May 8, 2006
Sacramento State Bulletin

Professional Activities

Student Spotlight

Meghan Farley, anthropology graduate student, won first place in the student paper competition at the 77th annual meetings of the Southwestern Anthropological Association for her paper entitled "'Armed with Truth and Fire': Discursive Formulations of Indigenous Resistance in Chiapis." The award includes a $200 prize and publication of her paper in the association newsletter. The meetings, held April 27-30 in Pasadena, also featured graduate student research papers by Stacy Peacher, "Applied Medical Anthropology: Three Research Projects in Ethnically Diverse Communities," and Kristina Casper-Denman, "When Rocks Collide: Stones and Symbols at the Maidu Interpretive Center."


Catherine Christo has been named University Assessment Coordinator. Christo is the School Psychology Program Coordinator in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology in the College of Education. Christo also serves on the campus National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education committee and has worked with various departments across campus in departmental reviews. She is a program reviewer for the National Association of School Psychologists and has reviewed submissions from throughout the country.

Terri Castaneda, Anthropology, was elected president of the Southwestern Anthropological Association during the association's annual meeting April 27-30 in Pasadena. Castaneda served as a panelist for the session "Toward an Anthropological Research Agenda in China" and chaired the session "Reproducing Kinship: Making and Managing Contemporary Meanings of Family." The 78th annual meeting of the association will be held next April in Sacramento. Individuals interested in serving on the SWAA annual meeting planning committee can contact her at

Arnie Golub, Psychology, is the new president of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2006-07 year. Other officers elected are professors Jeri Langham, vice president; Joe Digiorgio, treasurer; Rebecca Cameron, secretary; Kal Gezi, public relations; Paula Eldot, member-at-large; and Sutee Sujitparapitaya, president-elect.


Spencer Freund, Academic Affairs/Telecommunications, spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony launching the city of Sacramento’s wireless Internet access on April 4. After, he was interviewed by Channel 10 about the future of wireless technology.

Edward Baranowski, Foreign Languages, presented a paper entitled "Defining the Spanish Future Subjunctive" at the 59th annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, April 20-22.

Liam D. Murphy, Anthropology, presented a paper entitled "Risky Ritual: Language and Religion in Post-Conflict Belfast" at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Anthropological Association.

Raghuraman Trichur, Anthropology, presented a paper entitled "Tourism and Nation-Building: Goa's Postcolonial Predicament" at the 77th annual meeting of the Southwestern Anthropological Association held in Pasedena April 29.

Rob Wassmer, Public Policy and Administration, was an invited expert to a forum held in the City of Woodland on April 23 to discuss the pros and cons of a proposal to institute an urban limit line. His co-authored article "Beyond The Basics: The Effects Of Non-Core Curricular Enrichments on Standardized Test Scores at High Schools," was published in the Summer 2006 edition of the refereed Michigan Journal of Public Affairs.

Ted Lascher and Rob Wassmer, Public Policy and Administration, had their article "Who Supports Local Growth and Regional Planning to Deal with Its Consequences" published in the May 2006 edition of the refereed journal Urban Affairs Review.

Francis Yuen, social work, is the co-author of a new book Social Work for the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Opportunities published by Praeger Publishers this month. The book provides critical analyses and discussions on the state of the social work profession.

Robert Halseth, Music, served as adjudicator and clinician for the wind program at Campolindo High School on April 21 in Moraga. On April 22, Halseth served as conducting commentator at the Pacific Western Concert Band Festival at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Mark Stoner, Communication Studies and Center for Teaching and Learning, delivered a course titled "Exploring Principles of Instructional Communication” to the Didactica Program at the University of Zurich in March. He also delivered lectures at the University of Switzerland in Lugano, at Frankliin College, and at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He is now a visiting fellow at University of Lancaster with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Jeff Lustig, Government, delivered a paper "The Fiscal Crisis of the Campus: The View from California" to the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education Conference at the Baruch Center, New York on April 3. He delivered a paper, "Urban Communes and Utopias of California in the '60s," to the "West of Eden" Conference at UC Berkeley on March 25.




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