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


Artworks For Elementary Teachers
(9th ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publishers, 2002, $50)

Donald and Barbara Herberholz, retired CSUS art professors


Recently published in its ninth edition by retired Sac State professors Donald and Barbara Herberholz, this book has come a long way since its first publication in 1964.

“When the book first came out, elementary art education had a very ‘do-what-you-want-kiddies’ approach,” says Donald. “This book takes a more comprehensive approach and includes national standards in arts education such as aesthetics, art production, art criticism and art history. It teaches about integrating art into the classroom.”

With more than 500,000 copies sold throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, the book has been in print longer than any book of its kind. It provides future teachers with practical applications in art education, supplemental lesson plans with activities, ideas for using technology in the classroom as well as current research and trends in art.

The ninth edition reflects a more diverse, multicultural group of artists including many Sacramento favorites such as Wayne Thiebaud, Frank Le Pena, Ruth Rippon, Jose Montoya, Roger Vail and Maria Winkler.

Physical Geology
(9th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2003, $83)

Charles C. Plummer, David McGeary and Diane Carlson, professors of geology


Twenty-three years ago, Sac State geology professors Charles ‘Carlos’ Plummer and David McGeary found themselves frustrated with the textbooks available for their introductory geology students. So they set out to write their own. Nine revisions later, it remains the number one selling book of its kind in the country. “It’s unusual for a text to hold up for 20 years,” Plummer says.

Continual improvements may be one reason for the book’s amazing longevity. “We keep on top of it,” says Diane Carlson, another geology professor who joined the team in 1995. In addition to new photos and maps, this edition includes information on recent earthquakes in Seattle and India, and images from the Mars Orbiter Camera.

The book was one of the first geology texts to include a companion CD-ROM. Now it’s going one step further by featuring animated versions of the diagrams in the book. Students can go to a website and watch a concept such as a lava flow or plate tectonics unfold.


Preparing for Crises in the Schools: A Manual for Building School Crisis Response Teams
(2nd ed., John Wiley and Sons, 2001, $50)

Stephen Brock, professor of counselor education


Usually a school crisis doesn’t become a Columbine-level catastrophe. But school psychology professor Stephen Brock says that regardless of the cause or severity of a crisis, efforts to limit the impact should start before an event occurs.

“Since Columbine, there has been a lot of attention devoted to crisis response and intervention issues,” says Brock, a national expert on school crisis response. “I view crisis response not just as responding to the aftermath but crisis prevention—doing what you can to prevent the crisis in the first place.”

His new book is designed to help schools put themselves in the best position possible to respond to a crisis. “The essence of crisis preparation is that the key players have to acknowledge that school crisis is not just a possibility— it’s a reality,” he says. “Those involved in the discussion must decide what procedures they will follow in a crisis so that when it does happen, they’re not caught with their ‘plans’ down.”


Developing Multicultural Educators
(Allyn & Bacon, 2000, $44)

Jana Noel, professor of teacher education


Mostly white, with similar backgrounds and beliefs, Jana Noel’s Montana State University students weren’t particularly inspired about teaching from a multicultural perspective. They didn’t see the point.

So Noel, who now teaches at Sac State, threw out the typical approach to the subject—the one that begins with a version of “Our country is becoming more diverse and we have to learn how everyone is different.” Instead, she held up a mirror to her students and asked them to explore their own histories.

“The idea is, ‘Let’s look at how we are shaped, at our background, before we try to learn about others,’” Noel says.
It worked. And the effort led to a practical new book on educating multicultural teachers.

Noel herself was raised in a generally white, middle-class community. But she has worked in poor urban schools in Los Angeles and on Indian reservations in Montana. She’s sold on the need for multicultural educators.

“As teachers, we need to understand why we’re teaching the way we’re teaching, and the results of doing that,” Noel says. “If we just use the same traditional approaches, we’re going to lose a lot of kids and we’re going to severely limit ourselves.”


Domestic Terrorism and Incident Management: Issues and Tactics
(Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd., 2001, $64.95)

Miki Vohryzek-Bolden, professor of criminal justice, with co-authors Gayle Olson-Raymer and Jeffrey O. Whamond


Though ‘terrorism’ has only recently become a part of our daily dialogue, the threat of terror attacks—as well as actual incidents—on America soil have been around for much longer, says criminal justice professor Miki Vohryzek-Bolden. The new book, written by Vohryzek-Bolden and her colleagues, chronicles the roots of domestic terrorism. “We offer a broad definition of hatred and intolerance, describing situations that have propelled individuals to take actions against a people,” she says.

Vohryzek-Bolden’s section focuses on contemporary domestic terrorism, addressing special interest extremist and terrorist groups such as the American hate movement, patriot-militia groups, ecological resistance organizations, anti-environmentalists, animal rights advocates and anti-abortion activists. She also looks at the evolution of terror tactics.

“Because of incidents that have occurred in the latter part of the 20th Century—like the Oklahoma City bombing—we anticipated coming in contact with a changing face and character of weapons of mass destruction,” Vohryzek-Bolden says. “We didn’t anticipate a terrorist group using a plane as a weapon of mass destruction.”


Power and Politics in California
(6th ed., Addison Wesley Longman, 1999, $49)

Ken DeBow and John Syer, professors of government


These two longtime Sac State government professors have something of a hit on their hands. Their book, which will soon be printed in its seventh edition, is a favorite in the Golden State’s college classrooms.

In addition to the usual descriptions of government processes, it features criticisms and radical reform proposals. And lest readers begin to take it all too seriously, there are also sidebars on goof-ups made by our public servants.

“We talk quite a bit about the problems in the system and possible reforms. Our goal is to get people to think politically about government,” DeBow says. “We also have a sense of humor about it, which most textbooks like this don’t have.”

The book has impressed more than college professors. It was once listed as “essential reading” by the California Journal, the only California government text to make the list. And, recalls Syer, “One time we walked into the office of David Roberti, the former president pro tem of the State Senate, and the book was sitting on his desk. That was gratifying.”



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