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Weekly Wednesday Message
January 29, 2013

Did You Know?

CSULB students finished strong at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament at Arizona State University College of Law last month.

Evacuation Drill on Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 4 the University will conduct a campus wide building evacuation drill from approximately 1:30 pm to about 1:45 pm.

A test of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will also be conducted at that time. Please take a moment to ensure that your contact information is current in MyCSULB. If you want to receive ENS text alerts on your phone, you must opt in through MyCSULB.

To opt in, please follow these steps:

  • Sign into MyCSULB and select the Employee Center.

  • Select “Personal Information Home.”

  • Select the “Phone Numbers” link at the top of the right column

  • View the table appearing on the new page and be sure all of your phone numbers are current. Click on “Add a Phone Number.” A new row will appear at the bottom of the table.

  • Select the blank cell in the “Phone Type” column. A drop down menu containing several options for phone type will appear. Select the option “Emergency Alert Text Message.”

  • Enter your mobile number in the cell to the right.

  • Click “Save” after entering your data.

You must opt in to this feature. Even if your mobile number is already listed, you will not receive text alerts unless you add it to receive ENS.

For assistance in updating your contact information, please visit the Technology Help Desk or call extension 5-4959.

Multidisciplinary Research Awards Proposals due Monday

Proposals for the Multidisciplinary Research Awards are due Monday, February 3 by 5 pm. These awards are designed to develop meaningful collaborative projects between two or more researchers with complimentary expertise. Awards range from $5,000 - $12,000 to develop and submit collaborative proposals to external sponsors for funding.

Awards will be announced March 14. Additional information about the awards and how to apply is available online.

London Calling

The Center for International Education is currently accepting applications from faculty interested in teaching in the CSULB London Semester Program during Spring 2015.

The London Semester Program is offered in partnership with CSU Fullerton. Each campus sends one faculty member to teach two home-campus GE courses in London. Students are recruited from both campuses and may enroll in any combination of classes from either faculty member.

Faculty members teaching in this program are expected to relate their instruction, to the greatest degree possible, to the London and U.K. setting. Additional details about the program and the application form are available online. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 14. Interviews will be conducted in February.

Spring 2014 VET NET Ally Seminar

Because the transition from military life to life on a college campus can be difficult, the CSULB Veterans Services Office has developed the VET NET Ally Program, a seminar to educate faculty and staff about the unique needs and concerns of military service members and veterans studying at CSULB.

Interested faculty and staff are invited to participate in a half-day VET NET Ally training seminar on Friday, February 14 from 8 am to 12 pm. Seminar attendance is limited. To reserve a seat, please contact Marshall Thomas by Friday, February 7 at extension 5-4279 or at

The goal of the program is to foster a campus atmosphere that supports the academic and personal success of service members and veterans, and to establish a network of visible allies to provide support and assistance to CSULB students who have served in our armed forces.

At the end of the training, participants will be given a decal to display in their workspace to show they are allies to CSULB's student veterans.

More information about the program is available online.

Learn about the New State Health Insurance

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an information session on the new State health insurance, Covered California, on Tuesday, February 4 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Beach Auditorium in the University Student Union.

The presentation will provide an overview of health insurance coverage basics and include details on how to enroll in the program. Covered California enrollers will be present to provide information and answer questions for those who would like to sign-up for health insurance. The deadline to enroll into a health insurance plan to avoid any penalties is March 31.

The event is being presented by the Office of Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and is sponsored by CSULB’s Student Health Services.

Class Presentations on State Health Insurance

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

  • Dates of availability
  • Time of your class
  • Class location
  • Preferred presentation type (5 minute outreach OR 15 minute detailed presentation)

The deadline to enroll into a health insurance plan and to avoid any penalties is March 31. If you have any questions, please email

Running to Raise Money for Scholarships

For the 24th year, Dr. John Barcellona, Director of Woodwind Studies, will be running in the Surf City Marathon to raise money for scholarships for the University Wind Quintet. The campus community is invited to pledge their support by making a donation for each mile that he completes in the race on Sunday.

If you would like to make a pledge or donation, please contact Kate Gillon at extension 5-5408 or via email at Anyone who pledges or donates will receive two complimentary tickets to the University Wind Quintet performance on Wednesday, April 9 at 8 pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.

Conference Seeks Papers about Long Beach Neighborhoods

Saturday, February 15 is the deadline to submit proposals for papers for the Long Beach Community Studies Conference, which aims to showcase the wide ranging work being done today on diverse communities. The theme for the conference is “Long Beach: The City’s Neighborhoods, Past & Present.” Faculty and students may submit a proposal for a single paper or panel of several papers.

Hosted by the Long Beach City College (LBCC) Community Studies Program and the Historical Society of Long Beach, the conference will be held at LBCC’s LAC Campus on Saturday, April 26. Learn more about the conference and how to submit papers online.

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

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