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Volume 6 | Winter 2021

In this issue: The Launchpad for Student Success

Features: Groundwork and fieldwork are essential
Events: Online and themed-month activities
Notables: The campus that got $10 ​million to restore salmon habitats

Brenda Wong  

From the Editor

Brenda Wong  

At the CSU, student success and achievements know no boundaries. Just ask NASA astronaut and CSU alum Victor Glover. He’s currently spending six months at the International Space Station and is profiled in our Features​. Or ask the interns who scored valuable experience at a cereal and snack foods giant and a county museum. As it has for 60 years, the CSU provides the solid basis on which students contribute mightily to their community, California and the country.

In Case You Missed It, accolades continue to pour in for the CSU. It was declared “College of the Year” by Higher Ed Dive, for its leadership during the pandemic. Also get to know the new chancellor, Dr. Joseph I. Castro, and read what eight people close to the eighth CSU chancellor say about him.

As part of CSU's recognition of Black History Month, hear in Voices what three campuses are doing to assist Black students. Finally, 23 students share how their campus​s responses to the pandemic have prepared them to face the future—be it on Earth or among the stars.

Strap in for liftoff!

Brenda G. Wong

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Reaching for the Stars

NASA astronaut Victor Glover probably wouldn’t be at the International Space Station right now if it weren’t for two things that Cal Poly San Luis Obispo instilled in him as an engineering student, he says.

What Are T​hey?

A Taste of what's to come 

Ask Devlin Hamidjaja about his experience at Kellogg’s, and he may echo Tony the Tiger: “Gr-r-eat!” The Cal State Fullerton business student developed a “Fan Favorite” snack product concept as an intern.​ You could call it cheesy.​

The Path to Kellogg’s

Pieces of the Past

Thanks to a new anthropology internship, CSU Dominguez Hills students got behind the scenes at the L.A. County Museum of Art and learned how items are curated, and created high-resolution 3D models of artifacts.

A Museum’s Inner Workings


CSU campuses as COVID-19 vaccination hubs. Gifts​, grants for mentoring and athletics​​. 


Virtual events include cultural and career fairs as well as performances and speakers.


Faculty and alumni publish free college textbooks, write about bookishness, avian art, more.


Three campus leaders share how their universities help Black students advance.

In Case You Missed It

A “College of the Year” award, an intimate introduction to CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro and much more.

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Ready for What’s Next

From adaptability to time management, CSU students say how they’re set for a postpandemic world.

23 Voices. 1 Story.

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