Spotlight on Services for Students
Student Health Services, located on State University Drive, provides medical services, preventive health and health education programs to registered students. Services offered at Student Health include Direct Medical Care such as treatment of sudden or moderate illness, Specialty Service such as men and women's health, pharmacy, laboratory tests and x-rays. All students registered for the current semester are eligible to receive services. Most services are covered under the basic fee which is paid at registration. Students must make appointments, although same day appointments are available through Urgent Care. In addition to basic services, immunizations are available to students for an additional fee. The Health Resource Center is located on the 2nd floor of Student Health Services and provides health education programs such as HIV Testing and Counseling, Sexual Health Awareness Workshop and Nutrition Counseling. For more information, visit the Student Health Services website.
Last month, the California State University Trustees announced its selection of the next CSULB president, Jane Close Conoley. She will be the first female president at CSULB and the seventh president to serve our campus. “Cal State Long Beach is renowned for its quality, diversity and global mission and it is an honor to be selected as the university’s next president,” said Conoley. “The excellence of its academic offerings, its storied athletic heritage and its unique location has made it one of the CSU’s most popular campuses for prospective students. This is a vibrant university that plays a key role in Southern California, and I embrace the opportunity to work with the outstanding students, faculty, staff and Long Beach community to reach even greater heights.” For more information about the new CSULB president, visit the CSULB Press Release website.
Once again, CSULB accounting students are providing free income tax preparation for students through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. “Sponsored by the IRS but funded through the campus’ Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society, VITA helps students on campus and people from the community who cannot afford to go to paid preparers to get their taxes filed. At the same time, the program gives student volunteers valuable experience that can further help them to attain full-time employment in the accounting field.” The program assists students and families who make less than $51,567 and cannot prepare itemized returns. Volunteers are available now through Friday, March 28 and can be seen Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For the entire article or more information on what documents to bring, visit the Inside CSULB website.
Academic Success Corner
Does your student need support succeeding in an especially difficult course? You can encourage your student to enroll in one of the Supplemental Instruction courses through the Learning Assistance Center (LAC). “Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a group session - led by an SI Leader - that meets two or three times a week to help students understand course material and learn how to study better. SI classes are optional, one-unit classes that can help you succeed in courses that most students have found difficult year after year. Students in SI Classes meet with an SI Leader either before or after the target class to work on learning strategies and critical thinking skills and apply them to the material covered in class.” SI classes are included in the registration fees for full-time in-state students. For more information about SI and how to enroll, visit the Learning Assistance Center website.
National College News
The average college student now graduates in five or six years instead of the traditional four years that many parents remember. While the reasons may vary, understanding the causes can potentially help your student (and you as the financier) anticipate and prevent a graduation delay. According to College Parents of America, here are some factors that might prolong a student’s degree completion:
- Taking a light course load. Many students (and their parents) determine that they would like to take a lighter than normal course load for one or more semesters. A student may be concerned about doing well with a heavy load, or may have outside-of-school family or work obligations. Taking a lighter course load may make sense. A student who consistently takes a lighter load, however, will not accumulate enough credits to graduate in time.
- A change of direction or major. Many students are able to change from one major to another and not lose any time toward their degree. Of course, one factor may be the timing of the change. The earlier a student changes major, the easier the change may be. For some students, and some majors, changing major may mean adding additional courses and may mean extra time.
- Failing too many classes. A student who fails classes will need to make up credits and may need extra time.
- Withdrawing from too many classes. If a student withdraws from too many classes, she will need to make up the extra credits.
- Not keeping track of requirements. It is possible for a student to take an appropriate number of credits each semester, but fail to take certain required classes – either all college requirements, or requirements for the major. This student may be taken by surprise when she discovers that she has missed important classes and needs to take them later.
- Taking time off. Some students hit a stumbling block at some point during their college years. They may need an academic break, may encounter health issues, or may have family issues that require them to take a break. This may mean that the four year timetable is no longer appropriate.
- Lack of direction. Although entering college undecided about a major may be a very good thing for keeping options open, a student who takes too long to decide about a major may miss the opportunity to take certain courses in a timely sequence. He may need extra time to take required courses or course sequences.
- Transferring to another college. Many students transfer from one college to another and carry all of their previous credits with them. Your student may never miss a beat during a transfer. Other students may find that some of their credits will not transfer and that they will need extra time to make up for lost credits.
- Completing one (or several) internships. Many employers today look for experience on candidates’ resumes. An internship – or multiple internships – is a good way for a student to set himself apart. Many students are able to complete internships for credit as part of their normal course load. Other students may decide that spending an extra semester to complete a prime internship will be worth the extra time spent as a student.
- Study abroad. More and more students today are spending some time studying abroad. Most students are able to study abroad and still graduate on time. However, if the study abroad opportunity slows down your student’s progress, he will need to consider whether the life experience may be worth some extra time.
- Completing a double major. Depending on your student’s goals, she may decide to complete a double major – combining two areas of interest. Again, many students are able to complete a double major without adding extra time. However, if your student makes a decision late, or plans to combine two complicated or complex majors, she may need extra time. The double major may be worth the extra time.
- Low GPA. Many colleges have a required minimum GPA (grade point average) for graduation. If your student has struggled and is below the minimum required GPA, he may need to spend an extra semester working to raise his GPA to acceptable standards.
- Taking extra classes. Your student may discover that there are some extra classes that will improve his marketability and/or career options. He may decide to spend an extra semester taking important classes that will benefit him when he begins his job search.
For the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.
Important Dates & Deadlines
- Housing payments due
- Housing Application for 2014-2015 Academic Year Housing opens at 9am
- Spring Break Licensing available for housing-Early Bird Special Rate
- Spring Break Licensing available - Full Price
- Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund
- Last meal served (lunch) in the residence halls
- Residents not licensed to stay during Spring Break must vacate by 7pm
March 31-April 4
- Spring Break (campus open, no classes)
- Campus closed in honor of Cesar Chavez Day
Campus Events & Information
On Thursday, March 27, CSULB 7th Annual Distinguished Speaker Series will host Douglas Brinkley at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Dr. Brinkley is a distinguished historian and award-winning author who will present a lecture on the evolution of the American Presidency. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. with an optional dinner at 6:00 p.m. All the proceeds from the event support CSULB student scholarships. For more information, visit the Distinguished Speaker Series website.
In 49er sports,
- the Women’s Basketball team hosts four games at the Walter Pyramid on March 1, 6, 11 and 12.
- the Women’s Tennis team hosts
eight matches at Rhodes Tennis Center on March 1, 6, 8, 15, 19, 20, 22 and 27.
- the Men’s Volleyball team hosts
five matches at the Walter Pyramid on March 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.
- the Dirtbags (Men’s Baseball team) host
six games at Blair Field on March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.
- the Women’s Water Polo team hosts
three games at the 49er Softball Complex on March 1, 2 and 5.
- the Women’s Softball team will start the Mayfair Invitational on February 27 and 28.
- the Men’s Golf team hosts the Del Walker Intercollegiate Tournament at Virginia Country Club on March 3 and 4.
For more information, visit the Long Beach State 49er website.
For more information about these and other campus events, please visit the CSULB Calendar of Events.