In May, the Career Development Center hosted the 29th annual internship essay contest reception. The event recognized students who participated in internships during 2010 and submitted essays explaining how the internship impacted their career decisions. Winning students were Akriti Basnet, College of Engineering; Ana Jaime, College of Business Administration; Nicholas Piliapil, College of the Arts; Kent Redell, College of Liberal Arts; Ricardo Ramirez, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Anne Talavera, College of Education; and Jose Andre Zumaeta, College of Health and Human Services. Ramirez, who interned for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, was also the university-wide winner. Other finalists interned with the City of Hope National Medical Center, Cypress College, Juneau Icefield Research Program, LBS Financial Credit Union and Mt. San Antonio College.
During Greek Week in April, approximately 1,500 people attended the annual Greek Sing in the Walter Pyramid. The event raised more than $20,000 for One Heartland, which plans summer camps for children who are HIV positive, and their siblings, so they may have a normal camp experience. Judges were Jonathan Bennett, an actor who appeared in the movie Mean Girls, and Colin Baiocchi, a child actor who appeared in Little Fockers and Couples Retreat. The Can Castle competition resulted in 8,246 canned food items being donated to the Long Beach Rescue Mission.
In February, word was received that Rob Farley, a participant in the McNair Scholars Program and comparative literature major, was admitted to a Ph.D. program in comparative literature at UCLA.
In January, the CSULB Dance Team added more awards to its trophy case when it took second place at the 2011 Universal Dance Association College National Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The team placed second in the championship for jazz and ninth in hip-hop. A total of 13 teams were selected to participate in the competition.
In October, more than 100 volunteers, including CSULB students and staff, partnered with the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together Long Beach for the annual Make a Difference Day event. The volunteers worked at the Eastman Facility Boys and Girls Club to give the gym a much-needed renovation. The organization provides free lunches and after-school programs to 150 children a day.