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Weekly Wednesday Message

April 18, 2012

University Achievement Awards are Tomorrow

Celebrate the achievements of faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University Achievement Awards & Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service tomorrow at the Pointe in the Pyramid. The event schedule is as follows:

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


University Achievement Award
Award Recipient
Outstanding Professor

Dr. Nilufer Medora

Outstanding Staff

Dr. Stafford Cox

Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Award Dr. William Jeynes

Outstanding Faculty Mentor for

Student Engagement in Research,

Scholarly & Creative Activity

Dr. Stephen Mezyk

Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

Dr. Chris Lowe

Dr. Hamid Rahai

Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award Dr. Steve Wilson
Distinguished Faculty Advising Awards

Dr. Michael Chelian
Dr. Leland Vail

Early Academic Career Excellence Awards

Dr. Grace Reynolds

Dr. Dustin Thoman

Community Service Awards

Faculty: Dr. Gary Hytrek

Student: Kayla Crow

Alumni: Khin Sandar Aung

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Student Sarah Clingan
Outstanding Graduate Research Student Rhiannon Vaughan

Workshop Focuses on Using the iPad in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30 pm

Faculty are invited to attend a workshop on Tuesday, April 24 on how to use the iPad in the classroom. Journalism Assistant Professor Danny Paskin will be sharing his instructional experiences so far. 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.


Complete the Faculty Bookstore Survey by Friday

Friday, April 20 is the last day for faculty to complete an online survey regarding the Bookstore’s operations, products and textbook services.

Feedback will help the Bookstore improve services for faculty and the campus community. Begin the survey. All faculty who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Acer Aspire One 10.1” Netbook!

A full report of the survey results will be available on our website For questions or comments about the survey or drawing, please contact us directly at


Staff Nominations Sought for Academic Senate

Nominations are being sought for one (1) staff senator position on the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate meets twice a month during the academic year.

The Academic Senate is a full-University Senate which concerns itself with many needs of the University by developing policies and serving as a communications link between the faculty and the administration of the University. It includes not only faculty in its voting membership but also representatives from the staff, students, student services, and administration.

This staff senator position is for a three-year term. If you are interested and are a permanent, full-time staff employee (including auxiliaries), please visit the Staff Council website for a nomination form and/or more information. Or email Cynthia Riley at to have a nomination form e-mailed to you. Nomination forms are due Friday May 4, 2012.


Saving for Retirement

Benefits Services is please to present a Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Information Workshop on Tuesday, April 24 from 9 – 11 am in College of Business Administration, room 237.

Come to the workshop to learn about:

  • Saving for retirement using a 403(b), 401(k) and 457 Plan
  • Selecting an investment product
  • Tools to help maximize your retirement investments

Representatives from the five CSU 403(b) Fund Sponsors, Fidelity, ING, MetLife, TIAA-CREF, VALIC, and the Savings Plus Program will provide information and answer your questions.

Space is limited. Registration is required.


Health and Human Services Wellness Week

The campus community is invited to attend the inaugural College of Health and Human Services Wellness Week, April 23 – 26. The following events are planned.  All are free.

Can You Imagine Your Retirement?

  • Monday, April 23, 12 – 1 pm in the Beach Auditorium (USU-115)
  • Presented by CSULB Alumna Lori Brault, MS RN ANP
  • RSVP to or call 5-4194.
  • Light Refreshments will be provided.

It Takes a Village: Vibrant Aging-in-Place Communities
The Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture

  • Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 pm in the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid.
  • RSVP at or call 5-5434.
  • Light refreshments and healthy snacks will be provided.
  • For more information, visit the website.

How to Make More of Your Golden Years:

Discovering Archery as a Lifelong Sport

  • Monday & Thursday, April 23 and 26, 11 am - 12:30 pm at the Archery Fieldhouse and Range on campus.
  • Presented by Emerita Professor Mel Leach
  • NO RSVP required.


RSVP to the Alumni Grants Reception by Friday

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. This year’s awards are going to:

  • Tina Arora, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
  • Susanna Speirs, Art
  • Ashley Carter, Biological Sciences
  • Mason Zhang, Biological Sciences
  • Yu-Fu Ko, Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Management
  • Christine Guter, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • Jennifer Ostergren, Communicative Disorders
  • Peter Kreysa, Criminal Justice/ CCPE
  • Paul Laris, Geography
  • Gen Ramirez, Learning Assistance Center
  • Jim McKibben, Science Learning Center

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


Did You Know?

Research conducted by Marine Biologists Chris Lowe and Steven Manley found that radioactivity from Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant made its way to the North American west coast in a matter of days following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


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