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CSUEB American Language Program Honors Former Students At Annual GradFest

CSUEB’s American Language Program (ALP) hosts annual GradFest, honoring Class of 2015 graduates who are former ALP students.

May 26, 2015 10:00am

Cal State East Bay’s American Language Program (ALP), which helps students from countries outside the United States improve their English and get ready to attend American college classes, hosted its sixth annual GradFest on May 20 at the Hayward Hills campus. The event, honoring former ALP students who have matriculated into the university and will graduate from CSUEB in the 2014-15 academic year, celebrated 146 former ALP students — 120 with bachelor’s degrees and 26 with master’s degrees.

Cal State East Bay’s ALP offers a range of high-quality programs for students from all over the world, including diploma, certificate and graduate preparation programs. However, the majority of ALP students are part of the Intensive English Program, which gives participants conditional admission to the university if they raise their English proficiency to meet program standards.

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Summer Enrollment for CSUEB’s Online Wedding Planner Certificate Program Open Through June 8

Joyce Scardina Becker, director and instructor of CSUEB's Wedding Planner Certificate Program.

May 18, 2015 12:00am

According to the Association of Bridal Consultants, there are over 2.4 million weddings every year in the United States. Take part in this fast-growing and lucrative industry by earning your Certificate in Wedding Planning from Cal State East Bay. The summer enrollment period for the Online Wedding Planner Certificate Program is open now through June 8. No application is necessary.

The internationally recognized program, taught by program founder and 25-year hospitality industry veteran Joyce Scardina Becker, offers participants in-depth exposure to all facets of researching, designing, planning, coordinating and evaluating weddings.

“The Wedding Planner Certificate course was the starting point for my career,” said Brooke Baglietto, who completed the program in 2005 and is currently the wedding specialist at The Carneros Inn in Napa, Calif. “The course led me to my first internship and my first paid position within the industry.”

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CSUEB Alumna Named eLearning Specialist for Humboldt State University

Pamela Dougherty

May 1, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay alumna Pamela Dougherty was recently named the new eLearning Support Specialist at Humboldt State University. Dougherty, who graduated from CSUEB's M.S. in Education, option in Online Teaching and Learning (MS-OTL) Program in June 2014, works with a team to increase student success in online courses and programs.

As part of her job, Dougherty trains and supports faculty who are working to improve online course design, and she is currently involved in the research and development of student support services for students in online programs. Dougherty attributes much of her success in her new role to the education she received at CSUEB.

"The MS-OTL program provided me with (the) knowledge, skills and experience that enabled me to qualify for my current position," Dougherty said. "I am able to directly apply those skills and knowledge in my day-to-day work."

Prior to assuming her new role, Dougherty worked as an academic advisor at CSU Humboldt for six years.

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Cal State East Bay Offers One-Day Loan Signing Agent Seminar, May 2

April 22, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay will offer a one-day seminar entitled Become a Certified Loan Signing Agent from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2 on the Hayward campus. Participants will learn valuable skill sets, from how to properly notarize loan packages to negotiating fees and advertising as a professional in the real estate market.

Participants will also leave the seminar with a list of 50 loan signing companies to help get them started with their own business.

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--Erin Merdinger

Inaugural Group of Students Earn Social Media Marketing Certificate From CSUEB

CSUEB's first group of students to complete the Social Media Marketing Certificate program. (from left to right): Monica Holmes, Kathy Andrews, Terry Cato and Nitesh Dutt.

April 17, 2015 12:00am

After four years of working in television for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Cal State East Bay alumnus Nitesh Dutt was looking for a career change — a program centered on the fast-growing field of social media marketing couldn't have come at a better time.

Dutt, 27, is part of the approximately 12 first students to enroll in CSUEB's new Social Media Marketing Certificate Program, and one of the first four students who received their certificates in March. Launched in January, the program, is designed to provide students with hands-on training in the practical and strategic components of social media marketing.

"If you have a passion for social media and marketing then this is the perfect program," said Dutt, who graduated CSUEB with a bachelor's degree in Communication in 2010. "Go in with an open mind and you'll learn a lot, plus make great connections."

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CSUEB Continuing Education Wins National Award for New Website

April 9, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay Continuing Education recently earned a bronze award for its newly designed website from the annual Educational Advertising Awards. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country, and this is the first time CSUEB Continuing Education has won an award from the competition.

Sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report, this year marked the 30th anniversary for the national competition, and over 2,000 entries from over 1,000 institutions were submitted. CSUEB Continuing Education received the bronze award in the category "Internet/World Wide Website."

Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

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Deaf Student Uses Online Teaching and Learning Program To Develop American Sign Language Course

Gwen Gallagher, M.S. in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning graduate student.

March 26, 2015 12:00am

For American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Gwen Gallagher, enrolling in the M.S. in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning Program (MS-OTL) at Cal State East Bay is an exciting opportunity to not only learn more about the field of online education, but to make her teaching materials more accessible to her students. Gallagher was born deaf, and after teaching ASL at Bay Area high schools and colleges for nearly 20 years, she is ready to expand her reach to an online audience.

"Online education is opening doors for so many people," said Gallagher. "People are able to gain access to educational opportunities regardless of their locations, physical presences and schedules. I want to offer the ability for ASL learners to reach their goals without traditional in-class constraints."

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CSUEB Paralegal Studies Program Reapproved By American Bar Association For Another Seven Years

March 20, 2015 12:00am

Cal State East Bay's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program has been granted reapproval for another seven years by the American Bar Association (ABA). The term of approval is retroactive to February 2013 and will continue through February 2020.

"As one of the leading paralegal programs in Northern California, we were very excited to get the news that we were reapproved by the American Bar Association. ABA reapproval is an endorsement that Cal State East Bay's Paralegal Program continues to move in the right direction," said Dwight Dickerson, director of Cal State East Bay's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

Founded in 1878, the ABA is one of the world's largest voluntary professional organizations, and is committed to supporting and improving the legal profession.

The ABA approval process involves extensive investigation of self-evaluation reports submitted by the paralegal program as well as on-site evaluations of program operations.

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Four Members of Cal State East Bay Community Recognized at Regional Conference

March 19, 2015 12:00am

A Cal State East Bay staff member and three students were recognized recently at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education regional conference in Fresno.

My-Lan Huynh, assistant manager for Student Life and Leadership Programs, was named Outstanding Professional Staff Member, and Edwin Alarid, an orientation intern and a senior criminal justice major, won the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award.

The Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award recognizes a new orientation, retention, and transition professional who has demonstrated commitment and contributions to the organization, and/or to the orientation, retention, and transition profession.

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The University Art Gallery Announces its First New Media Works Exhibition

March 13, 2015 12:00am

The University Art Gallery is proud to present “In The Dark: New Media Works,” its first exhibition showcasing a collection of electronic media, including 2D/3D digital, video, audio (sound art), animation, games, websites, interactive, motion graphics, and more. The exhibition is open to all CSU East Bay undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni. Phillip Hofstetter, Ian Pollock, and Philip Ringler will jury the event.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be on Tuesday, March 10 from 5-7 p.m. The show runs through Thursday, April 9 and will close with a second reception from 6-8 p.m., during which participating artists will deliver a presentation regarding their work.

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