Ventura College Faculty Share Research Findings at Colloquium

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VENTURA, Calif. - April 18, 2014 - PRLog -- Six Ventura College faculty members from a wide range of academic disciplines will showcase their latest research findings at the school’s inaugural faculty colloquium. The event takes place 5-6:30 p.m., May 1 in Ventura College’s Guthrie Hall, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. It is free and open to anyone who is interested in attending.

Patrick Jefferson, executive vice president of student learning, will moderate the program, with each faculty member summarizing their research in a 15-minute presentation.

Presentations include:

Lauri Moore, sociology professor—Serving veteran students and the development of a Veterans Center at Ventura College.

Ben Somoza, language professor—The value of foreign films in learning about diversity and multiculturalism, showing that people are more alike than different.

Dr. Ara Khanjian, economics professor—The Republic of Armenia’s pension system reform. (Professor Khanjian recently spoke at the United States Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. and gave television interviews on pension system changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union).

Dr. Chelsea Guillermo-Wann, qualitative researcher—Overview of qualitative research in the Velocidad Grant at Ventura College, using a study of student success in English basic skills and including research methods and working with USC’s Center for Urban Education.

Dr. Maria Teresa “Gigi” Fiumerodo, anthropology professor—Experiences in cultural anthropology research and the importance of ethnographic fieldwork.

Larry Reynosa, kinesiology instructor—Self-defense, oflg assault prevention and possibilities of disarming a criminal during a violent attack.

The Ventura College Foundation will host a reception following the colloquium, and light refreshments will be served.

Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus east parking lot. For more information, visit (

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