Faculty News

Watt Explains Point Reyes National Seashore Controversies and Future Challenges

Professor Laura Watt has been studying the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) for more than 15 years as part of her long-term research agenda exploring the history of protected landscapes to bolster their long-term sustainability in terms of both natural and cultural systems. She gave an update this past semester on the oyster farm battle at PRNS and other environmental issues challenging the park into the future for radio station KOWS (107.3 FM).

Watt has written many articles and papers on the subject and will be publishing a book about it in 2014. Watt is chair of the Environmental Studies and Planning Department and also adjunct faculty in Cultural Resources Management program. A podcast of the radio show can be found at www.tommysholidaycamp.com/interviews.html#watt.

Lynne Morrow Provides Inspiration at Naturalization Ceremony

What was asked for was a memorable speech. So when the U.S. Naturalization Office invited SSU music professor Lynne Morrow in November to provide some inspirational comments for one of its regular ceremonies she did not disappoint.

Morrow was the keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony held in the Paramount Theatre in Oakland where 1,251 new U.S. citizens were sworn in. Morrow is music director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus and the ceremony included a vocal performance from the opera Tosca by her a capella ensemble as well as America the Beautiful, and This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land.

Every year, around 25,000 people are naturalized at the Paramount in Oakland. Each swearing in is done to dramatic effect, as the acting District Director calls out each of the 100 or so nations represented at a given ceremony. As each country name is called, those from that country stand. Once everyone’s standing, the acting District Director swears them in.

Three Make CSU Outstanding Faculty Website

Three SSU professors—Ben Ford, Armand Gilinsky and Brantley Bryant—have been named Outstanding Faculty of the California State University.

The award recognizes individual faculty who have achieved distinction by receiving campus awards in teaching, scholarship or service. Their profiles demonstrate their intellectual, social and cultural influence and their dedication to the mission of the California State University.

For details on each see:

Armand Gilinsky: http://blogs.calstate.edu/outstanding-faculty/index.php/dr-armand-gilinsky-phd/

Ben Ford: http://blogs.calstate.edu/outstanding-faculty/index.php/dr-benjamin-ford-phd/

Brantley Bryant: http://blogs.calstate.edu/outstanding-faculty/index.php/dr-brantley-l-bryant-phd/