Thursday’s Notes, 53.4

1. Announcements

Priority registration begins next week on 11/1. Please note that students should reach out to Danielle Spratt with any questions about their registration, or to their respective option advisers (Lauren Byler for the graduate program, Dorothy Clark for ESM, Irene Clark for Rhetoric and Composition, Leilani Hall for Creative Writing, JC Lee for first-year composition, and Colleen Tripp for FYI/JYI).

If you have students who have been struggling to attend class especially due to Covid-related matters, please have them contact Associate Dean Kent Baxter with any concerns.

2. Opportunities

The Office of the Provost and the Campus Care Recovery Planning Team are excited to provide an opportunity for resilience and recovery from the stress that the last year has caused from the COVID pandemic and social unrest.  

Everyone is invited to join us on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm., for a live virtual presentation by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky on Trauma Stewardship. We will learn about how this last year has impacted us and ways to engage in self-care so that we can improve our well-being throughout our academic, professional, and personal lives.   
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades.
For more information on Laura van Dernoot Lipsky: 
For more information about the event contact
Registration is free and everyone is welcome!  Please see the flyer below.

3. Achievements

Irene Clark has received a research grant from the College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program. Her research project is titled “Where Have You Been? Where are You Going?” Literacy Narratives, Identity, ad Neuroscience.”

We have a number of exciting updates from our esteemed alums:

On October 27th, Steve Florian, who has his MA in Rhetoric and Composition from CSUN, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, which is titled “Understanding the Effect of Labeling Developmental Writing Students as Probationary: A Critical Qualitative Inquiry.”  Steve completed his doctoral work at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska at Ketchican.  Irene Clark was a member of his dissertation committee and is thrilled at Steve’s success. 

Mandy Macklin (M.A. ’13, Rhetoric & Composition; B.A. ’09, English Literature) accepted the position of Director of the Odegaard Writing & Research Center at the University of Washington. Dr. Macklin earned her Ph.D. in English (Language & Rhetoric) from the University of Washington (’19) and previously held positions of Teaching Faculty and Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Antioch University Seattle.

Jada Augustine Patchigondla (M.A. ’11, Rhetoric and Composition) accepted the position of Full-time Lecturer at the Writing Programs at UCLA. She has taught as a lecturer at Cal States previously, beginning her teaching career at CSUN and most recently serving as lecturer at San Jose State University.

Congratulations to all, and please keep us posted as you all continue with your important work!

4. In Memoriam

We are incredibly sad to announce the passing of one of our most brilliant and indefatigable colleagues, Matthew Clements, a professor in the Queer Studies Program. A fierce and formidable advocate and accomplice for the queer community in LA and beyond, Matthew brought cutting-edge community-engaged teaching to our students and helped support equity and justice for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults. Please read more about Matthew and his legacy from his friends and colleagues here and here.