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Jerry Ball, professor emeritus (lecturer) of mathematics and education, won third place (out of 170 entries) and an honorable mention for his haiku poetry in the international 2009 Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Contest, which is judged in Japan by Japanese judges. On Nov. 14, he had a haiku published in the Mainichi Daily News, the English language news site of Japan's Mainichi Newspapers. Ball is currently teaching adult education courses in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Jutta Birmele, professor emerita of romance/German/Russian languages & literature, presented a paper on “The Professional and the Personal: Christina Thompson's Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All” at the Fifth International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Alexander von Humboldt, Travels Between Europe and the Americas, at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, in July 2009. Her paper, “Oratorio or Cacophony? Uwe Timm’s novel Halbschatten (2008) Turns to the Resting Place, Final or Not, of Germany's Past,” has been accepted for the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 41st Annual Convention in April 2010 in Montreal, Canada.

Frank L. Christ, founder and director of the CSULB Learning Assistance Center (1972-88), presented two webinars sponsored by Innovative Educators, titled “Best Practices of Learning Centers in Higher Education,” held on May 7, 2009; and “Recommended Practices for Learning Centers in Support of Online Students,” held on Oct. 27, 2009. Christ’s article, “Learning Center Issues, Then and Now: An Interview with Frank Christ,” appeared in the spring 2009 issue of the Journal of Developmental Education, pages 24-27.

Larry Curtis, professor emeritus of music and Long Beach Municipal Band conductor, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Long Beach branch of the NAACP during their 2009 Centennial and 30th Founders Celebration & Awards Presentation, held on Oct. 17 at the Westin Long Beach.

Gerald Locklin, professor emeritus of English, had an essay, “The Small Presses and Little Magazines: A Few Reflections,” published in the fifth edition of Literature and Its Writers: A Compact Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. The essay serves as an introduction in the textbook to a section of poems (including three of Locklin’s) representative of small presses and magazines. The textbook is widely used in “Introduction to Literature” classes. (Photo by Barbara Locklin.)


Ken Rugg, alumnus (M.A., 1963) and professor emeritus of theatre arts, performed voice-over and narration for two low budget films that are now on the festival circuit; shot a couple of short scenes on camera for two low budget films, one on the festival circuit and one in the editing phase; helped his daughter (also a CSULB grad with an MFA in art) work up a drama class at Hope U., a school for mentally and physically disadvantaged persons with an emphasis on an arts curriculum in Anaheim, and helped with her recent Christmas production for Hope U. at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton; and played, as a visiting artist, a role in the recent CalRep production of Festen at the Royal Theatre on the Queen Mary. Rugg also writes and directs 10-minute performance pieces, called Max 10, at the Electric Lodge in Venice.