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Weekly Wednesday Message - October 9, 2013

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President's Scholars LogoTwenty-five President's Scholars, selected from an extremely competitive pool of more than 700 applicants, enrolled at CSULB this year. Meet this year's Scholars.

Chancellor White on Campus October 14

As part of his statewide tour of the 23 CSU campuses, Chancellor Timothy White will be visiting CSULB on Monday, October 14. All faculty and staff are invited to meet with Chancellor White during an open forum at 3:30 pm in the Anatol Center.  We look forward to this opportunity to share with him the people and programs that make CSULB a very special university.  

Leadership Fellows Program Cohort Selected

The Offices of the President and Provost are pleased to announce that 14 participants, made up of associate deans, department chairs, and program directors, have been selected to participate in the new Leadership Fellows Program.


The applicant pool was very strong, with 32 applications received.  The President's Office organized the application and review processes.  Each application was reviewed by at least three readers, each of whom had helped plan and organize the Leadership Fellows Program.  Consideration was given to diversifying the participant group across disciplines, leadership experiences, perspectives and in other dimensions. 


The following participants will be involved in a two-year program of seminars, experiential learning, and eventually organizing and leading specific projects in support of campus strategic priorities.  Congratulations to the Leadership Fellows Program participants for 2013-15.


  • Babette Benken
    Director of Graduate Studies, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Carolyn Bremer
    Chair, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

  • Tim Caron
    Director, Supplemental Instruction
    Professor, English

  • Malcolm Finney
    Chair and Professor, Linguistics

  • Carl Fisher
    Chair and Professor, Human Development

  • Nele Hempel-Lamer
    Director, University Honors Program
    Professor, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures

  • Richard Marcus
    Director and Associate Professor, International Studies Program

  • Tracey Mayfield
    Associate Dean, Library

  • Cyrus Parker-Jeannette
    Associate Dean, College of the Arts

  • Laura Portnoi
    Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Social and Cultural Analysis of Education

  • Wendy Reiboldt
    Chair and Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Dhushy Sathianathan
    Associate Dean, College of Engineering

  • Tony Sinay
    Chair and Professor, Health Care Administration

  • Krzysztof (Kris) Slowinski
    Chair and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry


Homecoming 2013 is November 9

Faculty and staff are invited to join the campus community, alumni, and community friends at Homecoming 2013, "There's no place like The Beach," on Saturday, November 9. 


Lunch and game tickets for faculty and staff are free. Tickets for guests are $5 and include both lunch and the game. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, November 1.  The ticket reservation form is available online.


Academic Affairs is seeking volunteers to assist in handing out badges at the event registration table on November 9. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts between 9 am and 3 pm.  Anyone interested in assisting with Homecoming can contact Michelle Terry, Academic Events Coordinator via email or at extension 5-4546.

Successful Workshop for New Faculty

On Friday, October 4, Academic Affairs hosted a learning outcomes workshop for new faculty. Led by Director of Program Review and Assessment Sharlene Sayegh, the group of 18 faculty members received hands-on training to improve syllabus design through the adoption or adaptation of course learning outcomes.


They discussed the optimum number of outcomes for a course, how course learning outcomes can align vertically with program and institutional outcomes, and how well-articulated learning outcomes lead not only to improved student learning, but to improved interdisciplinary discussions.  Course outcomes provide road maps for student achievement at the end of the term and thus serve as benchmarks for assessing student learning.


In addition, faculty shared ideas and strategies for the best approaches to displaying aligned learning outcomes on course syllabi. The workshop ended with a working lunch where Dr. Sayegh reviewed syllabi, answered questions and discussed research on aligning pedagogy with learning outcomes and how research shows improvement of student learning.  More workshops are planned for the future.

Ukleja Roundtable Offers Ethics Discussion

Three CSULB faculty members – Tyler Reeb, James Sauceda, and Linda Tiggs-Taylor – will introduce materials and methods to facilitate ethics training at deeper levels during the Faculty Ethics Roundtable on November 15 at the Barrett Conference Center.


At the Roundtable, faculty will learn how to use a new online learning community, Designs 4 Teaching Ethics.  This will be a space where faculty can post queries, discuss issues, and share best practices. There will also be time to discuss challenges and successes and brainstorm ideas for future events. 


Continental breakfast will be served and there will be an opportunity drawing for a $100 Amazon gift certificate.  Reservations are required by Friday, November 8.


For more information contact the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at or extension 5-8600.

International Education Week 2013 will be November 12-15

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and to share with students the following information about International Education Week, November 12-15:


International Education Week 2013 will be celebrated on campus from Tuesday, November 12, to Friday, November 15. Campus departments and student groups are invited to hold internationally themed events that bring awareness to global issues or celebrate international cultures. Any group interested in hosting an event during International Education Week may submit their event details for inclusion on the International Education Week Event Calendar.


To submit an event, please visit the online Event Calendar and click on "Post An Event." Please visit often, as the calendar will be continuously updated as new events are planned.


International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.


For more information, please send an email to Melissa Lyon ( at the International Student Services Office in the Center for International Education.

Voluntary Great Shakeout Drill – Thursday, October 17

The California Great Shakeout is taking place on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 am. This is a voluntary exercise that you can participate in with your staff or your classroom. There will be no Emergency Notification and there will be no Evacuation Drill. It is not best practice to automatically evacuate during or after an earthquake. Therefore, we are no longer conducting the evacuation drill in conjunction with the Great Shakeout.


You are encouraged to still participate in the California Great Shakeout Drill:


  1. Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes!
  2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
  3. Finally, practice what you can do after the shaking stops.


Again, this is a voluntary participation and there will be no Emergency Notification Message sent or an evacuation drill. If you have any questions please contact the Emergency Management and Preparedness Coordinator, Jonathan Rosene at

Living Well @ The Beach October 14-18

Health and Safety Week, "Living Well @ The Beach," will include many events for faculty, staff, and students from October 14 -18. Attend five events and get a free Robeks smoothie (first 200 people).


Here are a few highlights:

  • Information Fair, LifeFit open all day, SRWC Fitness, Farmers Market
  • Lectures:
    • Making Relationships Work
    • Healthy Relationships and How to Spot Them
    • Happiness 101: Seven Practices to Nurturing a Happy Self
    • Work/Life Balance: Encouragement for Busy People
    • How to Live with Repetitive Motion Injuries
    • Agony and Ecstasy of Designer Drugs
    • Crime Prevention/Sexual Assault
  • Nutrition, Stress Management, Self Defense, Bicycle Skills Workshops
  • Flu Shots, Blood Drive, HIV Testing, BirthChoice Mobile Clinic
  • Take Back the Night Rally & Speakout
  • Get Covered! Learn about ObamaCare
  • Active Shooter Classroom Defense Exercise, Disaster Readiness at Home

Check the Living Well website for a complete list of activities.

Disabled Student Services 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join Disabled Student Services for a night of dinner, dancing, casino games and a silent auction at its 40th anniversary celebration "Flashback to 1973" on October 25. RSVP or get additional information.

Celebrate Halloween at Spooktacular

Find out just how scary and creative staff can be with Halloween costumes, office decorating and skillfully carved jack-o-lanterns at the annual staff Halloween Spooktacular from noon to 1 pm, on Thursday, October 31, at the speaker's platform/lawn area in front of the University Bookstore.


If you dare to enter the small/large office/department decorating contests (department judging begins at 8 am on October 31), contact Laura Stone by Thursday, October 24.

Future Scholars Award

Please share the following scholarship information with students:


The CSU Future Scholars Award is available to new freshmen who graduated from a California high school or transfer students who attended a California Community College. Deadline to apply is December 5.

Documentary Screening

Dr. Amy Cabrera Rasmussen (Political Science) and Dr. Victor Rodriguez (Chicano and Latino Studies) are among the panelists participating in the screening of and discussion about "Harvest of Empire" on October 17 at 7 pm in the University Theatre.

Based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzalez, "Harvest of Empire" is a documentary focusing on U.S. intervention in Latin America and today's immigration crisis. To attend, RSVP to 562-985-4644.

RGRLL Conference Honoring German Dramatist

The Department of Romance, German and Russian Languages and Literature and German Studies is hosting a conference celebrating the 200th birthday of German dramatist Georg Buchner. CSULB alumni from across the United States will gather on Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19, 8:30 am to 5 pm, at the Karl Anatol Center to commemorate Buchner's life and works.

For information, contact:


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Current Dates and Deadlines

October 11Benefits Open Enrollment Period Ends

October 14-18: Health and Safety Week - Living Well @ The Beach

October 15:  Evacuation drill

October 17:  Great American Shakeout Drill

October 25:  Deadline to RSVP for Ethics at The Beach seminar

October 25Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop

October 25Disabled Student Services 40th Anniversary

October 31Halloween Spooktacular

November 8:  Deadline to Apply for Ethics Across the Curriculum Funding

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