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Leadership in the Digital Age

Posted By: Jamie Ayala
April 17, 2017

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Profound and widespread changes in information and communications technologies (ICTs) have influenced our lives and reshaped leadership.

There has been a paradigm shift in communication patterns in every sphere with the overdose of ICTs - social media, e-mail, integrated communication platforms (e.g. Blackboard), videoconferencing and document sharing.

Changes are being studied by Dr. Monty Van Wart, who is leading a team of scholars around the world along with Dr. Alexandru Roman from the college department of public administration. They are conducting a series of studies with various local governments and soon with the Korean government. They attribute their success and speed in expanding their research agenda to using the appropriate amount and number of ICTs, as well as good old-fashioned face-to-face research gatherings once or twice a year.

Using CSUSB as its backdrop, one study reveals that:

1) most managers use computer-mediated communications about 50% of the time

(2) ‘transactional’ aspects of leadership are perceived to have been aided by ICTs

(3) the ‘transformational ‘aspects are more difficult to implement by ICTs alone (but they aren’t easy in face-to-face settings either)

(4) followers expect leaders to be increasingly proficient in the use of ICTs.

Research also shows that effective e-leaders need the ability to communicate competently, exercise virtual social skills, create teams in disembodied contexts, foster and encourage innovation and change without extensive personal contact. They need to be capable of handling routine technological issues and challenges with calmness, and maintain a sense of trustworthiness.

Scholarship to Success - Robert Khalid Watkins Story

Posted By: Jamie Ayala
March 10, 2017

Alumni Robert Watkins

Graduation was nearing, but in between wrapping up a full course load of classes, working a couple of jobs, building a business and raising his infant, Robert Khalid Watkins ('11 Marketing) hadn't had a chance to pause and reflect on the achievement. That is until he received the call that he was a Marketing Department scholarship awardee.

"It was only $250, but honestly it was huge for me - it was the icing on the cake and incredible recognition for all the hard work I was putting in."

This just goes to show that even the most minimal scholarship can make a difference. Since the 2008-2009 school year, more than 550 scholarships have been awarded in various amounts to Jack H. Brown College students.

Robert, who now successfully leads a real estate team called The Watkins Group – Intero Real Estate Services in Rancho Cucamonga, says attending the scholarship night awards with his family was a proud moment.

"School is difficult, especially if you're a returning student like I was at age 28 at the time of graduation," Robert said. "I wasn't making much and child care costs were a challenge. But that night, we all got a chance to celebrate."

Now as an alumni, Robert says he wants to give back any way he can.  


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Cyber Security Program Designated as National Center

Posted By: Jamie Ayala
March 06, 2017

The Cyber Security program is among the top college programs nationally, making significant strides to address the national shortage of cybersecurity talent through training that is measurable, standard and simulating real-world challenges.  It was recently chosen as a Cybersecurity National Resource Center, a designation given to only three institutions in the country by the National Security Association.

Collaborations with the Center, led by Tony Coulson, have included curriculum design, project labs, workshops, virtual servers, Intelligence community programs, national recruitment, virtual challenges and special projects with more than a dozen colleges. The Cyber Security Program team are often called on as expert sources in the media as well. Recently, Tony provided personal tips on cyber security for Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival attendees after a security scare. 

“To be in the same company as Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Purdue is truly extraordinary.”

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales wrote in a recent congratulatory note

Ever advancing its offerings and opportunities for students, the center expects to launch a new online National Security Master’s program this fall.

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CAE Community CNAP -$565,000 for one year, awarded Mar 2017
NICE Challenge Curriculum CNAP - $1.71 mill for one year, awarded Mar 2017
NICE Challenge Research and Heat Map - $878,000 over 3 years, awarded Jan 2017
Cybercorps Scholarship for Service - $4.3mill over 5 years, awarded Oct 2017


CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program

Opportunity to receive full student fee coverage for California residents (including books and annual stipend), participate in federal summer internship and attend federal cyber security job fair in Washington D.C. Deadline is April 30, 2017.

Learn more and apply at csusb.edu/cyber-security