Student Accomplishments

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program: 2008-2009

Clariza Ruiz De Castilla, Department of Communication Studies current doctoral student in Rhetoric at the University of Texas, Austin. Faculty Advisor, Dr. David Olsen.

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Joshua Allen, Masters Philosophy, faculty advisor-- Joseph Prabhu
Jennifer Avila, English, faculty advisor-- Marilyn Elkins
Jennifer DeClue, Masters Communications/Media Studies, faculty
         advisor--Kelly J. Madison
Laura Lesko, Masters Art History, faculty advisor--Abbas Daneshvari
Thania Muñoz, Masters Spanish Literature, faculty advisor--Gaston
         Adolfo Alzate
Anna Noice, Masters Comparative Literature, faculty advisor--Andrew
         L. Knighton
Anthony Shogren, Music Composition, faculty advisor-- John M.
         Kennedy
Daniel Topete, American Studies, faculty advisor-- Dionne Espinoza

Honorable Mention:
Wyatt Andrew, Masters Music – Composition, faculty advisor--John M.
Kennedy

Western Association of Graduate Schools Award Nominee: 2007- 2008

Michelle Chasman: Outstanding MA Thesis, Department of Philosophy, “Human Rights: The UN Declaration and its Implementation” was also chosen as the Outstanding MA Thesis in the College of Arts and Letters, and has been selected as CSULA’s nominee for the Western Association of Graduate Schools  (WAGS) Outstanding Thesis Competition.

 

International Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

2008-09
            Justyna Szymura, Department of Music
            Jisso Park, Department of Music
            Femke Weidema, Department of Music
            Wenjing Zhou,  Department of Communication Studies

2009-10   To be announced soon!

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Department of Art

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Laura Lesko, Masters Art History, faculty advisor-- Abbas Daneshvari

 

Department of Communication Studies

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Jennifer DeClue, Masters Communications/Media Studies, faculty advisor-- Kelly J. Madison

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program: 2007-2008

Clariza Ruiz De Castilla, current doctoral student in Rhetoric at the University of Texas, Austin.

International Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

2008-09                  Wenjing Zhou

Conference Presentations, CSULA Graduate Student Recognition

CSULA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity February 27, 2009

Three of the six students who presented on the Humanities and Letters panel were Masters of Arts graduate students:  Smitha Thippanna, Ulises Moreno and Dashi Zhang.
Anthony Helguera also one of our MA students, co-presented on the Education panel.

Western Communication Association Annual Convention in Mesa, AZ, Feb. 2009.

Claudia Quintero, "A Conservative Ideograph: Analysis of Senator John McCain's Usage of the Word Conservative"

Tim Mount, "Friendship Park: Two Worlds Divided,"

Ulises Moreno, "Auto[e]scapes: Exploring Disjunctures and Disidentifications through Performative Writing."

Tanya Andrea Cornejo, "Political Preemptive Apologia: Senator Barack Obama's Memo on Declining Public Financing for the General Election."

Katie Brown, "Barack Obama: The Bargain Basement Price."

Samantha Tamayo, "Obama, Agent of Redemption: A Dramatistic Critique of Obama's Speech on Race."

Monique L. Thomas, "Keep it down, I'm trying to talk about the Super Bowl!: The Performance of Masculine Power in the Workplace."

Paul Vera, "Foreign Policy Experience and Exaggeration: Ideographic Usurption in the Accountability Interview."         

Doctoral Program Updates:

Entry:

Mai-Ly Nguyen, accepted into Ph.D. Program, University of Houston, Social Psychology (2009)
Taos Glickman, accepted into Ph.D. Program, University of Massachusetts, Communication (2009)
Victoria Chang, accepted into Ph.D. Program, Claremont Graduate School, Cultural Studies (2009)

Completion:
Richie Hao (B.A., and M.A  CSULA) recently defended his doctoral dissertation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His dissertation is entitled: (Mis)Diagnosing Silence: A Cultural Criticism of the Virginia Tech News Coverage of Silence as Public Pedagogy.    November 2009-- Richie accepted a Assistant Professor, tenure track appointment at the University of Denver. He begins in the Fall 2009.

Corey (Cora) Leighton, M.A. recently defended her doctoral dissertation at Louisiana State University . Cora has accepted a one year appointment at Rowan University in New Jersey.  

 

Department of English

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Jennifer Avila, English, faculty advisor Marilyn Elkins
Anna Noice, Masters Comparative Literature, faculty advisor-- Andrew L. Knighton

Association of Educational Office Employees (AEOE) Scholarship, $2000.00

Marina Duff (MA, Creative Writing Option), educational costs based on her high level of academic achievements.

First Annual  Shakespeare Symposium, Cal State LA, March 7, 2009.

Nigel Dookhoo, presented “’Qui va la?’ Gendered Language in Henry V.”

Caroline Jurovic  presented “ Satorial Metamorphosis”

CSULA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity February 27, 2009

Jennifer Milanese – 2nd place, Humanities & Letters category; delegate to statewide competition “Vicki Hearne and her Ability to Manipulate and Influence through Rhetorical Means”.  Faculty mentor---Michelle Hawley
 

 

Department of Liberal Studies

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Daniel Topete, American Studies, faculty advisor-- Dionne Espinoza

Graduate Program Update

Yesenia Villar-Villalobos has been accepted to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for the Masters of Library
and Information Science.

 

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Thania Muñoz, Masters Spanish Literature, faculty advisor-- Gaston Adolfo Alzate

Fan Chi Kung (Chinese major) presented the paper, "A Hybrid Approach to Teaching Chinese Phonetic Systems," at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly Pomona on November 22, 2008, and an extended version of the paper at the 17th Annual CSULA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, February 27, 2009. Mentor: Kylie Hsu

Students of Spanish Juan Carlos Roque and Erika Reyes published reviews of theater shows in Spanish in the peer-reviewed journal KARPA (issue 3.1, January 2009).

Jorge Encinas won a scholarship to study in the Bryn Mawr in Avigno program, summer 2008.

Christine J. Fernandez received $468.00 present a paper at the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, November 7 - 8, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Department of Music

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Anthony Shogren, Music Composition, faculty advisor-- John M. Kennedy

Honorable Mention:
Wyatt Andrew, Masters Music – Composition, faculty advisor--John M. Kennedy

International Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

2008-09
            Justyna Szymura
            Jisso Park
            Femke Weidema
 
Illuminations & Reflections: First Annual Symposium on Music in the 21st Century. (2008)

Hainu Tan, Master of Music in Composition was selected as one of seven emerging composers. All of the selected emerging composers are either doctoral students from elite programs such as the University of Michigan and Harvard, or first year professors in composition. She is the only selected composer at the Master of Music level.   

CSULA Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity February 27, 2009

Tan Hainu – 1st place, Creative Arts & Design category; delegate to statewide competition “Quintet Sound of Wind for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano”  Faculty mentor: John Kennedy
 
         
Department of Philosophy

The 2008-2009 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program Scholars

Joshua Allen, Masters Philosophy, faculty advisor-- Joseph Prabhu

Western Association of Graduate Schools Award Nominee

Michelle Chasman: Outstanding MA thesis Department of Philosophy
                   Outstanding MA Thesis College of Arts and Letters
   University selected thesis: Western Association of Graduate Schools 
   Outstanding Thesis Competition

Student placement in Grad programs (Philosophy):

Scott Tidwell, UCLA PhD program in Philosophy
 Peter Yong, UCSD     PhD program in Philosophy
 Phil Gordon, University of Texas
 Leslie Cane, Manhattan School of Music
 Kimberly Chuang, London School of Economics

MA grads who were appointed in Teaching Jobs at Community Colleges (Philosophy):
 
Kelley Falconer:  Loyola Marymount University
Venessa Shulz: Pasadena City College
                Kate Carpenter: Pasadena City College

 

Theatre Arts and Dance

American College Theatre Festival: Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships  CSU Fullerton, February 2009

Regional Nominees were:  Kolleen Richards, Ben Caron, Lexis LaRue, Tony Christopher, Sophie Goldstein, Concetta Verna, Tokunbo Kujore, Roberto Guzman, Meggie Welch, Paul Diem and Diana Wehbe

Partners were: Tyler Jonsson, Doniele Harrigan, Matthew Zuk, Eric Charles, Christopher Brown, Mack Calhoun, Amanda Haro and Kelly Ehlert

20 students participated as actors/singers and dancers in the Next Step Auditions, auditioning for 12 Theatre companies and University Graduate Programs, including Disney Theatricals, A Noise Within, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Kaiser Permanente Educational Programs and Missoula Children’s Theatre.  Participants were: Kolleen Richards, Ben Caron, Lexis LaRue, Sophie Goldstein, Concetta Verna, Roberto Guzman, Meggie Welch, Diana Wehbe, Doniele Harrigan, Matthew Zuk, Eric Charles, Christopher Brown, Mack Calhoun, Amanda Haro, Kelly Ehlert, Rick Cook, Daphne Gabriel, Bianca Doria, Paul Coutinho, Ashley Vaugn
 
6 students participated as Directors/Designers/Production Staff for the Next Step Interviews, interviewing with 6 theatre companies, including Disney Theatricals, PCPA Theatrefest and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company.  Students participating:  Matthew Tsang, Paul Coutinho, Amber Cox, Monique Fisher, Lemuel Thornton and Jessica Amezcua.


In all, 17 students were called back from the Next Step Auditions / Interviews and some offered employment.

CSULA undergraduate student (double major Music/TAD) Benjamin Caron’s short play 10 Minutes, was invited to perform in an evening of new works at the Festival.  Actors Paul Diem, Lexis LaRue, Whitney LaBarge and Kolleen Richards along with technicians Paul Coutinho and Matthew Tsang, stage manager Leticia Gonzalez and A+L Production and Technical Staff Phil VanHest, Jim McFail and Tim Jones, traveled to CSU Fullerton, mounted the show in under two hours, and ran 3 flawless performances for sold-out crowds of over 250 people.

 

Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film, and Theatre

(Combined program offered between the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance)

Tamir Mostafa--Playwright, Guy Friends, selected for the John Lion New Plays Festival Readings, CalState L.A., February 2009

Jerry Sanchez--Assistant Editor, The Ultimate Fighter Reality TV Show, Seasons 8 and 9, Spike TV, 2008. Assistant Editor, Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment Season 2, Discovery Channel, 2009.

Lemuel Thornton--Assistant Director, California State University, Los Angeles production of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, Fall 2008

Director, Hooks, Hollywood, CA, 2009

Co-Director, California State University, Los Angeles production of Tales by Shakespeare, Winter 2009

Alicia Tycer--Lecturer. Theatre Arts 152: Analysis of Drama and Theatre Awarded Alumni Association Scholarship, California State University, Los Angeles. Fall 2008.

Dramaturg: California State University, Los Angeles production of Molière’s TheImaginary Invalid, Jon Kellam director. Fall 2008.

Author. “Feminist Resonances in Contemporary British Theatre.” Atti e Sipari (Acts and Curtains), October 2008

Tim Zajac---Director, California State University, Los Angeles production of Tales of Shakespeare¸ Luckman Intimate Theatre at CSULA

Assistant, Winter 2009
Director, California State University, Los Angeles production of Guy Friends by Tamir Mostafa, John Lion New Plays Festival

Short Film Director, Bushido Bass Clarinet shown at 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Short Film Corner, Park City, Utah

Xiaoguang “Mark” Zhen---Camera Operator: “Golden Food Event.”  Presented by L.A. Weekly, Co-sponsored by CSULA College of Arts and Letters

Camera Operator & Editor: “The WGA-CSULA Speaker Series: Guest writer: Jose Rivera (Screenwriter, Motorcycle Diary) CSULA, Winter 2009

1st Assistant Director: Music Video Tak Tak by Joseph Krikorian, Revolutionary Pictures, 2009

Director of Photography, PGA Camera Assessment Series (documentary),Revelations Entertainment, 2009