Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), located in Brotman Hall, Room 226, offers counseling for students who are struggling with issues such as family and social relationships, romantic relationships, life transitions, sexuality, grief, stress, sexual assault, anxiety, loss of motivation, or depression. CAPS mental health professionals and advanced doctoral psychology interns under the supervision of licensed psychologists provide CSULB students with short-term counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, career development counseling, referral services, psychoeducational workshops, and crisis intervention. In addition to individual appointments, CAPS psychologists offer several support and affinity groups including Latinas Unidas, New Attitudes about Food, LGBTIQ Support Group, and International Students Coffee Hour. Crisis intervention is available during office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). In addition, students have 24-hour access to a counselor by phone. All of these services are FREE to students currently enrolled at CSULB. Students are encouraged to make an appointment. For more information, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website.
In November, Interim President Para and Interim Provost Dowell sent a message to the university community regarding various accomplishment and achievements of the past year.
“CSULB has a great deal of which to be proud. The university has achieved a record six-year graduation rate of 60% for the most recent cohort completing – the Fall 2007 freshmen cohort. This is an increase of more than 3% from the previous year and more than forecast. A similar increase is seen for transfer students entering in Fall 2009. That cohort had a graduation rate of over 77%, a 5.8% increase from the previous year. These are high numbers for public universities of our size and student mix.”
Future trends are encouraging as well. Retention of current students, a good predictor of future graduation rates, is increasing. Over 88% of Fall 2012 freshmen returned for their second year, and over 82% of Fall 2011 freshmen returned for their third year – both record highs. Notable increases in retention (3-4%) of underrepresented students in majors were seen in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Business, Engineering, Health and Human Services, and Liberal Arts.
For the entire message, visit the Office of the President website.
Sending your son or daughter off to college may not have been an easy thing to do. Your student is experiencing a level of independence that is completely new. One area in which CSULB has chosen to assist students is Financial Literacy Education.
Helping your student prepare for the financial challenges of college life is important - not just for helping them avoid distracting financial problems, but to help them develop sound financial habits that can reduce overall college debt and help to lay a solid foundation for life after college.
One way we educate students is through Financial Literacy 101, a 90 minute web-based financial education program being used by colleges and universities around the country. Developed by an independent organization with no ties to the lending industry, the program uses an innovative curriculum designed for the specific challenges of today’s college student. Financial Literacy 101 will empower your student to make well-informed decisions about money, from avoiding credit card debt to finding the best deals on banking.
While we are committed to making a difference with our students, we also understand that parents can play an important role in helping their children avoid common financial problems. We urge you to talk with your students about financial topics, especially the appropriate use of credit cards. Up to 1 in 3 college students graduate with $10,000 or more in credit card debt in addition to student loans – a situation we would all like students to avoid.
To help you discuss financial literacy with your student, we are making the program available for parents to review. You can view the program on the Financial Literacy 101 website and use the access code, CSULB Parents, under the New Students tab.
With the upcoming holiday break, your student may be returning home for the first time since he or she headed off to college. For both parents and students, this homecoming may lead to a new relationship shift that comes with the independence and new responsibilities that your college student has experienced for the last three months. Here are a few suggestions from College Parents of America to help ease the transition for everyone:
For the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.
The CSULB choral, vocal and opera students host their annual Winter Festival Concert on December 7 and 8. The concert is held at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach with shows at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and again at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at (562) 985-7000 or visit the Choral, Vocal and Opera Studies website.
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For more information, visit the Long Beach State 49er website.
For more information about these and other campus events, please visit the CSULB Calendar of Events.
Newsletter by Valerie Kelsey & Vonetta Augustine