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Provost Message - August 10, 2016

Did You Know?

CSULB alumnus David Lee is savoring each moment in his third Olympic games. The 6’8” volleyball player has taken photos with fans, signed autographs and even posed with gymnast Simone Biles. You can watch Lee and the U.S. Men’s Volleyball team play Brazil tomorrow at 6:35 p.m., France on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Mexico on Monday at 7:35 a.m. 

CSULB, CSU Campuses Discuss Reimagining the First Year

Last week, our campus hosted five other CSU campuses, along with visitors from the CSU Chancellor’s office, to discuss a joint initiative to reimagine the first year of college (RFY). For us, this includes both freshmen and first-year transfers. 

In February, we were selected as a sponsored group for the national initiative by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and now we are working together as an RFY community within the CSU. Last week's meeting provided an opportunity for the campuses to learn from each other’s best practices and look at maximizing resources instead of competing against each other for funding. 

You can learn more about RFY at CSULB. If you are interested in becoming actively involved in this key initiative, please contact Interim Associate Vice President Nele Hempel-Lamer for details. 

Campus Moves

The following offices have relocated this summer.

  • The College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office has moved [CLA Admin Building]  to the newly remodeled space previously occupied by KKJZ next to LA1 and LA2.
  • The Faculty Center for Professional Development (FCPD) has moved to the third floor of the Library, room 301.
  • The University Honors Program and President’s Scholars have moved to FCPD’s previous location on the fifth floor of the library.
  • Curriculum and catalog staff have moved from the Academic Services building to the second floor of the Library.
  • A few scattered units within Academic Technology Services (ATS) are moving to the first floor of the Academic Services building, bringing ATS together for the first time. 

No Classes Thanksgiving Week

Please note that once again classes will not be held the week of Thanksgiving. Campus will be open, but no classes are scheduled Monday, November 21 – Wednesday, November, 23. Campus will be closed Thursday, November 24 – Sunday, November 27. For other important dates, please see the 2016-17 Academic Calendar online (PDF).

Faculty Handbook: A Resource for the Semester

The Faculty Handbook has valuable resources and information to help you complete your preparations for the upcoming semester including links to the following:

Parking Updates

Parking with Concurrent CSU Employment

CSULB is currently working with other CSU locations to simplify the processes for parking on multiple CSU campuses when concurrently employed. The process will be guided by the university where the permit is purchased and the CSULB Financial Management Office will help facilitate this process for all eligible employees (students are not eligible). Please contact the Financial Management Office at (562) 985-4162 to initiate concurrent CSU employee parking.

Permits Not Yet Included in the License Plate Recognition Program

The campus is transitioning to License Plate Recognition (LPR) for parking permits on August 15. However, during the first phase of implementation there will be certain specialized permit groups that will continue to use paper or hangtag permits for the 2016-17 academic year, for example, volunteer, emeriti, and guest permits. If you are unsure whether your activity will be included in the LPR implementation, please contact your department chair or the LPR main information line at (562) 985-8292.