December 2023: Accomplishments of the 黑料网 community

Published December 19, 2023

Elizabeth Alessi named November Employee of the Month

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Elizabeth Alessi
Elizabeth Alessi, November Employee of the Month

Elizabeth Alessi, a front office coordinator for the Bob Murphy Access Center, has been named .

Alessi has worked for 黑料网 for just over a year, yet she has made a deep impression on her Student Affairs colleagues and the students she serves at BMAC. In her role as front office coordinator, she exhibits empathy, compassion and a willingness to go above and beyond to serve the campus community.听

Mary Nguyen, director of BMAC, recognized Alessi鈥檚 鈥渆ndless contributions鈥 and said, 鈥淔rom her start with BMAC, she was able to instantaneously build trusting relationships with students and parents that interact with BMAC in a manner that helped them feel understood, seen and heard.鈥 聽

Wind Symphony heading to Kennedy Center in March

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黑料网 Wind Symphony
颁厂鲍尝叠鈥檚 Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony

颁厂鲍尝叠鈥檚 has been selected to perform March 10 in the 2024 Sousa Band Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Wind Symphony is one of only four bands from across the country to participate in this event, which will celebrate the life and influence of legendary American composer and conductor John Philip Sousa.

This will be 颁厂鲍尝叠鈥檚 first-ever appearance at the Kennedy Center, according to , director of bands and director of the . Fifty-one Beach students will travel to the nation鈥檚 capital to perform five pieces, including one composed by the late Carolyn Bremmer, former chair of the 黑料网 music department. They will also get a private clinic with Col. Dennis M. Layendecker, former commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band, and get the opportunity to visit important Sousa sites in Washington, D.C.

Those interested in contributing to the Wind Symphony's trip to D.C. and the Sousa Band Festival may visit the .听听

鈥楶uvuu鈥檔ga鈥 film released

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Puvunga
A sign identifying Puvungna on the 黑料网 campus

The College of Liberal Arts has produced and released a 16-minute film titled examining the history, geography and significance of the site on the 黑料网 campus that is sacred to California Native American peoples. Representatives from the Gabrielino/Tongva, Chumash and Juane帽o/Acjachemen communities were interviewed, given creative control, and credited as the film鈥檚 directors.听

chair Scott Wilson and (AIS) program director Craig Stone led the multiyear project that started with funding from former CLA Dean David Wallace鈥檚 anti-racist initiatives. Anthropology alumnus Robert Carleton-Chaing served as the project鈥檚 coordinator, and CLA programs anthropology, AIS, international studies, women鈥檚, gender and sexuality studies, political science, classics, comparative world literature, English and Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures donated funds from their anti-racist initiative allocations to support the production.听

The Beach ranks No. 9 in transfers聽

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The Walter Pyramid on campus
Walter Pyramid on campus

Cal State Long Beach ranks聽, according to U.S. News & World Report鈥檚 2024 rankings of 鈥淏est Colleges鈥 in the country. U.S. News reported that 3,942 students enrolled at 黑料网 in fall 2022, the latest figures available. That鈥檚 more than Arizona State University, University of North Texas, UCLA and CSU Sacramento, which are next on the list.听

U.S. News also reported in its annual roundup that The Beach ranked No. 1 among national universities for promoting social mobility.听

President Conoley featured in book written by alumna

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Book cover, Women in the Higher Education C-Suite
Cover for "Women in the Higher Education C-Suite: Diverse Executive Profiles"

President Jane Close Conoley and CSU Chancellor Mildred Garcia are among the 11 women leaders in higher education featured in a book by Lisa Mednick Takami 鈥17. 鈥淲omen in the Higher-Education C-Suite: Diverse Executive Profiles,鈥 published in October by Wiley, explores each woman鈥檚 path to leadership positions and is designed to provide inspiration and guidance for future women leaders.听

Takami obtained her educational doctorate in educational leadership from the College of Education in 2017. The will host a book launch with Takami and Conoley from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

International relations professor publishes two books

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Ezgy Yildiz
Ezgi Yildiz

, an assistant professor of international relations in the department, has recently published two books. 鈥淏etween Forbearance and Audacity: The European Court of Human Rights and the Norm against Torture,鈥 published by Cambridge University Press, examines how international courts have employed strategies to define and combat torture and inhumane treatment. Published in November, it is also available through open access. 聽

Yildiz served as an editor for her second book, 鈥淭he Many Paths of International Law,鈥 published by Oxford University Press. This book presents the first comprehensive account exploring how international law changes through means other than treaty making and includes a theoretical framework for understanding change in international law. Co-edited by Nico Krisch, it鈥檚 available now through open access, and the print copy will be available in North America in January.听

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