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Greg Yasinitsky.
Greg Yasinitsky
Sarah Miller
Brian Ward
David Jarvis
Ann Yasinitsky.
Ann Yasinitsky
David Bjur.





Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, music, released a new CD titled YAZZ Band (WSU Recordings). The disc also features music faculty members Sarah Miller, Brian Ward, and David Jarvis, along with alumni Patrick Sheng and PJ Kelley, and Professor Emerita Ann Marie Yasinitsky. YAZZ Band was recorded in the WSU Recording Studio by David Bjur, recording engineer. Bebop Spoken Here, UK, named YAZZ Band among “CDs of the Year – Big Bands.”

Languages, Cultures, and Race

Veronica Sandoval.Veronica Sandoval, doctoral candidate, languages, cultures, and race, was keynote speaker at the annual Children of Aztlan Seeking Higher Education (CASHE) conference whose theme was “You are the ripple that causes the movement.” She also was awarded the Arnold and Julia Greenwell Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities from the Graduate School at WSU and received the Chicana Caucus Student Scholarship at the 45th Annual Meeting of National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Sandoval authored “Immigration, Surveillance, and Unaccompanied Minors in the Rio Grande Valley: Nepantla Praxis in the Works of Borderland Artist Celeste De Luna” in 2018 El Mundo Zurdo 6 (Aunt Lute Press).

Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Claudia Leeb.Claudia Leeb, assistant professor, politics, philosophy, and public affairs, received the 2018 Austrian Scientists in North America Junior Faculty Award for Research Excellence from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her book Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject (2017, Oxford University Press).


Monica Kirkpatrick JohnsonMonica Kirkpatrick Johnson, professor and chair, sociology, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her “distinguished contributions to research on life course development focusing on how adolescents transitioning into adulthood is impacted by different social relationships and economic resources.”