Brain & Body Fitness through Music & Movement


Hyun Gu Kang, Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology department at Cal State San Marcos continues the Brain & Body Fitness through Music & Movement program this spring semester.

New courses will return at the San Marcos Senior Activities Center on February 4, located at 111 Richmar Ave, San Marcos, CA. To register or request more information, please call 760-593-4570 or email

The program is open to the community and offers fun classes to help participants improve their balance and reduce risks of falling!



CoBA Taps into Other Majors to Better Serve Business by Whitney Frasier

by Whitney Frasier


Over the last 23 years more than 7,000 senior business students have gained valuable and authentic business experience through a unique College of Business Administration (CoBA) program that pairs seniors with local and national companies to lead and implement real world projects. Now, for the first time in more than two decades, students from other majors across CSUSM are invited to participate in Senior Experience.

The program change, implemented last fall, aims to broaden the spectrum of projects available to students and sponsors alike, allowing for the growth and increased variety of project types as well as new sponsors.

“Having multidisciplinary teams across various colleges is desirable, rather than all students who have the same major,” said Ed Ashley, director of business community engagement for CoBA. “Working with other colleges takes the diversity of disciplines to a new level, which is more like the real world where we work with people of all educational backgrounds.”

Historically, CoBA has had to decline a number of community partner projects simply because they required disciplines other than business or not enough student teams were available. By allowing other colleges to participate, not only can the program accept more projects, but also the sponsoring organizations receive an even richer solution to their respective projects.

“For example, we conducted an intercollege project for the DLH Foundation,” said Ashley.“The DLH Foundation provides support for patients and families of patients with gastroesophageal cancer. Their project last semester was to produce an informative video to get the word out about the disease. We matched CoBA students with health majors in the Department of Human Development. The human development students brought domain knowledge about the subject that we simply don’t teach in CoBA. Consequently, the sponsor received work that encompassed the marketing elements of CoBA and the health and counseling knowledge of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies.”

Elizabeth Bigham, a human development lecturer and faculty advisor, was one of the first multidisciplinary advisors for Senior Experience.

“As the word spreads about the change to the program, multidisciplinary team projects are expected to grow across campus as they provide opportunities for active learning in environments similar to real workplace situations,” she said. “The interactions with actual clients and businesses gives the students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a real yet supportive environment thereby giving them a sense of accomplishment through hard work, responsiveness to feedback and guidance, and teamwork.”

Moving forward, Bigham said she will recommend Senior Experience to her students because collaborating with students from a different major is a realistic simulation of what happens in the workplace, where training and perspectives are different yet, through communication, each employee can identify and appreciate the value of different strengths and perspectives.

“Faculty members can also gain through this collaboration as the students and faculty from CoBA bring a different perspective and skills to the joint challenge,” said Bigham. “This is consistent with our University mission of active engagement in the learning process. And it is another important aspect, or analogy, of diversity.”

Any faculty or student interested in participating in Senior Experience should contact Ed Ashley at 760-750-4266 or

“My hope is that the entire campus will eventually work together with CoBA on Senior Experience projects,” said Ashley “We would like to keep CoBA involved, but we would also like to get even more diverse projects for students. We also hope the program will serve as a model for other colleges to follow and further develop on their own.”

CSUSM Student Highlight – Carlo Lam


Interview with Carlo Lam
By Marilyn Huerta

It’s that time of year to reflect on the some of our 2015 CSUSM graduates so let’s interview Carlo Lam, Student Assistant for the College of Education, Health & Human Services and see what he’s up to!

What was your major Carlo, and when did you graduate?
Computer Science, Summer 2015

What were your goals when you began college at CSUSM?
My primary goals were to finish my major and find the fastest way possible to find a job.

Where do you work now? Does it connect with your major or your future plans?
I work for Imperial Irrigation district for the system operations department, and it connects to my major.

What were your favorite subjects to study at CSUSM?
My favorite subjects during college were English, Business, Marketing, History and Philosophy, while those subjects are unrelated to Computer Science; those subjects helped me tremendously to become a better communicator and writer.

What are some of your favorite memories from CSUSM?
Endless hours spent at the library

What is your career plans right now?
I have many career plans but my short-term plan is to obtain a Masters in Computer Science, and my long-term plans are t0 start my own business and become a part time professor in Computer Science.

Who is your role model and why?
I have had many role models that shaped me in many ways. I find comfort in knowing that I am not the only one struggling. When in doubt, it always helped me to think about all those people who could afford to go to college. It gave me strength to continue with my goals.  I have too many role models that helped me shaped who I am today so I don’t have one in particular.

Please share info about your background: Info about where you came from, favorite childhood memories, family life, hobbies, interests, etc.
I was born and raised in Mexico and grew up in a middle class family in a town not too far from San Diego. Ever since I was in elementary school I knew I wanted to attend the university but at the time of course I did not know where it would be. After my Junior High graduation while I was still living in Mexico, I received my permanent residency status after waiting for over 10 years, so I could finally live in the United States. Only then it was possible to start and continue my education in the US. When I started high school in Calexico, California, I did not know any English and as you may suspect I struggled during high school and the early years of junior college. I graduated from High School in 2008 and continued to learn English at a community college in Imperial Valley for two years. After four long years of working and going to school part time I finished all the requirements for a major in Computer Science. Finally I was warmly welcomed to Cal State San Marcos and finished my college degree.

Please share info about your current employment or where you were hired? Why is this important to you?
I currently work in the Power industry back in Imperial County. To me the experiences that I gained while working and attending school helped me to achieve my primary goal. To have a good job close to my relatives. Desire and discipline together formed the key to my success in obtaining what I wanted.

Is there anything you’d like me to share about you?
Even if you do not see the value in going to college now, keep going. Only after you finish will you realize how worthwhile it was to spend many hours away from family and friends.

What makes you happy?
That I do not have to study for another final exam!