Five to be inducted into 2012 Hall of Fame class on May 5


Five Cal State San Bernardino alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions not only to their respective CSBS_HOF_2012_professions, but also to the community at large, make up the Class of 2012 inductees into the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Hall of Fame.

They will be honored on campus at a special ceremony Saturday, May 5.

The induction is scheduled for 9 a.m. on campus in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences building, room 128. Complimentary parking will be available in lots L and M.

The Class of 2012 inductees are:

Frances Scott Coles, professor emeritus of criminal justice (1978-2007)

Prior to coming to CSUSB in 1978, Frances Coles taught at the Claremont Graduate School, California State University, Fullerton, and the University of California, Irvine. At CSUSB, she served as the department’s first chair and later coordinator of the department’s paralegal program.

Frances Scott Coles

Frances Scott Coles

Coles’ primary and most important contribution to the university was her relationship with students. She worked tirelessly advising students about academics and criminal justice as a career.

Her own research centered on sexual harassment cases and their investigation, which at the time was a new legal issue. Additionally, she was elected to a number of offices, including president of the Association of California Criminal Justice Researchers.

Coles has also worked with the San Bernardino County Probation Department for the past decade, serving on the department’s Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee. One of her important committee responsibilities has been the inspection of juvenile detention facilities.

Paul C. Granillo, B.A., history, 1991

Paul C. Granillo

Paul C. Granillo

After earning his bachelor’s degree from CSUSB, Paul C. Granillo went on to earn a master of divinity degree from St. John’s Seminary in 1997, and a licentiate in canon law from Catholic University of America in 2003. For 11 years, Granillo served as a priest in a senior leadership position in the Diocese of San Bernardino.

During his time with the diocese, he was priest secretary to Bishop Gerald Barnes, and was responsible for oversight, planning and coordination of social, political and religious affairs. In addition, Granillo also served as the director of communications. As director of external outreach and director of development, he grew and managed an annual fund campaign of $7 million, planned fundraising events and coordinated a variety of special events.

After leaving the priesthood, Granillo focused his attention on the inland area business community. Paul has served as the president and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and was a former board member of the CSUSB Alumni Association and the Arrowhead United Way.

Cheryl-Marie Hansberger, B.A., psychology, 1993

Cheryl-Marie Hansberger

Cheryl-Marie Hansberger

Cheryl-Marie Hansberger was active in a variety of leadership activities as a student at Cal State San Bernardino, including vice president of Associated Students Inc., chair of the New Student Orientation Planning Committee, vice chair of University Ambassadors Society, a Panhellenic representative, member of Alphi Phi Sorority, member of College Republicans, a residential adviser, and active in the Summer Bridge program. When she graduated from CSUSB in 1993, Hansberger the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Upon earning her master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in 1995, she was selected for the Executive Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Center for California Studies, to work as a liaison between Gov. Pete Wilson and constituents in the Inland Empire. She then worked as a coordinator of student development at CSUSB from 1996 to 1998, and from 1997 to 2004 she worked as a professor and coordinator of student development at the Riverside Community College campus in Norco. In 1999 she was named Educator of the Year by the Corona Chamber of Commerce.

While at RCC, she enrolled in the graduate program in organizational leadership at the University of La Verne and earned her Ph.D. in 2004. She joined the Delcan Corporation in 2004 and is currently its vice president of corporate development.

In 2011, Hansberger was honored as the “Member of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (Inland Empire Chapter). She continues to be involved with CSUSB, and serves as the chair of the EOP Alumni Advisory Board.

Frederick A. Newton, professor emeritus of psychology (1971-2005)

Frederick A. Newton

Frederick A. Newton

Frederick A. Newton, professor emeritus in psychology, began his career at Cal State San Bernardino in 1975. He is a founding member of the neuroscience faculty within CSUSB’s Department of Psychology. He developed the first interdisciplinary biology/psychology course, neuroscience, at CSUSB.

He served as the chief academic content adviser for the award-winning PBS telecourse “Understanding Human Behavior,” a groundbreaking 30-episode series broadcast in the U.S. and internationally. In 1982, Newton received CSUSB’s Outstanding Professor Award, becoming the psychology department’s first winner of the award. In 2005-2006 he was honored with the psychology department’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

Newton supervised the first master’s thesis completed by a blind student at CSUSB. He received the Fred Keller Memorial Award for his sensitivity to issues affecting disabled students and his efforts to enable them to interface with personal computers,

In addition, he was the first faculty member to serve simultaneously on the statewide Academic Senate, the Faculty Senate, the Executive Committee and the Faculty Affairs Committee, which he chaired. Newton’s leadership and valuable contributions were recognized in 1995, when the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences honored him with the Outstanding Service Award.

Mary Sessom, B.A. anthropology, 1974

Mary Sessom

Mary Sessom

Mary Sessom earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from CSUSB in 1974. She then went on to obtain a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson University School of Law in 1978. She added an associate in arts degree in child development in 1992 from Cuyamaca Community College, and in 2002 she earned a master’s degree in political science from San Diego State University.

Sessom practiced law in San Diego County for 20 years, including serving as judge pro tem of the Family Law Division of the Superior Court in El Cajon. In 1992 she began teaching as an adjunct professor at Cuyamaca College in its paralegal studies program. In 2002 she retired from law to teach full time at Cuyamaca.

Sessom also has been active in politics in San Diego County, currently serving as mayor of Lemon Grove. She was elected to the Lemon Grove City Council in 1994 and elected mayor in 1996. In addition to being the city’s first woman mayor, she is its first directly elected mayor. She has served on the San Diego Association of Governments since 1996, as a director, vice chair and chair of its board.

She has served on the board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and was a representative to the San Diego Regional Power Pool Committee, an alternate representative of the East County Economic Development Council, a representative of the Helix Water District, a representative of the City/School District Collaboration Committee, and a representative of the League of California Cities (San Diego Division-Executive Committee).

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