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August 2010

Richard L. Deming, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received Phi Beta Delta’s 2010 Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education. John Hickok, Pollak Library, in nominating Deming for the honor, described him as a “champion in organizing and promoting international and exchange education” and noted a resolution to incorporate international components into all disciplines that Deming helped pass in the Academic Senate; focus on scholarly exchanges between Cal State Fullerton and Southeast Asia; and his experience teaching in Ecuador and Thailand.

Brian Quinn, Athletics, became the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Division 1-AAA in August.

Betty Chavis, Accounting, was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy's Accounting Education Committee in March. The new committee — which will meet quarterly — was created by the 2009 passage of State Senate Bill 819, which requires CPA candidates to have a minimum of 150 semester hours of education after Jan. 1, 2014.

Christopher Reese, Community Relations, was named to the 2010-11 Fullerton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Head softball coach Michelle Gromacki accepted a coaching position with the 2010 USA Softball Women’s National Team in July. She assisted the national team during the KFC World Cup of Softball July 22-26 in Oklahoma.

May 2010

Mohinder Grewal, Electrical Engineering, has become a project reviewer for the Academy of Finland, a part of Finland’s Ministry of Education. The academy underwrites top research projects, institutions and universities in Finland, and invites those with international reputations in their fields to be reviewers. Grewal, an international expert and innovator in satellite navigation and communication, will review a project aimed at making satellite positioning more accurate indoors and underground.

Dallas M. Stout, Child and Adolescent Studies, has become president of the California Chapters for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Michael LaCour-Little, Finance, won 2009 Best Paper honors for “The Pricing of Mortgages by Brokers: An Agency Problem” published in Journal of Real Estate Research. The article was published in April 1, 2009. The award was presented in April at the American Resl Estate Society meeing in Naples, Fla.

Hala Swearingen, Art, won two awards at Illustrator’s Day 2009 sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-Los Angeles chapter. Her work was awarded first place in the Judge’s Choice Award category and third place in the People’s Choice Award category at this Nov. 7 event in San Gabriel.

March 2010

Nawang Phuntsog, Elementary and Bilingual Education, is one of 16 educators selected to participate in the Fetzer Institute project: “Inter-Generational Mentoring Community: Fostering an Emergence and Transfer of Leadership in Higher Education.”

Neil A. Granitz and Katrin R. Harich, both Marketing, and Stephen K. Koernig of DePaul University will be honored with the 2009 Outstanding Article of the Year Award during the Marketing Educators’ Association annual conference April 8-10 in Seattle. The trio will be recognized for “Now It's Personal: Antecedents and Outcomes of Rapport Between Business Faculty and Their Students,” which was published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Marketing Education.

Marcia A. Dawkins, Human Communication Studies, was honored with the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” from the National Communiation Association's African American Communication and Culture Division. Her dissertation, “Impurely Raced/Purely Erased: Toward a Rhetorical Theory of (Bi)Racial Passing” was recognized during the organization's November 2009 association convention in Chicago.

Anthony Fellow, Communications, was appointed to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He previously served from 1993 to 2009.

Denise L. Stanley, Economics, was named a senior research fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

Raman Unnikrishnan and Spiradon Courellis, both College of Engineering and Computer Science, were honored Feb. 20 by the Orange County Engineering Council at its National Engineers Week Award Banquet in Lakewood. Unnikrishnan received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award and Courellis was honored with the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.

December 2009

Anil K. Puri, Mihaylo College of Business and Economic, was named to OC Metro’s 20th anniversary Hot 25 platinum list. The annual list of the 25 hottest professionals in Orange Country is in the November issue of the publication.

Kandy Mink Salas, Dean of Students, was honored with the 2009 Sandra Kuchler Excellence in Mentoring Award from Region VI of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The award was presented Nov. 6 at the organization’s western regional conference in San Jose.

October 2009

Guillermo Noffal, Kinesiology, was elected to serve on the SouthWest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine's Board of Directors.

James Ruby, Human Services, was elected president of the California Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. CAMECD is a division of the California Counseling Association.

In August, Joseph M. Cervantes, Counseling, was installed as a Fellow for American Psychological Association Division 45 (Ethnic Minority Psychology) and named a member of the 2010 editorial board for the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology at the association's annual convention in Toronto, Canada. At the conference, he presented “The Role of the Immigration Evaluation in Professional Practice,” “Working With Boys and Adolescent Males: Specific Treatments for Specific Concerns” and “Conducting a Blessing in Counseling With Latina/o Individuals and Families.”

Joseph S. Sherif, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, was honored for the second year in a row by the Emerald Literati Network with their 2009 Highly Commended Award for the co-authored paper “The Semantic Web: A Catalyst for Future E-Business” published in Vol. 37, No. 1 (2008) of Kybernetes.

Barry A. Spiering, Kinesiology, has been elected to serve on the National Strength and Conditioning Association Research Committee for a three-year term. In addition, he is serving as NCSA's Scientific Programs Subcommittee chair.

August 2009

Ionel Tifrea, Physics, was selected to serve as co-director of the June 29-July 4 International Physics Conference workshop “Spin and Charge Properties of Low Dimensional Systems” in Sibiu, Romania. From July 10-Aug. 10, Tifrea is an invited professor at Kaiserslautern Technical University in Germany.

Titan baseball coach Dave Serrano was selected to served as pitching coach for the 2010 USA Baseball Nation Team under Bill Kinneberg of the University of Utah. The 2010 National Team schedule will culminate in the FISU World University Championship in Japan. Team USA is the three-time defending champion of the event, which is held every-other year in different countries across the world.

Jay Bond, Facilities Management, was elected president of the Association of University Architects during the organization's 54th annual conference. Bond, who has previously served as treasurer and vice president and chaired the AUA's Professional Practice Committee, took office in June and serves a one-year term.

Paul K. Miller, Disabled Student Services, was elected chair of the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The two-year post began in July and is but the latest position Miller has held on the committee where he has served since 1977. He previously led the organization from 1998-2000.

Thomas Schwarz, Management, has been nominated to serve as a director of the Family Firm Institute. Elections for the three-year positions will be held at the organization's Sept. 25 meeting in New York.

January 2009

Weili Lu, Center for Insurance Studies, received the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award and a $25,000 grant from the Pacific Life Foundation .

Pamela A. Jones-Tintle, University Advancement/Athletics, has been appointed program co-chair for the 2009 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Conference/District VII Board.

Diana Fisher, Alumni Relations, was named alumni track co-chair for the 2009 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Conference.

Joan Rubio, University Advancement/Humanities & Social Sciences, was named to the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Orange County.

December 2008

Rick D. Pullen, College of Communications, was named 2008 Distinguished Alumnus for Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. During the awards ceremony, Pullen gave a talk on “The Demise of Traditional Media.”

Joseph S. Sherif and Michael Newby, both Information Systems and Decision Sciences, were honored by Emerald Literati Network as co-authors of one of the top articles published in the journal Information Management & Computer Security. The article, “Strategies for Successful CRM Implementation,” was co-authored by Cal State Fullerton alumnus ThuyUyen H. Nguyen of Han's Corp. and published in Vol. 15, No. 2 (2007) of the publication.

Dawn Person, Educational Leadership, was presented with the Sandra Kuchler Excellence in Mentoring Award from NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - Western Region. The award, which recognizes individuals for their ability to advocate and advise in administrative, organizational and professional matters, was presented during the organization's November conference in Long Beach.

September 2008

Diane Ambruso, Radio-TV-Film, has seen her documentary short, “The Hat Lady” accepted for screening at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival . The short was a finalist in the internationally recognized Moondance Film Festival. Ambruso was credited as “story consultant” for the Magnolia Pictures film “Surfwise,” which played in theaters this summer.

July 2008

C. George Peale, Modern Languages and Literatures, was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi's Order of Don Quijote, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society's highest award. The honor recognizes exceptional and meritorious service in the fields of Hispanic scholarship, the teaching of Spanish, and the promotion of good relations between English-speaking countries and those of Spanish speech.

Fred Zandpour, College of Communications, will be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana office, in September with the organization's District Director's Award. The award will be presented Sept. 27 during the local office's Atlas Awards.

Kimo Furumoto, Music, will conduct the Rio Hondo Symphony for its March 1, 2009, performance of “An American Rhapsody.”

Mark Latonero, Communications, was selected for membership to the Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy. Membership to the organization is awarded to: qualified individuals with a general interest in international affairs; industry leaders whose business influences and is affected by global trends, markets or policy; or individuals who are experts in international affairs.

May 2008

Thomas N. Clanin, Communications, was named “Journalism Educator of the Year, Four-Year University Division,” by the California Journalism Education Coalition during the April 26 National Writers Workshop held on campus. Cal-JEC is an umbrella group for professional, college and high school journalism organizations. Clanin also conducted a newspaper layout and design workshop April 4 at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism High School Journalism Day.

Paul Lester, Communications, has been elected April 16 to a three-year term on the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee. He will take office Oct. 1.

Pamela A. Jones-Tintle, University Advancement/Athletics, has been selected to co-chair the philanthropy track for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Regional Conference Dec. 6-9 in San Francisco.

Milly Heaton, University Advancement/Arts, will co-chair the Nov. 19 Association of Fundraising Professionals, Orange County chapter, National Philanthropy Day

March 2008

Robert L. Sage, Communications, was elected Feb. 29 to a one-year term on the board of directors of the California College Media Association. The statewide organization was established to foster cooperation and collaboration among colleges in the state and the west.

In March, Tom Clanin, Communications, was elected to a one-year term as president of the Orange County Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Society of Professional Journalists is a national organization dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating standards of ethical behavior. It was founded in 1909 and has approximately 10,000 members.

February 2008

The documentary video “The Hat Lady,” created by Diane Ambruso, Radio-TV-Film, has been accepted for showing during the March Reel Women International Film Festival in Los Angeles. The video also will be presented as part of the March 24 closing program for the CSUF Scholarship on Gender Conference. The film focuses on a woman who sews hat for cancer victims when they lose their hair to chemotherapy. Joining Ambruso for the film presentation will be Dara Vazin, Health Sciences.

“The Mystics: A 50-Year Legacy,” a documentary by Shelley Jenkins, Radio-TV-Film, will be screened Sunday, March 2, at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Jenkins also was asked by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation to interview David Jacobs, the creator of the TV series “Dallas,” for its archives.

Cynthia M. King, Communications, and graduate student Jaclyn S. Lelea tied for third place for their paper “Serious, Funny or Horrific? Effects of Film Genre on Perceptions of Violence and Victimization” in the Broadcast Educators Association’s Competitive Papers in Entertainment Theory and Research. The paper will be presented during the BEA Research Symposium 2008: Advances in Entertainment Theory & Research April 17 in Las Vegas. 

Hye Kyeung Seung, Human Communication Studies, is a member of the 2008 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Program Committee. She is serving on the section on autism spectrum disorders.

Esiquio Uballe, Dean of Students, was among the honorees recognized by Kindercaminata during the Orange County non-profit organization’s 2007 President Salute Feb. 27 at the Orange County Board of Education.

January 2008

John W. Bedell, Anthropology/Sociology, was installed Nov. 30 as president of the California County Board of Education. Bedell has served as a member of the statewide board for four years and previously held positions as both vice president and president. Previously, he served as president of the Fullerton School District board.

J. Vincent Buck, emeritus Political Science, was reappointed to the Fullerton Library Board of Trustees.

December 2007

Grady D. Bruce, emeritus Marketing, was appointed in August to a two-year term on the editorial advisory board for International Journal of Management and Marketing Research.

September 2007

From Dance, Robin Johnson’s choreography “Lalique Nocturn” has been selected as a Division II finalist at the 10th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival Nov. 11 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. The performance will be performed by dance students Joshua Romero and Erica Santucci.  Another work, “I Promise” by dance majors Crystal Barrientos and Brad Beakes, first performed at the 2007 Spring Dance Theatre, also was chosen for the competition.

B.J. Snell, Nursing, was a coordinator and presenter at the 22nd Annual Ambulatory OB/GYN Nursing Conference Sept. 19-22 in Las Vegas.

August 2007

Mortaza Jamshidian, Mathematics, was appointed an associate editor of the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.

Jay Bond, Facilities Management, was elected to the Association of University Architects Board of Directors in June. He will serve as board secretary for the 2007-08 year.

June 2007

John Patton, Anthropology, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society, a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Tom Clanin, Communications, was elected to a third three-year term on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles chapter. Clanin is a founding member of the SPJ Orange County satellite chapter and serves as its treasurer.

Dennis Gaschen, Communications, was elected to a two-year term on the national board of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

January 2007

Jack Bedell, Sociology, has been elected president-elect of the California County Boards of Education. He has served as a member of the Orange County Board of Education and been active in the state agency for almost four years. Previously, he served as president and a member of the Fullerton School District Board of Education.

November 2006

Fred Zandpour, Communications, is serving on the corporate advisory board for the Asian Business Association of Orange County….Jeff Brody, Communications, served as moderator for “The Next 50 Years,” an Orange County Press Club discussion by writers, editors and publishers on the future of the press Nov. 2 in Santa Ana.

October 2006

In July and August, Dorte Christjansen, James Dahl, Elizabeth Holster and Melanie Vogel, all Art, served as jurors for the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Junior Art Exhibit… Anthony Fellow, Communications, moderated a Fullerton Chamber of Commerce question-and-answer session with city council candidates Oct. 26… Art Hansen, emeritus History, moderated a Sept. 30 discussion about Owens Valley history at the Manzanar National Historic Site… Mori Jamshidian, Mathematics, was appointed associate editor for American Statistician, a journal of the American Statistical Association.…In August, Owen Holmes, Public Affairs and Government Relations, was installed as a Fullerton Chamber of Commerce board member…

September 2006

In April, James Young, emeritus Theatre and Dance, was recognized with the Marcy Award – the highest honor given by the by the Marcy Arroues Mulville Memorial Foundation;

Mark Day, Titan Student Union, is serving on the Association of College Unions International’s Board of Trustees.

In March, Raman Unnikrishnan, Engineering and Computer Science, was honored with the 2006 Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Alan S. Kaye, English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, has been appointed to the Board of Editors of Al-‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.

Jule Selbo, Radio-TV-Film, served a panelist at Script Magazine’s Scriptwriters Showcase April 8 in Los Angeles.

In January, Richard L. Deming, Chemistry and Biochemistry, served as general chair and Robert Belloli, Chemistry and Biochemistry, was program chair, at the 40th Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orange. Barbara Gonzalez, Kereen Monetyne, Katherine Kantardjieff, Fu-Ming Tao and Peter de Lijser, all Chemistry and Biochemistry, chaired symposia at the meeting.

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