2018-2019 Annual Reports

Child Development Center

Stephani Smith
Email: sphelps@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-6823

The Child Development Center is an instructional facility established to teach university students about child development theory and applications, program design and evaluation, and research. Students from varied disciplines such as child development, communication studies, education, music, and psychology participate at the CDC each semester. By participating in laboratory courses, students learn to observe children and record their behaviors, assess children's development, plan and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities, and design and implement research projects.

I. Activities or Services

  • Week of the Young Child- Children’s Festival (Spring 2018): This event was open to community members and CDC families. The CDC served as a participant in the event by providing 15-17 volunteers and 3-5 activities. The CDC collaborated with the Central Region AEYC who organized the entire event.
  • Science Day (Spring 2018): This event was provided by CSU Stanislaus College of Science and was open to community members and CDC families. The CDC participated in this event by contributing 15-25 volunteers and 2-4 activities.
  • Parent Night (Spring 2018): This parent training event was created and presented by the CDC staff and open to all CDC families. This opportunity provided families information on a relevant child development topic.
  • Family Night (Fall 2017; Spring 2018): This event was open to CDC families and provided a child-friendly occasion where families socialized and engaged in hands-on activities.

Services to Children & Families:

Preschool Programs
The child development center provided instructional programs for four groups/week of preschool children (30 months to 5 years).Sixty-three preschool aged children were served in 2017-2018. Children enrolled in one or more sessions (MWF AM, MWF PM, TR AM, TR PM) in order to comprise 25% - 100%-time childcare.Each session was led by two- three student interns.

Infant-Toddler Programs
The CDC provided half-day instructional programs for two groups of 10 children between the ages of 8 weeks and 30 months. Seventeen infant-toddler aged children were served in 2017-2018. Children enrolled in one or both of the MWF AM or TR AM sessions; each was led by three student interns.

Services to Stanislaus State Students:

The Internship Program
The Child Development Center offered 16-17 internships for CSU Stanislaus students for the 2017-2018 academic year.The interns met or exceeded the qualifications set forth by the California Community Care Licensing Guidelines for being either a successfully qualified teacher or a fully qualified infant teacher. These students each earned 2 units of upper division academic credit per semester for the time they spent attending class each week, planning, prepping and evaluating curriculum and assessments. They earned a student assistant salary for the hours that they spend implementing the program in the classroom with children and laboratory students.

Fieldwork Program
The CDC served a total of 5 fieldwork students during the 2017-2018 academic year. Fieldwork students are those enrolled in an upper-division child development course designed to give supervised hands-on experience for University credit rather than salary.

Laboratory Participation
The CDC served a total of 175 laboratory students during the 2017-2018 academic year. Lab students are those individuals enrolled in courses requiring them to spend a number of dedicated hours (2-3 hours/wk.) with the children. Lab students completed assignments that vary by class and that have been designed by various professors. They also assist teachers with implementation of the children’s programs during their scheduled hours.

Observation Participation
The CDC served a total of 89 students during the 2017-2018 academic year that completed observation at the center. Observation students are enrolled in a class requiring them to spend a number of dedicated hours observing children, teachers, and daily classroom operations. Students complete assignments that vary by class and professor.

Research Program
The CDC served 3 research projects in the 2017-2018 academic year. The projects included 2 graduate student thesis projects and 1 faculty research project.

II. Financial Condition

The Child Development Center operates primarily from child tuition, which is payed forth by family funds. The CDC has many expenses necessary to operate; the student assistant salaries (internship payroll) is one expense that has and will continue to increase until minimum wage is $15 an hour in 2021.

Financially, the CDC is experiencing a downward trend. While the center is maintaining max enrollment and competitive tuition rates, with the student assistant salaries continuous increase until 2021, the center’s budget will erode entirely. The CDC and Child Development Department are currently working on restructuring the internship to non-paid, which would aide in resolving the financial burden and will be in effect starting Fall 2019. The center is also exploring and striving for external funds via grants. If the center’s current financial situation remains the same and no changes are made, the center is forced to minimize or seizes services until a solution is reached.

III. Requests for University Contribution of Funds

Currently, our observation audio/sound system is out of order. This equipment is used to hear interactions and conversation in the classroom. It is useful for faculty and students who are conducting research, completing observations and course assignments, as well as parents and families. We are currently meeting faculty and student needs by allowing individuals who need interaction data into the classroom. However, this solution is intrusive to children, as it places too many adults into the classroom and can be disruptive to children’s typical function. As the CDC operates solely from child tuition, it would be most beneficial if the university contributed funds to cover the cost of replacing the audio equipment. This would benefit the university by allowing more departments, programs, faculty and ultimately students to utilize the CDC to provide real-life experiences to enhance their academic learning. This would also benefit the children at the center by removing excess adults out of the classroom and into the observation room.

Furthermore, as previously mentioned, the CDC operates primarily from child tuition and acts on a Trust Fund Account. Being that the Administrative Support Coordinator II position is a permanent, full-time position and the Center experiences fluctuation with enrollment and income, it would be most helpful to have this position covered by the university. Having this position covered by the university may allow the CDC to continue to pay the student interns.

On a different matter, as the ASCII position is required and entitled to assist the center with financial record keeping, having this position paid for by the CDC places the center and the ASCII employee in a delicate situation. For example, in regards to employee benefits. Having this position paid by the university would provide the ASCII employee more liberty regarding benefits without the influence of the centers financial state.

Center for Economic Education

Elaine Peterson
Email: epeterson@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3327

I. Activities & Services

An understanding of economic principles is vital to people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, taxpayers and voters. The Center for Economic Education at California State University, Stanislaus is one of a network of centers throughout the country that are set up to help improve economic education. The director is available to support area schools by providing advice on teaching economics and has some examples of teaching materials which can be borrowed informally.       

II. Financial Condition

The Center has no financial resources at present.

III. Requests for University Contribution of Funds

None at present.

Center for Portuguese Studies 

Elmano Costa
Email: ecosta@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3600

I. Activities & Services

There were several activities of the Center for Portuguese Studies in 2017-2018:

  • Book launch on Aug 25, 2018 for The Tenth Island, by Diana Marcum (a book about the Azores) - a community event attended by 125 people.
  • Provide 9:35 minutes of commentary on the French-Canadian documentary on the Azores Islands entitled "Chacuin Son Ile (To Each His Island)".  This segment was filmed at the home in the Azores of Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies. This aired in Canada in October 2017.
  • The Director was quoted in a New York Times article entitled "How to Have a Bullfight in California? Use Velcro" on Aug 20, 2018
  • The Director was quoted in a "Diario de Noticias," the most read newspaper in Lisbon, Portugal, on the planned visit of the President of Portugal to California on Dec. 29, 2017
  • The Director provided a tribute that was published in the biography "Lucia Noia: Free Spirited and Young at Hear." (pg 176)
  • The Director wrote the proposal for continuing funding for the Valley Living Enabling Resources (VALER), a Portuguese social services agency based in Turlock. Funds were awarded by the Government of the Azores.         

II. Financial Condition

The Center for Portuguese Studies has been very prudent in the use of its financial resources.  Events that require the expenditure of funds are usually done in collaboration with organizations in the Portuguese community, such as the book launch for "The Tenth Island" listed above. The Center continues to have a net account with over $40,000.

III. Requests for University Contribution of Funds

The Center is not asking the University for any financial support at this time beyond funding the position of the Dr. Renato Alvim, who is a tenure track professor in the Dept. of Philosophy and Modern Languages.  He teaches a full load and does not require any reassigned time.

The Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies does his work pro bono without the need for reassigned time.

Institute for Archaeological Research

Ellen Bell
Email: eebell@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3188

The Institute for Archaeological Research strives to support and foster archaeological research and community engagement within California's Central Valley and beyond. The IAR's goals and objectives include the following:

  1. To supply an interdisciplinary framework for the conduct of archaeological research and community engagement both within the region and abroad;
  2. To provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to conduct archaeological research as part of curricular and co-curricular activities both within the region and abroad; and
  3. To promote the active engagement of local communities with archaeological research, its results, its direction, and the preservation of cultural patrimony, both within the region and abroad.

I. Activities & Services

In conjunction with the ICR, the IAR worked to bring a collection of archaeological materials deaccessioned by the Fuller Craft Museum for educational purposes to the Stan State campus. These objects have provided invaluable hands-on, active learning opportunities for Stan State students enrolled in ANTH 4626: Directed Lab Research, ANTH 2090/HONS 2010: Introduction to Archaeology, ANTH 3060: Peoples and Cultures of the Amazon, ANTH 3555: Aztecs, Maya, Predecessors and other anthropology courses.   

II. Financial Condition

The center currently has neither funds nor expenses.

III. Requests for University Contribution of Funds

None at this time.

Institute for Cultural Resources

Richard H. Wallace
Email: rwallace@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3228

The purpose of the Institute for Cultural Resources (I.C.R) is to provide an interdisciplinary organizational framework for encouraging the study of the heritage of diverse cultural groups. The I.C.R. will organize collections of material culture representative of these groups and will aid in their utilization for teaching and research purposes.

I. Activities & Services

"Classroom Use of Institute for Cultural Resources Material Collection for Teaching Purposes

Brief Summary
Dr. Ringberg uses ICR collections in her ANTH 4625 Lab Research Course. Dr. Ringberg reports that students learn proper handling, condition reporting, accessioning, and the proper environments and materials for storage of different classes of object and they also photograph, research, and do some minor cleaning. She adds that Each student must pass a short exam on proper object handling before they're allowed to work with the collections. They really enjoy the interaction with the objects and enjoy researching the cultural significance of the objects, even though it's a bit challenging at times. In fall 2018, Dr. Ringberg assigned projects to her students in ANTH 4625 relating to the Fuller Craft Museum Collection donation.

Colombian Amazon Artisan Exhibition Student and Community Engagement

Brief Summary
Dr. Wallace’s Fall 2017 ANTH 3060 Peoples and Cultures of the Amazon class helped prepare the Colombian artisan exhibition, Woodcarvers of the Amazon: The Ethnic Art of Colombian Indigenous Artisans. The artisan exhibition is displayed in the MSR building from October 2018 to February 2019. The exhibit was curated collaboratively with Art Department faculty and displays a number of wood carvings from the indigenous community of Macedonia in the Colombia Amazon, which Dr. Wallace has collected during his research in the region as a Fulbright Scholar. Students helped prepare the case displays and did research to provide written display material for the cases. The Colombian artisan exhibit is the inaugural display of the MSR Exhibition Program. Dr. Wallace is currently contacting other organizations both within and outside the university to consider the possibility of moving the exhibit to another location when it closes at MSR.

II. Financial Condition

The Institute for Cultural Resources is in good financial condition. The Center maintains an account with the CS Stanislaus Foundation with a current balance of $329.52.

III. Requests for University Contribution of Funds

The Institute for Cultural Resources has benefitted from the purchase of equipment and classroom training materials, and storage materials through faculty initiated proposals for awards in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Currently, we are not requesting funding from the university at this time, although this could change as needs change.     

Center for Public Policy Studies

John Garcia
Email: jgarcia@csustan.edu
Phone: (209) 667-3769

The Center for Public Policy Studies at Stanislaus State is a non-profit, non-partisan entity dedicated to research and public education about important policy issues and to providing a forum for discussing public policy issues with community representatives, academics, and policy makers in the Stanislaus State service area. The center is committed to facilitating regional and community problem-solving through activities and research projects that bring together diverse constituencies and perspectives to clarify issues, consider options, and build consensus.

I. Activities & Services

Planning and project discussions.

II. Financial Condition

The Center is self-funded through projects.  It does have reserves.

III. Requests for University Contribution of Funds

None at this time.