50: AnthroNews: Outreach

20 05 2008

This year, part of the Fresno State senior capstone experience (Anth 195) included student outreach presentations at local high schools and community colleges where anthropology students educated prospective students about the discipline and the department. Lead by upperclassmen Steven Colagiovanni, the great success of this effort was noted by the entire Anthro Department, which plans to continue these efforts in the following year. The schools were so impressed by the presentations that many have invited our students to return next Spring.

50: AnthroNews: Interdiciplineary Team Wins Big

20 05 2008

On Saturday, May 3, an interdisciplinary team of engineering, entrepreneurship, and anthropology students from Fresno State traveled to San Jose State University to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 6 Central Area Meeting. There, competing against teams from UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, and University of Hawaii and elsewhere, the Fresno State team won the Design competition and a prize of $500 for their re-design of a voice activated TV remote control. The team, composed of Hitender Sidhu, Nino Viray and William Hyatt of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brent Estrada of the Craig School Entrepreneurship Program, and Jennifer Jones of the Department of Anthropology, has been working on the project this academic year in a new interdisciplinary course offered jointly by Electrical and Computer Engineering, Anthropology, and Entrepreneurship. They will continue on to the national IEEE design competition this August.

A second interdisciplinary team from the same course competed on May 2 in the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) competition at Illinois Institute of Technology. The team, with Julio Alvarez and Cynthia Lee of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aaron Metzler of the Craig School Entrepreneurship Program, and Jason Scroggins of the Department of Anthropology, placed second in the business plan portion of the competition, against teams from IIT, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, and elsewhere. IRPO competition is one of the toughest in the country with many teams spending two years on completing their projects.

Funding for the program comes from a grant by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Professor Hank Delcore is the Project Director of the two year NCIIA grant. Funding for travel was provided by both the NCIIA grant and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Timothy M. Stearns
Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies
Executive Director, Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
California State University, Fresno

50: AnthroClub: Wrap Up

20 05 2008

Here are some things that happened this school year:
+December 8th, Anthro Club members went to Cherry Auction to sale items for Hinds Hospice, all proceeds from the sales will benefit the non-profit organization.
+February 5th was “Anthropology Day” and distinguished speaker Mark Dawson spoke at our school about ethics in involving anthropology, buissnesses, and the war
+March 12th, the Anthro club co-sponsored the Iraq War Panel Discussion titled “Five Years of War in Iraq.”
+March 9th was spent decorating tote bags at Dr. Mullooly’s home for use in promotions
+April 5th was a field trip day to La Brea Tar Pits and Fowler Museum at UCLA.
+ April 11th, the CSU Fresno was represented at the Southwestern Anthropological Association (SWAA). The panel featured the works done by the IPA.
+On April 12th the Anthropology Club participated in Student Services Information Fair on Preview Day.
+April 23rd was a “movie night” at which a film, made by the AAA’s about careers in anthro was shown.
+Dr. Gruenbaum was made an honorary lifetime member of the club at her last lecture at CSU Fresno on April 24th. Dr. Gruenbaum is moving to Purdue University to Chair their Anthropology Department.
+Lastly, on May 5th tote bags were sold at the archaeology lecture hosted by the AIA on campus.

50: Anthro Goes Graphic

20 05 2008

Chrystal Kinsella (Anthro/Design major) used her graphic design skills to create images to be used by the club and department for promotional materials. We would like to introduce our new mascot “Doc the Douc”, the bookmark design, and the magnet. To see them larger and to see the brochures check out the blog! [Chrystal Kinsella’s original content released under a Creative Commons License]

Doc the Douc:

Doc the Douc mascot

The front and back of the bookmark:


The image for magnets:


This is the outside of the brochure:

Anthro department brochure (outside)

The inside:

Anthro department brochure (inside)

[Chrystal Kinsella’s original content released under a Creative Commons License]

50: AnthroNews: Dearly Departing Grads and Faculty

20 05 2008

It seemed appropriate in the “wrap up” issue to include a place to mention those who are done with the anthro program at CSU Fresno. Good luck and congratulations everyone!

Anthropology majors: Rebecca Allen, Alecia Barela, Michael Bodily, Nicole Engle, Danielle Flowers, Garin Hirata, Mary Lee, Susi Nitzel, Jenine Paniccia, Courtney Perry, David Price, Mio Sakaguchi, David Thomas, Robin Trayler, Claire Teamo.

Anthropology minor: Susana Moreno Tzintzun.

Anthropology double majors: Heather Balcom, Adrienne Elder, Aimee Harding, Jennifer Jones, Ashlin Mattos, Lisa Silvera, Johnny Upshaw

Jennifer Jones (Anthropology/History) was awarded the coveted Senior of the Year award as well.

Additionally, a fond farewell to Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum, who is leaving Fresno State Anthro to Chair Purdue University’s Anthropology Department. Our loss will be “the Boilermakers” gain. Dr. Gruenbaum was made an honorary lifetime member of the AnthrClub at her last lecture Fresno State on April 24th.

The Editorial Staff of Culture Inscribed invites you to leave comments about some of these great folks who we will soon be missing.