Cal Poly Names Outstanding Student Employee of the Year
Student also Wins at State

Jacquelynne (Jackie) Garcia, a senior majoring in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration, was named Cal Poly’s 2013-14 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY). Garcia was unanimously selected from 34 nominees. She has been an employee in the Agricultural Education & Communication Department for two years. Her nomination rose to the top because she is "reliable, flexible, and greets every task with a smile and infectious laugh." Her work is top quality and handled professionally, and she takes advantage of numerous leadership opportunities. Garcia’s nomination was forwarded to state and regional competitions sponsored by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators. Garcia also won at the state level, the fourth consecutive year that Cal Poly’s OSEY won the state award.

Michelle Serros, author of How to be a Chicana Role Model, to speak at Cal Poly on May 30

Cal Poly’s Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association (CLFSA) is proud to present acclaimed author, Michelle Serros, on Friday, May 30, 2014, for a talk on her work from 4:10 – 5:00 p.m. in Philips Hall (06-124) in the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center (PAC). Named by Newsweek as "One of the Top Young Women to Watch for in the New Century," Serros is the author of Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard; How to be a Chicana Role Model; Honey Blonde Chica; and her newest young adult novel, ¡Scandalosa!
A former staff writer for The George Lopez Show, Serros has written for the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, CosmoGirl, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and contributes satirical commentaries regularly for National Public Radio (Latino USA, Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Anthem, Along for the Ride, and The California Report). An award-winning spoken word artist, she has read her poems to stadium crowds for Lollapalooza, recorded Selected Stories from Chicana Falsa for Mercury Records, and was selected by the Poetry Society of America to have her poetry placed on MTA buses throughout Los Angeles County. 

While still a student at Santa Monica City College, Michele’s first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, was published. After Lalo Press, the original publisher, ceased business, Michele continued to sell copies from her garage, while maintaining a devoted following of fans as well as a place in academia where Chicana Falsa became required reading in many U.S. high schools and universities. In 1998, Riverhead Books (Penguin/Putnam) reissued Chicana Falsa in addition to publishing Serros’ Los Angeles Times Best Seller, How to be a Chicana Role Model.

Serros' work has garnered a diverse fan base ranging from Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Michele is the great Californian writer who makes me proud of my state. When I read her books I cry and laugh and cry.”) to author Sandra Cisneros (“Serros is a young, sassy writer whose brilliant weapon is her humor.”)
Originally from Oxnard, CA, Michele is currently working on a new novel, A (sorta) Unmarried Mexican.

Serros will be available to sign books after the presentation. The talk is co-sponsored with Cal Poly’s Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, Career Services, and the College of Liberal Arts. The talk is free and open to the public; parking is available in the parking structure next to the PAC for a fee.

CLFSA Celebrate Las Posadas!

CLFSA will be hosting Pasada on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2-4 pm at Del Tolosa Ranch Community Center in San Luis Obispo. Join CLFSA members celebrating with friends, families, students, faculty and staff. CLFSA will also be providing "goodie bags" to help students get through finals week. For more information, please contact Catherine Trujillo at or call (805) 756 6395.

Six Annual Chicano Latino Convocation Takes Place – October 3, 2013

Dear Estudiantes - You're invited to the Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association's (CLFSA) Sixth Annual Convocation on Thursday, October 3 from 5-7 pm in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (Bldg 07, Room 02). This welcome, sponsored by the CLFSA, Xicano/Latino Student Organizations, and Career Services, helps orient Latino-identified faculty, staff, and students to Cal Poly and highlights Cal Poly's Chicano/Latino student organizations.

Dr. José Navarro, Cal Poly English Professor, will be the keynote speaker. Welcomes will be provided by President Armstrong and Ms. Annie Holmes, Executive Director, Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. The event is free and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact
Dr. Julie Garcia, President, CLFSA,
Ms. Delfina Medina-Maloney, Event Coordinator,