March 2021
As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to COVID-19, our offices are still open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach us via email and we will respond as quickly as possible. Please visit CSUSB’s dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus information webpage for all things COVID-related at CSUSB. Thank you and stay safe!
Message from the dean

Many people know that the cybersecurity program at CSUSB is an academic jewel of our institution. Little is known about how it became a nationally-recognized success story.
Below is a brief timeline of how far the program has come since its inception:

2006 - Colleagues in the Information and Decision Sciences department at CSUSB, under the leadership of Professor Tony Coulson, Ph.D., establish a Cybersecurity Center.
2008 -The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designate CSUSB as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance.
2009 - The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program at CSUSB begins. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the SFS program provides students full tuition, books, and a monthly stipend. Upon graduation, these students must work in federal, state, or local government for two years (or equivalent to the length of the scholarship.) Scholarships range from up to $50,000 for undergrads and up to $80,000 for graduates. More than 100 students have completed the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program at CSUSB.
2014 - CSUSB receives the designation as a CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CD) through 2021, recognized for its specialty areas in Cyber Investigations and Network Security Administration.
2020 - The Cybersecurity Center is recognized as the CAE in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Community National Center. Focused on the development of a robust cybersecurity workforce, the CAE-C Community National Center provides support to the 335+ CAE institutions and projects across the nation. CSUSB also becomes the lead institution for the nationally-renowned INSuRE program, sponsored by the NSA, and co-lead with Whatcom Community College (WCC) on the launch of the Community College Cybersecurity Pilot (C3P) program, sponsored by and modeled after the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service.
Under the leadership of Dr. Coulson and Dr. Vincent Nestler, the Center has become a hub that, on one hand, works as a lead educational institution in the U.S. on cybersecurity curriculum, faculty development and hands-on training through regional and national competitions; and on the other hand, generates millions of dollars to support student learning and scholarships.
Pretty impressive, right?
The major impact of CSUSB’s cybersecurity program is that it has fulfilled a national need by addressing the shortage of information technology professionals who can help protect our nation’s information and its infrastructure. More than 150 CSUSB students who graduated from the cybersecurity program have been hired into the federal workforce.
With the recent hiring of Dr. Denise Kinsey at the Palm Desert Campus, the CSUSB cybersecurity program will now be offered at PDC in our iHub across the street from campus.

As we continue to grow the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, we are continuously mindful to leverage CSUSB’s academic excellence and its resources for our local needs. The cybersecurity program at PDC will provide a new opportunity for our local students and the community. 
Visit the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center website to learn more.

At CSUSB, We Define the Future! 

Jake Zhu, Ph.D.
Dean, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
Campus Happenings
CSUSB celebrates Womxn's History Month
Throughout March, CSUSB will hold a series of virtual events honoring the accomplishments of womxn in celebration of Womxn’s History Month.
Online hospitality management certificate offered this spring
Are you interested in earning an online hospitality management certificate? If so, be sure to attend a virtual information session on March 25 to learn more about the program, which will run from May 3-Oct. 29.
PDC alumna creates education podcast
Alyssa Silva started an educational podcast, called “Educated,” with the goal of gaining more experience for her resume and providing a safe space for students to chat about things happening in their lives.
Virtual Campus Tours
Virtual tours provide insights you simply can’t get through word-of-mouth exchanges, view books, or websites. Choose from our multiple virtual visit options that best suit your needs. Your visit will be narrated live by current CSUSB Palm Desert Campus student tour guides via Zoom.

We encourage counselors, teachers, prospective students and families to sign up for a virtual campus tour today!
Academic WorldQuest 2021
Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage took first place from a field of eight Coachella Valley high schools during the 16th annual Academic Worldquest competition held virtually on March 4. The event was hosted and coordinated by Dr. Michael Karp, an assistant professor of history at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.
In Conversation: The Voices of OLLI
If you enjoyed radio, you're going to love OLLI podcasts! Listen to a series of fun conversations between OLLI instructors, members, and staff (each about 20 minutes long) and be sure to check back often as OLLI will be adding more podcasts regularly. A special thanks to OLLI instructor and member, Lou Gorfain, for producing the series!

While you're at it, be a part of OLLI at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, which offers all the fun of learning, without the homework, tests, or grades. Plus, you may even make some new friends who share your interests!
Teaching Credential Information Sessions
Are you interested in obtaining a teaching credential? If so, be sure to attend an upcoming virtual Information Session.
Three new programs at PDC
Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Management are now being offered at PDC!