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Cal State Long Beach Students and Their Parents Excited About Moving Into Residence Halls

Move-In Day at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday was an exciting as well as important milestone for the roughly 2,700 students, and their families, who spent the morning and afternoon moving into their respective dorms in an effort to get settled in prior to classes beginning today (Aug. 25).

For many who moved into the International House as well as the Beachside, Hillside and Parkside student residence halls, it will mark their first time living away from home.


CSULB President Jane Close Conoley (r) with freshman Kevin Honsberger after helping him move into his new dorm room Saturday,

Participating in the day was CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, who along with approximately 500 volunteers—many from university athletic teams, sororities, fraternities, as well as administrators and staff members—provided encouragement and a helping hand. Conoley, who her herself is a relative newcomer to CSULB, having officially begun on July 15, greeted a number of students and families, being photographed with many of them and assisting some with the move into their new campus home.

“Welcoming students and their parents to the campus is the great highlight of any academic year,” said Conoley, who noted it was the first time she had been in the dorms. “New beginnings; new opportunities for dreams to be realized and resilience to be built.  I loved move-in day.  It’s a notable day to live our commitment to build a safe and nurturing campus for all.”

CSULB received a university record 83,594 applications for the fall semester and the number of students moving into the dorms represented approximately one-third of the roughly 8,000 newcomers admitted to campus this fall.

One of those was Cesar Acosta, who was a bit anxious about moving into the dorms, but eager to begin the 2014-15 academic year.


Cesar Acosta

“I’m pretty excited about being here,’ said Acosta, who is from Los Angeles and transferred to CSULB from El Camino College after spending his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara. “It’s going to be a new experience. I’m going to be on campus all the time and I don’t want to just be locked in my dorm room, so I plan on being involved in a lot of things.”

A history major, Acosta is looking forward to finally having the opportunity to take upper division classes instead of just general education courses. He eventually wants to go on and earn a doctorate degree and then move on to do some kind of research in his field.

In many ways, Move-In Day is an equally big occasion for parents, one of those being Loretta Honsberger, whose family is from Huntington Beach. Her son Kevin, who is entering CSULB as a freshman coming from Marina High School, will be living in the dorms and personally received some move in assistance from President Conoley, which was welcome and no doubt unexpected.

“It’s a very exciting day,” said Loretta. “You worry so much about this day coming and then when it’s finally here you realize there is nothing to worry about. I have a feeling Kevin will enjoy his freedom and making new friends so much that I won’t be surprised if he stays here most of the time. It is comforting to have him close to home because when my daughter went away to school (UC Berkeley) she never came back. She loved the Bay Area so much and then moved up to Seattle, but she plans on coming back to Cal State Long Beach next year to get her master’s degree.”

Kevin, who will be majoring in computer engineering, had a bit of apprehension about moving into the dorm, mostly because he had yet to meet or even have any kind of contact with his new roommate, whose name he learned for the first time Saturday morning.

“I’m excited to see who my roommate is because I’ll potentially have to be with him for the next year, but I’m sure it will be fine,” he said. “As far as being away from home for the first time, we’ll see how it goes. I’m kind of concerned to see how well I can take care of myself, but besides that I think it will be fun.”

With more than 36,000 students—representing 90 countries, 43 states and 56 California counties—CSULB is among the most diverse university campuses in the country. It is a part of the 23-campus California State University system, the largest public higher education system in the nation.


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

Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) 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 festival will take place Aug. 27-31, in downtown Long Beach. 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.

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It will take place at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters as well as the Long Beach Convention Center and will include a number of screenings and activities created by the CSULB’s 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 International Film Festival also includes an opportunity for scholars and creative professionals to come to Long Beach to discuss the latest developments in film, television and digital media, and for community advocates to 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.

Some events highlighting CSULB include:

  • Thursday Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. – A documentary filmed during CSULB’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center’s acclaimed B-Word Project featuring the Department of Dance’s production of Bill T. Jones’ moving piece “Reading, Mercy and the Artifical Nigger,” performed on campus in 2012. The film follows student dancers working with Jones, one of America’s most prestigious choreographers, as well as touching on his personal experiences with censorship. CSULB choreographers Keith Johnson, Sophia Monat and Andrew Vaca are featured alongside some of the top students in the department.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 at 4:15 p.m. - Four CSULB filmmakers will be featured in the Student and Rising Stars Showcase.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. - The screening of “A Dog’s Life” by CSULB alumnus Seth Craven.
  • Saturday, Aug. 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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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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