Marian Baldy, Agriculture, has been awarded an honorary life membership in the American Wine Society for her work in CSU, Chico's wine courses and other contributions to wine education. The University's Introduction to Wines course was mentioned, alongside UC, Davis and Fresno State as California university programs offering courses for wine professionals, in "A Fine Wine Education," an article in the March 1998 issue of Bon Appetite by Anthony Dias Blue, a widely published wine critic.

James Karman, English, has been awarded a one-year research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete "The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers," under contract with Stanford University Press. His new edition of Edith Greenan's Of Una Jeffers will be published by Story Line Press in the fall of 1998.

Walt Schafer, Sociology and Social Work, has had "Incorporating Social Factors into the Mind-Body and Wellness Fields," accepted for publication in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Winter 1998.

Sharon Yoder, Katie Milo, Peter Gross, Journalism, and Stefan Niculescu-Maier, CSU, Chico alumnus, had the textbook Introduction to Public Relations, published in Bucharest, Romania. The textbook is the first college-level public-relations text published in the Romanian language. The release of the book was launched at a press conference held in Romania by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and part of the U.S. Embassy, The American Center.


Eddie Bankston, director of University Housing and Food Service, has received the top award for 1998 from the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers. He was also awarded the 1998 Charles L. Miller Leadership and Service Award, March 31, during the Association's annual conference in Oxnard.

Giovanna Jackson, Visual Resources Curator in Art and Art History, chaired a roundtable discussion on problems in classifying Japanese art at the Visual Resources Association's annual conference held in March in Philadelphia.

Judith Kerrins, Educational Administration and Leadership, served as chair and discussant for "How to Interview Successfully if You're Not a White Male," a session on overcoming discrimination in the interview process at the recent National Conference on Education sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators. She also participated in a meeting of the Editorial Board for The AASA Professor which is currently redefining the role of the publication.

Silvia Pellarolo, Foreign Languages and Literatures, will be a guest lecturer for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC, Berkeley and present "The Melodramatic Seductions of Eva Peron." She has also been invited to participate in "A Thousand Modernities: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Women and the Modern," organized by the UCB Beatrice Bain Research Group on Women and Gender, and the East Asian Languages Department.

Christine M. Rodrigue and Eugenie Rovai, Geography and Planning, presented a paper "Construction of an Interactive Map for the Web by Students in Paired Courses," to the National Social Science Association meeting in San Diego the first week of April. The paper described their Learning Productivity Project which linked students' content-based research in a natural hazards course with the cartography and HTML work of students in the advanced computer cartography course to create a series of interactive Web maps on various California disasters.

The CSU, Chico A Cappella Choir toured Utah April 9-12, 1998 with Concerts of Easter Music performing in Salt Lake City and Logan, Utah. The choir also appeared as special guests on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's radio and television broadcast on April 12. In addition, William Ramsey, director of Choral Activities at CSU, Chico, conducted the Tabernacle Choir in its 3,852 broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The series of concerts featured Ying Yeh, Opera Workshop and Music, as guest soprano soloist and graduate student Paul Yoch, baritone.

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