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In August, Brad Compliment, Counseling and Psychological Services; Jeff Klaus, Student Services; Manuel Perez, Student Services; Carol Roberts-Corb, Housing and Residential Life; and David Sanfilippo, Disabled Student Services, completed a three day Best Practices certification course from the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association held at CSULA.

Congratulations are in order for eight Student Service employees who completed academic degrees at CSULB in 2013. Graduates include Vonetta Augustine, Student Services, MPA; Mike Chi Phu, Disabled Student Services, B.A., human development; Yasmin Ferrada, STARS/SOAR, B.A., Chicano and Latino Studies and sociology; Velma Martin, Disabled Student Services, M.A., education technology and media leadership; Pam Rayburn, Club Sports and Recreation, M.S., recreation administration; Oneida Santana, Educational Opportunity Program, M.A., social cultural analysis of education; Kim Tabari, Associated Students, Inc., Ed. D., educational leadership; and Jaime A. Varela, Student Life & Development, B.A., communication studies and journalism. Additionally, Jennie Hurley, University Outreach and School Relations, was awarded a M.A., educational counseling, from CSUDH.

Jeff Klaus, Student Services, a member of the first cohort of the Leadership in Enrollment Management Certificate program at the University of Southern California, completed the year long program in June. Also, on November 2, Klaus served on a panel of senior student affairs officers at the Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day event held at CSULB.


On March 5, Michael Johnston, Counseling and Psychological Services, presented a three-hour workshop, “Observing and Responding to Personality Patterns in Spiritual Guidance” at the 124th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Long Beach.


Congratulations are in order for four Student Services employees who retired during 2013. Retirees include Lisa Molina De La Loza, Associated Students, Inc., 35 years of service; Douglas Robinson, Student Services, 28 years of service; Mary Sanchez, Student Services, 14 years of service; and Elvia Sandoval, Housing and Residential Life, 23 years of service.


Kenneth Kelly, STARS/SOAR, presented a workshop, “Getting Involved: The Importance of Professional Organizations for Students,” at the Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day event held on November 2 at CSULB. At the event, he also served as a career coach for entry and mid-level professionals.


On June 12, Melissa Devan, Forty-Niner Shops, received a Premier Illuminating Excellence Award at a foodservice forum held in conjunction with Premier’s Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. This award acknowledges Premier foodservice operators who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the foodservice field. “We honor Melissa Devan for achieving sustained improvements in facility operations, including concrete factors such as satisfaction scores and documented budgetary cost savings,” said Debby Kasper, Premier’s director of clinical nutrition and wellness program development.


James Johnson, Upward Bound, and Kelly “Lily” Salter, Student Support Services Program, jointly presented “English 99—Thinking Critically about Preparing TRiO Program Participants for College Success” at the 36th Annual Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel Conference held in San Diego on March 3-4.