San Bernardino

Annual College Night, U-CAN College Fair give students boost for college

Indian Springs High School, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive in San Bernardino, is hosting the 29th Annual College Night on Tuesday, September 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. College Night is open to all San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students and their families. During the two-hour event, students and parents can learn about FAFSA and other financial aid options and AB 540, which makes it easier for qualified, undocumented students to attend college. Students and parents can also meet with dozens of college representatives to learn about admissions requirements and course offerings. Among the scheduled attendees are representatives of the California State University and University of California campuses, San Bernardino Valley College, trade schools, and military recruiters. High school seniors can also attend the U-CAN (United College Action Network) college fair at Cajon High School on September 19, 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon. U-CAN is focused on connecting high school seniors with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). One of the benefits of U-CAN is that select high school seniors may receive on-the-spot scholarships or admission to HBCUs. Students must bring a copy…

Military Explorers Program thrives on community and technical experience

The Military Explorers program has been shaping the lives of San Bernardino students and beyond, since 2013. “The Military Explorers of the Inland Empire Post III is an after-school career pathways program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America for students who are 12 to 20 years old,” said Public Affairs Officer SPC Simeone N. Miller. The program mirrors US Army rank structure, it is supported by a staff of veterans, active duty service members, and former Explorers. The program was founded by a San Bernardino City Unified School District teacher and veteran, Chief Phillip Ayala. “Our mission is to provide America’s youth with easier access to military recruiters, ASVAB preparation, college ROTC scholarship and enrollment opportunities, and service academy and accessions information. More importantly, we teach leadership development, insight into what it is like to be in the military, the basic enlistment requirements, and hands-on technical training that mirrors certain US Army Military Occupational Specialties such as Public Affairs, Infantry, Military Police, and more,” said Miller. Explorers not only wear the uniform, but earn ranks by taking tests according to regulation. They also advance…

Cal State San Bernardino student diagnosed with tuberculosis

A Cal State San Bernardino student has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis and in response, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health officials, in collaboration with the university, will be sending out notifications to students, faculty and staff who may have been exposed to the illness. The student, who lives off campus and attended classes at the San Bernardino campus, is receiving treatment and is expected to recover, but will not return to school until medical clearance is issued by the health department. The student is not being identified due to confidentiality requirements. San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Section (CDS) officials, working with the university, are in the process of notifying about 400 individuals who may have been exposed during the months of April through August. Individuals contacted by DPH need to be screened for TB infection. Those who do not receive notifications are not considered to be at risk of exposure. “If you are identified by our county, it’s very important to get tested. Testing helps catch TB infections early and treatments are available,” said Dr. Richelle Marracino, CSUSB Student…

San Bernardino’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy to begin in October

The Neighborhood Association Council of San Bernardino is partnering with the City of San Bernardino to provide a Neighborhood Leadership Academy for city residents who want to make a difference in their communities.  The Leadership Academy is a free six weeks course focusing on grass-roots practical guides to community organizing and finding simple solutions to address neighborhood/community concerns.  Participants must be residents of San Bernardino, be 18 years of age or above, and have a desire to work as a team to complete a community project in one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.  Instruction is provided by individuals with expertise in community engagement and organizing, healthy communities, media, and grant writing.  Attendees will also participate in a Neighborhood Discovery Tour to learn about the neighborhoods where they will work with residents to complete a community project.  “Many city residents want to give back to their community, but often don’t know how to get started”, stated Amelia Lopez, President of the Neighborhood Association Council. “The Leadership Academy gives them the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills and to work side by side with their neighbors…

Award winning scientist, professor of biology Adriana Briscoe reveals hidden world of butterflies

You won an award once for distinguished research. What makes your research or instruction distinguished? I am fascinated by the sensory world of animals, which is both similar and different from our world. Butterflies can migrate using ultraviolet polarized light, a feature of sunlight we can’t see, and by sensing the earth’s magnetic fields. They can also see colors that we cannot. I often wonder, why is the natural world so colorful? Are all color patterns meaningful to the animals that bear them? Or are some colors meant to help the animals adapt to their thermal environment? I take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of animal coloration and vision. What’s the most interesting science you’ve done in the last five years? Butterflies cannot tell us directly what colors they recognize so I’ve trained them to show me what colors they can see. People can train a butterfly to fly toward a colored light if you reward it with sugar water. After several bouts of training, if you give a hungry butterfly a choice between two colored lights, it often will go toward the light…

The return of the SBHS Victory Bell

San Bernardino High School is, without question, one of the most unique schools in San Bernardino; not only because it is the only high school in the United States to be considered a city, but it also houses a small museum that chronicles the 135 years of school history. Among many historical artifacts is a bell that was donated to the class of 1960. Tragically, after someone stole the bell clapper, San Bernardino High sent the bell to storage where it became nothing but a vague memory. As of last year, the Cardinal City Museum took control of the bell, naming it an official historical item for the school. With the help of SBHS students, the bell has since been repaired and restored: the bell cart now bears the school colors, red and black, with a small license plate that states “Cards1960” and a brand new clapper has been added as well. Now the Cardinal City Museum, as well as San Bernardino High School, is inviting you to celebrate and come see our victory bell and enjoy a Friday night game on our renovated football…

CSUSB center recognized for accelerating Latino student success

The Undocumented Student Success Center (USSC) at Cal State San Bernardino has been named one of “20 Programs to Watch” by Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education. The USSC is one of 20 other higher education programs around the country recognized by Excelencia in Education for accelerating student success. The nonprofit has also named 16 initiatives at the college level as the 2019 Examples of Excelencia finalists. “This is wonderful news and an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the Undocumented Student Success Center’s leadership, staff and students,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “It’s also a tribute to all our faculty and staff who support the center. The center is an exceptional example of our ongoing mission to help students excel.” “By promoting and celebrating what works in serving Latino students in higher education, Excelencia increases awareness about the positive impact of the growth of the Latino population and programs that serve them well,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “Examples of Excelencia inspires leaders to implement innovations that can serve all…

Miss Grand United States visits SB High, inspires Miss Cardinal contestants

By Hazael Calleros Emily Irene, a model who was born in Victorville and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, has been part of the pageantry industry since the age of five where she mainly participated in community pageants. Pursuing her dream to win a national title, she moved to Nevada. After 18 years of pageantry participation, she was recently crowned Miss Grand United States. Despite her success, she remains in touch with communities and will represent the United States in Venezuela this October as she competes for the title of Miss Grand International were she hopes to promote ending war and violence. On August 21st, she visited the Miss Cardinal contestants who are vying to win the honor of representing San Bernardino High School in our community. Irene urged the contestants to “stay confident.” She also shared how she was labeled as “different” in school and bullied to the point that she wanted to commit suicide. This experience led her to join the Dove Self-Esteem project, a project that teaches people how to be confident with themselves. Irene also encouraged the girls to embrace this opportunity and…

SB School District ensures no student goes hungry

San Bernardino City Unified School District is pleased to offer a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch to every student every school day for the 2019–2020 school year. Multiple studies have shown that when children experience hunger, it can have serious and lasting impacts on their physical and intellectual growth. According to Feeding America, children from homes that lack consistent access to food are more likely to develop language, motor skill, and behavioral impairments. The federal government established the National School Lunch Program in 1946 to provide students with a nutritious lunch to increase their potential to do well in school. The meal program has expanded over the years to provide more free- and reduced-price meals, including breakfast, to socioeconomically disadvantaged students. For many years, SBCUSD has provided free meals to students who qualified for free or reduced-price meals. Generally, students’ families had to apply and prove that they qualified under income guidelines. This year all students at every SBCUSD kindergarten–12th-grade campus are eligible to receive free breakfast and free lunch. “We are so proud to be able to offer this to our students and their…

Akoma Unity Center, MAC Foundation invest in beautifying San Bernardino’s westside

Akoma Unity Center to receive $140,000 grant from More Attractive Communities (MAC) Foundation towards the beautification of Anne Shirrells Park on the westside of San Bernardino. Akoma Unity Center (Akoma) is located in the heart of the westside in Anne Shirrells Park. The Beautification of Anne Shirrells Park aims to inspire and recharge the community’s spirit, while boosting the financial resilience of this neighborhood —giving residents a sense of pride and ownership. This project is made possible largely due to the support of MAC Foundation whose mission is to support San Bernardino’s underserved communities by creating curb appeal to physical local businesses, organizations, parks and recreation facilities. Akoma is seeking additional support from the City of San Bernardino and other stakeholders to contribute to the Beautification Project. Improvement plans include: refurbishing the basketball court, improving landscaping and irrigation of the Anne Shirrells Garden, creating a Zen Garden inside the gated area of Akoma Unity Center, along with a new volleyball and tether ball court. Each space serves a purpose for the youth and families of the westside of San Bernardino and those who visit Akoma…

Free dental clinic scheduled Sept. 27-28 at NOS

The California Dental Association and CDA are hosting a two-day CDA Cares dental clinic to provide free oral health care to approximately 1,900 people. Dentists and dental professionals will provide fillings, extractions, cleanings, limited dentures and partial dentures, root canals on front teeth, oral health education and assistance finding ongoing care. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28 (doors open at 5:30 a.m.) at the National Orange Show Events Center, 689 South E. Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. No ID required, free parking. For more information, patients can call 877-516-8854 or visit cdafoundation.org/cda-cares/san-bernardino. The post Free dental clinic scheduled Sept. 27-28 at NOS appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

CSUSB listed among the top 50 online MBA programs nationwide

Cal State San Bernardino has been listed among the top 50 online MBA programs across the nation, according to College Consensus, a new college review aggregator. College Consensus listed CSUSB at No. 15 for its 50 Best Online MBA Programs for 2019 ranking. CSUSB is the only California State University to make the list. “We are honored to be recognized for our online MBA program,” said Lawrence Rose, dean of the AACSB-accredited Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. “We strive to provide our students with a superior education while offering them the flexibility they need.” According to College Consensus, the organization evaluated more than 550 distance MBA programs and analyzed tuition costs, fully online capability, and GMAT/GRE requirements. It also considered the reputation of the MBA program from a consensus of the top MBA ranking systems today to find the programs at the top of the heap. The online MBA program at CSUSB consists of 48 units and can be obtained in as few as 18 months. “With no GMAT score requirement, average affordability, and 100% of the entire course accessible online,…

San Bernardino Valley College instructor wins Best Indie Feature at LA Film Awards

Malik Stalbert, a computer science and information technology professor at SBVC, is also an actor, producer, director, martial arts and tennis instructor, and entrepreneur, where he runs a tech business and is building a gaming company.  “In one way or another, I have been teaching most of my life,” said Stalbert. “Teaching and movie making is about the same things – to transfer information.”  Stalbert has acted in several television shows and movies and recently starred in and produced the film “Derelict,” an action-filled drama about a mysterious entity stealing human souls in Los Angeles. In May, “Derelict” won Best Indie Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards. While the movie had a modest budget and crew, Stalbert and team “created something that beat out other films that did have large budgets and known actors.” “With our teamwork and drive, we made our own way,” Stalbert added. The post San Bernardino Valley College instructor wins Best Indie Feature at LA Film Awards appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Nonprofit GRID Alternatives Inland Empire opens doors for women in solar

GRID Alternatives is the nation’s largest community-based nonprofit solar installer that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. To date, GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) has had a significant impact in the inland region with over 1,700 families who have benefited from GRID’s programs and over 2,700 people that have received hands-on job training. Last month, GRID IE installed a 2.7 kW solar system on the home of a San Bernardino family. The Catalan family recently purchased their home through Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS). They can expect to save up to 75 percent on their electric bill thanks to GRID. Each GRID Alternatives installation provides invaluable hands-on job training for volunteers and job trainees seeking work in the solar industry. This installation was a special ‘Women’s install’, which is part of a national women’s initiative that encourages women to gain experience in this growing industry. Today is National Women’s Equality Day, and women are underrepresented in today’s solar industry, particularly in installation and construction positions. According to The Solar Foundation’s U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study 2019, women make up…

Garcia Center for the Arts hosts inaugural Cosmic Comic Fest

The Garcia Center of the Arts held its first-ever Cosmic Comic Fest in San Bernardino this past Saturday, Aug. 24. With the help from Comics Plus donating over 3,500 comic books, the event had much to show for in hopes of gaining more exposure for the arts within the community. Fans of all ages attended the free event that featured special guests that included Joe Krejci, illustrator for Red Bubble publication, and Phil Yeh, local writer for Uncle Jam Quarterly. Gil Botello who was helped facilitate the event mentioned, “This is the first annual for the community… to see if there is a pull, possible growth.” Generating fandom was the goal of the event, one that can bring the city together while being fun while exposing the culture of superheroes to everyone. The event also brought creativity as some showed up in cosplay fully embracing the innovative culture of comic fandom. All who were in attendance were given the opportunity to participate in the virtual reality experience courtesy of Comics Plus as well. Exposure is what this event aimed for; former Mayor Judith Valles making…

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