In the midst of her busy schedule, Dean Chuang is suddenly teleported to an impromptu holiday party with CAL faculty and staff.


CSUSB Palm Desert Campus faculty-student research team studying cultural perspectives of the Salton Sea

CSUSB percussion students benefit from faculty’s six-figure gift

Holiday special of Netflix’s ‘Blown Away’ features CSUSB professor and CSUSB alumna


College of Arts & Letters celebrates four outstanding 2020-21 students


English professor awarded for academic work and community collaboration

Art professor and glass expert named CSUSB’s 2020-21 Outstanding Professor

Bomi Hwang, instructor of Korean, is CSUSB’s 2020-21 Outstanding Lecturer

CSUSB’s College of Arts and Letters names its outstanding 2019-20 students

Construction for new College of Arts and Letters Performing Arts Building will break ground Spring 2022

CSUSB approved for grant to support university’s music department

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On Nov. 6, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) celebrated Día de los Muertos with performances, vendors and a live auction. In partnership with the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students (ALFSS), RAFFMA raised approximately $3,200 for student scholarships. 

View RAFFMA's Fesitival de Calaveras

On Nov. 10, 2021, CSUSB's Opera Theatre made its return to the stage with "Opera in the Trenches!" in honor of Veterans Day. The program featured excerpts from some of the most famous operas and Broadway musicals that revolve around a theme of war and peace. 

To learn more about upcoming performances, visit CSUSB Music

On Nov. 12, 2021, CSUSB's Department of Theatre made its return to the stage with "The House of Trials." Written in the 17th century, this wild tale about a brother and sister ensnared in a lover's quadrangle was adapted and directed by Kristi Papailler, assistant professor of Theatre Arts. 

To learn more about upcoming shows, visit CSUSB Theatre Arts

On Dec. 1 and 2, 2021, the Music Department made its return to live performances since the start of the pandemic, presenting audiences with “’Tis The Season, A Holiday Gala!” The two evenings were filled with holiday favorites and showcased CSUSB's Percussion Ensemble, Mariachi Los Coyotes, Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.

To learn more about upcoming performances, visit CSUSB Music

Congratulations to Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos, Communication Studies, whose multimodal art piece was featured in PAMLA's "Among the Unrest" digital and new media art show. 


Lacey Kendall, Communication Studies, began hosting the KVCR/NPR radio program and podcast, Education Insight, a monthly program that "tells the story of education in the Inland Empire through the diverse voices of those in and around the regional education community." 
Alison Ragguette, Art & Design, did a solo exhibition titled Liminal Reality at the Diana Berger Gallery at Mt. San Antonio College.
The Mexicali Biennial, the long-term curatorial project of Ed Gomez, Art & Design, collaborated with the Library of Congress on a project titled, "Expanding the Borders of Art."
Congratulations to Luz Elena Ramirez, English, for her extended book contract with Routledge for her manuscript, Conquest and Reclamation in the Transatlantic Imagination: The Amerindian Adventures of Henty, Haggard, and Griffith.
Jessica Luck, English, recently published an essay, "Tropic of Orange in a Literary Theory Course" in the book, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita.
Vanessa Ovalle Perez, English, recently published an essay, "Inspiration or Coincidence? Guadalupe Gutierrez and María Berta Quintero y Escudero's Espinas y rosas as Discursive Doubles" in the book, Spain, The United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture Throughout the Nineteenth Century.
Kathryn Ervin, Theatre Arts, received a $114,000 subaward for the RIMS California Arts Project from the University of California Office of the President. 
Rueyling Chuang, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and Kristine Alexander, Executive Director of the California Arts Project, received a $133,000 subaward for the California Arts Project Statewide Office from the University of California Office of the President.


Stephanie Alfonso, Communication Studies undergraduate student, has also been selected as a 2021-22 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. Read more about her and George Romero at Inside CSUSB.


On Oct. 8, 2021, three recently tenured or promoted faculty members shared details about their research via Zoom. Watch the video to see presentations by Dr. Alexandra Cavallaro, English; Dr. Jane Chin Davidson, Art & Design; and Dr. Chad Sweeney, English.
On Nov. 6, the Department of Communication Studies, in partnership with Students for Justice in Palestine, held "The Power of Communication in Community." The event highlighted the practical aspects of public speaking in careers with NBC4's Beverly White as the keynote speaker. 
Dr. Gregory Gondwe, Professor of Communication Studies, sat down with CAL Podcasts host Kelli Cluque to discuss his journey from Zambia, his research interests, and his love of tacos. 

Listen to his interview and more at CAL Podcasts


Breanna recently accepted a position reporting for 23ABC News in Bakersfield, CA. 
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The College of Arts and Letters remembers the lives of those we lost this year. 

College of Natural Sciences leader Peter Williams passed away on June 24

Julie Paegle, CSUSB professor of English, passed away Sept. 11


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