President’s Message

Learning at The Beach Part 2

Last week I was honored to spend a day in Washington D.C. at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action. President Obama and the First Lady spoke eloquently about the importance of higher education to our success as a nation, and wide-ranging discussions offered food for thought. Engaging with college and university presidents from […]

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Privilege at The Beach

I’d like to do some thinking and talking about how to ensure The Beach is a zone of kindness and respect. A place of “automatic privilege plus meritorious privilege,” where we automatically accord one another expectations for the best and allow each person to earn additional privilege by purposeful work, persistence, and accomplishment. A place […]

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The Power of Gratitude

After about 125 days at The Beach and with Thanksgiving upon us, I am reflecting on the power of gratitude. Research suggests that our personal well-being is positively affected by keeping our attention on what’s going right in our lives; the contributions of others to our success; and the random acts of kindness or just […]

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How Big a Beach?

After reading Provost David Dowell’s thoughts on growth in his Wednesday Messages in October and November, I wanted to share my current analysis of this important issue. How big should The Beach be? Estimates suggest we have our second highest fall enrollment—more than 37,000 students (not all full time). As part of the CSU, we […]

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Save The Beach; Save the World

Climate change is real, and its impacts will unfold in ways that will have devastating consequences for people, wildlife, the environment, and the economy.  As a university located on California’s coast, CSULB must be particularly concerned about the role of climate change on rising sea levels, acidification of the ocean, and increasingly volatile weather events. […]

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