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Who’s News: 2/11/22


• For their required intensive research projects, this past fall at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Olivia Bell of Carlsbad, majoring in computer science, completed “Developing an Educational Program for Midori Farm,” and David Datta of San Diego, majoring in bioinformatics & computational biology, completed “Impact of COVID-19 on Water Usage in MA.”

• Dashiell Gregory of Encinitas, a graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy, majoring in music theater, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at Baldwin Wallace University.

• Alexandra Galinsky of San Diego was named to the Mars Hill University dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester.

• Linfield University’s Claire Harris of Carlsbad and Kelsi Mikayla Otto of San Diego earned dean’s list honors during the fall 2021 semester.

• Seton Hall University students Annagrace Galleno of Carlsbad and Jayce Jovero of San Marcos qualified for the fall 2021 dean’s list.

• Willa Morrow Thomas of Encinitas was named to the fall 2021 dean’s list at Wofford College.

• Preston Buscher of Carlsbad and Makena Kronemyer of San Diego were named to the dean’s list for the 2021 fall semester at Miami University.

• Talya Byrd of Oceanside, Grace Cleveland of Solana Beach, Katie Papatheofanis of Rancho Santa Fe and Destiny Rogers of Vista were named to the Fall 2021 dean’s list at Wheaton College.

• Shane Whittaker of San Marcos was named to the fall 2021 honors list at Concordia University in Nebraska.

• Hannah Cosgrove of San Diego earned dean’s list honors at the University of Tampa for the fall 2021 semester.

• Mason Ballard of San Marcos and Maddy McCarthy of Carlsbad were named to the Ithaca College dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester.


Rancho Santa Fe’s Evan Estrada, a junior at La Jolla Country Day School, has been selected as an Anthem Award Finalist as Young Leader of the Year in the Awareness Categories.


Updating its spectator policy, the Cal State San Marcos Department of Athletics announced that fans will be welcome to attend all Cougar home games as of Feb. 8. Fans at CSUSM home basketball games will be required to continue wearing masks at all times in The Sports Center.


Interested in being a part of the May 29, 2022 Vista Strawberry Festival? You can become a vendor, participate in the run, volunteer for the Contest Committee, volunteer to work the Festival. Visit for ongoing updates.


The annual Tip Top Run, a 5k/10k fun walk and run to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation March 12, is now taking donations of any size to allow military members and their families to participate in the event and the World Water Day following. Openings are available for exhibitors with an educational message to participate in World Water Day at the Discovery Center as runners end the race. It is free to exhibit. Vendor spaces are also available to any business at a cost of $100. Naming rights, corporate team sponsors and contributing sponsors are still available.  For more information, contact [email protected].


Cal State San Marcos has received a grant of $1.3 million from a state agency to train students in research that will help them reduce tobacco-related disease in their communities. The four-year grant funded by the California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program is a partnership with UC San Diego. It’s called the CSUSM/UCSD Smoke and Vape Free Scholars Initiative Program for Reducing Tobacco Disease in Diverse Communities (SVFSIP). The training opportunity is tailored to students from racial/ethnic minoritized, low-income or LGBTQ+ groups.


Hooker Furnishings, of Virginia, announced it has acquired Sunset West, a Vista-based manufacturer of outdoor furniture, in an all-cash transaction. The deal enables Hooker Furnishings to immediately gain market share in the growing outdoor furniture segment of the industry.


Vista Community Clinic has successfully completed phase 2 of the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) challenge, set up by the Health Resources & Services Administration. This competition was developed by HRSA to support solutions to the issue of declining rates of immunizations and well child visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. VCC is being awarded a prize of $25,000 for this recognition. The healthcare providers increased outreach, education, and ease of access for families with weekends and evening hours.


Happy Pantry, a Carlsbad-based small business and long-time market vendor, will tell you all about its premium crafted beet tonics rich in probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants at the State Street Farmers’ Market on State Street, open Wednesdays from 2:30  to 6 p.m.


Cal State San Marcos ranks No. 39 nationally in the Economic Mobility Index (EMI), which is described as trying to answer the question, “If the primary purpose of postsecondary education is supposed to be to catalyze an increase in economic mobility, which schools are succeeding in that goal?” The index measures academic institutions on student outcomes and economic mobility rather than historical prestige and selectivity.