Rick Behl, Geology, co-authored a paper in the journal Paleoceanography titled “Vertical oxygen minimum zone oscillations during the last 20 kyr in Santa Barbara Basin: A benthic foraminiferal community perspective” in January.
Martin Fiebert and Christopher Warren, Psychology, along with graduate student Marcie Dorethy recently published “Examining Social Networking Site Behaviors: Photo Sharing and Impression Management on Facebook” in the International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Kent Hayward, Film and Electronic Arts, will have a screening of his short films from 7 to 10 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session to be held in Venice, Calif. on April 27 at the Dudley Cinema at the Beyond Baroque Arts Center.
Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published a new 11th edition of Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings (Wadsworth/ Cengage, 2014), and an essay “Expression in Dance” in Art and Expression, Ananta Charan Sukla, ed. (Verlag Traugott Bautz GmbH, 2013), pp. 180-187. She was the co-editor (with Renee M. Conroy) of a print symposium on “Dance Art and Science” in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71:2 (Spring 2013), 167-210. She presented a paper on “Dance and Human Expression” at the 19th International Congress of Aesthetics in Krakow, Poland, July 26; led a workshop on aesthetics at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento for the docent education program Oct. 16; chaired two sessions at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference in Boulder, Aug. 9; and refereed manuscripts for Oxford University Press, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal and Contemporary Aesthetics.
Eye of the Storm: Directing for Film, Television and Emerging Media
Maria Viera, professor emerita, Theatre Arts, and Tom Blomquist, associate professor, Film and Electronic Arts
Published in 2013 by Kendall Hunt, this 284-page textbook presents a fresh approach to directing instruction. Going beyond the so-called “nuts and bolts” aspects of the director’s role, Storm is designed to help media artists understand the subtle processes of successful collaboration with key creative team members. “What this book is about is collaboration,” Viera explained. “Other books on direction tended to deal with production management details, cameras and lenses. This book is about how a director actually deals with screenwriters or cinematographers or editors in the real world. This is not the auteur theory.” Blomquist added, “Being a director is as much about conflict resolution and motivating people effectively as it is being an artist. We have tried to demonstrate to our readers that having strong people skills are vital to a director and that’s just not something that is taught in most film schools.” But the text goes on to deal with emerging media by explaining the new terminology that accompanies it. “Most other books on direction do not address episodic television, reality TV or voice direction. They assume that everyone is going to make theatrical feature films. In the first five years of a filmmaker’s career, they need to know the terms and practices used by the industry so that they are not caught unprepared,” Viera said. The authors felt that many other books dealing with direction lacked practical advice about working with actors. “We felt there was a need for that,” she said. “When most famous directors write their books, they tell anecdotes. But this text offers its readers the terms and techniques that they really need to work with actors. The first thing we suggest is that would-be directors take an acting class. It is an easy way for directors to learn the basic terminology that actors use.” Other chapters address such topics as casting, rehearsal and set performance. “Another special quality to this book is its chapter on script analysis which I based on my background in theater,” she said. “Film students can get carried away with lights and equipment, as if they are the most important tools for a director. This book offers filmmakers the chance to see the field in detail. It takes the best practices of theater and adapts them to film.”
The advent of the new communication technology has gone a long way toward the democratization of the arts, she believes. Blomquist, who is also an active member of the Directors Guild of America, agrees. “We have included quotes from top craft experts that are surprisingly candid about what they do and how they do it. Some of their advice goes against some popular film school mythology.” “The strongest message in this book is how to assemble and work with a creative team,” Viera said. Blomquist pointed out, “Actors and crew members are not going to follow a director to the ends of the earth simply because he or she has the title of director. Loyalty like that has to be earned throughout the prep process and then one shot at a time on the set. Too many students and aspiring directors learn that lesson the hard way.” Viera first joined the university in 1984 after earning her doctorate from USC. She retired in 2013. Blomquist earned his B.S. from Southern Illinois University and began his teaching career after many years in the entertainment industry. He also has taught at USC, the American Film Institute and Chapman University.
Accounting majors at CSULB are offering free income tax preparation for students and members of the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which runs through Friday, March 29, at the university.
Offering free e-filing for federal and state tax returns, VITA is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals, the handicapped, the elderly and limited-English-proficient individuals. Every year CSULB’s student volunteers prepare hundreds of returns for individuals both on and off campus.
Sponsored by the IRS but funded through the campus’ Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society, VITA helps students on campus and people from the community who cannot afford to go to paid preparers to get their taxes filed. At the same time, the program gives student volunteers valuable experience that can further help them to attain full-time employment in the accounting field.
“VITA is Beta Alpha Psi’s and the Accounting Society’s way of giving back to the community. The program provides free services to everyone who qualifies and it also provides opportunities for technical advancement to our student volunteers,” said Paula Alba, this year’s student VITA coordinator. “What’s unique about our campus is that we also provide assistance to non-residents; our campus is the only Cal State campus around the area that provides this service.”
This year’s program has about 54 volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS to prepare and e-file basic income tax returns and foreign student tax returns. They are also qualified to answer many tax questions or concerns that those coming in for assistance may have.
There are limitations to those who can use the service, however. VITA program volunteers do not prepare business tax returns and they do not do itemized returns. In addition, the CSULB program can only assist those who made $51,000 or less in 2012.
Those interested in having their 2012 tax returns prepared through the VITA program should bring proof of identification; Social Security cards, including spouse’s and dependents’ (or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration); birth dates, including spouse’s and dependents’; current year’s tax package; wage and earnings statements (W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers); and interest and dividend statements from banks (1099 forms).
Additionally, clients also should try to bring a copy of their federal and state returns from last year, if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit; total paid for day-care provider and the day-care provider’s Social Security number or business employer identification number; and, if a client paid rent for at least half of 2012 for property in California, he or she should have the rental dates and landlord’s information (name, address, phone number).
It is also important to note that when filing taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
The CSULB VITA program operates out of Room 237 on the second floor of CSULB’s College of Business Administration (CBA) Building off of Bellflower Boulevard. Volunteers will prepare returns from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
Members of the community are advised to use the metered parking in Lot 15, adjacent to the CBA Building. The cost is $2 per hour.
Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Alba via e-mail or by phone at 562/985-5752. Additional information can also be found on the Beta Alpha Psi website.
Registration for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSULB for the spring session begins Monday, March 10, and once again can be done by either mail or in person in the OLLI Office located in the CSULB Human Services and Design Building (HS&D), Room 100, near the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and East University Drive. The spring session will run from Monday, April 14 through Monday, June 9.
New course topics include How to Talk so People Can Listen, Living with Integrity, Rail Getaways, Cultural and Historic Heritage of Chinese Civilization, A History of Early Television….And the Shows that Started it and Spanish for Travelers. Returning topics this session will be “Ireland, As I’ve Seen It”, Conversational Spanish, Intermediate Bridge, Folk Guitar and Financial Rules of the Road. For those looking to improve their health and endurance, OLLI offers Tai Chi Chih, Senior Yoga, Feel great Again…Understand and Maximize Your Brain Biochemistry and Longevity Stick.
All the fitness classes will be held in the Life Fitness Center rooms 107 and 110. OLLI computer classes are conducted in a 12-seat state of the art PC and Mac equipped lab by skilled instructors.
Currently OLLI locations include the HS&D Building on campus, rooms 101 and 119; OLLI Downtown at 737 Pine Ave., Suite 202; OLLI Leisure World, 13533 Seal Beach Blvd. in Seal Beach; one at Recreation Park Lawn Bowling Center; and at the Albert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow.
OLLI at CSULB’s annual membership fee of $40 covers the winter, spring, summer and fall sessions and is pro-rated for the spring and summer sessions at $20. Tuition is $10 per lecture class and $35 per computer class. Parking permits are available for a fee.
The Child and Family Center, a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited program located in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Building, will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in FCS rooms 107/109.
The center, a nationally recognized student-teacher training facility, provides childcare services for CSULB employees and their families for children 18 months to 5 years of age. The open house is an opportunity for families to receive enrollment applications and information, meet the lead teachers and administrators, tour the classrooms and learn about the center’s curriculum.
For more information, call the Child and Family Center at 562/985-8500 or visit its website.
Jun Niimi, the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, will discuss “How Japanese Investment Builds Southern California” beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in The Pointe of the Walter Pyramid at CSULB.
The event is being presented by CSULB’s International Business Association (IBA), the official student chapter of the International Business Association of Southern California, a division of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce since 1975.
Niimi arrived in Los Angeles and assumed the post of Consul General in October 2011. He is the official representative of the government of Japan in the consulate’s jurisdiction of Arizona and Southern California. It is his first assignment to the United States.
A career diplomat, Niimi began his service to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979, after earning a degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo. His previous international assignments were to England, Kenya, France, Iran, Russia and Thailand. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Japan, Niimi has served as director of Overseas Public Relations, director of the Consular Policy Division, director of the Overseas Establishments Division and assistant vice minister.
The Pointe will be open at 5:30 p.m., and Michael Solt, CSULB dean for the College of Business Administration, will begin the program promptly at 6 p.m. Lhea Villarreal, president of CSULB’s IBA will introduce Niimi, who will speak for about 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session, then a closing address at 7:15 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Paid public parking permits are available for $5 at the yellow parking lot kiosks. Recommended attire is business casual, and refreshments will be provided.
The event is co-hosted by CSULB’s Center for International Trade and Transportation and the International Studies Students Association.
Seating is limited, and RSVPs are required at https://orgsync.com/36540/forms/98661.
The return of Women’s History Month to CSULB this month promises discussions of topics as varied as sex, social media and Chinese gardens.
The month kicks off with a multimedia lecture from Jackson Katz on “Blurred Lines: Sex and Violence in Media and Real Life” due Monday, March 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the University Student Union ballroom. The address is sponsored by the ASI Program Council and FORCE and will feature guests from the YWCA-GLA Sexual Assault Crisis Services, WomenShelter of Long Beach and Center for the Pacific Asian Family. More information is available by contacting Jay Jenkins.
Thursday, March 6, brings to the Anatol Center a screening at 7 p.m. of a film on Chinese gardens and a Q&A with San Francisco State’s Valerie Soe, an associate professor in SFSU’s Asian-American Studies. The documentary titled “Oak Park Story” (2010) chronicles the daily lives of poor Mexican, Chicano and Cambodian families in a housing project in Oakland and their struggle against their Stanford-educated landlord who routinely ignored and violated health and safety codes. The program is sponsored by Chi Delta Theta and CSULB’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. More information is available by emailing History’s Linda Espana-Maram.
“Sex and Protection” will explain what the Women’s Health Center offers for better health and sex education on Monday, March 10, from 7-8 p.m. in the University Student Union room 304. The event is sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma and Chi Delta Theta. More information is available by contacting Jessica Loaiza.
On Friday, March 14, the “Vagina Monologues” will be presented in the USU Beach Auditorium, with presentations at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by F.O.R.C.E and for additional information contact Lauren McIntyre.
On Monday, March 17, “Half the Sky Screening: Education in Cambodia” will be presented from noon-1 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center. The event is sponsored by CSULB Women’s Resource Center and Half the Sky Campus Ambassador. For more information contact Espy Aceves.
The month’s events conclude on Monday, March 24, in the psychology building, room 152 with the presentation of “Biting into Social Media and Women’s Stories with JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium)” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Social media is becoming more and more a power player in the world of journalism and has become an effective tool not only in promoting pieces but also finding stories. Twitter, the real-time social networking and microblogging service, has allowed users to interact with another in a conversational format and highlight certain issues. Storify and RebelMouse have become go-to tools for web content curation. This workshop will offer an overview of storytelling with digital tools such as Twitter, Storify and RebelMouse. The event will be sponsored by Journalism and Women Symposium and the CSULB Women’s’ Resource Center. More information is available by contacting Connie Ho.
A new CSULB program is reaching into classrooms across the campus to help inform students about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Organizers hope to reach 60 classrooms and more than 1,000 students before the open enrollment for the program ends on Monday, March 31.
CSULB coordinators are conducting educational outreach to inform students and their families about enrollment options for the federal Patient Protection and ACA through California’s health exchange, Covered California. The effort is part of the California State University (CSU) Health Insurance Education Project (HIEP), a grant-funded program housed at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), aimed at informing the CSU community about enrollment options.
CSULB coordinators can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and others involved in the campus effort have stated a goal of reaching as many students as possible, especially those who are uninsured, which is estimated at 30 percent of CSULB students. When those paying full price and those able to stay on parental insurance longer are included, more than 50 percent of CSULB students could benefit from the ACA.
“Life throws some strange curves at us, no matter what age we are. It’s so important to be able to know you can go to the doctor for a broken wrist, an ear infection or after a car accident,” said Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez,” a member of the Health Science Department and faculty supervisor for CSULB campus coordinators. “This is the first time we can all get access to health insurance coverage. Finding out how to enroll is a first step to making sure you’re covered for whatever curves life throws your way.”
Covered California is the new online marketplace for affordable, quality health insurance. It helps people compare health insurance plans; determine how much financial assistance may be available to them; learn about their options, benefits and costs; and actually purchase insurance. Enrollment in Covered California and insurance under both Medi-Cal and Covered California has already begun.
CSU HIEP is a joint CSU/CSULA project to educate CSU students, their families and campus staffs about the new health insurance law and the opportunity it offers many in the CSU community to get affordable health insurance. HIEP has representatives on 15 CSU campuses. To connect with a representative on a CSU campus, call the CSULA Department of Public Health at 323/343-4635.
For more information on Covered California go to http://www.calstate.edu/coveredca/.
The 44th annual two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food, begins at 11 a.m. each day and runs until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“We are celebrating 45 years of American Indian Studies, the oldest American Indian Studies program west of the Mississippi, at our 44th annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, Director of the American Indian Studies Program at CSULB and faculty advisor to the campus’ American Indian Student Council and Pow Wow Committee. “We are looking forward to the next 45 years and beyond.”
In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be gourd dancing with dancer registration closing at 2 p.m. on March 8. All dancers and drums are invited.
Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:
- Master of Ceremony: John Dawson (San Carlos Apache) and Bobby Whitebird (Cheyenne)
- Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
- Head Man Dancer: Nathan Chasing Horse (Lakota)
- Head Lady Dancer: Shandiin Yellowhorse (Dinéh)
- Host Northern Drum: Bear Springs
- Head Southern Singer: Steve Bohay (Kiowa)
- Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
- Spoonkeeper: Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
- California Indian Presentation: Ti’at Society (Tongva)
Saturday’s schedule of events is gourd dancing, 11 a.m.; grand entry, 1 p.m.; dancer registration closing, 2 p.m.; American Indian Student Council Special, 4 p.m.; dinner and California Indian presentation, 5-6 p.m.; and retire colors and dance out, 10 p.m.
On Sunday, the schedule of events is gourd dancing, 11 a.m.; grand entry, 1 p.m.; and awards, retire colors and dance out, 6 p.m.
Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art.
The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at CSULB is focused on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence.
The event is presented by CSULB’s American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student Services, Student Life and Development, the Division of Student Services and Associated Students Inc.
For some, receiving a scholarship from Women and Philanthropy (W&P) is a humbling experience. For others, it’s just a reminder of how far they have come. No matter what, it’s clear the program has made a difference for many.
For the 15th consecutive year, Women and Philanthropy at CSULB has awarded scholarships to re-entry students. Since its inception in 1998, the program has given out 161 student scholarships totaling more than $275,000 to reentry students as well as those pursuing research and creative scholarships. This year, 12 students received financial support from the organization.
This year’s recipients are May Hey, a dietetics/food administration major; Hailey Sharer, a biology education major; Ana Roman, a psychology and chicano/Latino Studies major; Nancy Trujillo and Charina Fabilane, biochemistry majors; Seng Sarret, a psychology major; Kaycee Villarreal, a biological sciences major; Jeanette Younger, a management information systems/business administration major; Clanetta Kline, a social work major; Azere Wilson, an English Education major; Amanda Acklen, a women’s, gender and sexuality studies major; and Thaddeus Feese, an economics major.
Current co-chair of the organization, Marilyn Anania, reflected on the impact of W&P on her own life by her involvement in it.
“Women & Philanthropy is an organization that reminds me of how far I’ve come because I have an education,” she said. “To be able to support students struggling to establish a secure future for themselves by providing funds to assist them on their journey is a privilege. Meeting and working with the women of this organization has provided for me personally an enrichment of spirit and an enthusiasm I didn’t have before for the university and all the good that it does. I’m very proud to be part of this wonderful group of women.”
Victoria Storberg is a CSULB alumna, who received a W&P Re-entry Scholarship in 2007, the same year she completed her bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a certificate in Therapeutic Recreation. Today, she is a member of the organization.
“When I received the Re-entry Scholarship from Women & Philanthropy in 2007 I was humbled,” she said. “Here was a group of women who recognized me for my academic accomplishments and my perseverance, what an amazing day that was.”
Storberg, who graduated as the CSULB Outstanding Graduate in the College of Health and Human Services and works as a rehabilitation therapist, didn’t forget the help she received from the organization.
“I joined Women and Philanthropy right after graduating CSULB in 2007 because I wanted to give a student the same opportunity I received,” she said. “I continue my membership with Women and Philanthropy because we make a direct impact on students’ lives. It is at the scholarship receptions that we hear from the student on just how impactful our scholarship has been and it can bring tears to your eyes.”
To qualify for a scholarship, individuals must be undergraduates with a five-year break in their education progress, 25 years of age or older, presently enrolled in six or more units, have an overall grade point average of 2.5 and the ability to demonstrate financial need.
“There are so many things I love about Women and Philanthropy,” said Grace Knight, current co-chair with Anania. “First, the women in the group are so warm and inviting. There are no egos or conflicts, we’re all in this for the same reason. Second, the scholarship applicants are so inspirational. They truly want to better themselves, despite unbelievable obstacles. Finally, we are able to make a difference in someone’s life. For me, that is everything. How lucky am I?”
Women and Philanthropy was formed in 1998 to create opportunities for students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success, an intellectual curiosity, and innovative spirit. Made up of alumnae and friends of the university, members make financial contributions to the university to support scholarships and volunteer their time on campus in areas corresponding to their individual interests.
For additional information regarding the scholarships or membership in Women and Philanthropy, call Allison Ohanian at 562/985-2800.