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New Student Convocation
     Preparations are under way for New Student Convocation, which will take place on Monday, September 19, at 3 p.m. on the Faculty Club lawn. Invitations to participate in the ceremony will be mailed to faculty and staff in early June. More than 5,000 incoming students attended this event last year. It is designed to promote the academic values of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship.

Voting Continues Through June 17 for UCRS Advisory Board
    Seven UC employees are running for two open staff seats on the UC Retirement System Advisory Board. The 11-member board meets three times each year to discuss issues pertaining to UC’s retirement plans and share ideas with UC President Mark G. Yudof.
    Active, eligible UCRP members who are not part of the Academic Senate may vote for two candidates to sit on the board for a four-year term. Voting continues through June 17. Information, including candidates’ statements, is available at the election Web site at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/ucrs_election.

New Staff Advisor to the Regents Named
    Kevin Smith, chief financial and compliance officer in the chancellor’s office at UCLA, has been selected as the 2011-13 staff advisor-designate to the UC Regents. He joins Penny Herbert, 2010-12 staff advisor, and replaces Juliann Martinez of UC Berkeley, whose two-year appointment ends June 30..
    As staff advisor-designate, Smith will represent staff and non-Senate academic employees in Board of Regents deliberations and decisions, bringing the voice and perspective of staff and non-Senate academic employees to board deliberations. He will participate as a non-voting advisor on five regents committees: Committee on Educational Policy, Committee on Finance, Committee on Long Range Planning, Committee on Health Services, and Committee on Investments..

Water Project Wins Best Practice Award
    UCSB has received a Best Practice Award in the annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Awards competition sponsored by the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The campus was a winner in the Water Efficiency & Site Water Quality category for its San Nicolas wetland and library mall storm drain project. The storm drain replacement is part of the campus’s infrastructure construction project. The San Nicolas wetland restoration project was guided by the Cheadle Center for Biodiversty and Ecological Restoration, with the support of the A.S. Coastal Fund. .


Yunte Huang, professor of English, has received a California Book Award for his work, Charlie Chan — The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous with American History (W.W. Norton, 2010). Huang also has received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best critical biography from the Mystery Writers of America.

David Millard, a detective with the UCSB Police Department, will receive a 2011 H. Thomas Guerry Award for Superior Performance. The award, named for a Santa Barbara police officer killed in the line of duty in 1970 at the age of 29, is presented by the Santa Barbara Citizens’ Council on Crime, an organization of volunteers who help local law enforcement agencies recognize officers’ outstanding performances. Millard will be honored on June 8 in the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room.

Linda Putnam, professor and chair of communication, has been named to receive the 2011 Academy of Management (AOM) Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Putam’s contributions to promoting organizational communications studies in the field of management, and her centrality in promoting research in conflict management organizations. AOM is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world. The Distinguished Service Award is one of four Career Achievement Awards presented by the association. Putnam will accept the award at the academy’s annual meeting in San Antonio in August.

Ronald Rice, the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Comunication in the Department of Communication, and co-director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association.

Cynthia Stohl, professor of communication, also has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Both Stohl and Rice were recognized for their scholarly contributions to the field of communication and their service to organization and the profession. Stohl and Rice received their awards in May at the association’s annual convention in Boston..

Michael Stohl, professor of communication, has been awarded the Applied/Public Policy Research Award by the International Communication Association. The award honors a scholar who has produced a systematic body of research addressing a particular applied or policy issue of importance on local, national, international, or global levels. Stohl was recognized for his 30 years of work addressing state terrorism and human rights, especially his development of the Political Terror Scale.


Michael J. Cambern, professor emeritus of mathematics, died on March 10. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1996 and retired in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Francoise Cambern.

Theodore W. Hatlen professor emeritus of dramatic art, died on April 25. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1958 and retired in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Dorcas Hatlen.
Laurence Iannaccone, professor emeritus of education, died on May 15. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1971 and retired in 1994

Harold W. Lewis, professor emeritus of physics, died on May 26. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1964 and retired in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lewis.

Allen W. Phillips, professor emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, died on March 18. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1977 and retired in 1983.

Arent H. Schuyler, Jr., professor emeritus of environmental studies, died on April 18. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1964 and retired in 1988.