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News for Parents and Families: February 2015

Spotlight on Services for Students


he Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center (LRC), located in the University Student Union Room 314, is where students go to develop their leadership potential through several leadership programs.  Its mission is “to cultivate leaders who are able to affect positive change in their own lives, as well as in their organizations and communities.”  One of the LRC’s programs, the Leadership Academy, is a series of workshops that focuses on “developing student leadership potential for practical and professional application.”  The Leadership Academy is open to all CSULB students, and participants receive a certificate at the completion of the program.  The LRC is also home to the O’Dell Family Leadership Resource Library.  Here, CSULB students have access to leadership books and other resource materials.  Students also receive access to wireless Internet service, laptop computers and worktables creating an ideal place to study.  For more information, visit the Lois J Swanson Leadership Resource Center website.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates


California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has confirmed that a student who does not live on campus was diagnosed with the measles and a small group of students were exposed.The exposure took place at an off campus site during winter break, the week of January 12. The university and the Long Beach Department of Health are working closely together and the exposed students have been notified and provided relevant instructions. The student diagnosed with the measles has since recovered and is doing well.

More than 70 cases of the measles have been reported in California since December 2014. Students who have not had two doses of the vaccine should call Student Health Services at 562-985-8591 to schedule an appointment to obtain the MMR vaccine. Students may also contact the Long Beach Health Department at 562-570-4302 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination.

The symptoms of measles include a fever that is 101 degrees or more, cough, runny nose or red eyes, and a rash occurring 2-4 days after, but can also occur up to 21 days after exposure.Should you develop these symptoms, it is recommended that you contact your physician for diagnosis, treatment, and further instructions.

If you have any questions, call the Long Beach Health Department at 562-570-4302 or Student Health Services at 562-985-8591. Additional information is available on the Student Health Services website.

Students at commencement.

Academic Success Corner

Does your student need support succeeding in an especially difficult course?  You can encourage your student to enroll in one of the Supplemental Instruction courses through the Learning Assistance Center (LAC).  “Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a group session - led by an SI Leader - that meets two or three times a week to help students understand course material and learn how to study better. SI classes are optional, one-unit classes that can help you succeed in courses that most students have found difficult year after year. Students in SI Classes meet with an SI Leader either before or after the target class to work on learning strategies and critical thinking skills and apply them to the material covered in class.”  SI classes are included in the registration fees for full-time in-state students.  For more information about SI and how to enroll, visit the Learning Assistant Center website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

Important Dates & Deadlines

It is a good time to remind students about the adverse effects of dropping classes.  Your student may drop his or her classes up to the 2nd week of the semester.  After this date, the student must demonstrate a “serious and compelling reason” to withdraw from the class. 

**February 10 – Deadline for students to add courses without fees, to file for CR/NC or Audit grade options without fees, and to file Credit by Examination

**February 17 – Final deadline for students to add courses, file for CR/NC or Audit grade options with a $10 missed deadline fee.

 - Last day to enroll in Open University

Campus Events & Information

On Thursday, February 26th, the Career Development Center will be hosting the Spring Job Fair 2015 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the University Student Union Ballrooms.  Employers such as Canon USA Inc., Guess, Farmers Insurance, and America Honda Motor Company have confirmed their attendance.  According to the Career Development Center, “a job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students for purpose of employment.  Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships.”  Be sure to encourage your student to dress appropriately and bring copies of their resume.  For more information, visit the Career Development Center website.

The First Year Experience program for freshman and transfer students is having Time Management workshop’s on February 10th at 11:00am and February 11th at 2:00pm in the University Student Union Room 205. Study Strategy workshops will also occur on February 24th at 1:00pm in the University Student Union Room 205 and February 25th at 11:00am in the University Student Union Room 303. For more information, visit the First Year Experience website.

CSULB’s Multicultural Center is hosting their annual diversity workshop called “Students Talk about Race” on Saturday, February 28th from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. in FO3 Room 2. STAR educates participants about racial and ethnic intolerance and tolerance, and encourages understanding, acceptance and celebration of people that are different from themselves. For more information about the STAR workshop and registration, visit the Multi-Cultural Center website.

In 49er sports, the Men’s Basketball team hosts four games at the Walter Pyramid on February 7th, 19th and 28th.  The Women’s Basketball team hosts two games at the Walter Pyramid on February 12th, 14th and 26th.  The Men’s Volleyball team hosts three matches at the Walter Pyramid on February 6th, 27th and 28th. The Women’s Tennis team hosts three matches at Rhodes Tennis Center on February 14th, 15th and 21st.  The Dirtbags (Men’s Baseball team) host ten games at Blair Field on February 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, and 28th.  For more information, visit the  Long Beach State Athletics website.

Newsletter by Zion Smith