USU Board of Directors

Board of Directors Chair: Hailey Holm

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Class Level: Senior
Degree and Major: B.A. in Psychology, Child Development
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Your time at college will pass quickly so make the most of it. Get involved and take all opportunities that are handed to you.

Board Vice Chair: Bryan Jimenez

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Class Level: Senior
Degree and Major: B.A. in Kinesiology, Health Promotion
Hometown: Modesto, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Get involved! Whether that be in a club, organization, or department. Begin making connections from day one and continue to explore your options around campus. If you’re not happy with the path in your college experience, don’t settle for it. It is never too late to get more involved or begin networking with those that surround you. I believe that an overall college experience is extremely important and the amount you put into it is the amount you will get out of it. Invest and take full advantage of everything that is offered on this beautiful campus.

Secretary: Allysa Gonzales

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Class Level: Junior
Degree and Major: B.S. in Biological Sciences
Hometown: Modesto, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Some advice I have for my fellow students is to always keep an open mind and positive attitude in all situations, especially when they appear to be negative or strenuous. How well you overcome difficult obstacles is not necessarily the most important, but your attitude and mindset in the process of overcoming is what makes the achievements more rewarding.

Student Representative: Albert Puentes

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Class Level: Junior
Degree and Major: B.A. in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science
Hometown: Ceres, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
This is a College. It is not the same as High School. You’ll have to put in much more work to completing the work if you want to succeed with a good grade. The syllabus is not something to be taken lightly, it is the road map that will lead you through the course and Semester. The words on the syllabus spell out everything you need to know to succeed in the course. (Not just a piece of paper that professors hand out to take up space in your folders.)

Student Representative: Danielle Martinez

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Class Level: Sophomore
Degree and Major: B.A. in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
My advice for fellow students here at Stanislaus would be to get involved with the various organizations and take advantage of the wonderful resources on campus, that will help you learn about different career fields and decide on a particular direction you may want to take. There are so many opportunities, such as student government, community service, clubs, student organizations, campus jobs, even, study groups. Not only will it allow you to make new connections, but lifelong friendships. Also, take these college years seriously and strategically think about where you want to be after graduation. Don’t procrastinate, figure out NOW where you want to be and take the steps you need to take to get there! Don’t wait until the last minute to do your assignments—get them done and out of the way. Be thankful and appreciate each and every day here at Stanislaus . . . it’s your future!

Student Representative: Blanca Becerra

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Class Level: Junior
Degree and Major: Pre-Nursing
Hometown: Gilroy, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Put yourself out there and try to join clubs to have more fun Be organized with your time Try to plan ahead or do homework first so you don’t have stress Be prepared for everything even the unplanned or unexpected Don’t be shy and try to meet new people Go to office hours of all your professors to get help, and just know them a little bit more Believe in yourself Focus on your grades and don’t give up Study!!

Student Representative: Rita Gouda

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Class Level: Super Senior - Fifth and final year
Degree and Major: Communication Studies, concentration in Public Relations
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Whether it's a job on campus, joining a club, or going greek; anything, just get involved. The experiences and knowledge that students gain outside of the classroom is unfortunately underrated. Take advantage of the resources provided at our small school. Be the big fish in a small pond.

Student Representative: Sabrina Pineda

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Class Level: Sophomore
Degree and Major: Biological Science
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Stan State offers so many wonderful opportunities so take advantage of them! Get involved and make your college experience the best it can be.

Business & Finance Designee: Douglas Dawes

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Community Representative: Gary Potter

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Class Level: N/A
Degree and Major:Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree from USC.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

What motivated you to be involved on campus?
A strong need for the city and CSU to be interactive.

Alumni Representative: Alice Pollard

Alice Pollard PortraitDegree and Major:B.A. in political Science, Secondary Teaching Credential, administrative Services Credential
Hometown: Turlock, CA

What motivated you to be involved on campus?
Stanislaus State, as it was known when I was on campus, was a small campus family with few extra-curricular activities. My tenure pre-dated fraternities and sororities. It was a family atmosphere where most students were involved. Warrior Day and Men’s Basketball were the premier events on campus.

Faculty Representative: Dr. Edward Erickson

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Class Level: Professor of Economics
Hometown: Riverside, CA

What motivated you to be involved on campus?
To support campus development.

President's Designee: Matthew Lopez-Phillips

Portrait PlaceholderClass Level: Administration, Dean of Students for Stanislaus State
Degree and Major: BA. Psychology, M.S in College Student Development and Counseling Psychology, ABD Higher ED Leadership Change

What advice would you give to another Stanislaus State student?
As a college student here at Stan State, you’ll find that some of your most transformative moments will occur outside of the classroom. These types of experiences and learning develops your ability to integrate your knowledge and skills across different settings in order to solve real-world problems. This will make you a more well-rounded student prepared to take on active role in today’s global society. However, you need to be actively involved beyond your classroom to avail yourself to these opportunities. In short, get involved! In a club, student organization, research, intramural sports team, volunteer or take an on campus job. College is not a spectator sport! I would encourage you to play as hard as you can so you can get all you can out of your years with us. There is something for everyone her at Stan State and we want to provide you with opportunities and experiences that you will remember for a lifetime. Go Warriors! Welcome to the Family!