March 23, 2017
Provost Lynn Mahoney
Last week saw the first of our 2017 Honor Convocations. The college-based convocations create an opportunity to both celebrate our highest achieving students and allow college faculty, students, staff, and families to come together as a community. The Xu College of Health and Human Services Convocation on March 16 did just that and allowed all an opportunity for the college to celebrate student and college accomplishments.
While we have so many students deserving of recognition, I would like to a highlight just a few of the wonderful students who will be celebrated at these events.
The Xu College of Health and Human Services honored Caitlin Zimmer, who is completing her master's degree in Child and Family Studies. For her thesis project, she is developing a book for hospitalized children with brain tumors to help them better understand their diagnosis and prepare for treatments. She has more than 150 volunteer hours at Miller Children’s Hospital and is pursuing certification as a Child Life Specialist.
The College of Arts and Letters will honor Saliha DeVoe, an English major who was recently named a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. Ms. DeVoe is currently examining the literature of American Muslim women for her most recent project. She has also presented her research on Writing Through Prison Walls at a national writing conference. Ms. DeVoe’s contributions to the campus go far beyond the English department — she also works as a tutor, labor organizer, and an UAW, Unit 11 representative for Academic Student Employees. Saliha DeVoe’s intellectual devotion, depth as a critical thinker, and commitment to social causes make her a model student citizen.
The Charter College of Education will honor Elizabeth Vaccoor with Special Recognition in Graduate Studies as she completes her Master of Arts Degree in Education and a multiple subject credential. Elizabeth brings to her role as an educator her experience as the Manager of Dance Education at Gabriella Charter School in Echo Park, where she oversees a unique public school arts program with the mission of nurturing critical, well-rounded individuals through daily arts instruction integrated with academic content. She is both a model student-teacher and a model teacher-student.
The College of Business & Economics will honor Juan Pablo Aguirre, a finance major and president of the Financial Management Association (FMA). Deeply active in student leadership, he was a finalist in the Goldman Sachs internship program. Juan has been responsible for bringing many executive speakers in financial services firms to visit campus and speak with CBE students.
The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology will honor Kevin Stewart, a Civil Engineering major and an undergraduate research assistant. Kevin will soon be the co-author on a research paper with Professor Khodayari. He has been offered a full-time job as a structural engineer at City of Los Angeles and has been accepted to the blended BS/MS program in Civil Engineering. Kevin has attributed his amazing success to “incredible support and relationship with classmates and professors at Cal State LA” and “his ability to learn from failure.”
Wendy Layco will be honored by the College of Natural and Social Sciences. Ms. Layco received funding from the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Students and spent last summer excavating in the Phillipines on the Ifugao Arachaeological Project. She will present her research results, Evidence of Social Differentiation at Old Kiyyangan Village Philippines: An Analysis of Beads Associated with Infant Jar and Supine Child Burials, at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaelogy in Vancouver during spring break.
I encourage all to attend their colleges' Convocations as you can. Please contact your dean’s office for details.
As always, our students’ success rests on your efforts, thank you. Wishing you all a wonderful spring break!
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