September 2011

Sept. 28

Graduate student Elaine Chang was one of two students nationwide to win a $2,500 "Back to School" teaching scholarship in recognition of exemplary academic and extracurricular records. Chang is working toward a master of science in education with a concentration in elementary curriculum and instruction.

Ghasem Manoochehri was appointed to a three-year term as chair of Management effective Aug. 18.

Diane Witmer was appointed to a one-semester term as acting chair of the Communications Department effective Aug. 18.

Edward Fink was appointed to a three-year term as chair of Radio-TV-Film effective Aug. 18.

Matt Englar-Carlson was appointed to a one-semester term as acting chair of Counseling effective Aug. 18.

Sept. 20

C. Jesse Jones was reappointed to a one-year term as chair of Health Science effective Aug. 18.

Robert H. Gass was appointed to a one-semester term as acting chair of Human Communication Studies effective Aug. 18.

Kathryn Dickson was appointed to a one-year term as acting chair of Biological Science effective Aug. 18.

Christina Goode was reappointed to a three-year term as director of the Health Professions Advisement Office effective June 1.

Elaine M. Rutkowski, assistant professor of nursing, has been awarded the DAISY Faculty Award by the DAISY Foundation and UnitedHealthcare for "her commitment to the profession and inspirational influence on nursing students." The nonprofit foundation supports the nursing profession with recognition programs and grants for research and evidence-based practice projects conducted by nurses. Rutkowski is the first campus nursing faculty member to receive the award.

Sept. 15

President Milton A. Gordon has conferred emeritus status on the following individuals:
Stephen Aloia
, emeritus associate professor of special education, in recognition of 31 years of service during which he was involved in the department's graduate program.
John Erickson
, emeritus professor of finance, for 32 years of service including tenure as department chair and on more than 50 campus committees.
Gerald Gannon
, emeritus professor of mathematics, in honor of 38 years of service during which he led the development of the teaching option in the math master's degree program and served as chair of the teacher education committee.
David C. Grimes
, emeritus lecturer in music, for 39 years of service, including teaching classical guitar, performing around the world and overseeing the "Guitars of the World" guest artist services.
William Haddad
, emeritus professor of history, in recognition of 24 years of service during which he served as assistant vice president of graduate and international programs, acting associate vice president for academic programs, program coordinator for Asian American Studies and chair of the History Department.
Vuryl Klassen
, emeritus professor of mathematics, in honor of 46 years, during which he served as vice chair, course coordinator, academic senator in his department and on numerous university committees.
Young Kwon
, emeritus professor of electrical engineering, for 42 years of service. During his tenure, the founding department faculty member served as department chair and on numerous campus committees.
Michael Steiner,
emeritus professor of American Studies, in recognition of 36 years of service that ranged from teaching, advising and mentoring students — including four Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award recipients — to department chair and graduate coordinator.

Sept. 14

Members of Student Affairs led sessions at the 2011 NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference June 9-11 in Las Vegas. Kandy Mink Salas presented “The Power of Learning Communities in Increasing Engineering and Nursing Student Persistence” with Nancy Page Fernandez, then joined Lea M. Jarnagin and graduate assistant Carlos Lopez Garcia in delivering “Behind the Blue Print: Building a Culture of Co-curricular Learning Assessment.”

Sept. 7

Matthew G. Jarvis, Politics, Administration and Justice, will discuss "Redistricting: Impact on California, Implications for Fullerton?" at a 6:30 p.m. public lecture Monday, Sept. 12, at the Fullerton Public Library.

Hyunjoo Kim, Civil and Environmental Engineering, co-authored “Temporary Facility Planning of a Construction Project Using Building Information Modeling” and “Energy Simulation System Using BIM” published in the proceedings of the 2011 American Society of Civil Engineering International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering. The June conference was held in Miami.

Sept. 2

Darren R. Sandquist, Biological Science, co-authored “Disturbance of Biological Soil Crust Increases Emergency of Exotic Vascular Plants in California Sage Scrub” published online June 29 in Plant Ecology. His co-author, Rebecca R. Hernandez (M.S. biology ’09), is now working on her doctorate at Stanford University.

Raman Unnikrishnan, Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the 2011-2012 ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Jim Volz, Theatre and Dance, wrote the books “How to Run A Theater,” published in August, and “Working in American Theatre,” to be published in October, both by Methuen Press.

Jesse Battan, American Studies, authored the book chapter “‘De-Civilizing’ Sexuality? Intimacy, Erotic Life and Social Change in Modern America” in “Civilizing and Decivilizing Processes: Figurational Approaches to American Culture” published in April by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Paul Lester, Communications, was named the editor of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Journalism & Communications Monographs. His term begins Oct. 1.

President Milton A. Gordon conferred the title emeritus professor of economics on Howard Naish in recognition of his 23 years of service.

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