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Provost Message - October 5, 2016

Legacy Lecture and Faculty Retirement Luncheon

Dr. Kristine Forney (Cole Conservatory of Music) will discuss research in the arts at the 2016 Legacy Lecture and Faculty Retirement Luncheon on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Chartroom.

Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty and hear Dr. Forney, a Music faculty member for the past 38 years, share some of the remarkable achievements of students and alumni.

Space is limited. RSVP to by October 12 and indicate your choice of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian lunch.

Opportunities to Better Understand and Support Diverse Students

Safe Zone Ally Training

Faculty, staff and teaching assistants are invited to participate in a training program to help them better understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) issues and be part of a universitywide network of support.

The Safe Zone Ally Training will be held Thursday October 13, from 12:45– 5 p.m. RSVP to Sharon Cruz by Friday, October 7. Space is limited.

After training, faculty and staff will serve as allies who use their knowledge and skills to foster a supportive and safe atmosphere for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. Everyone who completes the training will receive a CSULB Safe Zone Ally sticker to display.

VET NET Ally Seminar

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the next VET NET Ally seminar to learn about the unique needs and concerns of military service members and veterans studying at CSULB. The seminar will be on Friday, November 4 from 8 a.m.—12 p.m.

Since 2010, more than 600 CSULB faculty, staff, and students have participated in the seminar, and the program has been presented at more than 25 other colleges and universities.

The goal of the program is to foster a campus atmosphere that supports the academic and personal success of service members and veterans, and to establish a network of visible allies to provide support and assistance to CSULB students who have served in our armed forces.

Seminar attendance is limited, so reserve your spot soon. RSVP to Marshall Thomas by Friday, October 28. The location of the seminar will be provided upon RSVPing.

Coffee with a Cop

This Friday, October 7, from 9-10 a.m., University Police is hosting “Coffee with a Cop” outside of the Coffee Bean located in the University Student Union. The event is part of the first national “Coffee with a Cop” day, a program started by the Hawthorne Police Department in 2011. One Wednesday, October 19, there will be two more opportunities to meet officers from the department, discuss issues of concern, or just say, “Hi.” Learn more.

Innovation Challenge Business Plan Workshops This Month

The effort to find CSULB’s next Innovation Challenge winners is underway. Please encourage students who may have an idea for a product, service, or application to consider entering the challenge, which provides one winning team with support for their business. The winning team receives $10,000 in seed funding, and space, marketing, legal and accounting services totaling up to $40,000.

Bruce Sparks, a CSULB accounting lecturer and advisor with the U.S. SBA’s Small Business Development Centers, will host two business plan workshops to help students learn what goes into an effective business plan. Business plan workshops will be held:

  • Monday, October 10, from 6-8 p.m. in ECS-312,
  • Monday, October 17 from 6-8 p.m. in the DESN Design Gallery.

Students should RSVP to reserve their spot.

Last year’s Innovation Challenge winners, The Boxing Movement, made up of business majors Eric Lara and Anthony Gonzalez and mechanical engineering major Gina Glionta, have been developing their company website and social media channels. Their business plan focused on a mobile boxing gym trailer that could be trucked to recreation centers and other facilities to help seniors have fun and maintain strength. They hope to construct their trailer by next fall and launch the business in spring 2017.

Achievements and Accolades

Industrial Design students Jimmy Huynh, Brian Mar, Patrick Soriano, Sheila Pancani and Matt Ulery appeared on the Golf Channel’s new reality series Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson last night. The team was selected to compete against 10 other finalists to find Wilson Sporting Goods’ newest driver for the company’s 2017 golf season. With no golf experience, the students learned everything they could about drivers in a three-week cram session before submitting their design for the competition. The next episode airs on Tuesday, October 18.

Geological Sciences students, faculty and staff made a very impressive showing at the 2016 joint meetings of the Pacific and Rocky Mountain sections of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society for Sedimentary Geology.

At the meeting, held October 2-5 in Las Vegas, students, staff and faculty contributed 12 scientific presentations. Seven of these were oral presentations and five were interactive poster presentations. Presentations were authored by faculty members Stan Finney, Robert Francis, Thom Kelty, Rick Behl, Greg De Hoogh and Pam Hill, and graduate students David Arellano, Maia Davis, Wanjiru Njuguna, Alex Sedlak, Michael Thompson, Ryan Weller and Yannick Wirtz.

Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber(Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) was invited to join the editorial board for the journal ofRace, Ethnicity, and Education.REE is an international journal dedicated to the study of race, education and equity and is one of the leading journals in this specialization of education. It is one of the only journals of its kind indexed in theSocial Science Citation Index.

Craft Beer Festival Supports Hospitality Management Program

The Forty-Niner Shops is hosting the first annual Long Beach Craft Beer Festival on campus on October 15 to support the Hospitality Management program. Funds from this event will be allocated to building facilities that will house and accommodate the growing Hospitality Management program.

This open-air festival will take place at the Jack Rose Track Stadium. Unlimited two ounce pours of over 100 beers will be offered from over 50 top local, regional, and national guest breweries. The event will also feature a variety of tasty food offerings available for purchase from Legend’s Sports Bar and Naples Rib Company, along with food trucks, craft beer related exhibitors and live entertainment.

Support Female Student Athletes at Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

The 4th annual ‘A Toast to Women’s Athletics’ wine tasting & silent auction supporting Long Beach State women’s athletic programs will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. at The Centre in Lakewood. A wide selection of wines and paired hors d’oeuvres will be featured along with a silent auction, art and live music. Purchase tickets by visiting the Athletics website and clicking on Tickets and then Outside Event Tickets. Watch this video to learn more about women's athletics.

Exploring Mexico's African Heritage

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Student Association and other community partners are co-sponsoring a lecture and performance on Mexico’s African heritage.

La Tercera Raiz: The African Heritage in Mexico” will take place on Wednesday, October 12, at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach. Dr. Gloria Arjona, a singer and a lecturer at California Institute of Technology and Antioch University will highlight Mexico’s African heritage through codices, a set of 18th-century paintings known as Pinturas de Castas, Afro-mestizo music interpretation and guest musicians. Admission is free.

Discover Campus Technology and Services

A broad range of technology and technology services for faculty, students and staff will be showcased at CSULB’s first Tech Day Wednesday, November 9, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Speaker’s Platform (the grassy area just east of the Bookstore).

This event is a collaborative effort among campus technology organizations. Technology demonstrations will be underway, and campus organizations and vendors including Microsoft, Apple, Dell and HP will be on hand. There are opportunities to win an iPad, laptop, Surface Pro 4 and more. Lunch is available for the first 300 participants.