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Issue #31
October 2012

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Es El Momento College Fair Attracts 35,000 Latinos to CSUDH

Approximately 35,000 people attended the Es El Momento Education Fair, hosted at California State University Dominguez Hills and co-sponsored by Univision and the California State University Chancellor’s Office, on Oct. 13.

Parents and students learned about college options and educational support offered by public and private institutions of higher education, as well as by more than 150 nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving youths.

"I was impressed by the interest that these parents demonstrated in becoming partners with their children for high school graduation and college readiness," said Jorge Haynes, senior director of external relations at the CSU Chancellor's Office.

Univision's network anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Enrique Acevedo led a workshop on how to recognize and stop bullying.

The fair presented 45 other workshops in Spanish on topics of interest to Latino parents and high school students. They included the A-G requirements to qualify for college, financial aid, deferred action for childhood arrivals, and college opportunities for students who qualify under California's AB 540 legislation.

Actor Edward James Olmos, accompanied by dozens of Latino authors, held the Latino Book & Family Festival in conjunction with the Es El Momento Education Fair.

Parents received free textbooks donated by the Mexican Consulate, the Molina Health Care Foundation and the Latino Book & Family Festival. More than 65,000 books were donated for distribution free of cost to participants.

Seventeen CSU campuses from throughout the state sent bilingual teams of outreach professionals ready to engage parent and students in conversations about how to qualify for the CSU and to invite them to visit campuses in Northern and Southern California so that students can identify a campus that best fits their personality and academic goals.

Es El Momento, CSU Volunteers, 2012
Volunteers from several CSU campuses stand ready to pitch how to get to college information to Latino parents and students attending Es El Momento at CSUDH.


KMEX General Manager Alberto Mier y Teran and actor Edward James Olmos
KMEX General Manager Alberto Mier y Teran chats with actor Edward James Olmos at the CSUDH art gallery, during the Es El Momento fair.

Both Univision and CSU are exploring possibilities to hold an EEM fair at a CSU campus in Northern California.

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Leroy M. Morishita Invested as President of CSU East Bay

CSUEB President Leroy Morishita

Ceremony attendees applaud and cheer as Leroy Morishita walks toward the platform, preceded by dozens of CSUEB faculty, presidents of sister universities, the CSU chancellor, religious leaders and Japanese diplomats.

Leroy M. Morishita was invested as California State University East Bay's fifth president on Oct. 12.

Morishita is the presidential leader of the CSU Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative.

The investiture was a celebration for the CSUEB campus that started with a week of community service and culminated with a Faculty Honors Convocation and the presidential investiture.

During the community service week Morishita joined students and community members volunteering to clean up and paint public schools in Hayward.
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SJSU Kicks Off Journey to Success College Fair for Asian and Pacific Islander Students

AAPI Ambassadors from SJSU

SJSU student ambassadors to the CSU Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, from left, Joseph Coleman, Thy Troung, Audrey Leong, Errol Villasanta and Joe-Vincent Estioko.

SJSU to Host AAPI Journey to Success College Fair on Nov. 3

San Jose State University kicked off a series of outreach activities leading to the inaugural Journey to Success college fair at this campus.

The fair, to be held on Nov. 3 at SJSU's Student Union, is designed to facilitate a better understanding of college preparation, financing and admission among first generation Asian and Pacific Islander families living in Santa Clara County.

See event flier and registration here.

Kickoff activities included a community luncheon hosted by SJSU President Mo Qayoumi. The event was attended by 45 guests that included elected officials, education leaders and community organizers.

Asian and Pacific Islanders combined represent 32 percent of San José State University's resident enrollment. Once enrolled in college, first generation AAPI students continue to face difficulties, particularly in English writing, a factor that can impact student retention and graduation. 

Using funds from a grant given by the U.S. Department of Education's Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Initiative, SJSU is working to improve writing skills among Asians, Pacific Islanders and other first generation students.

"This action-oriented approach is fostering a campus-wide culture of writing excellence," said Fernanda Karp, SJSU's director of campus and community relations.


Upcoming College Events and Fairs

October 20
A Taste of Soul, Los Angeles

October 30
Native American Career Day & College Night
Intertribal Friendship House\UC Berkeley

November 3
Asian, Pacific Islander Journey to Success
San Jose State University

December 7
AAPI Community Forum
To be held simultaneously at the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach and CSU East Bay in Hayward.



UC Riverside's Timothy P. White Named Chancellor of the CSU System

Timothy P. White

Timothy P. White has been selected as the new chancellor of the California State University system.

White will succeed Charles B. Reed when he retires at the end of December, after having served for 14 years as head of the system's 23 campuses and approximately 430,000 students.

White, 63, has served as UCR Chancellor since 2008. Prior to serving at UCR, White was president of the University of Idaho from 2004 to 2008. He also served as a dean, provost, executive vice president, and interim president at Oregon State University.

He previously held positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley, and as professor and chair of the Department of Movement Science and research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan.

White emigrated from Argentina as a child and is a first generation college graduate. He attended California's Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State, a master's degree from CSU East Bay and a doctorate from UC Berkeley.
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California Native American Events Draw Hundreds to CSU Campuses

Leaders of the Native American Conference at CSU San Marcos-2012

Leaders of the 27th Annual California Indian Conference at CSUSM. From left, Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of Public Instruction; Karen Haynes, president, CSUSM; Tishmall Turner, director of Tribal Liaison, CSUSM; James Ramos, member, California State Board of Education; Joely Proudfit, director of Native American Academic Strategic Planning at CSUSM; Cynthia Gomez, Governor's Tribal Advisor.

California Indian Conference at CSUSM Focuses on Cultural Preservation

Language preservation, cultural identity and the state of Indian education were the highlights of the 27th Annual California Indian Conference held Oct. 5-6 at CSU San Marcos.

The conference theme was "California Indians Leading the Way," in recognition of the leadership, strength and progress of California Indians in education, research and community engagement.

The conference drew more than 300 scholars, educators, artists and students.

Among several keynote speakers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson commended CSUSM President Karen Haynes for her efforts to open opportunities for Native American students.   

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California Native American Day at CSU San Bernardino

Nartive American Day CSUSB

To experience the distinctive cultures of California Indian people, CSU San Bernardino held on Sept. 28 a public celebration, featuring traditional Native American bird songs, music, art, and food.



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