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April 19, 2010


Professional Activities

Student Spotlight

Sam Borstein, undergraduate student in Biological Sciences, gave a talk titled “The Road to Gandoca” about his ongoing research at Sacramento State and in Costa Rica, to the Sacramento Aquarium Society on Feb. 6.

Kristen Martin, undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering has been awarded a scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies, California. Kristen was one of seven state-wide undergraduate students awarded between $1,000 and $3,000. Kristen received the third highest scholarship award for all undergraduate students ($2,500).

The CSUS Model United Nation delegation to the 2010 National Model UN (MUN)  conference, held in New York City over Easter break, won Outstanding Delegation and Outstanding Position Paper awards for its representation of the non-governmental organization, Third World Network. 

This follows on their success this fall in winning top delegation and best position paper awards at the NMUN-DC in Washington, where they represented Iran, and the American MUN in Chicago, where they played the role of Brazil. This represents the most successful year in more than 30 years of CSUS MUN participation. 

Professor Ron Fox, who started the MUN program in 1977 and mentored the delegates, gave special acknowledgement to Kristina Viktor and Louie Cathemer, who served as head delegates and worked with students in their preparation.


Doug Rice, English, had his new book, Wings of Desire, translated into Polish by Piotr Siewecki and published as Skrzydla Pozdania by Minimal Books.

Bill Leach, Public Policy and Administration and Center for Collaborative Policy, co-presented a paper "Explaining Coordination Networks in Collaborative Partnerships" at the Western Political Science Association conference in San Francisco, April 1.

Elaine O'Brien, Art, participated in a panel discussion following the opening night screening of the film "The Art of the Steal" at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento Friday, April 16.  The panel was presented by the Verge Gallery of Sacramento, which is co-directed by Sacramento State alumna Liv Moe.

David Booher, Center for Collaborative Policy, gave a presentation on his new book (with Judith Innes) at the Center April 5. Planning with Complexity: An introduction to collaborative rationality for public policy was recently published by Routledge.

Ted Lascher, Public Policy and Administration Graduate Program, and Jeremy Offenstein, Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, had an article accepted by the Journal of College Student Retention. The article is entitled “Campus Racial Climate and Student Academic Outcomes: A Critique of Prior Research and Recommendations for Future Study.”

Alyson R. Buckman, Humanities and Religious Studies, had her essay "Triangulated Desire in Angel and Buffy" published in Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon, edited by Erin B. Waggoner, in March. Buckman also presented this essay at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in February and won an award at this conference for her leadership within the association.

Bill Leach, Public Policy and Administration and Center for Collaborative Policy, gave a public lecture titled "Modeling Best Practices in Collaborative Management" at the University of Arizona, April 12.

Staff Professional Activities

Terry Cataline, Office of the University Registrar, was a panel member for two presentations at the March 16 eTranscript California Workshop, held at USC. Managers from 50 Southern California public and private colleges attended these workshops to find out about best practices and to exchange ideas about sending and receiving college transcripts electronically.  

In the News

Barbara O’Connor, Communication Studies, was quoted in the San Mateo County Times, the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the West County Times, the Argus, the Daily View, the Valley Times and the Mercury-News on March 3 about Jerry Brown’s run for governor and in a March 10 San Francisco Chronicle article about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and his desire to curb texting during meetings.

Rob Wassmer, Public Policy and Administration Graduate Program, was quoted in a March 10 Elk Grove Citizen article about foreclosures in the Sacramento area.

Mary Kirlin, Public Policy and Administration Graduate Program, was quoted in a March 8 Fresno Bee article about the Fresno City Council.

Suzanne O’Keefe, Economics, was quoted in a Feb. 10 Union Democrat article about Kohl’s department store.

Robert Brady, Art, was featured in a Feb. 26 Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard article about his art exhibit.


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