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Student Kudos, Awards, Recognitions and Accomplishments

Art Students earn recognitions in a variety of ways during their time at CSULB. Many enter student competitions; others begin showing their work in galleries or hold self-produced solo exhibitions.

  • Jack Curry, a graphic design student won a Type Directors Club award in January 2010 for his metal house number designs created for one of his upper division studio classes. Of the nearly 1500 entries, from 32 countries, only 250 were selected. His design will appear next to the cream of the graphic design field in the 2011 annual and be exhibited in NY before touring international design events as part of the TDC exhibition. Out of the 250 designs selected, three of the student winners are selected for monetary awards ranging from $200-$500. Jack was awarded the $500 scholarship.

CSULB Interior and Industrial Design students regularly compete in the local, national and international levels and have a history of dominating the final results. This year is no exception:

  • At the International Interior Design Association Southern California Student scholarship competition, our students earned two of the four scholarships offered. Alice Yoon won the Social Relevance in Interior Design Competition Scholarship - $5,000, while Ashley Dowel won the Stephanie Tarr Competition Scholarship, a $5,000 award honoring well-rounded design excellence.
  • The F3 Student Furniture Design Competition provides a launching pad for college under-graduates to explore furniture design as an integral part of design practice. Three of this year's five finalists in the F3 Awards competition, selected from among 126 registrants representing 17 schools, 17 cities, and five states, are from California State University Long Beach: Jamison Hammers, James Hanley, and Lauren Montgomery. The two remaining finalists, Alexander Nevarrez and Minh Nguyen, are from the Art Center College of Design. At the live awards judging and presentation, James Hanley earned 2nd place, a $2000 scholarship award, and the Audience Challenge Award - which came with an all-expenses paid trip to the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City.
  • At this year's International E-Waste Competition held at the University of Illinois, design students from CSULB's Department of Design received several honors. Entries to the competition were received from the US, Australia, Canada, Turkey, South Korea and Cyprus. All eight groups of CSULB students that entered were honored as finalists and in the top ten of each of the two competition categories (Artist/Designer, Technological/Geek). In addition, CSULB student groups won five awards out of eight possible.

Musicians studying at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music demonstrated repeatedly this year just how exceptional the talent and training at CSULB is:

  • CSULB Vocal Jazz program students were big winners in the 2010 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards. Pacific Standard Time - our premier vocal jazz ensemble - Graduate College Ensemble Outstanding Performance Award; Katheren Geisick - Outstanding Undergraduate College Vocal Solo Performance; Ann Pedersen - Graduate College Soloist Winner; Alex Stephens - Jazz Arrangement by an Undergraduate Winner; Andrea Calderwood - Jazz Arrangement by a Graduate Student Winner.
  • Both CSULB premier ensembles in Vocal and Instrumental Jazz were invited to perform at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2010, based on the wins - by both ensembles - in their categories at the Next Generation Festival.
  • For the second consecutive year, the Bob Cole Conservatory Brass Quintet has made the finals of the prestigious Isabel Coleman International Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena.
  • Christa Lorenz and Erica Ann Watson, both students in the MA Musicology program, earned Graduate Research Fellowships in support of their thesis. Christa's research will focus on original film scores by Hugo Friedhofer and Dimitri Tiomkin, among others, that are in the University Library Special Collections. Erica's work will focus on World War II-era songs which shaped and secularized societal attitudes about the celebration of Christmas.

Film Students regularly submit work created during their time at CSULB as entries in regional, national and international film festivals:

  • Three films created by CSULB students were selected as finalists in the Fall 2009 South Bay Film Festival: "What Would You Do? Part 3" by Saman Naffas, "Night Light" by Stephen Herron, and "The Dating Game" by Gary Iacobucci.
  • Two CSULB films garnered coveted Rosebud awards at the CSU Summer Arts' 19th annual Media Arts Festival at Cal State Fullerton. Josh Benavidez won two top awards for his documentary film "Diving into Darkness." He received $500 each for his Audience Choice Rosebud Award and his first-place Rosebud Award. Felix Martiz, director, and Daniel Woltosz, producer, received the first-place Rosebud Award and $500 for their narrative film entry, "La Paz."

Theatre Students from CSULB have enjoyed prestigious assignments in area and regional theatres:

  • Theatre Arts Department student Olivia Trevino served as Assistant Director to Mark Bokaw for the world premiere of Julia Cho's "The Language Archives" at South Coast Repertory.  She is currently Head of the Summer Acting Programs at International City Theatre.
  • Current MFA/MBA candidate Erica Larocque has been appointed company manager for this summer's Williamstown Theatre Festival.
  • 2010 MFA/MBA graduate Lauren Morris was recently named Managing Director for the Long Beach Playhouse.