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Weekly Wednesday Message
February 19, 2014

Did You Know?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS), the accreditation association for university and college counseling services.

CAPS was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele.

Directed by Dr. Brad Compliment, CAPS offers a variety of mental health services including brief individual therapy, group therapy, on-call crisis therapy, referral services, consultation and evaluation to the campus community, a predoctoral APA accredited internship training program, and outreach programs.

Workshop Focuses on Digital Storytelling

Instructional Technology Support Services is offering a workshop to help faculty incorporate digital storytelling assignments in their courses. The workshop will be held on Friday, February 28 from 10 am to 12 pm in AS 244, the active learning classroom.

Digital storytelling assignments for students use multimodal literacy concepts to create knowledge and enhance learning. The process of creating a story, researching and collecting images, and crafting it all together in video editing software, helps promote a deeper understanding of the topic.

This workshop will briefly outline the use of Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, and Audacity, and then put faculty at the forefront to create their own “mini” digital story!

Faculty guest speakers Jessica Pandya and Rica Young will share their experiences using digital storytelling in their courses and answer any questions you may have regarding the process. Bring your own laptop for this hands-on workshop.

Register online. If you have any questions, please contact Francine Vasilomanolakis, Instructional Designer Coordinator, at extension 5-7630 or

Faculty Workshops and Flipped Course Demonstrations

The Faculty Center for Professional Development is offering the following workshop series this spring.

BeachViews: Soft Skills for a Tech-Heavy World

Each session is offered twice to accommodate as many faculty members as possible.

  • February 24 and 25: BeachView 1: Strategies for Facilitating Whole Class Discussion
  • March 12 and 13: BeachView 2: Techniques for Managing In-Class Activities
  • April 7 and 8: BeachView 3: Methods for Creating a Positive Classroom Climate

Facilitated by CLA Faculty Development Fellow and Communication Studies Professor Dr. Stacy Young.

Location and Time: Faculty Center for Professional Development (LIB 507) from 5 to 6 pm. All faculty members are invited to attend and NO RSVP is necessary. Light snacks will be available.

Flipping Course Demonstrations

  • Wednesday, April 9: Flipping Biology, Dr. Ashley Carter
  • Wednesday, April 16: Flipping Statistics for Criminal Justice, Dr. Brenda Vogel
  • Tuesday, April 22: Flipping Sociology, Dr. Jake Wilson
  • Monday, May 5: Flipping Math Education, Dr. Shuhua An

All Flipping Course Demonstrations will be held in the Faculty Center (LIB 507). Brown Bag – NO RSVP is necessary. April demonstrations will take place from noon to 1 pm. The May 5 demonstration will be held from 11 am to 12 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact These events do not require an RSVP. Seating is first come, first seated.

Awards Honoring Commitment to Women’s Issues

The CSULB President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is seeking nominations from the campus community for the following awards:

Advancement of Women Award: This award seeks to honor a student, a lecturer, a tenured/tenure-track faculty member, a staff member, and an administrator, each of whom have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women. Further information regarding the nomination packet and submission directions is available online.

Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to by Monday, March 10.

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 is available online.

Nomination packets must be submitted electronically to by Monday, March 10.

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.

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

More information can be found on the PCSW website.

Awards Honoring Faculty and Students for Research & Creative Activity

Nominations for the following achievement awards honoring faculty and students for their research, scholarly and creative activity are due Friday, February 21:

  • Academic Affairs’ Award for Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity
  • Academic Affairs’ Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity
  • Outstanding Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Student - Undergraduate Division
  • Outstanding Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Student - Graduate Division

Information on the awards and the nomination process is available online.

Awards will be presented at the University Achievement Awards & Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service on Thursday, April 17.

Students to Vote on ASI Student Fee Increase Next Week

Faculty are asked to encourage students to vote on the ASI student fee increase Wednesday and Thursday, February 26 and 27.

If approved, the referendum would increase the ASI student fee by $16 per semester beginning Fall 2014. The money could be used for new programs and services, such as a 24-hour study center, major campus event, student grants, competitive student wages, and facility maintenance of the Soroptimist House, Isabel Patterson Child Development Center and Recycling Center.

Each student will receive an email at their preferred student email address with a link to the ballot. For more information and FAQ’s, visit

Learn the Secrets of Living Longer and Better

The 2014 Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture will focus on how to set up your lifestyle and surroundings to create healthier, happier places to live and work on Tuesday, April 8 at 5 pm at The Pointe in the Pyramid.

The speaker is Amy Tomczyk, Director of Outreach and Education at Blue Zones®, a Minneapolis-based longevity company that shows people how to set up their lifestyle and surroundings for health and happiness. She will provide insight on how to promote health and wellness through the Blue Zones Project.™

Please RSVP online by Friday, April 4.

Best-Selling Author Douglas Brinkley to Speak on Campus

Noted historian and best-selling author Douglas Brinkley will speak about “The Evolution of the American Presidency” at the Seventh Annual CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Brinkley will include a special focus on President Obama and how his election changed the course of American history.

Reserved seat tickets are $40, $30 for faculty/staff and $20 for students. For complete information, visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website.

For those faculty wishing to bring their entire class, a limited number of tickets are available at no cost to students or faculty. If you would like to attend, please contact the series Director Art Levine at Include in your email request the title of your course, meeting time and number of students.

Students can Apply for Congressional Internship

The deadline for students to submit applications for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional Intern Program is Monday, February 24. Please share with students this opportunity to work as an intern for a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The program, which includes a two-week training course and an 11-week, full-time internship in Washington D.C., is designed for undergraduate (junior and senior) student leaders who have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in community and public service. Any academic major may apply. The cost of the program is fully funded to allow participation by any qualified student.

Application materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Brotman Hall-377, by 5 pm on Monday, February 24.

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