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Laurels: August 2012

Published: August 20, 2012

Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services, was selected as the 2012 Social Justice Leadership Scholar by the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE). The award provides a professional development opportunity to individuals from under-represented groups who are interested in becoming counseling center directors at colleges and universities. Nominated by Counseling And Psychological Services’ Director Brad Compliment, Chun presented a diversity program at the conference and received mentoring from counseling center directors to explore future career paths in university counseling. In addition, Chun delivered a presentation titled “Advocating for Institutional Change: When Individual Counseling Is Not Enough” on April 19 at the Spring 2012 Directors’ Conference of the OCCDHE in Montecito.

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, has been chosen as the President of the California School Library Foundation. Farmer also conducted a session on marketing for youth serving libraries at the American Library Association conference in June.

Boak Ferris, English and Comparative World Literature, authored, illustrated and published a children’s book, Stewart and the Magic Carpet. He also co-authored, with David Fink of Duquesne University’s Sports Leadership Program, a book on elite tennis instruction for both players and coaches titled Mr. Roger Federer vs. Mr. Rafael Nadal: a Complete Analysis of their Australian Open Semifinal 2012.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, appeared on the CBC Radio 1/Public Radio International’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi. The July 5 show featured a debate on “Magic Mike: Is a Movie About Male Strippers a Step Forward for Women’s Sexual Expression?” The interview can be heard at

Charles Harper Webb, English, saw his poem “Nada” published in the Spring 2012 issue of Ploughshares, based at Emerson College in Boston guest-edited by author Nick Flynn. Webb’s latest book is Shadow Ball: New & Selected Poems published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. What Things Are Made Of, also from Pitt, is forthcoming in 2012.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented “The Macromarketing Field and Its Journal” to the Doctoral Colloquium, Pfadkolleg, Freie Universität Berlin, on June 11. He also presented “Macromarketing and Anti-Consumption Research: Making Disciplinary Connections” at the ICAR (International Centre for Anti-Consumption Research) Symposium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, on June 26-28.