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Accolades May 19, 2011

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It's our end-of-the-year mega list of awards, publications, and grants for CLA's faculty, staff and students.

Psy 1001 Takes Assessment Online

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Psychology 1001 had a history of course transformation long before receiving a Course Transformation Program award in 2009-10.

Accolades May 5, 2011

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Assistant Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) published A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in CancĂșn in fall 2010. It is the first book to come out with the First Peoples Series (funded by the Mellon foundation) at the University of Minnesota Press.

Associate Professor Michelle Mason (Philosophy) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend for 2011 for her project Valuing Persons, a book project that investigates the place of esteem-based, person-focused emotions (e.g., forms of love, pride, shame, and contempt) in a compelling moral psychology.

CLA Adviser Rebecca Raissier is one of the recipients of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Rebecca is a coordinator of CLA's Individually Designed Programs (including the BIS--bachelor of individualized studies--and IDIM--Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major). She also coordinates the college's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

The Stark Award recognizes students with unique contributions to human rights. The award and financial grant are given to a student for distinguished service, writing, teaching, involvement, and leadership in support of civil liberties, civil rights, public education, and social justice. This year's winner is Kong Pha. Honorable mentions go to Yefei Jin, Lolla Mohammed, Uriel Rosales-Tlatenchi, and Elora Turner.

Three undergraduate students in the Chinese language program were first place winners at the Chinese Speech and Performance Contest of the Midwest Area, held at Purdue University on April 23. Peter Wagner won the only first prize for level one; Anthony Dodge and Heather Kaus won the only first prizes for level two. Heather will compete at the 10th Chinese Bridge international competition in Changsha, China in August. Coaching of the team was led by Ling Wang, lead Chinese instructor for Asian Languages and Literatures. Their trip was supported by ALL and the Confucius Institute.

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

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Many of us travel occasionally as part of our jobs here in CLA. Even when traveling for fun, some of us have a difficult time leaving work behind. Here are a few things to consider before your next trip.