“Vireo,” a made-for-TV opera composed by CSUF Grand Central Art Center 2017 artist-in-residence Lisa Bielawa, has received two nominations for the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmys /Television Academy Awards.
Bielawa was nominated for creative technical crafts – composer; Charlie Otte was nominated for outstanding director – programming.
The episodic production features the work of more than 350 musicians, including CSUF alum Deborah Voigt, and was shot in locations including New York’s Hudson River Valley, California’s redwoods and San Francisco’s Alcatraz.
The awards will be presented July 28 in North Hollywood.
“Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser” aired in June 2017 on KCET and is available for free streaming at KCET.org/Vireo.
Former Muck CEO heads Mihaylo’s nonprofits center
Zoot Velasco, former CEO of Fullerton’s Muckenthaler Cultural Center, is the new director of Mihaylo College’s Gianneschi Center.
Velasco plans to expand the college’s impact on local organizations and provide an on-campus hub for innovation for Southern California public good and social enterprise entities.
The alum of St. Mary’s College of California and Hope International University brings nearly two decades of leadership in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.
He got his start in the field while touring the world in the film and television industries in the 1980s and 1990s as a break-dancing college dropout.
“I found my day job, working as a professional artist who taught in prisons, juvenile halls and housing projects, to be more fulfilling than the film business,” he said. “I found mentors so that I could advance in working for community organizations.”
Beginning in the fall, Velasco will teach undergraduate coursework in marketing and business etiquette at Mihaylo College.
Monkeys and STEM among eclectic faculty research
Research by faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences appeared recently on a variety of platforms:
Anthropologists Peter Fashing and Nga Nguyen co-authored an article titled “Multilevel Social Structure and Diet Shape the Gut Microbiota of the Gelada Monkey, the Only Grazing Primate” for the scientific journal Microbiome.
Fashing also co-authored three articles on Ethiopian monkeys for the American Journal of Primatology, BMC Ecology and Primates, as well as one on African and Ethiopian wolves for Royal Society Open Access.
Lucía Alcalá, assistant professor of psychology, was a co-presenter of “Learning by Helping,” a video in the National Science Foundation’s 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase of more than 200 videos aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. The video shows how helping others may be a powerful motivator for children to engage in science, especially for children from underrepresented backgrounds.
Natalie Fousekis, professor of history and director of the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, presented “Interviewing Political Women in the Age of Clinton and Trump” at the League of Women Voters of Orange County annual meeting in Irvine.
Thomas Fujita-Rony, associate professor of Asian American studies, was a panelist on “Achieving Ethnic Studies” at Chapman University’s Education and Ethnic Studies Summit.
Rec Center named among best in nation
College Consensus, a new college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, included Cal State Fullerton on a list of the 50 best campus recreation centers.
“For many colleges, campus recreation is central to the mission and branding of the institution,” said Carrie Sealey-Morris, the site’s managing editor. “At some schools, you’d be hard-pressed to guess whether you were at a university or a luxury resort.”
But such luxury serves a purpose in mitigating the negative health effects of the stress of college life, she added.
The top 50 weren’t ranked within the list. The university’s Student Recreation Center, built in 2009 and boasting a martial arts studio and an indoor rock wall, was named 25th on a 2016 list of the 35 most luxurious student rec centers in the country by Collegerank.net.
The other California colleges on the new list were UCLA, UC San Diego, Cal State Long Beach, Pepperdine and Saint Mary’s College of California.
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