The School of Arts & Humanities would like to congratulate Estrella Amaro Jeppesen, a Modern Languages major who was awarded the 2017/2018 Frederick S. Macomber Student Research Scholar award from the Research Council of the University (RCU) for her project "#mexicanpeoplenames: An Onomastic Study of Twitter and Prime Time Television", Her faculty mentor is Professor Maryann Parada from the Modern Languages & Literatures program.
This July, 2017 Heather Simmons was presented with the Larry Streeter Memorial Scholarship at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Heather graduated in May of this year as the Outstanding Senior of the Department of English.
From over 600 scholarship applications submitted by legally blind college students across the country, spanning all levels and fields of study, the scholarship committee chose 30 finalists, including Heather. The NFB invited all of the finalists to the national convention and paid for air travel, hotel accommodations, and meals.
This year, the NFB awarded 30 distinct awards, each attached to a different amount of scholarship money. Although each finalist was guaranteed an award, the scholarship committee got to know each of the finalists during the convention week to match each finalist with the most appropriate scholarship.
Heather’s scholarship, worth $3,000, is named in memory of Larry Streeter, a teacher who worked with blind children and valued the educational opportunities existing inside and outside of the classroom.
Each finalist was also awarded $1,000 and a Chromebook from Google, a Brailled plaque and an additional $1,000 from Dr. Ray Kurzweil, a creator of many technologies for the blind, and free access to the KNFB Reader, a smartphone app that reads text to the user.
In addition to these generous gifts, the finalists also gained valuable experiences at the convention. Each day, Heather was paired with a mentor from a different field who helped her navigate the convention, introduced her to colleagues, and answered career-related questions.
Heather took full advantage of the convention, attending workshops for topics as varied as ballroom dancing and self-advocacy in higher education. She also learned about the resolutions that the NFB will present to legislators to help improve the everyday lives of blind people, such as making touch-screen appliances accessible and increasing the availability of Braille materials for students. The convention also featured presentations by a variety of speakers, including the US Secretary of Labor, several senators and representatives, a blind man who had successfully run across the United States, and blind individuals who have appeared on Master Chef and The Voice.
With this adventure behind her, and with increased knowledge and self-confidence, Heather is preparing to enter the Master’s program in English at CSU Stanislaus.
Congratulations to our very own AH Dean's Assistant, Matthew McClellan who won at the Student Research Competition held on March 10th!! Matthew also recently earned his Master's degree in Public Administration.
His research presentation was titled “Supporting LGBTQ+ students: Evaluating CSUB’s campus resources” and his abstract is as follows:
Public universities have and are working to create a more inclusive atmosphere on campus. However, having limited resources is not enough to create a culture of inclusivity. The experience of inclusivity needs to be studied from the perspective of those for whom it is intended. This Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis explored twenty-four public university student’s experiences of LGBTQ SafeZone resources through in-depth interviews. The major overarching finding was one of “invisibility”. Students reported feelings of loneliness and isolation, and they described a sense of being an outsider. This theme was broken into sub-themes of visibility, education, and the SafeZone project. Based on these themes I recommend promoting visibility, facilitating campus education, and creating safe spaces. This study has implications for public administration because it draws lessons on developing inclusive administrative cultures in complex and large public organizations.
Twelve Theatre students, accompanied by Theatre faculty member Mendy McMasters, recently attended the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Mesa, Arizona which drew participants from five states (California, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada and Arizona).
Ms. McMasters, along with colleague Zoe Saba, prepared a number of the students to participate in an acting competition. While there, students attended workshops on a range of theatre-related topics, watched performances from other colleges and universities in the region, among other activities.
Congratulations to Adriana Hernandez, Dillon Byrd, Michael Moore, Carolina Coronado, Stephanie Mejia, Cathy Tinoco, Sabrina Corona, Anthony Jauregui, Warren Dakota Nash, Mateo Lara, Norma Carmolinga, and Matthew McTaggart for attending the festival and sharpening your craft.
Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists.
Exciting news from our Communications department!!!
On Saturday, Jan. 28, Maria Rodriguez traveled to Los Angeles to accept the Jerry Dunphy Memorial Scholarship from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. The RTNA Scholarship Foundation granted three scholarships to three different aspiring journalists during the Golden Mike Awards Banquet at the Universal Hilton Hotel at Universal City.
The scholarship is for $1,500 for Maria’s demonstrated potential in going into a journalism profession. As a staff member of The Runner, Maria has led the multimedia team’s video news efforts as the multimedia editor. She has produced several quality and informative broadcast-style news videos about student life and issues at CSUB. She often produces stories in English and in Spanish to reach our bilingual audience. Due to her experience, she also served as a team leader in the Communications Department’s new broadcast class in Fall 2016.
We are all very proud of Maria and we know she will go on to having an amazing career in broadcast journalism!
The CSUB Ethics Bowl team participated in the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition on December 3, 2016 at CSU, Chico, along with 17 other teams from 10 colleges and universities. In three rounds of competition against teams from Chapman University, CSU Chico, and Cabrillo College, the team insightfully discussed a wide range of ethical issues, including political correctness, abortion, and 3D-printed guns.
The six members of the team, David Baker, Stephanie Borges, Jennifer Fair, Francisco Holguin, Russell Ming, and Cristal Ronquillo, were coached by Dr. Nate Olson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. The competition was the culmination of the team members’ semester-long work in Philosophy 4620: Internship in Practical Philosophy (which is offered each fall).
Support for the Ethics Bowl team was provided by the CSUB Teaching and Learning Center (through a Teaching Innovation Grant), the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Kegley Institute of Ethics and Gene Voiland, a board member of the Kegley Institute.
Our Philosophy program is launching a community outreach and service project, Philosophy for Children (P4C). We are training our majors to facilitate P4C sessions at local libraries and elementary schools. These sessions build on children's literature (such as Lobel's Frog and Toad stories) or fun thought experiments (is time-travel possible?).
The aim of these sessions is
(1) to get children asking the "big questions" about the nature of courage or friendship or work, (2) to give them the space to come up with answers based on their intuitions or experience, and (3) to encourage them to share their answers with one another and explain their reasoning.
We hope to encourage a spirit of inquiry and critical thinking skills in our sessions.
Our project has received $1000 support from the East Rotary Club of Bakersfield, thanks to Mr. Jim Williams's interest in this project.
Dr. Senem Saner has received $500 grant from AAPT (American Association of Philosophy Teachers) to design and implement the program in Spring 2017. She is offering a Practical Training class (PHIL 4610) in the Spring semester.
Contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in participating in the P4C program and facilitate P4C sessions in local elementary schools in the Spring.
We are proud to announce Philosophy & Economics major, Francisco Holguin won Best in the Festival at the 2016 Bakersfield Via Arte.
Valerie Pena (Art major) and Gelacia Torivio also participated and represented the Innocent Eye Art Club (below).
Congratulations to English major Marisol Earnest who is interning at the Bakersfield law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles this summer. She will spend two months at the firm, learning the foundations of law firm marketing and advertising, media relations, web-based publishing, writing and editing, company image management, and more.
Marisol was recommended by Dr. Carol Dell'Amico (English professor) and hired by Jorge Barrientos, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.