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Provost Message - September 21, 2016

Did You Know?

CSULB ranks 13th nationally and second in the CSU for best value based on graduates’ employability and earnings, according to Educate to Career’s 2017 College Rankings Index.

Departments, Programs can Apply for Alumni Grants Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 26th Annual Alumni Grants Program. Sponsored by the CSULB Alumni Association, the Grants Program provides funding to university departments and programs. Allocations may be up to $7,500. More than $875,000 has been awarded to campus departments and programs since the program was established in 1991. The last day to apply is Monday, December 5.

Applications and guidelines are available online. For specific questions, please contact Gay Arakawa, executive director of the CSULB Alumni Association, at extension 5-7880 or

Achievements and Accolades


Photo by Kenny Mathieson

Ezra LeBank’s (Theatre Arts) acrobatic show, Flight, is headed to Off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre in New York September 24-30 and then returning to Long Beach October 8-23.

Flight is a physical theatre sequel to The Little Prince with three acrobats morphing into cactuses, waves, and far-off islands. The show had a critically acclaimed run at the NYC Fringe Festival this past summer and it was nominated for Best Show, Best Family Show, and Best Performance in a Family Show at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2015.

Flight was written by LeBank, head of movement and assistant professor of Theatre Arts, and co-directed LeBank and Olivia Trevino, a guest director at CSULB. The cast and crew are made up of CSULB students, faculty and alumni. Learn more or purchase tickets.

Dr. Lesley Farmer (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) received the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Library Commendation Award last month in honor of her work in information and digital literacy. She also presented her research on school library data analytics at the IASL conference, which was held in Tokyo.

Dr. Heewon Yang, a new faculty member in Recreation and Leisure Studies, served as program committee chair for the 2016 American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference in Chicago September 10-13 and was recognized for his service during the annual conference. He also made two 90 minute-presentations during the conference on “Brain Fitness Exercise for Clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries,” and “Audio-Visual Relaxation Techniques for Clients with Anxiety Disorders.”  

Do you want to Work and Live in France, Italy, or Spain for a Year?

Applications for 2018-19 CSU International Programs Resident Directors for France, Italy and Spain are now available online. The application deadline is December 1.

Tenured or tenure track faculty in a full-time teaching or administrative position are eligible to apply. Visit the Global Studies Institute website for more information and the application form.

Global Fellows Program is Accepting Applications from Undergraduates

Please encourage your students to apply for the Global Fellows Program, which awards three undergraduate students a $1,000 stipend, in addition to a $500 budget, mentoring and administrative support to help them complete a globally-engaged project of their design at CSULB.

Last year’s Fellows not only raised awareness of important global issues, but received a certificate of recognition from U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal, a sustainability award and opportunities to present at conferences.  

The deadline to apply is September 30.  Visit the Global Studies Institute website for more information.

Confucius Day Brings Chinese Culture to Campus

Experience Chinese culture, arts and tradition during the Worldwide Confucius Day event September 22-23. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at CSULB, the event includes seminars, an ethnic costume show, photography exhibition, film screening and more. See the complete schedule online.