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People Making News at CSULB

Published May 31, 2019

Beach Report Stories

Bateman Case Study Competition Team
CSULB’s Bateman Case Study Competition team. The group won the national competition, beating out 65 other institutions to take first place.

The Winning Team

Cal State Long Beach’s Bateman team (photo below) took first place in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s 2019 Bateman Case Study Competition in New York City this week. Considered “the preeminent collegiate public relations competition in the nation,” the Bateman Competition challenged students to develop a strategic public relations campaign that focuses on diversity in the public relations field and promotes the book “Diverse Voices: Profiles in Leadership.” Teams were judged on their research, planning, implementation and evaluation. The top three finalists were invited to New York to present their campaigns to a panel of judges comprised of Public Relations Society of America Foundation representatives and PRSA members.

And the honor goes to…

According to the College of the Arts, two of its students - Adrielle Welch and Izzie Mattox – “have been accepted into the highly competitive and prestigious” Academy Gold Talent Development and Inclusion Initiative Production Track Program (“Academy” being the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, aka: AMPAS…the folks who bring you The Oscars.) According to AMPAS, “The Academy Gold Program is a multi-tiered educational and experiential initiative designed to enhance and extend an industry-wide diversity internship enhancement program under the Academy brand. The initiative affords top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an all-inclusive pass to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent. The program offers interns exclusive access to Academy members, industry professionals, screenings, and educational workshops offering an inclusive industry networking experience.”

From our faculty

The College of Health and Human Services’ Dr. Gail Frank has been recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors that she has been selected to receive the Academy’s 2019 Medallion Award. The honor recognizes Dr. Frank’s “lifetime of contributions to the nutrition and dietetics profession and the Academy.” 

Mapping it out

The Geography Department received honorable mention for Master’s Program Excellence from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for its “commitment to enhancing faculty research and focus on diversifying the student body. Dr. Lily House-Peters and Dr. Christine Jocoy accepted the honor at the awards luncheon. Additional information may be found at the Geography Department. In addition, three master’s students took home awards for presentations/posters. Duncan MacIntosh took second place prize in the Pix4D research poster competition. Katherine Georges and Katie Wade won for best papers presented at a regional meeting.

Engineering Students receiving award

Engineering success

Long Beach State engineering students within the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) were recently honored by the national organization for their efforts to increase the number of African Americans in STEM fields. The National Society of Black Engineers honored the Long Beach State chapter as the 2018-19 Small-Sized Chapter of the Year during its annual convention. Read more about the group and its accomplishments here.

Science blue print illustration

Science matters

A physics master’s degree opens doors to myriad careers,” an article in Physics Today, noted that “California State University Long Beach (CSULB) has consistently conferred among the most physics master’s degrees of any institution in the country, with 15–20 a year, up from just 3–5 annually a decade or so ago. The three main career paths for master’s recipients are teaching, industry, or the PhD (a master’s is the highest physics degree available at the school).” The article quoted CSULB physicist Andreas Bill.

CSULB President Jane Close Conoley


Leading the way

CSULB President Jane Close Conoley joined other female CSU presidents on a panel earlier this month, “Leadership California’s VIP,” hosted by CSU Channel Islands at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. President Conoley also was honored this month by the California Conference for Equality and Justice with the organization’s Humanitarian Award. Also honored were alumni Kevin & Jennifer Peterson, and incoming CSULB student Taizin Barnhardt.

All in the family

Dr. Carole Campbell, who has taught in the department of Sociology since 1986, has seen many graduates receive their diplomas over the years. For her, this commencement was different – and special: Her grandson, Malik Campbell, was one of the more than 11,000 students who received their degrees at the ceremonies.