A meta moment
I usually reserve the Editor’s Note for commentary on the stories covered in each issue: the ebb and flow of the academic year; changing administrations and their changing platforms; and the never-ending roster of events taking place at CGU.
For this issue, however, I would like to write about the Pedant itself. Five years ago a recent CGU graduate cum communications employee and another student writer started the Pedant, and two years ago the torch was handed off to me. The Pedant has gone through several iterations during that time, not only changing in appearance but in content, as well.
We have had the luxury of having a talented, consistent staff over the years, however this issue marks one of the biggest changes the Pedant is yet to undergo. Not only is Kelsey Kimmel, who has been instrumental in dressing and designing the Pedant, graduating with her MFA this May, but the Pedant’s founder, Brendan Babish, is also leaving CGU.
Not only has Brendan been instrumental in teaching the rest of the staff the mechanics of hyphenating phrasal adjectives and the endless rules regarding when and when not to capitalize titles, institutions, conferences, etc., but his vision for what a student publication can and should has inspired the Pedant each and every issue.
The rest of the staff is as committed as ever to making each issue of the Pedant better than the last (with the August storyboard already underway). But we are also taking this time to look back and thank our co-workers and co-creators for their inedible contributions to this publication: you will be missed. Congratulations to the 2013 graduating class, and a wonderful and restful summer to all.
Editor, the Pedant
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Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Claremont Graduate University have created a groundbreaking partnership establishing a new master’s degree in art business. With two other campuses located in New York and London, this partnership brings the nationally recognized institute to California. The institute has been looking for a partnership in Southern California for some time because there are so many opportunities on the west coast, especially close to Los Angeles. When the president of Sotheby’s, David Levy, visited the CGU campus, it was exactly what they were looking for.
“Claremont has such a rich history,” said Patricia Easton, professor of philosophy at CGU and a major player in helping the program get off the ground. “It just fits really well.”
The new three-semester program will launch in the fall as part of the Drucker School, and will focus specifically on business of the art variety, with classes on art law, copyright, and contracts. Students in the program will also have the option during their third semester to study at one of the other campuses in New York or London.
According to Easton, the program addresses a unique need of students who have degrees in subjects like art history, and aren’t sure how to put that degree to use.
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The newly elected (and meticulously color-coordinated) executive board of the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Council (left to right): Stephen Ward (president), Arianna Stelling (vice president), Aisha Agee (treasurer), Charlie McCaslin (secretary).
You voted in the election. You watched the candidate speeches. Your trusty Pedant sat down with the president-elect of the GSC and gives you the nitty gritty on what to expect for the upcoming school year.
Pedant: Tell me a little bit about your platform?
Stephen Ward: My platform is my CSTEP agenda: communication, social justice, transdisciplinarity, employment, and philanthropy. All of them are equally important and I think they encompass a holistic experience of what students will get when they’re at CGU next year.
P: What will be different?
SW: Communication is big, that is where I started. Students should be able to reach out and use the opportunities available within the consortium. Something I am looking to do is partnering up with Event Claremont. Event Claremont is a social calendar for the Claremont Colleges, but currently only for the 5Cs. I would like to add our events to that and direct students there. There are other opportunities that are of interest to students here, whether those be seminars, workshops, movies, or social events. It’s utilizing the idea that we have this big campus outside of CGU. I’m also looking to partner with athletics, so CGU sudents can participate in more athletic events. Additionally, I want to have a council member accountable for communications—by creating a communications position, so there is somebody that students can go to that would be responsible or in charge of communicating with the 5Cs.
P: What is your biggest goal?
SW: Making that come to life with the hopes of the student realizing, ‘wow, this is more than what I ever thought it could be.’ Right now we are directed through the GSC [for outside events], or your department, and being inundated with e-mails. That’s how you know what’s what. I’m really looking to engage the student body. One Leisure with dignity 3 element of success I have seen so far is our voter turn out. We’re starting to see students be aware of a body that is looking to thrive.
P: Do you think you’ll attempt to turn off the fire hose of emails?
Yes, that’s a technical term.
SW: [Laughs] That is something that could be looked at selectively. Maybe having an option to opt-out of some e-mails. If a student is in their all-but-dissertation phase, and they want to opt-out of events that are during the daytime because they’re busy, they could. [E-mail] serves a purpose, and to some extent it is the form of communication that we have now. With respect to that moving forward—we want to balance that.
P: Anything we should look forward to?
SW: What the student body should look forward to is a very energetic and passionate council that is willing to go the extra mile in terms of being visible and implementing ideas that they have. All ideas should be brought to the table. With the new order of communication and fully executing Robert’s Rules of Order, we will collectively be able to focus in on the heart or the roots of any topic.
P: What are you most excited about?
SW: Personally, I am really excited about reaching out to students. One of my strengths is being personable, having the ability to connect with all types of students, and being able to really draw them into the opportunities available at CGU. An example of that is I am picturing myself at our beginning of the year BBQ greeting every student that is in line and making them feel warm and being open to any ideas that they have and being able to implement those ideas. All ideas will be considered and we will definitely go the distance to make way for them. That’s the most important thing.
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CGU releases results of student climate survey
Last fall semester, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (a.k.a., the survey people) conducted a student climate survey to assess the CGU student experience. Many of the survey highlights can be found in the bar chart below.
Most of the encouraging and discouraging results are self-evident, but it is still worth pointing out that all feedback is helpful—as long as it is acted on. Administrators need this information to make decisions on how to improve the university, especially in regards to student experience.
As can be seen, there is general agreement that certain things are going well at CGU. Students are treated with respect and their concerns are taken seriously. Students also responded that staff members are helpful and programs prepare them well for the next phase of their career. While there is still certainly room for improvement in those areas, achieving it requires additional analyses.
Survey results have been disaggregated by gender, ethnicities, and, in some cases, across schools and programs. This will allow the deans and chairs of the respective schools and departments to better evaluate and act on the specific concerns amongst their students.
That said, there are clear areas where we as a university need to make considerable progress. The lack of a sense of a community and relative low morale particularly stand out. Community-building will always be a challenge for a graduate school where a substantial number of students live off campus and/or also work full- or part-time. Nonetheless, addressing this is a high priority for Student Services, individual schools, and the Graduate Student Council. Just a few of the initiatives already implemented are university-wide orientations, resource fairs, and revamped Student Services webpages.
An additional area that needs improving is increased support of diversity. That is why President Deborah Freund launched a Diversity Council last fall. The council has worked throughout this semester, and will continue through the summer and fall, to create recommendations for the university.
To ensure that actions taken will be effective, a new iteration of the student survey was dispersed in April. But remember: surveys can only do so much, and student surveys should not be the only time you provide feedback. Feel free to talk to your professors, school deans, or university staff or administrators about your concerns and any ideas you have for improving the university.
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by 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 features goings-on about town outside of the moated ivory tower that is CGU. This month: Claremont Farmer’s Market.
My story begins a long, long time ago, when I was a bright and shiny young thing. I was fresh off my qualifying exams and looking for fame and fortune at the end of my pen when Intrepid Editor Rachel took a chance on me and asked me to write a short column about the Claremont farmer’s market. There were a lot of firsts involved for me: first trip to a farmer’s market, first time in the Village before 9 a.m. on a Sunday, first thing I’d been asked to write that didn’t require an MLA handbook. I’ve never been afraid of a challenge (unless you count my dissertation), so of course I said yes. The rest . . . well, you know.
This month marks the two-year anniversary of that column, and it only seemed fitting that I should commemorate the occasion by going back to the farmer’s market, if only to give you the benefit of the vast storehouse of wisdom I’ve acquired since then. So if the lowdown on Claremont’s weekly outdoor shopping extravaganza is the kind of knowledge you’ve been seeking, dear reader, well—read on.
The farmer’s market is still a hypnotic place. Vendors offer samples of locally made goat cheese, Asian pears, various berries, and the softest, sweetest avocados you’ve ever tasted. There are heaps of fresh herbs and organic fruits and vegetables, rows of potted plants and cut flowers, some handmade arts and crafts, a bookseller raising funds for a prison library, and sometimes even live folk music. You can also commission original, on-the-spot poetry from the inspired typewriter of the Unheard Poet if you’re so inclined. We were.
You might come for the locally farmed produce, but you’ll stay for the people-watching. It’s not just that it’s a veritable Who’s Who of CGU, although it is (last week we saw Dean of Students Fred Siegel having coffee with his wife and Provost Jacob Adams perusing the produce stalls). But you’ll also see an interesting mix of people: coffee-wielding undergrads wearing leggings as pants, annoyingly perky morning fitness types, and friends of all ages catching up on a week’s worth of gossip as they sniff the many varieties of soy candles on offer. Several of the vendors have been coming to the market for years, and you’ll see them visiting with each other and their regular customers. The crowds vary based on time of day. The early morning shoppers tend to skew a bit older, but brigades of families pushing massive strollers converge after 10 a.m.
You’ll need to bring cash. Lots, maybe, depending what you’re buying. It’s the only thing most vendors will take, and organic produce ain’t cheap. If you look around, you can find some good deals, though. Insider tip: The fresh-baked bread and rolls are a steal at $2-$3 per loaf/bag (if you mention the “student discount”). And if you don’t think you’re enough of a bread-eater to go through a whole loaf in the week or so you have before it starts to become a science experiment, well, you just bring that gorgeous sourdough (or rye or squaw or baguette or . . . you get the picture) right on over here by me.
You should also bring some kind of reusable bag. Bonus points if it’s crocheted or brightly patterned. There’s nothing more awkward than trying to juggle eight slippery plastic bags full of vegetable . . . unless you’re a professional juggler, and then probably you’ll be fine . . . you know what, your call.
You will, however, need to leave your dog at home. It used to be that everyone would sort of turn a blind eye if they saw you strolling casually with little Hermes (spotted in days of yore: this periodical’s editor elbows-deep in asparagus with a small Maltese in a Levenger bag slung over her shoulder), but in the last few months either the health department or the police or people who just don’t want you to have any fun have taken a stand, so you’ll have to tie Hermes up outside the market bounds or take him home. You can still bring kids, but they have to be kept on a leash at all times. Ok, just kidding. Except for the no dogs part. That’s real.
Parking can be tricky, so leave your car at home too, if you can. If not, be prepared to circle a bit. The streets around the market are pretty busy, and some are blocked off.
I’ve given you the farmer’s market basics—but I can’t reveal all its mysteries to you. In this magical voyage of discovery we call life, there are some things you have to find out for yourself. If your voyage brings you to Second Street between Indian Hill and Yale on a Sunday morning, and you see a not-so-young but still bright and shiny lady in a nose-and-mustache sampling the strawberries, please do stop and say hello.
With greatest affection,
Your faithful flâneuse
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PhD, Educational Policy, Evaluation, and Reform
Almond recently accepted a position as a policy associate with the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC, a national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve policy for underrepresented students to graduate high school and succeed in college and/or career.
PhD, Education Policy, Evaluation, and Reform
Rogers-Chapman recently began working with Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. In her position as a research associate, she is the co-lead researcher on a qualitative study on the implementation of Linked Learning in California schools. Additionally, she writes policy briefs and monographs for different stakeholders in the education policy world.
PhD, Urban Leadership
In the fall of 2012, Greer obtained the position of assistant principal at Ayala High School in Chino Hills. He is in charge of core instruction (e.g., math, English, science, and history), attendance, student discipline, security, and STAR testing. Additionally, this past January, he was asked to review a paper submitted to Educational Researcher, one of the AERA journals. The paper was titled “Assessing Contemporary Notions of Mathematical Competence.”
This past January, Nadler gave talks at Ben Gurion University, University of Haifa, and the Technion, and recently accepted a position at the Ivey School of Business at Western Ontario University’s finance department, which will begin this fall.
Madeleine St. Marie
St. Marie presented her paper, “Apocalypse Nowish: Christian Apocalyptic Thinking and Reassessing ‘Decline and Fall’ in Late Antique Gaul,” at the Vagantes Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in March 2013.
PhD, Higher Education
Along with Craig R. Seal, Miguel’s paper, “Facilitating social and emotional competence development through a peer coaching training program” will be published in the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching.
Amanda J. Lee
MA, Applied Women’s Studies
Lee was recently elected as a member to the Board of Directors at the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles. She is also currently serving on their strategic planning committee. This nonprofit organization’s mission is “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women.” It has served and continues to serve the Greater Los Angeles community through programs like child and youth development, sexual assault crisis services, job training and placement, and community building for senior citizens. The organization is under the headship of both the World YWCA and YWCA USA (which has been the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the U.S.).
Moss was recently invited to teach a workshop on teaching programming at the University of Massachusetts.
Zaynah Rahman & Matthew A. Witenstein
PhD, Educational Studies
Rahman and Witenstein recently published their article, “A Quantitative Study of Cultural Conflict and Gender Differences in South Asian American College Students,” in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the top ethnic studies journal, according to Thomsen Reuters Journal Citation Reports.
PhD, Information Systems and Technology
Murad published a conference paper, “Using a Mobile Multimedia System to Improve Information Exchange in EMS” at the 18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) held in Seattle last August. This paper also received a special invitation from Health and Technology (one of the first crossdisciplinary journals for health technologies, medical, and scientific research) to be presented in their next issue.
PhD, Applied Mathematics
Last November, Xu presented the paper, “Effect of the History Force on Particle Trajectories within an Oscillatory Rotating Flow” at the Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting in San Diego held by the American Physical Society.
Sid De La Cruz
MA, Music Composition
De La Cruz was recently awarded the prestigious Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship. The scholarship develops the talent of promising film scoring students by providing them with education through UCLA Extension’s entertainment studies and performing arts program.
Daria Elies Nunez and Susan Goldsand
MA, Arts Managemet
Nunez and Goldsand recently launched a non-profit organization that offers arts and language education programming. They are currently partnering with two schools to teach after-school Spanish language classes. Education for the Arts plans to partner with other school Leisure with dignity 11 districts and community organizations to bring art and language instruction to the community at large.
MPH, Health Promotion, Education, and Evaluation
Williamson was admitted to the PhD program in clinical psychology at UCLA to study stress and coping with Annette Stanton. Also, this past March, he presented his research at the annual meeting for American Psychosomatic Medicine in Miami, FL. He presented a poster on emotional disclosure methods and coping strategies as well
as co-presented a poster on inflammatory markers in female partners of men with prostate cancer. Lastly, his research on social exclusion and cardiovascular reactivity was accepted to be presented at the Association for Psychological Science conference this coming May in Washington, DC.
This past December, Olali became a T’Ofori-Atta Research Fellow in global leadership in the Religious Heritage of the African World Institute at the the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).
Sumaia A. Al-kohlani
PhD, Political Science
Al-kohlani presented a research paper, “Gender Inequity in Education in Conservative and Liberal Muslim Countries” at the West Political Science Association (WPSA) conference March 28, 2013. Al-kohlani also presented a paper on April 12, 2013 named “Going Beyond Race in Environmental Justice Research: Does Air Quality Depend on Social Constructions?” at the Midwest Political Science Association conference.
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
MA, Fine Art
Taulapapa McMullin’s first book of poetry, Coconut Milk, will be published by the University of Arizona Press on their Fall 2013 list. His work was recently featured in Art in Oceania: A New History, published by Thames & Hudson, London, 2012 and republished by Yale University Press, 2013. The University of Hawaii, Manoa, Samoan Studies Department will host a solo exhibition of his work in the coming months, and he is working on a painting commission for the Bishop Museum of Honolulu.
MA, Cultural Studies
Muniz was awarded a student–presenter fellowship at the 2013 National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies Conference. She also presented her paper “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom: The Audiotopias of Selena Across Las Americas” which explores the role of music in the U.S. and Mexico borderlands, community organizing and anti-immigrant legislation.
An abridged version of Ellis’ thesis, “Roman Catholics and Social Justics: A Humanitarian Fervor Rooted in Jesus’ Teachings,” was selected for publication in the October 2012 issue of Epoche: UCLA Undergraduate Journal for the Study of Religion. It was also awarded the Prize for Outstanding Paper by the Epoche editorial board.
Publish a paper? Present at a conference? Land a job? Accomplish something else awesome in your academic or professional career? Send your achievement, along with your school and degree seeking, to Pedant@cgu.edu. Hi-res, professional headshots also welcomed.
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