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MAGAZINE & ALUMNI NEWS

Film program in the limelight
‘TAT’ students are making their mark in the industry and in the community

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT HARRISON

Dear friends of CSU Monterey Bay,
This twice-yearly magazine is all about pride – the university’s pride in its progress, and what I hope is your pride as an alum or supporter who feels connected to us. Each issue highlights the many exciting things happening on our campus: Stories about student achievement represent the success of many more students like them. News of our faculty’s professional accomplishments is a sampling of their varied and important work. Alumni “class notes” are a glimpse of our graduates’ contributions through careers and service. In this edition, you’ll read how students in our Teledramatic Arts & Technology Department are preparing to achieve at the highest level in the competitive fields of film and television. Another article is an update on our new library, which has proven to be a fantastic academic resource and a gathering place for our students. We describe how a community partner, the Graniterock company, joined with our Mathematics Department to prepare middle school students to excel in high school algebra and beyond. And, of course, we are thrilled to celebrate a historic season for the Otters women’s basketball team, which was nationally ranked and competed in the NCAA tournament. All of this is part of the larger and very exciting story of CSU Monterey Bay that continues to unfold as we prepare for our 15th annual Commencement. At a time of financial difficulty, when Californians are being asked to reconsider their priorities, we count on your support for this university and for higher education in general. We look forward to many more opportunities to share news about academic achievement, educational excellence and community partnerships. I know we will continue to accomplish a great deal for our students and the communities we serve, especially with your help. Sincerely,

Dr. Dianne F. Harrison

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The Teledramatic Arts & Technology Department, or TAT, continues to produce graduates who are wellprepared to find success in a competitive film and video industry.

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The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library has become a central gathering place on campus, both for studying and for socializing.

Senior guard London Houchin makes a fast break during the Otters’ March 11 defeat of Dixie State in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Cal Poly Pomona. Behind her are teammates senior Michelle Santizo, left, and sophomore Jessica Fontenette.

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The Graniterock company sponsored a math camp for Watsonville students that will help them succeed in their future math studies.

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The university’s new philanthropic foundation has installed its first board of directors and will oversee receipt and distribution of charitable giving to support growth and development in service to students.
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Chris Carpenter, media production specialist for the Teledramatic Arts & Technology Department, demonstrates use of a video camera to TAT students (from left) Shantel Byrd, J. J. Melancon and Ryan Elam in the department's studio.

Sharing a vision, making a difference
Experienced professionals prepare film grads to set their sights high
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acclaim and produce graduates who find said Enid Baxter Blader, TAT departsuccess in the varied and competitive ment chair. world of film and video. “He’s also visited our Capstone classes,” TAT integrates a sense of community Blader said, referring to senior students’ into each aspect of student experience, thesis project. “Each senior got to pitch from collaborative filmmaking and film ideas and get feedback from him festivals to service projects in neighboring one-on-one.” cities. A strong alumni network spreads The traffic heads Sundance’s way, too. that sense of community to places like Two films by Cal State Monterey Bay Los Angeles, supporting new grads as alumni – Doug Mueller ’03 and the team they seek employment. of Robert Machoian ’07 and Rodrigo Students get involved quickly – getting Ojeda-Beck ’09 – have screened at the their hands on cameras and editing gear prestigious festival in the past two years. early. The senior-year projects culminate in “You can start making films in your the semi-annual, on-campus Capstone freshman year, where you wouldn’t touch Festival, set for May 20. Last year filmgoa camera in most schools ’til you’re a ers filled the university’s 427-seat World junior,” said Janaye Brown, a 2010 graduTheater to view narrative, documentary ate. She is now pursuing a Master of Fine and experimental films. Arts at the University of Texas, Austin, “It’s absolutely electric,” Blader said. where she earned a David J. Bruton Fel“It’s not only family and friends; it’s lowship. really the community coming out for TAT resources more than suffice for this. That’s unusual for an undergraduate the 163 students now in the program, institution.” said J.J. Melancon, a senior who aspires Other events nearby provide opportunito start a production company on the ties for TAT students to screen their films Monterey Peninsula. “There are four or gain curating experience. Student different buildings you’re able to edit in – films have shown at two Carmel festiand great production vals, in June and facilities,” he said. October; at Sand Faculty and staff City’s West End resources are equally Festival; and at the varied. Blue Ocean and “A lot of teachers First Night events in are or were profesMonterey. sionals in the field, TAT started the so they have connecannual Monterey tions,” said Adam Bay Film Festival, Younkin, a senior. held this year on For example, a April 9. Launched TAT Department Chair Enid Baxter TAT project, the in 2008, it now Blader prepares materials for a Monterey Bay Film draws about 300 presentation to migrant youth. Society, employs entries for the teen Mike Plante, the program. Besides associate programmer for the Sundance California, they come from such places Film Festival as creative director. “He as El Salvador and Armenia. Plante brings an unending stream of internabrings a collection of programs, some tionally renowned filmmakers to visit,” straight from Sundance.
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n 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.” “Forget about USC or UCLA,” the article said. CSUMB’s answer to traditional film schools – known as the Teledramatic Arts & Technology Department, or TAT – continues to create buzz, win

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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.” Rachel Asendorf, a senior, was a producer’s assistant for last year’s Young Filmmakers program, part of the MBFF. “I watched all the footage and helped I really wanted to do was impact youths’ lives in any way I could – by telling stories or just being a friend or role model,” said Juan Ramirez, a 2009 graduate. His service learning project, “Concrete Paradigm,” documented the struggles and hopes of detainees in Monterey County Juvenile Hall. “Concrete Paradigm” won awards for Ramirez and co-director Stephen Sprague at several film festivals. The sequel, “Letters from Within,” was tapped for a March 19 screening at the Interate interconnectedness and hope for kids who feel alone. Juvenile Hall has about a 95 percent recidivism rate; anecdotally we know the incidence is lower for teens we’ve served. “Some have ended up in adult programs for filmmaking. They decided, ‘This is what I want to do.’ That’s powerful.” For her service project, Brown led a filmmaking class for teens at the Salinas Public Library and overcame nervousness about taking the role of teacher. Not every TAT student wants to work in the conventional film industry. Melinda DeRouen, a 2005 graduate, still shoots video but focuses on stage-acting and radio work. And the film work of Brown and Ojeda-Beck – who’s now in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley – is geared as much to galleries as to theaters. “(TAT) exposed me to experimental media,” Brown said. “A lot of that exists in the art world. Had I not gone to CSUMB, I might have worked in a traditional film program.”

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TAT doesn’t just look at filmmaking, Blader said. “There’s a confluence between film and multiple histories of storytelling,” she said. “We’re looking at the histories of theater, performance, art and avant-garde image-making. This approach gives our students a visual fluency that sets them above the average. This is why they are recognized at international film festivals.” Graduates working in such commercial film centers as Hollywood and San Francisco say the breadth of experience gained at Cal State Monterey Bay helped get their careers off the ground. “I thought I just wanted to write and direct, but TAT opened my eyes to everything that was out there.” said Justin Bloch, a 2004 grad who now edits for the

2003 TAT graduate Doug Mueller is pictured on location in North Dakota during production of his film, "Prairie Love," shown at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

categorize things,” she said. “We pick which teen films will be in the festival. I wrangled people for interviews and made sure everyone checked in. This semester I hope to be stage manager.” Students’ interaction with teens – and sometimes children – becomes more direct in the department’s projects in service learning, which integrates the experience of public service into the academic major. “I love making films, but I found what
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national Family Film Festival in Hollywood. Ramirez, who has since become TAT’s community outreach coordinator, is making a third film, “Trojans Under the Helmet,” that looks at social pressures in Salinas through the eyes of athletes. “We didn’t just film,” Ramirez said of the juvenile hall projects. “We taught workshops there for a whole year. We got to know them and were mentors.” Added Blader, “The workshops teach teens to value their own stories. They cre-

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Discovery Channel in Hollywood. “Because I was familiar with both production and postproduction, I helped organize the structures here. It was all something I had done before.” Like many TAT graduates, Bloch has experience in reality TV. He spent a few seasons at the Fox hit “Hell’s Kitchen.” More recently he edited a new show, “Enough Already,” for the Oprah Winfrey network.

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TAT grads are a tight-knit bunch. An alumni reunion is slated this spring for a Sunset Boulevard venue. “I’ve gotten and given job leads for TAT students,” Bloch said. “In L.A., we help each other. I’ve become used to hearing (managers) say they’ll hire someone from the same school. They say I’m useful.” Said Blader, “It’s more than references. They hire each other and help each other make their projects, too.” Shawn Hovis is help-desk coordinator for Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville. It’s an information technology job, but Pixar offers him occasional filmmaking opportunities. His live-action short “Play by Play” won the Children’s Choice Award at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival and has been accepted to the Cleveland International Film Festival. “Whether you make it or not, much of it is luck,” Hovis said. “But you have to generate things from yourself. TAT gets you going, but they expect a lot out of you.” As 2010 ended, 2001 Oscar-winning grad David Kashevaroff began a fourmonth, on-location stint in Vancouver, B.C., as first assistant editor for the moon-landing thriller “Apollo 18,” due out in April. “It’s a unique movie in that they’re

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TAT student Daniele DeMarco assists a middle school student during a film workshop as part of a Migrant Youth Day program at Cal State Monterey Bay.

shooting and editing in a short period,” Kashevaroff said. Other TAT graduates have worked on such recent commercial films as “Coraline” and the latest installments of “Toy Story,” “Terminator” and “Star Trek.” Bloch said TAT taught him how to collaborate with others on a project.

“Everyone has a small part that makes up the larger production,” he said. “Working in L.A., I see people who lose sight of that and fall flat on their face. “A lot of people here only know postproduction, so they don’t even talk to people in production. TAT students are able to bridge that gap.”

Teledramatic Arts & Technology major
These are examples of major learning outcomes expected for students graduating with a B.A. degree in Teledramatic Arts & Technology: • Gain an overview of media and foundational skills in storytelling, media criticism, history, ethics and application of knowledge in service to the community. • Analyze major historical movements of film and their interrelationships with each other and with technological, social and historical changes. • Practice and gain competency in developing written and visual content through such processes as research, proposal writing, story treatments, storyboarding, script writing and planning of production details. • Learn the production process in creation of live and media-based work. • Prepare work for media-based production and live events, which may include editing, graphics, special effects, image enhancement, audio mixing, etc. • Present work to an audience via publishing, broadcasting, internet streaming, documentation, screening and other distribution channels. • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in media through completion of a creative project that synthesizes the major learning outcomes.

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STUDENTS

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. A Gonzales native who Arturo Contreras transferred to CSUMB from Hartnell College in Salinas, he has worked at the SBDC in his hometown for a year. His clients include plumbers, salon owners and bookkeepers. The work also lets him practice concepts he learned in courses: financial management, competitor analysis and marketing research. “By helping a small number of businesses we are actually making a big difference,” he said. After graduation in May, Contreras hopes to work at a local accounting firm and eventually be a certified public accountant with his own firm.

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Former Army medic plans health career
By Molly Nance

Heather Cusson’s local roots run deep, but a circuitous route brought her to Cal State Monterey Bay. She grew up in Carmel Valley. Her father was stationed at Fort Ord during the Vietnam War. Her uncle graduated from CSUMB. She received a scholarship from the Fort Ord Alumni Association. And now Cusson, 26, is a junior transfer student at the university, majoring in Collaborative Health & Human Services (CHHS). She hopes to become a public health nurse, a goal inspired by two tours in Afghanistan as an Army medic. Her experience in Afghanistan – treating wounded soldiers and administering medical care to locals in remote villages – reinforced her passion to pursue a career in health care. Cusson completed an associate’s degree at Monterey Peninsula College in 2010 and then decided to pursue a degree at CSUMB while awaiting a spot in MPC’s school of nursing. “I believe the CHHS department really promotes making a positive impact in the community,” she said. “A career in health and human services will provide me with a sense of service, similar to what I felt in the Army.” Cusson said that although the return to civilian life has its challenges, she feels supported as a veteran coming back to complete her education. “As far as the everyday transition, I’m still confronting issues of post-traumatic stress,” she said. “However, I feel like I’m lucky to live in a community that acknowledges and supports my struggles as a veteran.”
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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 SeaGrant West Coast Governor’s Agreement Fellowship. Todd Hallenbeck This fellowship allows him to work with state and federal agencies for two years, implementing progressive regional marine policy off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. Hallenbeck’s master’s thesis, concerning the distribution of biological communities in soft sediment habitats of Monterey Bay, helped prepare him for that challenge. “This will be an incredible opportunity to witness firsthand how science translates to policy,” Hallenbeck said, “and will put to good use all the skills and experiences I have gained from being at CSUMB.” – Molly Nance

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Library at a glance
The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library is at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Divarty Street, with parking accessible from Divarty. Ways to help • o buy a book for the library from its wish list, visit T CSUMB.EDU/alumni and click on Giving Back. • aming opportunities still exist for library spaces. N Contact Executive Director of University Development Mike Mahan at 582-3366 or mmahan@csumb.edu. hours and parking • uring the school year, the library is open 8 a.m. to D midnight Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p. m . on Saturday; and 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. • Hours vary during finals, the summer and holidays. A schedule is available at CSUMB.EDU/library.
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• Public visitors must purchase a parking pass from machines on the lots. Cost is 50 cents per hour.

Janet Rumsey, a junior from San Francisco, puts in some study time in the library.

Study hall
New library is all things to all people
By Joan Weiner

rom 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. Having watched construction for two years, students lined up to get their first look inside the 136,000-square-foot structure. They rolled through the doors in numbers that shattered records at the old library. Those numbers have been climbing ever since. The library features three classrooms, two auditoriums, 11 group study areas (that can be reserved online), multimedia equipment and an area designated for lessons in information literacy, along with the stacks of books, periodicals and electronic information. A café and lounge spaces are also part of the building. In addition, the university’s information technology Help Desk provides realtime tech support to library users.

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It is also home to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center, the University Writing Program, the Academic Skills Achievement Center and the Student Success Center. “We talk about the library as the ‘living room’ of the university,” said library director Bill Robnett. “It’s the intersection of campus life.” With a three-story atrium, the building feels expansive. Students can check out laptops and are encouraged to rearrange furniture to suit their needs. The library is also active at night, as both a social hangout and a place to study. “We have people who seem to live here all the time,” Robnett said. It is especially beneficial for commuter students. Some faculty members maintain office hours in the library, and staff members hold meetings there. The café is a popular place for those purposes. When asked about his “wish list,” Robnett doesn’t hesitate to answer. “An endowment to support the academic collection is an urgent need,” he said. “When I say ‘collection,’ I mean all kinds of formats, not just books. We want to get into more multiple-platform content.” Many students are pleased with the library just the way it is. “The other library – we’d go in there to study and it was dark and uninviting,” said junior Madison Gipe. “This one is really geared for students. And they serve the best coffee. I’m in here nearly every day.”
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ing Hills for four years, sending tutors from the company to help with English, art, math and science, as well as hosting events such as awards ceremonies for students who get good grades. “The academy is also intended to build a strong math foundation through hands-on activities with algebra applications in the real world,” Dr. Hu said. Among the problems students worked on were figuring the odds of winning a state lottery and determining why California license plates need three letters. At CSUMB, the middle school students spent time in a math classroom where they played a game called “Survivor: Math Camp” that called on the skills they learned earlier in the week. They also got a campus tour, ate in the dining hall and learned what steps they should follow to prepare for college. Their campus visit clearly made an impression. Some indicated the experience made them want to attend college, especially CSUMB. Rolling Hills principal Rick Ito appreciated the opportunity for his students to participate in the program. “I think the important thing is that students have seen math in a different way,” Ito said. “It’s not just in a classroom. It’s all around us.” He also complimented the work of the CSUMB students. “The four teaching assistants really made a connection with the students,” Ito said. “They’re a bridge between the professors and the youngsters, and they’ve done a great job.”

Math major and aspiring teacher Karen Martinez assists a middle school student during the Algebra Academy at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Math, revealed
Graniterock sponsors six-day Algebra Academy
By Joan Weiner

ozens of students from Rolling Hills Middle School in Watsonville voluntarily spent their last week of winter break studying algebra – and having fun. The Algebra Academy was held at the headquarters of the Graniterock company in Watsonville from Jan. 3 through 6. On Friday of that week, the youngsters spent the day on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay and then returned to Graniterock for a graduation ceremony on Saturday. CSUMB math faculty member Dr. Hongde Hu and lecturer Lorraine
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O’Shea taught the classes, assisted by four university students. The goal was to get students up to speed with standards recently adopted by the California Department of Education that mandate preparation in algebra. The students worked with tablet PCs provided to CSUMB by Hewlett Packard as part of an EdTech Innovators grant it awarded the university last year – one of only 10 given out worldwide. Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert and assistant general counsel Kevin Jeffery spearheaded the academy. The company has worked with Roll-

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To support a CSUMB-staffed academic opportunity for students, contact Executive Director of Univeristy Development Mike Mahan at 582-3366 or mmahan@csumb.edu.

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PHILANTHROPY

Foundation sets course
Board to oversee philanthropy
By Scott Faust

he 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. A 10-member board of directors meets in public at least quarterly to review progress, build support for educational programs and facilities, and promote awareness and understanding of CSUMB’s higher education mission. President Dianne Harrison, who invited the initial directors, also serves on the board. Mike Mahan, executive director of university development, serves as the foundation’s chief executive

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officer, and Salinas attorney Robert Taylor is chair. Directors include community members, faculty and student representatives. “The foundation is focused on where the community sees the university going – how the community can support the university, and how it will support the community,” Mahan said. Incorporated as a nonprofit in April 2009, the foundation will provide stewardship of charitable gifts to help fulfill the university’s mission. The foundation has taken over philanthropic oversight from the University Corporation at Monterey Bay, which still manages CSUMB’s auxiliary business operations. The foundation will be able to make private support its “sole focus,” Mahan said. Dr. Harrison said she is grateful for the directors’ service and their substantial contribution to the the university. “We are fortunate to have such a distinguished group of individuals who For information on the are willing to lend their Foundation of California State expertise, their perspecUniversity, Monterey Bay, tive and their support,” contact Mike Mahan, executive she said. “They reflect the director of university developvaried and broad comment, at 582-3366 or by email munities we serve and to mmahan@csumb.edu. value so greatly.”

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dr. dianne Harrison President/Director

Michael Mahan CEO/Director

robert taylor Chairman/Treasurer

robert Johnson Secretary

Mary Kay crockett Director

Beverly Hamilton Director

Frederick Kennifer Director

Joanne Bauer Director

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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.

Making a habit of victory
Otters’ historic run gains CCAA conference championship, national ranking and NCAA bid
By Scott Faust

or months, it seemed they couldn’t lose. Even when the Otters women’s basketball team finally fell to top rival Cal Poly Pomona after 16 straight victories, they bounced back to win 11 of their next 14. By season’s end, the women had dramatically raised the bar for Cal State Monterey Bay basketball: an unprecedented 27-4 record, a championship in the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference, a No. 19 national ranking, Division II’s top defense, a ticket to the NCAA West Regional tournament, and three players named all-conference. “This is the most unselfish team I’ve ever been a part of as a player or a coach, and I think that’s what got us to the point we are this season,” said head coach Renee Jimenez, who was named CCAA Coach of the Year. “They stayed away from each other’s
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strengths and completed each other’s weaknesses.” The Otters claimed the CCAA title outright and nearly won the conference tournament, losing to rival Cal Poly Pomona in the final. They crushed Dixie State in the first round of the regional and then went cold against Grand Canyon University. “In the locker room, I told them, ‘You followed the game plan absolutely perfectly, and the ball just didn’t drop tonight,’” Jimenez said. “A few more shots drop, and it’s a ball game.” She’s not betting on another 16-0 start, but a dozen returning players and strong freshmen will create a fun, exciting and successful team next season, she said. “I do think that next year’s team is going to peak at just the right time to make a run through the NCAA tournament,” Jimenez said.

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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. The seminar was an opportunity for them to learn about the changing higher education scene in the Arab world and return home to share opportunities for future program development in the region with their respective campuses. Dr. Harrison and the other presidents planned to meet with campus leaders in both countries to discuss institutional missions, resources, challenges and opportunities to work with American partners. The trip provided an opportunity to refine and expand the international vision and agenda of Cal State Monterey Bay and the California State University system. “Seminar members will undoubtedly develop a better understanding of these countries’ institutions of higher education,” Dr. Harrison said before her journey. “As we share expertise and gain knowledge, we also will be helping to break what President Obama has called a ‘cycle of suspicion and discord’ between the United States and Muslims worldwide.” She pointed out that a major objective of participating in the seminar is the chance to develop and
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strengthen international exchanges and opportunities for students and faculty at Cal State Monterey Bay. “I believe it is essential that we are inclusive of countries from all parts of the world, and that includes the Middle East,” Dr. Harrison said. “Our students and faculty can benefit by establishing partnerships with universities in the Middle East. By having their students come to the United States and to California, we also add to our existing diversity on our campus.”

santa cruz attorney honors family member with gift of boat
The lives of Santa Cruz attorney Paul Meltzer and his great-grandfather, Harold Heath, barely overlapped, but the stories of the marine scientist lived on in the family history. In honor of Heath, one of the first professors at Stanford, Meltzer donated a 46-foot Hatteras sport fishing yacht to CSUMB’s marine science program. The university’s marine science faculty and students will use the vessel bearing Heath’s name to complete a project mapping the seafloor of California’s waters as well as other types of research. Their marine habitat survey work has been instrumental in the ongoing California Seafloor Mapping Project, an effort to create the first comprehensive, high-resolution map of California’s state waters – from the shoreline out three nautical miles. Final products will include maps showing the seafloor and coastal geology in unprecedented detail. “This vessel ... is ideally suited for taking students and staff to sea to do data acquisition,” said Dr. Rikk Kvitek, director of the Seafloor Mapping Lab at CSUMB.

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csUMB leaders help spread gospel of higher education

a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix. In March, Otoupal announced selection of Rob Cummings as head men’s soccer coach. Cummings was associate head coach at Midwestern State (Texas) for the past four seasons, including two Final Four appearances and four Lone Star Conference crowns. Otoupal called him “a proven winner” whose teams have record of success on and off the field. Cummings has a bachelor’s degree in education from Lindenwood University and an MBA from Rockhurst University. Cross country coach Greg Rhines was hired last summer to direct both the men’s and women’s teams. In his previous year as coach at San Joaquin Delta College, he guided the women to a

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top 15 ranking in the state. Rhines, who also coached at the high school level, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacramento State University and a master’s in counseling psychology 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. Parishioners at three local churches got more than a sermon on Feb. 20. They got a pitch for the value of a college education — straight from the pulpit. 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. Administrators across the CSU system fanned out to more than 100 black churches to spread the gospel of higher education and encourage more African-Americans to attend college. Dr. Harrison reminded the congregation at Greater Victory Temple in Seaside that CSUMB “is your hometown university.” Dr. Cruz-Uribe visited Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Seaside, and Dr. Higgs spoke at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove. from John F. Kennedy University.

students weighing in on recycleMania competition
Glass, plastic containers, paper and aluminum cans – they all have their place at CSUMB. And it’s not in trash cans. Campus recycling efforts got a big boost in the fall of 2009, when each room in the residence halls and all East Campus apartments were equipped with bright blue recycling bins – 3,100 in all. That’s also when the university’s custodial contract was updated to include emptying of desk-side recycling bins. This year, CSUMB is measuring itself against other universities when it comes to recycling. As part of a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, the university is making its first competitive appearance in the annual RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is a nationwide, friendly student-led competition that pits 630 colleges and universities to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste relative to its size. Throughout the 10 weeks, CSUMB will report its recycling and trash weights and be ranked on RecycleMania’s results page. With each week’s reports and rankings, as results fluctuate, the campus community will make a concerted effort to reduce and recycle even more.

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. Walter White, a former assistant baseball coach at Sonoma State University who also played professional baseball, is now in his first year with the Otters. Athletic Director Vince Otoupal said White’s “reputation as a teacher and recruiter is impressive.” He has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Sonoma State and

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Governmental relations director joins staff
Justin Wellner joined CSUMB as director of governmental and external relations in January. Wellner came to the Scoyoc Associates in Washington, D.C., where he was manager of government relations, directing the federal advocacy agenda for education clients, including the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. He worked on policy and legislative issues related to higher education such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), standards and assessment, teachers, access and persistence, and research and development. Wellner is responsible for advancing the university’s priorities on the local, state and federal levels. His position will cover a range of duties including advocacy, policy analysis, land use and FORA issues, and liaison with local municipalities, as well as oversight of Strategic Communications. Justin Wellner
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President Harrison gets national responsibilities
CSUMB President Dianne Harrison has recently accepted several positions with national organizations. In late February, 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 serves on the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council as an ex-officio member representing the Presidents Council.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has more than 500 members this spring as it continues to offer varied, high-quality courses for adults “50 and better.” The program, known as OLLI, had just 100 students when it began in 2007. For information, call 831-582-5500 or visit csUMB.edU/ olli.

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 Dianne Harrison said Lawson was selected for the breadth of his experience, which includes special training in disaster preparedness and collaboration with local law enforcement. Lawson, who was sworn in Nov. 1, has a B.A. degree in sociology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His extensive professional education includes training at the FBI National Academy.

Earl Lawson is sworn in Nov. 1 as the new chief of the University Police Department in a ceremony at the University Center.
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RECOgNITION
Dr. Barbara Mossberg, director of the Integrated Studies program, was an official guest at the inauguration of Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, held at the Library of Congress. While on sabbatical this year, Dr. Mossberg is Poet in Residence for Pacific Grove. She is working with Pacific Grove High School on “poetry that changed the world” and presented her play honoring Emily Dickinson in December at the Pacific Grove Library. Dr. Forrest Melton, a research scientist at CSUMB who is working with NASA Ames, was recently honored by the state Department of Water Resources for his ongoing research assistance on climate change. He was recognized for his work on a project funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to explore the potential for developing water resources applications from NASA remote-sensing data.

Dr. David Anderson, professor of history, is editor of “The Columbia History of the Vietnam War,” published last fall by Columbia University Press. Since last November’s election, Dr. Anderson has served as the political analyst for television stations KION and KCBA. He has helped viewers understand the situation in the Middle East, the labor dispute in Wisconsin, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address. Dr. Steve Moore, professor of science and environmental policy, and two co-authors have written “Underwater Robotics: Science, Design and Fabrication,” a textbook for advanced high school classes as well as college and university entry-level courses. Dr. Kent Adams, chair of the Kinesiology Department, and Dr. trish Sevene, assistant professor of kinesiology, have recently published three articles in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The articles focused on preventing injuries, warm-up strategies for optimal athletic performance, and assessing muscular power in older adults to help them age successfully. Dr. Adams is collaborating with colleagues in Australia, researching injury and motivation among older athletes. Dr. Babita Gupta, professor in the School of Business, published papers on organizational culture and technology use in a developing country; global e-commerce; and applications for mobile learning in higher education. She is associate editor for the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education and is a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Information Security Task Force.

PROJECTS
Dr. Brad Barbeau, assistant professor of economics and entrepreneurship in the School of Business, has been commissioned by the Grower Shipper Association of Central California to study the cost to growers of implementing proposed new water quality regulations. The study is intended to identify the direct and indirect impacts of monitoring and reporting requirements.

PUBLICATIONS
Dr. Maria Villasenor, assistant professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, and two of her students have had an article accepted for publication
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ART
Work by Johanna Poethig, professor of painting and public art, was included in an exhibit at the Skyline College Art Gallery in San Bruno on display in February and March. Entitled “Private = Public,” the works looked at the connections – physical, stylistic and conceptual – between public art projects and private studio practice. Poethig’s work reflects an interest in establishing a dialogue between the public and personal. Dr. Umi Vaughan, assistant professor of Africana Studies, was invited to Peru by the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute during Black History Month. He spoke on the African Diaspora, music and dance. The U.S. embassy took him on tour, where he gave presentations in Afro-Peruvian communities.

in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice. The article, “Mujerista Mentoring for Chicanas/Latinas in Higher Education,” was co-written with Imelda Munoz and Maria Reyes. Both are McNair Scholars, a nationwide program to increase the number of underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students who earn doctoral degrees. Dr. Maria villasenor

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Dear alumni, friends and family,
April Lee

I often talk about the benefits of connecting to the Alumni Association and participating in one of the many activities on campus. The Have a Heart for Students Dinner and Auction is always a wonderful event, and I am pleased to say it was very successful again this year. I especially want to thank the members of the board of directors and all the alumni volunteers for their participation on Feb. 26. They, along with university staff and faculty, did an amazing job helping to raise funds for future scholarships. This is your alma mater, and I hope you will join me in making it as successful as possible. Visiting our newly redesigned website, CSUMB.edU/alumni, is a means of staying connected to your fellow alums and the university as a whole. You can also stay engaged and find out about upcoming events by following CSUMB on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or through our monthly e-newsletter. I have made the choice to remain active in our university through the Alumni Association. I hope you will join me by choosing to continue the vision, give back and stay connected. Sincerely, April Lee, Business 2007 President, CSUMB Alumni Association 2010-2011

ALUMNI ASSOCIAtION BOArD OF DIrECtOrS
PrESIDENt April Lee ’07, Business Administration VICE PrESIDENt Melody rico ’06, Earth Systems Science & Policy ChIEF FINANCIAL OFFICEr Brandon Wehman ’08, Business Administration SECrEtArY Christina Schmunk ‘06, Earth Systems Science & Policy and Math DIrECtOrS Manuel Arenivaz ’03, Business Administration hayley Azevedo ’10, Business Administration Casey Connor ’08, Business Administration traci Davis ’05, Business Administration Belia Garcia-Navarro ’05, Liberal Studies Justin Gomez ‘09, Business Administration Stephanie Kister ‘06, Earth Systems Science & Policy John Scalla ‘05, Telecommunications, Multimedia, & Applied Computing Chris Vasquez ‘08, Management and Information Technology

Stay connected: Join the Alumni Association
Members of the CSUMB Alumni Association enjoy many benefits, including the Alma Otter e-newsletter, invitations to exclusive alumni events, discounts to ance discounts, access to CSU libraries and a subscription to this university magazine. To learn more or to join the association, call 831-582-4723 or send an email to alumni@csumb.edu.
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2010
DENISSE URIBE (B.S., Business Administration) is a business consultant at the CSUMB Small Business

Merrill Lynch. His duties include financial planning and portfolio management for high net worth individuals. He’s a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle and volunteers for a PGA professional who runs a children’s golf camp each summer. Campbell lives in Seattle.

the same institution. Stroud lives in Marina. BRITNEA MOORE (B.A., Human Communications) is the youth program coordinator and AAU eighth-grade basketball coach at the downtown Berkeley YMCA. She develops programs to engage youth in the community and help them develop interest and skills in sports, arts, music and education. Moore lives in Hayward. DANA MALDONADO (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) expects to graduate with an M.A. in theatre arts from San José State this year. She’s a volunteer at the Cinequest Film Festival 2011. Maldonado lives in San Jose. BEN MAYBERRY (B.A., Integrated Studies) is a graphic designer for the San Francisco 49ers football team. With his brother, they own a part-time business venture called Bay Area Die Hards, an online sports apparel store. As a volunteer, Mayberry plans to work with the

2008
Development Center in Gonzales. She helps small business owners succeed by assisting them with planning and budgeting. Uribe volunteers at the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, El Sausal Middle School and Saint Theodore’s Church. She and her husband, Raul Mariscal, have a son, Joshua Mariscal, 2. They live in Gonzales. LAUREN STROUD (B.A., Social & Behavioral Sciences) is a help-desk coordinator at the Defense Manpower Data Center in Seaside. She earned

Jr. Giants program, sponsored by the San Francisco Giants. He enjoys helping local youth baseball and football programs that help kids learn and grow through sports. Mayberry lives in San Jose. KENDRA MILLER (B.S., Kinesiology) is the lead marketer for women’s soccer, basketball and lacrosse in the athletics department of Fresno State University. Miller earned an M.A. in kinesiology from San José State in 2009. She

camera operator for the History Channel’s “American Restoration” series. As a digital media specialist, he previously worked with Disney Channel promos, reality shows and feature films. He’s engaged to Beth Danna (B.S., ’08 Business). Green lives in Las Vegas.

2007
REN HERRINg (B.S., Business Administration) is a publicist at Rubenstein Public Relations in New York. He supports the firm’s clients by developing media relation campaigns and strategic communications plans. On a volunteer basis, he teaches public relations and social media to seventh- and eighthgraders at a public school in the Bronx. Herring lives in New York City. CHRISTIN gRICE (B.A., Social & Behavioral Sciences) is a marriage and family therapist intern at Chamberlain’s Mental Health Services, and a relief counselor at Caminar. He earned

2009
ROBERT CAMPBELL (B.S., Business Administration) is a financial adviser for

an M.S. in public safety with a specialization in criminal justice from Capella University in 2010. She’s pursuing a certificate in interdisciplinary forensics from

volunteers as head of the Jr. Bulldog’s Kid’s Club. Miller lives in Fresno. BRONWYNN LLOYD (B.A., Social & Behavioral) is a marketing assistant at Berkeley Communications, where she creates and manages marketing communication materials for clients. In 2010 she earned an MSc in paleopathology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Lloyd is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Paleopathology Association. She lives in Alameda. ERIK gREEN (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is an assistant editor and second

an M.A. in counseling psychology, with a couple and family therapy specialization, from John F. Kennedy University in 2010. Grice lives in San Jose. KRYSTLYN (PEAIRSLARSON) gIEDT (B.S., Telecommunications, Multimedia, & Applied Computing) is the owner of KG Graphix. She designs logos, marketing materials

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.

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and websites for clients. Giedt also volunteers for the Monterey Bay User Group (MBUG), where she offers free Google presentations and workshops. She lives in Seaside with her husband, Tim Giedt. Irvine. Loeper and her husband, Paul Loeper, have a son, Charlie, 18 months. They live in Madison, Wis.

2003
DOUgLAS MUELLER (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is production manager for the Carmel Bach Festival. He’s also a documentary filmmaker, having recently produced “Prairie Love,” which had its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT competition. The film was shot in North Dakota in sub-zero weather. It was one of eight films selected for its innovative and original work on a budget of less than $500,000. He’s married to Malinda Derouen (B.A., ’04 Teledramatic Arts & Technology). With their son, Leonard James Mueller, 6 months, they live in Monterey. JASON MANSOUR (B.S., Earth Systems Science & Policy) is a commissioned officer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps of the Department of Commerce. Previously an aircraft commander in that service, Mansour in January was appointed flag aide to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, undersecretary of commerce for NOAA in Washington, D.C. While stationed in Monterey, he volunteered as an executive board member of Camp SEA Lab, which offers marine-oriented programs to promote science, education and adventure for youth and teachers. Mansour lives in Fairfax, Va.

2006
RAM PAUL SILBEY (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is a freelance producer, assistant director and director. His duties vary from show to show, depending on the needs of a given project. He’s engaged to Kristina renelli (B.A., ’06 Liberal Studies). Silbey volunteers his technical talents to help students with their film projects, similar to Capstone projects at CSUMB. He lives in Burbank. DAvID BAWIEC (B.S., Telecommunications, Multimedia, & Applied Computing) is an animation and video specialist at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He creates 3D animation, video and interactive multimedia productions for tradeshow and customer presentations. Bawiec is a volunteer scuba diver for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and an

TMDCreative, a Salinas-based marketing communications agency, has put the talents of CSUMB alumni to work. The firm employs four graduates, all having earned telecommunications, multimedia and applied computing degrees. From left, are alums Christopher Sander (’04), richard Binder (’04) and Gabriel rodriquez (’04). Not shown is Nicole Neadeau (’05), who telecommutes from Truckee.

schools in Thailand. In 2009, she earned a teaching credential from CSUMB. When she lived in California, she volunteered for Animal Friends Rescue Project and Trips for Kids, an after school biking program. Married to Joseph McCarthy, she lives in Surat Thani, Thailand.

editor for clients such as ESPN Action Sports and Red Bull. He also directs music videos for upcoming bands in

the footage before the project goes into editing. When visiting San Diego, Bloch volunteers his time to help at an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. He lives in Van Nuys.

2004
JESSICA (NIXON) LOEPER (B.A., Social & Behavioral Sciences) is a project manager at the Leonardo Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability. Previously a city planner for the city

2005
MAC CLEMMENS (B.S., Telecommunications, Multimedia, & Applied Computing) is the CEO of Digital Deployment, Inc., a company he started in 2004 while still a student at CSUMB. The company’s services include website development, corporate branding and marketing services. Clients include Google, California Faculty Association, California Hospital Association and California Bankers Association. He earned an MBA from UC Davis in 2007. Clemmens lives in Sacramento. JOHN CHARTER (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is a freelance producer and the Los Angeles area and has volunteered his technical talents to work on the crews of various public service commercials. Charter lives in Hollywood. JUSTIN BLOCH (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is the lead assistant editor at the West Coast headquarters of the Discovery Channel. After an episode is shot, he organizes and groups

Adopt-a-Beach leader. He’s engaged to Lauren Foote (B.A., ’08 Liberal Studies). Bawiec lives in Sunnyvale. AMBER (KHTEIAN) MCCARTHY (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is a first grade English teacher at public and private

of Anaheim, Loeper consults with building owners on energysaving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects. She earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from UC

2002
TANIA LEISTEN (B.S., Earth Systems Science & Policy) is an environmental protec-

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tion specialist at the U.S. Army Presidio of Monterey. She’s responsible for managing the facility’s storm water, air, asbestos and noise programs. Leisten also assists in leading Earth Day activities for the installation and promotes environmental awareness and education. Leisten lives in Monterey with her 6-year-old English Mastiff named Hercules. naturalist for Inside the Outdoors, a program of the Orange County Department of Education. She teaches science, in natural settings, to students from grades K-5 at county and state parks. She earned a teaching credential in 2006. In 2009, she married Chris Erickson, and the couple lives in Pacific Palisades. counselor education from San José State. He’s married to Nancy Puente, also an educator. They have two children, Marcos, 6, and Andrea, 3. The family lives in Watsonville.

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JOEL ALEXANDER (B.S., Management and International Entrepreneurship) is

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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. Vargas-Garcia double-majored in Business Administration and Visual & Public Art and was the first in his family to earn a degree, after transferring from Hartnell College in Salinas. Before attending college, he worked in the fields of the Salinas Valley, harvesting vegetables. For almost two years, he has worked at Sakata Seed America Inc. in Morgan Hill, the company’s North and South American headquarters. His current title is priming operations manager, and he is a serious photographer in his spare time. Vargas-Garcia grew up in Salinas, where he now lives with his wife, Juanita, and their two children – daughter, Itzel, 9, and son, Diego, 5. He credits his success in the workplace to the support of his family and the help and encouragement he received from professors. His $1,000 agribusiness scholarship also made a big difference, he said. “That scholarship paid for my school supplies and allowed me to focus full-time on my studies at a critical time,” said Vargas-Garcia, who also received the Alumni Vision Award in his senior year.
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2001
MICHAEL BOgAN (B.S., Earth Systems Science & Policy) works off site as a staff research associate for the UCSB Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab in Mammoth Lakes. Seeking a Ph.D. at Oregon State University, he expects to graduate this year and pursue postdoctoral research to prepare for a university teaching career. He also works as a graduate teaching and research assistant. A frequent visitor to Mexico, Bogan volunteers at a state college in Hermosillo. He helps the college obtain grants to buy equipment and train students in aquatic ecology and insect taxonomy. Bogan built an “eco” house near Kingman, in rural Mojave County, Ariz.,

2000
MIKE CASTLETON (B.S., Earth Systems Science & Policy) is a research technician at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove. His research work involves the tracking and tagging of tuna, shark, turtles and marlin.

Castleton has volunteered as a reading tutor for the Monterey County Free Libraries. He lives in Monterey.

self-employed as a licensed real estate and insurance broker. He volunteers for the YMCA, is scholarship administrator for the Alcala Scholarship Fund and is a traffic safety volunteer for Cali Calmecac Charter School. He and his wife, Irma Alexander, have a son, Robert, 7. They live in Santa Rosa.

1997
ASHANTI THOMPSON (B.A., Teledramatic Arts & Technology) is a security officer with the Transportation Security Administration at Monterey Peninsula Airport. She earned an M.S. in entertainment business from Full Sail University in 2010 and is an intern at the Digital Media Learning Foundation in Santa Cruz. Thompson lives in Marina.

1999
RUDY PUENTE (B.A., Liberal Studies) is a counselor and co-coordinator of the Puente Project at Cabrillo College. He provides academic counseling to students seeking occupational and twoyear degrees and those wishing to transfer to four-year universities. The Puente Project is a program that provides counseling services to underserved students wishing to attend four-year universities. Puente earned an M.A. in counselor education and a pupil personnel services credential in

which is self-sufficient with its own solar power and rainwater harvesting. It serves as his home when he’s not in Oregon. AMY (LAUDER) ERICKSON (B.A., Liberal Studies) is a field

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With a theme of ‘Scholarships Make a World of Difference,’ the 13th annual Have a Heart for Students Dinner and Auction on Feb. 26 raised $190,000, up nearly 50 percent from last year.

guests April Fleeman and Kurt Brown check out a table of items in the silent auction.

President Dianne Harrison welcomes more than 300 guests.

Enjoying the reception are (from left) Mike Mahan of CSUMB and guests Dave Potter, Sam Downing, Janine Chicourrat and Darryl Choates.

volunteer table attendant Monique Rutland pours a glass of wine for university police chief Earl Lawson.

Photos by Randy Tunnell

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS

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Dr. Jason Scorse of the Monterey Institute of International Studies speaks on “What Environmentalists Need to Know About the Economy” during the Feb. 16 Focus the Region conference on the
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economics of sustainability.

Biology student Alin gonzalez on Jan. 28 calibrates a device named “Surfbot” – robotics mounted on two propeller-equipped boogie boards – that is intended to map the contours of the Carmel Submarine Canyon. A stuffed CSUMB otter will go along for the ride.

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CSUMB sailing team members Bradley Schoch and Natalie Cardoso compete in the North 1-2 Regatta, held Feb. 12-13 in Monterey Bay.

President Dianne Harrison is joined by alums Todd Leavitt (2000), a manager for Ralph Lauren (left), and Ren Herring (2007), associate publicist with Rubenstein Public Relations, at a Tri-State CSU Alumni Mixer on March 3 in Manhattan, N.Y.

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MAY
MAY 3, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SHOWCASE, 6 p.m., University Center Ballroom, 831-582-4001; CSUMB.EDU/specialprojects MAY 4, PERFORMING ARTS SERIES, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m., World Theater, 831-582-4580; CSUMB.EDU/worldtheater MAY 6, OPENING RECEPTION, exhibit of work by students in the Science Illustration program, 5 p.m., Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 831-582-4500 MAY 19-20, CAPSTONE FESTIVAL, all day, campus wide, 831-5823680; CSUMB.EDU/capstone MAY 20, PARENTS RECEPTION, 4 p.m., Alumni & Visitors Center, 831-582-4723; CSUMB.EDU/alumni

3738; CSUMB.EDU/orientation JUNE 24-26, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM CAMP, high school level, 831-582-3015; otterathletics.com/camps JUNE 25, BASEBALL INSTRUCTIONAL SHOWCASE, 831-5823015; otterathletics.com/camps JUNE 25, ORIENTATION FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN, 831-5823738; CSUMB.EDU/orientation

JULY
JULY 11-14, BASEBALL CAMPS for youth and middle school students, 831-582-3015; otterathletics.com/camps JULY 23, BASEBALL INSTRUCTIONAL SHOWCASE, 831-5823015; otterathletics.com/camps

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AUG. 1-4, BASEBALL CAMPS for youth and middle school students, 831-582-3015; otterathletics.com/camps AUG. 17, DAY OF WELCOME, PRESIDENT’S MEDAL AWARDS AND STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS, 3 p.m., World Theater, 831-582-4001; CSUMB.EDU/specialprojects AUG. 20, BASEBALL INSTRUCTIONAL SHOWCASE, 831-5823015; otterathletics.com/camps AUG. 21, PRESIDENT’S WELCOME BARBEQUE, noon, Campus Quad, 831-582-4001; CSUMB.EDU/specialprojects

Cal State Monterey Bay will hold its 15th annual Commencement on May 21 at Freeman Stadium. With the Class of 2011, the university will have graduated about 7,600 students since 1996. PreCommencement events will include a reception for parents of graduates on May 20 at the Alumni & visitors Center.

MAY 21, COMMENCEMENT, 10 a.m., Freeman Stadium, free tickets required, 831-582-4001; CSUMB.EDU/commencement

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JUNE 17, ORIENTATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS, 831-5823738; CSUMB.EDU/orientation JUNE 18, ORIENTATION FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN, 831-5823738; CSUMB.EDU/orientation JUNE 19-22, WATER POLO CAMP, for ages 14-18, 9 a.m., 831582-3015; otterathletics.com/camps JUNE 20, ORIENTATION FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN, 831-5823738; CSUMB.EDU/orientation JUNE 20-22, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ELITE CAMP for high school students, 3 p.m., 831-582-3015; otterathletics.com/camps JUNE 20-23, BASEBALL CAMPS for youth and middle school students, 831-582-3015; otterathletics.com/camps JUNE 23, ORIENTATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS, 831-5823738; CSUMB.EDU/orientation JUNE 24, ORIENTATION FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN, 831-582CSUMB.EDU/news

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APrIL 16, HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL, Dimensions Dance Theater and De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, 5 p.m., University Center Ballroom, 831-582-3009; CSUMB.EDU/music APrIL 27, WORLD THEATER PRESENTS, documentary filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell showing their film “Fuel,” 7 p.m., World Theater, 831-582-4580; CSUMB.EDU/worldtheater APrIL 28, BIOLOGY AND HEALTH SCIENCES SPEAKER, Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Hugh Stallworth, 4:30 p.m., Tanimura & Antle Library Room 3145, 831582-3210; CSUMB.EDU/biology APrIL 30, SPRING CONCERT, CSUMB Chorale and Singers, Nuovo Plasir and Community Band, 7 p.m., World Theater, 831-5823009; CSUMB.EDU/music

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SEPt. 24, BASEBALL INSTRUCTIONAL SHOWCASE, 831-5823015; otterathletics.com/camps SEPt. 26, PRESIDENT’S CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT, shotgun start 1 p.m., Quail Lodge, 831-582-3051; CSUMB.EDU/presidentscup

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OCt. 22, BASEBALL INSTRUCTIONAL SHOWCASE, 831-5823015; otterathletics.com/camps

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