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Professor Cheryl Osborne, Gerontology, has been selected as a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Read the article here.

Cindi Sturtz Sreetharan, Asian Studies and Anthropology, wrote a review of the film A Grandpa from Brazil for Asian Educational Media Service. Read the article here.

Mike Vann, Asian Studies and History, was interviewed by The 7th Avenue Project on Sept. 9, 2012. Click here to hear Prof. Vann talk about Vietnam under French rule.

Mitch Numark, Asian Studies and History Department, received the 2012 de Nobili Research Library Prize for his manuscript "The Scottish 'Discovery' of Jainism in Nineteenth-Century Bombay".

Andrew Sturmfels, Spring 2012 Master of Public Policy and Administration graduate, had an opinion piece based on his master’s thesis published on the editorial and opinion pages of the Sacramento Bee on May 20, 2012. Read the piece here.

Brian DiSarro (Government), Wesley Hussey (Government), and Ted Lascher (Dean’s Office & PPA) have coedited a special 2012 issue on electoral reform for the California Journal of Politics and Policy. Kimberly Nalder (Government) also coauthored a research article appearing in this volume. The issue is dedicated to the late Center for California Studies executive director, Tim Hodson.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROFESSOR, DR. DUDLEY BURTON AND LECTURER DR. BROOK MURPHY STEM SCHOLARS LECTURE

Dr. Dudley Burton, Professor in the department of Environmental Studies and Dr. Brook Murphy, Lecturer in the Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences department at Sacramento State, will deliver the first presentation of the Spring 2015 Sacramento State STEM Scholars Lecture Series. Their talk, titled "Farming with Fish: Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture in Sacramento," will address their current aquaponics research happening at the Sustainable Technology Outdoor Research Center (STORC) at Sacramento State. More information can be found here and video here.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SENIOR JIMMY CARLSON COMMENTS ON THE BAY-DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN

Environmental Studies (ENVS) senior Jimmy Carlson recently analyzed the draft Bay-Delta Conservation Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the plan. As a result of the analysis, Mr. Carlson developed and submitted formal public comments to the state of California and the National Marine Fisheries Service on the plan and impact statement. Mr. Carlson's 15 pages of comments specifically addressed Conservation Measures developed to alleviate stressors on the endangered Delta Smelt. His comments are the first of their kind submitted by an Environmental Studies student at Sac State as part of the public comment process for state and federal environmental initiatives.

Mr. Carlson conducted his assessment for his senior thesis, part of the requirements for the BS degree in Environmental Studies. Mr. Carlson was then encouraged to develop the comments and submit them to the responsible agencies in support of their efforts to protect the endangered Delta Smelt. Mr. Carlson's comments on the BDCP's conservation measures can be viewed by clicking here.

PROFESSOR AND CHAIR BOATAMO MOSUPYOE, ETHNIC STUDIES, IN THE SACRAMENTO BEE

Dr. Mosupyoe discussed Nelson Mandela's legacy and life under apartheid in South Africa, her home country, in the Monday, July 29 Sacramento Bee. Read the full article here.

Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe and Nelson Mandela

Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe talks with Nelson Mandela in 1999 in Seattle, where the former South African president was visiting.

PROFESSOR JAMES SOBREDO, ETHNIC STUDIES, LECTURES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

Ethnic Studies is very proud of its connection to premier International University. Dr. Sobredo has completed a series of lectures for the University of the Philippines’ History Department and the Psychology Department. He also visited Bulacan State University to deliver a lecture on Filipino American immigration.

Prof. Sobredo lecturing at Univerasity of the Philippines

Dr. James Sobredo lecturing on "Filipino Immigration to America" for the History Department, University of the Philippines.

UP-Diliman Psychology faculty and students

Dr. Elizabeth P. De Castro and the faculty and students of the Department of Psychology, University of the Philippines.

THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT AT THE NATIONAL MODEL U.N., SPRING 2013

Model UN 2013

At the 2013 National Model United Nations spring conference in New York the Sac State delegation represented the non-governmental organization Oxfam International. The delegation received awards for Outstanding Delegation in Committe, Outstanding Position Paper, and an overall Distinguished Delegation award. See the list of students recognized here.

Model UN 2013

THE CALIFORNIA MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AUTHORITY AND THE CHANCELLOR'S OFICE BE WELL CAMPAIGN

The campaign is targeted toward providing College Faculty and academic student organizations the opportunity to engage in creative programming around mental health awareness, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention in their home College. Proposals are expected to be joint submissions between a single Faculty member and a student organization or council of organizations. Award recipients will be asked to be part of campus wide health and wellness events occurring the week of October 6, 2013. Get the proposal packet here.

FAMILY STUDIES STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Sac State's Family Studies students won three of the five categories in the first Family Life Education Month contest sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations. Michelle Smith, Leslie Rubalcava, Adrian Jackson, Kyla Ramirez, Nina Bateyko, Kendall Beermann, Kathy Sengvanhpheng and Justine Wilcoxson all received awards: read the full story here.

Asian Studies Faculty Receive 2012 - 2013 Outstanding Faculty Awards

  • Sujatha Moni, Asian Studies and Women's Studies, recieved an Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Pat Chirapravati, Asian Studies Director, received an Outstanding University Service Award
  • Seunghee Wie, Asian Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences, won an Outstanding Community Service Award

Recipients of these awards are recognized for having positively affected the life of the University through their teaching, their service, or their scholarly and creative activities—displaying a consistent and engaging collegiality and a strong commitment to students throughout their careers at California State University, Sacramento. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony and reception on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Redwood Room, University Union.

The Government Department at the Model U.N. in Chicago

Model UN Fall 2012

Model UN Fall 2012

The Sac State Model UN Delegation won multiple awards at the conference in Chicago representing the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.


  • The entire delegation won the Certificate of Accomplishment for their position papers on Viet Nam.
  • Noah Rodriguez and Pegah Shahmirzadi won the Outstanding Delegation Award for Exceptional Representation of Viet Nam in the Human Rights Council.
  • Aaron Kerby and Audrey Simpson won the Outstanding Delegation Award for Exceptional Representation of Viet Nam in the General Assembly Third Committee.
  • Cael Cox and Ted Stanfield won the Outstanding Delegation Award for Exceptional Representation of Viet Nam in the Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Professor James DeShaw Rae, Government, is Part of a Panel Discussion on China-Japan Tensions

Ties between China and Japan have been repeatedly strained by a territorial discussion over a group of islands. The Chinese call them The Diaoyu Islands, while the Japanese call them the Senkaku Islands. The uninhabited five islets are near rich fishing grounds and potentially huge maritime gas fields.

  • James Rae, Professor in the Department of Government at California State University-Sacramento and a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University.
  • Liu Youfa, Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies.
  • Hajime Izumi, Professor of international relations at the University of Shizouka.

Listen to the discussion on CRIENGLISH.com.


Administrative Support Services On-campus Retreat

Academic Affairs hosted an all-day, on-campus retreat for adminiatrative support services staff on August 3, 2012, with guest speaker Sarita Maybin. Her presentation focused on "How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times". See the slideshow here.


Sac Semester Program Honored in the California Assembly

Sac Semester in the State Assembly

The California Assembly and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner recognized the Sacramento Semester Program for providing outstanding interns and staff to the Capitol for over 30 years. Also honored was Skinner's Sacramento Semester intern Allie Eklund, who was accompanied by her mother, Barbara Eklund, and Michael Wadlé, Director of the Sacramento Semester Program.


Applied Behavior Analysis Research Seminar

ABA Seminar

Sac State and University of Nevada at Reno's graduate students and faculty get together during the first Applied Behavior Analysis Research Seminar, held at Sac State on April 6th and 7th, 2012.

Psychology Students at the California Association for Behavior Analysis Conference

Psychology graduate students with Dr. Caio Miguel at the 2012 California Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in Orange County

Psychology graduate students and Dr. Caio Miguel attended the 2012 Annual California Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in Orange County. Also at the conference, but not pictured, were Jonathan Fernand and Vissy Kobari. Jonathan received the B.F. Skinner award and Vissy received the Julie Vargas award, both for their thesis research conducted at Sac State.