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News for Parents: April 2014

Spotlight on Services for Students

The 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 proofreading services before a student submits his or her application.  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.

A group of CSULB students


Campus Updates

On March 18, CSULB hosted the eighth annual Health Fair for students an event sponsored by the University Student Union Program Council as a way to promote on and off campus wellness organizations to students. Free items including food samples and shopping bags were available to students along Friendship Walk as well as free services such as massages and body mass Index calculations by the School of Nursing. Student interacted with representatives from the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Health and Human Services Department, LifeStream, Student Health Services Family Pact and St. Francis Medical Center.  The Student Recreation and Wellness Center’ Beach Balance Program promoted their nutritional counseling and massage therapy services for students. Many students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about resources available to students. For more information or the entire article, visit the Daily 49er website.

Students at commencement.


National College News

As headlines of alcohol issues on college campuses appear, it is a good idea for parents to open the dialog with their students on the hazards of drug and alcohol use.  According to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, “research has shown that the more involved parents are, the more likely their children are to make safe choices about their AOD use.”  The College Parents of America developed the following suggestions to help parents start the conversation with their students.

  1. Set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance. Studies conducted nationally have demonstrated that partying may contribute as much to a student's decline in grades as the difficulty of his or her academic work. If students know their parents expect sound academic work, they are likely to be more devoted to their studies and have less time to get in trouble with alcohol.
  2. Stress to students that alcohol is toxic and excessive consumption can fatally poison. This is not a scare tactic. The fact is students die every year from alcohol poisoning. Discourage dangerous drinking through participation in drinking games, fraternity hazing, or in any other way. Parents should ask their students to also have the courage to intervene when they see someone putting their life at risk through participation in dangerous drinking.
  3. Tell students to intervene when classmates are in trouble with alcohol. Nothing is more tragic than an unconscious student being left to die while others either fail to recognize that the student is in jeopardy or fail to call for help due to fear of getting the student in trouble.
  4. Tell students to stand up for their right to a safe academic environment. Students who do not drink can be affected by the behavior of those who do, ranging from interrupted study time to assault or unwanted sexual advances. Students can confront these problems directly by discussing them with the offender. If that fails, they should notify the housing director or other residence hall staff.
  5. Know the alcohol scene on campus and talk to students about it. Students grossly exaggerate the use of alcohol and other drugs by their peers. A recent survey found that University of Oregon students believed 96 percent of their peers drink alcohol at least once a week, when the actual rate was 52 percent. Students are highly influenced by peers and tend to drink up to what they perceive to be the norm. Confronting misperceptions about alcohol use is vital.
  6. Avoid tales of drinking exploits from your own college years. Entertaining students with stories of drinking back in "the good old days" normalizes what, even then, was abnormal behavior. It also appears to give parental approval to dangerous alcohol consumption.
  7. Encourage your student to volunteer in community work. In addition to structuring free time, volunteerism provides students with opportunities to develop job-related skills and to gain valuable experience. Helping others also gives students a broader outlook and a healthier perspective on the opportunities they enjoy. Volunteer work on campus helps students further connect with their school, increasing the likelihood of staying in college.
  8. Make it clear – Underage alcohol consumption and alcohol-impaired driving are against the law. Parents should make it clear that they do not condone breaking the law. Parents of college students should openly and clearly express disapproval of underage drinking and dangerous alcohol consumption. And, if parents themselves drink, they should present a positive role model in the responsible use of alcohol.

For the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.  For more information about CSULB’s campus policies on alcohol and drugs, visit the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 


March 31-April 4

  • Spring Break (campus open, no classes)

April 6

  • Residents may return to the residence hall after noon

April 7

  • Meal service resumes (breakfast) in residence halls

April 18

  • Deadline to drop classes without College Dean’s signature (drops at this time are generally not approved except in cases of an accident or serious illness)

Campus Events & Information

On Tuesday, April 8, CSULB will welcome Purdue University Professor Ei-ichi Negishi for the 35th Nobel Laureate Lecture.  Professor Negishi is the co-winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry for creating “a powerful tool for synthesizing a wide range of useful chemicals used in medicine, agriculture, and electronics.”  He will present a general lecture from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. followed by a technical lecture from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the ballrooms of the University Student Union.  This event, sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Student Council, the CNSM Dean’s Office, the Office of the President and Associated Students, Inc., is free and open to the university community.  For more information, visit the This Week @ the Beach website.

The College of Health and Human Services will be hosting the 2014 Wellness Week titled RecX: A Recreation Prescription for Health and Wellness from April 7 through April 12.  Activities include the grand opening of PT@The Beach in the Roger Greaves Learning Center, the Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture at the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid and several panels of speakers.  The week concluded with the 50th Anniversary celebration of CSULB archery.  For more information, visit the 2014 Week of Wellness website.

In 49er sports,

  • the Men’s Volleyball team hosts three matches at the Walter Pyramid on April 3, 5 and 10.
  • the Women’s Water Polo team hosts five matches on April 6, 13, 25, 26 and 27. 
  • the Women’s Tennis team hosts one match at Rhodes Tennis Center on April 12. 
  • the Dirtbags (Men’s Baseball team) host six games at the Softball Complex on April 5, 6, 12 and 13.

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 & Jacquie Grimaldi