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Michael Mahi

Michael Mahi is the Senior Director of Digital Media.

Vaccines Required by Fall Semester, Upon Full FDA Approval

Posted on: May 18, 2021 in Campus & Community Stories

Per a joint announcement from the CSU and UC systems today, faculty, staff and students returning to any CSU or UC campus this fall, including Cal State Fullerton, will be required to have received a COVID-19 vaccination. This requirement will be contingent upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug […]

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Life Beyond Zoom

Posted on: April 19, 2021 in Faculty Stories

What has life been like for Cal State Fullerton students during the pandemic? In a new podcast series – “Beyond the Square” – a group of theatre and dance majors discuss topics such as online education, student mental health, industry expectations for performing artists, and how to stay creative and inspired during a live performance […]

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Staying Connected During the Pandemic

Posted on: October 09, 2020 in Student Stories

Arkilles Joshua Jr. spent a recent fall day with other students in an engineering survey lab calculating the elevation around Pollak Library. This scene is usually a usual school day for civil engineering majors at Cal State Fullerton as they learn how to use GPS technology to plot and survey land. But not much is […]

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Student Research in a COVID-19 World

Posted on: September 04, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

It’s been an interesting start to the fall semester for chemistry student Ayat Garawi. The senior takes several courses online because the pandemic has required Cal State Fullerton to offer the majority of its classes virtually this semester. The exceptions are some labs and other offerings that depend on access to machinery or technology only […]

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COVID-19: Dance Team Tryouts go Virtual

Posted on: June 15, 2020 in Student Stories

Resiliency and motivation. Those two words are what newly appointed CSUF dance team captain, Mara Furnish, attributes to the team’s formula for getting through these uncertain times. Like many others, the dance team had to learn how to pivot their lives to move forward with their plans and goals for next season. The end of […]

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Business Grad Reflects On Why he is Grateful Amid a Pandemic

Posted on: May 30, 2020 in Student Stories

This week was what would have been the final chapter of my undergrad. Although I finished school in December, I was planning on walking during the commencement ceremony this past week. ⁣ For obvious reasons, our in-person celebration was postponed. While this is not ideal by any stretch, I am glad that this incident took […]

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Capturing Graduation Memories One Photo at a Time

Posted on: May 26, 2020 in Student Stories

Sociology major and 2020 graduate Gladis Cortez is the first person in her family to graduate from college. And even though Cal State Fullerton’s commencement was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she came to campus with her sister to take a few graduation photos. “Graduation was supposed to be today when we walked across […]

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COVID-19 Vlog: Motherhood, Nursing is a Pandemic Balancing Act

Posted on: May 20, 2020 in Faculty Stories

“I’m very proud to be a nurse at this time. And I’m proud that the nursing profession itself is standing up in this very uncertain time.” Kate Bayhan – emergency room nurse and CSUF lecturer I deeply empathize with some of the struggles that I hear from the students and even my colleagues on the […]

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Grad Photos in the age of COVID-19

Posted on: May 19, 2020 in Student Stories

Virtual celebrations, online congratulations, and Zoom family gatherings instead of a big party after the academic milestone is the new graduation normal. Yet, even in the age of COVID-19, some traditions are still thriving. Cal State Fullerton students are taking celebratory graduation photos in front of iconic campus backdrops like the Titans letters or the […]

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Honored to Help During Pandemic

Posted on: May 15, 2020 in Student Stories

“I’m so honored to be able to help public safety and first responders across our nation, do their job with my software. At this time of need, they need software that works for them and works under any condition, including a pandemic.” Bryan Ruef, CSUF student and entrepreneur Working as an EMT during this pandemic […]

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Personal Training, Yoga and More …

Posted on: May 14, 2020 in Alumni Stories

During “normal times,” Alba Tucker ’10, ’19 (B.S., M.S. kinesiology), lecturer in kinesiology and a personal trainer/group exercise instructor for the Student Recreation Center at Cal State Fullerton, would be leading classes in yoga, cardio kickboxing and the popular “Guts, Butts and Thighs” sessions. She also would be offering personal, one-on-one training at the SRC.  […]

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I Broke Quarantine to Say Goodbye

Posted on: May 12, 2020 in Student Stories

I knew the rules. No gathering in groups.  The United States President, under the Centers for Disease Control recommendation, mandated that no groups come together. So I had to ask myself, “Do I break this regulation to say goodbye to my dying grandmother?” My grandma,  Darleen Alvaro, suffered a severe stroke, resulting in hospitalization and […]

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Titan Reflects on Family, Mentors and his CSUF Journey Amid COVID-19

Posted on: May 09, 2020 in Student Stories

Four months before graduation, I reached out to my loved ones to save the date. As a Community Engagement Award recipient, I was excited to be recognized for my hard work and success as a Titan.  Three months before, I created a spreadsheet on possible companies and positions I wanted to apply for once I […]

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Virtual Town Hall Addresses Faculty, Staff COVID-19 Concerns

Posted on: April 30, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

“What we have achieved together in the past several weeks is nothing short of breathtaking,” said CSUF President Fram Virjee, during a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, April 20. Joined by several members of his cabinet via Zoom and YouTube, Virjee provided faculty and staff members with updates on how the campus is coping […]

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Creating Art in a COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on: April 14, 2020 in Student Stories

While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has forced Cal State Fullerton students to head home and continue their studies online, the challenges of doing so are especially felt by those majoring in hands-on disciplines such as the visual arts. Senior Alex Dixon, who studies glassblowing in the College of the Arts, works as a graphic […]

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Online Teaching, Balance and Breakfast Cereal

Posted on: April 01, 2020 in Faculty Stories

Jon and Freddi-Jo Bruschke have their hands full these days. While they teach classes via Zoom from either their living room, a spare bedroom or the patio, their daughter is taking an online dance class and their son is receiving online calculus tutoring. “If our internet goes out, we are doomed,” says Jon, chair and […]

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Titan Voices: The Titan Family Adapts to New Normal

Posted on: March 27, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

Each of us is going through a very unique experience and we see the effects of the virus and the university’s response though many different lenses. This column is a collection of voices from our campus community about coping during the call to stay home, learn online and most importantly stay healthy. Jesus Ayala, lecturer […]

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CSUF Students Become Witnesses to History as Pandemic Unfolds

Posted on: March 25, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

For Cal State Fullerton students, the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic may be a defining moment in their lives.

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UPD Officers Stand Watch Over Campus in Transition

Posted on: March 24, 2020 in Staff Stories

The UPD is on the job while campus is on virtual instruction. We chatted with Officer Autumn Hollyfield while she was on patrol. Life may be a little different but for our officers its business as usual protecting and serving.

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Pandemic Presents Challenges, Lessons for Students and Faculty

Posted on: March 24, 2020 in Faculty Stories

Sean Walker busily signed papers and reviewed departmental emails, stopping occasionally to peek at the Johns Hopkins University global coronavirus interactive map. It’s instinctual for the biology researcher. Walker talks about online teaching, witnessing history and why this is a great teaching moment.

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