April 2018
The winter quarter has ended and we are now looking forward to the spring quarter and our graduation ceremony on June 14. This time of year is very exciting and very stressful - as you can imagine!
We were excited to have CSU Faculty Trustee Romey Sabalius visit the campus this month. He had the opportunity to talk with our leadership team to hear about the major initiatives happening on campus and take a tour of the campus, including stops at our Student Success Studio and Neurofeedback Center. He was very impressed with the campus and submitted a very complimentary report.
We received news that the Doctorate of Nursing Practice was approved by the CSU Council of Trustees to be included in the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus master plan for academic degrees. We are pleased that we have a great collaborative partner in Kaiser Permanente who will be assisting us in offering the degree through the CSU Southern Consortium as soon as all university processes and procedures have been completed.
Our hospitality management certificate program will be launching on April 9. The program features courses in Introduction to the Industry, Leadership and Team Building, Promotions and Social Media, Customer Service, Revenue Management, Employee Relations and Tribal Gaming. The program is geared toward those already in the industry who wish to prepare themselves for more opportunities in the industry. We will be conducting interviews for the director of hospitality management position next week and look forward to having leadership for the program begin in the near future.
A beautiful tree has been planted at the entrance of the Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building in honor of our good friend Supervisor John Benoit who passed away last year. The tree is a symbol of how his support and commitment to our campus has spreading roots and provides a beautiful canopy for future growth and development. Supervisor Benoit is a CSUSB alumnus and we are proud to recognize his contributions to the Palm Desert Campus.
We are also saying farewell to our colleague and friend, Shawn Shepherd, the Palm Desert Campus development director, who has accepted the position of director of development for the west coast for the American Farmland Trust. This nearly 40-year-old organization has been focused on protecting farm and ranch land from excessive development and assuring the sustainability of family farms in the agribusiness sector. Shawn will be leading the development efforts across 10 of our western states and working with staff and volunteers in four regional offices of the organization. We are grateful for her hard work and accomplishments while she was with us and we wish her the best in her future career endeavors.

Have a great spring!
Dean, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
We are now offering a certificate in hospitality management as a first step in our commitment to securing the best talent for the Coachella Valley’s $6 billion hospitality industry. The online program will run from April 9-May 18. Sign up today!
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus is accepting registrations for its spring quarter of classes , which begin in March, April and June. Some courses run three consecutive weeks, and others run six weeks. Topics include the arts, history, literature, economics, natural sciences, philosophy and more. Several film courses will also be offered.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program designed for adults 50 and older who want to experience learning for the fun of it. OLLI offers non-credit, university-level courses, but without the grades, tests or homework. Membership is open to mature adults who enjoy learning, regardless of their educational background. Annual membership is $75; then members choose as many courses as they like and pay for those courses on an individual basis. Six-week courses are $50 each; three-week courses are $30.
For more information or to receive a free course catalog, call (909) 537-8121 or visit the OLLI website .
Upcoming Events
Lessons from Leaders spring 2018 speaker series
Imagine an academic course that brings together preeminent business and cultural leaders, all focused on sharing their stories of success, and sometimes failure. That’s the focus of the Lessons from Leaders series at the Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus.
These personal, intimate presentations are designed to inspire students to persevere, take chances and reach for goals they may never have thought possible.

Lessons from Leaders is a for-credit class that focuses on a different business, non-profit or government leader each week to highlight their professional experience and personal advice for success.
The class format begins with an introduction by instructor Michael J. Ortiz, president emeritus, Cal Poly Pomona; followed by the visiting speaker providing 30-40 minutes of content, and then an open conversation with the enrolled students. The class concludes with a reception where students can interact with the speaker and gain critical networking skills.
The experience and insight of the speakers can be a life-changing experience for students. The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus is comprised of predominantly first-generation college students, but they all have one great thing in common - a drive to succeed and be a force for change in their families and communities. The class looks for speakers who can inspire.
The class meets from 4-5:50 p.m. in the Indian Wells Theater and the community is invited to attend at no cost. An RSVP is not required.
Mike Chedester, director of education, The Living Desert
April 2
Vince Battaglia, CEO and founder, Renova Energy
April 9
Dr. Felice Loverso, CEO and president, Casa Colina, Inc.
April 16
Cynthia H. Breunig, CEO, Girl Scouts Council of San Gorgonio
April 23
Tricia Gehrlein, director of population health, Morongo Basin Healthcare District
April 30
Bianca Rae, television news reporter, KESQ
May 7
Scott Bailey, superintendent, DSUSD May 14
Dr. Edwin Gomez, superintendent, CVUSD May 14
Dr. Sandra Lyon, PSUSD
May 14
Kelly Steward, general manager, Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
May 21
Susan Stein, executive director, Fashion Week El Paseo
June 4
All funds raised will help establish the John J. & Sheryl Benoit Endowed Student Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships for CSUSB Palm Desert Campus students.

April 5, 2018 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Cocktails and Dinner
Entertainment and Silent Auction
We hope you will join us on April 11 for our third annual “Keeping Our Brightest Stars” Scholarship Dinner at the new Kimpton Hotel in downtown Palm Springs where we will honor Al and Cathy Annexstad for their support of higher education in the Coachella Valley and across the country. This annual event raises the funds needed to support University Legacy Scholarships . This highly-selective scholarship was created for deserving local students who are graduates of high schools in the Coachella Valley and have excelled academically and in their community leadership. Contact Michelle Newman to purchase tickets.
Dignity in Dying

A panel of experts, including Attorney Michael J. McGuire, will discuss the new California Legislation; its intent and its potential application

Tuesday, April 10
6 p.m. - Reception
7 p.m. - Presentation
Indian Wells Theater

Call Michelle Newman at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78140 or

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Complimentary valet parking available (follow the signs)
Recent Events
PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress)
PDC Soccer Club volunteering at the Coachalla Valley Unified School District ASES Soccer Tournament
PDC students tying blue ribbons on the campus horse for good luck during finals (a new campus tradition!)
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PDC Ambassadors winning the "Most Spirited" award at the Ronald McDonald House Walk4Kids