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Welcoming New Faculty Members

President Hosts New Faculty Reception at El Dorado Ranch

Aug. 20, 2013

Anthony Alvarez

Anthony Alvarez introduces himself at a special dinner for new faculty members.

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President Mildred García this week welcomed 32 new members of the tenure-track faculty during convocation and at a dinner held in their honor. The newly-hired faculty members, all assistant professors except where noted and their departments, by college, are:


Wendy Grieb and Andrew Fedak, both art


Jeesun Kim, communications

Engineering and Computer Science

Hakob Avetisyan, civil engineering
Yun Tian, computer science


Maria Estela Zarate, associate professor of educational leadership

Health and Human Development

Guadalupe Espinoza, child and adolescent studies
Maria Koleilat, health science
Karla Parsons, nursing

Humanities and Social Sciences

Anthony Alvarez and Devon Thomas, both sociology
Margie Brown-Coronel, history
Natalie Graham and Siobhan King, both African American studies
Briana Horwitz, psychology
Enric Mallorqui-Ruscalleda, modern languages and literatures
Martha Webber and Bonnie Williams, both English, comparative literature and linguistics
Susie Woo, American studies

Mihaylo College of Business

Maia Farkas and Ken Guo, both accounting
Ester Gonzalez and Peng Liu, both information systems and decision sciences
Arsenio Starodoumov, finance

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Catherine Brennan and Veronica Jimenez Ortiz, both biological science
Sean Loyd, geological sciences
Niroshika Monerawila Keppetipola, chemistry and biochemistry
Laura Smith and Anael Verdugo, both mathematics

Pollak Library

Lettycia Terrones and Zoe Pettway Unno, both senior assistant librarians

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