CSUSB president brings students to annual HACU conference


Continuing his tradition of including Cal State San Bernardino students at education conferences, CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales brought a large contingency of 35 students to the 27th annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

CSUSB students and President Morales at HACU

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales brought a large contingency of 35 students to the 27th annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in Chicago. Photo: Steve Becker | beckermedia.com

The three-day HACU conference, which was held in Chicago in October, provided a unique forum for sharing ideas and best practices on increasing college completion rates of Hispanics.

Morales, who serves as vice chair of the HACU Governing Board, is pictured on the cover of the fall edition of “The Voice of Higher Education,” the association’s quarterly magazine.

The image is from President Morales Investiture ceremony in June and is part of an article about new presidents at HACU member institutions.

The president said the annual conference is not only beneficial to educators, but also provides a wonderful setting for the CSUSB faculty and staff, and especially students, to interact and learn about assorted educational programs.

“Our students, who made up one of the largest groups — if not the largest group — at the HACU conference, had the great opportunity to network with potential future employers and attend the various college-related workshops,” Morales said.  “Experiences like these are great for students, because they broaden perspectives, enhance skill-sets and ignite a desire to achieve even greater academic and professional aspirations.”

Photo Credit: Steve Becker

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales speaks at the HACU conference in Chicago. Photo: Steve Becker | beckermedia.com

The Cal State San Bernardino students who attended the HACU conference are: Karina Aguirre, sociology; Arwa Al Halabi, political science and Arabic language literature; Alfredo Barcenas, political science; Maura Becerra, biology; Christa Bowers, national security studies; Alberto Castro, biology; Ricky Cortes, computer science; Clara Delgado, sociology and social sciences; Sonia Felix, psychology; Ericka Flores, communication studies; Tanisha Flowers, psychology; Camelia Fowler, business administration; Eduardo Garcia Lima, business administration; Erwin Grifis, communication studies; Juan Herrera-Palomino, political science; Gabriela Ilabaca, political science and economics; Nayeli Jimenez-Acosta, graphic design and marketing; Jonathon Miller, political science;  Sandra Molina, social work; Aleida Murcia, social work; Jonathan Ng, communication studies;  Brandon Ortega, business administration and accounting;  Rueben Perales, finance; Chelsea Perez, political science; Daniel Rivera, finance and accounting; Manuela Rossi, psychology; Yadira Salazar, psychology; Alexis Singleton, sociology; Seidy Soto, social work; Jacqueline Vargas, communication studies; Gina Vasquez-Housley, environmental studies; Kimberly Watson; political science; Ingrid Williams, environmental studies; Zafiro Tellez, communication studies; Rangel Zarate, political science and English.

See also the related blog entry “My Adventure in Chicago, the Windy City!” by Jacqueline Vargas.

For more information, visit the HACU website.

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