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Weekly Wednesday Message
January 15, 2014

Did You Know?

Dr. Steven Manley Dr. Steven Manley (Biological Sciences) and researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have launched "Kelp Watch 2014", a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of California's kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

Funding Available for Ethics Research

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for ethics research stipends. These $2,000 stipends, provided by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, are designed to support faculty ethics research and contributions to the discipline. Applications must be submitted to Dr. Brenda Freshman via email or campus mail (HHS2-118) by March 14. Learn more.

Advising Leadership Changes

Two long-time staff members, both CSULB alumna, have accepted leadership positions in academic advising.

Duan Jackson has accepted the position of Director of University Advisement.

In addition to playing a leading role in campus advising and student success initiatives, she will supervise the University Center for Undergraduate Advising, Pre-baccalaureate Advising Support Services, and the Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services.

Duan earned her undergraduate degree in English and received graduate degrees in both Public Administration and English from Long Beach. She served as the assistant director of the University Honors Program until 2010 and as the director of the School of Art's Advising Center until 2013.

Duan brings a wealth of knowledge about working with professional staff as she served as the Chief Steward of the Academic Professionals Association of California, from 2005-2013. Most recently, she served as the Interim Director of University Advisement. Under Duan's leadership, we will continue our work to enhance advising and increase collaboration between university and college advising units.

Jennifer Ames Osborne is now the Director of the College of Business Administration's Center for Student Success.

Jennifer received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and Ed.D in Educational Leadership from CSULB. She also received an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University Northridge.

Jennifer has extensive experience in student services, most recently serving as associate director of the University Center for Undergraduate Advising. Jennifer will oversee the CBA Advising Center, organize outreach efforts to high schools and community colleges, and work with the Associate Dean, department chairs, and faculty on enrollment issues.

Congratulations to both Duan and Jennifer.

Copyright Laws and Faculty Responsibility

Publishers have become more litigious with respect to copyright violations; a faculty member who does not follow the legal parameters of copyright risks liability.

To make it easier for faculty to understand and comply with copyright law, the University has created a website that includes information and tools such as:

  • Compliance Guidelines for faculty
  • Common Scenarios that depict real-life situations and guidance on how to handle them
  • Links to tools such as the Fair Use Checklist
  • Information on the actual Copyright law itself and on Fair Use

Parking Permit Process Update for Emeriti

Last year CSULB engaged in a university-wide initiative to better manage parking on our campus. Among the changes from this initiative is the parking permit process for emeriti.

The changes effective Spring 2014 are as follows:

  • Emeriti need to obtain new parking permits for spring 2014. Permits will be available beginning January 2, 2014.
  • Emeriti need to present their Emeritus ID Card in order to secure passes.
  • Emeriti are eligible to receive complimentary spring 2014 emeriti parking permits provided they are not working for the university. For convenience the permit may be picked up at the Cashier's Office Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm or at the Visitor Information Center booth on State University Drive Monday - Friday, 7 am - 5 pm  and Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm.

Individuals who work for the university in a paid position need to purchase an employee permit from the Cashier's Office in Brotman Hall, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

It's Awards Season at CSULBCommunity Service Awar4

Nominations for several CSULB awards are currently being accepted. In addition, supporting documents for other faculty awards are due this month.


Call for Nominations: President's Commission on the Status of Women Awards

The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is 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 CSULB may submit a nomination.

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

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.


Call for Nominations: Community Service Awards

Applications are being accepted for the Community Service Award, which is designed to recognize and encourage service by members of the CSULB family to the community within which they live. The award is sponsored by the Academic Senate, the Staff Council, the Alumni Association, and the Associated Students.

For qualification, a wide range of service activities are eligible, including political, religious, and social activism. In all cases, sustained involvement and especially significant results are considered. Special attention will be given to noteworthy accomplishments within the past 12 months. Preference will be given to unpaid volunteer service which is not part of one's normal and expected occupational duties. Those eligible include CSULB faculty, staff, students, and alumni (to include all former students and friends of the university). Self-nominations are encouraged and awardees may reapply five years after receiving an award.

Information about the awards and the application deadline of February 17, 2014 is available on the Staff Council website.


Supporting Materials Due

If you nominated a faculty member for one of the following awards, supporting materials are due Monday, January 27 at 5 pm.

  • Outstanding Professor Award
  • Distinguished Faculty Advising Award
  • Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award
  • Early Academic Career Excellence Award
  • Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award

For more information, please visit the Academic Senate University Awards website.

Speaking of Awards...

Tom Peters

Congratulations to Tom Peters (Bob Cole Conservatory of Music), who has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" category for the recording "Cage: The Ten Thousand Things."

CSU Offers Retirement Savings Opportunities

The CSU is required to provide annual universal notification to employees regarding the CSU TSA Program. Now is a great time to think long-term about your retirement goals. Even if you are enrolled in the CalPERS or PST retirement program, most employees will need to supplement their retirement benefit with additional retirement savings. As an employee of the California State University system, you can take a step toward securing your financial future with the CSU Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Program. For further information regarding steps to enroll in the Program, see the Savings Made Easy flyer.

The CSU offers a robust, manageable selection of investment choices from five Fund Sponsors (Fidelity, ING, MetLife, TIAA-CREF and VALIC) and allows you to manage your own monthly contributions via Retirement Manager. Plus, you can choose to invest in one, two, three, four or ALL five fund sponsors - the choice is yours! View this message in its entirety.

2014 Tax Year Update of Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

Limits that Impact Retirement Plans

Internal Revenue Code (IRC) elective deferral and catch-up contribution limits for 403(b), 401(k) and 457(b) plans will remain the same for 2014; the 415(c)(1)(A) "percentage of compensation limit" will increase to 100 percent of adjusted gross salary up to $52,000. Information on the 2014 limits is available on the Benefits Services website.

Information about these plans can be found on the Benefits Services Retirement Savings website. Questions about the new limits may be directed to Benefits Services at ext 5-2381 or email

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