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Weekly Wednesday Message

October 31, 2012


Graduate Rates Continue to Increase

Latest figures from Institutional Research confirm that CSULB’s Highly Valued Degree Initiative (HVDI) is bearing results.

The graduation rate for the freshman cohort that entered six years ago rose 2.2 percent compared to the prior cohort. This is the largest one-year gain in four years for the campus. About 100 more students completed degrees within six years, compared to the prior year.

On October 24, 2012 the academic colleges and HVDI task forces reported to President Alexander on efforts to support student success. Colleges have focused on improving advising, streamlining curriculum, improving support in high failure rate courses, and improving teaching with high impact pedagogy.

Nationally, the focus on degree completion continues to garner attention. The U.S., once the world leader, is now far down the listing of degree completion rates among developed nations. President Obama has called for increases in degree completion to strengthen our economic future. Tennessee now bases higher education budgets in good part on degree completions and other states have experimented with similar changes. President Alexander commented on October 24th that CSULB is perhaps three years ahead of many institutions in focusing on student success.

Read more about CSULB's efforts to boost student success.

Applications Available for Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). Faculty are encouraged to share this information with their upper division and master’s students. Lecturers are also invited to apply for the program.

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive loan is $10,000 per year for three years and forgivable for those with full- or half-time teaching appointments at a CSU campus. Additional information is available online.

Important Reminder About November Class Schedule

Veterans Day Schedule

Please note the change in schedule during the week of Veterans Day, a practice that began in Fall 2010 and which will continue in future years when Veterans Day falls on a day other than Tuesday.

  • In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, no classes will be held and campus will be closed on Monday, November 12.
  • All Monday classes will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead, at the same times and in the same university space normally occupied on Monday.
  • All Tuesday, November 13 classes are canceled.
  • Special events will not be scheduled in instructional spaces on Tuesday, November 13.

No Fall Break

Classes will be held Wednesday, November 21, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Because of the necessity to maintain an adequate number of instructional days per academic year, it is not always possible to provide for a Fall break the day before Thanksgiving. Rather than add another day of instruction in December, the Campus Calendar Committee and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate recommended eliminating Fall Break for 2012.



Last Week to Buy Homecoming Tickets

Friday, November 2 is the deadline to order tickets for Homecoming 2012: Bringing Home the Gold taking place on Saturday, November 10. Lunch and game tickets for faculty and staff are free. Tickets for guests are $5 and include both lunch and the game. 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: The Emperors
  • Beach Pride Zone: Includes a caricature artist, airbrush tattoo, Mobile Science Museum and more.
  • CSI @ CSULB: Take a look at the different forensic tools and methods used by today's law enforcement (12-1:15 pm in the E-Tec Building).
  • "Mini Language Lessons” offered by the College of Liberal Arts. Learn the most commonly used phrases in German, Spanish, French and Japanese.
  • Vendor Village: Numerous vendors from throughout the community will display their products.
  • Student Village: Mechanical bull, jousting and other activities.
  • Japanese Garden: Learn how to make origami frogs and participate in origami frog races.

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

Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween on Campus

Stop by Spooktacular in front of the University Bookstore today from 12 – 1 pm for the costume and pumpkin carving contests or visit one of the following offices taking part in the department decorating contest by noon:

  • Psychology Department, PSY-100
  • Center for Community Engagement, AS-127
  • Beach Programs (ASI & Student Union), USU-101
  • CCPE, Foundation 104

Staff can sign up for Individual and/or Group Costume Contests. Bring a pre-carved pumpkin & sign up for the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Registration for both begins at 11:45 am. There will be an awards ceremony for all contests.

Come join us as a participant or spectator. Spooktacular is sponsored by the Staff Council Special Events Committee.

Last Day to Register for Faculty Supper Club

Dr. Sayantani Mukherjee (Marketing) will discuss "The 'Fun' of Consumption: Insights from Playing Videogames" at the Fall Faculty Supper Club on Wednesday, November 7 from 5 – 7 pm at the Anatol Center (AS-119). To attend, RSVP today to Tammy Sung at (562) 985-4546 or

Dr. Mukherjee will discuss her research examining the phenomenology of consumer fun within the context of videogaming experiences and its implications for designing and advertising ‘fun’ videogames.

Dinner buffet is $20 per person. Cash or check is accepted; please make checks payable to CSULB.

Change of Venue: California Poet Laureate will Read in Anatol Center

California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will read poetry today at 6 pm in the Anatol Center (AS-119).

And You Thought Collagen was Just for Wrinkles

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics invites faculty and staff to attend its Fellows Colloquium “And you thought collagen was just for smoothing wrinkles: Collagen Peptides as a Cancer Drug Delivery Method” on Thursday, November 8 at The Chartroom.

Dr. Katarzyna Slowinska (Chemistry and Biochemistry) will describe the novel class of safe local drug delivery systems being developed in her lab.

The colloquium will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by the presentation at 7 pm.

Get more information or register for the event. If you have additional questions, contact Llaura Garcia at or 562.985.4830.


Did You Know?

CSULB is one of 14 U.S. campuses selected to take part in a new program by the Institute of International Education (IIE) that will expand academic partnerships with Brazil.

The 2013 Brazil initiative of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) will allow CSULB to participate in a year-long series of training activities to help us implement and sustain partnerships with institutions in Brazil. It will end with a tour to Brazil in Spring 2013 to meet with potential partner campuses.

Participation in the program is timely. Brazil has established a new program to send 100,000 students abroad for training in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and the White House and U.S. State Department have stressed the importance of educational cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil.

More information about the program is available on the IIE website.

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