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Robert Hamersley  

Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology 


Dr. Robert Hamersley and his former Capstone mentee, Masatoshi “Mickey” Kishi (Class of 2011), were co-authors, together with colleagues at Soka University in Japan, of a research paper published in International Biodegradation Biodeterioration entitled, “Biodegradability and Methane Productivity During Anaerobic Co-digestion of Refractory Leachate.” In this work, which included Mr. Kishi’s Capstone project, the researchers studied ways to improve processes used in the treatment of difficult-to-treat landfill leachate through co-treatment with sewage. The research was performed at the Restoration Ecology Laboratory of Dr. Tatsuki Toda, in the Department of Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis, Soka University.

Arie A. Galles  

Arie A. Galles - Professor of Painting/Drawing 


Professor Arie A. Galles delivered a slide/lecture/presentation on April 19, 2012 about his “Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet” drawing suite at the “32nd Millersville University Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide.”  This year’s conference topic was “Holocaust and Genocide in Art and Film.”  The conference was held on the Millersville University campus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Kristi M. Wilson  

Kristi M. Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition & Director of the Writing Program 


Dr. Kristi M. Wilson presented a paper, “Revisiting Memory: Touring Sites of Traumatic Memory” at the 10th Annual Cultural Studies Association Meeting at UC San Diego, March 28 – April 1. Dr. Wilson’s paper--part of a panel entitled, “Seeing is Believing: Documentary Film, Art and the Materiality of Evidence” – explores the socio-political climate in Argentina in 1985 (after the first public trial of the juntas) and the present-day flourishing of sites of remembrance, such as the ESMA and Olimpo museums of memory in Buenos Aires.  


Michael Golden  

Michael Golden - Professor of Music Composition and Theory & Director of Creative Arts Program 


Dr. Michael Golden, with the able assistance of Alfred Lang and members of the SUA Concert Band, premiered his most recent ensemble work, Woody Windy Critters, in December, at the Soka Performing Arts Center.


Alfred Lang  

Alfred Lang - Adjunct Instructor - Music 


Mr. Alfred Lang joined Pacific Symphony trumpet section in September and played trumpet with Orange Coast Symphony in October, November and March.  He was featured soloist with Orange Coast Chorale November 19th, performing Norman Dello Joio's "Song of the Open Road," based on Walt Whitman’s poetry. His performance is featured on youtube:
He played with Long Beach Chorale, March 24th and 25th, in a rarely-heard performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s "Creation." 
During the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Lang performed educational concerts throughout Orange County at over 30 elementary schools with his brass quartet.  The program, "Meet the Musicians," is sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (associating with the Society and these concerts for 31 years).


His second recording for Music Minus One Group, "Classic Pieces for Trumpet & Organ" ranked as one of the top 3 best-selling play-along trumpet CD's in their history. 


Don Ryan  

Don Ryan - Adjunct Instructor - Ceramics 


Mr. Don Ryan was invited to represent Soka University in the show titled, ”,” which is a show featuring the work of Southern California college professors and their students at the American Museum Of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona.  Mr. Ryan's work was also featured in The Fifth International Small Teapot Competition and Exhibition, in which he received an “Honorable Mention” for his ceramic teapot titled “Tea Sail.”



Allison Johnson - Adjunct Instructor - Music History 


Dr. Allison Johnson has had premieres of several compositions recently including, "Dalawa" which was premiered by the People's Microphony Camerata in April 2012. It was also featured on Radiobreak, an on-air exhibition of artworks through low-power radio transmissions throughout Los Angeles, curated by USC Roski School of Fine Arts.


Dr. Johnson's piece, "had had had a better effect," for processed voices, premiered at the World Electro Acoustic Listening Room (WEALR) at the Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival, March 2012.  She also wrote the incidental music for the production of George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" at the Keck Theatre at Occidental College in November 2011.