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Weekly Wednesday Message

February 13, 2013


Faculty Research Training Fellowships Available

Faculty research training fellow positions are available through the CSULB Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Project funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

The NIMHD RIMI mechanism is designed “…to build, strengthen and/or enhance the research infrastructure and research training capacity of minority-serving institutions.” Prior activities have included HIV testing in African American men, post-traumatic stress disorder, perceived life chances of health disparities adolescents, breast cancer screening in minority populations, and female sexual risk for HIV infection. The RIMI Project has an established relationship with the Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach.

RIMI anticipates supporting several positions for a reimbursed time fellowship to start Fall 2013, with the possibility of extending through Spring and Summer 2014 depending upon satisfactory performance. Each course release is considered to be 20-25% time and the expectation is that the fellow would serve a minimum of 8 hours per week engaged in agreed upon fellowship activities, usually onsite either at the relevant CSULB research center or at a collaborating community agency.

The fellowship is suited for faculty at the assistant or associate professor level. Interested faculty should submit the following information as a Microsoft Word file with either a .doc or a .docx extension:

  • A two-page letter of interest that describes what areas the faculty would like to work in;
  • Which center (Center for Health Care Innovation, Center for Behavioral Research and Services, National Center of La Raza) they would like to be affiliated with; and
  • Which community agency (agencies in Service Planning Area 8, South Bay are preferred) they would like to work with.

All letters must include a third page that is an endorsement from the Department Chair and should state that the department is willing to allow the candidate to take the reimbursed time award.

The application should be sent as an email attachment to: Dr. Dennis G. Fisher, Director of the CSULB RIMI Faculty Core and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research and Services. The letter must be received by April 1, 2013.

See the CSULB RIMI Web page for more details, and/or contact Dr. Fisher with questions.

CSULB MLK Celebration is Tomorrow

The campus community is invited to the 14th annual CSULB Martin Luther King Celebration tomorrow, 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.

Faculty, Staff Needed to Serve on Phi Beta Kappa

CSULB’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, Rho of California, needs faculty and staff who are Phi Beta Kappa members to become active in the chapter’s leadership. There are currently vacancies on the selection committee, as well as in the vice-presidency of the Rho Chapter. Please email Dr. Hank Fradella at, if you are willing to serve.

CSULB is one of only three CSUs to have been granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, serving as the nation's leading advocate for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life.

Opportunity for Faculty to Review Scholarships

CSULB’s Center for Scholarship Information is looking for faculty to review student scholarship applications this spring semester. This is a wonderful way to serve the university as well as assist students in obtaining the funds they need to complete their education.

Scholarship applications are delivered electronically via email, allowing faculty to review applications at their convenience.

For more information about this opportunity or if you have any questions about the Center, please contact Valerie Kelsey, Coordinator of University Scholarships, at

Did You Know?

Last night in his State of the Union speech, President Obama said his administration will release a new “College Scorecard” to help parents and students compare institutions based on “where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.” Look up CSULB’s “College Scorecard,” already on the White House website.

CSULB was also recently named, once again, one of the nation’s “Best Value” public colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, which teamed up with USA Today to announce its list of the 150 “Best Value Colleges for 2013.”

The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid.


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