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Weekly Wednesday Message

May 29, 2013

Current Dates and Deadlines

6/10-6/12 Scholarly Writing Institute
7/22-7/26 Summer Research Grants and Contracts Workshop
8/23 Convocation

During summer, the Wednesday Message will be sent periodically. Whenever there is information to report, we will keep you up to date.


A Special Note of Thanks

Approximately 7,340 graduates participated in last week’s Commencement ceremonies. Thanks to all of the faculty, staff, students and community members whose hard work made each of the ceremonies special for our graduates and their friends and families. Without your collective efforts, this event, which clearly demonstrates our mission as a university, would not be possible.


Supplemental Instruction Coordinator Changes

Erik Jahner, Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction for the Learning Assistance Center, will be leaving CSULB at the end of the summer to pursue a doctorate at the University of California, Riverside. Erik has done an outstanding job coordinating supplemental instruction, expanding the program and building strong relationships with colleges and departments. We wish him the best at UCR.

As always, CSULB is humming with student success activity. Plans for next year include a renewed focus on writing across the curriculum, new technologies for advisor and tutor scheduling, expanded supplemental instruction and tutoring, and a variety of course redesign projects—to just name a few of the many initiatives underway. The Office of Undergraduate Studies has been actively engaged in two national searches this semester—for a Writing Across the Curriculum Director and a Director of University Advisement. To allow us time to conduct a careful national search for a new Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction, we have decided to appoint an Interim Faculty Director of Supplemental Instruction for the 2013-14 academic year. Long-term plans for the position will include discussions about the nature of the position and a search, but given our need to make sure that next year’s expanded program gets off to a smooth start we will move ahead with an interim position.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Caron has agreed to serve as Interim Faculty Director of SI for 2013-14. A professor of American Literature, Dr. Caron has been a faculty member at CSULB since 1998. He has served in several administrative positions, including Associate Chair of the English Department, Interim Chair of Linguistics, Acting Chair of Comparative World Literature and Classics, and Director of the University Honors & Interdisciplinary Studies Program. He brings a wealth of administrative experience, as well as 20 years of experience as a highly effective teacher, to the position.


Real Estate Seminar

Do you have a vacation home, commercial/investment property or personal residence? Are you interested in selling, but afraid of the taxes or loss of income on investment property? Join the Office of Gift Planning on Monday, June 24 at 6 pm in the Barrett Athletic Administration Center to learn how to use your property to benefit yourself and your community.

This seminar will give you the information you need to donate property, save taxes, provide you with income for life, and fulfill your charitable intent. Speakers will include professionals from the areas of law, real estate, and finance. It is free to attend and open to the public.

Register or get additional information.


Summer Hours: Restaurants and Student Union Services


The summer schedules for the 49er Shops Dining Services and the restaurants and services in the University Student Union are available online. 


Did You Know?

Two CSULB alumni have received Fulbright awards for the 2013-14 year.

Alex Olson, a President’s Scholar who earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from CSULB in 2011, was selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Scholarship that will allow him to teach English at Tomsk State Polytechnic University in Siberia.

Sophia Clark, who graduated with a master’s degree in German studies last week, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Vienna, Austria. Clark, who has also received an offer of full support from Vanderbilt University’s Ph.D. program, will study narrative theory and practice in Austrian short prose works while on her Fulbright experience.


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