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CSUSB Veterans Center, Stater Bros. Charities To Recognize Medal Of Honor Recipients

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SAN BERNARDINO – Cal State San Bernardino’s Veterans Success Center and Stater Bros. Charities will host “Valor Beyond the Call of Duty,” honoring seven recipients of the Medal of Honor – the highest award for valor presented to an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at CSUSB’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the program will be from 8:15-10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Medal of Honor recipients who will be recognized include: Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum Jr., U.S. Marines; Salvatore A. Giunta, U.S. Army; Robert J. Modrzejewski, U.S. Marines; Robert M. Patterson, U.S. Army; Ronald E. Ray, U.S. Army; James A. Taylor, U.S. Army; and Jay R. Vargas, U.S. Marines.

Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros., will introduce the seven Medal of Honor recipients. A native of San Bernardino and a Navy veteran, Brown received the Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in 2011. It is the highest award given by the Medal of Honor Society in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding service to the armed forces.

Marine 1st Lt. Barnum received his medal for the December 1965 battle at Ky Phu, Quang Tin in South Vietnam for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” While in Vietnam on a temporary assignment, Barnum took command of his company when the company commander and radio operator were both mortally wounded. Facing long odds, Barney led his Marines out of Ky Phu and they were all airlifted to safety.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Giunta was awarded his medal for the October 2007 battle at Korengal Valley, Eastern Afghanistan, for his selfless actions and personal courage. He was hailed for saving the lives of members of his squad and preventing a fellow soldier from enemy capture.

Marine Capt. Modrzejewski earned his medal for bravery and gallantry during Operation Hastings in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam in July 1966. His platoon endured a three-day battle with the enemy, culminating with a napalm blaze that threatened to burn his comrades alive.

U.S. Army Sgt. Patterson was awarded his medal for the May 1968 firefight near La Chu in the Republic of Vietnam. Under attack by the enemy in bunkers, he single-handedly destroyed five bunkers with grenade and machine gun fire. His dauntless courage and heroism inspired his platoon to resume the attack and penetrate the enemy defensive position.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ray was one of five brothers, three of whom served in the military. Ray received his Medal of Honor for the June 1966 battle in Drang Valley, South Vietnam. He was instrumental in saving the lives of members of his platoon, despite heavy artillery attack by the enemy, being shot in both legs and severely wounded by shrapnel.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Taylor was recognized with a Medal of Honor for his valor in a battle near Que Son, South Vietnam, in November 1967 during a search-and-destroy mission. Ambushed by enemy fire, Taylor rushed into two fiery armored vehicles saving fellow wounded soldiers, despite being injured by a mortar round.

Marine Capt. Vargas, who later retired as colonel, was awarded the medal for his valiant actions at Dai Do, Republic of Vietnam in April 1968. In a raging battle against the North Vietnamese, his company engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Despite his own wounds, he carried to safety a Marine whose arm had been severed. When the soldier pleaded for his arm, Vargas valiantly returned to the battle site to retrieve the arm. After the third day, Vargas finally allowed medics to treat him for a bullet wound to his side and shrapnel from mortar rounds.

There will be a brief question-and-answer period, followed by closing remarks.

Following the Medal of Honor event, the Disabled American Veterans of San Bernardino Chapter 12 will host a veteran benefits information seminar from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union. Representatives from various veterans groups and government agencies will be available to answer questions and assist veterans with the VA claims process, including assistance with filing a claim or reviewing current claim status; information about education vocational rehabilitation, the GI Bill and healthcare eligibility.

Participating organizations include the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Regional Office, California Department of Veterans Affairs, San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs Office, San Bernardino Vet Center and its Mobile Vet Unit, the DAV Mobile Service Office and the Loma Linda VA Medical Center.

“Valor Beyond the Call of Duty” is open to the public; however, pre-registration is required by calling Marci Daniels at the CSUSB Veterans Success Center at (909) 537-5196 or by e-mail at daniels@csusb.edu.

Once registered, attendees will receive a complimentary parking pass via e-mail assigned in a specific parking lot.

For more information about the CSUSB Veterans Success Center, contact Marci Daniels at (909) 537-5196.

Congresswoman Negrete McLeod Announces 35th District Art Competition

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Washington, DC – Are you a talented high school artist in California’s 35th Congressional District? Do you want a chance at having your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol and win a trip to D.C. this June? If so, then check this out! Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) is now accepting entries for the 2013 Congressional Arts Contest for California’s 35th Congressional District. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, 2013.

High school student artists in the 35th District are invited to submit an original painting, drawing or other art form for the competition. One student’s work will be selected by a judging panel of local artists to hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year along with other student artwork from across the country. The winning student will also be flown to D.C. in June for the Annual Congressional Art Competition Reception. Second place will have their work displayed in the Congresswoman’s Washington DC office, and third place in the Montclair district office.

Rep. Negrete McLeod announced today that she will showcase all approved submissions on Facebook.com/NegreteMcLeod from April 6th-19. Congresswoman Negrete McLeod encourages the artists’ friends, family, classmates, teachers and principals to “like” their “fan favorite” piece of artwork. Special consideration will be given to the top online vote getter.

“The Arts are an important component for acquiring a well-rounded education. This contest is a great opportunity for students to receive recognition for their artistic talent and I’m honored to support it,” said Congresswoman Negrete McLeod. “I know there are many talented student artists in the district. I encourage them to take the time and submit their work to my district office.”

For additional information about the contest or how to submit your work, please contact Wendy Medina at wendy.medina@mail.house.gov or call (909) 626-2054.

Rep. Negrete McLeod represents California’s 35th District encompassing the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, portions of Fontana and Rialto, the unincorporated community of Bloomington in San Bernardino County; and the entire City of Pomona in Los Angeles County.

American Cancer Society Encourages Californians to Help Finish the Fight

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During March's Colon Cancer Awareness Month Enroll in Historic Cancer Prevention Study to Make a Difference in the Fight

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. As the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th birthday this year, it is emphasizing the importance of age-appropriate colorectal cancer screenings and asking Californians to help defeat the disease by enrolling in a historic research study. An estimated 5,135 Californians will die from colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer) in 2013, accounting for nine percent of all cancer deaths.

The Society recommends Californians reduce their risk of developing the disease by maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of physical activity, and eating a diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and low in red and processed meats. Limiting alcohol intake can also reduce colon cancer risk. For information about colon cancer screening and nutrition and physical activity recommendations visit cancer.org/coloncancer.

Colon cancer is highly treatable if found early. Half of all colon cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented if everyone followed recommended screening guidelines. Most people should begin screening at age 50, and those with a family history are at higher risk and may need to be screened earlier.

Colon cancer death rates have dropped by more than 30 percent over the past two decades thanks in part to progress made by the American Cancer Society. The Society works with community partners to provide education and access to colon cancer screening in areas hardest hit by the disease. Society-funded research has led to improved understanding about the link between diet and colorectal cancer, and the development of drugs to treat colorectal cancer.

This spring, the Society is offering an unprecedented opportunity for Californians to change the face of colon cancer and all cancers for future generations by participating in a historic long-term study. 300,000 diverse men and women ages 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to enroll in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

“Many cancer patients struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

Dr. Patel added, “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.”

The opportunity for Californians to enroll in CPS-3 will take place at the below local sites:

• In Palm Springs and Palm Desert from May 7-16; visit www.cps3palmsprings.org to register.
• In San Diego County at ten locations from March 10-23; visit www.cps3sandiego.org to register.
• In Los Angeles County at dozens of locations from April 18-May 9; visit www.cps3la.org to register.

For more information about CPS-3 visit cancer.org/cps3 or call the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 Information Line at (888) 604-5888; or (800) 227-2345.

Protecting All Women From Domestic Violence

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Guest Editorial
By Representative Mark Takano

If you were to guess that car accidents, muggings or rapes were the leading causes of injury to women, you’d be wrong. The sad reality is that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than the aforementioned causes combined. Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States, and is most cases, the abuser is a member of her own family.

Even more disturbing, it has been estimated that more than 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence every year. These memories have lasting impacts on children that they often carry with them into adulthood. Not surprisingly, men who witness domestic violence as children are twice as likely to abuse their partners than sons of nonviolent parents, creating a legacy of abuse.

Since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has helped ensure that no victim of domestic violence has to hide in the shadows. Pushed through by then-Senator Joe Biden, the Act provided $1.6 billion towards the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, including domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and dating violence. The Act also established the Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice.

When VAWA was reauthorized by Congress in 2000, and again in 2005, it was done so with bipartisan support. In 2012, when VAWA came up again for reauthorization, the Senate passed the reauthorization and included provisions that provided more comprehensive coverage for members of the LGBT community, and Native American and undocumented women.

When it was reintroduced in the Senate at the top of year, with the expanded coverage provisions included, the reauthorization passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, 78-22, with every single woman, Democrats and Republicans, voting in favor.

After numerous roadblocks, the Senate bill eventually came up for a vote in the House of Representatives. This version, that includes the comprehensive coverage, passed with a bipartisan vote.

The reauthorization of VAWA was critical as after almost two decades, it has proved time and time again its usefulness. Countless women and children are safer because of the increased funding and tools given to law enforcement officials.

It may not have been easy, but I’m proud of Congress for doing the right thing. Protecting families should be a priority for all elected officials. This truly was a victory for women everywhere.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, please contact the Alternatives to Domestic Violence 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 951-683-0829.

CSUSB President to Speak at Fontana Church on Importance of College

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SAN BERNARDINO – Cal State San Bernardino president Tomás D. Morales, along with other members of the CSUSB family, will speak on the value of a college education and early college preparation as part of the annual CSU Super Sunday events at several area African American churches on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Morales will speak at the Principles of Faith Christian Center, 17977 Merrill Ave., in Fontana at 9:30 a.m.

The presentations focus on preparing elementary, middle and high school students for college and are part of Super Sunday, one of the California State University’s outreach efforts to promote higher education and the importance of early academic preparation.

On Sundays in February and March, California State University Chancellor Tim White, along with university presidents and other representatives from all 23 CSU campuses, will speak at nearly 100 predominately African American churches throughout the state about preparing for college, applying to a CSU campus and financial aid.

Morales stressed the importance of the event.

“This will be my first opportunity to be part of Super Sunday, but I have been a longtime advocate for early college preparation,” Morales said. “It’s critical that we partner with K-12 school systems throughout the region to increase the number of students who are ready to enroll in college-level courses after high school.”

In addition, Milton Clark, CSUSB associate vice president for undergraduate studies, and Jean Peacock, a CSUSB professor of psychology, will speak at separate services at the Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church in San Bernardino. CSUSB Athletic Director Kevin Hatcher previously spoke at Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino on Feb. 10.

Since 2006, the Super Sunday event has brought CSU leaders to churches throughout California to educate students and families about the requirements to successfully get into college and ultimately earn a degree. Participants at the services receive information about financial aid and the CSUMentor.edu website that provides the tools to plan and apply to CSU campuses.

“I have also spent my entire career as a strong proponent for increased diversity in higher education. For many Inland Empire students and families, the thought of going to college is only a dream,” Morales said. “That is changing, but we need to do more to encourage and motivate students of all backgrounds to prepare for college early, because education is the key to a better future.”

After the church service, parents and students will have the opportunity to talk to CSU representatives and receive a How To Get To College poster – a practical guide about how to prepare for college. The guide – available in several languages as both a printed and electronic document – provides the list of classes that students need to take in grades six through twelve to qualify for admission to the CSU. It also provides tips for parents and mentors to help students succeed.

More than 70 percent of CSUSB graduates come from families in which neither parent has a college degree, Morales added. Cal State San Bernardino is also the most diverse university in the region, and there is no majority ethnic group on campus. Further evidence shows the achievement gaps among the various ethnic CSUSB student groups are narrowing.

Cal State San Bernardino ranks first in the CSU system for first-to-second year retention for Hispanic students, with 90.5 percent of first-time Hispanic freshmen enrolled at CSUSB in fall 2010 returning in fall 2011. The first-to-second-year retention rate for African-American students on campus also ranks among the leaders in the CSU and is far above the system average.

The annual Super Sunday event is produced by the CSU African American Initiative – a partnership between CSU campuses and African American religious leaders with the goal of increasing college going rates among African American students. Chancellor Emeritus Charles B. Reed founded the initiative eight years ago with the support of CSU trustees, presidents, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

For more information about Super Sunday, visit http://www.calstate.edu/supersunday/

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