Academics

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With the spring 2021 semester coming to an end, our first-generation Stan State students and alumni gave us valuable information for incoming first-generation students arriving for the fall 2021 semester. 

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As students enter another round of online final exams, they have come to discover the pros and cons of it. The experience of taking exams online has proven to be different than taking them in-person.  

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In brief moments occupied by students and educators alike, some insight on study practices and pretest preparations were compiled. For the sake of all students currently watching their finals breach the horizon of the semester, we can offer some tips in these trying times. Some of these feat…

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The Ethnic Studies Department has recently gained momentum in relation to AB1460, an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement. This requirement has sparked hope within those in the Ethnic Studies community that the much needed change will soon come.

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On May 4, the Stan State's Academic Senate held their last meeting of the semester. Topics discussed include the ethnic studies requirement, the web conference camera policy, psychological counseling services offered at Stan State, a virtual Warrior Day, graduation stoles, and a book publish…

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The ASI meeting held on April 27, 2021 involved updates on the Cal State Student Association (CSSA), a discussion on communication efficiency between Stan and the student body, and a breakdown of the University Police Department’s budget.

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The following weekend after spring break, Stan State students took part in the 70th Model United Nations of the Far West Conference. It was the first time the conference has ever been held in a virtual format, and as most things have been held virtually, it sure was memorable for all of thos…

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On Monday, April 19, the Modern Language Association (MLA) released the 9th edition of the MLA guidebook. Changes were made regarding the use of electronic sources, something we have all been using more of since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MLA style guide and other style guid…

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El Viernes pasado, el Programa de Estudios Étnicos acogió la cuarta Conferencia anual de Estudios Étnicos. La conferencia de este año se centró en la posibilidad de crear una alianza de Estudios Étnicos por las Universidades Estatales de California y el tema de Descolonización. 

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During the pandemic, many aspects of our lives have been changed to a virtual format. The same is true for internships. Choosing a remote internship allows students to remain safely at home instead of risking their health in a public setting.

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In this week's meeting, the ASI Board of Directors went over the library’s opening in fall 2021 and discussed the library’s study space compliances and protocols due to the pandemic. Karlos Marquez, ASI Vice President, directed the meeting and was joined by Ron Rodriguez, Dean of Library Ser…

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After months of questions and concerns, Stan State has announced that it will be holding on-campus Commencement ceremonies for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 next month. With the first day of ceremonies being as early as May 20, students and faculty alike can now begin a countd…

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Some students may be feeling that classes this semester aren’t as harmonious as the face-to-face classes of the past. With distance learning, asynchronous and synchronous virtual classes have been the only option for students. Considering our schedules constantly change as students and teach…

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On Thursday, April 1, Stanislaus State President Ellen Junn held her first Open Forum in a series of fall Friday forums scheduled to continue each Friday from 3:00 to 4:00. Topics in discussion include a variety of subjects crucial to the Stan State community.

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As students, we have numerous requirements to keep track of in order to ensure that we will be eligible to graduate from college. Juggling all of these requirements can be difficult and sometimes things fall through the cracks. So if you are a senior who just realized that you’ve forgotten t…

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Throughout the course of the pandemic, teaching has drastically changed. While teachers and students around the nation have been struggling to adapt to the new online classroom setting, the Single Subject Credential Program Administration, Stan State alumni and students share their thoughts …

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On Tuesday, March 9, Stan State’s Academic Senate held its fourth meeting of the spring 2021 semester. The meeting consisted of ongoing conversations about the fall 2021 semester, Blackboard no longer being used moving forward, the introduction of Ethnic Studies being a requirement for gener…

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With the COVID pandemic forcing colleges to transition to an online learning format, many students have had to sacrifice the social component of their college experience. For many freshmen, this has made it difficult to form connections and a sense of community on their new campus. 

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March 12, 2020, is the day when every student and staff member at Stanislaus State received an email from Stan State President Ellen Junn announcing that until further notice we would no longer meet face-to-face for class due to the spread of COVID-19. While there was hope that this closure …

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On February 16, career coach Nang Thao hosted an online workshop for the Stan State community that focused on improving a person’s resume. Thao touched upon a variety of topics surrounding resumes, including their purpose, different sections that should be included, how they should be struct…

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On February 10, 2021, Stan State President Ellen Junn hosted the first Q&A of the spring semester. The meeting was held virtually through Zoom and was open to faculty and students. In this meeting, Junn was able to provide answers on burning questions that revolved around the future of S…

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On February 9, Stan State held its second Academic Senate meeting of the spring 2021 semester. Topics discussed included the transformation of academic spaces to accommodate our needs during the pandemic, a new program proposal, a preferred name use policy change, a potential change to gener…

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As we venture into the first days of the spring 2021 semester, students have the chance for a fresh start.

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While many campus programs have adjusted to virtual learning and instruction, there is one area of study that is still feeling the limitations of the online environment: filmmaking. 

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Traveling abroad while studying can become an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, Spring and Fall of 2020 generated a great amount of uncertainty for Stanislaus State’s Study Abroad students and faculty.

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College has not been the kindest to me. It’s been a long, extremely windy road that, after six years, is giving me a degree that is the complete opposite of what I initially sought. 

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Are you interested in social movements happening across the world? Perhaps you are passionate on issues like racial injustices and Indigenous rights. Believe it or not, there are continuous global movements incited to challenge these issues within individual societies in order to restore jus…

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Using your Zoom camera during a lecture allows the professor to make sure students are paying attention and participating. However, students may feel shy, nervous, or uncomfortable by others looking at them or what may be happening behind them.

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The Stan State Writing Center is a helpful resource for many students, which should not be overlooked during distance learning. It is rare that a career does not involve writing in some manner, and even more rare that writing does not factor into one’s daily life. So whether you’re a freshma…

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With finals here, there are several library resources offered to students, digitally. Outreach and Student Engagement Librarian Laura Rocco says that during finals, the Stan State librarians will be extending their chat hours until 8:00 pm Monday through Friday from December 7 to December 18.

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought restrictions that have drastically challenged the routes of communication used by Stanislaus State students, professors, and staff.

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Earlier this semester, Taylor Whitehead led an online Zoom session for Stan State students on how to manage their time and how to study better in order to lead a healthier life. As we approach finals, these tips and tricks are especially relevant. 

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Despite Stan State's transition to predominately virtual instruction and activities, many resources are still available to students in an online format. Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) hosted a “Taco 'Bout It” event via Zoom to showcase the virtual services being offered by Psychologi…

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With the online transition, Stan State professors have been placed into learning alongside the student body. Between the mass implementation of Canvas and needing to adjust their lessons and teaching style to Zoom, they have had their own share of difficulties in the new climate.

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On Tuesday, October 6, the Stan State Academic Senate had its third meeting of the semester, and a prevalent theme during this meeting was that of adapting to the new technologically-dependent world Stan State is operating in. Topics included Zoom equity, course credit, Ethnic Studies requir…

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Preparing for midterms has always been a struggle, but when you add the stress of online learning, that stress is doubled.