hether 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 2012-13.
Thanks to the hard work of faculty, students and staff, we were named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Find out why we were recognized.
- We celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Long Beach College Promise, a partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach City College, dedicated to providing local students with greater opportunities to complete higher education. Together, we unveiled a progress report that shows encouraging results in college preparation, college access and college success – three key measurements of student achievement.
- Partnerships with local companies benefitted students in the College of Engineering:
- The DENSO North American Foundation funded a computer-supported plasma cutting system valued at nearly $50,000 for a laboratory to support research and teaching.
- The college was the first in California and one of only five in the nation to receive a $500,000 matching grant from the Beavers Charitable Trust to establish an endowment for a Professor of Practice in Heavy Civil Construction.
- The college opened its High Performance Computer Laboratory thanks to support from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base.
Making a Difference
Faculty and students gave their time and talent to making a difference in the community.
- 3,487 students enrolled in service learning courses, providing 78,192 hours of service at 317 locations throughout the community.
- 178 social work students provided nearly 90,000 hours of direct and clinical social work services to help those most in need cope with life’s challenges.
- Business students worked with local organizations on several sustainability projects:
- Students in a sustainability class worked with the Aquarium of the Pacific and developed a business plan for an entrepreneur developing an aquaculture business for mussels and oysters near Catalina Island.
- A group of MBA students from the Saturday MBA (SMBA) program, in partnership with the College of Business Administration and the Sustainable Transportation Program, developed a plan for the bike path linking CSULB and the City of Long Beach. With the guidance of Elissa Thomas, CSULB’s Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator, the team submitted a proposal entitled “The Bouton Creek Bike Path Project” and was selected to present their sustainability project at this year’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC).
- Thirty Recreation and Leisure students, led by Joanne Conley (Recreation and Leisure Studies), organized Spooktacular at the Villages at Cabrillo. About 250 residents attended the Halloween event, which included game booths, bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, a photo booth, tacos, and entertainment by 102.7 KIIS FM.
- Accounting majors offered free income tax preparation for students and members of the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
- Ezra LeBank (Theatre Arts) helped create ARTmaggedon, a two-day event that encouraged Los Angelenos to attend performances, concerts, exhibitions and more in their own neighborhoods as an alternative to the 405 freeway closure in fall 2012.
Reaching Out to the Community
- The College of Engineering received grants for the following summer programs that encouraged young girls to consider studying engineering:
- My Daughter is an Engineer, in which girls and parents learned about electronics in everyday life and worked together alongside their own teachers to build and program a robot.
- Engineering Girls – It Takes a Village, in which about 40 fifth- and sixth-graders, who currently reside at the Villages at Cabrillo, stayed in the dorms for one-week, learning about engineering and success for college.
- Science Learning @ the Beach went on the road in July, taking the Young Scientists' Camp to Long Beach Cabrillo High School where they set up camp to share the wonders of science with homeless children.
- In Spring more than 200 high school students participated in Mathematics and Statistics’ annual Math Day at the Beach, a math problem-solving festival that emphasizes intuitive thinking rather than computational skill.
- More than 400 people attended the College of Education’s first CSULB Education Week, which offered 18 events to help people learn more about the college’s undergraduate, credential and graduate programs.
- About 200 business and community leaders attended the inaugural Regional Economic Forum, hosted by the Office of Economic Research. Director Heather Stephens led a discussion on the region's economy, which is shaped in large part by what happens nationally and in the global market.
- The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosted its Fellows Colloquium, “Cosmic Secrets Unlocked: The Bright and Dark Sides of Our Universe,” with Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar (Physics and Astronomy) as one of the guest speakers.
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:
- Communication Studies major Tony Hoang received the university’s Student Community Service Award.
- Mary Anne Rose, director of Graduate Studies for the College of Education, received CSULB's Staff Community Service Award.
- Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) was honored with the university’s Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award for his tireless work on behalf of CSULB.
Dr. Betty McMicken, (Communicative Disorders) received the Anne Douglas Legacy of Vision Award for her efforts to help women at the Anne Douglas Center at the Los Angeles Mission.
Dr. Betty McMicken
- Graduate Ashley Riley, who majored in school health education, was the second-prize winner in the 2012 Charter One TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship competition for her work with Rotoract Long Beach, Long Beach Rescue Mission and Miller Children’s Hospital.
- CSULB Alumnus Josiah Jones and faculty member Dean Gilbert (Science Education) were recognized by the California Science Teachers Association. Jones, CSULB’s seventh Future Science Teacher recipient since 2005, was recognized for his commitment to science education along with volunteerism and professional activities. Gilbert received the Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Serving their Profession
- College of Education Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer has been appointed to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the new accrediting body for educator preparation.
- Dr. Richard Behl (Geological Sciences) became the second CSULB faculty member to be named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), joining Dr. Stan Finney, a 2011 Fellow.
- Dr. Brandon Gamble (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) served as the 2012-13 president of the California Association of School Psychologists.
- Dr. Lesley Farmer (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) was chosen to serve on the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board.
- Lily Gossage, director of the College of Engineering's Recruitment and Retention Center, was selected to serve a two-year term on the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Board of Directors.
- Dr. Kristi Hagans (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) was appointed to the California Department of Education’s Advisory Commission on Special Education, which provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature and the Governor.
- Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) was appointed Vice President of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, a national organization of critical race scholars committed to a project of racial justice in education.