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Weekly Wednesday Message
December 4, 2013

Did You Know?

MarsSince 2007, Dr. Chrys Rodrigue (Geography) has taught a four-unit course titled “The Geography of Mars,” the first such course offered anywhere.

The class covers the planet’s exploration, reviews remote sensing data and then provides a physical regionalization of the Martian surface. Students use digital elevation data to determine where water may have flowed on the planet and review geochemical data from NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity, transforming them into Red Planet scientists. Learn more.

Open Forums for College of the Arts Dean Finalists Continue

COTA LogoThe second of four open forums for College of the Arts Dean finalists will be tomorrow, December 5, at 9 am in the Anatol Center (AS-119). Faculty and staff are invited to see the candidates’ CVs and provide feedback about each of the candidates online. Remaining open forums are scheduled as follows:

Cyrus Parker-Jeannette
Associate Dean, College of the Arts
California State University, Long Beach
Open Forum: Thursday, December 5, 9 am in the Anatol Center (AS-119)

Douglas Boughton, Ph.D.
Director, School of Art
Northern Illinois University
Open Forum: Tuesday, December 10, 9:30 am in the Anatol Center (AS-119)

Cedric Adderley, D.M.A.
Dean of the College
Capital University, Columbus Ohio
Open Forum: Thursday, December 12, 3 pm in the Faculty Center for Professional Development (LIB-507)

President’s Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Abstracts and Nominations for Awards

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) seeks presentation abstracts and nominations for awards for the 2014 Women’s Research Colloquium on April 9, 2014.

Presentation Abstracts for Research Colloquium

The deadline to submit presentation abstracts for the colloquium is January 29. Sponsored by PCSW, the colloquium highlights research done by women and/or research related to women’s issues and concerns. The colloquium features two presentations by faculty or staff and will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid.

More information can be found online.

Nominations for Awards

PCSW is also seeking nominations from the campus community for the following awards:

The Advancement of Women Award: This award seeks to honor a student, a lecturer, a tenured/tenure-track faculty, a staff member, and an administrator, each of whom have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women.

The Honoring Community Organizations and their Campus Partners Award: This award recognizes the impact that collaborations between CSULB and community-based organizations have on the lives of women. Any member of the campus community and any community organization which partners with California State University, Long Beach may submit a nomination.

Further information regarding the nomination packet and submission directions for both awards are available online. Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to by Friday, February 14, 2014.

Nominations may be submitted by the same person for different categories. Confirmation of receipt will be provided within two business days. If application is not acknowledged as received, please contact Margaret Williams at 562-985-5307.

Selected applicants will be recognized at the Women’s Research Colloquium on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

More information and nomination forms for each award can be found on the PCSW website .

Making Course Materials Accessible for all Students

Two offices on campus make it easy to ensure course materials are accessible for all students.

  • Instructional Technology Support Services (ITSS) provides captioning for videos that support instruction.
  • The Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center located in AS-116 converts course materials (syllabus, forms, PDF and Microsoft Office documents) into accessible formats that meet the Accessible Technology Initiative and the Universal Design for Learning model that accommodates individual learning differences.

ITSS also offers resources online to help faculty create their own accessible course materials.

WinterFest is This Weekend

WinterfestTickets are still available for WinterFest Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 at First Congregational Church.

More than 200 singers will ring in the holidays with favorite carols, seasonal songs, and a fun sing-a-long in this winter extravaganza. Enjoy the majesty of the great Moeller organ, handbells, vocal jazz, and, of course the combined voices of all five CSULB choirs. This year’s repertoire ranges from a Sixteenth Century Ave Maria by Josquin to a brand new arrangement of "Merry Christmas, Darling."

To purchase tickets, visit the CSULB Arts Ticket Office online or call (562) 985-7000.

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

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