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THE OFFICIAL E-NEWSLETTER OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

Volume I, No. 6
Special Issue for HS Counselors & Teachers

August 2009
 
A NOTE FROM THE DEAN
Theatre Arts & Dance performers in playful costumes
Hello friends of Cal State LA's College of Arts and Letters!
 
Welcome to the Arts & Letters newsletter, designed to keep you informed about many of the exciting developments in Arts and Letters, from student and faculty prizes to lectures and performances, alumni news, student, staff, and faculty profiles, and even job announcements. You'll find them all here, a new monthly must for you, our greatest advocates and supporters. 

During this stressful and challenging time for public higher education, we hope that the outstanding accomplishments of our students, alums, faculty, and staff bring you cheer while demonstrating that despite our many fiscal challenges, fantastic opportunities still exist in the College of Arts and Letters at Cal State L.A.
 
I would like to thank our new Publicity, Events, and Outreach Coordinator, Noelle Leiblic, for serving as editor and lead author of our newsletter.  I look forward to our monthly e-conversation.

 
QUICK LINKS


SUMMER IN THE CITY

Though quiet halls may give the impression of rest and respite here in the Summer Quarter at Arts and Letters, beneath the surface creativity rises with the mercury.  Summertime is a season for internships, study abroad, Fulbright research, scholarly pursuits, creative exploration, vacation, rumination, and restoration of energies, facilities, and all the systems that surge on in Fall Quarter. 

As we prepare to welcome a host of new freshmen and new faculty in the Fall, the College of Arts and Letters is excited to offer our community an unprecedented level of connectedness to Arts & Letters news, events, and information.  With our new presence on Facebook and Twitter, a new interactive announcement calendar on our homepage, our continually evolving e-newsletter, the Dean's blog, and some exciting new technology (to be announced!), it is easier than ever to stay in touch and stay informed.  As the College of Arts and Letters continues to expand our avenues for publicity and information, we always welcome your feedback

We're looking forward to a new year of exciting events and student success.  In the meantime, if you find yourself missing your alma mater, or if you've yet to visit our campus in the sunny hills of Los Angeles, please enjoy the photos below!  You can click on each one to view a high resolution version, perfect for desktop wallpaper. 



IN THE CITY OF LA
 
Palm trees, with blue sky in the background, photographed outside the CSULA Administration Building.

Nothing but blue skies.  And palm trees.  And plenty of sunshine. 
The campus of Cal State LA, located just 5 miles east of Downtown
Los Angeles, offers a variety of contemporary performances, events,
and opportunities for cultural exchange.  Bring your own sunglasses. 


(photographed outside the CSULA Administration Building.)
ARTART
Student Lockers in the Fine Arts Building
 
Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Art offer students the opportunity
to experience a variety of subjects within the visual arts as well as to
develop excellence in a specific area: Animation, Art Education, Art
History, Design, Fashion and Textiles and Studio Arts, which include
ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and
video. We also offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in both Design and Studio Arts.  

www.calstatela.edu/academic/art

(Student lockers in the hallway of the Fine Arts Building.)
COMMUNICATION STUDIESCOMMST
 
An Arriflex 16 millimeter moving film camera

The Department of Communication Studies offers undergraduate programs
leading to the Bachelor of Arts degrees in TV, Film, & Media Studies,
Communication, a minor in Communication, an interdisciplinary studies
minor in Multimedia, and graduate programs leading to the Master of
Arts in Communication Studies with options in Communication and
Telecommunications & Film, and the new MFA in TV, Film, & Media Studies.  

www.calstatela.edu/academic/comstud

(An Arriflex 16 millimeter moving film camera.)
ENGLISHENGL
 
Monterey Park, viewed from the English Department Building

The Department of English offers the Bachelor of Arts with options in
General English, Creative Writing, and Single Subject Teaching, and
the Master of Arts degree with options in Literature, Creative Writing,
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Language.  Of great benefit to the
Department are the programs and events of the Center for the Study
of Poetry and Poetics, offering the annual Jean Burden Poetry Series,
British Council Poets in Residence, classroom collaborations,
visiting lecturers, and student internships. 

www.calstatela.edu/academic/english
 
(Monterey Park, viewed from the East end of campus.)

LIBERAL STUDIESLIBSTUD
 
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Cal State LA

The Department of Liberal Studies offers the interdisciplinary Bachelor
of Arts degree founded in the social sciences and humanities,
for professional training in education, librarianship, law, medicine,
public service, and business.  Students may also elect Liberal
Studies courses to prepare for graduate study in education, American
studies, art history, communications, English, cultural studies, history,
film and television studies, and the social sciences.   

www.calstatela.edu/dept/libstudies

(The John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Cal State LA.)

MODERN LANGUAGES
& LITERATURESMLL
 
Mosaic Mural

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers the Bachelor of Arts in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish, the Master of Arts degrees in French and Spanish, as well as minors in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish.  Classes in a variety of other languages are offered throughout the year, including Armenian, German, Korean, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

www.calstatela.edu/academic/mld

(CSULA's mosaic mural representing myriad cultures uniting at the Olympic Games.)

MUSICMUSIC
 
Organ pipes, in the CSULA Music Hall

The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts,
Master of Music, and Master of Arts degrees.  Students can take advantage
of multiple opportunities for music performance and creative activities,
for majors and for students pursuing personal enrichment through Music.

www.calstatela.edu/academic/music

(Organ pipes, in the CSULA Music Hall.)

PHILOSOPHYPHIL
 
The famous Confucius statue on the campus of Cal State L.A.

The Department of Philosophy offers a Bachelor of Arts in General
Philosophy or Pre-law, an interdisciplinary minor in Classics, a minor in
General or Pre-law Philosophy, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, as
well as a certificate program in Teaching Critical Thinking.  The Student
Philosophy Club and the student journal "Philosophy in Practice" keep
our students engaged in thinking about the fundamental questions of human life.   

 
www.calstatela.edu/dept/phil

(The Confucius statue, adjacent to the USU Plaza at Cal State LA.)

THEATRE ARTS & DANCETAD
 
The State Playhouse patio, with glowing edges filter applied.

The State Playhouse is just one of seven performance spaces
for Arts & Letters Students.  Our students perform for audiences
in the Music Hall, Arena Theatre, Nest Theatre, Band Room, Choir
Room, King Hall Dance Studio, and the State Playhouse. The Department
of Theatre Arts & Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts or the minor in
Theatre Arts & Dance, the Master of Arts in Theatre Arts & Dance,
an interdisciplinary minor in Multimedia, and, jointly with Communication
Studies, the new MFA in Television, Film, and Media Studies. 

www.calstatela.edu/dept/theatre_dance

(The State Playhouse lobby entry, photographed from the Patio.)

ARTS & LETTERS
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
 
A staircase in the Music Building.

If you're passing through the Music Building, these stairs will lead

you up to the Arts & Letters Office of the Dean, located in Music 228.
You can visit the Dean's Office anytime at www.calstatela.edu/academic/al
or stop by during regular business hours:  5151 State University Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8100.  Phone (323) 343-4001.  Fax (323) 343-6440. 
 
(Music Building interior, central stairwell.)

THE NEW U
 
Umbrella detail, outside the CSULA USU

The new Cal State L.A. University Student Union opened
January 9, 2009, offering a unique setting for the encouragement
of broad social, cultural, recreational, and informal educational
programming for the university and its surroundings.

(One of the signature gold umbrellas against the coated glass of the USU patio.)

STUDENT SERVICES
 
Patio of the Student Health Center

Student Health Services, personal counseling, academic tutoring,
peer mentoring, career counseling, and child care are just some
of the services provided to support students.  Many of these
services are free, or for only a nominal fee. 
Visit the Student Services website for more information. 
 
(Lighting sculpture above the Student Health Center west entrance.)


Liberal Studies photo provided courtesy of CSULA Public Affairs.
SHARE YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP OR STUDY ABROAD STORIES WITH ARTS & LETTERS!
You could be one of our next Featured Articles.  If you are an A&L Faculty, Staff, Student, or Alumni, and you have exciting news or an interesting activity or achievement to share with us for upcoming issues of this newsletter, please contact Noelle Leiblic, Events, Publicity, and Outreach Coordinator:  (323) 343-5061 or nleiblic@cslanet.calstatela.edu.



CALL FOR PROPOSALSCallforProps
 
PACIFIC COAST LATIN MUSIC SYMPOSIUM at CAL STATE L.A.
NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS, UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2009. 

A Salsa Band graphicThe Pacific Coast Latin Music Symposium invites proposals for individually presented papers, demonstrations, clinics, and ensemble musical performances that address the symposium theme:  Salsa & Timba:  Origins and Transformations.  The Pacific Coast Latin Music Symposium will be held November 20 and 21, 2009, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles.  We encourage submissions from independent scholars, faculty, and graduate students, from within and beyond music and ethnomusicology. 

Abstracts will be blindly reviewed by the full program committee. 
The deadline for submission is September 1, 2009. 

For more information, visit www.calstatela.edu/academic/music or
contact Dr. Paul De Castro, Professor of Music, at pdecast@calstatela.edu



Image from Photo by byrdiegurl, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licensed.
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Golden Eagle Mariachi on the USU Free Speech Plaza StageStraightASTRAIGHT A's:
Awards, Achievements, and Activities


Communication Studies student Chase Abrams, age 17, graduated this year with his Bachelor of Arts in Television, Film, & Media Studies, simultaneously graduating with his diploma from Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth.  Read more about Chase Abrams in the LA Times article of June 15, 2009. 

English MA alumnus, Michael Ferrari, has published his MA thesis as a novel:  Born to Fly, from Delacorte Yearling Press, released July 14, 2009.  Born to Fly is a historical fiction adventure for young readers (8-12).  Learn more at www.mjferrari.com

Dean of Arts & Letters, Terry L. Allison, has returned from his Fulbright trip to Korea as a Scholar in the Fulbright US-Korea International Education Administrators Program.  Dr. Allison met with representatives from Korean Universities, private-sector agencies, and selected government agencies, to respond to questions about higher education in the United States.  Read more about Dr. Allison's experience on his blog, The Dancing Dean

The
Golden Eagle Mariachi group was featured in the Spring 2009 edition of Cal State LA University Reports (vol. 39, no. 3).  Cindy Reifler-Flores, a member of the 2009 Grammy-winning "Mariachi Divas", directs the ensemble.  She is also a graduate student in CSULA's Latin American Studies Program.  To view the online edition of University Reports, visit www.calstatela.edu/UniversityReports.


Communication Studies Faculty member Beryl Bellman will be featured as a Keynote Speaker 2009 Summit of the Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession, to be held June 20, in Las Colinas, Texas. 

English Alumnus Tyler Reeb is completing his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University.

Professor of Creative Writing & English and Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Lauri Ramey will be a Visiting Fellow in the Drama Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, June 29-July 8. 

Professors of Philosophy Ann Garry and Talia Mae Bettcher were guest editors of a special issue of Hypatia:  A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, entitled Transgender Studies and Feminism:  Theory, Politics, and Gendered Realities.   Professor of Philosophy Jenny Faust published "The Ethics of Scientific Research Utilizing Race as a Variable," In Social Philosophy Today, volume 24. 

Philosophy student Raj Shah was one of only 5 students who won the campus wide Golden Eagle Excellence Award.

Philosophy Department Chair Mark Balaguer's book Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem, will be released by MIT Press at the end of 2009. 


Photo provided courtesy of CSULA Public Affairs.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIESStudentOppor

NEW YOUTH VIDEO INSTRUCTOR POSITION AVAILABLE
KIDVID is a collaborative program presented by Inside Out Community Arts and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. KidVid is a video and filmmaking course that connects industry professionals and media artists with inner-city high school students. KidVid is an evolving program, with many basics in place and numerous opportunities for development and growth on the immediate horizon. This position also includes student recruitment, program and budget management, in addition to other key administrative duties: curriculum planning, bi-weekly reporting, oversight and tracking of purchases, equipment check out/in, inter-office correspondence, guest presenter coordination, etc. The Kid Vid Instructor is responsible for guiding the students through an effective and enriching video production program, enabling students to produce high quality, 5-minute video projects addressing local/global issues of student interest. Additionally, the Kid Vid Instructor supervises the production and editing of a 5-minute documentary on our middle school theatre program, The School Project, which includes shooting a theatre field trip, camping retreat, final performance and closure party.
There will be a fair amount of autonomy and the KidVid Instructor will supervise 1-2 Instructional Assistants and will instruct up to 16 student participants. The KidVid Instructor, reports to the Artistic Director of Inside Out Community Arts, who will be available to provide support. Regular communications between the AD and the KidVid Instructor is essential. This is a contract position with stipend-based pay at $8k total.  This is a year-long opportunity and commitment, with planning and recruitment between Aug - Nov 09 and instruction, mostlySaturdays, from 10:30am-2:30pm, Nov 2009 - Aug 2010.
CORE DUTIES INCLUDE:
Prepare KidVid Syllabus and Lesson Plans, Schedule, Calendar, Field Trips - share and post as appropriate
Prepare and schedule facility accommodations (storage, classroom, equipment use, transportation, production and post production locations, etc.)
Arrange for authoring/duplication of finished media
Plan screening(s) and reception(s)
Interview Assistant applicants and hire assistant (for Fall/Spring 09-10) and/or volunteer/intern
Recruitment within Inside Out and at L.A. High Schools and peer organizations
Generate succinct bi-weekly progress reports
Plan/Produce all shoots and final screening party
Lead/coordinate editing sessions
Coordinate with IOCA AD and ED to review and approve final media for public screening(s)
Oversee/instruct/support students in finishing and authoring final media
SKILLS PREFERRED:
-Strong communication and organizational skills
-Motivated self-starter
-Prompt and professional
-Working knowledge of the Entertainment Industry and production etiquette and workflow
-Strong passion for teaching the fundamentals of filmmaking and empowering youth to exceed beyond the basics to create life changing projects
-Strong knowledge of digital video cameras, lighting & sound production.
1-2 years professional experience in Film or TV Production
2-3 years teaching and/or mentoring youth from diverse backgrounds, TV and/or Media education
2-3 years managing/coordinating youth development, education or enrichment programs
Basic knowledge of Mac, Word, Excel.
Thorough knowledge of Final Draft and Final Cut Pro
Must have transportation and insurance.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Shani Byard, Artistic Director, sbyard@insideoutca.org. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. Thank you.

KAISER PERMANENTE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM
KP Educational Theatre is seeking actors over 18 to play 8-25 year olds.  Any ethnicity or type, but must be able to move well and carry a tune.  Good comic timing and fluency in Spanish are a plus.  Must have some theatre training and experience.  KP Health is seeking people who care strongly about issues facing the youth of Southern California.  Performers are expected to participate fully in all aspects of production, including props, sound, set, and strike, and receive training as peer health educators.  If you are interested in auditioning or becoming a member of the company, send a headshot and resume to Joseph Alanes, Educational Theatre Programs, 323 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91188, or email Joseph.G.Alanes@kp.org.  This is a paid position.

PASADENA POPS ORCHESTRA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
The Pasadena Pops Orchestra is seeking volunteers to assist with concerts this summer to be held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada. Two groups of volunteers are needed:
1. The first group will be composed of students who will help set tables and carry patrons' picnic baskets from the front entrance to the appropriate table. (These are dinner concerts.) These volunteers will need to be at the Gardens no later than 3:30p on the day of the concert, and will be needed until around 8:00p. They will be served dinner and may stay for the concert if they wish. Each may sign up for one or more concerts.   2. The second group will be composed of adults who will serve as ushers, showing patrons to their tables. These folks will need to be at the Gardens no later than 4:30p on the day of the concert, and will be needed until around 8:00p, although a couple will be needed to stay until the end of the concert. They also will be served dinner and may stay for the concert if they wish. In addition, members of this group may bring one guest each to the concert at no charge. As with the first group, each may sign up for one or more concerts.
The remaining concerts are on the following Friday and Saturday evenings: August 14 & 15, Sept. 11 & 12, all held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada. The gates open for patrons at 5:30p and the concerts begin at 7:30p.  These are charming concerts in a delightful setting. If you are interested in participating, please contact JL4624@pacbell.net or call 626-793-7172 ext. 26.

SEEKING MULTI-TALENTED COLLABORATORS
Intersection Dance Project is seeking collaborators for a Summer 2009 project.  We are searching for MUSICIANS, VISUAL ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS, PHILOSOPHERS, ACTORS, WRITERS, and anyone who is interested in seeing their professional interests realized through movement.  Intersection Dance is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dance company that seeks to bring artists of all disciplines together for community education.  If you are interested in developing a collaborative work with Interection Dance, email laura@intersectiondance.org.  Please include your complete contact information, CV, and a brief statement about why this project interests you.  For more information, visit www.intersectiondance.org.

NEW LATINO THEATRE COMPANY TALENT DRIVE
The Inland Empire's New Latino Theatre Company will be conducting talent membership drives, seeking experienced actors who can sing, dance, and play musical instruments.  Also seeking stage support personnel, musicians, choreographers, and playwrights.  This is a Latino theatre company, and our productions require proficiency in conversational Spanish.  Preference will be given to those who can communicate verbally in English and Spanish. If you are interested, please send your resume to info@theatredelavie.com.  For more information, visit www.theatredelavie.com

CSULA ON-CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Cal State L.A. on-campus scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Office, academic departments, and various campus organizations. Visit the Center for Student Financial Aid for important information about Scholarship Eligibility.

INTERNSHIP:  ASSISTANT COPYWRITER
College of Arts & Letters at CSULA
5-10 hours per week. Primary duties include attending Arts & Letters performance and exhibition events (Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre) and writing reviews.  Interested applicants, please contact Noelle Leiblic, Events-Publicity-&-Outreach Coordinator, at (323) 343-5061.

STUDY ABROAD
CSULA Students can earn university credit while studying abroad.  Study Abroad offers amazing opportunities for travel, leadership, and a rich global education, and options are much more affordable than many students realize.  For more information, visit the Office of International Programs and Services at CSULA, or click HERE to download the NSE application. CONTACT:  Amy Y. Wang, J.D., Director, International Programs and Services, California State University, Los Angeles, Administration Building 127, Telephone: 323-343-3170

JOBS ON CAMPUS
Visit EAGLEi Jobs for jobs, mentoring, internships, and career information. 

UNIVERSITY STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Cal State L.A. offers a variety of professional services to support students and their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit the Support Services website for information and links to these services and more:
  • personal counseling
  • academic tutoring
  • peer mentoring
  • health services
  • career center
  • child care
 

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