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Provost's Message - October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

A Convseration With President Jane Close Conoley and Provost Karyn Scissum Gum

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Provost Karyn Scissum Gunn sits down with university President Jane Close Conoley to discuss repopulation, EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) on our campus, overcoming the past year due to the ongoing pandemic and how it affected higher education. Join the conversation.


Academic Affairs FAQ

Interested in Academic Affair's Repopulation efforts? New information added weekly! For the most up-to-date information, utilize SSO to access the Repopulation FAQ for Academic Affairs. 


Did you get a chance to look at the 2021-22 President Provost Intiative?

We've updated our submission protocol for proposals for the Faculty Research Awards to promote Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (FRA-EDI) for AY 2021-22.

To learn more about the initiative, click here.

CSULB has been selcted as a host institution for a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center with the Association of American Colleges & Universities

This prestigious award, the first in the California State University System, and the second at a public university in the State of California, clearly demonstrates CSULB’s commitment to furthering the goals of the TRHT Campus Centers.

To view the full story, click here.


34th Annual CSULB Student Research Competition

The Annual Student Research Competition showcases excellence in scholarly research and highlights creative activity conducted by CSULB undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, click here.

ATS Resources

The ATS Learning Glass studio is now open for reservation at ATS under new COVID-19 safety protocols. The Learning Glass can be used in a variety of academic disciplines. Learn about CSULB faculty experience.

Enroll now for “Improving Your Online Course” starting November 1 through the CSU Chancellor’s Office Online Course Services (CSU-OCS) program. In this course, faculty will complete a course self-review and develop a course improvement plan based on the Quality Matters (QM) rubric- an established set of standards recognized internationally for online courses.   

Sign up now for the ATS HyFlex Instructional Techniques Program starting on November 8. In this program, ATS Instructional Designers will present best practices for teaching in a HyFlex classroom to create an engaging learning environment.

November and December registration is open for the ATS "Introduction to Qualtrics" self-paced course on BeachBoard, developed specifically for CSULB faculty, staff, and graduate student assistants. The course opens at the beginning of each month. 

Have you checked out the Ask Elbee Chatbot?

Learn how Career Counseling appointments can now be scheduled through Beach Connect for students. 

Have a question related to admissions, financial aid, scholarships, or general processes that impact students? Visit enrollment services and use the Ask Elbee chatbot in the bottom right corner of the screen. Have questions answered anytime day or night! Students can also call 562.985.5471 to talk to the Beach Central team (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday thru Friday) for additional support.

The new 2022–23 FAFSA form is here! Encourage students to apply as soon as possible.


The Grunion Gazette:


Interested in helping support students? Want to know more about student resources on campus?

DSA now has an available BEACH Crisis Text Line - Text BEACH to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, and reach a counselor for support. This is for students and friends, faculty/staff, and parents/families acting in support of students. Connect with a confidential counselor 24/7.

Check out the Beach Wellness website or this and other student resources on campus.


Service - learning On Campus

In spite of the many ongoing challenges continuing to face our campus and community alike, this semester we have a total of 33 Service Learning Courses being taught with over 430 students currently placed with over 600 students placed in the next couple of weeks. 
Want to learn more about the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Service Learning on our campus? Email us at These are open to any student, faculty, or staff - click on the links below to join.


OUTOBER Celebration 2021

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this month is dedicated to appreciating the contributions and significance of the LGBTQ+ community.

For more event information, click here.


Know someone interested in joining the Beach or CSU family?
Check out these opportunities across campus at the Jobs @ The Beach site, or the CSU Careers.


Academic Affairs Accolades and In the News


Grants and Gifts

Brenda Vogel. Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance tailored to tribes, Tribal Health Programs, and Indian Health Clinics. Criminal Justice. CHHS. State of CA Department of Health Care Services / FED HRSA 93.913. $189,000. (August 2021 - June 2024)
Melawhy Garcia-Vega. Mi Vida Cuenta: Latinx Health Equity InitiativeCenter for Latino Community Health. CHHS. City of Long Beach - Dept. of Health & Human Services. $24,999 (July 2021 - September 2021)
Amber Johnson. Discrimination, Social Cognitive Process, and CVD Risk among African American Women. Health Science. CHHS. NIH - NIGMS. $147,500. (September 2021 - June 2024)
Aftab Ahmed. LEAPS-MPS: Dispersive Coupling of Light to Surface Plasmons for Biosensing. Electrical Engineering. COE. NSF. $239,327. (January 2022 - December 2023)
Rashida Cruthfield. Evaluating Innovative Rapid Re-Housing Support for College Students Experiencing Homelessness Social Work. CHHS. The California Wellness Foundation. $300,000. (September 2021 - August 2024)
Rafael Topete.TRIO-Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Ed Equi Serv Stud Sup Admin. SA. US Department of Education. $261,888. (October 2017 - September 2022)
Raisa Hernandez-Pacheco. Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Alexis Diaz. Biological Sciences. CNSM. NSF. $46,000. (September 2021 - August 2026)
James Binnal. Project Rebound Innovative Initiatives. EOP. SA. CSU Fullerton via CSU Project Rebound Consortium. $44,300. (July 2021 - September 2022)
Mimi Kim. Community Restorative Justice Solutions Evaluation. Social Work. CHHS. Community Partners/TORCH. $19,168. (August 2021 - December 2021)
Rashida Cruthfield. Evaluation of Innovative Rapid Re-Housing Supports for College Students Experiencing Homelessness Social Work. CHHS. Walter S. Johnson Foundation. $300,000. (September 2021 - August 2023)
Laura D'Anna. Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach Learning and Evaluation Project Center for Health Equity Research. CHHS. Community Partners. $21,755. (August 2021 -June 2022)
Dominica Scibetta. Cal Soap. Univ Outreach and School Relations. SA. California Student Aid Commission. $439,448. (August 2021 - June 2023)
Heather Macias. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy thrust of the CELL project. Teacher Education. CED. CSU San Bernardino University Enterprises Corporation. $9,556. (July 2020 - June 2021)
Vas Narayanaswami. California State University Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance (CSU-LSAMP) (2018-2023). Chemistry & Biochemistry. CNSM. University Enterprises (CSUSac via NSF). $10,000. (September 2020 - August 2022)
Vas Narayanaswami. California State University Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance (CSU-LSAMP) (2018-2023). Chemistry & Biochemistry. CNSM. University Enterprises (CSUSac via Chancellors Office). $30,000. (September 2020 - August 2022)

Other News and Announcements


In Memoriam

Luis Calingo, former College of Business Dean, has passed away on Oct. 1. His time on campus and expertise will be greatly missed.
Professor Emeritus Lloyd Inui of Asian and Asian American Studies and former department chair passed away on Sept. 28. He will be fondly remembered for his lasting contribution to the campus.
Joan De Albuquerque, Associate Director of Bands passed away on September 6. Her contributions to the music industry will not be forgotten.
Professor Emeriti Alice Harris has passed away. Her passion for teaching and supporting students will be always be remembered.


The next Provost’s Message will be Wednesday, November 17. Items for the upcoming message should be submitted by Friday, November 12 to All submissions must include a hyperlink with a title.