We are barely starting March yet there is much to celebrate at Cal State East Bay. Recently, I had the opportunity to see the campus production of “Cabaret” as part of the 25th anniversary of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Friends of the Arts organization. FOA is made of supporters and volunteers who work to support patronage of the arts on campus. Barbara and I very much enjoyed the lively performance and encourage everyone to see it before it closes March 12th. Faculty and staff are eligible for discounted tickets, which can be purchased through Pioneer Bookstore and online. Congratulations to everyone involved in the performance!
I also hope everyone reads the article in the East Bay Today about our remarkable student athlete Liz Cocker. Currently a junior majoring in Liberal Studies, Liz is a member of our women’s swim team and a Deaflympian who swims butterfly and freestyle. A competitive swimmer from age 7, she has faced enormous odds both in and out of the water. Just this season, she achieved two of her goals: competing for the Pioneers at an away meet and breaking the U.S. Deaf Swimming League 50 fly record.
Congratulations also to our 2016-17 Cal State East Bay women’s basketball team — REPEAT champions of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament! With first year coach Shanele Stires, they enjoyed an exhilarating season and are on their way to compete in the NCAA Division II West Regionals at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. The games I saw this season were very exciting and I am very proud of their winning season. Good luck to our Pioneers in Alaska!
Lastly, I want to share the great news that the Chancellor’s Office Presidents’ Council for Underserved Communities (PCUC) awarded our campus $52,500 to fund six proposals aimed at strengthening college readiness, transition to college, and building pathways with K-12 and community colleges. This was the largest amount provided to any of the 23 CSU campuses. As we know, there are multiple ways to serve our students and I am pleased that our effective strategies are being recognized. I would like to thank our campus PCUC liaisons, Nancy Martinsen, Diana Balgas and Stan Hébert, for their efforts on behalf of our students.
Enjoy the sunshine (or rain) during the spring break and, of course, Go Pioneers!
Leroy M. Morishita