The Communication Department would like to welcome its newest faculty member, Keith Pezzoli. Keith will serve as Director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program at UC San Diego, and will be working closely with the Communication Department to incorporate the program within our curricular framework. Off campus, Pezzoli directs The Global Action Research Center (The Global ARC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes just and sustainable bioregionalism. Pezzoli's work integrates science, green business, art and multimedia communications for healthy communities through progressive social networking regionally and globally. It's an exciting time ahead!
Carol Padden, a MacArthur award-winning scholar of sign languages and a longtime member of the university community at UC San Diego – first as a graduate student in Linguistics and then a faculty member in Communication – will begin her service as the new dean of social sciences on Oct. 1, 2014.
A delegation from Colombia, including the Chancellor of the University of Llanos, Oscar Dominguez Gonzaléz, is visiting UC San Diego to learn more about our La Clase Mágica program, which they are trying to replicate in their country. In addition to making several sight visits to pre-school and after-school programs, the delegation met with our Chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla, to talk about the importance of community outreach and improving educational opportunities in San Diego and Colombia. La Clase Mágica serves children and adults in four under-served neighborhoods throughout San Diego, bringing educational resources such as technology, fun curriculum, and college students to help children bridge many of the learning barriers minority populations face.
We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic loss of Cindy Yeh, an active and highly valued member of the Visual Arts community, who graduated in Winter 2012 with a Communication major and Film and Video minor. According to Professor Lisa Cartwright, "Cindy was an interdisciplinary thinker graced with literary intelligence and artistic creativity. She brought together interests in poetry, art and writing during her years at UCSD. We as a faculty feel privileged to have worked with Cindy."
Cindy won an Adam D. Kamil Award in 2012 for her film Meshes of Reveries. The film was made with funds from an Adam D. Kamil Production Grant in 2012. In many ways, Cindy personified the vision that inspired the Kamil grant and award -- which was not only to inspire others to develop their talents, but to inspire them to grow as sympathetic and sensitive individuals. Though Cindy's college was Roosevelt, her film won the Sixth College Digital Film Festival Prize -- First Place in the Wild Card Category. She participated in exhibitions and projects including an undergraduate group show at the Kamil Gallery in spring 2012 titled Blood Lines. She was employed at the University Art Gallery, assisting in the installations of works and the monitoring of gallery events, in ways that were always, positive, creative and smart.
Cindy was a Social Justice and Peer Education intern during the 2011-2012 academic year at the UC San Diego Women’s Center. According to Director Marnie Brookolo, "Cindy brought her passion for social justice and art to the UC San Diego community. She led workshops, facilitated dialogues focused on gender and diversity issues, and was involved in planning Women’s Center signature events such as Love Your Body Day. She was a beloved member of our community and will truly be missed."
Our hearts go out to Cindy's family and friends as we together mourn the loss of this bright young member of our extended UCSD community.
Chair, Dept of Visual Arts
Chair, Dept of Communication