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CSUSB Celebrates Class Of 2017 At Commencement Exercises June 15 & 17

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — It’s their time.

After years of hard work in classrooms, a seemingly endless number of papers to write and nights of little sleep from studying for midterms and finals, Cal State San Bernardino’s Class of 2017 has one more hurdle to make before getting a degree — graduation.

And that will be accomplished when the university holds its five commencement ceremonies on Thursday and Saturday, June 15 and 17, where more than 3, 200 graduating students will be participating.

This year the university will bestow honorary doctorates to CSUSB alumnus Lou Monville and Rabbi Hillel Cohn. Monville will be honored during College of Arts and Letters ceremony at noon June 17, and Cohn during the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences ceremony at 8 a.m. that same day.

The first graduation ceremony will be for the CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus on Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Spa and Resort, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.

The PDC ceremony will have its largest number of participants in the campus’ history as 308 students will be in cap and gown, which will include graduates from its first freshman class.

During the PDC ceremony, special awards will be given to Nicole Phillips for Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Barbara Katic for Outstanding Graduate Student. Phillips, who lives in Palm Desert, will receive a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, and is graduating magna cum laude, or with high honors. Katic, who also lives in Palm Desert, will receive a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, as well as a PPS credential.

Commencement ceremonies then move to Saturday, June 17, when CSUSB’s five colleges will honor their graduating students at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., in Ontario. Parking at Citizens Business Bank Arena will be $5 in lots A, B, C and D. Patrons are encouraged to bring exact change.

All of the ceremonies at Citizens Business Bank Arena will be webcast live on the Creative Media Services webcast page at http://acm.csusb.edu/services/videoproduction/livewebcast.html.

Now in its third year at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the university moved its commencement ceremony to the Ontario location from the university’s Coussoulis Arena due to the increasing number of graduates and their guests.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will start the day with its graduation ceremony at 8 a.m. as 1,039 students are expected to participate. The college will honor Diana Robinson of Fontana, who will receive a master’s degree in psychology, as its outstanding graduate student, and Janhavi M. Dhargalkar of San Bernardino, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology, will be recognized as its outstanding undergraduate student.

Rabbi Cohn, will be honored during the ceremony for his years of service to the community. Cohn has led the Jewish community in the greater San Bernardino area for more than 50 years and has been a leader in a number of civic and charitable organizations and committees.

At noon, the College of Art and Letters and the College of Education will hold their joint commencement ceremony with 475 students at Arts and Letters and 115 for the College of Education. Arts and Letters will honor Monville for his leadership and volunteer efforts with CSUSB, the California State University system and in the community. Monville served on the CSU Board of Trustees for 10 years culminating with two terms as the board chair.

The college will also honor Derek Mkhaiel of Moreno Valley, who will receive master’s degree in English composition and literature, as its outstanding graduate student, and Luis Esparza of Colton, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, as its outstanding undergraduate student.

The College of Education will honor Eyad Alfattal of Redlands, who will graduate with a doctorate in educational leadership, as its outstanding doctoral student, and Sharaya Tran of Ontario, who will graduate with a master’s degree in counseling and guidance in education, as its outstanding graduate student.

The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration will hold its commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. with 661 students expected to participate. The college will honor Julia Rodriguez Fuentes of Adelanto, who will graduate with a master’s degree in accounting, as its outstanding graduate student, and Jordan Gallinger of Barstow, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, as its outstanding undergraduate student.

The College of Natural Sciences will close out the day’s celebration at 8 p.m. when it holds its commencement ceremony with 617 students expected to participate. The college will honor Teresa Urbina of Corona, who will graduate with a master’s degree in biology, as the outstanding graduate student, Amylee Martin of Ontario, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and Jonathan Foreman, who graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is now a science policy advisor for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as the college’s outstanding alumnus.

For more information about the June 2016 graduations, visit the CSUSB Commencement website at http://commencement.csusb.edu/index.html or contact the Office of Special Events and Guest Services at (909) 537-7360.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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Young Men Excel In Local Oratorical Contest

On Sunday, May 28th, SHAD Club #62 presented its ninth Annual Oratorical/Essay Contest at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino, CA. The contest is held each year and allows young men in our area to showcase their talents in research, writing and oral presentation. Contestants have to write and deliver an essay on the theme chosen by SHAD Club #62. Each year the club’s theme tries to stress the importance of education to our young men. The contest is open to all young men in our area between the ages of 14 – 18 and attending a school in our area. This year’s theme was “The Best Preparation for Tomorrow us What You Do Today”. The contestants this year were Mr. Moses Carter, Mr. Jaylen Cornish and Mr. Elijah Hall. The young men competed for a top prize of $500.00.

During the rehearsals, contestants are trained on tips for effective public speaking. Contestants are taught voice diction, clarity and the use of words and phrases to emphasize their critical points.

Anthony Bell the President of SHAD Club #62 stated that “given the crime and unemployment rates in our area, it is essential that we provide platforms for our young men to development their minds.” The SHAD CLUB motto is “to be positive role models to young men in our area.” SHAD Club sponsors this contest and provide other platforms to motivate and encourage young men to exceed.

The winner of this year’s contest was Mr. Moses Carter. Moses is a student at Kaiser High School and is a gifted violin player. 2nd Place went to Mr. Jaylen Cornish, and 3rd place went to Mr. Elijah Hall. All three young men at active in their church and planning to further their education once they graduate from high school.

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New Freeway Express Bus Route Connects Yucaipa, Redlands, San Bernardino

(San Bernardino, CA) Omnitrans will launch a new freeway express bus route on Monday, May 1, 2017. Route 208 will operate at peak commute hours on weekdays traveling between the Yucaipa Transit Center, downtown Redlands and the San Bernardino Transit Center.

“Route 208 will cut travel time in half compared to taking local bus routes,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “Express buses also have free Wi-Fi on board to help make commuting time more productive.”

At the San Bernardino Transit Center, passengers can connect with 12 other Omnitrans bus routes, the sbX rapid transit line, and routes operated by Victor Valley Transit Authority, Mountain Transit and Pass Transit. Metrolink commuter rail service will be extended to the San Bernardino Transit Center in fall 2017.

Omnitrans is offering free rides on Route 208 during the first week of service, May 1 - 5. Regular fares are $1.75 one-way or $5 for a 1-day pass. Discounts are available for youth 18 and under, senior citizens age 62 and up, military veterans and people with disabilities.

Omnitrans operates two other freeway express routes: Route 290 travels the 10 freeway connecting San Bernardino, Colton, Ontario Mills and Montclair; Route 215 travels the 215/91 corridor connecting San Bernardino, south Colton and Riverside. Ridership on Omnitrans freeway express service is growing with passenger boardings up about 5% year to date.

Personalized routing assistance is available at 800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online at www.omnitrans.org.

Links:

Route 208 map and schedule: http://www.omnitrans.org/schedules/route208/

Trip planner: http://www.omnitrans.org/getting-around/plan-a-trip/trip-planner

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