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May 1, 2010

SMC Newsmakers

Director of Contract Services Charlie Yen has been named a winner of the 2010 Santa Monica Human Relations Council’s “Community Heroes” awards. Yen was cited for his work on the annual “Relay for Life” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society; for serving on the board of the Red Cross and Police Activities League; for his organization of SMC’s largest community event, “Celebrate America” Independence Day festival; and for helping community organizations when requested.

Adjunct English professor Catherine Edelmann spoke on KPFK Radio March 24 about a new theory of oppression that she developed in her recent doctorate dissertation.

Math professor Mitra Moassessi’s son Ali Torkmani has co-authored an article about schizophrenia that was published in the April issue of Genome Research.

Math professor Quyen Phung, advisor to SMC’s Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, was chosen to receive an Outstanding Advisor Award for five years of dedicated service to AGS.

Math professor John Quevedo and English professor Rachel Young have been awarded $1,000 grants as participants in San Diego State University’s federally-funded Disability & Diversity: A Universal Model for Success in Higher Education. Both professors were designated “Scholars” engaged in universal design note take projects in the classrooms this semester.

Athletic Director Gregg Simmons’ daughter Jamie, a sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has received the prestigious university’s Philip A. Trussell Prize, given to a woman graduate student-athlete who demonstrates skill, sportsmanship and levity. Jamie, who has a perfect 4.0 grade point average, last year she was MVP on the women’s basketball team and this year is competing in track and field.

Art professor Marc Trujillo’s paintings will be included in the Art Chicago exhibit through May 3 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.















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