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  June 10, 2013

SMC Newsmakers

Last month, music professors Janelle DeStefano and Nike St. Clair were on tour, performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, for premier performances of John Adams’ new work, “The Gospel According to the Other Mary.” The Los Angeles Times praised performances at Disney Hall in early March, which were followed by a tour to London, Paris, Switzerland, and New York's Lincoln Center. The pair also sang in the Los Angeles Master Chorale Concert at Disney Hall in December: voice professor DeStefano sang two solos in the Vivaldi Gloria, and Chamber Choir Director St. Clair sang two solos as well as participating in a trio in Bach's Magnificat.

Spanish/French professor Miguel Aparicio attended last month in Madrid the presentation of his new translation of a book of poems, Regional Train, by Spanish poet Miguel Ortega Isla. The event was sponsored by Isla with support from the Madrid Editorial Sial+Pygmalion Edypro.

Lee Axelrod in the Disabled Students Center made a presentation on “Beyond High School: Managing LD/ADHD in Today’s World” in February at the Learning Disabilities Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Adjunct history professor Daniele Bolelli is the author of the just-published “Create Your Own Religion: A How-To Book without Instructions,” which is described as a “call to arms – an open invitation to question all the values, beliefs, and worldviews that humanity has so far held as sacred in order to find the answers we need to the very practical problems facing us.”

History professors Suzanne Borghei and Lesley Kawaguchi are two of just 24 community college faculty members from across the nation selected for the American Historical Association’s “American History, Atlantic and Pacific Project,” which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its “Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges” Initiative. In January, the professors spent a week in Pasadena, where they heard lectures and spent time doing research at the Huntington Library.  In January 2014, they will be going to Washington, D.C., where they will do research in the Library of Congress. And in January 2015, they will be presenting their work in New York City. 

Adjunct English professor John Andrew Fredrick’s new (and second) novel, “The King of Good Intentions,” comes out in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in May. In celebration of the book's release to the English-speaking world, he will be giving a reading at Skylight Books in Los Feliz in June. In addition, his indie rock band, the black watch, will release its 18th CD, the end of when, this summer.  Finally, his poem “The Macula” is in the current (March/April) issue of Los Angeles’ leading art magazine Artillery.

Adjunct theatre arts professor Danny Campbell is one of the narrators of the audiobook “Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice.”

Film studies professor Salvador Carrasco has been attached to direct a feature film based on Martin Cruz Smith’s novel “Stallion Gate” about the creation of the atomic bomb (Robert Oppenheimer’s Trinity Project).

Counselor Daniel Cooper is featured in the Affordable Colleges Online list of top professors at community colleges. The list is a sampling of the professors at affordable community colleges who are on the cutting edge of their fields. SMC is also featured as one of the Most Affordable Large Community Colleges. Affordable Colleges Online is a non-commercial, newly launched website created to provide information about affordable college options, financial aid, and money saving tips.

Adjunct music professor Brian S. Driscoll will present a workshop on non-musical technology for church musicians at the Association of Anglican Musicians this July in Denver.

 “River’s Edge” and “Dolphin Dance,” pieces composed by music professor David Goodman, were performed, along with orchestral classics by Aaron Copland and Gustav Holst, last November by the SMC Symphony, under the baton of James Martin.

Library Assistant Wendy Jackson has an exhibit of her photos at Artful in Santa Monica.

Adjunct dance professor Raquel Ramirez is directing SMC’s Global Motion Dance Company in several performances with UCLA in Buena Park April 21, Cal State L.A. May 3, Plaza de Cultura y Arte May 5, UC San Diego May 6, and Pomona June 16.

Emeritus College creative writing instructor Ellen Reich last month gave a reading at Pepperdine University from her new chapbook of poetry, Sleeping Guardian (Finishing Line Press). She has a full-length book of poetry forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press entitled Sacrifices Have To Be Human.

Communication studies professor Deborah Kraut is the author of two children’s books, designed to teach interpersonal skills in a light whimsical way, that were recently published. The books are “I’m Never, Ever Wrong. . .but Sometimes I Can Be” (for ages 4 to 8) and “Wally Whiner Likes to Whine. . . Wah! Wah!” (for ages 3 to 5).

Adjunct English professor Julia Stein just published her fifth book of poetry and gave a reading from it March 30 at Skylight Bookstore in Los Feliz. The poems are about Iraqi, Afghan and U.S. lives caught up in the wars. She will also be doing a talk on “A Chaos of Creativities: L.A. Poets Talk About History” April 16 at UCLA and reading from her newest book of poetry May 12 at Beyond Baroque in Venice.

Counselor and Assessment Center Faculty Leader Esau Tovar just received his Ph.D. in Education (with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs) from Claremont Graduate University. The title of his dissertation is “A Conceptual Model on the Impact of Mattering, Sense of Belonging, Engagement/Involvement, and Socio-Academic Integrative Experiences on Community College Students’ Intent to Persist.”

Art professor Marc Trujillo has been featured in two blogs – and even on Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet (watch the clip carefully or you might miss him). The blogs are Painting in L.A. and Cartwheel.

Nursing professor Eric Williams has been honored by being named one of the “African-American Nurses: Leaders and Pioneers in Nursing” by Saint Louis University School of Nursing.




Nike St. Clair

John Andrew Fredrick

Wendy Jackson’s photos on exhibit at Artful

Deborah Kraut’s book “Wally Whiner.”

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