Come Out, Speak Out!

Tuesday, Oct. 1 is National Coming Out Day. On that day, The Spectrum, CI's Gay/Straight Alliance and Multicultural Programs will be sponsoring "Come Out, Speak Out!" This event is a public forum for students, faculty and staff to have the opportunity to express their gender identity and affirm their sexual identity in a safe and meaningful environment.

The idea for National Coming Out Day was born on Oct. 11, 1987, when 600,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, friends, family and allies traveled from all over the United States to march on Washington, D.C. for civil rights. As the crowd gathered on the National Mall after the march, one of the organizers addressing the crowd asked all to look around and realize that by coming out and into the streets, they had shown Washington and the world that the LGBT community is made up of real people who are the neighbors and co-workers, friends and family members of every American.

For additional information contact Jennifer Chapman, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs at ext. 3243 or or Kari Moss, EOP Counselor and Spectrum Advisor at ext. 8511 or

Twelfth-Annual President's Dinner on Oct. 2; Special Rates for Staff and Faculty tickets

Preparations are underway for the twelfth-annual President's Dinner to be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the historic Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. Faculty and staff are eligible to purchase two tickets at a special rate of $185 per ticket.

This twelfth year "Una Bella Sera - A Beautiful Evening" will be about cuisine-al fresco! The gala event features an elegant five-course gourmet menu complimented by fine wines created exclusively for the University's premier event. Stroll a unique silent auction, join in the select live auction, and listen to Italian music floating through the air. After dinner, dance in the sunset while enjoying a cappuccino!

To be a student or staff volunteer, to order tickets, or for additional information contact Alissa Larreta, Advancement Events Specialist, at ext. 8916 or

Migrants: A Journey – Q&A with Filmmaker Yolanda Cruz

The Centers for Community Engagement and Multicultural Engagement invite you to a screening of "2501 Migrants: A Journey" and a Q&A with the filmmaker, Yolanda Cruz, Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12: p.m. in Broome Library, Room 1320. "2501 Migrants" is a full-length documentary that explores questions of art and indigenous community in the context of global migration. Daily, thousands of primarily poor and young indigenous Mexicans abandon their native homes. They start voyages to the first world in search of jobs and the hope of a brighter future -- or, indeed, any economic future at all. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment.

"2501 Migrants" illustrates this through the true story of Alejandro Santiago, an artist from Oaxaca, Mexico. Alejandro returns home after a brief self-exile in France. But upon arrival to his native Teococuilco, he is struck by what he perceives as a virtual ghost town. Alejandro experiences, first hand, the reality that Oaxaca has emerged as one of Mexico's leading exporters of human labor to the United States. Inspired by this, he decides to create a monumental installation art piece: 2,501 life-size sculptures and homage to each individual migrant who left his village.

For additional information contact Pilar Pacheco, Associate Director Center for Community Engagement, at ext. 8851 or

CRC features Author Gregory H. Williams Oct. 3 & 4

CI will present its seventh annual Campus Reading Celebration (CRC) featuring Dr. Gregory H. Williams, author of Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black. The public event will be held on Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Salon A and the campus event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m., also in Salon A. A book-signing will follow Williams' presentations.

The CRC provides an annual opportunity for the campus community and public to share in a common intellectual experience. This year's book follows the life of Williams, who grew up believing he was white but learned that his father was half black when they moved to his father's hometown of Muncie, Indiana. In this remarkable memoir, Williams brings us with him as he negotiates the "color line" and brings a vivid contrast between the black and white worlds. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, this book is "heartbreaking and uplifting . . . a searing book about race and prejudice in America . . . brims with insights that only someone who has lived on both sides of the racial divide could gain."

Reservations are required for these events and can be made online at: Admission for CI students, faculty, and staff is free. The cost for community members is $10 and $5 for non-CI students. The event is sponsored by the University's Instructionally Related Activities Fund and Associated Students, Inc.

For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Academic Events Coordinator, at ext. 8548 or

Family Weekend 2011 World Art

New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs are seeking staff and faculty volunteers to get creative with us this year during Family Weekend! You are invited to join in the fun by volunteering at any of the host of events happening over the course of the weekend. As you will see by the complete list of events, there is plenty from which to choose.

Family Weekend has been a traditional CI event since 2002. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Family Weekend aims to enhance students' educational experience, reconnect families, and further develop a relationship based on shared values with all members of the CI family. Family Weekend is designed to: reinforce the University mission, reflect the core values of the University, and achieve the purpose and goals of the Division of Student Affairs.

Family Weekend begins with a reception on Friday, Oct. 14, at 4:00 p.m. hosted by Housing and Residential Education in Santa Cruz Village, and then it's off to the Family Weekend Dinner with the President, where students representing each year speak on their leadership experiences at CI. There will be CI student award winning multi-media art and music. This is an event not to be missed! In addition to the fantastic events on campus, we also have volunteer spaces available at the waterfront on Saturday and Sunday. Below are the events for which we are most in need of staff support.

Friday, Oct. 14

  • Reception (Assist with Check-in/Mix & mingle)
    • Santa Cruz Village from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Family Weekend Dinner with the President
    • Salon A, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Softball: Students vs. Faculty, Staff & Family Members
    • Potrero Field, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

  • Breakfast (mix & mingle with families)
    • Student Union Courtyard from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • CI Waterfront
    • Shifts available: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 16

  • ZPO Pancake Breakfast (mix & mingle with families)
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • CI Waterfront
  • Shifts available: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Don't forget to RSVP to Volunteer by October 1st! For Family Weekend volunteer details please contact at ext. 3156 or All faculty and staff volunteers will receive a Family Weekend t-shirt. Please RSVP by October 1, 2011.

Announce to students! Don't forget to visit the website at for a complete list of events and registration information for your students and SPREAD THE WORD!

For additional information contact Kirsten Moss-Frye, Associate Director, Access, Orientation & Transition Programs at ext. 3156 or

Author Karen Yamashita to visit campus Oct. 19

Karen Tei Yamashita, author of IHOTEL, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:15 p.m. in Aliso Hall. "The Asian-American Community: Emerging in the Sixties" is a reading and slide-show being sponsored by the English, Sociology, and History programs. The campus community is invited to attend the event.

IHOTEL, a finalist for the National Book Award, is an "epic tale of America's struggle for civil rights" and the role San Francisco's Asian-Americans played. It's based in Yamashita's excellent research and the imagination to bring history to life. The book is ten novellas made up of chapters that can be used separately for teaching purposes. History classes might like to use "Tofu Tigers" (p. 65ff) about the awkward encounter when some Asian politicos visit China in the 60's. American history classes might like to look at "I Am A Brother," (p. 197-200, 210-213) about an Asian Black Panther. Writing classes might use the opening chapter, "The Year of the Monkey," which is a portrait of a San Francisco Asian family or Chapter 8, "This Moment," (p. 91ff), which is about how some moments affect a whole life.

The Broome Library has two copies on reserve for professors. Additionally, Margaret Driscoll in the Library can upload a particular section for a class if desired.

For additional information contact Joan Peters, Associate Professor of English, at ext. 8448 or or Sean Carswell, Lecturer of English, at ext. 3189 or

Volunteers Needed for the CI Science Carnival Oct. 21

Inviting one and all to this year's Third-Annual Science Carnival on Friday, Oct. 21! The Science Carnival will feature hands-on demonstrations of science in action including make your own slime, Mentos and Diet Coke explosions and a gummy bear sacrifice. Volunteers are needed to staff this event, which will be at University Charter Middle School, 700 Temple Ave., Camarillo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Science majors, non-science majors, faculty and staff are welcome!

All Ventura County K-8 Students are invited to this event. Food, live demos, activities and parking are free! Please invite your family and friends!

To be a student or staff volunteer or for additional information contact Dr. Phil Hampton, Professor of Chemistry Director, HSI-STEM grant, at ext. 8869 or

Speaker Series presents Michael Powers Oct. 28

The Business Advisory Council (BAC) is a voluntary support group of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics. It is comprised of both private and public sector leaders from the region and undergraduate and graduate students of the MVS School. As an independent resource to the MVS School, to include its faculty, staff, students and alumni, the BAC makes available its collective and individual members' experiences and knowledge to help further the School's relevance, prominence and brand throughout the region.

The BAC is involved in a number of ongoing activities and initiatives, including the Fall 2011 Speaker Series "Meet the CEOs." On Friday, Oct. 28, the BAC presents Michael Powers, County Executive Officer, County of Ventura. Mr. Powers oversees a budget of $1.7 billion and over 8,000 employees in 25 agencies and departments.The event will be held on the CI campus in Malibu 100. Lunch and parking are complimentary. Please RSVP using the following link:

For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Academic Events Coordinator, at ext. 8548 or

© wavelength September 29, 2011