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Passion for Publishing

Faculty and staff of the University of La Verne showcase their recently published masterpieces at the annual Celebration of Books Published event.

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  • May 2, 2013


Faculty and staff gathered to present their latest publications as part of the University of La Verne Celebration of Books Published event in Wilson Library on Tuesday, April 30.

More than 20 publications were presented that covered several fields of study including archeology, law, sports science, psychology and current events in the Middle East.

However, one of the most unique publications showcased was Max and Leo, a children’s picture word book written by administrative assistant Marcia Collum.

The book, illustrated by her own son, Matthew Del Castillo, represented the accomplishment of a long-time goal.

“Being surrounded by all the great educators in the College of Education and Organizational Leadership encouraged me to make my dream of publishing a children’s book a reality,” Collum said. “I thought, how great would it be to author a book and have my son illustrate it?”

Her book tells the story of two alien children trying to adapt to a new world.

Other published works included Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Felicia Beardsley’s book, Phase I: Archaeological Exploration of Menke, Utwe Municipality Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, which documents the first of three archeological field seasons in Micronesia, and Assistant Professor of Movement and Sports Science Dr. Megan Granquist’s chapter, Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation Adherence, about the psychological component of adhering to rehabilitation after an injury.

La Verne faculty and staff are encouraged to focus in areas that are important to them and in which they have passion, a point to which La Verne President Dr. Devorah Lieberman spoke.

“We want to provide the opportunity for the faculty to do the kind of research that they want to do simply because they want to do it. There is no obligation, it’s from a place of desire,” President Lieberman said.

Faculty Book Day is sponsored by the La Verne Academy.

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