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Weekly Wednesday Message
February 26, 2014

Did You Know?

The Long Beach College Promise partnership — which includes CSULB, Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Unified School District — is among the list of 31 new partner organizations aligned with 100Kin10, which is dedicated to providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math teachers by 2021.

A Fourth Day of Ceremonies Added to Commencement Schedule

In order to accommodate our increasing number of graduates, a fourth day of ceremonies has been added to the Commencement schedule this spring. The change allows the College of Liberal Arts, which had more than 2,500 graduates last year, to add a third ceremony and prevent the overcrowding that has occurred in recent years.

The schedule of ceremonies will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 20: Health and Human Services (two ceremonies)
  • Wednesday, May 21: Liberal Arts (three ceremonies)
  • Thursday, May 22: Arts, Business Administration
  • Friday, May 23: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Education

In addition, because of the large number of graduates in Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, the Arts and Business, those ceremonies will require tickets for each guest. Each graduate will receive eight tickets.

In 2013, more than 7,300 students graduated and approximately 100,000 people attended the ceremonies. With a similar number of graduates and visitors expected to attend this year’s ceremonies, these important changes will help graduates and their guests have a pleasant experience. For additional information, visit the Commencement website.

Work Set to Begin on Liberal Arts Buildings

Work will begin this week on the seismic retrofit and renovation of Liberal Arts (LA) Buildings 2, 3 and 4.

The project includes:

  • Seismic retrofitting
  • Reroofing
  • Electrical, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning upgrades
  • Establishing four active learning classrooms, similar to those in the Academic Services (AS) Building. All other classrooms will be made “smart”.
  • Installation of new windows
  • Exterior and interior painting
  • ADA upgrades
  • Landscaping between buildings with paved seating areas and Wi-Fi coverage
  • New building signage

The buildings are expected to reopen for Spring Semester 2015 use.

Program Provides Financial Support for Student Research

Students can apply for the new Summer Student Research Assistant Program until March 14.

Research assistants are compensated on the basis of time devoted to their research but are encouraged to undertake full-time research for a period of eight consecutive weeks. Maximum award amounts are $2,560 for undergraduate and $3,200 for graduate students.

The application deadline is Friday, March 14. Additional information, including how to apply, is available online.

Awards Available for Expanding International Curriculum

The International Education Committee and the Center for International Education invite all departments to submit proposals for internationally-related innovations in instruction. Proposals are due Friday, March 28.

This award aims to ensure that the 'variety and scope of the University's international curricular offerings are continuously broadened and deepened.’

Four awards of three units of assigned time will be provided to departments to revise standard course outlines that augment existing student learning outcomes to include global learning outcomes.

Additional information and the call for proposals are available online.

Students Win in Student Research Competition

More than 40 students participated in CSULB’s Student Research Competition last week, with 17 taking home awards for first place, second place or honorable mention. Congratulations to all who participated. For a complete list of award winners, please visit the Student Research Competition website.

Consul General of Japan to Speak on Campus

The Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles will address “How Japanese Investment Builds Southern California” on Wednesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid.

A reception with Consul General Jun Niimi begins at 5:30 pm followed by the formal program at 6 pm. His visit is sponsored by the International Business Association in collaboration with the Center for International Trade and Transportation and the International Studies Student Association.

Admission is free, but reservations are highly encouraged. For information email:

2014 Chinese Culture Festival: Music and Art

CSULB will be hosting the 2014 Chinese Culture Festival: Music and Art March 10 - 14. This week-long event is free and is open to all CSULB students, faculty, and staff.

The Opening Ceremony, which will be held at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 10 from 2 to 4 pm, will feature dignitaries and musical performances, including a musical interpretation of the Di Zi Gui, writings based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius that emphasize guidelines for living in harmony with others. There will also be demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy and the martial art form of Tai Chi. During the week, photographs of the Dazu Rock Carvings and paintings by famous Chinese artists will be on display at the University Student Union.

All are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony on March 10 and the exhibitions throughout the week. More information is available online.

Archery Celebrates 50 Years

Celebrate 50 years of archery at CSULB with a series of events on April 11 and 12.

Participate in tours of the archery complex, learn about the latest tackle and Olympic shooting demonstrations and attend a special recognition dinner on campus. A complete schedule of events is available online.

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