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Weekly Wednesday Message
December 18, 2013

Did You Know?

CSULB Campus CSULB is one of 12 California institutions and one of four in the CSU named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2014 list of the top 100 best values in public colleges.

Call for Outstanding Staff Nominations

Nominations for the 2014 CSULB Outstanding Staff Award are being accepted through Friday, January 10.

To be eligible for the award, individuals must:

  • Be a staff member of the university, the Forty-Niner Shops, the CSULB Foundation or Associated Students Inc.

  • Have a minimum of five years employment on campus

  • Have a demonstrated campus-wide service and dedication to CSULB

  • Have demonstrated purposeful use of skills and resources for the betterment of the campus community

  • Have made a significant campus-wide contribution to the support of staff, faculty and/or students, which can include a combination of CSULB campus-wide committee work, volunteering for campus events, service outside of normal job responsibilities, exemplary service on the job, etc.

In addition, nominees must be willing to have their names submitted.

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the campus community, including the nominee. No individuals may recommend more than one nominee, past award recipients cannot submit nominations, and the nominator is responsible for collecting items required for the packet, verifying that it is complete prior to submission.

Nomination packets must include a completed nomination form with a statement as to why the nominee should be selected, current résumé that identifies the nature of the individual's campus-wide experience, and three letters of recommendation from any combination of faculty, staff or students.

A selection committee comprised of past outstanding staff member recipients, the chair of the Staff Council nominating committee, a faculty member and a student will review the materials and select the award recipient. The chosen individual will be honored at several events during the next year.

For further information or for a nomination packet, visit the Staff Council website or contact Charleen Rice at

Campus Planned Network Outages

Information Technology Services (ITS), in coordination with the Chancellor's Office, will perform mandatory campus network upgrades Monday, January 6 through Saturday, January 18. This activity is part of the Chancellor's Office Common Network Initiative (CNI) to upgrade all 23 CSU campuses to a common network infrastructure.

The upgrade will require network outages of approximately one to two hours and will occur on a building by building basis within this two-week period during regular business hours from 8 am to 5 pm. During the network upgrade outage, services such as email, file shares, Internet access, and network printing on desktop computers and wireless devices will not be available for short periods. You are advised to save your work frequently if you're accessing documents on a file share to avoid loss of data in the event your network connection is disrupted during the upgrade.

Sections of each building will be upgraded during this process, so only isolated portions of a building will experience a network outage at any given time each day. As work is performed at each building location, signs will be posted indicating "Network Upgrade in Progress."

The following facilities will not be affected:

  • The Student Health Center
  • Foundation
  • University Student Union
  • Student Housing Offices, Dormitories and Dining Facilities
  • Bookstore
  • Barrett Athletic Administration Center
  • Parking & Transportation Services
  • Recycling Center
  • Soroptimist House
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Starting January 6, ITS will provide status updates online.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this mandatory CSU project. For more information about CNI, visit the CSU Synergy page regarding Next Generation CyberInfrastructure. For questions or concerns, please contact

January Workshops to Help You Plan Your Retirement

Benefits Services is hosting two retirement workshops in January – one for staff and one for faculty who are nearing retirement and want to plan for retirement and the retirement process. The workshops will be presented by a CalPERS Retirement Specialist.

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement Workshop

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:30am -12:30pm

The workshop will cover retirement calculation, service credit, survivor continuance and the retirement application process.

Due to limited seating this workshop is offered to University employees with a minimum of 5 years of CalPERS service credit. Please RSVP by January 12, 2014 by contacting Benefits Services at or extension 5-2381.

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement Workshop for Faculty

Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:30am -12:30pm

The workshop will cover FERP (Faculty Early Retirement Program), retirement calculation, service credit, survivor continuance and the retirement application process.

Due to limited seating this workshop is offered to University employees with a minimum of 5 years of CalPERS service credit and Faculty employees. Please RSVP by January 12, 2014 by contacting Benefits Services at or extension 5-2381.

ATS Seeks Faculty Members' Opinions on Software

Academic Technology Services (ATS) is seeking input from all faculty regarding software products for which you would like to see the campus purchase site licenses.

Please provide your input via an online survey. This survey includes questions about two products, Mathematica and MATLAB, which support numeric computation and analysis and have capabilities to provide visualization of results. However, if you don't use either product, answer just two questions and then add your suggestions for the acquisition of other software.

The survey will be available from December 6 through January 31, 2014.

Your input will help ATS better support instruction, research, scholarly and creative activities.

Professor Has Little Hope for Change in Madagascar as Country Prepares to Elect New President on Friday

Seal of MadagascarDr. Richard Marcus (International Studies), author of The Politics of Institutional Change in Madagascar's Third Republicshares his views on Friday's presidential election in the island nation of Madagascar.

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