“A” is for Revenge!

Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points
COMM 611
Sem Negotiation Conflict Rsln
3.00
Graded
A
12.000
KIN 577
Sport in U.S. Culture
3.00
Graded (CR/NC Available)
A
12.000
REC 527
Legal Aspects Leisure Services
3.00
Graded
A
12.000

So I found out through a “source” on the inside at SDSU the real reason why I didn’t get into SDSU’s Master’s program, even though I got my BA in Kinesiology there. It proved firsthand that it’s not WHAT you know,but WHO you know. How unfortunate that the Graduate Adviser for the program I was planning on applying for was the same professor teaching my last class as an undergraduate…. the class I needed to leave 10 minutes early every class to get to work on time. The semester in which I was working 50 + hours a week, and dealing with major family health issues. Needless to say, it was not my best semester. I still graduated a full semester early with a 3.0 GPA and worked 50+ hours a week. Regardless, my lackluster performance in his class sure did effect his decision of whether I was ‘grad school material” or not. He thought I wasn’t cut out for it, or so I found out… he denied my admission based on some pretty lame assumptions and personality differences.

Fast forward, when I was accepted to CSULB, I made it a personal goal to get straight A’s in all four semesters. Part of the motivation was to see if I could do it for myself, and part of it was just to prove that bastard wrong. This is my second semester of getting a 4.0.

Behold,  Dr. V.  at SDSU:  Mr – ” she’s-not -cut -out- for- grad- school”……SUCK IT!!!!!!  🙂

Go Beach!

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March Madness

I recognize this is a little late, but hey, better late than never, right!!!!

Oh, James Naismith………sometimes I want to congratulate you on the invention on basketball. Other times, I could kill you for creating a game that steals the hearts and minds of so many during March. This year, you are in my favor, as both SDSU and CSULB were in the Sweet Sixteen. Sadly, they both lost in the first round and dashed my hopes of sporting glory.

Sitting in the Nugget Grill and watching the game ( and attempting to write a paper) will be a great memory. I snapped some pics with my camera phone of the crowds that day.

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CSULB had a bunch of local news outlets reporting from campus. It was cool to see the students on the news. The energy was infectious!  Big props for getting noticed and acknowledged for having the coolest uniforms in the NCAA, according to a ESPN sportswriter.

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Also, since I am a SDSU alumni, check out this SICK video by their student section and Tim Shelton….Shot at SDSU, if this doesn’t have you BELIEVING, nothing will. Aztecs 4 Life!

Aztec Pride Prevails

CSU Long Beach’s President Dr. F. King Alexander, Chair of the Big West Board of Directors,  announced the addition of San Diego State University as a member of the  Big West Conference, effective July 1, 2013. Most of the sports will begin competing in 2013-14.  San Diego State will bring all of its sports to the Big West except football, women’s lacrosse,  crew, swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field. Water polo will begin competition in spring 2013, and men’s soccer will begin competing in fall 2015.

The Big West Conference is a member of NCAA Division I and includes the University of the Pacific, UC Davis; Cal State Northridge;  CSU Long Beach; UC Irvine; UC Santa Barbara; Cal State Fullerton; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; UC Riverside; and The University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, which will  become a member effective July 1, 2012.

 “Success at attracting both Hawai‘i and now San Diego State is due to its strong stability especially during a very unstable period of national conference realignment. SDSU will bring to the Big West a very large market adding to the national standing of the conference. They are a very good university with a rich history and will fit in very well with the other 10 strong institutions”, said Dr. Alexander.

Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell called the addition of the Aztecs a “game-changer” for the Big West. He also believes it will benefit San Diego State, as it will elevate the conference’s national profile 2012 via stronger media connections.

The Big West has television ties to ESPN and Fox Sports. San Diego State is televised via the mtn network.  In comparison, Long Beach State’s basketball team will appear on ESPN several times this season. San Diego State has not appeared on ESPN since 2005.

SDSU’s athletic director Jim Sterk said “The Big West is a great fit for us geographically, academically and athletically.”  “Most of our teams and sports already compete against Big West teams in non-conference schedules. There are natural rivalries that will only get more intense.”

“Its television exposure will actually increase dramatically in the Los Angeles/Orange County area,” Farrell said.

Congratulations to San Diego State! Go Aztecs! Now what do I do when the Aztecs face off against the 49ers? 😉

Small Joys, Big Impacts

Do you ever walk around your school, workplace, neighborhood and see things you just never noticed before? It’s the smallest of details, right?  And you “see” them every day, but never really notice them.

Yesterday, I finished up with my Leadership Academy workshop on Communication  and I needed a break from sitting. Yes, sitting. I sat in the car up to school ( that’s 90 minutes), then I sat some more in the LA workshop ( another 90 minutes), so by the end, I needed to move. I choose to head down south and check it out.

The “Southies,” as I call them, are the buildings and students that are separated by the Commencement Lawn,and the Student Union. For Southie students, it would be safe to say that they stay close to the South end of the campus. Down south is the Liberal Arts buildings, the Theater Arts building, the Liberal Studies and Education buildings.

Excited to travel on my walkabout, I headed south past the Commencement Lawn and noticed something small, yet for me, significant. “Peterson Science Building”. At San Diego State , we had the Peterson Gym, and I lived there. The Disablities Clinic was a second home for me, and I miss taking care of my clients. I thought,  “this Peterson guy sure does get around!”  It brought back a flood of great memories,and I must have looked silly walking with a huge smile on my face.

My strolling brought me to the Fine Arts building.  I will be honest and say Art is a huge mystery to me. But I think that is the point? I cannot draw a stick figure, and have never been good with “connect the dots” or even “color by number”. At least I was exposed to the arts, and I was blessed to travel and see some museums from time to time. ( Louvre, the Smithsonian, Getty).

So as I stood in front of the Student Art Galleries, I was frustrated and wanting to like them. I really did. Instead, I felt horrible that I thought: “Wow, if you gave my 3 years olds some scraps, paint, pieces of plastic and glue, could they do something similar?” I felt guilty, like I should be ooohing and ahhing over the beauty of it. But, alas, I kept saying that is the wonderful thing about Art.  It’s all about evoking an emotion within the viewer.
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Struggling to find the beauty in the art, I walked out of the student art galleries and found beauty in something that many people walk by every day and probably never stopped to notice.  It’s really simple. The combination of square and round. Living and concrete. Its geometry is what caught my eye. Also, I happened to LOVE stag-hor ferns. Again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for me, while it was a small thing, it really made a statement.  I thought it was really cool that someone took the time to hang them there.
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I kept walking south and walked into the Theater Arts building. I did a few acting gigs in high school, so I have at least a few words in my theater vocab,but again, I am definitely not in Kansas anymore. The thing about Theater, and acting that attracts me the most is not what is visible, but the magic that goes on behind the scenes. The set designers, lighting technicians, costume designers. They create the worlds that actors then play in, and bring to life.  Intrigued with this world,  I started walking around the building to see how magic is made.

The first thing I walked by were magicians at work. Working like a team of ants to create the perfect stage for the actors, students were getting a set up, and student in the rafters were practically hanging upside down to handle the lighting. It’s so cool to me that they are like Gods, in the sense that they have to the power to create worlds and destroy them, sometimes all in one night!

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My walkabout led me down hallways, classrooms and 2 more theaters, and what made the walk so pleasant was their version of the “yellow brick road”. I loved it. So cheerful, so pretty, and it made such as simply,boring linoleum floor just come to life, much like the students do with their stage.

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Following the yellow brick road to the front of the building, I walked past this sculpture.

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Of course, the body of water surrounding it was attractive to me, but it was starkly juxtaposed by this incredibly intimidating, sharp, violent sculpture. Remember what I said earlier about art. This one I just couldn’t get. I moved past the fountain and through a grove of trees that I just thought was so beautiful and peaceful. Isn’t it cool when something very small brings peace or happiness to your life? Don’t you wish we could all savor those moments more?

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I ended my walkabout by rounding the corner at the end of the trees, and found myself at the Library. If you’ve read my earlier post, you’ll know how I feel about them. I experienced another small, yet joyous moment when this is the first thing I saw when I walked into the library. Now, I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea to put a Starbucks in the Library, but with the undeniable smell, and Trademark sign, this is one of those things that I’m sure students don’t miss when they walk by it!

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