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Weekly Wednesday Message
November 6, 2013

Did You Know?

Department of Veterans Affairs A partnership between CSULB and Long Beach City College has veteran students at both campuses receiving additional services, thanks to support from the federal government.

Submit Proposals for Converting Courses to Online Format

The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) is once again seeking faculty to convert a face-to-face class to a 100 percent online format for Summer Session 2014. Proposals will be accepted through December 1.

Registration Open for Scholarly Writing Institute

Faculty can now register for the Winter Scholarly Writing Institute. This three-day event, taking place January 7 - 9, provides faculty with an opportunity to work on manuscripts and provides editing and statistical consulting services.

A light breakfast, lunch and beverages are provided each day. All tenure and tenure-track faculty are eligible to attend, however, event capacity is 35. Registrations will be accepted until event capacity is reached - so register early.

Funding Available for Integrating Ethics in Courses

Proposals for Ethics Across the Curriculum stipends are due this Friday, November 8. These $2,000 stipends, provided by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, are designed to support the development of an ethics module in the courses faculty teach.

Applications should be sent via email to Dr. Kathleen Lacey or via campus mail: CBA-418, MS 8501.

Ethics Roundtable Focuses on Online Learning Community

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Faculty Ethics Roundtable by Friday, November 8. Three CSULB faculty members - Tyler Reeb, James Sauceda, and Linda Tiggs-Taylor - will introduce materials and methods to facilitate ethics training at deeper levels during the roundtable being held on November 15 at the Barrett Conference Center.

At the Roundtable, faculty will learn how to use a new online learning community, Designs 4 Teaching Ethics. This will be a space where faculty can post queries, discuss issues, and share best practices. There will also be time to discuss challenges and successes and brainstorm ideas for future events.

Continental breakfast will be served and there will be an opportunity drawing for a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

For more information, contact the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at ucel@csulb.edu or extension 5-8600.

Alumni Grant Applications Due Next Month

Applications for the 23rd Annual Alumni Grants Program are being accepted until Friday, December 6. Sponsored by the CSULB Alumni Association, the Grants Program provides funding to university departments and programs. Allocations range from $1,500 to $7,500, with a total of up to $50,000 to be awarded. More than $725,000 has been awarded to campus departments and programs in the last 22 years.

Applications and guidelines are available online. For specific questions, please contact Gay Arakawa, executive director of the CSULB Alumni Association, at extension 5-5252 or Gay.Arakawa@csulb.edu.

Holiday Toy Drive Underway

Cherishing Children Toy Drive The 16th Annual Bob Rodgers Cherishing Children Toy Drive is underway. Bring new, unwrapped toys to collection boxes throughout campus. Toys will be given to children at CSULB’s Cherishing Children Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 4.

CSULB is working with the Long Beach Department of Children and Family Services to bring between 100 and 125 children and their families to the party where the children will play games and receive the gift, a goodie bag and refreshments.

Collection boxes are available at the following locations:

  • Campus Police
  • Bookstore
  • ITS BH -188
  • College of Education ED1 - 5
  • Academic Computing Horn Center
  • Alumni Relations BAC
  • Dance
  • President's Office BH -300
  • Staff Human Resources BH - 335
  • Univ. Library
  • Mail Room
  • BH 151
  • MHB-214
  • PSY 100
  • Starbucks in the Library

Additional toys will be collected through Friday, December 13 for the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Cherishing Children event has been named for former staff member Bob Rodgers, who passed away last summer. Rodgers was one of the event founders and played Santa Claus each year.

For more information or to volunteer for the Cherishing Children Holiday Party, contact Maria Bucio at Maria.Bucio@csulb.edu or ext. 5-7621 or Charleen Rice at Charleen.Rice@csulb.edu or ext. 5-2501.

Veterans Day Celebration Tomorrow

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend events being hosted by the Office of Veterans Services tomorrow in honor of our nation’s veterans and service members.

There will be a celebration honoring veterans and service members from 3 pm to 4 pm at the Speakers Platform in front of the University Bookstore. Following the ceremony, birthday messages and a cake will commemorate the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps (officially November 10). You are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who are veterans or bring a picture of a veteran who cannot attend the event.

From 11 am to 1 pm, stop by Veterans Services Center Open House (FND 220).See the new facility and learn about the services the center provides service members, veterans, and dependents. Light snacks provided.

At 5 pm in the Beach Auditorium in the Student Union there will be a film screening of RESTREPO , a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the goal of the film is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment.

For more information, visit Veterans Services website.

International Education Week Celebrates Diverse Cultures Next Week

International Education WeekFaculty and staff are invited to attend the many events taking place during International Education Week Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 15. The week’s activities include several Study Abroad information sessions and presentations that bring awareness to global issues or celebrate international cultures including the following:

  • International Education Week Festival:On Wednesday, November 13 from 11 am to 2 pm, the 2013 International Education Week Festival will celebrate the diversity of cultures at CSULB and the transformative potential of International Education. The event, being held at the Central Plant Plaza near Robeks, includes:

    • International Student Village, with students hosting booths that offer information, activities, and snacks from their home countries.

    • CSULB International/Multicultural Resource Fair offering information about all of the internationally themed programs and services available on campus, including Study Abroad, Passport Services, International Career Opportunities, and more.

    • Multicultural Dance Performances featuring performances by student and local groups representing traditional music and dances from around the world.

  • African Cultural Extravaganza:There will be a two-hour jamboree and celebration of African writing, film, and dance on Thursday, November 14, from 12 to 2 pm in the Beach Auditorium. His Excellency Mr. Cyril Ndaba, the South African Consulate General in Los Angeles will discuss “The Role of South Africa in the African Renaissance.” The African Cultural Extravaganza will include dances, masquerades and discussions on the Africa project. The event is presented by the Africa Subcommittee of the International Education Committee.

  • "U.S. - Pakistan Relations in 2014 and Beyond: The Yadunandan Center for India Studies is hosting a lecture by Ambassador Cameron Munter on U.S. - Pakistan Relations in 2014 and Beyond on Thursday, November 14 at 5 pm in the Theater Arts Lecture Hall (UT-108). Cameron Munter served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades before his retirement in fall 2012.

    He was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, guiding U.S. - Pakistani relations through a period of severe crisis, including the operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, and the latest phase of the Afghan War. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Munter served in several capacities in Baghdad, Iraq, overseeing U.S. Civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops. Ambassador Munter’s talk will address U.S. relations with Pakistan in light of the expected drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan in 2014.

Any campus group interested in hosting events that bring awareness to global issues or celebrate international cultures may submit their event details for inclusion on the International Education Week Event Calendar. For more information, please email Melissa Lyon (Melissa.Lyon@csulb.edu) at the International Student Services Office in the Center for International Education.

Academic Affairs Annual Report is Online

Academic Affairs’ Annual Report is now available online, highlighting many of the individual and collective achievements of our remarkable faculty, staff and students during the 2012-13 academic year.

Tech Tip

Faculty can use Respondus (for PCs only) to quickly create and upload quizzes into BeachBoard courses.

CLA Faculty Win American History Association Award

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Keirn and Dr. Eileen Luhr of the History Department for winning the American Historical Association's 2013 William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for their article in The History Teacher, "Subject Matter Counts: The Pre-Service Teaching and Learning of Historical Thinking.”

The Gilbert Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal articles. The prize will be awarded at the Association’s 128th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 2-5. The History Teacher is published by the Society of History Education, and is the only pedagogical journal affiliated with the AHA. CSULB’s Dr. Jane Dabel is the editor of the journal.

“'Keirn and Luhr not only report on the diminishing role of history departments in preparing students to teach history in the secondary school system, but also show that new teachers who have combined rigorous undergraduate training in history with traditional pedagogic training in history education do better in the high school classroom,'” noted Paul G.E. Clemens, the 2013 Asher Prize committee chair and professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dr. Keirn’s and Dr. Luhr's work emphasizes the importance of secondary teacher training within the disciplines - a rare practice endorsed campus-wide at CSULB. The History Department is home to the Social Science Credential program; English is home for the secondary credential in English and composition; and RGRLL is the home of the secondary credential program for teaching languages, including Latin. At most institutions, Colleges of Education offer the sole credential training programs.

The American Historical Association is the largest organization of historians in the United States.

To submit an item for the Wednesday Message, email it to Linda.Fontes@csulb.edu by Monday at 5 pm.

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Current Dates and Deadlines

11/7: Veterans Day Celebration

11/8: Deadline to Apply for Ethics Across the Curriculum Funding

11/9: Homecoming

11/11: Campus Closed for Veterans Day

11/12: Veterans Day Class Schedule Change:

  • All classes that would normally meet Monday, November 11 meet Tuesday, November 12.
  • All classes that would normally meet Tuesday, November 12 will be canceled.

11/12-11/15: International Education Week

11/15: Ukleja Ethics Roundtable Discussion