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Heath Adam Ackley, PhD, Religion, 1997 (formerly known as Heather Ann Ackley), is an educational consultant, public lecturer, and essayist on gender equity, religion, and spirituality who has recently worked with the LGBT Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, SoulForce/SafetyNet, the University of Redlands, Occidental College, TriCity Mental Health and Pacific Clinics, the 2014 On Level Ground Film Festival, The Huffington Post, and Brethren Hillcrest Homes.
Alyssa De Santiago, MPH, CHES, 2012, accepted the program manager for healthy communities position at the YWCA San Gabriel Valley in Covina. Her role includes managing Healthy Cities initiatives in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino communities, specifically in Montclair, Azusa, the Rim Communities, and the San Gabriel Valley. De Santiago also recently became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Vanessa Jamieson, PhD, Psychology, 2009, joined Way To Blue as director of analytics, leaving her role as associate director for product development at MarketCast. Based in London, Way To Blue is a global social media and digital agency serving the entertainment sector. In her new role, Jamieson oversees the analysis of social media data to inform and measure the impact of marketing campaigns.
Anthony Nava, MBA, Management, 2010, accepted a new role as accounting/administrative manager at the Women’s Clinic and Family Center in Los Angeles. Nava will be responsible for the Center’s financial reporting to the board of directors. He is also spearheading an application to get the Center, which services low-income individuals who cannot afford health insurance, designated as a federally approved medical center. Previously, Nava was the finance administrator at Plaza Community Services in Los Angeles.
Kerry Rodgers, MFA, 2011, has cofounded a nonprofit organization called Give A Day Global, whose mission is to connect international travelers with daylong volunteering opportunities. Rodgers serves as the executive director for the organization, which launched this year.
Evans Lansing Smith, PhD, English, 1986, retired from 20 years of teaching in Texas to become chair and core faculty of the Mythological Studies Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. In addition, he has published two new books: Mythologies of the Underworld in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon (Peter Lang, 2012), his ninth book on comparative literature and mythology; and Haiku for Aphrodite (Coniunctio, 2013), his first published book of poems.
Jerry Stevenson, MFA, 1986, was named Photographer of the Year, Environmental Portrait Photographer of the Year, and Studio Portrait Photographer of the Year by Professional Photographers of California for 2013. He was also the recipient of the Professional Photographer of the Year, Portrait Photographer of the Year, and Illustrative Photographer of the Year awards for 2013 from Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers. Stevenson was named Professional Photographer of the Year and Portrait Photographer of the Year by Professional Photographers of Orange County for 2013, and Portrait Photographer of the year by Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County for that same year. Stevenson was awarded three 2014 merit awards from the Professional Photographers of America Western District Photographic Competition.
Linda Toche-Manley, PhD, Psychology, 1994, became the chief program officer at Tabor Children’s Services in Philadelphia in 2013. Toche-Manley is a national thought leader in the areas of child and adult trauma, behavioral health, and outcomes. She has authored a number of National Institutes of Health-funded outcome systems to support recovery in the areas of child welfare, behavioral health, domestic violence, and severe mental illness. Toche-Manley has received national awards for product innovation.
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Alumni Book Notes
The first women to incorporate a business in Los Angeles, the Daughters of Charity played a pivotal role in shaping the quality of health services for the county’s indigent sick. As hospitals transformed from social welfare institutions to medically oriented businesses in the late nineteenth century, these Roman Catholic sisters developed innovative business strategies to retain their historic leadership position in the city’s hospital industry without relinquishing their religious commitment to care for the poor. This work provides new insights into women’s entrepreneurial activities and social advocacy work in the West, while documenting the rich heritage of a religious community and its impact on nursing history. Gunnell is currently a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Women at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Heritage of Heinlein surveys the writing of Robert A. Heinlein, often regarded as America’s leading science-fiction writer of the twentieth century. Clareson and Sanders cover Heinlein’s career chronologically, examining each work of fiction—and some nonfiction—offering critical assessment on how the pieces both reflect the writer’s concerns and how well they succeed. With a foreword by science-fiction great Frederik Pohl, Heritage covers Heinlein’s Scribner’s period as well as the later “Classic,” Stranger in a Strange Land and “Final” phases of his writing career.
(Note: Editor Clareson began the project shortly before his death in 1994. Sanders, professor emeritus of English at Lakeland Community College in Ohio, took over the unfinished draft at the request of Clareson’s widow.)
Math Education for America? analyzes US math education policy through the social network of individuals and private and public organizations that influence it. The effort to standardize a national mathematics curriculum for public schools culminated in 2010 when over 40 states adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Rather than looking at the text of specific policy documents, this book complements existing critical reviews of the national math education curriculum by employing a unique social network analysis. Breaking new ground in detailing and theorizing the politics of math education, Wolfmeyer argues that the private interests of this network are closely tied to a web of interrelated developments: human capital education policy, debates over traditional and reform pedagogy, the assumed content knowledge deficit of math teachers, and the proliferation of profit-driven educational businesses. By establishing the interconnectedness of these interests he argues that the purported goals of reform are aligned with political agendas rather than the national interest.
M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law is the first biography of the Mahatma’s early years as a lawyer. It follows Gandhi as he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery: from his education in Britain, through the failure of his first law practice in India, to his eventual migration to South Africa. Though he found initial success representing wealthy Indian merchants, events on the ground would come to change him. Relentless attacks by the white colonial establishment on Indian civil rights prompted Gandhi to give up his lucrative business in favor of representing the oppressed in court. Gandhi had originally hoped that South Africa’s existing legal system could be relied upon for justice. But when the courts failed to respond, he had no choice but to shift tactics, developing what would ultimately become his lasting legacy—the philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience. As he took on the most powerful governmental, economic, and political forces of his day, Gandhi transformed himself from a modest civil rights lawyer into a tireless freedom fighter. Relying on never-before-seen archival materials, this book provides the reader with a front-row seat to the dramatic events that would alter Gandhi—and history—forever.
In this book, Taylor, a professional independent corporate director and product of the Detroit ghettos, discusses the state of the corporate governance industry and outlines some thoughts on how independent corporate directors, as captains of the private sector, might better carry out their fiduciary “duty to monitor.” He posits forward thinking and broader responsibilities for independent corporate directors based on the premise that “if we don’t monitor ‘the-tone-at-the-bottom,’ we will be doomed to fall from the top,” as evidenced by the economic collapses in dependency-laden economies, such as Detroit, Greece, and even ancient Rome. Exclusive attention for the “tone-at-the-top” is inadequate in today’s society, the book argues. In fact, it harms long-term corporate sustainability and the private sectors of societies.
Osborne’s work is the first history text to explore the sweep of California’s past in relationship to its connections within the maritime world of the Pacific Basin.
Pacific Eldorado presents a provocative and original interpretation of the entire span of California history. But it also reveals how the area’s Pacific Basin connections have shaped the Golden State’s past. It also refutes the widely held notion among historians that California was isolated before the onset of the American period in the mid-1800s. This represents the first text to draw on anthropologist Jon Grandson’s findings that California’s first human inhabitants were likely prehistoric Asian seafarers who navigated the Pacific Rim coastline.
World Perspectives delivers a comprehensive overview of international relations theory, international political economy, international security, and other global issues. This text seeks to help students understand how countries interact and operate on the global level by examining a variety of critical issues, including trade, terrorism, and humans rights. The combination of scholarly journal articles and book chapters gives depth to each topic in addition to providing current coverage on what is happening in the world today. World Perspectives provides an engaging reading experience that challenges students to seek information and answers on how the international system operates. Silvera is an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she teaches world and American politics. She previously worked as a lobbyist in Sacramento where she focused on human trafficking legislation and other such issues.
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