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2021 in Review: CSULB’s top stories of the year

Published December 15, 2021

This was a year of heartache and challenges, but 2021 also has been a time to reflect on all that we, as the Beach community, have weathered and persevered. We are stronger, still standing and are more grateful on the other side. 

Here’s a look at our top stories of the year: 


The Beach in the White House

For decades, members of the Beach family have made an impact at the White House. These are a few of them

School of Nursing degree best in the state

CSULB’s School of Nursing continued to make the news, with its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree ranking best in the state and No. 2 nationally.

The Beach’s impact on social mobility

We explored the transformational difference a Beach education made for three alumni. 


Alumnus wins an Academy Award

Beach alumnus Travon Free ’07 took home the coveted statuette for the short action film he co-wrote and directed.

Beach graduates get their day to celebrate

Both the Classes of 2020 and 2021 celebrated their achievements at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.


Campus welcomes new Provost

Provost Karyn Scissum Gunn brought her passion for students reaching their potential to The Beach

More sustainable structures on campus

The Beach continued its focus on sustainability with the opening of the Parkside North Residential Hall and the Hillside Gateway.


Corpse flower ‘Phil’ makes its appearance

“Phil,” the rare tropical corpse flower under the care of Botanical Curator Brian Thorson, gave the community a show, just two years after its horticultural “performance.”   

What’s new at The Beach

In August, we highlighted what students, staff and faculty could look forward to upon their return to campus.


Athletics goes for the gold

Long Beach State athletes and coaches chased their Olympic dreams in Tokyo.

Best in the West

Cal State Long Beach jumped to No. 1 in the West for best value, leaping from the No. 10 spot in 2020. 


The ‘Beach’ in Space Beach

Although we’re witnessing a local space resurgence and the city of Long Beach has been coined “Space Beach,” CSULB has been at the center of the aerospace industry since the late 1950’s – developing programs in engineering, industrial design and partnering with industry for generations.