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Wednesday Message

September 12, 2012


Homecoming: Save the Date

Join colleagues, alumni and community members at Homecoming 2012 “Bringing Home the Gold” on Saturday, November 10.

Tailgate activities start at 11 am in Parking Lot 13 at the Pyramid. At 3:05 pm the men’s basketball team will take on the University of North Alabama. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

Open Enrollment Period Has Begun;
Health Benefits Fair is September 20

The open enrollment period for any changes to Health, Dental, Flexcash, certain voluntary benefits and enrollment/re-enrollment in the Dependent Care and Health Care Reimbursement Account plans began this week and runs through Friday, October 5.

This is also the time to add dependents (dependent children up to age 26), if you haven’t already. Changes made during this period become effective January 1, 2013.

Due to CalPERS and other state restrictions, open enrollment requests received after October 5 will not be accepted.

The Health Benefits Fair is Thursday, September 20 from 12 – 2 pm on the third floor patio of Brotman Hall. Representatives from the benefits plans will be available to provide information and answer questions. Pioneer Medical Group will be conducting glucose health screenings.

Open enrollment worksheets are now available. For more information visit Benefits Services, email or call extension 5-2381.


Constitution Day Event Looks at 'Citizens United' Case and the Presidential Election

The Center for First Amendment Studies and the Department of Political Science will once again host the campus celebration of Constitution Day. The program will run from 4 - 5 pm on September 17 in the Anatol Center (AS-119).

Dr. Craig Smith, the Center's Director, and Dr. Kevin Johnson, the Center's Research Director, will assess the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on the ‘Citizens United’ case on the presidential election. The Citizens United case gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited amounts in political campaigns.


2013 Innovation Challenge

Information Sessions This Month

Faculty are encouraged to inform students about the upcoming 2013 Innovation Challenge, a business plan competition that helps students turn their ideas into business ventures.

Sponsored by the Colleges of Engineering and Business Administration, the objectives of the Innovation Challenge are to:

  • Identify and develop ideas that have potential for commercialization, and
  • Stimulate students to pursue ideas, create a business plan, and put plans in motion.

The winning business plan will receive seed funding for business development and business-related services to assist in turning ideas into reality.

Important Dates:

  • Information sessions for students will be held in ECS-312 from 2 – 3 pm on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26.
  • Students must submit a letter of Intent to by Friday, December 7. Teams receive a mentor after they submit a Letter of Intent.

For details, visit the Innovation Challenge website.

Become a VET NET Ally

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a half-day VET NET Ally training seminar to learn about the unique needs and concerns of military service members and veterans studying at CSULB.

The seminar will be held on Friday, October 5 from 8 am – 12 pm. Seminar attendance is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Marshall Thomas by Friday, September 21 at 5-4279 or at

The goal of the VET NET Ally 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 seminar, 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.


Safe Zone Ally Training Available to
Support LGBTQ Campus Community

Faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are invited to participate in a training program to help them better understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) issues and be part of a university-wide network of support.

The Safe Zone Ally Training will be held Friday, September 28 from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm in the Chart Room's Pacific Room. RSVP to Sharon Cruz,, by Monday, September 24. Space is limited.

After training, faculty and staff will serve as allies who use their knowledge and skills to foster a supportive and safe atmosphere for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Everyone who completes the training will receive a CSULB Safe Zone Ally sticker to display.

Knott’s Berry Farm “Transportation Night” Private Party is Friday

Faculty and staff can raise money to support CCPE students by attending the annual “Transportation Night” private party at Knott’s Berry Farm this Friday, September 14 from 7 pm – 1 am.

Transportation Night is sponsored by one of CCPE’s most generous community partners, the non-profit Los Angeles Transportation Club. The event is the Club’s biggest philanthropic fundraiser, with much of the money raised going to support scholarships for CCPE students.

Tickets are $30 and include parking. They are easily and securely available on the LATC website. Family members and friends are also welcome. Please email LATC Central, with any questions.


Did You Know?

CSULB faculty member Ezra LeBank (Theatre) and Diana Wyenn, marketing manager at REDCAT, have developed Artmageddon as an alternative to the second coming of Carmageddon on September 29 and 30.

Branded as the biggest art party of the year, Artmageddon will make it easy for residents to walk, bike or take the Metro to performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and more being created and presented in their own neighborhoods. Learn more about the project in the LA Times or on the Artmageddon website.


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