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The Salsa Suite
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Salsa musician Larry Harlow returns to the Luckman stage for the world premiere full performance of La Raza Latina, a Salsa Suite.  One of the legendary Fania All Stars, Harlow will be joined by special guests Iris Sandra Cepeda, Memo Acevedo, and Joaquin Arteaga, and featuring lead vocalist Adonis Puentes.  Harlow conducts the CSULA Afro-Latin Ensemble.  Presented by the College of Arts & Letters, and the Department of Music at California State University, Los Angeles.  Sponsored by CareMore Health Plan. 

Tickets available exclusively through the Luckman Box Office.
$25 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors w/ ID.
Buy Tickets Now at or (323) 343-6600

Disability Awareness Week
The College of Arts and Letters joined the CSULA Community in observing Disability Awareness Week, October 26-29, on the campus of Cal State L.A., hosted by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). 

The mission of the Office for Students with Disabilities is to promote student independence and achievement by providing educational and disability-related support services and by ensuring access to academic programs and services through the prescription of accommodations as mandated in the Americans with Disabilities Act.  By fostering a supportive campus environment, the OSD encourages students with disabilities to matriculate and graduate from the university.

Kim Clapp
Expressions interviewed Kimberly Clapp, the Director of the OSD, for her perspective on Disability services at Cal State L.A. and the importance of disability awareness in the greater community.

Clapp has been working in disability services for 18 years.  She began at a shelter workshop teaching persons with developmental disabilities, right around the same time the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted, in 1991.  She worked for the State Department of Rehabilitation for eleven years, and during that time received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at Cal State L.A. (2000).  Ms. Clapp says it was here at Cal State L.A. that she learned "it is a show of strength to ask for help." 

The ADA defines disability as:  a)  a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual;  b)  a record of such impairment; or  c)  being regarded as having such an impairment."  Ms. Clapp reports that the OSD at Cal State L.A. serves 500-600 students with registered disabilities--about 2 percent of the student population.  Some of these students have multiple disabilities, some have apparent disabilities, and some have non-apparent disabilities.  Clapp's primary goal with students is to shift their thinking to an understanding that being able to ask for help is a strength.  To everyone, she says "Focus on ability." 

The programs of the College of Arts and Letters, she says, may play a unique role in rehabilitation and coping for persons with disabilities.  All forms of expression, she says, are tools for coping with pain and distress:  "Creativity is an essential part of managing a disability.  I have seen many forms of this, from film documentaries, sculpting with clay, writing plays and monologues, and lots of drawing and painting.  It's very exciting for students to be able to find alternative ways to be successful in the classroom."

The Office for Students with Disabilities is located in Student Affairs, Room 115, and is open Monday through Thursday, 8-6, and Friday 8-5.  The OSD can be reached by phone at (323) 343-3140 or visited online at


Continuing the Legacy

Professor of Art History Manuel Aguilar-Moreno and Professor of English and Chicano Studies Roberto Cantu were honored by President Rosser, the CSULA Academic Senate, and the Campus Community at a reception on October 6 at the Golden Eagle Ballroom.  The College of Arts and Letters was pleased to celebrate Manuel Aguilar-Moreno as an Outstanding Professor and Roberto Cantu as the 2009-2010 President's Distinguished Professor. 
Art History Professor Manuel Aguilar
Arts & Letters Student Publicity Assistant Victor Lopez interviewed our honorable professors about their recent accolades. 

Professor Aguilar-Moreno dedicates his Outstanding Professor Award to his students, attributing his achievement to "the positive work we have made together."  Of his experience with Cal State L.A. students, Professor Aguilar-Moreno says "I love our students because they are 'real' people. They have an authentic desire to learn and the aspiration to succeed in life."  The typical student at CSULA, he says, is humble, good-hearted, generous, and very appreciative of the efforts of professors. He highlights student work with international impact--The MesoAmerican Conference, the Walls of Passion exhibit, and the Ulama Project-- as evidence of our students' ability to compete with top institutions.  Professor Aguilar-Moreno appreciates his Outstanding Professor Award as recognition of his efforts in teaching and research over the last ten years, and is grateful to his students for their contributions to his experience.

Professor Roberto Cantu expresses his
humble appreciation for his recognition as the President's Distinguished Professor.  He says, "The award raises the bar a bit higher; you desire to be better and more eff
Professor of English and Latin American Studies, Roberto Cantuective in the classroom so you welcome the challenge."  Professor Cantu recalls his first teaching assignment at Cal State L.A.:  "I saw myself in most of my students, with a clear understanding of the importance of education, yet constantly under the pressures of economic insecurity.  I shared with them another personal trait--the felt need when one is young to reinvent oneself against tradition and the low level of expectations in one's immediate social world.  These fears and hopes never leave you."  Professor Cantu believes it is this mix of hopes and fears that propels each student to what they aspire. 

Arts and Letters congratulates Professors Cantu and Aguilar-Moreno for their recent honors and their continuing achievements. 


Online Ticketing Now Available
Evita Poster
The College of Arts and Letters now offers online ticketing for events at the State Playhouse, Music Hall, King Hall Dance Studio, and all Arts & Letters venues.  Click Here to buy tickets now for Evita, Moving Dance Images, Shakespeare & Shaw, Winter Dance Concert, Burn This, or the Opera.  Season Tickets, Quarter Passes, and Custom Ticket Packages are available.

Winter Registration
Open Registration for Winter Quarter will be held November 5 though January 3. 
Please read this important memo about how State budget conditions may affect class availability.   

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


Community Events

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.  Gallery Hours 12-5 Monday through Thursday & Saturday.

Wed NOV 4, 6:15pm:  Panel Discussion
3-2-1 Action:  Asian Americans & The Film Industry
University Student Union, Los Angeles Room B
Addressing the joys and challenges of the film industry, this panel discussion features three generations of Asian and Asian-American filmmakers who have broken barriers and faced limitations in their artistic career paths.  Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Student Resource Center, Cross Cultural Centers, University Student Union, and student fees.  For more inf
Film still from Alcatraz is Not an Island, directed by James M. Fortierormation, or to request accommodations for a disability, call (323) 343-5001.  Nominal parking fee for off-campus guests. 

Thu NOV 5, 6:15pm:  Documentary Film
Alcatraz is Not an Island
University Student Union Theatre, Room 106
This documentary follows a small group of Native American students who claimed Alcatraz Island in 1969, retaking Indian land for the first time since the 1880s, and altering U.S. policy and the way Native Americans looked at their potential influence on society.  Directed by James M. Fortier, 2001.  69 minutes. 

Thu NOV 12 - Sun NOV 22:  Musical Theatre
Evita, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber,

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Dr. James A Hatfield. 

Musical Direction by Dr. David Connors and Gerald Sternbach. 
The State Playhouse
Depicting the rise and fall of Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, this musical moves
audiences across cultures and genders.  WIth so few choices available to her in her time, Evita still transcends reality, using her sexuality to acquire wealth, power, and the ever-fleeting love of the people.  NOV 12-14 & 19-21 at 7:30pm / NOV 15 & 22 at 2:30pm. 
Tickets $20 General; $16 Seniors & Students; $10 CSULA Students Only. 
Click Here to Purchase Tickets, or visit
or call the Box Office at (323) 343-4118. 

Thu NOV 12, 6:15pm:  Documentary Film
Bananas is My Business
University Student Union Theatre, Room 106
This fascinating film tells the story of the 1940s superstar Carmen Miranda's transformation from Brazilian singer to Hollywood's first Latina star, exploring the complex factors behind the image and life of the "Tutti-Frutti Woman."  Directed by Helena Solberg, 1994.  91 minutes.

Wed NOV 18, 5:30pm:  Poetry Reading & Discussion
The Thought of Poetry
University Student Union Theatre
Featuring three Latin American poets:  Marcelo Pellegrini, Felix Lizarraga, and Nestor Diaz de Villegas.  Reception will begin at 5:30.

18, 6pm:  Panel Discussion
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


The Salsa Suite postcard artwork
Sat NOV 21, 8pm:  Concert Performance
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 La Raza Latina, a 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 exclusively at the Luckman Box Office.  To purchase tickets, 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 Expressions
For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Sharon Chang at CSULA Advancement Services:  or (323) 343-3067.

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Students, Faculty, & Staff

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.  Please call Denise Carlos at the GSRC for more information: (323) 343-5001.

Fri NOV 6, 12noon-5pm
"The Doctors" Taping
Meet at the USU Turnaround for Bus Transportation
  Would you like to be part of "The Doctors'" audience? You get a chance to:
be on television,participate in a prize drawing, and learn from a panel of doctors.
  ASI at CSULA invites you to attend the CBS show taping for "The Doctors."  The show is a great source for information on the latest medical breakthroughs and cutting-edge practices and procedures. The Doctors is aired Monday through Thursday at 11 am on CBS. This medical dream team uses their knowledge and years of hands-on experience to educate viewers and provide valuable resources to a live studio audience that YOU can be a part of!
Free Transportation is provided.  Please dress in business attire (i.e. no jeans, shorts or T-shirts allowed.) Men in slacks and tie, and ladies in pant suit, dress, or skirt (preferably dark colors, no loud patterns because of the studio lighting). A.S.I. will provide pizza and snacks for the bus ride. All we ask of you is your time and for a $1.00 donation per person to tip the bus driver.
   We need to have a bus of forty people (you don't have to be a CSULA student, but you do need to be 16 years or older) to participate in this event, so lease RSVP no later than tomorrow, Thursday, November 4th by 5 pm by emailing your name and phone number to Carlos Aguas, Programs Advisor for A.S.I. at Bring your friends, family and classmates! The club/org that brings the most people will get a Catering Certificate from the UAS for any future events.
Where: Meet at the U-SU turn around

Why: Be on television, enjoy the good company of your peers, and get informed on the latest medical breakthroughs and cutting-edge practices!

An image from the CSULA Historical Archives, presumed to be the four members of a student depate teamAWARDS, ACTIVITIES, & ACHIEVEMENTSStraightA
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Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures Domnita Dumitrescu presented a paper entitled "Rum. Cica vs. Span. Dizque: Intertextualidad y Polofonia" at the 12th IADA Conference held in Barcelona, Spain, September 14-18, 2009.

Arts & Letters congratulates 2009-2010 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars:  Luis Vargas Maldonado, Spanish Linguistics, Faculty Mentor Gaston Alzate; and Adan Rios, Political Science, Faculty Mentor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno.

The Department of Art Animation program's SciVi project has received extended funding from the National Science Foundation for the fourth consecutive year.

Communication Studies student Cindy Phu and Communication Studies alumna Clariza Ruiz De Castilla have each been awarded a "Student of Color Travel Award" by the National Communication Association.

Animation alumnus Dallim Park has been selected as an Official Honoree in the 13th Annual Webby Awards. 

Communication Studies student Matthew Swanson took home a third place trophy at the Lincoln Douglas Debates held at Riverside City College. 

Three Arts & Letters students were selected as finalists for their projects in the 2009 CSU Media Arts Festival:  Nadia Montoya, for "Jessica"; Dallim Park, for "The Desk of One Astronomer"; and Matt Gatlin for "The Frame Job" and "to-day." 

Professor of Music John Kennedy co-presented, with Satik Andriassian (M.M. 2002), "Armenian Youth: Silent Voices of Today or Shaping Forces for Tomorrow; Culture, tradition, and ethnic identity through music education in schools" at the Conference "Diasporas, Migration, and Identities:  Crossing Boundaries, New Directions," a joint conference of AHRC and the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
Students, staff, and faculty at KU Exchange Welcome
Dean Terry L. Allison and the College of Arts and Letters welcomed students of the exchange program with Korea University, at a reception on October 15 at the State Playhouse.  The event was honored with the presence of a representative of the Korean Consulate of Los Angeles, as well as several officers of the Korea University Alumni Association, including the President of the Chapter for the Americas.  Faculty from several colleges, administrators from International Programs, and Cal State L.A. students who have studied in Korea came to welcome the KU undergraduates.

Historical photo provided courtesy of CSULA Public Affairs.
Student Opportunities

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:
  • Cal Grants:
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  • CSULA Financial Aid:

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

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

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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Are you interested in mentoring college students? Internships provide structured professional experiences to help students meet their occupational goals.  Many students are eligible for academic credit as compensation for their internship hours. 
Cal State L.A. professors and our Career Center can help you develop an internship experience supporting
CSULA students and the future of your business.  Internships are ideal for meeting temporary workplace needs. 
Please contact us for more information!  College of Arts and Letters, Office of the Dean:  (323) 343-5061.

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Even once per week can save you money and save our environment from unnecessary pounds of pollution.  Cal State Los Angeles Offers Extraordinary Benefits for Ridesharers:
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  • Preferential Parking for Carpoolers
  • Regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program
  • Metro Rewards
  • Bike Racks and Lockers
Contact Commuter Services at (323) 343-5227 to find out more about these great benefits. 

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