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News for Parents and Families: November 2014

Spotlight on Services for Students


he Center for Scholarship Information (CSI), located in the University Student Union, Room 238, is your one-stop shop for scholarships on campus.  Its mission is “to create outstanding scholarship opportunities for students at CSULB through organizing information in an efficient manner, serving as a campus resource on the complete scholarship process, administering campus scholarships when necessary, and assisting scholarship fundraising efforts.”  CSI offers many resources for students including a scholarship database with over 600 scholarships, and application review before a student submits his or her documents.  The Center for Scholarship Information provides individual support to students throughout the scholarship process.  CSI also assists donors with creating new scholarship opportunities for CSULB students.  Its website offers information and tips for parents to support students in their scholarship search.  Visit the Center for Scholarship Information’s  website and encourage your son or daughter to begin their scholarship search today.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates

CSULB has received its largest award of $22.7 million over five years to establish an innovative research program that will prepare underrepresented students for doctoral programs in the sciences. The grant has come from the National Institutes of Health and will allow CSULB to establish a comprehensive research training program. The first year the grant is established CSULB will be hiring staff, creating training programs and curriculum and building partnerships. By 2015, CSULB hopes to begin training students. For more information and the entire article, visit Inside CSULB .

Students at commencement.

National College News

As students begin to experience new found independence and control over decisions in college, many parents feel they have little influence over the amount of time their students spends studying.  According to the College Parents of America article, parents can still help their student understand the importance of investing time in studying even with the reality of how their current time management will affect their education.  “The college experience is about more than just coursework. College is a time to meet new people, experience new things, and work at gaining independence. But college is also about classes, exams, studying, working with professors, and, hopefully, gaining a wealth of useful knowledge and new ways of thinking. In order for students to succeed, they need to put in the time. Unfortunately, many students either do not understand the amount of time necessary to do well in college, or they do not prioritize the amount of time they need to spend studying.”

The general rule which has been around for a long time is that students should spend around 2-3 hours of time studying for each hour they are in class.  For students with full-time status of 12 units, this equals roughly 12 hours of class time and 24 hours of studying each week.  This expectation may come as a shock to students who were able to do well in high school with minimal study time.  Regardless of what other things students are doing, it is important that students realize “how much time they should be studying and how much time they are actually studying.  Parents can help their students take a more realistic approach to managing their new college life including how to manage study time with all of the other distractions in their life.  For more information and the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

**November 11th – Campus closed in honor of Veteran’s Day

**November 15th – First Year Experience for Parents and Families / Homecoming

**November 12th – Spring 2015 Housing Applications Available

**November 14th – Deadline to drop a course without the College Dean’s signature (drops at this   time are generally not approved except in cases of an accident or serious illness)

**November 21st – Last day to request Vacate/Transfer for housing

**November 27th –Last meal served (lunch) in the residence halls

**November 28th-30th – Thanksgiving holiday: Campus Closed

Campus Events & Information

Come learn more about key resources available for your student’s success at “First Year Experience for Parents and Families” event on Saturday, November 15th at 9:30 a.m. located in the University Student Union Ballrooms (USU).  This special parent and family information session will provide you with information to better support your student with his or her transition as a college student.  The event is free to all family members but we request that you RSVP online  or call Zion Smith at the Parent & Family Programs office at (562) 985-5515. After the family information session, please join your son or daughter at the 2014 Homecoming celebration.  Located in the parking lot just outside the Walter Pyramid, there are plenty of free activities for the whole family.  Walk through the Historical Gallery viewing over 60 years of campus history and memorabilia or enjoy the fun Beach Pride Zone with a caricature artist, airbrush tattoos, a mobile science museum and more.  Families may purchase a brunch in the Alumni and Friends tent and stay for the 49er Men’s Basketball game versus San Francisco State at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets for the Alumni lunch and basketball game may be purchased on the Homecoming website.  To view the schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit Homecoming 2014 website.

In 49er Sports:  

The Women’s Volleyball team will host four matches at the Walter Pyramid on Friday, November 14th, Saturday, November 15th, Wednesday, November 26th and Thursday, November 29th. The Men’s Water Polo team will host two matches at the campus pool on Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th. The Men’s Basketball team will host two games at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, November 15th and Friday, November 21st. The Women’s Basketball Team has two games at the Walter Pyramid on Friday, November 14th and November 21st.  

For more information, visit the Long Beach State 49er website.

Newsletter by Zion Smith