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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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PHOTO: Opening the modular walls in the new CPIE building’s conference center/classroom space

Less than two years after breaking ground on its construction, the new CCPE building—the first in its 47-year history—opened for classes and events on campus in Fall 2018.

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The Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (EMER) program at CSULB focuses on building and managing disaster-resilient communities. Active professionals have enrolled in this cutting-edge program from around the world—from firefighters in California, to paramedics assisting Syrian refugees in other Middle Eastern countries.

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Designing brands for today’s global market place demands a particular set of skills. Since 2016, CSULB professor Tor Hovind and his counterpart Sven Vogel—from Germany’s Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)—have worked across continents to train students in brand development. In July, their collaboration continued during the two-week International Brand Design Summer Workshop at HAW, where over 40 students from both universities engaged in research and developed design prototypes.

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. At SCAG’s 53rd Regional Conference and General Assembly in May, two recent CSULB grads and CITT research assistants were chosen as finalists for the prestigious Esri Story Map Competition.

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