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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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Criminal Justice Student Selected to Attend Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program

Lester Murillo, a senior criminal justice major at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), will spend the fall semester in Washington, D.C. as the campus’ 2014 representative in the Congressional Internship Program, sponsored by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The 22-year-old Murillo, who left Sunday to begin the internship, said this will be his first-ever trip to Washington, D.C. and to the east coast.


Lester Murillo

“I applied for the internship because the efforts of the Panetta Institute to educate students on public policy, government and leadership align with my future goals,” Murillo said.  “From the experience I hope to learn more about the rationale and process of policy making by the government. I also hope to grow both as an individual and as a leader.”

The Congressional Internship Program is recognized as one of the best in the country because of the training opportunities provided to participants as well as the full scholarship covering all program costs.  Participants are nominated by their respective campus presidents and are selected based on their scholastic achievements as well as their interest in politics.

“There’s just no substitute for this first-hand experience to promote public service,” said Panetta Institute Chairman Leon E. Panetta, “We are proud that our program has earned the reputation of being one of the finest internship programs in the nation.”

Murillo, a Long Beach resident and 2010 graduate of Long Beach Poly High School, will be one of 26 California students, one each from the 23 CSU campuses and three others from Dominican University, Saint Mary’s College and Santa Clara University, participating in the program. Each intern will spend 11 weeks in the nation’s capital working full-time in the office of a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The program begins with an intense two weeks of preparation at the Panetta Institute, located on the CSU Monterey Bay campus. The training session includes elected officials, seasoned government staff and policy experts. Classes at the institute range from national and international policy to practicalities of what interns can expect once they arrive on Capitol Hill.

“These are tomorrow’s leaders,” Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia M. Panetta pointed out. “The program helps prepare them right now to find ways to contribute to the public good.”

Following the two-week training session, interns fly to Washington, where they will work full-time for 11 weeks in the Congressional offices of the California delegation. Click here to learn more about the program.

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4 Undergraduate Students Receive Inaugural Douglas W. Robinson Student Success Scholarship at Cal State Long Beach

The recipients of the Inaugural Douglas W. Robinson Student Success Scholarship at Cal State Long Beach are Gwenith Stevens, a junior communication studies major; Roozbeh Ghasemian, a senior mechanical engineering major; Lauren Golem, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice; and Taylor Ortega, a senior communications studies major who is also minoring in film and electronic arts.

Doug Robinson

Douglas Robinson

Ghasemian, wrote of his immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of 13 and putting aside college after graduating from high school to work full time to help support the family.

Golem, discussed her involvement with sports throughout her life and the major life lessons learned from it. She works at Peninsula Bay Cities as a swim instructor and enjoys being able to influence her students’ lives by teaching them determination, self-confidence and safety.

And Ortega, was recognized for her involvement with her sorority at CSULB, Gamma Phi Beta, for which she is serving as president.

Seven years ago, David Stephens’ daughter Gwenith was born with a birth defect that caused her to be blind. It has been a learning experience for the father and he continues to find ways to help his daughter, including becoming the coach of a youth baseball team for special needs children.

“Coaching this team changed my life forever,” said Stephens. “Coaching kids (who) are blind, paralyzed, have Down Syndrome, deaf and more showed me that perfection comes in many shapes and sizes.”

Stephens continues to coach and has involved his older daughter as well as other people in the community with whom he shares his experience. He plans to form special needs leagues in other sports such as bowling and soccer.

Named for the recently retired vice president for student services at CSULB, the Robinson Student Success Scholarship focuses on students’ experiences and efforts outside of the classroom. The 2014 winners were selected from a pool of more than 75 applicants, and each of them received a $500 award for the 2014-15 academic year.

To be eligible for the scholarship, recipients must be full-time undergraduate students at the university, maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better. Candidates were asked to write a personal statement that describes a learning experience outside the classroom that had a positive impact on their lives.

Robinson retired as vice president for student services at CSULB in August 2013. He began his tenure at the university in 1989 and started his duties as vice president in 1991. For more than 20 years, Robinson provided leadership to more than 35 university departments and programs that focus on the needs of students outside the classroom.

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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. She will be at the 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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