Cal State Fullerton students take the stage at dance conference
Sixteen students represented Cal State Fullerton in January at the American College Dance Association’s Baja Region American College Dance Conference, which included workshops, performances and feedback sessions.
CSUF presented two works: “Shedding the Shields,” choreographed by student Alex Caballero and performed by Chandler Davis, Holly Goodchap and Angelo Martin; and “Scanners,” choreographed by alum Mike Esperanza and performed by A’Kalia Willis, Omar Guillen, Dylan Ochoa, Heather Rivera and Edward Salas.
“I’d never felt so tied to and proud to be a dancer from Cal State Fullerton,” Willis said. “That, alongside the tangible and mutual love, respect and passion for the craft that was embodied by each dancer I encountered, provided a familial yet professional dance environment.”
“Scanners” was chosen for the Baja Regional Concert — one of 10 pieces picked out of 36 works from universities throughout California.
The students were part of the dance repertory course taught by theater and dance professor Debra Noble, who directs the CSUF dance program. In 15 years, the university has been chosen to perform at the American College Dance Festival Regional Gala Concerts each time it has entered.
“This record demonstrates the strength, intensity and depth of the dance program and the incredible talent of its students, who continue to shape the future of the dance,” Noble said.
Many of the students who participated in the conference will perform at the May 3-13 Spring Dance Theatre on campus.
CSUF biologist honored for innovation in science education
For his commitment to “learning science by doing science,” Cal State Fullerton biological science professor Bill Hoese was presented with the 2018 M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.
“His tireless work has changed students’ lives and empowered them to identify as scientists,” said Kristy Forsgren, assistant professor of biological science, who nominated him for the award.
Hoese co-directs CSUF’s Southern California Ecosystems Research Program, where he has mentored hundreds of students and involves them in authentic research experiences.
Alums take on new jobs
Several Cal State Fullerton alums have recently transitioned into new positions:
Ann-Marie Gabel, who earned a bachelor’s in business administration in 1991, is the new vice chancellor of business services for the South Orange County Community College District. Gabel had been the executive vice president of finance, facilities and technology services at Long Beach City College.
Jesus Gomez, who received his bachelor’s in business administration-finance in 1992, is the new city manager for Norwalk. He had been in the same position for the city of El Monte.
Josh Thiel, who received a bachelor’s in business administration-finance in 1996, was named deputy athletics director for athletics advancement at San Jose State University. Thiel was previously senior associate athletics director and chief development officer at Rice University and an associate development director for Stanford Athletics and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Chad Fletcher, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1998, was appointed vice president of global sales for Choice Hotels International Inc. in Rockville, Md. Fletcher had been vice president of commercial sales, North America, for Avis Budget Group.
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