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Fall 2002 l Capital University Journal
Recently Published Works from CSUS Faculty

The Sacramento Anthology of 100 Poems
published by Sacramento’s Poet Laureate Program and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

edited by Dennis Schmitz, emeritus professor of English, with co-editor Viola Weinberg

Since his first published poem, Sac State professor emeritus Dennis Schmitz has provoked praise, delight and amazement among his readers.

In January of 2000, the Sacramento City Council and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission selected Schmitz as one of the city’s first two poet laureates, along with Viola Weinberg.

The two worked together to compile The Sacramento Anthology of 100 Poems, which includes a rich array of works from the city’s finest poets.

Schmitz started at Sac State as a resident writer in 1966. His first collection of poems, We Weep for Our Strangeness, was published in 1969. Since then he has published more than 200 poems in such notable journals as the American Poetry Review, The Nation and the Chicago Review.

Along with poetry, Schmitz taught writing courses, literature and translation at Sac State. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and from 1976 to 1977, 1985 to 1986 and 1992 to 1993 Schmitz was a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

European Entry into the Pacific: Spain and the Acapulco-Manila Galleons

edited by James Sobredo, professor of ethnic studies, with co-editors Dennis O. Flynn and Arturo Giráldez

What began as an interest in Filipino migration eventually put ethnic studies professor James Sobredo on course for a specialization in maritime history. Where the two topics intersect provided inspiration for the book, which he co-edited with two economic historians.

Sobredo was surprised to find that Filipino crew members were among the first to set shore on the California coast. “The first documented case of Filipinos landing in the Americas was 1587—that’s before Jamestown, before Plymouth,” he says. They were sailors and soldiers on the Nuestra Senora de Buena Experanza, a Spanish ship exploring the central coast. However, the shipping records refer to those explorers–not as Asians–but as Indios, leading many historians to believe that that were Native Americans.

The book also documents the impact of the Manila Galleon trade.

“Because of the Eurocentric nature of economic history, the Galleon trade between Manila, Acapulco and China has been virtually invisible,” he says. “But it was the first global economic system.”

Coaching Girls’ Softbal
(Prima Publishing, 2001, $14.95)

Kathy Strahan, Sac State softball head coach

There are plenty of books on coaching softball. There are even more on interacting with pre-teen girls.

Kathy Strahan’s book is both. Its main lesson is that coaches don’t have a chance of building a team with 7- to 13-year-old girls until they understand the girls’ social and psychological needs.

“I wanted this book to provide solid information about girls at that age, and how coaching them is different than coaching boys at that age,” says Strahan, who recently completed her 10th year as Sac State’s head softball coach. “Many youth coaches have asked me about this over the years, especially men who all of sudden find themselves coaching a girls softball team.”

In addition to six chapters on strategy and skills development, the book has two chapters specific to coaching girls. Each offers practical, real-world tips.

Strahan writes that pre-teen girls highly value the friendships in team sports, so she suggests letting them socialize when possible, such as during pre-practice warm-ups. She says coaches need to focus on keeping girls inspired, because girls often view any failure as their fault, while boys tend to attribute failings to a good effort by opposing players. She also says male head coaches should try to have a female coach working with them so they have help when the girls experience sensitive physical and emotional issues.

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