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Wednesday Message

August 29, 2012

Convocation Video Available Online

Thanks to everyone who attended Convocation last Friday. Special thanks go to the staff at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Bob Rodgers from Academic Technology Services, Ed Price from Advanced Media Productions, Academic Events Coordinator Tammy Sung and Communication Specialist Linda Fontes.

If you were unable to attend Convocation on Friday, you can watch it online. In addition, remarks by Provost Donald Para and Academic Senate Chair O’Connor are posted on the Provost’s website. President Alexander’s remarks will be available online within the next week.

New Faculty Handbook Available

A new Faculty Handbook is available on Faculty Affairs' website. The handbook is a valuable resource for faculty starting with their appointment at CSULB. All of the information in the handbook comes from existing resources, policies, and procedures. Thanks to Holly Harbinger, AVP for Faculty Affairs, and Terre Allen, Director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development, for putting together this very timely and valuable resource.


CSULB Tech Tips Are Here

Each month, a technology tip will be published in CSULB’s new IT Knowledgebase (ITKB) to help faculty and staff get answers to common technology questions. This month’s Tech Tip focuses on how to use mobile devices, like tablets and smart phones, to enhance instruction.

In addition, you can find answers to other technology related questions in the ITKB. Simply type your search term in the box and hit enter to display results.

Tech Tips and the ITKB were developed as a result of last year’s Academic Senate retreat “Teaching, Learning and Working on a Digital Campus” with the help of the Faculty Advisory Council on Technology and Information Technology Services, under the direction of Janet Foster.  For questions about the ITKB or Tech Tips, contact


B-Word Project Events at the Carpenter Center

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center kicks off the academic year with several B-Word Project events. The following Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response To It events are free and open to the public:

  • Gregorio Luke, an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture, will discuss "Censorship – the Art You Were Never Meant to See" on Thursday, September 20 at 7 pm
  • Choreographer Bill T. Jones talks about his artistic process and experiences with censorship on Friday, September 21 at 1 pm.
  • "The Law and the NEA 4" is a panel discussion on government censorship of the arts with Professor Karl Manheim, Dr. Craig Smith and Carol Sobel, along with guests Karen Finley, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller on Thursday, September 27 at 1 pm.

In addition, discount tickets are available to CSULB faculty, staff and students for the following events:

  • Performance artists Tim Miller and Holly Hughes offer an evening of outrageous satire, unrestrained passion, and unapologetic viewpoints as they share their latest contemplations on contemporary society on Thursday, September 27 at 8 pm.
  • John Fleck takes the audience on a hair-raising roller coaster ride with "Mad Women" and Karen Finley uncovers and reveals the desperation of making meaning out of trauma creatively in "Catch 23: Broken Negative" on Friday, September 28 at 8 pm.

The B-Word Project is a campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center to focus attention on censorship through innovative collaborations with departments. It is made possible by a Creative Campus Innovations grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

For more information on these or other events, visit


Message from Police Chief Solorzano

The following is a welcome message, including safety tips, for faculty, staff and students from Police Chief Fernando Solorzano.

As the Fall 2012 semester begins I would like to take this time to welcome all new and returning students, faculty and staff to California State University, Long Beach.

As you begin this academic year, I would like to assure you that the University Police Department is committed to making your experience here at CSULB a safe and welcoming environment in which to pursue your academic endeavors. While CSULB has an excellent record with regard to safety and low overall crime statistics, there are many precautions that you can take to help your Police Department ensure not only your personal safety, but a safe and secure campus.

  • Please do not leave personal possessions unattended in public spaces. Items such as backpacks, laptop computers, cell phones are easy targets for the opportunistic thief.
  • Make an effort to secure your bicycle with a U-Lock. This type of device makes it more difficult for the bicycle thief to take what is for many their means of transportation to and from campus.
  • For those who attend night classes, escort services are available to walk or transport you to your cars. These services are available to all members of our campus community during the late evening hours by calling (562) 985-4101.
  • It is extremely important to protect yourself from identity theft. Keep all personal identification, credit cards, drivers’ licenses, etc., in a safe place--a front pocket or purse. Do not leave your purse or wallet unattended at any time. Do not give any personal information to unapproved solicitors – many are engaging in fraudulent activities designed to separate you from your hard earned money or credit.
  • Faculty and staff, please remember to secure your office or work area if you leave your work space for an extended period of time. This includes locking doors, cabinets or drawers.
  • If you see anything suspicious, please call the University Police Department 24/7 at (562) 985-4101. We appreciate your efforts to help us keep our students and staff safe.

Finally, although traffic during the first two weeks of instruction can be trying, please plan in advance to give yourself plenty of time to find parking and to walk to class or your work area. It is particularly important to try and avoid West Campus Drive when possible the first two weeks because of severe traffic congestion. If we all take the time to plan, and give ourselves ample time to make it to our destinations, we will make our time on campus as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible.

As always, the University Police Department is here to serve the interests of its campus community and is always available to help make your time here at CSULB a safe, secure, and rewarding experience.


Did You Know?

CSULB was designated one of the best colleges in the West this month in the Princeton Review’s ‘2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.’ It was also recently ranked ninth nationally in awarding bachelor's degrees to minority students on Diverse Issues in Higher Ed’s ‘Top 100’ list.


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