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Weekly Wednesday Message

April 11, 2012

University Achievement Awards is Next Week

The campus community is invited to honor more than a dozen faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University Achievement Awards & Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service on Thursday, April 19 at the Pointe in the Pyramid. The schedule is as follows:

  • 3 – 7 pm - Displays featuring student and faculty research and creative work will be available to view
  • 4 – 5 pm - The University Achievement Awards ceremony will take place
  • 5 – 7 pm - Hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar

Find out who is being honored for teaching, advising, research and creative work and service.


Fall 2012 Academic Calendar: November Classes

The first day of the fall semester will be Monday, August 20, 2012 and the last day will be Thursday, December 20, 2012. To assist you with fall semester planning, a pdf of the 2012-13 Academic Calendar is available on the Academic Affairs website. Below are a few reminders about November classes.

Veterans Day

  • Veterans Day will be observed Monday, November 12; the campus will be closed.
  • All classes that would normally meet Monday, November 12 will meet Tuesday, November 13 (in classrooms or spaces normally used on Mondays).
  • All classes that would normally meet Tuesday, November 13 will be canceled.
  • No special campus events will be scheduled Tuesday, November 13 to avoid potential conflicts with classes.

Additional information is available online.

Fall Break

  • Classes will be taught on Wednesday, November 21, the day before the Thanksgiving Holiday in Fall 2012. Because of the necessity to maintain an adequate number of instructional days in each academic term, it is not always possible to provide for a Fall break the day before Thanksgiving. Rather than add another day of instruction in December, the Campus Calendar Committee and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate recommended eliminating Fall Break for 2012.

Memorial for Former Employee James Neal

A memorial for James Neal, a former long-time CSULB employee and student who passed away recently of an apparent heart attack, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 from 12 – 1:30 pm in the University Student Union Beach Ballroom, 251A.

Jim, as he was known to his friends, was an active and well-liked Psychology graduate student leader in the late 1970s. He also served as Director of Test Services and worked in the Career Development Center. Even after he took early retirement about 10 years ago, he assisted Nursing students with statistical analysis for research projects, gratis.


Workshop on Using the iPad in the Classroom

Faculty are invited to attend a workshop on Tuesday, April 24 on how to use the iPad in the classroom.  The workshop is scheduled from 12:30 – 1:30 pm in the Academic Technology Center, room 120 (Academic Services Building).

Instructional Technology Support Services will cover some suggested accessories and apps, including Splashtop, iAnnotate, LiveSketch HD, and others.

Bring your iPad and your questions!  Contact ITSS for more information. 

Symposium on Olfaction, Health and Disease

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a free symposium featuring two world renowned scientists sharing their expertise on how our sense of smell relates to health and disease.

Olfaction in Health and Disease will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 3 - 5 pm in the Osher Lifelong Learning Classroom, room 101 in the Human Services and Design (HSD) building.

Professor Gordon Shepherd from Yale University will discuss how the olfactory system is organized and functions to influence our perceptions and Dr. Clare Murphy from San Diego State University will discuss how and when the olfactory system can fail and how this loss of function relates to, and in many cases, is an indicator of other neurological diseases.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) symposium is being presented by the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. For additional information, contact OLLI at (562) 985-8237.

Register for 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 at 5-4279 or at by Thursday, April 19.

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.


Register for Bowling for Books by Friday, April 13

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

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.


Did You Know?

Chemistry Lecturer Thomas Gufrey has been named one of America’s top undergraduate professors by The Princeton Review in its newest guidebook The Best 300 Professors, which was released April 3. See a video posted by Beach News or read more on This Week @ the Beach.


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