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Theatre Arts & Dance performers in playful costumes
In This Issue

A New Year
in Arts & Letters

by Dean Terry L. Allison

New Faces
Arts & Letters welcomes new Tenure Track Faculty

Bodies of Knowledge
09-10 with the American Communities Program

Marriage Is 
Theatre Arts & Dance Season Announcement

Open Classes

current list online

Upcoming Public Events
Latino Book Festival, Evita, Larry Harlow, & more

Upcoming Campus Events 
Fall Student Fest, Health Benefits Fair, Womyn of Color Conference, & more

Straight A's
awards & achievements in Arts & Letters

Student Opportunities
jobs, scholarships, & more

Faculty & Staff Opportunities  Scholarship & Professional Development

Fall 2009
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New Expressions  of Arts & LettersNEwYear
By Dean Terry L. Allison

Kennedy Library buildingArts & Letters invites you to enjoy Fall, the season of many colors, with a season of multi-talented artists and creative thinkers--the brilliant minds behind our events in Art, Creative Writing, Dance, Debate, Design, Film, Languages, Music, Theatre, Poetry, Philosophy, and enriching encounters with community discussion and scholarship.   We welcome you to the first issue of the second volume of our e-newsletter, but with one important change-- an official title:  Expressions, representing the dynamic mix of artworks, communications, scholarship, and performance that Arts & Letters brings to you.  

We are especially pleased to offer you a season full of events at our favorite ticket prices:  Free and Totally Affordable.  What better way to enjoy a night out with your family than with a free concert, or a free visit to an art gallery or a book festival?  There really is something for everyone, and every budget, in Arts & Letters at Cal State L.A.

Featured Events Poster Image LinkYou'll find some of our featured Fall 2009 events on the poster linked here (click to view the PDF).  For even more events, visit our interactive calendar on our homepage: 

This year, more than ever, it is important to stay connected.  Information and deadlines are more critical, with state budget decisions affecting myriad services available through public education.  Please,
stay informed.  Expressions is one way Arts & Letters keeps our community up to date about College news.

The administration, faculty, and staff of the College of Arts & Letters remain committed to student service during this challenging time in the CSU.  As many of you may have heard, the California State University system has implemented employee furloughs, affecting faculty and staff, including Administration, with the exception of Public Safety.  This means that the campus will be closed for certain days each month.  For your information, an Administrative Closure Calendar will be included in the left sidebar of Expressions throughout the coming year. 

Please know that we are fully aware of the impact the budget situation has had, and will continue to have, on our students.  We remain steadfast in our support of the mission of our University and the goals of our excellent students.  If you would like more information about the impact of furloughs on the CSU, visit

The supportive contributions of our community are especially meaningful during this challenging moment in our history.  We thank you, our readers, for providing an audience for the wonderful events and fantastic achievements of our students, faculty, and staff.  I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming year. 

Arts & Letters Welcomes
New Faculty


Paul Anderson, portraitPaul A. Anderson (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1984, MA 1987, PhD 2008,
University of California, Santa Barbara


Carole F. Lung (2009)Carole Frances Lung, portrait
Assistant Professor

BS 1988, North Dakota State University;
BFA 2005, MFA 2007, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Melissa Broeckelman-Post, portraitMelissa A. Broeckelman-Post (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 2004, MA 2005,
Kansas State University;
PhD 2009, University of Ohio

Jane McKeever (2009)Jane McKeever
Assistant Professor
BA 2003, University of Illinois at Chicago;
MFA 2007, University of California,
Los Angeles


Robert Benjamin Bateman, portraitRobert Benjamin Bateman (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 2003, PhD (anticipated 2009),
University of Virginia


Linda M. Greenberg (2009)Linda Greenberg
Assistant Professor

BA 2000, Pomona College;
MA 2003, PhD 2009,
University of California, Los Angeles


Christopher Harris, portraitChristopher S. Harris (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1998, MA 2000,
South Dakota State University;
PhD 2006, Bowling Green State University, Ohio


Atef Laouyene, portrait
Atef Laouyene (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1992, University of Letters,
Sousse, Tunisia;
MA 2001, Laval University, Quebec;
PhD 2008, University of Ottawa


Bidhan C. Roy (2009) [photo not available]
Assistant Professor
BS 1993, Roehampton College, University of Surrey;
MA 2004, California State University, Los Angeles

Portrait of Namhee LeeNamhee Lee (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1984, Korea University;
MA 1995, New York University;
PhD 2003, University of California,
Los Angeles


Maria-Fernanda (Maya) MarquezMaría-Fernanda Márquez (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1999, Bently College;
MA 2002, University of Notre Dame;
PhD (anticipated 2009),
University of California, Berkeley

Cristian Grases
Cristian Grases (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1996, Central University of Venezuela;
MA 2001, Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela;
DMA 2009, University of Miami


Anna Carastathis (2009)  [photo not available]
Assistant Professor
BA 2003, University of Alberta;
PhD 2009, McGill University, Montreal


Assistant Professor
BA 1986, University of Oregon;
MA 1991, PhD 1999,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Anne McMills, portraitAnne E. McMills (2009)
Assistant Professor
Faculty Technology Director and Designer
BFA 1999, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois;
MFA 2002, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Jersey


Seonagh Odhiambo, Assistant ProfessorSeónagh Odhiambo (2009)
Assistant Professor
BA 1995, MA 2000,
University of British Columbia;
PhD 2009, Temple University




Marriage Is...

Theatre Arts and Dance Season Poster
The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Cal State LA is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 schedule of theatre and dance shows as part of a thematic season, Marriage Is...

You are cordially invited to enjoy a socially significant season of Theatre Arts and Dance:

Moving Dance Images
Shakespeare and Shaw
Winter Dance Concert
M. Butterfly
The John Lions New Plays Festival

Click the image at left to view the Marriage Is... season poster. 

For further information, contact the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at Cal State L.A. at (323) 343-4110.

Bodies of Knowledge

The American Communities Program (ACP) at Cal State Los Angeles presents another season of enriching encounters Downtown Los Anglees viewed from Mulholland Drive. with thinkers, scholars, artists, and a variety of creative minds on the forefront of the humanities.  The 2009-10 ACP theme is American Epistemologies:  Corporealities, Bodies of Knowledge, and Communities.  The upcoming year offers events to generate ideas and discussion about the creation and dissemination of different types of knowledge. 

ACP Director Dr. Maria Karafilis says of this year's theme, "Creating and sharing knowled
Maria Karafilis, portraitge are the primary functions of a university and of the humanities.  The ACP, this year, will focus on investigating how the processes of knowledge have changed over time, and how different ways of creating and communicating can affect what we know about our communities.  This seems especially pressing in the 21st century." 

All ACP events are FREE and open to the community.  See the Arts & Letters Community Events section below for a listing of upcoming ACP events.

Your ideas and curiosity are always welcome at the American Communities Program.  To learn more, visit the ACP website at

Los Angeles Photograph by Thomas Pintaric, used with permission under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Open Classesopen
Still shopping for Fall classes at CSULA? 

Arts & Letters offers an array of enriching courses, including many that satisfy GE requirements, to fulfill the terms of your degree and to broaden your personal experience. 

For classes in Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts & Dance, and TV & Film, CLICK HERE to view a current list and find the Arts & Letters courses that are right for you.  Updated daily. 

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

Arts & Letters
Community Events
Thu OCT 1,  6:15pm
Mad Hot Ballroom
USU Theatre, 1st floor
Exploring the importance of arts and education in public schools, Mad Hot Ballroom follows New York City fourth and fifth graders as they journey into the world of competitive ballroom dance, and transform themselves into "ladies and gentlemen" while preparing for a citywide competition.  Directed by Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell, 2005; 105 minutes.

Sat & Sun OCT 10-11, 10am-6pm
Latino Book and Family Festival
Greenlee Plaza at CSULA
The LBFF features Chicano/Latina poets, novelists, and short story writers who will read from their work, interact with their audiences, sign books, and join families and friends in this celebration of literacy.  Invited writers include Helena María Viramontes, Montserrat Fontes, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Lucha Corpi and, among many others, Héctor Tobar, Graciela Limón, Eliud Martínez, and Marisela Norte. Activities will also include Mariachi music, Folklórico dances, and lots of food, with Mexican/Latino bookstores and local vendors booths.
This festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or email Dr. Roberto Cantu at

October 10-November 5
Art Exhibit: Concrete Drawing: Extending the Line
CSULA Fine Arts Gallery
This exhibit explores the idea of "line" expanding beyond the page, examining structural aspects of making, and the way that elements of line can emerge from the flat surface.  The works of 15 artists from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara present a hybrid of drawing, video, painting, sculpture, and innovation. 

Mon OCT 12, 6:30pm
Michael Revisited: A critical look at the phenomenon of Michael Jackson
USU Los Angeles Room
This discussion will explore the cultural representation and perception of pop icon Michael Jackson.  The panel will feature writers, artists, and scholars who will discuss the media frenzy surrounding Jackson, issues including sexuality, the body, race, color, and the narrative arc and essential tragedy of Michael Jackson's life and career. 

Mon OCT 19, 6:30pm
Trans Town Hall III:  How to Survive Gender in a Dangerous World
LA Gay and Lesbian Center, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This ongoing forum addresses opportunities, challenges, and critical issues facing the transgender community in Los Angeles.  This fall's event focuses on the intersection between transgender and feminist politics. 


Wed OCT 21, 3:30-4:30pm

Paper Fortunes:  American Literature's Investment in Liquidity
ACP Works-in-Progress Colloquium with Dr. Andrew Knighton
Engineering and Technology Building, Wing A, Room 631
Join us as Dr. Knighton (Department of English) shares his current research on economic theory, literary studies, and aesthetics.


Fri OCT 23, 7:30pm
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band - Free Concert
Luckman Theatre
The United States Marine Band, known traditionally as "The President's Own,"will launch the Los Angeles leg of its 2009 national tour with a free public concert Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Luckman Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles. A limit of four tickets are available per request. For details or to reserve tickets, call (323) 343-6600, go to, or visit the Luckman Box Office at Cal State L.A. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must arrive early and be seated by 7:15 p.m.; at 7:15,"standby" non-ticket holders will be admitted as space allows.
The band's legendary 17th director, John Philip Sousa, initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891. The band, now directed by Colonel Michael J. Colburn, will offer traditional band repertoire, solos, opera and marches. For the Cal State L.A. concert, the selections will include a suite from Sergei Prokofief's Romeo and Juliet, Joseph De Luca's "Beautiful Colorado" (with a euphonium solo), a baritone rendering of George Frideric Handel's "Arm, Arm, Ye Brave" from Judas Maccabeaus, and three Sousa compositions-including the national march of the United States, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." There will also be a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces. The concert is co-sponsored by Cal State L.A. and its Department of Music.

FREE - Reservation Recommended

18, 6pm
New Technologies, New Media, and Knowledge:  A Roundtable Discussion
USU Los Angeles Room
Join us as award-winning journalists, bloggers, and scholars discuss how new media and technologies affect the ways that we generate and disseminate knowledge about ourselves as well as local and global communities.  Scheduled to appear:  Madeleine Brand (broadcast journalist, NPR); Dr. Kavita Philip (Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine, and specialist on New Technologies Theory and Women's Studies); acclaimed blogger Daniel Hernandez; and Professor Jon Beaupre, Professor of Communication Studies at CSULA and broadcast journalist for KPCC.  For more information, contact Dr. Maria Karafilis, Director of the American Communities Program, at

Sat NOV 21, 8pm
Larry Harlow Salsa Suite Concert
Luckman Performing Arts Center
One of the legendary Fania All Stars, Larry Harlow will be joined by special guests Guillermo "Memo" Acevedo, Adonis Puentes, and Joaquin Artega in an exclusive full performance of The Salsa Suite.  Harlow's work as a Governor of the New York chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences led to the establishment of the first Latin Grammy Awards.  He now leads the Latin Legends band and will conduct the CSULA Afro-Latin Ensemble at this very special engagement as part of the Latino Heritage Series.  Tickets are $25 General Admission,  $15 Students & Seniors, available at the Luckman Box Office beginning September 1.  For ticket information, call the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600. 

Multiple Dates
The Latino Heritage Event Series

Larry Harlow: The Salsa Suite / The High School & College Mariachi Competition/ Reel Rasquache Film Festival
The Latino Heritage Series of events highlights artists and creative achievements within and inspired by the Latino community.  The Series begins with Larry Harlow's Salsa Suite concert on November 21 at the Luckman Performing Arts Center.  In February 2010, the High School and College Mariachi Competition brings mariachi bands from high schools and colleges throughout California in celebration of this central element of Latino culture and tradition.  The Reel Rasquache Film Festival, now looking forward to its seventh year, in May 2010 will present a three-day festival of film screenings, webisodes, workshops, multimedia performances, live music, and networking opportunities for filmmakers and media artists.  Stay tuned for more information in upcoming issues of the Arts & Letters newsletter. 
For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Sharon Chang at CSULA Advancement Services:  or (323) 343-3067.



CSULA Events for csulaevents
Students, Faculty, & Staff

Mon SEPT 14 through Fri OCT 16
Open Enrollment period for Employee Benefits
The annual CSULA Open Enrollment period for PERS Health, CSU Dental, FlexCash, Dependent Care, and Health Care Reimbursement will be held September 14 though October 16, 2009.  Eligible employees may enroll, change plans, and add eligible family members at this time.  The effective date for all changes made during Open Enrollment will be January 1, 2010.  For more information, contact the Benefits Office at (323) 343-3651. 

Tue SEPT 29, 10am-2pm
Employee Benefits Fair
Representatives from Blue Shield, Kaiser, PERS Care, Delta Dental, and more will be available to answer questions for CSULA employees.  For more information, contact the Benefits Office at (323) 343-3651. 

Wed SEPT 30, 3:00pm
Eagle Daze & Voter Registration Block Party
On the Lot 5 Lawn
Featuring free BBQ, live music, DJs, prize drawings, and Eagle Pride giveaways. And, if you haven't registered to vote, have recently updated your address, or don't know where your current polling location is, take this opportunity to inform yourself and celebrate voter education.  Sponsored by the Associated Students, Inc, and student fees.  For more information, contact the ASI Student Center at 323.343.4780. 

eptember 30, 12:30pm
Students Taking Action for Retention and Success
(STARS) Mentor Information Program
University Student Union
This 30-minute session will introduce you to the STARS Mentoring Program, a great way to learn about Cal State LA life and to connect with a student, staff, or faculty member. 

Thu OCT 1, 11-2pm
Fall Student Fest
USU Plaza
Enjoy free music, games, prizes, and discoveries about what makes this University the perfect setting for your next adventure.  Learn about student-centered opportunities, the rich history of Cal State LA, and the people and places on campus that work to provide you with an excellent Golden Eagle experience. 

Thu OCT 1, 3:15pm
Cross Cultural Centers Open House
USU 2nd floor
Get CCC-Connected with the cross-cultural centers and the four student resource centers:  Asian Pacific-Islander, Chicana/o-Latina/o, Pan African, and Gender & Sexuality.  Learn about involvement opportunities and meet staff, faculty, and students who share an interest in topics and events related to ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, organizing, and social justice.

Tue OCT 6 & Tue OCT 13 & Tue OCT 27, at 3:15pm
Sisterhood Circle
USU Alhambra Room
This quarter, Sisterhood Circle focuses its weekly discussions around the powerful novel Push by Sapphire, which follows a young woman who is struggling with issues of identity, domestic violence, and teenage pregnancy in Harlem.  Discussion space is limited.  The first 10 CSULA students who sign up to participate in the discussions will receive a free copy of the novel. 
To sign up, contact the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, (323) 343-5001.


Tue OCT 6, 12:15pm
STARS Mentor Program Mixer
USU Room 308A
Get connected with a mentor or a new student at CSULA, and learn how you can get involved with Students Taking Action for Retention and Success.  For more information, contact the Cross Cultural Centers at (323) 343-5001.

Wed OCT 7, 3:15-4:15pm
Arts & Letters Budget Information Session
Arena Theatre
Dean Terry L. Allison invites all Faculty and Staff of the College of Arts & Letters to attend the A&L Budget Information Session.  RSVP is not needed.  Arts & Letters Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend. 

Thu OCT 8, 3:15-4:15pm
Arts & Letters Freshman Mixer
Music Building Courtyard
Dean Terry L. Allison and Associate Dean Bryant K. Alexander invite all A&L First-Time Freshmen to join the Arts & Letters Freshman Mixer, for students new to the departments of Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts & Dance, and TV-Film-Media. Meet our faculty, learn more about A&L, and enjoy refreshments. 
FREE for Arts & Letters Freshmen

Thu OCT 8, 12:15pm
International Student Mixer
USU Los Angeles Room A-B
International Programs and Services and the Cross Cultural Centers welcome new and returning international students to Cal State L.A.  Find out how to get involved with IPS and CCC and make some meaningful connections.  For more information, contact the Cross Cultural Centers at (323) 343-5001. 

Thu OCT 8, 6:15pm
Equality U w/ Director
USU Theatre
Equality U is a feature length documentary following young activists on the Soulforce Equality Ride, a first of its kind, two-month, cross-country tour to confront anti-gay discrimination policies at conservative colleges and military academies.  Directed by Dave O'Brien.  90 minutes. 

Thu OCT 22, Noon-3:30
Clothesline Project
USU Plaza
An annual event in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Clothesline Project provides an opportunity for participants to express themselves through art by designing a t-shirt and signing a pledge to confront and end domestic violence in their families and communities. 

Sat NOV 7, 9am-6pm
Womyn of Color Conference
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center presents its first Womyn of Color Conference, exploring topics related to women of color and their contributions through the arts, political involvement, and community activism.  Pre-registration is required by 5pm October 26.  Please call Denise Carlos at the GSRC for more information: (323) 343-5001.

An image from the CSULA Historical Archives, presumed to be the four members of a student depate teamAWARDS, ACTIVITIES, & ACHIEVEMENTSStraightA
Straight A's
2008-09 in Review

Amada Dominguez (CSULA Alumna, BM 2006, MM 2008) won fourth place in the Long Beach Mozart Festival on January 17, 2009.  She was in the finals with a young artist from the Los Angeles Opera and other prominent young singers from the greater Los Angeles area.  Amada was accepted by audition to the Taos Summer Opera program for Summer 2009.

Art Alumnus Maria Ahverdyan is completing her MFA in Critical Theory at the Art Center College of Design.  

Art MFA Alums Carol Reynolds and Francoise Studer were selected to represent CSULA at the College Arts Association MFA exhibition at USC at the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery and the Gayle and Ed Roski MFA Gallery in February, 2009.

Art Alumnus Erte Degrace is completing his MFA at the Pratt Institute, NY.  

Bueno Pa Gozar, the new CD release from Department of Music Professor Paul Jose De Castro and Orquesta Dengue, has begun receiving airplay on KXLU 88.9. Offering a Latin Jazz, Timba, and Salsa Blend, Bueno Pa Gozar is available now at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and all major digital distributors.   To hear a sample, visit  

Art MA alumna Isabel Rojas-Williams received a request from the Library of the Siqueiros Foundation of Mexico City to add her thesis to their permanent collection.  Rojas-Williams' thesis work, which contributed significantly to the touring art exhibition Walls of Passion: The Murals of Los Angeles, featured research on the renowned Mexican muralist José David Alfaro Siqueiros.  

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.  Chase was featured in an LA Times article of June 15, 2009.  

Design student Josel Cruz-Arbana was awarded one of thirteen $1,000 scholarships from AIGA Los Angeles for his leadership in the Cal State L.A. Design Students group, GAUGE.  GAUGE is the Graphic Artists Union of Golden Eagles.  AIGA is the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the leading professional association for design.  

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).  More information is available at  

English MA student Melanie Masterton received third place at the Graduate Conference on Southern Literature in Mississippi, for her thesis examining the symbolic order of Southern culture in the novels of William Faulkner.  

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

Communication Studies students presented papers at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference of 2009.  Claudia Quintero presented "A Conservative Ideograph:  Analysis of Senator John McCain's Usage of the Word 'Conservative.'"  Tim Mount presented "Friendship Park:  Two Worlds Divided."  Ulises Moreno presented "Auto[e]scapes:  Exploring Disjunctures and Disidentifications through Performative Writing."  Monique L. Thomas presented "'Keep it down, I'm trying to talk about the Super Bowl':  The Performance of Masculine Power in the Workplace."  Tanya Andrea Cornejo presented "Political Pre-emptive Apologia:  Senator Barack Obama's Memo on Declining Public Financing for the General Election."  Katie Brown presented "Barack Obama:  The Bargain Basement Price."  Samantha Tamayo presented "Obama, Agent of Redemption:  A Dramatic Critique of Obama's Speech on Race."  And Paul Vera presented "Foreign Policy Experience and Exaggeration:  Ideographic Usurption in the Accountability Interview."

Dr. Susan W. Kane, Faculty, Department of Music, was invited to give her paper "Bridging the Gap Between the University and the Stage" at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Paris, France, in July  2009.  Upon her return, she taught an opera program for CSU Summer Arts in Fresno.

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

In June, the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at Cal State LA welcomed British Council Poet in Residence John Siddique, who presented poetry from his book Recital: an almanac and collaborated with students of Walter Santucci in the Department of Art to create animations to accompany his "moon series" of poems.  Also collaborating with Siddique, Dr. Roberto Cantú (Chicano Studies and English) translated from Spanish to English the poetry of Mexican writers Coral Bracho, Rocío González, Araceli Mancilla, and Natalia Toledo. Dr. Cantú's English translations will be published in the British journal Poetry Review.  This collaborative multicultural exchange was featured in the July 18 issue of La Opinion.  

English student Graham Gremore has been admitted to the MFA program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.

English student Leilani Serafin has been admitted to the doctoral program in English at University of California, Davis, where she plans to focus on Victorian Literature.  

English student Lisa Granados has been admitted to the MA program in English at University of California, Irvine.

English student Lisa Schilz will enter the Ph.D. program in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.  

English student Natalie Djabourian accepted an admission offer to attend law school at Southwestern University.  

Mohammed Auwal, Communication Studies Faculty, received a Fulbright Award to conduct studies in Qatar.

Music Graduate Student Hainu Tan won the award for the Creative Arts and Design category in the 23rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition, for her presentation of "Quintet Sound of Wind for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano."  Her Faculty Mentor is Professor of Music John Kennedy.  

On April 24-26, Professor of Art Manuel Aguilar participated with 70 universities in the AP Art History Faculty Colloquium organized by the College Board in Chicago. The purpose of the colloquium was to evaluate the contents of the AP Art History courses and exams that are offered in more than 1,500 secondary schools in the United States.  Dr. Aguilar presented a proposal to include a more significant component of Non-Western Art in the AP classes and exams.  The proposal was accepted and the College Board will implement the content of Non-Western Art intoe syllabi and exams following specific recommendations.

Professor Kristiina Hackel of Communications Studies received a Webby Award nomination for her webseries "Speedie Date," which she produced and directed.  "Speedie Date" was nominated for an award in the Drama Series category, and an individual episode (#2: Amanda and Chad) was selected as a Webby Honoree for Drama Individual Episode.  The Webby Awards is the leading international award for excellence on the internet.  Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees in as many as 70 categories.  

Dionne Espinoza, an Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and Liberal Studies, was featured in a LA Times article ("Eastside High Schoolers Get a Lesson in Oral History," May 29, 2009) for her work with the students of Roosevelt High School in producing an oral history video project, "Las Grandes de East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights:  Women as Community Builders."  The video debuted at the Southwest Oral History Association Conference at USC in March.

Music student Weslie Brown was the Musical Director for the Virginia Ave Project, an after-school literacy program for at-risk youth, ages 9-18.  The Virginia Ave Project gave three performances at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica.  

Modern Languages & Literatures alumnus Cristian Ricci, who is now a tenured professor at UC Merced, published a book about the Madrid of the Silver Age with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas of Spain, one of the most prestigious publishing houses in Spain and in the Hispanic world.  Professor Ricci has donated a copy of his book to the CSULA library.

Graduate student Jennifer DeClue (MA Interdisciplinary Studies with Certificate in Women's, Gender, & Sexualities Studies) will begin a doctoral program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Five CSULA students were honored at the Annual Scholarship Awards luncheon for the Textile Association of Los Angeles, held on November 19, 2008:  Himal Choi, Asalia Uribe, Aurelio Gonzales, Robert Joseph Gamlowski, and Nina Dark.

Music graduate student Hainu Tan was selected as one of seven emerging composers at Illuminations & Reflections: the First Annual Symposium on Music in the 21st Century.  Hainu's work was chosen from an international call for scores.  Hainu was the only selected composer at the Master of Music level, sharing the honor with six doctoral candidates and professors from Berklee College of Music, Yale School of Music, Brandeis University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and Harvard University.  You can listen to Hainu's work at her homepage:

Professor of Creative Writing & English Lauri Ramey was a Visiting Fellow in the Drama Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, June 29-July 8.  Additionally, Professor Ramey has co-edited a new book, Black British Writing, with R. Victoria Arana, published by Palgrave Macmillan.  Black British Writing is a collection of essays providing an imaginative international perspective on ways to incorporate black British writing and culture in the study of English literature.  Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders.

Professor of English Marilyn Elkins (with Professors Cynthia Caywood and Carlton Floyd of the University of San Diego) co-edited College Literature, 36.2 (Spring 2009), a special edition devoted to the work of August Wilson.  Professor Elkins's essay "Teaching The Great Gatsby through Examining Gender Roles" was published in Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (Eds. Jackson R. Bryer and Nancy P. Van Arsdale. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009).  This publication is part of the MLA's Approachies to Teaching World Literature Series.  

English MA student Jennifer Avila has been accepted into the PH.D. program at UC Riverside.  

Professor of Philosophy Jenny Faust published "The Ethics of Scientific Research Utilizing Race as a Variable," in Social Philosophy Today, Volume 24.  

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

Philosophy student Jeremy Gomer has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in philosophy at University of California, San Diego.  

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

Dean of Arts & Letters Terry L. Allison travelled to Korea this summer as a Fulbright Scholar in the Fulbright US-Korea International Education Administrators Program.    

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.   

Stephanie Monte has accepted a position as the first Program Director of Cool State Radio.

Student Nika Pari Nourmohommadi, 08-09 Arts & Letters ASI Representative, has been accepted to the Master's Program in Communication Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  

Suzanne Regan, Communications Studies Professor, received a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Lifetime Membership from the University Film and Video Association.  

The College of Arts & Letters is proud of its many students recognized at the 2009 CSULA Alumni Scholarship Brunch on March 1, 2009.  Benjamin Caron was featured as the Undergraduate Speaker and was also awarded the Fred & Kathleen Lopez Scholarship.  Theresa Cheng was awarded a CSULA Alumni Association Scholarship.  Caitlin Moss, Jennifer Thompson, and Alicia W. Tycer were awarded Graduate CSULA Alumni Association Scholarships.  Anna W. Noice received the Townsend Blessing Memorial Scholarship. 

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

The Golden Eagles commemorated "A Golden Past, A Brighter Future" for Homecoming Week 2009, February 16-21.  Cinematic Visions placed first in the Homecoming Float Decoration Contest, and the College of Arts and Letters placed second.  Communication Studies Graduate Student Beville Constantine was awarded a Raul Henderson Spirit Scholarship.  

The work of design students Joe Bautista, Yothsaran Rermraksajul, Norik Pezeshkian, Karen Hirosawa, Jane Canning, Darren Chen, Nathaniel Ng, Jennifer Perez, Gloria Lam, and Christine Cortina was featured as part of EMERGE 09, the exhibition of student graphic design, sponsored by AIGA Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.  

Theatre Arts & Dance and Music double-major Benjamin Caron's short play "10 Minutes" was invited to perform in an evening of new works at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Student actors Paul Diem, Lexis LaRue, Whitney LaBarge and Kolleen Richards along with technicians Paul Coutinho and Matthew Tsang, stage manager Leticia Gonzalez and Production and Technical Staff Phil van Hest, Jim McFail and Tim Jones, traveled to CSU Fullerton, mounted the show in under two hours, and ran 3 flawless performances for sold-out crowds of over 250 people.  Six CSULA Theatre Arts & Dance students competed in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships at the Festival.   Regional Nominees were:  Kolleen Richards, Ben Caron, Lexis LaRue, Tony Christopher, Sophie Goldstein, Concetta Verna, Tokunbo Kujore, Roberto Guzman, Meggie Welch, Paul Diem and Diana Wehbe.   Partners were: Tyler Jonsson, Doniele Harrigan, Matthew Zuk, Eric Charles, Christopher Brown, Mack Calhoun, Amanda Haro and Kelly Ehlert.   

Theatre Arts & Dance Professor Susan Mason received a Fulbright Award to teach in Japan at Tsuda College and Kyoritsu University. Professsor Mason taught courses in American dramatic literature with an emphasis in the work of women and minority playwrights.  

Theatre Arts & Dance Professors Shiz Herrera and Theresa Larkin each received an Excellence in Education Award at a special dinner at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Professor Larkin won the award for her work as an Irene Ryan adjudicator for circuit 2 of our region.  Professor Herrera received the award from the Region's Technical and Design area.  Other faculty participating were Stephen Rothman, as the CSULA Irene Ryan acting coach, and Meredith Greenburg, who coordinated the Next Step auditions for the region as well as hosting the "Stage Managers Roundtable" workshop and sitting on the panel for the workshop "How To Get a Job in the Industry."  Shiz Herrera also coordinated the 40 stage managers nominated for the KCACTF National Festival Stage Manager Fellowship as they worked the events at the festival.  Caroline Mercier, visiting professor in the Art Department, is the Region's Vice Chair for Design.  

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CSU Summer Arts presents the 19th annual Media Arts Festival, held November 7, 2009, hosted by CSU Fullerton.  All CSU students in film, video, and interactive media are encouraged to participate.  Deadline for submissions is October 5, 2009.  Entry form, rules, qualifications, and submission requirements available at  Prizes include $1,000 and Rosebud Award for Best in Show, and more.  For more information, contact Festival Director Joanne Sharp, (562) 951-4060 or 


The Somatic Movement Arts Festival, October 6-11, 2009, is an opportunity to develop ideas and collaborate with other artists to bring kinesthetically-sourced movement to the performance arena.  Facilitated by Teri Carter, Founder of SOMA Fest and Intention Dance Theatre; Jones Welsh, Founder of Making Faces Productions and Leonix Movement Theatre Ensemble; Caryn Heilman, Founder of Liquid Body Dance, and former dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. 
A scholarship is available to join the SOMA Fest Performance Lab.  For application guidelines, visit, or contact Teri Carter at, or call (310) 488-9879. 

Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nickelodeon) is a kids' television show looking for Animation Interns.  Nickelodeon needs enthusiastic candidates who are interested in character animation, storyboarding, motion graphics, and special FX (compositing, FX, etc.).  This opportunity offers valuable experience and on-the-job training, ideal for those who want to get into animation for television.  Experience is preferred with one or more Adobe programs: Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, AfterEffects, or InDesign.  Some Animation experience is preferred but not required.  Please send a resume and any work samples or a portfolio via email to Kevin Lee at  Online or electronic files are preferred.  For more information, email Kevin, or call Downey Studios at (562) 922-8071, x6608.

With California State University students facing a fee increase of $978 (or 30%), the California Student Aid Commission has announced that Cal Grant Fee Awards will be increased to cover the additional fees.  Approximately 16 percent of the more than 400,000 students enrolled among the 23 CSU Campuses are Cal Grant recipients.  For more information about financial aid, please visit these links:
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The College of Arts and Letters has four openings for Publicity Assistants.  Salary $8.65-$13.00 hourly; up to 20 hours per week; M-F and possible Saturdays; flexible scheduling.  Publicity Assistants will maintain and develop the College Facebook page, attend and photograph or record video of Arts & Letters events, and design graphic and photo elements for the College's monthly e-newsletter and website. For more information, click on the graphic link at right, or visit Eagle-i Jobs and search for Job ID 10144.  To apply, submit via email a resume and cover letter and three samples of your best photography or graphic design (class assignments OK), to Noelle Leiblic, Events, Publicity, & Outreach Coordinator, at  Applications without a cover letter and graphic/photo samples will not be considered.  This is a work-study position, but any student who filed a FAFSA may be eligible, even if work study was not initially awarded.

The College of Arts and Letters has four openings for Assistant Copywriters.  Salary $8.65-$13.00 hourly; up to 20 hours per week; M-F and possible Saturdays; flexible scheduling.  Assistant Copywriters will maintain and update the College's Facebook page with updates to status, information, wall, links, notes, and friends; will create material for the College's monthly e-newsletter, to include feature articles, interviews, event reviews, and calendar updates; will attend Arts & Letters events whenever possible (will count toward work hours) and write related web or newsletter copy.  For more information, click on the graphic link at right, or visit Eagle-i Jobs and search for Job ID 10143.  To apply, submit via email a resume and cover letter and a sample of your best writing of at least 250 words (class assignments OK), to Noelle Leiblic, Events, Publicity, & Outreach Coordinator, at  Applications without a cover letter and graphic/photo samples will not be considered.  This is a work-study position, but any student who filed a FAFSA may be eligible, even if work study was not initially awarded. 

Award winning theatre company Son of Semele is accepting submissions for  new members.  No dues!  Theatre artists of all types are sought to contribute to the continuing production of dynamic theatre, influenced by SITI, Ontological, Wooster, and Complicite.  Candidates for membership must have knowledge of Viewpoints.  Suzuki and clown training are a plus.  For more information, visit or contact the Membership Director at  To apply, email a statement of intent, a list of your skills and abilities, a headshot and resume, and a philosophical statement about your artistic beliefs, to 

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  This is a paid position.

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  For more information, visit


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.

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

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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:
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