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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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CSUEB to Host Nonprofit Management Program Info Session on March 24

March 12, 2015 12:00am

Attend an upcoming information meeting on CSUEB's Nonprofit Management Certificate Program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 24 at CSUEB's Oakland Center. Participants will meet the program director, learn more about program requirements and course offerings, and network with other professionals.

CSUEB's Nonprofit Management Certificate Program prepares existing and aspiring nonprofit professionals to meet the increasingly challenging demands of nonprofit administration. Students will learn many aspects of nonprofit management, including board development, financial management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation, and nonprofit law. Students who enroll in the program can also look forward to engaging, hands-on sessions that directly apply to their day-to-day work.

Classes are conveniently offered at CSUEB's downtown Oakland Center, making them easily accessible via public transportation for those who live or work in the San Francisco and East Bay Area.

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Cal State East Bay’s Online Teaching and Learning Programs Keep Pace With New Demands of Mobile Education

According to a recent report by eLearning Industry, about 46 percent of college students are taking at least one course online, and by 2019, roughly half of all college classes will be eLearning-based.

March 6, 2015 12:00am

Gone are the days when students would get into trouble for using a mobile device in the classroom. Today, it is not only common to see students using their tablets and smart phones in the classroom and to access online course materials, it's even encouraged.

According to a recent Ambient Insight Premium Report "The 2012-2017 Worldwide Mobile Learning Market," the revenue for mobile learning products in North America reached $1.4 billion in 2012 and is projected to grow to $2.1 billion by 2017. The most significant trend driving the uptake of mobile learning in academic settings is the adoption of tablets in schools. Governments around the world are also launching national programs to provide tablets to schools, many with large-scale efforts.

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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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