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In recognition of National Coming Out Week in October, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Resource Center hosted four days of public education programs, workshops and a resource fair showcasing local LGBT-friendly organizations. The week centered on National Coming Out Day, an internationally-observed civil awareness day held each October 11.

Students from the LGBT

The LGBT resource fair included an open mike session for LGBT students and allies of the LGBT community to share their experiences. Pictured (from left) are Matt Jennings, Nick Morgan, Benny LeMaster, Rochelle Norton, Ian Stone, Lisa Nakasone and Brittany Hansan.

In June, the CSULB chapter of the Human Resources Management Association was awarded “Outstanding Chapter” by the Society of Human Resources Management for 2007-08. Only 10 of 400 SHRM-affiliated chapters nationwide received this honor. Ahmed Buholaiqah, president of CSULB’s HRMA chapter, traveled to Chicago to receive the award at SHRM’s national conference.

At the May 2008 CSULB annual student research competition, four McNair Scholars students won awards in their research categories. Winners were Oscar Mejia, aerospace engineering, first place; Yuhua (Jake) Liang, communications studies, second place; Seija Rohkea, art, second place; and Rebecca Graziano, chemistry/biochemistry, second place. Each student made oral presentations before juries of professional experts.

During fall 2008, the Career Development Center announced that Drew Metz, a senior film and electronic arts major, is the recipient of a Presidential Inauguration Scholarship. Metz will participate in a 10-day Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar at The Washington Center in Washington D.C. The seminar will include lectures, site visits and a backstage view of the presidential inauguration. Nationwide, more than 1,200 students applied to attend, 18 of which were CSULB students. For more information on The Washington Center’s internships and academic seminars, visit

Anallei Rojas

Analleli Rojas is a student in the CAMP program.

Analleli Rojas, a participant in the College Assistance Migrant Program, spoke to staff of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education and more than 100 CAMP directors from across the country at a July 9 conference in Washington, D.C. Rojas credited the support she received from CAMP as a key variable in her success during her first year at CSULB.

The Associated Business Students Organization Council is slated to hold its 37th annual “Meet the Industries Expo” at the Queen Mary on March 6. This annual career day includes a professional development seminar, formal luncheon and career expo. The expo is targeted to business majors, but students from all majors are welcome to attend. For more information, call (562) 985-5908.