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Alyson Buckman, Humanities, has an essay appearing in a new anthology from Syracuse University Press titled Reading Joss Whedon. The title of the essay is “Wheel Never Stops Turning”: Space and Time in Firefly and Serenity. The anthology has received high praise from Jonathan Gray:

Sacramento State was well-represented with three presentations at the 2013 annual Conference of the California Association for Institutional Research. Jing Wang and Jonathan Shiveley, both from the Office of Institutional Research, presented a session titled "Student Behaviors in Relation to Majors and Impact on Graduation." Shiveley and Nancy Hardy, also from Office of Institutional Research, presented a session titled "Roadblocks to Graduation and the Super Senior Phenomenon." Jana Noel, special assistant to the president, and David Earwicker, Office of Research Administration, presented a session on "Documenting a High Impact Institutional Practice: Community Engagement at 52 U.S. Institutions."

The University Union design team­ won 20 awards in the 2013 ACUI Regional “Steal This Idea” contest. Steal this Idea is an annual competition that recognizes excellence in college union and student activities marketing materials in the region. Entries were judged based on strength of concept, design, editorial content, and effectiveness.

Designers Kenji Enos, Kyle Marks, Joel Felix, Amanda Blauvelt, Will Leung, Allison Gregory, and Jax Partlow’s awards include:

  • Best in Show
  • First place in One-Two-Color Posters, Four-Color Poster (student), Cards and Invitations, and Promotional Campaigns
  • Second place One-Two-Color Posters, Four-Color Poster, Apparel, Logos/Brand Identity, Brochures and Pamphlets, and Websites
  • Third place in Banners/Large Scale Media, Brochures and Pamphlets, Cards and Invitations, Logos/Brand Identity, Promotional Campaign, and Websites

Barbara Carle, Foreign Languages, had an Award Essay on John Taylor’s Translations of Lorenzo Calogero’s Selected Poems appear in American Poet, the journal for The Academy of American Poets, Fall-Winter, 2013, pp. 29-32. Carle also served as judge for the Academy’s Raiziss/de Palchi Award for an outstanding translation of modern Italian poetry into English. The prize consisted of a $25,000 fellowship to complete a translation project.

Smile Dube and Yan Zhou, Economics, will have a paper titled "Interest Rate Asymmetries in the Lending-Deposit Rate Spread: A Case Study in South Africa" published in a forthcoming edition of journal International Economics (Economia Internationale)

Marius Petraru, Geography, took part in a panel/roundtable discussion during the 45th annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES, formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies) in Boston. The discussion was titled “Free Europe Committee: Changing Policies from the Cold War to Détente.” The professor also presented a paper on the topic of Cold War organizations sponsored by the United States: “The Establishment of the Romanian National Committee and Its Relations with the National Committee for a Free Europe and Other National Councils.” The conference was sponsored by the American Councils for International Education, Harvard University-Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of North Carolina-Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Higher School of Economics-National Research University (Moscow). Scholars from a variety of disciplines came together to share and discuss their work on the revolutionary moments of 1789, 1825, 1905, 1917, 1956, and 1989.

Nancy Sweet, English, had an essay, “Renegade Religious: Performativity, Female Identity, and the Antebellum Convent-Escape Narrative,” published in a collaborative anthology titled Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature, Mary Wearn, ed. (Ashgate Press 2014, ISBN 978-1472410429).

Sweet also has been appointed assistant editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and reports that the “California State University, Sacramento” name now appears on the masthead of the journal.