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Upcoming Events

Cover Art: Like a Woman; Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance

book signing - April 15 

April 15
6 - 8 pm
CSUMB -Alumni and Visitors Center
Admission is free

Professors Debra Busman and Umi Vaughan will discuss their respective books Like a Woman, and Rebel Dance Renegade Stance. The authors will sign copies of their books after the discussion.

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles -April 30

April 30
2 PM
CSUMB-Music Hall
Admission is free

Enriching the medium as America's first all female mariachi ensemble Reyna de Los Angeles bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

Vision Mural

Vision Mural dedication - April 30

April 30
2-4 pm
VPA complex - Inter Garrison Rd and Fifth Ave.
Admission is free

Students in Juan Luna-Avin’s painting and mural class have completed the mural along Inter-Garrison Road and Fifth Avenue, across from the Visual and Public Art complex. Please join us for a ceremony to dedicate this mural.

Faculty Accolades

Enrique Rios-Ellis

Visiting faculty, Dr. Enrique Rios-Ellis has formed a performing ensemble with students from an improvisation course he taught called "Sharp Nine". The group has continued to perform at CSUMB events as well as various cultural events in the community. Dr. Rios-Ellis also performs with the Music and Performing Arts jazz ensemble and with the CSUMB concert band.

Dr. Lanier Sammons

Dr. Lanier Sammons, composer, guitarist, recordist, has received an award for the recording of a New Music Composition album from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). His works have been featured at SEAMUS, the Spark Festival, the Jubilus Festival, and on EcoSono's Agents Against Agency DVD release. Sammons, who holds a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies, is an adjunct lecturer in the Music and Performing Arts department.

Friar Junipero Serra

Dr. Ruben Mendoza to present at Vatican City symposium, May 2

Dr. Rubén Mendoza, one of our founding faculty and a leading researcher on California’s missions, has received increased media attention in recent months following the Catholic Church’s decision to move forward with the Canonization of Father Junípero Serra. He has been quoted in a variety of news outlets discussing the controversy surrounding Father Serra’s life and work.

Now, Pope Francis will participate in a Vatican City symposium on Father Serra’s work on May 2; Dr. Mendoza is one of only four primary Serra scholars from North American who have been invited to present.

Presentation on Fort Ord

On April 30, 2015, in San Marino, CA, Enid Baxter Ryce will present her work on her Planet Ord website as a guest speaker of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour

Psychology ProfessorS, students to present 

Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour, will present a poster, "The Flipped Classroom Compared with Team-Based Learning" at Western Psychological Association event April 29 – May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Jill Yamashita, associate professor in the Psychology Department and two of her research assistants will present "Typed versus Written: The Effects on the Generation Effect."

Students are also presenting posters on these subjects:

Kayla Bueltel and Justin Baker: "Who Takes Care of a Sick Kid? Society’s Attitudes toward theResponsibilities of Parents in Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Relationships"

Elidia Mendoza, Claudia Dominguez, Saree Hamm, Nikole Holland, Shannen McGrath, Vickie Mendoza, and Miki Zuniga: "Certain Movies Make Us Understand People Better"

Elizabeth Snider and colleagues from University of Texas, Houston: "Girls’ Pubertal Trajectories, Stress, Affective and Internalizing Symptoms"

Faculty Keynote Speaker

Dr Angie Tran, professor of political economy in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to be the keynote speaker at the workshop on gender and labor migration. In addition, she will travel to Hoa Sen University to establish a relationship with faculty and staff to develop a service learning component. This trip was sponsored by a Global Engagement Faculty Development Grant from the Office of the provost.

Student and alumni success

Awards: Service Learning Institute

Visual & Public Art Student Has Been Awarded the
2015 Spotlight on Service for His Major

Celebration: May 13, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30
University Center Ballroom

Each year, the Service Learning Institute hosts an event for students, faculty, parents, community partners and members to recognize and celebrate the power of service learning throughout the year at CSUMB. 2015 marks the date for SLI's 18th Spotlight on Service, with the chosen theme "Sustaining Community Connections: Celebrating 20 Years of Service" as it will be the Institute's 20th year at CSUMB.

Yerevan, Capital of Armenia

Congratulations to Suren Oganessian, an HCOM creative writing student who got his MFA in creative writing from Fresno State last year and spent a summer in Armenia as part of FSUs Armenian Studies program. He's currently interning at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia.

Fuller Theological Seminary

Congratulations to Human Communication graduate, Christy Scaife Clark, who has just received her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. A former foster youth herself, she is focused on finding a job that will let her work with foster youth and former foster youth. She currently interns for a Pasadena church with its outreach program.

VPA: Day of the Dead Display

Congratulations to the Visual and Public Art students who have been accepted to Masters and Masters of Fine Arts programs.
*Cristiano Colantoni:Masters program in Design and Medial Management at the Art Institute of Dallas, TX
*Matt Floriani:MFA program at Mills College, Oakland, CA
*Margo Mullens:MFA at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
*Lauren Finch:MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London, England
*Whitney Aiken: Accepted to the Mills & MICA MFA programs, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Juleen Johnson

Congratulations to Juleen Johnson, Class of 2010, on being accepted to the MFA program at the Iowa Writers Workshop, the most prestigious MFA creative writing program in the country.

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