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Spring 2019

First grauate from American Indian Studies Program
California State University San Marcos implemented an American Indian studies bachelor's degree program in 2017 but has already produced its first graduate, Rachelle Lee Peterson.

Commencement 2019, May 17 - 9 a.m. Ceremony Photos and Live Stream Replay

Commencement 2019, May 17 - 2:30 p.m. Ceremony Photos and Live Stream Replay

CHABSS Commencement Video

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CSUSM'S Liberal Studies degree just made it simpler for undergraduate students to navigate the California teacher credentialing pipeline. Read the article to find out how!

Dr. Veronica Añover announced as next Associate Dean of Curriculum, Academic Programs and Student Success
CHABSS is pleased to announce Dr. Veronica Añover as our next Associate Dean of Curriculum, Academic Programs and Student Success. 

Dr. Añover will begin her work as Associate Dean on July 29, 2019 and we are excited to have her join the CHABSS Dean's Office family

Class of 2019 the largest graduating class in CSUSM history
Fun fact: The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences graduating students make up nearly a third of these graduates.

CSUSM professor probes environmental impacts on Native Americans in new book
Dina Gilio-Whitaker, an adjunct professor of American Indian Studies at Cal State University San Marcos, has released a new book on the history of environmental justice through a Native American lens. 

Psychology Major Conner Whitten Named CSUSM President's Outstanding Graduate
Nearly 3,800 students are expected to graduate from Cal State San Marcos this month. On Monday, six of the best from the Class of 2019 were honored at a special awards dinner to celebrate their achievements.

Theatre Professor Knows All About 'Sweat' 
CSUSM Theatre Professor Judy Bauerlein has lived in Southern California for more than a decade, but she still has Pennsylvania in her bones. Bauerlein was born in Ambler, a northern suburb of Philadelphia, one of 11 children in a family that’s a hodgepodge of German, Irish, Italian and Dutch blood. Her grandfather was a machinist in a steel factory, an emblem of the industrial, working-class roots of the Rust Belt state. She has shed the traces of the distinctive Philly accent that she marinated in during her childhood, but it occasionally surfaces when she’s had a couple of Rolling Rocks and is watching her beloved Eagles. 

So when Bauerlein, a professional actress and a theater professor at Cal State San Marcos, first heard about “Sweat” – a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play about a group of friends in the economically distressed town of Reading, Pa. – her curiosity was piqued immediately. And when she discovered that the play would be produced locally, by the downtown San Diego Repertory Theatre, she knew she had to be involved.   

** Also, head over to the San Diego Union Tribune's Art + Culture page to read the feature on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, SWEAT.

Alumnus to Lead CSU Alumni Council
CHABSS Alum Jeremy Addis-Mills, 36, who graduated from Cal State San Marcos in 2007 with a degree in social sciences and women’s studies, was appointed in March to a top leadership position on the CSU alumni council. He will begin a two-year term as president-elect on July 1, to be followed by two years as president and two years as immediate past president  becoming the first CSUSM graduate to serve in all three posts. All are volunteer roles. 

'Boeing Boeing' Allows Student Actors to Grow
CHABSS Threatre Program collaborated with Jason Eberwein, a web developer in CSUSM’s Instructional & Information Technology Services department, to direct Boeing Boeing. Theatre department chair Judy Bauerlein brought him in as an assistant director for the New Play Festival in 2011, and he has been working with the theatre department in various capacities ever since. He’s now the co-faculty staff adviser for the newly created student theatre club.  

Dr. Elizabeth Matthews to be CHABSS Interim Dean
Dr. Elizabeth Matthews has accepted appointment to the position of Interim Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Effectie August 1, 2019. CONGRATULATIONS, DR. MATTHEWS, AND WELCOME! 

Leading the Fight - By David Ogul
Dr. Andrew Spieldenner is impacting policy and attitudes on HIV. Spieldenner, an assistant professor of communication at Cal State San Marcos, is one of two new North American delegates to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 by connecting governments, nonprofits and the private sector in providing life-saving HIV services. 


Psychology Student Strives to Help Other American Indians - By Eric Breier 
Psychology student Conner Whitten’s journey to earning his bachelor’s degree is about more than fulfilling his own dreams. It’s about creating opportunity for other American Indian children.

Why it’s key to identify preschoolers with anxiety and depression - From Science News by Sujata Gupta
Though estimates vary widely, some 10 to 20 percent of preschool- and kindergarten-age children are thought to suffer from an anxiety disorder and about 2 percent from depression. Sara Bufferd, a psychology professor at CSUSM, is among those whose research focuses on identifying preschoolers with internalizing disorders.

Channing Remembered as Champion of Arts - By Brian Hiro
Most people knew Carol Channing as a Broadway legend, as the iconic star of the long-running musical “Hello, Dolly!”, as a performer with one of the most easily recognized voices in American pop culture. 

Merryl Goldberg knew Channing, first and foremost, as a friend. 

Transitions Collective Helps Student Turn Life Around - By Eric Breier
Taking that first step helped Jameson Meyest renew his focus on establishing a career in the farm-to-table food industry, something he had been working toward before his incarceration. And higher education is playing a critical role in achieving that goal. It started with Jameson earning his associate degree at MiraCosta College and has continued since he transferred to Cal State San Marcos for the fall 2018 semester. 

Win in Escondido City Council Race Caps Long Road for Alums - By Brian Hiro
It was in the fall of 2007 that Lindsay Riedel met a fellow Cal State San Marcos student who made an immediate, lasting impression. 

Consuelo Martinez was in her first semester after transferring from Palomar College, and the two women soon discovered that they had more in common than their major (women’s studies). Both hailed from Escondido, and both had a desire to see the city’s prospects improve. Where they differed was in how they felt about their hometown and their belief that real change was possible. 

The Changing Ways Parents React to Their Kids Coming Out of the Closet - By The Atlantic reporter Natalie Escobar
A conversation with CSUSM sociologist Mary Robertson on how some queer youth are pleasantly surprised with the lack of family drama the news causes. The story of LGBTQ youth has long been considered one of tragedy—of kids coming out to parents who throw them out of the house, of conversion therapy, of being on the receiving end of hate crimes, of considering suicide. Even as queerness has become more accepted in some ways, LGBTQ youth are still more likely than others to experience homelessness and struggle with mental illness.

The unfortunate tenacity of the most common piece of litter

By Mashable reporter Mark Kaufman

Dumping cigarette waste on the ground, which is at best a lame and short-sighted activity, isn't some mindless, subconscious habit. It's a committed effort, explained Wes Schultz, a CSUSM psychology professorwho has diligently observed and researched the phenomenon of people's propensity to litter cigarettes. In formal, peer-reviewed studies, Schultz and other researchers observed smokers littering cigarette butts a whopping 65 percent of the time.

Pollinator Garden Sparks Metamorphosis in Downtown Escondido

By San Diego Union Tribune Reporter Deborah Sullivan Brennan

In downtown Escondido, between Evan’s Tires and the concrete banks of the Escondido Creek, a transformation was in progress. A gold and black Monarch caterpillar inched up the stem of a milkweed plant in Plaza Del Arroyo last week, seeking leaves that would fuel its conversion to a vivid orange butterfly.

CSU San Marcos Ranks in the 2019 Top Colleges for Veterans Studying Psychology
San Marcos, California – College Factual released its 2019 national and state rankings for Best General Psychology Programs for Veterans. Cal State San Marcos’s Psychology program is ranked #88 out of 840 for veteran friendliness of all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual. This puts Cal State San Marcos in the top 15% of all schools in the nation when it comes to offering a quality education to veterans studying Psychology.

Psychology Student Honored for Commitment to Diversity, By Eric Breier
Looking at Armando Zaragoza’s resumé, it is easy to understand his desire to become a university vice president of student affairs.

Professor Is a Lumen-ary
In a project that highlighted her varied interests, CSUSM art professor Lucy HG Solomon shared an international award called the Lumen Prize for a unique work that bridges the worlds of art, science and artificial intelligence.

Changing Tune
Sean Griser saw his CSUSM academic career take a new route after he did an undergraduate service learning project that involved tracking how customized music loaded on iPods affected the well-being of dementia patients. Now he's furthering that research for his master's thesis in psychology.

Art Students Part of Public Exhibition in Escondido
The art exhibition "DesEscondido" explores how things can be both obscured and visible in a city whose name, in Spanish, means “the hidden place." Guided by arts professor Judit Hersko, a group of CSUSM students will showcase works on the region's immigration, native history and sustainability.

Pushups for a Cause
The Pushup Challenge is supposed to be 22 a day for 22 days. But Cal State San Marcos master's student and Marine veteran William Felty has done 22 pushups daily for more than two years, part of his ceaseless quest to raise awareness of the problem of veteran suicide.

Cycling a Passion for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor
Our "Beyond the Classroom" series continues with CSUSM women's studies professor, Jodie Lawston, a force to be reckoned with both inside and outside the classroom. If she’s not on campus, there’s a good chance she’s on her bike, recording some of the 180-200 miles she aims to ride each week.

Ecouragement from Brother, CAMP Pays Off

Juan spent four weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, during the summer after being one of just 10 students nationally selected for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, which is made possible through a partnership between the Council on International Educational Exchange and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

"If he hadn’t pushed me, I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity," said Juan, a third-year history student at Cal State San Marcos. "He's my role model. I can't wait to have other students look at me like I look at my brother."

CHABSS All College Meeting - Faculty and staff of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) met to kick off the 2018 academic year with its All-College Meeting, also known as convocation. The meeting was designed to reunite the faculty and staff after the summer break and discuss the way ahead for CHABSS in the new academic year and beyond. 

Aug. 29, 2018 - New Film by Arts Professor Explores Paranormal World - It was during the promotion of his last documentary, “Commune,” about a decade ago that filmmaker and Cal State San Marcos professor Jonathan Berman encountered the subject that would engage and inspire him for many years to come.  ...

Psychology Professor Trujillo wins 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award 
Dr. Keith A. Trujillo, California State University San Marcos psychology professor has been recognized with the prestigious 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.


Arts and Technology Professor Wins CSU Wang Family Excellence Award 
Diekman has more than 30 years of experience producing, directing and editing award-winning films and videos.

CSUSM students particpate in human trafficking town hall meeting 
Law enforcement officials, students and others will discuss human trafficking and modern-day slavery during a town hall meeting.

Commemorating World AIDS Day around San Diego

Gilbert Valadez, an associate professor at Cal State San Marcos was diagnosed with HIV 13 years ago, at the age 46, he was more than ready for the challenges ahead. “I had many friends since 1980, when the disease became prevalent. So, I knew what to expect. I also, was more real assured because medications have improved over time,” he said.

The Garden is His Classroom 
San Diego Magazine profile of Professor Greig Guthey (Liberal Studies)

Employability and the Liberal Arts: A Career Readiness Initiative 
Article by Professor Katherine Brown (Communication) on the CHABSS Career Readiness Initiative and the importance of "the employability question" in a liberal arts education.

The Jewish Face of Cal State San Marcos 
Profile of Alyssa Sepinwall (History)

Conservation Psychology on Tap at Local Water District 

Featuring research by Professor Wes Schultz (Psychology)

Ideas Flow Towards Saving Scarce Water 
Featuring research by Professor Wes Schultz (Psychology)

The things we do: How our competitive natures may help reduce our carbon footprints 

Featuring research by Professor Wes Schultz (Psychology)

Can Sex Sell Water Conservation? 
Featuring research by Professor Wes Schultz (Psychology)

Historian of French Revolution Receives CSUSM’s Top Honor 
Profile of Professor Alyssa Sepinwall (History)

L.A. Times Photographer Documents New ‘Harvest of Shame’ in Mexico

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Visits Cal State San Marcos for Lecture

The Selling of the Avocado 
Featuring comments by Professor Jeff Charles (History)

'Fresh Off the Boat' Signals a New Era 
Featuring comments by Professor Vincent Pham (Communication)

New Network To Promote North County Arts

Father of Chicano Theatre Brings Actos to CSUSM

Saudi's bold political gambit 
Article by Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi (History)


Coverage of Professor Linda Pershing's Harry Potter study abroad course

Unless We Stop Our Fall, Climate Change Is Going To Hit Us Like A Concrete Sidewalk Featuring research by Professor Wes Schultz (Psychology)

CSUSM Arts & Lectures Fall Series

School of Arts director named at CSUSM

Cal State San Marcos Names Director of New School of Arts

Cal State San Marcos Student Wins Postcard Competition Jamie Whiffen, a visual arts student at California State University San Marcos, has won the "Leave Your Stamp" postcard competition sponsored by Balboa Park Celebration Inc. 

Liberal Studies student wins CSU Trustees' Award  Emily Snow a current Liberal Studies students win the CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Is the US Political System Dysfunctional? Yes says Professor Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Stephen W. Nichols will lead a public discussion on what he terms as "Broken Government."

Two CSUSM educators hope for healing on canvas Colleen Moss (Lecturer, Psychology) and Marilyn Huerta (Arts & Lectures Coordinator) discuss healing through painting.

Applying lessons from 9/11 to Syria (Video) History Assistant Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi disccussed Syria and President Barack Obama's speech on KPBS's Evening Edition. 

Wounded Artist Finds Healing in Hearts Eight months after her husband died on Sept. 11, 2008, Colleen Moss picked up a paintbrush. The Cal State San Marcos psychology professor, who had written her master’s thesis on art therapy, need an outlet to express the emotions she couldn’t put into words.