Reduce College Tuition by 2/3rds? Pass the Middle Class Scholarship
This is a big week for California students and their families. The State Senate is deciding the fate of the Middle Class Scholarship, AB 1500 and 1501 (Peréz), on the Senate floor. As you may know, this legislation closes a tax loophole for out of state corporations and funnels the billion dollar savings into the Middle Class Scholarship fund, which will cover nearly 2/3rds the cost of tuition for UC and CSU students and their families making under $160K a year. The Scholarship also allocates funds to California's Community Colleges in order to support the 2.3 million students that depend on their services. In order to make this happen, we need your support! Join the thousands of Californians taking action before this Thursday, August 30 and help get the Middle Class Scholarship, passed by the State Senate.
There are 2 actions that you can take:
First, click this link go to the UCSA Action Page and send a letter to the 7 targets in the California Senate who can get the Middle Class Scholarship passed.
Second, call the 7 Senate targets and tell them that you urge them to support AB 1500 and 1501 (Peréz):
- Senator Tony Strickland
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4019
- Senator Roderick D. Wright
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4025
- Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4032
- Senator Lou Correa
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4034
- Senator Mark Wyland
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4038
- Senator Bob Dutton
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4031
- Senator Bill Emmerson
Capitol Office- Sacramento, (916) 651-4037
Here's what you can say, when you call: "Good morning, my name is ____________ and I am calling on behalf of the [UC Student Association/Cal State Student Association/Student Senate for California Community Colleges], to urge Senator _______ to vote in "YES" on AB 1500 and 1501, the Middle Class Scholarship. By passing these bills you can help solve the crisis of affordability in the higher education system and save struggling Californian families tens of thousands of dollars a year. So, please vote yes on AB 1500 & 1501, thank you for your time."
Read the CSULA A.S.I. Resolution in Support of the Middle Class Scholarship at www.asicsula.org/resolutions.
Or, for more information about the UC initiative, contact Amanda Buchanan, Legislative Director, University of California Student Association at 916.442.8280 or visit www.ucsa.org.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Students Learning in Communities Program's Peer Mentoring Opportunities - Applications Invited
As an integral component of the Students Learning in Communities Program, the SLCP Peer Mentoring Program will train and support a team of student mentors to engage first time students and to lead mentoring activities that increase students’ involvement in the University and success in their studies. Committed to the academic, personal, and social success of our students, the SLCP Peer Mentoring Program is a one-year program that provides incoming first-year students with the unique opportunity to have a mentor who is a sophomore, junior or senior student that has demonstrated both academic and personal success in their time at CSULA.
The transition from high school or community college to the University can be difficult, filled with many changes, challenges, and choices. Research has shown that providing peer mentoring to incoming students can be one of the most important factors that contribute to the likelihood of university success. To that end, the SLCP Mentoring Program is uniquely designed to help first-year students smoothly adjust to life at CSULA. The aim of the program is to help new students successfully settle in shortly after arrival by offering them an opportunity to establish a community and to be mentored by experienced and accomplished upper-class students. As a SLCP mentor, you will provide important social, academic and procedural guidance and friendship to new students. As a peer mentor, you will provide motivation, encouragement and support to help foster an environment that contributes to the academic success of the new CSULA student. As a peer mentor you will have a unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, strengthen and apply professional communication, and make a lasting, positive difference in fellow students’ lives.
Important basic Peer Mentoring Program logistics:
- Peer mentors will serve as key members of College-based “Introduction to Higher Learning” (101) and “Transition to Higher Learning” (301) sections as primary resources for the first-year students enrolled in those courses.
- Peer mentors will be required to attend mandatory day-long peer mentor training to be held on Friday, Sept 14.
- The peer mentoring appointment is for the full academic year, ending in mid-June.
- Peer mentors must enroll in the Peer Mentoring course UNIV 154 (for sophomores) or UNIV 354 (for juniors and seniors).
- Peer Mentors will register in UNIV 154 or 354 for 2-units in Fall Quarter and will provide a minimum 4 hours per week of mentoring service. Peer Mentors will register for 1-unit in each of Winter and Spring Quarters and will provide a minimum 2 hour per week of mentoring service during those quarters.
The attached “Announcement” explains the further details of peer mentorship service in the Program. The attached Peer Mentoring Application consists of a brief series of questions that should take no more than 15-30 minutes to complete.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EXTENDED AND CORRECT DUE DATE FOR YOUR RESUME AND APPLICATION FORM IS NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7.
Thank you for your time. I sincerely hope you will give positive consideration to this invitation. I look forward to your reply.
JOHN RAMIREZ, Ph.D.
Professor of Media Studies
SLCP Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator
jramire4 [at] calstatela [dot] edu
California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Television, Film & Media Studies
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8105
A.S.I. Veterans Affairs and Representation
A.S.I. is the officially recognized voice of the students and responsible for participation in campus governance and a encouraging collaboration between veteran students and the CSULA administration. The efforts to foster good will, camaraderie, and educational support are the essential goals of A.S.I.
In support and compliance with the CSU’s Troops to College Program, A.S.I. and CSULA are committed to:
- A supportive administration with enduring institutional values
- Academic support programs and services (e.g. veteran-focused tutoring, advising, mentoring, and counseling)
- Financial support and veteran specific advice
- Priority admission/registration and academic credit granted for military courses and experience
- Extensive opportunities in student leadership
Memorial Day Remembrance Event
Wednesday, May 22 at 9 am
University-Student Union Plaza
Join us as we commemorate the sacrifice of our men and women who served in the Armed Forces and Public Safety. The CSULA campus community is proud to host this annual tribute ceremony in remembrance of those that laid down their lives in the name of liberty and freedom.
“The Napalm Girl” Documentary Screening
Wednesday, May 22 at 8 pm
Los Angeles Room 308A, University-Student Union
In June 1972, an image of a naked nine-year-old girl running down a street in Vietnam sent shockwaves around the world. Phan Thi Kim Phuc, as photographed by Nick Ut, was fleeing the horrors of a napalm attack that destroyed her village and seared the skin from her body. Within days, the picture was in newspapers worldwide and came to symbolize the inhumanity of war. Filmed on location, award winning ABC news anchor David Ono tells the story of the famous photograph and how it came about. A special Q&A session with Mr. Ono will directly follow the screening.
Veterans Graduation Breakfast
Thursday, May 23 at 10 am
Los Angeles Room 308A, University-Student Union
Cal State L.A. is proud to recognize and congratulate our graduating Veteran Students. Join us for commemorative celebration that acknowledges the academic accomplishments of the Veterans Graduating Class of 2013. All graduates must RSVP to the Veterans Affairs Office to ensure your inclusion in the program and the presentation of an honorary graduation cord. Please visit the Veterans Affairs Office May 1 through May 17 or call (33) 343-5080 for more information. All graduating Veterans are invited to attend this complimentary event.
Get Involved! Become and receive more information about veterans focused programs, learn more about volunteer opportunities, or directly communicate with your A.S.I. Veterans Affairs Commissioner.
Veteran Points of Contact at CSULA:
Office of the University Registrar & Director of Enrollment Services
Certifying Official - Lianne Salerno
Administration Building, Room 401
Office Hours: 9am - 6pm Mon - Thu, 8am - 5pm Fri
Email: lianne [dot] salerno [at] calstatela [dot] edu
Veterans Affairs Office
Coordinator: Laura Shigemitsu
Location: Student Affairs Building, Room 122
Office Hours: 8am - 6 pm Mon - Thu, 8am - 5pm Fri
Email: lshigemitsu [at] cslanet [dot] calstatela [dot] edu
Cal State LA Veterans Club
President: Carla McGraw
Location: Student Affairs Building, Room 122
Email: gevcsula [at] gmail [dot] com
Facebook: Cal State LA Vets
Associated Students, Inc.
Location: University-Student Union, Room 203
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 2pm Fri
Email: Director of Programs and Leadership Marcus Rodriguez at mrodriguez [at] cslanet [dot] calstatela [dot] edu
Veterans Resource Links
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Find out more.
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (CH.30)
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. Find out more.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (CH.1606)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Find out more.
Reserve Educational Assistance Programs - REAP (CH.1607)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. Find out more.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program - VEAP
VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Find out more.
Survivors & Dependents Assistance - DEA
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Find out more.
Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment Program - Voc. Rehab (CH.31)
The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Find out more.
Useful Community Links
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America
The American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vets 4 Vets
Department of Defense's Military Homefront
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
Veterans Crisis Hotline
USDVA Mental Health
Alcohol & Drug Programs
Vet Fund Foundation
USDVA Health Care
Senior Veterans Service Alliance (long term care)
Network of Care
Homeless Veterans Initiative
Homeless Veterans Hotline: 1-877-4AID VET
CalVet Home Loans
CalVet Veteran Homes
Department of Housing & Urban Development
Department of Housing & Community Development
Office of Suicide Prevention
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A.S.I. Retreat & Leadership Training
A.S.I. Leadership Training
Thursday, July 26 from 3:30-6:40PM
Los Angeles Room A, University-Student Union
A.S.I. Retreat & Leadership Training
Friday July 27 – Sunday July 29
starting at 9:30AM on Friday and ending at 3:45PM on Sunday
Housing Services, Phase II Lounge & Forest Home Retreat Center
We will explore our leadership experiences and the nuances of working within the A.S.I. organizational structure. Students will be encouraged to engage in an open dialogue about conflict resolution supported by extensive team building activities. There will be diversity sessions, and trust, respect and communication will be the pillars of the interactive workshops. In turn, students will be asked to develop their own vision for the upcoming academic year and will support that in working groups that will inspire short term and long term goals. The retreat and training should conclude with each student having a better and lasting understanding of their role in the organization, the importance of our purpose and the confidence to achieve set goals and the inspiration to support all A.S.I. initiatives.
Below are important documents that you need to turn in prior to departure. Please print, complete, and sign at your earliest convenience. Return your contract and medical sheet to Marcus Rodriguez, Director of Programs & Leadership. If you need further clarification, please call (323) 343-4785 or email mrodriguez [at] cslanet [dot] calstatela [dot] edu
Associated Students, Incorporated 2012 General Scholarship Award Recipients
This year, we had a strong pool of deserving applicants who demonstrated an unyielding commitment to their academic success, while actively engaging and serving the campus, and surrounding community. The selection committee was humbled and impressed by all of the applicants’ efforts and spirit to persevere towards their goals.
The following applicants stood out and it is with great pleasure that they were selected to receive an Associated Students, Incorporated 2012 General Scholarship Award.
Cristina Verdugo, Anthropology, Graduate
Toni Gonzalez, Anthropology/Archaeology, Graduate
Mario Giron-Abrego, Anthropology/Archaeology, Graduate
Ana Peralta, Latin American Studies, Graduate
Wendy Dorenbush, Anthropology-Archaeology, Graduate
Jennie Ann Allen, Anthropology, Graduate
Kanij Fatima Sumiya, Anthropology, Graduate
Jeremy Coltman, Anthropology, Graduate
Paulo H., Medina, Anthropology, Graduate
Sheila Hudson, Educational Leadership, Graduate
Felicia Avendano, Anthropology, Undergraduate
Gustavo Dominquez, Exercise Science, Undergraduate
Kathlyn Dino, Nursing, Undergraduate
Hsiu-An Samantha Cheng, Biochemistry, Undergraduate
Luis Echeverrianewberry, Rehabilitation Services, Undergraduate
Ethan Min Chen, Biology, Undergraduate
Jairo Guerrido, Electrical Engineering, Undergraduate
Alberto Chavez, Mechanical Engineering, Undergraduate
Deuel Shinkevich, Business Administration, Undergraduate
Luis Antezana, Political Science, Undergraduate
Magali Espinoza-Cruz, Business Economics, Undergraduate
Orval Marcial, Civil Engineering, Undergraduate
Kevin Lopez, Sociology, Undergraduate
Estela Sandoval, Anthropology, Undergraduate
Judeana Velasquez, Social Work, Undergraduate
Matthew Quan, Psychology, Undergraduate
Wilson Thomas, Computer Science, Undergraduate
Ricardo J Mejia, Rehabilitation Services, Undergraduate
Ayana Younge, Communication/Psychology, Undergraduate
Jessica Mejia, Undergraduate
Full efforts were made to have persons with a diversity of age, academic background, experiences, and identities represented on the A.S.I. General Scholarship Selection Committee. In addition to the Scholarship Committee Chair, the Scholarship Selection Committee was comprised of five student leaders and one faculty member to meet this goal. The faculty member had equal weight in the decision making process. Following protocol for best practices, any items that would reveal the identity of the applicant (such as name, email address, etc.) were concealed throughout the application. This enabled the committee members to base their decisions solely on the merit and impressions gathered from the application itself. Maintaining confidentiality of the applicants was a top priority for all committee members.
We received 65 applications; out of which 14 were graduate student applications and 51 were undergraduate students. A large number of the applicants were from the social sciences concentration, and an overwhelming number of the graduate applicants were from one department in particular.
The committee scored each applicant objectively and subjectively based on pre-established criteria: awards and achievements; campus and community involvement; work, volunteer, and leadership experiences; letters of recommendation; and the essay content. Many of the subjective points were from studying the essay portion that looked at content, writing style, and how well the applicant answered the prompt questions.
2012-13 Board of Directors and Academic Senators Inauguration
A.S.I. requests the honor of your presence at the inauguration of the 2012-13 Board of Directors and Academic Senators.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 2 pm
Los Angeles Room, 308 AB
California State University, Los Angeles
5154 State University Dr., Los Angeles, California 90032
Please join us immediately after the ceremony for a reception.
Kindly RSVP by Monday, June 25, 2012 at www.asicsula.org/inauguration/rsvp
For more information contact the A.S.I. Administrative Office at 323-343-4778. For assistance in accommodating a disability, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at 323.343.3140.