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DR. BRUCE BALES (Music) was guest director for two Chapman University Early Music concerts and guest honor choir director for the Garden Grove Unified School District. In addition, throughout the past year, Dr. Bales served as clinician/adjudicator for five high school choral festivals around the Southland.

DR. DIBAKAR BARUA’S (English) book of poems, The Womb of Memory, was published in fall 2008 by World Parade Books. A new expanded version of the book will appear in summer 2009. Dr. Barua’s book has been nominated for a P.E.N. Award.

AMANDA BEST (Art) was a panelist at the April meeting of the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramics Arts. Professor Best’s work has been shown this past year at galleries throughout California.

DR. JOYCE BISHOP (Staff Development/Psychology) was the recipient of this year’s Golden West College Peace Studies Award. The award was given to Dr. Bishop for her long-term contributions as a founder and member of the board of directors of Pathways to Independence, a local non-profit foundation that primarily helps young women living below the poverty level become financially and socially self sufficient through education and counseling.

NANNETTE BRODIE (Dance) and her students presented two concerts this year at GWC and OCC. In addition, the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre of Long Beach gave 25 performances in Finland, California, Nevada, and Arizona.

MARGIE BUNTEN, Director, Foundation and Community Relations, was appointed to the City of Huntington Beach Centennial Committee.
Suzy Brazney, Women’s Softball was named assistant coach of the US Women’s Softball National Team.

BRIAN CONLEY (Art) was re-appointed to serve another year on the ACCT Public Policy Committee. This committee reviews and lobbies on all national legislation related to community colleges. He was also re-appointed to the statewide Student Assessment Review Board by State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Last fall, Professor Conley was re-elected to his sixth term on the Board of Trustees of Rancho Santiago Community College District. He was also elected clerk to the Board. Professor Conley’s art work is exhibited in the State Capitol in Sacramento.

FRAN FARAZDAGHI (Peace Studies) organized and hosted the third annual conference promoting peace and nonviolence as part of Golden West College’s Peace Studies Program. The conference involves collaboration with CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Pomona, UC Irvine, and the City of Huntington Beach.

KEN HAMDORFF, retired Water Polo Coach was recognized with a service award from the Commission on Athletics and inducted into the California Community College Water Polo Coach Hall of Fame.

RYANE HARRIS (English) recently published a student success workbook/reader entitled Tips from an Unlikely Valedictorian, which is scheduled to be published by fall 2009. Her textbook is likely to be used in developmental English courses, college counseling courses, and first year experience bridge programs for students making the transition from high school to college.

DR. COLLETTE HAUSEY (Music) composed and published a successful march entitled Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, in honor of the 1st Marine Division of the United States Corps. She was also guest director of the Santa Ana Unified Middle School Honor Band.

DAMIEN JORDAN (Counseling) will complete his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount in May.

TOM KUBIS (Music) received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach, in recognition for his work known internationally as a musician and teacher. The CSULB Alumni Association presents the award each year to alums that are exemplary examples of accomplishment and distinction.

CONNIE MARTEN received a certificate in Online Teaching in Learning last June and will receive her Master’s Degree in June.

SACHA MOORE (English) presented a paper in January at the International Humanities conference in Hawaii.

TED PALMER (Architecture) received awards and recognition on April 25th for his decade of donations of artwork to “The Annual Orange County Foster Parents Conference.” His drawings are used on the brochure covers and mailings. This is an annual advertised event sponsored by County of Orange Social Services for all county social workers, foster parents, and care givers. He and his wife, Patti, are foster parents and have cared for 125 infants in the last 11 years.

NOREEN YOSHIDA-PEER was honored in October as one of Orange County’s most remarkable women in business. Noreen was recognized at the Orange County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 13th Annual Awards Luncheon. She was honored as this year’s Remarkable Woman nominee from the Coast Community College District’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). Noreen received the award at the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) luncheon October 10, 2008. The luncheon is one of Orange County’s premier events in recognizing women’s achievements.

MARTIE RAMM (Theater) directed a professional production of Sweet Charity this past March at the Curtis Theater in Brea. In addition, Professor Ramm is a contributing writer with Audiofile Magazine and has interviewed and written celebrity profiles with actors Sidney Poitier, John Lithgow, Blair Brown, and Roger Rees.

DANA SEUFERT (Staff Accompanist) will complete his Master’s Degree in Music at CSULB.

Ray Shackleford, retired Football Coach, Athletic Director was inducted into the Community College Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Scott Taylor, Water Polo Coach was named California Community College Water Polo Coach of the Year-Men’s Water Polo State Champions.

DR. PAUL TAYYAR (English) published two books of poetry—Postmark Atlantis (Level 4 Press) and Scenes from a Good Life (Tebot Bach Press). He is a nominee for this year’s Pushcart Prize, which is one of the most prestigious awards in American poetry. In addition, the textbook he co-authored, Around the World in One Semester: a Reader for Freshman Students (Kendall-Hunt Press) will be available this summer. This past spring, Dr. Tayyar traveled to Switzerland at the request of the Swiss-American Studies Association and was the featured visiting poet at several Swiss universities. In addition, he presented two papers in the 2008 American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco.

JULIE DAVIS-WOLFE (Librarian) wrote an article that was published in Library Journal. “Page to Screen: Read the Book, See the Movie.” Library Journal 15 August 2008:128

RENAH WOLZINGER (Recording Arts) is working on a Master’s Degree in Career Technology Education.