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Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!


Mike MinierMikael (Mik) Minier, who graduates with a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.S. Mathematics, and a B.A. in Japanese, will start a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at MIT in the fall. There, Mik will have the opportunity to work with Steve Lippard, one of the world's leading bio-inorganic professors. Far from being a reclusive laboratory hermit, Mik is gregarious, open and friendly. Among other accomplishments at Pacific, he is a founding member of TriBenzene, a student organization dedicated to promoting interest and excellence in science in the K-12 grades. Mik is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a highly selective academic honor society, and winner of the Fred and Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award. (Mik is pictured here with College of the Pacific Dean Dr. Thomas Krise.)

Laura Easton has chosen the rare and challenging path of majoring in French while earning her B.A. in Education. She is a straight-A student across the board, and the quality of her work in French, even before studying abroad, has been truly impressive from the beginning. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this year and won the Jan Good Award for best essay in Modern Languages and Literature. In the fall, Laura will apply to Master's Programs in Education, where she will bring together her studies in pedagogy and French language and literature. Her plans include teaching and returning to France.


Dr. Traci Roberts-Camps Publishes About Nature in Latin American Literature


Professor Traci Roberts-Camps published the chapter "Nature as Articulate and Inspirited in Oficio de tinieblas by Rosario Castellanos" in the book The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writings (McFarland, 2010). She also recently presented the paper "The Female Body as Spectacle: 'Angel de fuego' by Dana Rotberg" at the Annual Mexican Conference at University of California, Irvine.


Dr. Arturo Giráldez Publishes Book on Globalization in the 16th Century


Professors Arturo Giráldez (Modern Languages and School of International Studies) and Dennis O. Flynn (Economics) published China and the Birth of Globalization in the 16th Century (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate 2010). This volume in Ashgate's Variorum Collected Studies Series contains an introductory essay and reproduces eleven select articles published during the authors' 15-year collaboration.


Dr. Richman Presents Paper on Haitian Novelist Jacques Roumain


Professor Kathy Richman presented the paper "Militant Cosmopolitan in a Creole City" on Haitian novelist Jacques Roumain at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting in New Orleans in April 2010.


Students Hold "Half-Hour for Haiti" Fundraiser


Students in Dr. Richman's Francophone literature course, French 122, held an information and fundraising forum called "Half-Hour for Haiti" in which they presented information about social, economic and cultural aspects of Haitian society, and raised about $500 to support the work of Doctors without Borders after the earthquake.