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Weekly Wednesday Message
March 5, 2014

Did You Know?

President Obama has proposed funding to reward states and colleges for student success, raise the maximum Pell Grant, and expand an income-based student-loan repayment option.

Under this plan, released on Tuesday, maximum Pell Grants would increase, and states and colleges would get billions of dollars in incentive grants. The plan includes $7 billion to reward colleges that do a good job of graduating Pell Grant recipients and $4 billion to encourage states to adopt performance-based funding models and maintain their higher-education spending.

Training for Online Research Proposal Submission Software

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will be conducting training for “Cayuse,” the online proposal submission and internal routing program. 

Classes will be held March 18 and 21 from 9 am to 12 pm at ORSP’s seminar room located in FO5, room 116.

Through this training all CSULB principal investigators will become familiar with uploading documents, logging-in, creating proposals for submission or just for internal clearance, as well as many other efficient ways to assist in the pre- and post-award process.

To register and reserve a seat, please contact Sofie Batshoun at extension 5-2478 or If you have questions about the training, please contact Nora Momoli at extension 5-1567 or

CSU Seeks Faculty Member for California Open Education Resources Council

The CSU Senate Executive committee is seeking a faculty member from CSULB to serve on the California Open Education Resources Council. 

The council, created in January, is made up of faculty from the California Community Colleges, CSUs and UCs and is tasked with facilitating the development and publication of high quality, digital open source textbooks for use in 50 courses at the community colleges, CSU and UCs. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 18. Additional information is available online.

Applications Due for Student Research Assistant Program

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.

Pow Wow Returns to Campus this Weekend

The annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to campus Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9.

The event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food, begins at 11 am each day and runs until 10 pm on Saturday and 6 pm on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. It is recommended that spectators bring folding chairs. Additional information is available online.

Learn about College of Education Programs March 17-21

Education Week will give students, faculty and staff the chance to explore the College of Education’s programs and careers in education March 17 – 21.

Each day there will be workshops, student association meetings and information sessions related to programs in the College of Education. Events include the screening of “Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District,” an open forum with Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, a workshop that explores pathways to teaching and a job fair.

Look for the college’s information booth Monday and Tuesday in front of the Bookstore, with faculty and staff available to answer questions. More information, including a complete schedule of events, is available online.

Nominations Due for Awards Honoring Commitment to Women’s Issues

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

  • Advancement of Women Award
  • Honoring Community Organizations and their Campus Partners Award

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

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 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.

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