Annual student services festival offers free lunch, information

By Krista Brooks

Published Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 – The Daily 49er

The first 200 students at the Central Quad today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. may enjoy a free lunch at the annual Student Services Festival.

All students are welcome to attend the festival, which is put on by Cal State Long Beach’s Student Transition and Retention Services and Student Orientation and Registration.

Tables and booths for more than 30 student services, such as Disabled Student Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Associated Students Inc. will be available.

Everyone is encouraged to fill out a short survey about the festival, and the first 200 to complete it will be rewarded with a free lunch, including a sandwich, chips, cookies and a drink.

“The Student Services Festival is a follow-up to the SOAR orientation, which focuses on the academics,” STARS/SOAR assistant director DeAnn Martz said. “This festival is a reminder of the additional services available to students.”

Student resources and members of the department will be available to answer questions and help direct students to the help he or she needs.

“The Student Service Festival is great for students because it allows them to find out about services they may need, but didn’t know existed,” said Zach McAnany, sophomore business major.

The festival was formerly bi-annual, one in fall and spring, but was reduced due to budget cuts.

Next on the STARS/SOAR agenda is the President’s Scholars High School Visit Orientation Workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, as well as the CSULB Transfer Admission Workshop at 2 p.m.

For more information about the student services on campus, visit Brotman Hall, Room 337, or go online to


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