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Weekly Wednesday Message
October 30, 2013

Did You Know?

Great White SharkThere have been multiple shark sightings at El Porto Beach in Manhattan Beach. Should you stay out of the water? Dr. Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab, tells KPCC's Take Two there is no need to panic.

He will also be among the scientists discussing his research on white sharks at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' Fellows Colloquium on Tuesday, November 5 at The Pointe in the Pyramid. 

Class Schedule Change Reminders: Veterans Day, Final Exams Schedule

Please see the following reminders about class changes this semester.

Veterans Day

Please note the change in schedule during the week of Veterans Day, a practice that began in Fall 2010:

  • Veterans Day will be observed Monday, November 11; the campus will be closed.
  • All classes that would normally meet Monday, November 11 will meet Tuesday, November 12 (in classrooms or spaces normally used on Mondays).
  • All classes that would normally meet Tuesday, November 12 will be canceled.

No special campus events will be scheduled in academic spaces Tuesday, November 12 to avoid potential conflicts with classes.

Additional information is available online. 

Final Exams Schedule

Please remember the schedule for final examinations for the fall semester is Thursday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 18, with one exception.

Wednesday-only classes currently scheduled for final examinations on Wednesday, December 18th will have their finals rescheduled at the same time on Wednesday, December 11th.

To assist you with fall semester planning, a pdf of the 2013-14 Academic Calendar is available on the Academic Affairs website.

Seeking Faculty for New Undergraduate Research Program

Faculty who would like help getting a new project started, expediting a project in progress or introducing new students to their field or area of research are invited to join the new Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) as a research sponsor.

Through the program, second-year students serve as research assistants, supporting faculty in their research, scholarly and creative work. Fifty students will be invited to the program for the 2013-2014 academic year. From the pool of UROP participants, faculty will have an opportunity to interview and select their own research assistant(s).

Research sponsors can be any tenure track or tenured faculty member or full-time lecturer with an active research, scholarly or creative agenda. Research sponsors will receive professional development funding of $500 per student to cover student research-related expenses. 

This is a great way for faculty to engage with students outside the classroom while receiving assistance with research, scholarly and creative projects.  Faculty who are interested in involving student(s) in their research, can read more about the program and complete the brief online application.

Student Research Competition Date Set, Jurors Needed

The 26th Annual CSULB Student Research Competition will take place Friday, February 21, 2014. Please encourage graduate and undergraduate researchers and artists to participate in this event, in which they compete for honors and cash prizes in the following disciplinary categories:

  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Education
  • Business, Economics, and Public Administration

From the campus competition, 10 CSULB students will be selected to represent the university at the system-wide competition, held this year at California State University, East Bay on May 2 and 3, 2014.

Faculty are asked to please consider volunteering for potential “juror duty” the day of the campus competition (Feb 21 with a window of 12-5 p.m.). Unlike “jury duty,” which is obligatory and involves adjudicating possible criminal activity, Student Research Competition “juror duty” is uplifting and interesting. Each year, CSULB students present impressive research and creative activities undertaken through the mentorship of CSULB faculty.

Faculty interested in volunteering for the “juror pool,” are asked to RSVP to Academic Events Coordinator Michelle Terry,, by Friday, January 24, 2014.

How do you get to Campus?

Transportation choices form the largest part of our carbon footprint.  Each year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District asks all employees in the South Coast Air Basin to complete a brief survey to help measure our transportation emissions as well as the effectiveness of employee commute reduction programs, such as U-PASS and the Employee Rideshare Program.  If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete the survey, which can be found at AQMD Survey.

Please read these survey instructions for information on how to complete the survey.   Faculty, GA/TA, and student assistants who do not have consistent daily schedules may have difficulty completing this survey, and the survey instructions describe how such schedules must be entered. 

If you would prefer to complete the survey by phone, please call (562) 985-4091.  For questions or assistance you may contact the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator at or call (562) 985-4091.

Celebrate Halloween at the Beach

There are several ways to celebrate Halloween on campus.

Costume Parade/Contest and Pumpkin Carving Contest

Bring a carved pumpkin, dress in costume or stop by to see your colleagues at the costume parade/contest and pumpkin carving contest by the Speakers Platform outside the Bookstore.

Registration begins at 11:45 am for the individual and group costume parade/contest and the pumpkin carving contest. Please bring a pre-carved pumpkin to participate in the pumpkin carving contest.  The parade and judging will begin at 12:10 pm.

Department Decorating Contest

The following office areas are participating in the department decorating contest.  Stop by to judge them for yourself, but please note most of them are participating in the costume contest and may not be open from 12 – 1 pm.

  • USU Program Council, USU Ballrooms  The USU will be hosting a haunted house maze from 1 to 6 pm in the Student Union Ballrooms.
  • Psychology Department - -  Psy 100
  • Chicano/Latino Studies - - FO3-300
  • Teacher Preparation Advising Center - - ED1-67
  • College of Continuing and Professional Education - - Foundation Bldg
  • College of Business Administration Advising Center - - CBA-100

Art Museum Tour

All staff members are invited to join the University Art Museum’s tour of the exhibition Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and Obsession at 5:30pm for a spine chilling experience. You are also invited to donate a non-perishable food item to the food drive taking place at the museum all day.  All food collected will be donated to Food Pantry on Campus. 

For more information on these Halloween Spooktacular events, visit the Staff Council website.

Veterans Week Events 2013

The Office of Veterans Services has scheduled a series of events on Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7 in honor of Veterans Day, which is November 11. 

Tuesday, November 5

  • VET NET Ally  – Student Edition (Attendance by RSVP only, 9 am to 12 pm. This special (abbreviated) version of the VET NET Ally seminar will educate students about military veterans studying at CSULB. The seminar will cover:
    • VET NET Ally program mission and how CSULB assists student-veterans
    • Why people join the military
    • Military and post-service culture
    • Who would you tell? - An experiential activity addressing the reasons student veterans may or may not talk about their military experience
    • Veterans issues in Higher Education
    • Student veteran panel
  • Film Screening - Reserved to Fight,  6 pm  University Theater – UTC-108.  Reserved to Fight is a documentary that focuses on four young Marine Reservists who were among the first reserve troops deployed to Iraq. The film follows each of them for four years after their return from war as they confront the challenging and emotional path to assimilation back at home.  

Thursday, November 7

  • Veterans Services Center Open House, 11 am – 1 pm, FND-265. Stop by the Veterans Services office in the Foundation Building. See our new facility and learn about the services we provide servicemembers, veterans, and dependents. Light snacks provided.
  • Veterans Day Celebration, 3 – 4 pm,Speakers’ Platform in front of the University Bookstore. The campus community is invited to join the Veterans Services Office in a celebration honoring our nation’s veterans and service members. Following the ceremony, birthday messages and a cake will commemorate the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps (officially November 10). You are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who are veterans or to bring a picture of a veteran who cannot attend the event.
  • Film Screening - RESTREPO,  5 pm,Beach Auditorium – University Student Union.  RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. 

Last Week to Reserve Homecoming Tickets

Homecoming is Saturday, November 9. Reserve your lunch and game tickets by Friday, November 1. Tickets for faculty and staff are free. Tickets for guests are $5 and include both lunch and the game. The ticket reservation form is available online.

The men’s basketball game against Hawai’i Pacific University starts at 3 pm, but the activities begin at 11 am in Parking Lot 13 with the following:

  • “Mini-Language Lessons" offered by the College of Liberal Arts
  • Race Car Exhibit sponsored by the College of Engineering
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Mobile Science Museum
  • The Japanese Garden making Hachimaki (Japanese headbands)
  • An obstacle course, sports course, joust arena, Euro Bungee and more interactive activities
  • Photo booth
  • Carnival games
  • Airbrush tattoo artist and caricature artist
  • Campus shuttles with stops at various points, including:
    • CSI @ CSULB
    • LifeFit Center @ The Beach
    • Engineering Open House: Soil Lab, Environmental Lab, Fluid Lab
    • Fashion Merchandising
    • Science Learning Center and Marine Biology Lab
    • University Bookstore
    • The Nugget
    • School of Nursing SIM Lab

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming

Volunteers are needed 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.

A Day in Our Shoes: Living with a Disability

A Day in Our Shoes, is taking place on Wednesday, November 6 from 10 am to 3 pm to raise awareness of those who live with a disability on a daily basis. Anyone who attends the event will be given an opportunity to simulate a disability to better understand the experience.

You can simply walk in any time between 10 am and 3 pm to experience what it is like to have the following disabilities:

  • Blind
  • Hearing impaired
  • Depression
  • Dysgraphia (Writing disability)

Please RSVP on or before Monday, November 4, if you would like to experience what it is like to have the following disabilities:

  • Visual Impairment (12 noon – 2 p.m.)
  • Paraplegics
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Schizophrenia

If you would like additional information or would like to RSVP, please contact Chris Vickery, ASI Secretary of Disability Affairs at or (562) 972-1116.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

10/31: Halloween Spooktacular

11/1: Deadline for Faculty Research Stipend Awards

11/1: Deadline to reserve Homecoming Tickets

11/8: Deadline to Apply for Ethics Across the Curriculum Funding

11/9: Homecoming

11/11: Campus Closed for Veterans Day

11/12: Veterans Day Class Schedule Change

  • All classes that would normally meet Monday, November 11 meet Tuesday, November 12.
  • All classes that would normally meet Tuesday, November 12 will be canceled.