Campus Notes (12/7)

Tania Ortiz, Editor-in-Chief

CSUSM lecturer appointed to California Native American Heritage Commission

American Indian studies lecturer Stanley Rodriguez has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

Rodriguez is one of six appointments announced last month by Governor Newsom. Five of the appointments were made to the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC).

Stanley Rodriguez, who is from Santa Ysabel, has been a lecturer for the American Indian studies department at CSUSM since 2017. Rodriguez has also been director of the Kumeyaay Community College since 2018, he was the Kumeyaay language instructor at KCC since 2005 and an instructor and advisor at the Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School since 1995.


New FAS Vice President is early to rise, and hard at work | CSUSM News Center

 When Cal State San Marcos colleagues see Leon Wyden strolling through Craven Hall as the work day is beginning, few likely know that he already has been awake for several hours.

Wyden rises every morning at precisely 4:20 a.m., and he does so without the aid of a blaring alarm clock. If that weren’t striking enough, each weekday he goes to the Crunch Fitness gym in San Marcos by the time it opens at 5 for a long, vigorous workout composed of cardio training and weightlifting. He hits the gym on both weekend days as well, but that’s not until 7 – only because Crunch doesn’t open until then on Saturdays and Sundays. Read more at


Student makes a difference through work with dance nonprofit| CSUSM News Center

Growing up in San Marcos, Lesly Rodriguez’s family didn’t have a lot of money.

Her parents worked a lot. Often, that not only meant making sacrifices, but also less time for her family to spend together.

But as an elementary school student, Rodriguez didn’t know of her family’s financial struggles. She had a normal and happy existence that eventually led her to Cal State San Marcos, where she’s now a senior on the cusp of graduating with an economics degree. Read more at


CSUSM Police Department to host Toys for Tots drop-off 

The University Police Department (UPD) is hosting a drop-off for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. The UPD is accepting donations until Dec. 16.

New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off in the lobby of the University Police Department, located at 425 La Moree Road. UPD accepts all donations, big or small and will be picked up by Camp Pendleton Marines on Dec. 16. 

This is the second consecutive year that UPD has participated as a designated drop-off site for Toys for Tots, coordinated by Sargent Herman Hernandez. Students are also able to make online donations by visiting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots website.


Currently, 13 active COVID-19 cases reported at CSUSM

The CSUSM campus has 13 active COVID cases as of Nov. 28. There have been 245 cumulative COVID-19 cases this year.

The data includes cases from students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, the data shows whether individuals with COVID-19 were on campus or in an off-site campus program.

The positivity rate of students, faculty and staff testing through on-campus testing is 0.42 percent as of Nov. 28.

The numbers demonstrated in the current data include the cases only known to CSUSM and are not inclusive of positive cases impacting CSUSM community members off-campus. CSUSM data can be found on The data updates when there is a new case reported to the university