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Five Star Champion of Character

Cal Maritime has once again been recognized with an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star designation.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earn points based on student-athlete grade point average and by having minimal to no ejections during competition during the course of the academic year.

Cal Maritime Launches First Summer Semester in 2015

Cal Maritime students have long continued their education during the summer during the annual cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, international experiences, commercial cruises, or co-ops. However, for the first time this year, there will be a true summer semester. 

Cal Maritime is adding a summer term for several reasons: to support the growth of enrollment, to ensure compliance with state and federal financial aid regulations, and to eventually increase enrollment capacity in high-demand courses.  

A university-wide task force was assembled in 2013 to plan for the first summer semester. Town hall meetings were held with students during the spring 2014 term, and information about relevant fees was disseminated via the Cal Maritime website. 

The 2015 summer semester will feature courses for the Training Ship Golden Bear cruise, cooperative education, commercial cruise, and international experience. In 2016, students will have a broader selection of on-campus courses to help facilitate timely graduation. 

More information about the summer semester, including a list of frequently asked questions, is available at https://www.csum.edu/web/registrar/summer-term.

Explore the Seafaring and Whaling History of African and Native Americans at Cal Maritime

Who was 18th century African American mariner Captain Paul Cuffee? That subject will be the topic of the 2015 Joseph P. Rizza lecture at Cal Maritime on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. 

During his talk Oceans of Education, Dr. Robert Keith Collins, associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University will explore African American and Native American economic development, especially among individuals of blended racial and/or cultural ancestry who were involved in seafaring and whaling. 

The talk will focus on the seafaring career of Captain Paul Cuffee based on his memoir and life history, which was also used to create the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.

The Rizza Lecture Series, organized by the Cal Maritime Academic Senate, is underwritten by a generous endowment grant from Joseph Rizza, former president of the Academy. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion sponsored by Cal Maritime's Department of Culture and Communication featuring: 

Sarah Crabtree, San Francisco State University, History
Sarah Jessica Johnson, University of California, Berkeley, English
Amy Parsons, Cal Maritime, Culture and Communication 

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is limited. Visit www.csum.edu/map for directions, parking and public transit information.

It's Not Too Late to Register for Pearls of Power 2015

There’s still time to register! Join us on Friday, Feb 27, and Saturday, Feb 28, for Cal Maritime's 4th Annual Pearls of Power Conference.

This two-day event is focused on supporting the success of women in maritime and related industries, such as business, policy, and engineering, and is designed to create opportunities for career exploration, professional development, and networking for cadets, alumni, and other industry professionals.

Featured alumni speakers include:
• Tosca Bonardi ‘10, PMA
• Holly Osen ‘87, Chevron
• PJ Jacquelin ‘01, Barney Marine Insurance
• KC Korwatch ‘10, Northrop Grumman
• Heather Dean '13, MSC
• and more!

Registration fee is $125 per person and includes conference meals. Visit www.csum.edu/pop for more information and to register today!

Alumni Association Announcement

The Alumni Association is proud to offer congratulations to Erin Pierson for her new position with Foss Maritime in Seattle, WA as Manager, Terminal Safety & Security for a major project which Foss has secured with Shell Oil.  She is very excited about this new venture in her life, and is busy relocating to the Seattle area.  

Her move to Seattle means that Erin is now the Past President of the Greater Los Angeles Area Alumni Chapter, having served as the Greater Los Angeles Chapter President and Alumni Association Board Member since 2009. With the announcement of her move, Erin shared that “I am most certainly planning on assisting the Puget Sound Chapter in any way I can once I get settled in Seattle.”

Preparations for the Southern California Alumni Dinner have been postponed until a new chapter president steps forward.  If you are interested - we want to hear from you


In the meantime, the Cal Maritime Sailing Team is competing in the LA Harbor Cup in March, and encourages alumni to join them for the Cal Maritime Sailing Benefit on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Los Angeles Yacht Club.  Reception and Silent Auction start at 5:30, and Dinner starts at 6:30.  Keynote speaker Dawn Riley, who is a highly talented professional sailor, and the first woman ever to manage an America's Cup syndicate. She is also the first American, to race on four America's Cup teams, and two Whitbread Round the World races. Riley, Executive Director of Oakcliff Sailing, finds it gratifying to speak with youth sailors, “I'm looking forward to talking to a new crop of young, talented athletes from across the country. Some of these sailors will come to Oakcliff, but all represent – in one way or another – the future of our sport and our country.

Reservations are $20 per person.  RSVP by March 5th to LAYC, 310-831-1203.

Los Angeles Yacht Club is located at 285 Whaler’s Walk, San Pedro, CA 90731.

Career Fair Success

Thank you to all of the alumni who represented their businesses at the January 27th Cal Maritime Career Fair.  Over 500 students had the opportunity to meet with the 72 businesses that participated. 

Cal Maritime Alumni have been involved with this activity from the start, providing an important connection between the maritime industry and current cadets.  More outreach is in the works!  Look for our new Cal Maritime Alumni Mentor Program (CAMP) to open on-line this spring.  


From the Class of 1975 

Capt. Richard Shaw (‘75D) lives in Washington and founded Bowditch Marine, Inc., Marine Surveyors & Safety Consultants in 2008.  He met with Kathy Baird, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, as well as Eric Cooper (’05MT), Associate Director of Career Center to learn more about how publicize job openings and professional opportunities to Cal Maritime Alumni.  

If you would like to explore new opportunities, or if you would like to publicize a job opening, visit the Cal Maritime Career Development webpage.

While visiting, Capt. Shaw toured the campus, noting the expansion of facilities related not only to growth in student body, but also in degree and extended learning programs that have adapted to the ever-changing demands of the maritime industry.  

Maritime Film Festival

Upcoming Events

Ship Operations Cooperative Program Spring Summit
February 24-25, 2015    

4th Thursdays
February 26, 2015    

Pearls of Power Conference
February 27-28, 2015    

Campus Spotlight

Cal Maritime cadets with the Coast Guard’s Auxiliary University Program toured the Coast Guard Station San Francisco Saturday. Cadets who participate in the Coast Guard program receive training and ear qualifications in boat operations, aviation, telecommunications, vessel exams, marine safety, and public affairs while participating in Coast Guard Missions.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?


Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?

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