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Weekly Wednesday Message
April 2, 2014

Did You Know?

AS CorridorA collaboration in which teams of students developed interior designs for the Academic Services (AS) Building corridor caught the attention of designers and higher education officials through two organizations.

On May 9, design student Sara Nelson will receive the prestigious Stephanie Tar Scholarship, a $5,000 prize, from the International Interior Design Association for her design of the AS corridor. 

And last week at the Society for College and University Planning Pacific Regional Conference design student Danielle Herrera, Professor Dorothy Ottolia (Design), David Salazar, Associate Vice President of Physical Planning and Facilities Management, and Derrell Jackson from Herman Miller, Inc. spoke about the redesign of the AS corridor.

Their presentation, “Creating a Student Led Design Project – a Model of Success,” focused on the collaborative process that led to the redesign of the AS corridor into a vibrant, informal study and social gathering space for students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about the AS corridor project in the October issue of Inside CSULB.

Four Simple Steps to Prepare for an Emergency

The earthquakes that have rattled southern California recently are a good reminder that we need to be prepared for an emergency at home and at work.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to undertake the following simple steps to improve individual emergency preparation:

  • Make sure that your emergency contact phone numbers are up-to-date in MyCSULB. These numbers are used for mass emergency notification in the event of an emergency. If you want to receive text alerts on your phone, you must opt in through MyCSULB.

  • Take a few minutes to review CSULB's emergency procedures. Print and post this flyer in offices and appropriate locations.

  • Take a few minutes to review the Homeland Security Emergency Supply List. Consider maintaining some personal supplies at work and at home.

  • Direct students to CSULB emergency procedures.

CSULB has done extensive preparation to respond to potential emergencies and we will continue to work to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

Research Training Fellowships Available Through RIMI

Faculty research training fellow positions are available through the CSULB Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Project funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

The NIMHD RIMI mechanism is designed “…to build, strengthen and/or enhance the research infrastructure and research training capacity of minority-serving institutions.”

Prior activities have included HIV testing in African American men, Post-traumatic stress disorder, perceived life chances of health disparities adolescents, breast cancer screening in minority populations, HIV risk of heterosexual women, and examination of the ways in which policy and politics affect health disparities.

RIMI anticipates supporting several positions for a reimbursed time fellowship to start Fall 2014, with the possibility of extending through Spring 2015 depending upon satisfactory performance and funding. The fellowship is suited for faculty at the assistant or associate professor level.

Each course release is considered to be 20-25% time and the expectation is that the fellow would serve a minimum of 8 hours per week engaged in agreed upon fellowship activities, usually onsite either at the relevant CSULB research center or at a collaborating community agency.

How to Apply

A two-page letter of interest should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file with either a .doc or a .docx extension that describes:

  • What areas the faculty would like to work in
  • Which center (Center for Health Equity Research, Center for Behavioral Research and Services, NCLR CSULB Center for Latino Community Health) they would like to be affiliated with, and
  • Which community agency (agencies in Service Planning Area 8, South Bay are preferred) they would like to work with

The application should be sent as an email attachment to: Dr. Dennis G. Fisher, Director of the CSULB RIMI Faculty Core and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research and Services (Dennis.Fisher@csulb.edu).

The letter must be received by May 1.

All letters must include a third page that is an endorsement from the Department Chair and should state that the department is willing to allow the candidate to take the reimbursed time award.

Upcoming BeachBoard Improvements

The following improvements and enhancements are coming to BeachBoard for Fall 2014:

  • Drag and Drop features in the content area
  • A new look for the navigation bar
  • Improved discussion features
  • Improved Dropbox feedback features

Staff Day Postponed to August

Staff Day, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, has been postponed to early August.

If you would like to join the CSULB Staff Council Special Events Committee in planning this campuswide event, please contact Berta Hanson, Chair, CSULB Staff Council at Berta.Hanson@csulb.edu.

A Week of Wellness: April 7 – 12

Wellness Week will serve as a prescription for health and wellness April 7 – 12, with outdoor demonstrations, displays, lectures and The Great Beach WALK ON. The week’s events include the following:

Monday, April 7

Grand Opening: CHHS WELLNESS WEEK and PT @ The Beach in the LifeFit Center

Join us for the grand opening of WELLNESS WEEK and PT @ The Beach in the Roger Greaves Learning Center in the LifeFit Center from 12 to 1pm. For more information, call extension 5-4072.

The Lori and Donald Brault Successful Aging Lecture

A panel of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) members and friends who typify the “Blue Zone” model will share their Secrets to Health, Wellness and Longevity. 3 to 4 pm in OLLI Classroom HSD 101. For more information, call extension 5-7685.

Tuesday, April 8

The Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture: Blue Zones – Secrets for Living Longer, Better

The 2014 Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture will focus on how to set up your lifestyle and surroundings to have healthier, happier places in which to live, work and recreate. Distinguished speaker Amy Tomczyk will give insight on how to promote health and wellness through the Blue Zones Project. 5 to 7 pm; The Pointe in the Pyramid. RSVP online.

Wednesday, April 9

The Great Beach WALK-ON

Take part in one- and two-mile hiking routes with CHHS Dean Ken Millar and other university leaders. To RSVP for The Great Beach WALK-ON email Sireth.Torres@csulb.edu or call extension 5-5434. 12 pm; Friendship Walk. FREE pedometers will be given.

Thursday, April 10

Recreation Therapy Road: Health & Wellness through Purposeful Recreation

This event includes a recreation therapy speakers panel and an adaptive equipment exhibition. 11 am to 1 pm; Recreation and Wellness Center. For more information, call extension 5-4071.

Community Gardens for Fun, Health & Wellness: Grand Opening of the CSULB Community, Panel and Demonstrations

A panel discussion on Community Gardens- Planting for Joy, Health and Wellness. 1 to 2 pm; Friendship Walk.

“DIG IT- PLANT IT!” Start Your Garden Today! You will have an opportunity to get a hands-on planting experience. Come get your FREE plant. 2 to 3 pm; Friendship Walk.

Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12

Archery's 50th Anniversary

April 11: Shoot arrows. FREE TO ATTEND- Open to all Faculty, Staff and Students. No RSVP’s needed; just show up at Archery Field. 12 pm to1:30 pm.

April 12: Opening Ceremony - Parade of Archers; All-American Plaque Installation; Olympic Style Shooting Demonstration; Novelty Clout Shoot (all tackle provided); Awards Presentation; Tour the Archery Complex; View memorabilia. 11:30 am to 4 pm. Check in at campus Range. $10 fee. Register online.

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