January 2020
Dean's Message
This January, we will welcome Dr. Pablo Gomez, who will become the first instructional faculty member specifically hired for the Palm Desert Campus, which makes this a very important event in PDC history.

Dr. Gomez (pictured below) was born in Mexico City, and obtained his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2003. He will begin as an associate professor of psychology at PDC, where he will teach cognitive psychology and statistics/methods courses. While his research interests lie on perceptual decision making and visual word recognition, he is also interested in expanding the use of reproducible research practices in psychology.
Bob Ricco, chair of the psychology department at CSUSB, agrees with me on how important this milestone really is and said, "Dr. Gomez is an internationally-known expert on the cognitive and neurological processes involved in reading and with more than 50 publications in professional journals and books, and substantial experience mentoring students in research at DePaul University, he brings with him the resources needed to spearhead our efforts at providing PDC students with substantial opportunities to obtain direct training in conducting scientific research.

In the past, PDC students interested in apprenticing with a faculty member in their research lab had to travel to the San Bernardino Campus, but with the arrival of Dr. Gomez, and with future planned hires of this kind, we are extending the range of educational experiences available at PDC. Dr. Gomez is very enthusiastic about our students. He is Latino, fluent in Spanish and clearly relatable as a mentor. He was a first-generation college student himself and he knows the rewards inherent in teaching and mentoring first-generation students.”
One of the challenges PDC has experienced over the years is that it has a 100% reliance on academic program delivery from departments on the San Bernardino Campus. While this dependence provides tremendous benefits to PDC, housing its own faculty will benefit the campus in many ways: they are generally more available to students, they develop courses and programs, they conduct research involving students and they participate in campus events.
Regarding additional faculty members coming to PDC, hospitality management faculty will come in August, and cybersecurity, history and kinesiology are currently in the recruitment process. All of these faculty members will benefit PDC tremendously as we enhance academic programs, elevate students’ experiences and build our capacity to serve.
2020 is going to be an exciting year and I look forward to working with PDC staff, faculty and our San Bernardino colleagues to move the campus forward.


Jake Zhu, Ph.D.
Dean, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
Campus Highlights
OLLI members recently spent 14 days cruising the Adriatic, exploring Croatia and Montenegro on their first international trip.

They toured various cities throughout the region, visited museums and landmarks including two UNESCO World Heritage sites and attended lectures on the culture and history of the region. Other activities included language lessons, traditional klapa music, a home-hosted dinner and wine tasting.
Joe Tormey, the director of our hospitality management program, recently traveled around Asia where he met with various stakeholders in the hospitality industry and higher education to promote the hospitality management program at PDC.

While overseas, Joe was a guest speaker at Shih Chien University in Taipei and National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) in Kaohsiung. He met with various directors, deans and the president of NKUHT, and toured Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary arts school where he interacted with Taiwanese and international students.

The CSUSB Writing Intensive Program hosted a Faculty Learning Community at PDC on Dec. 16
Not looking to earn a degree?
Maybe some of these events and campus organizations will pique your interest!
Cal State University Associates
Attend monthly entertaining and informative presentations in our Indian Wells Theater - each with a reception. Plus, the majority of membership dues benefit student scholarships!

The January 14th presentation will be about Self-Driving Cars!
OLLI courses
At OLLI, you'll find a wide variety of stimulating courses to keep you engaged intellectually, challenge your thinking and build your knowledge.
"Old Jews Telling Jokes"
Feb. 6-March 15

This hit New York comedy is an outrageous evening of jokes, skits, songs, one-liners, double entendres and hysterical routines that pay tribute to, and reinvent classic jokes of the past and present. Like rye bread, kosher pickles, and bagels, this show is for everyone! You'll laugh until you plotz!

Warning: Adult (Bawdy) Humor! For audiences 18+.
California Desert Chorale presents "Bach to Broadway"
March 22 and 29

California Desert Chorale's 2020 spring concert, “Bach to Broadway,” will feature four of J.S. Bach's most famous works including “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring” and “Sheep May Safely Graze”, along with a host of the very best of Broadway.