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Weekly Wednesday Message

April 25, 2012

CSULB Hosts Open Forum with CSU Trustee Monday

On behalf of the Academic Senate, I am pleased to invite all faculty, staff, and students to attend an Open Forum with Dr. Bernadette Cheyne, the Faculty Trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees.

The forum will take place on Monday, April 30 from 3:30 - 5 pm in the Library, Room 507.

The role of the Faculty Trustee is a vitally important one for having faculty voices heard at the highest level in the CSU, so please encourage as many people as possible to attend.

--Lisa Vollendorf


Honoring Outstanding Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the University Achievement Awards and Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service a success last week.

Eighty-three posters and exhibits were displayed along with 172 published works, highlighting the impressive breadth and scope of research and creative work being done by faculty and staff. I would like to thank everyone who submitted work for display.

I also want to congratulate the 16 faculty, staff, students and alumna from six colleges who were recognized for outstanding achievements. Thank you for the outstanding teaching, scholarship, leadership and service you bring to the campus and our community every day.

Read about the award recipients online.

2012-15 Strategic Plan is Online

The 2012-2015 annual update to the campus strategic plan is now available online. The plan notes the rising excellence of CSULB and continues to emphasize five strategic priorities:

  • Student Success
  • Academic Quality
  • Service Excellence
  • Campus Life, and
  • Sustainable Environment.

The plan articulates goals for:

  • Quality of faculty and staff
  • Student retention and graduation
  • Enrollment planning and management
  • Facilities and sustainable development
  • Fiscal resources and quality improvement
  • Information technology services
  • Research, scholarly and creative activities
  • External support and community relations, and
  • Auxiliary organizations.

The plan also reports recent achievements in each of these areas.

The plan notes that CSULB’s budget depends on an uncertain November 2012 ballot initiative. If the initiative fails, $200 million in “trigger cuts” are planned for the CSU. This would affect the ability of the campus to achieve strategic goals.

The annual update to the campus strategic plan is carried out by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Vice President for Student Services, the Vice President for University Relations and Development, the Chair of Staff Council, and the Chair of the Academic Senate. The Director of Strategic Planning and the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment facilitate the process.

See the complete plan online.


Online Elections to Begin for the President’s

Commission on the Status of Women

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will be conducting online elections to fill a lecturer position and a tenured/tenure-track faculty position.

Each position is a three-year term on the Commission from September 2012 through May 2015. Lecturer faculty and tenured/tenure-track faculty will receive an electronic ballot via email from BigPulse.Com.

The election will be held between 8 am Thursday, April 26, and noon, Thursday, May 10.

Anyone requiring a paper ballot may request one by contacting Jeane Relleve Caveness in writing at Any requests for paper ballots must be received by 9:30 am Thursday, May 3 and must be returned as instructed by 9:30 am on Thursday, May 10.

For more information about the mission and activities of the PCSW, please visit the Commission’s website.

Did You Know?

Congratulations to political science majors Yasmin Manners and Ryan Chapman on winning the Texas State Undergraduate Moot Court Tournament at the University of North Texas. Manners also won third place in the orator competition.

In addition, congratulations go to Moot Court Director Lewis Ringel and to students Andrew Kemper, Robert Lane, Wyatt Lyles, and Kari Rice (Carroll College, Montana), who also competed for CSULB.


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