New faces join the college

Carlos Araizap14-Araiza,-Carlos-Official-Photo,-25-Sep-12

Tech. Sgt. Carlos Araiza joined Air Force ROTC May 1, 2012. As noncommissioned officer for the detachment, he manages some 70 student personnel records and oversees the budgets for cadet pay and the supply of monitors, printers and uniforms.

A native of Harlingen, Texas, Araiza has earned two associates degrees: one in human resource management in 1998 and one in information technology in 2000, both from the Community College of the Air Force.

His military service has included: human resource technician from 1995 to 1999 at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio; security escort in 1998 at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait; human resource systems management from 2000 to 2005 at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio; personnel support for contingency operations in 2002 at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan; and human resource manager/dormitory manager from 2005 to 2012 at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. In 2008 he served as Iraqi linguist supervisor in Baghdad.

Araiza’s outside interests include running, boxing and playing bass guitar.

He and his wife, Renetta, have six children: Serenity, 18, Dashawn, 16, Lluvia, 14, Sierra, 12, Marina, 12, and Azaria, 4.

Dan Beaudoinp14-Beaudoin,Dan-6-Jun-11

An assistant professor of aerospace studies, Capt. Dan Beaudoin joined the SDSU Air Force ROTC Staff July 25, 2012.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2007 and is an active duty USAF Security Forces officer by profession. He has been stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., and at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

He joined the military because he wanted to serve his country, he says, “and became an ROTC instructor to mentor and teach future Air Force leaders. SDSU is a great university with modern facilities and awesome students.”

In his spare time, Beaudoin enjoys reading about history and Catholicism.

He and his wife, Sarah, a stay-at-home mom, have two children: Peter, 3, and Paul, 3 months.

Nicole Flynnp14-Flynn,-Nicole

Assistant professor Nicole Flynn joined the English department in August 2012, teaching literature and composition.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and theater studies in 1999 from Wellesley (Mass.) College, her master’s in humanities in 2004 from the University of Chicago and her doctorate in English in 2012 from Tufts University, Medford, Mass., where she was a graduate student and instructor the past seven years.

Before graduate school, she worked in the publishing and film industries.

It was as a college sophomore, planning and organizing a student conference, that she decided to pursue a career in academia.

“It gave me a glimpse of what it could be like to do professional scholarly work and be a part of an academic community,” she says. “After college, I tried out a few different career paths, but soon decided that I wanted to return to school and become a professor.”

A native of North Attleboro, Mass., she is married to Seth Studer, a doctoral candidate in English at Tufts University and an instructor in the English department at State.

Her area of research is 20th century British literature, in particular British modernism and theater.

“Although theater is part of my research, it is also an outside interest,” Flynn says. “Off the clock, I love going to plays and listening to musicals. I love going to the movies and, especially this time of year, I’m trying to see all the Oscar-contender films. I’m also a wannabe foodie, so I love traveling and trying new restaurants.”

Jessica Garcia Fritzp14-Garcia-Fritz,-Jessica

Instructor Jessica Garcia Fritz joined the department of architecture Aug. 21, 2012, teaching building history and architecture studio courses.

Born in South Dakota but living throughout the Midwest, Garcia Fritz earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture, with a minor in construction management and art, in 2005 and a master’s in architecture in 2009, both from the University of Minnesota.

“Architecture was not my major going into college,” she says. “I had never lived in an urban area before Minneapolis, and after living in this urban context I began to observe and read more about architecture. I switched majors and have been excited about it ever since.”

After graduate school, Garcia Fritz moved to New York City, where she worked with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in its department of exhibits and public spaces. After that, she worked for SpecSimple doing architectural material research, specifically green building materials.

“SDSU and South Dakota in general are ready for an architecture school,” she says, “and I am excited to be here at the very beginnings of this department, started in 2010.”

During her spare time, Garcia Fritz enjoys reading, traveling and looking at architecture.

Her husband, Federico Garcia Lammers, is also an architectural designer.

Geoff Graffp14-Graff,-Geoffrey

Instructor and technology coordinator Geoff Graff joined the department of architecture in August 2012. He teaches design practice and a preparatory architecture studio course as well as some sections of the manufacturing processes lab taught through the engineering technology and management department.

A native of Evanston, Ill., he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2001 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and his master’s degree in architecture in 2004 from Washington University in St. Louis.

His research includes building design, integration of technology-driven craft in the design process and sustainable building practices.

Graff worked at several architectural firms in Colorado and New Mexico before starting his own design practice in 2008. During that time he was also a guest critic at the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture and Planning.

“There is an appeal to the architect’s role as a generalist,” Graff says. “Using the creative problem-solving process of design to address real-world needs by applying elements from diverse fields (engineering, art, computer science, philosophy, etc.) is very engaging. Endeavoring to build or craft in a manner that meets function and contributes to an enriching conceptual discourse is an exciting challenge.”

Graff is married to Shalini Low-Nam, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at State.

Sara Lump14-Lum,-Sara

The newest kid on the block is Sara Lum, who joined the architecture department Jan. 7, 2013, as an instructor teaching an architectural representation course as well as an architecture studio course.

A Brandon native, Lum earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2009 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s of architecture in May 2012 from Rice University in Houston.

Her master’s thesis, “Rural Datascapes: A data farm network for rural North Dakota,” explored the intricate relationship between architecture and land use and the building envelope as a basis for representation and innovation.

“As building markets move more towards blind-box, big-box store type construction,” Lum explains, “the building envelope becomes an interesting area for innovation because not only is it what we see, it is also the threshold between outside and inside, so the environmental aspects of the building become one of the only areas in these buildings that an architect can innovate.”

Before joining SDSU, she served as a design fellow at Emerging Terrain, a nonprofit research and design collaborative in Omaha, Neb.

“I wanted to be an architect ever since I was in high school,” Lum says, “but my passion for the discipline grew as I learned about its direct impact on local communities as well as the importance of design in response to global ecological, economic and social conditions.”

In her spare time, Lum, who married Michael Lum of Holdrege, Neb., in August, enjoys spending time with friends and family. “I have had a recent interest in gardening and horticulture,” she says, “and have had a longtime love for basketball.”

Richard Meyersp14-Meyers,-Richard

Arriving in Brookings in late August 2012, Richard Meyers (enrolled Oglala Sioux Tribal member) is coordinator of the American Indian studies program. He is building a major in American Indian studies to add to the existing minor. He also teaches in the rural sociology department.

“I am a cultural anthropologist,” Meyers says. “From what I have heard, I am the only anthropologist on campus in 30 years.”

His areas of research include Native North America, human identity, ethnicity, sociolinguists, economic anthropology, ethnography and ethnographic methods of research.

Meyers earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst (Mass.) College in 1997, a master’s in English from Middlebury College in 2004 and a master’s in 2004 and a doctorate in 2008, both in anthropology, from Arizona State University.

He has taught at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, as an anthropology instructor at Middlebury College and as an adjunct faculty at American University in Washington, D.C. He was a fellow for the American Indian Program at the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., before moving over to a federal position. He was a ghostwriter/editor and public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs.

He considers both Lawrence, Mass., and Wanblee his hometowns.

“I grew up an iyeska between very different cultural spaces,” he says, “which led me to pursue anthropology because it provided language to explain the differences.”

Though he has a sugar glider (a small possum) named Winyan Ishma, Meyers confesses to few hobbies.

“I used to be healthy and played sports once,” he says. “Now I just read and watch DVDs and fight the urge to eat Taco John’s.”

Tyler Millerp14-Miller,-Tyler

Assistant professor Tyler Miller joined the psychology department in August 2012, teaching general psychology and courses in his specialty, cognitive psychology. He also supervises two undergraduate research assistants in the cognition lab.

Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, his master’s in 2008 from Emporia (Kan.) State University and his doctorate in 2012 from Texas A&M, where he worked as an instructor, teaching assistant and research assistant during his four years of graduate studies.

A Yankton native, Miller became interested in psychology when he was young.

“I was flipping through an introductory psychology textbook that was in our home—I had a parent in the field—and I came across an image of an infant on the ‘visual cliff’ apparatus,” he says. “The image was quite compelling and it piqued my interest.”

Later, during grad school, his experiences with multiple mentors solidified his choice to be an experimental psychologist.

His research is in cognitive psychology, including metacognition and the changes in cognitive abilities that occur throughout the life span.

Miller enjoys biking, swimming, running, going to movies and spending time with family. He is married to Meagan Irvine-Miller of Sioux Falls, an elementary teacher currently working as a paraprofessional in the Arlington School District.

Cindy Rickeman

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