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News for Parents and Families: April 2015

Spotlight on Services for Students

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he Women’s and Gender Equity Center (WGEC), formerly known as The Women’s Resource Center,  is located in Liberal Arts building, room 102 (LA1 – 102). The WGEC is a place where students can come for support and services, use computers, refrigerator, microwave and lounge area. The State of California Office of Emergency Services (OES) grant provides for a full-time sexual assault victim’s Advocate, as well as comprehensive programing on sexual assault awareness and prevention. The addition of a full-time advocate provides for survivor-centered services including accompaniment and counseling. This OES Campus Sexual Assault Program grant was one of two that were given to California State Universities. Women’s and Gender Equity Center is proud to be able to broaden their reach in their goal of bringing awareness and prevention of sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic and relationship violence. For more information about the Women's and Gender Equity Center visit the WGEC website.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates

CSULB conducted the grand opening and ribbon-cutting event of the Dream Success Center, located in the University Student Union, Room 309. The center will provide support and services that help meet some of the unique needs of undocumented and AB 540 students. The Dream Success Center will offer students referrals to financial assistance, information on programs and services designed to improve retention and graduation rates and a place where students can connect with one another. The center will also provide computers, career development and other academic services. CSULB’s Dream Success Center Coordinator Edgar Romo expresses that, “These Students face unique challenges both in and out of higher education, and it is crucial for us to provide institutional support in their education endeavors.” Many students have expressed their appreciation for this this program and the resources provided to them. To read the entire article visit Inside CSULB.

Students at commencement.

National College News

As headlines of alcohol issues on college campuses appear, it is a good idea for parents to open the dialog with their students on the hazards of drug and alcohol use.  According to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, “research has shown that the more involved parents are, the more likely their children are to make safe choices about their AOD use.”  The College Parents of America developed the following suggestions to help parents start the conversation with their students.

  1. Set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance. Studies conducted nationally have demonstrated that partying may contribute as much to a student's decline in grades as the difficulty of his or her academic work. If students know their parents expect sound academic work, they are likely to be more devoted to their studies and have less time to get in trouble with alcohol.
  2. Stress to students that alcohol is toxic and excessive consumption can fatally poison. This is not a scare tactic. The fact is students die every year from alcohol poisoning. Discourage dangerous drinking through participation in drinking games, fraternity hazing, or in any other way. Parents should ask their students to also have the courage to intervene when they see someone putting their life at risk through participation in dangerous drinking.
  3. Tell students to intervene when classmates are in trouble with alcohol. Nothing is more tragic than an unconscious student being left to die while others either fail to recognize that the student is in jeopardy or fail to call for help due to fear of getting the student in trouble.
  4. Tell students to stand up for their right to a safe academic environment. Students who do not drink can be affected by the behavior of those who do, ranging from interrupted study time to assault or unwanted sexual advances. Students can confront these problems directly by discussing them with the offender. If that fails, they should notify the housing director or other residence hall staff.
  5. Know the alcohol scene on campus and talk to students about it. Students grossly exaggerate the use of alcohol and other drugs by their peers. A recent survey found that University of Oregon students believed 96 percent of their peers drink alcohol at least once a week, when the actual rate was 52 percent. Students are highly influenced by peers and tend to drink up to what they perceive to be the norm. Confronting misperceptions about alcohol use is vital.
  6. Avoid tales of drinking exploits from your own college years. Entertaining students with stories of drinking back in "the good old days" normalizes what, even then, was abnormal behavior. It also appears to give parental approval to dangerous alcohol consumption.
  7. Encourage your student to volunteer in community work. In addition to structuring free time, volunteerism provides students with opportunities to develop job-related skills and to gain valuable experience. Helping others also gives students a broader outlook and a healthier perspective on the opportunities they enjoy. Volunteer work on campus helps students further connect with their school, increasing the likelihood of staying in college.
  8. Make it clear – Underage alcohol consumption and alcohol-impaired driving are against the law. Parents should make it clear that they do not condone breaking the law. Parents of college students should openly and clearly express disapproval of underage drinking and dangerous alcohol consumption. And, if parents themselves drink, they should present a positive role model in the responsible use of alcohol.

For the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.  For more information about CSULB’s campus policies on alcohol and drugs, visit the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

**April 5 – Residents may return to the residence hall after noon

**April 6 – Meal service resumes (breakfast) in residence halls

Campus Events & Information

Project Ocean will host its 5th Annual Live your Life Day on Tuesday April 14th from 11AM to 3PM at the Speaker’s Platform. The theme this year is “Navigating Your Mental Wealth”, which will focus on mind, body and soul and how it leads to student success. For more information about this event, please visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website.

You are invited to attend the 4th Annual Latino Health Equity Conference. The conference will take place on Friday, April 17 from 2015, 8AM to 5PM at the USU Ballrooms on the CSULB campus. The Conference aims to raise awareness and engage faculty, staff, students, and the larger community in Latino health equity research. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for interested individuals and professionals to collaborate with national leaders to promote health equity for Latinos and all underrepresented minorities nationwide. This year’s theme is “Del Saber al Poder: From Knowledge to Action. “ For more information, please visit the Latino Health Equity Conference website.

In 49er sports, the Dirtbags (Baseball team) will be playing three home games at Blair Field on April 17th, 18th and 19th. The Track and Field team will have Beach Invitational all day on April 17th and 18th. The Men’s Volleyball team will have a home game at the Walter Pyramid on April 18th. The Women’s Sand Volleyball team will play on April 10th. The Softball team will have home games on April 18th, 22nd, 25th and 26th at 49er Softball Complex. Girl’s tennis will have three home matches on April 10th, 16th and 17th. The women’s water polo team will host three home games on April 11th, 12th and 16th at Lindgren Aquatics Center. For more information, visit the Long Beach State 49er website. 

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

Newsletter by Zion Smith