Dr. Mark Baldwin Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Friends and colleagues of Dr. Mark Baldwin, former dean of California State University San Marcos College of Education (now known as the School of Education), respectfully request your consideration of a donation to help establish the Dr. Mark Baldwin Endowed Memorial Scholarship at the CSUSM School of Education.

Mark’s true passion was encouraging and preparing students to become teachers.

Dr. Baldwin was widely known and highly respected throughout the region for the quality and depth of his relationships with K-12 teachers, administrators and other educators. Through his research and experience, Dr. Baldwin recognized the need to do things differently in order to impact public education and bring about change to ensure social justice and achievement for all students. Dr. Baldwin insisted that the development of effective high school teachers must include awareness and acquisition of particular dispositional characteristics as well as practical and innovative pedagogical knowledge and learning theory.  Dr. Baldwin’s record of scholarly research and creative activity, teaching and service was exemplary.

For more info, please visit: https://www.csusm.edu/soe/collaborationandoutreach/baldwin_scholarship.html

Social Work Professor Does Part to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

Dr. Blake Beecher undertook the study early in 2020 with a research team that included Department of Social Work colleagues Jimmy Young and Jeannine Guarino, as well as Master of Social Work student assistants Britney Carbajal and Briana Fair. 

Social Work Professor Does Part to Tackle Homelessness Crisis
by Brian Hiro

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New Dean Appointed for CEHHS

Cal State San Marcos announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Ostergren as the next dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services.  

Ostergren currently serves as associate dean of student success and academic affairs for the College of Health and Human Services at California State University Long Beach. A faculty member at CSULB since 2003, she has served in a variety of leadership roles, including program director and chair for the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, and most recently as a leading member of CSULB’s comprehensive strategic planning team. She is a CSULB President’s and Provost’s Leadership Fellow (2015-2016) and the recipient of CSULB’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching (2017) and Early Academic Career Excellence (2014) awards.  

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Ostergren to CSUSM,” said Carl Kemnitz, the university’s provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “Her devotion to student success and leadership in strategic planning will help to galvanize the college around a cohesive vision and position it to meet student and community needs for the future.” 

In 2019-2020, Ostergren served as an American Council on Education fellow at Arizona State University, where she engaged with the president, provost and senior leadership across multiple divisions, including during coronavirus response phases in spring 2020 and summer 2020.  

Ostergren has specialized training and interest in the area of futures thinking and its application to the future of higher education, work and health. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience as a medical-based SLP across the continuum of care. She has written multiple textbooks and scholarly works in the area of neurologic communication disorders and professional practice issues and training of speech-language pathology assistants.  

“I was attracted to the College of Education, Health and Human Services at CSUSM for its devotion to student success, interdisciplinary nature and commitment to serving the local community,” Ostergren said. “These and the college and CSUSM’s deep commitment to equity and inclusion cemented my desire to be a part of the CEHHS family. I see this as an exciting and transformative time for the disciplines of education, health and human services. We have much work to do in supporting our students and the community as we transition out of the pandemic. CEHHS is well poised to have a sustained and critical impact on the local community and the success of its current and future students. I look forward to getting to know the students, faculty and staff of CEHHS and embarking on this important journey together.” 

Ostergren holds a doctorate in special education from Claremont Graduate University. Her other two degrees are from CSULB – a master’s in speech-language pathology and a bachelor’s in communicative disorders.  

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Public Health Program to Become a Department

The first cohort of Master of Public Health students is pictured at commencement in May 2018.
The public health program was recently approved to become a department.

The public health program at Cal State San Marcos has been approved to become a department within the College of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1. 

The change was approved last week by Carl Kemnitz, CSUSM’s provost.  

As part of the department designation, public health will be moving from the School of Nursing, where it has resided since 2016, to the School of Health Sciences and Human Services. It will become the fifth department in that school, joining human development, kinesiology, social work and speech-language pathology.  

The final step for public health to be designated a department was the news this spring that the program has achieved accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs. The accreditation term is for five years, extending to July 1, 2026.  

Christina Holub has been serving as interim director of the program and, starting this summer, she will be the chair of the new Department of Public Health. Holub thanked the School of Nursing for initiating the public health program and also saluted the founding faculty: in addition to herself, Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, Deborah Morton, Asherlev Santos and Lisa Bandong. 

“With our recent accreditation and with a growing interest in public health careers, largely due to the pandemic, our team of faculty and staff are excited to train the next generation of culturally intelligent public health professionals,” Holub said. “There is so much more to come, and I can’t wait to see all the future endeavors and innovation in the public health department and, most importantly, how that translates to the success of our students and alumni. 

CSUSM established the public health program in 2016 to meet the needs of graduates in health professions and to fill vacant positions identified in North San Diego County. Within the professional Master of Public Health degree, the department offers two concentrations, in health promotion/health education and global health.

Nursing Is a Family Affair for Graduate

Class of 2021 nursing graduate Sarah Menyhay (far left) is pictured on National Nurses Day on May 6 with (left to right) her father, Steve, a hospice nurse; her mother, Pamela, a pediatric nurse; and her younger sister, Alexa, a nursing student at Fresno City College.

May 19, 2021

by Brian Hiro

In the Fresno community where Sarah Menyhay grew up, there was never much doubt about where you would turn if your child was sick and you didn’t know what was wrong or what to do.

You would call the Menyhays. If the father, Steve, wasn’t home, you’d talk to the mother, Pamela. If Pamela wasn’t there, you’d talk to Steve. If either was around, well, all the better because that meant double the knowledge.

They were the neighborhood nurses. Pamela has been a pediatric nurse since she was 22. Steve has held that same job since his early 30s. And as they dispensed medical wisdom and personal empathy in equal doses to people on their street as well as hospital patients, you’d better believe that Sarah and her two younger sisters were soaking it all up.

Some children rebel against their parents’ profession. Sarah has modeled her whole life after it.

“Growing up hearing everyone always being so thankful to have my parents in their lives and in our neighborhood, I was like, ‘I’m going to follow in their footsteps. I’m going to do the same thing,’ ” she said. Read more…

Rallying Together for our Students!

Today, you are invited to wave the rally flag for students as we come together for One CSUSM, a day of giving and solidarity to support our incredible students through scholarships.


A scholarship is a game changer for so many of our students. Nearly 70% rely on financial aid as they work to reach their goals. Last year, CSUSM awarded more than $1.6 million in philanthropic scholarship support – and yet the financial need of those students we served exceeded $6 million. Together, we can fill that gap and support even more students in achieving their dreams.  

Today, every gift will go directly to fund student scholarships. The College of Education, Health and Human Services has 10 unique scholarships to choose from so select one today!   Together, we are One CSUSM.

Donate to the scholarship of your choice.


2021 Annual Student & Alumni Virtual Awards Celebration

College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS)

2021 Annual Student & Alumni Virtual Awards Celebration

Please join us virtually in celebration of our students and alumni!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

6:00 p.m. | Via livestream https://www.csusm.edu/cehhs/


In recognition of

CEHHS graduating students receiving Latin Honors

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Bachelor of Arts in Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

CEHHS Alumni Award & Nominees

Junko Miyoshi Sweeney (Award Recipient
Department of Human Development

Beverly Monahan (Nominee)
School of Education

CEHHS Student Champion for Inclusion,
Diversity & Equity Award & Nominees

Lisa Naudi (Award Recipient)
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Consuela Davis (Nominee)
Department of Human Development

German (Joshua) Garcia (Nominee)
School of Education

Outstanding Graduating Students

Andre Gatewood
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Rachel Thomas
Department of Human Development

Tyler Wiles
Department of Kinesiology

Keely Lopes
Department of Social Work

Casey Semrow
School of Education

Tamsin Gray
School of Nursing

Sofia Davis
Public Health

CEHHS Dean’s Award

Sofia Davis
Public Health

Nursing Students Step up Amid Pandemic by Vaccinating Community

Nursing student Evan Swarth gives a shot at The Sports Center on campus, one of three sites where CSUSM students are helping with vaccine efforts. Photo by Andrew Reed


By Brian Hiro

When the spring semester began in late January, it seemed as if the stars had finally aligned for Cal State San Marcos to send its nursing students back into the community for their badly needed clinical rotations.

Some were scheduled to be stationed in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, providing health screenings and education to children of all ages. Others were bound for a food pantry in Fallbrook. Still others were slotted to go to Rachel’s Women’s Center, a homeless shelter in downtown San Diego. Read more…

HD student part of Duke summer program

Ruby Reyes, a human development student, has been selected to participate in a summer research program at Duke University this summer. Reyes, who was chosen from among 600 applicants from across the country, will work with Sarah Elizabeth Gaither, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Duke.

Reyes will also be presenting her research on Mexican-American college students’ career aspirations at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research on April 13.

Read more about Awards and Accolades.

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