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Interim Director, Tasos Lazarides, Ph.D.

tlazarides@csusm.edu, x3276

Dr. Tasos Lazarides is excited to join the vibrant team of the Academic Success Center as the Interim Director. Throughout his career in various educational institutions, he has had the privilege of supporting, among others, veterans, international, and underserved students, and has worked to create pathways for student success. After receiving his B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus, he crossed the Atlantic and earned a Master's and Doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Dr. Lazarides is also a freelance digital technology and mobile gaming writer, a work that informs his pedagogic philosophy. Additionally, he holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute in Cyprus.

When not working at the ASC or teaching, Dr. Lazarides enjoys listening to podcasts and audiobooks, playing video games on various platforms, and spending time with his two cats. 

 

ASC Student Assistants

Damien Cannon   

Damien

  • Major: Computer Science
  • Year: 2nd
  • Hometown: Claremont, CA

Favorite class you’ve taken at CSUSM (or somewhere else) and WHY?

My favorite class has to have been Computer Science 111, the introduction to computer science here at CSUSM. It was incredibly informational and was a great first step into my major; I feel as if I know what I'm getting myself into now.

Favorite restaurant/place to eat in San Marcos?

Hard split between Wings N' Things and Rigoberto's Taco Shop (depends on the mood).

What’s the best way to start the day?

A hot shower.

What do you enjoy about your college experience thus far?

My favorite part of my college experience thus far is my sense of involvement. Getting involved in my on campus job and in Greek Life has given my a sense of community at CSUSM.  I feel like this is truly my school and I have an impact on what happens here.

 

Verenice GarciaVere

  • Major: Sociology
  • Year: 4th 
  • Hometown: Carlsbad, CA

Favorite class you’ve taken at CSUSM (or somewhere else) and WHY?

My favorite class has been SOC 320 (Sociological Theory), as it highlights various sociologists and their respective focus of study.  This course provided a variety of research examples and really gave me a comprehensive understanding of how sociology has developed.    

Favorite restaurant/place to eat in San Marcos?

I really like getting subs and potato wedges at Vons.  I love getting the iced latte from the coffee cart in between Academic Hall and Craven.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Resting, eating, and drinking water.

What’s the best way to start the day?

I like to wake up on time, prepare my meals, and get my outfit ready. When I come to school I like to feel clean, fresh, and presentable because I know I'm going to be spending half of my day on campus.

What do you enjoy about your college experience thus far?

My favorite part of my college experience is that I get to meet people that are trying to achieve the same thing as me, which is the acquisition of knowledge.  I also like to apply the information I learn in class and presented by the faculty to issues affecting our local and global communities.  

 

Nicole ToomeyNicole

  • Major: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Year: 3rd
  • Hometown: Waikele, Hawaii

Favorite class you’ve taken at CSUSM (or somewhere else) and WHY?

My current favorite class at CSUSM is ANTH 200 (Cultural Anthropology). Our professor showed us that what we consider "weird" in our culture could be considered perfectly normal in another culture. It was a great eye opener!

What show(s) do you recommend for a T.V. binge sesh?

Criminal Minds!

What are some small things that make your day better?

Having time to get coffee and when my roommates send me pictures of my dog.

 

Kealia Wolfe

Kealia-wolfe

  • Major: Communications
  • Year: 3rd
  • Hometown: Hawaii

Most interesting place you have traveled (or would like to travel to)?

Europe.

Favorite class you’ve taken at CSUSM (or somewhere else) and WHY?

Women Studies. I gained a lot of knowledge that I did not know before taking the class. It helped me gain a different perspective on the world today.

Favorite restaurant/place to eat in San Marcos?

Nattiya Thai Restaurant. I absolutely love Thai food.  

What’s the best way to start the day?

The best way to start the day is having a healthy homemade breakfast.