Issue 3 • Volume 22 • September 2014

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Message from the PSA President 2014-15,
Patricia A. Gwartney

This essay is intended to update the PSA membership on the Council’s steady progress so far this year to ensure the organization’s smooth functioning in a time of transition and challenges.

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Long Beach is for lovers…of food, culture and fun

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
CSU San Marcos

As a mother of young children and a Sociologist living in San Diego, visiting Long Beach with my family a wonderful experience. We have taken day trips to visit the parks and aquariums in Long Beach. The city offer a free shuttle called, The Passport, which connects you to most of the attractions mentioned in this essay. Once you arrive at Long Beach, no car is necessary. To help those parents who are planning to bring their kids to the meetings (and to entice those who have never been to the area) here are my suggestions in terms of exploration.

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Call for Proposals, 2015 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association,
Long Beach CA April 1 to April 4 (Wednesday-Saturday)

By: Program Chair Wendy Ng, and Executive Director Lora Bristow

The 2015 Submissions portal is open and receiving proposals at , and can be reached through the “Submit Paper Proposal” link in the Meetings menu of the main PSA website.

To organize its annual meeting, PSA primarily uses an online system of Open Submissions to Topical Areas. This means that most scholars hoping to participate in 2015 will access the online system, choose a topical area, and indicate their preferred type of participation. However, PSA also sets aside some Special Sessions on specialized topics for PSA committees, with an earlier submission period.

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Special Double Issue of The American Sociologist focuses on the Pacific Sociological Association

Dennis J. Downey, California State University, Channel Islands
Charles F. Hohm, San Diego State University

A special double issue of The American Sociologist (volume 45, nos. 2-3) will be released in September focusing on the Pacific Sociological Association. Each of the twenty-six contributions address the range of challenges confronted and solutions implemented by the PSA as an extended case study of a regional sociological association. The contemporary context presents significant challenges for the “regionals,” and this issue was put together to see what lessons might be offered by one which has done quite well in recent years, thanks largely to the generous stewardship of Dean Dorn – and to focus our collective attention on how to best serve the professional needs of a diverse membership moving forward.

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Travel Information for
Long Beach, 2015

Our PSA room rates, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, per night are $149 for single or double, $174 for triple, and $199 for quadruple occupancy in standard rooms. A rollaway bed is available for $20. Adding a Harbor View is $20; a Regency Club room is an additional $60. Taxes of about 15% will be added. You must reserve by March 10, 2015 to get the PSA rates. Parking charges (self or valet) will be about $21/day.

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Thank You, Janae!

Janae Teal, Graduate Student Assistant to PSA Executive Office for the year 2013-14, has moved on to a research internship opportunity. We appreciate her detailed and extensive work in support of PSA.

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