Campus: CSU Fullerton -- May 31, 2002
President's Associates Honor Graduates for Academic
Excellence and Service in Community
In recognition of their scholastic excellence and dedication to the
university and community, two graduating seniors and a graduating master's
student from the Class of 2002 will be honored during Cal State Fullerton's
43rd annual commencement activities.
The President's Associates university support group sponsors the awards,
which will be presented on the eve of commencement at the annual Honors
Convocation, Friday, May 31.
Each honoree will receive a $1,000 cash award and commemorative plaque.
Michele Louise Cairella of Fullerton, an M.F.A. candidate in art, is
receiving the President's Associates Graduate Student Award for top
scholastic achievement and leadership involvement at the university.
Her concentration is in design, specifically in exhibition design; in
addition, she is earning a certificate in museum studies.
Cairella's M.F.A. project exhibition, "Recasting the Past: Beneath
the Hollywood Tinsel," featured prominent contemporary artists
from the 1990s who examined the role of Hollywood in contemporary culture.
The exhibition received positive coverage in the Los Angeles Times and
Orange County Register and, according to Mike McGee, associate professor
of art and chairman of Cairella's graduate committee, "brought
many students to the gallery who had never stepped foot in the Art Department."
Her on-campus involvement includes the role of president of the Society
of Museum Associates, where she was active in developing and organizing
lecturer visits and collaborating with the Grand Central Art Center
and the Artist in Residence Program to expose visiting artists to the
campus community. She collaborated with the president of the Art History
and Culture Club,
which she helped revive, to increase membership and improve event coordination.
As a result, membership grew significantly.
Her volunteer work has benefited such local and international groups
and institutions as Raid Projects, a Los Angeles-based, artist-run curatorial
organization; Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile; Peggy Guggenheim
Collection in Venice; Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept.; and Latinos
Anonimos, an international, bilingual Web-based network of Latin American
Cairella's future plans are to "work in the gallery or museum environment,
whether as a free-lancer or full-time permanent curator/exhibit designer.
My primary interests lie in exposing art that involves the influence
of technology and popular culture."
Darla Hagge of Anaheim is receiving the President's Associates Service
Award for her commitment to leadership/service activities and scholastic
achievement. The communicative disorders major is coordinator of the
university's Communicative Disorders Peer Mentor Program, for which
"she has made substantial contributions to the quality of life
for so many of our communicative disorders students, and she has helped
to establish a student support component in the College Advisement Center
that is, from my perspective, outstanding," noted Toya A. Wyatt,
associate professor of speech communication and faculty undergraduate
adviser to the Communicative Disorders Program.
Hagge is a volunteer assistant for an adult communication recovery group
at St. Jude Medical Center; speech aide at Anaheim Hills Speech and
Language Center; and parent educator on the subject of speech and language
disorders for community groups and organizations, including a parent
group in the Vietnamese community and the Dayle McIntosh Center for
She is a wife, and mother to two children - one with specialized speech
and language needs - and has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.96, plus
a GPA of 4.0 in her major. Her honors include membership in the Phi
Kappa Phi Honor and Golden Key International Honor societies. Hagge's
future career plans are to pursue a master's degree in communicative
disorders from CSUF, complete a clinical fellowship at the Anaheim Hills
Speech and Language Center, earn a doctorate and teach at the university
Erin M. Ulloa of Fullerton will be honored with the President's Associates
Scholastic Award for her proven top academic achievements and leadership
involvement in university activities. She will graduate summa cum laude
with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and minor in business administration.
Ulloa is a President's Scholar, the highest honor accorded to incoming
freshmen, who receive a four-year scholarship for undergraduate studies.
She also is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and University
Honors Program and has received several honors, including the General
Chemistry Award, Lyle Wallace Service Award and American Chemical Society
As a President's Scholar, Ulloa served on the planning committees for
Adopt-a-Family, Boys and Girls Club, and Ronald McDonald House service
events - where she organized the latter's Thanksgiving project.
With chemistry professor Patrick Wegner, she published ChemHelp for
Mastering Chemistry, a supplementary text for general chemistry. Additionally,
Ulloa is a teaching assistant and designer/editor of the annual Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Newsletter.
In his recommendation letter, chemistry professor Richard L. Deming
said of Ulloa, "She has demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship
in her studies in our difficult major, and she has excelled in her service
to the university and community. Only rarely does one see these qualities
developed so fully and applied so effectively. Erin's academic accomplishments
have been among the highest I have seen in my 25 years of teaching at
Outside of campus, Ulloa serves as a Spanish-language translator for
physicians at UCI Family Health Center and is active on her church leadership
She is currently applying to medical school and hopes to pursue a career
as a physician serving in an economically depressed area or underserved
Photos: Images of the honorees can be downloaded from the campus
Web site at www.fullerton.edu/paweb/news.html.
Media Contact: Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4851