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Weekly Wednesday Message
November 20, 2013

Did You Know?

Dean Forouzan Golshani and Denso Senior Regional Manager Richard Shiozaki in a student-built car The College of Engineering dedicated the newly named DENSO Design and Manufacturing Laboratory in a ceremony on Friday. The lab offers CSULB students a place for computer-aided design, manufacturing and non-destructive testing.

In the photo, College of Education Dean Forouzan Golshani and DENSO Senior Regional Manager Richard Shiozaki take a seat in an electric vehicle being designed and put together in the laboratory.

What Qualities do you want to see in the Next CSULB President?

CSULB Presidential Search logoA new Web page has been created for the campus community to provide input on the qualities and specific experiences we would like to see in the new University President. Comments will be directly received by the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President to help guide its efforts. All input will be reviewed and considered.

Reminder: Change to 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.

The entire Academic Calendar can be found online.  

Assistant VP's Retirement Leads to Changes in Institutional Research & Assessment 

After 14 years at CSULB, Dr. Van Novack, assistant vice president for Institutional Research & Assessment (IR&A), is retiring at the end of the fall semester. Dr. Novack, who earned his doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School, joined the IR&A staff in 1999 and quickly assumed a leadership role as director. At that time, the university relied on a mainframe system, had no website, and what data CSULB had was distributed in hard copy.

An assistant vice president since 2006, Dr. Novack has played an important role in creating a culture of data-based decision making at CSULB. He has successfully overseen the implementation of key web-based reporting tools that have played a critical role in CSULB's improved graduation rates and ushered in a culture of transparency not seen in many universities. The CSULB Institutional Dashboard provides valuable data that faculty, staff and administrators have used to improve student success. Most recently, Dr. Novack oversaw the creation and implementation of departmental Web pages allowing faculty and department chairs to quickly and easily access key information about their departments. Congratulations to Dr. Novack on his many accomplishments at CSULB.

A search for an assistant vice president will be launched in the near future. We hope to have the position filled by mid-spring. Lynn Mahoney, interim vice provost, will oversee the unit in the meantime. IR&A will continue maintain its high standard of service and will work diligently to provide the campus with the critical information it relies upon. Please bear with us, though, during this transition period.

Class Presentations Available on the New Covered California

A new program is available at CSULB to help students understand the new State health insurance system, Covered California, and the opportunity it offers to get affordable, quality health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

In an effort to inform students about this new program, known as the CSU Health Insurance Education Project, representatives are providing brief educational presentations in classrooms.  Faculty who are interested in scheduling a presentation for their students, should send the following information to

  1. Dates of availability
  2. Time of your class
  3. Class location
  4. Preferred presentation type (5 minute outreach OR 15 minute detailed presentation)

 If you have any questions, please email  

Faculty Invited to Participate in Engineering Conference on Student Success at CSULB

The College of Engineering will host the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone IV Conference April 24-26, 2014. Representatives from 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii, and part of Canada, will be participating.

The conference theme is: "Student Success Is Our Success: Developing Diverse Engineers for a Changing World through Engineering Pedagogy & Practice." Faculty involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and student success are encouraged to participate. The deadline to submit paper abstracts is November 30.

More information about the conference and how to submit abstracts is available online. Questions regarding the conference can also be directed to conference co-chairs (Lily Gossage or Panadda Marayong) at

Due December 1: Proposals for Converting Courses to Online Format

The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) is once again seeking faculty to convert a face-to-face class to a 100 percent  online format for Summer Session 2014. Proposals will be accepted through December 1.

Due December 6: Alumni Grant Applications

Applications for the 23rd Annual Alumni Grants Program are being accepted until Friday, December 6.

Sponsored by the CSULB Alumni Association, the Grants Program provides funding to university departments and programs. Allocations range from $1,500 to $7,500, with a total of up to $50,000 to be awarded. More than $725,000 has been awarded to campus departments and programs in the last 22 years.

Applications and guidelines are available online. For specific questions, please contact Gay Arakawa, executive director of the CSULB Alumni Association, at extension 5-5252 or

Ruby's "Fun Raiser" to Support Staff Council Tomorrow

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.

Time is Running Out to Fill Santa's Sleigh

Cherishing Children Toy Drive Don't forget to donate a new, unwrapped toy for CSULB's Cherishing Children Holiday Party. Toys are needed for 125 children who will be attending the party on Wednesday, December 4. Your donation will help ensure all children receive a gift, making their holiday season brighter.

Collection boxes are available at the following locations:

  • Campus Police
  • Bookstore
  • ITS BH -188
  • College of Education ED1 - 5
  • Academic Computing Horn Center
  • Alumni Relations BAC
  • Dance
  • President's Office BH -300
  • Staff Human Resources BH - 335
  • Univ. Library
  • Mail Room
  • BH 151
  • MHB-214
  • PSY 100
  • Starbucks in the Library

Additional toys will be collected through Friday, December 13 for the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Cherishing Children event has been named for former staff member Bob Rodgers, who passed away last summer. Rodgers was one of the event founders and played Santa Claus each year.

For more information or to volunteer for the Cherishing Children Holiday Party, contact Maria Bucio at or ext. 5-7621 or Charleen Rice at or ext. 5-2501.

University Bookstore Annual Holiday Shopping Event is Friday

Bookstore Holiday Shopping EventThe 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.

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

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Current Dates and Deadlines

11/21Ruby’s “Fun Raiser” for Staff Council

11/22CSU Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Program Webinar

11/22: Bookstore Annual Holiday Shopping Event

12/1Deadline: Summer Online Course Conversion Proposals

12/1Deadline: Applications for CSU Resident Director (China, France, Italy, Spain)

12/1-12/5Holiday Art Sale

12/4: Cherishing Children Holiday Party

12/6Deadline: Scholarly Writing Institute RSVP

12/6: Deadline: Alumni Grants Program Application