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Weekly Wednesday Message
November 13, 2013

Did You Know?

History 173 curriculum materialsUsing one of the new smart classrooms, students in Dr. Nancy Quam-Wickham’s History 173 course produced curriculum materials to enrich the learning of U.S. history for high school history students last spring.  These enrichment materials are now widely used within Long Beach Unified High School classrooms.

Dr. Quam-Wickham gave students themes, such as equality and justice, and asked students to address a particular historical issue around that theme. Students chose to focus on a wide range of issues, including the Spanish American War, women’s social equality in the early 1900’s, World War II propaganda and freedmen’s education.

The assignment was designed to give students a deeper understanding of the subject matter, allow them to apply analytical and research skills and work together as a team.

After conducting their research and writing the content, studentscreated the curriculum materials using microblogging platforms like Tumblr and timeline creators.  They embedded Youtube videos, songs and images to bring the history to life. Examples of their projects can be found on the U.S. History Lab website.

New IT Security Threat

Please be aware of a new security threat that has been infecting computers, on and off campus, called Ransomware.

Ransomware comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom be paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system's hard drive (cryptoviral extortion) while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying.

Incidents of ransomware have grown globally, with reports across the CSU and on our campus. Most malware is removed by security tools before it can infect our campus, however the open nature of our academic environment makes it impossible to protect against all potential vulnerabilities.

Ransomware is typically installed when users open a malicious email attachment, a malicious link in an email attachment or instant message, or unknowingly open malicious links on social networking sites or other websites.

Please refer to the ITS Safe Computing page to read more about what to do if you fall victim to ransomware, and tips to protect you.

Feel free to contact for any additional questions or for help regarding IT security on campus.

CSU Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Program

CSU Academic Technology Services is sponsoring a Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program to recognize and share exemplary teaching and learning practices in blended and online courses. An informational webinar for faculty who are interested in participating in QOLT will be held on Friday, November 22 from 12 to 1 pm. Access the webinar. If you cannot participate in the November 22 webinar, the webinar recording will posted online.

Detailed QOLT program information can be found online. Course submissions are due by January 21, 2014.

New Commencement Coordinator in Academic Events

Lori Vidal has joined the Academic Events office as an event planner/commencement coordinator reporting to Academic Events Coordinator Michelle Terry. She will manage the logistics for the university’s commencement ceremonies and will be the main contact for Commencement.

Lori will also contribute to other division events and will be handling reservations for the Anatol Center. Reservations and inquiries can still be made by sending an email to

Lori comes to the Office of Academic Events after having spent 11 years in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. She replaces Barbara Hall who retired in October.

To contact Lori directly, email or call extension 5-2351.

Events Celebrate Diverse Cultures During International Education Week

International Education Week - DanceInternational Education Week runs through Friday, November 15. Activities include several Study Abroad information sessions and presentations that bring awareness to global issues or celebrate international cultures including the following:

African Cultural Extravaganza: There will be a two-hour jamboree and celebration of African writing, film, and dance on Thursday, November 14, from 12 to 2 pm in the Beach Auditorium. His Excellency Mr. Cyril Ndaba, the South African Consulate General in Los Angeles, will discuss "The Role of South Africa in the African Renaissance." The African Cultural Extravaganza will include dances, masquerades and discussions on the Africa project. The event is presented by the Africa Subcommittee of the International Education Committee.

"U.S. - Pakistan Relations in 2014 and Beyond": The Yadunandan Center for India Studies is hosting a lecture by Ambassador Cameron Munter on U.S. - Pakistan Relations in 2014 and Beyond on Thursday, November 14 at 5 pm in the Theater Arts Lecture Hall (UT-108).

Cameron Munter served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades before his retirement in fall 2012.

He was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, guiding U.S. - Pakistani relations through a period of severe crisis, including the operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, and the latest phase of the Afghan War. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Munter served in several capacities in Baghdad, Iraq, overseeing U.S. Civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops. Ambassador Munter’s talk will address U.S. relations with Pakistan in light of the expected drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan in 2014.

For a complete list of International Education Week events, visit the Event Calendar.

Bookstore Hosting Annual Holiday Shopping Event

Annual Exclusive Evening for Alumni, Faculty, Staff and their familiesThe University Bookstore is hosting its Annual Exclusive Evening for Alumni, Faculty, Staff and their families, with discounts ranging from 15 to 25 percent, on Friday, November 22 from 4 to 7:30 pm. The first 200 guests will receive a free holiday gift.

Shop for books for children and adults, logo clothing, holiday gifts and supplies. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a caricature artist, photobooth, door prizes and music. Free parking is available in parking lots 5 and 4 beginning at 3 pm.

RSVP by November 20 to or 562-985-2665.

Child Development Center Supply Drive Underway

"Goodies for Kiddies," the annual supply drive to support the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, will run through December 6th. Drop off new items like alcohol-free, unscented baby wipes, UVB/UVA sunblock SPF15+, and compact boxes of facial tissue, to donation boxes throughout campus. Boxes can be found at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, ET 232 & 237, AS-131, HSCI-160, University Bookstore and the Women’s Resource Center LA1-102.

For information on other needed items and drop-off locations, visit the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center website or call the office at (562) 985-5333.

Ruby’s "Fun Raiser" to Support Staff Council

Show your support for CSULB’s Staff Council by eating at Ruby’s Diner on Thursday, November 21 between 12 and 9 pm.

Present this flyer at Ruby’s, located at 6405 E. PCH in Long Beach, and the restaurant will donate 20 percent of your bill to Staff Council, supporting events like Spooktacular, the Cherishing Children Holiday Party, Staff Day and Staff Week. The credit will be applied whether you dine in or take out.

For more information, contact Lupe Swartz at extension 5-2389.

Halloween Spooktacular Winners

Staff Council thanks all those who participated in the Halloween Spooktacular, especially the judges and volunteers who gave their time. Winners from this year’s event are as follows.

Small Department Decorating Contest
1st Place Psychology Department "Psycho Babble"
2nd Place Chicano/Latino Studies "Day of the Dead"
3rd Place College of Business Advising Center "Little Shop of CBA Business Horrors"
Honorable Mention 1 Teacher Preparation Advising Center "Day of the Dead"
Large Department Decorating Contest
1st Place College of Continuing & Professional Education (CCPE) "Market Mayhem - The Hunger Games"
2nd Place USU Program Council "Haunted Maze - based on H.H. Holmes"
Pumpkin Carving Contest
1st Place (Pumpkin #2) Judith Bell (Bob Cole Conservatory of Music) "Webster"
2nd Place (Pumpkin #4) Connie McCarroll (Psychology) "Angry Joe"
3rd Place (Pumpkin #1) Charlene Rice (Facilities Management) "Pumpkin Eater"
Individual Costume Contest
1st Place #9 -- Ashley McKeachie (ASI Recreation) "Frankenberry"
2nd Place #11 -- Sean Del Rossi (SRWC) "Lucky Charms Cereal Killer"
3rd Place #15 -- Lisa M. DelaLoza "Bee Keeper"
Honorable Mention 1 #2 -- Brenda Gonzales (CCPE) "Pinata"
Honorable Mention 2 #14 -- Beth Moody (CCPE) "Frosted Mini Wheat"
Group Costume Contest
1st Place ASI, SRWC "Cereal Killers"
2nd Place College of Education "Shark Week"
3rd Place College of Continuing & Professional Ed. (CCPE) "Supermarket Gone Crazy"
Honorable Mention 1 Technology Help Desk "Disco Techs"
Honorable Mention 2 Textbook Office (Huy Vo & Theora Thorne) "You tube Video & Waldo"

Upcoming Scholarship Awards

Faculty and staff are invited to share the following scholarship information with students.

ASI Scholarship ($1,000) for full-time students who have shown commitment and contributions to the community or who have faced obstacles that affect their academics. Deadline: November 15.

John & Jon Beachpride Award ($500) for full-time students whose lives have been positively impacted by attending CSULB. Deadline: November 15.

For more scholarships, visit the Center for Scholarship Information website.

To submit an item for the Wednesday Message, email it to by Monday at 5 pm.

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