CSUSB student diplomats meet with former U.S. ambassador Ronald Neumann
Perhaps one of the most important skills a successful diplomat can have is clear and effective communication, especially in writing, a group of student diplomats from Cal State San Bernardino learned recently.
Ronald Neumann - president of the American Academy of Diplomacy and former United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahrain and Algeria - met with 10 members of CSUSB's Model United Nations team over breakfast at the Mission Inn in Riverside on April 11.
Ronald Neumann - president of the American Academy of Diplomacy and former United States ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain (2001-2004) and Algeria (1994-1997) - met with 10 members of CSUSB's Model United Nations team over breakfast at the Mission Inn in Riverside on April 11.
The breakfast was made possible by the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, which has an office at CSUSB, and the university's Center for International Studies and Programs.
The meeting took place not long after the students put their own diplomatic skills to the test at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City March 22-26.
The 19 students on the team represented Azerbaijan and the non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), and returned with two Outstanding Delegate awards - the highest honor given at the conference. That also made it 23 Outstanding Delegation awards over the past 25 years of CSUSB's participation in Model United Nations around the world.
During their time with Neumann, the students, along with Model UN faculty adviser Kevin Grisham, were given insights on what they would need if they pursued a career in foreign service.
In sharing with them the importance of having superior communication skills, Neumann said that actions and strategies suggested by diplomats must be reasoned and well-argued, and often in a matter of a few moments.
He also said diplomats must be mindful that they represent the nation they serve, and must put forth a united face to support their nation's policies, even if they find it personally difficult to agree with those policies.
As a specialist and the eyes and ears of the U.S. in the region to which one is assigned, a foreign service officer may work to shape policy, Neumann said. But once policies are decided by the president and members of the U.S. State Department, defense and security agencies, diplomats at all levels must implement them even if they don't think it is the best course of action, he said.
In response to a question about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, Neumann reminded the students that a career in foreign service isn't necessarily a safe one. His own career included significant time in the Middle East, a region that is no stranger to conflict. During his time in Bahrain, the embassy there was closed temporarily in 2002 because of attacks by pro-Palestinian protestors.
Neumann addressed the critical need for diplomats to continuously weigh the benefits and risks of their actions, using examples from both Algeria and Afghanistan posts in which he served as ambassador. He expressed worry that a growing culture of fear in Washington, D.C., would cause U.S. diplomats to become too isolated to be effective.
To learn more about the CSUSB Model United Nations program, which is housed in the university's department of geography and environmental studies, visit the National Model UN website and the CSUSB Model UN and Model Arab League website.
CSUSB professor comments on latest government corruption investigation in region
Stephen Tibbetts, a criminal law professor at Cal State San Bernardino, is quoted in an article about the latest public corruption investigation in the region.
In the past five years, the federal law enforcement agency has investigated more than a half dozen government and public entities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the newspaper reported.
On April 22, the city of Beaumont, in Riverside County, joined the list of Inland Empire municipalities now under law enforcement radar. The FBI assisted the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in serving four search warrants at Beaumont City Hall, the Palm Desert home of City Manager Alan Kapanicas, the offices of Beaumont-based civil-engineering firm Urban Logic Consultants Inc., and a Temecula residence.
Tibbetts said he didn't think he would ever see as much public corruption as he saw while living in Washington, D.C., throughout the 1990s. That was until he moved to the Inland Empire in 2000.
"In my experience, it seems the corruption here is on par with Washington, D.C.," Tibbetts said.
David Nimri, Finalist at the Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future Veteran Recognition Ceremony TSgt Anas "David" Nimri, a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and CSUSB alumnus (B.S. Computer Science and MBA, Cyber Security) is a finalist for the Senator Mike Morrell's Veteran recognition ceremony: Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future.
The 2nd annual "Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future" Recognition Ceremony & Dinner will honor 10 "Patriots" in the 23rd Senate district. The ceremony will be held at Cable Airport in Upland, CA on May 15, 2015.
Nimri graduated from Cajon High School in San Bernardino CA in 1998 and joined the Air Force Reserve as a Health Services Administration Specialist. He was assigned to the 752nd Medical Squadron as an Airman First Class after completing Basic Military Training and Technical School. Due to his technical background he was reassigned to the Information Systems and was eventually promoted to Technical Sargent (TSgt) where he acted as the Assistant Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) of the Information Systems in 2006. TSgt Nimri was then assigned as the Medical Readiness NCOIC where he managed the readiness for the 752nd MDS and assisted the UDM in deployments. The following year, TSgt Nimri was selected as a member of the USAF Shuttle Recovery Team in support of NASA space operations.
TSgt Nimri was deployed to Ramstein AFB and assigned to the 435th CASF in 2007 and again in 2011 to support Operation Enduring Freedom. During his deployments, TSgt Nimri managed patient flow, communication and ground operations of the Air Force's AeroMedical Evacuation system.
Our colleague, TSgt David Nimri, is an inspiration to us all. The CSBS community thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Jose Muñoz, Recipient of Fellowship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School
Dr. Jose Muñoz, has been awarded a summer faculty fellowship at the Pardee RAND Graduate school in Policy Analysis. This is RAND's effort at create a diverse pool of scholars in the policy Analysis field. The Fellows will participate in a four day workshop where they will receive a refresher course work in Research Methods and be introduced to the field of Policy Analysis. A major component of the Fellowship is that each scholar will be paired with a RAND researcher to develop a research project. Fellows will present their results on the last day of the workshop.
This intensive research experience which add a new and prestigious component to Dr. Muñoz's research profile. The fellowship from RAND includes costs for travel, housing, and meals. Kudos to Dr. Muñoz on this fine accomplishment!
CSUSB student receives foundation award to help infants and toddlers further their development
Teresa Olin, a Cal State San Bernardino graduate student, is the recipient of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Foundation Program award, given at the Children's TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia in April.
Teresa Olin (left) and Kay Lokoff, founder of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Foundation. The foundation is named after Lokoff's daughter.
Olin, a second-year graduate student in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences child development program and head teacher in the CSUSB Infant Toddler Lab School, applied for the award proposing her idea to use water as a teaching method for the children.
"When I received the letter congratulating me on winning, I was shocked," said Olin, who had earned her bachelor's degree in child development from CSUSB. "It's a huge award and I was surprised and grateful that I had won. I am doing what is best for the children and families at my center, and to be recognized with such an award is a truly humbling experience."
The award recognizes childcare teachers who provide quality early care and education to children. As part of the application process, each applicant is asked to design a classroom enhancement project for the children they teach illustrating the educational, social, and emotional benefits of the project.
Olin, who has been working at the lab school for the last six years, said that using the $500 award to buy a new water table for the center seemed like a great idea since most children love water play. She believes that water is versatile and can be a calming activity; it can be exciting, promote thinking and cause-and-effect.
"All of the professors in the Human Development and Child Development program here at CSUSB played an important role in my teaching," said Olin, an Apple Valley resident. "They all have mentored me through my teaching career and given me the skills and tools I need to work with young children." See the full story here.
CSUSB graduate, new author starts movement to change the conversation to restore the nation
Jason Kraus, a Cal State San Bernardino graduate and independent presidential hopeful, is the author of the newly published "Late Bird, Establishes Platform for America on a Foundation of Leadership Instead of Politics," the newspaper reported.
Kraus, who campaigns mostly through social media, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUSB. His platform includes His abolishment of federal income tax, complete border security, strict immigration reform and discontinuation of the federal housing program.
The article, an online news release, was published April 28, 2015, and also appeared on various online news sites.
CSU trustee, CSUSB graduate Lou Monville gives keynote address at Eagle Scout banquet
Lou Monville, chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees, a Cal State San Bernardino graduate and an Eagle Scout, was the keynote speaker at the National Eagle Scout Association and Eagle Scout Recognition banquet, the newspaper reported. The article was published April 24, 2015.
CSUSB shines spotlight on Turkey at one-day conference Feb. 28 The nation of Turkey will be the focus of a one-day conference at Cal State San Bernardino hosted by the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California on Saturday, Feb. 28.Map of Turkey
The "Spotlight on Turkey" will take place from 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the university's Pine Room in the Lower Commons. Admission is free for CSUSB faculty and students, but pre-registration is required and may be done online. Cost for World Affairs Council members is $25 and $30 for non-members. Parking at the university is $5.
Most people may be aware of the importance of Turkey as a NATO ally and as a pivotal player in the current conflicts in that region. Yet few are as informed about the importance of the Anatolian peninsula in the development of civilization and as a bridge between East and West.
The program will feature three speakers from Cal State San Bernardino's Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program:
Kevin Grisham, assistant professor, geography and environmental studies, will focus on the "Strategic Geography of Turkey in the Modern World"
Cheryl Riggs, professor, history, will discuss the historic importance and contributions of Anatolia
Ece Algan, associate professor, communication studies and director of the university's Center for Islamic and Middle Easter Studies, will talk about issues for women in modern Turkey navigating the forces of secularism and Islam
Teachers in grades 6 to 12 who attend the conference are eligible to apply for a funded summer travel study to Turkey. The last 30 minutes of the event (from 3-3:30 p.m.) will be set aside for them to talk with past travel study participants and how they have integrated the study of Turkey into their classroom study of history, art, literature and music.
"Spotlight on Turkey "is a program funded by a grant from the World Affairs Councils of America and the Turkish Cultural Foundation to build understanding of the history and culture of the Anatolian people. The event is sponsored by CSUSB's University Diversity Committee.
CSUSB professor Kenneth Schultz quoted in article, 'Unretirement: Life after work'
Kenneth S. Shultz, a psychologist at California State University, San Bernardino who has studied the psychology of retirement, is quoted in an article that asks the question: "What happens when you retire and have all that time on your hands?"
According to some estimates, two-thirds of people who have ever lived past age 65 are alive today. And today's 65-year-old can expect to live approximately 20 more years - that's up at least 5 years since Social Security began in the 1930s, when 65 seemed a good retirement age.
"Retirement can have different stages you go through," said Shultz. "The first year or so is the honeymoon stage; everything's great, you get to sleep in, it's like a vacation. Then reality starts to set in. 'Am I really going to do this for 20 years?'"
In a study Schultz co-authored, people who continued working in some capacity after retirement age were less prone to health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and arthritis, compared to those who stopped working entirely. They also exhibited better mental health and less decline in their ability to do everyday activities.
Post-Civil War Reconstruction topic at Cal State San Bernardino
The Reconstruction period after the Civil War will be the topic of a lecture presented by Ward McAfee, professor emeritus of history, at Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, March 5.
"Reconstruction: America's Second Founding Period," was presented at CSUSB's John M. Pfau Library. The lecture was free.
Reconstruction was one of the most important eras in American history, but it rarely gets the attention it deserves. At the end of Reconstruction, embittered Southerners were certain that it would always be recalled as a time of federal tyranny; African Americans were certain that it would be forever known as a time of white terrorism and Republican broken promises; and white Northerners just wanted to forget it as quickly as possible. In this lecture, McAfee presents the Reconstruction as the second founding of the nation.
McAfee received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1965 and took his first teaching assignment at CSUSB, which opened that same year. He is the author of several books on Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as California history. In 2001, a book that he finished for the widow of Professor Don Fehrenbacher of Stanford University, "The Slaveholding Republic," won the Organization of American Historian's annual prize for the best book on the coming of the Civil War.
During his 43 years at CSUSB, he served in both administration and the classroom, with most of his years in the latter. He won the University's Outstanding Professor Award in 1993.
McAfee's talk was organized by the History Club, CSUSB Phi Alpha Theta chapter; Upward Bound's Summer Steele and Olivia Guerrero; Iwona Contreras from the Pfau Library; and Tim Pytell, professor of history, and Pamela Crosson, administrative support coordinator in the CSUSB history department. Read the full story here:
CSUSB graduate sheds light on bilateral trade activities between Japan and UAE
Shogo Ishida, director of Japan Trade Centre DWC LLC since February 2014 and a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, wrote about the growing trade ties between Japan and the United Arab Emirates in an opinion column.
Ishida earned his bachelor's degree in political science from CSUSB. Prior to joining Japan Trade Centre DWC LLC , he worked for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai, and on the legislative staff for the foreign minister of Japan and deputy prime Minister of Japan. Japan Trade Centre, a private-sector business-to-business platform, recently established in Dubai.
CSUSB student volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Bernardino County
Carlos Llamas, a Cal State San Bernardino student, from Fontana, was interviewed for an article about the Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Bernardino County (CASA), for which he volunteers.
Llamas learned about CASA during a class on family violence at California State University, San Bernardino, where he's currently majoring in sociology. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interest of children who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Dependency court.
Llamas recommends CASA to others who want to make a difference in a child's life, but he also cautions that potential volunteers must be ready to commit at least 18 months to the work.