The journey we've taken together
Over the past five years, I’ve felt privileged to have a regular column in Cal State East Bay Magazine. But with my recent appointment as the next president of San José State University, starting July 1, I will be leaving CSUEB — and this will be my last column.
While I am honored by my new appointment, I will miss this means of sharing with you the unfolding story of Cal State East Bay’s transformation from a small, local college to an emerging regional leader and destination university. It’s been an association, a virtual conversation, and a journey with University alumni and friends that I’ll always recall with great pride.
In addition to the compelling content you can always expect in Cal State East Bay Magazine, in this issue you’ll find a fresh take on the University’s growing focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — and how it affects teaching, learning, and professional outcomes in the criminal justice arena. You’ll meet an impressive array of faculty and alumni who have succeeded and contributed in fields touching on, but stretching well beyond, the world of crime scene investigation popularized in TV series such as CSI. At the same time, you’ll find compelling evidence of the growing role of technology and hands-on interdisciplinary learning in these fields.
In our cover story, follow recent graduate Kenneth Advincula ’11 as he begins his career as a forensic laboratory technician, where he hopes to follow in the professional footsteps of his former instructor, Michelle Rippy ’02, who handles the investigative side of the coroner’s job. In the legal arena, Nancy O’Malley ’77, the first woman appointed to the position once held by Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, gives us a glimpse into her role as district attorney for Alameda County.
You’ll also learn how Cal State East Bay’s Department of Criminal Justice Administration sets itself apart in exposing undergrads to principles most institutions reserve for graduate students. Other stories feature the fascinating contributions one professor is making to forensic anthropology around the world; students involved in the new Forensic Science Club; and the high-profile roles alumni have played in criminal investigations and cyber crime prevention. Meanwhile, faculty members Dawna Komorosky and Dianne Rush Woods share their research findings, revealing a surprising domestic violence shelter policy gap.
These are just a few examples of what you’ll discover, experience, and learn in this issue of Cal State East Bay Magazine. I hope you’ll continue to follow the Cal State East Bay story for many years to come and continue to feel the pride I’ve felt so deeply.
Mohammad “Mo” Qayoumi