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Wednesday Message

October 3, 2012

Distinguished Speaker Series Features Retired U.S. Navy Admiral, Former Navy Seal

Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Eric Olson, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and 38-year Navy SEAL, will be this year’s featured speaker at the sixth annual CSULB Distinguished Speakers Series on Thursday, October 18.

Beginning at 7:30 pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Olson will discuss principles of teamwork and leadership in his address, “The World at Night: Creating Special Operations Forces to Counter Asymmetrical Challenges.” A panel discussion will follow at 8:30 pm with a picture-signing session at 9 pm.

A senior member of the U.S. National Defense team, Olson is often described as one of this century’s great military leaders and credited with developing the specialized forces that have accomplished some of the most notable military operations of the last decade.

  • Reserved tickets to the CSULB Speaker Series event are $40.
  • Preferred seating is $50.
  • Tickets for seniors/veterans are $30.
  • An optional barbecue buffet dinner will be offered on the outdoor patio of the Carpenter Center from 6-7:30 pm. The dinner, catered by Naples Rib Company, costs $15 and can be purchased in advance.

There will be a free patriotic musical salute starting at 6:15 pm by the 14-piece University Brass Ensemble in front of the Carpenter Center.

Order event and/or dinner tickets or get additional information online. All proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series benefit CSULB Student Scholarships.


Homecoming Tickets on Sale

Show your 49er Pride at Homecoming 2012: Bringing Home the Gold on Saturday, November 10. Lunch and game tickets for faculty and staff are free. Tickets for guests are $5 for both lunch and the game. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, November 2. The ticket order form is available online.

Tailgate activities start at 11 am in Parking Lot 13 at the Pyramid and will include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Carnival games
  • Jousting
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • A caricature artist
  • A mechanical bull
  • Numerous vendors from throughout the community, and
  • The Japanese Gardens will be teaching how to make origami frogs and will hold origami frog races.

The game starts at 3:05 pm with the men’s basketball team taking on the University of North Alabama.


Long Beach Marathon on Campus – Road Closures

On Sunday, October 7, the International City Bank Long Beach Marathon will include our campus as an important part of its course. Because vehicular access will be very limited during this race, we are requesting that no events or facilities be scheduled on race day between 4 am until approximately 1 pm, particularly within the marathon route.

Campus streets included on the marathon course are:

  • Merriam Drive
  • Beach Drive east of Merriam Drive
  • West Campus Drive
  • South Access Road
  • East Campus Drive
  • State University Drive

The west side of the campus will be accessible from the northbound side of Bellflower Blvd.

More details about the event can be found at the Long Beach Marathon website. For questions regarding campus street closures, contact University Police at extension 5-4101.


California State Employees Charitable Campaign

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to participate in the annual California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC), which allows employees to financially support a nonprofit organization of their choice through monthly payroll deduction.

You can choose to support a nonprofit from the CSECC Donor Resource Guide, which includes hundreds of vital nonprofit programs and organizations in California or donate to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, even if the organization is not listed in the Resource Guide.

If you wish to designate a gift, contact Payroll Services at extension 5-4164 for materials. In addition, the CSECC Donor Resource Guide and pledge form can be found online. The CSECC site also can address any questions you may have about the campaign.

In addition, you may change or cancel the amount of your existing donation or select a different organization. If you are currently donating through payroll deduction and wish to continue without changes, you need not take any action.

Please submit your completed payroll deduction pledge form by Friday, October 26 to Payroll Services. Every gift makes a difference, no matter what the amount.


Did You Know?

Vice Provost David Dowell has received an award from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German-American Fulbright Commission, along with representatives of 15 U.S. higher education institutions, to visit Germany this fall.

“Do More with Less – Implementing Change in Higher Education Management in Germany” will introduce U.S. administrators to the ways that German universities have responded to major financial reform pressures over the last decade and the results they have achieved, and to explore how this might be relevant to the current U.S. context.

From October 7-13, the U.S. delegation will participate in workshops, expert meetings and panel discussions, and will visit a range of German universities in Berlin, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg.

Dr. Dowell is the only California representative to the program, which is fully financially supported by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German-American Fulbright Commission, at no cost to CSULB. Additional information is available on the IIE website.


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