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Service: How Did We Make a Difference?

Whether it was providing students with service learning opportunities, bringing people together to discuss critical issues or helping people improve their lives, CSULB remained committed to making a difference in 2011-12.

  • Over 80 clients from the Long Beach area were served in the College of Health and Human Services’ Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic by students and faculty from the Department of Communicative Disorders.
  • More than 120 elementary, middle and high school students received counseling and educational services from graduate students in the College of Education’s Community Clinic. Another 78 students in the community received tutoring from the Learning Assistance Center.
  • Camp Nugget, offered through the CSULB Department of Kinesiology, celebrated 40 years of serving children with disabilities and special needs. Small group instruction is provided by Kinesiology students working toward Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credentials under the supervision of Dr. Barry Lavay (Kinesiology).
  • About 3,000 students were enrolled in 112 Service Learning courses, providing more than 45,350 hours in the community.
  • Approximately 130 students logged more than 7,000 hours in formal direct service with programs like AmeriCorps, JusticeCorps and the Alternative Spring Break.
  • Through the Center for Community Engagement, we partnered with more than 130 organizations in the community.
  • The Jewish Studies Program held its second Eva and Eugene Schlesinger Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust and established an endowment so that it can be held annually in perpetuity. The one-week institute for teachers featured talks by noted Holocaust historians, presentations by teacher leaders, and classroom resources focused on the history of the Holocaust. In addition to providing teachers with information about the historical context and major events of the Holocaust, the institute investigates how art was used as a tool of both perpetration and resistance.
  • got questions post it noteIt became easier to navigate the Library with the debut of a new online reference service. "Got Questions, Get Answers" allows students, faculty, staff and community members to email, text, tweet or call to get their reference and research questions answered. When a question is asked that is already in the system’s database, answers pop up instantly. If a question is not in the database, Librarians working on the reference desk can answer questions in real time.

    In addition to “Got Questions,” Librarians offer about 600 instruction sessions with students and faculty each year and have about 8,000 reference desk interactions.

Find out more about how we made a difference.

Building Healthy Communities

The Center for Community Engagement was awarded more than $600,000 in grants to support initiatives that improve local communities, including:

  • More than $334,000 from the California Endowment for "Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach Hub Host," which supports the implementation of a 10-year placed based initiative in central and west Long Beach addressing the social determinants of a healthy community.
  • More than $336,000 from the California Community Foundation for several projects in El Monte and Southeast Los Angeles County that focus on establishing leadership academies and helping residents collaboratively identify community priorities and work toward solutions.
  • A $24,000 grant from the California Endowment/Kern County Superintendent of Schools to implement "AmeriCorps Building Healthy Communities Long Beach," which pairs volunteers with youth to reinforce positive choices and behaviors.


Engineering the Future

My Daughter is an Engineer event The College of Engineering offered a new program in an effort to increase the number of women pursuing engineering degrees.

“My Daughter is an Engineer,” is a three-day summer residential program for parents and daughters to explore engineering in everyday life and participate in hands-on projects. Fourteen girls who were recommended by their school principals and counselors participated in the program with their parents in 2011. Nineteen participated in June 2012. The program is funded by IEEE Control Systems Society and the California Space Grant Consortium, with support from the Columbia Memorial Space Center.

During 2011-12 more than 650 girls participated in other outreach programs, including “Women Engineers at the Beach” and “Engineering Girls at the Beach,” one-day programs to enhance elementary, middle and high school girls' understanding of engineering, computer science and technology.


Helping Teachers Get Back in the Classroom

CSULB began programs to help teachers who were laid off from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) pursue teaching credentials that are in greater demand.

In fall 2011, the College of Continuing and Professional Education began partnering with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to help 60 former LBUSD teachers earn single subject credentials in mathematics and science for free. Fees are being covered with the help of grants as well as support from the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (PGWIN).

The College of Education began developing a program to help 16 teachers who were laid off from LBUSD obtain special education credentials. The former elementary and secondary teachers will participate in an accelerated year-long special education credential program that began in August 2012 and ends in May 2013. The program is a collaborative effort between the College, the CSULB Foundation, the LBUSD and PGWIN.

Community Partnerships Lead to Quality Programs

Through partnerships with businesses and community organizations, CSULB was able to create new opportunities and continue existing programs that give students skills they need to succeed after graduation, such as:

  • The Global Logistics Spe¬cialist (GLS) program, which celebrated its 15th anniversary. The first training program of its kind and the only one on the West Coast, it continues to receive unprecedented support from the transportation industry. Well over 1,200 people have attended GLS classes and more than 900 have earned the GLS professional designation. Leading trade associations continue to support GLS students through scholarships.

CSULB student interns at Molina Healthcare

  • A 12-week internship for students at Molina Healthcare. Six health care administration and business administration students were the first to take part in the Professional Development Program (PDP) established by the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Business Administration and Molina Healthcare. The students were mentored by Molina executives while working in the areas of finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, marketing, project management and business development. Molina is also discussing the possibility of displaying students' artwork at the Molina Center.
  • An Entrepreneurship Certificate for CSULB students who are interested in starting their own businesses. Created through a partnership between the College of Business Administration and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Long Beach City College, SBDC Program Director Mike Daniel developed the eight-week program. SBDC Business Advisors Bruce Sparks (a 2012 CSULB MBA grad) and Kimberly Gros led the classes, delivered the lectures, and organized the projects.

Bringing People Together

CSULB hosted a number of events for students, faculty, staff and the community in 2011-12. More than 146,900 people attended athletics events and more than 225,000 patrons came to arts events.

B-Word ProjectCSULB’s Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted project, an 18-month campus-wide initiative that began in September 2011, offered numerous events and eight courses examining and discussing what happens when a voice—whether in artistic endeavors, journalism, scientific research or other areas—is stifled through governmental, commercial, or social restraints. About 4,500 people participated in B-Word Project events, which included 12 lectures and workshops given by 14 major artists, an art exhibition at the University Art Museum and a day of Russian censored films.

In March, the Center of International Trade and Transportation brought together people from throughout the global logistics field for the second annual Point/Counterpoint forum. "Will We Survive or Thrive in 2025: The Future of the Southern California Goods Movement" discussed whether the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are ready to accommodate the projected growth of containerized freight, which is expected to more than double by 2025. The forum opened with a video featuring two different fictitious visions: an overly positive view of the goods movement in the year 2025, and an overly negative view of the goods movement in the year 2025. Panel members then discussed which alternative future is likely to occur. The panel was moderated by Genevieve Guiliano, Director of METRANS, and panel members included Mortimer L. Downey III of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Jeannie Beckett of the Beckett Group, and Gill V. Hicks of Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Many other events held on campus offered a global perspective:

  • The Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures Department organized the Austrian Studies Association’s Annual Conference in spring, featuring 64 speakers from all over the world discussing the First and Second World Wars, Resistance and Memory, Theater Politics, Documentary and Travel Narratives as well as Nationalism and Gender Politics.
  • The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) hosted the Ambassador of Nepal to the United States, Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, who presented a lecture titled “US – Nepal Relations and Economic Opportunities.” The lecture drew a diverse crowd, including members of the Friends of Nepal organization and CSULB students and faculty.
  • CCPE provided opportunities to learn about traditional and contemporary Chinese culture when it hosted the second Chinese Film and Culture Festival in October 2011. The Opening Ceremony included a Bian Lian performance (face changing), and the Tianjin Peking Opera Troupe performed excerpts from traditional Chinese Operas.
  • “Courage to Remember,” a unique traveling exhibit of Holocaust education came to the Library for a month in September 2011. One of three exhibits traveling throughout California, “Courage to Remember” is based on the internationally acclaimed exhibit of the same name from the Museum of Tolerance, the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Honored for their Service

Many members of the CSULB community were recognized for contributions to Southern California and their fields. Here are just a few:

  • Dr. Lucy Huckabay (School of Nursing) received the Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Southwest Region’s Humanitarian Award for her leadership in establishing international nursing programs as a World Health Organization consultant. Gary Hytrek, Sandar Aung and Kayla Crow


  • Dr. Gary Hytrek (Sociology) received the faculty Community Service Award at the University Achievement Awards for his efforts to fight for socio-economic justice and nurture closer university-community relations. In addition, alumna Sandar Aung was honored with the Alumni Community Service Award for her volunteer work locally and with the Alliance Towards Harnessing Global Opportunity.  Political science and English major Kayla Crow was presented with the Student Community Service Award for her dedication to improving the quality of life in Long Beach.
  • Dr. Jean-Jacques Jura (Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures) was awarded the 2012 Presidential Award by the California Language Teachers Association in recognition of his efforts and the success of the university’s LOTE program.
  • Dr. Norma Stoltz Chinchilla (Sociology) received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Central American studies by the Lozano-Long Institute for Latin American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) was one of 12 people presented with a Distinguished Member Award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEI) at its annual conference. SPEI is an international professional society with more than 90,000 members worldwide.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) gave Dr. Kevin Johnson (Communication Studies) the President’s Award for his work in civil rights and for breaking barriers.
  • Nina Ito, academic coordinator for the American Language Institute was sworn in as the 44th president of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), the largest affiliate of TESOL in the United States.
  • Marianne Venieris, Director of the Center for Trade and Transportation at CCPE, was named president of the International Business Association of Southern California (IBA) for 2011-2012. The IBA is a branch of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is the promotion of international business and trade throughout Southern California.
  • Dr. Betty McMicken (Communicative Disorders) was honored twice at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention for her outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. She also received the ASHA Beacon of Change Award, which is a reflection of her work at the Anne Douglas Center and Los Angeles Mission.