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When an invitation to join Beach Nexus, Cal State Long Beach's new mentoring platform, landed in Jay Jefferson’s inbox last fall, he knew it was a chance to support a community he believes in.
Immersive Lab designs of building
Heather Barker, an associate professor in the Department of Design, wanted to build a design lab at Cal State Long Beach, a place where students could create virtual worlds in which dolphins swim down the streets of Long Beach, dance in front of a sacred mosaic or install a virtual auditorium on any corner in the world.
Space Beach
At the June 2021 Long Beach Economic Partnership Quarterly Forum, city and business leaders in Long Beach — dubbed "Space Beach" by Mayor Robert Garcia — explored the resurgence of the aerospace and astronautics industry in the region.  
CSULB students stand along shoreline, waiting for instructions
The mysterious sheen on the water and the stench in the cool marine air more than a week ago could only mean one thing. Crude oil was leaking from a pipe somewhere beneath the ocean. 
Elaine Araneta sitting in front of nursing building
Elaine Anne Araneta saw nervousness and loneliness in the child’s big brown eyes. He was only 8 years old and struggling with anxiety. He was restless as people approached him.  Araneta, then 13, was volunteering at the Hospicio de San Jose, a welfare institution for abandoned youth in Manila, Philippines. It was during this volunteer experience that she decided she wanted to dedicate her life to helping people who are struggling with mental health issues. 
Student with motorboard message of 1st Generation Grad
Cal State Long Beach is ranked No. 7 in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, according to The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine’s annual “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics” issue. The Beach is No. 13 nationally in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanic students. 
Best Bang for the Buck
Cal State Long Beach begins its fall semester with a new No. 1 ranking for “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Western United States according to a new report in Washington Monthly. The ranking reflects a jump from No. 10 in the publication’s 2020 listing.  
Students walk by the GO BEACH sign
Cal State Long Beach is ranked as the No. 2 master’s-level university in the nation, according to Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings released this week. For the master’s-level university rankings, the publication assessed institutions across the country that, in addition to undergraduate programs, award a significant number of master’s degrees but few doctoral degrees, sometimes referred to as comprehensive universities. 
collage of APPI zines
Hate crimes against Asian Americans have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 2,500 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents in the United States related to the pandemic between March and September of last year. However, officials believe that the actual number is greater because most instances go unreported, President Jane Close Conoley said in a recent message to the Beach campus community.