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An ambitious project at a South Coast university is trying to help us learn more about African American history, through an online read-a-thon featuring a number of scholars, plus Hollywood and Broadway stars.

Actresses Phylicia Rashad and Yvette Nicole Brown are among the nearly three dozen performers taking part in the Cal State Channel Islands “Read-In” Series.  CSUCI lecturer MiRi Park is producing the project with assistance from professor Heather Castillo.

Two university campuses on the Central and South Coasts will be sticking with online classes for the entire academic year which is now underway.   The Cal State University system has announced that due to coronavirus safety concerns, classes will be only be offered online through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.  The 23 campuses had been hoping to return to in-person instruction in January.

A movie theater chain serving the South Coast will begin a gradual reopening process starting later this month, as it makes changes to cope with coronavirus safety concerns. Santa Barbara County cleared the way for movie theaters to reopen as of last Friday. But, officials with Metropolitan Theaters say it is taking time to establish safety guidelines for its theaters.

Two South Coast colleges have announced plans for online commencement ceremonies.

Santa Barbara City College will hold its virtual ceremony this Friday, May 8. It will include student and faculty speeches, as well as recognition of each graduate.

Jerry Clifford of Camarillo is a retired college professor.  But, the longtime Cal State Channel Islands physics instructor never stopped going to campus.

The 73-year-old is a student at the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  The institute, better known as OLLI, is a program which offers four to eight long college level classes to older adults. 

A South Coast computer science expert says the coronavirus crisis is not only moving us to online learning and business, but will lead to some permanent changes. 

It was a big weekend for surfers on the Central and South Coasts, with what’s known as “king tides” hitting the region’s beaches. Some Cal State Channel Islands researchers are trying to use the combination of surfers, and the monster tides to help us learn more about what’s happening short term, and long term along our coastline.

It’s one of the most beautiful, and most unique state university campuses in California. But, the nearly two decade old Cal State Channel Islands campus has a now often forgotten past. Some six decades ago, what was Lewis Ranch was purchased by the State for creation of a mental health facility which would become known as Camarillo State Hospital.

Photo by Gareth Harris

It may be hard to believe, but the brain, nervous system and genome of a particular type of worm is similar to that of humans. And that’s why several students at a South Coast college are conducting research with these kinds of worms to better understand how humans make decisions. 

A South Coast university is holding a candlelight vigil to honor victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack as well as those impacted by the state’s wildfires.

Cal State Channel Islands is inviting the public to join students and staff for Tuesday night’s event.

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Self-carving pumpkins. Flaming gummi bears. And, kids creating glow in the dark slime. Those are just some of the more than 100 science demonstrations and hands-on activities happening on Saturday at Cal State Channel Islands Science Carnival.

There’s a growing need for people to fill jobs in a field of engineering called mechatronics, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer programming. Some Ventura County teenagers are gaining the skills now to pursue such a career in the future.

Empathy is an important part of nursing that’s difficult to teach. But now nursing students on the South Coast are using technology to learn how to empathize with their patients. Virtual reality is helping students step in their patients’ shoes.

A university on the South Coast has developed two majors that don’t require students to purchase textbooks.

Cal State Channel Islands is the first in the CSU system to have what it calls undergraduate "Z-Majors" in which students can use quality, free and readily available educational resources as opposed to textbooks.

Photo by Shane Bowers

An exhibit created by two college students opens on the South Coast this week to portray some of the Ventura County firefighters who battled the Thomas Fire. 

A new pop-up exhibit called “Burned, But Not Forgotten” will feature photographs and interviews with Ventura County firefighters who were on the front lines of the devastating Thomas Fire. The photos and video are through the lenses of Cal State Channel Islands art student Shane Bowers and his classmate as part of their senior project.