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Academic Affairs Budget Update

The recent Academic Senate retreat focused on the 2010-11 budget and presented the framework that academic colleges are using in planning for 2010-11 budget reductions. More

First Candidates for CHHS Dean Search on Campus This Week

The first two candidates for the College of Health and Human Services dean search will be on campus this week, November 16-19. Open forums are scheduled as follows:

Dr. Kenneth Millar, Dean and Professor
College of Professional Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University
Tuesday, November 17, 1-2:20 pm, Anatol Center (AS-110)

Dr. Mel Finkenberg, Interim Dean
College of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University
Thursday, November 19, 3:30-5 pm
Faculty Center for Professional Development (AS-116)

View their curriculum vitas online. More

Fifteen Honored for Community Engagement

Three faculty members, 11 students and a local non-profit organization were honored with the Center for Community Engagement’s Spirit of Service Award last month for their contributions to community engagement. More


Faculty, Staff and Student Highlights

Allergan Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series

Allergan CEO David Pyott and Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair Jeff CohlbergDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair Jeff Cohlberg received a $5,000 check from Allergan CEO David Pyott this summer to support the Department's weekly Seminar Series as well as the annual Allergan Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series, which will be this Wednesday, November 18. This year’s visiting lecturer, Julius Rebek from the Scripps Institute, will present a general lecture titled "Molecular Assembly and Encapsulation" at 2 pm in the Beach Auditorium (USU). The lecture will be followed by a technical lecture at 5:30 pm in LA2-109 entitled "The Inner Space of Molecules." Additional information is available on the Department Web site.

Book Co-Edited by Education's Symcox Receives Award

A book co-edited by Linda Symcox (Teacher Education) has received the "Peace Studies Book of the Year" Award by the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium. Social Justice, Peace and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards (Routledge, 2009) is a groundbreaking collection of articles on the interconnectivity of social justice, peace, and environmental preservation. The Peace Studies Book of the Year Award is an international award for an outstanding book in the field of peace studies. 

Team of Four Faculty Receive NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $292,226 grant to fund collaborative research at CSULB’s Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Society (IIRMES). CSULB anthropology professor Hector Neff is the principal investigator for the NSF/IIRMES project. Also involved with the project are co-principal investigators Lora Stevens-Landon, assistant professor of geological sciences; Gregory Holk, associate professor of geological sciences; and Carl Lipo, associate professor of anthropology.

Awarded through NSF’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, the grant is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project, which runs through July 2012, will include research on ancient technology and diets, economic interaction and past environments.  More

Submit Cost-Saving Suggestions Online
Academic Affairs is seeking input from faculty and staff on how the Division can reduce costs and generate revenue. Please submit your suggestions online.

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Message from the Provost

Dr. Donald J. Para,  Interim Provost and SVP

Dr. Donald J. Para, Interim Provost & SVP

November is a very busy month at CSULB. We enjoyed an excellent Faculty Supper Club with Mark Ruwedel from the Department of Art. We anticipate two Faculty Supper Club events in the spring semester. Details to follow in the months to come.


Events continue this week with numerous faculty presentations, art displays, performances and athletic events. On Wednesday, Biological Sciences’ Simon Malcomber will discuss "Feeding the World” at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Fellows Colloquium. Former Wall Street senior banker, author of “House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street” and investigative journalist William D. Cohan will share his insights on the world financial crisis at the third CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday.


Please visit the CSULB calendar for information on these and other exciting events taking place in November. I hope that you will be able to participate in some of these informative and inspiring events.


This week we are also welcoming to campus two of the four finalists in the College of Health and Human Services dean search.


  • Dr. Ken Millar’s open forum will be on Tuesday, November 17, from 1-2:20 pm in the Anatol Center (AS-110).
  • The open forum for Dr. Mel Finkenberg will be Thursday, November 19, from 3:30-5 pm in the Faculty Center for Professional Development (AS-116).

The remaining two finalists will be on campus the first week of December. I encourage you to view their CVs online, attend the open forums and provide your feedback.


We are committed to keeping everyone informed as we move through the budget planning process. Vice Provost Dave Dowell, Vice President of Administration and Finance Mary Stephens and I will begin the second round of campus presentations on the budget in January. “Road Show 2” will have a fairly specific indication of the budget impact on Academic Affairs. Look for dates and times in Wednesday morning messages in the weeks to come.


I want to thank you for your continued dedication to our students. I wish you, your families and friends a happy Thanksgiving holiday.