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Angelica Muro, an assistant professor in the Visual and Public Art Department, recently participated in Chico & Chang at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, which explored the interwoven and sometimes incongruous cultures of two of California’s largest populations, the Latino and Asian communities.

In recognition of his work to promote service learning and community-campus partnerships throughout the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley, Dr. Seth Pollack, director of CSUMB’s Service Learning Institute, was named winner of the 2013 Richard E. Cone Award by California Campus Compact.

A $177,000 grant was awarded to CSUMB by the National Endowment for the Humanities for a program to train K-12 teachers from around the country about the history of California's missions. Archaeology professor Dr. Ruben Mendoza and two students wrote the grant for NEH's "Landmarks of American History and Culture" program.

Dr. John Avella was elected to the Monterey County Hospitality Association’s board of directors. Dr. Avella, assistant professor of hospitality management and hotel/resort management in the School of Business, serves on the association’s education committee.

Dr. Lanier Sammons, a lecturer in the Music and Performing Arts Department, received an ASCAP Plus Award in the concert music division. The award is given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is based on the unique value of each composer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances.

Most Californians are familiar with how struggles over water have shaped the modern American West. Enid Baxter Blader, chair of the Cinema Arts and Technology Department, helped to educate New Yorkers about that history when her video, “The West,” was projected onto the Manhattan Bridge anchorage and archway.

“The West” is an animation that presents a history of water engineering in California, a history that has determined the colonization and contemporary conditions of the western United States.


Johanna Poethig, associate professor of painting in the Visual and Public Art Department and a nationally known muralist, participated in an international contemporary art exhibition in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Poethig gave a lecture/workshop on contemporary public art practices and community-based methodologies at the Tbilisi State Art Academy, and created a series of collaborative “tire totems” with students and passersby in a public market. (have a photo)

The CSU and Sony Electronics, in partnership with Intel, presented the Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Instruction with Technology to Dr. Kate Lockwood.

Lockwood, assistant professor in Information Technology and Communication Design, is helping students develop more advanced skills by "flipping the classroom" – allowing students to familiarize themselves with subjects through technology, followed by practical skills application in class.


Dio Mendoza and Juan Luna-Avin, instructors in the Visual and Public Art Department, had their own exhibition at San Jose City College’s Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center.

In November, Dr. Umi Vaughan, an associate professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, traveled to Salvador da Bahia Brazil to share his research on music and dance in the African Diaspora at “Encounter of Black Cultures,” an international event.

Dr. Vaughan recently published "Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba,” and made a presentation based on the book at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and in March, he traveled to Lima, Peru, to make a presentation at the Center for Spanish Culture.

Dr. Jennifer Fletcher, an associate professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, wrote an article on the Collaborative Alliance for Postsecondary Success – a collaboration among CSUMB, Hartnell and Cabrillo colleges – for the publication Liberal Education. The article, "Critical Habits of Mind: Exposing the Process of Development," describes the habits-of-mind-based instructional approach developed to meet the needs of students in developmental math and writing classes.

A paper by Math Department faculty members Dr. Judith Canner and Jon Detka won an award for best contributed paper from the Mathematical Association of America’s special interest group for statistics education.