California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: January 18, 2000
Faculty on the Site.
James Shire, Jr.
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Carla's academic work is as impressive as her time management. She served as Secretary of Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society; she worked with the Law and Society Research Center to develop the papers presented at national conferences, and helped to define ways in which we could implement some in-depth academic training within a small university department, limited to a Master's program. She helped others, and welcomed their offers of help when she needed it. And now she brings those skills back to our department as she serves as a research assistant planning new papers and new ventures for the Fall of 1999.
Carla was also elected a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. It has been a genuine pleasure to work with and teach Carla.
Ceylonya graciously used her computer sophistication to the benefit of all. Her criminal justice project included annotated links that would lead her classmates to law resources, and to some of the fun with law that some of our less sophisticated Web surfers might never have encountered. Her humor, her good will, her sensitive concern for others speak to the helping roles she will undoubtedly play for this community in the future. She is quick, attentive, and alert to possibilities, finding in every lecture or reading viable entrance points to her future work in criminal justice.
It was a joy to have Ceylonya in our classes.
Jim expressed his understanding of the importance of listening to another's validity claims far better than I can do: "I think people need a little history lesson on the Muslim Religion so they don't do what I did and make an Ethnocentric judgment about the Muslim Religion's Dress Code without knowing some of the facts." Jim's is an excellent example of the intertextual meanings added by the work of students. It is for work like this that we maintain this site, including his final gift, of Avalon. A little whimsy is essential in the midst of all this discourse.
Jim also distinguished himself by working with us on one of the projects in teaching criminology with the advantages of the new technology of distance. He presented his work at the Western Social Science Association in Fort Worth, in April 1999. He also served throughout the Spring semester to help us successfully apply for a small Technology grant that would allow us to set up a server in our office, so that our students will be able to have hands-on experience. His willingness to help showed a maturity that was a joy to work with.
In some ways this was a fitting role for Stephanie. She writes well and plentifully. She communicates freely and effectively by e-mail. But she likes to remain nearly invisible. My plea on last semester's report of learning was: TALK TO ME! And she does. By forwarding me significant e-mail pieces on which she leaves her name off, and which I would have missed without her. Stephanie is a delightful student, with internal incentive and strong motivation. All our department needs now is for voices like hers to insist on being heard far more often!