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Laurels: March 2011

Published: March 15, 2011

Terre Allen, Center for Faculty Development, has facilitated a year-long curriculum revision for CSULB’s College of Business Administration MBA program. This innovative curriculum work has been recognized by international business scholars, faculty, and organizational development directors. Her work will be featured at the upcoming Cambridge Business and Economics Conference to be held in Cambridge, UK, June 27-29.

Aaron Cargile, Communication Studies, was the invited speaker before the Leadership Long Beach Institute Retreat on the topic of “Valuing Relationships, Building Respect” in 2011.

Susan Carlile, English, was awarded in December a one-year NEH research fellowship (AY 2011-12) to work on the critical biography Charlotte Lennox: A Powerful Mind.

Brent Dickerson, Mathematics and Statistics, saw the appearance of several images from his historical Los Angeles collection in the just-published book Chinatown and China City in Los Angeles by Jenny Cho and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. Another image from Dickerson’s archive was used in a special feature in the DVD collection “Chaplin at Keystone,” released Oct. 26, a collection which culminates an international effort to bring together, restore and make available Chaplin’s earliest Hollywood work.

Hank Fradella, Criminal Justice, was elected vice president of the Western Society of Criminology.

Katie Gibson and Amy Heyse, Communication Studies, delivered “‘The Difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pit Bull’: Sarah Palin’s Rhetorical Performance at the 2008 Republican National Convention” before the Huntington Women’s Studies Seminars held at the Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, on Jan. 29. Gibson and Heyse also were the subjects of an interview on KBeach Radio’s “Real Talk with Dave and Keya featuring Amy Heyse and Katie Gibson” on Nov. 22.

Art Gittleman, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, saw the publication of Computing with C# and the .NET Framework in its second edition from Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Corey Holst, Theater Arts, recently finished his second novel titled Defender of the North, now available in paperback, Kindle and Nook formats. A full synopsis is available on Holst’s website.

Neil Hultgren, English, presented a paper titled “WE Henley: Aesthete, Editor and Jingo” at the Cultures of Aestheticism conference held Jan. 29 at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. The delivery came as part of Hultgren’s ongoing work as an Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA.

Kevin Johnson, Communication Studies, authored “Evolution of Legal and Cultural Understanding of Indecency in the United States” to be presented as part of a sponsored series titled “Forums on Freedom of Expression” before John Cabot University in Italy in July. He also presented “Freedom of Expression, Democracy, and Religion” as part of the same series.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, published an entry on “Nationalism” in the Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity, Stephen M. Caliendo and Charlton D. McIlwain (eds.), New York: Routledge, 2011, pp. 178-179. He also presented a paper on “The Maatian Concept of Self-Reflection: A Kawaida Contemporary Interpretation” at the 34th Annual conference of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), New Orleans, March 20, 2010 and conducted a workshop on the “Philosophical Foundations and Ethics of Black Studies: Bridging Intellectualism and Activism” at the NCBS Summer Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, June 11. Moreover, he lectured on “The Life and Legacy of Dr. Imari Abubakari Obadele: Remembrance and Reflection” at the African Liberation Day Celebration, Detroit, May 28.

Dina Perrone, Criminal Justice, was selected to be at an at-large member of the Western Society of Criminology’s executive board.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, published an invited entry, “Animal Domestication,” in the Encyclopedia of Geography, edited by Barney Warf (SAGE Publications).

Eric Ruskin, Dance, wrote a 20-minute music/sound collage for a dance piece presented on Feb. 26 at the Noguchi Garden in Costa Mesa. The dancers were members of the Martha Graham Dance Company and CSULB Dance majors. Susan McLain, interim chair for the Dance Department, oversaw the event and the project was sponsored by the Orange County Philharmonic Society

William Straits, Susan Gomez-Zwiep and Russell Wilke, Science Education, authored “Connecting with Science through Structured Reading of Historical Non-fiction” in the January-February issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching, 47(6), 64-66. Gomez-Zwiep and Straits are recipients of the Association of Science Teacher Educator’s (ASTE) 2011 Innovations in Teaching Award which they received at the January ASTE annual meeting.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department appeared on Feb. 9 on Feminist Magazine (KPFK 90.7FM radio) discussing the launch of SoCal Hollaback, a global online network fighting street harassment.

Ebony Utley, Communication Studies, authored “Empowered and Sexy” in the Ms. Magazine blog dated Dec. 21, 2010.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented a paper, “The ‘Guide-Book Tourist’ vs. ‘The Cultivated Minority of Travelers’ in Edith Wharton’s Travel Writing,” at the 2011 Modern Language Association Convention in Los Angeles. His article, “Turning ‘The Balsam Fir’ into Mag–Marjorie: Generic Transposition in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Imaginative Economy,” appears in Charlotte Perkins Gilman: New Texts, New Contexts, an essay collection published by Ohio University Press.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, published “The Marketing Discipline Comes of Age, 1934-1936” in the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 2 (November, 2010), 370-396. This article received an Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence as the outstanding article out of 17 published in the journal in 2010.