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Michael Eissinger
06/06/2012
An academic focus on the Central Valley region’s historically African-American communities brought Michael Eissinger to UC Merced. He decided the UC’s newest campus was the best place to pursue his doctorate in world cultures. The university was geographically convenient for Eissinger...
05/23/2012
Fidel Cervantes found the right fit for his university education 25 miles down the road from home. A native of Delhi in north Merced County, Cervantes selected UC Merced when he made his college choice two years ago. “It was a logical option,” Cervantes said. “I would get a UC...
05/21/2012
  Graduate student Alexandra Paxton finds opinionated students, puts them in a room together and tells them to argue about a hot-button issue. Then she records what happens. Paxton, who is earning her doctoral degree in cognitive science, studies interpersonal synchrony — the...
05/10/2012
Grecia Sanchez and Blaine Hartsock know they’re more than lucky. Out of dozens of UC Merced seniors, they were chosen to speak and sing, respectively, at the 2012 Commencement ceremony. “I don’t believe in luck, I believe in blessings,” Sanchez said. “I remember that...
05/08/2012
When Alma Fausto first arrived at UC Merced in 2008, she felt pangs of doubt common to many freshmen. Fausto was hundreds of miles from the family home in Orange County. She had too much time on her hands, and worse yet, she didn’t have an Internet connection. “The first weekend I was...
04/27/2012
Like many others, 38-year-old Micah Chandler of Merced found himself laid off and without options after the economy nosedived in 2007. When he couldn't find work, Chandler's wife suggested he consider returning to school. He decided to base a new goal on his lifelong love for history and...
04/20/2012
  When Trevor Albertson (’09) started as the California deputy secretary for veterans services last summer, his longtime focus on higher education came in handy right away. Considering his department’s goal to help veterans achieve stability, he quickly saw that higher education was the key...
09/20/2011
Sophomore Alexandria Curtis is doing something most students wouldn’t even consider — competing in two of UC Merced’s first varsity intercollegiate sports this fall while juggling a full college course load. “It feels really cool to be able to do both sports, to be able...

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