July 2018
The campus is quieter than usual. We wished our 2018 graduates congratulations on their degree completions on June 14 and now they are working (hopefully!), interviewing or preparing to go on for their advanced degrees. We had a record number of graduates this year – more than 250 participated in the Palm Desert Campus ceremony. Commencement was a celebratory event as we awarded an honorary doctorate to Julia I. Lopez, who has been a major force in higher education in the Coachella Valley. We honored the outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are both amazing in what they have accomplished in their time at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. We wish all of our graduates much success in whatever they choose to do and we hope that they will keep in touch with us to let us know about their exciting accomplishments.
Our nursing pinning ceremony was held the day after commencement and we had a meaningful tribute to our outstanding nursing students. I remember when many of these students entered the university and it’s hard to believe that they are moving on to be nursing professionals. But I know that they are more than prepared. Being a university educator is so fulfilling – you see these scared freshmen enter and then you see these mature wonderful people leave, and you know you made a difference in their lives.
This is a year of transition for me as well. I have retired, effective June 30, and will return in September as a part-time faculty member. I have been inspired by the students, staff and faculty who work at this university and I am equally in awe of the community that built and supports our vision and mission. As a community, you have much to be proud of in relation to the work that happens on this campus. For many of our students, if CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus were not here, they would not have the opportunity to pursue their bachelor’s or advanced degrees. You - the community - made it possible! 
I believe the campus is a different place today than when I first arrived four years ago. We have become more than a commuter campus – we are a full-service university. The staff and faculty at PDC are the most amazing people I have worked with in my 40-year career in higher education (I began working at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1978 – so hard to believe!) I thank you for the support you have shown me while I have been dean. There is still more to be done – and PDC will continue to need your support, and I know you will be there tomorrow as you have been yesterday and today. Thank you for making my role as dean inspiring and fulfilling – I will see you in September!
Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty
Dean, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
PDC launches new campus radio station
There’s a new radio station in the Coachella Valley – PAWS Radio – the first radio station produced by staff and students at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus.
Students at the Palm Desert Campus lead the programming each weekday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., playing alternative rock and popular hits. The station then offers a pure jazz format beginning at 2 p.m. and running all afternoon, all night and all weekend long - the only station in the Coachella Valley to do so. Local artists will be featured as well, and the station will broadcast live from many campus and local music events. A broadcast news team is being formed to focus on daily newscasts and interviews, starting in September.
Programming at all hours is saturated with news and information about cultural, intellectual and academic offerings at the Palm Desert Campus, in the city of Palm Desert and the entire Coachella Valley region.

PDC in the news
The Desert Sun did a story about our future campus growth as well as the positive impact PDC is having on first-generation college students in the Coachella Valley.

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Recent Events
Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Reception
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Speech Tournament
Nursing Poster Presentation
Transfer SOAR
Students making an impact in the community
On Saturday, June 23, PDC Student Ambassadors joined our California coastal communities in a national ocean conservancy movement to clean-up our beaches. Over 750 items amounting to over 30 pounds of trash was collected at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu. Thank you, Ambassadors, for representing our campus in this important environmental cause!
PDC Soccer Clubs end a great season
This year the Palm Desert Campus Women's Soccer Club finished 2nd place at the Cathedral City Women's Soccer League. The Men's Soccer Club also earned a 2nd place trophy in the Gold Division at Big League Dreams Indoor Soccer League in Cathedral City. 

This fall, the PDC Women's Soccer Club will participate in the UC Irvine 2018 Anteater Cup.