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Chris Schaffer knew that he needed highly specialized skills to succeed at Jacobs Engineering, one of the nation’s largest providers of technical, professional, and construction services. As a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional at the Fortune 500 company’s office in Irvine, CA, Schaffer regularly utilizes geospatial analysis, cartography, remote sensing, and computer coding to evaluate the environmental impact of prospective developments. To gain these technical skills, he enrolled in the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) program.

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After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) continued to move forward, with an eye on the future of their constantly growing industry.

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​When he’s not in his office on campus, CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee is often catching a plane and heading off to other countries in his dual role as the Associate Vice President of International Education and Global Engagement. As part of his mission to spread awareness of CSULB’s international programs, Joshee spent nearly two weeks in May on a multi-purpose trip to China and Nepal. In addition to sharing educational program information with prospective international students, he also met with university partners, government officials, and media outlets to help expand CSULB’s global network of communities.

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​Giovanna Martinez has had more than 16 years of experience in the logistics and trans-portation industry, with half of that time at EDI Express, a freight-forwarding trucking company. Despite being firmly situated in her job, with plenty of skills and knowledge about her chosen career, she still wanted to learn more. So when she discovered the Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) program at CSULB, she not only registered for the course, but persuaded several co-workers to join her.

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On the east side of Long Beach, you’ll find Cambodia Town, the perfect entry point for anyone wanting to learn about the Southeast Asian diaspora. But CSULB student Bobby Lith wanted to get closer to the source. Lith is the son of refugees who earned sponsorships to the U.S. in 1979. Their family is a unique sub-set of Cambodian-born Laotians who identify as Lao Nyaw, with roots in the cities of Battambang, Cambodia and Vientiane, Laos—both of which are near the Thailand border.

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PHOTO: CSULB alum Julie Meenan with her grandson Austin

In 1988, Julie Ewart Meenan graduated from CSULB with her bachelor’s degree, accepting her diploma while pregnant with her oldest of two daughters. She went on to nurture a growing family and simultaneously build a successful career. As Executive Director of the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation (JSGF) she works closely with the Foundation’s board to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives of women and children in Long Beach. With over 25 years as Executive Director, Meenan believed further education would bring a higher level of knowledge to her work.

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