$1 MILLION FOR UNIVERSITY: California State University, Stanislaus, will receive $1 million as its share of a gift to the CSU system from the Bernard Osher Foundation for community college transfer student scholarships. The foundation has committed $16 million to support endowed scholarships for California community college students transferring to 15 CSU campuses. Cal State Stanislaus will receive a $1 million endowment to provide $2,500 individual scholarships to 20 community college transfer students each year. The students can use the money for fees, books or living expenses. About 44 percent of CSUS students transfer from state community colleges.
LOCAL SPELLERS SHINE: Two Stanislaus County spellers made it to the final round of the California State Junior High Spelling Bee Championship last week. Sneha Modi, an eighth-grader from Prescott Senior Elementary School in Modesto, took second place behind winner Kelvin Noronha, an eighth-grader from Santa Barbara County. Steven Kha, an eighth-grader at Turlock Junior High, tied for sixth place. Nearly 60 students competed in the championship May 10 in San Rafael.
PRESTIGIOUS ACCREDITATION: The college of business administration at California State University, Stanislaus, earned a highly prized international accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB Maintenance of Accreditation Committee had high praise for the environment that has been created in the college of business administration. It provides students with outstanding and challenging academic programs, according to a university news release. The college of business administration earned a full accreditation for the first time from the association in 2003. Accreditation will last until 2012-13.