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Weekly Wednesday Message

January 18, 2011


Happy New Year. Whether you are already back on campus or are returning on Monday, the first day of the spring semester, I hope you had a pleasant and profitable holiday break. I look forward to continuing our work together in these challenging times. 


Winter Institute on Teaching and Learning

Friday, January 20 is the deadline to register for the Winter Institute on Teaching Learning (WITL).

The institute will be held on Friday, January 27 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Faculty Center (AS 116). The topic is “Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum.”

Register at Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis. The event will include a walking tour of campus “green” efforts and walking shoes/attire are highly recommended. Lunch will be served.

BeachBoard Workshops January 19-20

Faculty are invited to attend BeachBoard workshops on Thursday and Friday, January 19 – 20 from 10 am – 12 pm or from 1 – 3 pm.

The workshops will cover topics such as the BeachBoard gradebook, setting up a course for the semester, or integrating clicker class activity into BeachBoard.

See a detailed schedule online or contact Instructional Technology Support Services for more information.

Deadline Extended for Ethics Study

Faculty can still participate in the campus-wide ethics study sponsored by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership in the College of Business Administration. Even faculty who do not teach ethics or have a specific interest in the topic are encouraged to participate. The deadline to participate in the study is Wednesday, February 1.

The purpose of this brief study is twofold:

  • Gather information on where and how ethics is being taught on our campus; and
  • Conduct a pilot test for a large national survey with a sample set of over 40,000 faculty members.

All responses will be confidential and viewed only by the researchers for the purpose of this study. Data will be aggregated into a survey report, and study results will be presented at academic conferences and in publications to assist educators in teaching about ethics and ethical decision making.

After completing the survey faculty may enter their email address for the opportunity to win one of four prizes. Winners will receive either a $150 Gift Card or two tickets (three sets available) to the Ukleja Center’s 2012 Leading the Ethical Organization breakfast ($190 value). Faculty may request to have the study results emailed.

Anyone with questions regarding this research can contact Brenda Freshman, Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration and Director of Research for the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, at (562) 985-1962 or

Friday is the Deadline for Outstanding Staff Nominations

Nominations for the 2012 CSULB Outstanding Staff Award are due this Friday, January 20. The award recipient will be honored at several events during the next year.

To be eligible for the award, individuals must:

  • Be a staff member of the university, the Forty-Niner Shops, the CSULB Foundation or Associated Students Inc. with a minimum of five years employment on campus.
  • Have a demonstrated campus-wide service and dedication to CSULB and purposeful use of skills and resources for the betterment of the campus community.
  • Have made a significant campus-wide contribution to the support of staff, faculty and/or students, which can include a combination of CSULB campus-wide committee work, volunteering for campus events, service outside of normal job responsibilities, exemplary service on the job, etc.
  • Be willing to have their names submitted.

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the campus community, including the nominee. For further information or to receive a nomination packet, contact Cynthia Riley at

Office of Gift Planning Seminar Series

Financial professionals from the areas of law, insurance, and finance will present information and answer questions on a variety of topics during the Office of Gift Planning’s seminar series, “All in the Family...Easy Strategies for Difficult Situations.”

Each seminar will run from 5 - 6:30 pm. Topics and dates are as follows:

Tuesday, January 31:  Trustee Tales: Cautionary tales about conflicts that may arise during trust/will administration due to issues with blended families, in-laws, addiction, and elder abuse/fraud. 

Tuesday, February 7:  Dealing with Incapacitated Family Members: Incapacity assessment, Medi-Cal planning, VA insurance, and using retirement funds to pay for care.

Tuesday, February 21:  What to Do to Avoid the Pitfalls:  How to communicate about difficult topics with family members, protective trusts for blended families, and how to choose the right trustee who can handle your situation.

Attend every session or choose your favorite - all are free.

Light refreshments will be served.  For additional information, contact the Office of Gift Planning

Academic Affairs Still Accepting Food Donations

Academic Affairs is still accepting food donations for Food Finders, a Long Beach food bank that helps feed 16,000 people daily.

Canned goods, packaged food and drinks and hygiene items are being accepted in the President’s Lobby on the third floor of Brotman Hall until Monday, January 30.

For more information, please contact Lupe Swartz at 5-2389.

Did You Know?

CSULB has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the top 100 best values in public colleges for 2011-12. The ranking recognizes four-year institutions that combine outstanding education with economic value.

CSULB appears at No. 98 on the list and is one of 11 California institutions to make the rankings. Three other CSU campuses were among the top 100—San Diego State (77), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (83) and Cal Poly Pomona (91). The other seven California schools were University of California campuses.

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