CI Connection    
            A publication of CSU Channel Islands 
            Extended  University

            February 2016

CSU Channel Islands Foundation to host black tie affair honoring founding President, Richard R. Rush

The event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Air Force One Pavilion, in Simi Valley and will include dinner, entertainment, and dancing.  
Please view the Save-the-Date announcement for additional information.
There are discounted tickets available for CI Alumni and CI students. We encourage you to purchase your ticket now as there are a limited number available at the reduced price. For ticket pricing, sponsorship information, and to make your reservation, CLICK HERE. 
We hope you will join us for this special occasion to celebrate President Rush's significant contributions and accomplishments.  


February 24-25, 2016

Join CI Extended University at The Economist MBA Online Fair. Discover why an MBA is important to your career, learn about our MBA program and how to apply, and get career advice from professionals.

It's fun. It's free. It's easy to register. Hope to see you there!

CI receives CIRM Stem Cell Research grant
for student internships and training

CI is pleased to announce that it has received a major grant from CIRM (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine) which will enable us to offer paid internship opportunities to students enrolled in the MS Biotechnology degree stem cell emphasis. The CIRM Board voted to approve $40.13 million for its Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy Awards Program. CI will receive
$3,004,000 over a period of 5 years, which will provide stipends, tuition scholarships and travel funds to students who are accepted into the stem cell program. The award will support up to ten trainees a year for up to five years.

The Bridges program includes:
*          Hands on paid research internships
*          Training and education in all aspects of stem cell research
*          Direct patient engagement and outreach activities engaging California's diverse communities

For information, contact Dr. Nitika Parmar, Director, MS Biotechnology and Bioinformatics degree program and Program Director, CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Training Grant Program.

MS Biotechnology opens
state-of-the-art lab at Sierra Hall


CI to sponsor, participate in Conejo Start-Up Week
February 15-19

Startup Week is a five day celebration of our community. Join us in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is a reflection of the community's hard work and unique entrepreneurial identity.

Don't miss Friday's session, How Entrepreneurial Innovation Will Solve Our Troubled Economy, taught by CI Business instructor, Doug Lane.

Santa Barbara BA Psychology and BS Business to relocate 

CI Goleta Campus will be the site of Nursing, MBA, BA Psychology, and BS Business

To better serve our students, CI's BA Psychology and BS Business degree completion programs will move to CI's Goleta campus effective Fall 2016. 

The Goleta campus is fully staffed and offers convenient free parking seven days a week, student lounge area, and access to printers and copiers.

Free Workshops 
Thousand Oaks Campus

Tuesday, February 23
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Dealing With Difficult Team Members
People often contribute to team dysfunction without being aware of their negative behavior, or knowing how to address these behaviors in others. Dealing with difficult people starts with identifying disruptive actions, understanding the dynamics and stages of group reactions, and addressing issues with candor and tact.
At the completion of this module, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize behaviors that disrupt team effectiveness
  • Examine the dynamics of team dysfunction
  • Commit to principles for maintaining productive team relationships
  • Follow a behavior change process for difficult team members

Travis Mack 
President/CEO of Saalex Solutions, Inc.

Friday, March 4, 2016
12pm - 1:30pm
Malibu Hall 100, Camarillo Campus 

Free of charge - includes lunch
Saalex Solutions, Inc. provides Range Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Information Technology (IT), integrated Logistics Support, and Engineering Services. Saalex offers full life cycle Program Management, maintaining strict controls for performance and budget. It has a strong presence at the China Lake Range and Point Mugu Range complexes - with responsibility for test and evaluation operations. Headquartered in Camarillo, Saalex has offices/work sites in California, Florida, Georgia,Hawaii and Washington. 
Mack provides executive oversight and guidance for Saalex's strategic growth and tactical initiatives.

Previously, he had multi-year experience in the U.S. Navy and Senior Technology management positions. He holds a BS in Business Management from Webster International University and completed Executive Management programs at several other universities. He is on the boards of Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard/Port Hueneme, United Way of Ventura County and the Brevard Workforce Development Board.

Fall 2016 application period now open


Graduate Information Sessions

MBA at Thousand Oaks
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus
MBA at Santa Barbara
Wednesday, March 23, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Goleta Campus
5383 Hollister Ave. Suite 220 
MS Biotechnology/MBA Dual Degree
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus 

MS Biotechnology
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Campus 
BS BUS-to-MBA at Santa Barbara
Wednesday, March 23, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Goleta Campus
5383 Hollister Ave. Suite 220 

Undergraduate Information Sessions

BS Business at Santa Barbara
Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 - 1:30pm
SBCC Campus - Stadium Press Box #1
721 Cliff Drive 

BA Psychology at Santa Barbara
Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 - 11:00am
SBCC Campus - Stadium Press Box #1
721 Cliff Drive 
Santa Barbara/Goleta 
Melissa Whitacre, MBA 
(805) 312-6367 

Thousand Oaks/Camarillo 
Andrew Conley  
(805) 497-3921 

Jeff Ziskin, Editor - CSU Channel Islands Extended University