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Provost's Message - May 2022

May 2022

Celebrating Commencement 2022

This week we had the honor and privilege of celebrating 11,169 new CSULB graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned degrees!  In no uncertain terms, Commencement was the ultimate highlight of my first year as Provost at The Beach.

At the same time, my heart was heavy with news of the shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Laguna Woods, California. These horrific attacks were targeted violence on Black and Asian communities and the losses felt by these communities are felt by us all. We mourn with them and stand unified in our mission to fight the evils of systemic racism in this country.

When I look at the faces of our graduates, I believe they have the sensitivity and desire to make this world better. The Class of 2022 has shown incredible spirit and resilience, achieving their academic goals while also navigating a worldwide pandemic. As we continue to traverse this new era, our students continuously prove that they are prepared to take on new challenges and excel in the world. Their bright hearts and minds will go into society and leave it better than they found it.

Thank you to our incredibly hardworking faculty and staff who have helped shape our graduates as they go out into their prospective fields and pave the way for the future generations.  Commencement reminds us of WHY we do what we do.



Dr. Malcolm Finney has been named Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, effective June 1, 2022. In this role, Dr. Finney will collaboratively oversee the academic personnel processes, policies, and procedures for faculty at CSULB. Dr. Finney has been the full-time Director of the Faculty Center since 2019. Under his leadership, the Faculty Center provides support and resources to enable faculty to thrive in teaching, scholarship, and service. In this role, Dr. Finney has promoted an ethos of civic responsibility among faculty while attending to their socio-emotional well-being. Under Dr. Finney’s direction, the Faculty Center has demonstrated a commitment to Equity at The Beach through the development and support of workshops to provide and enhance culturally responsive pedagogy. Led by Dr. Finney, the Faculty Center collaborates with employee affinity groups and Faculty Equity Advocates to focus on identifying and addressing challenges. As director, Dr. Finney promotes opportunities and coordinates existing professional development services to build an inclusive campus community, enhance student learning, and facilitate faculty research and creative activities. We looking forward to working with Dr. Finney in this new capacity and hope you will join us in congratulating and welcoming him to this leadership role.

Dr. Anna Ortiz has been named Interim Dean for the College of Education, effective June 6, 2022. Dr. Ortiz has been a student development educator in the classroom as a professor or as a practitioner in the field for over 30 years. Her research interests center around college student development, primarily in the areas of ethnic identity development, multicultural education, and professional issues in student affairs; having authored a range of publications including books, articles and book chapters. She received her doctorate from UCLA and has served on the faculty at Michigan State University. At Long Beach, she serves on the faculty of the Student Development in Higher Education and Educational Doctorate Programs and led the Educational Doctorate for 10 years. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Educational Leadership Department, serving as Department Chair for two terms. Dr. Ortiz is dedicated to Equity at The Beach and currently serves our campus as co-chair of the President’s Equity and Change Commission and as an active member in the Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups at CSULB. She also serves as a Faculty Equity Advocate for the College of Education. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ortiz to the leadership team and hope you join us in congratulating her on this appointment.

2022 University Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 University Achievement Awards. Their remarkable efforts are outstanding examples of the exceptional faculty at The Beach! For a full list of winners, click here.

News and Updates

Register Now for Fall 2022 - Current CSULB students can now register for Fall 2022 classes! Register now to ensure you have a spot in your preferred classes. Be sure to review and resolve any holds prior to registering. Get started at

Transcripts Posted by End of June - Official grades and degrees will be posted towards the end of June. To order official transcripts, visit MyCSULB Student Center and in the ‘Other Academics’ drop-down menu, click on ‘Transcript: Official.’ Students may also seek free enrollment verification and other certifications using the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) tile in SSO.
Fall Courses Now Available in BeachBoard and Canvas
Faculty can now access Fall 2022 courses via a new SSO tile linked to the BeachBoard and Canvas Login site. Faculty have the option to teach in BeachBoard or Canvas starting this Fall. In mid-June, BeachBoard courses from the last two years will be migrated and available to faculty on their Canvas Dashboard. Faculty can copy content into their Fall/Spring Canvas courses as needed. 
Get Started with Canvas before Summer 2023
ATS recommends that faculty plan to teach in Canvas in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 to get an early start with the new platform. Visit the Canvas Faculty Support and Training sites for all the resources! For an overview of support links within Canvas, watch this video:  Canvas Support and Training Services Portal.
Go All In! Prepare Now to Teach with Canvas in the Fall
Over the summer, take advantage of these ATS programs to prepare to teach in Canvas in the Fall:
ATS Summer Professional Development Programs for Faculty 
Registration is now open for two of our most popular programs:    
  • Instructional Technology Foundations 

  • This program is designed for faculty who are new to CSULB or have not completed previous ATS programs. Topics include the basics of using BeachBoard and Zoom, foundational course design concepts, and student success factors in any modality including, face-to-face, online, or hybrid course formats.

  • HyFlex Instructional Techniques

  • In this program, we will present techniques and best practices for teaching in a Hyflex classroom to create an engaging learning environment. In addition, faculty will have the opportunity of taking a personal tour of a Hyflex Classroom

Update to COVID-19 Protocols

As of March 14, 2022, wearing masks will be optional in most campus settings for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Exceptions to these indoor mask-optional policy include: 

  • Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required in classrooms and labs, the Student Health Center, childcare centers, public transit, small offices, and conference rooms.

  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

  • Masks will continue to be required when receiving one-on-one, in-person, close-contact services.

Effective June 1, mask requirements will be discontinued contingent upon continued declining rates of COVID-19 transmission. 

For the most up to date COVID-19 information, click here.

For more information on vaccines and where to get them, click here.



2022 CSU Student Research Competition Winners

This year’s 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition was hosted virtually by San Francisco State University. Congratulations to our BEACH winners:Emma Siegfried (1st Place - Biological and Agricultural Sciences), Vaishalee Chaudhar (2nd Place - Humanities, Arts and Letters, and Makena Pollon (2nd Place - Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences.) 

Read more here.

TEDxCSULB 2022 Conference Theme - Navigating the Unknown
Apply to be a speaker at TEDxCSULB
Speaker Application Deadline: June 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
For more information please visit here or email

The Spring 2022 Office of Undergraduate Research Services Newsletter is here!

The Office of Undergraduate Research Services (OURS), in collaboration with other research programs here at CSULB, presents the latest edition of the OURS Newsletter. 

To read the OURS Spring 2022 newsletter, click here.



Academic Affairs Accolades and In The News

Grants and Gifts

  • Bolanos, Isacar. The Nature of Ottoman Iraq: Environmental Management at the Margins of Empire, 1831-1917. History. CLA. American Council of Learned Societies. $60,000. (8/1/2022 - 7/31/2023)

  • Chandra, Shailesh. Innovation Tools and Concept Strategies for System Planning. Civil Engin & Const Engin Mgnt. COE. California Department of Transportation. $128,531. (5/1/2022 - 6/30/2023)

  • Coriaty, Brian. 2021-2022 Aquatic Center Grant. Student Life and Development. SA. Department of Parks and Recreation. $31,561. (2/15/2022 - 5/31/2037)

  • Crockett, Megan Kline. Classroom Connections. Carpenter Performing Arts Center. COTA. Arts Council for Long Beach. $4,000. (10/1/2021 - 9/30/2022)

  • D'Anna, Laura. Is marijuana the new menthol? Can marijuana use among YBM serve as a hook for nicotine addiction?. Center for Health Equity Research. CHHS. UC Office of the President (UCOP). $747,765. (7/1/2022 - 6/30/2024)

  • Eriksen, Shelley. Campus Sexual Assault Program. Human Development. CLA. California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). $103,119. (1/1/2022 - 12/31/2023)

  • Holland, Erika. Microplastic Fiber Toxicity in Marine Species with Different Feeding Types. Biological Sciences. CNSM. USC via NOAA. $21,059. (2/1/2022 - 1/31/2023)

  • Huckabay, Lucy. Song Brown FNP. Nursing. CHHS. CA Department of Health Care Access and Information. $144,000 (6/30/2022 - 8/31/2023)

  • Kelly, Kenneth. Cal Fresh Outreach. Basic Needs. SA. Chico State Enterprise via USDA. $85,089. (10/1/2021 - 9/30/2024)

  • Kelly, Kenneth. Basic Needs. Basic Needs. SA. Chico State Enterprise via USDA. $22,439. (6/10/2020 - 9/30/2022)

  • Martine, Wade. Entrepreneur and Small Business Education Series 2022. Inst Innov & Entrepreneurship. AA. Downtown Long Beach Associate (DLBA). $9,944. (4/1/2022 - 6/1/2022)

  • Ramirez, Peter. Antiviral Electromagnetic Pulses (COVID-19). Biological Sciences. CNSM. Epirus, Inc. via NSF. $24,751. (3/14/2022 - 6/30/2022)

  • Sciortino, Antonella. MESA University Program. College of Engineering. COE. UC Office of the President (UCOP). $100,000. (1/1/2022 - 6/30/2024)

  • Sciortino, Antonella. MESA College Prep Program. College of Engineering. COE. UC Office of the President (UCOP). $103,106. (1/1/2022 - 6/30/2024)

  • Suaray, Kagba. MAA Tensor-SUMMA Program - Hesabu Circle. Mathematics and Statistics. CNSM. Mathematical Association of America. $4,185. (4/29/2022 - 5/31/2023)

In Memorium

Dr. Chunduri V. Chelapati has sadly passed away. He was known for his love of teaching and engineering. He will be greatly missed.


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