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Local Bay Area Blogger to Share Social Media Secrets March 14

Sarah Kay Hoffman

February 26, 2015 12:00am

Sarah Kay Hoffman, professional wellness and healthy lifestyle blogger, and the founder of A Loving Spoon nut butters, will lead a workshop "Making Social Media Work for You," on Saturday, March 14 at Cal State East Bay's Oakland Center. Her workshop — targeting freelancers, artists, authors, consultants, and other solo-entrepreneurs — is part of CSUEB's new Social Media Marketing Certificate program.

"Social media is not just for large corporations with large marketing budgets. Social media is for anyone who has information to share or a story to tell," said Hoffman.

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Cal State East Bay Psychology Professor Examines People’s Attachments to Pets

February 24, 2015 12:00am

Do neurotic people make better pet owners? Do conscientious people show more affection for their pets?

Those are just some of the questions examined in a recent paper co-authored by Gretchen Reevy, a faculty member in Cal State East Bay's Psychology Department, and Mikel M. Delgado, UC Berkeley doctoral candidate in psychology and Cal State East Bay alumna.

The article, titled "Are Emotionally Attached Companion Animal Caregivers Conscientious and Neurotic? Factors That Affect the Human-Companion Animal Relationship," was published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science in December 2014.

The article explores people's attachments to their pets. "Few studies have examined how personality traits might be related to the amount and types of attachments humans have toward companion animals," Reevy said.

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Learn About the Risky Side of Social Media at CSUEB’s Oakland Center, Starting March 3

February 17, 2015 12:00am

Join social media consultant Suse Barnes to learn how you can protect yourself and your organization from a potential communications crisis when using social media to market your business. Barnes will teach a three-night course beginning March 3 at Cal State East Bay’s Oakland Center – Reputation Management, Crisis Communication, and Legal Issues of Social Media. The course is part of CSUEB’s new Social Media Marketing Certificate program.

As a recent FindLaw article points out, “Social-networking users don't enjoy any of the immunities granted to social-networking sites under the law, so they should be careful to always act appropriately when posting messages or files to the sites.”

Through discussions and interactive activities, students will learn to recognize the landmines of social media marketing, and how to avoid them.

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CSUEB Award-Winning Lecturer-Researcher to Present His Research on Teen Runaways at the Criminal Justice Sciences Meeting March 6

Stephen J. Morewitz, Ph.D.

February 16, 2015 12:00am

Stephen J. Morewitz, Ph.D., an award-winning lecturer in Cal State East Bay's Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present his new research on teen runaways at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Orlando, Fla, on March 6.

Morewitz, the author of more than 100 publications, will present findings on differences between white and African American teen runaways. His research will be published in his forthcoming book, "Teen Runaways: New Research and Clinical Perspectives" (New York: Springer, 2015/16).

His previous book, "Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology," earned Morewitz a San Jose State University Annual Author Award for co-editing with Mark L. Goldstein. Additional works by Morewitz include the award-winning books "Stalking and Violence" (New York: Kluwer/Plenum, 2003), and "Domestic Violence and Maternal and Child Health" (New York: Springer, 2004).

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CSUEB Ranks as a Top School for Online Master’s in Health Care Management Program

February 6, 2015 9:00am

Cal State East Bay’s Online Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration degree program was recently ranked number No. 43 on Top Management Degrees’ list of Top 50 Schools for Online Master’s in Healthcare Management Degrees.

Top Management Degrees — a website that provides information about business and management education — ranked each school based on its reputation, faculty credentials, student services and engagement, course-delivery technology, admissions selectivity, prestigious national awards, student satisfaction, and tuition costs.

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Paralegal Studies Info Meetings to be Held Feb. 5 and 12

February 2, 2015 9:00am

Cal State East Bay will host several information sessions on the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program in the upcoming weeks. Participants will meet the program director, learn more about program requirements and course offerings, and network with other professionals.

The American Bar Association (ABA)-approved CSUEB Certificate in Paralegal Studies qualifies aspiring paralegals for entry-level positions in the field, whether in law offices, corporations, government agencies, or other organizations. Earning a certificate is also an excellent option for existing paralegals who seek to differentiate themselves, increase earning potential, and meet or exceed the educational requirements dictated by California law.

See below for a list of upcoming information sessions:

Thursday, February 5
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Concord Campus

Thursday, February 12
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Oakland Center

Thursday, February 12
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Center

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Cal State East Bay Launches Pioneer Scholarships Online Scholarship Management Program

January 27, 2015 10:28am

California State University, East Bay will launch Pioneer Scholarships, an innovative one-stop online scholarship management and portal system, Feb. 2.

Pioneer Scholarships streamlines the application process by eliminating the need for students to repeatedly submit general information, which also saves students extensive research time. The new system imports key information from the student data record, allowing applicants to be considered for all campus scholarship opportunities simultaneously. When students log in using their NetID and password, they complete a general application that matches them to scholarships for which they qualify. The system also recommends other scholarships they may be unaware of or which they qualify for.

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CSUEB’s Project Management Certificate Prepares Graduates for Top-Paying Jobs

January 23, 2015 3:18pm

Cal State East Bay’s Certificate in Project Management, which can be completed in as little as 10 weeks, prepares graduates for an exciting and lucrative career in project management.

The program provides students with a Project Management Institute (PMI®)-approved way to complete the educational hours necessary to qualify for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam and earn the PMP® credential — a globally recognized credential that demonstrates the experience, education, and competency to lead and direct projects.

According to a recent survey by, PMP certified individuals make up to 16 percent more than their non-certified counterparts, which amounts to a difference in pay of approximately $14,500 each year.

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Cal State East Bay’s Center for Sport and Social Justice to host events related to LGBTQ issues in sport

January 21, 2015 12:00am

California State University East Bay’s Center for Sport and Social Justice will host “Queering Fields and Courts: LGBTQ Issues in Sport,” Jan. 28-29 on CSUEB’s Hayward campus. The events are free and open to the public.

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Blind CSUEB Student Pursues Passion for Opera Through International Exchange Program

CSUEB student Brandon Keith Biggs enjoys a bowl of pasta after a cooking lesson from his Italian girlfriend’s mother while studying abroad in Milan, Italy.

January 14, 2015 12:00am

For a music major studying opera, what could be better than immersing oneself in the birthplace of opera itself? Cal State East Bay student Brandon Keith Biggs, blind from birth, is getting to do exactly that. Currently studying abroad in Italy as part of an international exchange program, Biggs is the first blind CSUEB student to participate in a study abroad program.

"My main goal in coming to Italy is to learn the language," said Biggs. "Because most operas are in Italian, it is very important that I am able to say all the words correctly and know the meaning of everything I am saying."

Biggs, 22, left for Italy in September and will continue his studies at the Catholic University of Milan through June.

In addition to his Italian language course, Biggs is taking a theater class, a course in entrepreneurial finance and — the course which he describes as "the most difficult" — an Italian cooking class.

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