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  • Say Welcome to Neena and Shana!


    Neena started here at CSUSB (her Alma Mater) in 2008, here, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She was hired to work part-time for the RIMI (Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions) grant and part-time in the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations. After four years, she moved for a short time to CEL and then took a permanent AA/S position with Academic Affairs. Neena worked in Academic Affairs for three years before receiving a reassignment to CSBS, back where she started!
    Prior to coming to CSUSB, Neena spent over 10 years in the County of San Bernardino working for the Department of Child Support Services.


    Shana was born and raised in Pasadena, CA and earned her bachelor's at UC Berkeley and has a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. She is currently enrolled in CSUSB's MBA program. Shana is a do-gooder at heart with a passion for education and the lessons that only real life can teach. Shana has substantive experience in research, development, higher education, and public relations. Before joining CSUSB, Shana was the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. An adventurous spirit, Shana has lived in Japan, New York, Virginia, and Georgia - but will always call California home. When Shana's not working, she's off writing or learning something new.
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was awarded first prize in the Gerald D. Nash History Journal competition for its student journal, "History in the Making." The journal covers various topics of history, including African history, racial theory and a new section which highlights how world leaders are remembered after their deaths. All content, which consists of essays, articles and literature reviews, are written and edited by CSUSB students. The award was accompanied by a $500 check that the society plans to use to further fund their chapter.
    Accolades are not new to Phi Theta Alpha, The Alpha Delta Nu chapter also took home the 2014 award for best student journal and 2015 marks the fourth year of academic honors for the history society. In 2012, the journal took second place and earned third place awards in 2009 and 2013.
    CSUSB history professor, Dr. Lyon, serves as the advisor of the publication.
  • Yahoo! Finance - Cal State San Bernardino's online criminal justice program was listed as one of the top 50 in the nation by SuperScholar, an independent college search and rankings website.
    The "Smart Choice List of 50 Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs" evaluated and ranked schools based on publicly available information on academic quality, awards and recognition, flexibility, accessibility, affordability, and return on investment. Only schools that have regionally accredited online master's criminal justice programs qualified for the ranking.
    CSUSB was ranked No. 17, the University of California, Irvine was at No. 11 and Arizona State University was ranked No. 1.
    The article was published Feb. 10, 2015.
    Read the complete article at "SuperScholar releases the 'Smart Choice List of 50 Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs.'"
  • Editorial: CSUSB professor says building industry and local government cooperation helps economy
    Daily Press (Victorville) - "In a comment to the Riverside Press Enterprise last week regarding the chances of an economic revival in the Inland Empire, Professor Thomas Pierce at California State University, San Bernardino, said it helps when developers and home builders feel like they can work with local government officials. 'Maybe that can gradually become a virtuous cycle rather than a vicious cycle' he said."
    The article was published Jan. 28, 2015.
    Also see The Press-Enterprise editorial, "Putting the I.E. on the right economic path," published on Jan. 23, 2015.
  • CSUSB professor comments on California's jobless rate as it falls to 7 percent
    Los Angeles Times - Thomas Pierce, an economics professor at Cal State San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about California's economy.
    California employers slowed the pace of hiring at the end of 2014 after spending much of the year adding jobs at a furious pace, the newspaper reported. The state's labor market remained healthy in December, though less rosy than in earlier months, according to data from the state Employment Development Department.
    The job market may no longer be booming, Pierce said. But current growth is more balanced and sustainable given that employers - and consumers - remain wary in the aftermath of the recession.
    The article, published Jan. 23, 2015, was picked up by other online news sites nationwide.
    Read the complete article at "California's jobless rate falls to 7 percent."
    You can check out CSUSB's Public Affairs synopsis.

  • From left, Rachelle Feiler, Carolyn Shaputnic and Diana Simmes were among the speakers at a February 4 program on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders at Cal State San Bernardino.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) on the negative impact it has on children and their families was discussed in a free presentation on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The event took place from 1-4 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center at Cal State San Bernardino. The event was a wonderful success with over 150 faculty, students, and community members in attendance. The event was also live-streamed throughout the university. With two satellite locations: Palm Desert Campus and Vietnam.

    Among the speakers were Rachelle Feiler, Carolyn Shaputnic, and Diana Simmes. FASD is the leading known cause of mental disabilities in the U.S. and research shows that 60 percent of adolescents with the disorder have been in some kind of legal trouble. Thirty-five percent of those with FASD aged 12 or older have been incarcerated at least once in their lives.

    Sponsors of the event include CSUSB's Institute for Child Development and Family Relations, The CSUSB Center for Developmental Disabilities, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the department of psychology and the School of Social Work.

    The event will be archived and available on the ACM website in the near future.

    To learn more about The Institute for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Discovery at UC San Diego, contact Kathie Johnson at (858) 246-0047 or

    Press Release

  • Mohammad Qureshi of Redlands was accepted into Marshall B. Ketchum University's Southern California College of Optometry. Join us in celebrating this wonderful achievement and wishing Mohammad great success in his future endeavors.
  • CSUSB's Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (CIMES), hosted a panel to discuss two polarizing historical events: the shooting death of an unarmed teen - Michael Brown, which sparked civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the conflict in Gaza between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. The presentation: "From Ferguson to Palestine: Repression, Violence and Resistance," took place on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at Cal State San Bernardino's College of Education (room CE-105). The event is free and open to the public.
    Through the juxtaposition of the African American community's response in Ferguson, Mo., and Palestinian experiences in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the panel illuminated the ways in which minorities undergo and resist repression.
    Ece Algan, Director of CIMES and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at CSUSB summarized the purpose of the panel this way: "By bringing under scrutiny two different people's stories in a comparative manner, this panel aims to show why transnational solidarity with minorities and indigenous peoples around the world is absolutely central to just and democratic societies."
    The topics discussed included, but were not limited to, police brutality, structural racism, the historical context of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and women and children's unique struggles in these conflicts. Using Gaza and Ferguson as case studies, the panel also critiqued the dominant narratives about conflict and race relations.
    The panel was moderated by CSUSB Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Ahlam Muhtasep. The following participated in the panel:
    • Rabab Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, San Francisco State University.
    • Gary Fields, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of California, San Diego.
    • Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, University of California, Los Angeles.

    The event was co-sponsored by University Diversity Committee, the CSUSB College of Education's doctoral program in Educational Leadership, the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies, the Center for International Studies and Programs, the CSUSB Arabic Program, and the CSUSB Department of English.
    For further information, please contact Ece Algan, CIMES director and associate professor of communication studies, at or (909) 537-7469.
    Read the original coverage of the event.