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Weekly Wednesday Message
January 28, 2015

Did You Know?

Tune in to Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin this Saturday, January 31, at 9:30 am as the host visits the CSULB Shark Lab to learn about a student's research on horn sharks and tags along on a night dive with Dr. Lowe at Catalina Island.

Administrative Duties in Academic Affairs

Duties that Interim Vice Provost Lynn Mahoney has been responsible for will now be shared among three administrators in Academic Affairs:

  • Interim Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Nele Hempel-Lamer is overseeing the divisionís undergraduate academic programs, including the Learning Assistance Center and the Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services. She is also responsible for undergraduate advising and general education.

  • Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Planning: Dhushy Sathianathan oversees divisional planning for and management of the academic budget, admissions, enrollment, facilities, supervision of Institutional Research and university-wide strategic planning.

  • Vice Provost Cecile Lindsay will assume oversight of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. In addition, she manages the Curriculum Office, graduate programs, accreditation, program review and assessment, service learning and the Academic Events office.

In addition, Dr. Deborah Thien, associate professor in Geography, has accepted the position of Interim Director of the University Honors Program and three new interim associate deans have been appointed in the colleges. Dr. Dan OíConnor is acting associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Tracy Maples is interim associate dean in the College of Engineering and Dr. Terry Robertson is interim associate dean in the College of Health and Human Services. Please join me in congratulating them on their new roles.

Students can Apply for Research Assistant Program

Student applications are currently being accepted for the Student Research Assistant Program.

The program is designed to encourage student participation in a broad range of scholarly and academic activities and is open to eligible undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines and academic areas of study.

The assistantship provides financial support during the 2015 summer intersession months for students to undertake full-time research and scholarly activities in collaboration with a CSULB faculty (or principal investigator) research mentor. Research mentors are expected to meet regularly with their assistant and provide a blend of supervision that provides directed guidance with scope for initiative and independent thought.

Research assistants are compensated on the basis of time devoted to their research but are encouraged to undertake full-time research for a period of eight consecutive weeks. Maximum award amounts are $3,477 for undergraduate and $5,216 for graduate students.

More information, including how to apply, is available on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website.

Award Nominations for Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

Nominations are being accepted for the following Academic Affairs achievement awards honoring faculty and students for their research, scholarly and creative activity:

  • Academic Affairs' Award for Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity
  • Academic Affairs' Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity
  • Outstanding Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Student - Undergraduate Division
  • Outstanding Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Student - Graduate Division

Information on the awards and the nomination process is available online.

Nominations and supporting information should be submitted to the respective College Office by 5 pm Monday, February 23. Nomination packages should be forwarded from the Colleges by email to

Awards will be presented at the University Achievement Awards & Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service on Wednesday, April 22.

Change to the Emergency Notification System - Text Messages

In an emergency, text messages are the quickest and most reliable way the university can communicate critical information and instruction to you. On Saturday, February 7, mobile numbers that are currently registered in MyCSULB will be automatically enrolled to receive Emergency Alert Text Messages.

You are highly encouraged to log into your MyCSULB account to confirm your correct "Mobile"Ě number or add a "Mobile"Ě number. If you do not provide a mobile number, you will not receive Emergency Alert Text Messages during an emergency on campus.

If you have not been previously enrolled to receive Emergency Alert Text Messages, you will receive the following confirmation message on Saturday, February 7 notifying you that you are now enrolled to receive emergency notification messages from CSULB.

"CSULB BEACHALERT: You are subscribed to receive text alerts. Reply HELP for help, STOP CSULB to cancel. Msg&data rates may apply."

You are highly encouraged not to STOP/Opt-Out when you receive that message or you will NOT receive emergency notification messages during an emergency.

For more information, detailed instructions, and answers to frequently asked questions please go here: CSULB BeachALERT Emergency Notification System.

There will be an email to students and an instructional document uploaded to Beachboard for students to have access to as the change affects everyone on campus. You are encouraged to share this critical information with you classes.

Join the President's Commission on the Status of Women

The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will hold online elections in March to add one MPP (Management Personnel Plan), one staff, one lecturer, and one tenured/tenure-track faculty member to the Commission.

The term of office for each category is three years (September 2015 through May 2018), and meetings are from 10 am to noon on the second Friday of the month during the academic year.

PCSW's mission is to ensure the University responds to the needs of women by removing inequities and by providing a supportive educational, working and social environment for all members of the campus community.

Interested applicants are requested to complete and submit the Candidate Election Form to Lynisha McDuel via email (, fax (562-985-4439) or in person at the Veterans Services Office (Foundation Building, Suite 220) by noon on February 17.

Access to Scholarly Journals

After extensive negotiations over several months, the Council of CSU Library Deans (COLD) unanimously decided against renewing its contract with vendor John Wiley and Sons for a package of 1,300 journals due to significant price increases.

Wiley and Sons had announced a 10-12% price increase on the approximately $2-million contract with the CSU.

The impact of this decision, which is effective February 1, will be significantly mitigated for most CSULB faculty and students for these reasons:

  • BeachReach, our rapid interlibrary loan service, will supply the remaining Wiley content electronically, usually within 24 to 48 hours.
  • The Wiley titles represent less than 2% of the Libraryís 78,000 journal titles.
  • Two-thirds of the 1,300 journals have limited circulation.
  • The University Library will retain subscriptions to 48 high-use Wiley journals, and access to most pre-2015 content for the other Wiley journals.
  • Several Wiley journals are available in Library databases.

The remaining 77,000-plus journal titles that CSULB subscribes to are unaffected by this decision.

While this is a first for our sister campuses, it is not a first for CSULB. In 2012, CSULB was the sole CSU campus to make this same decision against Wiley for the same reason, and there was little disruption of access. For 2016, the Chancellorís Office and COLD are working on a Wiley proposal we think will better meet the needs of our campuses.

This decision was not made lightly, and follows years of spiraling costs for journal subscriptions. The CSU campuses are in an excellent position to insist on reasonable and fair pricing and a voice in content selection. If not, every year CSUís libraries will continue to reduce collection strength in order to meet the next price hike. Other library systems such as the University of California and Harvard have pushed back with other publishers, with good results. In the short and long run, the Wiley cancellation decision, difficult as it may be, is necessary stewardship.

More information on the CSU decision and the full official COLD statement is available online.

Please feel free to share your questions and concerns about the Wiley cancellation decision. Contact Carol Perruso, Library Collections Officer at, or Tracey Mayfield, Library Associate Dean at

Parking Notice: Spaces in Lot 4 Reserved January 30

Thirty employee parking spaces in lot 4, located near The Chartroom on West Campus Drive, will be reserved for a university event taking place the morning of Friday, January 30. University Police will begin reserving the spaces Thursday evening and the spaces will become available again as event attendees leave midmorning on Friday.

Faculty and staff who use lot 4 may consider lot 5 located near the University Bookstore on West Campus Drive or lot 3 by Brotman Hall. Access the campus map to plan your arrival on January 30.

Free Basketball Game Tickets for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can get up to (2) two free tickets to any of the following Basketball games.

  • Saturday, January 31: Men's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 4 pm
    (Request tickets by January 30 at 12 pm)

  • Saturday, January 31: Women's Basketball vs. CS Fullerton at 7 pm
    (Request tickets by January 30 at 12 pm)

  • *Thursday, February 5: Men's Basketball vs. UC Riverside at 7 pm
    (Request tickets by February 4 at 12 pm)

  • Thursday, February 26: Women's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 7 pm
    (Request tickets by February 25 at 12 pm)

To request tickets, email with your name, number of tickets needed (no more than two), department and guest names.

*Date/game has changed.

Jewels of the Night Early-Bird Registration

The 21st annual Jewels of Night will be held on Saturday, May 2. Register online before March 20 to take advantage of early-bird rates.

Jewels of the Night is the premier fundraiser for student-athlete scholarships. The evening includes live entertainment, food from more than 20 local restaurants, a hosted bar, cigar lounge, as well as a silent and live auction.

Declare a Plan for Your Financial Future

The Office of Gift Planning is offering a series of seminars to help you plan your financial future. Financial professionals in the areas of law, insurance and finance will present information on the following topics:

  • Wednesday, February 4: Finance in Plain English
  • Wednesday, February 11: Tools for the Sandwich Generation (Caring for Your Parents while Caring for Your Children and Yourself)
  • Tuesday, February 17: Wills and Trusts 101 (Understanding Your Parents' Wishes and Your Own)
  • Wednesday, February 25: Estate Planning for Blended Families
  • Wednesday, March 4: Personal document review by professional advisers (by appointment for seminar attendees only)

Each session begins at 6 pm in the Anatol Center (AS-119). All sessions are free and open to the public. RSVP online or by email.

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