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Weekly Wednesday Message
May 14, 2014

Did You Know?

This year, the College of the Arts has a Fulbright Award recipient and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Stephen Salts, a graduate student in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to the United Kingdom, where he will study music while earning a second master's degree at Royal Holloway, University of London.

School of Art professor Mark Ruwedel was named a Guggenheim Fellow for his work in Photography. He also recently received the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award, which celebrates excellence in Canadian contemporary photography and is one of Canada's largest art prizes.

Graduation Begins... Next Week

We will confer more than 9,400 degrees on over 9,000 graduates next week, making the Class of 2014 the largest in CSULB's history. We anticipate about 6,400 students participating in the 10 ceremonies, which will take place Tuesday, May 20 through Friday, May 23. Among the graduates will be members of the first cohort of the nursing doctoral program. In addition, upwards of 70,000 friends and families will visit our campus to celebrate our students' achievements.

We are extremely proud of all of our graduates. Special congratulations go to CSULB staff members who will be earning their degrees.

Mayoral Debate on Campus Tonight

CSULB will again be the site for a Long Beach mayoral debate, this time between the two runoff candidates-local businessman Damon Dunn and Robert Garcia, vice mayor of Long Beach and city councilman for the 1st District.

The debate will be held tonight beginning at 6 pm in the Beach Auditorium of CSULB's University Student Union. The event is free and open to the public, and the auditorium opens at 5:30 pm.

Lot 3 will close to incoming employees at 4 pm. Lots 17 and 18 are available for employee parking, and for today only, carpool spaces in Lots 17 and 18 are open to all employees.

Faculty Get Unlimited Renewals at the Library

Previously, the Library had a policy that gave faculty an initial check out time period of 120 days for print materials, with the availability of an additional 2 renewals. A new check-out policy allows for unlimited renewals for faculty, with the following exceptions:

  • Reserve item
  • Media items
  • Bestseller collection
  • Anything checked out via our BeachReach service (items from other libraries)

Also, if an item the faculty member has checked out is recalled, the faculty member is guaranteed 21 days of use, but then the item recalled will NOT be available for renewal and must be returned as their loan period is shortened.

Also to note: The COAST system generates courtesy email notices when an item is close to its due date. If an item goes "overdue" it cannot be renewed electronically, so pay attention to those notices!

Percussion Ensemble Takes First in State Competition

On May 2, the University Percussion Ensemble won the California Percussive Arts Society College Percussion Ensemble Competition for the second year in a row.

In addition, student Jazper Saldana placed third in the college marimba competition - the most competitive solo category.

The ensemble group, led by Dave Gerhart, Director of Percussion Studies, competed against Chapman University, San Jose State University, Fresno State University and San Joaquin College. It was awarded a new Yamaha Concert Snare Drum worth $800 for the first place win.

Student Researchers Win in CSU Competition

Students won three first place awards and one second place award at the CSU Student Research Competition last month.

Psychology major Rodolfo Flores won first place in the Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences category for his research, Functional Consequences of Early Methyphenidate Exposure in Adolescent Rats.

Isidro Landa, also a psychology major, won second place in the same category for her research Gastrointestinal Disturbances as Somatic Indicators of Psychological Stress.

Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara, who is working on his master's degree in linguistics/TESOL earned first place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category. He bested a Ph.D. student at San Diego State with his research presentation A Psycholinguistic Study of Tagalog Relative Clauses: Age of Acquisition and Comprehension.

Marissa Jenrich, who is working on her master's in history, won first place in the Humanities and Letters category for her research Narrating Norah: Economic Identity for Irish Immigrant Women in New York City, 1855-1865.

Congratulations to these students and all who competed.

Passing of Teacher Education's Marina Krause

It is with much sadness that we share with you news that Dr. Marina Krause from the Department of Teacher Education passed away earlier this month.

Dr. Krause began her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher in 1958. She came to CSULB as an Assistant Professor of Math Education in 1968. In 1984, she served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education. She served as Area Coordinator for Teaching and Learning Mathematics, K-8 for 46 years.

As a long-standing member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the California Mathematics Council, she published over 25 articles that were cited nationally and internationally. She was an innovator in the concept of Multicultural Math Education and the development of mathematical materials. Her most significant book, Multicultural Math Materials, was first published in 1983 by NCTM, and was republished five times since.

Dr. Krause's total career in education spanned 56 years. It is estimated that she taught math methods to over 10,000 teacher candidates.

BeachBoard Workshops, Link to Summer Courses

May Intersession and Summer 2014 courses can be found on the Summer BeachBoard.

Workshops to help faculty members learn about upcoming BeachBoard improvements will be held in Fall 2014. When are you available? Take this survey to let Instructional Technology Support Services know.

Data Training Workshops

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is pleased to offer a series of training workshops on some of the new grants and contracts financial reporting features offered through the upgraded CFS Data Warehouse-11G. The training will cover pertinent information on G-, RS- and C- funds. Training sessions have been scheduled on the following dates and times.

  • Wednesday, May 21, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Thursday, May 22, 1 - 3 pm
  • Thursday, June 12, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Tuesday, July 8, 10 am - 12 pm

The workshops will be held in the Spidell Technology Center located on the 2nd floor of the Library. Capacity is limited to 20 attendees, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Additional workshops will be scheduled if needed. Training videos and printed guidelines will also be made available on the Foundation and ORSP websites. To register, please email Maria Reyes at

All PIs must have completed a Finance Authority Agreement form in order to access reports of their accounts through the Data Warehouse. If you have not already done so we ask that workshop attendees complete and submit their form prior to the workshop so that they can access their accounts during the training session. The form is available online.

Instructions on Completing Finance Authority Application Form:

Below is a quick guide which identifies the fields that need to be completed.

  • Section: Applicant information. The account holders CSULB ID, the Department Identification (Dept. Id.), First Name, Last Name, and phone number.
  • Section: Request Type: For new users please select New Access.
  • Section: Business Unit: Select LBFDN for the Research Foundation.
  • Section: Roles: For User Group under the drop down menu select "Campus Community, for Role under the drop down menu select "Data Warehouse", for Action select "Add".
  • Section: Data Warehouse Department Level Access: For Division Name under the drop down menu select "Academic Affairs", for Sub-Division under the dropdown menu select your College/Division, and for Dept. ID type in the Dept. ID of the report you need access too.
  • Section: Applicant Agreement: Please complete the applicant agreement section and select the box indicating you have read the "Confidentiality of Financial Records and Information Policy."

Please DO NOT complete any field under Administrator Approval or System Security. Leave all fields blank.

Please note that you need to click SEND, at the bottom right hand corner of the form. It will prompt you to email the form to your direct supervisor. (i.e Level 3-Dean) for approval. All routing of this form is done electronically and access will not be granted until all parties have electronically approved and routed the form to the next level.

Librarian Receives Outstanding Member Award

Kelly Janousek (Library) has been named a 2014 Outstanding Member by California Academic and Research Libraries for her continuous service to the organization since 1988.

Janousek has served as Membership Director for the past 10 years. She has also been the registrar for the biennial conference for several years.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

May 15: Bike to Work Day

May 19: May Intersession Begins

May 20-23: Commencement

Jun 10-12: Scholarly Writing Institute

Aug 22: Convocation