The first cohort of CSUSB's School of Social Work Pathway Distance Education MSW program began taking classes this September. The 27 students in the program came to campus in August to meet the faculty , get oriented to the MSW program and to meet each other. This first group of students are inspiring models of determination to get an advanced education to serve their communities. Only students with geographic or personal barriers to coming to campus regularly were admitted to the program. Many students live in the desert areas of San Bernardino or Riverside counties. They will take the same courses as their on-campus counterparts and have the same learning objectives and assessment. We are thrilled to have these students with us.
CSUSB with leadership from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences formed a team to participate in the Stater Bros' Charities Believe Walk in downtown Redlands. This walk benefits local cancer centers and support programs in the Inland Empire. It helps support cancer patients and their families. And it raise awareness about cancer and about the services and programs that support cancer patients in the Inland Empire. The CSUSB team under the direction of Stacy Brooks (Psychology) had over 50 walkers, and this year the team dedicated their walk to Luz Ortiz, a member of the CSUSB family who lost her battle with cancer.
Pamela Gabby, Psychology '02, spoke to the first incoming freshman class for the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus (PDC). Pamela graduated from PDC as a psychology major and is now in a leadership position in the Valley. She currently serves as Director of Community Outreach, and Mourning Star. Mourning Star is a nationally-acclaimed support center for grieving children, teens and their families. Their focus is compassionate grief support and facilitation take place through peer-based group and individual activities. Parents and/or guardians are also supported in their own group sessions. Several students from CSUSB PDC intern at Mourning Star.
Institute for Child Development and Family Relations, participated in the 27th Annual Children's Network Conference, September 18- 19, 2013, at the Ontario Convention Center. ICDFR and its affiliated programs facilitated several workshops. These workshops included; I hate you!!!!!Validating and Addressing Young Children's STRONG Emotions (Project CUIDAR); Making Behavioral Strategies Work in the Home (Institute office); and Autism, Behavior Challenges and Positive Strategies (UCDD).The conference goal was to " present opportunities for training, education, and networking with like-minded individuals and corporations, with an interest in working with children".
Dean Jamal Nassar, was honored for his Academic Leadership by the Network of Arab American Professionals of Orange County at the 9th Annual Meet the Professionals Awards Dinner October 5, 2013. The purpose of this event is to honor distinguished Arab Americans who made significant contributions to the community.