CSUSB College of Education honors outstanding graduate student


The College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino has named one of its best and most exemplary students as its outstanding graduate student for 2012.

Martha Schauer

Martha Schauer

Martha Schauer, of Fontana, will graduate with a master’s degree in integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education with a 4.0 grade point average.

Schauer “was an exemplary student, with perfect attendance, was consistently prepared in class, and committed to becoming the best teacher she could be,” wrote Maria Balderrama, chair of the college’s department of language, literacy and culture, in a nominating letter.

“Martha was always willing to work collaboratively, support her peers and bring her positive disposition to the classroom and learning environment.”

Schauer, who earned her preliminary multiple subject teaching credential from the college last year, will receive her degree during the CSUSB graduate student ceremony on Saturday, June 16, at 12:45 p.m. in the university’s Coussoulis Arena. The university’s College of Education will no longer have a dedicated commencement, because it primarily awards graduate degrees and those students will be honored at the graduate student commencement.

She also served in a number of teaching organizations, volunteering as one of the primary coordinators for the CPR training for credential students at the campus.

Schauer also served as secretary/treasurer of the Student California Teacher Association at CSUSB. She attended state and local California Teacher Association conferences, frequently leading student groups to those events.

Additionally, she mentored prospective teachers and shared her knowledge of teacher education and credentialing procedures, Balderrama wrote.

A mother of two children, Schauer is also active in Etiwanda’s schools, volunteering as a literacy tutor in local elementary schools, and as an active parent volunteer in the PTO. Schauer’s involvement with her local church also engages her in numerous volunteer activities in her  community.

The university’s commencement exercises begin on Thursday, June 14, for students from CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus, including graduate students. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Commencement ceremonies shift to the main campus’s Coussoulis Arena for the June 16 and 17 exercises.

The CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will hold its graduation at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, June 16. The College of Business and Public Administration will hold its commencement exercise at 4:45 p.m.

On Sunday, June 17, the College of Natural Sciences will hold its ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Professional golfer Dave Stockton, who has been a longtime supporter of the university through his generous commitment to the Dave Stockton Coyote Classic Golf Tournament, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremony.

The final commencement ceremony will be at 12:45 p.m. for the College of Arts and Letters.

The graduation ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena will be streamed online on the university’s academic computing and media live webcast page. For more information on the university’s commencement ceremonies, visit the CSUSB commencement Web page.

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