Category Archives: Awards & Honors

Description: Announced campus, local, national, or international awards or honors. Campus awards are posted by the appropriate campus office.

Conference Presentation Given on Public Pension Research

Public Policy & Administration

Department of Public Policy & Administration

Dr. Jinping Sun, faculty member of the Public Policy & Administration Department, was selected to present her paper titled, “The Sustainability of Public Pensions in California,” at the 2011 national conference of the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management. Submitted papers are competitively selected for the conference. Sun’s research was  the topic of her 2011 sabbatical award.

Research Abstract: The past few years have witnessed the rise of local ballot measures in California to limit public employee retirement benefits. What has happened to pension plans in California?  Why is there such an attitude change towards public pensions? This paper, based on a survey of California cities, intends to investigate if public pensions have become unsustainable particularly in the face of the recent recession. The research shows city governments in California are facing both financial and social issues concerning their pension plans. To deal with the problems, cities have adopted strategies to reduce pension benefits, increase employee contributions, cut costs in other areas, and take other measures. Cities also have seen the use of the initiative process to control pension costs, balance their budgets and maintain fiscal sustainability.

Dr. Susan Stafinbil Attends Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography

Summer Institute in English Paleography

Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography

During the Summer break, Dr. Susan L. Stafinbil (English) was one of only 15 participants chosen for the 2012 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography offered by the Huntington Library. This intensive four-week seminar was led by Dr. Heather Wolfe, curator of manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The seminar focused on learning to read and transcribe secretary and italic handwriting from the Tudor-Stuart period. Dr. Stafinbil plans to use her new skills in paleography to study manuscripts written by women during the early modern period. She is also excited to share her knowledge with students in her early modern literature courses.

MacQuarrie Awarded $128,000 NEH 2013 Summer Insitute Grant

Charles MacQuarrieDr. Charles MacQuarrie has been awarded a 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities grant for his project titled, “The Irish Sea Cultural Province: Crossroads of Medieval Literature and Languages.” He will be directing a four-week seminar program  in Britain for sixteen school teachers to explore the cultural, literary, and linguistic diversity of the British Isles in the Middle Ages.           More information.