University 100 Faculty

Biographies and Office Hours

Noha Abdou

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12-1 PM in CP-950 or Zoom


headshot of noha abdouI truly believe that education is the key to success and the leveler of the playing field for many marginalized communities in attaining middle-class status and beyond. I am the Associate Director of Institutional Research at CSUF and a passionate student advocate that is vested in the well-being and success of my fellow Titans. We are fellow Titans, as I earned my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from CSUF #TitansReachHigher! I am excited about our journey together in UNIV 100, helping you navigate your first semester at CSUF and exploring all the campus resources available to you, to make this journey as successful as possible!

For fun, I love to cook, travel, play tennis, binge watch with my husband, and go to Zumba and yoga classes at my gym. Let’s make this a great first semester!

Lizette Alonso

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM in LH-216

headshot of lisette alonsoLizette Alonso is a Cal State Fullerton alumnus. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degree from the College of Communications in Human Communication Studies. Her research concentrations include Instructional and Intercultural Communication. During her undergraduate career, Lizette had the opportunity to serve as an FYE peer mentor where she quickly identified and connected with the mission of the program. Subsequently, due to her positive experience with the OFYE, during her graduate program in the HCOM department, Lizette had the opportunity to teach HCOM 100 for two years as a Graduate Teaching Associate. In essence, serving as an educator allows Lizette to be a steppingstone for these students in their academic journey. 

“My desire to educate others derives from the lack of assistance and support I experienced prior to higher education. Especially for those first-generation students, like myself, who struggle to integrate themselves to the college life and community. My goal is to produce confident and competent individuals for society as these individuals are the future.

Michael Biesiada

Office Hours: Mondays 1-2 PM (Appontment Only) in LH-216

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Greetings! I am originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. I enjoyed my hometown so much, I earned a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from UNLV. I am currently a Research Analyst in the Office of Assessment and Institutional EffectivenessOpens in new window and will be serving as an Academic Senator for the 2019-2020 academic year.

I am teaching University 100 because it is one of the most important foundational courses that students can take to ensure their college success. In fact, I taught a similar first-year experience course at the Lee Business School for several years prior to coming to CSUF. Therefore, I greatly appreciate the value that the first-year experience course brings to the university curriculum.

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to go for long runs on the beach. I find exercise as a way to give me a nice work-life balance.

Quinn Corralejo

Office Hours: Mondays, 2:30-3:30 PM in HM-7301

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Aside from being a lecturer for UNIV 100, I am the Marketing Coordiantor for Associated Students Inc. here on campus! I began working on campus as a student employee during my undergraduate program where I pursued my BA in Business Administration. Throughout my time as an undergrad, I worked with ASI, joined greek life, lived in the on campus dorms, and tried to attend as many events as possible. After graduation, I immediately began my MBA program here and was able to continue my student role with ASI. As I completed my MBA program, I transitioned into my current position as Marketing Coordinator. Now, I am pursuing my PhD in Business Management where I focus on Strategy and Innovation.

I started teaching UNIV 100 in Fall 2020, and it has been such a rewarding experience. I love hearing the individual stories of my students, and I am honored to be a part of their college journey. I believe that UNIV 100 is an important step for incoming freshman as it provides a critical foundation for students. My personal goal for all of my UNIV 100 students is to find the resources they need to help them succeed and feel confident throughout their college career.

Dr. Shelly Hsu

Office Hours: Mondays 10-11 AM or by Appointment in LH-102B

headshot of shelly hsuDr. Shelly Hsu is a passionate student advocator, educator and researcher. She began working at CSU Fullerton in 2014, and currently serves as Articulation Officer at CSU Fullerton. Prior to join CSU Fullerton, she also worked at UC, Riverside, and Ohio University. She was born and raised in Taiwan, then moved to the U.S.A in 2005. She obtained the B.A. in Real Estate & Built Environment from National Taipei University, M.Ed. in Cultural Studies in Education from Ohio University, and the Ed.D in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton.

I enjoy working with all students and learning from you in OUR classroom. UNIV 100 is a great navigator to start your college journey and I cannot wait to share this unique experience with you.

When I am free, I enjoy doing yoga, watching a movie with my husband, spending time with my daughter, and travel.


Office Hours: Fridays, 2-3 PM in GH-128

headshot of DANNY JUAREZMy name is Danny Juarez aside from being an instructor for UNIV 100, I also serve as an EOP counselor at CSUF. I teach UNIV 100 because I firmly believe that serving undergraduate students is at the forefront of creating and sustaining social change – I have learned that students are not at risk, but at promise. To be able to connect with students, hear their stories, and have a chance to witness the unfolding their promise, is a gift. I have a wide array of interests, which include the Fast and Furious franchise, toy collecting, swap meet culture, Marvel comics, and the horror genre.


Office Hours: Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 AM

headshot of MIGUEL MARTINEZHello, my name is Miguel Martinez. I am a Career Specialist for the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton Career Center. I earn my Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Higher Education and Community College certificate from Cal State Fullerton and a bachelor in History from San Francisco State University. I have over 15 years of experience in Student Affairs. I have worked in various programs like Upward Bound, EOPS, and MEP, which helped support first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students succeed in higher education. I strive to help students develop holistically, to think broadly, and to learn about themselves. Currently, my work includes working with future teachers and student affairs practitioners to develop future education leaders.

Why am I teaching UNIV 100? The first year of college is such a meaningful part of the college experience. My goal to support students who are transitioning from high school to college. I’m excited to be a part of that journey with incoming EOP students and want to help students grow and learn about themselves, looking forward to seeing you in the fall.

Dr. Judith Pérez

Office Hours: Mondays, 2:30-3:30 PM in HM-7301

headshot of judith perezDr. Judith C. Pérez is an interdisciplinary scholar with a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. Her research areas include educational leadership, Chicana/x & Latina/x racialized educational experiences, Chicana feminist thought, Latina/o Critical Theory (LatCrit), Critical Race Service Learning, the K-20 educational pipeline, university-school-community engagement and Chicana Mothers in Academia. I enjoy family movie nights, painting, and eating my mom' s homemade food.

As a first generation undergrad, I remember how scared I was my first year of college. The first semester in college is critical, I hope to do my best in helping first year students' curiously navigate their college experience.

Dave Plouffe

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM in LH-216

headshot of dave plouffeI have been a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at Cal State Fullerton since 2008. You will probably find me teaching either Introduction to Art or The History of Modern Art. Prior to teaching I served as a Collection's Manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I hold degrees in Art, Art History, and Liberal Arts. My first book, Art Appreciation:  An Introduction to the Formal Elements and Mediums was published in 2017.

Teaching University 100 has been an important part of my life over the past six years. My goal is to help students effectively face and overcome the challenges of being a first-year student.  I struggled early on in college, found myself on academic probation, and dropped out...not once, but twice. I know that if I had had a course, such as University 100, I would have been much more successful in college and life.

For fun you can find me at rare and used bookstores throughout the United States. I am an avid reader and collector of books, plus the traveling is pretty cool too. The subjects that I am interested in vary widely from art and history to detective noir and weird fiction.  Some of my favorite authors include Raymond Chandeler, Ross MacDonald, H.P. Lovecraft, Ross King, and Alberto Manguel.

Masako Ura

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 PM in LH-216

headshot of MASAKU URAI have been teaching Psychology at CSU Fullerton and several community colleges since 2015. I was born and raised in Japan. After high school, I started my higher education in the U.S. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies emphasizing intercultural communication at Cal State Long Beach. I continued my graduate education in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. I have a passion in building connections with my students and enjoy being an interpreter who helps students navigate their academic journeys. It is an honor to come back to the community where I was given an opportunity to grow and succeed as an educator.

I believe that the first-year experience plays an important role in student success. As a first-generation undergrad, I had trouble navigating the school system, finding the right major, and building a sense of belonging. I even failed my first ESL class, and I lost my confidence. I was about to return to my home country. However, with diligent support from my professors and staff members, I was able to move forward and get to where I am now. I wish I had a class like University 100 when I was a student. It would have made my academic life less stressful.

I strongly believe that UNIV100 can be a place where first-year students experience a positive learning environment at CSUF. With skills learned, students can continue their education and get connected with the school. I look forward to fostering a classroom where students can feel that they are important to CSUF, and their education matters.

Dr. Rohanna Ylagan-Nicanor

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11 AM in EC-325

headshot of Dr. Rohanna Ylagan-Nicanor As a proud product of CSUF, I have earned my undergraduate degree (BS in Child & Adolescent Studies), Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and master’s degree (MS in Elementary Education, focus in Curriculum & Instruction) with the support and expertise from the amazing faculty and staff here. After teaching in the elementary school setting for a few years, I became a student again and studied abroad to pursue another master’s (MRes in Education & Social Science) and my doctorate at King’s College, University of London. Achieving my PhD in Education Research provided an opportunity to combine and explore my personal and career passions and interests: art, learning, and memory. Currently, I am a Clinical Coach for teacher candidates in the Multiple Subject Credential Program within the College of Education’s Department of Elementary & Bilingual Education. In addition, I am absolutely overjoyed to be a lecturer for the Office of the First Year Experience’s course UNIV 100!

I am teaching UNIV 100 because this course offers students essential skills to be successful not only throughout this important transition from high school to college, but throughout their entire education, career(s), and lives. I strongly believe UNIV 100’s goals and learning objectives are instrumental in preparing students to be well-rounded, prosperous individuals in society, and I am excited to support these students along their lifelong learning journey!

Austin Ysais

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 3-5 PM in TSU-267

headshot of austin ysaisHello, my name is Austin Ysais and I am a coordinator of Leader and Program development at Associated Students here at the amazing campus of Cal State Fullerton. I have the privilege in working with students who are passionate about creating the TITAN EXPERIENCE through programs for California State University, Fullerton. I have worked in Higher Education since 2011 and have truly found my passion in helping students reach their goals personally and professionally. My mother went to CSUF, and this University has always been a big part of my life, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be here and support the students on this campus.

Silvia Zamudio

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in LH-216A

headshot of silvia zamudioSilvia Zamudio currently serves as the Student Leadership Development Coordinator (SLDC) and the Instructor for a UNIV 100 section and UNIV 397. Her role as the SLDC allows her the opportunity to develop and support student leaders working within the Office of First Year Experience. Additionally, as a faculty member, Silvia has helped create the curriculum utilized in UNIV 100/397, serve as a Faculty Mentor, and has led study abroad groups in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Silvia’s teaching philosophy includes creating a classroom environment in which students can focus and explore their own experiences. Silvia believes that students need the opportunity to have conversations, activities, and encounters that inspire critical thinking, allow civil discourse and promote a sense of community. Silvia is a current doctoral student at Azusa Pacific University in the Higher Education Leadership program. Silvia is a double alumna of California State University, Fullerton having earned her Master of Science in Higher Education in 2016 and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Chicano/a Studies in 2014. Lastly, Silvia completed the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree in 2012 from Chemeketa Community College.