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Provost Message - November 30, 2016

I hope that the fall semester has been a success thus far and I wish you all the best with final exams, December 12-17. This can be one of the most challenging and stressful times for faculty members as well as for students.

Some academic policies that might be helpful during this time can be found in the Faculty Handbook. If you observe or receive reports of student behavior that is cause for concern, please refer to the Red Folder for guidelines on how to respond and a list of campus resources. In any event, you should contact your department chair/director or associate dean to report any behavior that causes concern.

Searches Underway for Vice Provost and CNSM Dean

Recruitments are now open for two more administrative positions:

In addition, recruitments remain open for the following searches:

We hope that you will spread the word about these opportunities and consider applying yourself if you believe you meet the qualifications.

Calling all CSULB Inventors

The CSULB chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will hold its first meeting from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 in ECS-304. All CSULB faculty and staff patent holders who attend will receive an NAI membership certificate. Please RSVP to ameeta.perera@csulb.edu. Learn more.

Radical Treatment

Dr. Stephen Mezyk (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Joshua Cotter (Kinesiology) study radiation from the vantage points of two different scientific disciplines – yet their research reaches similar conclusions: radiation offers dramatic impacts, both positive and negative, on human and environmental health.

Play the video. Read the story. Discover more faculty and student research, scholarly and creative activity through Quest.

Presentation Abstracts for Women’s Research Colloquium

Research done by women and/or related to women’s issues and concerns will be featured at the Women’s Research Colloquium in Spring. The deadline to submit presentation abstracts for the 2017 Colloquium is Friday, January 27, 2017.

Sponsored by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the colloquium will feature two presentations by faculty or staff on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. More information can be found online.

Lecturer Creates Mural in City Hall

CSULB Illustration LecturerGary Musgravewas part of a team that completed a mural inside Long Beach City Hall. Known as The Draculas,Musgrave and local artistJeff McMillan, have been responsible for a number of murals around Long Beach. They formally established their partnership in 2015, adopting the slogan “We work while you sleep."

A short documentaryentitled “Paint It Forward,” made by CSULB alumni Scott Nichols, showcasesMusgrave and the Long Beach mural program.

Boyd-Batstone Brings Teacher Training to Latin America, Caribbean

Paul Boyd-Batstone, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, not only oversees the largest teacher credentialing program in the state, he also volunteers his service to the Inter American Teacher Education Network operated by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. He provides free webinars for teachers that are webcast to 35 participating member countries of the OAS from Antigua and Barbados to Uruguay and Venezuela.

His work with the OAS began a few years ago when Dr. Boyd-Batstone was invited to participate in a webinar series on literacy development for a group of about 20 teachers in the mountains of rural Peru. The original concept was to provide professional development to the teachers working in a remote area. They would huddle around the one computer in the village and a moderator at the village computer would facilitate questions and discussion.

The series included three webinars, one provided by a Venezuelan teacher educator, another by one from Mexico, and the third presented by Dr. Boyd-Batstone. Each was delivered in Spanish. After each webinar, there were follow up assignments and discussion board postings on a separate website. The OAS’ Inter-American Teacher Education Network managed the web-based platform.

The day of the first webinar, Dr. Boyd-Batstone was surprised to discover that in addition to the Peruvian teachers, the webinar was reaching 18 groups from 12 different countries in Latin America, each huddled around a computer with a moderator. It was an amazing time to discuss literacy with teachers from Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, and more, all in real time.

Since then, Dr. Boyd-Batstone has presented a variety of webinars in Spanish directed to Latin American teachers, and in English directed to English speaking teachers in the Caribbean. The teachers who participate in an entire series and complete assignments online earn a certificate of professional development from the OAS. The webinars are recorded and housed on YouTube for future reference. Dr. Boyd-Batstone’s next webinars will be presented on December 6th in English and December 7th in Spanish; both will be about Developing Foundational Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.

Students Headed to Moot Court Championship

Students Mindy Vo and Lilian Truong have earned a bid to the national moot court championship in Florida. They advanced to the semi-finals of the Windy City Regional, which was held at Loyola University School of Law. Vo and Truong defeated a team from the University of Chicago to earn the bid. Vo was also named the third best orator.

CED Student Named Graduate Fellow

Elizabeth Primero, a student in the Educational Leadership doctoral program, was selected as a 2017 Graduate Fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

The fellowship is awarded to students in graduate or doctoral work who have demonstrated service to the Hispanic and or Latino community and aspire to establish a career in higher education. As an AAHHE Fellow, she is invited to present her research on the cultural relevance of high impact practices within higher education at the annual national conference in March, 2017.

Help Fill Santa's Sleigh

The 19th Annual Bob Rodgers Cherishing Children Toy Drive is underway. Bring new, unwrapped toys to collection boxes throughout campus. Toys will be given to children at CSULB’s Cherishing Children Holiday Party on Thursday, December 8.

CSULB is working with the Long Beach Department of Children and Family Services to bring between 100 and 125 children and their families to the party where the children will play games and receive a gift, a goodie bag and refreshments.

Collection boxes are available at the following locations:

  • Academic Technology Services- AS-120 and Horn Center
  • Alumni Relations / Athletics BAC
  • Admissions and Records / Enrollment Services - Brotman-123
  • Barrett Athletic Administration Center – Alumni Relations 216
  • Barrett Athletic Administration Center – Athletics 126
  • Bookstore and 49er Shops Dining
  • College of the Arts - AS-115
  • College of Education EED – 005
  • College of Natural Science and Mathematics - HSCI 160B
  • Dance - DC-S131
  • College of Continuing and Professional Education - Foundation Building Lobby
  • Geography - PH1-210
  • History - FO2-106
  • Information Technology Services - BH 188
  • Nursing - NUR-60F
  • Office of the President - BH 300
  • Payroll - BH 353
  • Physical Planning & Facilities Management -Key Issue and Custodial Services
  • Religious Studies - MHB-619
  • Sociology - Psychology-144
  • Staff Human Resources - BH 335
  • University Honors - Library 5th Floor, 507
  • University Library - Reference Desk
  • University Publications - F05-203

Additional toys will be collected through Friday, December 16 for the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Cherishing Children event has been named for former staff member Bob Rodgers, who passed away in 2013. Rodgers was one of the event founders and played Santa Claus each year.

For more information or to volunteer for the Cherishing Children Holiday Party, contact Kristin Bonetati at Kristin.Bonetati@csulb.edu or Stafford Cox at Stafford.Cox@csulb.edu.

Update your Mailing Address to Ensure You Receive your W-2 Form

The State Controller’s Office (SCO) will mail 2016 W-2 forms to the address listed in MyCSULB in January.Please be sure to verify that your mailing address on file in MyCSULB is current.

All address changes and updates must be completed in MyCSULB by December 9 to ensure that the SCO has time to update their records.

If you prefer, you may visit the Payroll Department located in Brotman Hall room 344 to update your address in person prior to December 9th. Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.