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Weekly Wednesday Message
October 23, 2013

Did You Know?

Dr. David GerhartThe Bob Cole Conservatory of Music’s Steel Drum Band, directed by Dr. Dave Gerhart, will be featured in "Panomundo," a documentary about the history of the steel band and its influence around the world.

The filmmakers have already filmed steel bands in five countries. CSULB will represent university steel bands in the USA when the band is filmed during its performance on Friday at 8 pm at the Daniel Recital Hall. In addition, the filmmakers will interview Dr. Gerhart about the group.

A sneak peek of the documentary is available online.

Proposals for Faculty Research Stipend Awards

The deadline for tenured and tenure-track faculty to submit proposals for the Faculty Research Stipend Award is Friday, November 1.

The award provides stipends of $2,500 to support faculty submitting proposals for major external funding (>$100,000 in direct funding). Applications to develop full proposals on any fundable topic are eligible. The external funding proposals must be submitted via Cayuse 424 on or before September 30th 2014.

Preference for the stipend award will be given to proposals submitted to federal funding agencies in response to standing solicitations carrying full indirect costs. Additional information, including how to apply, is available online.

Purchase Your Homecoming Tickets

There's no Place Like the BeachHomecoming is Saturday, November 9. Reserve your lunch and game tickets by November 1. Tickets for faculty and staff are free. Tickets for guests are $5 and include both lunch and the game.

Tailgate activities begin at 11 am in Parking Lot 13 and include an obstacle course, sports course, joust arena, zorb ball, euro bungee and bungee basketball. There will also be a henna artist, carnival games, photo booth, airbrush tattoo artist and caricature artist.

The men’s basketball game against Hawaii-Pacific begins at 3 pm.

Check out the entire list of Homecoming week activities.

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming

Academic Affairs is seeking volunteers to assist with handing out badges at the Homecoming registration table on Saturday, November 9.

Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts between 9 am and 3 pm. Anyone interested can contact Michelle Terry, Academic Events Coordinator, via email at or at extension 5-4546.

Fellows Colloquium Highlights Great White Sharks

Dr. Chris Lowe and CSULB alumnus Manny Ezcurra from the Monterey Bay Aquarium will discuss their research on white sharks at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' Fellows Colloquium on Tuesday, November 5 at The Pointe in the Pyramid.

Dr. Lowe and Ezcurra are among the marine biologists collaborating to learn more about where young sharks live and how they survive in the region’s urban ocean environment.

Over the last 20 years Dr. Lowe has used and developed acoustic telemetry techniques to study the movements, behavior and physiology of sharks, rays, and gamefishes. Some of his recent research has focused on developing underwater robots for autonomously tracking sharks. He and his students have co-authored numerous scientific journal articles, and he is a well-known media expert on sharks who is featured in a new IMAX film, “Great White Shark 3D.”

The Colloquium is free and open to the public. It begins with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by the presentation at 7 pm. RSVP at or call extension 5-7446.

Distinguished Lecture Series Focuses on Engineering for the Body

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series tomorrow addressing issues in the areas of tissue engineering, cell modeling and medical device development.

In “Engineering for the Body: Reproducing Body Functions,” a panel of experts will look at medical innovations such as prostheses (producing limbs with 3D printers) and transplants, nanotubes, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine (growing body forms) and genetic medicine, and address the technological needs and intellectual property protection issues related to these advances.

The event will be held at 5 pm in The Pointe at the Pyramid. It is free and open to the public. RSVP to or visit COE’s Distinguished Lecture Series webpage to register.

Researcher to Speak on Cambodian American Youth and Education

Dr. Vichet Chhuon will share his research on the academic and ethnic identities of Cambodian American students on Monday, October 28 at 3 pm in the Anatol Center. A reception will follow at 4 pm.

Dr. Chhuon is an Assistant Professor of Culture and Teaching in the College of Education and Human Development with an affiliation in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. His research focuses on:

  • The needs of immigrant and marginalized students
  • Examining the relationships between educational institutions, families, and social context, and
  • Employing interdisciplinary frameworks and diverse methodologies to the study of education.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Asian/Asian American Studies and the Division of Student Services.

CBA Named a Best Business School by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review Best Business Schools LogoThe College of Business Administration has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review and is featured in its 2014 edition of “The Best 295 Business Schools.”

CBA was recognized for offering MBA programs that meet a variety of student needs like the Saturday MBA program, the Self-Paced MBA, and the Accelerated MBA. It received praise for its small class sizes, great location and CSULB’s student VA program, which supports military veterans. In addition, Dean Michael Solt noted that CBA is one of only 5 percent of schools worldwide to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

A complete list of the “Best 295 Business Schools” can be found at the Princeton Review website.

Recreation and Leisure Studies Receives Accreditation with Commendation

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has received Academic Accreditation with Commendation from the National Recreation and Parks Association’s accreditation council.

In its report, the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions stated:

“The department has demonstrated its commitment to the park, recreation, tourism and related professions by complying with a body of standards deemed essential to a quality curriculum and learning environment, and having met or exceeded stated criteria of educational quality.”

Recreation and Leisure Studies has been accredited for more than 30 years. It has served undergraduate and graduate students for 47 years. Students can earn a B.A. in Recreation and a B.A. in Recreation with an option in Recreation Therapy, in addition to an M.S. in Recreation Administration.

Strong Turnout for Health and Safety Week

Last week’s health and safety week, Living Well @ the Beach, was a great success.

  • About 320 people attended the active shooter presentations.
  • Approximately 1,000 people attended the information fair.
  • About 200 people turned out for the Take Back the Night Rally.
  • The Farmer’s Market had its biggest turnout yet.
  • More than 100 people attended seminars and lectures.

Thanks to staff in the Division of Administration and Finance for organizing Living Well @ the Beach and to all who helped make it a success.

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