Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fill The Socks Box!!!

Hello GSA Members and Friends,

Our Fall sock and underwear drive has begun! 

- All "NEW" socks donated will be given to the Multi Service Center(MSC) in Long Beach.  The MSC is the main hub for homeless services in the city and will distribute all items based upon need.

- You don't need to donate socks.  We are collecting underwear and financial donations as well.

- According to the 2008 Long Beach Homeless Count there are over 3,000 homeless men, women and children who are currently living in shelters, hotel rooms and on the streets.

- The cold months are upon us and socks will help keep people's feet warm and clean.  Socks are often used as mittens by cutting a small hole for the thumb in the side.

- "The Socks Box" is located in the Geography office in LA4 room 106.

I purchased 5 pairs of socks for $4.50 from BJ Clothes on 7th street just around the corner from CSULB. 

Please spread the seed and encourage people to help.  Students are not the only ones who can help, instructors, family members and friends can assist us in filling our donation bin. 

Thank you for your help.

Geography Student Association

Sunday, October 10, 2010

GSA Cultural Night #1: Honduras Kitchen

Hello fellow Geographers and GSA members,

The GSA would like to invite you to the first cultural night of the semester this Wednesday, October 13th @ 7:00PM. We will be dining at a Honduran restaurant called Honduras Kitchen located at:

1909 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 624-8849

Follow the link to Google Maps : Honduras Kitchen

Please RSVP by replying to to let us know if you will be able to join us, as we need to call the restaurant in advance with an approximate headcount.

We can't wait to see you there!


Monday, September 20, 2010

GSA Meeting #2

Hello Geographers,

The Geography Students Association hopes that you all are settling into your classes nicely. We have high hopes for this semester and are looking forward to seeing our fellow geographers come together to share ideas and experiences. 
We will be having our second official GSA meeting of the semester in LA4 room 100 @ 5pm on Tuesday.  In this meeting we will be recapping some of the events we did during the previous year and discussing some events we are planning this year. There will be pizza and drinks provided by the club, feel free to bring something to share if you’d like.

-Geography Student Association
Greetings, College of Liberal Arts & friends!!

On behalf of the College of Liberal Arts Student Council (CLASC) Executive Board, I would like to invite you to our 2010 Student and Faculty Mixer. This year we're celebrating the start of a new school year in true Beach fashion with a blow out luau and we want you to be there for all the festivities.
So please, stop by on your way to class or before you make your way home!!

CLASC 2010 Student and Faculty Mixer
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Soroptimist House

Appetizers and entertainment will be provided.
Great way to find out about COLA, CLASC, and its many student organizations!!

Considering staying for the CLASC General Meeting taking place immediately after from 5 to 6 pm. All students and faculty are welcome. Agendas can be downloaded after 9/23 at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

GSA T-Shirts

Doug Watkins submitted a great design and it was voted upon by the club as our new shirt.  It will be printed on American Apparel shirts which are of the best quality.  Crew necks and V-necks will be available!!!

CSULB Graphic Design Student Omar Vargas has finalized the image and will be printing the shirts for us.  He has printed some amazing designs for a multitude of student organizations on campus and truly is a gifted artist.  It is great that we can support other students in their business endeavors and thus perpetuate success within our school.

Order your shirt in advance and ensure yourself one of these limited printings!!!



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

GSA Wine Tasting Event

Come taste wines and cheese from around the world at the:

GSA Annual Wine-tasting Event
Friday, May 7, 7-9pm
2950 Monogram Ave., Long Beach, CA
Cost: $10 per person

Please RSVP ASAP to
(and guests are welcome!)

We look forward to seeing you Friday!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Hey Geographers!!!!

This semester, the GSA is giving everyone a chance to score 2 CATALINA EXPRESS GIFT CARDS good for a round trip to Catalina Island!! To enter, go to the Geography Dept Office (LA4 106), fill out a ticket with your contact info and drop it into the "GSA CATALINA OPPORTUNITY DRAWING" box. It's only $5.00 for students, $10.00 for Faculty or General Public; please make payments to either of our department administrators, Julie Ortiz or Carol Philipp, who are keeping a tight record. PLEASE DO NOT DROP PAYMENTS INTO THE OPPORTUNITY DRAWING BOX. Funds raised will contribute to GSA scholarships and future events. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Monday, April 12, 2010

GSA Scholarships

Are Tuition Fees cleaning you out?  Need money for school? 

The GSA is proud to offer scholarships to GSA members!
Follow this link to the 2010 GSA scholarship application:


Monday, March 22, 2010

Cultural Night #2

We are excited to announce our second cultural night which will be held at:

Sunnin Lebanese Cafe 
5110 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-9000

This restaurant has great authenitc lebanese food for an affordable student price and great reviews.  I can't wait to see you all one last time before spring break!


Monday, March 8, 2010

GSA Presents: Grad School Workshop

Hello GSA members!

We are thrilled to be facilitating a grad school workshop this Thursday, March 11 @ 5:30-6:30 pm, in LA4 100. The workshop will take place right after our GSA member meeting, so be sure and stick around! Also, the workshop is open to all majors, and we would like to encourage you to invite others you know who may be interested. Details are below:

Grad School Q and A with our panel of experts!

Dr. Vincent Del Casino, Chair of Geography
Dr. Chrys Rodrigue, Graduate Advisor and Professor, Geography
Sarah Goggin, MA, Geography, CSULB 2009
Austin Beahm, MA, Geography, CSULB 2009
Chris Suri, MA Candidate, Geography, CSULB 
Rachel Davis, MA Candidate, Geography, CSULB 

Topics covered:

Dr. Del Casino: What is graduate school and why would you want to go?

Dr. Rodrigue: What are the details? How do you apply, and what should you expect to include in a graduate application? What is the process at CSULB?

Sarah Goggin, Austin Beahm, Chris Suri, and Rachel Davis: What is it like being a graduate student? The good, the bad, the ugly?? Hints, tips, and common concerns.

Refreshments will be provided! We hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Annual T-Shirt Design Contest

Design GSA's next t-shirt!  Every Spring the GSA holds a T-shirt contest to give members a chance to express, through design, their interpretation of the Geography Student Association.

Submissions are due March 11th.

Design Must:

1. be 11 x 17 inches maximum

2. contain "GSA" or "Geography Student Association"

3. have no more than three colors

4. submitted in print

Designs will be voted on by the club as a whole at Thursday's meeting after submissions are collected.

The designer of the chosen image will receive the First Print of the new shirt free!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

LA Geographic Society SCHOLARSHIPS

The Los Angeles Geographical Society is pleased to announce its annual Scholarship Program.  Each year, the Society offers two types of scholarships:  "Logan" for Upper Division students, and "McKnight-Clemons" for Community College students.  The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage talented students to continue their training and studies in Geography.

A limited number of merit-based $500 scholarships are awarded to undergraduate Geography majors at community colleges and upper-division undergraduate Geography majors at 4-year colleges and
universities south of the 36th parallel in California.  As merit-based scholarships, financial need is not a consideration.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is the First Friday of April.

General Qualification Criteria:

• Community College Students:  3.0 Overall GPA + 3.5 Geography GPA; Must have completed two Geography courses

• Upper Division Students:  3.0 Overall GPA + 3.5 Geography GPA;  Must have completed 5 Upper Division Geography courses

Additional subjective criteria may still be considered by the Scholarship Criteria for awarding students Scholarships.  Interested students must mail the following:

  - Completed applications (please use the appropriate form)

  - Current official transcripts

  - One faculty letter of recommendation

  - A typed 8 ½ x 11 page personal statement

All correspondence must be received by close of business on the first
Friday of April each year.  Winners are notified within one month and
are presented with their awards at the May meeting of the Los Angeles
Geographical Society.

For more information contact Matt Ebiner here.  Please include "LAGS
Scholarship" in the Subject line of the message.

Forms are also available below in .pdf format.

  Community College Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form
  Four-year College/University Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form

Send all completed applications to:

Los Angeles Geographical Society (Scholarships)

Box # 1259

855 North Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cultural Night #1 : Beer Flavors of the World

Geographers are welcome to join the GSA for our first cultural night of Spring '10 on Thursday February 25th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting at Francis Travis' house at 861 West 31st Street, Long Beach, 90806 for a cultural beer and food tasting. The cost per attendee is $10 and this includes 4-6 flavors of beer from around the world. We will have delicious food to taste along with each selection. RSVP to email or call JP @ (310)503-5710.  Please contact Francis if you become lost @ (562)606-6641.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Internship Opportunities

Check out the New Internship Opportunities sent to the GSA in GSA Links 
More opportunities will be added as they are offered. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hunter L. Johnson - CEO of LINC housing will visit CSULB

   The Palace Hotel, Long Beach                                         Photo by JP Cordero
      Hunter L. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of LINC Housing Corp will visit Geog 467: Metropolitan Problems on Tuesday, 2/23 at 12:30. This is rescheduled from today, the original date. He will be discussing the non-profit real estate developers activities to provide affordable and environmentally sustainable housing in Southern California, including the reuse of the old Palace Hotel on Anaheim near Temple as housing for youth aging out of the foster care system. LINC offers internships to students. All GSA members are welcome to attend. We meet in LA4-107.

Thank You Dr. Jocoy


Friday, February 12, 2010

Golden Shore Wetlands CleanUp

Hello GSA Bloggers,

Here is a message from grad student, Mike Nichols concerning the Golden Shore Wetlands CleanUp:

Hey all -

I spoke with LB parks and recreation about coordinating a cleanup for the Golden Shore Wetlands, downtown LB by the Catalina Express launch. In conjunction with the El Dorado Nature Center, on February 20th (Saturday from 10 AM - 12 PM) they will make that area available for clean up!
Since the last rains the place is pretty bad and could really use some TLC. I was down there the other day and there were tons of doves in the grass by the shoreline wading through all kinds of trash.

It would be great if we could get some people down there to help out.

Thank you.

Mike N.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

First Meeting for Spring 2010

Thank you to all the students who attended our first GSA meeting tonight! It was great to see our returning members of the GSA as well as our potential new members. Thank you Dr. Thien for advising our club and thank you Dr. Jocoy for the information about the LINK Housing internship opportunity. Participation from students and faculty are what make the CSULB Geography Student Association strong.

A lot of great ideas were shared tonight and will factor into our plans for the semester. We are here to expand our cultural perspective as students free of the binding environment that academia may often create. Sometimes it's cool to hang out and learn something without having to write a two-thousand word reflection paper. I hope you all share your passion for growth and experience with the GSA as we start our Spring semester!

SAVE THE DATE: Our Cultural Tasting will be February 25th at 7:30 pm The Location will be posted soon. Please E-Mail us - to reserve your seat.

Please tell us what you want from the Geography Student Association. Post ideas, thoughts, reflections and whatever else you would like to say. The GSA BlogSpot is for everyone so lets have fun with it. :)


Monday, February 1, 2010

Welcome Back Geographers!

The GSA hopes you had a fun and refreshing winter break, and that you are getting settled back in for the spring semester. We have a number of exciting events planned for you this semester, including fundraisers, cultural nights, and more day hikes! We hope that you will join us, as it is your participation that makes our organization strong.

As it is the spring semester, keep in mind that we will also be holding a contest for the 2010-11 GSA t-shirt design, and holding elections for next years officers at the end of the semester. We are excited about bringing in new officers and members, so that we can make next year as great as this year has been. Be sure to let us know if you are interested!

Our first meeting will be held on February 11 at 5pm in LA4 100. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Geography Student Association