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Division of Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Brian Jersky

I've just recently returned from the CSULB Italia Tour with President Conoley and others that included stops in Rome, Siena, Cortona and Venice, and what a tremendous experience it was.

The focus of the trip was in the Tuscan hill town of Chiusdino, where a new art center is emerging. For the last two years, students and faculty from CSULB's Ceramic Arts Program have been building a wood-fire kiln and ceramics studio at the Tirisondola/Tuscan Art Center property of Thomas Liepsner.

The international arts exchange project holds opportunities for expanding study-abroad programming for our School of Art and other departments in the College of the Arts, and perhaps other campus programs as well as programs across the CSU system.

We had a very good trip. In fact, it was wonderful spending time with our students - about 20 of them - who were taking part in the summer program, and there was a reception and official opening for the kiln. While we were there, we watched as many of the students mixed and used clay from the property, making ceramics in the way that it has been made there for thousands of years.

I think what most impressed all of us is how much the students seemed to have gained from the experience. As always, when I interact with our students, I was impressed with their confidence, with their abilities, with how much I think travel has opened their eyes and broadened their horizons. I know it sounds cliché, but it really is true.

It is amazing to me that nearly 80 percent of all ceramic arts BFA students have spent time studying, doing research, and exploring different cultures abroad over the last five years because of programs like this. It is easy to see the transformative effects that these travels have on our students when they return to the United States.

In any event, we are looking forward to strengthening our ties with the town of Chiusdino. President Conoley and the mayor of the town had a very fruitful meeting of the minds, which we hope will lead to additional student opportunities. I am grateful to everyone involved for exploring this opportunity for our students.

In closing, let me extend a hearty welcome to both Dr. Jody Cormack and Ms. Juliet Hidalgo to the third floor of Brotman Hall and the Office of the Provost.

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Cormack is serving as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies while the office conducts a search for a permanent replacement for the recently retired Dr. Cecile Lindsay. A new search will begin in the fall, and our hope is to fill the position by January, or July 2018 at the latest.

Mrs. Hidalgo is the new senior communications strategist for Academic Affairs, replacing the recently departed Linda Fontes. She comes to CSULB from Cal Poly Pomona, where for the last two years she was the communication and event specialist for the College of Science. I am looking forward to her creative and innovative contributions to our communications efforts.

'Shark Week' Segment on Discovery Channel
to Feature CSULB's Lowe, Shark Lab Students

Chris Lowe, director of the CSULB Shark Lab, will be featured in a segment of the Discovery Channel's 2017 Shark Week presentation on Tuesday, July 25, at 9 p.m. In conjunction with this, the campus will host Shark Week @ the Beach on Friday, July 21, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Hall of Science. Learn more about the Shark Lab segment.

Play by Theatre Arts Faculty Member Has
Successful Run at Fringe Festival in San Diego

An hour-long, family-friendly play title "Flight," written by CSULB Theatre Arts faculty member Ezra LeBank, earned positive reviews when it was performed recently at the 2017 Fringe Festival in San Diego. Learn more about "Flight".

Office of Media and Government Relations
Offering Fall Public Knowledge Media Training

The Office of Media and Government Relations will be offering a media training course during the fall 2017 semester for interested faculty members and graduate students. Learn more about these talks.

CSU Travel Restrictions Updated

In early December, university officials shared that CSU travel procedures were updated with the passage of Assembly Bill 1887. This legislation introduced certain travel restrictions for university travelers effective Jan. 1, 2017. Learn more about these updates.

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