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Weekly Wednesday Message
August 6, 2014

Did You Know?

The inaugural Douglas W. Robinson Student Success Scholarships were awarded to four students: Roozbeh Ghasemian, Lauren Golem, Taylor Ortega and David Stephens.

The Robinson Student Success Scholarship focuses on students’ experiences and efforts outside of the classroom. The 2014 winners were selected from a pool of more than 75 applicants, and each of them received a $500 award for the 2014-15 academic year.

Candidates were asked to write a personal statement describing a learning experience outside the classroom that had a positive impact on their lives.

Roozbeh GhasemianGhasemian, a senior mechanical engineering major, wrote of his immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of 13 and putting aside college after graduating from high school to work full time to help support the family.


Golem, a sophomore majoring Lauren Golemin criminal justice, discussed her involvement with sports throughout her life and the major life lessons learned from it. She works at Peninsula Bay Cities as a swim instructor and enjoys being able to influence her students’ lives by teaching them determination, self-confidence and safety.


Taylor OrtegaOrtega, a senior communications studies major who is also minoring in film and electronic arts, was recognized for her involvement with her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, for which she is serving as president.


And Stephens, a junior communication studies major, David Stephenswrote about his efforts to help his daughter Gwenith who was born with a birth defect that caused her to be blind. He is the coach of a youth baseball team for special needs children and plans to form special needs leagues in other sports such as bowling and soccer.

August 16 Power Outage will Affect Technology Services

A power outage is scheduled for the Library and the Academic Technology Services (ATS) Data Center on Saturday, August 16 from 4 am to 6 pm. All systems and servers will be shut down with the exception of the BeachBoard redirect server.

There should not be any disruption to BeachBoard service, however, the following services will be unavailable during the power outage:

  • Symposia
  • ORCA/Dematic
  • Patron/Bursar Processing
  • Illiad
  • JAWS, SPSS, and ARCGIS licensing
  • KMS and Microsoft licensing
  • StudioAbroad
  • Flash Video Streaming
  • Contribute Publishing
  • Signup/Uniprint
  • Timeclock/Thesis, AAR, APSD, FHR
  • Windows and Mac authentication
  • Student Academic Records (SARS) Grid / SARS Call
  • AdvisorTrac/TutorTrac
  • Hall of Science, College of Education, College of Business & Administration, and University Theater classroom computers (PVS)
  • Meeting Room Manager
  • EZproxy
  • Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive (VOAHA) and Elizabeth Murray websites
  • Network file shares located in the ATS Data Center
  • All virtual and physical servers located in the ATS Data Center

Please contact, if you have questions or concerns.

Convocation, Reception for President Conoley

Incoming President Jane Conoley, Interim Provost David Dowell and others will share their thoughts on the upcoming year at Convocation on Friday, August 22 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC).

Faculty and staff are invited to meet President Conoley at a reception on the CPAC terrace immediately following Convocation, ending at 12:30 pm.

Important Dates to Know in November/December

Please note the following dates for the fall semester:

  • Campus will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no change in the class schedule that week as there has been in past years.

  • There are no classes on Wednesday, November 27, but campus will be open.

  • Wednesday, December 11 will be a student study day, with the exception of Wednesday only classes. Final exams for Wednesday only classes will be held on December 11.

A pdf of the 2014-15 Academic Calendar is online. For a complete list of events in Academic Affairs, visit the Academic Affairs calendar.

Encourage Students to Participate in the Health/Safety Fair

The second annual health and safety fair, "Living Well @ The Beach," will be held October 20-24. Faculty are invited to encourage student participation by including the event in fall syllabi and by offering opportunities for extra credit or alternative assignments.

Living Well @ The Beach will include several special events and speakers, including a resource information fair, active shooter demonstrations, a happiness workshop, flu shots, emergency preparedness at home & work, “Take Back the Night” rally and a campus walk (Move for a Mile).

Details will be available soon. Contact Nancy Eckhous at extension 5-8262, for more information.

Upcoming Workshops for Faculty

Find out “What’s Improved in BeachBoard”:

  • August 11
  • August 19

Learn “How to Get Started in BeachBoard”:

  • August 12
  • August 18

Discover the active learning classrooms:

Stay Healthy: Walking Groups; Hydration Lecture

The LifeFit Center @ The Beach has started a walking group on Thursdays at 12 pm. It is free for anyone to join. You do not need to be a LifeFit Center member. Led by LifeFit Center Director Ayla Donlin, the group meets outside the north entrance of the LifeFit Center and takes 30 to 45 minute walks through campus. For more information or to start a walking group on a different day, call 562-985-2015.

Learn about about sweat, appropriate water intake parameters and how hydration levels affect the body at “Understanding Hydration and Debunking Sweat Myths” presented by Nicole Mier, M.S. and Certified Personal Trainer, on Wednesday August 20 from 12 to 1 pm in the LifeFit Center. The lecture is $5 for non-LifeFit members. RSVP to extension 5-2015.

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