Coyote Communiqué – February 20, 2014

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Hello everyone.

Can you believe it? We’re already approaching March of 2014.

But lest we forget, we will remember the first two months of 2014 for a number of wonderful accomplishments by our friends, faculty and students.
Earlier this month we had the honor of unveiling the Dr. Prem Reddy Nursing Lab, which was named after physician and philanthropist, Dr. Prem Reddy of Victorville after his generous gift of $500,000 to the university and our department of nursing. The gift will ensure that we will be able to maintain and update our nursing lab, which consists of 30 computer stations, a 10-bed lab as well as its advanced simulation technology and mannequins so that our students will be working with state-of-the-art equipment.

Dr. Reddy’s generosity and dedication to education to the health field at our campus should come as no surprise. In 2006, he established the Dr. Prem Reddy Academic Excellence Scholarship for eligible full-time pre-med, nursing and/or health education students who qualify for the scholarship and maintain a 3.5 grade point average at the university.

I want to send a hearty congratulation to Professors Tim Usher and Paul Dixon from the physics department, and Professors Kim Cousins, Doug Smith and Renwu ‘John’ Zhang from the chemistry department for their efforts that resulted in our campus receiving a 5-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable their departments along with their students to conduct research that may lead to new materials used to help power devices from ultrasound systems to smart phones.  The grant comes from the National Science Foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology and will be used to establish the Center for Advanced Functional Materials here at Cal State San Bernardino as well as help in recruiting students into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM disciplines.

Students in the program can become paid research assistants here on campus. The students will also travel to The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Nebraska, to the State University of New York, Buffalo and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., to participate in research with CSUSB’s research partners there.
The grant will also be used to increase the recruitment, retention, graduation rates and entrance into graduate programs of students – including students from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – by strengthening the research efforts at CSUSB and building bridges with community colleges, specifically the College of the Desert and Victor Valley Community College.

I want to applaud chemistry Professor Larry Mink, who was named the 2013-2014 winner of the Golden Apple, one of the two highest teaching awards given by CSUSB. The Golden Apple is significant because the winners are nominated and chosen by students and faculty. It’s also special because of how we notify the winner. A delegation led by myself and consisting of previous Golden Apple winners, along with friends, other faculty members and university administrators, literally barge into the professor’s classroom while they are teaching. We want the professor’s students to see the professor receive their well-deserved accolades. Bravo Larry.

In athletics, our women’s basketball team recently made history when the CBS Sports Network did the first ever national telecast of CCAA women’s basketball game featuring our lady Coyotes versus the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters. It was a tough fought game, but our women’s team under Coach Renee Jimenez prevailed, winning 67-51. Incidentally, Renee, who is in her first year in leading our women’s basketball team, coached the Otters last year. Well done Renee.

These exceptional individuals are an example of the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism that is a hallmark of Cal State San Bernardino. Of course we couldn’t all this without your help. Thanks for all your help.

Sincerely,

Tomás D. Morales

President