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Provost's Message - December 13, 2017

A Message From Provost Jersky

Happy Holidays - A message from Provost JerskyAs this year comes to a close and the holiday busyness fills the air – I am reminded of how much we accomplished to date. These only reflect a few highlights, but all are momentous for our campus.

  • We dramatically increased our 2016-2017 4-year graduation rate for freshman from 16% - 25% in one year!
  • This fall we received another record breaking number of applications to our campus – 105,000.
  •  Last academic year, faculty and students generated over $50 million in grant funding.

There are so many other achievements, but one that is most remarkable and recent is the award of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2021 to our campus. Over 4,000 students from all areas of scholarly endeavors will be coming from all over the country to present their research, creative activity and scholarly work. This conference will not only bring attention to our campus but put our faculty’s research on the national stage.

Mary StephensThis year also brought several changes to our Long Beach family. One notable change is the retirement of Mary Stephens, Vice President, Department of Administration and Finance. Mary has always been a respected colleague, and has grown to become a cherished friend. I will miss serving beside her on the President’s executive team, as well as all the hard-working integrity and energy she possesses.  She has been an innovative leader who is passionate about students, and was a master of maximizing resources for our campus.  Her last day is this Friday, December 15. Mary – you will be missed.

In closing, I want to wish you all joyous, safe and happy holidays this year. I appreciate all the hard work you do and the dedication you bring to continue our mission of educating the next generation. Your contributions to ‘the Beach,’ the CSU and the state are invaluable, and I am thankful for you all.  


Faculty in the News

In Memoriam

Dr. Arlene Lazarowitz from Liberal Arts passed away December 5. Arlene was a passionate advocate, both for the rights of lecturers and for the disabled. She served on numerous department, college, and university positions.

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