AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS AND NEWS
ABOUT MISSION COLLEGE STUDENTS AND STAFF
work of Mission College art instructor Deborah
Paulsen was featured as part of an exhibit entitled
"The AIDS Chronicles" at the Sam Francis Gallery in
Santa Monica in December. The AIDS Chronicles now spans 10 years.
Each year, a new volume is unveiled featuring the major reporting
about AIDS as carried in The New York Times. Until now,
the volumes were not formally bound. Several artists, including
Paulsen, were asked to design book covers for each of the volumes.
Paulsens image for the 2000 AIDS Chronicles is presented
as a triptych a single image weaving across the space.
Paulsen said the design was inspired by the completion of the
sequencing of the human genome in 2000, an achievement in genetic
engineering that may prove to be a landmark in AIDS research.
pulled over by a law enforcement officer and you happen to notice
a small device on his or her utility belt that doesnt
look like handcuffs, mace or a writing pad, chance are, its
a small recording device. That would be the guess offered by
Enos, administration of justice instructor.
Enos, whos been on the adjunct staff at Mission College
since 1998, recently presented a paper at the American Society
of Criminology conference in Denver. The subject "Do
Citizen Complaints Encourage Uniformed Police Officers to Carry
Micro Tape Recorders?" was the focus of research
conducted by Enos last spring for his masters thesis at
Cal State, Los Angeles. Based on interviews and surveys distributed
to more than 60 law enforcement officers, Enos concluded that
the number of officers who carry and routinely record their
encounters with the public is definitely on the rise. "More
than 60 percent said they carry micro recorders and nearly all
of them said they do so to protect themselves against frivolous
lawsuits," said Enos, who is himself a retired Los Angeles
County sheriffs deputy. "Many of them are terrified
of being sued. Even if the complaint is frivolous, they might
have to sit at a desk for months while its resolved. They
think a tape recording of the incident might spare them the
grief." Enos, who also works as a private consultant advising
law enforcement agencies, found that many police agencies across
the state do not have definitive guidelines governing the use
of personal recording devices by their officers. Enos recommends
that police agencies develop procedures to familiarize officers
with privacy laws.
Oddino is in print again. December columns and features
in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Family
magazine were added to an impressive resume of freelance works
she has contributed to numerous publications, including the
Christian Science Monitor and the magazines Diabetes
Forecast, Mothering, and Ventura Family. "I
really enjoy expressing myself through writing," she said,
"and its great to have my abilities confirmed by
these publications." Those who often struggle with writers
block might be surprised to hear Oddino say, "Ive
got a computer full of stories that Ive already written.
Thats the easy part. The hard part is marketing these
stories to the right publication." Oddinos career
got a boost when Los Angeles Family asked her to become
a contributing editor. "Now, they come to me with stories."
Oddino would like to take her writing career toward two long-term
goals: freelancing for more national publications and travel
writing. "I love to travel and I dont work all summer
so that would be ideal," she said. Oddinos students
need not worry that they will lose her to her second career,
which she terms more of a hobby. But she will be teaching a
brand new journalism class in fall 2004 Mass Communication.
She hopes that will lead to a news writing and news gathering
class down the line.
Mission College authors and their works were well received recently.
Ruthie Grant had an outstanding turn-out for the
book-signing of "I Thought I Was the Crazy One 201
Ways to Identify and Deal with Toxic People." Grant defines
toxic personalities as "
people who create chaos,
drama and confusion wherever they go. Toxic people rarely accept
responsibility for their actions and have a way of making you
feel that youre the crazy one," said Grant.
The English instructor said that many of the people she met
at the Encino book-signing told her they had a toxic personality
in their lives. Grants book offers "survival skills"
for people who have
to cope with
about 60 people turned out
to hear English
Orozco read from his satirical novel,
a fictional account of a young mans journey through the
60s and 70s. During
the Q-and-A that followed,
Orozco was peppered with questions about how a new writer goes
about getting published.
Mission College team led by Sandi
(right) helped raise more than
$1,800 for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The team,
which included instructors Leslie
Milke (left) and Cindy
Cooper, joined about 1,500 other participants in
the Wells Fargo Walk of Ages 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds from the
event go to support the Homes 800 elderly residents. Lampert
and Cooper took first place medals in their respective classes.