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Gamma Omega Chapter’s Youth Group Take Steps To Enhance Their Education

Gamma Omega Chapter’s Youth Group of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsored their First Fund Raiser Event of the year by hosting a Southern Cat Fish Fry, on March 25th 2017 at the American Legion #710 Auxiliary in the city of San Bernardino.

The goal of the fund raiser was to facilitate the youth attendance at the Sorority’s Youth Conference in the year 2018. The conference gives an opportunity for the youth to earn scholarships, promote personal growth and provide career awareness program.

SHAD Club #62 the male members of the sorority assisted the youth with their fund raiser. SHAD’s President Anthony Bell states that “Every opportunity must be awarded to the youth to ensure that they are successful academically and professionally.”

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San Bernardino Valley College Hosts Regional Adult Education Consortium

SAN BERNARDINO, California (March 30, 2017) ?—? On March 7, the Inland Adult Education Consortium hosted the 2017 Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) Regional Training Series at San Bernardino Valley College.

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are tasked to work together to implement the requirements outlined in the AEBG, which provides funds to support public education for adults.

Through legislature AB104, the providers of adult education services are working collectively to assist adults striving to advance in their education, gain employment, and improve wages through a comprehensive California partnership at the state level through CDE and CCCCO and in the field through consortia and partners for an alignment of services, as outlined by the state AEBG Office.

Over 100 Southern California educators gathered in SBVC’s Business Conference Center for the AEBG training series on March 7.

SBVC’s AEBG Administrator, Emma Diaz, said the college was chosen to host the training because it is the largest consortium within San Bernardino County, and is centrally located in the heart of the Inland Empire. It was the first time SBVC was asked to host the entire region, and more than 100 people attended two sessions?—?in the morning, AEBG State Representative Neil Kelly covered policy guidance for the AEBG, including a timeline of deliverables, data collection guidelines, and an overview of funding for future years, and in the afternoon, attendees learned about technical submission of the data from Jay Wright, California accountability manager with CASAS.

“It was exciting to host the event for the state AEBG office,” Diaz said. “We had 14 regional consortia from throughout the Southland represented at the event.”

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The next Einstein?

Did you know that one of America's top physicists is a young woman by the name of Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski? She's a 22-year-old phenomenon who graduated from MIT with a 5.0 Grade Point Average and is now a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard where they call her "the next Einstein," reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.

In fact, Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most celebrated minds in science, has Ms. Pasterski on his radar. Hawking has even cited papers she wrote on the topic of quantum gravity.

But Ms. Pasterski is known to be a down-to-earth individual who is embarrassed when people compare her to Einstein. As she puts it, "Sorry for the title; my mentors appear to have astronomically high hopes for me."

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Bellus Academy Receives California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools “Gold” Excellence in Community Service Award

(April 4, 2017 – Sacramento, CA)— Bellus Academy was honored with the “Gold” award for Excellence in Community Service by the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools (CAPPS) during an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 28 in the state capital. The award represents the highest level of community service recognition among private post-secondary colleges in California. Community service is an integral component of the Bellus Academy culture at all of its California campuses including Poway, El Cajon and National City.

Throughout 2016, Bellus Academy students and staff participated in 27 different community service initiatives, primarily in the San Diego County area. A few of Bellus Academy’s humanitarian efforts in 2016 included:

Providing free haircuts and grooming services to individuals experiencing homelessness

Offering backstage hair and makeup for fundraisers benefitting victims of domestic violence

Contributing time and talent to events that boost self-esteem for at-risk youth

Pampering cancer patients with complimentary manicures

Partnering with local first responders to raise money for children’s cancer charities

Offering grooming services to assist incarcerated individuals as they transition into society

Providing complimentary makeup and hair at military events

Offering therapeutic stretching services for surfers raising funds to support at-risk young men

Offering the gift of a meal and grooming to homeless individuals seeking employment

CAPPS developed the Excellence in Community Service Award to recognize and encourage initiatives in community service, service learning, and civic engagement that have a significant impact on the communities served by member schools. “Bellus Academy prepares students for careers that are all about helping people feel better,” said Lynelle Lynch, owner of Bellus Academy. “Giving back by supporting community causes throughout the year lets students experience how beauty and wellness professionals improve an individual’s external appearance, and often help restore their confidence and dignity as well.”

Andy Seaboch, community relations coordinator at Bellus Academy, accepted the award.

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New Mr. Cardinal City Ambassador to Be Crowned April 8 (SBCUSD)

Amid the music, dancing, and formalwear on Saturday, April 8, one young man will be crowned Mr. Cardinal City 2017–2018 and represent San Bernardino High School (SBHS) for the next year.

“Being able to represent San Bernardino High and San Bernardino (city) has been an honor,” said SBHS senior and current Mr. Cardinal Julio Romero. “I’ve been able to be a role model to all the children in the community.”

As a contestant last year and as the reigning Mr. Cardinal, Romero has volunteered many hours to help the needy and attended multiple community events. It’s something expected of every Mr. Cardinal and his court.

“Mr. Cardinal spreads good will and shows the community the caliber of students attending San Bernardino High,” pageant coordinator Jamie Rios said. “And, every Mr. Cardinal gains valuable experience and gives back to his school and community.”

The 2017–2018 Mr. Cardinal contestants are: Javier Molina, Hazael Perez, Gabriel Arzuaga, Enrique Villanueva, Rogelio Jacquez-Barbosa, Nathan Hunter, Eduardo Negrete, Victor Mora, Gustavo Veliz, Justin Mendoza, Martin Quintana, Brandon Guerrero-Terriquez, Jason Mendoza, and Victor Hurtado.

To purchase tickets to the April 8 event, contact any Mr. Cardinal contestant or pageant coordinator Jamie Rios at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 881-8217. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the pageant begins at 6 p.m. at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 North E Street in San Bernardino. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

Mr. Cardinal City sponsors include James R. Valdez Jr. (SBHS Class of 1948), Chuck & Shelby Obershaw, Stater Bros. Markets, The Sun newspaper, San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD), D’Arca Formal Wear, Angels’ Closet Charities, Councilwoman Virginia Marquez, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Arellano, Toyota of San Bernardino, Gutierrez Carpets in San Bernardino, Dr. & Mrs. Michael A. Lawrence, Ms. Maria Barton, El Chicano newspaper, Unlimited 2 Auto Sound and Window Tinting, First Presbyterian Church, Mr. Jim Smith, San Bernardino High School, Mrs. Gloria Macias Harrison, Ms. Michelle Rogers, and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hernandez.

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CSUSB Staff Member Receives National Recognition For His Work With Students

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Anthony Roberson of Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union will receive the Association of College Unions International’s highest honors, the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award, given to members committed to multicultural education in the field of college unions and student activities.

“We are so excited for Anthony,” said Brian Haynes, vice president for the CSUSB Division of Student Affairs. “Anthony personifies what the Revis A. Cox award represents in student services.”

Roberson, who is the facilities coordinator for the student union, was honored at the ACUI’s annual conference in Philadelphia on March 21.

“I am truly humbled to receive the Revis A. Cox Award.” Roberson said. “Every day I strive to make sure students’ voices are heard and valued. I do not do this work for accolades or even awards. I have a passion to help students excel and achieve their goals while they attend California State University, San Bernardino. It truly brings me joy to have the best job in the world working with incredible minded students, which drives me to provide inclusive and safe places for students to engage and achieve all the necessary resources we provide in the SMSU.”

Aaron Burgess, the Santos Manuel Student Union executive director, praised Roberson.

“I am extremely proud to have Anthony as a colleague. His dedication to the success of our students has always been one of his top priority,” Burgess said. “The Santos Manuel Student Union, as well as CSUSB, is a better place because of his amazing contributions to higher education. It is only fitting that Anthony receives the prestigious Revis A. Cox Memorial Award.”

Roberson, who joined CSUSB in 2007, previously served as interim scheduling coordinator and maintenance custodian, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in career and technical studies at CSUSB. He has also served as adviser the Student African Brotherhood, is chair of the Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association annual Pioneer Breakfast, and serves on a number of CSUSB campus committees.

The Revis A. Cox Memorial Award was established as a lasting tribute to Revis Cox and his contributions, commitment, creativity, and relentless support of multicultural education. Through his leadership, he was able to touch both students and staff, not only on his own campus, but also within ACUI. The award recognizes ACUI members committed to multicultural education in the field of college unions and student activities.

Revis A. Cox, the late director of student activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, was an extremely active member of ACUI. He served as a member of the regional conference and steering committees as well as a presenter at the regional and international levels. His most important contribution was his work with the Community of Practice for Multi-Ethnic Professional and Allies (COMP), formerly the Committee on Minority Programs. Cox was instrumental in coordinating and chairing the For People of Color: Strategies for Success seminars as well as other COMP-sponsored programs.

Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. The association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.

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What You Should Know about the Latest Republican Attacks on Education

The effort to repeal and replace health care is generating headlines, and the attempt to investigate Trump’s Russia connections is of high importance. The specious claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, too, has generated interest, largely because it is unprecedented for one president to accuse another of a felony, and because “45” has absolutely no proof that President Obama has done any such thing. While President Obama, with a multi-million dollar book deal tucked into his pocket, is living his life like its golden, “45” has indulged in several public tantrums, with episodic moments of calm. Too many of us have been riveted to the drama, while there is a more quiet revolution happening in Congress, with the approval of the White House.

There has been an attack on education, with legislation being introduced as early as January 23, 2017. That legislation, HR 610, is titled the “Choices in Education Act.” It would repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and limits the authority of the Department of Education so that it should only award block grants to states. It also sets up a voucher system. If states do not comply with the rules of this legislation, they would be ineligible for block grants.

The legislation would also repeal nutritional standards for the national school breakfast and lunch programs, which were set by the No Hungry Kids Act of 2012. Schools would no longer be required, as First Lady Michelle Obama advocated, to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods at lunch. Are we going back to the days when officials with the Reagan Administration tried to classify ketchup as a vegetable? Seems like it.

The ESEA was passed as civil rights legislation, providing more opportunities to a broader range of children, including disabled children. It also requires reporting around issues like the achievement gap, bullying, and underperforming schools. All of these provisions would be eliminated, if HR 610 were passed.

Not to be bested by legislation that would limit the reach of the Department of Education, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has introduced a sentence-long piece of legislation. HR 899 reads, in total, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” Of course, Massie hasn’t put the thought into considering how things like Pell grants would be administered, or would he eliminate those, too? HBCUs are part of the education budget. What would that mean for us? The bill has been cosponsored by several of Massie’s colleagues. It speaks to a national antipathy to education, so that even as we hunger for jobs, and elected “45” so that he could “create” them, we are prepared to limit pathways to job preparation. Efforts to eliminate the Department of Education are, at best, shortsighted.

Even though Trump nominated the extremely limited Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, his pre-campaign policy book advocated for the elimination of the Department of Education. Is the hidden agenda to run the department into the ground to the point that elimination is the only option? “One-note Betsy,” with her focus on school choice, must be gratified, especially by HR 610.

The Department of Education is one of the lowest-spending government agencies. Eliminating it could save taxpayers more than $68 billion—enough, perhaps, to “build a wall. Of course “45” is finding lots of other funding sources for the wall, with proposed cuts from the Coast Guard to The State Department.

The good news about this odious proposed legislation is that it has not passed. It has been referred to the House Education and the Workforce Committee. After the committee vets it, the Senate must also approve the bill. But these bills need not even come out of committee, if opponents are vocal. Check out www.edworkforce.house.gov to find out who is on this committee. Call and write them and tell them that you support the 1965 ESEA, as most recently amended, and that the Department of Education should not be eliminated. This is an opportunity to unleash our voices and resist Trumpism.

The big headlines are riveting, but we need to look at the fine print. If you spent an hour reading the Congressional Record and looking at the devilment these Republicans are up to daily, you would be repulsed. Let’s turn repulsion into resistance.

Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, “It’s Personal with Dr. J” is available on iTunes (https://tinyurl.com/withDrJ). Her latest book “Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and public policy is available via amazon.com For more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com.

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Don’t Let The Flu Get You

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – More than 800 students have received free flu vaccines, nearly 500 of them at a two-day flu shot clinic in February, by the Cal State San Bernardino Student Health Center in partnership with the Santos Manuel Student Union.

Medical assistant, Amely Castellon, administers a flu shot to a student. Photo: Kim Hunsaker

The clinic is part of an ongoing partnership with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health to help students maintain their overall health and wellness, which enables them to focus on academics.

Medical assistant, Amely Castellon, administers a flu shot to a student while medical assistant, Guadalupe Cedano, assists at the clinic. Photo: Kim Hunsaker

According to the Spring 2016 American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment Survey, more than 12 percent of the CSUSB students who participated in the survey indicated that cold/flu/sore throat caused an academic impact for them -- defined as receiving a lower grade on an exam or an important project, a lower grade in a course, an incomplete, or dropping the course all together (ACHA 2016).

Holding free flu shot clinics is the latest student-centered approach implemented by the CSUSB Student Health Center to help students maintain their overall health and wellness to enable them to focus on academics.

Similar clinics were also hosted at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, where university President Tomás D. Morales visited the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Student Health and Psychological Counseling Center to receive his vaccination. The health center received donations of gift cards from several campus community members, and other campus departments provided give-away incentives to boost student participation.

“The Student Health Center is eager to collaborate with campus partners in order to provide student-centered approaches to health,” said health center director Dr. Grace Castillo Johnson. “Partnering with the Santos Manuel Student Union makes it convenient and efficient for students who have limited time between classes.”

Cold and flu season is at its peak in the winter. Flu vaccines are free to students, while supplies last. Faculty and staff are also welcome to get vaccinated for a fee of $15. To date, 40 faculty and staff have received vaccines.

For more information, contact the CSUSB Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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CSUSB To Host Second Annual Equity In Education Conference On March 15

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The Cal State San Bernardino College of Education and the Educational Administration Department will host the Second Annual Equity in Education Conference on Wednesday, March 15.

The free conference for educators in the Inland Empire, sponsored by the CSUSB University Diversity Committee, will begin at 6 p.m. and take place in the College of Education building. A complimentary parking pass is available by sending an RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The conference will feature a panel of guest speakers, and workshop opportunities to learn about ways to address issues of race, class, gender and sexual identity in California schools.

“It is our job as educators to collaborate with families and community members, respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources,” conference organizers said. “We need to understand political, social, economic and cultural contexts of schools and communities.”

Some of the objectives the organizers plan to achieve include:

Providing awareness of equitable school outcomes as well as teaching opportunities for students; using equity to close the achievement gap;

Equitable opportunities among school staff;

Providing students with resources to allow them to reach their full potential;

Accepting and working towards changing color blindness in our schools; and

Promoting student culture.

The conference is being organized by graduate students and educators from CSUSB’s educational administration program under the direction of Wil Greer, assistant professor of education.

For more information, or to register for the conference, email conference organizers at equityandedu

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Scholarship Fund Disappoints Young, Black Students

Nine months ago, 18-year old Jason Smith* was on top of the world. He had graduated from high school, been accepted to his college of choice and had just been awarded a scholarship worth up to $10,000 from Real Life 101, a non-profit organization out of Detroit, Michigan that provides college scholarships to African American males.

The unsolicited scholarship offer was a direct result of the 100 Black men gathering that took place in February of 2016 at Southshore Pre-K–8 School in Seattle. The event, which drew national media attention, saw over 200 Black men greet students and provide them with encouragement as they entered the school building. Shortly after hearing about the event, Real Life 101 reached out to the school with an offer to fund scholarships for Black males who previously attended the school.

Jason’s mother, Lisa Smith, said that the scholarship was a blessing that could really help alleviate the financial pressures she and her husband were facing to pay for Jason and his older sister to go to college while maintaining a household of five children.

“It was like winning the lottery,” said Smith. “We all, Jason included, were very excited.”

According to Smith, the excitement didn’t last very long. She said they registered her son for college in September, and sent over all the paperwork requested by Real Life 101 in order for them to provide funding directly to the school. The family eventually received a notice from the school that the scholarship funds had not been received and that Jason’s registration was in jeopardy of being dropped. Smith reached out to Real Life 101 and was informed that the funding was not available. As a result, Smith was unable to enroll in school for the fall semester.

“We already knew that it was going to be a struggle,” said Smith. “In the Black community we have to do the best that we can for our children and education is what’s going to help them in the future, especially our young men.”

Smith continued: “It was really like pulling the carpet from under Jason’s feet, because he was so excited to be going to school. We thought this was really happening, and it was a huge disappointment when the funds weren’t received.”

Unfortunately, Jason Smith was not alone.

Last year, Real Life 101 awarded scholarships to 10 African American males in Seattle. The awardees were supposed to receive: $10,000 in scholarship funding (payable at $2,000 per year for up to five years); a new laptop computer; a computer backpack and be paired with a certified Real Life Mentor while in the program. The young men did receive the computer and backpack as promised. However, nearly one year after the initial announcement, the organization has failed to provide scholarship funds to the students who are currently enrolled in school, and instead of providing mentors the awardees were “directed” by the organization to “Find Your Own Personal Mentor.”

One of the awardees, William Jones, said that he has not received the scholarship funds yet, but that he has received compensation for books from the organization totaling about $225. According to Jones, he was in jeopardy of losing his on-campus housing when he reached out to the organization during the fall semester about the status of his scholarship. Although they did not have the funds in place at the time, the organization did provide him with leads for other scholarships that he could apply for. Eventually, he took out student loans to help cover the remainder of his expenses for the semester.

According to Sid Taylor, founder and chairman of Real Life 101, for the first time in the organization’s 17-year history, they have not been able to secure the necessary funding for their scholarships. However, Taylor stresses that he and his staff are working diligently to secure funds so that they can fulfil the obligations that they have to the students.

“The funds did not come through like we had expected,” said Taylor. “Right now, we’re reaching out to all kinds of organizations, applying for grants so that we can try to back fill the stuff that we have in terms of the scholarships. I’m going to continue to work at getting these funds to make sure that they receive the funds. I am still committed to finding these funds.”

However, many parents of the awardees are concerned that not only has the organization failed to provide scholarship funding for this year, it is also unclear, based on correspondence they received from Real Life 101, if the organization will be able to honor their financial commitment to the awardees at all.

On July 15, 2016, the organization sent out an email that read: “The funds allocated for the scholarships for the 2016/17 school year unfortunately have been delayed. We expect to receive the funding during the month of August; we will immediately notify you once the funds are ready for distribution. We apologize for this delay and we are extremely disappointed that we are unable to process scholarships at this time.”

On July 21, 2016, another email was sent out that read: “The funding (from our donors) allocation process for the scholarships for the 2016/2017 school year is being finalized. We expect the process to be completed during the month of August. We will notify you immediately, once the process is completed…”

However, a very disheartening letter was sent from Real Life 101’s Founder and Chairman Sid E. Taylor on November 30, 2016, well after the fall semester started and some of the students had enrolled in school. The letter stated:

“I want to inform you that I continue to work on securing the funding for your scholarships; unexpectedly and unfortunately, the funds have not been allocated as of yet. In light of this and the fact that some of you may have certain deadlines, I encourage you to work with your parents or others to secure student loans until you receive the Real Life funds.”

Tia Isabell, whose son is a Real Life 101 scholarship awardee, says that her son is currently in school. However, the failure of Real Life 101 to provide the scholarship that they promised has forced her to seek other funding options and is a source of disappointment for her son.

“He’s disappointed,” says Isabell. “He was pumped up [when the scholarship was awarded to him] and now it seems like it was a fluke.”

“I have contacted them [Real Life 101], but the only response I get is that they are working on it,” added Isabell. “It has not been a good experience. We had to borrow more money than we planned to. It’s really sad.”

During an interview with “The Seattle Medium” at the time of the initial announcement, Taylor said the mission of the organization is to invest in education and not incarceration, and that Real Life 101 invests in the kids’ futures and hopes that the community will reap the benefits of this investment.

Yet, some of the parents and scholarship awardees believe that rather than providing scholarship funds to the students, the organization is providing the students with a “real life” lesson—that the world can be full of empty promises.

(continued nextweek)

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