CSULA Dept. of Modern Languages: The Languange Mirror

                                                                                                                                      Volume 4,
Fall 2002


From the Chair


Dept. Chair Hildebrando VillarrealIt is a pleasure to welcome
you to another issue of the department newsletter.  In it you will find news about the individual programs and about
the activities and achievements of our colleagues, graduate and undergraduate
students, and alumni.  We invite you to
write or email us to share news about yourself and we hope you will share the
information in this communication with your friends.


ChancellorÂ’s Office of the California State University approved the departmentÂ’s
proposal for a BA in Chinese this past summer. 
We are pleased to be the only Cal State in Southern California to offer
this degree. 

changes in the department include the addition of two new assistant
professors.  Dr. Alejandro Solomianski
was hired academic year 2000-01 and he began teaching January of 2002.  He is a graduate of the University of
Pittsburgh with a specialization in Spanish-American literature.  Dr. Toshiko Yokota was hired last year and
she will begin teaching this fall.  Her
specialty is Modern Japanese literature. 
We know that these two additions to the department will enrich our
professional life.


June, 2001 three long-time professors retired, Drs. Joseph Chrzanowski, Alfonso
González, and Grant MacCurdy.  Then this
past June, 2002 Dr. Felipe Diaz also decided to retire.  Altogether they represent over 100 years of
teaching service to the University. 
They have been outstanding members of the faculty and of the profession
and they will be sorely missed. 
However, they are participating in an early retirement program that
allows them to continue to teach in the department on a part-time basis.


am proud to announce that Dr. Christophe Lagier has been selected
Resident-Director of the CSU International Program in France for the year
2002-03.  His term started July,2002.


the department office there has also been a change.  Lizette Rivera has transferred to the Dean’s Office in the
College of Arts and Letters and her replacement is Yvonne Lee.  I know we will miss Lizette and we wish her
well in her new assignment.  We welcome
Yvonne to the department.


Villarreal, Ph.D.

of Spanish

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures





Language Area News


Chinese Program


Year of the Horse brought blessings to the Chinese program. The ChancellorÂ’s
Office has approved the BA in Chinese and the department will offer the major
beginning Fall Quarter of 2002.




the highlights for the year was the hosting of an acrobatic performance by the
Chengdu Acrobatic Troupe from China on October 3, 2001. This campuswide event
took place at the Free Speech Area, and it was featured in several newspapers
and local TV channels.

Chengdu Acrobatic Performance, October 3, 2001




Faculty News


Chinese Section

Dr. Qingyun Wu was promoted to Full
Professor spring, 2002.






Dr. Kylie Hsu received early tenure and
promotion to Associate Professor. Her monograph, Selected Issues in Mandarin
Chinese Word Structure Analysis
, was published by Edwin Mellen Press, New
York, 2002.  She also published 3
articles on Chinese linguistics, language pedagogy, and online material
development and 11 reviews of web-based language learning modules.  She presented 11 papers (4 of which were
invited) at regional and international conferences.  In addition, she developed several websites and CD-ROMs with
audio files, interactive exercises on vocabulary and grammar, and multimedia
poetry and literature to help students increase their language skills and
cultural knowledge.  These projects were
supported by grants from the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced
Research on Language Acquisition, CSU ChancellorÂ’s Office, and CSLA Innovative
Instruction Awards.  She was selected by
the ChancellorÂ’s Office to serve on the Editorial Board of MERLOT (Multimedia
Educational Resource on Learning and Online Teaching), which is an
international consortium of higher education systems, institutions, and
organizations.  In addition, she conducted
a CSU system-wide workshop at Cal Poly Pomona on May 5, 2001, and she
represented the CSU at the Third Harvill International Conference on Higher
Education in Tucson, Arizona on January 26, 2002.  Dr. Hsu is listed in Who’s Who in the World and Contemporary
, and she was awarded a “Woman of the Year” medallion.  She was also inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi
National Honor Society for her outstanding contributions to CSLA.


French Section


Dr. Christophe Lagier was selected
Resident-Director for the CSU International Program in France for the academic
year 2002-03.




Japanese Section

Dr. Sachiko Matsunaga read 3 papers in
San Diego, Honolulu, and Santa Monica. 
She published a book review in a refereed journal, 3 articles in
proceedings, and edited conference proceedings.  She served as a referee for 4 manuscripts submitted for
publication in the Modern Language Journal.  She served as a board member for the Teachers of Japanese in
Southern California (TJSC) until April 2001. 
She continues to serve as a board member for the Association of the
Teachers of Japanese (a national organization) since March 2001.  Dr. Matsunaga organized the annual Japanese
Speech Contest (March 2001 and 2002) with a grant from the Japan Foundation
both years.  She also co-organized with
the TJSC the symposium titled “Teaching Japanese as a Heritage Language in
Southern California: Articulation of Learner Needs and Pedagogical Strategies”
(November 4, 2001) with a grant she received from the Japan Foundation.  She received an Innovative Instruction Award
to purchase Japanese instructional materials for the computer lab and to create
exercises using these materials. 
Professor Matsunaga will be on sabbatical leave Fall, 2002 to conduct
research at the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  She received a minigrant to help underwrite
this project.


Spanish Section

Dr. Domnita
presented papers at the following professional meetings:
“Metalinguistic Discourse and Nostalgia Among Three Generations of
Rumanian-Americans,” MLA Convention, Washington, DC, December 27-30, 2000;
“Variación en la expresión de los cumplidos,” AATSP Annual Meeting, San
Franciso, Ca. July 5-9, 2001; “El cumplido en español a la luz de la teoría de
los actos de habla corteses,” XVI Congress of the Asociación Internacional de
Hispanistas, New York, NY, July 16-21, 2001; “Thanking and Accepting Thanks in
Spanish: A Comparision Between Native and Non-Native SpeakersÂ’ Pragmatic
Competence,” Annual Meeting of LASSO, Albuquerque, NM, September 28-30, 2001;
“El acto de habla de formular votos en español, desde una perspectiva
intercultural,” XIII International Congress of the Asociación de Lingüística y
Filología de la América Latina, San José, Costa Rica, February, 18-23,
2002.  She was invited to talk about
Hispanic Studies in the United States at the Cervantes Institute and at the
University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Rumania, June, 2002.


She chaired linguistics sessions at the AATSP, AIH, LASSO
and ALFAL; as chair of the Executive Committee of the MLA Division on Language
Theory, she organized three sessions and chaired one at the MLA Convention in
New Orleans, Louisiana, December 27-30, 2002; she is co-chair of the local
organizing committee of the Annual Meeting of LASSO to be hosted at Cal State,
LA and the Pasadena Hilton Hotel October 4-6, 2002.


Her term as associate editor of Hispania (Hispanic
and Luso-Brazilian World section) ended 2001. 
She will continue to publish cultural notes in this section as a regular
AATSP member.  She was elected Associate
Editor of the Southwest Journal of Linguistics (2002-05). 


Professor Dumitrescu was included in the 2002 edition of WhoÂ’s
Who in the World
and received the Distinguished Women Award from CSLA, May
22, 2002.    She was instrumental in
inviting on campus the Rumanian folk dance group, Timisul, and the
Rumanian-American writer and filmmaker, Petru Popescu who read from his most
recent book, The Oasis.


Igancio Lopez-CalvoDr. Ignacio López-Calvo’s book Religión
y militarismo en la obra de Marco Aguinis 1963-2000
was published by Edwin
Mellen Press, 2002. He also published the following articles: “La desaparición
del prefijo ‘bi-‘ en la lírica femenina chicana.”  FEM 224(2001):40-3; 
“Esbozo de una geografía histórica en Prosas profanas”. Revista/Review
30 (2002).  April 15,
2002;  “El compromiso social
involuntario en la obra de Enrique Anderson Imbert.”  La lógica del crítico en la creación
.  Ed. Juana Alcira
Arnacibia.  Buenos Aires: Corregidor,
2001.  247-56  (solicited contribution). 
“Hacia una desmitificación y reconstrucción de la figura de Andrés
Laguna.”  Andrés Laguna.  Humanismo.  Ciencia y Política en la Europa Renacentista.  Eds. Juan Luis García-Hourcade y Juan Manuel
Moreno Yuste.  Valladolid: Junta de
Castilla y León, 2001.  459-65.  “Sol negro, luna roja: una lectura
apocalíptica de Borges.”  Borges.
Nuevas lecturas
.  Ed.  Juana Alcira Arancibia.  Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 2001.  181-88 
(solicited contribution).  “Rubén
Vela: la lucha del poema por descifrarse a sí mismo.”  199-206.  La pasión
americana en la poesía de Rubén Vela. 
Ensayos críticos
.  Ed. Juana
Alcira Arancibia.  Buenos Aires:
Corregidor, 2001.  199-206  (solicited contribution).

He also read the following papers: “La fiesta del
y la novela del dictador latinoamericano: ¿Denuncian o promueven la
dictadura?  Congreso Internacional de
Literatura Hispánica.  Lima, Perú.  Feb. 27-Mar.1, 2002.  “El sustrato ideológico en la obra de Manlio
Argueta.”  Second International
Conference on Central American Literature and Culture and Film Festival.  California State University,
Northridge.  Northridge, Ca. Oct. 26,
2001.  “La mentalidad militar en la obra
de Marcos Aguinis: La conspiración de los idiotas.”  Sesión “Militarismo, politización y literatura
latinoamericana.”  LASA (Latin American
Studies Association) Conference. 
Washington, DC.  Sept.7,
2001.  “Rubén Vela: la lucha del poema
por descifrarse a sí mismo.”  XX
Simposio Internacional de Literatura del Mundo Hispánico.  California State University, Dominguez
Hills.  Carson, Ca. Aug. 16, 2001.  “The implied reader and the implicit author
in Roberto de las Carreras Al lector” at the conference Poetic
Discourses at Play.  University of
California, Irvine.  Irvine, Ca. April
20, 2001.  “Hacia una estética de la recepción  de Rubén Darío en España.”  Poetic Discourses at Play: Hispanic,
Luso-Brazilian, and US Latino/a Poetry. 
University of California, Irvine. 
Irvine, Ca. April 13-15, 2001. 
“El fundamentalismo y el narcotráfico en Los iluminados de Marcos
‘Aguinis.”  PCCLAS Conference.  El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.  Tijuana, México.  April 5, 2001.  “La
politización del clero en La cruz invertida de Marcos Aguinis.”  Universidad Iberoamericana.  Tijuana, México.  April 5, 2001.  “The Feast
of the Goat and the Novel of the Latin American Dictator: Denouncing or
Promoting Dictatorship?”  Faculty
Colloquium.  CSLA.  March 14, 2002.   

He also co-edited the proceedings of two PCCLAS
conferences, Los Angeles, California, 1999 and 
Tijuana, México, 2001, volumes 18-19.


Dr. Hildebrando
was invited to conduct two workshops on language teaching at the
University of California, Riverside in September and October, 2002.  He presented a paper, “Sugerencias para la
enseñanza del reflexivo en español” at the Southern California Chapter of the
AATSP at Scripps College April, 2002. 

He is a coauthor of Puntos de Partida, a popular
book for teaching Spanish at the university level.  The 6th edition of this book was published by
McGraw-Hill in 2001.

His recruitment efforts for Cal State LA and the
department included visits to Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles Community
College, and Compton High School.



Student Highlights


Chinese Program

the Tenth Annual Poetry Recitation Contest in May,
several CSLA students
received awards. In the intermediate category, Karen Yang, Jinny Shen, and
Karen Kuo were the first, second, and third place winners respectively. Janie
Chien, Su-mei Wang, and Lixian Situ were the first, second, and third place
winners in the advanced category.


Contest Winners, May 6, 2002                        


The Chinese Studies Center also awarded scholarships to
outstanding students in Chinese. The recipients were Janie Chien, Sang Sang
Liu, Jinny Shen, and Lixian Situ. In addition, Janie Chien, Sang Sang Liu, and
Kathy Wu received Asian American
Women Scholarships in
a  campuswide competition. Other
achievements of our students include the initiation of Janie Chien, Tony Louie,
Timothy Ng, and Steven Pan into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society on
April 28, 2002.


Recipients, May 6, 2002



French Program

During winter quarter the French section invited Charles
Fathy, a French actor, to teach one of our French classes, and in conjunction
with that course he produced and directed a play, Pour un oui ou por un non,
in which several students from the department participated.  It was very well received by the university


Japanese Program

The Department hosted the annual Japanese Speech Contest
organized by Professor Matsunaga during March of 2001 and 2002. More than sixty
students participated in the two events with several universities, colleges,
and high schools represented.  Prizes
included a trips, gift coupons, and books.


Diane Emi Asato was awarded a $500 scholarship by the
Japanese Studies Center for her superior achievement in Japanese classes.



Spanish Program

McNair Scholar

Vidal, a double major in Psychology and Spanish, has been selected as one of
the 13 new 2002-2003 McNair Scholars. Her mentor will be Dr. Domnita
The purpose of
the McNair Scholarships to provide academic support, research opportunities and
involvement in scholarly activities to students who are underrepresented at the
doctoral level, in order to increase their likelihood of enrollment and success
in PhD programs.


Congratulations to Mario Cuéllar for being awarded the
Florence Bonhard Scholarship for $500. 


Sigma Delta Pi

The Cal State chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, under the
guidance of Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo, had its gala initiation March, 2002.  It awarded the Gabriela Mistral Prize to
Lizelda Saucedo and it inducted Dr. Alejandro Solomianski as an honorary
member.  The guest speaker was Dr.
Armand Mattelart, University of Paris. 
An impressive number of outstanding students was initiated that
evening:  Gloria Bautista, Héctor Barajas, Armando Botello, Carmelita María
Bouie,  Hilda Clara, Carmen L.
Delgado,  Laura Dueñas, Danilo
Escalante, Luidmila García, Otilia Gaxiola, 
María Maldonado, Gloria Martínez, Iris Martínez, Rafael Martínez, Delia
Mata, Cruz McPherson, Elenilson Morales, Yolanda Muñoz, Margarita Pazos,
Mariano Pérez, Marlene Prieto, Cynthia Ramírez-Gómez, Melissa Ramos, Yaír
Ramos, Ruth Rodríguez, Marius Sapkus, Sara Z. Smolinsky, Víctor Soberanis, Beatriz Sztain, Sandra Torres, and
Leticia Zamora.


On May 2, 2002 Dr.
Arturo Arias
, president of LASA (Latin 
American Studies Association) and a two-time winner of the Casa de las
Américas Prize, gave a talk  about
Rigoberta Menchú.  The title of his presentation
was “Two Versions of Rigoberta Menchú’s Truth: Máximo Cajal’s Version and David
Stoll’s Ideological Construction.” 
Sigma Delta Pi was the sponsor of this event.



Alumni News



(BA, MA Spanish, 1997) is currently at UCLA working on a doctorate in
Spanish-American literature.

Jacqueline Vásquez
Arias (BA Spanish, 2002) and her
husband, Sergio, are the proud parents of Aneissa Saraí who is one year
old.  Jacqueline is substituting in the
Baldwin Park School District while working on her teaching credential at Azusa
Pacific University.

(BA Spanish, 1992) has completed the Ph.D. program at USC.  Her dissertation “La Malinche: Una figura
fundacional en México y los Estados Unidos” deals with a controversial figure
in Mexican literature and culture.

Eduardo Brambila
(BA Spanish 2000) is finishing his MA in linguistics at the University of
Illinois, Chicago.  His goal is to earn
a Ph.D. with a speciality in pragmatics and second language acquisition.  He has also gotten married.

Myrna Díaz (MA
Spanish, 2002) is the executive assistant to the president of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth Gárate
(BA MA Spanish, 1997) is a professor of Spanish at Citrus Community College.

Joanne Guillén
(BA Spanish, 1990) is married and currently teaching Spanish at
Piedmont High School in the Bay Area.

Javier Galván
(BA Spanish, 1991) earned his Ph.D. in linguistics from USC and is currently
teaching at Harbor Community College.

(BA Spanish, 2001) is a Spanish teacher for the El Monte
Unified School District.  He is
completing his credential at the University of La Verne and enjoying married

(BA Spanish, 2001)
is taking graduate courses in linguistics at Cal State, Fullerton in preparation
for a Ph.D. in this field.

Dobrescu Mitrovici
Spanish, 1991) has completed her doctorate at UCLA. Her dissertation
“Continuidad y reforma en el siglo XII: los diálogos de Pedro Alfonso” focused
on an important medieval figure.  She
has accepted a position at Minnesota State University, Moorhead starting Fall,
2002.  She will be teaching Spanish
language and literature.

Sarah Novak
(BA French, 2002) is in Paris, France. 
She has applied to the Sorbonne to begin work on her MA in French
medieval literature.

Cristián Ricci
(BA Spanish, 1998) is completing his
doctoral program at UC, Santa Barbara. 
The title of

dissertation is “Madrid en el discurso de los modernistas de entre siglos:

Patricia Rush
(BA Spanish) is currently teaching at Ventura College.  She has co-authored a book, Spanish for
Health Care
recently published by Prentice-Hall.

Mariam Saada
(BA, MA Spanish, 2001) has been accepted in the Ph.D. program at UCLA.  She will specialize in Romance linguistics.

Lilia Vidrio
(BA Spanish, 2000) is currently teaching at Baldwin Park High School while
finishing her credential here at Cal State LA. 
She loves teaching Spanish and hopes to continue with her MasterÂ’s later
in her career.

Sandra Vidrio
(BA Spanish 2001), LiliaÂ’s twin sister, is now married, but she hopes
to continue with her credential and eventually teach also.





In Memoriam


(BA Spanish, 1999) died in an automobile accident in
Mexico August of 2001.  She had been a
Spanish teacher at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena.  We remember her as a dedicated student who
was just beginning to realize some of her dreams.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Gutiérrez
and a brother and sister.

(MA Spanish 2000) had a horse riding accident that
resulted in a coma from which she never regained consciousness.  She passed away July, 2002.  Although French was her native language, she
loved Spanish.  She was a person who was
adventuresome and appreciated nature in all its forms


It is with
sadness that we share the news of the passing of Demetra Palamari. A
longtime professor of French in the Department, she died this past February.
She began her career at Cal State LA in 1963 and continued to teach until she
retired in 1992.  Professor Palamari was
a gifted violinist and violist and she used this musical talent in her language
teaching.  Colleagues and students
remember her for her personal charm, her dedication to teaching, and her
commitment to humane causes, especially world peace.




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This issue of The Language Mirror © edited by
Hildebrando Villarreal.  Contributors:
Domnita  Dumitrescu, Kylie Hsu, Ignacio
López-Calvo, Sachiko Matsunaga