In May, the Greater Long Beach Regional Education Consortium, in partnership with the Long Beach Regional California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) and the College Access Foundation of California, made more than $82,000 in college scholarships available to seniors at 15 high schools in Compton, Long Beach, Lakewood and Whittier. Cal-SOAP works to strengthen college access at four high school districts in the greater Long Beach area. Of the $82,000, more than $66,000 was distributed to 48 students from the high schools served by the CSULB Cal-SOAP program.
In collaboration with the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Services, in spring 2007, the CDC piloted the Career Exploration Program: Connecting First-year Students to Majors and Careers.
The CEP mission focused on engaging first-year students by increasing their sense of relationship with the university, with an intended outcome of increasing student persistence and completion, reducing the time to completion and accelerating the choice of satisfactory majors. Students were recruited from a number of areas, including the College Assistance Migrant Program, Educational Opportunity Program, Honors Program and President’s Scholars Program.
Students joined CEP to explore career and major options and to connect with other first-year students at The Beach. The students participated in a four-part workshop series focusing on the career decision-making process. Participants were matched with student clubs/organizations that correlated with their areas of interest and they were encouraged to attend campus-wide events, such as Kaleidoscope and the Women and Careers Conference.
Following the program, participants reported an improved understanding of the career decision making process.
During spring 2007, two coffee houses opened in the campus residence halls. Conceived in spring 2006, the concept was heartily endorsed by President F. King Alexander and quickly became a reality. Residential students submitted suggestions for the names of the facilities, and the winning entries gave personality to each location. On the first floor of Los Alamitos Hall is “The Ground Floor,” and “Central Park” sits in the center of the Parkside Commons complex. Both facilities are operated by the Forty-Niner Shops and feature background music, big screen TVs, tasty food and beverages and a number of indoor and outdoor seating options. As Stan Olin, director of Housing and Residential Life, says, “We wanted to provide a place where students could meet, hang out and get after hours snacks. We got not one, but two, facilities and they turned out great!”
On March 19, an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held to introduce the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center’s new school-age building. The center’s former school-age facility, known as the “Dome,” was reconstructed to provide a safer place for children to play and learn. Licensed to provide child care for 40 children, the new 1,800 sq. ft. building has two classrooms, a kitchen, restrooms and a staff office. The unit was manufactured off-site and transported to campus for final assembly.
Research studies have shown that men engage in far fewer preventive health behaviors than their female counterparts. This often leads to high-risk health behaviors, delay of medical care, lack of knowledge about adequate health care and earlier mortality among males.
Under the guidance of Student Health Services, during spring 2007, the Health Resource Center created the Men’s Health Clinic to offer health evaluation, education and support systems to male students of all ages. The clinic creates a professional, supportive and confidential setting where male students can feel comfortable addressing immediate and long-term health concerns.
In a student fee referendum held in February, CSULB students voted to fund an on-campus Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The Associated Students, Inc., was the driving force behind an educational campaign designed to inform students about the center and to encourage students to vote in the referendum. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2009. Slated to open in fall 2010, the center will be a 125,000 sq. ft. facility that will offer fitness programs, aerobic classes, rock climbing walls and eight courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton. The center will provide students with additional on-campus job opportunities and will serve as a place to exercise, study and relax.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center hosted its first LGBT Diversity Week April 16-19. LGBT Diversity Week provided a series of public education programs designed to highlight diversity within the LGBT community. The event explored intersections among identities, such as sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, race/ethnicity, immigration status and religion/spirituality. Speakers during the event included Nöel Alumit, author of Talking to the Moon; Christine Chavez from the Caesar Chavez Foundation; Jake Finney, dot Newsmagazine; Dan Huang, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Eileen Ma, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center; Jennifer Reed from the CSULB Women’s Studies Department and Karina Samala, Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood.
On April 2, the Office of the Vice President co-hosted a reception for alumni and friends at the 2007 American College Personnel Association/ National Association of Student Personnel Administrators joint meeting in Orlando. More than 50 individuals attended the reception. Co-sponsors included CSULB’s Department of Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling.