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Weekly Wednesday Message

February 6, 2013


Training for CFS Online Requisitions

Foundation Purchasing is providing a training session this month for employees who are approved to request purchases online in the Common Financial System (CFS). This will be a "hands-on" training session on the requisition entry process and related information.

Participants must have completed an approved Finance Authority Application (FAA) form a minimum of five business days prior to class to obtain access to the CFS training environment.

After submitting your FAA form and allowing time for it to be processed, please validate that you can successfully log in prior to attending the session. Login instructions are available online. If you are having problems logging into the portal, please contact so that your issue can be resolved before you attend this class.

Enrollment will close three days prior to the upcoming training session:

Date Time Location
Thursday, February 21 9:30 am - 12 pm ITS Training Room (BH-180D)

To ensure the most effective purchasing training experience, please ensure that on your FAA form you requested at least the following 2 roles and that you bring your Employee ID and beach ID/portal password to the training session.

  • CFSCSU_EU_FinInquiry_02
  • CFSCSU_PO_Requisitions_01

A few benefits of PeopleSoft/CFS Online Requisition Entry include:

  • Quicker response and buyer assignment - no waiting for mail to be delivered or for Purchasing to enter hard copy requisitions
  • Data integrity - one data entry point is always better than multiple people entering data
  • Update on the status of your requisitions - the requestor is notified automatically via email on the status of the PO including when the PO is sent to the vendor, the receipt of tangible goods, issuing of payments and changes to purchase orders.


CSULB MLK Celebration February 14

The campus community is invited to the 14th annual CSULB Martin Luther King Celebration on Thursday, February 14 from noon to 1 pm in the University Student Union Ballrooms.

Dr. Felton Williams, a CSULB alum, former Dean of Business and Social Science at Long Beach City College, and past President of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Directors, will deliver the keynote address.

This year’s celebration, themed “21st Century Vision for Higher Education: Overcoming Obstacles and Pushing Forward,” will also feature remarks by Multicultural Center Director, Dr. James Sauceda; a Renaissance Performing Arts High School student dance performance; the CSULB student MLK essay contest winner; and a closing ceremonial drum.

For additional information, contact event chair Valerie Bordeaux.

Join the President’s Commission on the Status of Women

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will hold online elections in March to add one lecturer and one tenured/tenure-track faculty to the Commission.

The term of office for each category is three years (September 2013 through May 2016), and meetings are from 10 am to noon on the second Friday of the month during the academic year.

PCSW’s mission is to ensure CSULB responds to the needs of women by removing inequities and by providing a supportive educational, working and social environment for all members of the campus community.

If you are interested in serving on the Commission, submit the Candidate Election Form to Lynisha McDuel via, fax (562-985-4439) or in person at the Veterans Affairs Services Office (Foundation Building, Suite 265) by noon March 1.

The electronic ballot will be sent in an email from in March.


Encourage Students to Participate in ASI Elections

Please encourage students to consider running for one of the 38 positions to be decided in this spring’s student government (ASI) elections. The position descriptions are available online. Students may obtain application forms from the ASI Government Office, USU-311, and must return them to the same location by February 12 at 4 pm. For information, call (562) 985-5241.


Easy Strategies…Estate Planning in an Uncertain World

Tomorrow the Office of Gift Planning hosts the first workshop in a three-part series on estate planning. Financial professionals will present information and answer questions regarding “Estate & Income Tax Update: Life Over the Fiscal Cliff.” Register to attend this workshop.

Additional workshops:

  • February 21: “Planning for Retirement: Ways to Not Outlive Your Money”
  • February 28: “Estate Planning 101: All You Need to Know about Wills & Trusts, But Were Afraid to Ask”

All sessions are free and open to the public.


Last Week to Register for Safe Zone Ally Training

The deadline to RSVP for the upcoming Safe Zone Ally Training is Wednesday, February 13. Faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are invited to participate in the 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, February 22, from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm. RSVP to Sharon Cruz by Wednesday, February 13. 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.


Did You Know?

Constitutional law expert Dr. Craig Smith (Director, Center for First Amendment Studies) will discuss the meaning and scope of the Second Amendment on Straight Talk airing Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. He will discuss his proposal for the “fingerprinting” of guns, and the creation of a national digitalized database that would permit law enforcement authorities to identify the gun used to fire a bullet found at the scene of a crime.

Straight Talk can be seen on LBTV Channel 3 and FiOS 21 at 9 am and 7 pm and Charter Channel 101 at 10 am and 8 pm. The show is also viewable on demand and on YouTube, Facebook and iTunes.


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