Beth Weinman, Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Science (EES) Department, Co-PI
Dr. Weinman's interests mainly lie in understanding how our coastlines, soils, aquifers, and groundwaters physically and chemically evolve over time. In Southeast Asia, she worked on understanding how aquifer age and depositional history explains seemingly random patterns of groundwater arsenic. Today, she works more on “campus as living lab” and “course-based” research projects, which innovatively integrate her sustainability-related scholarship and service within high-impact educational activities.
Why she got involved and believed in the program differ quite a bit from her involvement and thinking today. Originally, she got involved because of the opportunity to work at a "higher" level for the university, in that she would be working with other departments and components of the university specifically to help students. While that's something that's often intrinsic in what faculty do, it's not always something that is well defined or explicitly intentioned. For her, it was the first time in all of her years at a university really seeing faculty and staff working together towards a common goal of increasing the likelihood of our students finishing.
Mara Brady, Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Department, Co-PI
Dr. Brady's research interests investigates ancient sedimentary environments. Based on field-collected data, she aims to better understand how sea level, tectonics, and sedimentation rates influence the preservation of the sedimentary and fossil records. Current research focuses mostly on Devonian (~375 million year old) tropical marine limestones and invertebrate fossils. Ongoing and developing projects aim to investigate modern depositional environments (and their shallow sedimentary and fossil records) to establish historical baselines that can inform current restoration and conservation efforts.
Dr. Brady values the diverse perspectives and experiences Fresno State students bring to the classroom and empowers students to use their own skills, knowledge, and the resources around them, including peers, to engage with course topics and ideas. I especially enjoy working with students in their first year in college as they get to know each other, senior students, faculty, and campus. She wants to make sure all students feel welcome in our College and prepared to tackle the challenges of College. The interactive, small group discussion based courses in BOND allow her to get to know students differently than other classes she teaches. She enjoys collaborating with faculty, students, and staff to make the BOND program successful each year. Dr. Brady has been involved in designed and implementing the CSM BOND program since its first year and is excited to be teaching CSM 10 and CSM 15 for the third cohort in the program.
Amber Reece, Ph.D.
Dr. Reece's research focuses on college student learning in the sciences. She has evaluated curriculum changes such as the use of virtual laboratories in college science courses. She has also worked with STEM retention programs that included undergraduate research, seminar courses, and mentoring programs. Currently, she is identifying factors that influence retention and graduation of biology majors at CSUF. She is also leading a curriculum reform project for the non-majors biology at CSUF.
She believes the program can help students make connections with faculty and their peers at an early stage in their college career. Her hope is that these bonds can help students persevere during the difficult first year of college. She thinks the small class size of CSM 10/15 combined with the focus on group work and critical thinking make a fun environment for learning and teaching.
Jaime Arvizu, Ed.D.
Co-PI, Advisor Lead
Dr. Arvizu supervises and coordinates ARC advising staff to provide advising and student support services to CSM BOND students and to CSM students at large. He provides leadership that incorporates College support services into the summer and first year experience. His role is central to the coordination of Student Success Services and provides staff support for the summer experience when needed.
He believes that the BOND program is important because it helps incoming freshmen transition into their first semester at Fresno State and continues to support students while they are in their first year. Through the CSM 10/15 courses offered in the fall and spring, the program provides the foundational skill set - critical thinking, problem solving, and team skills - that students need to be successful in all their STEM courses. These are skills that most employers look for in potential application candidates, so this program attempts to ensure that all students will be successful in their undergraduate studies and beyond.
Bio to be updated.
From the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Matt has helped to evaluate the impact of the BOND program through analyzing institutional and demographic data along with survey responses of the students in the BOND program.