CSULA PEEP Newsletter

Issue 5: Spring 2006 Quarter - April 2006

EEP Names in the News

Nancy, Amanda and Lupe
Meet Nancy Aguilar. A warm welcome to our newest staff member, Nancy! We were so sorry to see Erika leave us in February, after over five years of incredible service to EEP, but we are delighted Rich was able to select such an able replacement from the 26 applicants! Where would Rich ever be without the fantastic help of all of the office staff members -- Nancy Aguilar, Amanda Jancu and Lupe Martinez. You're the best!

Congrats to Rich! Every quarter we seem to be congratulating Rich for something! He was honored by USC for his perfect grades, and for being selected as a speaker at the upcoming SENG conference to be held in Anaheim this July 7-9 (Rich is presenting Sunday, July 9th). For more information, including a brochure on all the speakers, visit the SENG website.

EEPsters in the News. Congratulations to all the EEPsters in the news!

Every item was wrapped in plastic and identified with a post-it!
Need any plastic wrap or post-it notes? April Fool! Rumor has it that two EEPsters were responsible for this most bodaciously amusing April Fools Prank! And yes, parents, they did get pre-approval from Rich. The anonymous-yet-awesome duo will go down in EEP history! Click here for more pictures of this incredible feat!

Mock Trial Club. Mock Trial is a great way for your EEPster (especially pre-law majors!) to get involved and get real-world experience in law and courtroom life. Advised by an EEP alum and Philosophy/Political Science faculty, EEPster David N may be reached by email for more information

EEP continues to ramp up its International status! More and more families are visiting, and several are testing, from outside California -- including Las Vegas, Texas, Puerto Rico and Japan! Wow!

Johns Hopkins CTY Questionnaire. Dr. Michelle Muratori (Senior Counselor/Researcher at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth), contacted Rich to invite PEEPs to contribute to her new project: a practical guide about early college entrance for students, their parents, and other stakeholders, to be published by Prufrock Press. All interested students and parents can download her letter and questionnaire, and respond by fax, email or snail mail -- ASAP -- hopefully by May 1st!!

Our spiffed-up counter!
Thank you Herbert and Albert! Parents probably don't know how worn and drab the EEP lounge kitchen counter was. Now, thanks to our incredible EEPsters Herbert L and Albert H, our counter is all fixed up and looks almost spiffy new!! Great elbow-grease, guys! Now the rest of the EEPsters just need to work on those dirty dishes! Thanks too to the PEEPs who helped with spring cleaning over Spring Break!

Is your daughter interested in LEEP? Ladies of EEP, a female support, conversation and reading group, has started up again. For more information email EEP Elder Helen N. Meetings are on a weekly basis in the EEP Lounge, with plans for exciting activities and fundraisers; your EEP daughter will enjoy joining this group of motivated, energetic and involved EEP ladies, having fun while supporting EEP!

Old News. Office volunteers are always welcome, especially Monday-Thursday afternoons -- email PEEP Ned Fenton to volunteer. And we are still trying to build an emergency phone tree -- email PEEP Donna Hay to volunteer

PEEP Website Revised. Check out the newly-revised PEEP website continuously updated with tons of useful links and information, including our private Yahoo PEEP group which contains a private PEEP roster.

EEF Financial News

Matthew is happy with the new sofa!
new bookcases too.
There's Still Time to Donate to EEP! We are at 50% of our annual goal, and a hearty thank you to all the parents who have sent in donations. We really would like a contribution from EVERY family, whatever the amount, so we can show a great level of support when we ask for grants. Truly, every gift is important. Rich's major new purchases are a new sofa, shelving, and some lockers. With questions, email PEEP Donna Hay. It's all for your children, and it's all tax-deductible, of course! (Mail to: Early Entrance Foundation, 16311 Ventura Blvd #1298, Encino, CA 91436).

Electronic Scrip Sign-Up. It's simple, it's effective, it's free and it needs you! Our goal this year is $1000 -- so if you haven't done so already, sign up your grocery cards (not charge cards, just grocery club cards), for your family or even your friends and relatives too -- EEP gets a percentage back on all the grocery purchases. If you have no charitable organization specified on your cards, the stores just keep all the money. You can sign yourself up online (click here) or call PEEP Donna Hay at 818/905-6249 or PEEP Shelley Kadison at 310/246-9060 for more information.

ebay Donations. Spring cleaning? We know just what to do with those unwanted collectibles! Thanks in advance to PEEP Helene Chemel for collecting those ebay donations at the April 23rd PEEP meeting. All donations are sold through her i-soldit store in Chatsworth. If you will miss that collection, drop your items off anytime at her store, and visit the I-SoldIt website for more information.

Upcoming Events for EEP Families

Spring Quarter Important Dates Dates of interest for this quarter are:

WPCT and PEEP Meeting - Sunday, April 23rd
Summer Quarter Tuition due Wed, Apr 19th Apr 26th - click here for form
Priority registration for Summer Quarter Monday, April 24th May 1st
Memorial Day holiday - Monday, May 29th
Provie Orientation - Wednesday, May 31st, 6-9:30 pm
Exams: Monday June 5th - Thursday June 8th
Summer Break (one week) - Friday, June 9th - Sunday, June 18th
Summer Quarter begins Monday, June 19th

Spring WPCT. The semi-annual WPCT and PEEP meeting will be Sunday, April 23rd. The meeting is 10-11:30 am, followed by the 1-4:15 pm testing for prospective EEPsters. Rich is always looking for potential EEP candidates; if you know of any, please refer them to the EEP office 323/343-2287 or to the EEP website. And we will plan to accept donations for ebay sales too -- if you're doing any spring cleaning! Click here for more details on the types of items good for resale on ebay.

Provie Orientation Meeting. This year's prospective EEP student orientation evening will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 6-9:30 pm in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. PEEPs are needed to attend and answer questions from the 100+ EEP applicants and their parents. Please email the office if you can help out.

EEΠX Store

NEW - lemonhead sweatshirt

NEW - Neshan EEPC t-shirt
Yearbooks, Sweatshirts, T-shirts and More! We have it all! And we have a new system in place for orders. Just have your EEPster order one, and Rich will send home the item and a bill! With questions, email the EEP Club or call 323/343-5488 and leave a message for April E. (yearbook) or Josh C. (treasurer):

Upcoming CSULA Events of Interest for EEP Families

by Kris Chatterson
[keep feeling] Fascination. An exhibition of recent abstract paintings by twelve Los Angeles-based artists: Kris Chatterson, Will Fowler, Portia Hein, Pamela Jorden, Stan Kaplan, David McDonald, Rebecca Morris, Ruby Neri, Steve Roden, Tyler Vlahovich, Samantha Thomas, and Amy Wheeler. Saturday, March 18th - Saturday, May 6th at the Luckman Gallery. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. & Sat., 12 noon-5 pm. Call the Luckman Gallery at 323/343-6604 for more information.

Mexican-American Baseball in Los Angeles: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues Exhibition. An exhibition featuring photographs, artwork, and artifacts that will examine the social and ethnic ramifications of baseball within the Mexican-American communities of Los Angeles. Sunday, March 26th - Friday, June 9th -- Exhibit open during Library hours. Call the University Library at 323/343-3974 for more information.

Spring Fling:
- Popsicle Day. Celebrate the warm weather with FREE popsicles to everyone, plus the first lucky few can get a FREE caricature sketch by a seasoned artist! Monday, April 24th at noon on the Main Walkway.
- Noon Tunes. Nothing says spring like an outdoor concert! Tuesday, April 25th at noon on the Main Walkway.

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Mixed Program. One of Britain's premier dance troupes, Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre performs Friday, April 28th at 8 pm with contemporary works including Henri Oguike's Signal, set against the rhythms of Taiko drums; Robert Cohan's Forest (1977), inspired by Native American dances; and artistic director Darshan Singh Bhuller's Eng-er-land, an integration of technology, theatricality and raw physicality. On April 29, Bhuller's powerful Planted Seeds vividly portrays the brutality of war. Call the Luckman Box Office at 323/343-6600 or visit their website for more information.

America Red Cross Blood Drive. Give blood... Give life! Appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome. Tuesday, May 2nd-Thursday, May 4th, 10am-4pm in Parking Lot D. Call the Student Health Center at 323/343-3340 for more information.

Montréal Danse
Montréal Danse - Big Bang. Montréal Danse returns to the Luckman with a bang - literally! - on Saturday, May 13th at 8pm with three works from Big Bang, a signature program from the company's risk-taking repertoire incorporating shorter pieces by emergent international choreographers. Enjoy an evening of avant-garde contemporary dance. Call the Luckman Box Office at 323/343-6600 or visit their website for more information.

David Reed: Leave Yourself Behind. From his earliest desert landscape paintings of the Southwest from the 1960s; to the door, brushstroke, and multi-panel paintings of the 1970s; to the highly fluid and luminous abstractions of his recent years, this nationally traveling exhibition traces the arc of one of the most exceptional abstract painters of our generation. Saturday, May 20th-Saturday, July 15th at the Luckman Gallery. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thu. & Sat., 12 noon-5 pm.

Music Unwrapped: Tom Peters, double bass, Grammy award-winning performer Tom Peters brings new music from local composers, including performances that feature compositions enhanced with computers and electronics. Saturday, May 20th, 11 am for a free performance, and at 1 pm for a ticketed performance. Call the Luckman Box Office at 323/343-6600 or visit their website for more information.

For information on all events, visit the CSULA online calendar to see all offerings on campus.

LACHSA too. EEPsters and their families might also be interested in LACHSA events. Visit their website for their schedule, with details on their many concerts throughout the LA area, as well as their events at CSULA's Luckman Theatre, including
- "Taming of the Shrew-Western" at Gabrielino High School, Friday, April 28th 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 29th, at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.
- Gospel Show at Bethany Church, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at 7:30 pm
- "Escape from Happiness" at Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Friday May 12th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 13th at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.

Articles of Interest

Time is Now to Lock in Federal Student Loan Rates - LA Times - March 6, 2006. "Now students and parents are again being advised that if they have any Stafford or Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students loans left to be consolidated, to do it before July 1. This may be the last time to use consolidation to lock in low rates before they go up and changes in the program kick in." Click here for complete article.

Educators Are Split on Value of AP Program - LA Times - February 23, 2006. The growing debate over AP courses "reflects a concern that, as the AP program has broadened its scope and been instituted in many schools, sometimes the quality of courses was not at the level we would like to see." Click here for complete article.

Tuition Hits $25,000 at Elite Schools - LA Times - February 17, 2006. "The cost of educating a child at some L.A. campuses will soon reach Ivy League levels." Click here for complete article.

For a link to the index of dozens of articles Rich has clipped -- to learn about "crispies'", "twixters", what makes teens tick, the meaning of life, pre-teen tech consultant, identity theft, pension security and much more -- click here!

Old Favorites! A Nation Deceived - a study summarizing 50 years of research on acceleration and its effectiveness - at this website http://nationdeceived.org/download.html and TIME's "Saving The Smart Kids" - a 2001 study found that 70% of kids who skipped ahead had no regrets.

Links of Interest, Past Issues, Contact Information

Please visit other pages of interest by clicking on the links of your choice:
Spring 2005 EEP newsletter in pdf or html, the Summer 2005 EEP newsletter in html,
the Fall 2005 EEP newsletter in html, the Winter 2006 EEP newsletter in html,
and the current Spring 2006 EEP newsletter in html,
or homepages for EEP, or EEPC (EEP Club), or CSULA,
or PEEP events and news website with national articles of interest,
or view the past PEEP Newsletters: Spring '05 or Summer '05 or Fall '05 or Winter '06.
We have a private PEEP Yahoo Group, including a roster! Click here to join!

If you have any questions, comments or article submissions,
please email PEEP Donna Hay or call her at 818/905-6249.

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