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Weekly Wednesday Message
April 23, 2014

Did You Know?

The new Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center opened on the campus of Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center on April 18 with a focus on providing comprehensive mental health services for survivors of trauma and victims of crime.

A partnership between California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, the center is the second of its kind in California.

Celebration Honors Outstanding Faculty, Students, Staff

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the University Achievement Awards and Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service a success last week.

I also congratulate the faculty, staff, students and alumna who were recognized for their remarkable achievements. Thank you for the outstanding teaching, scholarship, leadership and service you bring to the campus and our community every day.

In addition, I would like to express my appreciation to the University Research Advisory Committee and the University Awards Committee for their dedication in reviewing applications and selecting the awardees.

More than 130 posters, exhibits and published works were displayed at the event, highlighting the impressive breadth and scope of research and creative work being done by students, faculty and staff. Thanks to everyone who submitted work for display.

Update on Funding for RIMI Faculty Fellows

The Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Project recently put out a call for new faculty research fellow applications. We are disappointed to have to notify the CSULB faculty community that we have been notified by the National Institutes of Health that we will not be able to fund any new faculty fellows.

We know that some faculty members may have already worked on proposals. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Open Forums for Vice President of Student Services

Finalists for the Vice President for Student Services position are on campus through next week.

Faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the candidates, attend the open forums and provide feedback about the finalists. Information and a link to submit feedback may be found on the Student Services website.

Be Part of the Commencement Celebrations

Staff are invited to participate in the 2014 Commencement ceremonies, May 20-23. Volunteers are needed to help make the day special for graduates and their families by:

  • Distributing Commencement programs
  • Assisting the Platform Party in the VIP Staging Room
  • Providing directions to guests on campus, including directing guests with special needs to accessible routes.

Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two-hour time periods. If you are interested and have received your supervisor's approval, please contact Michelle Terry via email at or at extension 5-4546.

Funding for Transportation Research

Monday is the deadline to apply for METRANS Transportation Center funding for research directed at solving significant metropolitan transportation problems organized around two multimodal themes:

  • Understanding passenger/freight interactions; and
  • Achieving system efficiencies

Proposals are to be emailed by 5 pm, Monday, April 28 to Vicki Valentine Deguzman at

Project awards are for Fall 2014, are capped at $100,000/year and normally are offered for one year only. Proposals may include multiple investigators. Guidelines and further details are available online.

Win a Membership to the SRWC

Sign up between June 1 and July 1 for the Student Recreation & Wellness Center’s (SRWC) third annual Summer Wellness Program.

Beginning June 1, each faculty, staff, and alumni member who works out at the SRWC at least 36 times by August 31 will be entered into a drawing to win one of three annual memberships to the center – an incredible value of $407 each.

If you currently do not have an SRWC membership, you can purchase a summer membership for less than $100, starting on June 1. Don’t forget that all faculty, staff and alumni receive a free pass to the SRWC for seven consecutive days.

Call extension 5-0775 for more information on your free week! If you have specific questions about the SRWC Summer Wellness Program, please contact Ashley McKeachie, SRWC Membership Services and Marketing Coordinator, at or extension 5-7427.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

Apr 23: President Para's Farewell Gathering

May 3: Jewels of the Night

May 15: Bike to Work Day

May 20-23: Commencement

June 10-12: Scholarly Writing Institute