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President Alexander expressed thanks to everyone that Cal-State Long Beach diverted complete disaster with our precautions for Swine Flu. We were on our own quarantining students, and only one freshman contracted the flu. That student may have contracted Swine Flu at Kaleidescope. 35,000 people attended Kaleidescope, and no disaster occurred. We learned a lot and met with the Health Department. We had trouble getting samples tested. Our campus demographics do not allow us to easily close down, and the number of cases decided upon for closure was 10,000. We have 20,000 students here who can not just vacate the campus. We are not over close vigilance, and the President appreciates our patience and that faculty and staff is watching closely for symptoms. Our Campus Police did a great job, and other institutions have called us to ask about how we handled our situation.
The budget propositions go forth on May 19, 2009, and the President is hoping all will pass. There is an 8 billion dollar hole in the California Budget which will incorporate into a May revise. There will be a 16 million dollar hole in the budget in June when Legislators return. If the propositions do not pass, we cannot expect a budget for the CSU before October or November. Bills are still getting pushed forward, so all we ask is flexibility to do what we do.
There is a meeting next week, and it is expected that there will be a 10% increase in student fees. The UCs are up $800.00 this year, so the CSUs are still in a good position. The Cal-State Science Building construction is up and running, gaining ground that was lost when work ceased. The Recreation and Wellness Center is above ground now and there is a virtual walk-through of the facility online. Opening is planned for a year from August, 2009. The Brooks Residential Learning Facility has room for 550 students, and, to date, 200 are signed on. This will help alleviate the 1,000 plus waiting list we always have for on-campus residential space. Brooks is designed in the tradition of residential colleges to be a self-contained living and study community for students enrolled there. The facility is a 20 million dollar project paid for by revenue bonds supported by the students living there. Shuttles will ferry students back and forth to the main CSULB campus.
President Alexander advised Staff not to get run down. Keep healthy because we are entering the final weeks of the semester culminating in Graduation and all of the activity with it. Be sensitive to students and visitors. We may have the largest Graduation Class ever, and CSULB is a model for this. The job market is not good, so undergraduate students will be staying on to enroll in graduate courses. We have had a gripping year beginning with feral cats and coyotes and ending with a Blue Heron in our Japanese Garden Koi Pond. We are ready for a breather, so hang in there!