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News for Parents and Families: March 2015

Spotlight on Services for Students

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he Center for Scholarship Information (CSI), located in the University Student Union, Room 238, is your one-stop shop for scholarships on campus.  Its mission is “to create outstanding scholarship opportunities for students at CSULB through organizing information in an efficient manner, serving as a campus resource on the complete scholarship process, administering campus scholarships when necessary, and assisting scholarship fundraising efforts.”  CSI offers many resources for students including a scholarship database with over 600 scholarships, and proofreading services before a student submits his or her application.  The Center for Scholarship Information provides individual support to students throughout the scholarship process.  CSI also assists donors with creating new scholarship opportunities for CSULB students.  Its website offers information and tips for parents to support students in their scholarship search.  Visit the Center for Scholarship Information’s website and encourage your son or daughter to begin their scholarship search today.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates

If you’ve visited the CSULB website recently, you may have noticed a change. On Wednesday, February 18, CSULB launched their new website. The new layout is easy to navigate which better serves CSULB students and the larger community. During an interview with the Long Beach Post, Andy Hoang, Associate Vice President of University Relations & Communications, stated that “We have approximately 35,000 students and these students need to access email, or they need to access class schedules, and if they can't navigate and get to that information quickly, then we're not serving our students, we're not doing our job well.”

The new homepage immediately opens up with videos highlighting different parts of CSULB such as the Shark Lab, Blair Field, and CSULB’s new Declare Campaign. An important aspect of the new site and one of the main goals is for the site to be viewable on almost any device, anything from mobile devices to tablets to desktop screens. As such, the new CSULB website will be accessible to anyone on any device.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the site is that it was created by the CSULB community. Rather than hiring an outside agency to design the site, the website was created by our own community with input from faculty, staff, students and alumni. Furthermore, the new site highlights various aspects of the university that is not limited to just CSULB students such as the Japanese Garden or performances at the Carpenter Center. Thus, the website serves as a bridge between the university and the surrounding communities. If you haven’t had the chance yet, come visit our new CSULB website and explore all the things that make CSULB a world class institution.

Students at commencement.

Parent & Family Programs

Parent and Family Programs and Alumni Relations invites you to “Beach Family Day” on Sunday March 22nd for the Dirtbags verses CSU Fullerton baseball game at Blair Field. Come join us for a BBQ lunch that begins at 11:30 a.m. and the baseball game that begins at 1:00p.m. Special ticket price of $15 (with “Beach Family” promo code) for the first 50 parents and family members that purchase their tickets. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visit the Alumni Relations website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

**March 9-20 – Spring Break Licensing available for housing-Early Bird Special Rate

**March 23-27 - Spring Break Licensing available

**March 26 - Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund

**March 28 – Last meal served (lunch) before spring break in the residence halls

-Residents not licensed to stay during Spring Break must vacate by 7pm

**March 30-April 3 – Spring Break (campus open, no classes)

**March 31 – Campus closed in honor of Cesar Chavez Day

Campus Events & Information

Is your student interested in studying abroad while at CSULB? Here is an opportunity to learn more information about studying abroad. CSULB Education Abroad presents their 8th Annual Study Abroad Expo. The expo will occur on Wednesday, March 11th from 10a.m. to 2:00p.m. at the Maxon Plaza (in front of Brotman Hall). For more information about study abroad opportunities at CSULB, visit the International Education website.

On Saturday March 14th through Sunday March 15th the American Indian Student Council will be hosting their Annual Pow Wow in the Central Quad from 11:00am-7:00pm. Come and celebrate 45 years of American Indian Studies at CSULB. The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the two-day event will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food. All students and families are welcomed to join this cultural experience which focuses on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence. Admission and parking are free to the public. For more information about the Pow Wow, visit the American Indian Student Services website.    

The First Year Experience program for freshman and transfer students is having Stress Management workshop’s on Tuesday March 10th at 1:00pm in the USU room 205 and Thursday March 19th at 11:00am in the USU room 303. For more information about the FYE program and upcoming workshops, visit the First Year Experience website.

In 49er sports, the Dirtbags (Men’s Baseball team) will host six games at the Walter Pyramid on March 10th, 11th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 31st. The Men’s volleyball team will host six matches at the Walter pyramid on March 13th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 26th, and 28th. The Women’s sand volleyball team will host three matches on March 12th, 19th, and 27th. Women’s Tennis will host four matches at the Rhodes Tennis center on March 18th, 19th, 21st, and 28th. The Women’s Water Polo team will host three home games on March 12th, 14th, and 15th at the Lindgren Aquatics Center. For more information, visit the Long Beach State Athletics website. 

Newsletter by Zion Smith