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A Season of Poetry: Leslie Monsour and more Poetry Events

Honors Convocation: Celebrating our Students

ASI: Benefits for Students

Events for our Community: John Lion New Plays Festival, Poetry, Music, Lecture Series, and more

Straight A's: Arts & Letters Achievements

Student Opportunities: NEW internships, scholarships,  jobs, & more

Faculty & Staff Opportunities

Winter/Spring 2010
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Walking for Wellness

Human Resources Management and the Student Health Center at Cal State L.A. invite you to join the CSULA Walking Program,  every Wednesday
at 1p.m.
Main Walkway at Student Health Center

Take the Campus Walk Challenge and join us for a brisk (or leisurely) walk around the campus perimeter.
Sponsored by the Student Health Center's Student Health Advisory Committee, this 1.5 mile walk is your opportunity to build additional activity into your day. The walk begins on the main walkway in front of the Student Health Center.  

FREE and open to the public.

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SHARE YOUR STORIES!  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

Looking for Interns?
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. 
Please contact us for more information! 
College of Arts and Letters, Office of the Dean:  (323) 343-5061.

Save Time
and Money:  Rideshare!

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. 

Custom trip itineraries are available for all conscientious travelers;
visit LA Metro at or call 1-800-COMMUTE. 

Straight A's

Modern Languages and Literatures student Ana Cecilia Iraheta has been accepted at 5 of the 6 universities she applied to (for a PhD in Linguistics), and plans to attend the University of Minnesota, where she will accept a teaching assistantship, full tuition, and a $5,000 stipend for her first-year research project. 

Senator Gloria Romero (D - East Los Angeles) honored CSULA A&L Alumna Wendy Carilloas one of seven outstanding women of the 24th Senate district, at a ceremony on Friday, April 9 at the Industry Hills Expo Center. Carrillo, a multimedia journalist from East Los Angeles, hosts the weekly "Knowledge is Power" radio show on Power 106 FM, as her 2010 Woman of the Year. During the 2008 Presidential elections, Wendy won a national competition to represent young Latinos at the Democratic National Convention for SiTV and Voto Latino. Recently, Wendy won the Elfen Award for Social Justice in Poverty for her short film on Homeboy Industries and their efforts to end gang violence in Los Angeles. Wendy's goal is to empower the community by providing an outlet for Latinos to be well-informed on current national and local issues.

The College of Arts and Letters congratulates Professor of English Michelle Hawley for her selection as one of the 2010 Cal State L.A. Distinguished Women. Please join us in honoring Professor Hawley at the 12th Annual Distinguished Women Awards reception on Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 3 - 4:30 pm in the Los Angeles Room, 3rd floor, University-Student Union. Introductions will begin at 3:30 pm.   For more information, please call the Cross Cultural Centers at 323-343-5001.

Professor of Art Jack Butler will exhibit his last LA-based show:
Jack Butler: Looking Back at the Future - A One Man Group Show, May 15th - June 5th, 2010
Reception for the artist: Saturday, May 15th from 5 - 8 pm
At Studio 21, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica 90405. 
Gallery Hours are Wed-Sat, 12-6.

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A&L Welcomes Poets and Poetics
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Following a well-attended 2010 Jean Burden Poetry Reading featuring Wendy Cope, on February 25, the College of Arts and Letters continues to welcome a multitude of special guest writers and literary scholars for a Spring season of poetry events.

On April 27, the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and the English Department will welcome poet Leslie Monsour for a reading of her works. On May 14-15, the Octavio Paz Society and the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Lecture Fund will present the 2010 Octavio Paz Conference: World Civilizations, Modernity, and Octavio Paz: A Plurality of Pasts and Futures, featuring keynote speaker Hervé-Pierre Lambert of Kyushu University in Japan.  

Professor Tim Steele, Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (CCPP), acknowledges a common conception of poetry as "the quiet art," which is "too often at the margins of our society and cultural experience right now."  Part of the mission of the CCPP is to promote the broadest possible range of contemporary forms of poetry, and to confront the stereotypes that threaten to keep poetry at those margins.  

A Season of Poetry invites the Cal State L.A. community to explore poetry from the margins and the mainstream.  For more information, call (323) 343-5061.

Honors Convocation
April 23
Kennedy Library at Cal State L.A.
The College of Arts and Letters is please to celebrate the achievements of over 500 students who earned academic honors during Calendar Year 2009, at Honors Convocation 2010, Friday, April 23. Honors Convocation recognizes students who received Dean's List honors, General Education Honors, Freshman Honors, Special Recognition in Graduate Studies, and Scholarship winners. Eligible students should have already received invitations via email, delivered to their "" email address, with details about the University and College Ceremonies. 
ASI Advocates for Students ...and Scantrons
Kristine Dickson, Arts & Letters ASI Representative
Portrait, Kristine Dickson, ASI Representative

Associated Students, Incorporated (A.S.I.) is officially recognized as the voice of CSULA students, continually advocating on campus and at the state level. In addition to ensuring representation through Shared Governance, your student government, A.S.I. provides free scantrons and
blue books, a $150 book voucher program, laptop/printer rentals, student lockers, discounted movie and amusement park tickets, student healthcare
information, and much more.  Contact your College of Arts and Letters representatives with any ideas, issues, and/or concerns.  E-mail us at You can also visit us online for more information at

MUSIC NEWSConcertSched
Department of Music
Spring Concert Schedule
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April 21 West Point Clarinet Quartet
Music 149, 6:30pm

April 27 Composers Forum
Music 149, 7:30pm

May 14 Bachelor of Music, Junior Recitals
1pm: Christine Lo, Piano
2pm: Shana Weaver, Voice
3:10pm: Jesus Viramonte, Trombone
4pm: Jason Chen, Violin
5pm: Kraig Long, Bass

May 24 Wind Ensemble
State Playhouse, 5pm

May 23 Afro-Latin Ensemble
Autry Museum, Los Angeles

May 27 Commercial Music Ensemble
Music Hall, 7:30pm

May 27 Jazz Combos
Music 149, 6:30pm

May 28 Bachelor of Music, Senior Recitals
12noon: James Fraracci, Tuba
1:30pm: Shifei Li, Saxophone
4:30pm: Daniel Saucedo, Composition

June 1 New Music Ensemble
Music Hall, 7:30pm

June 2 Choral Studies Concert
Music 149, 7:30pm

June 3 Jazz Orchestra
State Playhouse, 7:30pm

These Music Concert Events are
FREEand open to the public.

For more information, contact the CSULA Department of Music at (323) 343-4062. 


CSULA Community Events

Sat APR 24
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Significations Graduate Conference Poster

Significations Graduate Student Conference
The CSULA English Graduate Student Association welcomes Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Avila (UCLA) for Significations 2010.
Dr. Eric Avila is Associate Professor of Chicano Studies, History, and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles and a compelling voice in the history of the built environment and its relationship to social consciousness. Dr. Avila's keynote lecture, "The End Was Near: Los Angeles and National Decline between Watts and Watergate" will focus on the construction of Los Angeles as "a symbol of the excess and decline that shaped broader perceptions of American culture and society at the end of the post-World War II era." Poised in the interstices between cultural analysis, history, urban planning, and critical race theory, Dr. Avila's scholarly work on Los Angeles invites us to critically examine the meanings we ascribe to the city-and more importantly, the meanings the city ascribes to us. Professor Avila's keynote address will begin at 10:30 a.m.
in the University Student Union Theatre.

Tue APR 27
Leslie Monsour Poetry Reading
Leslie Monsour grew up in Hollywood, Mexico City, Chicago, and Panama, and was educated in California, Panama, and Colorado.  Her poetry reflects this diverse background and a multifaceted career. The
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Leslie Monsour reading flier
author of The Alarming Beauty of the Sky (2005), she has also published poems and translations (principally of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz) in such magazines as Poetry, Measure, and The Dark Horse.   In 2007, she was the recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from The National Endowment for the Arts. Please join us for this very special reading presented by the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.
6:30p.m. University Student Union, LA Room
FREE and open to the public

Multiple Dates
April is Modern Language Month

at Cal State L.A.
View the flier linked at right for more details about upcoming events in celebration of Modern Language Month.  Modern Language Month events are presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, The Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Le Cercle Français, the Korean Cultural Center, the Japanese Studies Center, Cross Cultural Centers, the Chinese Studies Center, the Asociación de Estudiantes de
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Modern Language Month events poster
Español, and the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles.
Events are FREE and open to the public

Thu APR 29 - MAY 8
The John Lion New Plays Festival
April 29-30, and May 1, 6, and 7 at 7:30pm / May 2 & 8 at 2:30pm
State Playhouse at Cal State L.A.
Since its inauguration in 1997, the John Lion New Plays Festival has produced over fifty new original plays by CSULA student playwrights.

Beloved Woman, Wife and Mother, written and performed by Staci Mitchell, a writer discovers the inner world of her main character, and also discovers her own inner most fears and desires. In Different by Katira Alvarez, a chance meeting in the park transforms the life of a young woman when she inadvertently encounters a troubled young man. In The Civil War by Alicia Tycer, three friends are in for more than a history lesson when they put on a play for the school's talent show. And in The Devil's Sister by Leslie Stallone, an aging nun, Sister Margaret, tries to bargain with God, and then the Devil, in an attempt to save her beloved school.
The Festival Director is José Cruz González, 2006 CSULA Outstanding Professor and playwright, and Festival Dramaturg is Professor Susan Mason, 2008 CSULA Outstanding
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John Lion New Plays Festival Poster
Professor.  Jill Brennan is a professional guest director, and CSULA alum.  Ms. Brennan, who has been featured as an actor on TV shows such as Gilmore Girls, Boston Legal and Desperate Housewives, joins González in directing the new plays.  Joshua Truett, first year MFA in Dramatic Writing, is Associate Producer.


plays and playwrights, call (323) 343-4128.
Multiple Dates
Spring Concert Events
at Cal State L.A.

See the Spring Concert Scheduleabove for details.
Department of Music events are
FREE and open to the public.

Wed MAY 12
Border Knowledges: A Conversation with Tracy Wilkinson
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Cal State LA, University Student Union Theater
Join us as Enrique Ochoa, History and Latin American Studies, CSULA, moderates a conversation with Tracy Wilkinson, LA Times Mexico Bureau Chief, on drug, gun, and human trafficking as well as their reportage and representation.
Reception to follow.
FREE and open to the public.

CSU Events

Monday-Tuesday, April 26-27
CSUEU Lobby Day
Capitol, Sacramento

Mark your Calendars:

Fri APRIL 23, 7pm
Honors Convocation
University Gymnasium, for Students receiving Dean's List Honors, Freshman Honors, and Special Recognition in Graduate Studies. 
By Invitation Only.

Sat JUNE 5
Arts & Letters FERP Celebration
and Ready Made ColorExhibit Opening

Luckman Art Gallery
Celebrating the careers and contributions of our faculty concluding their FERP service to Arts & Letters.
Evening reception for honorees,
followed by the Ready Made ColorOpening.
Details to be announced. 

Fri JUNE 11, 5pm
Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement
  • University Athletic Stadium
  • Charter College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
  • College of Health and Human Services


Sat JUNE 12, 8am
Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement
  • University Athletic Stadium
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Natural and Social Sciences


Student Opportunities

FREEWAVES is offering two paid internships for undergraduates this summer through generous support from The Getty Grant Program.  FREEWAVES Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internships 2010 are for 2 positions, Web Intern and Marketing Intern, both for 10-weeks, full-time, $3,500 gross salary, in Hollywood. In accordance with The Getty Grant Program, candidates must be: Members of underrepresented groups, particularly individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.  Currently enrolled as undergraduates, who will have completed at least one semester of college by June 2010, and will not graduate before September 2010; Residents of or attending college in Los Angeles County. Students who have previously served as Interns for this program more than twice are not eligible for this internship.
Overview: From early June through August 2010, The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Interns will undertake a variety of tasks, all entailing a high degree of computer literacy and communications competency. All of the tasks will be part of Freewaves long time initiative to disseminate the new media arts.
Location: Both internships are located at Freewaves' office at LACE (6522 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood CA)
For more information, visit the Freewaves website at

A Place Called Home is seeking a detailed Full Service Bookkeeper.  Reports to: Chief Operations Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt.  Hours: Full-time (schedule may vary).  Salary Range: $50,000 - $55,000 annual salary
Benefits: Competitive health insurance package, paid vacation, and 401K matching plan. A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, and fitness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active citizens capable of making positive change in the world in which they live. ( To apply, please send your cover letter and resume, to Angela Maldonado; HR Director at (E-mail submission only/No phone inquiries)

Serendipity Early Care and Education Centers has a part-time teacher position working with 2 year olds. The hours are 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm Monday through Friday. The applicant must have 12 Early Childhood Education units minimum. We have good salaries and benefits. We are open year round. Please fax, e-mail or call Lana Shifflet at 626-574-7421 fax, or 626-574-7477.
Location: Arcadia. Compensation: based on education and experience. This is a part-time job. Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.Phone calls about this job are ok. [This job posting was found on Craigslist LA.]

The English Language Center ( is hiring a number of summer staff for its junior program at UCLA. Our campus junior programs offer international high-school aged students the opportunity to study English on American university and college campuses.
We are looking to fill the following administrative staff positions: Resident Director, Activities Coordinator, and Student Services Coordinator. We will also be hiring a number of Teachers and Resident Counselors.
Ideal candidates for all positions should have experience working with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Those applying for administrative staff positions should have experience in administration of a short-stay resident program (i.e. summer camps, or study abroad programs). Teachers should have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in TESOL or a closely related field, as well as experience teaching English as a Second Language. Resident Counselors are ideally college students or recent graduates with an interest in international education.
Applicants should send a resume or CV, a cover letter, and contact information to: ELC Los Angeles, 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles CA 90024. Tel. (310) 470-3019, Fax. (310) 470-6733.
Location: Westwood. Compensation: Varies by position. Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster. Please, no phone calls about this job! [This job posting was found on Craigslist LA.]

City of Torrance Community Services Department: JOB OPPORT U N I T Y :  INSTRUCTOR I - (DANCE AND EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR), CULTURAL SERVICES DIVISION, SALARY $20.13 - $22.21 per hour The City of Torrance Community Services Department is currently accepting applications for an Instructor I to teach youth and adult, dance and exercise classes for the Cultural Services Division. Interested applicants can submit an application, resume and cover letter to the City of Torrance Human Resources Department, 3231 Torrance Boulevard, during the following hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Human Resources Department is closed every other Friday. Applications, resume and cover letter can also be submitted on-line on the Human Resources Department web page at www.TorranceCA.Gov. * Only those candidates whose training and experience best meet our needs will be invited to participate in an oral interview. If no qualified applicants apply by the deadline, the position will be reopened. If you have additional questions contact Randi Maddox at Rmaddox@TorranceCA.Gov The City of Torrance is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applicants with disabilities who require special arrangements must contact the above-named personnel prior to testing/interview.

Do you like playing music for fun? Are you learning to play a new instrument or a new piece of music? Not afraid to practice music in an outdoor public space? Then PUBLIC PRACTICE is for you! Practice, practice, practice. Experience the process of practice - not performance - in unexpected outdoor public spaces at the Music Center.  Learn more! WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Open to non-professional INSTRUMENTAL musicians and music hobbyists of all skill levels and cultural musical traditions. Choose to participate as a solo musician or as a duo. HOW DO I APPLY? It's EASY - apply online, takes as little as 15 minutes! Sign up now! APPLY! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 12, 2010. Early applications are encouraged. There is no audition. Musicians will be selected based on stated interest, understanding of Public Practice goals, and commitment to
recreational music-making. QUESTIONS? E-mail

The Friends of the Chinese American Museum is currently seeking applications for the following position: EXHIBITION COORDINATOR, LOCATION: Chinese American Museum, 425 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. TYPE: Full-time. START DATE: Immediate; position open until filled.  SALARY: Salary starting from $35,000; competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2010.  
TO APPLY: Applicants are accepted on a continuous basis and remain open until filled. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted within 40 calendar days of receipt of your application.  · (Preferred) Email: Send documents as Adobe PDF attachments to Administrative Director Dora Quach, at Please save each PDF attachment as "Firstname Lastname - Cover Letter"; "Firstname Lastname - Resume"; "Firstname Lastname - 3 References"; "Firstname Lastname - Salary History." Please indicate "CAM Exhibitions Coordinator" in the subject heading.  · U.S. Mail: Mail cover letter, résumé, three references, and salary history to: Attn: Dora Quach, Friends of the Chinese American Museum
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012, RE: CAM Exhibitions Coordinator. · Inquiries:  Please contact Dora Quach at (213) 485-8484; or consult the CAM website at for more information.


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.

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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