April 25, 2013Vol. 43, Issue 2


Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013. Jollimore is the winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for “Tom Thomson in Purgatory” and received CSU, Chico’s Outstanding Professor Award in 2010. The fellowship will support his work to complete a third book of poems next year along with other writing projects. Jollimore is one of 10 poets and 175 applicants to receive fellowships from a group of 3,000 candidates. The winners come from 56 academic disciplines, 85 institutions, 30 states and three Canadian provinces.

“Obviously a fellowship like this is quite wonderful simply in practical terms,” said Jollimore. “It's so difficult to write anything, let alone anything substantial, while maintaining a full teaching load. But outside of that, there is also a deeply satisfying element of validation. It shows that your work is respected, that what you do is valued by your peers. In the long run that might be the most satisfying part of it.”

A reception honoring Jollimore will be held on Wednesday, May 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Warrens Center; all faculty and staff are invited.


Graham Thurgood, Linguistics, published “Editorial on ESL/EFL” in the Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2013. 

Awards and Activities

Jean Schuldberg

Jean Schuldberg

Char Prieto, Spanish, made two presentations at the International Symposium of Hispanic Literature at CSU Dominguez Hills, March 6: one on the paper, “The Literature of María de Zayas as a Cornerstone of Hispanic Feminism,” and the other on her book, The Forgotten Holocaust: Spanish Civil War, Massacre, Pact, Obliviousness and Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain. She also presented “From America to Cadiz: The Lincoln Brigade Building Bridges across the Ocean” at the XXXII International Congress of Spanish Professionals in America in Cadiz, Spain, in June 2012, and “Empire, Independence, Nation and Identity in Rosario Ferre's Narrative” at the Hispanic Association on the Humanities in Madrid in July 2012.

Jean Schuldberg, Social Work, has been appointed to the California Commission on Aging, the principal advisory body to the governor, legislature, and state, federal and local departments and agencies on issues affecting older individuals. Schuldberg has been director of the Master of Social Work program at the University’s School of Social Work since 2006.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, was an invited adjudicator for the Valencia Young Pianists' Competition at CSU, Sacramento, Feb. 25.  She also organized and directed the annual Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance at CSU, Chico, March 2.


Char Prieto, Spanish, received $2,500 from the CSU, Chico Research Foundation in fall 2012 to conduct research for the paper, “For Whom the Bell Tolls: An Oral History of the U.S. Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War.” Research will begin this summer.

In the News

Recorded performances by Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, featuring piano compositions by Ukrainian composer Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko, were broadcast on WCNY Classic FM Music with Bill Baker in Syracuse, New York (Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 13), March 14, and Radio New Zealand Cadenza in Wellington (Gigue in D Minor, op. 19, no. 11), Jan. 23.