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Weekly Wednesday Message
January 8, 2014

Did You Know?

CSULB will receive nearly $1 million as the lead campus in a CSU initiative designed to prepare educators proficient in Linked Learning, an educational approach that integrates strong academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences.

Outstanding Staff Nominations Due Friday

Nominations for the 2014 CSULB Outstanding Staff Award are being accepted through Friday, January 10.

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the campus community, including the nominee. No individuals may recommend more than one nominee. Past award recipients cannot submit nominations. The nominator is responsible for collecting items required for the packet, verifying that it is complete prior to submission.

For more information, including nomination criteria or for a nomination packet, visit the Staff Council website or contact Charleen Rice at Charleen.Rice@csulb.edu.

Campus Network Outages Planned in January

Information Technology Services (ITS), in coordination with the Chancellor's Office, will be performing mandatory campus network upgrades through Saturday, January 18. This activity is part of the Chancellor's Office Common Network Initiative (CNI) to upgrade all 23 CSU campuses to a common network infrastructure.

The upgrade will require network outages of approximately one to two hours and will occur on a building by building basis within this two-week period during regular business hours from 8 am to 5 pm. During the network upgrade outage, services such as email, file shares, Internet access, and network printing on desktop computers and wireless devices will not be available for short periods.

You are advised to save your work frequently if you are accessing documents on a file share to avoid loss of data in the event your network connection is disrupted during the upgrade.

Sections of each building will be upgraded during this process, so only isolated portions of a building will experience a network outage at any given time each day. As work is performed at each building location, signs will be posted indicating "Network Upgrade in Progress."

The following facilities will not be affected:

  • The Student Health Center
  • Foundation
  • University Student Union
  • Student Housing Offices, Dormitories and Dining Facilities
  • Bookstore
  • Barrett Athletic Administration Center
  • Parking & Transportation Services
  • Recycling Center
  • Soroptimist House
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Status updates are available online.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this mandatory CSU project. For more information about CNI, visit the CSU Synergy page regarding Next Generation CyberInfrastructure. For questions or concerns, please contact ITS-ServiceManagement@csulb.edu.

Faculty Survey on Sustainability Related Research

The CSULB Interdisciplinary Research and Grants Sustainability Task Force Subcommittee is asking faculty to complete a short, three-question survey designed to identify faculty engaged in sustainability related and sustainability focused research/creative activity on campus.

The survey will be available until Friday, January 10, 2014.

Upcoming Retirement Workshops

Benefits Services is hosting two retirement workshops in January - one for staff and one for faculty who are nearing retirement and want to plan for retirement and the retirement process. The workshops will be presented by a CalPERS Retirement Specialist.

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement Workshop
Wednesday, January 15, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The workshop will cover retirement calculation, service credit, survivor continuance and the retirement application process.

Due to limited seating this workshop is offered to University employees with a minimum of five years of CalPERS service credit. Please RSVP by January 12 by contacting Benefits Services at benefits@csulb.edu or extension 5-2381.

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement Workshop for Faculty
Thursday, January 23, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The workshop will cover FERP (Faculty Early Retirement Program), retirement calculation, service credit, survivor continuance and the retirement application process.

Due to limited seating this workshop is offered to University employees with a minimum of five years of CalPERS service credit and Faculty employees. Please RSVP by January 12 by contacting Benefits Services at benefits@csulb.edu or extension 5-2381.

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

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