Co-authored a research report commissioned by the Schwarzenegger Institute, where she served as a fellow during the summer. The report identified the “top ten” of the worst gerrymandered state legislatures and was headed by Christian Grose at USC and co-authored by Sadhwani along with Jordan Carr Peterson (Texas Christian University) and Matt Nelson (USC PhD student).
Published their research, “Fandom, Forgiveness & Future support: YouTube Apologies as Crisis Communication” in the Journal of Communication
Management. The project was part of the Culver Fellowship program that enables students to engage with faculty research.
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Received the 2019 Washington State University Outstanding Alumni Award Celebrating Black Excellence in recognition of outstanding professional achievements and service to the community. Faith E. Lutze, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at WSU, commented on Lucas’ award, noting her “professional activism to promote social justice and human rights.” Lucas was the
first faculty member to implement the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Cal Lutheran and in Ventura County. This innovative prison education program is a college course taught with both Cal Lutheran students and incarcerated students the local jail.
Selected to receive a $10,000 grant from American Religious Sounds Project at Ohio State University to produce a digital exhibit of the sounds of Islamic ritual practices in public settings in the United States.
Selected by the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Latina/o Caucus to receive the 2020 MPSA Latina/o Caucus Distinguished Career Award. Nominated by colleagues for her scholarship, advocacy and mentorship, Lavariega Monforti will accept the award at the April MPSA meeting in Chicago.
Noted & Quoted
Appeared on KDOC’s “Carlos and Lisa” show to discuss the history of impeachment.
Used skills from his work at Johns Hopkins to create a prop—the decapitated head of the town’s tyrannical ruler—for the Theatre and Dance Department’s Fall production, “Fuenteovejuna.” During Hengst’s nine years at Johns Hopkins
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, he led a division that produced prosthetics for patients with severe facial defects, creating artificial orbital, ear, nose and cheek prosthetics.
The Theatre and Dance Department’s fall production, “Fuenteovejuna” directed by Arndt, was noted as a “fine production…that does a wonderful job of capturing the passion and the spirit of the play” by Emily Dodi of the Ventura County Reporter, adding “Arndt brings out the best in the young actors.”
Presented “Seismic Studies,” selected poems from her book manuscript Earthquake Kit, at the 117th Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association conference held in San Diego in November.
Created the poster for the Theatre Department’s Fall production of “Fuenteovejuna” as a multimedia capstone project.
Last semester, students from the radio industry class and the student-run radio station benefitted from the close L.A. media market (2nd largest) and the award-winning NPR station on campus. LA’s KEYT morning news anchor, Alys Martinez,
visited their classroom and students were treated to a tour of Cal Lutheran’s NPR station, KCLU.
Arguijo-Morgan, project director for Cal Lutheran’s Collaborative for Hispanics in
Higher Education & Student Success (CHESS), was recently elected to the Council for The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE). She joins Cal Lutheran faculty member Vargas (Biology), who also serves on the council. AHSIE supports the work of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) as they seek to provide quality, relevant educational opportunities to growing numbers of underserved populations, particularly Hispanic students. The US Department of Education designated Cal Lutheran a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2016.