New nursing program accommodates working professionals

CSU Monterey Bay is expanding its nursing program. Starting in June, the program will add a track for already-employed nurses with associate’s degrees who want to earn a bachelor’s while they continue to work.

Classes will be held in the late afternoons and evenings; some will be traditional face-to-face classes, some will be online. The curriculum will include courses on research methods, evidence-based practice, health policy, informatics, genomics and chronic care management.

Classes will be offered throughout the year; students can graduate in 14 months.

In addition to nurses who are currently employed, the program will admit recent community college nursing graduates.

“The idea is for a seamless transition from community college to CSUMB,” said Dr. Marianne Hultgren, interim director of nursing.

The university started its nursing program in 2012, in partnership with four local community colleges.

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­— Joan Weiner

Summer Arts returns to campus

CSU Summer Arts returns to campus for a third year in late June with a lineup of 16 classes and dozens of public events.

Students – who come from CSU campuses, other four-year and two-year colleges as well as the local community – are immersed in rigorous training up to 12 hours a day during the two-week sessions.

Classes are offered in dance, music, theater, creative writing, visual arts and filmmaking.

Public events include lectures, concerts and theatrical productions, all priced to make them accessible to a wide audience. In addition, each course concludes with a free public performance or “culmination,” where students showcase their talents.

A list of classes is available at The schedule of public performances will be announced in late May.

— Joan Weiner

Watch a video about Summer Arts

President’s Speaker Series helps Monterey County flourish

With a theme of “Flourish Monterey County,” this year’s President’s Speaker Series at CSU Monterey Bay provided fresh insights into the challenges faced by local communities.

The series opened March 4 with a presentation by Mary Jo Waits, director of the Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division of the National Governors Association. Her topic was “Leveraging Universities in Regional Economic Development.”

David Kennedy, former director of the Boston Gun Project, followed with a March 28 talk on “Gangs, Guns and Growth: Finding Alternatives to Violence.”

Jeff Edmondson, managing director of Strive Together, spoke April 9 on “Collective Impact: A New Way of Doing Business to Improve Educational Outcomes.”

The theme of next spring’s series will be “Future Monterey.” Speakers will examine how the county’s economy can be diversified beyond agriculture and tourism.

— Joan Weiner 

CalStateTEACH pairs first-graders with teacher candidates

Each June for the past four years, 20 first-grade students from Highland Elementary have joined with 20 teaching credential candidates from Cal StateTEACH in a unique summer tutorial endeavor at King Elementary School in Seaside.

The Summer Literacy Lab School Partnership provides invaluable instruction for students not making adequate progress during the regular academic year, as well as high-quality mentoring for the teacher candidates tutoring them. The 16-day program is a partnership between CalStateTEACH and Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

The mostly limited-English-speaking students receive one-on-one support in reading and language arts. The tutors first administer assessments from CalStateTEACH’s Literacy Case Study, then design instruction to close the literacy gap.

Roger Dahl, the CSUMB lecturer who designed and leads the CalStateTEACH program, worked with MPUSD personnel to address the need for focused instruction for the English-learner population.

During the summer program, the student teachers receive daily mentoring from two literacy experts from MPUSD, who provide guidance on the best strategies and practices and offer immediate feedback.

Results from the first four summers have been impressive, with students in many cases making progress equal to what they achieved during the school year in only three weeks of focused instruction.

— Roger Dahl


Images, top to bottom: provided; Joan Iguban Galiguis; Jeffrey Lewis; Roger Dahl