November 2018



Students Give Thanks

Students celebrated Thanksgiving by sharing their gratitude with the community members who fill their life at Occidental with cheer and inspiration. Hear their messages here.


Oxy Women’s Soccer Reaches NCAA Playoffs

The women's soccer team's historic season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs on November 10. Chelsea Cole of Trinity (Texas) broke a 0-0 tie in the 52nd minute with the game's only goal at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.


Website Redesign Updates

The Oxy Web team is in the final stages of the redesign, which will make the site more modern, user-friendly and navigable than ever. Visit this page for news and updates - the new website launches in January!






David Bojalad, head men’s and women’s tennis coach, Athletics
Kelliner Croushore, assistant women’s softball coach, Athletics
Hansy Garcia, stockroom assistant B, Facilities
Viktor Kerney, associate director of student life—orientation and student success, Office of Student Life
Nora Killian, research and prospect management specialist, Donor Research
Michael Reyes, grounds laborer, Facilities
Maggie Rocha, senior financial aid counselor, Office of Financial Aid
William Ruiz, academic adviser, Neighborhood Partnership Program
Erica Williams, associate director of strategic initiatives, Hameetman Career Center


The Federal Trade Commission invited economics professor Lesley Chiou to participate in its Public Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. At the Washington, D.C., event, Chiou discussed her research findings on technology-based markets and the government's role in promoting competition and protecting the welfare of consumers.

Sociology professor John Chung-En Liu and Huijing Huang '18 and Jing Ma '18 examined 36 environmental film documentaries on China for their content, theme, production and reception with a view towards using them as teaching tools. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Our brains construct a story about the world, bringing together information from the senses; however, this story can be deceptive. Through neuroscience investigations, associate professor of cognitive science Carmel Levitan has found two new multimodal illusions that suggest that the brain creates a story after the fact and later information can change our interpretation of what was perceived. Levitan and her fellow researchers have published their findings in PLOS One.

Chamnan Lim, assistant director of administration & programs for the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Young Initiative on the Global Economy, has been named an honoree for the 2018 Women in Business Award in the non-profit employee category. She will be honored December 4 at an event hosted by State Sen. Anthony Portantino.

Colm McFeely, head women's soccer coach, led the Tigers to their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs after winning the SCIAC tournament championship. McFeely and his assistant coaches (Jaime Acuna, Tayler Renshaw ’14, Amanda Mills, Kellee Murayama ’12, Robert Jorgensen and Grace Sponaugle ’19) were named the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Derek Shearer, Stuart Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs and director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, moderated a conversation with James M. Lindsay, senior vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations, on October 29. They discussed the global leadership of the United States and China with members of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

Cognitive science assistant professor Sasha Sherman has been leading research to better understand the dynamics of visual facial expression perception. Through two experiments, Sherman and her co-researchers focused both on how facial expression perception shifts in time and on how auditory information might bias visual perception and attention. One of their key findings suggests that hearing emotion-inducing instrumental music drives visual attention toward emotionally-congruent facial expressions. Read their findings on the American Psychological Association’s PsychNET journal.

October’s special topics issue of SciArt Magazine features an article by cognitive science assistant professor Sasha Sherman on "Exploring the bounds of our sensory realities through art and neuroscience." Sherman reflects on the importance of engaging with the visual arts for the purpose of scientific practice. In the latest PC Mag, Sherman discusses her ongoing studies on interpersonal neuroscyhrony—in other words, the art of getting on the same wavelength with other people.

For more information on faculty scholarship and accomplishments, visit the Center for Research & Scholarship.



Deidre "Deedee" Uchiyamada, Executive Assistant & Staff Support Group Leader, Institutional Advancement

I hail from: Los Angeles.

I graduated from: Scripps College.

I've been involved with Oxy for: More than two years.

A typical day on the job looks like: A revolving door.

The favorite part of my job is: Variety.

My favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is: Go to the Huntington Library.

A recent accomplishment I'm proud of is: Making malas.

Cooler or Marketplace?: Cooler.

If I could invite any famous person—living or dead—to a dinner party it would be: Maya Angelous.

My nickname is: Deedee.

Something people don't know about me is: I studied jewelry making (metalwork) in Florence, Italy, during my junior year.

A good book I've read lately is: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.


  • November 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Handmade Oxy
  • December 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: ASC Card-making Workshop
  • December 7, 6:00-11:00 p.m.: Annual Employee Holiday Party
  • December 24-January 1: Winter Break

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