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Division of Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Brian Jersky

At one of my recent faculty lunches in The Chartroom, I got into an interesting conversation about individuals’ sense of belonging and how interactions we have with others can affect us. One colleague, Rosa Moreno-Alcaraz from Counseling and Psychological Services, later sent me an article that recommends smiling at other people to help everyone feel welcome.

I think we all know that our close personal and professional relationships help keep us grounded and can easily influence our daily attitude and moods. They help give us a sense of belonging, whether it be to a circle of friends or a group of people in an office. However, we may overlook how interactions with people we don’t know that well (or don’t know at all) can affect us as well.

In any event, I left the lunch with those thoughts on my mind and tried to smile at every person I made eye contact with on my walk back to Brotman Hall. I continue to enjoy these lunches with my faculty colleagues and look forward to the next one.

The president received an email recently from CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Loren Blanchard requesting faculty, student and administration input on how to reshape the system’s general education policy with a focus on equitable access and student success. Specifically, how can the CSU’s General Education (GE) Breadth Requirements be revised to achieve better clarity, ensure equitable treatment and opportunities for all students, and importantly, streamline students’ path to graduation?

I am including a link to the system’s GE Breadth Requirements, also known as Executive Order (EO) 1100, for your review. I am also providing a link to a campus feedback form that includes space to provide advice regarding each main section of EO 1100—applicability of the policy; pathways to fulfillment of general education requirements; premises of CSU General Education Breadth; distribution of General Education Breadth units; transfer and articulation; implementation and governance.

Contact your academic senators to provide feedback. Campus officials are hoping to receive all input by May 31 and consolidate the responses in time to meet the Chancellor’s Office response deadline, which is June 16.

Finally, I had an opportunity to attend my first Pow Wow celebration at the university, and I was honored to be there. It was an incredibly beautiful event—full of pageantry, cultural pride and plenty of food. It was a very positive and heart-warming experience, and it was wonderful seeing so many happy people celebrating their heritage and sharing it with others.

University Library Signage Goes Digital

In the University Library’s latest technological upgrade, its directional signage has gone digital. Learn more.

Veterans Services Office to Host
Spring 2017 VET NET Ally Seminar

The CSULB Veterans Services Office invites faculty, staff and students to attend the Spring 2017 VET NET Ally seminar on Thursday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. Learn more.

President’s Commission on Status of Women
Seeking Nominations for 2 Awards by April 5

The CSULB President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is seeking nominations from the campus community for two awards by Wednesday, April 5. Learn more.

Child and Family Center to Hold
Its Annual Open House on April 7

The Child and Family Center will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the Family and Consumer Science Building. Learn more.

Wellness Week 2017 Set for April 10-12; Will
Feature Walk, Lecture, Fair, Live Your Life Day

The LifeFit Center at the Beach will present Wellness Week 2017, featuring a variety of activities over three days—April 10, 11 and 12. Learn more.

Women’s Research Colloquium on April 13
to Feature Anthropology, Theatre Arts Faculty

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will host its signature event, the Women’s Research Colloquium, at The Pointe in The Walter Pyramid on Thursday, April 13, from 5- 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

CSULB Chapter of National Academy of Inventors
to Present Luncheon Session on Protecting Inventions

The CSULB Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) invites faculty and staff to attend a luncheon session on “The Faculty’s Guide to Protecting Inventions” on Friday, April 14. Learn more.

2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Competition Now Open; Deadline Aug. 1

The 2018-19 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open, and the deadline to submit applications is Aug. 1. Learn more.