“Academics is Soaring” — From Provost Zorn, June 12, 2016

We graduated our highest number of students during our commencement ceremonies with more than 2,500 students receiving degrees.  Well, provided they pass their exams!

Last night I attended the Nursing Pinning Ceremony and it was a meaningful celebration with each of California’s new nurses taking The Florence Nightingale Pledge by candlelight.

We celebrated cultural ceremonies of the Black Recognition Ceremony and the Chicano/a Celebration in the week leading up to the commencements.

The Antelope Valley Center celebrated its outstanding students and alumnus at a beautiful celebration last weekend.  I declare it to have had won the best balloon display of all of the celebrations!

The last of the four School Honors and Awards Receptions was for the School of Social Sciences and Education.  The many accomplishments of the students were an impressive array that exemplified the mentorship of the faculty.

On June 3 we celebrated the Groundbreaking for the Arts and Humanities office building and the classroom building.  This summer you will start to see the digging begin and over the coming year the buildings will materialize.

During the January-March 2016 quarter on behalf of 9 faculty/staff GRASP processed and submitted 10 proposals requesting a total of $5.2M from three federal agencies, one CSU organization, one professional association, and one state agency.

Graduate students Kenneth Lekim, Cheritha Hewakandamby, and Sarai Espinoza from the Master of Science, Health Care Administration (MS-HCA) program, who work with California Children’s Services (CCS) as Student Research Assistants, presented their initial findings for their current research at the CCS Annual Conference on May 7, 2016. The goal of the research is to assess the readiness of CCS patients transitioning to adulthood with the final goal of being to self-manage and self-advocate for their medical needs. To date, only a small fraction of their target participation has been assessed, but their initial findings show a need to increase and improve educational transitioning services.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Gearhart, Economics Department, who received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Chapter at their annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. NSLS members were asked to nominate a professor who teaches with heart and passion and has motivated them in their pursuit of higher education.

Dr. Di Wu, Department of Accounting and Finance, was awarded Certified Management Accountant (CMA) by Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) in May of 2016. CMA’s assess competency of internally focused accounting skills and is appropriate for professionals working in large, small, publicly traded and privately held enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, academia, and government. More than 37,000 professionals in the U.S. and around the world have earned the CMA since the program was introduced in 1972.

The 2015-16 academic year is nearly in the books as faculty finalize grading this week.  I was pleased to see the joyful faces of all of the faculty, staff, and administrators as we congratulated our students on their graduation day.  Thanks to all of you for making their CSUB academic careers possible!


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