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S. Twin Oaks Valley closed at Cal State San Marcos due to water main break- 07/19/2018 5:00 PM

Due to an unexpected water leak, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road near California State University San Marcos is closed in both directions as crews work to assess the situation and complete repairs. Expect delays and detours for several days.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control measures, look for alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.  Updates will be posted as they become available at www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

For more information about the main break, water quality or other water issues, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.


San Marcos firefighters help CSUSM students test drone technology

During a wildfire simulation, students explored how drones could deliver hoses to crews

Last month North County firefighters gathered in San Marcos for a wildfire simulation, but this wasn’t your typical training.
The City of San Marcos rallied crews from several cities to help California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) students test a drone technology that could improve how wildfires are fought.

“Firefighters spend a lot of time and energy shuttling hoses from the engine to the actual wildfire,” explained Nick Blaylock, one of the students involved. “And they’re often doing this up steep slopes and across rough terrain, which is exhausting.”

Drones, however, could possibly help crews conserve some energy by air-dropping those hose- packs so firefighters don’t have to haul them. As part of a senior project, Blaylock and four other students spent months exploring that with Skylift Global, a San Marcos-based company that makes drones capable of delivering supplies to first-responders.
Though Skylift Global has been in business for three years, serving firefighters is new territory it wanted to explore–so the company submitted a proposal for the Senior Experience Program, which assigns CSUSM students to real-world projects like these.
The students began by researching what crews face during a wildfire. That led them to San Marcos Fire Battalion Chief James Colston, who oversees the department’s training and safety division.“We’re fortunate to have Cal State San Marcos right here in our backyard, so we were happy to help,” he said. “We invited them to observe our annual training, which I think opened their eyes.”

It did, in fact, says Blaylock. His team realized that a drone probably couldn’t help much during the early stages of a wildfire because the flames are too unpredictable. But it likely could help during the later stages, when a fire border has been established.
Based on that, the students designed a simulation that included fire hose packs every 100-feet, as if a drone had peppered them out for crews. Now, all they needed were firefighters to run the test.

“Thankfully, Chief Colston got an amazing turnout for us,” Blaylock said. “We were so thankful that so many firefighters were willing to come volunteer their time on a Sunday morning to help us.”

During the May 6 simulation, firefighters from the cities of San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido and Rancho Santa Fe—as well as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)—participated. Results showed that if crews did not have to manually haul hose packs, they worked about 18 percent faster—and theoretically, would be less fatigued during a real wildfire.

“While time is a good measurement, fatigue is really the key factor,” explained Colston, who added that he can see the potential support drones could provide. “If something like this can increase efficiency while reducing the chance of firefighters getting hurt, then I’m all for it.”
That exact sentiment is what inspired Amir Emadi to start Skylift Global. His father was working as a United States cooperative in Iraq when he was killed by Iraqi forces while protecting a city.

“Since then, I’ve spent my life finding a way to introduce technology to the people who dedicate their lives to protect us,” Emadi said. “I formed Skylift to help our first-responders save time, money and lives by delivering their critical supplies with our heavy-lift drones.”
As a next step, Emadi will use the research conducted by the CSUSM students to develop a plan to bring the drones to market. There are still hurdles to navigate, as drones are legally not allowed to be in the air during a wildfire, but Emadi is optimistic he can keep the momentum going.

“It was refreshing to work with such a driven, intelligent and responsible team,” he said, adding that although the CSUSM students have now graduated, some have remained interns and he hopes to hire them. “I am so thankful that San Marcos is home to such bright young talent like this, as well as city leaders who value innovation and are open to collaboration.”

For more information about Skylift Global, visit https://www.skyliftglobal.com/

City of San Marcos and CSUSM collaborate to benefit local active adults

Marcos, CA – The City of San Marcos is home to about 25,000 residents 50 years and older who are approaching retirement–or are in the thick of it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready to slow down.

In fact, the San Marcos Senior Activity Center is buzzing with action. It serves about 7,000 senior residents per month, largely thanks to the dozens of volunteers who help run it. They do things like work the front desk, help in the computer lab and lead activities.

“Our volunteers bring a variety of talents that improve our services, and their support allows us to offer them at lower cost. That’s especially helpful to seniors on a fixed income,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Brenda Sylvia, who oversees the Senior Activity Center. “Volunteers are absolutely critical to our mission.”

A collaboration with California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will help the City attract more of those critical volunteers.

The City and CSUSM recently joined forces to launch Democracy in Action, a program that lets university students tackle city issues. Unlike an internship, students are not given direction—but instead, make research-based recommendations, more like a consultant.

In this case, a group of about 30 students developed strategies to entice more volunteers to the City’s Senior Activity Center. This included designing marketing materials, creating a formal orientation process and finding missed opportunities to recruit volunteers. City staff is now fine- tuning the student-proposed strategies and plans to start rolling it out within the next few months.

“As North County’s education hub, San Marcos is fortunate to have plenty of bright young minds that offer a fresh perspective—something we greatly value here at the City,” Sylvia said. “Well-run cities with engaged residents lead to vibrant, thriving communities. If we want that to continue in San Marcos, we need to connect with our next generation of leaders and Democracy in Action is helping us do that. ”

This gets at the heart of Democracy in Action. The program’s bigger aim is to show students how their classroom knowledge applies to the outside world.

Dr. Eliza Bigham, CSUSM Department of Human Development, oversaw the students who worked on this project and she’s confident they left feeling empowered.

“Working with city staff and meeting with elected officials required my students to try something new and go outside their comfort zone. But I can’t tell you how many of them thanked me for the opportunity to grow through this experience,” she said. “They discovered that their skill set is so completely beneficial to address real, current needs in their own community.”

And Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, who helps oversee the program, points out that this project benefits the community at-large.

“By boosting volunteer support at the Senior Activity Center, these students are helping residents age in place so that they can continue enjoying a high quality of life in San Marcos,” she said. “That’s a legacy we want to continue offering for generations to come, and projects like these are one of the many ways we’re making sure we can.”

To learn more about the Democracy in Action program, visithttps://www.csusm.edu/community/civiclearning/democracyinaction.html.

For more information about the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, including information about volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.san-marcos.net/adults50+.

Cal State San Marcos looking to add building, bridge, parking structure – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Cal State San Marcos is looking to add a six-story building and a parking garage for more than 700 cars, a nearly $80 million development slated to go up on vacant land across from a main entrance to the university.The building will house the university’s Extended Learning program, which provides continuing education, accelerated degrees, certificates and customized training programs. The department also coordinates all the international programs and services, such as study-abroad offerings.The project — which also includes a pedestrian bridge to the main campus — still needs final approval from the California State University Board of Trustees, which is expected to consider it in the coming months, according to school officials.“From the university standpoint, all our I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. We are optimistic for Board of Trustees approval, but it’s up to them,” said Mike Schroder, dean of the university’s Extended Learning program.If all goes well, the entire project, on the northwest corner of East Barham Drive at Campus Way, should be open for business in the fall of 2019.

READ MORE VIA Source: Cal State San Marcos looking to add building, bridge, parking structure – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Governor Appoints CSUSM Adjunct Lecturer from Water Management Program to Bay Area Council

Governor Appoints CSUSM Adjunct Lecturer
from Water Management Program to Bay Area Council

Jerry Brown has appointed Ken Weinberg, who teaches in the Certificate in Water Resources
Management and Leadership Program at CSUSM, to the Delta Stewardship Council.

While this year’s El Nino rains may have temporarily assuaged some drought concerns, water resource management remains a vital part of California’s future. With a disproportionate number of water industry professionals anticipating retirement, a new generation needs to emerge to take a leadership role in this important industry.

Ken Weinberg, who has an extensive background in water management in both the private and public sectors, played an active role in developing the Certificate in Water Management and Leadership program at California State University San Marcos. This professional certificate program is designed to address the growing demand for qualified experts. Now Weinberg’s expertise has been recognized by California Governor Jerry Brown, who recently appointed Weinberg to the Delta Stewardship Council. This group will address water supply and environmental issues in the area around the Bay Delta.

At CSU San Marcos, Weinberg leads the survey course that introduces students to the Water Management and Leadership certificate program. The certificate program seeks to educate and broaden the skills of people currently working in the area of water resources; however, anyone with an interest in learning more about the water issues affecting our state and the world can register for the entry course.

“Leaders in the water industry approached CSUSM and asked us to help develop a program to educate the next generation of water industry experts,” explains Alan Styles, Program Director for the Water Management and Leadership Program at CSUSM. “The complex nature of water, especially in arid Southern California, requires competent and informed leaders who can manage water resources fairly and efficiently. Created by and for water industry professionals like Ken Weinberg, this program offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and qualifications that meet the needs of the water management industry.”
The Certificate in Water Management and Leadership is designed for individuals who are currently employed in the areas of water supply, treatment, or distribution; those who meet certain basic prerequisites and have an interest in integrated water resource management may also apply. For those who do not live or work in San Diego County, some accommodation is available for remote learning. Recognized industry authorities lead the classes, which are primarily held on weekday evenings to accommodate working professionals. Guest speakers and expert panels as well as weekend field trips to tour facilities are also incorporated into the curriculum. The certificate is awarded upon completion of the five classes, each of which range from 8-15 weeks in duration.

Enrollment is now open for the introduction class beginning March 18 in the Certificate in Water Management and Leadership Program, including the introductory course taught by Ken Weinberg. To learn more about this program or to enroll, call 760-750-4004, or visit www.csusm.edu/el/water.

About CSUSM Extended Learning
As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties. Offering degree programs, such as a Specialized MBA degree, as well as both academic credit and noncredit professional development courses, Extended Learning helps individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals. For more information about Extended Learning at CSUSM please visit http://www.csusm.edu/el/.

CSUSM Site of Active Shooter Drills, Jan. 6


On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will be conducting active shooter training exercises in conjunction with the San Marcos Fire Department, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and a number of other North County hospitals, fire and law enforcement agencies. Due to the increase of active shootings and recent tragic events such as those in San Bernardino, Calif.; Paris, France; Roseburg, Ore. and Colorado Springs, Colo., CSUSM has made it a priority to ensure the campus community is well prepared for an active shooter emergency.

The drills, which will take place in the University Student Union, will include front line hospital staff as well as law enforcement and first responder agencies. Participating agencies include the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, City of San Marcos Fire Department, City of Escondido Fire and Police Departments, Palomar Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Residents and motorists may notice emergency vehicles, including medical helicopters, ambulances, fire trucks and patrol cars on campus and in the surrounding community. Traffic control measures will be implemented throughout campus.  

“The safety and welfare of our campus community is our highest priority,” said Robert McManus, CSUSM chief of police. “Conducting and planning for this exercise will allow us to assess our emergency response, interagency coordination and recovery efforts after such an event.”


When:                 Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First drill will take place from 9 am to 12 p.m., the second drill will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.


Where:                California State University San Marcos, University Student Union


CSUSM will host a free forum “Fresh Perspectives on California’s Water Future”



Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is excited to announce a new free forum series, “Fresh Perspectives on California’s Water Future.” The series was developed in collaboration with local industry leaders and takes an in-depth look into topics that are rarely presented or discussed in open public forums. Policy makers, experts and water industry leaders will share their unique perspectives on three separate evenings, while actively engaging the audience and encouraging questions and participation.

All forums will be held in the CSUSM University Student Union from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

September 9th, 2015: The Psychology of Water – Until recently, primary barriers to California’s water future were mostly technical and financial. However, as traditional sources of water supply become more difficult to acquire, today’s water industry is facing new obstacles in terms of cultural attitudes and orientations. Deep seated predispositions about nature, waste water recycling and even color can offer stiff resistance to viable alternatives. A panel of regional experts will explore this topic, provide examples and discuss solutions while encouraging audience interaction.

October 14th, 2015: The Politics of Water – An exploration of the shifts and changes taking place in the state’s water power structures, players and coalitions.

November 18th, 2015: The Economics of Water – who pays and who benefits? This evening will delve into an anatomy of the financial aspects of water supply, competing market interests and pricing strategies.

Register for any of our free forums at www.csusm.edu/el/water. Call 760-750-4004 for more information.

Friday CSUSM Commencement ceremonies rescheduled to Sunday due to inclement weather

Cal State San Marcos
California State University San Marcos announces that commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Friday, May 15 at the Mangrum Track and Field will be rescheduled to Sunday, May 16 due to inclement forecasted weather and for the safety and comfort of guests, graduates, faculty and staff. Saturday’s ceremonies will go on as scheduled.Three ceremonies were originally scheduled for Friday at 10am (College of Business Administration), 1 pm (College of Science and Mathematics) and 4:30 pm (College of Education, Health and Human Services). However, the National Weather Service is forecasting a 90 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm.
Timely updates will be posted as needed on the CSUSM Commencement Website as well as on Twitter (@csusmnews) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/csusm).Below is the revised commencement schedule:Saturday, May 16 at 9 am
College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences – Ceremony A

Saturday, May 16 at 1:30 pm
College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences – Ceremony B
Sunday, May 17 at 10 am
College of Business Administration

Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm
College of Science and Mathematics

Sunday, May 17 at 4:30 pm
College of Education, Health and Human Services

Information Session at CSUSM: Pre-Health Professions (PHP) Program







What:      Free Information Session for the Pre-Health Professions (PHP) Program

Where:    Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096

When:     Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

                       Foundation Classroom Building (FCB104)


Why:         Many post-baccalaureate individuals decide to change their careers and enter the expanding health industry. This post-baccalaureate program will prepare students who have completed a non-life-science degree in areas such as anthropology, English or psychology to gain the knowledge base required to become competitive applicants to health professional schools such as dental school, medical school or veterinary school.  However, this goal is not easily realized because the subjects of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology are heavily impacted at nearly every university. At CSUSM, the cohort design of the Pre-Health Professions program will help alleviate this problem, and will meet student needs for preparation to competitively qualify for admissions into health professions programs.

Facts about the Pre-Health Professions (PHP) program:

  • Comprises 51 credits/units of biology, chemistry, math and physics
    •    13 courses, including eight with labs, to be completed over two years
    •    Classes are held weekday evenings over five semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring)
    •    Cohort structure guarantees classes
    •    Up-to-date courses help prepare for MCAT, etc.

For more information about upcoming information sessions or to RSVP, please visit www.csusm.edu/el/certificateprograms/science/prehealthprof/index.html.

About Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos

As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside counties. Offering degree programs and both academic credit and noncredit professional development courses, as well as career-based certificate programs, we help individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals.

Free Information Session on February 11: Master of Biotechnology, a Professional Science Master’s Degree, Cal State San Marcos

Cal State San Marcos


Free Information Session for the Master of Biotechnology (MBt),

A Professional Science Master’s Degree

California State University San Marcos

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096-0001


Wednesday, February 11, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


In response to a regional workplace need for individuals who are trained in science, technology and management, the Professional Science Master’s Degree is now accepting applications for Fall 2015.

CSUSM’s biotech master’s degree program was created to meet the biotech industry’s demand in San Diego County for scientists who also have a background in business and is designed to meet the scheduling needs of working professionals. You can earn your degree part time, with online, evening and weekend classes.

Comprising 38 units in a combination of biotechnology and business classes over five semesters, this program is one of the more practical and applicable biotechnology degrees available in the San Diego area. Biotech industry leaders have overwhelmingly indicated a

need for business training in addition to laboratory experience with hands-on understanding of the increasingly complex technologies being developed in the biotech industry.

For more information about the upcoming information session please call 760-750-4020 or email el@csusm.edu. 

About Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos

As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside counties. Offering degree programs and both academic credit and noncredit professional development courses, as well as career-based certificate programs, we help individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals.

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