Marylou ShockleyDr. Marylou Shockley, a professor in the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay, has been elected chair of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation board. She will serve a one-year term.

The foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. Its programs include AgKnowledge, an executive leadership program, and A Greater Vision, a series of forums on agriculture-related issues.

Philanthropy is an important part of the foundation’s mission. Since June 2012, it has donated more than $75,000 to pay for salad bars in Chualar, Gonzales, Greenfield, Monterey and Salinas schools.

Dr. Ruben Mendoza continues to win accolades for his work on missions in California and the Southwest.

An archaeologist and founding faculty member at CSU Monterey Bay, Dr. Mendoza did a weeklong residency at Arizona State University in June. He delivered two presentations as part of a program on research and digital preservation of missions.

In July, through a program funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant written by Dr. Mendoza and two of his students, educators from across the country came to Asilomar in Pacific Grove to study the history of California’s missions.

For six years, Dr. Rina Benmayor’s students at CSU Monterey Bay have worked to preserve memories of the Chinatown area of Salinas.

In partnership with the nonprofit Asian Cultural Experience, students in her Oral History and Community Memory service learning classes have designed, conducted and archived oral histories focused on life stories and memories of Chinatown residents.

They will be the basis for “Imagine Salinas Chinatown: An Oral History Walking Tour,” thanks to a $10,000 grant from Cal Humanities.

“D.C. Home,” a composition by CSU Monterey Bay music lecturer Dr. Lanier Sammons, won a top honor in the Young Composers Competition sponsored by the National Association of Composers/U.S.A.

Sammons also was selected for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s participatory performing artist-in-residence program. His eight-week residency culminated in the premiere of a new composition at the museum’s music festival in August.