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Weekly Wednesday Message

March 21, 2012

Academic Affairs Budget Update


2011 Faculty Worklife Survey Results are Online

Results of CSULB’s 2011 Faculty Worklife Survey illustrate the complexity of perceived workload at a comprehensive, state-supported institution. The results, which are available online, indicate that:

  • CSULB faculty members exemplify the teacher/scholar model.
  • Research productivity is extremely high given the demanding teaching load.
  • Faculty members are satisfied with their employment at CSULB, despite trying budgetary times.
  • Teaching CSULB students is the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of faculty work.

The survey was emailed to all Unit 3 employees by Academic Affairs in Spring 2011 to determine faculty members’ perceptions of workload, satisfaction with work, support, climate, and personal responsibilities.

New General Education Policy

Recently the Academic Senate approved a new General Education (GE) policy for undergraduates. The new 2012 GE policy continues CSULB’s commitment to developing essential liberal education skills for all students and fostering student exploration of a variety of disciplines.

The new policy allows departments to create new kinds of Capstone courses that will:

  • Combine disciplinary knowledge with liberal education skills (Integrative Learning Capstone) or
  • Allow students to improve their writing (Writing Intensive Capstone).

The new policy also allows students greater choice in The Arts and Humanities (Category C) and in the Life and Physical Sciences (Category B1). This GE pattern benefits students who have not yet fulfilled their Natural Science GE requirements as it requires that only one of students’ required Life Science and Physical Sciences courses include a laboratory experience.

Students and advisors have been informed by email about which General Education plan students are required to fulfill. Details about the new GE requirements can be found on the Enrollment Services GE website.


“Leadership and Wellness: The Body-Mind Connection”

Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Cynthia Stamper Graff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lindora, Inc. and a member of the 49er Foundation Board of Directors, and Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler, President of the Strozzi Institute, speak about leadership and wellness on Thursday, April 12 at the Pointe in the Pyramid.

Sponsored by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, “Leadership and Wellness: The Body-Mind Connection” will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by the program from 7-9 p.m.

Stamper Graff is a nationally recognized expert on weight management and CEO of the largest multi-site medical weight control system in the U.S. Dr. Strozzi-Heckler is a nationally known speaker, coach, author, and consultant on leadership and mastery and CEO of somatic leadership institute.

The event is free. Reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please reply to Llaura Garcia at or (562) 985-4830 by April 2.

CITT Event Examines the Future of Goods Movement in Southern California

Will the Southern California goods movement survive or thrive in 2025? The Center for International Trade and Transportation’s (CITT) Point/Counterpoint event will examine this issue on Wednesday, March 28 from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

With growth of containerized freight at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach projected to more than double by 2025, this year’s Point/Counterpoint question examines whether the ports are ready to accommodate the projected growth. The program will include a video that provides two extremely different scenarios as well as a panel discussion about which alternative future is likely to occur.

More information is available online, by phone, 562-985-2872, or email,

Reminder: Annual CalPERS Retirement Workshop is Tuesday

Benefits Services will provide a class on Tuesday, March 27 from 11 am – 1:30 pm for employees who are nearing retirement and want to learn about planning for retirement and the process of retiring.

This workshop will be presented by a CalPERS Retirement Specialist. Registration is required. Please visit Benefits Services website for more information.


Staff Discount for Summer Sessions Courses

The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) is offering a 50 percent discount on Summer Sessions courses for all current CSULB and Foundation staff. This discount can be applied to multiple courses.

The staff discount application must be turned in when you register for classes. You can register in person at the CCPE Customer Service Center windows located at the west end of the Foundation building. Please call the Customer Service Center at extension 5-5561, if you have any questions. For additional information, visit the Summer Sessions website.


Did You Know?

The University Art Museum (UAM) will receive a prestigious award from the US Art Critics Association (AICA –USA) next month for the exhibition PERPETUAL MOTION: Michael Goldberg, which was on display in Fall 2010. The award for Best Show in a University Gallery will be presented on April 2. UAM is one of only two West Coast museums to receive an award this year. Read about it in today's Los Angeles Times.


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