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Weekly Wednesday Message
April 30, 2014

Did You Know?

CSULB's VET NET Ally program is featured in the latest issue of Public Purpose, the magazine published by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

"From Combat to the Classroom" explores how American colleges and universities are serving military students on campus. It highlights the VET NET Ally program's efforts to welcome and support veterans.

Created by Marshall Thomas, director of Veterans Services, for his doctoral theses, the VET NET Ally program has been offered to CSULB faculty and staff twice a year since 2010

In addition, Thomas is often asked to present the program at other colleges and universities. VET NET Ally was also used as a model for programs at Georgetown University and Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Director of Writing Across the Curriculum Joins CSULB

The University has hired Dr. John Scenters-Zapico as the Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program. This is the first position of its kind Start the Award Process.

Dr. Scenters-Zapico will be working with faculty throughout the University to develop writing-intensive courses and to help them teach and assess writing more effectively. He will also be teaching courses in the Department of English.

Dr. Scenters-Zapcio comes to us from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where he has been a Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Studies since 2000. He has also been the director of the Writing Center at UTEP supervising over 60 writing tutors. Under his leadership, the center has increased student contact hours to 11,000 per year.

Dr. Scenters-Zapico brings with him a wealth of knowledge of and experience with writing across the curriculum, and we are excited that he will be coming to CSULB.

Feedback on VP of Student Services Finalists Due Friday

Open forums for the Vice President of Student Services finalists have ended. Thanks to everyone who took the time to meet with the candidates and make them feel at home at The Beach.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to provide feedback on each of the candidates. A link to the feedback form, as well as information on each of the finalists is available on the Student Services website. Please submit your feedback by 4 pm on Friday, May 2.

Textbook Requisition Submissions

Textbook requisitions for Summer and Fall 2014 were due March 28. This year we are pleased to report that almost 85 percent of faculty submitted requisitions for summer and fall by the March deadline, compared to 69 percent in Spring 2013 and 65 percent in Spring 2012. Thanks to all faculty who have submitted requisitions.

If you have not done so already, please submit requisitions for all active course sections, including added sections, as soon as possible. Requisitions can easily be submitted online.

Providing timely textbook requisitions is critical to ensuring our disabled students have access to course materials and allows us to comply with both University Policy 08-11 and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which was signed into federal law in 2008.

It also significantly reduces the cost of textbooks for our students not only through reduced shipping fees but also through textbook rental and buy-back programs, alternative course material options including digital, custom and loose leaf editions.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact the University Bookstore Textbook Office at extension 5-5778 or email, textbook@csulb.edu. Thank you for your help with this very important goal.

Jazz Groups Win Prestigious Awards

The Concert Jazz Orchestra, vocal jazz ensemble Pacific Standard Time and several students received prestigious awards recently, highlighting CSULB's elite jazz program.

Both the Concert Jazz Orchestra and Pacific Standard Time were named top jazz ensembles by Downbeat Magazine. This is the fourth consecutive time the vocal jazz ensemble has received the award from Downbeat. In addition, Pacific Standard Time won the vocal jazz competition and the orchestra placed second at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Marcus Carline, who is majoring in both Composition and Vocal Jazz, was recognized by Downbeat Magazine with the best undergraduate jazz arrangement for "Car 24." At the jazz festival CSULB had three of the six Outstanding Soloist awards: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

Our thanks to Jeff Jarvis, director of Jazz Studies, Christine Guter, director of Vocal Jazz, and all of our remarkable faculty for their outstanding work and dedication. Congratulations to both programs and especially to the students whose focus, hard work and high standards have led to these prestigious awards.

New Facilities and Administration (F&A) Agreement

CSULB has a newly negotiated Facilities and Administration (F&A) agreement with the Financial Management Services Division of Cost Allocation of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The rates approved under this agreement Adobe PDF file were approved in accordance with the authority in Office of Management (OMB) Circular A-21 and are to be used for all grants, contracts and other agreements with the Federal Government unless specifically prohibited under the specific terms and conditions of the Funding Opportunity Announcement issued by the Federal sponsoring Agency.

In accordance with OMB Circular A-21 the negotiated rates for F&A costs in effect at the time of the initial award shall be used throughout the life of the sponsored agreement. "Life" is interpreted as each competitive segment of a project. A competitive segment is a period of years approved by the Federal funding agency at the time of the award.

If negotiated rate agreements do not extend through the life of the sponsored agreement at the time of the initial award, then the negotiated rate for the last year of the sponsored agreement shall be extended through the end of the life of the sponsored agreement. Award levels for sponsored agreements may not be adjusted in future years as a result of changes in negotiated rates.

Please contact Mae DeBruin with questions regarding this agreement

Associate Dean Speaks at Copyright Event

Library Associate Dean Tracey Mayfield was one of six experts who participated in Copyright Advance: Evolving Perspectives for Empowered Scholars at Cal State Northridge last week.

Mayfield discussed the CSU's copyright awareness and education campaign, addressing the unique environment of the CSU and the path CSULB is forging to set the benchmark for the rest of the system.

Last year Mayfield created a Copyright and Fair Use Research Guide to help CSULB faculty understand their role as it relates to copyright and fair use, especially in regards to legal use of their teaching materials.

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May 3: Jewels of the Night

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May 20-23: Commencement

June 10-12: Scholarly Writing Institute