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Cal Maritime Names New Vice President for University Advancement

Robert Arp has been named California State University Maritime Academy's new Vice President for University Advancement. Arp comes to Cal Maritime with more than 25 years in higher education and healthcare fund development, most recently as the vice president for development at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore where he established the first system-wide, comprehensive fundraising plan. 

Prior to MedStar, Arp worked for more than 12 years in legal education as the chief advancement officer for the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Whittier Law School. He is also a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve. Since September 11, 2001, Captain Arp has been mobilized three times to support Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also recalled to three years of active duty to serve on the Navy staff in the Pentagon. 

Arp graduated from UCLA in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in 1994. 

Arp's appointment begins on June 24. He succeeds Beverly Byl, who is retiring June 30 after three-and-a-half years at Cal Maritime and three decades in educational fundraising. 

CSU Maritime Academy Alumni Association Names Erin Pierson Puget Sound Chapter President

We are very pleased to announce that Erin Pierson, '02 D/BA, has agreed to become the new President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the CSU Maritime Academy Alumni Association. 

Erin recently relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle to join Foss Maritime. If you don't already know her, you may recognize that Erin had recently been the President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and that she is the recipient of the Association's 2011 Rising Star Award. Erin has actually joined several of our recent Annual Alumni Dinners, as well. So, she comes to this new position with considerable alumni experience!

And, special thanks to Henry Palmer for his leadership, as our former President. Welcome, and thanks to Erin!

Cal Maritime Assists Refugees Off the Coast of Spain

Cadets, faculty and staff aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear assisted Algerian refugees at sea yesterday off the coast of Spain.  

A small boat approached the Golden Bear. Those aboard were waving their hands, shouting and holding empty gas cans in the air. Based on observations of the crew, the boat was not determined to pose a threat, but precautions were taken before turning around to assist. 

One Cal Maritime cadet who speaks fluent Arabic assisted the Chief Mate in communicating with the refugees who were seeking asylum in Spain. While waiting for assistance from the Spanish Coast Guard, food and water were passed down to the boat. Cadets from Cal Maritime took up a collection and passed a donation of 100 Euros to the refugees as well. 

Following the arrival of the Spanish Coast Guard, the Training Ship resumed its voyage. Cal Maritime students are sailing the Golden Bear back from Europe as part of the first of two summer training cruises which began in Vallejo, California on April 26. Both Cruises pass through the Panama Canal, and scheduled stops include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barcelona, Naples, Boston and Long Beach. 

The crew of students, faculty and staff members will change on June 25 in Boston when the second cruise begins. In all, the T.S. Golden Bear will travel 26,000 miles before returning to campus on August 24. 

Women's Basketball New Head Coach 

Cal Maritime’s Athletic Director, Marv Christopher, has announced that lead assistant coach, Tony Jones, has been promoted to fill the women's basketball head coaching vacancy. Jones becomes the third women's basketball coach in the program's young history.

Christopher remarked on the hiring, "Tony Jones has been an Assistant Coach for the Cal Maritime Women's team for the past two years. Tony has proven that he can make a difference at this level.  His ambition to work hard and to set high goals will make him a valuable asset to the program.  Cal Maritime is proud to name Tony Jones as the new Head Women's Basketball Coach."

A Vallejo native, Jones graduated from St. Patrick-St. Vincent's High School in Vallejo and then attended the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island.  Following his year at Navy Prep, Jones attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, in 1998.  Jones returned to California in 2013 in hopes of advancing his coaching career.  Being a Vallejo native he sought out an opportunity to coach at Cal Maritime, while simultaneously pursuing and earning his Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration, from Concordia University, Irvine. 

Save the Date - Cal Maritime Festival 2015

Golf Class 2015

Don’t miss out on this year’s golf tournament! This year's Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 14th at Green Valley Country Club.

Since 1998, our tournament has provided an opportunity for guests from industry to network, connect with their customers, and enjoy golfing on the private golf course at Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield. Funds raised through the golf tournament will be directed to benefit memorial scholarship endowments of two past board members: Dr. B.C. Kingsbury and Captain Fred Henning ’95. 

Register today

Upcoming Events

4th Thursdays
July 23, 2015    

Summertime at the Maritime
August 8, 2015     

Captain's Reception - Long Beach, CA
August 21, 2015  

4th Thursdays
August 27, 2015 

CMAF Golf Classic
September 14, 2015 

Cal Maritime Festival
October 9-10, 2015 

11th Annual Gala
November 7, 2015   

Campus Spotlight

Just one of the many summer projects at Cal Maritime. Crews were filling the old pool in Mayo Hall with sand for the future indoor volleyball court.

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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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