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First-Year Experience Staff

Isabel Sumaya
Isabel Sumaya, Director
First-Year Experience Program

Hello! My name is Isabel Sumaya and I am the Director of the First-Year Experience Program. Not only do I direct the FYE program, I am also faculty in the department of Psychology and teach courses about the brain and how it is truly the center of your universe.

The thing I have in common with all of you is that I graduated CSUB (just as you will) with my BA in Psychology in 1994 and my Masters in Psychology in 1996. I went on to get my Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001, and completed a post doctorate at Northwestern Medical School prior to coming back to my alma mater, CSUB, in 2002. I love working with the FYE program because it allows me to assist and interact with first-time freshmen with the hopes of forming long-lasting relationships with students until they graduate.

Emerson D. Case
Emerson D. Case, Program Coordinator
First-Year Experience Program

I am the Coordinator of the First-Year Experience Program at California State University, Bakersfield, where I also serve as an Associate Professor of English. I have a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Ball State University. My areas of research include second language writing, Generation 1.5 students' use of university libraries, and the development of information literacy skills in First-Year students. I love traveling, playing Squash (the game, not the gourd), and Dr. Pepper.

Jasmine BaƱuelo
Jasmine Bañuelos, Academic Advisor
First-Year Experience Program

Greetings, my name is Jasmine Bañuelos, I am the Academic Advisor for the First-Year Experience Program. I graduated from CSU, Bakersfield with an undergraduate degree in Business and Public Administration with an emphasis in Management. I am currently working on my master's degree in Student Affairs and will be graduating Spring 2012.

As an Academic Advisor for the First-Year Experience Program, I enjoy working with many first-year students every day and feel satisfied to be helping students with advise, questions, or concerns. I have been working with this program since May 2011 and love my job. My passion is to work with students and for students with their academic and personal needs.

Jesus Calderon
Jesus Calderon, Data Tracking Specialist
First-Year Experience Program

Hello my name is Jesus Calderon. I am the data tracking specialist for the First-Year Experience program. I graduated from CSUB with a B.A. in Psychology in June of 2007 and with a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in June of 2010. I wish to pursue a Doctoral Degree in the near future.

My long term goal is to teach Psychology at a university and have a research laboratory of my own. I have been working for the First-Year Experience program since September of 2010. It has been a very fulfilling experience to work with so many of our freshmen. I take great pleasure in being able to assist students with advice and helping them with any questions they may have. I look forward to another great year of working with our FYE students at CSUB.

Channell Winston
Channell Winston, Peer Mentor
First-Year Experience Program

My name is Channell Winston and I am a junior at California State University, Bakersfield. I am majoring in both Sociology and Communications, and I want to go into Public Relations or Advertising. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. My hobbies are going to the movies, love photography and art.

Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia, Peer Mentor
First-Year Experience Program

My name is Jennifer Garcia. I am a peer mentor for the First-Year Experience Program. I am a sophomore pursuing my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. I hope to one day get my Professional Doctorate. On my spare time, I like to relax, watch horror movies, and spend time with my Maltese dog, Odie.

Ana Belen Ceja
Ana Belen Ceja, Peer Mentor
First-Year Experience Program

Hello, my name is Ana Belen Ceja. I was born in Mexico, but raised in Delano, CA. I am a sophomore, currently undeclared, but thinking of pursing an Undergraduate degree in Nursing. I am planning to become a Traveling Nurse. I live on-campus in the residential halls. I enjoy helping people and I love to swim and dance.