CI Rotaract Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry Drive- Feb. 5 & 6

CI Rotaract will be sponsoring a blood drive on Feb. 5 and 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., in front of Broome Library. On Feb. 6, there will be a representative from City of Hope and the National Bone Marrow Registry if you are interested in joining. Visit Be the Match for more information about joining the registry and understanding the commitment.

Appointments for the blood drive can be made online at After you login, enter the sponsor code: CSUCI.

For more information, contact CI Rotaract Co-Advisors Kaela Casey at ext. 3330 or or Janet Pinkley, at ext. 3217 or

"Best Practices for Mentoring and Advising Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education- Feb. 8

Dr. Anne Chan, will present "Best Practices for Mentoring and Advising Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education," on Friday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Graduate Studies Center in El Dorado Hall.  Advising and mentoring relationships with staff and professors in higher education are essential developmental relationships that support and stimulate the growth of the student from apprentice to career professional. This workshop will present a research-based model for quality advising and mentoring to facilitate the developmental growth and success of underrepresented students in higher education. Dr. Chan is a mentoring and diversity consultant.

Barriers and solutions for effective advising will be examined, including institutional (Girves et al., 2005) and interpersonal challenges (Allen et al., 2005). Research-based and practical mentoring practices will be presented that will enhance advising in higher education so as to increase ethnic minority retention and so that culturally different students can experience long-term success in the university context and beyond.

Project Vista invites all who are interested in this topic to attend - faculty, students, staff and administrators. Feel free to forward the invitation to colleagues in the community colleges as well.  RSVP is not required.

For more information, contact Sara Alcala, GSC Counselor and Coordinator, at ext. 3579 or

Hear Me: An Evening of Love Poetry- Feb. 13

The word ‘love’ can be extended beyond significant others to the love of pets, nature, and love for those who feel alone on Valentine’s Day. Come celebrate Love Poetry open mic night on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., Broome Library Exhibition Hall. Open mic is an open forum where people can read poems they’ve written or selected. Desserts and hot chocolate will be provided.

The program will include scheduled and unscheduled slots; onsite sign-up may be limited. Those interested in reading can email Claudia Reder ( their full name, poet, and poem title, by Tuesday, Feb. 12. Please provide an English translation for poems in languages other than English. Help finding a poem. Tips on reading a poem aloud.

Those planning to attend may RSVP at

For more information, contact Elnora Tayag, Assistant Librarian, at ext. 3140 or

Blackboard Roving Sessions- Feb. 19, Mar. 4, Apr. 18

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Initiative in conjunction with Academic Technology Services will be holding 'Roving Blackboard Sessions' throughout the semester to support faculty in their use of technology in the classroom. Bring your questions and ideas about CI Learn or stop by and hear how your colleagues are using technology to support student learning. The sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19: Madera Hall 2381, 3:30 p.m.-5:30.p.m.
  • Monday, Mar. 4: Bell Tower West 1188, 12:30 p.m.-2:30.p.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 18: Madera Hall 2381, 9 a.m.-11a.m.

For more information, contact Jill Leafstedt, Associate Professor of Education, at ext. 2792 or

“cinEngage”- Feb. 21

The Center for Community Engagement and the Center for Multicultural Engagement will host the documentary series “cinEngage.” The series will screen films that emphasize diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director.

The first film, La Source, will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., Malibu Hall 100. This film is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash) in what the Washington Post calls an “artfully shot documentary.” La Source tells the uplifting story of Josue Lajuenesse, a Haitian Princeton janitor who returns to his country after the devastating 2010 earthquake to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village’s survival: clean water.

A hit at the 2012 AFI-Discovery Channel SilverDocs Documentary Festival, where it received a standing ovation and a nomination for the Social Impact Award, this film from award-winning director Patrick Shen (Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality, The Philosopher Kings) is not just a movie about clean water and community transformation; it is a story of one unlikely hero, empowered by a vision, who did whatever it took to ignite the passion of people thousands of miles away. A Q&A with Patrick Shen will follow the film screening.

For more information, contact Pilar Pacheco, Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement, at ext. 8851 or

Learn more about the CSU 403b (TSA) Programs- Feb. 26

Most employees will need to supplement their retirement benefit with additional retirement savings, even if enrolled in the CalPERS retirement program. With the onset of the new pension reform for state employees it may be even more important than ever to supplement your retirement benefit. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) programs that are offered.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., CSU TSA representatives will be on campus to have one-on-one discussions about the various programs available. Make an appointment to meet with an approved representative of your choice:

From TIAA-CREF: Michael W. Johns, CFP
Madera Hall Conference Room 1641
Set your appointment at: 800/732-8353

From VALIC: Tamara E. Heinig
Madera Hall Conference Room 1906
Set your appointment at: 818/551-7312 or via email

From Fidelity: Todd Reinhart
Sage Hall Conference Room 1128
Set your appointment at:

From ING: Kam Nassiri
Sage Hall Conference Room 2020
Set your appointment at: 818/774-0719 or 800/788-2434 or via email at:

From MetLife: Scott Costi
Sage Hall Conference Room 2132
Set your appointment at: 805/750-0547 or via email at:

For more information, contact Janet Korsmo, HR Programs Support Assistant, at ext. 3181 or

Self Defense Class for Men- Mar. 1-3

The CI Police Department will be offering R.A.D. class for men Mar. 1-3, from 4 to 8 p.m. The class is open to students, staff, and faculty of CSU Channel Islands.

This is a 12-hour class (4 hours each day) with a $20 registration fee due at sign-up. The fee will be fully refunded upon completion of all 12 hours in the program. Class size is limited; please register at Police & Parking Services, Placer Hall, by Friday, Feb. 15, 5:00 p.m.

This program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Raise their awareness of aggressive behavior
  • Recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives
  • Learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior
  • Consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence
  • Practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them.

For more information contact Rachel Huff, Community Involvement Coordinator, at ext. 8444 or or

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