Coyote Communiqué – November 21, 2013

rp_primary_Aguayo_CSUS_winner_360x240It’s hard to believe the fall quarter is almost over and our December commencement ceremonies will shortly be upon us. With the winter holiday season just ahead, I want to thank our friends, alumni and generous university supporters for your ongoing commitment to Cal State San Bernardino. Because of you, CSUSB continues to advance its level achievement and serve our students and our communities with tremendous pride. On behalf of the university’s faculty, staff and students, the university gives thanks for all that you do.

I want to extend special thanks to the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, which has been an enthusiastic donor to CSUSB – particularly to our Palm Desert Campus. The Berger Foundation announced that it is donating $250,000 to fund student scholarships at the Palm Desert Campus, providing another extraordinary gift that will make a remarkable difference in the lives our students and in the community. Thank you to our friends Ron and Sherrie Auen, who oversee the Berger Foundation and are valuable community partners and incredible philanthropic leaders in the Coachella Valley.

Congratulations to longtime CSUSB supporters and family members Patricia and Neale Perkins, who are being honored today as Philanthropists of the Year by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as part of the association’s celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

I also want to recognize some of our faculty and staff members who have received recent accolades. Heather Hundley, professor of communication studies, was named executive director for the Western States Communication Association. Psychology professor Jodie Ullman has been selected as the incoming chair of the Board of Educational Affairs for the American Psychological Association. Economics professor Jim Charkins was honored by the national Council for Economic Education with its Adam Smith Award for helping to advance economics education.

Mark T. Clark, a political science professor and director of our National Security Studies Program, was chosen to serve on an advisory board to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Defense College. In addition, Mark and information and decision sciences professor Tony Coulson were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to develop Cyber Security degrees.

And kudos to Santos Manuel Student Union Executive Director Mark K. Day for receiving the Don and Noel Hinde Distinguished Service Award at the Association of College Unions International Regional Conference.

Finally, best wishes to two of our women’s athletic teams who have enjoyed tremendous success throughout the fall. Our women’s soccer team is enjoying its best season ever and will play for the championship game of the NCAA Division II West Region on Friday. Good luck to coach Travis Clarke and his players as they hope to continue their remarkable run to the national championship tournament.

The Coyote women’s volleyball team clinched its eighth straight California Collegiate Athletic Association title and 10th in 12 years with a thrilling five-set victory over UC San Diego on Wednesday. CSUSB closes out the regular season with home games against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday. The Coyotes will find out Monday the pairings for the NCAA West Region Tournament, which begins Dec. 5

Before closing, I invite you to take a look at the first of my monthly video messages in which I outline the steps CSUSB is taking to fortify a campus culture of assessment and ongoing improvement.

Thank you all for your wonderful support of Cal State San Bernardino, and Happy Thanksgiving to each of you.


Tomás D. Morales