Faculty, staff and students were honored for outstanding work at the University Achievement Awards and University Celebration of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity on May 5 at the Pointe in the Pyramid. More
BeachBoard will be upgraded to version 8 during the summer in order to enhance the available tools and resolve problems that currently exist. As a result, the primary BeachBoard system will be unavailable for three weeks in late June and early July. Summer courses will be located on a separate server. More
Because the transition from military life to life on a college campus can be difficult, the CSULB Veterans Affairs Services Office has developed the VET NET Ally Program, a training program to educate faculty and staff about the unique needs and concerns of military service members and veterans studying at CSULB. Interested faculty and staff are invited to participate in a half-day VET NET Ally training seminar on Thursday, June 24, from 8 am to 12 pm. More
Stephen Mezyk is receiving one of 42 Department of Energy grants for university-led nuclear research and development projects. The $1.4 million grant will be awarded over four years. Mezyk’s research on Alpha Radiolysis of Nuclear Solvent Extraction Ligands used for An(III) and Ln(III) Separations (FCS-3) is one of 13 projects funded by the Department of Energy for the development of "technologies that will enable the safe and cost-effective management of the used fuel produced by the current and future nuclear fuel cycle in a manner that reduces proliferation risk." CSULB was the only non-PhD institution receiving one of the Fuel Cycle Research and Development grants and Mezyk’s grant was the largest awarded.
CSULB’s vocal jazz chorus, Pacific Standard Time, and four CSULB students received awards from DownBeat Magazine, a widely respected publication covering the world of jazz and blues. DownBeat’s Annual Student Music Awards are the largest national jazz competition for students.
Pacific Standard Time received the Graduate College Outstanding Performance award. Honors for outstanding performances by vocal jazz soloists went to undergraduate Katheren "Ren" Geisick and graduate student Ann Pedersen. The Jazz Arrangement Undergraduate College Winner was Alex Stephens for “In the Glow of the Moon.” The Jazz Arrangement Graduate College Winner was Andrea Calderwood for “Last Call.” The awards are featured in the June 2010 issue.
Britt Rios Ellis (NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training)) was recognized as a Woman of the Year by the National Hispanic Business Women Association in May. The association is an Orange County-based non-profit organization that empowers and encourages women and business owners to develop and increase their business and offers opportunities to students who wish to pursue higher education and a career in business. More
Dr. Donald J. Para. Provost & SVP
The conclusion of an academic year is marked by beginnings and endings; by celebrations, recognitions, and farewells. Last month's nine Commencement Celebrations were a time of great joy for our graduates, their families and friends, as they moved on to the next phase of their lives. There were over 9,000 degrees awarded this year, the largest number in the history of the university and among the largest number of any school across the nation. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who helped make Commencement special for our graduates and their families.
This time of year also brings celebration and recognition of student, faculty and staff achievements. We recognized these achievements in universitywide events, like the University Achievement Awards and Research Celebration, as well as at the college and department level. And we honored and thanked many faculty and staff who have worked at CSULB for many years at the Faculty Retirement Luncheon and the Staff Service Awards.
These celebrations reflect our mission to graduate students with highly valued degrees. The purpose for each student entering CSULB is to learn, grow, and graduate. Lives are changed by what we do here. As we recognize faculty and staff achievements, we realize how remarkable their work is and the impact it has across the region, state, nation and our world. The reach and scope of this campus is quite extraordinary.
We acknowledge that CSULB, a unique and very affordable institution, has been built on and by people who wanted to do something special – who wanted to make this something more than just another CSU campus.
This has been a difficult and challenging year. Furloughs, reducing admissions, increasing class sizes, and the other impacts of our severe budget realities certainly had an impact on how we did our business this year. But it would be hard for an outsider to see much difference in the results. The dedication of the faculty and staff and the determination of our students made this another memorable year; another year that we moved forward, albeit in smaller steps than we had expected.
Student success will continue to be our top priority. Supporting faculty in teaching and in research and creative activity is essential if we are to graduate students with degrees that are current, high quality and that prepare them for the next phase of their lives.
Thank you for another remarkable year. I look forward to continuing our work together in the upcoming year.