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  • The California Art Education Association (CAEA) named Associate Professor Elizabeth Kenneday as Outstanding Higher Education Visual Art Educator for 2006. Kenneday, who has a joint faculty appointment in the Art Department and in the Liberal Studies Department, is involved with art as a bridge to cultural understandings through teaching, lecturing, exhibition and community service.

  • Five Cal State Long Beach students were among 64 two-person teams competing in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s (ACMA) National Tournament in January at Regent University Law School in Virginia. CSULB’s Michaelyn Thomas and Will Glaser from Patrick Henry College (Va.) were teamed at the ACMA Western Regionals at CSULB in December and captured third place to advance to the national tournament. CSULB students Paige McCormack, Shelia Soroushian, Kristin Hallak and Jillian Martins received at-large bids based on their regional performance.

  • The Department of Social Work received two grants to support student stipend programs designed to get mental health professionals with master of social work (MSW) degrees into the workforce. The campus received $522,188 from the California Department of Mental Health for the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) Mental Health Stipend Program, and $200,000 from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for the L.A. County Intern Training Program Services.

  • CSULB students captured four top awards at the 16th annual California State University Media Arts Festival that showcases video, film and interactive projects of students throughout the 23-campus system. Angie Piccirillo received the Best-in-Show/Audience Award and second place in the narrative film category for “PMS: A Period Piece.” Michelle Gevoian received the Rosebud Award for first place in the music video category for “One Sister,” and Gevoian’s cinematographer, Jessica Ruge, earned the Kodak Cinematography Award. Marlowe Greenlee and Junya Sakino took first place in the comedy screenplay and dramatic screenplay categories, respectively, for Greenlee’s “Across the White Line” and Sakino’s “Orizuru.”

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health awarded a $249,862 grant—one of four awarded nationwide—to the National Council of La Raza-CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training for a project aimed at reducing the instances of HIV infection among U.S. Latinas and their families. Called “Rompe el Silencio” or “Break the Silence,” the project is a collaborative effort of the NCLR/CSULB Center, the Center for Health Care Innovation, the East Los Angeles Women’s Center and AltaMed Health Services.

  • The National Institutes of Health recently awarded CSULB a $593,741 grant to continue its Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program. The Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences departments are participating in the program that currently funds 24 students who participate in research. Its primary goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students seeking doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

  • The College of Education debuted its Museum of Teaching and Learning—the first of its kind according to officials—with an exhibit paying tribute to the father of American public education, Horace Mann. Located in the College of Education building, the interactive display ran through Dec. 1 as the first of three planned for the 2006-07 academic year. Later exhibits will focus on Maria Montessori and John Dewey, and plans call for the exhibits to travel to schools.

  • The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently presented Alan Henderson, professor of health science, with its prestigious St. George National Award, the highest award the ACS national board of directors bestows upon a state-level volunteer. Each year, the St. George Award is presented to an outstanding ACS Division volunteer in recognition of distinguished service to the society. To be nominated for the national award, a volunteer must have served in a leadership position with the society for a minimum of six continuous years and contributed to the furtherance of the society’s strategic goals and mission-driven programs. Henderson has been involved with the ACS for about 20 years.