The Future of International Studies

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This academic year has been filled to the brim with its stresses, joys, papers, office hours, beers, laughs, tears, critically acclaimed documentaries, hours in the library, caffeine fixes, and everything that goes along with being a student at CSULB. We’ve been through the basic rundown of I/ST majors, and look at us now: we’re still alive! Whether we’re still sane is another matter, but we are still conscious, and more importantly, still standing!

We’ve done great things within our student association, and although it is sad to say goodbye to the executive board, the excitement for a refreshing transition into an era of new officers may just surpass our initial sentiment. CONGRATULATIONS to our new executive board!

Mariam Hakim
Middle East and North Africa Ambassador

Miss Melody
East Asia Ambassador

John Torres
Latin America and the Caribbean Ambassador

Katarina Eleby
Europe Ambassador

Kimberly Conchada
ISSA Citizen Blogger and Webmaster

Hanna Lee
Social Meeting Planner

Mariam Hakim
Community Outreach

Britney Ralston
Historian
Secretary

Samie Blasingame
Treasurer
Recruitment Chair
College of Liberal Arts Student Council Representative

Kimberly Conchada and Katarina Eleby
Executive Chairs

Congratulations to our new leaders! There are positions still available for incoming members: Technology Director, Art Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Ambassador, Russia and Central Asia Ambassador, North America Ambassador, Oceania Ambassador, and International Education Committee Representative.

Although there is much excitement for the new change of officers, there is even more excitement for all of the graduates of 2011!  On Thursday, May 26th, the College of Liberal Arts said “Bon Vonyage!” and “C’est tout!” to over fifty 49er’s graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Studies. No words can describe what a special moment it was for parents, families, friends, and loved ones alike on such a beautiful day. A job well done to all of our I/ST majors and minors. We are so proud of you! The world is yours!!

Alica Rose Albertson
Meg Crescent Aquinde
Noelan Paolo Arbis
Enkhmaa Baatar
Christine M. Bagarino*
Justin P. Benning*
Jon Bradley Michael Brown, Jr.
Megan E. Brushey
Stephanie Joan Bryson*
Karen Claire P. Calicdan
Yvette Mercado Cooley
Megan J. Cutler
Danielle Jean Dana*
Caitlin H. Dickerson
Serena Do*
Sonia Elizabeth Esquibel
Erick Thomas Haman
Lindsay Rose Hernandez
Jeffery Michael Hungerford
Lauren Alyss Hutain
Aleen Jaghalian*
Christopher A. Jensen
Miyako Johnstone
Lyric Destiny Kesteloot*
Daniel Dongil Kim
Nahomi Kitamura
Deanna N. Lam
Arturas Lazdauskas
Abdelghafour Louhmadi*
Jessica Elizabeth Cherington Mark*
Paxcely Leticia Marquez*
Tiffany Ming*
Christopher Myint*
Stephanie Minh Nguy
Wendy Ortiz
Nicole Clair Pivaro
Lorena M. Porqueras*
Christina Reyes*
Nicole Marie Rivera
Shina Riane Robinson
Heidy Rodriguez
Louis A. Roupoli III
Daisy Saenz
Shahani A. Salcedo
Andrea Giuliana Sattui
Justin Frederick Schafer
Kiersten Nicole Stadelmann
Amanda Michelle Glassman Thyden*
Redeana Corman Umland
Damaris Nohemi Ventura*
Teresa I-Ying Wan

* Denotes a graduate with more than one major

Please email istassociation@gmail.com if there are any mistakes to the list of graduates.

Congratulations Class of TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN! It’s summertime in the LBC! CHEERS!!

Beginning of the End

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Don’t cry a river just yet. There is still one whole week of classes and one whole week of finals until our graduating seniors say their good riddances. Although this time of year is particularly bittersweet because so many ISSA officers and members are leaving, it’s important that we stay focused on our last projects, papers, and exams. The end is near… let’s go out with a bang!

We had a very special opportunity to commune with I/ST faculty and staff, non-ISSA members, and our families and friends this past Monday, May 2nd, at the Third Annual International Studies Program Awards Banquet. It was a time for celebration of the end of another great academic year. Many awards were given to students deserving of acknowledgment as I/ST majors. Among them were Justin Schaffer and ISSA Western Europe Ambassador, Stephanie Bryson, who both received the I/ST Outstanding Student Award. ISSA President, Caitlin Dickerson and ISSA Art Director, Deanna Lam both received Distinguished Student Awards. Paxcely Marquez and ISSA Recruitment Chair, Nahomi Kitamura, were also acknowledged for their involvement in the local, as well as international community, with Outstanding Service Awards. On behalf of your student association, CONGRATULATIONS to all the award winners!

If you weren’t able to make it to our last ISSA meeting, you definitely missed a very informative and provoking presentation about nuclear weapons by Nahomi Kitamura. Nahomi is an international student from Japan, and so her passionate sentiment about this topic, which was also the focus of her senior thesis, was evident in her presentation. Click here to view Nahomi’s power point file and find out surprising facts about where nuclear weapons stand in international affairs. Also, make sure to sign the petition to bring the world’s nuclear weapons to a “global zero” by clicking here.

This past Friday, May 6th, the College of Liberal Arts Student Council awarded ISSA with an award of Outstanding Programming! The award was accepted on behalf of ISSA by Vice President and SWANA Ambassador, Cookie Partansky, for our many efforts in putting on events for our fellow university students, as well as the local community! Let us all take pride in this recognition! A special thanks to Karen Calicdan for maintaining our association with CLASC by being our CLASC Representative even when your schedule didn’t allow you to attend ISSA meetings. ISSA appreciates you! Congratulations everyone!!

We would also like to congratulate the Golden Key International Honour Society and the University Honors Program Student Association for their very successful Sakura Blossom Benefit for Japan, this past April 20th. Click here to read about what they accomplished.

Although finals have snuck up on us, try your best to come to our last general meeting in SSPA Room 107 at 5pm, this Tuesday, May 10th. Come sit in and say goodbye to the officers that have been our leaders, but more importantly, our friends! We also have one last event this Thursday on campus. Join ISSA in a peaceful protest outside of the 49er Bookstore to make it known to administration that we want our university to sell Alta Gracia apparel. Click here to RSVP. Work out for worker’s RIGHTS! We have much to celebrate this week! Let’s party!!