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Weekly Wednesday Message
June 11, 2014

Did You Know?

CSULB was one of just nine universities in the United States and Latin America selected to receive a $25,000 innovation grant for study abroad and exchange programs under President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.

Save the Date: Convocation, Reception for President Conoley

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to hear about the upcoming year from incoming President Jane Conoley, Provost David Dowell and others at Convocation on Friday, August 22 from 9 to approximately 10:30 am at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. A continental breakfast will take place from 8 to 8:45 am in the Dance Courtyard.

Faculty and staff are invited to a reception for President Conoley immediately following Convocation and ending at 12:30 pm on the terrace in front of the Carpenter Center. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.

BeachBoard Upgrade Brings Improvements

Beachboard has undergone a system upgrade featuring the following:

  • Drag and Drop Features in the Content Area
  • New Look for the Navigation Bar
  • Improved Discussion Features
  • Improved Dropbox Feedback Features

Courses and organizations from Spring 2014 and previous semesters are now available in BeachBoard. For information on how to use the improved tools, see the updated BeachBoard Help Pages.

May Intersession and Summer 2014 courses are located on Summer BeachBoard. Summer BeachBoard Help Pages are still available.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 562-985-4959 or email

Art Museum Director Takes Position in Michigan

After seven years as Director of the University Art Museum (UAM), Chris Scoates is leaving CSULB this summer to become Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His last day at the UAM will be July 1.

Scoates studied at Cranbrook, one of the top institutions of graduate education in the visual arts in the United States, and is the first alumnus in its history to be asked to serve as the institution's Director.

Scoates brings to Cranbrook 20 years of experience in the museum profession and higher education. During his tenure as director of the UAM, the museum produced and presented critically lauded and award-winning exhibitions and publications covering a broad range of art. It expanded its programming in campus, community and K-12 outreach, grew its collection and increased collaborations with other institutions.

Thanks to Scoates' advocacy and development efforts, the UAM recently broke ground on a new plaza, entry and gallery expansion that will broaden opportunities for sharing visual art with our campus and area communities, and will further integrate the museum with campus life and the academic mission.

In the coming weeks, the College of the Arts Dean's Office, in consultation with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President, will develop an interim leadership plan to keep the UAM moving forward while initiating a national search for a new long-term UAM director.

Please join us in thanking Chris for the great contributions he has made to the arts on our campus, and wishing him the best in his new endeavors.

CNSM Faculty Member to Present at AAC&U Conference

Congratulations to Dr. Jen-Mei Chang (Mathematics and Statistics) who will present at the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Network for Academic Renewal Conference this fall.

She will share the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ faculty development project that is empowering STEM faculty to better assess student learning and implement effective teaching practices.

The conference will strategically address several dimensions of STEM higher education reform, including innovative and effective approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching and learning.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

Jun 12: ORSP Data Warehouse Training

Jun 13: Retirement Workshop

Jul 8: ORSP Data Warehouse Training

Jul 9: Retirement Workshop