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THE OFFICIAL E-NEWSLETTER OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
|Volume I, No. 5
A NOTE FROM THE DEAN
Hello friends of Cal State LA's College of Arts and Letters!
Welcome to our new Arts & Letters newsletter, designed to keep you informed about many of the exciting developments in Arts and Letters, from student and faculty prizes to lectures and performances, alumni news, student, staff, and faculty profiles, and even job announcements. You'll find them all here, a new monthly must for you, our greatest advocates and supporters.
During this stressful and challenging time for public higher education, we hope that the outstanding accomplishments of our students, alums, faculty, and staff bring you cheer while demonstrating that despite our many fiscal challenges, fantastic opportunities still exist in the College of Arts and Letters at Cal State L.A.
I would like to thank our new Publicity, Events, and Outreach Coordinator, Noelle Leiblic, for serving as editor and lead author of our newsletter. I look forward to our monthly e-conversation.
Theatre Arts and Dance and Music major, and President of the Student Alumni Association, and student theatre director, actor, theatre intern, and activist, Ben Caron stopped in to tell Arts & Letters about all of his current projects.
It took 2 days.
Ben is fresh off the stage of the wildly successful run of Urinetown: The Musical, produced by the CSULA Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, where he appeared as Bobby Strong, the show's ill-equipped almost-hero -- an archetypal musical theatre hero gone awry. The character of Bobby Strong goes awry in the most thorough sense: he is killed before he can resolve his heroic trajectory.
Ben Caron is in the midst of his own trajectory as an actor and performer. From his experience playing Bobby Strong, Ben says he learned to have greater trust in himself as an actor, to allow himself to act in character without instantly criticizing each moment. There is a fine balance, he says, between being unduly proud of yourself, and ruining the moment by over-criticizing it.
It is a balance he works to keep in his off-stage life as well.
As President of the Student Alumni Association at CSULA, Ben sits on the Board of the Alumni Association. Once per quarter, the Association does volunteer work at the Midnight Mission -- a homeless shelter and addiction recovery center downtown.
Ben's most recent project is his role as Playwright for the one-act play Fairytale Wedding, produced by Three of a Kind Theatre Company at the Secret Rose Theatre in Hollywood. Fairytale Wedding is a social action piece, exploring contemporary ideas about marriage. The play was motivated by Ben's conviction that contemporary American society, he says, "has reached a point where there is an obvious need to reexamine what it means to be married, and why we have marriage at all." Ben has done a lot of activism work related to Prop 8, and Fairytale Wedding came out of his very strong feelings about the results of the vote in November 08. (You can catch Fairytale Wedding as part of the short play festival "State of the Union," with one more showing, June 14 at 3pm, at the Secret Rose Theatre.)
Ben became a theatre major after taking a Theatre 101 class at Cal State LA. Through his experiences in that class, he says he "discovered a wealth of faculty who really care about their students, and work really hard to prepare their students for the professional world and even get them work outside of school. At other schools, I would probably be an anonymous face, but here, all the teachers know me, and I know they are working hard to help me succeed."
Currently, Ben is interning as an Assistant Director for the Elephant Theatre Company's production of Block Nine by Tom Stanczyk. For the future, Ben plans to study abroad in London, and then allow himself four solid years of auditioning and working in theatre. After that, he says, "I'm going to re-evaluate my goals."
Photo: Ben Caron as Bobby Strong. Photo by Kelly Ehlert.
The College of Arts & Letters congratulates all candidates for graduation, who are encouraged to participate the 2009 Commencement Ceremonies.
The Arts & Letters Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 13, at 8:00 a.m. at the University Athletic Stadium. Candidates for graduation should assemble at Reeder Field at 7 a.m., in order to participate in the processional.
For complete information about Commencement, visit the CSULA Commencement Website, or download the 2009 Commencement Brochure.
Following the ceremony, all Arts & Letters graduates and their families are invited to join the University Gathering at Greenlee Plaza, to meet and greet faculty and fellow graduates.
The Commencement Ceremonies are ticketed events, and entry will be granted only to ticketholders. Tickets are free, and each graduating student is allotted 5 free tickets. To pick up your tickets, present your student ID at the Bookstore during regular business hours.
THE DANCING DEAN:
It's the Dean's Blog!
Dr. Terry L. Allison, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State L.A., has officially entered the blogosphere with The Dancing Dean. Now you can check out the view from the dean's desk for the scoop on everything from human resources to hummingbirds. Comments are welcome, so please, visit The Dancing Dean and see for yourself what makes this dean dance.
|SHARE YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP OR STUDY ABROAD STORIES WITH ARTS & LETTERS!
You could be one of our next Featured Articles. If you are an A&L Faculty, Staff, Student, or Alumni, and you have exciting news or an interesting activity or achievement to share with us for upcoming issues of this newsletter, please contact Noelle Leiblic, Events, Publicity, and Outreach Coordinator: (323) 343-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|UPCOMING ARTS & LETTERS EVENTS
May 30-June 13
GRADUATE THESIS EXHIBITION
Opening Reception May 30, 6pm
At the Fine Arts Gallery at CSULA
Open noon to 5pm, Monday through Thursday, & Saturday
For more information, call the Fine Arts Gallery at (323) 343-4040
ARTS & LETTERS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
8am at the University Athletic Stadium
Graduating students should arrive by 7am to assemble at Reeder Field.
For more information, visit the University Commencent Website.
LAMBDA PI ETA ARTS & LETTERS GRADUATION CELEBRATION
2:00pm at the University Student Union, 3rd Floor Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
All Arts & Letter students and their friends and families are invited to the Lambda Pi Eta Arts & Letters Graduation Celebration.
Tickets are $10 each, available from any of the Lambda Pi Eta Officers: Desiree Curiel, Nika Nourhammadi, Claudia Quintero, Cynthia Aguilar, Amanda Tapia, and Stephanie Papp. Tickets are available first-come, first-served; cash only. Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event, starting at 1:30pm, until sold out.
For more information, contact Desiree Curiel at (323) 637-3900 or Desiree_Curiel@yahoo.com
2009 OUTSTANDING STAFF AWARD CEREMONY
9-11am at the Golden Eagle Ballroom
Please join your colleagues at the 35th annual Staff Awards Ceremony, recognizing staff employees for their service of 10 to 40 years at CSULA. Breakfast will be served following the ceremony.
Now until September 1
PACIFIC COAST LATIN MUSIC SYMPOSIUM NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS
The Pacific Coast Latin Music Symposium invites proposals for individually presented papers, demonstrations/clinics, and ensemble musical performances that address the symposium theme: Salsa & Timba: Origins and Transformations. The Pacific Coast Latin Music Symposium will be held November 20 and 21, 2009, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. We encourage submissions from independent scholars, faculty, and graduate students, from within and beyond music and ethnomusicology. Abstracts will be blindly reviewed by the full program committee. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.calstatela.edu/academic/music or contact Dr. Paul De Castro, Professor of Music, at email@example.com.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT JOB REQUISITIONS TO RECRUIT STUDENTS AT THE FEDERAL WORK STUDY JOB FAIR
(FWS Job Fair: August 24, 2009)
The Financial Aid Office and Career Development Center will host a Federal Work Study Job Fair for the CSULA Campus, at no cost to our departments. The FWS Fair provides students with the opportunity to meet and interview with multiple hiring departments on campus. The Deadline to submit job requisitions to the Career Development Center, to recruit FWS Students, is July 1, 2009.
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|ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY TRAINING
For the CSULA Community
New Employee Safety Orientation
Friday, June 19, 9-11am, Admin 313
Tuesday, June 23, 1-3pm, Admin 313
Defensive Driver Training
Thursday, June 18, 8-11:30am, Applied Gerontology, C98
Thursday, June 18, 12-3:30pm, Applied Gerontology, C98
Electric Cart Driving Safety
Thursday, June 25, 9-10am, Admin 313
Hazardous Communication & MSDS (IIPP)
Tuesday, June 30, 10-11am, Admin 313
Awards, Achievements, and Activities
The Golden Eagle Mariachi group was featured in the Spring 2009 edition of Cal State LA University Reports (vol. 39, no. 3). Cindy Reifler-Flores,
a member of the 2009 Grammy-winning "Mariachi Divas", directs the
ensemble. She is also a graduate student in CSULA's Latin American
Studies Program. To view the online edition of University Reports,
Communication Studies Faculty member Beryl Bellman will be featured as a Keynote Speaker 2009 Summit of the Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession, to be held June 20, in Las Colinas, Texas.
English Alumnus Tyler Reeb is completing his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University.
Professor of Creative Writing & English and Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Lauri Ramey will be a Visiting Fellow in the Drama Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, June 29-July 8.
Professors of Philosophy Ann Garry and Talia Mae Bettcher were guest editors of a special issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, entitled Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gendered Realities. Professor of Philosophy Jenny Faust published "The Ethics of Scientific Research Utilizing Race as a Variable," In Social Philosophy Today, volume 24.
Philosophy student Raj Shah was one of only 5 students who won the campus wide Golden Eagle Excellence Award.
Philosophy Department Chair Mark Balaguer's book Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem, will be released by MIT Press at the end of 2009.
Dean of Arts & Letters, Terry L. Allison will travel to Korea this summer as a Fulbright Scholar in the Fulbright US-Korea International Education Administrators Program. Dr. Allison will meet with representatives from Korean Universities, private-sector agencies, and selected government agencies, to respond to questions about higher education in the United States.
On April 24-26, Professor Manuel Aguilar participated with 70
universities in the AP Art History Faculty Colloquium organized by the
College Board in Chicago. The purpose of the colloquium was to evaluate
the contents of the AP Art History courses and exams that are offered
in more than 1,500 secondary schools in the United States. Dr. Aguilar presented a proposal
to include a more significant component of Non Western Art in the AP
classes and exams. The proposal was accepted and the College Board
will increment the content of Non Western Art in the syllabi and exams
following specific recommendations.
Dionne Espinoza, an Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and Liberal Studies, was featured in a LA Times article (Eastside High Schoolers Get a Lesson in Oral History, Mary 29, 2009) for her work with the students of Roosevelt High School in producing an oral history video project, "Las Grandes de East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights: Women as Community Builders." The video debuted at the Southwest Oral History Association Conference at USC in March.
DO YOU KNOW GRADUATING STUDENTS WITH NEWSWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS?
The Office of Public Affairs is seeking your help in identifying outstanding graduates whose achievements are NEWSWORTHY, whose stories may be used for publications and news releases about Commencement. Public Affairs is looking for graduating seniors or Master's students who have achieved extraordinary academic distinction, provided outstanding service to the community, earned a degree despite personal hardship or disability, or majored in a non-traditional field. If you know students whose achievements might be newsworthy, please share them with the College of Arts & Letters and the Office of Public Affairs by emailing Noelle Leiblic (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sean Kearns (email@example.com). For more information, call the CSULA Office of Public Affairs at (323) 343-3050.
Historical photo provided courtesy of CSULA Public Affairs.
NEW HAWAIIAN DANCERS SOUGHT FOR ALHAMBRA JULY 4TH FESTIVAL
Alhambra's Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is looking for Hawaiian dancers to perform for 20-30 minutes on July 4th. The performance time is flexible and can be anytime between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. An honorarium of $100.00 will be paid and food is provided. The Center is hosting a Hawaiian barbecue pre-fireworks festival for the community. Contact: Director Bill Yee at phone (626) 230-5435, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cvpaministry.com.
NEW CALL FOR ART: LET'S PLAY BARBIES!
The Ten Women Venice Gallery, 1237 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice 90291, invites you to participate in our upcoming tribute in honor of Barbie's 50th anniversary. This is a juried one day show, Friday, August 7th, in conjunction with Venice Beach Abbot Kinney's monthly First Friday event and gallery member Patricia Ander's Barbie Redux opening reception. All media, excluding performance art and video, will be considered. You may submit up to 5 pieces, no larger than 40" on any side. There is no fee to submit, but there will be a $20 jury fee for accepted artists, plus a 20% commission to the gallery on sold works. Please send JPEGS (no larger than 1800px X 1800px) to Turkeyred1@aol.com. Deadline for submission is July 10th. Accepted artwork notifications will be emailed by July 15th.
NEW KAISER PERMANENTE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM
KP Educational Theatre is seeking actors over 18 to play 8-25 year olds. Any ethnicity or type, but must be able to move well and carry a tune. Good comic timing and fluency in Spanish are a plus. Must have some theatre training and experience. KP Health is seeking people who care strongly about issues facing the youth of Southern California. Performers are expected to participate fully in all aspects of production, including props, sound, set, and strike, and receive training as peer health educators. If you are interested in auditioning or becoming a member of the company, send a headshot and resume to Joseph Alanes, Educational Theatre Programs, 323 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91188, or email Joseph.G.Alanes@kp.org. This is a paid position.
NEW PASADENA POPS ORCHESTRA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
The Pasadena Pops Orchestra is seeking volunteers to assist with concerts this summer to be held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada. Two groups of volunteers are needed:
1. The first group will be composed of students who will help set
tables and carry patrons' picnic baskets from the front entrance to
the appropriate table. (These are dinner concerts.) These volunteers
will need to be at the Gardens no later than 3:30p on the day of the
concert, and will be needed until around 8:00p. They will be served
dinner and may stay for the concert if they wish. Each may sign up for
one or more concerts. 2. The second group will be composed of adults who will serve as ushers,
showing patrons to their tables. These folks will need to be at the
Gardens no later than 4:30p on the day of the concert, and will be
needed until around 8:00p, although a couple will be needed to stay
until the end of the concert. They also will be served dinner and may
stay for the concert if they wish. In addition, members of this group
may bring one guest each to the concert at no charge. As with the first
group, each may sign up for one or more concerts.
There will be eight concerts on the following Friday and Saturday
evenings: June 19 & 20, July 17 & 18, August 14 & 15, Sept.
11 & 12, all held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada. The gates open
for patrons at 5:30p and the concerts begin at 7:30p. These are charming concerts in a delightful setting. If you are interested in participating, please contact JL4624@pacbell.net or call 626-793-7172 ext. 26.
SEEKING MULTI-TALENTED COLLABORATORS
Intersection Dance Project is seeking collaborators for a Summer 2009 project. We are searching for MUSICIANS, VISUAL ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS, PHILOSOPHERS, ACTORS, WRITERS, and anyone who is interested in seeing their professional interests realized through movement. Intersection Dance is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dance company that seeks to bring artists of all disciplines together for community education. If you are interested in developing a collaborative work with Interection Dance, email email@example.com. Please include your complete contact information, CV, and a brief statement about why this project interests you. For more information, visit www.intersectiondance.org.
NEW LATINO THEATRE COMPANY TALENT DRIVE
The Inland Empire's New Latino Theatre Company will be conducting talent membership drives, seeking experienced actors who can sing, dance, and play musical instruments. Also seeking stage support personnel, musicians, choreographers, and playwrights. This is a Latino theatre company, and our productions require proficiency in conversational Spanish. Preference will be given to those who can communicate verbally in English and Spanish. If you are interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.theatredelavie.com
125 PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
The Los Angeles County Arts Intership Program has listed openings for 125 Summer Interships for undergraduates. For complete eligibility requirements and application information, visit www.lacountyarts.org/intership, or contact Anji Gaspar-Milanoviae, Internship and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the LA County Arts Commission, at (213) 202-3981. Interested students should apply directly to the organization offering the internship.
CSULA ON-CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIPS
Cal State L.A. on-campus scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship
Office, academic departments, and various campus organizations. Visit the Center for
Student Financial Aid for important information about Scholarship
INTERNSHIP: ASSISTANT COPYWRITER
College of Arts & Letters at CSULA
5-10 hours per week. Primary duties include attending Arts & Letters performance and exhibition events (Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre) and writing reviews. Interested applicants, please contact Noelle Leiblic, Events-Publicity-&-Outreach Coordinator, at (323) 343-5061.
CSULA Students can earn university credit while studying abroad. Study Abroad offers amazing opportunities for travel, leadership, and a rich global education, and options are much more affordable than many students realize. For more information, visit the Office of International Programs and Services at CSULA, or click HERE to download the NSE application. CONTACT: Amy Y. Wang, J.D., Director, International Programs and Services, California State University, Los Angeles, Administration Building 127, Telephone: 323-343-3170
JOBS ON CAMPUS
Visit EAGLEi Jobs for jobs, mentoring, internships, and career information.
UNIVERSITY STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Cal State L.A. offers a variety of professional services to support students and their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit the Support Services website for information and links to these services and more:
- personal counseling
- academic tutoring
- peer mentoring
- health services
- career center
- child care
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR INTERNS FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY?
Are you interested in mentoring college students? Internships provide structured professional experiences to help students meet their occupational goals. Many students are eligible for academic credit as compensation for their internship hours.
Cal State L.A. professors and our Career Center can help you develop an internship experience supporting
CSULA students and the future of your business. Internships are ideal for meeting temporary workplace needs.
Please contact us for more information! College of Arts and Letters, Office of the Dean: (323) 343-5061.
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