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Los Amigos Members

These are the faculty, staff, and administrators at Cal State San Marcos who are committed to making sure all of our students have a well rounded education and someone to turn to when they need help.

Beavers, Staci

La Amiga

Staci Beavers

TITLE  Associate Professor of Political Science

OFFICE  Craven Hall 6122

PHONE  760/750-4194

EMAIL sbeavers@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I serve as pre-law advisor in the PSCI Department, so I can serve as a resource for students interested in applying to law school. For students interested in political parties, I am also the advisor for both College Democrats and College Republicans. 

LANGUAGES Fluent in English 

Castaneda Rossman, Liliana

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Liliana Castaneda Rossmann, Ph.D.

TITLE  Professor, Department of Communications

OFFICE  SBSB 2202

PHONE  760/750-4156

EMAIL rossmann@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: academic matters, graduate school, familia, y todo lo que se les ofrezca!

LANGUAGES English, Spanish

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I am committed to helping them stay in school, graduate from college, and making a difference in society.

Chavez Metoyer, Cynthia

La Amiga

Cynthia Chavez Metoyer

TITLE  Professor of Political Science

OFFICE  Craven Hall 6106

PHONE  760/750-4182

EMAIL cmetoyer@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: student advising, graduate school and other issues related to academic success. My area of research is Latin American politics. I've been on campus since 1994 and can point you in the right direction to various campus resources.

LANGUAGES Fluent in English (Primary language), Conversational Spanish

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I am a first generation college student. Feel free to drop by and chat!

Coronado, Deborah

La Amiga

Deborah Coronado

TITLE  Associate Director, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity

OFFICE Craven Hall 1200

PHONE  760/750-4416

EMAIL dcoronad@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH being a resource on how you can get around campus; provide support while you are attending classes at Cal State San Marcos; assist you with who to contact regarding student issues or concerns.

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish & English

Garcia Jr, Humberto

Humberto Garcia Jr

Humberto Garcia Jr

TITLE Safety Specialist

OFFICE Risk Management & Safety, Craven Hall 4700

PHONE 760/750-4511

EMAIL hgarcia@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I can assist with anything to do with safety on campus. I am one of the RM&S Safety Specialists, and I can help you with questions on hazardous materials, general safety, risk assessments and food safety.

LANGUAGES Fluent in English and Spanish

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I was also a student at CSUSM, so I am always here as a loyal supporter and proud alumni. I am in the 4th floor of Craven Hall and as long as I am not running around on campus my "cube" door is always open!

Guillen, Rocio

La Amiga

Rocio Guillen

TITLE  Chair Computer Science and Information Systems

OFFICE  Science Hall 2: 225

PHONE  760/750-8046

EMAIL rguillen@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Advising students. Mostly interested in advising and helping students enrolled in Computer Sciences and math. Advice/talk to students about graduate school. I have participated in the faculty mentoring program.

LANGUAGES Native Spanish speaker, English, French 

Holling, Michelle

 La Amiga

Michelle A. Holling

TITLE  Assistant Professor

OFFICE  Craven Hall 6112

PHONE  760/750-8576

EMAIL mholling@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I can help by listening to students, and offering advice about choosing courses, study suggestions, approaching professors or other questions related to being a first gen student.

LANGUAGES Some basic Spanish, Fluent in English

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I conduct research on media representations and writings by and about Chicana/os-Latina/os so if they are interested in learning about that area, lending research assistance or just chattin' about topics related to Chicana/os-Latina/os, I'd be interested in talking.

Jackson, Russell

 El Amigo

Russell Jackson

TITLE  Assistant Professor

OFFICE  University Hall 306

PHONE  760/750-8568

EMAIL rjackson@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Psychology (sensation & perception, cognition)

LANGUAGES Fluent in English

 Knoblock, Dora

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Dora Knoblock

TITLE  Executive Director, UARSC

OFFICE  UARSC Central Office, 435 E. Carmel Street, San Marcos, CA 92078

PHONE  760/750-4700

EMAIL knoblock@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Navigating the higher education system and also provide referrals to others than can assist you on your journey.

LANGUAGES English and Spanish

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW:  that I care about graduating our future leaders!

 Lee, Joonseong

Joon Lee

Joonseong Lee

TITLE  Assistant Professor

OFFICE  Craven Hall 6134

PHONE  760/750-4134

EMAIL jlee@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I have been a Buddhist monk in Korea. I am very good at open discussion with students about whatever subject they want to.

LANGUAGES Fluent in English, Korean

 McWilliams, Spencer

Spencer McWilliams

Spencer McWilliams

TITLE  Professor of Psychology

OFFICE  University Hall 328

PHONE  760/750-3065

EMAIL smcwilli@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I advise students regarding careers in psychology and related fields, as well as advising regarding specific courses for the psychology major.   I enjoy open and broad-ranging discussions of all types.

LANGUAGES Fluent in English

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I very much enjoy helping students to fulfill their potential and their dreams.  I particularly like to work with students to explore their ideas, experience, background, etc., to assist them in clarifying their passions and interests.

 Medina, Lupe

Lupe Medina

Lupe M. Medina

TITLE  Assistant to the Dean, College of Education

OFFICE  University Hall 413

PHONE  760/750-4287

EMAIL lmedina@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Directing you the right place for help with classes, financial assistance, instructor problems, and finding staff/faculty/departments, etc.  If being a teacher is what you want to pursue as a career, let's definitely talk! I work at the College of Education and I can give you information to help you succeed. I am here to support your higher education journey.  When you feel overwhelmed, please come and see me, and let's talk it through.

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish, English

 Melena, Leo

 Leo Melena

Leo Melena

TITLE College-Wide Admin. Assistant

OFFICE College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office Craven Hall 6211

PHONE 760/750-4200

EMAIL lmelena@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: College information (Department/Faculty/Staff Directory, Dean's List, Having difficulty with class/instructor, etc...), College and Campus-Wide Events (Fall Graduation Reception, Department events, etc...), If you're lost and don't know where to go or who to ask, try me!

LANGUAGES Conversational Spanish, Fluent in English

 Meza, Lorena

 Lorena Meza

Lorena Meza

TITLE Vice President, Student Affairs

OFFICE
Craven Hall 3600E

PHONE 760/750-4056

EMAIL lmeza@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I can provide guidance regarding support services and know several areas that have expertise.

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish, English

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I am here to support your education.  I am first in my family to attend college and understand the personal struggles that we face on a college campus. Estoy aqui para servirte. Cuando necesites ayuda buscame. Conosco varios recursos que pueden ayudarte. Te deceo lo mejor en tu carrera academica.

 Moon, Dreama

 Dreama Moon

Dreama Moon

TITLE  Professor of Communication

OFFICE  Craven Hall 6130

PHONE  760/750-4139

EMAIL dmoon@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: I can help with locating the right place to go for all kinds of help, I can help with thinking about course work, future goal planning, graduate school application, etc. I can help with ideas about how to make your college experience a successful one academically. I can also help with problems related to equity and justice.

LANGUAGES Somewhat proficient in English ;-)

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I like students so please don't be afraid to ask for help!

Ribas, Alberto

El Amigo

Alberto Ribas

TITLE Assistant Professor, World Languages and Hispanic Literatures

OFFICE Markstein Hall 237

PHONE 760/750-8566

EMAIL aribas@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Advice for students considering to delve into or to reacquaint themselves with the study of Hispanic culture and heritage. Advice for students considering graduate study (my field is in the Humanities, but I can offer general advice in other fields), Counseling and moral support for first-generation students.  Y para platicar en español también, como no :-)

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish (native) & English

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I teach Hispanic literature and culture courses in the World Languages department.  I also teach introduction to global studies. I am also the advisor to the Psi Epsilon chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society). 

Sanchez, Alejandra
La Amiga

Alejandra Sanchez

TITLE Administative Support Coordinator for Academic Programs

OFFICE Craven 5201

PHONE 760/750-8883

EMAIL asanchez@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Assist in anything, provide general information, If I dont know the answer to something, I will most likely put you in contact with someone who knows how to answer your question. Information about doing Community Service/Internships for classes, Community Service Scholarship, etc.

LANGUAGES Fluent English & Spanish

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I was also a Student at CSUSM, I'm a supporter of students in higher education, feel free to come by and talk to me even if it's just to ask a simple question. My door is always open!

 Serrin, Sally

 Sally Serrin

Sally Serrin

TITLE Coordinator for the Dean of Students

OFFICE Craven Hall 3600

PHONE 760/750-4925

EMAIL sserrin@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Student Issues (including discrimination, professor issues, academic dishonesty, student conduct code), Student Travel Funds (please come by & ask or visit), policies (including grade appeal, grievances, etc)

LANGUAGES Fluent in English, Minimal Proficiency in Spanish

 Shahamiri, Lourdes

 Lourdes Shahamiri

Lourdes Shahamiri

TITLE Catalog and Curriculum Coordinator

OFFICE CRA 5201

PHONE 760/750-4327

EMAIL lourdes@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Referral information about services, programs and courses. Experience with catalog and curriculum processes.

LANGUAGES Fluent in Spanish, English

Thomas, Marie

La Amiga

Marie Thomas

TITLE Professor of Psychology

OFFICE University Hall 310

PHONE 760/750-4157

EMAIL mthomas@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Being a first generation student, getting into graduate school, resume preparation, study and test skills

LANGUAGES Fluent in English, some understanding of Spanish

I WOULD LIKE STUDENTS TO KNOW: I believe in the transformative power of education and I will do my best to help students work to their potential.

 Valadez, Gilbert

 El Amigo

Gilbert Valadez

TITLE Associate Professor of Education

OFFICE University Hall 300

PHONE 760/750-8514

EMAIL gvaladez@csusm.edu

I CAN HELP WITH: Admission into the Teacher Education Program, the Master's Program, moral support.

LANGUAGES Spanish (moderate proficiency)

 More to Come!