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November 16, 2009


Professional Activities


Cynthia Linville, English, has had the following poems recently published or accepted for publication: "Grief Hides" and "Snapshots" in the Cosumnes River Journal; "1969: Boyhood" and "Paradise Lost" in the Song of the San Joaquin Quarterly; "How the CEO Stole Christmas" in the Sacramento Bee online; "Fidelity," "Laying on of Hands," "The Sweetest Fruit," and "I Chose You" in the Rattlesnake Review; "In a Past Life You Were A Wizard" in WTF; "Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk," "A Formal Affair," "three haiku (untitled)," "Waiting Room," "Signs of Departure," "Solstice," and "A Thousand Ways to Say Goodbye" on Medusa's Kitchen;  "Widow's Walk" and "Looking for a Wrong Turn" on Sacramento Poetry Art Music; and "Earth Air Fire Water" on Pulverized Diamonds. In addition, she was interviewed as a local publisher of poetry in the Sacramento News and Review on May 7 and served on the Poet Laureate Selection Panel for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in May.

David Rolloff and Beth Erickson, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, have negotiated a four-year, $200,000 research contract with California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. The new contract will build on last year's $50,000 study of recreation use and visitors at the division's 32 trailheads in the winter On Snow Vehicle program throughout the Sierra Nevada in California.

Al Striplen, EOP counselor and David McVey, career counselor, brought New Zealand, Sacramento and students from several cultures together via a live Internet link on Oct. 28. Career Counselor and doctoral student, Lynette Reid of Auckland University of Technology, spoke on “Career From a New Zealand Maori Perspective.” Students in the first year seminar class interacted with prepared questions. McVey’s career component was a highlight of Striplen’s first year seminar course for fall 2009.

Tom Knutson and Phan Datthuyawat, Communication Studies, have received word that their paper, “Effective Intercultural Communication: Research Contributions from Thailand,” will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. The paper summarizes several studies conducted over the past 15 years investigating Thai communication behavior and concludes that the Thai cultural value of social harmony strongly influences intercultural communication effectiveness. Rosechongporn Komolseven, director of the doctoral program in Interpersonal Communication at Bangkok University, Thailand, is a co-author of the manuscript.

Chris Taylor, Physics and Astronomy, was interviewed for an article in the Sacramento Bee on the Leonid meteor shower coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 17th. The article appeared on-line on Nov. 9 at



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