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News for Parents and Families: December 2014

Spotlight on Services for Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), located in Brotman Hall, Room 226, offers counseling for students who are struggling with issues such as family and social relationships, romantic relationships, life transitions, sexuality, grief, stress, sexual assault, anxiety, loss of motivation, or depression.  CAPS mental health professionals and advanced doctoral psychology interns under the supervision of licensed psychologists provide CSULB students with short-term counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, career development counseling, referral services, psycho educational workshops, and crisis intervention.  In addition to individual appointments, CAPS psychologists offer several support and affinity groups including Latinas Unidas, New Attitudes about Food, LGBTIQ Support Group, and International Students Coffee Hour.  Crisis intervention is available during office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).  In addition, students have 24-hour access to a counselor by phone.  All of these services are FREE to students currently enrolled at CSULB.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment.  For more information, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services  website.

Moving to Dorm

Campus Updates


Sending your son or daughter off to college may not have been an easy thing to do. Your student is experiencing a level of independence that is completely new. One area in which CSULB has chosen to assist students is Financial Literacy Education.

Helping your student prepare for the financial challenges of college life is important - not just for helping them avoid distracting financial problems, but to help them develop sound financial habits that can reduce overall college debt and help to lay a solid foundation for life after college.

One way we educate students is through Financial Literacy 101, a 90 minute web-based financial education program being used by colleges and universities around the country. Developed by an independent organization with no ties to the lending industry, the program uses an innovative curriculum designed for the specific challenges of today’s college student. Financial Literacy 101 will empower your student to make well-informed decisions about money, from avoiding credit card debt to finding the best deals on banking.

While we are committed to making a difference with our students, we also understand that parents can play an important role in helping their children avoid common financial problems. We urge you to talk with your students about financial topics, especially the appropriate use of credit cards. Up to 1 in 3 college students graduate with $10,000 or more in credit card debt in addition to student loans – a situation we would all like students to avoid.

To help you discuss financial literacy with your student, we are making the program available for parents to review. You can view the program on the Financial Literacy 101 website and use the access code, CSULB Parents, under the New Students tab. 

Students at commencement.

National College News

With the upcoming holiday break, your student may be returning home for the first time since he or she headed off to college.  For both parents and students, this homecoming may lead to a new relationship shift that comes with the independence and new responsibilities that your college student has experienced for the last three months.  Here are a few suggestions from College Parents of America to help ease the transition for everyone:

  • Let your student know if there are any changes to expect when coming home. Has a younger sibling moved into his or her room? Have you repainted the living room a new color? Is there a new puppy? Help your student adjust expectations.
  • Ask your student whether he or she will need to schedule any appointments while at home. Do they need to see the dentist or eye doctor or doctor? Do they have plans to leave for a few days to visit friends or roommates? Know ahead of time whether you need to work around special dates or appointments.
  • If your student is planning to work while at home on vacation, remember that you will need to consider their work schedule as you plan activities. Ask whether he or she is able to find out their work schedule prior to coming home.
  • Try not to over schedule your student’s time while at home. They will need some time to sleep and rest. They will want some time to simply do nothing. It is reasonable to expect him or her to be involved with some family activities, but be sure to allow time for them to be alone.
  • Plan to sit down as early in the visit as possible to address things before they become problems. This may be the single most important thing that you can do to make the visit go smoothly. An honest discussion about curfew and expectations is one thing that many students worry about. It may not be reasonable to expect your student, who has been able to come and go will while at school, to step back into the curfew they had in high school. On the other hand, it may not be reasonable for your student to expect you to be comfortable not knowing when they are coming in or where they are going. Talk it out. Let them know your absolute bottom line. Be ready to compromise. Talk about your comfort level. Let them talk about their expectations. You may be surprised at how reasonable your student can be when the issue is addressed calmly before it becomes a problem.
  • Try to find a balance between independence and family responsibilities. Your student is not a boarder, but is still a member of the family. However, they have been away for a while. Negotiate carefully how much you will expect of your student while at home. Will they have some responsibilities? What will you continue to do for him or her? Will they do their own laundry? Help with some meals?  Be expected to watch or transport younger siblings?
  • Make a plan to discuss any other issues that may be pending. Sometimes addressing problems early in the vacation will avoid them existing as an uncomfortable undercurrent throughout the vacation. Do you need to have a frank discussion about grades, drinking, money, behavior? Plan ahead of time to sit down for a frank discussion. Listen carefully and remain calm. Get the discussion out of the way and then let it go so that you can both enjoy the visit.
  • Take some time over the vacation to get to know the new person that your student is becoming. The changes may be radical or they may be slight. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about your student in a new way. Remember to look for, and acknowledge, the positive changes that you see.

For the entire article, visit the College Parents of America website.

Important Dates & Deadlines 

**December 1-12 Winter Break Licensing Available for dorms-Early bird rate

**December 9 – Last day of instruction

-Deadline to drop with college dean’s signature

** December 10 – Study Day – No classes, Campus Open

**December 11-17 – Final examinations

**December 17 – Last meal served (lunch) in residence halls

- Residence hall students not licensed to stay for Winter Break must vacate by 7:00 p.m.

**December 23 – Last day of semester

- Deadline to file request for Fall 2014 Medical Withdrawal

- Deadline to file Request for Educational Leave for with $10 missed deadline fee

**December 25-31 – Winter Break campus closed

Campus Events & Information

In 49er sports, the Women’s Basketball team hosts six games at the Walter Pyramid on December 7th, 13th,16th, 19th, 20th and 28th.  The Men’s Basketball team will be hosting one game at the Walter Pyramid on December 3rd.  For more information, visit the Long Beach State 49er website.

The CSULB choral, vocal and opera students host their annual Winter Festival Concert on December 6 and 7.  The concert is held at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach with shows at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and again at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, contact the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at (562) 985-4781 or visit the Choral, Vocal and Opera Studies website.

Newsletter by Zion Smith