Coyote Communiqué – April 21, 2014

DA2G0348_360x240Hello everyone.  We have wonderful news that will have a positive effect on high school students at various school districts in San Bernardino County who want to come to Cal State San Bernardino.

In this school year, we’ve signed agreements that will ensure admission to CSUSB for qualifying students from the San Bernardino City Unified School District, Chaffey Joint Unified High School District, Colton Joint Unified School District and Rialto Unified School District.

This initiative will enhance the college-going and college graduation rates among people in those school districts.

To qualify for guaranteed admission, students from those districts must meet all the California State University entrance requirements, also known as the A-G requirements, which include taking and passing college preparatory classes in English, history, math, lab sciences, social sciences and studying a language other than English, and meet the eligibility index and admission criteria if applying to an impacted major.

Under the agreements, the school districts will provide their students with a challenging academic program and advising support to help their students meet the CSU eligibility requirements so they will not need remediation when beginning their college years.

That will allow these students to get through college sooner and ultimately save them money. We look forward to signing more agreements with other school districts.

I’m also delighted to report that one of our own alumni, Lou Monville, was appointed last month to the California State University Board of Trustees as the Alumni Trustee. He will begin serving his two-year term in May.

Lou has served as a member of the CSU board since being appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, and currently serves as the board’s vice chair, while also chairing the committee on collective bargaining. His gubernatorial appointment was scheduled to end this year, but with this appointment, Lou will succeed Trustee Bob Linscheid, who is the current Alumni Trustee and outgoing chair of the CSU Board of Trustees.

I should add the Alumni Trustee is the only trustee appointed to the 25-member CSU Board of Trustees without review by the governor or the Legislature.

In addition to his service as a trustee, Lou has a long history with the CSU, starting when he was a student at CSUSB. Lou served as student body president and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

His activities have included the CSUSB Alumni Association Board of Directors, which also involved a year as its president; the CSUSB representative to the CSU Alumni Council; the Coyote Athletics Association; the Ambassadors for Higher Education; and the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation Board of Directors. Congratulations, Lou.

Finally, last month, we hosted the fifth annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days summit, which brings together educators, activists, politicians, students and members of the general public to focus on educational issues affecting Latinos at the national, regional and local levels.

Not only did the LEAD summit bring about 1,100 people to campus, but its popularity and interest have led to webcasting it live to more than 1,500 viewing sites in the United States and in 32 countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and South Korea.

This year’s conference was unique in that it was expanded to four days of events, starting with a free education webinar, followed by the LEAD summit on the second day, with the spring meeting of the Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions on the third day, and concluding with the inaugural conference of the Binational Parent Leadership Institute.

The summit, with its theme, “Latino Male Crisis in the Educational Pipeline,” featured some thought-provoking discussions on education.

I’d like to congratulate Professor Enrique Murillo, LEAD’s founder, along with the many volunteers from CSUSB and other institutions, who made LEAD a memorable event.

A LEAD summit feature that created some of the greatest buzz came during the noon hour, when all of the summit’s participants and attendees walked to Coussoulis Arena for lunch and were entertained with the “Mosaico Festival” concert by the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.

The concert featured some classic Latin American standards with folklorico dancers, storytelling, soloists and even the opportunity to sing along. It was a concert that I and the other attendees will never forget. I’d like to give a special thanks to the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, the James Irvine Foundation, James and Judy Watson of Watson and Associates, Judith Valles (San Bernardino Symphony board president and former mayor of San Bernardino), and the Coussoulis Arena staff for making the concert a reality.


Tomás D. Morales