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  • Professional Activities, October-December 2020

    Doreen Baldock, Nursing, has been developing her 5-acre farm in Grass Valley with the goal to be part of a program that offers farm experiences for children and adults with disabilities, children in foster care, individuals going through cancer treatments, and the elderly. In the spring, Doreen took one of the animals- a baby goat- to visit nursing homes and a facility for children with developmental delays, and she hosted visits from youth struggling with emotional issues at the farm. Her miniature horse, Flint, is going through formal training to become a certified therapy horse.

    Tara Baxley, Nursing, will be starting a Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certification program in September.

    Dr. Diego Bonilla, Communication Studies, and Dr. Helena Galán, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, are co-authors of a paper titled “Frameless cinema: Proposal for a Narrative Engagement Scale for Virtual Reality.” The article is published in the Anuario Electrónico de Estudios en Comunicación Social “Disertaciones,” an indexed and peer-reviewed academic journal hosted at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.

    Dr. Diego Bonilla, Communication Studies, is the author of the prologue for a book titled Narrativas Complexas (Portugüese) or Complex Narratives. Dr. Bonilla’s prologue is in Spanish and is titled “Challenges for the creation (and research) of complex narratives”. The book is published by Ria Editorial in Aveiro, Portugal.

    Dr. Bronwyn Fields, Nursing, has been co-editor for the North America section of the international journal Rural and Remote Health since 2016. This spring, she collaborated with colleagues from Africa and the United Kingdom to write an editorial that accompanied an article exploring the work of midwives in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( ). The editorial- "Support nurses and midwives to strengthen healthcare systems" ( reflects on common themes in the way nurses and midwives rise to meet challenges, wherever they work, despite personal and professional hardships. These themes especially resonate in this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

    Dr. Bronwyn Fields, Nursing, has been working with AARP, the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and others over the past year on a series of videos to support family caregivers. She authored scripts for four videos that are now available on the AARP website ( “Troubleshooting for Those Taking Medicine by IV Infusion”, “Using a Mechanical Lift for Transfers”, “Helping Someone Use a Nebulizer” and “Using Oxygen”. Accompanying articles are being prepared for publication in the American Journal of Nursing.

    Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Nursing, was quoted in the article Finding Joy in the September 2020 edition of Sacramento Magazine. The article describes positive experiences that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. She discusses how the pandemic provides opportunities for growth including appreciation of relationships, recognizing our resilience and opening up new opportunities. Dr. Mikal-Flynn’s area of research involves trauma care with an emphasis on resilience, grit and posttraumatic growth. She has written several journal articles and developed the course RPTA 196 E – Traumatology: An Introduction to Posttraumatic Growth. Her first book: Turning Tragedy Into Triumph; Metahabilitation, A Contemporary Model of Rehabilitation was published in 2010. Her second book on the subject is scheduled to be released in April, 2021.

    Darryl Omar Freeman, Ethnic Studies, published a feature article on African American whalers in the September Issue of the Underground Railroad Free Press (URFP). This journal is dedicated to publishing historical and contemporary information on "Underground Railroads" worldwide that assist(ed) enslaved populations escape to freedom. URFP serves as a nexus of the international Underground Railroad community and in addition to the bimonthly publication, maintains a central registry, international calendar, and survey archives.

    Cynthia Linville, English, had three poems published in Redshift 4 Anthology (Arroyo Seco Press) in May. She re-appeared as a featured poet and photographer in Al-Khemica Poetica in March and in Medusa's Kitchen in July, and she will be featured in Poetic Diversity in November.

    Dr. Carlos Nevarez, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education, and Dr. J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University have had published Community College Leadership and Management Reframing Institutional Practices for Student Success. The book serves as a second volume of their previous book, Community College Leadership and Administration: Theory, Practice, and Change, published 10 years ago and adopted by many higher education programs across the country in preparing higher education leaders. It became the top textbook in preparing community college leaders and is ranked in Peter Lang’s top 10 best-selling textbooks in Education.

    George Paganelis, curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library, has been awarded an Icarian Cultural Enrichment Grant by the Pan-Icarian Foundation. The grant supports cultural projects related to the Greek island of Icaria and the Icarian diaspora. This grant will help the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection augment its collection of books on Icaria with 64 new acquisitions and digitize rare and unique materials already in the collection related to Icaria and its diaspora for wide accessibility on the Web. Requested titles range in subjects from history, literature, travel, and photography; to archaeology, religion, music, cookery, and more. Materials to be digitized include a rare pamphlet on the Greek communists exiled to Icaria during the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), a unique historical album published around 1969 presenting the full history and accomplishments of the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America, and audio interviews pertaining to the life of the illustrious Greek-American priest of Icarian descent, Fr. Stephanos E. Phoutrides (1891-1946).

    Dr. Bridget Parsh, Nursing, and co-authors Emily Merrifield (Library), Todd Migliaccio (Sociology), and Rheena Munoz (FYE), had their article “Evaluating first year seminar student success by developing a signature assignment: A case study” published in the journal College Teaching.

    Dr. Bridget Parsh, Nursing, co-authored six articles with seven nursing students that were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nursing2020. These articles were “Pathogens on hospital floors really get around” with student Ervin Alcantara Espana; “Acute flaccid myelitis: An overview” with student Alyssa Francis; “What is babesiosis?” with student Kaitlyn Whitney; “Assessing self-image in patients with type 1 diabetes” with student Danielle Baldwin; “Screening adolescents for suicide risk” with students Kayliana VanWinkle and Simran Kaur; and “Caring for patients with venomous Crotalinae snakebites” with student Ariel Miller.

    Phillip Reese, Journalism, wrote an article about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in California, “Feeling anxious and depressed? In California, you’re right at home,” that was published by the Los Angeles Times and U.S. News and World Report. The article, produced for Kaiser Health News, an independent, nonprofit news outlet that works with publications across the nation, noted that, "by late July, more than 44% of California adults reported levels of anxiety and gloom typically associated with diagnoses of generalized anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder."


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