Continuing its 19-year tradition, UCLA’s “All Hill Halloween” turned campus residence halls into a safe place for over 3,000 underprivileged children to trick-or-treat and participate in other Halloween activities on Oct. 24.
The children ranged from ages 5-10 and came from economically disadvantaged sections of Los Angeles. They were bused to the UCLA campus, where student chaperones led groups through decorated halls to collect candy and experience Halloween in a safe environment.
USC GENERATING INNOVATORS
The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation held the first annual USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition on Oct. 11. The competition encouraged students to show off their inventions and ideas before colleagues and judges. Over 100 students participated, presenting 39 projects.
The thatgamecompany.com team won first place for its interactive game, “Cloud.” There were two runner-up teams: the USC Viterbi team for their automobile oxygen sensor and the other team for the Windfall Fund, a new kind of charitable nonprofit that spans long periods of time.
OCCIDENTAL PROF TO RECEIVE TEACHING AWARD
Occidental professor Elizabeth Chin has been honored with the American Anthropological Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Chin has organized and led student study trips to Cuba and Haiti. She has also worked on anthropological teaching methods to fifth-graders and gang intervention and prevention programs.
The AAA Award is given annually to teachers who have contributed greatly to the study of anthropology.
CSLA HONORS PROFESSORS
Domnita Dumitrescu, professor of Spanish and romantic linguistics at Cal State Los Angeles, received this year’s Cal State L.A. President’s Distinguished Professor Award.
Sherwood Best, Darrell Guillaume, Robert E. Land and Pamela C. Regan were presented with Outstanding Professor Awards at the same reception on the Cal State L.A. campus. The professors received the awards for their excellent teaching as well as contributions to research and scholarly pursuits.