When James A. Long, a member of the CSULB community for 28 years, learned he had been named the Outstanding Staff Member for 2005-06, it was music to his ears.
“When Charleen Rice telephoned me at Saint Mary’s Hospital where I was recovering from a knee replacement, I told her ‘thank you very much,’” said Long. “About a week later while still in the hospital, but on far less pain medication, I woke up one morning and said out loud, ‘Oh my God, what an incredible honor from my fellow employees.’ It had finally sunk in.”
The sound of music is more than a pleasure for James A. Long; it is a career. The multi-faceted member of the College of the Arts staff serves as CSULB’s musical instrument repair technician, where he combines his talents of a machinist, jeweler and master woodworker.
For 28 years, Long has maintained all of the university’s musical instruments with the exception of the pianos. For the last two years, he also has worked in the University Dance Center, where he oversaw the department’s movie, video and slide collections. Under his direction, the department is transferring its media resources to digital formats.
He is especially proud of his long-time participation on CSULB’s Staff Council and the many successful events produced by the special events committee. For 25 years, he has helped deliver children’s lunches for the campus’ Kaleidoscope Academic Day and also has performed for the Homeless Children’s Christmas Party in the Walter Pyramid every year since 2000.
He has a long history of campus recognition, including being only the second person on campus to receive the Employee of the Month award given by then-President Curtis McCray and being nominated for Staff Applause honors eight times. As a music professional, he has consulted with the Fender Guitar Company in their production of a Fender acoustic guitar and conferred on the development and design of a new flute scale for A.D. Geoffrey Flute Makers of Taiwan.