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Wednesday Message

September 26, 2012

Grants Management System Conversion

As you are probably aware, the current windows-based, grants management system licensed by SunGard Bi-Tech to the Research Foundation will no longer be supported by the company. Migration to the new web-based system offered by SunGard Bi-Tech was not fiscally possible. As a cost saving measure, a decision was made to convert the existing system to the campus PeopleSoft system. This conversion to a centralized system offers users the advantage of access to both Research Foundation and campus accounts through one system. It is important to note that Research Foundation information will not be merged with university data, rather, the Research Foundation is being set up as a separate Business Unit on the campus PeopleSoft platform.

Since many of the policies and procedures will have to be changed as we undergo the conversion, we see this as a window of opportunity to change past practices to streamline processes and increase efficiency to provide improved and expedited services to our clients. The Research Foundation and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are working collaboratively to facilitate this transition which will take place in a coordinated fashion over the next three months. We apologize for the inconvenience that this conversion will cause during the transitional period but we believe that in the long run the services provided to our clients by our respective units will be improved as a result of the implementation.

Additional information, including the implementation and training schedule, is available online.


Alumni Association Board Passes Resolution Supporting Prop 30

The CSULB Alumni Association board of directors has passed a resolution supporting Proposition 30, The Schools and Local Safety Protection Act of 2012, on the November 6 ballot.

If voters reject it, it would mean an additional $250 million “trigger” cut to the California State University.

“If Proposition 30 does not pass, it will certainly result in fewer students enrolled in the CSU, longer times to graduate, and fewer graduates to serve California’s businesses, teach our children, provide medical care, and keep us at the leading edge of agriculture, arts, technology and so many other fields,” says Jerry Galbreath ’62, Alumni Association president.

Get more information, including pros and cons about Proposition 30.

Latin American Studies Film Series Focuses on Ties that Bind

The Latin American Studies Film Series returns to CSULB’s University Theater in October with the theme “Ties That Bind,” focusing on the way we are connected with places and people.

Led by Film and Electronic Arts Professor José Sánchez-H., the films will be screened at 7 pm every Thursday through the month of October. Admission to the screenings is free.

  • The series begins on October 4, with “Aqui Entre Nos” (‘Between Us’).
  • The second film of the series, on Thursday, October 11, is “La Vida de los Peces” (“The Life of Fish”).
  • On Thursday, October 18, the series continues with the preserved Mexican film classic “Vámonos con Pancho Villa!” (“Let’s Go With Pancho Villa!”).
  • The series closes on Thursday, October 25, with the documentary “Julia, Toda En Mi” (“Julia, All in Me”).

Updated information on the CSULB Latin American Studies Film Series is available on the Film and Electronic Arts website.

2012 CSULB Staff Halloween Spooktacular will be October 31st

Come and see how scary and creative CSULB staff can be with Halloween costumes, office decorating, and skillfully carved jack-o-lanterns at the annual CSULB Staff Halloween Spooktacular, from 12-1 pm, Wednesday, October 31st at the speaker’s platform/lawn area in front of the bookstore.

The event, which is hosted by the CSULB Staff Council Special Events Committee, includes:

  • An office/department decorating contest for small and large offices/departments
  • An individual and group costume parade and contest
  • A pre-carved pumpkin contest
  • Refreshments/treats and spooky music
  • Awards ceremony for all contests

Registration starts at 11:45 am for the Individual and Group costume contests & pre-carved pumpkin contest.

If you dare to enter the small//large office/department decorating contests (department judging begins at 8 am on Oct.31st), please contact Laura Stone by Wednesday, October 24 at or extension 5-4503.


New Weight Watchers @ Work Program

CSULB is starting a new 12-week Weight Watchers @ Work program for faculty, staff and students on Thursdays from 12 – 1 pm in Brotman Hall, Room 391 (in University Relations and Development). An information session will be held tomorrow, September 27 at noon in BH-391. 

"At Work" meetings are held weekly and facilitated by a trained Weight Watchers leader. In addition to convenience, participants benefit from having group support from co-workers.

The cost of the program is $156 for 12 weeks. Anyone who signs up at the information session tomorrow can pay in three monthly installments.

For more information, contact Weight Watchers at (800) 516-3535 or email


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is Online

The 2011 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available on the University Police Web page. Please take a few minutes to review the Clery Report crime statistics, crime prevention tips, and fire safety information located in the Fire Safety Report.

A printed copy of this report is available 24 hours a day at the University Police main station located at the south end of parking lot 11-C.


Did You Know?

Congratulations to Dr. Dina Perrone (Criminal Justice) who recently received the Junior Scholar Award from The Society for the Study of Social Problems, Drinking and Drugs Division. The junior scholar award is based on overall contributions to the field of social problems regarding drinking and drugs. To be eligible, the individual must have earned their doctorate within the past 10 years.


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