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Long Beach State University

California State University, Long Beach
CSULB official school seal
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English "Speak the truth as a way of life."
Established 1949 [1]
Type Public
Endowment $44 million (2012)[2]
President Donald J. Para (interim)[3]
Provost David Dowell (interim)
Academic staff 1,858 (967 full-time)[4]
Students 35,586 (Fall 2013)[5]
Undergraduates 30,474 (Fall 2013)[5]
Postgraduates 4,965 (Fall 2013)[5]
Doctoral students 147 (Fall 2013)[5]
Location Long Beach, California, United States
Campus Urban, 323 acres (131 ha)
Former names
  • Los Angeles-Orange County State College (1949–50)
  • Long Beach State College (1950–64)
  • California State College, [at] Long Beach (1964–72)
Colors Gold and Black         
Athletics 18 varsity teams,
NCAA Division I
Nickname 49ers, Dirtbags, The Beach
Mascot Prospector Pete
Affiliations California State University system; Big West Conference,
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, AASCU, ASAIHL
Website http://www.csulb.edu/

California State University, Long Beach (also known as Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSULB, LBSU, or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the 23 school California State University system (CSU)[6] and one of the largest universities in the state of California by enrollment, its student body numbering 36,279 for the Fall 2012 semester. At 5,148 students, the university enrolls one of the largest graduate student populations across the CSU and in the state of California alone.[7] The university is located at the southeastern coastal tip of Los Angeles County, less than one mile from the border with Orange County.[8] The university offers 137 different Bachelor's degrees, 92 types of Master's degrees, 5 Doctoral degrees including two Doctor of Education, a Ph.D in Engineering, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Education specialist, and 29 different teaching credentials.[9][10]

Long Beach State is one of the West Coast's top universities in student body racial diversity, being named the 5th most diverse university in the West by U.S. News & World Report.[11][12] It is also home to the largest publicly funded art school west of the Mississippi. The university currently operates with one of the lowest student fees in the country at US$6,738 per year for full-time students having California residence.[13] Resultantly, CSULB has been recognized repeatedly as one of "America's Best Value Colleges" by the Princeton Review.[14][15]

History


The College was established in 1949 by California Governor Earl Warren, to serve the rapidly expanding post-World War II population of Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties. Since then, CSULB has grown to become one of the state's largest universities.

The institution was first named as Los Angeles-Orange County State College. Peter Victor Peterson was its first president.[16] It offered 25 courses, taught by 13 faculty members, in two apartment buildings at 5381 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. In June 1950, the citizens of Long Beach voted overwhelmingly to purchase 322 acres (130 ha) as a permanent campus for the college, then known as Long Beach State College. The purchase price was nearly $1,000,000. Student enrollment grew rapidly in this new, permanent location.

Carl W. McIntosh was named the college's second president in 1959.[17] While McIntosh was president, the school grew tremendously. Enrollment surged from about 10,000 to more than 30,000,[18] and he rapidly expanded and revamped the curriculum.[17] McIntosh tripled the number of faculty and constructed 30 new buildings.[18] Although the 1960s were a period of deep unrest on American college campuses, McIntosh's collegial governing style, gentle and quite demeanor, and willingness to permit protest on campus (so long as it remained quiet and peaceful) helped keep Long Beach State relatively quiet throughout the period.[19] In 1964, LBSC changed its name to California State College at Long Beach. In 1967, the California state legislature revamped the state college system. Long Beach State changed its name in 1968 to California State College, Long Beach, as part of these changes and began to be much more closely integrated into the California State College system.[20]

In 1965, CSCLB hosted the first International Sculpture Symposium to be held in the United States and the first such symposium to be held at a college or university. Six sculptors from abroad and two from the United States created many of the monumental sculptures present on the campus. The event received national media attention from newspapers around the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Art in America and a six-page color spread in Fortune Magazine.

McIntosh departed for Montana State University in 1969, and was succeeded by President Steve Horn. The school acquired university status in 1972, along with 12 other state college campuses. The promotion was decided by the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) system, according to total enrollment, size of graduate programs, complexity and diversity of majors and number of doctorates held by faculty at each college. CSCLB thus became (CSULB) California State University, Long Beach.

Also in 1972, the campus became the home of the largest library facility in the then 19-campus CSU system: a modern six-story building with a seating capacity of nearly 4,000 students.

In 1995, President Robert Maxson initiated the privately funded President's Scholars Program, providing selected qualified California high school valedictorians and National Merit finalists and semi-finalists with a full four-year scholarship package, including tuition, a book stipend, and housing. As of May 2010, over 1000 students have accepted the scholarship.[21] For applicants for Fall 2010, National Achievement Program Semifinalists/Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition scholars were also considered.[22]

Campus

The campus spans 323 acres (131 ha) across 84 buildings, and is located 3 miles (4.8 km) from the Pacific Ocean. It has its own U.S. Postal Zip code: 90840. CSULB is located at 1250 Bellflower Boulevard. It is bounded by East 7th Street to the south, East Atherton Street to the north, Bellflower Boulevard to the west, and Palo Verde Avenue to the east.

Architecture

The architecture of the campus is mostly of the International style (designed primarily by noted architect Edward Killingsworth) and is very minimalist, placing emphasis instead on the landscaping that surrounds it. This naturalistic, park-like layout has earned the campus numerous design awards, as well as other awards from gardening societies. Recent construction maintains the characteristic glass-and-brick style. The integration of landscaping and architecture is apparent at the school's theater complex, where a dense grove of ficus trees is planted in such a way that it forms a continuation of the pillar-supported canopy at the theater's entrance. The university's registration offices are located in the open courtyard of Brotman Hall, which is "roofed" by a similar jungle-like canopy. The Psychology building is also notable for its soaring, airy courtyard planted with tall Eucalyptus trees.

Campus landmarks


The University Student Union (USU) building is located at the center of campus. The three-story glass building occupies roughly 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2), housing numerous offices, and offering more casual attractions, including a study lounge, a ballroom, a food court, a bowling alley, an arcade, and a movie theater.

The Rec and Wellness Center is an extensive all-purpose athletic center covering about 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) on North Campus. It was completed in 2010. It includes facilities for fitness programs and aerobics classes, courts for volleyball, basketball, badminton, rock climbing walls, an indoor track, a student lounge, and much more. The Center is funded and managed by CSULB's Associated Students, Incorporated.[23]

49er basketball and volleyball games are currently played in the iconic, eighteen-story Walter Pyramid (formerly known as the Long Beach Pyramid) located on north campus. The Pyramid is a state-of-the-art sporting complex that can accommodate over 5,000 fans, including temporary seating and standing room. Two sections of interior stands are fitted with large hydraulic lifts which can lift the seating elements forty-five degrees into the air, creating room for five volleyball courts or three basketball courts.[24] The Pyramid is home to the Southern California Summer Pro League, a noted showcase for current and prospective NBA basketball players.

The University Art Museum (UAM) ranks in the top 10% of the nation's over 6,000 museums. Its permanent collection contains primarily abstract expressionist paintings, works on paper, and an outdoor sculpture garden that began in 1966. The UAM was the first accredited museum in the CSU system.[25] In addition, the museum's Gordon F. Hampton collection is housed at the Downtown Los Angeles law offices of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.[26]

The campus is also home to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, a 1,074-seat theater named after CSULB alumni Richard and Karen Carpenter.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is an artistic retreat of solitude and beauty. Among its many picturesque attractions, The Garden features a large pond populated with koi.

Panoramic view of the campus's sports fields, prior to the construction of the SRWC.

Puvunga

The campus is believed to be the location of an ancient Tongva village and burial site known as Puvunga, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. CSULB has challenged this designation, claiming they were not consulted when the application was filed. From 1992 to 1995, when the university attempted to build a strip mall and student housing on the last undeveloped portion of the campus, the Tongva people filed a lawsuit and initiated a protest, which involved physically occupying the land day and night to stave off bulldozers.[27]

Campus sustainability


The university, in its push to support climate sustainability, installed solar panels on the Brotman Hall building and the Facilities Management canopy parking in 2007.[28] The university has been taking steps in addressing the challenge of sustainability, with the support of its student government, student body, and organizations, such as the Environmental Science & Policy Club.

The Environmental Science & Policy Club (ES&P Club)[29] has brought support to environmental awareness and sustainability through club activities, such as coastal clean-ups, hikes, plant-restoration project, tabling, conferences, guest speakers, & Kaleidoscope. In 2006, the ES&P Club supported the installation of waterless urinals in the university's men's restrooms.[30] The ES&P Club hosts an annual Earth Week celebration each April, including documentary screenings, discussions, and speaker series.[31][32]

The university "has a comprehensive energy management program incorporating real-time metering and energy-saving technologies such as the EnergySaver, which provides a more sophisticated alternative to turning off the lights by automatically varying the voltage to the ballasted fixtures and reducing the power consumed, while maintaining appropriate lighting levels."[33]

Public transportation

The campus is currently serviced by:

In September 2008, President F. King Alexander announced the school's new "U-PASS" program in conjunction with Long Beach Transit. Under the new partnership, students with a valid CSULB I.D. card ride any Long Beach Transit bus for free during school months.[34]

Academics


CSULB comprises eight academic colleges:

Together, the colleges offer a total of 81 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master's degrees, 16 education-related credential programs, and three doctoral degrees (two joint and one independent).[35]

The university's educational goals reflect its large population of students and faculty. Among the numerous classes and majors, Liberal Arts and Sciences represent the General Education (GE) core, while a variety of classes make up GE electives; all GE classes focus on the development of writing and critical thinking skills.

Academic department reputations

University rankings

CSU Long Beach's College of the Arts has more art and design majors than any other public university in America. CSU Long Beach also produces the most master of science in nursing (MSN) graduates in the 23-campus CSU system.[36] With nearly 4,000 students, CSULB is home to the largest Physics Department at any university in the State of California, inching past UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Cal Poly SLO.[37]

U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly ranked CSULB engineering program as one of the Top 50 undergraduate programs in the nation (amongst master's level universities), and even commended the university's programs for first-year students as "stellar examples of academic programs that lead to student success."[38][39] In 2008, CSULB's engineering program received its highest ever ranking at number 38. Long Beach's programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Geography, History, Nursing, and Art are also well respected in the industry.

In addition, according to the National Science Foundation, CSULB is the top campus in the nation amongst Master's level-granting universities for producing students who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the Sciences.[36]

In 2011 a new $105,000,000 "Hall of Science" facility opened which has offices and labs for members of the biology, biochemistry and chemistry, geology, physics and science education departments. This building also houses a hands-on museum for children, a large salt water marine biology lab and has a greenhouse facility and observatory on the roof.

In March 2008, the music department was renamed the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in honor of an endowment gift of $16.4 million from his estate. Cole, a Long Beach real estate investor, long-time music lover, and amateur pianist, died in 2004. The gift benefits the students of the conservatory in the form of scholarships and other awards.[40]

Long Beach State has also been ranked as one of the top five public Master's Degree-granting institutions in the West by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges Guide" in every year's edition from 2005 to 2013.[41][42][43][44]

Admissions

Fall Freshman Statistics[45][46][47][48][49][50][51]

  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Applicants 56,213 54,728 49,767 47,673 45,771 48,541
Accepted 16,957 15,122 16,428 14,545 20,391
 % Admitted 30.9 30.4 34.5 31.8 42.0
Average GPA 3.46 3.46 3.48 3.46 3.37
Average SAT 1017 1028 1030 1025 1020
*SAT out of 1600

Since 2009, CSU Long Beach has become the most applied to campus in the California State University system, receiving over 45,000 applicants with a record low admit rate of 31.8% that year, edging out San Diego State in number of applicants and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) in percentage accepted. The Fall 2010 semester saw a continuation of this trend with CSULB receiving 79,715 applications (including 47,709 freshman applications) for admission, by far the highest total in school history. The total was again the highest in the CSU system, as well as one of the highest among all universities in the nation.[52][53] In addition to being one of the three impacted CSU schools for both freshmen and transfers, the lack of state funding due to California's continuing budget crisis meant that CSULB could only offer admission to 25,142 (31.5%) of the applicants; that again marked the lowest percentage in school history. In turn 8,920 (35.5%) of those offered admission did in fact enroll, meaning the total application yield rate for the Fall 2010 semester was 11.6%.[47]

CSULB had the lowest admit rate in the CSU system in Fall 2009, and the third lowest in Fall 2010 (behind San Diego State's 30% and Cal Poly's 32.5%). CSULB's average SAT score was the 12th highest in the CSU for the Fall of 2012.[54]

With a Fall 2011 acceptance rate of nearly 30.4%, CSU Long Beach once again had the lowest admit rate in the CSU system for the year. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen for Fall 2012 was 3.46 and the average SAT score was 1017/1600 (writing section is not considered).[50] A preliminary count showed that the number of freshman applications to CSU Long Beach for Fall 2013 increased by 3% to roughly 56,000 applicants, again one of the highest numbers in the nation.

Student life

Fall 2012 Demographics of student body[6]
Undergraduate
African American 4.3%
Asian American 22.4%
White American 24.4%
Hispanic American 33.3%
Native American 0.01%
International 5.0%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 9.8%

Greek Life – sororities & fraternities

National sororities on campus are governed by the Panhellenic Association and are members of the National Panhellenic Conference. Eleven general fraternities and two fraternity colonies are members of and governed by the Interfraternity Council. There is also a Cultural Greek Council which governs over six sororities, six fraternities and one co-ed fraternity.

Campus publications


The university has two student publications: the Daily 49er[55] and the Union Weekly[56] (formerly The Long Beach Union Newspaper). The first issue of the Daily 49er, the campus newspaper, was published on November 11, 1949. It publishes Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, and once weekly during the summer sessions. It was one of the first college newspapers in the country to have an Internet edition, starting in August 1994.

The Union Weekly, which is partially student-funded, and affiliated with ASI, publishes every Monday during fall and spring semesters. It began on April 22, 1977, when it was formed in response to the Daily 49er. The Union Weekly focuses on being an alternative voice on campus and features a satirical section called "The Grunion" (not to be confused with the Long Beach paper the Grunion Gazette). During the late 1970s through 1980s, the Union was a daily newspaper, giving heavy competition to the Daily 49er. Journalism majors who worked on the "Union" did so under a pseudonym as it was a practice forbidden by the dean of the Journalism department.

KKJZ 88.1 FM

The California State University Long Beach Foundation owns the KJAZZ Official Website

KBeach internet radio

Kbeach Global Radio, also known as KBeach.org, is a free format, student run internet radio station at CSU, Long Beach. The radio station is operated during the fall and spring semesters. The station has been around in various forms since the mid-1970s, then known as KSUL (which went defunct after 1981). KBeach is a department of Associated Students, Incorporated at CSULB and is both funded and regulated by them.[57]

Pow Wow

Each March since 1970, the university has hosted the largest pow-wow in Southern California. This free two-day event, which attracts more than 6,000 persons each year, features Native American dancing, arts, craft and native foods.

Athletics

Notable people

Alumni have written and directed screenplays that have attracted Oscar-caliber talent. David Twohy (BA[58]) co-wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning film The Fugitive.[59] Linda Woolverton (BA 1974[58]) wrote the screenplays for the Academy Award winning,[60][61] Disney animated films Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and the live-action 2010 film Alice in Wonderland directed by Oscar-nominated director Tim Burton and starring Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp . J.F. Lawton (BA[62]) wrote the screenplay to Pretty Woman, starring the Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts. Mark Steven Johnson (BA 1989[58]) has co-written and directed the films Daredevil, starring Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck, and Ghost Rider, starring Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage.


Former students have won at least five Academy Awards. Steven Spielberg (Class of 1969, BFA 2002[63]) won two Oscars for Best Directing for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan and has directed a number of other successful movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park. Former industrial design major John Dykstra, who has been nominated five times for Academy Awards,[64] won two Oscars for his special effects work on the George Lucas film Star Wars and the Sam Raimi film Spider-Man 2. Deborah L. Scott (BA[65]) won[66] an Oscar for costume design for the James Cameron film Titanic.


Emmy Award-nominated director Chris Carter (BA 1979) created the series The X Files, which garnered several awards during its nine seasons on television. Former student Steve Martin, whose philosophy classes at the university inspired him to become a professional comedian,[68] is an Emmy Award winner and a Disney Legend.

Alumni and former students have also participated in the world of sports. Jason Giambi, Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, Harold Reynolds, Jered Weaver, and Steve Trachsel have all been selected to play in the Major League Baseball All Stars games. Golfer Mark O'Meara (BA 1980) won the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship.[69] Craig Hodges is a two-time NBA Champion, Terrell Davis is a two-time Super Bowl champion and Billy Parks played five seasons in the NFL. Diver Pat McCormick[69] won four gold medals in two consecutive Olympics (Helsinki and Melbourne), and Misty May-Treanor (BS 2002) won three gold medals in women's beach volleyball in three other consecutive Olympics (Athens, Beijing, and London ). High Jumper Dwight Stones set the World Record while a student at Cal State, Long Beach, in addition to winning the bronze medal at both the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and 1976 in Montreal. Track and Field athlete Bill Green set the United States Record three times in the Hammer Throw, and placed 5th at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. LaTaunya Pollard won the Wade Trophy as women's basketball's most outstanding college player in 1983 and was a member of the 1980 Olympic team that did not participate in the games due to the US boycott. Pollard is also a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.[70]

Former students Karen Carpenter and Richard Carpenter (Class of 1972, Honorary Doctorate 2000[67]) of The Carpenters are the namesakes of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, a 1,065-seat performance hall on the campus of the university[71] that also houses an exhibit on the Carpenters.[72] Richard Carpenter's college instructor and choir director Frank Pooler inspired him in choral arrangement,[73] and both Karen and Richard participated in Pooler's choir. Pooler also introduced Richard to fellow undergraduate and future song-writing collaborator John Bettis.[73] Another undergraduate, Wesley Jacobs,[73] would join the Carpenters as a musical instrumentalist. The Carpenters sold over 100 million records,[67] won three Grammy Awards[67] out of eighteen nominations, and created numerous gold and platinum albums. One of Pooler's personal poems formed the basis for Merry Christmas Darling,[74] which went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts for three years.[75] Bettis, who later would win an Emmy Award himself,[76] also successfully collaborated on songs with other artists, such as Human Nature performed by Michael Jackson,[76] Crazy for You performed by Madonna,[76] and One Moment in Time performed by Whitney Houston.[76]

In 2011, CSULB graduate Stephanie Bryson became the university's first Rhodes Scholarship recipient.[77]

References

Bibliography

  • Teacher Education Programs in the United States: A Guide. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2004.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

Coordinates: 33°46′59″N 118°06′46″W / 33.783022°N 118.112858°W / 33.783022; -118.112858


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