A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

Books by Faculty

Books by Faculty

Research and Recovery in Vernal Pool Landscapes

Douglas G. Alexander and Robert A. Schlising, professors emeritus, Biological Sciences, editors
(Studies from the Herbarium, CSU, Chico, 2011, 175 pages)

No. 16 in Studies from the Herbarium, this book contains chapters by nationally known experts on research, conservation, and management of California vernal pools.


Sara Cooper, Foreign Languages and Literatures, editor; written by Nancy Alonso, translated by Anne Fountain
(Cubanabooks, 2012, 169 pages)

This bilingual short story collection presents 11 stories from a relatively unknown (in the U.S.) Cuban author. Alonso’s fiction depicts everyday scenes deeply rooted in Cuban reality yet universally understood.

The Farther Shore

Rob Davidson, English
(Bear Star Press, 2012, 160 pages)

The Farther Shore is Davidson’s second collection of short fiction, comprising eight stories and one novella. These stories explore the complexities of negotiating the relationships that matter most.

The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers: Volume 2, 1931–1939

James Karman, professor emeritus, English and Religious Studies, editor
(Stanford University Press, 2011, 1,128 pages)

This second volume documents Jeffers’ rising fame, his controversial response to the turmoil of his time, his struggles as a writer, the maturation of his twin sons, the network of his friends and acquaintances, and an intimate portrait of Jeffers’ relationship with his wife.

Leisure in Later Life, fourth edition

Michael Leitner, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management
(Sagamore Publishing, 2011, 500 pages)

This textbook for university students and leisure services providers for older adults incorporates the latest research on leisure and aging as well as practical guidelines for providing effective recreational programs for elders.

Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse: A Case Study Approach    

Bessie Marquis and Carol Huston, Nursing
(Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012, 464 pages)

This text equips new nurses with the leadership and management tools they need. The case studies are aimed no higher than the charge nurse management level. The ancillary package for students and instructors includes review questions, a test generator, an ebook, and a PowerPoint presentation.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, co-editor with Peter Dendle
(Ashgate, 2012, 598 pages)

This companion provides a comprehensive guide to the study of monsters and the monstrous. The collection reflects the multidisciplinary nature of monster studies, including scholars from literature, art history, religious studies, history, classics, and cultural and media studies.

Domestic Wastewater Treatment in Central America: A Manual of Experiences, Design, Operation, and Sustainability

Stewart Oakley, Civil Engineering, senior editor, with Louis Salguero, USEPA, junior editor
(Agency for International Development, Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo, Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, 369 pages)

Written in Spanish for practicing engineers, this book addresses domestic wastewater contamination problems by presenting appropriate and sustainable treatment options. It includes chapters by six authors with extensive experience in Latin America.

Whiteness and Racialized Ethnic Groups in the United States: The Politics of Remembering

Sherrow O. Pinder, Political Science
(Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2011, 162 pages)

Pinder argues that though “whiteness studies,” with the intention of exposing white privilege, has entered academic research, it is not equipped to relinquish the privilege that comes with normalized whiteness. To construct a post-white identity, whiteness would have to be denormalized and freed of its presumptive hegemony.

The Forgotten Holocaust: Spanish Civil War, Massacre, Pact, Obliviousness, and Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain

Char Prieto, Foreign Languages and Literatures
(Editorial Pliegos de Ensayo, 2011, 327 pages)

Exploring national identity as related to historical amnesia, this book examines new literary works, historical research, and oral documentation, providing firsthand testimony from survivors of the war, revealing how personal memory and official suppression of memory clash.

California in the American System

Craig Scarpelli, Political Science
(McGraw-Hill, 2011, 92 pages)

This study of California government and the federal government in our system of federalism includes a review of pressing California issues, California political history, elections, the three branches of government, and the budget and California local government.

Dungeons, Dragons, and Digital Denizens: The Digital Role Playing Game

Katie Whitlock, Theatre, co-editor with Gerald Voorhees and Joshua Call
(Continuum, Approaches to Digital Game Studies Series, 2012, 392 pages)

This premier volume in the series presents scholarly essays about the implications of digital role-playing games as both cultural and academic artifacts. Working from disciplines such as ecocriticism, rhetoric, performance, gender, and communication, it describes game types and their social and cultural implications.

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Alum Notes

John Concannon


CONCANNON (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard.

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Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento.

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Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation.

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