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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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CCP Staff



      Center for Creative Professions Staff 2014 - 2015

 



Donna Lee Oda, M.Ed.

Director, Center for Creative Professions
Donna oversees the Center for Creative Professions. She has a Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel from University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
 


Lusine Balikyan, M.S.
Assistant Director, Center for Creative Professions
Lusine is responsible for all aspects of career development. Her responsibilities include career counseling, portfolio review, job search strategies, employer cultivation, internship development, career assessment implementation and teaching students how to promote their own professional skills in today's job market. She has a Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Services from University of LaVerne and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University of Northridge.

 


Ana Florentino, B.S.
Coordinator, Center for Creative Professions Ana is responsible for coordinating all matters related to on-campus student employment. Her responsibilities include facilitating the hiring process for students, processing Student Employment Work Authorization (SEWA) forms in Banner, serve as a central point of reference for student employment issues and concerns and act as a liaison for departments, the Financial Aid Office, and the Payroll Office to deliver services to student workers. She is also a Designated School Official (DSO) supporting international students wishing to do Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

 



Geoffrey Cruz

Graduate Career Counseling Intern Geoffrey is a graduate student at California State University, Fullerton in the Higher Education masters degree program. His undergraduate degree is from UCLA. He has experience working in the Multicultural Center and the Office of Student Activities at California State University Dominguez Hills. While at UCLA he interned in the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.