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Fourteen Recognized at Achievement Awards Ceremony

T hirteen faculty and staff members and one student were recognized at the University Achievement Awards on May 15 at the Pointe for their outstanding service, scholarship and leadership. More


CSULB Graduation Rates Expected to Hit Milestone

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) may reach a graduation rate milestone this fall.  Our tracking currently suggests that 50-52 percent of the freshman cohort that entered in 2002 may graduate by the six-year point that ends with the August graduation deadline.  If so, this would be the first time CSULB's six-year rate has exceeded 50 percent, according to available records.   More

 

Second Semester Advising Program Proves Successful

A new advising initiative at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is establishing a stronger connection between students and their colleges and ensuring freshmen are meeting their general education requirements. 

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BeachBoard Upgrade Taking Place This Summer

In order to improve BeachBoard’s stability and support updated Microsoft Office products more effectively, the Office of Academic Technology is upgrading BeachBoard beginning this summer.

While most of the changes and new features will not greatly affect the look and feel of BeachBoard’s tools, the communication tools such as announcements, email and the discussion boards will be enhanced.

For information regarding the features in the new version, please visit the BeachBoard Web site.  Online tutorials and demo sessions will be available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Technology at (562) 985-4745 or factech@csulb.edu.


Faculty, Students and Staff Highlights

Cole Conservatory of Music students Mike Briones and Jonathan Bradley and recent CSULB graduate Jimmy Emerzian will be touring Europe this summer with Joey Fatone and also the Backstreet Boys.

The CSULB Speech and Debate Team won first place at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament in April — one of several strong finishes at national tournaments this spring. CSULB's team is ranked in the "elite eight" in individual events and in the top 20 in parliamentary debate in (open division) nationally.  In the last six years, CSULB has brought home seven national championships in speech and debate events. View complete results from the spring competitions

Aerospace Engineering Professor Eric Besnard, his students and industry partner Garvey Spacecraft Corporation (GSC) staged another successful experimental rocket launch in April. They conducted a flight test of the Prospector 14 LOX-Methane (P-14LM) prototype launch vehicle that featured a 1,000 lbf-thrust LOX/methane rocket engine developed by CSULB students.  It is believed that this is the first such powered flight of this cryogenic propellant combination, which is under consideration for applications in a variety of future space exploration initiatives, such as those funded by NASA for future Reaction Control System and in-space main propulsion systems.  Read more.

Ryan Brown, who graduated from CSULB’s Music Department in 2000, has been awarded a 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He will begin his doctoral studies at Princeton in the fall.

James Manseau Sauceda, Director of the CSULB Multicultural Center was among the guest speakers at this year’s Ethics at the Beach, a half-day on-campus ethics seminar for students.  Patricia Eyres, Attorney at Law, and Kurtis Oakley, Ethics Program Manager at Northrup Grumman Corporation also shared their expertise on ethical communication in a global society at the event in April.

Message from the Provost

Dr. Karen L. Gould, Provost and SVP

Dr. Karen L. Gould, Provost & SVP

With all of the happy activities surrounding commencement, the awards ceremonies, and the retirement parties, May is the time of year when we celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students, faculty, and staff, say goodbye to departing colleagues, share best wishes with our graduates, and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year.

 

This year, our commencement festivities are made even more exciting with the news that we are on track with the highest graduation rate and the highest number of graduates California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has ever seen. 

Graduation is the culmination of everything our students, faculty, and staff have worked to achieve.  Our enhanced efforts to ensure needed academic support have enabled nearly 8,200 students to graduate in six years.  I want to congratulate all of the graduates and thank the faculty and staff who have supported and encouraged our graduating seniors as well as our graduating master’s and doctoral students.  

 

This spring we are also saying goodbye to retiring faculty, staff, and administrators.  Among those who will be retiring are Jean Houck, Dean of the College of Education, and Marilyn Crego, Dean of University College and Extension Services, both of whom have provided strong leadership and dedicated service to our university.  To all who are leaving or transitioning into retirement, we thank you for your service to our students and to the university. You have left an indelible mark on countless students and colleagues.

 

Although we are saying goodbye to our graduates and retiring colleagues, we are also very pleased to welcome a new unit into the Division of Academic Affairs.   The Office of Institutional Research, under the leadership of Van Novack, has transferred this month to Academic Affairs.  Institutional Research provides significant data information and analysis to Academic Affairs annually as well as to other areas of the campus, including the Office of the President.  We are delighted to welcome Dr. Novack and his staff, Stacie Bauerle, Tom Carberry, Michael Remley, Sharon Xu, Suprea Koul, Debbie Drumheller, and Lori Chavez, to our Division.

 

I want to thank the faculty and staff in the Division of Academic Affairs for your outstanding contributions throughout this past year.  I wish you all a productive and enjoyable summer.