Division of Administration and Finance - News & Notes

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Campus Parking During Commencement

During the four days of Commencement (Tuesday, May 19 – Friday, May 22), our campus will host more than 9,000 graduating students and tens of thousands of their guests.  With this many people and vehicles coming and going, campus parking will be heavily impacted and traffic on campus significantly increased.

Our University Police and Parking Services, in consultation with the Commencement planning group, have made the following plans to accommodate Commencement parking needs while also keeping in mind the needs of university employees to access their workplace.

Lot 7 will be reserved for disabled parking (which includes staff with disabled plates) until after the ceremonies have ended for the day.

Lots 5, 6, 8, and 8A will have a limited amount of parking available to staff and faculty. Parking will be available on a first come-first serve basis.  Once the available employee stalls are filled, a “LOT FULL” sign will be placed at the lot.

Lots 3, 4, 9, 11C and employee and carpool stalls in Lot 17 will be reserved for staff and faculty.  The parking stalls in these lots will also be available on a first come-first serve basis.  Lot 17 has meter and pay-by-space parking that will be available to the graduates and their guests.

If employees are unable to find parking in employee parking lots, they may park in any other parking lot on the northern part of campus.  Shuttles will be running throughout the day all week and university employees are welcome to use them to get closer to their destination on campus.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to bring a lunch to avoid having to leave campus for non-urgent matters.

If you are planning a graduation event or celebration, please consider the location, day and time of the event, as the traffic and parking on campus will be heavily impacted.

Graduation is one of the most important moments in the life of the university.  We encourage staff and faculty to participate in Commencement – congratulate the graduates and their families or volunteer to help with the festivities.

Thank you for all that you do to contribute to student success.


Staff Day Wednesday, July 15 and T-Shirt Design Contest

Staff Day, which is traditionally held on the Wednesday of Spring Break, will NOT be held this coming Wednesday, April 1. No fooling! In the wisdom of Staff Council’s Special Events Committee, CSULB Staff Day will be held this summer on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Staff Council’s Special Events committee is in the formative stages of planning Staff Day, so interested staff members are welcome to join and help shape this year’s Staff Day and future events. Contact Stafford.Cox@csulb.edu for meeting times and dates.

The annual Staff Day T-Shirt Design Contest is now open for submissions.  Get your creative juices flowing and send Kristin.Bonetati@csulb.edu a simple sketch honoring university staff via email or directly to her University Bookstore office (Bookstore, M/S 0801). The T-shirt design must include the year “2015” or date “July 15, 2015” and the words “Staff” or “Staff Day,” as well as at least one of the university’s names – “CSULB,” “LBSU,” “Long Beach State,” “California State University, Long Beach” or “The Beach.”  Contestants have until 5 PM on Friday, April 17 to submit their design ideas.


Women’s Research Colloquium – April 16, 2015

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will host its signature event, the Women’s Research Colloquium, at the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The evening will highlight CSULB scholars who contribute to our understanding of issues related to women and activists who advance causes important to the well-being of women.

The Colloquium will feature presentations by Bonnie Gasior of the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures and Courtney Ahrens of the Department of Psychology, both from College of the Liberal Arts.

Reservations for the Colloquium, which includes dinner, can be made to Cynthia Angiuli via email at Cynthia.Angiuli@csulb.edu or call (562) 985-1688. Please make your reservations by Monday, April 13, 2015. The cost is $20.00.  Payment may be made in advance or at the door on the evening of the Colloquium. Even if you are unable to attend, you are also invited to sponsor one or more students.

For more details, please visit the PCSW website.


Identity Theft Scam

One of the hot identity theft scams is submitting false tax returns in order to receive unearned or earned refunds.   The IRS has a process to try and detect these false returns.  If they suspect a false return they will mail a letter to the address the taxpayer listed in their previous year return.  The IRS letter directs the taxpayer to visit an IRS site to verify the tax return submitted.  Legitimate letters should direct taxpayers to the IRS identify verification service website. More details are contained on the IRS Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft web page.  The IRS also has a great web page detailing active tax scams.

If taxpayers suspect they are a victim of tax fraud/identity theft, they should contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or via the online form.  Taxpayers can forward scam emails to phishing@irs.gov.


VET NET Ally Seminar – April 17, 8 AM to 12 PM

The CSULB Veterans Services Office invites you to attend the next VET NET Ally seminar on Friday, April 17 from 8 AM to 12 PM.

Since 2010, more than 600 CSULB faculty, staff, and students have participated in the seminar, and the program has been presented at more than 20 other colleges and universities in California.

This program was developed to educate faculty and staff members about the unique needs and concerns of military service members and veterans studying at CSULB. The goal of the program is to foster a campus atmosphere that supports the academic and personal success of service members and veterans, and to establish a network of visible allies to provide support and assistance to CSULB students who have served in our armed forces.

Seminar attendance is limited, so reserve your spot soon. To RSVP, please contact Marshall Thomas at Marshall.Thomas@csulb.edu by Monday, April 6.  At the end of the training, participants will be given a decal to display in their workspace to show they are allies to CSULB's student veterans.

More information about the program is available online.


President’s Council on the Status of Women (PCSW)
Holding Elections

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) invites faculty and staff members to participate in online elections to add one MPP (Management Personnel Plan), one staff, one lecturer, and one tenured/tenure-track faculty member to the Commission.  The term of office for each category is three years (September 2015 through May 2018), and meetings are from 10 AM to 12 PM on the second Friday of the month during the academic year.

PCSW’s mission is to ensure the University responds to the needs of women by removing inequities and by providing a supportive educational, working and social environment for all members of the campus community.

The electronic ballot will be sent in an email from BigPulse.com.  Elections will begin Monday, April 6 and voting will conclude Friday, April 17.


2014-15 Internal Budget Document Now Available

The Internal Budget Document for 2014-15 is now available. The hard copy version contains detailed General Fund budget allocations and salary data for budgeted positions as well as budget overviews for the College of Continuing and Professional Education, Housing, Student Health Center Facility Fee, Parking, and Lottery funds. The online version of the document contains division and department budget information and allocations.

Due to budget constraints and in the interest of sustainability, we no longer distribute a hard copy document. However, two copies are available for checkout at University Library Reserve. The Internal Budget Document is posted on the university’s Budget website under “FY 2014-15.”


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