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ATS Newsletter, Vol.1 - April 2017

BeachBoard 2018 Daylight dispalyed on a desktop, tablet and mobile phone.

BeachBoard 2018

BeachBoard 2018 will launch in January. This much needed update brings a complete visual overhaul that addresses the top two concerns we hear from faculty and students. For instructors, there will be more efficient grading workflows. And for students, there will be a mobile-friendly view that works great on screens of all sizes.

Most classes will update seamlessly. However; just in case ATS staff will be working hard this summer to catch any bugs or errors that pop up with the new BeachBoard 2018 look. In addition, ATS staff will be updating training materials to have expanded options available in the Fall. Everyone will be able to preview BeachBoard changes during the Fall semester before any changes are rolled out to active classes.

We see this as an opportunity to address your concerns with BeachBoard. We have prepared two very brief surveys for you to tell us what you like and don’t like about BeachBoard. There is one for instructors and one for students. Additionally, we are hosting a series of focus groups for faculty and students.

Please take a quick moment to fill out a faculty or student survey. If you have more time to provide feedback, please join us for a focus group where we will preview the new look and feel of BeachBoard and note your concerns so we can make this the best update yet.

Register for Faculty Focus Groups

  • 04-17-17, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 04-17-17, 02:00 PM-03:00 PM
  • 04-18-17, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 04-19-17, 04:00 PM-05:00 PM
  • 04-20-17, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 04-21-17, 02:00 PM-03:00 PM

Register for Student Focus Groups

  • 04-18-17, 04:00 PM-05:00 PM
  • 04-19-17, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 04-20-17, 04:00 PM-05:00 PM
  • 04-21-17, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM


Need help? Contact the Technology Help Desk



Have a suggestion? Let us know.

BeachBoard Feedback


Meet the staff: Dennis LuPresto

Dennis LuPresto

Dennis LuPresto joined the Academic Technology Services team on November 1, 2016, overseeing the daily operations of Classroom Support Services, Desktop Support Services, and the Horn Center Computer Lab. Dennis has more than 15 years experience in the private higher education sector and brings extensive budgeting, planning, and team building experience to the position.

Before coming to CSULB, Dennis worked for Education Management Corporation where he implemented standardized procedures and policies for 52 campuses across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was the Campus Technology Manager for the Art Institute of California – Orange County, and held a seat on the Executive Committee Team.

A lifelong learner, Dennis began his educational career in 2000 at Fullerton College as an electrical engineering student. In 2015, he earned a Master of Business Administration, Information Systems degree.



Give the Campus Single Sign-On (SSO) Service a Try 

CSULB Blue Pyramid

Single Sign-On (or SSO) lets you access many technology services The Beach provides from one place. These Knowledge Base articles (SSO Participating Services for Employees, SSO Participating Services for Students) outline the variety of services you can currently access in SSO, such as MyCSULB, BeachBoard,, and more. Go to to get started.



 BeachBoard Tip of the Month: Firefox


Are you having some unexplained issues with BeachBoard?

You may want to try Firefox. BeachBoard prefers Firefox over Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer. It’s available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Download Firefox today at!


ATS Leadership

Shawna Dark, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President, 
Academic Technology

Doug Butler, MBA 
Administrative Support Manager

Jonathan Blake Huer, MFA 
Director of 
Instructional Technology Support Services

Dennis LuPresto, MBA 
Classroom Support Services Coordinator

Liem Nguyen 
Learning Technologies Coordinator

Scot Woodyard, MBA 
Project Manager