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Making Waves: Accomplishments of the CSULB Community

Published July 24, 2020

OSCED honored with award of excellence

secd staff

The Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, led by Dr. Patience D. Bryant, earned the 2020 Institution Award for Excellence by the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). The award recognizes an institution that is engaged at the highest level in the best practices of student conduct administration. 

Pictured from left: Joe Nino, coordinator for club sports; Selena Rico, student assistant; Dr. Bryant, director; Zion Smith, associate director; Tami Williams, administrative coordinator.

Bryant was featured in an Inside Higher Ed article about the intersection of racial justice and free speech and how it plays out on college campuses.

erin gruwellPBS documentary on 'Freedom Writers' wins L.A. Emmy

The PBS SoCal documentary “Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart” — which highlights the work of Erin Gruwell ‘94 — won a 2020 LA Area Emmy Award recently.

Gruwell's unique teaching methods while working at Woodrow Wilson High School inspired her to publish “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them” with her students.

Now, her nonprofit organization, the Freedom Writers Foundation, helps teachers learn how to use literature, reading and journaling to give perspective to their students’ complex lives.

Museum awarded $50,000 grant from Foundation

The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum received a $50,000 grant from the RuMBa Foundation of Long Beach.

The gift will help grow the “Plugged-In: Classroom Connections” program, a public school partnership that serves the Long Beach Unified School District and ABC Unified School District and is free to schools and students. Digital programming presents art-integrated learning lessons for elementary and high school students.

Journalism student receives $2,000 scholarship

Madalyn Amato, editor-in-chief of the Daily Forty-Niner, received the Richard D. Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a college student pursuing a career in print journalism.

Amato was one of six students who received a scholarship from The Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter based on their print or broadcast work.

Visualizing sustainable transportation

Master’s student Angelina Carbollo came in second place in the Southern California Association of Governments’ Planning & StoryMaps competition. Her project, “Visualizing Sustainable Transportation Choices for K-12,” helps readers understand the impacts of different commute options and visualize their carbon footprint.

Carbollo is pursuing her master’s in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and is currently a GIS research assistant for the Center for International Trade and Transportation.

malia freundStaff member recognized as sustainability champion

Malia Freund, assistant VP of Financial Management, (pictured) received the 2020 CSU Sustainability Champion Award. The honor was announced at a ceremony during the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). CHESC highlights cutting-edge research and case studies with proven success in curriculum development, operational programs and community partnerships.

Assistant professor appointed as fellow

Dr. Nina Flores, assistant professor in the College of Education, was appointed a fellow to the UC National Free Speech and Civic Engagement Center.

Flores’ scholarship focuses on public harassment, which she will continue with her fellowship research project, “Tweets, Threats, and Censorship: Campus Resources to Support Faculty Through Incidents of Targeted Harassment.

Department chair represents CSU

Dr. Fay Shin, the department chair for the College of Education, was appointed to serve on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Bilingual Authorization Standards Work Group as the California State University representative.

Shin and the rest of the group will identify the needed skills, knowledge, and abilities required for the Bilingual Authorization Standards.

Professor named partner investigator

Dr. Jessica Pandya, a professor of teacher education and liberal studies, was named a partner investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, based at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

The $34 million, seven-year grant will focus on children growing up in the digital age. Academics worldwide will bring their research to the newly established centre.

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