The Career Development Center has launched three online resources to enhance job search success for students and alumni. Optimal Résumé allows students to design and manage up to five unique résumés that are based on majors and careers and may be used in a variety of situations. Students also may submit résumés to one of the center’s career counselors for feedback. Perfect Résumé provides students a tool that enhances job interviewing skills by simulating interview experience. Going Global offers access to international career and employment resources including world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles and country-specific career information for 23 countries. Employment and internship opportunities are updated daily.
CAPS selected three doctoral interns for 2007-08 to complete full-time, 12-month internships in its American Psychological Association internship program. Selected interns are Amy Demyan, Ph.D., from Ohio University; Veronika Voyages, Psy.D., from the University of Denver; and Tabethah Mack, Ph.D., from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The CAPS internship program continues to be the only APA doctoral internship program accredited in the CSU system. The program received its first accreditation in 1987.
On November 7, the Office of Equity and Diversity, in conjunction with Disabled Student Services and the Dean of Students, hosted an event titled “Focus on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” in The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. Temple Grandin, an associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University and noted expert and author on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, spoke to an overflow crowd about her experiences as an individual with high-functioning autism. Grandin, who has written numerous books on early intervention, educational strategies, visual thinking, social skills, medications and mentoring, has been featured in Time magazine and has appeared on major television programs, such as the Today Show, Primetime Live and Larry King Live.
Autism begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout a person's life. The thinking and learning abilities of people with autism can vary from gifted to severely challenged. Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups and is four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control reported in 2007 that a new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes and that 1 in 150 children—approximately one million people—have the disorder.
On October 31, HRL staff were off to the Land of Oz for the Staff Council’s annual Spooktacular competition. For the second consecutive year, HRL safeguarded its position as first placeholder in the annual contest, receiving the award for the best “large department.” A total of 23 campus departments entered the university-wide event.
Pictured (clockwise from left) are Melissa Springer as Glenda the Good Witch; Chris San Paolo as Tin Man; Kevin Conroy as Scarecrow; Pamela Jesse as Dorothy; Art Perez as Lion; Christine Phu as the Wizard of Oz; Lina Armijo as the Wicked Witch of the West; Elson Browne as a flying monkey (right side); Katherine Brothers and Cyndy Gossett as munchkins; and Roshan Jayasinghe as a flying monkey (left side).
On September 8, the fourth annual student leadership conference, T3: Timeout for Teambuilding and Training, was held at CSULB. The one-day leadership institute was designed as a professional conference
for student organization leaders from the seven colleges. Students were provided with opportunities to network with peers while learning skills and campus procedures for leading their councils, clubs and organizations. Components of the 2007 T3 program included leadership workshops, certifications required for student organization officers and a keynote speech on ethics by Mike Walter, vice president of the Harbor Commission for the Port of Long Beach, professor of information systems and dean emeritus of the College of Business Administration.
In October, the U.S. Department of Education notified the campus of a four-year grant totaling $1,026,360 for the McNair Scholars Program. The program prepares underrepresented students for doctoral study and was initially funded in 1995. Eleven McNair alumni have attained terminal degrees, including CSULB faculty members Kagba Suaray, Mathematics and Statistics, and Hannan Nguyen, Psychology; 18 former McNair scholars are currently in Ph.D. programs.
On November 10, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students Mike Hostetler hosted a meeting of the Dean of Students’ Parent Council. More than 60 parents of new and continuing freshmen and sophomores attended the all-day event. Activities included a session where parents endorsed the council’s mission “to positively affect the success of students and to enhance the satisfaction of students’ parents.” Event presenters included Dave Edwards, University Student Union; Stan Olin, Housing and Residential Life; and Jeane Caveness, Office of the Dean of Students. Parents also had the opportunity to attend a men’s basketball game.
The 25th Teamwork Retreat, the annual week-end experience for aspiring and experienced student leaders, was held October 5–7 on the grounds of the Brandeis-Barden Institute north of Simi Valley. The retreat was designed to develop leadership skills, provide a safe and fun environment for social and ethical development and create community among CSULB students, faculty and staff. The 2007 event focused on the topic of “Controversy with Civility.” Attendees participated in workshops, presentations and experiential learning activities designed to enhance communication techniques and conflict management skills.
Also, on October 11-12, SLD hosted a system-wide Student Life meeting to discuss statewide issues and CSU Executive Order 1006, which spells out policies, procedures and guidelines for student activities and organizations. More than 80 percent of CSU campuses were represented at the event.
On November 15, a group of 21 Student Services Division managers and 29 student services professionals attended a learning outcomes seminar held at CSULB. Presenter Elizabeth Griego, vice president of student life at the University of the Pacific and former associate director of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, outlined a system to develop and evaluate learning outcomes for student programs. Following the seminar, a volunteer committee was charged with leading the division through the process of developing learning outcomes for each of its departments. On February 20, Richard Haller, Associated Students Inc.; Mike Hostetler, Student Services; Jeff Klaus, Student Life and Development; Manuel Pérez, Career Development Center; Christine Phu, Housing and Residential Life; and Susan Platt, Testing and Evaluation Services, joined Vice President Doug Robinson in Oakland for a student learning outcomes and assessment workshop sponsored by the CSU vice presidents for student affairs.