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Long Beach Indie International Film Festival Full of Cal State Long Beach Contributions

Cal State Long Beach artists will play a big part in the upcoming Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, which showcases global diversity through film, television, and digital media, the international film festival will take place August 27-31, in downtown Long Beach, California. Screening more than 100 international and domestic films, the event brings together established and aspiring filmmakers, scholars, creative professionals, and movie lovers from around the globe, offering a world-class entertainment experience

It will take place at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters and the Long Beach Convention Center will include a number of screenings and activities created by the Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) departments of dance, film and electronic arts, and more than 10 CSULB student and alumni filmmakers.  Altogether the festival will be screening more than 90 films from across the globe.

“One of the key aspects of this international festival is showcasing to the world the great programs and people at CSULB. I am so happy to have such a great representation of innovative and thought-provoking filmmaking from the faculty and students,” said Daniel E. Walker, director of the film festival.

The Long Beach Indie also includes: and opportunity for international scholars and creative professionals come to Long Beach to discuss the latest developments in film, television, and digital media and for community advocates learn how to create and use film and digital media to raise awareness, build community, impact policy, and change lives. In addition, a college and career fair and an award ceremony will be held.

  • Thursday Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m       – CSULB’s department of dance’s filmed production of In Collaboration with Bill T. Jones: Reading, Mercy and the Artifical Nigger. This was originally performed on campus Nov. 16-17, 2012 and was made into a powerful documentary about the production and the at-times harrowing life of choreographer Bill. T. Jones. CSULB choreographers Gerald Casel, Sophia Monat and Andrew Vaca are featured alongside some of the top students in the department.
  • Thursday, August 28, at 4:15 p.m. — Four CSULB filmmakers featured in the Student and Rising Stars Showcase.
  • Thursday, August 28, at 6 p.m. — CSULB screening of “A Dog’s Libe” by alumnus Seth Craven.
  • Saturday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m. – The CSULB Student Showcase featuring the work of seven current and former department of film and electronic arts students. It also includes Joshua Hoh’s award-winning film “Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School,” which was shot on campus and traces Spielberg’s return to CSULB to finish his degree.

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About 2,700 Students Moving In to Cal State Long Beach Campus Housing Saturday

About 2,700 students—along with their family and friends and more than 500 volunteers—will descend on the student residence halls at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) for “Move-in Day” as incoming students move into their new campus homes for the 2014-15 academic year on Saturday, Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

President Jane Close Conoley is scheduled to attend her first Move-in Day since recently joining CSULB and will be among the volunteers helping parents and incoming students. Hillside Residence Hall from 9-11 a.m.  Hillside is located between Earl Warren Drive and Merriam Way.

Move-in day focuses on the success of thousands of students entering college. Parents, faculty, administrators, staff and students are afforded an opportunity to come together and help orient incoming students as they embark on a pathway toward a degree.

Although celebratory in nature, this day is also designed to ensure CSULB students acquire the higher education they need to compete in a highly skilled workforce, and develop innovative solutions to the region’s most pressing social and economic challenges.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Fall Registration Opens Aug. 30

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) fall registration will begin Saturday, Aug. 30, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in person in the OLLI Classroom 101 located in Cal State Long Beach’s Human Services and Design Building (HS&D). Thereafter registrations will be accepted in the OLLI office located in the HS&D Building, Room 100, near the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and East University Drive or by mail.

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Those interested can request or pick up a copy of the course catalog, The SUN, and view classes offered from Oct. 6 to Dec. 9. Once individuals decide which classes to take they can complete the registration form and submit it with cash or check to CSULB.

OLLI is offering a host of lecture classes, including new topics titled Classic Movie Comedies, Japanese 101, The Greening of America, CSI for the Potential Juror and Land of Enchantment. Among classes returning for the fall session will be Copy Cat Art, Opera presentations from L.A. Opera Educators, Taking Better Photos, Fear Not and I Speak Shakespeare. Also available is the opportunity to learn archery and bowling skills during the eight-week session.

For those looking to improve their health and fitness, OLLI offers Tai Chi Chih, Senior Yoga, Naturopathic Medicine and Longevity Stick. Fitness classes are held in the CSULB LifeFit Center on campus as well as at the Pine Ave. and Leisure World OLLI locations.

OLLI computer classes are conducted by skilled instructors in the campus’ 12-seat state-of-the-art PC/Mac lab. New offerings this semester will be Computers Demystified (PC/4 weeks) and iPad Apps Only, along with a Beginning Computer 101 course.

Currently, OLLI locations include the HS&D building on the CSULB Campus, rooms 101 and 119; OLLI Pine Avenue at 737 Pine Avenue, Suite 202; OLLI Leisure World, 13533 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach; Recreation Park Lawn Bowling Center, Long Beach; and the Albert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow, Long Beach.

OLLI at CSULB’s annual membership fee of $40 covers the winter, spring, summer and fall sessions and is pro-rated for the spring and summer sessions at $20. Tuition is $10 per lecture class and $35 per eight-week and $20 per four-week computer class. Parking permits are available for a fee.

OLLI is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services. OLLI is operated almost totally by volunteers, from instructors to committees and clerical work. Classes are self-supporting. There are four eight-week sessions each year. Classes are typically 90 minutes one day a week. OLLI offers widely varied courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older. There is no academic prerequisite for admission.

For more information, please call the OLLI at CSULB Office at 562/985-8237, send an e-mail to or visit its website.

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Campus to Hold Bike Theft Prevention Week with “Lock and Roll”

During move-in weekend at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) on Saturday, Aug. 23, a new bicycle theft prevention and recovery program called “Lock & Roll” will be rolled out.

In a recent U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Crimes Statistics Report it is noted that bike theft is the fastest growing crime at college campuses across the country.


“Bike theft on campuses around the country has always been a concern,” said CSULB Police Chief Fernando Solorzano. “I think through this type of educational program and by offering an affordable bike lock to those individuals who need one, well, that’s a very positive step and will go a long way in preventing this crime.”

The CSULB Cycling Club, the CSULB Sustainable Transportation Program and University Police Department (UPD) have secured funding through the Campus Sustainability Task Force to work with Out-Spoke-N Cycles and the ABUS Lock Company to make 100 high quality U-Locks available to the campus for only $5 upon bicycle registration. The first 100 students, faculty or staff registering their bike with UPD and then present proof of registration at the University Bookstore, can receive an ABUS U-Lock for $5 as well as instructions on how to properly secure their bike.

The Lock & Roll Initiative’s comprehensive approach to bicycle security—U-Lock + Education + Registration—will benefit the entire campus community and contribute to campus sustainability by combating bike theft and encouraging students, faculty and staff to ride a bike to campus.

According to UPD, the campus community as a whole may not know how to correctly position the U-Lock on the bike, so the program will inform individuals on how to do such. In addition, the bicycle registration offered by UPD can aid in the recovery of a bike in the event that it is stolen.

“The members of our campus community need both affordable U-Locks and instructions on their use as well as bicycle registration,” said Elisa Thomas, the campus’ sustainability transportation coordinator. “For each person who rides a bike to campus instead of driving a car for a 3.5-mile trip to campus, we would save more than 846 pounds of CO2 emissions annually. For the 100 members of the campus community who will benefit from the $5 U-Lock + Education + Registration Program, that would amount to 84,640 pounds of CO2 emissions reduced annually. Further, (it would emphasize) our commitment to support sustainable transportation options to the campus.”

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