The Pedant • November 2012

 

• Editor's Note

• Cashing in on the home field advantage


• Women in Leadership at CGU


• Preparing Future Faculty prepares its return


• Qualtrics available free to CGU students


• Ready for some softball?


• Everything you always wanted to know about the GSC (but were afraid to ask)


• Fall Town Hall Meeting


• Dude, Where's my job?


• La Flâneuse: the Claremont Wanderer


• Research + Awards


• Student Achievements

  


Editor's Note


Each year, the first issue of the Pedant tends to be about “back to school”: what happened over the summer, things to be mindful of as the semester begins, and tips specifically for the first-year graduate student. But by the time fall rolls around, we take off the training wheels. By now you have (hopefully) settled into your routine, and although finals are right around the bend, there’s no better time than the present to really immerse yourself into graduate life.

This issue of the Pedant is chock full of ways to more deeply enhance your life as a graduate student (and your C.V., as well). The CGU Women in Leadership Association (page three) is a fantastic way to connect with students across the disciplines, gain professional development, and give back to the community. And our feature story, “Dude, Where’s My Job?”(page six) highlights common pitfalls of those looking to start their careers and resources that can help ensure that you are well positioned to begin your job search when the time comes.

We’ve also kept a close eye on the Graduate Student Council: In “Everything you want to know about the GSC”(page five) we have highlighted all their projects, big and small, and how you can get involved. And when you truly need to disengage, this month’s installment of “La Flânuese” takes you off campus and into the hills, guiding you through the best—and the weirdest—of the Claremont hiking scene (page 10).

While the semester’s end marks the culmination of classes, it can also be a time to renew your committment to academic life. Whether you join a new club (softball, anyone? Check out the Flames on page three); revise your c.v. with an expert career counselor; or start applying for funding (Research & Awards, page 10), when it comes to being a grad student, classes ending is just the beginning.

Cheers,
Rachel Tie
Editor, the Pedant

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Cashing in on the home field advantage


Change the WorldWhile miring ourselves in the life of the mind sounds like a perfectly adequate way to maximize our grad school years, the fact of the matter is that the intellectual pursuit must be augmented by active participation in the scholarly community (i.e. lines on a C.V.). To that end, CGU’s 14th annual Student Research Conference is a great opportunity to boost both your intellect and your career prospects.
This conference is great practice for presenting to a group of peers, and dissipating the anxiety inherent in exposing your work for scrutiny. This year’s theme, “I am in the world to change the world: A Symposium for Advanced Graduate Research and Social Entrepreneurship,” is open to all disciplines, and is an experience that will prime you for your future, potentially more difficult, conference panels.
Moreover, if you submit to present at the conference, your work will also be considered for publication in LUX: A journal of transdisciplinary writing and research. If you presented at last year’s conference and were accepted for publication, you can see your name proudly in pixels when the journal gets published online later this month.
The conference will be on January 25, and proposals are due November 30. So, if you have a paper you’d like some feedback on, think is publishable, or just want to give presenting the ol’ college try, submit your 250-word proposal. Plus, there’s a keynote speaker that promises to be stellar, and a catered lunch. Don’t miss this opportunity to dress in your best business casual, and get a taste of the good (academic) life.
For more information about the student research conference, visit cgu.edu/mmpconference. To submit your proposal, visit www.tinyurl.com/2013mmp.

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Women in Leadership at CGU


Some assert that the glass ceiling no longer exists, that women have achieved both personal and professional equality with men. But instances like congress’ non-unilateral support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, or the fact that women still make roughly 75 percent of what men make are both reminders that while equality has been achieved in many ways, women still face an uphill battle in the career world.
The Women in Leadership Association (WILA) gives CGU women a forum for dealing with that battle by providing a community for the exchange of ideas, professionalization opportunities, and service opportunities for its members and the community.
Currently led by arts management MA student Ale McGrew and financial engineering MA student Casandra Rusti, the group is open to all CGU students (yes, men, too). The club revolves primarily around its “dinner and discussion” program, a monthly meeting with female leaders from various industries.
“Even if you can’t give a big time commitment, we encourage everyone to join,” said McGrew. “It’s a phenomenal way to get questions answered in a no-pressure, intimate environment about what it’s really like to be a professional woman.”
In addition to “dinner and discussion,” the club is now going on its second year of leading “empowerment workshops” for young women in the community. Based off of Peter Drucker’s “Five Questions,” the workshops help at-risk young women identify and begin to pursue their goals.
“WILA is a community of like-minded women who want to support each other in personal and professional development,” said Rusti. “In addition, we are currently in the process of becoming a chapter of Women International, which will drastically expand our networking and career opportunities.”
To find out more about joining WILA, e-mail ale.m.mcgrew@gmail.com or casandra.rusti23@gmail.com or contact the group through their facebook page, www.facebook.com/womeninleadershipassociation.

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Preparing Future Faculty prepares its return


The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is making a triumphant return to CGU this spring, this time with an updated curriculum to reflect the most current developments in pedagogy.

In the competitive academic job market, applicants need to be well rounded both as researchers and as teachers. At CGU, where teaching-assistant experience can be difficult to come by, PFF can give students much-needed theoretical background employers are increasingly demanding.

“There is a myth about teaching, that one learns to teach primarily by watching professors; but there really is a pedagogy,” said Shamini Dias, School of Educational Studies PhD student and PFF director. “Universities are becoming increasingly student focused, emphasizing student-learning outcomes and how to engage different learners in different ways. PFF is a highly-regarded national movement, and demonstrating that you have been through the PFF program shows employers that you have an understanding of college-level teaching at the theoretical level.”

While the new PFF program is still being designed and the program is not set in stone, one component of the program may include separate learning modules that zero in on specific aspects of teaching, such as technology.

In the past, seminars have been bi-weekly, spanning the course of two semesters. For more information, including the exact curriculum, class meeting times, and to register visit, www.cgu.edu/pff.

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Qualtrics available free to CGU students


Qualtrics, the cloud-based, cutting-edge, survey-software tool, is now available for use for free by CGU students, faculty, and staff (see Qualtrics in action in “GSC”—page five).

Students are encouraged to use Qualtrics for research and other student-life endeavors, such as running a club. In other words, this is an open university resource with surprisingly few hoops to jump through. However, if students plan to conduct research that draws upon the CGU population of students, staff, faculty, alumni, or related constituents, the student must contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and complete a survey form.

The Office of Information Technology hopes to have the website up and running by mid-November. Qualtrics support, including survey tips, survey policy, reports, and other resources can be found there when it launches at www.cgu.edu/OIE.

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Ready for some softball?


Okay, so your dream of playing shortstop for the New York Yankees hasn’t panned out (yet). Or maybe softball’s removal from the Summer Olympics has left you without an outlet for that wicked underhand fastball. Take heart: Claremont Graduate University’s softball team, the CGU Flames, is gearing up for another season and is scouting for new talent.
The co-ed Flames are managed by J.P. Dulay and Phil DelVecchio, both positive psychology students in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. Fittingly, their approach to the game is serious but allows plenty of room for levity.
“Our philosophy is: Have fun. Be safe. Compete. Continue to improve. Laugh a lot,” said Dulay.
Here is what you need to know if you are thinking about lacing up those cleats: Team dues are $55 per person for a full season (which is 10 regular season games, plus playoffs and the championship game). The Flames require a commitment of approximately six hours per week: three on Friday for practice and three on Sunday for warm-ups and the game itself.
The team plays at Cahuilla Park in Claremont; even if you don’t join, you are more than welcome to come cheer on your fellow students as they run up the score on their heated rivals, Pizza n’ Such.
Currently there is both the long-running co-ed team (which fell just short in the championship game last year) and a new men’s team. The men’s team was formed as a result of an overabundance of men wanting to play, though there is still plenty of interest in recruiting female players.
“We’re looking for anyone to join up, as long as they are not afraid of the ball,” says DelVecchio.
Those interested in signing up, or looking for more information, should contact SBOS student Shelly Sloper at michelle.sloper@cgu.edu.
Go Flames!

the Flames softball team

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Everything you always wanted to know about the GSC


(but were afraid to ask)

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is popularly known for its social events: the Halloween party in the fall, the farewell BBQ in the spring, and all those little excuses to mingle in between. But this year, they plan to take their presence in student life to the next level, both in terms of student life and student advocacy.
Part of this thrust includes helping students financially. The travel and material awards, for example, help reimburse students for expenses incurred from going to a conference, presenting at one of the 5Cs, or other academic-related expenses. And this year, unlike other years, they’ve streamlined the process to be 100 percent online; and they don’t require that you compile your receipts until after the awardees have been chosen. The next deadline will come around this spring, so check your weekly CGU Bugle e-mail for updates.

The GSC is also keeping the GSC house open for students during the day. The hours at the house are currently 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., and you can use the space for meetings, hangouts, study sessions, or anything else that might call for such a space. Even better: they have snacks and drinks available for sustenance to keep your creative juices flowing.

Want more? The GSC wants you.

The council wants you to go to their meetings and provide feedback and input on new initiatives. They are still actively recruiting delegates from all schools as well as representatives from the Center for Information Systems and Technology and the School of Politics and Economics (heads up: representatives get voting rights, so make sure your own school is heard!)

Another big project of the GSC is the new GSC student portal, currently still in testing. The new portal provides students with direct access to e-mail, Sakai, Qualtrics (“What’s Qualtrics,” you ask? See page three), the Honnold library, the bookstore, as well as the university-wide student portal. What sets the GSC’s portal apart is that it includes community space in which student organizations can share information. To check it out, visit “myCGU” and click the link to “Try my campus portal now” (It’s big. It’s red. It can’t be missed).

Friend the GSC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GSCCGU, e-mail them at gsc@cgu.edu, or check out their website (that has all of the important forms and information about everything that matters): www.cgu.edu/gsc.

“Best in Show” Halloween costumes, and students at the GSC s’mores event. Things got pretty kumbayah, but the night was all the better for it.

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Fall Town Hall Meeting


Every fall semester, the GSC hosts a student-led town hall meeting in which the CGU administration and student body are invited to discuss iniatives, programs, and concerns affecting the students.
Currently, the GSC is working with administration to plan the next town hall agenda, and wants to get a better idea of what issues and concerns students would like to see discussed.
As such, the GSC has designed a survey for students to fill out to ensure that their concerns are addressed. For your answers to be reviewed, the survey must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on November 26. The survey can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/cgugscsurvey.
Check your weekly CGU Bugle e-mail for town hall meeting date and time.

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Dude, Where’s my job?


Your CV is five pages long. You have experience in your field. You have a graduate degree (for Pedant’s sake!). You are the most interesting person in the world. So why can’t you get a job?
Blame the economy. Blame hiring biases. Blame a surplus of people with your skill set combined with a shortage of jobs. While all these may be true, there may also be other factors—interviewing faux pas, an unfocused resume, even applying for the wrong types of jobs—that are standing between you and a paycheck. The Pedant met up with Office of Career Management career advisor Paul Hardister to find out where conventional job-hunting wisdom has failed, what most people don’t know about the market, and the most common pitfalls plaguing graduate students on the job hunt.

Networking

“Spend as much time off line as you spend online,” said Hardister. “While many students are pros at marketing themselves on things like LinkedIn, Twitter, Academia.edu, and the like, they can overlook the importance of face-to-face interaction with people in their fields.”

For many, hobnobbing at a wine and cheese meet-up of professionals in their field sounds like a fun Friday night out. For others, it is their vision of the seventh circle of hell. But the value of creating an authentic connection with someone is immeasurable: sometimes someone having shaken your hand is enough for him or her to open a door for you.

Hardister suggests joining one—or several—professional associations in your field and going to some of their local events. While some people have no problem working a room of 50, you can even benefit from this type of contact if by setting a modest goal of meeting 2-3 people (this may even work favorably for you, as professional “hob-nobbers” can risk looking disingenuous).

But equal to the networking advantages gained from participating in professional associations is the knowledge acquired from taking part in the conversation. Whether you’re still a student or have already made your entrée into the professional world, these meetings are full of individuals in your field discussing the most current topics (whether research, management strategies, or gossip) that can ensure you are always up-to-date. 

Professionalization

The process of “professionalization” is two pronged: On one hand, professionalization means gaining experience in your field; on the other, it means looking and acting the part of a professional, experience or not.

“One of the most common pitfalls I see is people taking a ‘trick-or-treat’ approach to the job hunt, in terms of both their cover letters and their actions at career fairs,” said Hardister. “In terms of the former, it is essential to take the time to tailor the letter for each job you are applying for, otherwise it reads to potential employers like junk mail. If you’re applying to 30 jobs and don’t have the time to devote to 30 personalized cover letters, then budget more time to the jobs you really want.”

The same idea holds true for career fairs: Rather than going from table to table asking recruiters if they’re hiring before snagging a free pencil and skipping off to the next table (Ooh! highlighters!), prepare in advance and spend quality time with those companies you are most interested in working for. “By finding out which companies will be at the fair ahead of time and finding out what they’re looking for, you can avoid looking not only unfocused, but avoid having the air of a telemarketer, asking anyone and everyone, ‘Got any jobs?’” said Hardister.
And don’t wear flip-flops.

Just because you’re still in school doesn’t mean you have to put off adding experience to your resume.

“If you can’t work in your field, volunteer or intern,” said Hardister. “But you can also find more creative ways to show experience and know-how. For instance, the Graduate Student Council and your school governance are great places to exercise your skills: pitch and oversee a project idea, highlighting marketable skills like ‘project management’ and ‘publicity” on your resume. If you have a blog with 300 followers, don’t write that off as a hobby, use it to show your finesse with social media.”

Reality check

There is little doubt the economy is in a period of extended stagnation, and as such, job hunters need to adjust their expectations to reflect that reality. Still, Hardister noted some patterns that graduate students on the job hunt fall into.

“Often, people get masters degrees as a way to enter their career field at a higher level. But the truth of the matter, especially in this economy, is that you can no longer assume that an MA entitles you to bypass entry-level positions,” said Hardister. “But the good news—and this is backed by studies—is that while you may still have to start at the bottom, that degree will help you advance more quickly.”

Essentially, a fancy degree from a fantastic school such as CGU isn’t enough on its own to land graduates six-figure jobs (alas!). Constantly augment your classroom learning with skills useful in your field, such as technology, second (and third) languages, and leadership experience.

Nuts and bolts

Long gone are the days of filling out job applications in the Barnes and Noble café. As highly educated individuals striving to build life-long careers, getting the right job can require months of planning.

“One of the first steps in developing a plan is to talk to individuals in your field to get a feel for the types of jobs out there and the type of skills they are looking for,” said Hardister, who encourages students to come to him for help in developing a plan. “Not only can we help you brainstorm a plan of action, but can help you with your resume—currently our most utilized service—and can even set up a mock interview—our least utilized but perhaps most beneficial service.”

With student loans looming (and let’s face it: we’re not getting any younger), getting the perfect job right away can seem like the only thing standing between you and the American Dream. But with a skewed job-opening-to-qualified-candidate ratio, coupled with a bad economy, the only thing to do is to keep your finger to the pulse of your field, plan ahead, and remain flexible.

“The average person changes careers at least three times in their life,” said Hardister. “So don’t worry about getting ‘stuck’ in the wrong job: It may just be the one you’ve been looking for.”
career fair
A CGU student works a career fair the right way: engaged, professional looking, and absolutely not in flip-flops.

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La Flâneuse


La Flaneuseby Sharone Williams — writer, editor, loafer, PhD candidate in English
Flâneuse, French: 1) a city wanderer; 2) one who strolls about aimlessly; 3) a shopper with no intent to buy; an intellectual parasite.

As part of the Pedant’s mission to enhance student life, La Flâneuse (the wanderer) was developed to feature goings-on about town. Things to do, people to see, and places to go are recorded for your reading pleasure by the charming, the effete, the ever-hungry flâneuse. This installement: Take a hike, Claremont.
On your map, it might be called the Claremont Wilderness Trail, but all the cool kids know it as the Mills Loop, a moderate hike just over five miles long that winds into the mountains behind our hallowed halls of learning.  It’s about a 950-foot climb in elevation, and rumor has it that on a clear day you can see all the way to Catalina Island from the summit.  One bright fall day, Intrepid Editor Rachel and I set out to conquer it in the name of journalism.

The Mills Loop is just what it sounds like, an out and back trail that starts and ends in the same place, the Claremont Wilderness Park at the top of Mills Avenue. You have two choices: you can go up the left side (the Burbank Canyon Trail), which is a longer but more gradual climb (three miles up and two miles down) and provides no shade until the home stretch; or you can go up the right side (the Cobal Trail), which has a steeper but shorter incline and plentiful shade during the first leg of the hike. We chose the Burbank Canyon side on the theory that we’d reward ourselves for our exertion with the shorter downhill walk.

La Flaneuse hiking

Below are some excerpts from my expedition journal.
11:17 a.m. Distance: 0.0 miles; elevation climb: 0 feet. We’re meeting up at the trailhead. It turns out I spent so much time planning my hiking outfit that I forgot some essentials. Like a bag to carry all the essentials I didn’t forget: water, sunglasses, sunblock, fake nose and mustache, camera, chapstick. Thank goodness for Rachel, who actually seems to know what she’s doing. 

11:23 a.m. Distance: .25 miles; elevation climb: 79 feet. It’s a beautiful day for a hike. The sun’s out, it’s mostly clear, my water’s cold, everything’s perfect.

11:28 a.m. Distance: .47 miles; elevation climb: 149 feet. Wow, that sun’s really bright. Hey, who’s in charge of the air conditioning around here? heh heh

11:49 a.m. Distance: 1.3 miles; elevation climb: 419 feet. Man. This
is . . . this is some hike. I just told Rachel I reckoned we had to be nearing halfway done (uh, wrong). I reckon hiking makes me say things like “reckon.”

12:14 p.m. Distance: 2.4 miles; elevation climb: 760 feet. Hey look, you can almost see all the way to Glendora! It’s the kind of view that makes me want to go striding through some chaparral.

12:29 p.m. Distance: 3.0 miles; elevation climb: 951 feet.  We made it to the covered benches at the summit! You know what would be an amazing reward for this accomplishment? A helicopter ride to my car.

12:36 p.m. Distance: 3.3 miles; elevation climb: 879 feet. I would elbow my mother in the face for some cold water right now.

12: 46 p.m. Distance: 3.7 miles; elevation climb: 618 feet. Is this the end? It feels like we’re getting clo— (interrupted by GPS lady announcing our actual distance).

12:53 p.m. Distance: 3.99 miles; elevation climb: 480 feet. Has anyone ever walked this long in their entire lives? What if we’ve actually died and we’re being punished in some kind of afterlife?

12:58 p.m. Distance: 4.2 miles; elevation climb: 380 feet. Rachel just turned to me and said dreamily, “What are you going to do first if we ever get home again?” What are the symptoms of heatstroke again?

1:00 p.m. Distance: 4.3 miles; elevation climb: 333 feet. Shade. SHADE. There has never been anything so glorious in all the world.
1:18 p.m. Distance: 5.0 miles; elevation climb: 0 feet. We lived. We will see civilization and Vons and pancakes and showers again.

On a nice day, the Mills Loop attracts quite a crowd. Some people show up clutching Starbucks cups and gloating over their superiority for remembering there’s such a thing as outside. Don’t be that guy. Others come kitted out in full hiking regalia with packs of water strapped to the backs of their hapless golden retrievers; don’t be that guy either. It’s not Machu Picchu. Carry your own water. Some people come in running shorts and t-shirts and sprint past you up 6% grades with the grace of gazelles. It’s ok to be that guy, as long as you don’t mind me hating you. But most people are just like you and me: they want to be outside and get in some exercise at the same time. They bring their mountain bikes, their kids, their dogs, their friends; they tell stories, they say hi to strangers, they sweat, huff and puff, and feel good and stuff when they finally reach the end.

Still feeling iffy about it? I’ve created a helpful quiz.
Please review the following statements and answer using a 5-point Likert scale where 1=strongly disagree and 5=strongly agree.
1. I’m in decent shape (none-to-moderate huffing and puffing after one flight of stairs).
2. The temperature outside is reasonable and the chances of heatstroke,  hypothermia, or mudslide are minimal.
3. I have two hours to kill.
4. Hey, look! I’m wearing comfortable, breathable clothing and walking shoes that are nice and roomy around the toes because I’m going to be walking a lot and I understand that foot swelling is NOT A JOKE.
5. Sometimes I like to remember that there are things in the world besides books and libraries and computer labs and dissertations.
6. I like mountains and trees and gorgeous views and the occasional deer, and I’m willing to get sweaty to see them up close and in person.
If your average score is 3 or higher, congratulations! The Mills Loop just might be for you.

If you’re a more/less accomplished hiker, Mt. Baldy has some options you might like.

If the Mills Loop seems like too much: try San Antonio Falls, an easy 1.4-mile trip. See www.alltrails.com and seach “San Antonio Falls.”

If you can do the Mills Loop backwards on your hands in the dark: Can I watch? Also, try the Three Tees Trail via Icehouse Canyon, a 14.1-mile full-day expedition that requires an adventure permit from the visitor center. Visit www.everytrail.com and search “three tees Trail.”

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research + awards


Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

This dissertation scholarship is for students at US universities who are writing on topics related to peace, conflict, and international security in any discipline. Citizens of any country can apply, as long as they are enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited US university. The award is $20,000 for 10 months, and the recipient can do research at their university or another site suited to their work. The application consists of a proposal and three letters of reference, with a December 14 deadline. For more information, visit www.usip.org.


The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

This scholarship of $1,000 is awarded annually to a student studying education. The application process consists of an application, a transcript, and an essay of 500 words. The essay should demonstrate an understanding and an interest in the principles of voluntary and compulsory unionism in relation to education. Applicants must demonstrate their potential to complete their program and the desire for a teaching license after graduation. The application is available for online submission or hard copy, and all materials must be submitted or posted by December 31. For more information and to apply, visit www.nilrr.org.


Lloyd G. Balfour Fellowships

Ever wonder what you got out of your fraternity or sorority aside from the epithet you can’t seem to shake, “Frank the Tank” or “Susie the floo—” nevermind.  Turns out, everything they say about Greek life and lifelong networks is true.  The Lloyd G. Balfour Fellowship program awards 10 fellowships in the amount of $1,000-$2,000 to former NIC, NPC, NPHC, and PFA members currently enrolled in graduate programs (if you don’t know any of the above acronyms, this one probably isn’t for you.)

Applicants must have at least a 3.7 GPA, and must have demonstrated campus and community involvement, and leadership within their fraternity/sorority.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2012, and must include all transcripts, an acceptance letter from CGU, and the fellowship application. For the application and details, visit
www.nif-inc.net/scholarships/lloyd_balfour.

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student achievements


Kevin Fleming
PhD, Education
Kevin was promoted to dean of instruction at Norco College. In addition, his presentation, “Supplying the Workforce Needs: Creating the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education,” was accepted to the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges joint-conference.

Nancy Guarneros
PhD, Education
The crit, a critical legal studies journal at The University of Idaho College of Law has accepted Guarneros’ paper to present at their annual conference and for publication.

Jessica L.A. Jackson
MA, Behavior Research & Evaluation; MPH, Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology
This summer, Jackson completed an internship with the Office on Women’s Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She is involved in several projects, including coordinating content development, staffing, and process of two OWH sponsored seminars at the US Conference on AIDS. She also served as an objective grant reviewer for various requests for proposals on gender-specific interventions and programs. Finally, she completed research for a presidential working group on the intersection between intimate partner violence and HIV.

Aye Aye Khaine
PhD, Public Policy and Health Policy
This past summer, Khaine worked with Seattle-based international development organization, PATH. PATH promotes Ultra Rice in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Ultra Rice is a fortified food that can help address micronutrient deficiencies or malnutrition in resource-constrained countries. Her work involved identifying local business partners, especially rice millers, who would commit to investing in equipment required to make fortified rice and would likely to be trained for fortification techniques in the future. She conducted a series of consultative meetings and discussions with relevant stakeholders.

Lei Lei
PhD, Information Systems and Technology
Lei’s paper was accepted by the 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference. Lei designed a spatial intelligent framework to improve the effectiveness of public participation in the Environmental Impact Assessment process. 

Bruce Paolozzi
PhD, Philosophy of Religion and Theology
Paolozzi’s article, “Caputo through the Cloud: Answering Questions Raised by John Caputo through a Recovery of The Cloud of Unknowing” was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Medieval Mystical Theology in August 2012.

Sharon Pittman
PhD, Cultural Studies
Pittman’s article “James Cuno and the Question of Whose Culture” was published in the summer edition of the scholarly journal Interdisciplinary Humanities. 

Paul Rodriguez
PhD, Philosophy of Religion and Theology
Rodriguez was recently hired to teach at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.

Courtenay Stallings
PhD, History
Stallings is a recipient of the Ida Lloyd Crotty Endowed Fellowship.  This endowed fellowship supports an outstanding female scholar in the arts or humanities in memory of Howard and Ida Crotty. The Claremont Graduate University faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities selects the recipients of this fellowship.

Randal Stepp
PhD, Higher Ed
 Stepp’s paper “Native Hawaiian educational access: Consequences of a conquest” was published in the Journal of the World University Forum.

Patrick Williams
PhD, Applied Cognitive Psychology
Williams received a research-assistant position studying the neuroscience of wisdom at the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He also became the father of a 6 pound, 8 ounce baby girl on August 22, 2012.

Theresa Yugar
PhD, Women’s Studies in Religion
Theresa Yugar and Professor Rosemary Radford Ruether were among 20 Catholic feminists nation-wide to attend a “Catholic Feminist Movement Building Conference,” in Baltimore, Maryland in July. Participants gathered to discuss the future of Catholic feminism, alternative ways of being Catholic, and women’s relationships to the institutional Roman Catholic Church.

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