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Juan Benitez Named Executive Director of Center for Community Engagement

Juan BenitezJuan Benitez, Ph.D.has been appointed executive director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE).  For the past two years Benitez has served as interim director of the CCE, which creates opportunities to expand civic participation for students, community-based research for faculty, and empowerment strategies for communities. More

Faculty, Student Research to be Featured at University Event

The second All University Celebration of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will be held on Thursday, April 23, at the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid.

Posters, exhibits, and materials illustrating the diversity of the creative and scholarly accomplishments of faculty and students will be on display and open to the public from 1 - 4:30 pm. An awards program honoring two students - Jennifer Pearson, a marketing major, and Ricardo Gallardo-Macias, a chemistry major - and three faculty members will take place from 2 - 3 pm.

CSULB faculty and students who would like to display their research, scholarly and creative activity at the event should contact the Office of University Research at (562) 985-5314. More


Faculty, Students, and Staff Highlights

Five CSULB students won awards this month at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Conference, a technical paper competition for AIAA undergraduate and graduate student members. Deepak Verma and Kay Gemba won first place in the graduate student category for their paper "Flight Testing of a Prototype LOX/Propylene Upper Stage Engine." Andrea Smith and Christopher Bostwick won second place in the team category for their paper titled "Ceramic Matrix Composite Lined Rocket Engine." David Stout won third place in the undergraduate category for his paper titled "Integrating New and Different COTS Products for CubeSat-Class Satellites." CSULB hosted the conference for the first time.

Sharon Kinney Sharon Kinney, a member of the CSULB Dance Faculty, is receiving the 2009 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Dance Festival this summer. The award, recognized as among the most prestigious in the dance field, honors teachers who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of modern dance. It signifies the importance of honoring those who act to preserve the traditions of modern dance while continuing to expand and broaden its definition. Known as "the world's greatest dance festival," the ADF is an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians and scholars. Students and community members interact directly with luminaries in the field during the six-week school, learning first-hand from those who define modern dance.

2009 SCPD at the Beach More than 200 people participated in the first 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Student Center for Professional Development and about 300 people cheered them on from the sidelines at CSULB on March 21. The 5K laid the foundation for an annual fund raising event and increased awareness of the Center, which offers programs and opportunities that enhance academic and professional development for undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration. The event was sponsored by Fitlosophy-Fitbook Creators, Jamba Juice, Train to End Stroke, Queen Beach Printer's, Inc.,, Simon Design, Gaslamp Restaurant, Merlina Design, and David J Neely Photography.

Josh Nelson, a jazz pianist who graduated from CSULB, recently finished touring with popular singer Natalie Cole. He also has a new record coming out this summer, I Hear a Rhapsody, featuring new compositions and arrangements.

Lisa Glatt and Suzanne GreenbergEnglish faculty members Lisa Glatt and Suzanne Greenberg read from and signed their new book Abigail Iris The One and Only at the Library in March. The fictional children's book tells the story of third-grader Abigail Iris. Abigail Iris has a sister and two half-brothers, but wishes she were an only child until she goes on vacation with her friend Genevieve, who is an only child, and realizes the value of being one of many children. Kirkus Reviews recommends the story "for those girls feeling the squeeze of a crowded and blended family." Greenberg and Glatt have their second Abigail Iris book coming out next year.

Voyages in World HistoryAssistant Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement Ken Curtis teamed up with Yale University professor Valerie Hansen to create Voyages in World History (Wadsworth Publishing). Each chapter in the 1,056-page text centers around a story that underscores the book's theme - the constant movement of people, goods and ideas locally, regionally, and around the globe. The stories focus on rulers, explorers, poets, merchants, soldiers, missionaries and scholars, using individual travelers' tales to open students' eyes to broad themes and big issues in world history. More

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Message from the Provost

Dr. Karen L. Gould, Provost and SVP

Dr. Karen L. Gould, Provost & SVP

As you know, the process of discussing, vetting, and voting on a revised University Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) document is nearly complete.  Ballots regarding the proposed revised University RTP document have been distributed to the full faculty by the Academic Senate and are due today, March 27.  Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel Holly Harbinger has distributed implementation guidelines for revised RTP documents to all colleges, and we have been engaged in a number of college conversations this month about RTP alignment.


In April, Interim Associate Vice President for Research Jim Till and I will be visiting with college councils and appropriate committees to discuss implementation of the Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Workload Reassignment Program that will be decentralized to the colleges beginning in fall 2009. Decentralizing the RSCA reassignment program will allow colleges to take ownership over faculty assigned time in support of RSCA activities and lengthen RSCA support for a two-year period.


There is additional good news regarding the Office of University Research. Thanks to the supportive partnership with Vice President of Administration and Finance Mary Stephens, the Foundation, and Jim Till, we are now moving forward with an integration of pre- and post-award staff in the Office of University Research. This reorganization will greatly benefit our faculty and staff involved in grant and contract work. Jim Till is also working proactively with faculty across the colleges to help identify important opportunities for new stimulus funding in support of new research and public need that have significant impact for the state and our university. Please contact Jim Till at extension 5-5314 for more information.


With respect to our hiring goals for 2009-10, we have had considerable success so far in attracting strong candidates in many of our searches. To date,17 new tenure track hires have been made. In addition, the search committee has been interviewing semifinalists for the dean of health and human services position this week. We anticipate finalists on campus the second and third weeks in April. Information about the candidates and their respective public forums will be available online once the finalists have been identified.


Finally, I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in the reaccreditation process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting team earlier this month. We received very positive feedback from the team during the exit interview. The WASC team will submit an official report in May highlighting our strengths as well as specific areas in which we should continue to focus. WASC team members were clearly impressed with the quality of our students, faculty, and staff, and with the wonderful collaborative spirit that is a campus hallmark.


Knowing that April will be an especially busy month, with many important activities and celebrations as well as important end-of-term college and department activities, I hope that the approaching spring break will give you a chance to catch your breath and catch up.

The Division of Academic Affairs congratulates the winners of the CSULB Student Research Competition. Good luck at the California State University Student Research Competition at CSULA in May.