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News for Parents and Families: October 2014

Spotlight on Services for Students

The Career Development Center (CDC), located in Brotman Hall, Room 250, is a wonderful resource for students.  The CDC’s mission is, “to provide innovative career decision-making and job search services that enhance student development.”  At the CDC, students have the opportunity to receive assistance with job searches, choosing a major, and pursuing graduate and professional degrees.  The CDC also offers workshops throughout the semester on topics such as choosing your major, graduate school, job fair preparation, job search and networking, internships, interview preparation, resume writing and other special topics.  The Career Development Center’s website offers information and tips for parents to support their students in exploring career options.  Visit the Career Development Center’s website and encourage your student to make an appointment with a counselor today.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates

It was with great excitement that we welcomed the seventh President of California State University, Long Beach, Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D.  President Conoley officially took office in July as the first woman to be appointed President of CSULB.  She has come to us with extensive experience in higher education having recently served as interim Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.  President Conoley is honored and committed to serve as our President and we are looking forward to advancing as an institution under her leadership.  To learn more about President Conoley and to stay connected to the University visit her “President’s Message” website.

We also welcomed our new Vice President for Student Services, Carmen Tillery Taylor, Ph.D. Vice President Taylor came to us after serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Indiana State University. To learn more about Vice President Taylor visit Inside CSULB.

Students at commencement.

National College News

With the flu season upon us, there is no better time than now to talk to your son or daughter about healthcare and staying healthy.  Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, a leading specialist in healthcare for young people, has several suggestions for parents to utilize when discussing health care issues with their students. 

  1. Independence and confidentiality: help facilitate your child's ability to function and make decisions on their own, and to respect that with adulthood comes the right to confidentiality (from a legal perspective) over medical information.
  2. The necessity of a pre-college health exam: this ensures that all relevant medical information is up-to-date.
  3. Immunizations: an important, yet complicated issue, this is an essential component of bringing information "up-to-date."  Recommended pre-college vaccines include hepatitis A and B and meningococcal meningitis.
  4. Medical records and prescriptions: it is an excellent idea to have your primary-care physician send the campus health center a summary of your child's care, particularly if they have any type of chronic medical problems.
  5. First-aid supplies: one of the first questions your child will be asked if they call a campus health center with an illness is, "Have you taken your temperature?"  Don't let your child be embarrassed by their response, "I don't have a thermometer," or, "I don't know how to take my temperature."  A basic health-care kit should take care of the above, as well as the inevitable scrapes and bruises.

In addition, Dr. Neinstein suggests that it is important for your student to understand the details of your family’s health insurance plan should they visit the campus health center or the local emergency room. 

Student Health Services at CSULB is offering opportunities for students to obtain their flu shots on campus.  On October 20th, October 28th, and November 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and November 5th from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., students can receive flu shots adjacent to the University Bookstore for FREE.  If these days and times are not convenient for your student, flu shots are available by appointment scheduled using the Student Health Services website.

For the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.  For more information about health services at CSULB, visit the Student Health Services  website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

Don’t forget to mark your calendar and join us for the “First Year Experience for Parents and Families” event on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m.  This special informational session is a free event taking place at the University Student Union Ballrooms.  This is a great opportunity to learn about additional resources available for your student at CSULB.  The first year of transition to college life can be one of the most difficult for students.  As family members, you are a vital component of ensuring your student’s success.  After the event, you can join your student at all of the Homecoming festivities outside of the Walter Pyramid.  For more information and to RSVP to the event, please contact Zion Smith, Assistant Director for Parent and Family Programs at

October 29

  • Deadline to drop or withdraw from all classes and receive pro-rated refund.

Campus Events & Information

On Sunday, October 13, CSULB will once again host a portion of the Long Beach Marathon.  Due to the great success of the past couple of years, miles 18, 19, and 20 will wind through campus.  Thousands of students and supporters, including the CSULB cheerleaders, pep band, and Prospector Pete, will show their encouragement and enthusiasm for the runners as they enter campus.  In addition, athletic teams, Greek organizations, and student groups will cheer for participants as they pass by.  For more information on how to show your support at CSULB, visit the Program Council’s website.  To register to participate in the marathon, visit the Long Beach Marathon website.

For the 15th consecutive year, the CSULB community will participate in Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 25 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Started by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make a Difference Day is a national day of helping others.  Over one 100 CSULB volunteers will partner with Rebuilding Together Long Beach to participate in this day of service.  Volunteers will assist with exterior home repairs, painting, and landscaping.  For more information, or to have your student register, visit the Student Life and Development website.

In 49er sports, the Women’s Volleyball team will host four matches at the Walter Pyramid on October 11th, 24th, 25th and 30th.  The Men’s Water Polo team will host a match at the Campus Pool on October 18th, 20th, and 26th.  The Women’s Soccer team will host three games at the George Allen Field on October 12th and 23rd.  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.


Newsletter by Zion Smith