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Student Nuggets

Following a strenuous application and screening process, political science major and President’s Scholar Andrew Kress was selected for the prestigious Panetta Institute’s 12th annual Congressional Intern Program in Washington, D.C. During the fall 2010 program, Kress will undergo intensive training on the workings of the U.S. Congress and will spend 11 weeks in service to a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


At the American Marketing Association’s Annual International Collegiate Conference held in New Orleans in April, the CSULB chapter received awards for outstanding community service, outstanding communications and outstanding chapter planning. The chapter also was designated as one of the top 20 collegiate chapters in the nation.


At the Pacific Southwest conference of student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a team of CSULB students took second place in the environmental engineering competition. The team designed and constructed a scale-size bridge made entirely from structural steel. The conference was held in Las Vegas in April.


During the 2009-10 academic year, Greek fraternities and sororities at CSULB raised more than $14,000 for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life and $25,000 for One Heartland, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Student members of Greek organizations also donated more than 5,400 canned food items to the Long Beach Rescue Mission.


In August, Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc. awarded the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Resource Center a $3,000 grant to support the 2011 Lavender Graduation Celebration.


In November, the California Space Authority announced the 2009 California SpotBeam award winners. Winners included a team of CSULB students and faculty, led by Professor Eric Besnard, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. The CSULB team received the Buzz Aldrin Space Workforce Award for their California Launch Vehicle Education Initiative.


At an April conference of the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values West, CSULB’s Panhellenic Council was cited for its outstanding efforts in academic achievement, membership recruitment, and risk reduction and management. The conference was held in Costa Mesa.


CSULB was the only university to place in all divisions at the 2010 United Spirit Association’s Collegiate Nationals Competition, held in Anaheim in February. CSULB’s spirit teams garnered awards for its dance and cheer squads and in the mascot competition. These victories came just weeks after the dance team took second place in the United Dance Association’s National Competition.


Paula Gleason is director of administrative services for the Division of Student Services and senior editor of "In Touch with Student Services."