From CSUSB, 18 students departed to New York as delegates of The Republic of Cameroon and representatives of their school. Led by Program Assistant Sofia Alverez and faculty member Professor Sina Bastami, the Delegation of Cameroon won the Outstanding Delegation Award for their preparation and skill demonstrated during the conference. The National Model United Nations (NMUN) program is an event where about 400 colleges and universities come together to represent the member states that are part of the United Nations and discuss current world issues with the intent to collaborate and come to a resolution that addresses the topic. This year's event involved 408 schools from around the … [Read more...] about CSUSB among the 400 schools in attendance of the 70th Model United Nations Conference
By Mayibel Ruiz Choosing a major in college feels like a big deal when you’re starting as a freshman, but how important is the major you choose? Are there majors that help their graduates secure a job, or are there other factors at play? With the upcoming spring 2022 graduation, future college graduates wonder when they should start applying for jobs in their field. Everyone graduates ready to begin their new life after college, but this new life most likely begins with a new job. How can students know what career is the best fit? We have all heard of the age-old career advice given to college students, secure an internship early, join clubs on campus, and network. But, if … [Read more...] about From degree to career, do degrees decide your occupation?
By Eric Sandoval, Celeste Santarrosa, and Samantha Vasquez Being the first to graduate college in your family is a huge accomplishment, but can also be a rigorous journey. Three CSUSB first generation students give insight on their stories towards a graduation cap and gown. With 81% percent of CSUSB students being first-generation, many experience the same trials and tribulations. But one thing that gets glossed over is why these students push to be the first in their family to graduate from college. “I wanted to set that milestone in my family by showing not only my family, but myself that I can get higher education,” said Carolinne Marquez, a third year first-generation … [Read more...] about Recognizing CSUSB’s first-generation students and their challenges
Dennis Killion, a Youth Provider and Special Education teacher at Apple Valley High School, shares some challenges he has faced in aiding and supporting at-risk young adults during a pandemic. With 31 years of teaching experience, Killion coordinates two state-funded programs: the Workability Program and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). He works with young adults, ranging from 17 to 22 years old, to provide them lessons on life skills and job employment readiness. Q: How has COVID-19 impacted the services that you provide to young adults? A: It has changed a little bit due to COVID, I have gotten a lot of younger kids who are deficient in credits. The way it … [Read more...] about Impacts of COVID-19 on a county’s youth provider
Due to the challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, CSUSB has once again offered students the ability to choose the credit/no credit option for their classes. Some students share their thoughts on the subject. "CSUSB bringing back credit/no credit as an option for classes this semester honestly creates a little more wiggle space with grades. Even though I’m unsure of how I’ll approach my own grades this semester, I know this option may relieve some stress for others. When going into semesters, I thought classes would be less hectic compared to how they were during quarters; I was wrong. With the option of credit/no credit being offered, I feel that this may push not only … [Read more...] about Vox pop: What are your thoughts on the credit/no credit option for this semester?
A CSUSB Zoom workshop demonstrated how to improve one's grant writing abilities with additional information and tips on how to be successful. The event was hosted and led by Michele Skilijan, who serves as executive director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship’s Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Women Business Centers. Skilijan guided viewers through a power point presentation which covered topics such as resources, tips and advice for writing a grant, the do’s and don’ts, and other topics. Skilijan said that the biggest takeaway she wanted from those who attended was, “Successful grant writing is about research, preparation, and answering the questions … [Read more...] about Students receive more guidance about grant writing
The lack of face-to-face modes of instruction raises concerns about how students will succeed academically. Karen Escalante, an assistant professor for teacher education and foundation at CSUSB, states that the virtual learning environment is different from what she is used to. “There are things that we’re not able to do because we’re not face-to-face, but there are things that we are now able to do in this virtual space that we couldn't if we were face-to-face,” said Escalante. Because of the virtual environment, instructors are now able to invite guest speakers from afar in their classes via Zoom, which wasn’t an opportunity they had before. Maria Medina is an algebra teacher at … [Read more...] about Restrictions of virtual learning during a pandemic
They say patience is a virtue and it could also be a life-saver when it comes to bringing kids back to the classroom. As fall turns to winter with no COVID-19 vaccine available, many local K-12 schools move closer to reopening in-person classes. School officials and teachers are working on plans to do it safely, but the safest and smartest thing to do would be to wait. We can all agree that kids need to be together so they can socialize and be around other kids. It is also common knowledge that most kids do better with in-person learning rather than online classes. The two major problems right now are that we are currently in a COVID-19 surge and we cannot yet guarantee the safety of kids … [Read more...] about Opinion: Coronavirus risks outweigh the gains with bringing kids back into the classroom
They say educational institutions and universities are places where people can feel free to express themselves in order to create an environment where we can collectively grow and learn to form a better society. However, can students and faculty honestly say that this is the case? Do they feel safe enough and welcomed to express their opinion, regardless of which side they might fall on? In my experience, and from what I have witnessed others experience over the years in college, I would say this is most certainly not the case. Whether it's having your opinion mocked by the professor or having a hostile classroom environment where you know you aren't welcome, I think it is safe to say … [Read more...] about Opinion: Alleged suppression of student political opinions in the university
Staying at home and social distancing does not have to be done alone. As we continue navigating the world in a pandemic, some of us may need some academic assistance or human interaction. The peer mentoring programs at CSUSB are in full swing to help students find their ways through these uncertain times. Barbara Herrera, a Student Mentoring Program Coordinator, gives us a glimpse of how the program has evolved into virtual mentoring. Herrera talks about the four types of mentoring programs that serve the CSUSB students. Herrera says, “This fall has been kind of challenging with incoming freshman and transfer students because they are coming in from a virtual platform, and we are … [Read more...] about CSUSB peer mentoring programs are just a click away