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Beach Forensics Wins!

""The CSULB Forensics team has returned from their season opener at Arizona State University with multiple wins.

The team had multiple individual awards: Novice, Maggie Franckhauser and Catherine Lucas-Castillo; Junior Varsity, Brad Schindler and Christian Vazquez; and in Varsity, Georgie Suico and Noah Christiansen all received awards.

In the team competition, the varsity freshman/freshman team of Georgie Suico and Noah Christiansen went undefeated in the preliminary debates, earning them the position as first seed in elimination rounds. Suico and Christiansen went on to win every single elimination debate, culminating in the first varsity policy debate tournament championship for CSULB since the year 2006. The team was then selected as one of the 9 individual debate teams to attend the elite and exclusive Val A. Browning Round Robin tournament in October.  The team earned victories over USC, Weber State, Arizona State, CSU Fullerton, Southwestern College, Fullerton College, CSU Northridge, and Fresno State.  Both Arizona State and USC were highly competitive at the National Debate Tournament last season.

Congratulations to all the Forensics team members and their coaches.


The Higher Ed Rewired Podcast

The Higher Ed Rewired Podcast is a new project supported by the CSU’s Chancellor’s Office highlighting inspirational stories from CSU faculty and staff “who are transforming the higher education landscape. They bring listeners along on their journey of engaging students with innovative practices, overcoming institutional challenges and creating groundbreaking research.” So far, three episodes are available. Please consider following/reviewing the podcast on your favorite listening app to support the show. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Oliver Wang of the Sociology Department.

New language center will bring multilingual approach to teaching


Photo by Sean DuFrene

As a young woman traveling the world, Dr. Clorinda Donato had this idea, a dream really, where someone from Japan could ask a Mexican in Spanish about immigrating to the United States.

“The world was popping for me and I wanted to be one of its multilingual ambassadors,” said Donato, the George L. Graziadio chair for Italian Studies. She wanted to be that person who could converse with her family in Italian, talk to a Frenchman in French about the Italian painter Modigliani, who lived in France, and sign with a deaf friend.


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“The courses at the university made some of that possible, but it also made me curious,” she said.

That curiosity led Donato to hold fast to her dream of interconnecting cultures and languages and eventually establish the Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies, made possible by a $1.1 donation from Mario Giannini, a longtime supporter of Italian Studies. The Center officially opened last week in the College of Liberal Arts.

“We always talked about the importance of language, but the vision is Clorinda’s and that’s what made it interesting to me,” Giannini said.

“But here was a chance to get an interdisciplinary, something done where language becomes important. I feel we live in an age where no one cares about culture and language and humanities and they matter, they matter a lot.”

Donato said the Center will enable students to acquire new skills necessary in today’s ever-expanding global world. She has said that the importance of languages and cultures in peoples’ lives is “vastly underrated and underappreciated.”

This is the first center in the United States to promote intercomprehension and multilingual approaches to language teaching, strategies that boast a growing presence throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America.


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“Understanding cultural, economic, political and social intricacies of the world from local to global multinational is a requirement for the future,” President Jane Close Conoley said. “We will not continue to be world leaders and world citizens without that. So, training in communication, cultural studies, media, languages and combining that with other disciplines in the college and across the university, will create opportunities and make our students highly sought after by many, many industries, businesses, universities throughout society.”

The overarching goals of the Center are to establish collaborative, integrative and interdisciplinary educational and research programs in the teaching of Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies. Donato has said she hopes the Center will become a “powerful tool” that will attract top scholars to its research projects.


CLA Congratulates 2019 University Achievement Award Recipients

CLA is proud of our faculty, staff and students who were this year’s award winners. Please join me in congratulating:

Outstanding Graduate Research Student Award

Olivia Silke, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

""Olivia Silke is a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Arts in Psychology Research Program. Since beginning the program, she has completed her thesis proposal and presented nine, first authored paper and poster presentations at professional and university-based conferences. 

She continues to thrive in her program as a CSULB Graduate Research Fellow and as the American Psychological Association’s Junior Scientist Fellow. Her master’s project (built on a larger NIH-funded study) examines the role of maternal mindful disposition, or one’s ability to maintain present moment awareness, on multifaceted-stress responses. Silke’s research aims to conceptualize stress in low-income perinatal mothers and their infants by investigating multiple pathways of action, including: the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, the sympathetic adrenal medullary axis, and perceived stress. 

Silke plans to obtain her PhD in health psychology where she can expand upon this research. She aims to: address gaps in research by including diverse samples; outline biological outcomes linked with mindfulness; and increase mind-body prenatal programs in community settings. 

Having dedicated over 20 hours per week to research methodology, design, and analysis, her future as a scientific researcher is bright. 

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Student Award

Lizbeth Castillo Monterrosa, International Studies, College of Liberal Arts

""Lizbeth Castillo Monterrosa is a 4.0 GPA, International Studies major who has been welcomed into competitive programs such as the University Honors Program, the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Research Program, and the McNair Scholars Program.

She began her research journey at the end of her freshmen year when she was able to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Costa Rica, alongside her research mentor Dr. Fouratt. They initiated a research project focused on migrants and refugees and collaborated with a local non-profit organization, RET International, to host a digital storytelling workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to show migrant youth how voicing their migration experiences can serve as foundation to addressing wider anti-immigrant sentiments.

After her time abroad, Castillo continued working on this project with Dr. Fouratt through UROP and now BUILD at CSULB. They currently find them- selves in the final stages of this work as they prepare to publish a manuscript. Through research, Castillo ultimately seeks to improve immigrant rights and refine the U.S. discourse on immigration by showing that immigration is not just a domestic issue but a global one as well. Her wider research aims also coincide with her aspiration of a future career in government.

Castillo is a first-generation student who excels in applying her skills and time outside of the classroom and eventually she hopes to pursue a JD and PhD in Public Health. Coming up next for Castillo is the GRE test, graduate school program applications and a summer internship in New Mexico. Here, she hopes to work directly with migrants and refugees at the US-Mexican border.

Outstanding Staff Award

Susan Tsuji, ASC History Department

""Susan Tsuji’s influence and dedication to CSULB has been reflected to not only her department, but to the entire campus as well. She is the department coordinator and graduate coordinator for the Department
of History, and an active member of the campus community since 2011.

“Susan is without a doubt the first ASC in my thirty years who not only inspires trust in how she carries out her responsibilities, but who combines her performance skills with humor, thoughtfulness, and kindness,” said Dr. David Shafer, chair of CSULB’s Department of History.

Currently, she is a CSULB Staff Council representative, member of the council’s Special Events Committee and is the chair of the Staff Council’s Staff Development Committee. Since she plays a key role in Staff Council, her duties range from coordinating education for staff engagement to planning staff campus events.

Tsuji also serves in the Campus Climate Committee of the Academic Senate, a General Financial Need Scholarship Application Reviewer, and formerly as the Staff Council Treasurer.

As an active volunteer in the community, Tsuji also volunteered for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium from 2002 to 2011. During her tenure she received the Distinguished Volunteer Achievement Award by the aquarium.

Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award

Dr. Norbert Schürer, English Department

""Dr. Norbert Schürer joined the English Department at CSULB in 2003. He teaches courses and does research on literary theory, 18th-century British literature, and on major authors such as Jane Austen and
J.R.R. Tolkien. His recent publications include the anthology British Encounters with India with Tim Keirn (2011), the collection of primary materials Charlotte Lennox: Correspondence and Miscellaneous
Documents (2012), the cultural guide Berlin (2014) and the Long Beach local history study Boom and Bust: Miner Smith and his 1920s California Bungalow Mansions (2015).

He engages with students not just beyond the classroom, but beyond the country: Every other winter session he and Tim Keirn take students to India for a study-abroad experience.

Schürer was elected a member of the Academic Senate in 2008, became a member of the Executive Committee in 2014, and has been Chair of the Academic Senate since 2016. He models the importance of shared governance across all levels and divisions on campus. He worked on projects such as the General Education policy and the new CSULB definition of student success. His main interest has been improving communication on campus and ensuring that all constituents are consulted in all decision. Schürer’s success in his role as Chair has been based on his ability to maintain key collaborations in all academic environments.

Community Service Award - Staff

Mitra Baghdadi, Department Coordinator, Anthropology

""Mitra Baghdadi is involved in issues related to diversity, social justice, equity, and equality at a local and national level. She is a member and has served as Board of Directors for the Iranian-Persian American
Association of Greater Long Beach (IPAA), which aims to promote the Persian/American community’s involvement in local social events. She also runs fundraisers and donations for the Rescue Mission of
Long Beach and Homelessness Services. 

In addition Baghdadi links the CSULB Anthropology department with City Council Member Suzie Price, and the Long Beach Homeless Services. United, they research the challenges of outreach and service provision to the wide-ranging homeless population.

Baghdadi’s concerns for the community extend to national and international issues such as the travel ban. For example, in 2017 she reached out to Representative Alan Lowenthal’s office to speak about the legal and social consequences of President Trump’s so called “travel ban.” She organized a group of students to attend a town hall meeting to speak with Representative Lowenthal. Baghdadi worked to help students impacted by this Executive Order to find free legal advice and to access necessary counseling services.

As the Chair of Diversity for the American Association of University Women in state of California, Baghdadi promotes women empowerment. She developed research tools and educational programming to study and expand diversity and inclusion in membership throughout AAUW California.

One of Baghdadi’s most recent achievements is her new position as one of the staff representatives for the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. She now partakes in the Publicity & Public Relations Committee and the Colloquium Committee within the organization.

For the complete list of award recipients, please read the article: https://www.csulb.edu/office-of-the-provost/university-achievement-awards

94-Year-Old CSULB Student Is Enjoying Life On Campus

Harold Katz

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Guitare

Inside a classroom at Cal State Long Beach, there’s a student who doesn’t sound like any other.

Harold Katz has his notebook and computer out, an iPhone in his pocket and an Apple Watch on his wrist. He’s a World War II veteran with two degrees, who’s lived through many of the American presidencies covered in his political science class. He’s also 94.

We recently caught up with Katz to talk about his routine as a student, how he ended up at Long Beach State and what keeps him going. Listen to the audio for the full interview.


Please note this is an audio interview. KPCC does not provide a written transcript.

Outreach workers are crucial to connecting homeless to services, Cal State Long Beach study finds

By EMILY RASMUSSEN | erasmussen@scng.com | Long Beach Press- Telegram PUBLISHED: May 14, 2019 at 8:48 pm | UPDATED: May 14, 2019 at 8:48 pm


In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, Shari Weaver, regional coordinator for Harbor Interfaith shakes hands with a man as she and a group of volunteers in Long Beach counted the homeless population. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG)

People experiencing homelessness are much more likely to accept services if they feel they can trust outreach workers, a Cal State Long Beach study on homelessness found. That was one of the findings in “Meet Them Where They’re At,” a study by 26 students and two professors from Cal State Long Beach’s anthropology department, as part of a partnership with Councilwoman Suzie Price’s office (link to PDF file), to understand why some homeless people do not accept services or help. The professors who led the project, along with their students, shared the findings with the Long Beach City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

“Research like this that can provide useful data to orient our future policy decisions,” Price said in a Friday, May 10, statement before the meeting, “and approaches to outreach could play a big role to increase the likelihood of getting people into service.” On average, it takes 17 contacts with an individual experiencing homelessness on the street to engage in services, according to the city. That number is partly what inspired Price’s office and the anthropology department to partner on the project in 2017, said Jack Cunningham, Price’s chief of staff. “I think viewing things from multiple viewpoints and disciplines is valuable,” he said last week. “There’s a lens from a social services perspective, but there are other ways of looking at it.” Anthropology department chairwoman Karen Quintiliani and department coordinator Mitra Baghdadi met with Price and spent three months working with the Homeless Services Outreach Team as pre-work before the study began. “There is a tremendous amount of work (in homeless outreach),” Quintiliani said Tuesday morning. “Changing human lives takes time and it takes people with certain qualities.”

Those qualities, she added, include compassion and respect for the homeless individuals they are trying to help. The students who participated enrolled in two classes. The first class trains students in methods for researching different people and cultures. In the second class, students studied articles and policy reports to contextualize homelessness. Quintiliani and Baghdadi, meanwhile, used their experiences with the city’s outreach teams to guide students for their own field work. Graduate and undergraduate students conducted research on the approaches that the Homeless Services Outreach Team, and other homeless outreach teams in the city, used during interactions with people experiencing homelessness. Students also interviewed people who were homeless — but now live in permanent housing – about services they did accept.

During Homeless Services’ outreach efforts in the field, students interviewed homeless people, asking questions to try to understand why some turn down services. “I think this helped our students very much,” Baghdadi said Tuesday morning. “To see in the real world how to use their education in a productive way, to be a responsible citizen. That’s our mission here, to help students realize that their education doesn’t end here in the classroom.” The experience left an impression on graduate student Thanh Nguyen, who conducted more than 40 interviews with people experiencing homelessness. “It was very enlightening for me,” he said Tuesday morning. “I had a lot of preconceived notions of homelessness and people experiencing homelessness, but after talking to them and learning about them, it really opened my eyes to how homelessness impacts people.” In total, students experienced nearly 500 homeless outreach interactions, that added up to about 450 hours total. “Just that density of data was really impressive to me,” Cunningham said. Another key finding in the study was that outreach workers were crucial in identifying, and helping, homeless individuals with hurdles to become eligible for services — such as getting an ID card, Quintiliani said. Sometimes, those hurdles included ending a relationship, or giving up a pet, she said. “This is very difficult work,” Quintiliani added. Quintiliani said she hopes the study will give the public a better understanding of how the process of connecting homeless people to services works, and the time it takes to see long-term impacts.


Two CLA Students Win 1st Place in the 33rd Annual California State University Student Research Competition


California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) played host to the 33rd Annual California State University Student Research Competition on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, the 27th, 2019. This system-wide competition showcased the innovative research and creative activities of CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants made oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities of California.

The competition is held annually to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity. It recognizes outstanding student accomplishments from throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University.

Session 1 – Behavioral and Social Sciences, Undergraduate

""Yohanna Brown, CSU Long Beach 1st 
The Role of Glucagon Like Peptide 1 Receptors on the Rewarding
Effects of Oxycodone in Male and Female Adolescent Rats






Session 9 – Humanities and Letters, Graduate

""Avery Amerson, CSU Long Beach 1st 
Wittgenstein, Extended Cognition, and the Problem of Other Minds






Both Yohanna and Avery also placed 1st in the CSULB competition.  Please join us in congratulating Yohanna and Avery on their awards.

CSU Long Beach Geography Department and Students Receive Awards


Our own CSULB Geography Department received the 2019 Honorable Mention for MA/MS Program Excellence Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), runner-up to Western Michigan University. We were nominated by our Regional Division, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, one of nine regional divisions in the AAG. Up to two programs from each division may be nominated.  Our Geography Department received the Honorable Mention for both our MA in Geography and MS in Geographic Information Science.

The AAG Program Excellence Award is now entering its fifth year and recognizes geography programs granting masters-level as the highest degree. Congratulations to our faculty and students in the MA and MGISci programs!




Duncan MacIntosh, Second Place prize in the Pix4D research poster competition http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/geography/ma-student-duncan-macintosh-receives-award-in-aag-research-poster-competition/

Katherine Georges and Katie Wade won for best papers presented at a regional meeting. 




Five Students Named Finalists in the National Collegiate PRSSA Bateman Competition


CSULB’s student-led team Bateman Team

CSULB’s student-led team Bateman Team, comprised of (L-R) Louis Lopez, Research Director; Britny Coker-Moen, Media Director; Ines Torres, Team Leader; Samantha Storrey, Creative Director; and Andie Paredes, Head Writer; was chosen from 66 teams across the U.S. to present their case to a panel of judges May 16-17 in New York.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2019) – For the second year in a row, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) students from the Department of Journalism & Public Relations are national finalists in Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) 2019 Bateman Case Study Competition, a contest for students that serves as a national ranking of public relations programs across the country.

CSULB’s student-led team, comprised of Ines Torres, Britny Coker-Moen, Andie Paredes, Samantha Storrey and Louis Lopez, was chosen from 66 teams across the U.S. to present their case to a panel of judges May 16-17 in New York. They will be competing against Brigham Young University and University of South Carolina for the top prize. Honorable mentions included University of Florida, Temple University, Samford University, Ohio University and University of Alabama, among others.

The competition gives top students an opportunity to apply their classroom education by creating and implementing a full public relations campaign for a real-life client, from research through evaluation. Team members go through an application and rigorous interview process before being asked to join the team.

This year’s client was the PRSA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs that attract, assist and prepare young adults from diverse backgrounds to enter the public relations profession, and works with employers and industry organizations to create workplace-based inclusion efforts to welcome, support and retain a diverse workforce. CSULB’s “Diversity LB” campaign raised awareness among students, professionals and the community on the issues surrounding the lack of diversity in the workforce and empowered students and professionals to make a change in the ethnic diversity of the workforce. The campaign featured several events; the creation of an original e-book featuring stories from CSULB students, alumni and professionals; and launch of a mentorship program with the goal of increasing diverse rising talent.

“As part of an emerging majority, I am proud to be a part of this campaign because I want to educate others on how important diversity is and how it can play an important part in the success of a company,” said Ines Torres, Bateman team leader and president of PRSSA Long Beach. “Being undocumented, and coming this far in my college career, representation in the field is very important to me. We are part of such an innovative field and it is constantly moving forward, it is our responsibility to move with it.”

All participating Bateman teams across the U.S. are assigned the same client, and then develop a campaign to help the client achieve its goals. Traveling with the team will be its academic advisor Krista Coriaty, CSULB alumna and public relations professor in CSULB’s Department of Journalism & Public Relations.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how well this team represented our university and brought our students and professionals together to support the mission of the PRSA Foundation,” said Coriaty. “I’m honored to serve as a coach as our students travel to New York to present to the judges and client, which will provide them with additional experience that will be invaluable as they enter the working world.”

At the Bateman Case Study Competition finals, the first-place team will receive $3,500 and a trophy; the second-place team will receive $2,500 and a plaque; and the third-place team will receive $1,500 and a plaque. The finalist teams will also be recognized during the PRSSA 2019 National Conference.

Media contact: Krista Coriaty

(562) 413-2237 | krista.coriaty@csulb.edu

Classrooms to Careers: A Student Success Story

Senior Megan Anaya’s internship in Fall 2018 with Centro CHA resulted in Long Beach’s first Latino Economic Impact Profile Report and attendees gathered with city leaders, such as Mayor Robert Garcia (pictured above) to discuss how the Latino population contributes to the regional economy.

Classrooms to Careers: A Student Success Story

Senior Megan Anaya’s internship in Fall 2018 with Centro CHA has not only helped her solidify her career goals but was also central to the completion of the first ever Long  Beach Latino Economic Impact Analysis. As a research intern, Megan compiled an extensive employment database for use in mapping the extraordinary economic contributions made by Long Beach’s Latino Community. This is the first time the city has created an economic profile and examined economic impact for a specific ethnic group. Results of Megan’s analyses were presented at the Latino Economic Summit held in November 2018 and will be used by the city as a model for examining the impact of other ethnic groups.

As noted by her mentor and internship supervisor Dr. Seiji Steimetz, Chair of Economics at CSULB, “Megan exemplified how classroom learning can be used to solve real-world problems. It was so rewarding to watch her convert massive amounts of raw data into concise and tractable results for use in policy analysis and decision making.  It was equally rewarding to watch her grow intellectually and professionally in the process.” As noted by Dr. Steimetz, private consulting firms typically charge thousands of dollars for the quality and complexity of work that Megan contributed.

From this experience, Megan gained an in-depth, hands on, unique experience of what she can do with her Economics degree. “I got to see 3 – 4 projects from start to finish and see the impact that my work has. You don’t get that in a classroom.” This internship has solidified her interest in the field and has confirmed her goal to pursue a Master’s in Economics. “You don’t really see a lot of women, especially ethnically diverse women in this field. I am able to represent women and my ethnic background – I’m Mexican and I want to increase the representation of Latinos in this field.”

Megan credits much of her success at her internship to her mentors Dr. Steimetz, Dr. Juan Benitez (Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement at CSULB), and Jessica Quintana, Executive Director of Centro CHA. As an intern, Megan also had the opportunity network with other university professors, community professionals, and council members.  Megan notes that networking with professionals and making a positive impression has already resulted in potential employment opportunities. “I was able to meet and network with Rex Richardson, a Long Beach council member, and he has already discussed the potential of bringing me on to work on policy analysis after my spring graduation. I also got to meet Michelle Molina and received really helpful career advice.”

Megan learned other important lessons at her internship. She realized that in order to thrive in a professional environment, soft skills are just as important as the technical skills. “The most important skills to have are communication skills. [As an intern] it was necessary to be able to communicate with the team, do presentations, and provide feedback to others. It’s a lot different than the classroom setting. Learning how to communicate effectively was an important skill I learned through this internship.”

What advice does Megan have for students about internships? “Do an internship if you can. It will test you in ways that won’t get tested in the classroom. It will help you develop interpersonal skills, communication skills, [a better] understanding about professionalism, and how to be dependable. It’s a different world from school and the internship will help you be ready for it.”