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The President’s Student Champion Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity is an annual award that bestows the highest level of recognition to a CSUSM student for significant achievements in advancing the University’s goals in the areas of diversity, inclusive excellence, educational equity and social justice

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Alumna To Make Directing Debut on Campus

Many students at Cal State San Marcos finish their academic careers with a capstone project, a culmination of their years of study, designed with the input of their faculty adviser. 

Dominique Duren wanted to do a capstone before graduating last May with a degree in visual and performing arts, but she couldn’t find the time. Instead, with the cooperation of Judy Bauerlein, a CSUSM theater professor, she’s trying something different – an alumnus capstone.

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Hooray for Hollywood: Persistence Leads to Dream Job

Lexy Perez figured a rejection letter would eventually reach her email inbox when she applied for an internship with The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.

She was sure one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed publications would select someone who lived near the company’s Los Angeles headquarters over “a girl from Escondido.”

But Perez also knew the importance of putting herself out there and taking a chance – and it paid off in more than one way.

“I got the internship,” Perez said, “and it ended up changing my life completely.”


 Alumni & Student News Archive

4 Political Science students attended the 9th Annual Inland Empire Model United Nations Conference (IECMUN). The conference was held Saturday, February 8th from 8am till 4:30pm. CSUSM students represented several countries in a simulation of the the United Nations' General Assembly Second Committee: Economic and Social Affairs. Students were asked to deliberate on the topic of Agriculture Development and Food Security through the viewpoints of the countries they were assigned to.  CSUSM students were able to hold their own in their first conference, actively participating in regional blocs and the voting process. 18 students are scheduled to attend the 5th Annual University of California, Riverside Model United Nations Conference. This 2-day conference on March 15th & 16th will simulate several UN bodies.

Karina Marquina (Undergraduate, Women’s Studies major/Political Science and Spanish minors) was selected to the Sacramento Semester program.  “The Sacramento Semester Program is an outstanding undergraduate internship program in the California State University system. Created and administered by the Sacramento State Government Department, the program places up to 30 students in state government, advocacy, news media, and related offices.”

Pasha Saberi (Mass Media) had his paper, "The Visual Rhetoric of Murals and The Power to Change" accepted for presentation at the Undergraduate Scholars Reserach Conference. The conference is sponsored by the Wester States Communication Association. Pasha conducted reserach for his paper during Fall 2013 for COMM 402, Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism, taught by Michelle Holling (Associate Professor, Communication). He'll present his scholarship on February 15th in Anaheim. 

Political Science department has a record enrollment for their internship program.

  • 2 students completing 2 unit internships (80 hours)
  • 13 students completing 3 unit internships (120 hours)
  • 5 students completing 6 unit internships (240 hours)

Jamie Whiffen (Visual Arts) won the "Leave Your Stamp" postcard competition sponsored by Balboa Park Celebration Inc., the organization planning the park's centennial celebration in 2014. Jamie entered the competition for her graphic design class. [Winning design pictured below.]


Sebastian Maselli (Mass Media) and Patrick Sattley (Mass Media) along with Heli Morey, Stephen Cammell, and Heidy Lopez won an Emmy for their film North County Food Bank.

Maricel Alamares (Communication) and Marlynda Do (Communication) were invited to be research assistants for Drs. Dreama Moon and Michlle A. Holling's project to co-edit a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural and International Communication. The call for papers is forthcoming in November 2013. 

Three Political Science students, who participated in Sacramento Semester Program, were among ten people in the program who received job offers.

“The Sacramento Semester Program is an outstanding undergraduate internship program in the California State University system. Created and administered by the Sacramento State Government Department, the program places up to 30 students in state government, advocacy, news media, and related offices. Students come from all 22 CSU campuses, as well as from the University of California and other public and private colleges and universities. Students receive six semester credits for working 25 hours per week in the offices of state legislators, legislative committees, the governor, executive branch agencies, political associations, advocacy organizations, or the news media. The students also attend weekly seminars conducted by Sacramento State faculty and earn an additional six semester credits upon completion of the seminars. The Center supports the program by providing assistance with intern recruitment, orientation, and placement.”

Four Political Science students, Yeltsin Gonzales, Victor Lopez, Mireya Tinoco, and Elizabeth Valentin, were selected for the Justice Corps internship program through a competitive process. They started their internship on the first week of October. 

"Justice Corps is an innovative national service program that minimizes the justice gap in California communities by training college students to provide information and assistance to people who come to court to resolve family, housing and financial matters but can’t afford an attorney." 

Five CSUSM student filmmakers received an Emmy® at the 2013 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Pacific Southwest Chapter Awards in June for their film, North County Food Bank. This is the first time that a CSUSM student film has received this honor.

Student Body President Matt Walsh (Political Science, Social Science) finds a voice and a home at CSUSM.