California State University, Long Beach's (CSULB) Concert Jazz Orchestra and its vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time (PST), captured first-place wins at the fifth annual "Next Generation Festival" in Monterey, which is hosted by the Monterey Jazz Festival to showcase the best emerging talent in jazz. As a result of the prestigious awards, both groups have earned the opportunity to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September, an event and organization that has led the world in jazz education since 1958. As the top ensembles this year, both groups received a trophy and a check for $1,000.
After a national search, Shireen Pavri has been appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education. Pavri most recently served as interim associate dean for the college. A professor of special education, Pavri brings an international perspective to CSULB, having taught in cross categorical and multilingual special education programs, and provided remedial and consultation services to students with learning disabilities and their families in Mumbai, India. She earned her master's and education specialist degrees in school psychology from Miami University in Ohio, and her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Pavri's expertise and research interests are in the areas of preparing teachers to facilitate the social and emotional functioning of students with disabilities, the effective assessment of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and response to intervention models.
"Dr. Pavri is respected campus-wide as a thoughtful collaborator who is both student centered and committed to faculty support and development," said Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer. "I look forward to her continued leadership of our graduate programs."
California State University, Long Beach public relations students received an honorable mention award in April's Bateman Case Study Competition, the prestigious competition for undergraduate public relations students.
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) students Heather Pegg and Tim Appelbaum won first place in the California Classic Moot Court Tournament in May at Mt. St. Mary's College. In addition, Ted McNamara, Jillian Ewan, Amy Price, and Jose Reynoso made it to the semifinals. Together, with Reema Abboud and Jessica Martinez, they were recognized as among the best speakers at the event.