Instructor mixes meditation and kaleidoscopes

April 07, 2011|By Wendy Grove

“Nirvanic Toolbox: Kaleidoscopes, Singing Bowls, Meditation and More” will be presented by the 2010 Glendale Community College Distinguished Faculty Award winner Chris Juzwiak at 12:20 p.m. April 21 in Kreider Hall.

Juzwiak is an English instructor at the college. He began teaching at GCC in 2001. His lecture will be a recounting of his personal and unique journey in nirvanic consciousness. In addition to discussing a pragmatic and physiological approach to meditation, he will have on display 35 kaleidoscopes from America’s top kaleidoscope artists and a large assortment of Tibetan singing bowls.

Juzwiak earned his bachelor’s degree and his masters in comparative literature from UCLA. He is fluent in French and Italian and conducted research at the Sorbonne in France and the University of Pavia in Italy.


At GCC, Juzwiak is chair of the Developmental Composition Program and is a research director in the Full Emersion program in association with the Carnegie Center for Teaching and Learning. The program is an effort to improve student outcomes in developmental composition classes through extensive use of technology in the classroom.

In addition to the Distinguished Faculty Award, Juzwiak has received the GCC John Craven Award for Innovative Pedagogy in Composition Instruction.

This is the 24th Distinguished Faculty Award to be presented by the Academic Senate. The recipient is chosen following on-campus nominations and a committee selection process. The winner is announced each year during commencement ceremonies and is asked to give a presentation that is followed by a reception during the next academic year.


Debbie Robiglio, an instructor of noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) at GCC, received the “Spirit of Teaching Award” by the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages on April 7 during the opening ceremony of the annual convention in Long Beach.

Presented annually by CATESOL and co-sponsored by Pearson/Longman, the “Spirit of Teaching Award” is given to support and reward exemplary teachers in the ESL/ELD field. Elementary, secondary, adult, community college and university teachers compete together in this competition. But only one ESL teacher is chosen among all groups combined. The competition is open to all teachers in California and Nevada.


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