Message From Provost Jersky
Dear Campus Community,
Welcome back to CSULB and to the start of a new decade. I hope you had a restful and safe holiday break. I always appreciate the collective time off before the new semester. As we celebrate the start of a new decade, I recognize that the year 2020 already seems full of changes not only for our campus, but the nation and world as well. I believe this year we will see history in the making.
In just a few short weeks, so many concerning events have occurred in the world. It seems that every moment, we’re faced with ever more troubling developments, from fires and wars to elections. Each day seems to bring something new. It’s sometimes hard to not lose hope for our future.
And yet, around the world, we’re presented with equal, if not greater, amounts of good. Fundraising efforts for the devastating Australian wildfires continue to grow, as well as numerous uplifting stories of kindness. Our youth lead the way in anti-war protests, environmental mindfulness, and political activism.
At CSULB, we’re facing numerous important milestones of our own. We’ve been preparing for a spring semester that will include our WASC Accreditation renewal, campus-wide surveys of students, staff and faculty, commencement, and numerous other large-scale events. This spring, CSULB expects another increase in our 4-year graduation rates with a record number of students graduating. Our campus is rolling out more opportunities for student engagement and research. We are surrounded with many who are committed to our campus vision, mission, and working hard to advocate for that change. I can’t help but feel hopeful.
As we prepare for the year, I’ve found that taking a moment to recharge and prioritize internal growth can keep a positive perspective. We’ve likely all read about the benefits of a growth mindset – here is another from the CSU on the topic. Our perspectives and how we handle our external circumstances are really the only area we can control. As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in The Fellowship of The Ring, “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
It’s sure to be a memorable decade and I truly look forward to making positive changes within our university, society, and within ourselves.
Happy New Year!
Provost and Senior Vice President
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