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Weekly Wednesday Message

November 21, 2012

On behalf of the staff in Academic Affairs, I thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students and wish you, your families and friends a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Final Cayuse Training Workshops

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will soon be concluding its training classes for Cayuse, the online proposal submission and internal routing program.

We are offering the following remaining classes in the Spidell Technology Center, Room 201 in the University Library (directly across from the elevators).

  • January 18 & 25: 9 am – 12 pm
  • February 15 & 22: 9 am – 12 pm
  • March 22 & 29: 9 am – 12 pm

Through this training all CSULB Principal Investigators will become familiar with uploading documents, logging-in, creating proposals for submission or just for internal clearance, as well as many other efficient ways to assist in the Pre- and Post-Award process.

To register and reserve a seat please contact:

Sofie Batshoun, Administrative and Accounting Assistant
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Office: (562) 985-2478

If you have any questions, please call or email Nora Momoli at 562-985-1567 or David Smith at 562-985-5330 and they will be glad to assist you.

Reminder: Register for Writing Institute by December 10

There are still spots available for faculty who want to attend the Scholarly Writing Institute, which will offer dedicated writing time and resource consultants who will provide assistance, January 7 – 9 in the Anatol Center (AS-119).

Faculty interested in registering for the Scholarly Writing Institute (SWI) are asked to attend all three days of the workshop, have most of their research completed (i.e., ready to write) and have a laptop or desktop computer available for their use.

Register by Monday, December 10.

Additional information about the SWI can be found on the CSU website. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Faculty Center for Professional Development via email or at 5-5287.


New Faculty Happy Hour at the FCPD

All faculty hired Fall 2010 through Fall 2012 are invited to attend New Faculty Happy Hour Wednesday, December 5 from 5 – 6:30 pm at the Faculty Center for Professional Development (AS-116). The focus will be on resources for teaching.

The New Faculty Happy Hour was created this year in an effort to provide faculty with opportunities to network and get to know colleagues. To attend the event, please RSVP to by Monday, December 3.

LAC Director Announces Retirement

After close to 20 years of service at the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), Dr. Gen Ramirez is stepping down as director of the LAC to participate in the Faculty Early Retirement Program.

The Center has grown tremendously under Dr. Ramirez’s leadership, providing thousands of students with academic support. In addition to providing countless hours of tutoring and study skills development, Dr. Ramirez’s development of the university’s Supplemental Instruction program has played a key role in recent efforts to increase completion rates in historically difficult courses and to increase graduation rates. Effective Spring 2013, Dr. Ramirez will teach in the Chicano and Latino Studies department and continue to provide support for the university’s graduation initiatives. Please join me in congratulating her on her myriad accomplishments and her impending retirement.

To guide the Learning Assistance Center during this transition, Dr. Linda Sarbo has agreed to serve as Interim Director of the Center. Dr. Sarbo received her PhD in Rhetoric & Composition from the University of South Florida and has served on the faculty at CSULB for more than a decade.

For the last six years, Dr. Sarbo has served as the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Coordinator and more recently as the Director of GWAR Advising. Working with the GWAR Committee, the College of Liberal Arts, the office of Testing, Evaluation & Assessment, and Enrollment Services, Dr. Sarbo implemented a new pathways approach to the GWAR that increased student access to writing instruction and significantly reduced the number of students for whom the GWAR was an obstacle to graduation. I am confident that, working with the talented staff at the Learning Assistance Center, Dr. Sarbo will lead the Center well during this time of transition.


Academic Affairs Annual Report is Now Online

Academic Affairs’ Annual Report is now available online, highlighting many of the individual and collective achievements of our remarkable faculty, staff and students during the 2011-12 academic year.

Cherishing the Children Toy Drive

Faculty and staff are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys for CSULB’s 15th annual Cherishing the Children Toy Drive for needy children by Monday, December 3. Toys can be dropped off at collection boxes throughout campus.

Volunteers Needed

A party for the children will take place on Wednesday, December 5 from 3:30 – 6 pm in The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. The party is hosted by Staff Council and the Office of the President.

Volunteers are needed to assist at the party as well as to wrap gifts prior to the event. Two toy wrapping parties are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 28 at 11:30 am in Brotman Hall 302
  • Monday, December 3 at 11:30 am in AS-124b

Additional toys will be collected through December 14 and will be donated to the Long Beach Fire Department’s Spark of Love toy drive for other underprivileged children.

For more information, contact


LifeFit Center for CSULB Faculty and Staff Age 50 & Above

Did you know that CSULB has a Health & Fitness Club dedicated to being the premier health and fitness facility for community members and CSULB faculty & staff age 50 and above?

The staff at The LifeFit Center @ The Beach invite you to try out the facility for FREE as a guest during the week of November 26 – 30.

Location and Hours

The LifeFit Center @ The Beach is located in the northeast corner of the Kinesiology building (our entrance is on the campus pool side of the building). Center hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 2 pm

Programs & Services include:

  • Cardio & Resistance Training: Please come in and try out our 7,000-square-foot fitness floor with cardio & resistance training equipment. We have certified and educated fitness professionals who can provide you with an orientation to the equipment.
  • Group Fitness: We offer group fitness classes Monday – Friday in our three studios totaling 7,000 square feet.
  • Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms are available for changing and showering. We also provide a towel service.

Please visit our website for an up-to-date group fitness schedule. Call us at 562-985-2005 with any questions or e-mail us at


Did You Know?

When it comes to conferring degrees in Health Professions and Related Programs to Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics, CSULB was ranked among the best nationally by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In the October 25 issue CSULB was listed as:

  • 1st in conferring undergraduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Programs to Asian-Americans
  • 3rd in conferring undergraduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Programs to Native Americans
  • 9th in conferring graduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Programs to Asian-Americans
  • 15th in conferring undergraduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Programs to Hispanics
  • 23rd in conferring graduate degrees in Health Professions and Related Programs to Hispanics

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