Issue: Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Issue – Leadership Update Newsletter

A Message from the President

President F. King Alexander There was a time, really not that long ago, when California was envied worldwide for its commitment and access to higher education. The California Master Plan, enacted in the 1960s, defined the expanded roles of the California community college system, the California State University and the University of California, in the process making it possible for nearly everyone to take advantage of learning beyond high school … More

Fall 2012 Issue

Proposition 30 Included Among State Ballot Measures In November

On Nov. 6, Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, will be included among state measures on the ballot. Proposition 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative that would increase state revenues for K-12 schools and … More

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CSULB Adds 2 New Doctoral Degrees—Physical Therapy, Nursing Practice

For the first time, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) began offering two new doctoral degrees—a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP)—this year, and university officials involved with the programs believe that each will … More

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49ers Get 2nd Straight Conference Commissioner’s Cup with Best Average Ever

Long Beach State is hoisting the Big West Conference (BWC) Commissioner’s Cup once again after tallying the best point average during the 2011-12 season.  The 49ers recorded a 140.0-point average, the highest average ever achieved by any school in the … More

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LBSU Men’s Volleyball Player on 2012 Volleyball Magazine All-America Team

Long Beach State (LBSU) men’s volleyball player Taylor Crabb has been named to the 2012 Volleyball Magazine All-America Third Team. Crabb, a sophomore, led the 49ers with 303 kills (2.75 kills/set) and ranked first on the squad with 1.91 digs … More

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CSULB Ranked 9th Nationally in Awarding Bachelor’s Degrees to Minority Students

In the most recent listing of the “Top 100 Degree Producers” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is ranked ninth in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees to minority students.  In the previous year’s … More

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Long Beach State Well Represented on USA Volleyball Rosters in London Olympics

When USA Volleyball announced its roster for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, the 12-man list included three former 49ers—David Lee, Paul Lotman and David McKienzie.  Additionally, the team is coached by LBSU coach Alan Knipe. On the women’s side, … More

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19 Parent-Daughter Pairs Stay at CSULB as Part of ‘My Daughter is an Engineer’

Nineteen fifth-grade girls brought a parent to stay at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) for a weekend this summer, as part of an on-campus residential program designed to promote women in engineering. Called “My Daughter is an Engineer,” the … More

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28 Long Beach State Athletes Named Big West Academic All-Conference Honorees

Twenty-eight Long Beach State (LBSU) student-athletes were recognized for qualifying for the Big West Conference’s (BWC) Academic All-Conference Teams. To be eligible for Academic All-Conference honors, student-athletes must have completed at least one full season of competition prior to 2012, carry … More

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Verizon Supports CSULB Science Education Summer Camp for Homeless Children

Homeless children have a hard enough time getting a proper education, let alone attending a summer educational enrichment camp. But thanks to a $58,000 Verizon Foundation grant, up to 120 Long Beach children from homeless families enjoyed a two-week summer … More

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All 18 Teams at Long Beach State Exceed Division I Academic Performance Rates

The NCAA announced its multi-year academic performance rates (APR) for Division I teams, which covers a four-year period from the academic years of 2007-08 to 2010-11, and Long Beach State exceeded the minimum score in all 18 sports the school … More

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LBSU Golfer 1st 49er in Men’s History to Go to NCAA Championship as Individual

Long Beach State (LBSU) golfer Philip Chian made the short drive up the 405 freeway to Pacific Palisades earlier this year to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club. One of six players competing … More

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Cal State Long Beach Fishing Team Captures National Championship

If you want to know if practice pays off, just ask Justin Gangel and Alex Cox, a pair of Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) seniors who captured the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship Utah Lake in Provo, … More

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LBSU Track and Field Teams Earn Division I All-Academic Distinctions

The Long Beach State (LBSU) women’s track and field team has been selected a 2012 Division I All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  It is the eighth year in a row that … More

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7 CSULB Graduate Students from CHAAT Spend Summer at Internships with NASA

Seven Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) graduate students from the campus’ Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT) spent their summer vacations performing internships with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). CHAAT performs on-going research to measure … More

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CSULB Student Spending Fall in Washington, D.C. as Panetta Intern

John Sellers, a senior political science major at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), is spending the fall semester in Washington, D.C. as the campus’ 2012 representative in the Congressional Internship Program, which is sponsored by the Panetta Institute for … More

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Cal State Long Beach Students Set Their Sights on the Stars with NASA Internships

When opportunities to study astronomy and physics with NASA experts came their way, three California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) physics students jumped at the chance. Master’s student Sam Koshy and undergraduates Jill Pestana and Stephanie Sodergren served in NASA … More

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Grad Student at Cal State Long Beach Named Recipient of Hearst/Trustees’ Award

Serena Do, a graduate student in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), was named the campus’ recipient of the 2012-13 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Each year, the California State University (CSU) selects 23 … More

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CSULB CAMP Student Serving as HACU Intern

Marlene Luna, a member of College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), went to Palo Alto in northern California this summer, where she served with the Department of Veterans Affairs—Veterans Health Administration as a Hispanic Association of … More

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President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach Welcomes 26 New Scholars

With the start of the 2012-13 academic year, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) welcomed 26 of the best and brightest of this past spring’s California high school graduates into the fold of its President’s Scholars Program. CSULB President F. King … More

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4 Cal State Long Beach Students Selected 2012-13 Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars

Four Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) students were named Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for the 2012-13 academic year.  The one-time award includes $3,000 in funding support, which each scholar is using for specific activities that will help him or her become strong … More

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2 CSULB Students Chosen for Finals of Engineering Research Competition in Paris

From a field of 600 entries, a team of two California State University Long Beach, (CSULB) engineering students, Pushpender Singh and Manmeen Kaur, were among 25 teams that qualified for the finals of the Go Green in the City international competition … More

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CSULB Student Gets Fulbright for Study in Mexico City on 1940s-1960s Bracero Project

Liliana Montalvo, a graduating senior at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was selected for a 2012-13 U.S. Student Fulbright award, which is funding a year of research in Mexico City where she isstudy never-before-seen documents relating to the 1940s-1960s Bracero … More

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Doctoral Student, 10 Grad Students at CSULB Awarded Research Fellowships

A doctoral student and 10 master’s students at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships for the 2012-13 academic year. Now in its eighth year, the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) was created by the university … More

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CSULB Science Faculty Earn $589,999 DoD Grant to Support Nano-optics Experiments

Trying to observe something about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair is a challenge for scientists, but Yohannes Abate, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has … More

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CSULB Anthropology Lecturer Named a Top Professor on RateMyProfessors.com

Positive reactions from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) students who voted through RateMyProfessors.com have earned Anthropology Department lecturer Thomas Douglas the No. 15 ranking in the nation on the website’s 2011-12 Highest Rated University Professors list. Douglas has been an … More

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CSULB Chemistry Prof Receives NIH Grant to Study Peptides as a Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients dread the hours spent hooked to intravenous lines that send toxic chemotherapy medications like Paclitaxel into their bodies, treating the tumors but also producing problematic side effects. Now, Katarzyna Slowinska, an associate professor of chemistry at California State … More

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Vice Provost Receives Fulbright Award to Travel to Germany for Higher Ed Program

David Dowell, vice provost for planning and budgets at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), received a Fulbright award to participate in “Do More with Less–Implementing Change in Higher Education Management in Germany” program as part of a delegation of chief financial … More

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Faculty, Students Studying Molecules to Carry Drugs Across Cell Membranes

Cells in humans and animals are resilient in fending off intruders, which is why so many potentially beneficial drug cures are unsuccessful during development because they can’t cross cell membranes of bacteria, viruses or cancers. Now, Michael P. Schramm, assistant … More

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CSU Long Beach Archaeologist’s Easter Island Findings in National Geographic

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), located nearly 2,500 miles west of Chile, has long intrigued explorers and scientists because of its enigmatic moai statues. When was the remote island first inhabited, what did the gigantic stone statues represent and how did … More

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Cal State Long Beach Professor Named 2012 Geological Society of America Fellow

Richard J. Behl, professor of geological sciences at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), became the second CSULB faculty member to be named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), joining Professor Stanley C. Finney, a 2011 Fellow. … More

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CSULB Media Group Wins National Award for Documentary on the Panama Canal

Dave Kelly, director of Advanced Media Production (AMP) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and his staff have won a second accolade recognizing their work for the production of the documentary titled “Panama Canal Expansion: The Battle for Jobs … More

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CSULB Professor Gets Lifetime Award for Contributions to Central American Studies

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla, professor and co-chair of the Sociology Department at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Central American studies by the Lozano-Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the … More

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CSULB Faculty Member Gets Douglas Legacy of Vision Award at LA Mission Event

Betty McMicken, an associate professor in the Communicative Disorders Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), received the Anne Douglas Legacy of Vision Award at the Los Angeles Mission’s 76th Gala. The focus of the gala was to honor Douglas, who … More

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U.S.News & World Report Ranks CSULB 4th Public University Best in West

For the fifth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report has ranked California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) the fourth best public regional university in the western United States in its annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges Guide.” Additionally, the Long … More

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Victory Media Names Cal State Long Beach to ‘Military Friendly Schools’ List

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to its coveted Military Friendly Schools list.  This is the third straight year CSULB has received the designation. The … More

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Molina Healthcare, CSULB Launch New Internship to Help with Career Choice

In a move that further strengthens its connection to the community, Molina Healthcare launched a new internship program with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) this summer called the Professional Development Program (PDP). The new program is just one of … More

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DENSO Funds Top Plasma Cutting System for College of Engineering at CSULB

The DENSO North American Foundation has funded a computer-supported plasma cutting system valued at nearly $50,000 for a laboratory to support research and teaching in the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Befor, in order to … More

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Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Cal State Long Beach $500,000

The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) a $500,000 grant for a new Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships program.  Twenty-five students will receive the four-year scholarships beginning with cohorts in each of the next four years. The … More

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