Finale event celebrates record number of program participants with food, games and prizes.
The Cal State University foundation awarded a $442,000 grant for the university’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program last month. The purpose of the grant is to provide undergraduate students with academic training and financial support in order to help them with their pursuit of a doctoral degree. According to Angela Locks, director of the office of undergraduate research services and principal investigator in the program, the grant will extend from 2018 to 2021. “The 2018 cohort will include four sophomores and each following year of the grant a new group of four sophomores/rising juniors will join the program,” Locks said in an email. Fellows involved in Mellon Mays will work with faculty on research projects, participate in a summer program with other members and continue their research for their final two years in the university. According to The Andrew W. Mellon’s Foundation, the program aims to increase diversity on academic campuses and provide resources for underrepresented students to achieve financial success at the highest levels in universities. The foundation has expanded to almost 50 campuses around the country. “Undergraduate research is a priority for our campus and is integral to our strategic plan,” President Jane Close Conoley said in a
Dave Sanfilippo started off the first annual “Move a Mile in Our Shoes” fun walk by rolling through a red ribbon in his wheelchair as dozens of participants walked, ran and wheeled close behind. Nearly 50 participants and Sanfilippo, the director of Disabled Student Services, came out to support the scholarship fundraiser on Friday, along with 70 donors. Participants joined by completing a mile at the Cal State Long Beach track as loud music fueled their trek. The event raised over $6,000 for the program’s student scholarships, which will support more than 1,900 students. Amber Maurer, learning disability assessment assistant and disability management counselor, explained that the goal of the event was to raise awareness, and the donations and pledges followed suit. “Our students work very hard despite the challenges that they have to face,” Maurer said. “Our students actually have higher GPAs at graduation than the general population, and they graduate at a higher rate than the general population. We are very proud of them, so the event is to support our students.” The campus spirit team and the program’s emotional support dog, encouraged participants as they finished their miles on the hot October day. The fun walk also
Attendees braved temperatures in the high 90s as students anxiously waited to see what thrifted bargains they could bag at the annual Lost and Found auction on Wednesday. Cal State Long Beach’s annual sale opened approximately 10 minutes early this year due to the growing line of students along Friendship Walk Central. The open sale was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, with items varying from keychains to sunglasses and computer cases. Prices ranged from 25 cents to $5. The auction of bigger items such as bicycles, skateboards and electronics was held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “I think the auction is pretty cool. I can’t believe that they would have this on campus,” said Bianca Valdivia, senior communications studies major. “I’m really happy with what I bought. I got this beautiful bike for $40 and I'll probably just use it to ride around Long Beach. I’ve always wanted one that looks like this.” The highest item sold at the auction was a beach cruiser that went for $155. One lucky student walked away with a $7 bike. “As the Support Services Manager, I guess I would be the main organizer, but my team does just as much
Cal State Long Beach’s Women & Philanthropy organization prepares to “kick off” its 20-year anniversary with an upcoming fall reception. Women & Philanthropy is a member-funded organization that provides scholarships to students involved in one of two scenarios; undergraduate students who have taken five or more years off but are interested in re-entering college, or junior and senior level students working on research or creative projects, such as a fashion design project or business portfolio, required for graduation. In the last 19 years, the group has awarded 211 students with scholarships in total and has provided over $50,000 in aid in the last school year. Mary Miller, an executive committee member, encourages anyone interested in the group to attend the upcoming fall reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 19. “Anyone who can spare a couple hours should come out,” Miller said. “It’s free to attend and will be filled with nice people and good food. It’s sure to be an inspiring evening.” Miller explained how the scholarships Women & Philanthropy provide have impacted many students lives, sometimes when they are at their most vulnerable. She recalled how she became involved with the group nearly three years ago. “I