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Weekly Wednesday Message

May 15, 2013

Current Dates and Deadlines

5/17 Last Day to Donate to "Goodies for Kiddies"

Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning  

5/21 Faculty Long Beach Harbor Boat Tour

Commencement Ceremonies

6/10-6/12 Scholarly Writing Institute
8/19 First Day of Fall Semester
8/23 Convocation

Commencement Volunteers Needed

Staff participation is critical to making Commencement special for our graduates and their families. Employees who would like to participate in the 2013 Commencement festivities May 22 – 24, and have their supervisor’s permission, are encouraged to volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities include distributing Commencement programs, assisting the Platform Party and providing directions to guests on campus. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of one (1) two-hour time period.

Please contact Monique Lopez via e-mail at or extension 5-4546 to volunteer or for additional information.

Parking During Commencement

Traffic will be heavy and parking congested during Commencement May 22 – May 24. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Parking will be free to our guests in general lots
  • Employee lots will remain restricted to employees; however, certain employee lots will be sharing access with alumni, the disabled and our elderly guests

Signs will be posted to identify which type of parking is allowed in each lot. Attendants, as well as police officers, will be on duty to direct and control traffic. The south campus turnaround will be congested, as it has been designated as a “drop zone” for personal vehicles as well as shuttles.

Congestion may also occur at the outlying shuttle stops (Pyramid and east campus by Parking Structure 2, south end). If you have specific parking questions, please contact the Parking Office at extension 5-4146 or

Summer Wellness Programs on Campus

Both the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the LifeFit Center @ the Beach are offering summer promotions. 


Student Recreation and Wellness Center


The Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC) is holding its second annual Summer Wellness Program.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to work out between three and five times a week to redeem points at the front desk.  Beginning June 1, each member who works out at least 36 times by August 25 will be entered into a drawing to win one of two free annual memberships to the SRWC – worth $407 each.  If you currently do not have an SRWC membership, you can purchase a summer membership for less than $100, starting on June 1.


For more information about the SRWC Summer Wellness Program, visit the SRWC website or stop by the front desk. Sign-ups begin today.  The last day to sign up is July 1. All faculty and staff receive a free seven-consecutive-day pass to the SRWC.  Call extension 5-0775, for more information about a free pass.


LifeFit Center @ the Beach


The LifeFit Center for people ages 50 and up is offering Express Memberships for CSULB faculty and staff.  Express Members can use the facility from the hours of 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ONLY.


  • Summer membership from May 28 – August 16 is $35.
  • Fall membership from August 26 – December 23 is $55.
  • Spring membership from January 2 – May 23 is $65.

Faculty and staff can use the fitness floor or take part in group classes. New 30-minute exercise classes are being added during Express Member hours, including a Flexibility, Mindfulness and Gratitude class starting May 28 and an interval training class in July. 

The LifeFit Center is located in the northeast corner of the Kinesiology Building (KIN 106, 107, 110A, & 110B).  For additional information, visit the Center's website or contact Ayla Donlin at or call extension 5-2005.

Did You Know?

Three CSULB students took home awards at the CSU Student Research Competition at Cal Poly Pomona last weekend.

  • Amberle McKee, a biology major, won first place for her research presentation “Substrate Attributes Determine Gait in a Terrestrial Gastropod.”
  • Tamara McCarty, a dance major, won second place for her presentation, “Gendered Performance in the Western Dance Tradition.”
  • Matthew Gonzales, a comparative world literature major, won second place for his presentation, “The Reader as Detective: Intertextuality in Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives.”

They were among nine CSULB students competing against nearly 200 others from universities throughout the CSU system. The following CSULB students also participated:

Student Category
Elizabeth Garfinkle Biological & Agricultural Sciences
Neda Jahedmotlagh Business, Economics, & Public Administration
Shahab Taherian Engineering & Computer Science
Tory Wall Health, Nutrition & Clinical Sciences
Eric Muckley Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Jed Sam Pizarro Guevara Social & Behavioral Sciences

Sarah Grefe was selected to compete in the Physical & Mathematical Sciences category, but was unable to attend the event.

Congratulations to Amberle, Tamara, Matthew and all of the students on their outstanding research.


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