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Weekly Wednesday Message
September 3, 2014

Did You Know?

Twenty-five students from throughout California are part of this year’s class of President’s Scholars. The program, which is celebrating its 20th year, provides each student with a $70,000 scholarship. Here is a brief look at this year’s class.

Where are they from?

Almost half are from Northern California. Five are from the Antelope Valley; five are local to Long Beach and the South Bay and four are from Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

What are they studying?

They have chosen a variety of majors. Six have selected engineering, five plan to study science/math, and four have chosen a major within the health sciences. Other majors selected include Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Hospitality Management, International Studies and Liberal Studies.

Extracurricular Activities

Collectively, they have been involved in an extensive list of activities, including sports, dance and music. Students’ accomplishments also include an internship at Boeing, volunteering at Loma Linda University Medical Center and mission trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Career Goals

Career goals include being a teacher, orthodontist, engineer, mission nurse, doctor, registered dietitian, corporate event planner in the entertainment and music industry, lawyer, and restaurant manager and franchise owner.

Convocation Speeches Available Online

If you weren’t able to attend Convocation, you can still hear President Conoley’s address and read the speeches presented by Interim Provost David Dowell, Academic Senate Chair Dan O’Connor and ASI President Joe Phillips on the Convocation website. Video of the entire Convocation program is available on BeachTV’s YouTube page.

Save the Date: Legacy Lecture and Faculty Retirement Recognition

Faculty and staff are invited to thank recently retired faculty for their years of service and hear former President and Provost Donald J. Para deliver the Legacy Lecture at The Pointe in the Pyramid on Thursday, October 9.

The Legacy Lecture was established in 1992 as an opportunity for CSULB professors to address the university community as if it were their last lecture, sharing personal reflections, beliefs, convictions, values and visions as educators. The last Legacy Lecture was held about eight years ago. Recognizing that all of our faculty leave a legacy, we are bringing this tradition back with a new element – the acknowledgment of our dedicated faculty members who have recently retired.

The Legacy Lecture and Faculty Retirement Recognition program begins at 4:30 pm with a reception. Recognition of retirees begins at 5 pm, with the Legacy Lecture delivered by Dr. Para to follow. Look for additional details in the weeks to come.

Upcoming Cayuse Trainings for Principal Investigators

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be conducting training classes for Cayuse, the online proposal submission and internal routing program.

The classes will be held at Engineering (ECS) 312 on October 14 and 15 from 9 am to 12 pm.

Through this training all CSULB Principal Investigators will become familiar with uploading documents, logging-in, creating proposals for submission or just for internal clearance, as well as many other efficient ways to assist in the Pre- and Post-Award process.

To register and reserve a seat please contact Sofie Batshoun at or extension 5-2478.

RTP Workshops This Month

Faculty Affairs is offering workshops about the retention, tenure and promotion (RTP) process for 2014-15. All RTP candidates, evaluators, and staff are invited to attend any of these workshops (the information is the same in all). All workshops are held in the Anatol Center, AS-119.

  • Monday, September 15 from 3 - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, September 16 from 10:30 am - 12 pm
  • Monday, September 22 from 12 - 1:30 pm

More information about the RTP process is available online.

In Memoriam – Robert Thayer, Psychology

Psychology Professor Robert Thayer passed away recently at the age of 78. Dr. Thayer was on full medical leave this semester, but last year marked the completion of his 51st year as a faculty member at CSULB.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Dr. Thayer was a renowned expert in mood, and recognized as an author of a Citation Classic, the designation provided to the most cited articles in scientific literature. He authored three books on mood, including Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise. His research was often cited by both news agencies and the popular press, including such outlets as Newsday, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Vogue, and New Scientist.

Dr. Thayer enjoyed teaching, particularly courses he developed on self-observation and mood, and cared deeply about his students. He received excellent evaluations. At the end of the last class he taught, the entire class rose and applauded him.

A campus memorial service will be held on Friday, October 24 at 10:30 am in the University Student Union, Room 202 (Newport Room).

Peace Corps Comes to CSULB on Friday

On Friday, September 5, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal and President Jane Close Conoley will discuss the importance of public service and how individuals can make a difference around the world with the Peace Corps.

The event, being held in the University Student Union’s Beach Auditorium from 11 am to 12 pm, will include a Q&A session and the opportunity to hear from Peace Corps volunteer Danica Campos about her experiences living and working in Costa Rica.

For additional information, email

Buy Discounted Knott’s Tickets, Raise Money for Scholarships

Faculty and staff can raise money to support students in the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) by attending the annual “Transportation Night” private party at Knott’s Berry Farm on Friday, September 19 from 7 pm – 1 am.

The park will be closed to the general public. Tickets are $35 and include parking. Children ages 2 and under are free. Family members and friends are also welcome. Tickets are easily and securely available on the LATC website.

Transportation Night is sponsored by one of CCPE’s most generous community partners, the non-profit Los Angeles Transportation Club. The event is the Club’s biggest philanthropic fundraiser, with most of the money raised going to support scholarships for CCPE students.

Additional information is available on the LATC website. Please email, with any questions.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

Sept 15: Open Enrollment Begins

Sept 17: Constitution Day

Sept 23: Health Benefits Fair

Sept 30: Faculty Supper Club