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News for Parents and Families: April 2015

Spotlight on Services for Students


isabled Student Services, located in Brotman Hall Room 270, offers students support services for in-classroom activities, career development resources, use of and training on adaptive computer equipment and access devices, disability-related counseling, and academic advisement.  Its mission is “to assist students with disabilities as they secure their university degrees at California State University, Long Beach.”  Deaf and hearing impaired students can be provided sign language interpreters, real-time captioners (RTC), note-taking services and a parking permit for priority parking spaces.  At the High Tech Center, students can receive assistance in editing written assignments for course work, and assistance in the use of production software applications.  The Center also offers test accommodations for WPE, ELM/EPT examinations completed with the use of a computer, and print media converted to an alternative e-text format, audio media, or literary Braille. The Stephen Benson Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (SBP) serves the needs of CSULB students who have a diagnosed learning disability. The program provides counseling for clarification of issues related to learning disabilities, makes recommendations for accommodations, and fosters self-advocacy in students.  General services for all students with disabilities include academic advising, tutoring, disability parking, campus and agency liaison, test taking services and accommodations, note taking, reader services, registration assistance, priority registration, scholarship applications, admission advising, research assistants, financial aid advising, and disability management.  For more information, visit the Disabled Student Services website.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates

Current and future students studying in CSULB’s Urban Teacher Education Academy (UTEACH) will benefit from new stipends and scholarships thanks to a $500,000 gift from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union (FCU). “SchoolsFirst FCU has long been a tremendous partner for CSULB and this most recent gift will truly benefit students by providing additional access to our groundbreaking UTEACH program,” said Andrea Taylor, Vice President of University Relations and Development. “This partnership is a wonderful example of philanthropy leading to more opportunities for students who will then go out and change our community for the better.” In addition to supporting the program over the next five years, the gift will also be used to provide five $5,000 scholarships each year as well as $1,000-$2,000 stipends for all program participants. For the full article visit News at the Beach.

Students at commencement.

National College News

One of the most challenging things about having students in college is watching them struggle with stress.  The level of stress students feel is extremely high during the end of the semester when students realize there is more left for them to do then they thought.  Parents may feel helpless when they experience their students having meltdowns as a result of stress.  However, College Parents of America offers a few suggestions for parents to help their students through these tough times. 

  1. Give your student some space. This may be one of the most difficult things to do. You want to jump in and help. You know that you have advice that your student should hear. But your student may just need some time and/or space to feel independent. Try to listen carefully to the messages that you are getting and decide when it’s best to weigh in and when it’s best to step back.
  2. Listen when your student needs to vent. Remember that phone call you may have gotten early in the freshman year when your student was overwhelmed and possibly homesick? Remember how she just needed to unload what she was feeling and all you could do was to listen? You may need those listening skills again now. Your student may not need you to actually do anything, but she may need you to listen while she complains about what she has to do and how she will never get it done. Once she’s shared her feelings, she may be ready to move on and tackle whatever it is. Remember that listening is important. You are helping your student just by being there.
  3. Help your student realize that stress is not all bad. A certain amount of stress and challenge keeps us sharp and focused. It helps us manage and deal with the demands placed on us. The problems arise when we begin to feel out of control.
  4. Help your student try to control his stress rather than seeing stress as the enemy. Help your student recognize that he is not alone. Most students feel some degree of pressure at this time. Even those students who appear to have everything under control are probably feeling challenged. It may also help your student to recognize that faculty members, too, feel pressure at this time of semester. All of those papers, presentations and exams need to be graded! Professors may feel that there is still too much material that needs to be covered in class. It may be helpful for your student to recognize that everyone around him is feeling as stressed as he is.
  5. Recommend that your student make a list of everything that she needs to do – and then prioritize the list. Your student may be in denial about the amount of work, and it feels as though putting it on paper will only make it worse. However, knowing what you have to face is usually helpful. Prioritizing the list helps your student create an action plan. Once she has a plan, she has a place to begin. Sometimes beginning is the hardest step.
  6. Recommend that your student create a schedule and use all of his time management skills. Blocking out what he needs to do and when he will do it will help him feel more in control of what he needs to accomplish. This will also help him to decide what he can change – and what he can’t change. He will need to let go of those things which can’t be changed.
  7. Remind your student not to ignore her health. Your student may not get eight hours of sleep a night and eat three full meals a day at this time of semester, but remind her that she will be more productive if she pays attention to her body and at least tries to get some sleep, eat some healthy food, and get a bit of exercise.
  8. Suggest that your student maintain – or break – routine. For some students, maintaining a regular routine is helpful. He can settle in and let auto-pilot guide him through the end of the semester. Other students may need a break in the normal routine to shake them up a bit. Perhaps studying in a new place will help. Perhaps writing the paper in the library rather than the usual dorm room may help. Your student should consider whether the norm – or a change – will be most helpful.
  9. Encourage your student to investigate what the college can offer that might help. Are there course review sessions? Is there extra tutoring or writing help available? Does the counseling center offer extra counseling sessions? Are there special stress-reducing activities such as yoga or meditation? Encourage your student to take advantage of any and every bit of the support system that may be available.
  10. Be patient – and encourage your student to be patient. As difficult and overwhelming as this time may be, it is a short-lived phase. Whatever happens, the semester will soon be over. You and your student both need to be patient with each other and with yourselves. Tensions are probably high, nerves raw, and extra patience will help everyone. This sprint to the finish will get your student over the finish line.

For more information or the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

**May 8 – Last day of instruction

  - Deadline to drop with college dean’s signature (Note: Drops at this time are rarely approved and are not permitted after the final day of instruction)

**May 11-16 – Final examination week

**May 15 – Last meal of semester (lunch) in residence halls

     – All residents must vacate residential housing by 7:00 p.m.

**May 19 - Commencement ceremonies for College of Engineering, College of Natural Science

and Mathematics and College of Education

**May 20 – Commencement ceremonies for College of Liberal Arts

**May 21 – Commencement ceremonies for College of the Arts and College of Business Administration

**May 22 – Commencement ceremonies for College of Health & Human Services

 – Last day of the semester

  - Final day to file Request for Medical Withdrawal

- Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave for Fall 2013 with $10 missed    deadline fee

**May 26– Campus closed in honor of Memorial Day

Campus Events & Information

In 49er sports, the Dirtbags (Men’s Baseball team) host eight games at Blair Field on May 12, 15, 16, 17.  The Women’s Softball team hosts two games at the Softball Complex on May 8 and 9.  For more information, visit the Long Beach State 49er website.

The Commencement Ceremonies at CSULB are a joyous event for students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators.  Due to a large number of graduates, tickets are now required for the ceremonies for College of Health & Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of the Arts and College of Business Administration.  Guest seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis for all other ceremonies.  Guests are recommended to arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony, allowing for a twenty-minute walk from the parking area to the Central Quad, on upper campus.  The ceremony lasts for about two hours with outdoor seating so guests are advised to dress appropriately.  The University also hosts an optional hour-long reception immediately following the ceremony on the Terrace Level of the University Student Union.  Refreshments and music will be provided at the reception. Parking is free in all of the student lots, and two shuttle services are available for guests parking on the North and East side of campus.  For more information including the schedule of ceremonies, visit the CSULB Commencement website.

For more information about these and other campus events, please visit the CSULB Calendar of Events.

Newsletter by Zion Smith