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Weekly Wednesday Message

May 23, 2012

Despite the challenges we faced, 2011-12 has been another remarkable year culminating with our Commencement ceremonies this week. Over 9,000 degrees will be granted during nine celebrations of achievement, joy and hope, making the Class of 2012 one of the largest in CSULB’s history. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students. It is truly awe inspiring to consider the breadth and scope of faculty, staff and student accomplishments.


Academic Senate Budget Presentation

“CSULB: Budget Outlook 2012-13” was presented by Mary Stephens, Don Para and David Dowell at the last Academic Senate meeting of the year on May 10. The PowerPoint from that presentation is now available on Budget Central. Additional information was added following Governor Brown’s May revise message. This is the last campus-wide budget presentation of the year. The campus community will be kept informed of budget developments through the summer.

Documents Help Faculty Meet New Field Trip Requirements

An executive order approved by the Chancellor’s Office establishes minimum standards for course field trips. To simplify the procedures outlined in Executive Order 1062, the following documents have been created for faculty:


New UHP Director Selected

The search committee for the University Honors Program Director recently concluded its work. The faculty applicants represented the best of CSULB. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Nele Hempel-Lamer has agreed to serve as the director of the University Honors Program, a position she has held on an interim basis since January 2011.

A professor of German, Dr. Hempel-Lamer received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author of Marlene Streeruwitz: Gewalt und Humor im dramatischen Werk, as well as many scholarly publications and presentations.
The recipient of two distinguished teaching awards, Dr. Hempel-Lamer was named Most Valuable Professor in the College of Liberal Arts in 2011. Under her mentorship, CSULB alumna Stephanie Bryson was named the university’s first Rhodes Scholar. 

Dr. Hempel-Lamer’s commitment to undergraduate research and to the highest level of student achievement make her an excellent choice for this position.

ALI Staff Member Named President of California Organization

Nina Ito of the American Language Institute in the College of Continuing and Professional Education has been sworn in as the 44th President of the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), the largest affiliate of TESOL in the United States.

Did You Know?

Over the next few days, graduates, their families and friends will gather in front of, and sometimes in, the fountain outside Brotman Hall for photos. The fountain, with its three spherical structures encircled by a spray of water, is designed to represent water molecules. Named the Lymon Lough Fountain, it is a replica of a fountain at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand.



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