Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hot Scholarships for Fall 2011

Welcome back to CSULB!!  Here is the list of the Hot Scholarships for Fall 2011.   If you are interested in applying for any of these scholarships, please download an application from http://www.csulb.edu/scholarships.  Click on the Hot Scholarships link in the right column.  Please complete the application in MS Word (typed applications only), print, sign and submit to the appropriate office listed on the application.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful fall semester!   

        49er Textbook Scholarship
o        for students who have a financial need for textbooks
o        $250 (50 available)
o        Deadline: October 13, 2011

        Beauchamp Family Scholarship
o        for undergraduates who work at least 20 hours per week and receive no financial aid from federal or state grants
o        $2,500 (1 available)
o        Deadline: October 13, 2011

        Women & Philanthropy Reentry Scholarship
o        for reentry students (25 years old with at least a 5 year gap in education) who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
o        $2,000 (Several available)
o        Deadline: November 17, 2011

We are also advertising the following scholarships with early spring deadlines so that you have enough time to complete the application (and can even utilize your free time during Winter Break to apply!).

        Alan T. Nishio Educational Equity Excellence Award
o        for undergraduates who promote educational equity and access through community involvement, campus cultural climate or co-curricular campus activities
o        $500-1,000 (Several available)
o        Deadline: February 9, 2012

        Assistance League of Long Beach Scholarship
o        for undergraduates who are full-time students with a 3.0 GPA
o        $2,000 (Several available)
o        Deadline: February 9, 2012 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Latino Transnational Experience in the Caribbean: Cuba 2012

During Spring Break 2012, the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies is offering another unique international experience by sponsoring our fifth short study trip to Cuba. This is a time when major economic and political changes are taking place within the Cuban revolution. Economic liberalization is changing the face of Cuba. Students will be accompanied by CSULB instructor, Dr. Victor M. Rodriguez, Professor in Chicano/Latino Studies.

Content: (Subject to change)
10 days in Havana, with workshops, lectures, exchange with faculty and students from the University of Havana, historical tours of Old Havana led by a docent. Reception at Casa Puerto Rico. The Philosophy Institute, of the Cuban Academy of Sciences is our local sponsor and will provide lectures on culture, economic changes, Afro-Cuban religions, Latin American Social Movements. We also will visit Santa Clara where there is a large mausoleum honoring Che Guevara and will visit the Alamar community, center of Hip Hop culture in Cuba. We will also travel to the east where the world famous Varadero Beach is located. Package estimated cost includes travel from Los Angeles (or Miami) to Havana, lodging, breakfast and dinner, local transportation to events, Cuban visa and other activities. (other costs like taxes, tips are not included).

Some level of fluency in Spanish required, all events will be in Spanish.

For more information, contact Dr. Victor M. Rodriguez, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

An Open Letter to the Campus Community

Note: The following letter is an opinion piece and the sole opinion of the author. The views represented are not officially endorsed by the general body of the College of Liberal Arts Student Council.

An Open Letter to the CSULB Campus Community:

When freshmen take their first few steps onto campus and walk under the “Graduation Begins Today” banner, they may not necessarily know much about CSULB. However, there is one fact that the websites, reviews, and social media all dictate: Long Beach is a diverse campus. 

The distinction is rightfully deserved; Long Beach is a diverse campus in terms of more than just ethnicity. CSULB boasts a diverse population, as well as a plethora of services, resources, and centers dedicated to maintaining and enhancing our unique communities on campus. The progress we have made is a wonderful thing to behold, but it also begs the question: are we truly safeguarded from the real world vices of sexism, racism, and homophobia? We must acknowledge that discrimination based on race, gender, and orientation are unfortunately not uncommon in American universities. That being said, the test of a university’s effectiveness is not how it prevents discriminatory acts from occurring, but rather how it ensures that such acts do not continuously recur. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

CSU trustees asked to hike tuition 12 percent: Fall tuition break $5,000 mark

California State University has not wasted any time responding to the budget Gov. Jerry Brown signed today, which cuts CSU funding by at least $650 million for the coming school year.

Chancellor Charles Reed announced this afternoon that he will ask trustees to vote on a 12 percent tuition increase when they meet on July 12. The increase would be effective this fall, and comes on top of a 10 percent increase that trustees approved last year -- also to take effect this fall.

If trustees approve the newest increase, annual undergraduate tuition at the 23 CSU campuses will be $5,178 this fall -- or $948 more than it was in fall 2010.

"What was once unprecedented has unfortunately become normal, as for the second time in three years the CSU will be cut by well over $500 million," Reed said in a statement. "The magnitude of this cut, compounded with the uncertainty of the final amount of the reduction, will have negative impacts on the CSU long after this upcoming fiscal year has come and gone."

The budget Brown signed calls for cutting CSU and the University of California each by another $100 million if revenue expectations are not met by December.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

LA Times: Cal State considers drastic plan in case of an 'all-cuts' budget

Facing a potential $1-billion reduction in state funding for the coming school year, California State University is considering "radical" measures that could include huge tuition hikes and enrollment reductions, officials said Tuesday.

The actions may be necessary to keep classroom doors open if tax extensions requested by Gov. Jerry Brown are not approved, Chancellor Charles B. Reed told trustees at a meeting in Long Beach.

The state already had approved funding cuts for the next school year of $500 million each for Cal State and the University of California. An additional $500 million may be demanded from each system if the temporary tax extensions are not approved by voters or the Legislature.

Under the contingency plan presented Tuesday, Cal State could be forced to raise tuition for full-time undergraduates by 32% next year, in addition to a 10% increase already approved for fall 2011. The contingency increase would mean an additional $1,566 and bring total annual tuition for undergraduates to $6,450. The total does not include annual campus fees that average $950.

"It's going to be radical and it's going to generate a lot of pain," said Reed, who will make formal recommendations to the governing board in July.

Cal State campuses also may resort to a waiting list for applications for winter and spring 2012 enrollment and hold off admissions decisions until a state budget is finalized.

In the worst-case scenario, 20,000 qualified applicants could be turned away, Reed told trustees.

"An 'all-cuts' budget would mean reducing 36% of our operating costs in one year and I don't know of a business in this country that can take that kind of reduction," the chancellor said.

Reed offered a number of other scenarios that could save $500 million, including closing the 10 smallest of Cal State's 23 campuses... to continue reading, please click here.