Future Explorers Receive Encouragement From Grad
The Legacy of Excellence
David Eick accepting the award
There’s something different about this fifth
grade teacher who explores the outer limits
of space-age education, with his students
firmly at the controls.
Last April, David Eick’s (Journalism ’90) accomplishments
landed him at the 24th National Space
Symposium where he became just one of three
people in his school district, and one of five in the
city, to be awarded the title, US Space Foundation
Teacher Liaison. Those chosen for this honor serve
as advocates for space science education and conduits
in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
The Space Foundation is a Teacher Liaison program
now in its fifth year and selects teachers who
actively promote space and science education in the
classroom and the community.
At the symposium, Eick took his honor and
turned it into a learning opportunity for his students,
having them participate in a rocket launch
using Estes Rockets and studying such concepts as
velocity, speed and Newton’s laws. In class, his students
have built robots from kits.
“This fleet of Teacher Liaisons is a truly extraordinary
group of educators,” said Iain Probert, vice president of education for the Space Foundation
at the symposium, which included three Albert
Einstein fellows and three teachers who were finalists
for NASA’s educator astronaut program.
Eick was raised with an interest in space. His
dad, who worked in the aerospace industry in
Orange County, fueled that interest by working on
such missions as Apollo and Viking. A native of
Orange, Eick attended CSUF and graduated with a
B.A. in communications in 1990 and an M.A. in curriculum
and instruction in 2000 from the University
of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
““CSUF was a good foundation for honing communication
skills to help educate children,” said Eick,
who still uses his journalism skills to teach writing
to kids. He has been teaching and living in Colorado
now for 15 years, following a few years at Orange
By taking the most current space exploration
information, Eick has developed a curriculum for
fifth grade students across the district to study
moon exploration and history to inspire the next
generation of explorers.
“It’s pretty exciting doing this for the school district,”
he said noting that his students will be 21
when the new explorations of the moon occur and
when a base is built on the moon for a trip to Mars.
“They get really excited about it.”
From down under to the UK
Creative use of electronic media piques professor’s interest
The Future: Professor Xtine Burrough observes the surroundings
at the Futursonic 2008 festival in Manchester, UK, one of three
futuristic conferences she attended.
Professor Xtine Burrough shares some thoughts
about her favorite subject: the electronic media
and social networking.
Professor Xtine (Hanson) Burrough
(Photocommunications) squeezed in two international
conferences and one local conference
She started at the May Futursonic 2008 festival in
Manchester, UK, where she gave a talk promoting
electronic media and social networking in her creative
Futursonic has four main strands: art, music, ideas
and events. At its heart is the Futursonic conference, a
social technology summit.
From there she went to an October five-day festival
of electronic arts and culture in Newcastle, Australia,
and a local electronic media showcase in Los Angeles.
At the Electrofringe in Australia, Burrough was one
of 24 international artists selected to give an hourand-
a-half lecture about her work in a small theatre
at Newcastle University. Her talk was titled, “Beyond
Electrofringe is committed to furthering creative use
of technology and electronic art forms with a focus on
skills exchange and development.
At the 11th Annual Los Angeles Freewaves Festival
in October, Burrough’s video was selected for the “city
bus circuit” and played on-board for passengers in Los
Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and Milwaukee.
The video is titled, “Last Night I Dreamt: Smith to
Freewaves is “a grassroots yet global organization
connecting innovative, relevant, independent new
media from around the world.”
And besides buzzing around the world, Burrough
made time to co-author a book, “Digital Foundations:
Intro to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite,”
with Michael Mandiberg.
Burrough is back in the classroom now, sharing creative
technology uses with her students.
Lights, cameras…it’s OC Insight
KCET, CSUF partner on new digital TV program
Professors Shelley Jenkins and Brent Foster at the controls
The university’s newest television show, OC Insight, has completed six episodes
for airing on KCET’s new digital channel, KCET-Orange (28.2).
Produced by Dr. Brent Foster, assistant professor of communications who collaborated
with about a dozen faculty, staff, students and KCET professionals, the
show features a moderated discussion of nation issues and their impact on Orange
Students and faculty field productions enhance the discussions. Students play
important production roles operating cameras, tapes, teleprompters, lights and
Additional episodes are in the planning stages. Efforts are also in progress to
seek underwriting and sponsorships. For opportunities to underwrite or sponsor
future episodes, contact Cheryl Perreira, director of the KCET partnership, at
email@example.com or 714-278-7295.
Check out OC Insight at www.ocinsighttv.com where you can view the first four
shows in their entirety and learn more about topics that range from illegal immigration
to the “real” OC.