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Faculty Accolades

Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson co-authors Grant

This grant, sponsored by the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund and recently awarded to the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, will be a collaboration to focus on identifying resource disparities and proposing solutions for the after-school arts programs in elementary schools.

Cal state monterey bay's student newspaper, the otter realm, has received a $1500 grant from the california press foundation

Faculty adviser and journalism professor Estella Porras points out that while students are practicing online journalism, they "love the print edition and devote long hours to design an attractive paper" that is distributed at 22 campus locations and 10 sites in Monterey County. The grant can be used to purchase hardware or software, or for upgrades to improve the quality of the publication’s content and delivery.

HCOM Professor Debra Busman publishes "like a woman"

Like a Woman follows Taylor, a working class white girl too tough and too tender for her own good. She reads curled up in the sewer drain by Venice Beach, yet still fights at the drop of a dime, and steals anything she can get her hands on. Her girlfriend, Jackson, a young African-American street worker dreams of becoming a writer and receives daily guidance from her recently deceased mama. Joining them are fellow homeless street kids; high-end sex workers with Ph.Ds; Eddie, a butch transvestite from Pasadena who runs a 'Speak-Easy' for johns who just want to talk; a fierce and loyal Rottweiler named J. Edgar; and Dutch, a barrel-chested, flat butt old cowboy who eventually helps Taylor get off the streets.

dr. umi vaughan, hcom professor, looks at experiences of black cubans in his newly released book

By looking at the experiences of black Cubans and exploring the notion of "Afro Cuba," Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance explains timba's evolution and achieved significance in the larger context of Cuban culture. Vaughan discusses a maroon aesthetic extended beyond the colonial era to the context of contemporary society; describes the dance spaces of Cuba; and examines the performance of identity and desire through the character of the "especulador." This book will find an audience with musicians, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, interdisciplinary specialists in performance studies, cultural studies, and Latin American and Caribbean studies, as well as laypeople who are interested in Atlantic/African and African American/Africana studies and/or Cuban culture.

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.

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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.

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.

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