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Cynthia Linville, English, has five poems in the forthcoming Verse on the Vine anthology (Poetry Box Press, 2013). In addition, her piece “Looking for a Wrong Turn” has been included in the script for River City Anthology at California Stage, which runs Sept. 20-Oct. 20.

Michael Schmandt, Geography, organized the recent 76th annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers at Olympic Valley, Lake Tahoe, and delivered the Presidential Address, “Geographers’ Eyes and Feet.” Fifteen Sacramento State geography majors attended. Four presented posters: Sheri Bethony, Jennifer Campbell, Jillian MacLean (with Professor Jim Wanket), and David Ripperda. Bethony’s poster, “Should Your Food Have a Passport?  A Look at Food Miles for Five Sacramento Area Grocery Retailers,” won the President’s Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation in competition against undergraduate and graduate student submissions. Two Sac State Geography majors, Alejandra Soria and Kelly Acridge, presented papers. Acridge’s paper, “The Effect of Campus Impaction on New Student Distribution, Spring 2008 to Spring 2013,” won the Christopherson Geosystems Award for Best Applied Geography/Earth Systems Undergraduate Student Paper. Soria was awarded African Descent and Latina/o Travel Scholarships. Acridge, Soria, and Ripperda received Travel Awards for Student Presenters. Half of the Sac State Geography faculty participated in the meeting.

Catherine Turrill, Art, will deliver a paper, The Frate’s Follower: Classifying and Collecting the Work of Plautilla Nelli in the 1800s,” at an international conference in Florence, Italy, on Saturday, Oct. 5. (Conference title: “Artiste nel chiostro: Produzione artistica nei monasteri femminili in età moderna,” translated “Artists in the Cloister: Artistic Production in Convents in the Modern Age.”) Her paper is based on research conducted in Italy during her sabbatical in spring 2011.