Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Humanities and Fine Arts

Cast members from Oklahoma!, the 2012 Spring Musical with local arts patron Marilyn Warrens, center.

Art and Art History

Masami Toku and art majors Jenna Reitz, Rebecca Brown, and Stacey Hannon traveled to Amati, Japan, in summer 2012 to assist a community art program Toku had helped set up.

Megan Moore, MFA graduate, had her print “Rope Growth” selected for the SGC International 2012–2015 Traveling Exhibition.

Sheri Simons had a two-story etched and hand-colored glass piece installed in the new Los Gatos Library lobby.

Asa Mittman had his edited volume Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous published, Ashgate, 2012.


Robert C. Jones was selected by Wesleyan University as a 2012 Human-Animal Studies Fellow. Jones’ research includes food ethics, environmental ethics, mind and cognition, species studies, and the question of what it is to be human.

Troy Jollimore’s On Loyalty was published by Routledge in July 2012. He also received a fellowship for the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont.

Wai-hung Wong co-edited The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought
of Barry Stroud
, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Sara Cooper received a $12,500 NEA fellowship to translate the novel The Bleeding Wound by Cuban writer Mirta Yáñez. Cooper also established Cubanabooks to highlight the writings of contemporary Cuban women authors.

Pilar Alvarez-Rubio was chosen as a contributing editor to the Library of Congress. She reviews Chilean fiction, literary criticism, and poetry for the library.


Rob Davidson had The Farther Shore, a collection of short stories, published by Bear Star Press in spring 2012. His first book, Field Observations: Stories (Missouri, 2001), won the 2002 Maria Thomas Fiction Award.


Laird Easton had Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880–1918 published by Knopf in November 2011. Reviews of the volume appeared in major publications such as The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.

Robert Tinkler was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach American Studies at the University of Innsbruck in Austria for spring 2013.

Recording Arts and Music Industry

During summer 2012, six recording arts students assisted the technical crew for the Telluride Jazz Celebration, and five music industry students acted as the primary audio tech crew for the Vans Warped Tour of North America.

First Prize in Piano Competition

Piano student Megumi Ito earned the first prize of $2,000 offered in the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Piano Performance Competition in March 2012. Natalya Shkoda, Music, coordinator of keyboard studies, is the director of the competition and Ito’s instructor.


In the College of Humanities and
Fine Arts, we try to lure students into a world where beauty
is its own excuse for being.

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