CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to Induct Five Into its Hall of Fame

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Five individuals who have made substantial contributions to their respective professions, the greater community, and California State University, San Bernardino have been selected as inductees into the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame.

The inductees will be honored at a special campus ceremony on Friday, April 26.

The Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. The event will include a reception and dinner. VIP parking will be available in Lot D. Event tickets can be purchased online.

For more information, please contact the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at (909) 537-7550 or visit the college’s websiteat csbs.csusb.edu.

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees are:

• Mark Clark, emeritus professor, Department of Political Science, CSUSB;
• W. Benson Harer, Jr., M.D., former medical director, Riverside County Regional Medical Center and philanthropist;
• Alemayehu “Al” Mariam, emeritus professor, Department of Political Science, CSUSB;
• D. Clayton Mayes, faculty member, College of the Desert, retired police chief and former adjunct faculty, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
• Cynthia Olivo, vice president of Student Services, Pasadena City College, CSUSB Psychology B.A. ’97, Education M.S. ’01

Mark Clark
Mark Clark is emeritus professor of Political Science and the director of the CSUSB National Security Studies Program. A thought-leader in national and cyber security,  Clark has received more than $6.3 million in grants from a variety of federal agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was instrumental in developing the CSU Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (CSU-ACE), which is a consortium of CSU programs addressing national security issues. In partnership with Tony Coulson from the CSUSB Information and Decision Sciences Department, Clark received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop two new degrees in cyber security and intelligence resulting in the creation of a new M.S. degree in National Cyber Security Studies. Clark collaborated with George Mason University on a grant received from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop novel ways to improve national intelligence analysis, as well.

The author of more than 30 scholarly articles, he has served as the president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), participated in a project on Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) and served as a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the NATO Defense College, 2013-2014 in Rome. Clark received his B.A. in history, emphasizing classical civilization, from Cal Poly Pomona and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in international relations in 1989. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1973-1977.

W. Benson Harer, Jr.
W. Benson “Dr. Ben” Harer Jr. graduated from Princeton University in 1952 and received his M.D. from the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1956. An avid Egyptologist and philanthropist, Harer has served as an adjunct lecturer in Egyptian Art at California State University, San Bernardino. He and his late wife, Pamela, contributed many Egyptian artifacts to the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art and created the Benson and Pamela Harer Fellowship in Egyptology at CSUSB in 2014. In 2017, Harer established the W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence program at CSUSB. Harer was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by CSUSB in 2001.

Harer served four years in the United States Air Force at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He established a private practice in San Bernardino in 1965. During his medical career, he served as president of the Board of the San Bernardino Community Hospital, taught obstetrics and gynecology at Western States University of Health Sciences as a clinical professor, and was the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. After retiring from private practice in San Bernardino in 1996, he served as chair of the department of OB/GYN and later medical director of the Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

Harer’s passion for Egyptology began with an expedition to Egypt with American Egyptologist Kent Weeks in the second season of the Theban Mapping Project. During the trip he was called out one night to deliver the baby of a 14-year old girl who was possessed by a demon (convulsing) in a mud-brick hut. The expedition was a life-changing experience, and he has gone with expeditions to Egypt or Sudan almost every year since. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Research Center in Egypt for eight of his 35 years on the board.

Alemayehu “Al” Mariam
Mariam is emeritus professor of Political Science at CSUSB. Mariam immigrated to the  United States from Ethiopia to pursue higher education. He graduated from Augusta University in 1974 with a B.A. in political science. He received is M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (1976) and University of Minnesota (1984) respectively. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1988.

Mariam joined the CSUSB faculty in 1989 and taught a variety of courses including constitutional law, civil liberties, civil rights, judicial process, legislative process, public policy and African politics. He served as executive assistant to the late CSUSB president Al Karnig and was responsible for federal relations, legislative advocacy, community engagement and commercialization of technology.

He is a member of the California, District of Columbia and United States Supreme Court bars. In 1998, he argued People v. Peevy in the California Supreme Court. The Peevy case is often cited alongside Miranda v. Arizona (Miranda rights), condemning the policy of intentional, deliberate, “widespread, systematic police misconduct” designed to violate a suspect’s right against self-incrimination.

Miriam is regarded as the foremost Ethiopian human rights advocate in the Ethiopian diaspora. He was a leading advocate in the passage of H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act) in 2007. He has given interviews on Voice of America, Al Jazeera and other media outlets. He has written more than 1,000 weekly blogs of substantial length on human rights in Ethiopia and Africa for more than 13 years without missing a single week. He has his own blog page on the Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to The Hill, an online service catering to members of Congress.

In 2018, Mariam was selected to chair the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund by H.E. Prime Minster Dr. Abiy Ahmed; and over the past 5 months the Fund has collected donations of over $4.5 million for various development projects in Ethiopia. In the same year, he was also selected as “Alumni of Notable Achievement” by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

D. Clayton Mayes
D. Clayton Mayes served 26 years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where he commanded five different divisions and attained the rank of police captain.  He served a total of eight years in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and the California National Guard, where he attained the rank of captain. He commanded three different company-sized units and served as a battalion staff officer.

While servicing with the LAPD, he was elected four times and served 12 years on the Board of Trustees of the Downey Unified School District. He taught at Cerritos College and for the DOJ-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He retired from the LAPD in 1990 to become chief of police of the Downey Police Department.

After retiring from the Downey Police Department, he moved to the Coachella Valley (Palm Desert area), where he served as the founding director of the College of the Desert-Public Safety Academy.  He served as a reserve officer for eight years, as the commander of the Air Support Division for the Indio Police Department, where he and his fellow reserve officers flew successful air missions for the department.

Currently Mayes  serves as a professor of administration of justice at the College of the Desert.  While working at College of the Desert he also taught criminal justice at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus where he encouraged and advised hundreds of students to obtain their bachelor and master’s degree in criminal justice from CSUSB.

Mayes graduated from East Los Angeles College with an associate degree in police science.  He continued his education at Pepperdine University earning both a bachelor degree in public management and a master’s degree in public administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI-National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the Managerial Policy Institute at USC.

Cynthia Olivo
For 24 years, Cynthia Olivo has served in capacities including dean, associate vice president and vice president in higher education. This is her 17th year as an administrator, including seven years at the university level and 10 years in community college education.

Olivo serves as the vice president of Student Services at Pasadena City College (PCC), serving 30,000 diverse students including 51 percent Latinx, 27 percent Asian and Pacific Islander, 4 percent African American, 15 percent White and 44 percent first-generation college students, with 65 percent meeting low income guidelines.  Cynthia was selected for the Aspen Presidential Fellows Program Class of 2017, completed the Harvard Institute for Management & Leadership in Education and the American Council on Education Advancing to the Presidency Program.

Olivo currently leads a team that has secured $17 million dollars in grants in the past three years, including Hispanic Serving Institution Title V, Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Title III, TRIO Title V grants and Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund. She led the creation of a Veterans Resource Center and the LancerPantry and is leading the following projects: Integrated One Stop Student Services Center, Safe Zone Center, Foster Youth Center, the expansion of the Pathways Center and Veterans Resource Center, and is providing strategic vision in creating a first-of-its-kind Career & Completion Center and the Center for Student Equity and Professional Development. She is the president-elect for the Statewide Chief Student Services Officers of California Community Colleges and is the Southern California Representative organizing a Statewide Latinx California Community College Organization. Olivo is an adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education Doctoral Program, teaching administration in higher education.

Olivo earned her B.A. in psychology and a master of science in Counseling from California State University San Bernardino.  She earned her Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in urban leadership from Claremont Graduate University in 2009.

For more information on the CSUSB College of Social and Behavior Science Hall of Fame, contact Alicia Corral, director of development, at (909) 537-4493 or atrujill@csusb.edu.

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