuracy. – Carmel Pine Cone, May 2, 2014

Getting a RISE out of students

“Throughout high school, the RISE program had a strong impact on my decision to pursue a degree in biology,” said Charn Singh, who just finished her junior year at CSU Monterey Bay.

Summer Arts returns to CSUMB

CSU Summer Arts returns to the Monterey Bay campus with a lineup of 16 classes, including two coordinated by CSUMB faculty members.

A diver's eye view--without getting wet

Visitors to Point Lobos State Marine Reserve are now able to visualize what the undersea world looks like, thanks in part to work by students and staff members of CSU Monterey Bay’s Seafloor Mapping Lab.

'Help others achieve their dreams,' graduates told

On a breezy, sunny morning, Cecilia Muñoz urged the graduates of California State University, Monterey Bay to maintain the quest for learning that brought them to the university.

'Spirit of service'

Cecilia Muñoz, an adviser to President Obama and director of the Domestic Policy Council, delivered the commencement speech at CSU Monterey Bay on May 17, 2014.

'We See It This Way'

While most capstone projects are displayed during the end-of-semester campus-wide festival at Cal State Monterey Bay, for years a few have been exhibited at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

From Air Force medic to college graduate

Tina Banks has beaten the odds.

Faculty grants support summer projects

Eight summer faculty projects in the area of innovative teaching and learning have been funded through the generous support of the CSUMB Foundation board’s annual fund.???? The projects are focused on innovative ways to serve students, and include approaches that address scalability, use of technology, and incorporation of new pedagogies

Capping off college with senior projects

Alyssa Nally has been working with the Monterey chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, implementing the foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program. To fulfill a CSU Monterey Bay requirement that all students complete a capstone – a creative or research project – the marine science major developed a presentation for elementary school students. Nally’s presentation teaches the youngsters about the negative impacts of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems, and why it is important to reduce plastic consumption. She has given the presentation to hundreds of students in Marina and King City and hopes those children will spread the word to their families and friends, and to the community. Visual and Public Art major Rachell Hester’s capstone project – a 14-piece installation she calls Imperceptions – explores preconceived notions of outward appearance and deeper meaning. The portraits depict first impressions and challenge viewers to expand their narrow focus on individual stereotypes and open up to a bigger story. “The installation forces the viewer to step back in order to fully appreciate the magnitude of each subject and combined expressions,” Hester told the Otter Realm. Both projects fulfilled a requirement facing graduating seniors at colleges and universities across the country. By requiring a capstone project, the schools want undergraduates to pull together, synthesize and apply years of learning. At Cal State Monterey Bay, all students have been required to do capstone projects since the first graduating class in 1997. Some of those projects are archived in the campus library. (View the archive here.)

Commencement by the numbers

8,000: Graduation tickets printed

CSUMB student wins film commission scholarship

Jessica Moss is this year’s recipient of the Monterey County Film Commission’s student scholarship.

Environmental filmmaking class explores Fort Ord

This semester, students from CSU Monterey Bay explored Fort Ord in an environmental filmmaking class. The results of that exploration will be presented May 9 at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. 

Marine science student earns NOAA scholarship

Emily Aiken sounds like a campus recruiter when she explains why she chose CSU Monterey Bay for graduate school.

CSUMB video wins CASE silver medal

A video telling the story of CSUMB has taken a top honor in the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Circle of Excellence competition. The awards program is open to member colleges, universities, independent schools and nonprofits around the world.

Support programs open doors for students

Marina Rico, the youngest of seven siblings, grew up in an agricultural area of Monterey County. Her parents did not finish the second grade.

Obama adviser to speak at CSUMB commencement

The point person to President Obama on immigration reform will deliver the keynote address at this year's commencement ceremony at CSU Monterey Bay. Cecilia Muñoz, the highest-ranking Latina in the White House, is director of the Domestic Policy Council. – The Salinas Californian, April 30, 2014

Otter men's golfers ranked second in nation

As they prepare for the postseason, the CSU Monterey Bay men's golfers are on a roll.  – Monterey Herald, April 19, 2014

Freshman Impact

"We've become a first-choice school. The demand keeps going up." – Monterey County Weekly, April 17, 2014

Earth Day art project

A woolly mammoth was spotted this week outside CSUMB's Tanimura and Antle Library. It's an eight-foot-high art project to celebrate Earth Day. – Monterey County Weekly, April 17, 2014

CSUMB softball team earns national acclaim

. . . The Otters are ranked fourth in the nation in Division II. Yet they remain humble in their success, driven by determination. – Monterey Herald, April 12, 2014

CSUMB included in 'green' colleges guide

For the fourth consecutive year, CSU Monterey Bay has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

Obama administration official to speak at commencement

Obama administration official Cecilia Muñoz will be the keynote speaker at CSU Monterey Bay’s commencement ceremony on May 17.

Another public art project for faculty member

Johanna Poethig, who has worked on dozens of large-scale murals and other art installations around the country, has taken on yet another project.

JAZZ IT UP

The community is invited to an evening of jazz on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay as the annual Heritage Music Festival returns on May 8. The free concert will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Black Box Cabaret, located on Fourth Street near the intersection of Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard and Inter-Garrison Road. The concert features the Latin Jazz Collective with John Nava, Que Caliente and the CSUMB Jazz Ensemble. The Latin Jazz Collective is a seven-member group put together by Nava and Martin Binder. Members of the combo have decades of combined experience doing studio work, stage performances and musical education. They maintain active roles as band leaders, arrangers and musical directors. Que Caliente is a powerful and exciting group that plays a variety of styles – infectious Afro-Cuban and salsa rhythms, Latin jazz, straight-ahead swing, funky blues and beautiful ballads and boleros. The concert is sponsored by CSUMB’s Music and Performing Arts Department, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the university’s Special Event Fund. While the concert is free, a parking permit must be purchased from a nearby dispenser. Driving directions and a campus map are available here. For more information or disability accommodations, call 582-3009.  

Mariachi Reyna at World Theater

In a musical genre dominated by men, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles has been breaking stereotypes and shaping new cultural traditions since 1994.

KAZU earns two Murrow Awards

Krista Almanzan, news director of KAZU, has won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. The awards are given by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association.

CSUMB goes green with Earth Day events

Education is at the heart of Earth Day – which is really Earth Week at CSU Monterey Bay.

Students inspire couple to help

Two more CSU Monterey Bay students have benefitted from the generosity of Barbara Baldock and Phillip Butler.

Out from the stacks

CSU Monterey Bay reference and instruction librarian Sarah Dahlen personifies public service.

Keepin' It Reel

Three days of film showings – part of the 13th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival – will be held on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay.

Mona the Mammoth symbolizes Earth Day at CSUMB

A long-extinct creature roams the earth – at least CSUMB's piece of it – once again. Mona the Mammoth is part of CSUMB's celebration of Earth Day, and will remain on display through May 17.

Professor, grad student work to protect Big Sur River

Doug Smith, professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy, and graduate student Sam Phillips are collaborating with federal and state resource agencies to develop the Big Sur River Watershed Management Plan. 

Music students shine in May

Highlights from "West Side Story," the hit Broadway musical and film, will be performed at CSU Monterey Bay’s spring concert on May 4.

College of Business reaches out to the world

In February, CSU Monterey Bay’s College of Business welcomed its first visiting scholar.

NOAA grant to CSUMB professor could change the face of fishing

. . . A study is set to take place locally that could soon land trawl-aught fish on the Seafood Watch "Best Choice" list. The project is a collaborative effort among CSU Monterey Bay marine science and poicy professor James Lindholm; the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; the Environmental Defense Fund; and local fisherman . . .  – Monterey County Weekly, April 10, 2014

Modern Justice

. . . The 18th annual CSUMB Social Justice Colloquium is titled "Queer Justice: Past, Present, Future" and is comprised of a panel of scholars, students and activists, followed by audience comments and questions. – Monterey County Weekly, April 10, 2014

Working together to achieve better results

Monterey County community leaders are redesigning how they provide services, hoping to get better results – specifically when it comes to student achievement. . . . There's the Cradle to Career Partnership, a recently launched effort by CSU Monterey Bay, which aims to bring different organizations together to improve student performance. – Monterey Herald, April 9, 2014

Boundary-pushing puppet maker comes to CSUMB

A Los Angeles puppet maker visiting CSU Monterey Bay this week represents a new generation of artists who are finding interesting ways to tailor their craft for the camera. – Monterey Herald, April 10, 2014

Rare vision

Kevin Miller, a veteran of CSUMB's IT Department, has figured out a way to make the Internet more accessible to the blind. It's a complicated process, but essentially, Miller's programs can help the blind and vision-impaired "see" pictures and icons by making sure images are properly tagged and can speak to a user. – Monterey County Weekly, April 3, 2014

CSUMB artist captures the spirit of Fort Ord

. . . Artist Enid Baxter Ryce lives on what used to be Fort Ord. As a faculty member in CSUMB's Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, she and her husband share a home in repurposed Fort Ord dwellings. She is in perfect position to produce a work of art like "Planet Ord," an ambitious exhibition at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. – Monterey Herald, April 3, 2014

Marine debris: How do you pitch in?

Most people are aware of our role in polluting the oceans. It is a rare trip to the beach, even here in the beautiful Monterey Bay, that doesn't involve the discovery of marine debris in some form – a beer can, bottle cap or cigarette butt. But there are many potential solutions, from small-scale beach cleanups to much larger scale bans on plastic bags.

New options to transfer make life easier for community college students

. . . CSUMB accepts 19 associate degrees for transfer. – Monterey County Weekly, March 27, 2014

Staff member named 'Broadband Champion'

Arlene Krebs, founding director of the Wireless Education and Technology Center at CSU Monterey Bay, was named a 2014 Broadband Champion by the California Emerging Technology Fund. – Monterey Herald, March 27, 2014

CSUMB staff member named Broadband Champion

Arlene Krebs, technology development officer at CSU Monterey Bay, has been named a 2014 Broadband Champion by the California Emerging Technology Fund.

Student plugs into Tesla

It’s hard to tell who is more excited about Brett Roberts’ summer internship at Tesla – Roberts or his professor, Jonathan Shu.

Public invited to April 4 flute concert

Wayla J. Chambo will present a program of works for flute at a free public performance April 4 at CSU Monterey Bay. The 7 p.m. concert will be held in the Music Hall, located on Sixth Avenue near Butler Street. The concert will feature pieces for flute alone and flute with electronics. The work explores the intersections of text and music. The program includes three new pieces written for Chambo by emerging composers Lanier Sammons, a lecturer in CSUMB’s Music and Performing Arts Department; Sarah Summar; and L. Scott Price, all based on Chambo’s poetry. The composers were offered a selection of poems, and invited to choose one and use it in some way to construct a piece. The program includes existing contemporary pieces. In addition, selections from Charles Koechlin’s “Les Chants de Nectaire,” a massive cycle for solo flute inspired by the writings of Anatole France and Virgil, are interspersed throughout the program, providing a connecting thread. In addition to her performing work, Chambo also has a background in creative writing and has published poems in The Greensboro Review, Artizen, and Cellar Door.

Social Justice Colloquium looks at LGBT issues

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium at CSU Monterey Bay examines lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, political organizing and the meaning of justice.

Otter softballers take it one pitch at a time

During the team's recent school-record 10-game winning streak, Cal State Monterey Bay softball coach Andrea Kenney said, the streak was never the talk of the dugout. – The Salinas Californian, March 24, 2014

Best Contemporary/Modern Building

. . . The library (is) a gleaming work of architectural ingenuity and environmental conscience. It's rated LEED silver, built partly from recycled materials and designed to let in abundant natural light. – Monterey County Weekly, March 20, 2014

CSUMB ready to tackle future

. . . Cal State Monterey Bay is seeing strong student demand. CSUMB welcomed a record total of more than 5,700 students in fall 2013, more than 60 percent from outside the Central Coast region. – The Salinas Californian, March 19, 2014

Puppet-based animation workshops at CSUMB

Sam Koji Hale, an animator and puppet maker, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on April 10 for a pair of events open to the public.

On the outside looking in

Short-story writer Lysley Tenorio will read from his work April 8 at CSU Monterey Bay. The public is invited to this free event.

Professor creates Fort Ord exhibit

Fort Ord – once the largest military base in the American West – was a vital center during much of the 20th century. More than a million people lived and worked at the base, embedding the current architectural ruin with layers of murals and traces of their lives. Planet Ord explores the contemporary experience and historical echoes of their abandoned city, relating it to the many lost places in contemporary America. 

Striving to reach a bold goal

Jeff Edmondson, managing director of Strive Together, will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on April 9 as the President’s Speaker Series concludes for the year.

Alumna honored with teaching award

Miriam Lopez, a seventh-grade teacher at Vista Verde Middle School in Greenfield, has been honored for her work in the classroom. Lopez, who earned a teaching credential from CSU Monterey Bay and is currently enrolled in the university’s master of arts in education program, was given the Crystal Apple Award by television station KSBW. Nine times each year, the station honors teachers from the tri-county area for their “dedication to stimulating minds and improving students' lives.” News anchor Dan Green visits the classrooms of the winners to make the presentation in person. “She has just two years (of teaching) under her belt, but she has been able to learn and apply the best techniques from the great teachers around her,” Green told the viewers. “The kids have really responded.” Watch the segment here.  

Father Serra biographer lectures on April 3

Gregory Orfalea, author of Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California, will make a presentation at CSU Monterey Bay on April 3. The community is invited to this free event. Combining biography, European history, knowledge of Catholic doctrine and anthropology, Journey to the Sun shows how one man changed the future of California and in so doing affected the future of the nation.

Students selected for CSU-wide competition

Outstanding work by CSU Monterey Bay students on topics including the changing media landscape, the effectiveness of a workplace exercise program and nitrous oxide emissions of lettuce crops will be presented at a systemwide competition in May.

Students flock to app development challenge

. . . The deadline was fast approaching for nine teams of some 40 tech-savvy students at CSU Monterey Bay who were given just over two days to produce prototype applications for mobile devices. – Monterey Herald, March 17, 2014

CSUMB brings bright future to area

By CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa . . . In the past two decades, many economic hopes and dreams have gone unrealized. But I believe we are ready to make unprecedented progress toward achieving those goals and my university is eager to play its part. – Monterey Herald, March 17, 2014

Plunging into research

One of CSU Monterey Bay’s selling points is its proximity to the bay. Students enjoy the recreational activities associated with it; they can also work with faculty members and scientists on research projects tied to it. Those research opportunities have just expanded, thanks to a program funded by the National Science Foundation and based at CSUMB. As of this summer, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in ocean science will be available to students from all over the country. 

Developing youths from cradle to career

. . . Cynthia Nelson Holmsky, new director of the Monterey County Cradle to Career Partnership at CSU Monterey Bay, finds joy in trying to figure out an organization's identity. . . It's a process that Holmsky will employ as she coordinates the Cradle to Career Partnership, which has a goal of improving educational outcomes for children in Monterey County. – Monterey Herald, March 14, 2014

Should California have the highest minimum wage in the U.S.?

Tens of thousands of California’s hourly workers will become the best paid in the country when a new minimum wage law goes into effect.

Student artists' work to be installed April 18

A vital part of being an artist is entering works into juried competitions. Students at CSU Monterey Bay had the opportunity to do that, thanks to a generous donation from a faculty member.

GEEKING OUT

It's not likely anyone is getting the day off from school or work for it, but National Pi Day is Friday. Since 1988, when the first celebration was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium, the day has been commemorated around the world. Pi Day is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month, which aligns with the first three digits of pi – 3.14 – the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

Their thing: Strings

Stringfever, a London-based string quartet, is a little bit classical, a little bit rock 'n' roll – and humorous. 

Workshop examines disability access

The community is invited to a workshop at CSU Monterey Bay intended to increase awareness of people with disabilities.

A day to celebrate reading

. . . At Olsen Elementary in Marina, student-athletes from CSU Monterey Bay read Dr. Seuss books to children in kindergarten through third grade. – Monterey Herald, March 4, 2014

CSUMB finishes sixth in college fishing championship

CSU Monterey Bay’s team of Matthew Diaz and Sebastian Resendiz braved frigid, windy conditions to finish sixth in the college fishing national championship in Seneca, S.C., March 6-8.

Undergraduate Research Week at CSUMB

National Undergraduate Research Week takes place April 14 through 18.

Zumbathon raises funds for Relay for Life

The CSU Monterey Bay Rotaract Club will host a Zumbathon to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 29 at Water City Skate in Marina.

One man's fight to stop street violence

Dr. David Kennedy of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on March 28 as the President’s Speaker Series continues.

An Afro-American woman's life in Africa

Charlotte O'Neal, an artist, poet, musician and community activist from Tanzania, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on March 13.

Turning kids loose on Dr. Seuss

Olson Elementary School in Marina celebrated Read Across America Day on March 3, with help from some student-athletes at CSU Monterey Bay.

Psychology students get real-world experience

Cal State Monterey Bay faculty member Kathryn England-Aytes believes in the power of real-world experience. As a lecturer in psychology, she works to give her students a chance to learn first-hand from professionals. This semester, students in her clinical psychology course are getting that opportunity thanks to a collaboration with the Kinship Center, a nonprofit that provides mental health and counseling services to children and families touched by adoption, foster care, relative caregiving or legal guardianship. Professionals at the Kinship Center are providing students with a look at the field of child welfare and mental health. Using clinical theory, hands-on activities and lectures at the center’s Salinas campus, the course brings real-life applications to students considering careers in the mental health field. The Kinship Center, a member of the Seneca Family of Agencies, has been honored nationally for its life-changing outcomes for more than 2,500 children each year through therapeutic foster care, kinship (relative) care, mental health services for children and families, intensive support for families in crisis, prevention programs to keep children out of child welfare, adoption and education and training for parents and professionals. “We’re excited about this collaboration,” Professor England-Aytes said. “It’s already connecting students with the community in ways that make us proud." Kinship staff members will deliver six lectures during the course of the semester, covering topics including cultural issues, child trauma, behavioral psychotherapy, group and family therapy and working with children and adolescents. After two lectures, students are clearly enthusiastic. Student evaluations have included these comments:

Sociologist to speak at CSU Monterey Bay

C.J. Pascoe, whose work explores the terrain of sexuality and gender identity, will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on March 25.

New provost will join campus in July

Bonnie Irwin, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Monterey Bay. Her appointment follows a national search.

Local bands on stage at World Theater

The World Theater at CSU Monterey Bay will offer a special treat for its audience on March 8 when it presents a concert featuring Rio Salinas. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with the opening band Tom Faia and The Juice.

Tales from the trenches

Four business owners will share their experiences starting and running successful ventures and the lessons they learned along the way at the spring Entrepreneurship Forum set for Feb. 26 at CSU Monterey Bay.

'Flourish Monterey County' focus of speaker series

With the theme, “Flourish Monterey County,” this year’s President’s Speaker Series at California State University, Monterey Bay will get under way on March 4 when Mary Jo Waits visits campus.

CSUMB gets taste of TV spotlight

. . . Cal State Monterey Bay made history on CBS Sports Network with the first-ever national telecast of a CCAA women's basketball game.  – The Salinas Californian, Feb. 17, 2014

Cal State Monterey recruiting at local churches

CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa kicked off an annual recruiting event aimed at African American communities. – KSBW-TV, Feb. 15, 2014

CSUMB gets national TV coverage for women's basketball

Millions of viewers across the country will get the chance to watch CSUMB's women's basketball make its TV debut this weekend. – KION-TV, Feb. 14, 2014

Black History Month at CSUMB

In celebration of Black History Month, the CSUMB chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Black Students United and other organizations have kept really busy. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 14, 2014

Students celebrate TRiO Day with service projects

Feb. 22 is National TRiO Day, a day set aside to celebrate the positive impact of federal programs that help low-income and first-generation students enter college and earn degrees.

'Ideas of March' mobile app competition at CSUMB

It’s innovative, intense and for those who thrive on creative competition, a shot at fame and fortune. It’s the “Ideas of March,” a three-day Android development competition open to college students with basic programming skills who are interested in producing mobile apps. Small businesses, non-profits and government agencies are encouraged to submit ideas for apps that would benefit their organizations. The event, which kicks off on March 14, is sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at CSU Monterey Bay, the university’s Computer Science and Information Technology program and the Monterey County Business Council. Teams will build their applications throughout the weekend, and then present their work – real, working prototype apps – on the evening of March16, with winners chosen in several categories. Last year’s overall winner was an app created for Cedar Street Times, a weekly newspaper in Pacific Grove. The app allows the paper to share its news from its own website and also provides an avenue for community members to post news and events. There is no cost to participate, but prospective participants must apply by Feb. 21. Food and beverages will be provided during event hours. The event will be held in the Media Learning Center (Bldg. 18) on the CSUMB campus. Driving directions and a campus map. To enter the competition or to submit an idea for an app, visit the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development. For information, call the institute at 582-3230. Prospective competitors should note that all code created during the competition will be open source and will be posted on the web.? View a TV news story from the 2012 competition.  

Professor honored for lifetime achievement

Professor Yoshiko Saito-Abbott has been honored by her peers with a lifetime achievement award.

Green Jobs

Speakers, a free vegetarian lunch and the chance to find out about sustainable job opportunities are all part of CSU Monterey Bay's conference, "Focus 2014: Sustainability and a Sense of Place," on Feb. 12. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 8, 2014

CSUMB lines up a smart, provocative Black History Month

. . . There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month, but CSUMB . . . offers up some of the most engaging and creative ways to do so. – Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 7, 2014

Lecture addresses post-traumatic stress condition

Dr. Jerry Griffin, a physician and retired soldier, will explore the topic of post- traumatic stress condition at a public lecture on Feb. 24.

CSUMB reaches out to black community through church visits

In February, a trio of CSU Monterey Bay administrators will be featured speakers at local churches to spread the word about the importance of going to college.

Student volunteers offer free tax preparation

Looking for a way to reduce the stress of tax season? CSU Monterey Bay student participants in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – VITA – program may have an answer. Until the end of tax season, volunteers from the College of Business will provide free assistance with state and federal income tax preparation. The VITA program is sponsored by United Way Monterey County. The service is available at eight county locations, including the Marina library where students are on duty noon to 3 p.m. every other Saturday from Feb. 22 to April 5. All volunteers must pass the rigorous Internal Revenue Service examinations to participate. Families and individuals who earned less than $57,000 in 2013 are eligible. Filers must bring photo identification, Social Security card or ITIN card for workers and all family members, their W-2 and 1099 forms and a copy of last year’s return. It's not necessary to make an appointment.? Tax forms will be filed electronically. If a refund is due, it will be deposited in the taxpayer's account in approximately 10 days. According to Dr. Cathy Ku, professor of accounting at CSUMB, it’s a good service learning opportunity for students. The first year – 2010 – five students participated. In 2011, 20 students volunteered at eight locations in the county; in 2012, the number of volunteers grew to 42.

Alumnus honored for HIV/AIDS advocacy

Steven Goings (SBS ’10) will be honored at the annual Crystal Ball, an event that benefits the education and prevention programs of Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services (CCHAS).

Online path to computer science degree completion

Did you leave school before you finished your bachelor’s degree in computer science? Do you have a college degree but would like to earn a second one in computer science?

Hidden health crisis on campus: Eating disorders

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 25 percent of college students have eating disorders. The same percent of college women report managing weight by binging and purging, says the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

Sustainability and a sense of place

California State University, Monterey Bay will host FOCUS, the university’s annual look at sustainability issues, on Feb. 12. The seventh annual free event presents speakers and discussion groups that address the topic, “Sustainability and a Sense of Place.” All events will take place in the University Center on Sixth Avenue at B Street. CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa will open the program with brief remarks at 1 p.m.

Black History Month events at CSUMB

For an up-to-date schedule of Black History Month events at CSUMB, click here.

Monterey resident to lead Cradle to Career partnership

Cynthia Nelson Holmsky is joining CSU Monterey Bay in an administrative appointment to be director of the Monterey County Cradle to Career Partnership.

Contest-winning app tells users What's In

A team of five CSUMB students took the top prize at the Startup Weekend business competition at the university, beating out more than 60 participants. Their mobile app allows a person with a smartphone to read detailed descriptions of ingredients on a product. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 1, 2014

University expands nursing program

CSU Monterey Bay is expanding its nursing program to accommodate working nurses who want to ear bachelor's degrees on top of their associate's degrees. – Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 1, 2014

'Have a Heart' beats on for CSUMB

CSU Monterey Bay's 16th annual "Have a Heart for Students Dinner and Auction" will move off campus to a new venue this year. – The Salinas Californian, Jan. 31, 2014

Persistence pays off for this alumnus

He’s energetic, enthusiastic and cheerfully nervy. Those qualities landed Michael Leslie (TAT 2008) internships with the Golden State Warriors, and, eventually, a staff position with the basketball team. Now he's got a courtside seat for the team's run to the National Basketball Association championship.

Bachelor's degree now available for working nurses

To help meet a growing demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees, CSU Monterey Bay started a nursing program in 2012, partnering with four local community colleges.

Powerful words

The Vagina Monologues returns to CSU Monterey Bay Feb. 6, 7 and 8. The play has received rave reviews in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Written by Eve Ensler, the "Vagina Monologues" tells the stories of a variety of women, their connections with each other and with the world. CSUMB's production is student-run, student-directed and features student actors. The monologues address issues such as rape, birth, sex and relationships; some are serious, some are funny, all are enlightening and explore new and interesting viewpoints for both men and women. The play's staging at CSUMB is part of this year's V-Day campaign. V-Day's mission: to celebrate women and girls and to stop the sexual violence being perpetrated against them all over the world. V-Day has raised millions of dollars since it started 15 years ago and has been named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities." V-Day has grown exponentially, from an underground feminist event to a mainstream media one. Benefit performances are scheduled around the world in connection with Valentine's Day. The CSUMB production is put on by EMPOWER, a student organization that educates the community about violence against women. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local organizations working to do just that. This year's production will feature new monologues. Parents, please note the mature content and adult themes of the play. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, online or by calling 582-4580. Event: Vagina Monologues Where: World Theater on Sixth Avenue When: Feb. 6, 7 and 8; all performances at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 students with ID and seniors Parking: Attendees must purchase a permit from a machine on the parking lot Information/disability accommodations: Contact Kaitlyn O’Brien, KObrien@csumb.edu Driving directions/campus map: Available at csumb.edu/maps  

Service Learning leads to career for Melgoza

A service-learning placement turned into a career for Adriana Melgoza (HCOM, ’10) and now she's earned an award of merit for her work.

Alumna serves Navajo Nation

Carrie Drouin (HCOM ’03) has joined the Washington office of the Navajo Nation, where she serves as a government and legislative affairs associate.

CSUMB celebrated for civic engagement

In 2013, CSU Monterey Bay was selected as one of five colleges and universities to receive the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award presented by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and the New York Life Foundation. The university’s work in student and community engagement was promoted again at the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ 2014 annual conference held Jan. 22-25 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Seth Pollack, director of service learning, represented the university at a panel on “Building Partnerships for Change.” He shared CSUMB’s accomplishments and advice for others around the country seeing to make similar change.

Record applicants for CSUMB

. . . For the fifth consecutive year, CSUMB received a record number of freshmen applications – more than 14,800 for the fall 2014 semester, 6.4 percent more than the previous year. – The Salinas Californian, Jan. 22, 2014

CSUMB hosts business idea contest

Entrepreneurial spirit will be alive, well and condensed next week at CSUMB. The university will host a Startup Weekend – a 54-hour frenzy to come up with a winning business idea. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 17, 2014

OLLI program brings older folks back to school

. . . OLLI at CSUMB is part of a national network that recognizes learning and exploration have no age limits. – Off 68, Jan. 17, 2014

CSUMB earns three transportation awards

CSU Monterey Bay's work to promote alternative transportation has garnered three excellence awards from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. The awards were among 10 presented at TAMC's board meeting on Jan. 22; they recognize individuals, groups and businesses for efforts to improve the way people get around in Monterey County.

Learn about the science behind Central Coast landscapes

Artists and art lovers are drawn to spectacular Central Coast vistas. They paint and photograph rugged mountains, marine terraces, sea cliffs, landslides, tombolos and hoodoos. Just what are these landforms? The beauty of the Central Coast is the most recent expression of a very long geologic evolution. Discover "geomorphology," the scientific study of Earth surface processes and the landscapes they form. No background in geological study or artistic skill is needed to attend this talk by Dr. Doug Smith, a geologist and chair of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at CSU Monterey Bay. The talk will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The museum is located at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.  

CSUMB professor featured in Monterey video

The city of Monterey has produced a video that highlights the work of CSUMB Professor Ruben Mendoza and his students.

Monterey Library to launch a seed library

. . . Recent CSUMB grad Heather Cunningham led the project development. There is no library budget, just  a $500 grant from the CSUMB Alumni Association to Cunningham to purchase seed stock. She wrote her senior capstone on seed libraries and models around the country. – Monterey County Weekly, Jan. 12, 2014

Open University opens up opportunities

Maybe you’re interested in pursuing your bachelor's degree, preparing for a promotion at work or just want one class while you take some time off from an out-of-town university.

Festival benefits Return of the Natives

Experience adventure on the big screen – from mountaintops to crashing waves to foaming river rapids – when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes a stop at Monterey’s Golden State Theatre on Feb. 28, sponsored by REI Marina. The proceeds will benefit CSU Monterey Bay's Return of the Natives project. Showtime is 7 p.m. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual event that recognizes outstanding independent films dealing with mountain culture and the environment. They vary from short subjects to full length. The tour brings Banff to audiences around the globe. Immediately after the festival ends in November, a selection of the best films goes on tour to more than 360 locations worldwide. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online. For more information, call 883-8048. The Return of the Natives restoration project is the education and outreach branch of the Watershed Institute at CSUMB. RON's environmental goal is to protect the waters of the Monterey Bay through restoration of the waterways and the lands draining into the bay. RON's social goal is to bring people and nature together on its restoration and garden projects in the watersheds of the Monterey Bay.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do Woody Allen, nature photography and spy novels have in common?

SCREEN PLAY

. . . The Monterey Bay Film Society raises funds for an outreach program that connects local teenagers – many of whom can be described as "underserved" or "at-risk" – with mentors from CSU Monterey Bay's Cinematic Arts and Technology Department. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 5, 2014

National award for kinesiology student

Kinesiology student Breanna Orozco has earned a prestigious scholarship from the American College of Sports Medicine, one of only two students in the country to earn the award.

Public art project builds community spirit

. . . Internationally renowned muralist Johanna Poethig, professor of Visual and Public Art at CSU Monterey Bay, is coordinating a team of interns and students to design and paint the panels. – California Health Report, Jan. 2, 2014

More honors for archaeology professor

Professor Ruben Mendoza has been selected to deliver the keynote address at the annual meeting of the California Mission Studies Association (CMSA). The meeting will be held Feb. 14-16 at Mission San Antonio de Padua and Paso Robles.

Speakers Bureau topics

CSUMB faculty and staff members are currently offering talks on the following topics:

A look back at the arts in 2013

Summer School: CSUMB's Summer Arts program rolls into town with poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, underground film archivist Craig Baldwin, documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick and more. – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 26, 2013

News Releases 2014

First class o nursing students gets 'pinned' For one group of history-making Cal State Monterey Bay graduates, it's not about the caps and gowns. It's about the pin. . . . continue reading

2013: The Year in Review

The investiture of the president, groundbreaking for a new academic building and good news on the budget front highlighted 2013 at CSU Monterey Bay.

Down with Gown

The CSUMB capstones are like a two-day schoolwide talent show. It all comes down to this. At the end of each semester, senior students from every department at CSU Monterey Bay present their capstones – the culminating projects of their years of schooling – at various locations. – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 19, 2013

Happy 300th birthday, Father Junipero Serra

. . . Serra's legacy, with all its blooms and blemishes, was the subject of a symposium at California State University, Monterey Bay. They called it, "Junipero Serra, Native Californians and the Legacy of the Franciscan Missions." – The Salinas Californian, Dec. 13, 2013

Next great company can be built here

The Central Coast does not need Google to come here – it needs to create the next great company in its own backyard. That was just one of the ideas presented at the first Fort Ord Colloquium on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 13, 2013

ARTIFACTS

There's a new era of visual art dawning from CSUMB. Literally. The Cinematic Arts and Technology department unveils student work from its first ever round of animation classes. – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 12, 2013

Grad student pays it forward

Liz Lopez, a 2013 graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, has fit right in at the University of San Diego, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in marine science.

Capping off college with senior projects

Alyssa Huerta had some valuable insights while creating a portfolio of work around the theme of “youth and future.”

Storytellers

. . . It's radio drama – but not your grandparents' radio drama. A Rancho Cielo teacher took advantage of a relationship he has built with CSU Monterey Bay instructor Steven Levinson, whose media students collaborated on the radio shows. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 10, 2013

Tales of Salinas to be screened Dec. 9, 11

For years, Professor Rina Benmayor’s students at CSU Monterey Bay have worked to preserve memories of the residents of Salinas.

Fort Ord forum looks to future

As last month's election battle over growth on part of Fort Ord showed, the debate over the future of the former Army base is far from over. To look at the various issues from several angles, CSU Monterey Bay and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority are sponsoring a two-day gathering of experts aimed at the public and local decision-makers. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 6, 2013

Promesa de Estudiar en la Universidad, CSUMB

Cientos de estudiants del Condado de Monterey reciben un impulso para continuar con su educacion superior por medio del programa "Promesa." – KSMS (Univision), Dec. 4, 2013

CSUMB secures $30 million for blight removal on campus

The old military buildings dotting CSU Monterey Bay's campus are finally slated to go the way of Fort Ord. CSU Chancellor Timothy White pledged $30 million in funds to complete the long-awaited blight removal process. – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 5, 2013

Planning the future of Fort Ord

Last month's election featured competing ballot measures about growth on part of Fort Ord. Both went down to defeat.

Tune in to thrills and chills

Gather round the radio Thursday and tune in to hear two suspenseful radio dramas written and recorded by high school students at Rancho Cielo. The radio programs are the result of an eight-week collaboration between students and teachers at Rancho Cielo, an alternative high for at-risk youth, and the CSUMB Cinematic Arts and Technology program. – The Salinas Californian, Dec. 3, 2013

From strawberry fields to computer science in three years

When Mateo Sixtos drives to his computer science classes every weekday, he takes a good, hard look at the strawberry fields he first worked hen he was only 10 years old. . . . Today, he's enrolled in a new, rigorous and academically daring college program – a collaboration between CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell Community College – that promises to help students from the agricultural Salinas Valley earn a bachelor's degree in computer science in only three years. – San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 3, 2013

Capstone Festival presents screen gems

The World Theater on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay will host student films at this year’s Fall Capstone Festival, scheduled for two public screenings on Thursday, Dec. 19. The matinee screening will begin at 1 p.m.; the program will repeat for the evening show at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The Capstone Festival will feature 11 professional-quality productions spanning a range of genres, including comedic and dramatic live-action movies, as well as animation, documentary and experimental work produced by students of CSUMB’s Department of Cinematic Arts and Technology. The program includes director Tia Beem’s Science Time, a puppet-populated educational experience, where learning meets uproarious fun, and Alexandra Davis and Elissa Barton’s Heartbreak Syndrome (left), a bittersweet and sassy comedy exploring how we act and react when grieving a lost lover.

'Dine to Donate' for typhoon relief

It seems that people and food come together in times of great tragedy.

Pomp and Circumstance

. . . in the year since he became interim president, Dr. Eduardo Ochoa has shown the desire and skill to integrate the campus into the political, economic and civic life of the region. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 21, 2013

The Weekly Tally ? 406

The combined number of CSU Monterey Bay faculty, staff, students and "friends of" who worked on 31 community service projects Nov. 16 in honor of the investiture of CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 21, 2013

Murals highlight new neighborhood park

Students in Professor Johanna Poethig’s painting and mural class at Cal State Monterey Bay are helping to brighten a park and learning valuable lessons in the process.

Campus drives net more than a ton of people, pet food

Representatives from the Food Bank for Monterey County loaded hundreds of pounds of canned goods into a delivery truck parked at Cal State Monterey Bay's World Theater on Nov. 12. The haul – part of 1,400 pounds of people and pet food – was collected a few days earlier when the December People performed at the theater. To earn a discount off the ticket price for the Nov. 9 performance, the capacity crowd was asked to bring cans of food for people and pets. The drive was a collaboration between the World Theater and radio station HIPPO 104.3 FM. The donations were given to the food bank, the local SPCA and the Santa Cruz animal shelter.??

Alumna competes for international title

“Saltwater runs through my veins,” said Chanel Hason, a 2010 graduate of the Environmental Science, Technology and Policy program.

Composers society honors CSUMB lecturer

For the second consecutive year, Dr. Lanier Sammons, a lecturer in the Music and Performing Arts Department, has won the ASCAP Plus Award – Concert Music Division. The ASCAP Awards are made by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers to honor the past catalog and recent performances of member composers. With the cash award, ASCAP supports the careers and fosters the continuing development of American composers in various genres.

Campus celebrates investiture of President Eduardo Ochoa

Cal State Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa laid out a blueprint for the university’s future during a ceremony Nov. 15 in which fellow academics, staff and members of the community officially marked his position at the university.

Investidura del Dr. Ochoa

El Doctor Eduardo Ochoa recibio el dia de hoy el nombramiento oficial como el nuevo rector de la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey. – KSMS (Univision), Nov. 15, 2013

CSU Board of Trustees welcomes new president of CSUMB

Today's investiture marks the beginning of a new era and a a new vision for CSUMB as the university looks ahead to increase enrollment and staffing. – KSBW, Nov. 15, 2013

CSUMB alum offers holiday cheer for foster children

Emma Rodriguez, CSUMB student extraordinaire, garnered a lot of attention earlier this year for a book drive she sponsored to benefit foster care children. Now, she wants to help foster care youth with winter clothing. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 14, 2013

CSUMB student creates seed library

When a CSU Monterey Bay student's capstone project is completed, local residents will be able to grow their own food, with help from an unlikely source. – CSU Sustainability blog, Nov. 14, 2013

CSUMB to have new home for tech, business

Standing next to the most recent addition to CSU Monterey Bay – the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library – city, county and educational leaders broke ground for a new building that will merge the worlds of technology and business. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 13, 2013

Nuevo edificio en CSUMB

Comienza la construccion de un centro de technologia de 58,000 pies cuadrados en el campus de la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey. – KSMS (Univision), Nov. 12, 2013

Junipero Serra's legacy examined

Nov. 19 marks the 300th anniversary of Junipero Serra's birth, and CSUMB professor Ruben Mendoza, a scholar on the California mission system, has been busy granting interviews. . . CSUMB will host a symposium on Serra's legacy on his birthday. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 12, 2013

What will the future look like?

What will the future look like? It's a question that writers, philosophers and scientists have been pondering for millennia. But the future that once existed solely in the human imagination . . . has arrived. That's the introduction to FutureScape, a six-part television series hosted by actor James Woods. The series will premiere at 10 p.m., Nov. 19, on the Science Channel. A new episode will be shown each week.

String quartet performs at CSUMB

The community is invited to a free concert of chamber music at CSU Monterey Bay on Dec. 6.

Otter women off to winning start

Moving from one head coach to another, Cal State Monterey Bay women's basketball team made as smooth a transition as possible. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 11, 2013

CSUMB rout in season-opener

98 points is most scored in Otters' history The play sounded different, but the song remained the same as the Cal State Monterey Bay women's basketball team opened the Kerri Nakamoto era with a routing 98-70 win over West Region rival Dixie State. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 9, 2013

Symposium explores Serra, legacy of Franciscan missions

Junípero Serra – and the impact of the missions he founded – is the subject of a symposium to be held at CSU Monterey Bay on Nov. 19.

SEEDS OF SUCCESS

When a CSU Monterey Bay student’s capstone project is completed, local residents will be able to grow their own food, with help from an unlikely source.

Faculty in the News

• Professor Johanna Poethig, who teaches painting in the Visual and Public Art Department, co-curated an exhibit at SOMArts, "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle." She told the San Francisco Chronicle, "It was important to me to look more critically at product-oriented culture and the ways media and the marketplace have placed a huge burden on us, especially women, to look and act a certain way," she said. – Jan. 7, 2015

Game-changing local leaders: Eduardo Ochoa

Running a university takes time and dedication. And once a month, CSUMB chief Eduardo Ochoa is reminded of the value of his time in an unusual way: He winds his grandfather's pocket watch. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 31, 2013

Because she's making poignant art while giving young artists tools to succeed

Plenty of people drive by the old Fort Ord and see nothing but a bunch of crumbling old buildings. Artist Enid Baxter Ryce sees mystery, soul and a remarkable range of aesthetic shapes and lines and shadows. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 31, 2013

Because she has a vision for environmental change . . .

In her four years on CSUMB's planning team, Megan Tolbert has made major strides in reducing the campus' carbon footprint.  – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 31, 2013

Wasting Away

Allison Gong often keeps live sea stars for her college biology classes at CSU Monterey Bay. . . Gong was appalled and fascinated as she watched her sea stars develop white lesions, become soft and mushy and slowly lose their limbs. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 31, 2013

She believes fresh, local, sustainable produce is a right

Her premise was simple: "Everyone deserves the right to access fresh, organic, locally grown produce." Execution wasn't. But Iris Peppard took it on as a capstone project as a CSU Monterey Bay undergrad: creating a nonprofit to run a certified farmers market in Marina. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 31, 2013

Coral reefs may be more adaptive than once thought

Scientists studying the catastrophic phenomena of coral bleaching have concluded that reef systems may be more adaptable to increasingly warmer oceans than previously believed. The work was funded by NOAA and conducted by researchers at Cal State Monterey Bay and the University of British Columbia. – Los Angeles Times science blog, Oct. 29, 2013

Native American Heritage Month at CSUMB

Flute player David Wolfs Robe will visit CSU Monterey Bay as part of the university’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Can coral reefs adjust to global climate change?

A study by scientists at Cal State University Monterey Bay, the University of British Columbia and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides evidence that coral reefs may be able to adapt to moderate climate warming, improving their chance of surviving through the end of this century. Results suggest corals have already adapted to part of the warming that has already occurred.

Ag water quality topic of CSUMB forum

Two months after the state water board approved rules for agricultural water quality, a panel of experts discussed a slew of ways the Salinas Valley could address the issue at a public forum at CSU Monterey Bay. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 25, 2013

Otter men win own invitational

The No. 8-ranked Otters cruised to a win in their own Otter Invitational at par-72 Black Horse Golf Course, finishing at 10-under-par and 27 strokes ahead of runner-up and No. 1-ranked Barry University of Miami. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 23, 2013

Poetry Slam champion appears at CSUMB

Award-winning poet, actor and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez will appear at CSU Monterey Bay on Oct. 30 as the university’s Chicano/Latino Heritage Month celebration continues. His presentation will take place at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Cabaret, located on Inter-Garrison Road near Fourth Ave., next to the Health and Wellness Services building. Driving directions and a campus map are available here. Gómez is the author of Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that re-imagines masculinity for the 21st-century male. A former social worker and New York City public school teacher, he co-starred in Spike Lee’s film “Inside Man” with Denzel Washington; appeared in the sixth season of HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry”; and was the 2006 International Poetry Slam Champion. He grew up the child of a United Nations diplomat and indigenous rights advocate, moved 12 times before graduating from high school, and lived in four countries. He has lectured and performed at more than 200 colleges and universities, given a dozen keynote addresses, and facilitated countless workshops. He continues to tour the globe.

Apply now for instructional science, technology program

California State University, Monterey Bay invites the public to learn more about the master’s degree program in Instructional Science and Technology at an open house on Oct. 29.

Innovation in the fields

. . . New applications that connect growers with space-age tools are under development at CSU Monterey Bay. Last year, CSUMB was awarded a $32 million grant to explore the use of satellites and unmanned drones to better understand basic climate processes and how they impact global ecosystems. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 19, 2013

Hoops under way at CSUMB

The first practice of the basketball season didn't feel that way for Kerri Nakamoto. The CSU Monterey Bay women's basketball coach had been interacting with the play for the last couple of weeks. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 18, 2013

Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 21-25

As part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) Oct. 21–25, CSU Monterey Bay is offering contests, games, and panel discussions to help students understand the ramifications of alcohol and its effect.

A fish story

CSU Monterey Bay students help the local community in a variety of ways, as interns and service learners.

Campus 'outstanding employer' of people with disabilities

CSU Monterey Bay began with infrastructure built for able-bodied military members. Those facilities were in place decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990.

Students take top honors at SACNAS

CSU Monterey Bay students took two first-place awards and a second at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference in San Antonio. SACNAS is a 40-year-old nonprofit organization that fosters Latino and Native American scientists from college students to professionals.

On a reconnaissance mission to Fort Ord in Monterey Bay

. . . now partly occupied by Cal State Monterey Bay. Pick up a campus map at the Alumni & Visitors Center, then find your way to the grassy quad with a stunning view of the coast. – Los Angeles Times, Oct. 11, 2013

Mini-corps fosters bonds with migrant students

. . . Operating through CSU Monterey Bay, the Mini-Corps programs offers university students who are seeking educational careers the opportunity to work in a classroom setting with migrant children. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 9, 2013

Covered California educators reaching out to students

Certified educators through Covered California spoke to students at CSU Monterey Bay about their options for health insurance. – KION-46, Oct. 8, 2013

Hooked on fishing

Competitive bass fishing at the collegiate level – who knew?

Learn about the new health insurance law

The first TV commercial rolled out in early September by Covered California, the state's new health-insurance exchange, seemed to be aimed at young people.

Building safety assessments under way

October is National Fire Preparedness Month. CSU Monterey Bay uses it as an opportunity to perform safety assessments of campus buildings and to remind everyone to pay attention to safety issues.

Otorgan beca de los Consejeros a estudiante de CSUMB

Una estudiante de segundo ano de al Universidad Estatal de California en la Bahia de Monterey (CSUMB), quien se dedica a ayudar a otros, fue declarada ganadora de una prestigiosa beca. – El Sol, Oct. 5, 2013

Rector CSU visita CSUMB

El  Recto del sistema CSU visito CSUMB y en conferencia de prensa hablo sobre como el cierre parcial del gobierno afectaria a est plantel educativo. Tambien dio a conocer los planes para la institucion. – KSMS (Univision), Oct. 3, 2013

CSUMB student awarded Trustees' scholarship

A California State University, Monterey Bay sophomore devoted to helping others is the recipient of a prestigious scholarship. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 1, 2013

NAACP student chapter expands campus role

They have no memories of the civil-rights milestones of the mid-1960s, but that didn’t prevent students at Cal State Monterey Bay from starting a campus chapter of the NAACP last year.

CSUMB contributes to exhibit of Seaside history

Photos, letters, uniforms and newspapers from Fort Ord are among the items currently on display at Seaside City Hall, part of an exhibit of the city’s history. The show features the work and collections of CSU Monterey Bay alumni, faculty and staff.

Apply now for fall 2014

CSU Monterey Bay will accept applications for the fall 2014 term through Nov. 30. There has never been a more exciting time to be a Cal State Monterey Bay student. Our campus community continues to grow every year as we expand our academic programs, residential community, and vision for the future. Even with a record number of applications submitted each year, Cal State Monterey Bay remains accessible to all students. We offer campus-based and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as outstanding Teacher Credentialing programs. The application process is straightforward. Apply by visiting CSUMentor.edu and we'll contact you with your login information and instructions to use your My.CSUMB applicant dashboard. Your My.CSUMB dashboard includes a list of all documents, test scores, etc., required to complete your application. Everything you need to know is available on our Admissions website, http://admissions.csumb.edu/home. For more information, call CSUMB’s Office of Admissions at 831-582-3738.  

Egyptian human rights activist visits Oct. 28

Egyptian human rights activist, journalist and author Gihan Abou Zeid will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on Oct. 28. Her topic: “Egypt’s women push back against the past.”

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at CSUMB

When Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, arrives, family members of departed souls set out water, candles, food and decorated sugar skulls to welcome their lost loved ones. Widely celebrated in Latin America, the day honors the dead as living entities. It celebrates the departed, and helps keep them present in life.

In On Chinatown

. . . Over the summer, Salinas nonprofit Asian Cultural Experience, in collaboration with CSU Monterey Bay, received three grants totaling more than $50,000 to help preserve Chinatown history. – Monterey County Weekly, Sept. 26, 2013

Worldly Music

. . . the Homegrown Films program (of the Days and Nights Festival) brings work from two CSUMB film professors . . .  – Monterey County Weekly, Sept. 26, 2013

Sierra Club names CSUMB a 'Cool School'

The grades are out, and CSU Monterey Bay has received high marks as part of the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools rating of sustainability on U.S. campuses.

Women in jazz: History for the ears

Jazz vocalist Pamela Rose has been described by Downbeat Magazine as "playful, sure and sassy."

Visiting artist series continues Oct. 3

CSU Monterey Bay’s visiting artist series continues Oct. 3 when San Francisco Bay Area curator, critic and educator Anuradha Vikram visits campus.

Faculty filmmakers featured at Days and Nights Festival

Work by CSU Monterey Bay faculty members Soyeon Kim and Luis Camara will be part of the program of locally made films when their work screens as part of the Philip Glass Center for the Arts, Science and Environment’s annual Days and Nights Festival. Both films explore primary connections between parents and children in relation to specific landscapes.

First Tee of Monterey's Impact

. . . College students from Cal State Monterey Bay have a unique opportunity, thanks to the First Tee of Monterey. "We have first-generation students to go to college provided scholarships from local individuals and foundations with the hope that they will stay local and become leaders in the community once they graduate from CSUMB." – The Golf Channel, Sept. 14, 2013 Watch the segment   

Prophetic 1982 film to be screened Oct. 1

The community is invited to a screening of Godfrey Reggio’s prophetic 1982 film, Koyaanisqatsi at 4 p.m., Oct. 1, in the TAT studio. The director will make a presentation and then screen the film. Koyaanisqatsi – “life out of balance” in the Hopi language – is a visual tone poem with no dialogue and no conventional plot, which the director describes as a reversal of the typical saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and is instead “a thousand images to convey the power of one word.” The film presents a stunning montage of images from urban traffic to desert vistas to electronic circuits, accompanied by a score from Philip Glass to explore the threats posed to nature by modern civilization. One critic called it a “unique, contemplative film.”

Otters on the Rise

CSUMB men's soccer team earns national ranking – Monterey Herald, Sept. 20, 2013

CSUMB military friendly school

For the fifth consecutive year, Cal State Monterey Bay has been named a "military-friendly school" by G.I. Jobs magazine. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 16, 2013

Luis Valdez delivers talk at CSUMB

Luis Valdez, writer, director, actor and founding faculty member at CSU Monterey Bay, will give a talk on Oct. 8 as part of the university’s Chicano/Latino Heritage Month celebration.

Soccer player earns Trustees' scholarship

Cal State Monterey Bay sophomore Regan Porteous has been selected to receive a CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. She and the other award winners were honored on Sept. 24 at the CSU board meeting in Long Beach.

Business in a changing environment

Air quality regulations that take affect Jan. 1 will impact diesel-powered trucks, including those used to transport farm products. Implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), these regulations will require significant and expensive replacing or retrofitting of older engines to bring trucks into compliance.

2013-14 Operating Fund Budget Summary by Division

2013-14 Operating Fund Budget Summary by Division

Visiting artist series starts Sept. 19

Justin Hoover, a Bay Area-based curator and artist, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Sept. 19 as the annual visiting artist series gets under way.

Emergency Preparedness Fair

The Emergency Management, Health & Safety Division of the University Police Department invites everyone to the the annual campus Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 11.

CSUMB again named 'military-friendly school'

For the fifth consecutive year, CSU Monterey Bay has been named a “military-friendly school” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Berkeley professor to discuss social equity

“Social Equity: New Policies for a New Reality” will be the topic under discussion when Professor john a. powell visits CSU Monterey Bay on Sept. 17.

Mesa-Bains featured in UCLA exhibition

The Fowler Museum at UCLA will honor its 50th anniversary with special exhibitions starting this fall, and a former CSU Monterey Bay professor is part of the celebration.

CSUMB sees big increase in students from abroad

International students can add diversity to a university, enriching the experience of everyone.

World Campus

CSUMB's international student population triples – Monterey County Weekly, Sept. 5, 2013

Out of the fields and into computer science classes

. . . But Sanchez is part of the inaugural class of a three-year, intensive bachelor's degree program in computer science and information technology, called CSIT-in-3. It's jointly run by CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College. – NPR Weekend Edition, Sept. 1

Johnson honored for lighting design work

Stephanie Anne Johnson, professor in the Visual and Public Art Department, has received an award for her work as a lighting designer.

Education, round the clock

For Jay Carter, participating in a residential community was an important part of his freshman year on campus.

Best Places to Work selected

CSUMB has been named a Best Place to Work in a survey commissioned by the Monterey County Business Council. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 28, 2013

CSUMB chief vows more outreach

The president of Cal State Monterey Bay vowed to widen the school's community outreach by performing some of it himself. . . . In a state-of-the-university speech delivered just days before lasses resume for the fall, President Ochoa also said he plans to broaden the university's reach into Salinas. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 23, 2013

New program helps Salinas students set sights on Silicon Valley

Although the Salinas Valley is only about an hour south of Silicon Valley, many high school students there don't imagine a future in tech. But a new program is trying to change that by taking a different approach to earning a computer science degree. – KAZU (NPR for the Monterey Bay Area), Aug. 22, 2013

CSUMB honored for civic engagement

California State University, Monterey Bay has earned the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award presented by The Washington Center and the New York life Foundation. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 8, 2013

Brave New Education

CSUMB strives for community collaboration on cradle-to-career program . . . CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa is spearheading a plan to create a pipeline to take county kids from "cradle to career," laying the path to a more competitive workforce. – Monterey County Weekly, Aug. 8, 2013

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do Moliere, forests of the Central Coast and Russian life and culture have in common? They are among the classes that will be offered this semester through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at CSU Monterey Bay. – Marina Gazette, Aug. 6, 2013

CSUMB among 'Best Places to Work'

CSU Monterey Bay can claim to be one of the best places to work in the county – for the third time in five years.

More support for Chinatown museum

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help move the Salinas Chinatown Cultural Center and Museum another step closer to reality.

Congressional intern gets insider's look at national politics

While other students are returning to the classroom this fall, CSU Monterey Bay business major Morgan Kashata is heading to Washington, D.C., where she will work in the office of a member of the House of Representatives from California.

Hungarian Folk Ensemble comes to CSUMB

The music and dances are centuries old but the presentation will be 21st century when the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble opens the Performing Arts Series at CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater on Sept. 17.

More dining options for those with food allergies

Starting this semester, food allergy sufferers at CSU Monterey Bay will have an easier time finding meals that work for them.

Alumna's capstone goes to indie film fest

Many young filmmakers submit their work dozens of times before being accepted into a festival. That wasn’t the case with 2013 graduate Margo Flitcraft, who struck gold right out of the box.

Alumna's capstone goes to indie film fest

Many young filmmakers submit their work dozens of times before being accepted into a festival. That wasn’t the case with 2013 graduate Margo Flitcraft, who struck gold right out of the box.

Alumni filmmakers keep it in the family

"Forty Years from Yesterday" was selected for showing at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in mid-August.

Author to speak on race, privilege in America

Anti-racism activist and educator Tim Wise will discuss white privilege and how it ultimately harms its beneficiaries when he visits CSU Monterey Bay on Sept. 18.

Iconic San Francisco mural gets facelift

Johanna Poethig has been making public art in San Francisco since the 1980s. This summer, the professor in CSUMB’s Visual and Public Art Department is “re-making” a mural she created in 1992, and employing students in the effort.

CERT training scheduled

When disaster strikes, Community Emergency Response Teams – or CERTS – step in to assist, helping communities respond to and recover from the emergency.

Life-saving devices installed on campus

Over the summer, the campus became a safer place . . . for victims of a heart attack.

Professor continues work on African diaspora

Professor Umi Vaughan continues to explore the African diaspora with his work on a dance festival and symposium this month in San Francisco. Dr. Vaughan, a faculty member in the Division of Humanities and Communication, is one of the curators and a panel moderator for Performing Diaspora at the CounterPULSE theater.

Junior Otters learn about change

For the fifth year, California State University, Monterey Bay was host to the graduate exercises of the Junior Otter Program. The participate in English, math and science classes and they also participate in a program called University Enrichment. The message for the migrant students is that they are not only capable of going to college, but "we (CSUMB) are their hometown university," said Dr. Carl Del Grande, program director. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 2, 2013

CSU Monterey Bay students helping Carmel River dam removal project

The 106-foot-high, sediment-filled San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River will be torn down in August. Federal, state and local officials said the largest dam removal in California's history will be a crucial environmental restoration project that could serve as a precedent for other dams in the U.S.  Every big dam removal project poses a large-scale environmental experiment, California State University Monterey Bay professor Doug Smith said. Carmel River's dam is especially worthy of study because removal crews are using a new technique designed to keep all the trapped sediment in place, he said. Luckily, CSUMB graduate student Sheldon Leiker and undergraduate August Delforge don't mind getting their hands dirty and their feet wet in the name of environmental science. – KSBW, July 25, 2013

Growing community, one soccer game at a time

Two CSUMB students were behind the free soccer program run out of the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas. "They are athletes who used soccer as their pathway to higher education. Each recognizes the value of athletics as an opportunity to gain admittance to a university," said library technology manager Carissa Purnell. "Originally they came to complete their community service hours, but fell in love with the students, their families and the community. They took the initiative to apply for grant funding." – The Salinas Californian, July 20, 2013

Teachers get in-depth look at California missions

. . . With a grant from the national Endowment for the Humanities, CSU Monterey Bay professor Ruben Mendoza put together the workshop for teachers to learn more about the California missions. . . "It's been a tremendous opportunity," Mendoza said. "We have brought a selected group of people who bring different voices to California's history." – Monterey Herald, July 19, 2013

Students travel to Spain for field research

Six CSU Monterey Bay students spent part of their summer learning how to conduct oral history interviews in a rural community in Spain.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do Moliere, forests of the Central Coast and Russian life and culture have in common?

Student researchers work on dam removal project

After years of work, the permits are finally in place for removal of the sediment-filled San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River.

CSUMB honored by Chamber of Commerce

The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce honored California State University, Monterey Bay at the Business Excellence Awards dinner July 18.

Summer internship propels student along career path

Janet Rodriguez grew up thinking she wanted to be a nurse.

Film Society partners with Philip Glass Center

Two dynamic arts organizations are joining forces.

Grant funds Chinatown walking tour project

For six years, Rina Benmayor's students at CSU Monterey Bay have worked to preserve memories of Chinatown in Salinas. That work has received a $10,000 boost from Cal Humanities toward a project titled "Imagine Salinas Chinatown: An Oral History Walking Tour." – The Salinas Californian, July 15, 2013

Panetta has big plans for institute

Panetta said the institute will expand, and that he and Sylvia are in the midst of trying to secure a spot on campus to construct a new building to host the popular Panetta Lecture Series – which draws political leaders and policy thinkers to the Peninsula to talk about national and international issues. – Carmel Pine Cone, July 12, 2013

Estudiantes en la Universidad de Monterey

La Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey permite que jovenes de preparatorias locates visiten el campus para desarrollar en ellos el buscar su educacion superior. – KSMS-TV (Univision), July 10, 2013

CSUMB short film festival at Forest Theater

Come enjoy a display of young brilliance at this special showing of CSUMB student films at this year's Short Cinema Festival in Carmel. – Monterey County Weekly, July 11, 2013

ARTIFACTS

CSUMB is circulating local history. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded CSUMB archeology professor Ruben Mendoza a $177,000 grant to teach 80 teachers from across the country about California missions. – Monterey County Weekly, July 11, 2013

Tuition trends at California's 200 largest colleges

The cheapest four-year college in California, CSU Monterey Bay, charges in-state students about $6,000 in annual tuition and fees . . .  – Fresno Bee, July 8, 2013

Win a scholarship, see the world

Ayana Hawk is not your typical study-abroad student. She’s majoring in film, not social sciences or business — the most popular fields among students studying abroad. And she’s African-American, which, according to the Institute of International Education, puts her among 4.8 percent of students who study overseas. Hawk will be taking an intensive language program at a university in southern Spain this coming school year, thanks to a scholarship aimed at getting more underrepresented students to study abroad. The scholarship also encourages applicants to look beyond traditionally popular destinations such as Italy or Australia.

CSUMB art students get hands-on at museum

San Francisco artist Andrew Schoultz has created a mural and a site-specific installation at the Monterey Museum of Art, with help from a trio of CSU Monterey Bay art students.

Searching for the spirit of America

Cody Kyle likes big adventures.

Steppenwolf role reprised at CSU Summer Arts

Trading the winds of Chicago for the gentler breezes of Monterey Bay, Jeff Perry, the celebrated co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, has again assembled a tremendous ensemble of artists for Steppenwolf Classes West – instructing, engaging and inspiring the next generation of artists enrolled in California State University Summer Arts.

Faculty member honored by composers group

It’s been a productive year for CSU Monterey Bay music lecturer Lanier Sammons. During the last 12 months, he’s won awards from two national organizations and been chosen an artist-in-residence by a Santa Cruz museum. His composition, D.C. Home, won a top honor in the Young Composers Competition sponsored by the National Association of Composers/U.S.A.

Hospitality students get aid

. . . This fall, the Monterey County Hospitality Association and CSUMB will introduce a mentoring program designed to connect hospitality stuents and industry leaders. – Monterey Herald, July 6, 2013

CSUMB presents student-made short films

The Forest Theater Guild will host a selection of CSU Monterey Bay student films at this year's Carmel Short Cinema Festival. – Cedar Street Times, July 5, 2013

Flippin' Education

Class work is done in class, homework is done at home. That's the way it's always been. But imagine that model flipped: the traditional classroom experience – like sitting through a lecture – happens at home, while homework is done in class. It's called the "inverted classroom," and it's a strategy more colleges, including CSUMB, are using. – Monterey County Weekly, July 4, 2013

Marina approves CSUMB dorms

A dormitory complex for almost 600 CSU Monterey Bay students to be built by a private developer won fairly easy approval from the Marina City Council. – Monterey Herald, July 3, 2013

Summer Arts 2013 at CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey Bay won a jackpot of culture in the CSU-wide Summer Arts residencies, which began last year. The program brings instructors from various artistic fields to the CSUMB campus for intense two-week classes, punctuated by a public performance nearly every day in July. – Monterey County Weekly, July 2, 2013

Otters find new women's hoops coach

The CSU Monterey Bay women's basketball program named Cal Poly San Luis Obispo associate head coach Kerri Nakamoto the seventh head coach in the team's history. – Monterey Herald, June 25, 2013

From CSUMB to the minor leagues

It's going to be a big week for former Cal State Monterey Bay baseball players David Garcia, Will Anderson and Nick Parent. The graduates start their first jobs as professional baseball players. – The Salinas Californian, June 24, 2013

Students help to tell stories of Chinatown

For six years, Professor Rina Benmayor’s students at CSU Monterey Bay have worked to preserve memories of the Chinatown area of Salinas.

FILMS IN THE FOREST

Grab your blankets and pillows and head to the forest. The Forest Theater Guild will host a stellar selection of CSU Monterey Bay student films at this year’s Carmel Short Cinema Festival on July 14 at the outdoor Forest Theater. The showing will begin at sunset. Admission is $10. The program is about an hour long.

Imagine College opens doors for youth

For many students, writing is a daunting task. Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is a homework chore, not a summertime activity.

CSUMB hurler signs with Cardinals

. . . Putting his trust in CSU Monterey Bay baseball coach Walt White changed Will Anderson's course of direction. . . . Drafted in the 26th round by St. Louis earlier this month, Anderson will make his professional debut for the Cardinals' Rookie League team in Johnson City, Tenn. – Monterey Herald, June 22, 2013

St. Mary's Business Dean Shyam Kamath Joins CSUMB

Shyam Kamath has been named dean of CSU Monterey Bay's College of Business Administration. – India West, June 21, 2013

Ex-Southeast golfer finds success in coaching

Jason Owen had led his team to a Division II title and been named national coach of the year. Owen, one of Southeast Missouri State's former standout golfers, recently completed his fifth season in charge of the men's golf program at Cal State University, Monterey Bay, located in Seaside, Calif. – Southeast Missourian, June 19, 2013

Two Otters selected

CSU Monterey Bay's Will Anderson and Nick Parent were among those chosen on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft. They are the first two baseball players to be drafted directly from CSUMB. – Monterey Herald, June 9, 2013

Animal Hybrids We Wish Existed

. . . The Science Illustration program at CSU Monterey Bay is a training ground for artists who love science and nature. We enticed 11 alums and current students to take on our fictional creatures and make them look real.  – Wired, June 3, 2013

Illustrator, biologist create unique field guide

You might find them in your garden, or spot them on the sides of rotting logs as you hike. They are slime molds: found just about everywhere, colorful, gelatinous, diverse, adaptable.

Learn how to protect your business from cyber threats

Is your small business safe from cyber threats? Do you have an Internet security policy for your employees? Do you have a checklist for how to protect your business data on all your electronic devices?

STUDENTS IN A JAM

Kevin Martinez will have to make some tough decisions about his education when he graduates from Soledad High School in 2016.

Business professor to chair ag foundation board

Marylou Shockley, a professor in the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay, has been elected chair of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation board. She will serve a one-year term. The foundation is the non-profit arm of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. It works to educate the community about the agricultural industry. Its programs include AgKnowledge, an executive leadership program, and A Greater Vision, a series of forums on agriculture-related issues important to the community. Philanthropy is an important part of the foundation’s mission. For example, since June 2012, it has donated more than $75,000 to pay for salad bars in Chualar, Gonzales, Greenfield, Monterey and Salinas schools. Dr. Shockley joined CSUMB in 2006. She teaches management and international business; her focus is on leadership, diversity and corporate governance from a social responsibility perspective. She holds a doctorate from the Said School of Business at Oxford University, an M.S. from Stanford as a Sloan Fellow, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. She has been a member of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation board for six years. Read more faculty news.  

CSUMB joins 'Stuff the Bus' campaign

CSUMB is participating in United Way Monterey County’s Stuff the Bus campaign, a countywide drive to collect school supplies for children whose families are not able to afford them. Donations can be dropped in the bin – shaped like a tiny school bus – located in the Student Center. The third annual campaign gets under way on June 20 and will run through July 30, when the supplies will be stuffed into backpacks and distributed through the Monterey County Office of Education. Monterey County has seen a steady growth in the number of homeless children; in 2011-12, more than 5,100 homeless students where attending school in the county. Add kids in foster care and those from families in need, and the size of the problem becomes apparent. Among the items needed are:

Graduate student earns fellowship

Billy Coleman, a student in the Master of Business Administration program at California State University, Monterey Bay, has been awarded an Investment in Community Fellowship by the Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation of Pebble Beach.

Archaeologist talks on colonial missions at ASU

Dr. Ruben Mendoza continues to win accolades for his work on missions in California and the Southwest.

ART for CHANGE

Art can be a powerful tool for change, disseminating ideas and inspiring people to act.

Humanities professors collaborate on book

"Dialogue and Deliberation," a new book by Professors Debian Marty and Josina Makau, was recently published by Waveland Press.

Conservation award presented to faculty member

CSU Monterey Bay faculty member Suzanne Worcester has received a Garden Club of America Club Conservation Commendation for her work with students and the community.

Psychology lecturer's work featured in textbook

Kathryn England-Aytes, a lecturer in psychology at CSUMB, has contributed to a book that’s the first of its kind for educational publishing.

Professor contributes essay to Woody Allen book

Dr. Renee Curry has published another article on one of her long-time research interests, director Woody Allen.

Animals that amaze, frighten us

Wired magazine and online publication enlisted alumni from CSUMB’s science illustration program to bring to life – so to speak – an animal hybrid wish list.

Faculty members granted tenure

President Eduardo Ochoa has announced that five faculty members at California State University, Monterey Bay have been granted tenure. The newly tenured faculty members and their departments: • Dr. Lipika Deka, Mathematics and Statistics Department • Dr. Cathi Draper Rodriguez, Teacher Education Department • Ms. Jacqui Grallo, Library • Dr. Sathya Narayanan, School of Information Technology and Communication Design • Dr. Lila Staples, Visual and Public Art Department Along with to receiving tenure, all were promoted to associate professor.

New leader believes CSUMB has key role in area economy

CSU Monterey Bay could play a part in restoring the long-term vision needed for strong economic growth locally, says President Eduardo Ochoa. Think Silicon Valley or the Research Triangle in North Carolina. – Monterey Herald, June 1, 2013

Business dean joins CSUMB

CSU Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa has named Shyam Kamath dean of the university’s College of Business Administration.

Summer Arts returns to campus

After an exciting debut in 2012, CSU Summer Arts returns to campus in July with a lineup of 17 classes and 52 public events.

Eduardo Ochoa presidira la Universidad Estatal de California en la Bahia de Monterey

El argentino Eduardo Ochoa, quien ha trabajado en temas de educacion invitado por la Administracion de Barack Obama, fue nombrado esta semana presidente de la Universidad Estatal de California en la Bahia de Monterey (CSUMB). – MSN Latino, May 24, 2013

CSUMB president appointment made permanent

CSU Monterey Bay's interim president is now permanent. The CSU Board of Trustees Wednesday appointed Dr. Eduardo Ochoa as the permanent president of CSUMB. – Monterey Herald, May 22, 2013

Computer science professor wins teaching award

Kate Lockwood, assistant professor of computer science and information technology, has been honored with the Allen Griffin Award for excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level. The award is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

API community celebrates graduation

Patti Hiramoto, vice president of University Advancement, reminded the gathering at CSU Monterey Bay’s first Asian Pacific Islander American community graduation celebration about the importance of community.

Commencement's social media

CSUMB’s Class of 2013 marked its graduation on Twitter, Instagram and Vine during commencement ceremonies on May 18.

President Ochoa's appointment made permanent

The California State University Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa as the permanent president of California State University, Monterey Bay, effective immediately. Dr. Ochoa has held the position on an interim basis since July 2012. 

CSUMB senior awarded film scholarship

Nicholas Fryou, a student at CSU Monterey Bay, was named the winner of $2,000 in the Monterey County Film Commission's Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Award. Fryou will use the award for production expenses for his capstone project. – Salinas Californian, May 20, 2013

CSUMB expects to contend for 2nd NCAA Division II title

When CSU Monterey Bay won the national championship in 2011, men's golf coach Jason Owen had it all planned out. Two years later, Owen could again be on to something. – Monterey Herald, May 18, 2013

Math to the third power

The Salinas Valley is doing its part to reduce the shortage of math teachers in the U.S. Three local young women are headed to graduate school and then to the nearest classroom. The trio will be among the more than 1,300 students on track to graduate from CSU Monterey Bay on May 18. – Salinas Californian, May 16, 2013  

Corporations, NSF team up to improve STEM retention

Faculty at CSU Monterey Bay had already teamed up with a local two-year school, Hartnell College, on a program helping students make the transition to a bachelor's degree in computer science, says CSUMB's Sathya Narayanan. "But the NSF grant gives us what we need to do it right." – Science Insider, May 13, 2013

Down on the farm ? and off the world stage

As he motioned from his office window to the windswept grounds of what was once the Army's mighty Fort Ord training center, Leon Panetta couldn't help but marvel at what's now there – the thriving California State University Monterey Bay, which he helped create. – San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 2013

Elementary school thanks CSUMB students

Kudos heaped on kudos for the dedicated CSU Monterey Bay students who are inspiring our elementary students. Speaking from my kindergartners' perspective, you're rock stars! – Monterey Herald (letter to the editor), May 11, 2013

Bakersfield dean named interim provost

Julio Blanco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and professor of physics at CSU Bakersfield, has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for Cal State Monterey Bay.

Thousands celebrate commencement

Enduring one final test – a two-hour-plus ceremony on a warm and breezy day – about 1,300 CSU Monterey Bay students celebrated their graduation May 18 in Freeman Stadium on the Seaside campus.

And the Emmy goes to . . .

Did you know there are Emmy awards for sports broadcasting? 

Art student's work adorns skate park

The Marina Skate Park is now adorned with a bright new mural, courtesy of Matt Floriani and his capstone project.

Summer 2013 Innovation Projects

President Ochoa is pleased to announce that 23 summer faculty projects in the area of innovative teaching and learning have been funded through the generous support of the CSUMB Annual Fund. The projects are focused on innovative ways to serve students, and include approaches that address scalability, use of technology, and incorporation of new pedagogies. Faculty projects from across the university have been funded:

Alum launches podcast and video series

Ed Carapezza (TAT ’13) has launched the National Music Sanctuary, a podcast and video series.

Film Commission scholarship awarded to TAT student

Nicholas Fryou is this year’s recipient of the Monterey County Film Commission’s student scholarship.

CSUMB artists exhibit capstone projects

. . . An eight-foot iPhone displaying a documentary on Ed Ricketts' Lab. . . this is just one of the ambitious art installations that will be on display during the CSU Monterey Bay Visual and Public Art Department's exhibition, showcasing work from the department's 2013 capstone class. – Monterey Herald, May 10, 2013

CSUMB men's golf team heads to NCAA championship

The CSU Monterey Bay men's golf squad will head into the NCAA Division II national championship with some steam behind them. On May 8, the Otters won the regional at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash., to knock off runner-up Western Washington by a stroke. – Monterey Herald, May 9, 2013

AMAZING OTTERS

No. 8 seed CSUMB beats UC San Diego to clinch the university's first CCAA baseball title. – Monterey Herald, May 6, 2013

Beneath the Sea Therapy

. . . The student divers, all disabled veterans who suffer from everything from head injuries to PTSD, are learning to dive in the CSUMB pool. They are overseen by Frank Degnan, a dive teacher at the university. CSUMB students are volunteering to teach the vets underwater skills, like how to manage buoyancy and navigate at dive sites. – Monterey County Weekly, May 2, 2013

CSUMB among greenest schools in nation

CSU Monterey Bay is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Princeton Review.  – The Salinas Californian, April 29, 2013

CSUMB student receives NSF fellowship

CSU Monterey Bay senior Emily Roncase was awarded a $90,000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowships are awarded to 2,000 students across the nation, most of them graduate students. Emily is one of 595 undergraduates to receive the award. – Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, CA), April 27, 2013

CSUMB earns team, individual titles

The No. 4-ranked CSUMB men's golf team made it a clean sweep at the CCAA championships. The won the team title with a conference record score of 19-under-par 845 while sophomore Brandon Hortt won the individual title at 12-under. – Monterey Herald, April 24, 2013

Right place, time for CSUMB golfers

No other sport at Cal State Monterey Bay has had as much postseason success as the men's golf team at Hunter Ranch Golf Course. When the Otters start the CCAA championship, they will look to keep alive a streak of capturing the league's individual medalist-champion every year since 2008-09.  – The Salinas Californian, April 22, 2013

CSUMB student awarded scholarship to study abroad

. . .  Jesus Garcia-Valdez, a sophomore at CSUMB, is one of 20 scholarship winners nationwide – the only one from California – selected for the Sherin Global Leaders program. He'll study in Spain this summer. – The Salinas Californian, April 22, 2013

Rivals meet for post-game treat

Though the CSUMB and Sonoma State baseball teams may have been rivals on the field April 5, they sat down to dinner together at the end of the day. – Off 68, April 19, 2013

$1.1 million for computer science fast-track program

CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College have received a grant of $1.1 million to support their new three-year degree program in Computer Science and Information Technology.

CSUMB aims for zero waste move-out

Anya Spear, associate director of campus planning at CSU Monterey Bay, has often been surprised by what she sees discarded during the annual rush to clean out residence hall rooms and move off campus for the summer.

Capstone festival presents screen gems

The World Theater on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay will host a stellar selection of student films at this year’s Capstone Festival, scheduled for two public screenings on May 17. The matinee showing will begin at 1 p.m.; the program repeats at 6 o’clock. Admission is free.

Marine science student headed to D.C.

Tiffany Barber has big plans.

Environmental visionary visits Monterey

Oberlin, Ohio, is miles away from what would be considered national centers of political or economic power. But that’s where David Orr is working to fundamentally change the way we live.

Campus sustainability efforts score again

CSU Monterey Bay’s alternative transportation program has earned another recognition: a Best Practices Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

CSUMB earns another 'green' honor

It’s the latest thing in American college ratings: How green is your campus?

KAZU dominates Murrow Awards

KAZU dominated the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism presented by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association.

UROC research scholarships awarded for 2013

UPDATE: Omar Davila received a top honor at the 10th annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Cleaner, greener

Some good kids have been doing a great thing for the past 18 years – helping to protect the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary through restoration of the waterway and lands draining into the bay. . . . organized by Return of the Natives restoration and education project, part of the Watershed Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. – Monterey Herald, April 19, 2013

Charge Your Ride

Drivers of electric vehicles can zap their rides at CSU Monterey Bay, and it's as easy as plugging in a toaster. The university has installed two electric vehicle charging stations, accessible to the CSUMB community and the public. – Marina Gazette, April 15, 2013

Ex-foster child gives back

CSUMB student organizing book drive for youth . . . As part of her involvement in the foster care system, Emma Ramirez is helping organize a book drive for children in foster care. She's also helping to organize the 25th anniversary event of California Youth Connection, a town hall style discussion on the educational needs of foster care children. – Monterey Herald, April 12, 2013

Art in service of science

. . . Illustrating Nature, the fourth annual exhibit of work by students in the CSU Monterey Bay science illustration program, will be on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History May 4-June 16. – Cedar Street Times, April 11, 2013

Leon Panetta on public service

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sat in the lobby of the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay and explained why he's spent almost 50 years in Washington. – KPIX-5, April 2, 2013

How hard could it be?

. . . I'm seated among a group of start-up aspirants in the University Center ballroom at CSU Monterey Bay, about a mile and a half from the Pacific Ocean. Startup Weekend has officially begun. – Inc. magazine, April issue

Science work pays off

Three members of this year's graduating class and an alumna have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. All four participated in rigorous research and demonstrated an elite level of scholarship while at CSUMB. – Marina Gazette, April 1, 2013

Boost for web education

. . . Since CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa arrived last summer, he has emphasized his enthusiasm for 'disruptive innovation' and how that could be applied to revolutionize teaching. – Monterey Herald, March 28, 2013

Afro-Peruvian Explosion

The community is invited to experience Afro-Peruvian music on April 25 at a free concert on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay.

Charge Your Ride

Drivers of electric vehicles can zap their rides at CSU Monterey Bay, and it’s as easy as plugging in a toaster. The university has installed two electric vehicle – EV, in car lingo – charging stations on campus, accessible by the CSUMB community and the public. The project is an effort by Campus Planning and Development to reduce vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions and promote transportation that is consistent with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

Earth Day celebrated with week's worth of activities

Earth Day is really Earth Week at CSU Monterey Bay.

Students honored for academic excellence

CSU Monterey Bay held its annual honors convocation April 12, recognizing more than 250 students for their distinguished academic achievements.

Health care forum for young adults April 17

How young adults will be affected by the federal Affordable Care Act is the focus of a forum April 17 at CSU Monterey Bay. The public is invited to this free event.

Out from the stacks

You have probably heard of Doctors Without Borders. But Librarians Without Borders?

Small Business Center opens April 22

The CSU Monterey Bay Small Business Development Center will celebrate its grand opening at a new location in Salinas on Monday, April 22.

Online bridge between cultures

Briana Cagle was one of the lucky ones.

When a robot makes music, what does it sound like?

The intersection of music and technology will be on display April 12 in the CSU Monterey Bay Music Hall.

Speaker focuses on innovation

The President’s Speaker Series at California State University, Monterey Bay continues April 25, when Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation visits campus.

Calling all teen filmmakers

Young filmmakers eager to see their work on a screen bigger than YouTube will get the opportunity in the fall, when CSU Monterey Bay will hold its fifth annual Teen Film Festival.

Marine Sanctuary symposium focuses on 'change'

Change is the only constant in the universe. Change alone is unchanging.

JAZZ IT UP

The community is invited to an evening of jazz on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay as the annual Heritage Music Festival returns on April 27.

Keepin' It Reel

Two evenings of film showings – part of the 12th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival – will be held on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay.

Undergraduate research pays off big

Three members of this year’s graduating class and an alumna have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Dorm complex endorsed

A private dormitory complex for almost 600 CSU Monterey Bay students won the endorsement of the Marina Planning Commission. – Monterey Herald, March 22, 2013

CSUMB professor celebrates 'ability'

Johanna Poethig, whose “Celebrate Ability” project is about to be unveiled at the Hamilton Recreation Center, has been making public art in San Francisco and around the world since the 1980s.

April 4 concert features music from Africa

World music will be on tap when CSU Monterey Bay’s Music and Performing Arts Department offers a free concert on April 4.

Panel examines issues of race, disability

On April 10, the community is invited to join a panel presentation at CSU Monterey Bay about race and disability, and how these two identities interact.

The bucks start here

In April 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups – JOBS – Act was signed into law. It has a “crowd funding” amendment that changes restrictions on how businesses can raise capital.

'A History of the Body' performed April 18

Excerpts from “A History of the Body,” a new work by Aimee Suzara, will be staged at CSU Monterey Bay on April 18.

SUSTAINABLE STYLE

For more than a decade, Alice Wu, half of the fashion design team Feral Childe, has been designing original and unusual clothing.

Math students headed to graduate school

To Brenda Perez, math is essential to everyday life. “I like how you can relate everything to mathematics, one way or another,” said the senior from Salinas. “And what I like most is its challenging nature. Sometimes problems take hours to figure out. And when you do, you feel great.” Add her love of teaching –– “I always knew I wanted to teach” ­–– and you’ve got a math teacher in the making. The teaching part was clear early on. Not so with the math part. She entered CSU Monterey Bay without knowing what subject she would study. A presentation she attended about teaching high-demand subjects gave her the idea of teaching math. She had always enjoyed the subject. After talking with department chair Dr. Hongde Hu, she declared herself a math major with a teaching concentration. She’s driven to teach by the realization that many students struggle with the subject. “As a country, we are falling behind in math education, and underrepresented students, like myself, have the lowest math scores in the country,” she said.

Tenacity Personified

The CSU Monterey Bay women's basketball team rallied in the final minutes to defeat Chico State 66-64 in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament in Bellingham, Wash. – Monterey Herald, March 17, 2013

CSUMB receives presidential recognition for community work

CSU Monterey Bay was one of 14 universities named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The university has been on the honor roll every year since the distinction was created in 2006. – Monterey County Weekly, March 11, 2013

Fontenette a driving force behind CSUMB's playoff run

When senior guard Jessica Fontenette came to CSU Monterey Bay to play basketball, the Otters had never reached the postseason or posted a winning record. "Jess came in here with a mindset of doing whatever it takes to get this program off the ground," CSUMB head coach Renee Jimenez said. – Monterey Herald, March 8, 2013

Community invited to business showcase

Mark Verbonich of Pebble Beach Co., and Jill Allen, on behalf of Franciscan Workers and Dorothy’s Place, will be honored at CSU Monterey Bay’s School of Business Showcase.

Stanford researcher visits CSUMB March 27

President’s Speaker Series focuses on innovation in education

Social Justice Colloquium looks at corporate social responsibility

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium at CSU Monterey Bay will address a topic from the business world. A panel will discuss “Corporate Social Responsibility? Workers, Owners and Consumers in the Global Economy,” at noon on March 28, in the University Center. The focus will be on owners, workers, students and unions in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Math students headed to graduate school

To Brenda Perez, math is essential to everyday life. “I like how you can relate everything to mathematics, one way or another,” said the senior from Salinas. “And what I like most is its challenging nature. Sometimes problems take hours to figure out. And when you do, you feel great.” Add her love of teaching –– “I always knew I wanted to teach” ­–– and you’ve got a math teacher in the making.  The teaching part was clear early on. Not so with the math part. She entered CSU Monterey Bay without knowing what subject she would study. Then she learned that math teachers are in high demand, talked with department chair Dr. Hongde Hu and declared herself a math major with a teaching concentration. She’s driven to teach by the realization that many students struggle with the subject. “As a country, we are falling behind in math education, and underrepresented students like me have the lowest math scores in the country,” she said.

Chronicling the journeys of journals

A project that started with bathroom graffiti has found its way to CSU Monterey Bay.

Keys to the Community

Monterey County has street art and street people. Now, it’s got street pianos, 11 of them, or it will until March 24, when the “Play Me, I’m Yours” project ends.

FOREIGN LANDING

This summer, Jesus Garcia-Valdez will find himself in Spain, his first trip outside of North America.

Another honor for CSUMB's Service Learning program

CSU Monterey Bay was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

CSUMB celebrates AmeriCorps Week

They work with the Arts Council for Monterey County, Dorothy’s Place soup kitchen, the National Steinbeck Center, Seaside High School and the Boys and Girls Clubs, helping them recruit volunteers and better achieve their mission.

CSUMB women second in golf tournament

The CSU Monterey Bay women's golf team finished second at the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout hosted by CSU East Bay at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo. – Monterey Herald, March 4, 2013

Expo urges melding of art, technology

. . . First-semester communication design students at CSU Monterey Bay are using high-tech software to create a virtual, 3-D model of Fort Ord that can show how the area will look in the near future. – Monterey Herald, March 3, 2013

It's all about the app

. . . the Ideas of March app competition is booting up again this year for its three-day run beginning March 15. The Android development competition is open to area college students with basic programming skills . . . – The Salinas Californian, March 2, 2013

CSUMB celebrates Read Across America Day

Cal State Monterey Bay student-athletes celebrated Read Across America Day by reading Dr. Seuss books to youngsters at Olson Elementary School in Marina. – CCAA website, March 1, 2013

Going the distance

. . . And CSU Monterey Bay, which has seen more interest in its online offerings, is rolling out two new online masters programs this year, adding to its two existing online programs.  – Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 28, 2013

Provost Cruz-Uribe accepts new position

CSU Monterey Bay Provost Kathy Cruz-Uribe has accepted the position of chancellor at Indiana University East.

County NAACP chapter to meet at CSUMB

For the second straight year, the Monterey County Branch NAACP will commemorate Black History Month by holding a general membership meeting at CSU Monterey Bay.

Focus the Region set for Tuesday

If you've ever wanted to find out how architecture can enhance communities, the latest in electric cars or the ways in which students and alumni of CSUMB are changing the world, the perfect event is just around the corner. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 23, 2013

CSUMB heads to church to recruit African American students

. . . Sunday service at Greater Victory Temple in Seaside is always a lively event. And this Sunday, there's an added twist. Up on stage are the president and admissions director from nearby CSUMB. They stand alongside church elders. – KAZU (NPR for the Central Coast), Feb. 21, 2013

CSUMB radio gets news digs

It's come a long way from a desk: There are posters on the walls, couches in the lobby, a cubicle that resembles an on-air booth. For the first time since it began broadcasting in 1999, Ottermedia, a student-run radio station at CSU Monterey Bay, has a space to call its own. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 21, 2013

CSUMB calls all app makers

The next time you search for the latest smart phone application, CSU Monterey Bay hopes a local student designed it. – San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 20, 2013

A focus on learning

Financial challenges as well as academic ones face university students, which is some of them have tapped into a scholarship program at CSUMB called Have a Heart for Students. The program has raised more than $1 million since it started 15 years ago. – The Salinas Californian, Feb. 20, 2013

Show and Tell

CSUMB's art department keeps the conversation about art circulating. – Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 14, 2013

CSUMB students celebrate One Billion Rising

It was a gorgeous day to be out at CSUMB. It was also powerful.

Women's self-defense course offered in March

The University Police Department is taking sign-ups for a four-session self-defense course for women. The course is open to students, faculty and staff members.

Banff Mountain Film Fest benefits RON

Experience adventure on the big screen when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour makes a stop at Monterey’s Golden State Theatre on March 1, sponsored by REI Marina. The proceeds will benefit CSU Monterey Bay's Return of the Natives project.

Spoken-word musical comes to CSUMB Feb. 28

In celebration of Black History Month, NuBiAh, a Broadway-caliber musical, will be staged at CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

'Ideas of March' mobile app competition coming to CSUMB

It’s innovative, intense and for those who thrive on creative competition, a shot at fame and fortune.

Arts collective explores gender, cultural stereotypes

For more than 18 years, Eliza Barrios, Jenifer Wofford and Reanne Estrada have worked collaboratively as the arts collective Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. Through humor, the group explores gender, race and cultural stereotypes of Filipinas in work that has included karaoke videos, museum makeovers, photographic psychodramas, installations and posters. The name is a play on the controversial practice of arranged marriages through international introduction agencies. Barrios and Wofford will visit CSU Monterey Bay on March 14 as part of the university’s Visiting Artist series. Their free presentation will get under way at 6 p.m. in the Alumni and Visitors Center.

Businesses donate to scholarship fund

C.H. Robinson and FoodSource recently showed their support of CSU Monterey Bay with a donation to the university’s School of Business.

FBI profiler visits campus March 13

The community is invited to attend a lecture on March 13 by an FBI agent who works as a profiler in the bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, which deals with crimes against children.

Contemporary dance ensemble performs at CSUMB

The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble will bring its trademark moves – playful, gymnastic and elegant – to California State University, Monterey Bay’s World Theater on March 9 as the Performing Arts Series resumes. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Program fuses technology into learning

Anyone interested in preparing for a career in the fields of modern education and training is invited to learn about the Master’s in Instructional Science and Technology program at Cal State Monterey Bay.

MSW program accepting applications for fall 2013

Anyone interested in the Master of Social Work program at CSU Monterey Bay is encouraged to visit the program’s website and consider applying in time to be considered in March. The general application period is March 1 through April 30. 

CSUMB reaches out to black community

View a photo essay from Super Sunday Listen to an NPR report here

CSUMB baseball off to hot start

The baseball team used its home opener to show that last year's record season wasn't an anomaly. – The Salinas Californian, Feb. 11, 2013

School Bytes

You may know that the annual Together with Love Run/Walk is taking place today. What you may not know is that a CSUMB student designed the logo. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 10, 2013

CSUMB's Seth Pollack honored

In recognition of his work to promote service learning and community-campus partnerships throughout the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley, Seth Pollack has been named winner of the 2013 Richard E Cone Award by California Campus Compact. – Marina Gazette, Feb. 4, 2013

Helping Endangered Species ? One Mural at a Time

. . . Combining the accessibility of street art with meticulous scientific detail – a style she honed while earning a certificate in science illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay – Jane Kim plans to paint a series of eye-catching large-scale murals in public places along the migration routes of endangered species. . .  – O, The Oprah Magazine, February, 2013

Calling all innovators!

More than $50,000 in cash and services is being offered in the fourth Monterey Bay Regional Business Plan Competition, set for May 3. All start-ups that can show how they will create jobs in the tri-county area are eligible. Contestants must submit a one-page application by March 18. To help with the application process, a free 90-minute introductory workshop will be offered seven times. The workshops are scheduled for: • 6 p.m., Feb. 11, Sam Karas Room in the Monterey Peninsula College library • Noon, Feb.12, Cruzioworks, 877 Cedar St., Santa Cruz • 4 p.m., Feb. 13, Salinas Chamber of Commerce, 119 E. Alisal St. • Noon, Feb. 19, San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, 243 Sixth Street, Suite 100, Hollister • 6 p.m., Feb. 21, Sam Karas Room in the Monterey Peninsula College library • 3 p.m., Feb. 23, McGowan Room 320, Monterey Institute of International Studies • 4 p.m., March 5, Marina Technology Cluster? A $1,000 cash award will be given to the winning student team, $5,000 cash for the winning main street company (a local or regional business) and $50,000 in cash and professional services for the winning venture-play company. The first round of presentations – applicants have five minutes to present their business idea and answer questions from a panel of judges – will be held at CSU Monterey Bay on March 29. Semifinalists will be chosen to move on to the final competition May 3 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Finalists will present their ideas and business plans to a panel of investors, successful entrepreneurs, regional CEOs and venture capitalists. More information is available at Monterey Regional Business Plan Competition.

Students celebrate TRiO Day with service projects

Feb. 23 is National TRiO Day, a day set aside to celebrate the positive impact of federal programs that help low-income and first-generation students enter college and earn a degree.

CSUMB student gets 'Idol'ized

CSU Monterey Bay student Stevie Rae Stephens auditioned for "American Idol" on FOX and will go to Hollywood for competition.  – Monterey Herald, Feb. 1, 2013

CSUMB honored for branding campaign

CSUMB has earned an Award of Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its branding campaign launched in the fall of 2012. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 1, 2013

CSUMB Startup Weekend winner ready to roll

Brad Schoch wasted no time after graduation to start  his business career. Schoch and his team won the competition with a website called Want2Learn, which connects teachers of any subject with people who want to learn. "It's like a Craigslist for tutors, musicians and coaches," Schoch said. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 29, 2013

Lifesaving devices increase community's safety

Cal State University, Monterey Bay became one of the first affiliates. The university placed automated external defibrillators (AED) in the Otter Sports Center, the library and the student center. – Health Matters (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula's magazine), February, 2013

CSUMB to roll out online master's degrees

CSU Monterey Bay will soon begin offering online graduate degrees. The school is among the first of the CSU campuses to begin using Cal State online, which is intended to expand access to fully online bachelor's and master's degrees. – Monterey County Weekly, Jan. 23, 2013

CSUMB music student on 'American Idol'

A bit of encouragement from Mariah Carey helped Cal State Monterey Bay student Stevie Rae Stephens land a ticket to Hollywood.

Music, dance performance by group from Ghana

“Africa in the House,” an evening of music and dance by the African Show Boyz, will be held at CSU Monterey Bay on Feb. 7.

Suicide prevention network meets on campus

CSU Monterey Bay will host a regional meeting of the California Suicide Prevention Network on March 5. Staff members and volunteers in schools, colleges and universities; workplaces; youth, ethnic and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning community groups; religious organizations and first responders are invited to attend. Mental health and primary care service providers, the military and Veterans Administration staff members are also welcome to attend, as well as mental health and suicide prevention advocates. The most recent information on reducing suicide and connecting with resources will be presented. Eight discussion groups will focus on topics including veterans, the elderly and higher education. Agenda, list of discussion groups and online registration.  Campus map and driving directions. The meeting is co-hosted by the Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance (BASCIA) and co-sponsored by the university’s Health and Wellness Services/Personal Growth and Counseling Center; Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast; and Monterey County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Division. The statewide Suicide Prevention Network is supported by a grant from the California Mental Health Services Authority – CalMHSA. Among the CalMHSA programs are a set of prevention and early intervention initiatives, including the Suicide Prevention Initiative. The CalMHSA Suicide Prevention Initiative uses a full range of strategies from prevention to early intervention to prevent suicide across all ages and backgrounds

Faculty highlights

Native educator works to serve the needs of children Kathryn England-Aytes, a lecturer in psychology, has joined a newly created national organization that serves the needs of children. Dr. England-Aytes will serve as a consultant with the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, an organization that provides information, resources and services relating to adoption, foster care and child welfare. Her work with the center “fits into my own research interests on historical trauma and links with contemporary behavior, particularly in educational settings, in Indian Country,” she said. “As a Native educator, my goal is always to honor and integrate the cultures, values and traditions of Native students with learning opportunities for full participation in the larger community." – Jan. 13, 2015

Carmel's Robert Danziger to be commencement speaker

Robert Danziger will be the keynote speaker at CSU Monterey Bay's 17th commencement ceremony, to be held May 18.

Alum helps build excitement for 49ers

Cal State Monterey Bay alum Ben Mayberry arrived in New Orleans almost a week before his San Francisco 49er colleagues Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree and Patrick Willis. As a graphic designer and member of the 49ers marketing team, Mayberry is the artist behind the Quest for Six graphics that have been building excitement for a Niners Super Bowl run.

CSUMB participates in mental health study

Starting this semester, six mental health clinicians at the Cal State Monterey Bay counseling center are participating in a five-year study on implementing evidence-based treatment to help students with depression and eating disorders.

CSUMB honored for branding campaign

CSU Monterey Bay has earned an Award of Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The competition is acknowledged to be the highest recognition a university can receive for its work in higher education advancement and communications.

Alum wins California Sea Grant fellowship

Jessica Watson, a December graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy masters program, has been selected as a California Sea Grant State Fellow. The State Fellows Program provides an opportunity for graduate students who are interested in marine resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources to get real-world experience. The program matches students with hosts in California state agencies for up to a year.

Community Gardens Cultivate Food, Job Skills, Hope

What started as a community garden in the Chinatown neighborhood of Salinas has blossomed into the Salinas-Marina Community Food Project. . . The Chinatown Community Garden sprouted first, created by California State University, Monterey Bay's Service Learning Institute as part of a more holistic community plan for addressing homelessness and urban revitalization. – The Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger, Jan. 22, 2013

STATEMENT VICTORY

CSUMB picks up big win over defending conference champs UC San Diego Renee Jimenez's mentor when she got into coaching was Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 19, 2013

Storytelling, step by step

The community is invited to celebrate Black History Month with Step Afrika when the group visits CSU Monterey Bay on Feb. 21.

CSUMB adds two more fully online graduate degrees

California State University, Monterey Bay will be among the first CSU campuses to offer degrees through the new Cal State Online, an initiative intended to expand access to fully online bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Pollack honored for service-learning achievements

In recognition of his work to promote service learning and community-campus partnerships throughout the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley, Seth Pollack has been named winner of the 2013 Richard E. Cone Award by California Campus Compact.

Traffic calming measures start in January

When Inter-Garrison Road opens through to Reservation Road, CSUMB anticipates significant increases in non-campus commuter traffic. In order to address safety concerns, traffic calming measures were implemented during winter break.

Students recognized for marine science research

Six CSUMB marine science students have earned awards from the CSU for their research projects. The Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology – COAST – awards $3,000 to CSU graduate students and $1,500 to undergraduates to stimulate interest in marine-science careers, help them develop the skills needed to work in those fields and support faculty research.

'Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir' author to read Jan. 24

Deborah Miranda, a member of the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation, will give a presentation at CSU Monterey Bay on Jan. 24. The public is invited to the free event.

Cal State Monterey Bay to offer online courses

CSUMB will offer two graduate programs fully online, with the first one starting in May. The online program makes classes more accessible to students no matter where those students are located. – KSBW, Jan. 14

Entrepreneurs gather at CSUMB for 54-hour frenzy

The days usually reserved for relaxation and chores will be used for serious innovation in two weeks at CSU Monterey Bay. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 12, 2013

Learn about Master of Social Work program

Anyone interested in the Master of Social Work program at CSU Monterey Bay is invited to attend an information session scheduled for Jan. 14 The session will be held in the program’s offices in Beach Hall, located on Divarty Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, from noon to 1 p.m. Applications for fall 2013 must be received by Jan. 31 for priority consideration. The three-year program provides an opportunity for people who are interested in a career in social work, or who want to advance in their career, to earn an MSW degree in a way that is accessible and affordable. Students specialize in Behavioral Health, or Children, Youth and Families, and prepare for a broad array of job opportunities within government and non-profits serving youth, the elderly, low-income families, veterans, those who face health challenges and others.

Protect your small business from cyber threats

Is your small business safe from cyber threats? Do you have an Internet security policy for your employees?

First Otter gets into UCSF medical school

Speaking in quick, short sentences, Katherine Canul strikes you as a determined and focused young woman. Canul, 21, a biology major at CSU Monterey Bay who has been accepted to the University of California, San Francisco medical school, confirms she is, but it wasn't always that way. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 8, 2013

Former NBA player was CSUMB assistant coach

Tariq Abdul-Wahad, better known as Olivier Saint-Jean, is rapturous in his praise of his former coach Doc Rivers. His enthusiasm for Rivers is matched only by his devotion to CSUMB women's coach Renee Jimenez, who he worked for at CSUMB. "She's better than some of the NBA coaches I had," he said.  – San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 12, 2013

Making a difference

CSU Monterey Bay students will observe Martin Luther King’s birthday on Jan. 21 by participating in a march in Seaside and helping with a food and clothing drive in Marina.

Middle school students get a jump on algebra

Standing in front of 50 middle school students, CSU Monterey Bay Professor Hongde Hu demonstrated the solution to a math problem as though he were decoding the collective wisdom of the universe. The class was part of the annual Algebra Academy sponsored by Graniterock, which took place over the students’ winter break. Youngsters from Aromas and Rolling Hills middle schools volunteered to attend. Four days of classes were held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Watsonville. The fifth day, a Friday, saw the students visit CSUMB, where they spent time in a math classroom playing a game called “Survivor: Math Camp” that called on the skills they learned earlier in the week. They also got a tour of campus, had lunch in the dining hall and learned what they have to do to prepare for college. The academy concluded on Jan. 5 back in Watsonville with a graduation ceremony and awards presentation to the top 10 students. Watsonville Mayor Lowell Hurst attended. For the third year, Graniterock provided the class materials, stipends for the teaching assistants and snacks for the students. CSUMB provided the instructors, four teaching assistants and the curriculum. Dr. Hu supplied the energy and enthusiasm to captivate the middle schoolers.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do Gabriel Garcia Marquez, submarine canyons and the Chinese economy have in common?

Small Business Center offers help in wake of closing

CSU Monterey Bay's Small Business Development Center has received a grant to help the city of Salinas attract and create new jobs in the wake of the closure of Capital One, a large employer in the city.

Campus reopens Jan. 2; classes start Jan. 22

CSU Monterey Bay will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 21 and remain closed through Jan. 1 in observance of the holidays. The campus will reopen at 8 a.m. on Jan. 2. ??

CSUMB's Barbara Sayad takes Carmel children to Nepal

Barbara Sayad, a lecturer in the Health, Human Services and Public Policy Department at CSUMB, took sixth gradrs at Carmel Middle School on a virtual tour of Nepal, when she shared her experiences from a trip she took to the Asian country. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 18, 2012

Universidades locales agilizan grado de informatica

Un nuevo grado academico conjunto que anunciaron el jueves pasado promete permitir que los estudiantes se conviertan en cientificos de informatica en tan solo 36 meses. – El Sol, Dec. 15, 2012

CSUMB professor says it's not the end of the world

For the record, the Mayans never predicted an apocalypse for Dec. 21, 2012, according to CSU Monterey Bay professor Ruben Mendoza, an anthropologist and archaeologist. Mendoza taught the course "Ancient Mayan Civilizations" this fall. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 14, 2012

Professor, students land grant to teach about missions

Cal State Monterey Bay archeology professor Ruben Mendoza teamed with two students to land a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to teach educators from around the country about the history of California's missions.

Local colleges team up to offer three-year computer science degree

CSU Monterey Bay and Hartnell College are joining forces on a program, called "CSIT-in-3," next fall. – Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 13, 2012

Film festival planned at CSUMB

The Fall Capstone Festival, a presentation of the final projects of CSU Monterey Bay film students, will be held Dec. 20, featuring 14 shorts. – The Salinas Californian, Dec. 13, 2012

USDA research station trains college students

"We don't want students to have to do another job. Their research is their job," said Matthew Subia, research coordinator at the CSUMB Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center. – The Salinas Californian, Dec. 12, 2012

Fast track to a computer science degree

UPDATE: As of March 2014, 31 of the original 32 students were still enrolled in the program and next year's class was being recruited. Read more here.

Under pressure: 54 hours to launch a business

Ever wonder what it takes to be an entrepreneur???CSU Monterey Bay will be a great place to find out when the university hosts Startup Weekend Monterey Bay Jan. 25-27. Startup Weekend will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources. Throughout the course of this 54-hour event, attendees will share ideas, form teams and launch startups. ? “Startup Weekend is a great, safe experience to try being an entrepreneur,” said organizer Mary Jo Zenk. “This event will foster an innovating environment for entrepreneurs to share, vet and launch their ideas. “It’s like six months of entrepreneurship training in a weekend – and there’s no risk,” Zenk said. Here’s how it works: The weekend opens with open mic pitches on Friday, where attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. You don't have to have an idea to attend. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as deemed by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

Capping off college with senior projects

California State University, Monterey Bay’s fall Capstone Festival will be held Dec. 20 and 21 at locations around campus. The public is invited. In order to graduate from CSUMB, all students are required to do capstones – research or creative projects. The projects require students to pull together, synthesize and apply years of learning. As part of the process, students must publicly present their work. During the Capstone Festival, the campus takes on the feel of an intellectual marketplace. In various locations, students in all academic disciplines present their work. For example, biology and kinesiology students make poster presentations; teams of business students present strategic plans for local companies and organizations; music students give mini recitals; and students majoring in Teledramatic Arts and Technology screen their projects. The film students will show their work at 1 and again at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the World Theater. For a schedule of times and locations, visit csumb.edu/capstone. Driving directions and a campus map can be found here. Visitors must purchase a parking permit from dispensers located on the parking lots. 

SUNDANCE KID

A pair of short films made on an iPhone have put a graduate of the Teledramatic Arts and Technology program at CSU Monterey Bay on the stage of the most prestigious film festival in the United States.

MSW students land prestigious scholarships

The first graduates of Cal State Monterey Bay’s Master of Social Work program will cross the stage at commencement in May 2013. They will represent the culmination of years of planning and community support.

Student-athletes bring holiday cheer

Student-athletes at CSU Monterey Bay got into the holiday spirit by making cards for military members serving overseas.

Get a free flu shot at CSUMB on Dec. 12

The Monterey County Health Department and the Visiting Nurse Association will hold a free flu vaccine clinic on Dec. 12 at CSUMB’s library.

Educacion Superior

Cientos de estudiantes de varias escuelas de Salinas recibieron la promesa de que habra un cupo para elios en la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey si es que cumplen con los requisitos academicos de rigor. – KSMS-67, Nov. 29, 2012

Booting Up Business

So you have an idea better than Velcro but don't know how to make it stick. Maybe you need an entrepreneurial kick in the butt. That's where Startup Weekend comes in. This week, CSU Monterey Bay is hosting Startup Weekend Google boot camp, sponsored by the tech giant, to gear up for the big show happening at the university in January. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 29, 2012

Students team up to navigate the future, one more time

CSU Monterey Bay’s Visual and Public Art Department has collaborated with Marina High School to produce a second mural based on the school’s motto, Navigate the Future.

Concert features chamber music by CSUMB instructor

Dr. Lanier Sammons, a lecturer in the Music and Performing Arts Department, will premiere some of his compositions on Dec. 5 at a free concert in the Music Hall. The performance will get under way at 8 p.m. “I have an ensemble of great musicians and they’ll be performing pieces I wrote for my dissertation” while a graduate student at the University of Virginia, he said. The performers, all active chamber musicians based in San Francisco, are Michael Straus (saxophone), Dana Jessen (bassoon), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe) and Giacomo Fiore (guitar). All the pieces are audience-interactive. “The audience is in some way vital to the performance of each piece. The pieces literally can’t be performed without the audience because they’re given a specific role to play,” he explained. That role varies. In a few pieces, the audience members improvise along with the ensemble. In one, the audience becomes the score for the ensemble. In another, a bank of sensors translates data about the audience and the performance environment into electronic sound. Dr. Sammons, a guitarist as well as a composer, teaches analogue mixing and digital editing, the MPA capstone class and organizes the MPA master class and lecture series.?? His music explores the intersection of popular and classical music and the pairing of electronic and acoustic sound, among other ideas. As a performer, he explores multiple genres on electric guitar, classical guitar and other instruments. Recently, Dr. Sammons was the recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award in the concert music division. The award is given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is based on the unique value of each composer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances. According to the organization, the grants support the growth and development of the nation’s musical future.??This is his first semester at CSUMB. For more information, visit his website. Photo courtesy of Dr. Sammons

Film students' work to be shown Dec. 20

The World Theater stage on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay will host a stellar selection of student films at this year’s Fall Capstone Festival, scheduled for two public screenings on Dec. 20 in the World Theater. The matinee showing will begin at 1 p.m.; the program repeats at 6 o’clock. Admission is free.

Math majors get help preparing for teaching career

“By teaching, we touch the lives of other people.”

Students gather tales of old Salinas

Sarah Hollingsworth was lucky to land a good person to interview. As part of an ongoing oral history project CSU Monterey Bay is conducting in the Chinatown area of Salinas, Hollingsworth was assigned to talk to Dorothy Wallace, a 91-year-old resident of Italian and Swiss heritage. . . The interview is one of 27 that will be featured in an upcoming screening at the National Steinbeck Center. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 27, 2012

Californians understood the need to pass Proposition 30

The passage of Proposition 30 is good news for California because it averts cuts that would have crippled an educational system still reeling from earlier reductions. But even more important, it shows that Californians have come to recognize that continued investment in public education – including higher education – is critical to the future health and prosperity of our state. (op-ed by President Eduardo Ochoa) – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 16, 2012

Dia de los Padres

La Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey ha programado una serie de sesiones informativas para educar a los padres de familia sobre las actividades de sus hijos en la maxima casa de estudios de la Peninsula de Monterey. – KSMS (Univision), Nov. 13, 2012

Professor presents research in Brazil

It’s been a busy year for CSUMB professor Umi Vaughan.

University commemorates World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, a global initiative to encourage countries and communities to take a stand against HIV/AIDS, will be commemorated on Dec. 1.

CSUMB collects food for the needy

Representatives from the Food Bank for Monterey County loaded hundreds of pounds of canned goods into a delivery truck parked at Cal State Monterey Bay's World Theater on Nov. 15.

Blind Iraq War vet finds have

A roadside bomb in Baghdad blinded him in one eye and partially in another in 2005, and Iraq War Army veteran Travis Fugate lost his sight completely to an infection in December 2008. Fugate, 28, is now enrolled at CSU Monterey Bay . . . working toward a bachelor's degree in computer software engineering. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 12, 2012

Grant to teach about missions

Award among three in state A $170,000 grant has been awarded to CSU Monterey Bay by the National Endowment for the Humanities for a program to train teachers from around the country about the history of California's missions. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 9, 2012

deYoung and the Restless

The deYoung Museum in San Francisco . . . an exhibition there is a statement of quality and an imprint of substance. Students and alumni from CSU Monterey Bay's Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department have created a film that will be shown there. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 8, 2012

CSUMB basketball on the upswing

The CSU Monterey Bay men's basketball team struggled mightily last season, failing to win away from the Kelp Bed. But head coach Rob Bishop expects to see an improved Otters team this season. "We have five seniors this year," he said. "We didn't have any seniors last year." – Monterey Herald, Nov. 3, 2012

Redhouse jazzes up Native American flute

Flute player Vince Redhouse will visit Cal State Monterey Bay as part of the university’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Bay Area muralist visits campus Nov. 8

John Wehrle specializes in public art, and his thought-provoking work is a familiar sight in the San Francisco Bay area, especially the East Bay.

Thinking of starting a business?

Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to a panel discussion at Cal State Monterey Bay to hear “tales from the trenches” from people who have successfully started, grown and ran a business. The free event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 14, in the University Center, located on Sixth Avenue at B Street. Driving directions and a campus map can be found at csumb.edu/map. Attendees will hear from entrepreneurs who have started one or more companies. Each panel member will give a short talk followed by questions from the audience. Panel members: • David Fritsch is the owner and lead developer at Webity (formally Fritsch Services) of Monterey. He started the company in 2009 to offer affordable website services to small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. • Brigid McGrath Massie is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully launched a book publishing company, a recreational and classic vehicle storage facility and one of the most successful bingo halls in California. She is an award winning speaker, author and business consultant. ? • Jeff Munks started a public service 30 years ago, designed to make interpreters available to help newly arrived Vietnamese. Today, Language Line Services is the world's largest provider of over-the-phone interpretation services, employing approximately 6,000 people and covering over 175 languages. • Joe Opitz has been in the restaurant industry since 1987. In 2010, he and his wife, Luciana, opened Flanagan’s Irish-American Pub in Carmel. ?

CSUMB student exhibits at De Young

A film by CSU Monterey Bay student Ed Carapezza will be part of an exhibit this month at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Carapezza's film, "Prepping for Frescomania," focuses on artist Javier Manrique, who is the November Artist in Residence at the museum. Carapezza filmed it as a companion piece for the artist's exhibit, "Frescomania." – Monterey Herald, Nov. 2, 2012

Alum helps others heal war wounds

You could say that being called to active duty following the 9/11 terrorist attacks interrupted Ben Haberthur's education at Cal State Monterey Bay. Or you might say that his active military service refocused it. Either way, his work as a restoration ecologist and a veterans advocate received a major boost recently when he was recognized with a TogetherGreen Fellowship Award from Toyota and the National Audubon Society. – CSU's Commitment to Sustainability website, Oct. 31, 2012

CSUMB women getting their kicks

The Cal State Monterey Bay women's soccer team had a season of firsts in 2012. The first sweep of a conference opponent (Chico State), the first upset of a ranked team (Chico State again), their first regional ranking.  – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 29, 2012

CSUMB women's basketball team has high hopes

Not many teams at CSU Monterey Bay have higher expectations than the women's basketball team. The Otters won more than 20 games in each of the past two seasons en route to the NCAA Division II tournament. But Coach Renee Jimenez wants to keep moving the team forward. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 26, 2012

CSUMB golfers win Otter Invitational

Led by Jered Stone's 67, No. 8 CSUMB shot 6-under 282 to knock off No. 2 Nova Southeastern and win the Otter Invitational at Bayonet Golf Course. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 24, 2012

Real World Application for IT Students

Led by Dr. Bude Su, a team of alumni and students in the School of Information Technology and Communication Design at CSUMB exemplified the role their discipline has in society beyond social media applications. . . . working with Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. – CSU's Center for Community Engagement website, October 2012

Don't Mess ? I am RAD

Students passing by Valley Hall at CSU Monterey Bay stop and stare as women throw air punches: right hammer fist, left shield. One kicks a bag with a thud and yells "No!" Another sends a push kick to a bag, yelling "Stay back!" The women drawing all the attention were participating in a Rape Aggression Defense program – called RAD – run by CSUMB police officers. – Monterey County Weekly, Oct. 18, 2012

McNair Scholars funding

The McNair Scholars program received $1.1 million in renewed funding for five years to help prepare undergraduate students for graduate school. – @aascu, Oct. 17, 2012

CSUMB shows Miller's annual paean to powder

The approach of winter can mean only one thing – it’s time for another one of Warren Miller’s cinematic homages to high-adrenaline ski and snowboard action. Is there a better way to get stoked for the upcoming ski season?

Veteran 'connects to education' at CSUMB

In May, 2005, Army Spec. Travis Fugate was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Iraq. It took out his right eye and damaged the retina of his left, bruised his brain and crushed the bones in his face.

Alum helps others heal war wounds through environmental activism

You could say that being called to active duty following the 9/11 terrorist attacks interrupted Ben Haberthur’s education at Cal State Monterey Bay. Or you might say that his active military service refocused it.

SAAC raises record amount for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Student-athletes at CSU Monterey Bay hosted an evening of fun for their fellow students while celebrating National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week in mid-October.

MPA lecturer honored by composers group

Dr. Lanier Sammons, a lecturer in the Music and Performing Arts Department, is the recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award in the concert music division.

Professor to join hospitality association board

John Avella has been elected to the Monterey County Hospitality Association’s board of directors. Dr. Avella, assistant professor of hospitality management and hotel/resort management in CSU Monterey Bay's School of Business, will join the board in January. He’ll serve on the association’s education committee. His background includes 40 years of human resource development and teaching experience in the hospitality industry and higher education. He has been vice president of human resources for Marriott Corporation, The Rainbow Room and Windows on the World, and president of Human Resource Concepts. His work focused on management and executive development, customer service and organizational strategic change. His clients included Marriott Corporation, University of Florida, and Hilton Hotels, to name a few. Dr. Avella has taught on the graduate and undergraduate level at Columbia University, Empire State College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and City University of New York. In 2001, he was director of human resources for the food service group at the Salt Lake City Olympics – an operation that served 125,000 meals per day. In 2011, he was a consultant on tourism issues in Anhui Province, China. He has a doctorate from Columbia University, with a concentration in Adult and Organizational Learning. Among his research interests is the application of emotional intelligence to customer service/loyalty, emotional labor and leadership. He has developed a process that teaches people to “connect” to the customer and staff to create loyalty.

University is tops in scuba diving

Forget the U.S. News list of top colleges and universities. Ditto for the Princeton Review's rankings. Cal State Monterey Bay has been named No. 1 in the country on another list.

University to host world premiere of play

“The Fisherman Ming Cho Yee and the Princess under the Sea,” a play written by Music and Performing Arts faculty member Will Shephard, will have its first public performances at CSU Monterey Bay’s University Center in November.

Open a book, open a mind

An overwhelming body of research indicates that students who fall behind in their early elementary grades never catch up to their peers. That makes it particularly disturbing to note that nearly two-thirds of Monterey County students are not proficient readers by the time they complete third grade. To address the issue, the Literacy Campaign of Monterey County has organized the county’s first Summit on Literacy and the Economy on Oct. 25 at CSU Monterey Bay.

CSUMB golf team sets lofty goals

After winning the NCAA Division II title in 2011, the CSUMB men's golf team has carried lofty expectations. Head coach Jason Owen said he has high hopes once again for the Otters. . . Winning it all is the Otters' goal. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 12, 2012

Scholar's Long Road

It was about an 80-minute walk for Jose Hernandez from his home to his middle school in the village near San Luis Potosi, Mexico. . . . Hernandez traveled more than 1,800 miles from his hometown to Salinas, but even further on his educational road. He was named the Hearst Scholar at CSUMB, one of the top honors for students in the CSU system. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 9, 2012

Is public transportation the answer

. . . Cal State Monterey Bay transportation planner Megan Tolbert said she's seen a big increase in the number of students taking the bus – ridership is up by about 600 percent. She thinks it's because service has been beefed up. – KION-46, Oct. 5, 2012

Students demonstrate work at History Fest

Professor Ruben Mendoza and his archaeology students will take part in Monterey’s annual History Fest.

#makeSMARTchoices for Alcohol Awareness Week

During the week of Oct. 15, students at Cal State Monterey Bay will join with their peers on more than 800 campuses across the country to promote National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW).

Sustainability Week celebrated Oct. 22-25

CSUMB will join universities and colleges across the nation on Oct. 24 in celebrating Campus Sustainability Day, an event that was created in 2003 to draw attention to the growing momentum of sustainability initiatives on campuses. Much as they do with Earth Day celebrations, the Associated Students’ Environmental Affairs Committee has lengthened the celebration to an entire week. “We are doing this to promote sustainable transportation and to inform students of various principles and practices they can do to reduce our carbon footprint,” said AS transportation and energy coordinator Shamika Lucas. “Our main objective is to raise student awareness and promote sustainability.” So far, these activities are on the schedule: • Monday, Oct. 22 – Meatless Monday During lunch and dinner in the Dining Commons, students can win prizes by answering sustainability-related trivia questions. Along with hundreds of colleges and universities, CSUMB highlights meatless options each Monday, to encourage students to think about the health benefits of eating less meat and because of the environmental benefits. Did you know that it takes 2,500 gallons of water to make one pound of beef? Learn more about Meatless Mondays at CSUMB. • Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Trolley Tuesday From 9:30 a.m. to noon, students can win free vouchers for use at the Farm Stand and a free semester-long bicycle rental courtesy of the Otter Cycle Center just by riding the trolley. Campus transportation planner Megan Tolbert will talk to students about sustainable transportation and why reducing greenhouse gases is important. The Otter Trolley runs every 12 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on the main campus. Learn more about campus transportation resources.  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Sustain Under the Stars Starting at 7 p.m., students will camp out on the main quad. A scavenger hunt and other activities are planned. • Thursday, Oct. 25 – Campus Clean-Up Help make the campus a cleaner and more attractive place. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Dining Commons at 10 a.m. for a two-hour shift.

Biology seminar series continues Nov. 14

Dr. Christopher Kitts, professor of microbiology, chair of biological sciences and director of the Environmental Biotechnology Institute at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will visit campus on Nov. 14 as the five-lecture Biology Seminar Series concludes for the fall semester.

ART OF SOCIAL CHANGE

Berkeley artist Mildred Howard is an epic part of the East Bay’s cultural landscape, according to the San Francisco Examiner. She has an impressive list of important projects including installations in the De Young Museum, the San Francsico Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., the San Jose Museum of Art, and galleries in Boston and Los Angeles as well as international exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Cairo, and the United Kingdom.  As an artist, she says her cause is to fight to give a voice to people, things and themes that are overlooked in society. She joins objects of the past with present meaning, creating antique-looking sculptures in reference to global socio-political relationships, and riddled with metaphors of past, present and future.

Students, community join to Make a Difference

CSU Monterey Bay students will fan out across the county on Saturday, Oct. 27, to clean up the Chinatown area of Salinas, do environmental restoration work, and help in a myriad of other ways. Make a Difference Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Saturday of October. Millions of people across the country rally together to help change the world, making it the country’s largest day of volunteering. The goal of Make A Difference Day is to inspire and encourage local residents to participate in community service projects. Large or small, as individuals or in groups, one-day or ongoing – the nature of the service isn’t as important as simply giving time, effort, resources, skills or support to make a difference in the lives of people in the community. This year, CSUMB is partnering with the United Way Monterey County Volunteer Center to make this the biggest Make a Difference Day that Monterey County has ever seen. The goal is to get 500 students registered to participate by Oct. 20. Students can pledge to participate as individuals or as a group, club or class. Sign up here. Make a Difference Day volunteer opportunities can be found here or here. As of Oct. 8, approximately 100 students have signed up. They’re being encouraged to wear CSUMB attire while doing their volunteer work so the county can see the impact they are making. CSUMB’s Make a Difference Day is coordinated by Purposeful Service Opportunities, a project of the Service Learning Institute and AmeriCorps’ Volunteer Infrastructure Project. More information about service opportunities is available here or by contacting Steven Goings at sgoings@csumb.edu or at 582-4659. 

Closing in on a career

Hundreds of college students did some speed dating with prospective employers at CSU Monterey Bay's career fair, where the possibilities ranged from full-time career opportunities to unpaid internships. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 4, 2012

NAACP chapter established at CSUMB

They have no memories of the civil-rights milestones of the mid-1960s, but that hasn't prevented students at Cal State Monterey Bay from starting a campus chapter of the NAACP. – Marina Gazette, Oct. 1, 2012

Getting charged-up over electric cars

Electric cars and plug-in hybrids were celebrated in dozens of cities around the country in late September at National Plug In Day.

New book explores notion of 'Afro Cuba'

UPDATE: Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba is now available in paperback from the University of Michigan Press.

McNair Scholars program lands grant

An astronaut who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster is inspiring college students to attend graduate school.

CSUMB runners ready for Stanford Invitational

While most people are waking up and getting ready for work, the CSU Monterey Bay cross country teams are wrapping up their morning run. . . The runners are gearing up for Saturday's Stanford Invitational. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 28, 2012

Ready to Rock the Vote

. . . Brigette Cook, an 18-year-old from San Diego, took advantage of Rock the Vote at CSUMB's main quad, where students not only had a chance to join the voter rolls, but to learn about the hottest loal issues. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 26, 2012 

Jose Hernandez recibe beca

El joven Jose Hernandez de 20 anos de edad, estudiante universitario recibio una beca para continuar con sus estudios por parte de la fundacion Hearst por su liderazgo y su participacion del programa Construyendo Familias Saludables y su labor de tutoria. – KSMS-67 (Univision), Sept. 25, 2012 

CSUMB 'military-friendly school,' magazine says

For the fourth consecutive year, CSU Monterey Bay has been named a "military-friendly school" by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace America's military members, beterans and their spouses as students. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 20, 2012

Jose Hernandez of Salinas, Hearst Scholar

To say that Jose Hernandez is having a fabulous year is an understatement. First, he gets selected to go to Harvard and represent Salinas for the launch of Lady Gaga's Born This Way foundation. Now he gets selected as one of the 23 scholars in the California State University system. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 11, 2012

Murrieta grad earns internship in D.C.

Devin Nunes, member of Congress from Visalia, has a new staff member – Hannah Plummer, who has been assigned to his office as part of the Panetta Congressional Internship program. Hannah is a senior at Cal State Monterey Bay. – Riverside Press-Enterprise, Sept. 7, 2012

Lofty goals for CSUMB soccer team

In his first year as head coach of the CSU Monterey Bay men's soccer team, Rob Cummings guided the Otters to their best record in four years. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 7, 2012

Rethinking Higher Ed

It's SWOT time at CSU Monterey Bay. The exercise – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats – started Sept. 5. It's the first step toward updating the university's strategic plan and achieving Interim President Eduardo Ochoa's goal of identifying ways CSUMB can modify its curriculum to meet regional needs. – Monterey County Weekly, Sept. 6, 2012  

Move-in Day at CSUMB

Hundreds of excited students carried, dragged and wheeled their belongings into the residence halls at CSU Monterey Bay on Aug. 24, the first day of the three-day move-in weekend. – Marina Gazette, Sept. 3, 2012

A.D. lays out plan for CSUMB

Talking with Cal State Monterey Bay athletic director Vince Otoupal, you get the sense that "hardworking" doesn't begin to describe him. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 3, 2012

Author recounts WWII internment experience

Unlike many of her fellow internees, Kiyo Sato is willing to discuss her family’s experience during World War II.

The bucks start here

Last April, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups – JOBS – Act was signed into law. It has a “crowd funding” amendment that changes restrictions on how small businesses can raise capital.

East meets West in gesture and voice

Nationally acclaimed choreographer and performer Sheetal Gandhi will visit California State University, Monterey Bay’s World Theater on Oct. 9. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

VPA professor gets her day in Berkeley

Stephanie Johnson, associate professor in the Visual and Public Art Department, has been honored by her home town of Berkeley.

'The West' goes East

Most Californians are familiar with how struggles over water have shaped the modern American West.

A Pearl of a Singer

One voice. Two languages. Many traditions.

GARDEN OF HOPE

A garden that has sprung up on an empty lot on the former Fort Ord is producing nutritious food and offering opportunities for job training.

CSUMB named 'military friendly school'

CSU Monterey Bay admissions counselor Louis Martin enjoys working with veterans.

Wakatsuki Houston visits CSUMB Sept. 28

Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will visit Cal State Monterey Bay on Sept. 28 as part of a series of talks around the theme, “What does democracy mean to you?”

Women's self-defense course starts in October

The University Police Department is taking sign-ups for a four-session self-defense course for women. The course is open to students, faculty and staff members.

University celebrates Preparedness Month

CSU Monterey Bay will host two events for community members to mark National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign that encourages people to prepare their families, schools, businesses and communities to deal with disasters.

Professor named 'Champion of the Arts'

The Arts Council for Monterey County will honor Dr. Renee Curry at its annual Champions of the Arts gala on Jan. 19.

Jose Hernandez named Hearst Scholar

Cal State Monterey Bay student Jose Hernandez has received the 2012 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

TAT alum rocks the baseball playoffs

The upcoming baseball playoffs will have a Boss soundtrack, thanks to the work of Casey Richards (TAT, ’02).

CSUMB: A clear catalyst for growth

. . . Our campus has room for growth; our location makes us a magnet for students. We are close to a variety of ecosystems for our researchers and students to explore, and in the midst of vibrant communities in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 22, 2012 (op-ed by President Eduardo Ochoa)

Ochoa good fit for next CSUMB president

Eduardo Ochoa . . . his history, his manner and his willingness to re-examine some of the core methodologies of teaching give rise to some real optimism. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 14, 2012

Honoring women's rights

CSU Monterey Bay faculty members will be among the 21 speakers and panelists participating in a women's rights conference Sept. 7-9 at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. – Marina Gazette, Aug. 20, 2012

Prognosis excellent for new medical student

In early August, David Bennion (’12, Bio) took part in the “white coat ceremony” at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan.

National Circus of China comes to CSUMB

Last year, CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater brought Chinese acrobats to the area. This year, it’s the circus. On Sept. 18, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will kick off this year’s Performing Arts series. The company, founded in 1953, introduced the concept of a circus without animals, inspired the pioneers of Cirque du Soleil, and now puts a new spin on some of the greatest circus acts of our time. The whole family will enjoy the feats of balance, juggling, flying and contortion put on by the ensemble of 40 gymnasts, jugglers and dancers who bend and flex their bodies in ways that seem to defy human anatomy. Dazzling costumes and music add to the spectacle.

Visiting artist explores bi-cultural identity

Cultures collide in the work of Julio Cesar Morales, a San Francisco-based conceptual and installation artist, educator and curator who grew up on the border of California and Mexico.

Move-in day kicks off school year

Hundreds of excited students carried, dragged and wheeled their belongings into the residence halls at CSU Monterey Bay on Aug. 24, the first day of the three-day move-in weekend.

Employees honored for service to CSUMB

Liz MacDonald, Dr. Dan Fernandez and Kevin Saunders were honored for their leadership and dedication to the CSU Monterey Bay Vision at the Day of Welcome gathering Aug. 23 in the World Theater. President Eduardo Ochoa welcomed the campus community back for the fall semester, delivered his State of the University address, and then introduced the President’s Medal recipients. Last spring, the university community was invited to make nominations. The nominees represented a cross-section of campus – some have a long history at the university, others joined more recently; some have direct contact with students, others have an operational focus. MacDonald, senior editor in University Communications, was the staff recipient of the President’s Medal. Her colleagues focused on her leadership, her in-depth knowledge of the university, and her ability to explain complex concepts in simple, straightforward language. One of the people who nominated her called MacDonald a “true Internet marketing and communication specialist. The university has never seen the type of leadership and experience she brings to extending the brand of our institution using social media and the web.” MacDonald developed the new on-line course catalog, administers the university’s Facebook and Twitter presence, works with departments across campus to enhance their web presence, and edits the university’s magazine. She has been instrumental in sharing the university news with the widest possible audience. Dr. Fernandez was awarded the faculty medal. He embodies the threefold faculty mission of teaching, research and service. According to the nominating committee, he has taken on leadership roles that can be “lightning rods for a growing campus, and he has responded with grace in effectively facilitating the important changes at issue.” He’s done this while continuing his work as an outstanding and valued teacher in science and environmental policy and has taken a leading role in advocating for campus sustainability. Saunders, vice president for administration and finance, earned the President’s Medal for administrators. His colleagues expressed their appreciation of his efforts to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. “He projects to everyone working under his management that every person is doing as important a job as he is doing.” Dr. Ochoa added that, “His leadership of the University Corporation and in the area of administration and finance has been vital in keeping the university as a whole on a sound financial footing in these difficult economic times.” As part of the program, employee service awards were presented to 76 people who have been with the university for five years; 10-year pins were awarded to 41 staff members; and 34 others were acknowledged for 15 years of service.

A WORLD AWAY

By the time school starts on Aug. 27, approximately 60 international students will have settled in to campus life at CSU Monterey Bay. Some plan to spend a year before returning home; others intend to earn a degree.

Annual film festival transcends borders

The Monterey Bay Film Festival is back for its fifth year and it’s bigger and better than ever.

Haunting direction

Things that go bump in the night don’t seem to faze Joey Blackburn.

Connecting to politics

Hannah Plummer wants to work in a political organization or for an elected official. Washington, D.C., seems like the perfect place for her.

Students, faculty work on Steinbeck Center exhibit

CSU Monterey Bay students and faculty members have played a key role in an exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Algebra Bridge Academy brings kids up to speed

. . . More than 60 students are participating in the Algebra Bridge Academy taught by renowned CSU Monterey Bay math professor Hongde Hu, who has received several national awards for improving math scores of struggling students. – Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 10, 2012

New CSUMB president says university well positioned to become a national leader

From the perspective of Eduardo Ochoa, incoming interim president of CSU Monterey Bay, the small campus has huge potential to become a national leader. The university was established in 1995, a time when measuring "learning outcomes" was becoming the norm in higher education. CSUMB developed the curriculum incorporating a way to measure knowledge acquired, a topic much talked about in higher education these days. – Long Beach Press-Telegram, Aug, 6, 2012

Academics, arts enrich migrant kids

. . . Now in its fourth year, the Junior Otter program – a collaboration among Monterey County's migrant education program, CSU Monterey Bay and theater group El Teatro Campesino – is both remedial and enriching: students who fall behind receive extra academic help, while the arts program gives them a jump on the upcoming school year. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 1, 2012

Honoring women's rights

CSU Monterey Bay faculty members will be among the 21 speakers and panelists participating in a women’s rights conference Sept. 7-9 at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Grad uses theater arts to reach young men

Gilbert Salazar was born to work with young people. He has spent years teaching, guiding and mentoring them in a variety of settings.

Santa Cruz artist connects the bots

Margo Mullen continues to attract attention – and commissions – with her robots.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do Ulysses, art in the adobes and the Chinese economy have in common?

Alumna awarded Fulbright Scholarship

As Elizabeth Romanoff (WLC ’08) nears the end of her time in Washington, D.C., she is busy wrapping up her work with Save the Children, a non-governmental organization that works to improve the lives of children in need. In September, she’ll leave for the Slovak Republic where, through a Fulbright Scholarship, she’ll conduct research related to gender and women’s empowerment. After graduating from CSUMB, she earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in international development management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2011. From there, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she is currently employed as knowledge management and communications coordinator at Save the Children. Why the Slovak Republic? “I studied there as a high school senior,” she said. “It was my first experience living outside the country, and it pushed me to study World Languages and Cultures at CSUMB,” she said.

Putting some energy into saving water

Gone are the days when water could be wasted. And while that applies to the entire region, it’s especially important on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay.

Learn about Master of Social Work program

Anyone interested in the Master of Social Work program at CSU Monterey Bay is invited to attend information sessions scheduled for Sept. 10.

Administrator named to county commission

Caroline Haskell, director of Health and Wellness Services at CSU Monterey Bay, has been named to the Monterey County Mental Health Commission. Fourth District Supervisor Jane Parker appointed Haskell to the position; her term will expire in May 2013. The commission reviews and evaluates the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems. Commissioners act as advocates for local mental health services, a task for which Haskell is well prepared. A staff member at the university since 1996, she is the founding director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center and currently oversees all campus health and wellness services, including the PGCC, the campus chaplaincy, the campus Health Center, Health Promotion and Prevention and the office of Student Disability Resources. She provides counseling and psychological services for students, staff and faculty and is an adjunct faculty member. Haskell earned a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a B.A. in comparative literature from UC Berkeley. She received an advanced graduate certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice from Smith College School for Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and a board certified diplomate with the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. In 2010, Haskell received the Jay Foss Clinical Services Award. The award is given annually to someone who, in the opinion of the commissioners, has provided outstanding mental health services in the local community. The award is named for the late Jay Foss, a former member of the commission.

Summer Arts concludes successful first year at CSUMB

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CSUMB grads working on feature film

Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck are at work on their first feature film.

CSUMB grads begin new film

CSU Monterey Bay graduates Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck began production on their first feature film – Forty Years From Yesterday – this week in King City. Their short film, Charlie and the Rabbit, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. – Monterey Herald, July 27, 2012

CSUMB receives endowment for transfer-student scholarships

CSU Monterey Bay has received $500,000 in scholarship endowment funds from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. The gift is part of the foundation's initiative for California community college students. As part of that initiative, gifts are being made to support scholarships for students who transfer from two-year community colleges to a CSU or UC campus. – The Salinas Californian, July 26, 2012

Keeping an Eye on Crops, From Space

Researchers at CSU Monterey Bay and NASA are testing a new way to use satellite technology to help California farmers decide exactly how much water to use on their crops. It's a tool that could eventually help growers anywhere save on a precious resource. – NPR's California Report, July 17, 2012

New program offers summer research opportunities

Story and photo courtesy of CSU Chancellor's Office

Endowment will provide scholarships for transfer students

California State University, Monterey Bay has received $500,000 in scholarship endowment funds from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. The gift is part of the foundation’s initiative for California community college students, launched in 2008. As part of that initiative, gifts are being made to support scholarships for students who transfer from two-year state community colleges to a CSU or UC campus. Starting in the 2013-14 school year, the endowment will provide CSUMB transfer students with funds they can use for tuition, books or living expenses. CSUMB has received previous donations from the Osher Foundation to fund the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on campus. The foundation has funded a network of lifelong learning institutes across the country to provide innovative learning opportunities to serve the intellectual and cultural needs of older adults.

Olympics concerts are music to her ears

Cal State Monterey Bay didn’t land an athlete at the Olympics, but the university will be represented in another way.

Scientists pioneer drought monitoring system

Droughts are more than simply climate phenomena. They can have profound social, environmental and economic impacts and can also be a major threat to food production throughout the world. Though much progress has been made in monitoring droughts and understanding their causes, there is still a strong need for better forecasting and monitoring. CSU Monterey Bay researchers John Shupe, Vanessa Genovese and Cyrus Hiatt are joining a team of scientists from Arizona State University, in partnership with NASA Ames and a non-profit organization known as Planetary Skin Institute (PSI), to develop a more efficient drought monitoring system. The work is funded by a grant awarded by NASA's Earth Science Applications: Water Resources program. The goal is to provide water managers, irrigation districts, policymakers and scientists with information that will improve drought detection, awareness and decision-making and yield cost savings in areas of food production and hydropower generation. The system uses satellite detection of potential water shortages and an ecological model developed by NASA. This method offers a cheaper alternative to costly gauge and sensor networks.

Sayad invited to make presentation in China

CSU Monterey Bay lecturer Barbara Sayad is about to make her first visit to China, courtesy of a human rights organization. The Aibai Education and Culture Center, a Chinese-based organization that works to educate and advocate on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, has invited Dr. Sayad and her co-author and colleague, Dr. Bill Yarber of Indiana University, to visit the country Aug. 9 through 22. Sayad and Yarber authored the first university textbook on human sexuality to be published in China. After the seventh edition of their book, Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, was published in 2010, the authors were approached by a UCLA professor and Chinese national about the possibility of having it translated into Chinese. Several issues surfaced immediately. Even though China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, no laws bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. The lack of legal protection, plus the great weight of family and social pressures, keeps most Chinese gays solidly in the closet. Because it was known that the government would not approve the book for use in public universities, McGraw-Hill agreed to release the textbook as a trade publication to circumvent censorship issues. The Chinese professors who served as volunteer translators did their work in a way that was culturally sensitive and relevant to the needs and concerns of university students. The book is finally available. And while it won't be sold on campuses, it can be purchased in bookstores and will be promoted among professors via word of mouth. During their visit, the authors will be featured speakers at a national conference on sexuality at a university in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Educators, doctors, school policymakers and government officials are expected to attend their presentation on the status of sexuality education in the United States. Also at the conference, the Chinese-language version of the book will be presented; the authors will talk about its history, philosophy and content. In Beijing, Sayad and Yarber will meet with government officials, university professors and students. But it won’t be all work for Sayad. “Following the presentations and meetings, my husband and I will take a few days to tour the area outside of Beijing,” she said. “My trip to China helps to underscore not only the value of travel and collaboration but the knowledge, experience and resources that we have obtained and can share in this emerging field.

Alumna hits journalism's big time

Christy Khoshaba has hit the big time – journalistically speaking.

Domestic exchange students discover their own country

When students think of education exchange programs, they usually picture faraway and foreign locales.

Three honored as part of Cesar Chavez Challenge

Members of two campus organizations earned a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in recognition of their work during the Cesar Chavez Challenge at CSU Monterey Bay.

ARTISTIC EXPLOSION

Summer Arts – a California State University program – made its debut at CSUMB this month.

Awards and Honors

The International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education presented CSUMB Professor Miguel Lopez its Rahima Wade Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field. He was honored for his award-winning service learning collaboration, Increase the Peace, a summer program that used literature, art and culture to strengthen Latino students' sense of pride and cultural identity. – @aascu, newsletter of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, July 11, 2012

$2.4 million grant will benefit students

It's a happy day for local community college students: Gavilan just got a hefty chunk of free money that will help streamline the process of getting a four-year degree in nursing, computer science or digital media at California State University, Monterey Bay. – Morgan Hill Times, July 10, 2012

Summer Arts brings artistic stardom to CSUMB

For the first time since its inception in 1985, CSU Summer Arts will reside at CSU Monterey Bay, bringing an artistic explosion to Monterey County. On July 2, the first of Summer Arts' five-year residency at CSUMB began. – California State University website, July 2, 2012

CSUMB lauded for 'innovations' in sustainability

UPDATE: Dr. Dan Fernandez has been invited to to make a presentation on CSUMB's innovation credit regarding the Chinatown Renewal Project at AASHE's annual conference in Los Angeles. His presentation is scheduled for the afternoon of Oct. 14.

Campus image earns Photo of the Day honors

A shot of the North Quad student housing complex has won Photo of the Day honors in the Monterey Herald’s CaptureMonterey contest.

Acidification and summer vacation

Not too many undergraduates can say they have been fortunate enough to do research. Even fewer can say they’ve been a part of research going into their junior year. And only one can say he’s been a part of a research project between Moss Landing Marine Labs and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Learning Laboratory

. . . The idea to pair up fledgling teachers with straggling students was born when Roger Dahl, an instructor with the CalState TEACH program at CSU Monterey Bay, suggested it to Highland Principal Tafra Purnsley. – Monterey Herald, June 30, 2012

Artistic Explosion

There's a flood of arts and culture coming to the Peninsula, and its headwaters are building up at CSU Monterey Bay. The California State University system's Summer Arts program is made up of 14 two-week-long workshops taught by luminaries from the worlds of art, music, new media, dance, theater, film, writing and animation. – Monterey County Weekly, June 28, 2012

Biology and Wildlife Education Outdoors

Hands-on learning is effective for students, and schools, particularly elementary schools, are catching on. For example, students at one California school are the newest members of a program set up by CSU Monterey Bay and the Bureau of Land Management known as "The Return of the Natives." Students harvest and nurture seeds at Fort Ord, learning about nature as they do so. – Vermont State Parks e-newsletter, June 26, 2012

Summer math helps struggling students

High school students struggling with algebra are receiving help from CSUMB to boost their math skills and earn a year's worth of math credit this summer. – The Salinas Californian, June 23, 2012

Medlinger signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

CSUMB senior Donny Medlinger signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will report to Salt River Fields near Scottsdale for extended spring training. He becomes the first player to sign a pro contract in head coach Walt White's tenure at CSUMB. – Marina Gazette, June 18, 2012

NASA Satellite Images Will Help Farmers Conserve Water

Researchers at CSU Monterey Bay and NASA are testing a new way to help California farmers decide exactly how much water to use on their crops. It's a tool that could eventually help growers anywhere save on a precious resource. – KAZU (NPR affiliate serving California's Central Coast), June 14, 2012

East of Eden, Golf's Good Fight

In the First Tee program . . . education is emphasized – the kids can't go to the golf course or range until they've completed their homework. Through a partnership with Cal State Monterey Bay, tutors are always on hand. – Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2012

Young scientist says aloha again

A young scientist and college graduate from Salinas has an exciting summer to look forward to as he plans to attend a national conference for a second straight year. Isael Rubio attended a national science conference in Honolulu last year where he presented his work in plant pathology to a gathering of renowned scientists. – The Salinas Californian, June 9, 2012

Student-athletes shine in the classroom

Led by members of the women’s soccer team, seven CSUMB squads produced team grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher for the spring semester.

REI continues to support university

For the fifth straight year, CSU Monterey Bay has received a grant from the outdoor recreation retailer REI for the university’s Return of the Natives (RON) project.

Math major earns prestigious fellowship

Another math major has earned recognition for his outstanding work in the classroom – the third student honored in the last few months.

Alumni Spotlight: Heather Hoskins

Heather Hoskins (HCom ’05) turned her experiences as a student journalist into a career.

Alumna helps with Prop 8 play in Salinas

It won't star George Clooney as a recent Los Angeles performance did, but Dustin Lance Black's play chronicling the trial challenging Proposition 8 will be performed at Hartnell College in Salinas, one of dozens of campuses that will present it this year.

Professor honored for contributions to service learning

Dr. Miguel Lopez has been honored for the significant contributions he has made in service learning at CSU Monterey Bay, in the local community and beyond.

CSUMB's emergency manager adds another credential

Dick Bower, CSUMB’s emergency manager, has earned another credential to add to his considerable resume.

Student government president attends leadership seminar

Duane Lindsay, CSU Monterey Bay’s student body president, attended the 13th annual Student Leadership Seminar at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The program was held June 17-23 on the CSUMB campus.

Math Academy gives students a second chance

Reports frequently place U.S. students well below their international peers in math knowledge and performance.

Dr. Lindholm goes to Washington

Representatives from CSU’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) met with elected officials to discuss contributions that the CSU has made to marine science during Capitol Hill’s Ocean Week 2012 in Washington, D.C., in early June.

Students try their hand at balancing state budget

When it comes to spending state taxpayer dollars, many people think they can do better than the politicians elected to do the job. Students in Mary Jo Zenk’s Introduction to Nonprofit and Public Administration class got a chance to find out. During the spring semester, she invited a representative of Next 10, a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization based in San Francisco, to lead her class through an exercise involving budget priorities, called the California Budget Challenge. 

CSUMB featured in book on undergraduate research

Whether at a field site or in a lab, the chance to conduct research is a game-changer when it comes to earning a degree. Staff members of CSU Monterey Bay’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center – or UROC – believe that passionately, and work to offer all students that chance.

Gilman Scholars go global

Studying abroad can bring a variety of benefits: immersion in a new culture; the opportunity to master another language; and an enriching academic experience with career benefits. But it can also bring hefty expenses.

CSUMB grad honored by Salinas City Council

Recent graduate Isael Rubio and Dr. Carolee Bull, his mentor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research station in Salinas, were honored by the Salinas City Council on June 12.

Upward Bound program continues to soar

CSU Monterey Bay’s Upward Bound program will continue to soar for at least five more years – and better than ever.

CSUMB's 'STAR' interns with NASA

Kim Margosian landed an unusual internship for an aspiring teacher.

CSUMB incoming interim president Dr. Eduardo Ochoa speaks

. . . Some of the things he says he admires about CSU Monterey Bay include its marine biology department, its innovation and interdisciplinary approach, fidelity to sustainability, community outreach, and global and international "synergies," which touched on another topic central to California and Ochoa: diversity.  – Monterey County Weekly, May 29, 2012

Nombran a nuevo rector interino de CSUMB

El Doctor Eduardo M. Ochoa nativo de Argentina ha sido nombrado como el nuevo rector interno de CSUMB. Este cargo lo tomará a partir del 16 de Julio. – KSMS-67, May 29, 2012

Eduardo Ochoa to be interim president of CSUMB

Eduardo M. Ochoa, the assistant secretary for postsecondary education, who has served in the Obama administration since 2010, will be taking the position of interim president at California State University, Monterey Bay. Before working at the Department of Education, Mr. Ochoa served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Sonoma State University. – The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2012

Students in forefront

. . . President Dianne Harrison will officially end her tenure at CSUMB on June 10, when she takes over the presidency of CSU Northridge, the largest school in the California State University system. . . . "We're all committed and passionate to make sure in this very difficult time that we keep the quality of student education front and center . . ." Dr. Harrison said. – Monterey Herald, May 24, 2012 

CSUMB recognized for sustainability efforts

The 2012 edition of The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges has named CSU Monterey Bay as one of the most eco-friendly in the U.S. and Canada – and the guide didn't even mention the LEED-certified library, the highlight of the campus. The guide rates the "greenness" of colleges based on their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career prep. – Monterey County Weekly, May 24, 2012

Optimism, realism at CSUMB

On the same day renowned economist Alice Rivlin delivered a commencement speech that blended optimism and bleak realism, graduates of CSU Monterey Bay mostly exuded confidence that their educations will help them succeed as freshly minted members of the nation's workforce. – Monterey Herald, May 20, 2012

CSUMB grad films life in juvie

Christopher Sakamoto's film about teenagers in juvenile hall won him an award, but more importantly it gave him an insight about what a fraction of his hometown's youth go through every day. . . Today, Sakamoto joins 1,120 graduates at the 16th commencement ceremony at CSU Monterey Bay. – The Salinas Californian, May 19, 2012

Tomorrow's science illustrators step up to the plate

Science illustration began in a time when drawing was the only way to record the anatomy of a bird or the life stages of a flower. Is illustration still useful today, when it seems every cell phone has a camera with zoom, auto-focus and image stabilization? The science illustration program at CSUMB gives a resounding "yes," and the success of its graduates lends credence to that answer. – KQED.org, May 15, 2012

CSUMB reading center helps kids keep pace

. . . At the Reading Center on the edge of the CSUMB campus, students receive a free assessment in which the center's reading specialist determines what kind of assistance the child needs. His or her needs will determine what kind of program that tutors will use. – Monterey Herald, May 12, 2012

CSUMB student wins film award

Joseph Blackburn won the 2012 Monterey County Film Commission's film student scholarship award. He will use the $2,000 award to cover production costs for his senior project, a black-and-white horror film. – Monterey Herald, May 11, 2012

CSUMB's Reinhardt named Regional Player of Year

Cori Reinhardt was named the NCAA Division II Regional Player of the Year in softball. The CSUMB freshman pitcher/second baseman was joined on the first team by outfielder Jamie Moon and first baseman Nina Villanueva. – Monterey Herald, May 10, 2012

Campus aims for zero waste when students leave campus

Some CSUMB students were surprised at what they saw discarded during last year's spring rush to clean out dorm rooms and move off campus for the summer. . . With that in mind, Max Lorenz, the student recycling coordinator, organized the university's zero waste move-out program. Three sorting stations were set up near the residence halls. – Waste Management World, May 9, 2012

CSUMB helping local businesses

"Businesses are the laboratory for our students and their capstone projects are their last opportunity to work in real-time business environments before beginning their careers," said Dr. Marylou Shockley, chair of the School of Business. – Monterey Herald, May 8, 2012

CSUMB welcomes sophisticated Summer Arts program

. . . The Summer Arts program, which moves to CSUMB after a 13-year stint at Fresno State, brings in renowned, world-class artists, actors, musicians, filmmakers, writers and dancers, who will conduct intensive two-week workshops in their respective fields. – Carmel Magazine, spring/summer 2012

Personal coach helps freshman stay in school

The odds were stacked against Selene Mendez when she enrolled at CSU Monterey Bay in 2010. . . Mendez participated in a program that helps freshmen stay focused on their studies. Once a week throughout her first year at CSUMB, she spoke with a coach . . . "I was excited that there was someone who actually took the time to help me out and make sure I succeed," said Mendez. – Bloomberg Businessweek, April 19, 2012

Grad is passionate about communicating science

Jane Kim’s artwork turns up in unusual places.

New book traces history of batá drumming

Dr. Umi Vaughan, assistant professor of Africana Studies in CSUMB’s Division of Humanities and Communication, has co-authored a book with Carlos Aldama. In it, the master and student trace the history of batá drumming from Arica to Cuba to the United States.

Carmel Short Cinema Festival set for June 10

The Carmel Short Cinema Festival returns on June 10, sponsored by the Forest Theater Guild and CSUMB’s Monterey Bay Film Society.

President Harrison reflects on six-year tenure

During President Dianne Harrison’s final days at California State University, Monterey Bay, she is packing boxes, reviewing tenure and promotion files, doing a final round of media interviews, and attending the usual meetings and conferences that fill a president’s calendar. Some of those events, however, have taken on a different tone as her time on campus winds down. For example, at a farewell reception held by the College of Professional Studies, she said, “I was teary-eyed. I was so touched by their gratitude and their comments.” Harrison will take over the presidency of California State University Northridge on June 11. CSUN has an enrollment of nearly 36,000 students and employs more than 4,000 faculty and staff. It is located on a 356-acre campus in the San Fernando Valley. She said the presidency of CSUN represents an excellent professional opportunity, leading a larger campus with a greater range of programs. Still, she makes the move with mixed emotions. “I’m certainly not going for the freeways,” she said. “I will miss the lovely neighborhood of Monterey County and the good colleagues on our campus who work so hard for the students.” In looking back over her six-year tenure at CSU Monterey Bay, she said she is proudest of that renewed emphasis on student success. “Building a campus culture where students are front and center has been a huge point of progress,” Harrison said. She said that more transparent graduation requirements and improvements in advising and student services have been critical in that effort. Statistics point to a number of areas of progress during Harrison’s administration. CSUMB enrollment has increased from 3,818 in the fall 2006 to 5,173 in fall 2011. Measures of retention have improved and the university has increased its academic offerings from 15 undergraduate and six graduate majors in 2006 to 22 undergraduate majors and eight graduate majors today. Grant and contract revenue has risen from $8.3 million in 2006 to $14.06 million in 2011. During Harrison’s presidency, CSUMB adopted a new 10-year strategic plan; was designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution; had its accreditation reaffirmed through 2019; and received the largest grant in its history, $32 million to study climate change. Harrison has also earned a reputation as a strong supporter of Otter athletic programs. During her tenure, the university was approved for full NCAA Division II membership, improved a number of its athletic facilities and won its first Division II national championship, in men’s golf, in 2011. Even with that progress on a number of fronts, Harrison said the campus could have moved ahead more quickly if it had not faced such a difficult economic environment. State support for the CSU has been cut by almost $1 billion or 35 percent over the past 18 months. Student tuition fee increases cover only half of these cuts. She said those cuts post “a different kind of challenge for a newer campus. You don’t want to lose your momentum. “The new leader will have to maintain the focus on improving retention and graduation rates. They will have to focus on financial aid for students. And, in this environment, that means looking for additional resources,” Harrison said. “A huge part of my responsibility (as president) is to be sure we have additional resources and fundraising is a huge part of that.” She said the new president will have to be very visible, as he or she tries to build even closer ties with the surrounding communities. “You just have to keep at it. That’s always a work in progress; that can never stop,” she said. “It is a matter of reminding this region that we are their asset and we need their support.” When asked about disappointments during her presidency, she focused on the shortage of resources that has pushed back construction of a new School of Business and Information Technology building and has delayed the removal of many former military buildings that remain on campus. She doesn’t see any simple answer to the problems that have resulted from state funding cutbacks for the CSU. However, she knows that, in her new job at CSUN, and for her successor at CSUMB, the search for innovative solutions will continue. “Trying to do business in the same old way is not going to be successful, because it is not a time for business as usual,” she said.  

Faculty members granted tenure

President Dianne Harrison has announced that seven faculty members at California State University, Monterey Bay, have been granted tenure.

Campus closed for Memorial Day

California State University, Monterey Bay will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. 

Summer brings variety of youth sports camps

School years are winding down across the Monterey Bay area. That means the summer sports camp season is starting up on the Cal State Monterey Bay campus.

Thousands celebrate commencement at CSUMB

On a warm, sunny morning, Dr. Alice Rivlin urged the graduates of California State University, Monterey Bay to help end the partisan gridlock that is paralyzing the nation's political system.

Documentary tells stories of female veterans' courage, challenges

Alexis wants to get off painkillers. Mariette jumps at loud noises. BriGette won't leave her home. Lashonna does not have one. Sue and Alicia served together and survived an IED explosion. A new documentary, “SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home” by Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter, follows these women over a two-year period as they struggle to make the transition from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan to civilian life.

Commencement remarks by Alice Rivlin

Here is the text of remarks delivered by keynote speaker Dr. Alice Rivlin at CSU Monterey Bay's commencement on May 19, 2012. Dr. Rivlin is a member of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Pinnacles wins energy conservation contest

During April, CSU Monterey Bay residents showed that small changes can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy.

Drop that cheeseburger!

If you're thinking of having a burger for lunch at CSU Monterey Bay – and it's a Monday – you might want to reconsider that choice.

CSUMB student wins film scholarship

Joey Blackburn is this year’s recipient of the Monterey County Film Commission’s student scholarship.

Summer Arts comes to CSUMB

Sword fights, improvisational comedy, animation, hip-hop: Summer school was never this much fun.

Campus aims for zero waste at student move-out

Some CSU Monterey Bay students were surprised at what they saw discarded during last year’s spring rush to clean out dorm rooms and move off campus for the summer.

Grad student's research takes CSU honor

Reseach by a CSU Monterey Bay graduate student may prove helpful to managers of former Fort Ord lands. The work took a top honor for Bart Kowalski at the California State University Student Research Competition May 4 and 5 in Long Beach. More than 250 students from 21 CSU campuses were selected by their universities to enter the annual competition, which showcases excellence in scholarly research and creative activity. Kowalski’s research project took first place in the graduate student category of biological and agricultural sciences. The project involved determining the distribution of mammals such as coyotes, raccoons, striped skunks, bobcats and grey foxes that live on former Fort Ord lands. The research was done for his master’s thesis in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy under the direction of Dr. Fred Watson. Kowalski’s study will provide land managers with information on the factors that impact the distribution of these mammals. “We've found a varied response by these animals to road/trail density and distance to urban edge, which means significant changes in these variables could disproportionally affect certain species,” Kowalski said.

'River in Ruin' author lectures on May 10

“The Carmel River presents a remarkable test case for a messed-up river. Almost everything that can go wrong with a river system through human activity has happened," said hydrologist (and former CSU Monterey Bay faculty member) Robert Curry in 1981.

Reading Center celebrates fifth anniversary

To coincide with National Children’s Book Week and Exceptional Children's Week, CSU Monterey Bay will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction on May 10.

New student government officers inaugurated

The gavel has been passed. Duane Lindsay was sworn in as the 2012-13 Associated Students president on April 30, along with 12 other newly elected student government officers. CSU Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison administered the oath of office at a luncheon in the Alumni and Visitors Center attended by administrators, faculty and staff members and students. Dr. Harrison reminded the officers that they are the official voice of the students. “You have a tremendous responsibility,” she said. “Your work is hard. Students don’t agree, but as a representative, you have to reach out and get the pulse of the students you represent.” She went on to remind them that a large part of their job is to get other students involved. The new slate of officers has already made a start on that. They helped motivate 33 percent of students to cast votes – the second highest turnout among the 23-campus California State University system. Lindsay wasted no time laying out his agenda for the coming year. Among his goals: continue to improve campus spirit; complete a five-year plan for AS; work on retention and recruitment of student leadership; and help with implementation of the Otter Model, the new general education curriculum that will be implemented in the fall. Outgoing president Caliah Hill, a Human Communication major who will graduate in May, presented certificates of appreciation to the officers whose terms are ending, and announced three new awards: • Outstanding AS officer of the year, presented to Dalton Tucker • AS advocate of the year, presented to Travis Nelson • Outstanding chair of a committee or board, presented to Tawni Luczo “This has been a tremendous year,” Hill said. “We had peaks and valleys, but we found a way to come together and make progress for our campus. We faced all the challenges as a team.” Three “Golden Otters” – people who “stepped up to help us,” Hill said, were recognized: Tim Bills, director of student activities and leadership development; Dr. Christine Erickson, dean of students; and Andy Klingelhoefer, judicial affairs officer. Next year's officers: • President: Duane Lindsay • Vice President: Olivia Carnahan? • Chief Financial Officer: Ana Angeles? • Chief Communications Officer: Michelle Ferrari • Programming Chair: Jose Villalba • Cultural Enrichment Senator: Margaret Chou • Senators at Large: James Pickerrel, Purvi Shah • Chief Legislative Officer: Adam Napoletano? • College of University Studies and Programs: Kendra Haugh • College of Science, Media Arts and Technology Senator: R.J. Basram • Environmental Senator: Colleen Courtney • Athletics Senator: Courtney Ranger Photo (left to right): Incoming AS Vice President Olivia Carnahan, CSUMB President Dianne Harrison, incoming AS President Duane Lindsay

CSUMB showcases Business School on May 1

Teaching students isn’t the only goal of the School of Business at CSU Monterey Bay.

Campus celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Month

The community is invited to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at CSU Monterey Bay, where a variety of events have been scheduled.

Campus committee to develop Climate Action Plan

A newly reformed committee at CSU Monterey Bay is continuing to develop a Climate Action Plan that will eventually result in achieving the goal of zero carbon emissions.

Poetry of CSUMB professor pulled from Tucson classrooms

If your book is going to be removed from classrooms, being in the company of internationally acclaimed authors such as Martin Espada, James Baldwin and Sandra Cisneros is a good thing. That's how poet Diana Garcia, a professor of English at CSU Monterey Bay, feels about having her book, "When Living Was a Labor Camp," among 80 others now pulled from the classrooms of Tucson Unified School District in Arizona. – San Jose Mercury News, April 16, 2012

Art in the Service of Science

. . . While there are quite a few medical and botanical illustration programs, the Science Illustration program at CSU Monterey Bay is one of just a handful that focuses on illustrating general science. – Society of Women Engineers magazine, Spring 2012

Otter softball playoff bound

. . . Not only did the Otters clinch a California Collegiate Athletic Association playoff spot with their seventh straight victory, they also set the school record for wins in a season with 37. – The Salinas Californian, April 16, 2012

Estudiante recibe super-beca

Isael Rubio estudiante de la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey recibo una super beca por parte de la Fundacion de las Ciencias. – KSMS-67, April 13, 2012

All the goings on at CSUMB ? and student scholars

There's film, there's theater, there's provocative speakers, there's just so much going on at CSUMB. In between all the events, students do have time to do research. Five student projects will represent the university at the 26th annual CSU Student Research Competition at Long Beach State May 4 and 5. – Monterey Herald, April 11, 2012

CSUMB coach Walt White has Otters thinking playoffs

. . . Changing the culture of the CSU Monterey Bay baseball program for second-year coach Walter White meant erasing the past and providing a direction for the future that players would buy into. – Monterey Herald, April 7, 2012

Students honored for academic excellence

A capacity crowd filled the University Center ballroom on April 20 for CSUMB’s eighth Honors Convocation. The annual celebration recognizes undergraduate students for their distinguished academic achievements.

Teacher-to-be adds up $100K in stipends

Christina Depweg sees the world as a series of logic puzzles to be solved.

SUNDANCE KID

The Monterey Bay Film Society will show the 2011 Sundance-screened feature film, “Prairie Love,” on May 3 at Monterey’s Osio Theater.

Sketching out a career in science

A coloring book is helping children in New Zealand learn about that country’s marine environment, thanks to the work of a graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s Science Illustration program.

Auditions set for fall production

Members of the public are invited to audition for CSU Monterey Bay’s production of a new play, The Fisherman Ming Cho Yee and the Princess Under the Sea, written by Professor Will Shephard.

Math, technology career expo April 27

CSU Monterey Bay is looking for local professionals to help at a career expo on April 27.

Students in CSU-wide research competition

Outstanding research by CSU Monterey Bay students on topics ranging from juvenile offenders to the distribution of mammals on former Fort Ord land will be presented at a system-wide competition next month.

Keepin' it Reel

CSU Monterey Bay is set to host three events as part of the 11th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival.

Apply now for fall 2012 MSW program

Now is the time for prospective students to apply for the fall 2012 class of CSUMB's Master of Social Work program.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Following on the heels of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” CSU Monterey Bay students continue their campaign to end sexual violence against women with two performances of “The MENding Monologues.”

Earth Day celebrated with week's worth of activities

Earth Day is really Earth Week at CSU Monterey Bay.

University partners with local colleges on BSN degree

To help meet a growing demand for bachelor’s-prepared nurses, CSU Monterey Bay has added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, and the first class of students will start this summer.

Science work pays off big

Four undergraduate students at CSU Monterey Bay learned Friday they are among a select group of nationwide applicants chosen to receive prestigious and lucrative pre-doctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. – Monterey Herald, March 31, 2012

Enrollment, majors increased during Harrison's tenure

When Dianne Harrison arrived at CSU Monterey Bay, the university was struggling to meet its recruitment goals and retention was problematic. Soon, she laid out plans to remedy both situations. Now, as Harrison waves goodbye to the Central Coast after six years, she looks at changes made in enrollment and includes them among her most important achievements. – Monterey Herald, March 23, 2012

CSUMB president takes post at SoCal campus

The president of California State University, Monterey Bay, has been named the new chief of another campus in the system, the CSU Board of Trustees announced Thursday. President Dianne Harrison will be the new president at CSU Northridge starting in June. – The Salinas Californian, March 23, 2012

CSUMB earns $32M NASA grant

Next time there's a wildfire in California, consider the airplane mapping its perimeter could be part of a research project by CSU Monterey Bay scientists. The university was awarded a 10-year, $32 million NASA grant, the largest in the university's history, to continue research under way which includes wildfire monitoring, agricultural water management, flood forecasting and crop yield predictions. – Monterey Herald, March 16, 2012

App camp starts at CSUMB

It's a catchphrase that business owners want to hear potential customers say about their own enterprises – "There's a an app for that." The "Ideas of March" – a 54-hour mobile app development camp and competition – kicks off Thursday at CSUMB, fueling hungry students and software developers with wish lists for mobile apps from the business community. – Monterey Herald, March 15, 2012

Pastor serves college students

Chaplain Clark Brown co-hosts a weekly drop-in conversation opportunity, called Chaplain Cafe, with Father Jon Perez, the Episcopal chaplain at CSUMB. They put a welcoming sign on a table at a coffee shop on campus; sometimes faculty members stop by and ask them to be guest speakers in their classes. More often students come to discuss problems in their lives: spiritual issues, financial pressures, relationship difficulties, family strife. – Morgan Hill Times, March 14, 2012

Valuable health resource

. . . new master's in social work program at CSU Monterey Bay, which will graduate its first class in 2013. The master's program is the only accredited social work program on the Central Coast. Nearly 60 students are on track to obtain MSW degrees, including 52 from the tri-county area. Many students plan to return to the communities in which they grew up. – Monterey Herald, March 11, 2012

Four undergraduates win prestigious fellowships

As they wrap up impressive undergraduate careers and receive their degrees on May 19, four science students are looking ahead with lofty goals of what they want to accomplish.

Diving into the subject

Divers from CSU Monterey Bay are helping the local marine environment while logging time toward their certification as scientific divers.

Nationally known economist Alice Rivlin to deliver commencement address

Dr. Alice Rivlin, a member of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will deliver the keynote address at CSU Monterey Bay’s commencement ceremony on May 19.

Garden project takes root

Tomatoes, carrots, squash and other vegetables are sprouting on college campuses across the country – ready for harvesting as part of a student movement to promote organic, sustainable gardening, environmental awareness and healthy eating.

Gallery exhibit explores apocalyptic beliefs

Sincerely, 2012, a show by students in the Visual and Public Art Department, is on display in the Balfour/Brutzman Gallery on campus.

Digital Big Brothers are tracking us ? is it ethical?

Every time we click on a website, pay for something with a credit card or drive across a toll bridge using FastTrak, we leave a digital trail. Who’s paying attention to that trail? It's not just Big Brother Government; it's also Big Brother Google, Big Brother Target and Big Brother Facebook. It's called data mining and it happens because our digital data is valuable, especially when it's viewed demographically.

Student app developers impress at 'Ideas of March'

More than 40 computer science and business students from CSU Monterey Bay, Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College and the Monterey Institute for International Studies were joined by local software professionals for the "Ideas of March," a marathon Android app development competition March 15-17 at CSUMB.

Dr. Harrison appointed president of CSU Northridge

The California State University Board of Trustees today named Dianne F. Harrison, president of California State University, Monterey Bay, as president of California State University, Northridge. Dr. Harrison has been CSUMB president since 2006.

Scientist receives California Sea Grant funding

Dr. Corey Garza of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy has received funding from the University of Southern California Sea Grant program as part of its urban ocean project. CSUMB is one of six California universities selected to take part in a research program aimed at making the state’s urban coastline more sustainable. “In urban regions with large populations living adjacent to our coasts, the challenge is to understand the problems and help to create approaches to sustain and improve the health of coastal ecosystems," said Sea Grant director Linda Duguay. All of the applications for funding were reviewed by outside experts for scientific merit and relevance to current marine issues – such as fish contamination, habitat diversity, urban runoff and the role of ocean water toxicity. The project led by CSUMB marine ecologist Garza will take a closer look at the importance of intertidal areas for lobsters and sheephead fish. The two species use these areas to eat and reproduce, but fishing and human disturbance have impacted the important role the intertidal  play in their lifecycles. Dr. Garza plans to compare an intertidal area in unprotected urban water with a marine-protected area, where fishing is prohibited. “The study will compare a protected with an unprotected intertidal area, looking at factors like the species’ reproductive conditions,” Dr. Garza said. “The differences will help us gauge the communities’ importance to the animals.” Dr. Garza, who received $39,000 for the study and an additional $25,000 to fund a graduate student researcher, will initiate the research in June. He said he hopes this investigation will help to integrate intertidal habitats into the design of marine protected areas so these key economic species can maintain sustainable populations. “This habitat is critical to these species, but the species are also an important part of the coastal ecosystems,” he said. “The study will provide more evidence to support their conservation efforts.”

'Culture of service' honors Cesar Chavez

CSU Monterey Bay will be closed on March 30 in honor of Cesar Chavez.  Chavez led the non-violent movement for farm workers’ rights, a movement that extended beyond the fields and into cities and towns across the nation, and helped found the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Even with campus closed, the university community is still in action. On that day, and during the following weeks, many faculty, staff and students dedicate their time to both service and learning. ??March 30 will mark the start of CSUMB’s second annual Cesar Chavez Challenge, a 36-day community service drive – it ends on Cinco de Mayo – coordinated by the Purposeful Service Opportunities program. PSO is a joint project of the AmeriCorps VIP program and the Service Learning Institute. The theme for this year’s challenge is “Creating a Culture of Service,” and involves a friendly competition among student clubs, Greek organizations, athletic teams and residence halls to document 3,600 hours of service.

Another national honor for Service Learning program

CSU Monterey Bay was a finalist for the Presidential Award as part of the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

Artist explores politics of exile on April 5

Iranian-born visual artist Taraneh Hemami has two homes – and she also has none. When Hemami came to the United States in 1978 to attend the University of Oregon, she planned to return home after she finished school. Within a year, however, the Iranian Revolution had changed her homeland forever and prevented her from returning for more than a decade.

CSUMB awarded $32 million grant to study climate change

CSU Monterey Bay will use the largest grant it's ever received to study how climate change impacts ecosystem processes, and develop products to help agricultural producers and land managers deal with a changing environment. – Monterey County Weekly, March 10, 2012

Otters Advance in CCAA

March Madness arrived a bit early for the CSU Monterey Bay women's basketball team. In their California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament opener and final home game of the season, the No. 2-seeded Otters held off No. 7 Cal State East Bay inside a raucous Kelp Bed. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 29, 2012

CSU Exploring the Unexplored

CSU Monterey Bay professor and seafloor mapping expert Rikk Kvitek was part of a public-private-academic partnership that helped California map all the state's waters from the shoreline to the three-mile state limit. The project . . . made California the first state to map the territorial sea. – CSU website, Feb. 23, 2012

Squid disco

Submarines and submersibles provide their operators with some capacity to interact with the outside world. However, you run into problems when scientists want to add a new outside tool that they can operate while safely inside. The students of CSUMB professor Steve Moore's robotics class came up with a solution, and in so doing created "Squid Disco." – Science and the CSU blog, Feb. 17, 2012

What strange lifeforms lurk off Orange County shores

Hundreds of feet beneath the ocean, but not far off the Laguna Beach coast, deep-water rockfish take shelter from the dark in the arms of a sea star. They're among thousands of images captured with the help of a robotic submarine as part of a survey of sea life up and down the California coast. James Lindholm, a fish ecologist and professor at CSU Monterey Bay, is leading the survey. – Orange County Register, Feb. 13, 2012

Otter water polo making a splash

On a sunny Saturday in Seaside, the Cal State Monterey Bay women's water polo team made history with a 10-4 victory over Division I rival Santa Clara. It was the Otters' first in a rivalry that dates to program's inception in 2005. – The Salinas Californian, Feb. 6, 2012

Dolores Huerta to lecture at CSUMB March 14

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Dolores Huerta will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on March 14. The public is invited to this free event, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the World Theater.

CSUMB shares in 10-year grant from NASA

CSU Monterey Bay has been awarded a 10-year, $32 million NASA grant to continue research which includes wildfire monitoring, agricultural water management, flood forecasting and crop yield predictions.

Otter Realm honored at national convention

The Otter Realm, CSU Monterey Bay’s student newspaper, was honored at the National College Journalism Convention held recently in Seattle.

Dr. Ilene Feinman appointed dean of CAHSS

California State University, Monterey Bay Provost Kathy Cruz-Uribe has announced the appointment of Dr. Ilene Feinman to the position of dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

New perspective for White House intern

Steven Avila’s passion for politics and government took him to Washington, D.C., in 2010.

Environmentalist Winona LaDuke pushes for change

The public is invited to join CSU Monterey Bay on March 6 for an evening with Winona LaDuke, an activist, writer and voice for American Indian economic and environmental concerns.

Calling all teen filmmakers

Young filmmakers eager to see their work on a screen bigger than YouTube will get the opportunity this fall, when CSU Monterey Bay holds its fourth annual Teen Film Festival.

Learn about development on former Fort Ord property

An update on the status of projects surrounding the campus will be held on March 28 in the Student Center’s west lounge. Members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Artist addresses the present via the past

Conceptual artist Michael Arcega likens the titles of his works to punch lines. There?s El Conquistadork, a 10?foot high Spanish galleon he made from manila folders, and Conquistadorks I & II, elaborate suits of armor also crafted with manila folders.

Come on down to the Old West

Fans of the American West will take a step back in time and enjoy an authentic Old West experience on Feb. 29 when the World Theater Performing Arts Series presents “Don’t Fence Me In” at CSU Monterey Bay. The evening will feature five great acts in the newly renovated University Center.

CSUMB new home to Summer Arts program

CSU Summer Arts says goodbye to Fresno and director Jim Spalding

Photographer of MLK visits campus Feb. 28

CSU Monterey Bay’s celebration of Black History Month continues on Feb. 28 with “My Eyes Have Seen: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Civil Rights Movement,” a presentation by photojournalist Bob Fitch.

PITCH BATTLES

Machine Project, a Los Angeles-based arts organization, will visit CSU Monterey Bay for two public events Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15 and 16, sponsored by the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department and the Monterey Bay Film Society.

Feb. 13 forum explores start-up funding

A panel of experts will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Feb. 13 to give a presentation on funding for startups. The public is invited to attend.

March 1 seminar on intellectual property

On March 1, the Small Business Development Center at CSU Monterey Bay and several other organzations will present a free seminar on intellectual property protection. The seminar will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marina library, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina.

CSUMB competes in recycling rivalry

CSU Monterey Bay is among more than 600 colleges and universities that kicked off participation in RecycleMania on Feb. 12 to see who rules at recycling.

President Harrison preaches college message

CSUMB reaches out to African American community  Each February, Super Sunday sends California State University officials including Chancellor Charles B. Reed, trustees, and campus presidents to African American churches throughout California — where they preach the power of college preparation.

Student designs logo for fundraising event

As publicity kicks in for the annual Together with Love 10K race, cheerful images focusing on a bright red heart are popping up around the local area.

Accounting students earn scholarships

Three CSU Monterey Bay business students have been awarded scholarships by the San Jose-Silicon Valley Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). The awards were presented Jan. 25 at the organization's Honorees Night in San Jose.

Public Enemy's Chuck D visits CSUMB, remains vigilant

Chuck D's rap group Public Enemy, celebrating its 25th year with a new album and world tour, was once feared for its angry political messages. They've since been named one of the 50 greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone . . . He comes to CSUMB on Feb. 7 to kick off the school's Black History Month events. – Monterey County Weekly, Feb. 2, 2012

Oscar-nominated animator draws audience at CSUMB

Whether detailing a family history of mental problems or untangling a bloody mess of post-surgery stitching, filmmaker Don Hertzfeld has a remarkable knack for turning stick figures into empathetic characters. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 31, 2012

Otters eager for baseball opener

CSU Monterey Bay baseball coach Walt White is looking forward to the 2012 season with good reason. He and his players are about to see if their hard work of 2011 can fuel a great year in 2012. – The Salinas Californian, Jan. 30, 2012

Cal State Monterey Bay Virtualizes Academic, Research Data

CSU Monterey Bay is expanding its use of virtualized storage to provide 24-hour access to academic and research data for students and faculty. – Campus Technology, Jan. 25, 2012

CSUMB's international connections

Each year, hundreds of CSU students study abroad. Some debate international politics in Germany, some savor gelato in Italy, some learn about architecture – and enjoy the beaches of South Africa. This year, Guadalupe Arias is one of 81 CSU Monterey Bay students studying in 26 countries. The senior humanities major from Sacramento is spending the year at the Universidad de Granada in southern Spain.

Museum director kicks off visiting artist series

Nina Simon – called a “visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine – wants people to be excited about museums.

Have a heart for students on Feb. 25

Local TV personality Hunter Finnell will help auction off dozens of items – including tickets to the Panetta Lecture Series, the Los Angeles and Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festivals, jewelry from Tiffany, lavish dinners and lots of wine – at the 14th annual Have a Heart for Students dinner and auction at California State University, Monterey Bay on Feb. 25. The goal is to raise money for student scholarships, a need that is more urgent than ever because of the financial crunch many families are experiencing. Dozens of faculty and staff volunteers take on the roles of waiters and wine stewards, all in an effort to raise money to help the 65 percent of CSUMB students who receive some form of financial aid. This year’s planning committee is co-chaired by Leslie Taylor and Shahin Anable. “Efforts like this are really community events,” Anable said. “They’re about our future – wherever we live.” Live and silent auctions will highlight the event, which will be held in the ballroom of the University Center on Sixth Avenue. A reception and silent auction will get under way at 5 p.m. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.

'Bordertown' producer to speak at CSUMB

The President’s Speaker Series at CSU Monterey Bay resumes on Feb. 22 when documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Barbara Martinez Jitner visits campus. Her topic: “Femicide at our Border: To be a Woman in Juarez is a Death Sentence.”

Political satirist visits campus March 8

The World Theater gets in the spirit of the political season when it hosts comedian Will Durst on March 8.

Service learning sets career path for alumna

Service learning experiences at CSU Monterey Bay ended up setting a direction in life for Lauren Goodwin.

Starbucks draws big crowds

A steady stream of customers lined up for lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and just plain coffee when Starbucks opened in the Student Center on Jan. 23. The newly redesigned space provides a comfortable place to gather, and offers the standard Starbucks beverage lineup and some food. Besides the traditional café seating, there’s a computer bar, and tables and chairs on a newly constructed patio. Meal plans are accepted as payment, along with OtterBucks, credit/debit cards and Starbucks gift cards.

Alumna interns at White House

CSU Monterey Bay alumna Zoe Carter knew an internship in the nation's capital was a long shot, but she applied anyway.

Jazz montage commemorates Black History Month

Langston Hughes died nearly 45 years ago, but the words of the American poet, social activist, novelist and playwright still resonate.

Rapper Chuck D visits CSUMB Feb. 7

Chuck D, one of the founders of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, will speak at CSU Monterey Bay on Feb. 7 as part of the university’s Black History Month celebration.

Professor recognized as Champion of the Arts

. . . Enid Baxter Blader has helped shape CSU Monterey Bay's Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department into a well-respected and unique environment for students. Her partnerships with community outreach organizations have also brought filmmaking workshops to community youth. Using her industry connections, she has hosted several respected and cutting-edge filmmakers on campus, raising the university's profile as a serious film school. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 20, 2012

CSUMB grad thrilled to get White House internship

Zoë Carter of Los Olivos expected hard work and long hours as an intern at the White House, and that’s what she got. Despite the time commitment of the unpaid position, the 2010 CSU Monterey Bay graduate said her four-month-long stint at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the best and most exhausting thing she’s ever done.  – Santa Ynez Valley News, Jan. 19, 2012 

CSUMB website earns recognition

CSU Monterey Bay’s website has earned even more recognition in the world of higher education web design.

Animator Don Hertzfeldt visits CSUMB Jan. 30

Stick figures have never looked as good as they do in Don Hertzfeldt’s films.

Understanding cultures, encouraging communities

Oscar Hernandez wants to help at-risk kids get on the right path. This semester, the CSU Monterey Bay graduate student is doing fieldwork at a local community center, where he mentors youngsters with the goal of encouraging them to stay in school.

Alumna spends year as Capital Fellow in Sacramento

Diana Vasquez grew up in the San Fernando Valley town of Pacoima with an appetite for politics.

Wells Fargo supports Small Business Center

California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support its Small Business Development Center, a program that provides counseling and training to small businesses or people who are trying to start them.

As Fort Ord anchor, CSUMB benefits region

By CSUMB President Dianne Harrison

OLLI program at CSUMB has diverse offerings

School need not be all about papers, tests and long lectures. Those who attend the classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Monterey Bay have discovered plenty of fascinating courses that don't involve slaving over a word processor. – Off 68, Jan. 6, 2012

Archaeologist aids stamp design

. . . CSUMB Professor Ruben Mendoza's fascination with old buildings resulted in an archaeological career in Monterey County, where he has led projects that have unearthed layers of history. Most recently, his research helped produce a United States Postal Service stamp that honors 250 yers of California history with the image of Carmel Mission. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 5, 2012

University honored for contributions to local economy

CSU Monterey will be honored for its contribution to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of the area at the annual anniversary gala of the Monterey County Business Council.

CSUMB nursing program emphasizes big picture

To explain how a two-year nursing program will differ from a four-year degree, a very visual Tom McKay moves to the whiteboard and draws a two-square graphic. On the first square, the director of the nursing program at Cal State Monterey Bay writes skills typically obtained under an associate's degree: how to draw blood, how to give shots. On the second square, he writes the knowledge a student would get with a bachelor's: public health, information technology, policy. – Oakland Tribune, Jan. 4, 2012

CSUMB, Graniterock ofrecerá academia de algebra

. . . Integramosun interés verdadero en las matemáticas por medio de estas actividades,' comentó Hongde Hu, el instructor de la academia. Hu, quien también funge como el director del Departamento de Matemáticas en la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey agregó que la academia es un beneficio hijos ya que la mayoria de los estudiantes que participan en esta academia son latinos. – El Sol, Dec. 31, 2011.

Archaeologist helps put stamp on mission

The U.S. Postal Service will honor nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of the Carmel Mission express mail stamp, and a CSU Monterey Bay professor played a role in it.

Faculty member honored as Arts Champion

The Arts Council for Monterey County will honor Enid Baxter Blader at its annual Champions of the Arts gala on Jan. 21.

Campus closed at noon Dec. 23 through Jan. 2

CSU Monterey Bay will close at noon on Dec. 23 and remain closed through Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays. The campus will reopen at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3.  The spring semester will start Jan. 23. 

Student work at First Night Film Fest Dec. 31

First Night Monterey, the community New Year's Eve celebration, will offer the opportunity to catch the work of filmmakers who studied at CSU Monterey Bay's Teledramatic Arts and Technology program.

Starbucks comes to CSUMB

Starbucks will soon be filling the cups of students, staff and faculty at CSU Monterey Bay from a location in the Student Center.

CSUMB receives $1M for adult education

You're never too old to go to college. Those 50 and older are invited to take classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSUMB starting Jan. 17. That institute was just awarded $1 million by the Osher Foundation. – The Salinas Californian, Dec. 17, 2011

Showcasing students' work

CSUMB capstone festival puts final projects in spotlight . . . Before a roomful of colleagues and professors, 22-year-old biology major Isael Rubio explained his research with the poise of a tongue-twister champion. . . . Rubio spoke at CSUMB's capstone festival, a two-day extravaganza where graduating students shohwcase their final projects.  – Montery Herald, Dec. 16, 2011

CSUMB golf coach National Coach of the Year

Golf Pride and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) named Jason Owen of CSU Monterey Bay the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year for 2011. The award was presented at the 2011 GCAA national convention in Southern Pines, N.C. – Golf Club Business website, Dec. 10, 2011

Want to be a teacher? Learn how on Jan. 4

CSU Monterey Bay’s Department of Teacher Education will hold information sessions on the credential programs available at the university on Jan. 4. ?

CSUMB announces $1M Osher gift

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, also known as OLLI@CSUMB, has been awarded $1 million by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The foundation, which since 2006 has supported OLLI at CSUMB with annual grants, contributed both a permanent endowment of $950,000 and a $50,000 operating grant for the current fiscal year. Investment income from the endowment will help fund OLLI operations, though community involvement and support will remain vital to the program’s continued success. The Osher gift recognizes OLLI’s ability to sustain membership growth, include university faculty members among its course instructors, and remain strong in the future. OLLI now has a community of 500 members, up from 100 members at the end of its first year, in spring 2008.

Filmmakers show final projects Dec. 16

The World Theater on the campus of CSU Monterey Bay will host student films and original media productions at the fall capstone festival, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Spirit banner wins top prize for RHA

Members of the Residential Housing Association told the world why they love their home at CSU Monterey Bay, and won an award for their efforts.

Prometen cupo universitario

Cerca de 275 estudiantes del distrito escolar de Salinas participaron del programa promesa de la universidad en CSUMB, en donde muchos se motivaron para continuar con sus estudios para buscar cupo en una Universidad. – KSMS (Univision), Nov. 29, 2011

Junior Otters get award

A four-week summer program for migrant students has been honored with a Golden Bell Award for collaborative effort. The Junior Otters program, which brings migrant students from the 4th to 8th grade to Cal State Monterey Bay for intense math and English courses, has been recognized by the California School Board Association. Monterey County's Migrant Education Region XVI, CSUMB and El Teatro Campesino collaborate on the project. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 29, 2011

Hip-hop professor lectures on Dec. 6

Dr. Cheryl Keyes, professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music at UCLA, will lecture on the development of rap/hip-hop music when she visits CSU Monterey Bay on Dec. 6.

Return of the Natives brings environmental education home

RON, the outreach arm of the CSU Monterey Bay Watershed Institute, gets local students of all ages involved in creating native habitats in their communities. It also works to clean up the waterways that drain into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 23, 2011

Alum has a hand in 'Muppets' movie

Nathan Danforth revels in breathing life into the inanimate. The 25-year-old graduate of CSU Monterey Bay had a chance to do just that when he worked on "The Muppets," the latest film featuring everyone's favorite characters.  – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 23, 2011

CSUMB's Lienk named GREEN educator

CSU Monterey Bay's Laura Lee Lienk was honored with the GREEN Educator Award for her work in promoting environmental issues. Earth Force, a Colorado-based nonprofit that encourages young people to be stewards of the environment, and General Motors Foundation sponsor the award. – Marina Gazette, Nov. 21, 2011

Help RON help the community

Once again, CSUMB’s Return of the Natives restoration education project has been selected to participate in the Monterey County Weekly’s annual fund-raising campaign. Monterey County Gives selects dozens of local non-profit organizations each year to highlight, asking readers to support their favorites. Last year, the program raised more than $529,000 from readers, and an additional $100,000 of matching funds. Extra funding will go to the organization with the most donors and the one with the most donors under age 35. The drive runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, and includes 95 nonprofits.

Junior Otter program wins statewide award

The Migrant Junior Otter program based at CSU Monterey Bay has won another award, the second time it has been honored in its short history.

Alumna making a difference for Oakland families

CSU Monterey Bay alumna Angela Louie Howard “models cultural awareness, humility and responsiveness by working across cultural, linguistic, ethnic and economic lines.”

University commemorates World AIDS Day

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, a global initiative to encourage countries and communities to take a stand against HIV/AIDS.

Campus wins another award for being 'green'

CSU Monterey Bay has been awarded a 2011 Public-Private Partnership “Green” Award by the Monterey County Business Council. The honor was announced at the annual Monterey Bay Regional Economic Forum on Oct. 28. The university was honored for the solar power generation facility that was completed on campus in 2010. CSUMB partnered with SunEdison, the nation’s largest solar energy service provider, on the project. The 6.4-acre solar panel array – consisting of approximately 3,900 panels – was installed at ground level on a vacant lot on the east side of Seventh Avenue, between Col. Durham Street and Butler Street. In addition to financing and building the system, SunEdison will operate and maintain it over the course of a 20-year contract. The university purchases the power at a pre-agreed price. The system generates almost 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year for CSUMB, enough to meet 16 percent of the university's current electricity needs. It reduces carbon dioxide emissions associated with electricity consumption by 713 metric tons per year, equivalent to the amount generated by 92 vehicles. This is the third public-private partnership to earn the university an award from the business council. In 2008, CSUMB and PG&E were honored for the Energy Efficiency Partnership that resulted in energy savings in numerous campus building and in 2009 an award was received for innovative outdoor lighting efficiency improvements.  

Otter women ready for encore

Coming off an immensely successful season, members of the Cal State University, Monterey Bay women's basketball team are the new cool kids in the neighborhood. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 21, 2011

CSUMB closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 24-25

CSU Monterey Bay will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24 and 25.

Food drive helps to ease hunger in local area

With help from the local community, CSU Monterey Bay collected more than 2,500 lbs. of food to help those in need this holiday season.

Campus helps hospital kick off holiday blood drive

Sixty students, staff and faculty members turned out to donate blood on a Wednesday in late November, despite the crush of work they needed to complete before leaving for the fall break.

TAT graduate performs in Muppet movie

UPDATE: Danforth continued his Muppets adventure by working on the 2014 film, Muppets Most Wanted. He spent several weeks on the production, assisting with the puppet Sweetums. "I got to work with Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell," he said. "They brought such fun energy to the project. When you're with the Muppets, though, how can you not?"

Student data helps shape policy

Teacher and students stood atop the high bank of Toro Creek one recent morning. "Measure everything we can about a cross-sectional view of the channel-floodplain system," Dr. Doug Smith said. Dr. Smith is co-director of the Watershed Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay. The students were in his Introduction to Geology and Hydrology class. – The Salinas Californian, Nov. 16, 2011

CSUMB helps veterans go from military to campus

CSU Monterey Bay has joined a growing number of colleges and universities nationwide that have established a Student Veteran Organization. – CSU Leader, Nov. 10, 2011 (a publication of the CSU Chancellor's Office)

CSUMB educator receives GREEN award

CSU Monterey Bay’s Laura Lee Lienk was honored with the GREEN Educator Award for her work in promoting environmental issues.

CSUMB's annual Winter Concert set for Dec. 4

Community invited to share the season with students in the music program

Coyote Tales at CSUMB Meeting House

Faculty member Will Shephard has created this commedia dell'arte (comedy of craft) in which masked characters play on the foibles of human nature with minimal props and scenery. This original work is based around the Nez Perce War in which Nez Perce and Anglo-American cultures collide under the banner of Manifest Destiny. – Monterey County Weekly, Nov. 3, 2011

Filmmaker series continues Nov. 15

No matter what you call it – experimental, off-beat, arty, eccentric – Brent Green’s film “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” has attracted a growing fan base since its debut in 2010. Locals will have the opportunity to see the film and hear from the director on Nov. 15 when the visiting artist series presented by the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department (TAT) at CSU Monterey Bay and the Monterey Bay Film Society continues.

Forensic psychology topic of Nov. 17 talk

The community is invited to attend a lecture on Nov. 17 by an FBI agent who works in the bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, with focus on crimes against children.

Solidifying STEM's impact

Seven CSU campuses – including CSU Monterey Bay – will receive more than $35 million from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years to expand and enhance their STEM programs. – Los Angeles Times, Oct. 30, 2011

Join your local quidditch tournament

If you are having Harry Potter withdrawal, one local college has stepped in to fill the void now that the popular franchise is over. CSU Monterey Bay is holding a quidditch tournament Friday and Saturday. – KION, Oct. 27, 2011

Talk by state agriculture official Nov. 9

The “Greater Vision” series of public forums on topics important to local agriculture and the larger community continues Nov. 9. The topic: "The Two Ecos: Economics and Ecosystem.”

Documentary about student debt to be screened Nov. 8

Student loan debt is on the rise, and, because of the lingering effects of the recession, fewer graduates are getting the kinds of jobs that allow them to pay back what they borrowed.

Grad student named state Sea Grant Fellow

When Scott Toews completes his master’s degree in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy this semester, he won’t have to worry about finding a job.

Student group helps veterans go from military to campus

CSU Monterey Bay has joined a growing number of colleges and universities nationwide that have established a Student Veteran Organization.

Students team up to 'navigate the future'

As the school band played, student artists from Marina High and CSU Monterey Bay, along with Principal John Schilling and President Dianne Harrison, snipped colorful streamers to celebrate the completion of a mural at the high school. The ceremony on Dec. 1, 2011, marked the completion of a yearlong collaboration between the high school and the university's Visual and Public Art Department.

CSUMB's Dr. Kent Adams helps folks get on right path

There's probably no Fountain of Youth, but Kent Adams, a CSU Monterey Bay professor whose workshop is an exercise physiology lab, is discovering that becoming frail and decrepit with age is largely the result of a choice we make to live a sedentary lifestyle. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 24, 2011

Student work on display

Cal State Monterey Bay archaeology students will display works portraying traditions around the world that honor departed family members in a monthlong exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center. – San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 21, 2011

CSUMB saluted as top military school 3 straight years

For the third consecutive year, CSU Monterey Bay has been named a "military-friendly school" by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace America's military members and veterans as students. – KION, Oct. 19, 2011

Fondos para la educación superior

La Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey recibió 2.5 millones de dólares para los próximos 5 años. Estos fondos serán utilizados para el Programa TRIO que consiste en otorgar incentivos a familias de bajos ingresos para que manden a sus hijos a buscar la educatión superior. – KSMS, Oct. 17, 2011

TAT presents agitation and films by Travis Wilkerson

Travis Wilkerson describes himself as a “radical filmmaker.” Local audiences will be able to sample his work on Oct. 25 when the Los Angeles resident kicks off this year’s visiting artist series presented by the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department (TAT) at CSU Monterey Bay and the Monterey Bay Film Society. He will make two presentations, both free and open to the public, at noon and again at 2 p.m. Both will be held in the TAT studio on Sixth Avenue at A Street. Wilkerson is a contemporary practitioner of agit-prop “third cinema” media activism. His best-known work is the experimental documentary “An Injury to One,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.

Kinesiology lecture series starts Oct. 28

The public is invited to attend the Kinesiology Speaker Series at CSU Monterey Bay, sponsored by the Exercise Science Club and the Kinesiology Department.

G.I. Jobs magazine salutes CSUMB

For the third consecutive year, CSU Monterey Bay has been named a “military-friendly school” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

University launches mobile website

UPDATE: CSU Monterey Bay’s mobile website, launched in June 2011, has won a top honor among universities, colleges and independent schools in the western United States.

Another campus building earns LEED award

The Dining Commons at CSU Monterey Bay is the university's second project to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.

California Author Series: Belle Yang

. . . With the determination to redevelop Chinatown, Salinas organizations and students from California State University, Monterey Bay, who teach the homeless how to grow sustainable gardens, are slowly seeing a revival. . . .Their intention is to make this area a safe, livable, pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development with the old Republic Cafe at its heart, to become a museum where stories can be passed down in a continuum from old-timers to another generation. – Sacramento Bee, Oct. 16, 2011

Studying the famous fingers of fog

Of all the sources of water, have you ever considered fog? It contains quite a lot of water, but how much exactly? Dr. Dan Fernandez, a professor of physics and a researcher at CSU Monterey Bay, has set out to measure it and in the process, studied the consequences of climate change. – KGO-TV (San Francisco), Oct. 10, 2011

Grants

A pair of grants from the U.S. Department of Education will help CSU Monterey Bay prepare students for graduate school and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. – American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Oct. 5, 2011 

CSUMB student earns Hearst Scholarship

Arienne Arreola of Bakersfield, a sophomore biology major, is one of 23 students in the entire CSU system to earn a Hearst Scholarship. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 1, 2011

Estudiante de CSUMB recibe beca

Una estudiante de la Universidad estatal de la bahia de Montery recibe una beca que le permitiracontinuar con su educacion superior. – KSMS (Univision), Sept. 27, 2011

Monitoring Marine Protected Areas

QUEST takes to the high seas with researchers Dr. James Lindholm of CSU Monterey Bay, Dirk Rosen and their crew to study the underwater world off the California coast. In recent years, the state has established a network of marine protected areas to help fragile habitats and struggling fish populations bounce back. But are they working? – QUEST science program on KQED, Sept. 27, 2011

The long and short of it . . .

Master storyteller, award-winning author and Stanford University professor Tobias Wolff will lecture at California State University, Monterey Bay’s World Theater on Nov. 1 as part of the President’s Speaker Series.

Group of cool cats bring their doo-wop style to CSUMB

California State University, Monterey Bay’s World Theater will present a tribute to the greatest hits of the 1950s and ’60s when The Alley Cats perform on Oct. 20.

Students volunteer to 'make a difference' Oct. 22

CSU Monterey Bay students will fan out across the county on Saturday, Oct. 22, to clean up the Chinatown area of Salinas, do restoration work in Natividad Creek Park, collect native seeds on public lands, write holiday cards to service members and help with beautification projects.

Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 16-21

During the week of Oct. 16, students at California State University, Monterey Bay will join with their peers on more than 800 campuses across the country to promote National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW).

EXTREME SPORT

Each Sunday during the fall and winter months, while many Americans watch football on television, another sports tradition is taking place in some areas of Mexico. That game, ulama, involves five-man teams of athletes volleying rubber balls off their hips across dirt playing fields. It has been played throughout Mesoamerica for thousands of years. Excavations have found ceramic figurines and ball courts from the fourth century A.D.

Brain researcher lectures on Oct. 13

Dr. Michael Merzenich studies neuroplasticity – the brain's powerful ability to change itself and adapt – and investigates ways plasticity might be used to heal injured brains and enhance the skills in healthy ones.

Rugby Club sponsors 'Invictus' on Oct. 7

The Rugby Club at CSU Monterey Bay invites the community to attend a free screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Invictus” on Oct. 7.

BLUE GOES GREEN

CSU Monterey Bay’s Police Department has joined a growing number of law enforcement agencies parking Toyota Prius hybrids next to their Crown Victorias as they go green.

Mental health advocate visits campus Oct. 3

Jamie Tworkowski didn’t expect to start an internationally known organization. He didn’t do it for money, praise or fame.

Taiwanese music group performs Oct. 5

Taiwan-based performance group A Moving Sound will pay a visit to CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater on Oct. 5.

CSUMB lands $5.6 million grants for science program

A pair of newly awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Education will help CSU Monterey Bay prepare students for graduate school and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math – referred to as the STEM subjects.

Research vessel works in uncharted waters

Everyone at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant knew that Professor Rikk Kvitek was authorized to enter the restricted coastal waters around the plant – except the guards with the M-16s. Dr. Kvitek was aboard CSU Monterey Bay’s newest research vessel, the KelpFly, a highly modified 160-horsepower Yamaha watercraft used for seafloor mapping. He was gathering data on underwater fault lines near the plant to help assess geologic hazards – information critical to public safety, especially in light of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011. “I was in a zone where guards were authorized to take lethal action against intruders,” Dr. Kvitek explained. “The radios were going nuts with reports of ‘some guy on a jet ski.’ ” Dr. Kvitek has previously mapped 1,200 square kilometers of California’s coastal waters, providing detailed topographical data of the seafloor extending three miles from the coast. The KelpFly, named for an insect species that lives on kelp, allows him to gather data in areas just along the shore that his larger vessels can’t access. “These are some of the most important areas to understand because lots of animals live there, it is where coastal erosion and sediment transfer occur, and it is where people play,” Kvitek said. The $300,000 craft can maneuver in water as shallow as 18 inches. It features an armored hull that allows it to bounce off rocks unharmed and a floatation collar that makes it stable in surf. To navigate kelp, Dr. Kvitek mounted a customized aircraft fan engine to the back of the vessel. The fan provides enough thrust to push the hull over the kelp forest without damaging the plants or clogging up the motor. It also carries an array of sonar equipment and a laser mapping system that scans the shore to generate seamless land-to-sea topographic maps.

Visiting Artists Lecture Series starts Sept. 22

“The whole Mission neighborhood is a massive public artwork, both sacred and profane.” – Carlos Santana

CSUMB student earns Hearst Scholarship

Arienne Arreola, a sophomore biology major from Bakersfield, is CSU Monterey Bay’s 2011 recipient of a William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award is among the CSU’s highest recognitions for student achievement.

Health Sciences Seminar Series starts Sept. 21

This semester’s Health Sciences Seminar Series will kick off on Sept. 21 with a presentation by Sharon Orbach, a medical student at UC San Francisco.

Going to Hawaii and beyond

. . . The work was facilitated through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at CSUMB. Undergraduate research can help students find a solid path early on in their careers, and prepare them for graduate school. – Monterey Herald, Sept. 15, 2011

Tech gear rental program expands

A digital device rental program at CSU Monterey Bay has reported student savings of nearly $120,000 in technology purchase costs. The TechRent store is now expanding to two local colleges. – Campus Technology, Sept. 14, 011

Ag detective on the job

Salinas native Isael Rubio wears a white laboratory coat as he runs tests on plants at the local USDA research station. Rubio, 22, a senior at CSU Monterey Bay, is a biology student; his job is to identify bacteria on plants by studying DNA fragment banding patterns. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 14, 2011 

Monterey Bay school prepares to offer BSN

CSU Monterey Bay will offer a bachelor's degree in nursing beginning in summer 2012. The program will be available to students in the established nursing programs at the four community colleges in the area. – NURSE.com, Sept. 12, 2011

CSUMB graduate receives Fulbright

Kathrine Cagat has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to the Philippines in anthropology. Cagat graduated from CSUMB in 2006 summa cum laude with a degree in visual and public art. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 1, 2011

Robert Danziger receives honorary doctorate

Robert Danziger, a sustainable energy pioneer, lawyer, inventor and musician, was honored Sept. 14 by California State University, Monterey Bay and the CSU.?

Fort Ord group awards scholarships

The Fort Ord Alumni Association, a division of the California State University, Monterey Bay Foundation, presented scholarships to 10 CSUMB students at its annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Alumni and Visitors Center on campus.

Hiramoto named VP for advancement

California State University, Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison has announced the appointment of Dr. Patti Hiramoto as Vice President for University Advancement. After serving as President Harrison’s Chief of Staff since 2009, Dr. Hiramoto will lead CSU Monterey Bay’s Division of University Advancement, which encompasses development, communications, and external and governmental relations. In announcing Dr. Hiramoto’s appointment, Dr. Harrison praised her management ability as Chief of Staff and her effectiveness as interim leader of University Advancement, a role she assumed in February 2011. In addition to Dr. Hiramoto’s record of success at CSU Monterey Bay, Dr. Harrison also cited her skills in building community relationships. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced and capable individual ready to step into this important role,” Dr. Harrison said. “I am confident Dr. Hiramoto and the outstanding team in University Advancement will continue to tell our story of success, while building partnerships that benefit our students and the entire region.” Dr. Hiramoto said she has great appreciation for the strengths and potential of the University Advancement staff. “I am very excited and honored to lead this team as we actively promote the accomplishments of our students and faculty to further advance the university and its mission,” she said. Dr. Hiramoto has worked at CSU Monterey Bay for seven years, first from 1996 to 2000 as director of equal employment opportunity and again since 2008, when she rejoined the university as associate director of academic personnel. From 2000 to 2008, Dr. Hiramoto worked at UC Santa Cruz as director of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. A 15-year resident of Monterey, she earned a doctorate in higher education at UC Berkeley and has also worked at San Francisco State and Stanford University, where she served as director of student services for the School of Education. Dr. Hiramoto has a master of science degree in counseling from San Francisco State and a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from UC Berkeley.

Science, Illustrated

Researchers in Tibet have uncovered a woolly rhinoceros believed to be a million years older than the ones that roamed Europe and Asia in the ice age. A graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s Science Illustration program is helping to bring that discovery to the world.

CSUMB to host 9/11 commemoration Sunday

CSU Monterey Bay hosted a day of remembrance on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

CSUMB receives high rankings by magazine

. . . CSU Monterey Bay is ranked fourth among the nation's public liberal arts colleges in its contribution to the public good. The university is also ranked third overall in research expenditures, according to the Washington Monthly 2011 College Guide published this week. – The Salinas Californian, Sept. 3, 2011

CSUMB ranked for contributing to the public good

CSU Monterey Bay is ranked fourth among the nation’s public liberal arts colleges in its contribution to the public good, according to The Washington Monthly 2011 College Guide published Sept. 1. 

Silicon Valley executive at 'Innovation Forum'

Mark Richards, managing director of Sand Hill Partners, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Sept. 8 to give a presentation on “How Start-ups Quickly Nail the Product that Sells.” The public is invited.

Peering down on California's water problems

A project to provide useful information to California growers and water managers has won an award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC).

Journalist Belva Davis visits campus Sept. 27

As the first black female TV journalist in the West, Belva Davis helped to change the face and focus of TV news.

CSUMB focuses on cross-school collaboration to boost student success

It takes an energetic presence to keep a classroom crammed with 90 remedial math students engaged. Fortunately, Hongde Hu, chair of CSU Monterey Bay's Department of Math and Statistics, has the energy of 10 teenagers. On a recent Friday in the university's Chapman Science Center, Hu's animated approach holds the attention of the freshmen in the room. – Monterey County Weekly, Aug. 25, 2011

Harrison is a needed optimist

. . . While Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature wielded chainsaws to education, CSUMB President Dianne Harrison and her team stood atop a sand dune and looked ahead at the future of the university. . . Her "being smart and staying nimble" attitude ushered in several new degree programs, landed CSUMB the honor of hosting the statewide CSU Summer Arts program and supported its golf team as it captured the university's first NCAA title. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 19, 2011

CSUMB looks to the future

President Dianne Harrison delivered her 2011 State of the University address to a full auditorium of professors and employees. She reflected on recent challenges – mostly financial – but lingered on the university's accomplishments. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 18, 2011

Science camp offers girls hands-on learning

. . . Camp SEA Lab – SEA stands for Science, Education and Adventure – offers a series of summer programs in conjunction with CSU Monterey Bay that use education resources on the Central Coast. The young science enthusiasts on the cruise were from the Girls Love Science Too camp, which attracts girls ages 13 to 16 from across California. – Kansas City Star, Aug. 15, 2011

Getting a jump on math ? professor's workshop gets results

Standing in front of nearly 60 incoming CSU Monterey Bay students, Dr. Hongde Hu explains the wonders of his Magic Tables as if he were unveiling the mysteries of the universe. The five tables are a math game he designed related to the binary system, the machine languages of computers. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 9, 2011 

Theater with a message: Migrant students learn about ocean protection

. . . Christian was one of 250 students who participated in the third annual Migrant Education Summer Academy/Junior Otters Program at CSU Monterey Bay. Through a partnership between Monterey County's migrant ed program and the university, students in fourth through eighth grades get a taste of what it's like to be a college student. – Oakland Tribune, Aug. 2, 2011

Students ? and their stuff ? fill the res halls

Aug. 19 was move-in day at CSU Monterey Bay.

GOAL GETTER

Jillian Shweiki wants to get involved in national politics as a campaign manager or political adviser. That’s after she finishes law school.

Following the Otters just got easier

Sports fans now have a variety of tools for following the Otters.

President cites accomplishments, challenges in annual address

President Dianne Harrison told the faculty and staff of CSU Monterey Bay that she senses “a powerful momentum across the campus” as the new academic year starts.

Most memorable moment for 2010-11 Otter athletics

How could bringing home CSU Monterey Bay’s first NCAA Division II national championship not be the No. 1 Most Memorable Moment in 2010-11? A six-tournament victory streak capped by a national title brought the spotlight of the collegiate golf world to Monterey Bay.

Trio of employees honored with President's Medal for 2011

Kevin Miller, Dr. Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Dr. Ilene Feinman were honored for their leadership and dedication to the CSU Monterey Bay Vision at the Day of Welcome gathering Aug. 17 in the World Theater.

Library atrium named for philanthropists

The three-story atrium in the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library at California State University, Monterey Bay has been named in honor of philanthropists Linda and Michael Dorn and their support of the Pay It Forward scholarship and mentoring program.

Otter athletes hit the ground running

On your mark, get set and go.

Community partnerships pay off for MSW students

When Veronica Gonzalez, who counsels young people in her job at Monterey County’s Division of Behavioral Health, heard about the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in social work at CSU Monterey Bay, she was eager to sign up.

COLLEGE SENIORS

What do banned books, native plants and Monet’s garden have in common?

Transfer students can apply for spring 2012

California State University, Monterey Bay is accepting applications for spring 2012 from transfer, credential and international students.

CSUMB hosts economic development summit

City managers, elected officials and professionals who serve the business community are invited to learn how they can leverage existing opportunities and pool resources to everyone’s benefit when CSU Monterey Bay hosts the Collaborative Economic Development Summit on Aug. 17.

Biological research takes UROC student to Florida

In early June, Marisa Morse of CSU Monterey Bay and seven other undergraduates from across the country arrived at the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience to participate in the lab's Research Experience for Undergraduates training program.

Campus hosts World Disc Golf Championships

When the 2011 Pro Disc Golf World Championships tee off on Aug. 9, it will mark the tournament’s return to California after a 30-year absence. This time, the Oaks Course at CSU Monterey Bay is one of four Monterey Bay courses that will host tournament rounds.

CSU Monterey Bay's Green Pedigree

Several environmental initiatives have earned California State University, Monterey Bay a spot in the 2011 Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The publication praises the university's "formidable green pedigree" and its pledge to be carbon-neutral by 2030. – Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2011

Migrant program in nation's top 10

CSU Monterey Bay was named one of the best campuses in the country at helping migrant students succeed in college. The university's College Assistance Migrant Program, a federally funded project designed to help students from migrant farm worker families pursue higher education, has been named one of the top 10 at helping them complete the first year of college studies. – Monterey Herald, Aug. 2, 2011

CSUMB earns gold rating for sustainability

Sustainability is golden at California State University, Monterey Bay. The university has been awarded a gold rating for an outstanding job of going "green" in areas ranging from curriculum and construction to conservation of resources. – The Salinas Californian, Aug. 2, 2011

Student lands prestigious scholarship

Heather Kelley has been named a recipient of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for outstanding graduate students in the fields of marine biology and coastal resource management. The scholarships are presented annually by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. – Marina Gazette, Aug. 1, 2011

CSUMB accreditation reaffirmed

California State University, Monterey Bay will be accredited through 2019. After a process that took years and included two campus visits, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission announced that it reaffirmed the university's accreditation for eight more years. – San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 1, 2011

Students get taste of collegiate pride

Elementary and middle-school students from across Monterey County are jump-starting their college careers with a summer program at the local state university. As part of CSU Monterey Bay's Junior Otters program, now in its third year, 240 migrant education students are practicing their math and language arts skills on the college campus. – The Salinas Californian, July 23, 2011

CSU Monterey Bay expands MBA program

CSU Monterey Bay's online MBA program will offer a second track for students without extensive management experience. The new track began in January as a pilot program and will now become an ongoing program with a full cohort of students. – Marina Gazette, July 18, 2011

CSUMB plans nursing program

CSU Monterey Bay is planning to offer a bachelor's degree in nursing starting next year. The program could be launched as early as summer 2012 and would accept between 25 and 30 students. – Oakland Tribune, July 13, 2011

Mobile devices just a click away

A program that makes technology affordable to students at CSU Monterey Bay will be expanded to two local schools during the fall semester. Students at Monterey Peninsula College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies will be served by CSUMB’s TechRent store, where they can rent the latest technology by the week, month or semester. And if students decide to buy the devices, they can apply their rental fee to the purchase price. 

Otters host youth soccer clinic Aug. 13

Kids 12 and under are invited to attend a soccer clinic at CSU Monterey on Saturday, Aug. 13. Members of the university’s men’s and women’s teams will host the free event.

CSUMB earns gold for sustainability efforts

With a computer keystroke on July 29, President Dianne Harrison filed a report that earned CSU Monterey Bay a gold rating from the nation’s leading advocacy group for sustainability in higher education. The university is one of only 18 institutions to receive that distinction.

Migrant program earns national recognition

CSU Monterey Bay has been honored as among the best campuses in the country at helping migrant students succeed in college.

Review praises CSU Monterey Bay

Accrediting commission cites grad rate, student success ? The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission on Senior Colleges & Universities has reaffirmed its accreditation of CSU Monterey Bay through 2019, President Dianne Harrison has announced.

Athletic director takes on national role

His student-athletes usually take center stage, but CSUMB’s Director of Athletics Vince Otoupal recently took a bit of the spotlight himself, bringing more national recognition to the Otter program by being named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) executive committee.

Changing of the guard at radio station KAZU

Mik Benedek has been promoted to the position of general manager at KAZU 90.3, effective Aug. 1.

Grad student lands prestigious scholarship

Heather Kelley has been named a recipient of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for outstanding graduate students in the fields of marine biology and coastal resource management. The scholarships are presented annually by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Kelley will enter the Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy master’s program at CSUMB in the fall.

Four new degree programs available this fall

Interested in a career in the Foreign Service, international business, education, or translation and interpretation? Do you want to be prepared to travel the world? Do you want to be able to communicate with peoples of other cultures?

47 athletes earn all-academic honors

Nearly four dozen CSUMB student-athletes earned California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic honors, a reminder that Otter success extended beyond the arean of athletic competition in 2010-11.

Paso Robles resident wins national film award

Joey Blackurn, a film major at Cal State Monterey Bay, took top honors in the short film division in this year's 360/365 George Eastman House Film Festival in Rochester, N.Y., with his imaginative three-minute film, "Pieces of War." – Paso Robles Press, July 12, 2011

CSUMB to add nursing program in 2012

California State University, Monterey Bay is preparing to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Pending approval from the regional accrediting body, the program will be available in summer 2012. The university is collaborating with established nursing programs at the four community colleges in the area – Monterey Peninsula, Hartnell, Cabrillo and Gavilan – in a unique way that avoids duplication of effort and waste of resources. Students will begin the program at one of the community colleges, spend several years in “blended” learning when they take classes at their community college and the university, and then finish their studies at CSU Monterey Bay. Along the way, they will receive an associate’s degree from their community college and a bachelor of science in nursing from CSUMB. The students will be prepared to work in positions beyond the traditional hospital – in home, community and public health settings. Their training will emphasize the relationships among patients, their families and communities, and health care providers. Students also will learn how to manage patients with multiple chronic conditions – addressing the needs of baby boomers. The program will accept 25 to 30 students each year. “Prospective students frequently ask us about a bachelor of nursing program,” Provost Kathy Cruz-Uribe said. She also pointed out that there is strong community support – and need – for nurses with bachelor’s degrees. As many practicing nurses advance in their careers, they find it necessary to obtain a graduate degree. To facilitate that, it is critical to improve access to baccalaureate nursing education. Although the recession has caused some nurses to delay retirement, the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions projects demand will grow over the next decade.

University expands online MBA program

CSU Monterey Bay's online MBA program is now offering a second track for students without extensive management experience.

CSUMB lauded for sustainability efforts

CSU Monterey Bay walked away with two awards for being “green” at the 2011 Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Now in its 10th year, the conference – held July 10-13 at Cal State Long Beach – is the only one of its kind in the state that brings together the California State University, the University of California and the California Community Colleges as well as private colleges and universities as both organizers and attendees.

'Go Green' winning theme for TAT students

Two students in Luis Camara’s directing class have taken top honors in a New York-based film contest. The results were announced online July 7.

CSUMB analyst earns fellowship

Sathyan Sundaram, a research analyst with the office of Institutional Assessment and Research, will spend part of July attending a seminar near Washington, D.C.

President Harrison joins Campus Compact board

CSU Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison has been named to the Execuitve Board of California Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges and universities committed to civic engagement.

Parent-teen phone conversations say a lot

With at least 75 percent of teenagers owning cell phones, it’s no surprise that the devices are playing an important role in parenting.

Otter golfer named to All-Nicklaus team

John Jackson was named to the 2011 All-Nicklaus team, announced last week by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Owen named national coach of the year

The season may be over, but CSUMB men's golf coach Jason Owen is still getting accolades.

Professor: phone conversations reveal a lot

A new study has revealed that the nature of cell phone communications between a parent and adolescent child can reveal the quality of their relationship. Rob Weisskirch, professor at CSU Monterey Bay, noted that parents can use a cell phone to extend their parenting reach: to monitor an adolescent's whereabouts and activities, offer support or voice disapproval, for example. – The Times of India, June 28, 2011

Professor reveals ancient secret of California missions

For centuries, California's missions have stood as historic state landmarks and windows into the state's past. But a new understanding of the aging buildings is emerging. Archaeologist Ruben Mendoza of CSU Monterey Bay says the missions have hidden a secret for centuries . . .   – San Francisco Chronicle, June 25, 2011

CSUMB new home to Summer Arts program

Prestigious program moves to campus in 2012 CSUMB is the new home of CSU Summer Arts. Starting next year, the annual month-long program offering academic credit plus a festival in the visual, performing, literary and new media arts will be held on campus.  – The Salinas Californian, June 25, 2011

CSUMB offers dozens of new Google tools

CSU Monterey Bay considers itself a "pre-release" campus; we want the latest features. This isn't to prove we're cool, but because we see an opportunity to meet our users' needs. . . . In our view, the transition to the new infrastructure represented an opportunity to get access to tools we wanted. – Google Enterprise Blog, June 17, 2011 

Ecology Action helps with recycling

. . . Ecology Action recently received a two-year Multifamily Recycling Program grant that is bringing door-to-door recycling education to CSU Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz.  – Waste Management World, June 10, 2011

Student wins film award

Dominic Parisi was named the recipient of the 2011 Monterey County Film Commission's scholarship for film students. Parisi, a senior in the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department, plans to use the grant for his capstone film project, a documentary on roller derby culture and the sport's ties to feminist ideals. – Monterey Herald, June 3, 2011 

Dr. Dianne Harrison to serve on commission

Dr. Dianne Harrison has been appointed to serve on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. She is president of CSU Monterey Bay, where she has served since 2006. – National Association of Social Workers California News, June 2011

Student scores with free soccer camp

A service-learning project of a student at California State University, Monterey Bay has evolved into a regularly scheduled recreational program for Salinas-area children. Rodrigo Reyes needed to complete a 40-hour community project, and, because he grew up in east Salinas, wanted to do something that would affect the community he calls home. – The Salinas Californian, May 30, 2011

Technology available through trend-setting rental store

More than a traditional equipment check-out service, TechRent is an innovative program that makes technology affordable for CSUMB students. It offers flexible terms that let students keep devices for a day, week, month or semester. Students may even choose to purchase a rented device by applying their rental fees toward the items' cost. – EdTech magazine, May 24, 2011

Graduates urged to take risks

The future of 1,022 students who received college degrees from CSU Monterey Bay can be a glowing one if they move forward with optimism and without fear of risk. That was the message delivered to fellow students and a crowd of about 8,000 spectators at Freeman Stadium by student Scott Bell, a campus leader whose own future will include graduate studies in psychology at Sonoma State. – Monterey Herald, May 21, 2011

Budding career in plant science

Internship paves way for CSUMB student If the veggies on your dinner plate are bacteria-free in future years, you might want to thank Stacy Mauzey, a biology major who will graduate today from CSU Monterey Bay and head to graduate school in search of potentially dangerous organisms. Mauzey sorted through multiple suitors and chose Washington State University, where she'll pursue her master's degree, en route to a doctorate, studying plant pathology. – Monterey Herald, May 21, 2011

Website connects CEOs with new grads

Blog evolves into CSUMB student's Project: Market Me Cathryn "Cat" Sampson isn't shy about contacting CEOs and best-selling authors. Sampson has been getting replies, not for her own job search, but for her website which offers help for others in their career search. Sampson, who found time to set up the website despite a 22-unit load at CSUMB, isn't doing it for a class project or for money, although she has received three job offers. – Monterey Herald, May 21, 2011

Otters complete national title quest

The quest to win a national championship at CSUMB is over. Senior John Jackson carded a key birdie on the 16th to win, D.J. Milligan won by strokes and sophomore Dylan Jackson dramatically sank a 3-foot putt on the 18th for another victory, leading the Otters to a 3-2 win over No. 1 Lynn University in the finals of the NCAA Division II Championship at The Shoal Course in Alabama. – Monterey Herald, May 21, 2011

Cal State Monterey wins 1st NCAA D-II title

The Cal State-Monterey Bay men's golf team won its first national championship in program history. – Golfweek, May 21, 2011

Festival capstone en CSUMB

Los estudiantes de la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey tuvieron la oportunidad de aplicar sus conocimientos durante el festival capstone La mayoria de estos estudiantes estan listos para su graduacion, – KSMS/Univision, May 19, 2011

Senior Year(s)

Enterprising OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – program gives more of our elders the education they always wanted. – Monterey County Weekly, May 19, 2011

CSUMB professor wins excellence in teaching award

Scott Waltz, associate professor in the Liberal Studies Department at CSU Monterey Bay, was honored at the annual teaching awards ceremony sponsored by the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Dr. Waltz received the Allen Griffin Award for excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level. – The Salinas Californian, May 19, 2011

CSUMB's program honored with Presidential award

CSU Monterey Bay has again been recognized for its community service program. The university has received the Presidential Award as part of the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service. – Monterey Herald, May 17, 2011

CSUMB nabs arts program

CSU Monterey Bay will be the new home for a prestigious arts program for the next half-decade. CSU Summer Arts, the annual monthlong program offering academic programs in a wide swath of arts, will be held at CSUM beginning in summer 2012. Director Jim Spalding said the university won out over other campuses because of its academic and environmental strengths. – Monterey Herald, May 13, 2011

CSUMB launches mobile website

CSUMB has launched a mobile version of its website – complete with news, sports, event listings and dining hall hours – accessible at csumb.edu/mobile. The mobile website is accessible via devices such as iPhone, Blackberry and Android-based smart phones and tablets using the devices' built-in web browser. – The Salinas Californian, May 12, 2011

Students eye youth violence, news

In Salinas, many think media coverage trends toward the sensational, especially in a community where gang-related crimes have propelled the youth homicide rate to the worst in the state. Media coverage was the focus of a study and presentation by a group of CSU Monterey Bay students who invited journalists, law enforcement officials, community activists and local residents to an open discussion. The students' findings were presented in the program Media Coverage of Youth Violence in Salinas. – Monterey Herald, May 11, 2011

Rough and Tumble

Taking on a group of bruising Scottish ruby players in a match at Preston Park in Marina could be seen as a daunting challenge to players from CSU Monterey Bay. The Otters had less experience and something to prove. The Scots are on tour, playing Northern California teams.  – Monterey Herald, May 8, 2011

Slough of Information

The magic generally happens right away, the minute their shoes sink into the white sand. A startling-but-true fact, said program director Amity Wood, is that almost 70 percent of the middle school children who participate in Camp SEA Lab each year are seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time. The program operates through CSU Monterey Bay in close partnership with Monterey Bay-area science institutions. – Monterey Herald, May 5, 2011

Alum creates 'robot' friends in Santa Cruz

CSUMB graduate Margo Mullen has just completed a public art project in Santa Cruz. Her canvas: a square traffic controller box located at the busy intersection of Soquel Avenue and Morrissey Boulevard.

Talk examines mission art, archaeology

Members of the public will have an opportunity to learn about the work CSU Monterey Bay Professor Ruben Mendoza is doing in the California missions when he gives a talk on June 28 in Seaside.

Drawing from the natural world

Los Angeles Times (June 12) Barnes and Noble Review (June 8) Boston Globe (June 14) New Scientist (May)

Golf coach, player in national spotlight

Jason Owen, CSUMB’s men's golf coach, will travel to Hershey, Pa., to compete in the PGA Professional National Championship June 26-29 while one of his players, sophomore Dylan Jackson, will tee it up in the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship June 27-July 2.

CSUMB has big role in Salinas production

Christopher Marcos and friends proved yet again that students in the Teledramatic Arts and Technology program at CSU Monterey Bay can excel on both sides of the stage.

Parents invited to attend Otter 101

A generation ago, college orientation was a perfunctory event, focusing on getting the new students registered for classes.

Students make waves with SurfBot

Students in Dr. Steve Moore’s underwater robotics class in the fall of 2010 didn’t kick back over the winter break last January.

Summer classes offered in science illustration

Anyone interested in exploring the confluence of art and science is invited to attend the summer session of CSU Monterey Bay’s Science Illustration program.

Student films shown at Carmel festival June 19

Work by students at California State University, Monterey Bay will be presented at the third annual Carmel Short Film Festival scheduled for dusk on June 19 at the Outdoor Forest Theater.

Alumna helps girls make Smart Choices

Patty Fernandez directs an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Still time to apply for MSW program

A few spots remain for the fall 2011 class of CSU Monterey Bay’s Master of Social Work program. Applications must be received by July 1.

Kinesiology grad lands prestigious fellowship

UPDATE: As of September 2012, Lawrence is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in biology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Following his Kannapolis award, his Ph.D. program is fully funded.

Program teaches kids about the ocean

The CSU Monterey Bay-based Camp SEA Lab is in its second decade of offering Science, Education and Adventure through summer programs in and around the Monterey Bay area. Local teachers, scientists and resource managers who were concerned about the lack of ocean-science education in schools started the non-profit in 2000. About 8,000 children have participated in Camp SEA Lab programs since then. The program works closely with Monterey Bay-area research institutions. Funding is provided by grants – the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail Grant program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are major supporters – and local contributors such as the Packard Foundation and the Community Foundation for Monterey County. The youngsters – most in grades five through eight – come from the Monterey Bay area, but a few come from other states and even other countries. They take part in three- or five-day programs, day camps or residential camps. During the school year, programs are offered for entire classes; during the summer, youngsters participate as individuals. Amity Wood, program director, says many of the children have never been to the Pacific Ocean before, and have never done the kinds of activities the program exposes them to: paddling a kayak in Elkhorn Slough; looking at plankton under a microscope; dissecting a squid; building a remotely-operated vehicle. For some of them, it’s an adventure that will change the way they look at the ocean, the environment and, just maybe it will change the way they view science. Says Wood: “The vast majority of kids who come through the program aren’t going to become marine scientists, but maybe they’re going to come away with a different outlook on the ocean and the environment. “They’re going to care about it,” she says. “And if they care about it, they’re going to do something about it.” This summer, the Science, Education and Adventure continue with a variety of day camps and residential camps held on the CSUMB campus, including several programs especially for teens 13 to 17 years old. Two of the programs are for girls only. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with women scientists while exploring careers in science. 

Nine faculty members granted tenure

President Dianne Harrison has announced that nine faculty members have been granted tenure. The newly tenured faculty members and their departments:

Student wins film scholarship

Dominic Parisi is this year’s recipient of the $1,000 prize in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Film Student Scholarship and Awards Program.

CSUMB instructor honored on Dia del Maestro

Forget the shiny red apple.

Big help available for small businesses

Like many small business owners, Shawn Bakker was doing fine until the recession hit.

Veteran Monterey officer joins university police

John Short has been named police commander at CSU Monterey Bay.

GIFT VESSEL

CSU Monterey Bay’s new research vessel, the Harold Heath, was launched on May 16 after three months of extensive work in dry dock.

President Harrison meets with Governor Brown

CSU Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison joined Chancellor Charles Reed and her fellow CSU presidents today in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento to discuss the state budget and its impact on higher education.

Students are 'celebrities' at 2011 commencement

On a sunny, breezy morning, President Dianne Harrison shared a few pieces of advice with the 1,000 graduates of California State University, Monterey Bay, and told the stories of several of them.

Pennies saved, pennies earned

CSUMB’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its second annual Penny Wars throughout the school year, raising more than $1,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the official charity of NCAA Division II schools.

Grad student earns Rote research grant

More will be known about raccoons, striped skunks, bobcats, foxes and other mammals that live on former Fort Ord lands as the result of a study by CSUMB graduate student Bart Kowalski.

Commencement set for May 21

California State University, Monterey Bay’s 15th annual commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21. 

Faculty members selected for research awards

Six faculty members have received CSU research, scholarship and creative activity awards.

CSUMB receives Presidential Award for community service

California State University, Monterey Bay has received the Presidential Award as part of the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service. 

Golfer earns NCAA academic honor

For his accomplishments in the classroom, D.J. Milligan has been honored by the NCAA with this year's Elite 88 award for Division II golf. The award was presented May 15 in Florence, Ala., site of the national championship.

Art students display their work

In order to graduate, CSU Monterey Bay students in the Visual and Public Art Department create a capstone project – a sort of senior thesis of art. Mounted together, they form an exhibit open to the public. The capstone projects are the final capping of skills, knowledge, values and commitments of the individual students. In these projects, student artists have identified public themes and critical issues that are relevant to themselves and their audience. This year’s exhibit gathers 35 works in a show of creative force. The exhibit will open on Monday, May 16, with an artists’ reception at 6 p.m. in the Visual and Public Art Building (Bldg. 71). The public is invited. The art department is housed in buildings located at the intersection of Inter-Garrison Road and Fifth Avenue. An exhibit catalog can be found here. The work will be on display until the final capstone and medal ceremony, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 20. The public is invited to this free event or to view the exhibit during normal business hours. Driving directions and a campus map are available here. The campuswide Capstone Festival will take place Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20. For a schedule of capstone presentations in all academic departments, click here.  

Men's golf set for national championship

As soon as the members of the Otter men's golf team finished play in last year's NCAA Division II national championship -- where they placed 11th -- they started planning for this year’s title run.

Waltz wins excellence in teaching award

Scott Waltz, associate professor in the Liberal Studies Department, was honored at the annual teaching awards ceremony sponsored by the Community Foundation for Monterey County. This year’s event was held May 5 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Seaside.

Students recognized at research competition

Three CSUMB students were recognized for the quality of their work at the California State University Student Research Competition.

CSUMB adviser earns USDA fellowship

Jihan Ejan, a retention adviser with the Center for Student Success at CSU Monterey Bay, was chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Kika de la Garza Education Fellowship Program this summer in Washington, D.C.

Friendly competition honored Cesar Chavez

The end of all education should surely be service to others. ?-- Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez was an ordinary man with an extraordinary legacy of accomplishment and service to humanity. He believed that people have an obligation to contribute to their community and help others.

President Harrison named to education commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed California State University, Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison to serve on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Tonight: May Day labor film festival

CSU Monterey Bay has hosted several events as part of the 10th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival. The final screening is set for Monday.

Team from Student Activities wins Golden Shoe

A team from Student Activities – known as the Rodents of Unusual Size – took home the Golden Shoe trophy for the top finish in this year’s Workplace Walk-off Challenge. The award was presented at a celebration on April 19 organized by Human Resources at the University Center.

Tonight: School of Business Showcase

Michael Briley, managing partner of Hayashi & Wayland Accounting and Consulting, LLP, and Mary Adams, president and CEO of the United Way of Monterey County, will be honored at CSU Monterey Bay’s School of Business Showcase. The event will be held May 3 in the University Center starting with a reception at 6 p.m. Dinner and the program will follow. The showcase is intended to play a part in developing a strong relationship between the local business community and the university's School of Business. Proceeds benefit the school’s program fund. Mr. Briley (pictured at right) is this year’s recipient of the business leadership award. He brings 27 years of experience in the accounting industry to his role as managing partner for Hayashi & Wayland, where he leads a firm of nine partners and 100 employees. A community leader, he serves as treasurer for the Hartnell College Foundation and chair of its finance committee. Mr. Briley helped the university develop an accounting concentration and has provided internship and career opportunities for CSUMB students. Ms. Adams (pictured below) will be honored for community leadership. Her career spans more than 25 years in the not-for-profit sector. She has led the United Way since 2001. Prior to joiing that agency, she held key positions with the California Biomedical Research Association, American Heart Association – Western States Affiliate, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and Volunteers in Action. She serves on the York School board of trustees and has a leadership role with the Salinas Rotary Club.

Saturday: Music students' spring concert

California State University, Monterey Bay's annual spring concert will be held Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the World Theater on Sixth Avenue. The public is invited to this free event.

Art students, alums work on Monterey mural

A pair of CSU Monterey Bay alumni and six current students have joined forces with a renowned Southern California artist to add a colorful new look to the Monterey History and Maritime Museum at Custom House Plaza.

Chinatown to host Asian Festival

The publilc is invited to witness and celebrate the on-going renewal of Salinas' Chinatown by attending the fourth annual Asian Festival on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Today: County health officer lectures

This semester’s Health Sciences/Biology Speaker Series concludes April 28, when Monterey County's Director of Public Health Hugh Stallworth visits CSU Monterey Bay.

Film fires up engines of change

As part of CSU Monterey Bay’s celebration of Earth Week, the award-winning environmental documentary “Fuel” will be screened at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at the World Theater on Sixth Avenue.

Murrow Award for KAZU news director

Krista Almanzan, news director of KAZU, has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in electronic journalism presented by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

AS officers for 2011-12

Elections for Associated Students officers for 2011-12 were held in April. Next year's officers:

CSUMB recognized by Princeton Review

CSUMB has been named one of the nation's most eco-friendly responsible schools by the Princeton Review and the US Green Building Council. The school was profiled in "Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges" for demonstrating commitments to sustainability in the course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. – The Salinas Californian, April 20, 2011

Cultural Fusion

CSUMB's annual Heritage Music Festival features the world premiere of dance-music collaboration. The performance will feature: "Catalyst: One by One," a dance-music collaboration between the Dimensions Dance Theater, jazz trumpeter and composer Khalil Shaheed and noted Moroccan instrumentalist Yassir Chadly. – Monterey Herald, April 14, 2011

CSUMB Disk Golf team goes to Nationals, Again

This year the CSUMB Disk Golf team will compete in the fifth annual Colleigiate Disc Golf Championships April 14-17 in North Augusta, S.C. – KION 46 Central Coast News, April 12, 2011

Monterey Bay film fest offers variety of work

The Monterey Bay Film Festvial, sponsored by CSUMB, features both professional and local high school and college students' work. – Salinas Californian, April 7, 2011

Seriously joking about depression

Speaking to a group of students and community members at the Black Box Cabaret at CSU Monterey Bay, comedian Brain Wetzel shared his personal struggle with severe depression. His aim is to get people talking about depression and addressing suicide prevention. The performance was apart of CSUMB's Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week. – Monterey Herald, April 4, 2011

US academicians seek to boost ties with Oman

Seven US university and coloefe presidents and vice presidents visited Oman to participate in teh Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad programme focusing on higher education in the US and the Arab world. The programme awards grants to Omani schloars to pursue research or other academic activities in the US. – Muscat Daily, March 30, 2011

A Taste of College

About 450 youngsters from 36 different schools in Monterey County and sorrounding areas descended into CSUMB Tuesday to help them hone their writing skills in a college environment. – Monterey Herald, March 23, 2011

Class Lessons for Teachers

The Teacher Quality Paternship grant from the US Department of Education allows university level teachers- like CSUMB professor Mark O'Shea- to facilitate a K-12 classroom. – Monterey Herald, March 23, 2011

CSUMB Establishes Innovation Institute to Support Economic Growth

In Fall 2010, CSUMB established its Innovation Institute to Support Economic Growth, which will provide comprehensive, innovative education, business services and economic development to the greater Monterey Bay region. – Salinas Valley Business Journal, March/April, 2011

Magazine names CSUMB 'green' campus

California State University, Monterey Bay has been named one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible schools by the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Men win CCAA golf championship

CSU Monterey Bay's men's golf team won its second straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship on April 19 at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles. The Otters also took the top two places in the individual competition.

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo visits April 25

Long after his notorious prison experiment, famous psychologist teaches how to act heroically

Students honored for academic excellence

The seventh annual Honors Convocation, held on April 15 before a packed house at the University Center, recognized some of the best and brightest students at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Earth to CSUMB

Earth Day is really Earth Week at CSU Monterey Bay.

4/15: CSUMB professor at TEDx Monterey

Dr. Dan Fernandez, chair of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at CSUMB, will be among the speakers at TEDx Monterey on April 15 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dr. Fernandez will make his presentation about 2:15 p.m.

Author recounts WWII internment on 4/14

Unlike many of her fellow internees, Kiyo Sato is willing to discuss her family’s experience during World War II.

Heritage Music Festival set for April 16

Catalyst: One by One, a collaboration between the Dimensions Dance Theater and jazz composer Khalil Shaheed, will get its world premiere at CSU Monterey Bay’s annual Heritage Music Festival on April 16.

Gardens of Hope

Chinatown community garden

A message from President Harrison

Dear friends of CSU Monterey Bay,

Alumni Class Notes

KATY BJERKE (2010, B.A., Visual and Public Art) is the guest services manager and museum store manager at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. She has volunteered for the Women Alive! project at Dorothy’s Place and the Chinatown Renewal Project. Her fiancé, Paul VandeCarr (B.A., ’06 Visual and Public Art), is the collections curator at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum. Bjerke lives in Pacific Grove.

Softball player sets career home run record

Cal State Monterey Bay senior Shae Olds broke the California Collegiate Athletic Association career home run record on April 11, raising her total to 42.

Agribusiness grad credits family, faculty and funds

Martin Vargas-Garcia, a 2009 graduate, represented alumni as a featured speaker at the Feb. 26 Have a Heart for Students Dinner and Auction, making the connection between a scholarship he received at CSUMB and his career success.

Department veteran named new campus police chief

Earl Lawson is the university’s new chief of police. Lawson served in a number of important roles since joining the University Police Department in 1995, most recently as operations lieutenant and briefly as interim police chief upon the retirement of former chief Fred Hardee last June.

President Harrison gets national responsibilities

CSUMB President Dianne Harrison has recently accepted several positions with national organizations.

Governmental relations director joins staff

Justin Wellner joined CSUMB as director of governmental and external relations in January.

Otter athletics hires three new coaches in past year

The university Athletic Department has hired experienced coaches to lead the baseball, cross-country and men’s soccer programs.

CSUMB leaders help spread gospel of higher education

President Harrison joins nine CSUMB students and staff who were recognized Feb. 20 for their outreach and tutoring service at Greater Victory Temple in Seaside.

President Harrison travels to Jordan and Oman

California State University, Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison was on a trip to Jordan and Oman from March 24 to April 8 as one of seven college and university leaders selected for the 2011 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program.

Making a habit of victory

The Cal State Monterey Bay women’s basketball team celebrates its California Collegiate Athletic Association championship on March 1 following a victory over Sonoma State in the Kelp Bed at the Otter Sports Center.

Foundation sets course: board to oversee philanthropy

The new Foundation of California State University, Monterey Bay is bringing community and campus leaders together to foster support for the university’s philanthropic needs and goals.

Math, revealed: Graniterock sponsors six-day Algebra Academy

Dozens of students from Rolling Hills Middle School in Wattsonville voluntarily spent their last week of winter break studying algebra – and having fun.

Study hall: new library is all things to all people

From the moment it opened at 8 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2008, the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library has been the center of student life at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Sharing a vision, making a difference

In advance of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, an online film journal called IndieWIRE.com took note of the “considerable buzz” being generated by the film school at Cal State Monterey Bay and other places somewhat “off the beaten path.”

Fellowship to open doors

Todd Hallenbeck will complete his master’s degree in Coastal and Watershed Science & Policy this spring. A San Jose native, Hallenbeck is also the recipient of a Sea-Grant West Coast Governor’s Agreement Fellowship.

Helping businesses succeed

Arturo Contreras has a knack for helping small businesses prosper. As a junior consultant at California State University, Monterey Bay’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Contreras helps entrepreneurs create a blueprint for success.

April 12 panel looks at ethics of 'green'

With Earth Day approaching, the ninth annual ethics panel at California State University, Monterey Bay will look at sustainability and the ethics of “green.”

STUDY HALL

From the moment it opened at 8 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2008, the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library has been the center of student life at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Students invited to design a bike garage

Submit the winning entry in CSU Monterey Bay's bicycle garage design contest and win $350. The winning entry must be an indoor, weatherproof, secure facility.

Sharing joy, pride through art

Artist and author Simon Silva has channeled the difficult and painful experiences of his childhood in a family of migrant farm workers into bold and proud expressions of Chicano culture.

April 8-9 film festival transcends borders

The Monterey Bay Film Festival is back for its fourth year and it’s bigger and better than ever.

April 9 symposium on local marine research

"Ripple Effects," which looks at the worldwide impacts of local marine research, will be held on Saturday, April 9, at CSUMB's University Center on Sixth Avenue.

Women golfers win Grand Canyon Invitational

CSUMB’s women’s golf team shot 604 to win this week’s Grand Canyon Invitational at Palm Valley Golf Course in Phoenix, defeating runner-up and host Grand Canyon University by a stroke. Eighteen teams competed in the two-day event.

April 5: One Day Without Shoes at CSUMB

CSU Monterey Bay students went barefoot on April 5 to raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life.

Speaker explores depression firsthand

Brian Wetzel was a successful stand-up comedian whose career and personal life were absorbed by his struggle with clinical depression, a struggle that left him on the brink of suicide through his young adult years.

'Dine to Donate' for earthquake relief

It seems that people and food come together in times of great tragedy.

President Harrison heads to Middle East

When California State University, Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison travels to Jordan and Oman later this month, she will take a step toward the goal of establishing exchange programs with universities in the Middle East.

Conference looks at broadband issues

With better broadband service, residents could be alerted to the dangers posed by forest fires. Medical information could be more readily available to practitioners in rural health clinics. People could have expanded opportunities to access education, and grandparents could connect with their grandchildren via live video. Anyone interested in learning about California’s broadband policy; digital literacy initiatives; cell towers, broadband and land use issues; and fiber to the home is invited to attend a two-day conference, Next Gen Broadband: Filling the Gaps for California’s Communities, to be held March 24 and 25 at CSU Monterey Bay’s Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library. The conference is hosted by the university's Wireless Education and Technology Center. Participants will share research and case studies focusing on how broadband applications help to foster economic growth and job creation, sustain small businesses, expand government and community services, and offer incentives for new enterprises. Lev Gonick, chief information officer of Case Western Reserve University, will deliver the keynote address via video conference. His talk, “Building the Smart Connected City: A Platform Vision for the Future,” focuses on bringing fiber connections to five low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland. Researchers believe that broadband, along with training and computers, may be a critical factor in improving these residents’ lives. The two-day registration fee is $95, which includes a reception and dinner at Kula Ranch in Marina. One-day registration is also available. Registration can be completed online here. A limited number of complimentary registrations are available. Contact Arlene Krebs, conference director, at (831) 582-5025.

Film, TV composer visits April 1

Public invited to April 1 talk by Mark Mancina

Campus to host AVID conference

CSU Monterey Bay Professor Diana Garcia will deliver the keynote address at the 10th annual AVID Writers Conference set for March 22 on the CSUMB campus.

Student research takes top honors

A research poster created by a team of CSU Monterey Bay students took first place at the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) annual state conference March 6-9 in Monterey.

Jazz fusion band visits campus April 7

Jazz and world music fusion band Hiroshima will perform at California State University, Monterey Bay’s World Theater on April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Otters' historic runs bodes well for next year

Otters' historic run: CCAA conference championship, national ranking and NCAA bid

Alumni spotlight: Andrea Aguilar

Andrea Aguilar always knew that she wanted to work in the film and TV industry, but CSUMB helped her realize how powerful a tool the media really is.

Depth and Defense

The nationally ranked Otters are on the amp as they'll face Dixie State of St. George, Utah in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament at Cal Poly Pomona. – Monterey Herald, March 11, 2011

School Bytes

Sam Pacheco, Professor of Chicano Studies, CSUMB and a Talent Search Coordinator for the University, was the keynote speaker at Saturday's conference for migrant middle schoolers at CSUMB. About 100 migrant youth learned about what it takes to avoid drugs, gangs, and getting pregnant at a young age. – Monterey Herald, March 8, 2011

CSUMB students looks at ways to improve Castroville's economy

Monterey County's Redeveloment Agency contracted with CSUMB's School of Business and the campus' Small Business Development Center to improve the north county community's economy. The idea is students visit 200 homes and survey residents about their buying behavior to be later analyzed for a written report. – The Californian, March 5, 2011

Bonds run deep for CSUMB at Golfweek Invite

Five players on the CSUMB golf teamalong with their coach, Jason Owen, traveled 2,800 miles to Florida to play at Golfweek. – Golfweek Magazine, Feb. 28, 2011

Film program in the spotlight

By Mike Hornick In advance of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, an online film journal called IndieWIRE.com took note of the “considerable buzz” being generated by film schools at Cal State Monterey Bay and other places somewhat “off the beaten path.” “Forget about USC or UCLA,” the article said. CSUMB’s answer to traditional film schools – known as the Department of Teledramatic Arts and Technology, or “TAT” – continues to create buzz, win acclaim and produce graduates who find success in the varied and competitive world of film and video. TAT integrates a sense of community into each aspect of student experience, from collaborative filmmaking and festivals to service projects in neighboring cities. A strong alumni network spreads that sense of community to places like Los Angeles, supporting new grads as they seek employment. Students get involved quickly – getting their hands on cameras and editing gear early. “You can start making films in your freshman year, where you wouldn’t touch a camera in most schools ’til you’re a junior,” said Janaye Brown, a 2010 graduate. She now pursues a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, Austin, where she earned a David J. Bruton Fellowship. TAT resources more than suffice for the 163 students now in the program, said J.J. Melancon, a senior who aspires to start a production company on the Monterey Peninsula. “There are four different buildings you’re able to edit at – and great production facilities,” he said. Faculty and staff resources are equally varied. “A lot of teachers are or were professionals in the field, so they have connections,” said Adam Younkin, a senior. For example, a TAT project, the Monterey Bay Film Society, employs Mike Plante, the associate programmer for the Sundance Film Festival as creative director. “He brings an unending stream of internationally renowned filmmakers to visit,” said Enid Baxter Blader, TAT department chair. “He’s also visited our Capstone classes,” Blader said, referring to senior students’ thesis project. “Each senior got to pitch film ideas and get feedback from him one-on-one.” The traffic heads Sundance’s way, too. Two films by Cal State Monterey Bay alumni – Doug Mueller and the team of Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck – have screened at the prestigious festival in the past two years. The senior-year projects culminate in the semi-annual, on-campus Capstone Festival, next set for May 20. Last year about 1,100 filmgoers filled the university’s World Theater to view narrative, documentary and experimental films. “It’s absolutely electric,” Blader said. “It’s not only family and friends; it’s really the community coming out for this. That’s unusual for an undergraduate institution.” Other events nearby provide opportunities for TAT students to screen their films or gain curating experience year-round. Student films have shown at two Carmel festivals, in June and October; at Sand City’s West End Festival; and at the Blue Ocean and First Night events in Monterey. TAT started the annual Monterey Bay Film Festival, held this year on April 9. Launched in 2008, it now draws about 300 entries for the teen program. Besides California, they come from such places as El Salvador and Armenia. Plante brings a collection of programs, some straight from Sundance. The festival’s budget was held together at first by duct tape and paper clips, but it has recently benefited greatly from grants and private donations. “Students get to see what it’s like to curate and produce a film festival,” Blader said. “They form relationships with visiting filmmakers who become mentors to them.”

Tsunami poses no threat to CSUMB campus

A tsunami warning is in effect for the Central Coast of California, including Monterey County, following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern Japan at 9:45 p.m. PST Thursday. Elevated waves were expected to reach the San Francisco Bay Area about 8 a.m.

March 19 event benefits film society

The newly launched Monterey Bay Film Society will hold its first big public event – a screening of “Carmel-by-the-Sea” – on March 19 at Sunset Center.

Otters seeded No. 3 in West Regional

Cal State Monterey Bay’s women’s basketball team grabbed the No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Regional tournament starting Friday in Pomona.

President Harrison assumes national leadership roles

Cal State Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison has recently accepted several positions with national organizations. This week, Dr. Harrison was appointed to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She is one of seven educational leaders from a wide array of institutions to join the board. The AAC&U is a national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its membership includes more than 1,200 public and private schools. Dr. Harrison has also been elected to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Presidents Council. The 15-member council, composed of presidents and chancellors from member schools, is the chief governing body for NCAA Division II athletics. Its responsibilities include ratifying, amending or rescinding actions of the Division II Management Council, developing and approving budgets and expenditures, and implementing policies and procedures pertaining to Division II athletics. She also sits on the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council as an ex-officio member representing the Presidents Council.

Jimenez named CCAA Coach of the Year

Women's basketball coach Renee Jimenez took Coach of the Year honors in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

TAT's Monterey Bay Film Society a big success

The newly formed Monterey Bay Film Society presented by TAT has already staged two successful events. The annual Monterey Bay Film Festival, set for April 8 and 9, promised to be just as exciting.

CSUMB takes back the night on March 4

A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life.

CSUMB women hoops

The nationally ranked Otters are two wins away from a California Collegiate Athletic Association title after a 75-54 beating on Saturday over Humbolt state. CSUMB has assured itself of one home game in the CCAA Tournament and has put a bid in to host the NCAA Division II regionals. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 20, 2011

Education outreach students break records, and othes celebrate

CSUMB's president and two other campus administrators are set to visit local black churches on Sunday to spread the word about the importance of going to college. Their aim is to touch on the importance of receiving a college degree in today's aggressive job market and programs the University offers. – Salinas Californian, Feb. 19, 2011

Sixth-graders delight at visit to local college

CSUMB visit sparks the college coolness factor for Alisal's sixth graders. The school visited a few months ago as part of a program called University Promise. University officials said CSUMB promises to help the students who meet high school graduation requirements with financial aid. - The Salinas Californian, Feb. 12, 2011

Local Olympian visits with CSUMB softball

Olympian and local hero Monica Abbott stopped by CSUMB softball field to take a bit of practice with the Otters. Abbott was a member of the 2008 USA silver medalist team in the Summer Olympic debut pitching in relief in the final inning of a 5-inning no-hit victory over Venezuela. – Marina Gazette, Feb. 7, 2011

OLLI opens education doors for adults, seniors

The OLLI program at CSUMB started in 2007, when 100 students enrolled and has grown steadily each year thanks to exhilarated oldsters. Around 470 students entered the program this year. – Monterey Herald, Feb. 7, 2011

Education scholar Diane Ravitch lectures Feb. 23

The President’s Speaker Series at CSU Monterey Bay resumes Feb. 23 when prominent education scholar Diane Ravitch visits campus. Her talk will start at 7 p.m. in the World Theater on Sixth Avenue.

Learn about applying to med school Feb. 23

If you've ever thought about going to medical school, now's the chance to learn more about it.

CSUMB spreads gospel of higher education

Parishioners at three local churches got more than a sermon on Sunday, Feb. 20. They got a pitch for the value of a college education — straight from the pulpit. Cal State Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison, Provost Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Vice President for Student Affairs Ronnie Higgs visited churches in Seaside and Pacific Grove as part of a California State University program called Super Sunday. On Sundays through February, dozens of administrators from the CSU system are fanning out to more than 100 black churches across the state to spread the gospel of higher education. The goal is to increase the number of African-American students attending college. Dr. Harrison reminded the congregation at Greater Victory Temple in Seaside that CSUMB “is your hometown university.” She told members of the congregation that CSUMB offers 18 undergraduate degrees and eight master’s programs, and new programs in marine science, environmental studies, Spanish, Japanese and nursing are expected to be added in the near future. “Let’s all work together to make sure children – your children – take advantage of the educational opportunities offered at the CSU so they become the educated minds that will take California to the next stage of economic prosperity,” she told parishioners. She said unemployment figures for California clearly demonstrate the value of a college degree: While those without a high school diploma have an unemployment rate of 19 percent, the rate for those with a bachelor’s degree is only 6 percent. The road to college begins early – in the sixth grade, when students should begin taking English. Algebra needs to be tackled in the eighth grade and calculus in the 12th grade, Dr. Harrison told them. “This is why we are here today asking grandparents, parents and mentors to push students to work harder in middle and high school,” she said. “Young people tend to achieve what’s expected of them. They need to know that we expect them to prepare for college.” University staff members passed out information and answered questions at the end of the service. Dr. Cruz-Uribe conveyed the college-going message when she visited Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Seaside; Dr. Higgs took the message to parishioners at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove.

Annual Dia de Los Padres in Salinas

California State University, Monterey Bay invites the Spanish-speaking parents of incoming and prospective students to Dia de Los Padres, a reception and information session to be held Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Salinas. This event is co-hosted by Monterey County Office of Education, Migrant Education, Region XVI.

Civil rights activist visits campus Feb. 28

CSU Monterey Bay’s celebration of Black History Month will conclude on Feb. 28 when nationally known civil rights activist Bob Zellner visits campus.

TAT sponsors film showing in Monterey

The Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at CSU Monterey Bay will present a screening of “I Am Secretly an Important Man” at the Osio Theater in Monterey on March 5.

Undergraduate research takes center stage

Whether at a field site or in a lab, the chance to conduct research is a game-changer for many CSU Monterey Bay students when it comes to earning a degree.

Islam topic of Social Justice Colloquium

This year’s Social Justice Colloquium at CSU Monterey Bay will feature a pair of dialogues focusing on Islam.

Event examines economics of sustainability

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RecycleMania comes to CSUMB

Glass, plastic containers, paper and aluminum cans – they all have their place at CSU Monterey Bay. And it’s not in trash cans.

University to work on Castroville improvement project

CSU Monterey Bay’s School of Business and the local Small Business Development Centers are about to begin work on a project to improve the economic vitality of Castroville.

'Love the Skin You're In'

CSU Monterey Bay will mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with a presentation by author, speaker and yoga therapist Brie Mathers. The free event will take place at 7 p.m., Feb. 22, in the University Center living room. The public is invited. Mathers’ topic is “Love the Skin You’re In – Taking out the Social Programming that Rules our Self-Images and Pocketbooks.” She’ll share the story of her near-miss Olympic dream due to anorexia and her healing, which inspired a passionate speaking campaign and online recovery program. After the presentation, Mathers (pictured at left) will be available for questions and will sign copies of her book, “Freedom to Blossom – An Invitation to Shine.” The National Eating Disorders Association has proclaimed Feb. 20-26 as the 24th annual week set aside to talk about eating disorders and unrealistic body-perfect ideals, and to fight for more research, support and access to treatment for people suffering from these life-threatening illnesses. Through NED Awareness Week, the national non-profit group seeks to educate the public on signs and symptoms of eating disorders and encourage people to get help. The goal is also to spread a message of hope: Help is available, recovery is possible and those affected are not alone in their struggle. According to the group’s website, www.nationaleatingdisorders.org: • Nearly 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. are battling eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, while millions more suffer from binge eating disorder.

Baseball team wins home opener

Greg Fujii hit a walk-off double to lift the Cal State Monterey Bay baseball team to a 7-6 victory over Biola University in the Otters home opener on Thursday.

Students volunteer to prepare taxes

Twenty-nine students and two faculty members from CSU Monterey Bay are preparing income taxes for free during the next few months at various locations around the area through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA is coordinated by the United Way of Monterey County.

Comedy icon Second City visits March 3

In December 1959, a revolution in comedy began in front of a small crowd in a former laundry building in Chicago.

A conversation with Chaz Bono March 9

Chaz Bono, the only child of entertainers Sonny and Cher, will visit California State University, Monterey Bay on March 9. The public is invited.

Staffer honored by transportation agency

CSUMB staff member Megan Tolbert received an Excellence Award from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County at its Jan. 26 meeting.

Have a Heart for Students

KSBW-TV meteorologist Jim Vanderzwaan will help auction off dozens of items – including tickets to the Panetta Lecture Series, jewelry, lavish dinners and lots of wine – at the 13th annual Have a Heart for Students dinner and auction at California State University, Monterey Bay on Feb. 26. The goal is to raise money for student scholarships, a need that is more urgent than ever because of the financial crunch many families are experiencing. Dozens of faculty and staff volunteers take on the roles of waiters and wine stewards, all in an effort to raise money to help the 65 percent of CSUMB students who receive some form of financial aid. This year’s planning committee is co-chaired by Leslie Taylor and Shahin Anable. “Efforts like this are really community events,” Anable said. “They’re about our future – wherever we live.” Live and silent auctions will highlight the event, which will be held in the ballroom of the University Center on Sixth Avenue. A reception and silent auction will get under way at 5 p.m. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.

Accounting students earn scholarships

The San Jose-Silicon Valley Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants has awarded scholarships to a pair of CSU Monterey Bay students.

Student Partnership Produces 'Litter'

CSUMB students continue to make an impact in the community through service learning. The latest effort is the short film project "Litter: A Community Problem That Needs Community Solutions." – Monterey Herald, Jan. 23, 2011

Teen Film Festival Approaches

Time  is running out for young filmmakers to submit their work to the Monterey Bay Teen Film Festival, sponsored by CSUMB. Entry deadline is Feb. 11 for the third annual festival, which will be held at CSU Monterey Bay's World Theater on April 9. – Monterey Herald, Jan. 21, 2011

Sundance Kid

Douglas Mueller, a CSUMB alumni and local resident, is among the the respected, small cadre of filmmakers whose work will be shown at Sundance this year. Prairie Love is being featured in a category of films that were made for under $500,000. – Santa Cruz Good Times, Jan. 19, 2011

Spoken-word artist performs Feb. 1

In celebration of Black History Month, spoken-word artist Saul Williams will perform at CSU Monterey at 7 p.m., Feb. 1, in the University Center ballroom.

'Growing Up Weston' lecture

Kim Weston, artist and grandson of photographer Edward Weston, will kick off the spring visiting artists lecture series at CSU Monterey Bay on Feb. 17.

Biology major earns top honor in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Johnson took a top honor at the inaugural Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, held Feb. 24 and 25 in Washington, D.C.

Student partnership produces 'Litter'

A pair of CSUMB undergraduates and four students from Seaside High School have teamed up on a project they hope will help to clean up the local environment.

Students to present research at COAST

A poster created by five students in CSUMB’s Division of Science and Environmental Policy is one of 21 selected by the CSU’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) for display at its inaugural student-research showcase Jan. 25 in Long Beach.

Choir performs for Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, California State University, Monterey Bay invites the public to a free musical performance by the group Voices of Freedom.

Apply now for instructional science, technology program

California State University, Monterey Bay invites the public to learn more about the master’s degree program in Instructional Science and Technology at an open house on Jan. 27.

Log me on to the ballgame

The Internet has sparked an evolution in college sports viewing, and CSUMB has picked up on the trend.

New outlook for CSUMB baseball

To most sports teams, a new year falls somewhere between rebuilding and reloading. For the baseball team at Cal State Monterey Bay, it is a matter of reinventing. First-year coach Walt White has began his time in Seaside with hopes to make the Otters a force in the CCAA. — Salinas Californian, Jan. 17, 2011

Otters ride free with CSUMB ID

It's really a free ride. Starting Saturday, January 15, 2001, CSUMB students enrolled in the spring semester as well as faculty and staff, will be able to ride all MST buses for free. — mst.org, Jan. 13, 2011

Academy makes algebra fun

In a large conference room at Graniterock's headquarters in Watsonville, 54 Rolling Hills Middle School students are voluntarily spending a week of their winter break studying algebra and to the casual observer, they're having fun. Taught by a team of mathematics professors and students from CSUMB, the Algebra Academy give the students six hours per day of math instruction in what organizers hope is a relaxed atmosphere without the threat of quizzes looming over their heads.  — Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Jan. 6, 2011

Santa Cruz lawyer donates boat to CSUMB

The lives of Santa Cruz attorney Paul Meltzer and his great-grandfather, Harold Heath, barely overlapped, but the legend of the marine scientist and his adventures at sea lived on in the family history. In honor of Heath, one of the first professors at Stanford, Meltzer recently donated a 46-foot Hatteras sport fishing yacht to the CSUMB marine science program. — San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 17, 2010

$1.1 million for CSUMB special education teacher scholarships

If money is a problem for prospective students seeking a special education teaching credential n the local university, government money can be the answer. CSUMB's teacher education program received a federal grant to help students prepare for a career teaching students with disabilities.   -The Californian, Jan. 12, 2011

Incredible run

Renee Jimenez didn't actively recruit the best players in teh off-season. Instead she went after players that played on the best teams. "I hate to lose," said the CSUMB women's coach. "These kids come from prgrams that are accustomed to winning." And it shows. While gaining nationwide respect has been slow, the Otter's record-breaking start continues after rolling to a 71-41 win Friday over visiting Cal State, Los Angeles. -The Herald, Jan. 8, 2011

Gonzales center helps small businesses

When Janet Pacheco needed help applying for a small business loan, she knew where to turn. Arturo Contreras, a CSU Monterey Bay student who works at the small Business Development center in Gonzales, "knew exactly what I was talking about," said Pacheco. -Herald, Dec. 21, 2010

Filmmaker in spotlight

California State University, Monterey Bay, continues to establish its reputation as a center for film studies, as an alumnus's feature film will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival beginning Jan. 20. -The Californian, Dec. 20, 2010

Space agency helps growers

Growers in the Salinas and San Joaquin valleys are about to get help from above. "Growers have the best understanding of how much water is needed for their crops, the know their own land the best," said Forrest Melton, a scientist at CSU Monterey Bay, who works closely with NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field in Mountain View. – Monterey Herald, Dec. 17, 2010

Rotary Club donates $20K for CSUMB program

The Rotary Club of Salinas donated $20,000 to CSUMB for use in its Pay it Forward Scholarship program, at a club meeting Nov. 23. The donation will support one student for four years at CSUMB. Winners of the Pay it Forward Scholarship will announced by March. -The Californian, Dec. 6, 2010

Apply now for fall 2011 MSW program

CSU Monterey Bay’s Master of Social Work program is accepting applications for Fall 2011. Application deadline is Jan. 31

Budget message from President Harrison

CSU Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison sent this message to the campus community on Tuesday, Jan. 11:

Math program earns Innovators Award

Cal State Monterey Bay has earned an EdTech Innovators Award from Hewlett Packard and the New Media Consortium. The award recognizes pioneers in education who are using technology in groundbreaking ways.

Academy makes algebra fun for 8th graders

Fifty-three students from Rolling Hills Middle School in Watsonville voluntarily spent their last week of winter break studying algebra – and having fun.

Academy makes algebra fun for 8th graders

Fifty-three students from Rolling Hills Middle School in Watsonville voluntarily spent their last week of winter break studying algebra – and having fun.

Got an Otter ID card? Ride the bus for free

It’s really a free ride.

Teacher education info sessions Jan. 19-20

CSU Monterey Bay’s Department of Teacher Education will hold information sessions on the credential programs available at the university on Jan. 19 and 20.

Social media focus of Jan. 11 workshop

The Small Business Development Center based at CSU Monterey Bay and the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce are set to present a small-business marketing workshop on how to use social media  and e-mail marketing to help build sales and business contacts.

COLLEGE SENIORS

People looking to expand their horizons without having to travel far from home should check out the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Students present biotech research

Students and faculty from CSU Monterey Bay will join colleagues from other California State University campuses to present research on genes, proteins, cancers, crops, water quality and other topics at the 23rd annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Jan. 7 and 8 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Six CSUMB students – four undergraduates and two master’s degree students – will present their work. Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan, who teaches cell and molecular biology, is one of the organizers of the event and helped to select one of this year’s award winners. CSUMB’s Erin Stanfield is a finalist for the annual Eden Graduate Student Research Award, worth $1,750 to cover educational and travel-related expenses. Stanfield’s research uses molecular methods to tackle a problem in the Monterey Bay area – the presence of potential toxin-producing cyanobacteria in local lakes. She worked for more than a year at Pinto Lake in Watsonville; her work will help inform water management agencies around the area and garner new information about how these complex organisms sense their environment and produce toxins. Undergraduates Jen Cleveland, Kevin Johnson, Mark Callaghan and Pierre Boivin and grad student Maren Mitch are also presenting their work at the two-day conference. With roughly 500 CSU students and faculty joining nearly 100 industry professionals, community college representatives and elected officials, the symposium is the major annual event dedicated to developing biotechnology researchers in California.

Huffington Post: CSUMB 'forward-thinking'

CSU Monterey Bay has gotten a prominent mention by a blogger for the Huffington Post. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, who writes about higher education issues for the website, included the university on a list of nine “Forward-Thinking Colleges."

Bank of America supports SBDC

California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $15,000 grant from Bank of America to support its Small Business Development Center, an innovative program that provides counseling and training to small businesses or people who are trying to start them.

Teen Film Festival deadline approaching

Young filmmakers eager to see their work on a screen bigger than YouTube will get the opportunity in April, when Cal State Monterey Bay holds its third annual Teen Film Festival.

Santa Cruz attorney donates research vessel to CSUMB

Paul Meltzer, a Santa Cruz attorney, has donated his 46-foot Hatteras sport fishing yacht to CSU Monterey Bay for use in the university’s marine science program.

Another CSUMB alum goes indie at Sundance

Graduates of the Teledramatic Arts and Technology program at CSU Monterey Bay continue to earn recognition and accolades for their work.

Alum's artwork featured in First Night celebration

Artwork by recent CSUMB graduate Jacob Kernodle is gracing the marketing materials for First Night Monterey – the result of a longstanding relationship between the university and the event’s organizers. This year’s theme for the annual event is “Imagine, Create, Participate.” Members of Professor Bobbi Long’s Publications Design course have been designing the poster and button for First Night Monterey since 2003.

Contest entries get creative with gingerbread

There are gingerbread bakers and gingerbread artists.

Images transform TAT building on Dec. 15

The Teldramatic Arts and Technology Building will become a giant canvas on Dec. 15 when students project their work onto the building.

Student films to be screened Dec. 8

Works by CSUMB student filmmakers will be on display at the Teledramatic Arts Presentation Showcase Dec. 8 in the TAT Studio on Sixth Avenue. The showing is scheduled to run from 7 to 10 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. The presentation is free and the public is invited.

CSUMB lands grant for special education

Cal State Monterey Bay’s teacher education program has received a federal grant to help students obtain a special education credential. Over the course of four years, the U.S. Department of Education grant will provide $1.1 million to provide scholarships for people who want to prepare for a career teaching students with disabilities in the Monterey Bay area. The grant will provide scholarships that can be used to cover tuition, fees, textbooks and laptop computers for credential candidates. Grant money will also be used to develop computer technology that will allow students to access course content online, and use video conferencing for field supervision. Candidates will complete the program equipped to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities and emotional disturbance. Credential candidates will gain field experiences in the tri-county region as well as in high-need schools. “This grant will address the critical shortage of credentialed special educators in the local area,” said Dr. Josh Harrower, associate professor in the special education program.

Historian publishes another book on Vietnam War

Three decades after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Southeast Asia, echoes from the Vietnam War still reverberate in 21st-century America. A recently published book edited by Dr. David Anderson, professor of history at CSUMB, offers new perspectives on the political, historical, military and social issues that defined the war and its effects on the U.S. and Vietnam. “The Columbia History of the Vietnam War” opens with an introduction by Dr. Anderson on the war’s major moments and enduring relevance.

GIS used to study children's health risks

A professor of geography at CSU Monterey Bay is studying transportation-related air pollution and the health risks it poses to children.

Volleyball player earns All-American honors

Rheann Fall, outside hitter on CSUMB's volleyball team,  is the first Otter athlete to earn All-American honors in any sport.

Learn to save water with OLLI

“Save the Carmel River – Conserve Water Today” is the topic of the last class of the year offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State Monterey Bay.

School Bytes

Educator reporter Claudia Melendez Salinas tells of a local student project: "What does it take to build peace?" Twenty-three high school and CSUMB students tackled the issue through the Summer Youth Leadership Training Project. -Monterey Herald, Nov. 14, 2010

Photographer Jeff Sheng lectures Nov. 30

The President’s Speaker Series resumes Nov. 30 when photographer Jeff Sheng visits campus. His talk will start at 7 p.m. in the World Theater.

Baseball team lands nine in early signing

Head baseball coach Walt White’s tenure at CSUMB is off to a good start with the early signing of nine recruits for fall 2011.

CSUMB hosts panel presentation on autism

With the diagnosis rate estimated to be 1 in 110 children, it’s imperative that parents and teachers of students with autism know what local resources are available.

Donor wall unveiled in Alumni & Visitors Center

A donor wall, memorializing the contributions of significant donors to the university, was unveiled Oct. 9 at the Alumni & Visitors Center during an annual dinner in appreciation of the university’s largest donors.

Thanksgiving meal program from Sodexo Dining Services

Sodexo Dining Services is planning a special Thanksgiving meal program for the campus community.

Campus holiday food drives are big success

The Nov. 13 performance of December People at the World Theater was sold out, with standing room only. Another high point of the evening was the success of the theater’s food drive.

CSUMB among ?Best Places to Work?

Cal State Monterey Bay can claim to be one of the best places to work in the county – for the second time in three years.

Aloha Otters

The CSUMB men’s golf team pulled off the double-double at the Dennis Rose Invitational in Hawaii, as the Otters won the team title and Oskar Nystrom won the individual title. – Monterey Herald, Nov. 3, 2010  

Native American History Week Nov. 12-18

Film showings, lectures and panel presentations are all part of the celebration of Native American History Week at California State University, Monterey Bay Nov. 12-18. Organized by members of the faculty in the Division of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies, the schedule includes three films by the producer-director team of Steven Heape and Chip Richie and a variety of other events. Here’s the schedule: • Nov. 12: Film showing, noon-2 p.m., University Center on Sixth Avenue Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School, which presents a Native American perspective on Indian boarding schools and uncovers the dark history of U.S. government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western society. • Nov. 15: Film showing, 6-8 p.m., University Center on Sixth Avenue The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy, an award-winning film that documents the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma as a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children. Moderated by Professor Kathryn England-Aytes. • Nov. 16 Film showing, 6-8 p.m., University Center on Sixth Avenue Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare, a documentary telling the story of Indian healthcare and the Indian Health Service, told from the Native American prospective. Moderated by Dr. George Baldwin. Artist demonstration, time and place to be determined (will be repeated on Nov. 17) Carmel artist Emy Ledbetter specializes in Native American paintings. She’ll demonstrate a mixed-media process on canvas involving acrylics and a resist process that is repeated again and again, layer by layer. Ultimately figures appear that seem to float in a field of texture and color. • Nov. 17 Panel presentation, noon-2 p.m., University Center on Sixth Avenue Two Daughters of Coyote, featuring Cari Herthel talking about "Protecting Sacred Sites in Monterey,” and Lorraine Escobar speaking on “Worthless Paper, Shattered Identities.”

California colleges opening more doors to disabled students

Disabilities are a reality for many students at local colleges and universities, but cutting-edge technology, modern teaching methods and specialized services can make education less of an obstacle at CSU Monterey Bay. – Media dis&dat blog (news about disability issues), Nov. 2, 2010

Lawson sworn in as campus police chief

Earl Lawson was sworn in as the chief of police at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 2, three weeks after university President Dianne Harrison named him to the position.

Estudiantes Vivieron debajo del Mar

Estudiantes de la Universidad Estatal de la Bahia de Monterey, un professor y otros cientificos vivieron debajo del mar por diez dias para estudiar la vida marina. – KMUV-23 (Telemundo), Nov. 1, 2010

Fort Ord Alumni award scholarships

The dozen students who were selected to receive scholarships from the Fort Ord Alumni Association cover the spectrum of academic majors available at Cal State Monterey Bay: human communication; business; liberal studies; global studies; teledramatic arts and technology; environmental science, technology and policy; health and human services; marine science; kinesiology.

Visiting artist series continues Nov. 10

Art historian Laura Meyer comes to campus on Nov. 10 as the visiting artist lecture series continues.

Chinatown Experience

It has gone from a dream, to a grant ($600,000 last year) and now the Salinas Chinatown Cultural Center and Museum and project is taking an important next step. CSU Monterey Bay will host a symposium featuring national museum professionals who will share their experiences and lend their advice on how to best plan and create the Salinas museum. – Monterey Herald, Oct. 14, 2010

Campus unveils web redesign

Oct. 26, 2010  A redesigned website for Cal State Monterey Bay debuted on Oct. 25, after more than a year of work by members of the Strategic Communications and Information Technology departments and an outside contractor, White Whale Web Services of Oakland.

'Wintervention' lets it snow on Nov. 3

Documentary filmmaker Warren Miller's latest snow-thrill movie, Wintervention, will be shown at California State University, Monterey Bay's World Theater at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. It's free, and the public is invited.

Health sciences lecture set for Nov. 18

The final lecture in this semester's Health Sciences Speaker Series will be held on Nov. 18, when Dr. Douglas Kellogg of UC Santa Cruz visits campus. Dr. Kellogg is a professor of molecular cell and developmental biology.

Working with Professor Ruben Mendoza, archaeology students uncover a career

Generations of California elementary school students have visited the adobe missions that dot the state from San Diego to Sonoma. The 21 missions, begun in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra, had a big impact on Dr. Ruben Mendoza.

Class Notes

ALEXIS HALL (B.S., Environmental Science, Technology & Policy) is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her research involves the field of marine ecosystem-based management, studying the relationship among flatfish, crabs and trawling in the eastern Bering Sea. Her graduate education is being funded with a National Science Foundation MESAS (Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic) Ph.D. fellowship. At the Surfrider Foundation, she volunteers as an environmental educator. Hall lives in Juneau.

CSUMB faculty spotlight

Dr. Gerald Shenk, professor of social and behavioral sciences, is co-editor of “Citizen and Soldier: A Sourcebook on Military Service and National Defense from Colonial America to the Present,” a newly published book from Routledge Press.

Volleyball team off to its strongest start ever

Cal State Monterey Bay volleyball coach Jody Garry says this year’s squad is “not afraid to lose.” As the 2010 season continues, it is very clear they aren’t afraid to win, either.

Service in coast guard leads to marine science

A seven-year stint in the U.S. Coast Guard offered Bridget Hoover many exciting experiences. It was also a time when she saw the water quality of the ocean at its worst.

Science master's degree offers new career path

Cal State Monterey Bay now offers a Professional Science Master’s degree in Coastal and Watershed Science & Policy. The new program complements the traditional, thesis-based master of science degree in applied marine and watershed science that has been offered at CSUMB for five years.

Staff members honored for outreach work

Two staff members from California State University, Monterey Bay have been honored for their work with the univesity's outreach efforts.

Planting ideas for the future

Students, especially in grades 2 through 6, will get a chance to step into the outdoors and wrap their eager minds around the basics of natural science. The program is offered by Return of the Natives, part of the Watershed Institute at CSUMB. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 13, 2010

Celebrate Day of the Dead at CSUMB

When Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, arrives, family members of departed souls set out water, candles, food and decorated sugar skulls to welcome their lost loved ones. Widely celebrated in Latin America, the day honors the dead as living entities. It celebrates the departed, and helps keep them present in life.

Departure from the depths

Imagine if, over a decade, San Francisco Bay lost enough sediment to fill about 5,000 Olympic swimming pools with sand and gravel, and some mud.

CSUMB student, professor to embark on 10-day mission

Astronauts explore outer space. "Aquanauts explore inner space," said Jessica Watson, a graduate student at CSUMB. She and Dr. James Lindholm are preparing to embark on a scientific mission that will take them inside the world's only undersea research station. – The Salinas Californian, Oct. 1, 2010