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"Body Painting" 
Moving Dance Images poster: December 3, 4, and 5 at the King Hall Studio One Theatre at Cal State LA
Students of Dance at Cal State L.A. will present Moving Dance Images, December 3-5 at 7:30pm at the King Hall Studio One Theatre at CSULA.  Featuring a montage of dance pieces and performance artworks, under the direction of Professor Hae-Kyung Lee, Moving Dance Images is a unique showcase of student talent.  Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at Cal State L.A.

Tickets available online at

$16 General Admission, $12 Students/Seniors w/ ID,
$8 CSULA Students Only.

Call For Proposals: Significations
Presented by the CSULA English Graduate Student Association

Significations seeks to examine literary representations ofPortrait of Ferdinand de Saussure meaning and experience, as well as the full range of significations of word and image. The conference provides CSU graduate students with an opportunity to share and receive feedback about their research in a professional academic environment.

Significations invites papers that consider any period or genre of literary, linguistic, and visual culture, including submissions exploring the fields of literature, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing. Areas of inquiry may also include cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies, and visual and performing arts.

View the full Call for Proposals here

For further information, contact the Conference Coordinator at, or call the CSULA Department of English at (323) 343-4140. 

Portrait of Ferdinand de Saussure available in the Public Domain.

Designers for GAUGE Series
The Graphic Artists Union of Golden Eagles (GAUGE), has confirmed two special guests for the Winter/Spring GAUGE Speaker Series.  Cynthia Murnane (February 18, 7:30pm) and David Lai (May 13, 7:30pm) will speak at the CSULA Music Hall.  GAUGE Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. 
Graphic Icons from the AIGA Symbol Sign database.

One Campus, One Book
From Cal State L.A. SpotlightBook Cover of The Complete Persepolis

Described as "a timely and timeless story of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution," Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood has been selected for Cal State L.A.'s annual "One Campus, One Book" initiative.

Panel by panel, Satrapi's autobiography tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 6 to 14. Those years included the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of the war with Iraq. The book's account, presented in the comic-strip format of graphic novels, is an L.A. Times bestseller and a N.Y. Times Notable Book.

A discussion featuring noted graphic novelists Jaime Hernandez and Joe Sutliff Sanders, and political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz opened this year's "One Campus, One Book" series on November 19 at the Pasadena Room of the University-Student Union.

All Cal State L.A. students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to take part in the annual collective reading of a singular book. Faculty and staff are encouraged to incorporate study of the book into classes and campus events throughout the year.

For more information on this community-building experience, contact its project sponsor, University Librarian Alice Kawakami, at (323) 343-3954 or

Helpful resources:
More about Persepolis and "One Campus, One Book" at Cal State L.A. can be found at:

For more from the publisher and samples of drawing "spreads" from the book, follow this link:

Online Ticketing Now Available

The College of Arts and LImage of Admission Ticketsetters 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 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. 

No late adds. 

Please read this important memo about how State budget conditions may affect class availability.   

Visit the Schedule of Classes website for links to vital University information.

View a PDF of the Winter 2010 Academic Calendar from the Winter Schedule of Classes.

SHARE YOUR STORIES!  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

Tue DEC 1, 12noon-2pmUrban Uprising Flier
The Urban Uprising Concert
USU Plaza Stage at CSULA
Statement Literary Magazine presents the Urban Uprising Concert, featuring The Street Poets, performance poetry, hip hop, Liverz N Lungs, blues, plenty of live music, and a bake sale.  All proceeds benefit Statement's 60th Anniversary Issue. 
For more information, contact the CSULA Department of English at (323) 343-4140.


Wed DEC 2, 2-5pm and Thu DEC 3, 11am-1:30pm
Yectli Folklorico Fundraiser
USU Plaza at Cal State L.A.

Students of the CSULA Yectli Folklorico group will provide delicious treats for only $1 each at a fundraiser supporting their future performance events.  Mexican Bread, Tamales, Jarritos drinks, Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate will be sold, $1 per item.

Thu DEC 3 - Sat DEC 5, 7:30pm
Moving Dance Images
King Hall Studio One Theatre
Directed by Professor Hae-Kyung Lee, featuring CSULA student concepts and choreography.  See article at top for more information.  For tickets, visit Theatre Arts and Dance online

Mon DEC 7 - Sat DEC 12
Senior Projects Exhibition
CSULA Fine Arts Gallery
Opening Reception, December 7.  Gallery Hours M-Th + Sa 12-5.  For more information, call the CSULA Department of Art at (323) 343-4010. 

Sat JAN 9 - Tu JAN 19, 2010
Studio Arts Option Graduate Walk-Through
Opening Reception, January 9.  Gallery Hours M-Th + Sa 12-5.  For more information, call the CSULA Department of Art at (323) 343-4010. 

Fri FEB 26, 2010
Powerful Visions Lecture, 2010
Studies on the Limits of Cultural Representations: Visual Art, Language Emergence, Performance Activism, and Political Violence.

Arts & Letters announces the program for Powerful Visions 2010:
  • Mohammed Abed, Assistant Professor - Philosophy: "Terrorism, Representation, and the Limits of Philosophical Analysis."
  • Elizabeth Bryant, Professor - Art: "Framing Nature: Looking, Seeing, Knowing?"
  • Namhee Lee, Assistant Professor - Department of Modern Languages and Literature: "Emergence of Symbolic Representation and Symbolosphere"
  • Carole Frances Lung, Assistant Professor - Art: "18 Cents an Hour: Reenactments of Humanity at Work."
   The Japanese Tea Garden at the Huntington Botanical Garden  The Arts and Letters Powerful Visions Lecture Series was launched in 2004. Through the generous support of the Huntington Library Research Department, the lectures are held in the month of February in the Overseers' Room usually at mid-day. Each year the event has been "standing room only" with representative members of the California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) campus-faculty, staff, and students along with a generous mix of folks from the local community, as well as members and friends of the Huntington Library.

     The Series began with a very simple premise: to provide an occasion and opportunity for faculty, staff and students within the College of Arts and Letters at CSULA to gather in a refined and serene environment to share cutting edge research in a manner that opens spaces of critical thought, engage meaningful intellectual and social exchange, and project powerful visions for academic work, social activism and critical aesthetics. Each year, those who have attended have been challenged by creatively constructed and intellectually astute presentations. Undergraduate and graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and special attention is given to foregrounding their voice in the scholarly conversation.

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.

Assistant Professor of Dance, Seonagh OdhiamboAWARDS, ACTIVITIES, & ACHIEVEMENTSStraightA
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Four creative works by three Cal State L.A. students- Dallim Park of Glendale, Matt Gatlin of Los Angeles and Nadia Montoya of Panorama City-were recently honored at the 2009 CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF).The annual festival showcases exceptional student film and video projects throughout the California State University system's 23 campuses. Cash awards were given for the first-place Rosebud Awards in each category, and also to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.  A total of 171 entries from throughout the CSU were received and judged by a panel of industry experts. The panel chose 30 finalists for competition within nine categories: animation, documentary, experimental, interactive, music video, narrative, television, feature screenplay, and short screenplay.  View the Press Release here.

Assistant Professor of Dance Seonagh Odhiambo received an award from the Canada Council for the Arts for 2009-2010, recognizing her choreography work in a piece on the theme "healing water."  For more information about her work, visit

President Rosser and the Academic Senate hosted a reception on October 6 at the Golden Eagle Ballroom to honor Outstanding Professors at CSULA.  Among those honored were Professor of Art
Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, who received an Outstanding Professor Award for 2008-09, and Professor of English and Chicano Studies Roberto Cantu, who received a Cal State L.A. President's Distinguished Professor Award for 2009-2010. 

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures Domnita Dumitrescu presented a paper entitled "Rum. Cica vs. Span. Dizque: Intertextualidad y Polifonia" 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. 

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.

Pictured at top, Seonagh Odhiambo, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance.
Student Opportunities

The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of Student Research Stipend Awards. Students who would like to research issues concerning gender and sexuality that support the Center's mission are invited to apply. (To see our mission, please visit  Selected student fellows will each receive a $500 stipend for the winter or spring quarter. Graduate students and upper-division undergraduates are eligible to apply.  If individual department policy permits, a student may also receive unit credit for research performed in connection with this stipend.  Students are required to have a faculty advisor supervise the research project and to turn in the work accomplished to their advisor and to the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities by the end of the Spring 2010 Quarter. Students will present their research at the CSGS Student Research Conference held at the end of the Spring 2010 Quarter. Priority will be given to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in the study of genders and sexualities.  
Please NOTE: Unfortunately students who are working as TAs, GAs, And Instructional Student Assistants in a given quarter are not eligible to receive research stipends during the quarter in which they are employed.    Application Deadline:  Monday, December 7, 2009 by 5:00 p.m.
Instructions for applying:  
An application consists of the following items:
1) the "Student Information" page attached to this announcement
2) a one-page, typed letter that describes why you are interested in conducting research on genders and sexualities and gives a description of your specific research project.
  Selected students will be notified by email.
  For further information, please contact the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at (323) 343-6549.
Student Information Sheet (to be attached to the letter of application)
Name: _________________________               CIN: ___________________________
GPA: __________________________               Major: __________________________
Status (Jr., Sr., Grad.)______________                     Telephone: ______________________
Address: ________________________               Email: __________________________
Advisor: ________________________               Telephone: _______________________
Advisor's Signature: ______________                   Email: ___________________________
Submit two copies of your proposal to:
Talia Bettcher, Director
The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities
Mailbox: College of Arts and Letters Dean's Office, Music 228
Mailcode:  8100-03
Due Date:  Monday, December 7, 2009 by 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Assistants are designated as paid Department employees to work as assistants in TA 152 (Analysis of Drama and Theatre) grading papers, giving an occasional lecture and sometimes leading class discussion of selected plays. Exact GA responsibilities are determined in consultation with the professor assigned to the course. GAs are paid by the hour in allotments of five or ten hours per week, with five hours per week the most common practice. The number of GAs in a quarter depends entirely on course enrollment and the Department budget and cannot be guaranteed. Confirmation for GA employment comes from the Department and the Dean's Office and is not offered by individual professors.
Teaching Assistants are occasionally employed to teach introductory lower division Department courses. The availability for TAs to teach independent courses hinges on the availability of full-time faculty to teach Department courses. When full-time faculty are assigned to other courses, TAs may be needed. TAs hired for course instruction are paid based on units taught according to the University pay scale. As with GA assignments, TA employment in a quarter depends entirely on course enrollment and the Department budget and cannot be guaranteed.
Beginning in 2009-10 a limited number of TAs will be paid to work as production assistants on all Department faculty directed productions. These TA duties can include service as assistant director, designer, dramaturg, videographer, acting/vocal coach, choreographer, movement or combat coach, or any position dictated by the requirements of the production and the qualifications of the applicant. TAs in production are generally paid a fixed stipend per unit or faction thereof based on five hours per week. In 2009-2010 these positions are budgeted at $500 each.
The Department will be accepting applications for GA and TA positions from Nov. 9 to Nov. 20 in 2009 and will continue accepting applications during the last and first week of subsequent quarters. These applications and nominations will constitute the applicant hiring pool. MA and MFA matriculating students are eligible to apply and may also be nominated by TAD faculty. Applicants and nominees are requested to submit a letter of interest including your GPA, the number of completed units in your MA program, and your interest and qualifications for GA/TA classroom assignments or production duties to Dr. James A. Hatfield, TAD Chairperson. The TAD Operations Committee will evaluate applications and make recommendations to the TAD Chairperson who will make recommendations to the Office of the Dean.  
Students selected for winter quarter positions should be notified by the end of fall quarter. Spring quarter positions should be notified near the end of winter quarter. Although assignments won't be made until early winter and spring quarters, students selected will need to file letters of recommendation and university application forms with the Department office. Preference will be given to students with advance standing in the MA and MFA TAD programs and those demonstrating successful progress towards degree completion.  GA\TAs will also be evaluated based on the excellence of their writing and teaching ability/potential. Production TAs will be evaluated on training and/or experience related to the needs of the productions in the season.

For more information, contact the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at (323) 343-4110.


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:
  • CSU Budget Info:
  • 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.

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:
  • Transit Subsidies
  • 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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