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Caputi, Stone Honored as Outstanding Prof, Staff Member

Published: July 1, 2010

2010 Outstanding Professor

Mary Caputi

Department of Political Science

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Mary Caputi

The academic world is a natural for Mary Caputi. In 1995, she joined CSULB as an assistant professor in political theory, rising to full professor in 2005. She also helped to establish a cooperative agreement with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and served as a visiting professor in 2009.

Caputi designed and teaches “Introduction to Critical Thinking,” a CSULB General Education Foundation course that provides for fundamental learning skills. With a spotlight on political thought, diversity and feminist theory, she has published two books and is working on two more. In addition, she has published 16 articles throughout her career, 12 of them while at CSULB.

She has earned her many honors and awards for her work as an undergraduate advisor, service on numerous committees dealing with a wide range of issues from curriculum to scholarly and creative activities, and chairing the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Faculty Council.

Caputi has received the CLA Recognition Award (2002), nine Scholarly and Creative Activities Awards (1999-07), and has presented papers at several international political science conferences. Nationally, the New York native was a 2007-08 member of the Betty Nesvold Award Committee, Western Political Science Association (WPSA); a 2006 co-organizer of the Feminist Theory Panels, pre-American Political Science Association; and a 2001-03 executive officer for WPSA, Region A.

In the community, Caputi serves as a volunteer for the Long Beach Rescue Mission and Heifer International.

She earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University and a M.A. from the University of Chicago.

“I’m honored to receive this award and feel that CSULB has been very good to me,” said Caputi. “Our university provides a supportive environment for faculty, and even in these hard times we see an effort to protect the interests of faculty and the life of the mind against a more corporate mentality. CSULB has helped me pursue my scholarship and intellectual growth in ways that enrich the classroom for
me and my students.”

2010 Outstanding Staff Member

Laura Imagawa Stone

University Library

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Laura Imagawa Stone

Laura Imagawa Stone began her career at the university in 1980 as a clerical assistant in the University Library’s Circulation Department, rising to a library assistant III in the Technical Services Department in the ‘90s.

During her 30 years of service at CSULB, Stone has assisted on a myriad of committees and with more than 50 events. She has served in functions from secretary to chair for the Library Staff Association.

A five-year member of the Staff Council, she works on the Special Events Committee, where she dedicates her talents and organizational skills to many annual events, including Spooktacular and the Cherishing Children Toy Drive and party.

Perhaps Stone’s widest reach can be attributed to her work on Pow Wow, the annual American Indian social spring weekend celebration drawing thousands of people to campus. Since 1980, she has served on the planning committee, and as the dancer registration coordinator and contest tabulator.

It’s no wonder that this CSULB alumna was named Employee of the Month twice and received two Staff Applause commendations.

Off campus, Stone helps to organize her Long Beach neighborhood’s July 4 block party, which includes decorating approximately 80 trees. She is married to alumnus Craig Stone, who is a CSULB professor of art and American Indian studies. Along with international folk dancing as well as jazz, tap and ballet, Stone enjoys playing the flute and the piano.

Stone earned a B.S. degree from CSULB.

“I am very honored to be selected as this year’s Outstanding Staff Member and be in such great company,” said Stone. “My involvement with the Staff Council as a Staff Representative and a member of the Special Events Committee have given me the opportunity to work with and get to know some really dedicated and remarkable Staff on this campus. I have really enjoyed volunteering my time for such events as the Annual CSULB Pow Wow and the Cherishing Children Holiday Toy Drive/Party. The recognition I have been given by the university and my colleagues is very much appreciated. These past 30 years as a staff member have really flown by and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful campus community.”

Photos by Victoria Sanchez