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Weekly Wednesday Message

April 4, 2012

New Dean Appointed to the College of Liberal Arts

Following a national search, I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Wallace has accepted our offer to become the new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Wallace is currently the Chair of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida. Previously, he taught at Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon where he was a Teaching Fellow.

Thanks to the Search Committee, chaired by Clorinda Donato, for their excellent work in this process. On behalf of the Search Committee, the President, and Academic Affairs, we thank those of you who sent your individual and group evaluations of each candidate. That input was invaluable in the evaluation of the candidates.

Dr. Wallace is planning to be on campus later this month to begin the transition process. His start date is anticipated to be July 1. Read more in This Week @ The Beach.

Passing of Former Employee James Neal

It is sad to announce that James Neal, former long-time CSULB employee and student, passed away recently of an apparent heart attack.

Jim, as he was known to his friends, took early retirement about 10 years ago for health reasons. He is remembered by friends and colleagues as someone who was willing to dedicate his time and effort helping people. Even after retiring, Jim assisted Nursing students with statistical analysis for research projects, gratis.

Previously he had served as Director of Test Services and worked in the Career Development Center. Jim was long associated with CSULB, having been an active and well-liked Psychology graduate student leader in the late 1970s. For his MA thesis, he applied a sophisticated statistical method, generalizability theory, to student ratings of instruction and he published related work in a refereed journal.

A ceremony to celebrate his life will be held later this month. Additional details will be provided in an upcoming Wednesday Message.

2012-13 Academic Calendar

To assist with fall semester planning, a pdf of the 2012-13 Academic Calendar is available on the Academic Affairs website.

The Academic Calendar can also be accessed using this link:

Directions on how to select dates and print the Academic Calendar are available in a pdf.

To get to the Academic Calendar from the CSULB home page follow these steps:

  • Click on CA-CL in the CSULB Website Index at the bottom of the home page.
  • Click on the first link - Calendar of Events (Academic)

Alumni Grants Reception

The CSULB Alumni Association cordially invites the CSULB campus community to the 2012 Alumni Grants Reception at The Pointe on Wednesday, April 25.

The Alumni Association annually awards grants to various departments and programs to support their missions in relation to the university. Reception begins at 4 pm followed by the program at 4:30 pm.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Leticia Lozoya by Friday, April 20 at extension 5-2539 or email

"Leadership and Wellness: The Body-Mind Connection"

Faculty, staff and students are invited to "Leadership and Wellness: The Body-Mind Connection" on Thursday, April 12 at the Pointe in the Pyramid.

Sponsored by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, the event will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by the program from 7-9 pm.

Speakers are:

  • Cynthia Stamper Graff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lindora, Inc. and Member of the 49er Foundation Board of Directors

    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. Richard Strozzi-Heckler, President of the Strozzi Institute

    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. Reserve your seat by April 9 at 12 pm by replying to Llaura Garcia at or (562) 985-4830.


Bowling for Books is April 20

Faculty, staff and students are invited to help raise money for textbook scholarships by participating in the 49er Shops' 4th Annual Bowling for Books event on Friday, April 20 at Cal Bowl in Lakewood.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • Registration, 1-2 pm
  • Bowling tournament, 2-5 pm
  • Results and awards reception, 5-6 pm

The fundraiser began in 2009 in an effort to help address the rising cost of books. All donations raised by bowlers go directly to endow student scholarships for textbooks and course material.

Each bowler will receive three games and shoe rental, an event T-shirt, refreshments and entry to the results and awards reception. The individuals and teams that raise the most donations will be recognized at the tournament.

Registration deadline is Friday, April 13. To register or learn more about the tournament, visit the Bowling for Books website or contact Linda Welty at 562/985-7700. To apply or learn more about other CSULB scholarships available, visit the CSULB Center for Scholarship Information website.

Spring 2012 VET NET Ally Seminar

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 seminar 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, April 26, from 8 am to 12 pm. Seminar attendance is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Marshall Thomas by Friday, April 13th at 5-4279 or at .

The goal of the program is to foster a campus atmosphere that supports the academic and personal success of service members and veterans, and to establish a network of visible allies to provide support and assistance to CSULB students who have served in our armed forces.

At the end of the training, participants will be given a decal to display in their workspace to show they are allies to CSULB's student veterans.

More information about the program is available online.

Safe Zone Ally Training Available to Support LGBTQ Campus Community

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a training program to help them better understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) issues and be part of a university-wide network of support.

The Safe Zone Ally Training will be held Thursday, April 12 from 8:15 am - 12:30 pm in The Chart Room's Pacific Dining Room. RSVP to Sharon Cruz by Friday, April 6, 2012.

After training, faculty and staff will serve as allies who use their knowledge and skills to foster a supportive and safe atmosphere for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Everyone who completes the training will receive a CSULB Safe Zone Ally sticker to display.

Did You Know?

Jean-Jacques Jura, associate professor of French and coordinator of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) credential program, has been awarded the 2012 Presidential Award by the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) in recognition of his efforts and the success of the university's LOTE program.


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