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Weekly Wednesday Message
March 19, 2014

Did You Know?

Dr. Matthew Becker, CSULB’s Conrey Endowed Chair in Hydrogeology, and his students are conducting research that can help sustain water supplies during droughts.

Passing of Emeritus Professor Troy Johnson

It is with great sadness that we share news that Professor Emeritus Troy Johnson passed away in his sleep on March 11 after a long battle with cancer.

During his tenure at CSULB, Dr. Johnson was the Director of the American Indian Studies Program (1994 -2013), Chair of Anthropology (2006-2007) and a Professor of History.

A nationally recognized expert on Native American Indian studies, Dr. Johnson was most well known for his research on American Indian activism of the 1960’s and 1970’s. His research in this area was presented in numerous books, articles and in his award-winning PBS film, Alcatraz is Not an Island.

Dr. Johnson received the University’s Outstanding Professor award in 2006 in recognition of his passion for teaching, his care for his students and his leadership of the American Indian Studies Program. He was also named Most Valuable Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and served as Grand Marshall at the College of Liberal Arts Commencement ceremony in 2010.

Information on services will be provided when it is available.

Mayoral Debate on Campus Tonight

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Long Beach Mayoral Forum, #LBVotes, tonight from 6 to 8 pm in the Beach Auditorium.

Three debate panelists – Faculty Senate Chair Daniel O’Connor, Daily 49er Editor in Chief Daniel Serrano and Press-Telegram City Editor Melissa Evans – will query candidates on a wide array of topics, including education, public safety, the financial condition of the city, bicycles, arts and culture. The debate will be moderated by Rich Archbold, former editor of the Press Telegram.

The debate is co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Associated Students, Inc., and the Office of the President.

Elections for the President's Commission on the Status of Women

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) invites staff members to participate in online elections to add two Staff Personnel members to the Commission.

The term of office for each category is three years (September 2014 through May 2017), and meetings are from 10 am to noon on the second Friday of the month during the academic year.

PCSW’s mission is to ensure the University responds to the needs of women by removing inequities and by providing a supportive educational, working and social environment for all members of the campus community.
Elections will be held using BeachBoard. A link to the ballot will be provided via email on Thursday, March 20, and voting will conclude on Thursday, April 3.

Display RSCA at the University Achievement Awards

Faculty and students are invited to submit posters, exhibits, books and/or published works to be displayed from 3 to 7 pm at the University Achievement Awards Thursday, April 17 at the Pointe in the Pyramid. This is an opportunity to honor the outstanding accomplishments of faculty, students and staff and showcase recent and ongoing research, publications, and creative activities.

  • To submit a poster/exhibit, please email the Poster Registration Form to Sofia Batshoun no later than Wednesday, April 9.
  • To submit a book/publication, please email the book or article titles with the list of authors to Lori Vidal by Wednesday, April 9.

Additional information about submitting items for the event is available online.

Faculty-in-Residence Applications Due Friday

Applications for the 2014-2015 Faculty-in-Residence Program are due Friday, March 21. This program provides tenured and probationary faculty with a unique opportunity to live and interact with students in the residence halls at CSULB. Such interaction has proven to enhance student success.

Faculty in Residence (FIR) are expected to have 10 contact hours with student residents per week during the academic year. These interactions include participation in student and residential staff events, provision of academic support services such as tutoring and advising, coordination of educational and social events, and social interactions in the residence halls.

Compensation includes an unfurnished studio apartment within a residence hall in University Housing and 19 meals per week during the academic year when the dining halls are open for both the faculty member and their spouse/domestic partner. Contracts are for 1 academic year and only tenured and probationary faculty are eligible to apply.

Due to the nature of the facilities, children and pets cannot be accommodated.

A detailed position description and application is available online or contact Cara Safer at or (562) 985-4187. The anticipated start date is August 18, 2014.

Save the Date! Staff Day – Wednesday, April 2

Join colleagues from across campus at Staff Day, Wednesday, April 2, from 10 am to 2 pm on Friendship Walk. Participate in raffle drawings, shop vendors’ booths and enjoy music. Bring your lunch, or stop by the Nugget and pick up their lunch special.

Information on 2014 Staff Day T-shirts will be available soon. If you would like to reserve a vendor table to sell your wares, or you have a friend who might like to participate, contact

Class Schedule Planner – NEW for Fall 14

Enrollment Services is pleased to announce that the Class Schedule Planner, an easy to use, web-based class scheduling tool in MyCSULB, became available to students on March 17.

This is part of our E-Advising Initiative and is designed to assist students in finding an optimal course schedule that meets both their academic and life commitments.

For a quick look at this new tool, please check out the Class Schedule Planner Quick Reference Guide.

Author to Speak on Evolution of American Presidency

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 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.

Ukleja Center to Host “Ethics in Sports” on April 14

The campus community is invited to attend the Ukleja Center’s “Ethics in Sports” panel discussion on April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Pointe.

Hear about first-hand ethical dilemmas in the world of sports, learn strategies to successfully navigate ethical challenges in any profession, discover what it takes to be a successful leader on and off the field and become inspired by sports legends. RSVP by April 8.

Ten Programs to Receive Alumni Grants at Reception

The campus community is invited to a reception for Alumni Association grant recipients on Tuesday, April 15 at 4 pm at The Pointe. The Association is awarding a total of $49,060 to the following 10 programs:

  • School of Art, Illustration/Animation: “Whisper Room” Sound Isolation Booth. Aubry Mintz.
  • Biological Sciences: Full-figure nervous and circulatory system model. Jacqueline Pal.
  • College of Business Administration Student Center for Professional Development: Speakers’ fees for professional development workshops. Eva Espindola.
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry: TR3 Rotavapor and Calorimeter for chemistry courses. Krzysztof Slowinski.
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management: BIM software for Autodesk Revit for Building Design and Construction. Hung Nguyen.
  • Disabled Students Services: WorldQ software licenses to improve writing skills. Velma Martin
  • Electrical Engineering and Engineering Technology: Two 3D printers to print parts for robots used during labs. Walter Martinez.
  • Journalism and Mass Communications. Refurbished Daily 49er news racks.
    Dan Olsen and Beverly Munson.
  • Library: Non-fiction books for Children’s Collection for teacher education students.
    Cathy Outten.
  • Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literature. Smartroom classroom conversion.
    Markus Muller.

Nearly $776,700 has been distributed through the Alumni Grants Program in its 23-year history. The SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is also a sponsor of this program.

To attend the reception, please contact Janet Gonzales at extension 5-7022 or

Janssen Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Maridith Janssen (Recreation and Leisure Studies) received the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor presented by the California Parks and Recreation Society, earlier this month. It was presented in honor of Dr. Janssen’s research, service and leadership in the profession and over the past 30 years. Congratulations to Dr. Janssen on receiving this honor.

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