Longtime Professor Named Director for School of Education

By Brian Hiro

Laurie Stowell, a professor of literacy, has been named director of the School of Education effective Jan. 25. (Photo credit: Marilyn Huerta)

Laurie Stowell has been a professor at Cal State San Marcos since 1992, only two years after the university opened its doors. 

Now, almost three decades later, she’s ready for a new challenge.  

Stowell has been named the director of the School of Education, one of three schools within the College of Education, Health and Human Services at CSUSM. She will officially begin the job on Jan. 25, the first day of the spring semester, though she said she has been working closely with current director Pat Stall during the transition.  

Stall, who has been in the position since 2016, is returning as a faculty member in the School of Education.  

Stowell, a professor of literacy, will serve as the school’s director for the rest of this academic year and the next three academic years.  

“I love the School of Ed and I love my colleagues,” Stowell said. “I’m pleased to serve the school and the university, and I look forward to working with the other department chairs and directors in the college.” 

Because of the shared governance model of the School of Education, the approximately two dozen tenure-track faculty members are evaluated by peer review committees, not the director. That means that Stowell will remain their colleague as opposed to being their supervisor.  

“This is a role in which I can facilitate the work of other people rather than manage it,” she said.  

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Speech-Language Clinic Goes Virtual Amid COVID-19

Norm Bishop (center) and his wife, Alice, work with CSUSM student Jessica Mos at the Speech-Language Clinic in the Extended Learning building in February. The clinic soon shut down because of the coronavirus and is now offering telehealth services. Photo by Andrew Reed

By Brian Hiro

It would be difficult to overstate the challenge that Norm Bishop faced the first time he attempted a virtual therapy session through the Cal State San Marcos Speech-Language Clinic. 

For the previous few years, Bishop had been a steady and familiar presence at the physical clinic, relying on close, one-on-one interactions with CSUSM speech-language pathology students to help reverse the effects of the debilitating stroke he suffered in 2015. Even before the stroke changed his life forever, he had never owned a cellphone, had very little interest in technology. 

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Math and Science Teacher Scholarship Opportunities

Are you interested in teaching math or science?

The School of Education at Cal State San Marcos, in collaboration with the California Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), is offering a fully-paid scholarship for summer program that will help you earn an add-on credential in math or science.

You can earn an add-on credential in one or more of the following areas:

-Foundational Level General Science
-Foundational Level Math
-Single Subject Math
-Single Subject Physics
-Single Subject Chemistry
-Single Subject Biological Sciences
-Single Subject Earth & Space Sciences

The program will pay for the associated subject methods course and CSET, as well as support you to prepare register and take the appropriate CSET, and assist with the credential processing.

The fully online methods course and the CSET support classes will be offered between June 7 – July 10, 2021.

NOTE: To earn an add-on credential, you need to have a base credential, pass a secondary methods course for the add-on subject area and pass the associated CSET for the subject area.

Apply by March 15, 2021 at:

Submit Applications

If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Moses Ochanji at mochanji@csusm.edu

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Dr. Moses Ochanji
Professor of Science Education
CSUSM – MSTI Project Director

Awards and Accolades: Armenta Receives Mentoring Award

Richard Armenta
The Cal State San Marcos kinesiology professor also mentors students through a program called Native American Research Centers for Health. Photo by Christine Vaughan

Richard Armenta, an assistant professor of kinesiology, is the winner of the 2020 Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, which recognizes Cal State San Marcos faculty who actively “engage undergraduates in research experiences/scholarly activities, consistently provide opportunities to promote student success, and offer unbridled support and assistance on admission and matriculation to graduate programs, or in securing a professional career.” Read more…

If you’re interested in learning more about kinesiology degree programs at California State University San Marcos, please visit our websites:

Department of Kinesiology
The College of Education, Health and Human Services

Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
College of Education, Health and Human Services
mhuerta@csusm.edu

Award Recipient Sets Positive Example for Next Generation

Nancy Meza was recognized as one of two recipients of the President’s Student Champion Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity during the All Peoples Luncheon on Oct. 29.

“Once I started at ACE, they slowly started getting me to break out of my shell and really being able to talk to people and advocate for others,” said Nancy, who received her bachelor’s in liberal studies last May and is now enrolled in CSUSM’s multiple subject teaching credential program.

Learn more about Nancy’s story…

If you’re interested in learning more about educational programs at 
California State University San Marcos, please visit our websites:

The School of Education
The College of Education, Health and Human Services

Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
College of Education, Health and Human Services
mhuerta@csusm.edu

Education Course Pivots to Continue Helping Kids in STEM

Professor Sinem Siyahhan created a way to continue her popular Education 422 course, which has CSUSM students helping K-12 students learn tools and techniques to learn STEM topics, remotely during the pandemic. Read more…

If you’re interested in learning more about educational programs at California State University San Marcos, please visit our websites:

The School of Education
The College of Education, Health and Human Services

Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
College of Education, Health and Human Services
mhuerta@csusm.edu

Join Dr. Carol Van Vooren in supporting the School of Education Emerging Leaders fund! Thanks to Carol’s matching gift, your donations will be doubled until the fund reaches $1000!

“A commitment to social justice in education and educational leadership is the core of successful schools. I am supporting the School of Education Emerging Leaders program on CSUSM’s Giving Day to help fulfill the urgent need for prepared, diverse leaders in our local schools. Join me in this important mission and donate to this ground-breaking initiative.”- Dr. Carol Van Vooren

Invest in local K-12 educators who are urgently needed as school leaders to reflect and support the needs of today’s diverse student population. Your Giving Day donation establishes a pathway for focused support, mentorship, training and education in social justice and equity perspectives and strategies for our schools to attain success for every student.

Please give to the School of Education Emerging Leaders today!

Today is Giving Day! Share your heart with students in the College of Education, Health & Human Services at Cal State San Marcos – Dec. 1

Share your heart and support students in our college majoring in fields such as education, nursing, human development, kinesiology, social work, speech-language pathology and public health. Give directly to the fund you’re passionate about and see your impact magnified on Giving Day. 

From student scholarships to program support to mentorships and community clinics, there are eight funds participating in Giving Day, and your donation can make a huge difference in students’ success. Donate to students in the College of Education, Health and Human Services and help them reach their education and career goals. Every gift counts, so share your heart today! 

Academic Perseverance Award for Human Development Students

Give to the Human Development Department Program Support Fund and provide an immediate positive impact to support students through undergraduate research projects, experiential learning opportunities, Human Development Club student organization activities and professional society memberships and conferences.

Every Student Is a Future Leader!

Empower the next generation of leaders! Our students come from different backgrounds that contribute to our vibrant and growing professional community. You can help them prepare for their educational goals or careers by supporting their academic and community-focused endeavors. Examples of funded activities include attending or presenting at a professional conference in their academic discipline, participating in research symposiums or supporting costs to participate in community outreach.

Master of Public Health Program Health Equity Scholarship Fund

Scholarships will be awarded to students in the Master of Public Health program who demonstrate a commitment to upholding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and who are committed to addressing health disparities through service and research. Preference will be given to students who work as first responders or front-line public health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

School of Education Emerging Leaders

Invest in local K-12 educators who are urgently needed as school leaders to reflect and support the needs of today’s diverse student population. Your Giving Day donation establishes a pathway for focused support, mentorship, training and education in social justice and equity perspectives and strategies for our schools to attain success for every student.

School of Nursing Innovation and Learning Laboratories Fund

Invest in the future of health care! Your gift supports student learning in two ways. First, the purchase of up-to-date equipment – such as IV pumps, feeding pumps, ventilators and EKG machines – allows students to learn on the equipment they will use to provide patient care in hospitals. Second, your gift supports the purchase of virtual reality scenarios where students experience realistic, yet safe, clinical situations to develop their direct patient care knowledge and skills.

School Of Education Paving the Way for Aspiring Educators

Help remove barriers to entering the profession of teaching by donating to this project. CSUSM’s teacher education candidates face a variety of rising costs as they seek to complete their teaching credential – from fees for credentialing exams to transportation costs incurred by going to local schools, and other life challenges and unexpected expenses. Your gift can help ensure that children get the best teachers.

Social Work Internships

Social work is a profession aimed at helping and empowering the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in our society. Our Master of Social Work (MSW) students complete significant internships in local community organizations but do not receive compensation. Students could greatly benefit from stipend funds to assist them in successfully completing these internships. Make a gift today and make a positive impact on our community!

Speech-Language Clinic

During the academic year, speech-language pathology graduate interns provide over 15,000 hours of free therapy services to individuals in the community. You can transform lives by supporting the CSUSM Speech-Language Clinic in its aim to give students authentic and vital clinical training opportunities, while also sponsoring a local community member to attend our clinic. Share your heart today and donate to the Speech-Language Clinic fund.

Donate today!

Marine Corps veteran stands as role model for others

Photo posted by ABC CH10 News San Diego.

By: Cassie Carlisle
Posted at 4:33 PM, Nov 05, 2020 and last updated 9:15 AM, Nov 06, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A U.S. Marine Corps veteran is spreading the message anyone can do anything they set their mind to.

Kionte Storey enlisted with the USMC in 2007. He joined after witnessing the Twin Towers attack in 2001 and wanted to discover himself and push his limits.

“I did join knowing I was going to go to war.” Storey said his second deployment took him to Afghanistan.

Read full story produced by ABC 10 News San Diego.

Kionte is also a kinesiology student in the College of Education, Health & Human Services at Cal State San Marcos.

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