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Novel Writer Laura Lam is Back in the Bay

December 12 2013

Fantasy author Laura Lam next presenter for CSUEB’s Distinguished Writer Series


Laura Lam, successful fantasy novels writer and Cal State East Bay alumnus, will read from and discuss her latest book, “Shadowplay” Wednesday, Jan. 8, as part of Cal State East Bay’s Distinguished Writers Series, presented by the university’s English Department.

The 6 p.m. event will be held in the Biella Room of the University Library on CSUEB’s Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.   Admission is free and the public is invited. A book signing and question and answer session will follow.

According to her Web site, Lam was raised by her parents – two former San Francisco Haight-Ashbury hippies – who encouraged her to finger paint, color outside the lines, and consider the library to be like a second home. The former Castro Valley resident recently relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, who she met on the Internet.

Lam is the author of “Pantomime,” a fantasy novel published earlier this year by Strange Chemistry Books. This work has been nominated for the 2014 ALA Rainbow List and has been shortlisted for the 2014 NE Teen Book Award.

“Shadowplay,” the sequel to Pantomime, will be available for purchase following Lam’s Distinguished Writers Series presentation and through the Cal State East Bay bookstore.

“We’re especially excited and proud to have Laura return to our campus,” said Steve Gutierrez, director of the Distinguished Writers Series and professor of English at Cal State East Bay. “She’s an exceptionally talented writer making a name for herself, as I always suspected she would.  It will be a treat to hear her read.”

Lam earned a bachelor’s degree in English from CSUEB in 2009.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3400 if accommodation is needed. Campus parking is $2 per hour, payable at kiosk machines located in campus parking lots.



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Leadership Hayward Class

September 16 2013

We are  in the final weeks of accepting applications for the 23rd annual class of Leadership Hayward. Participants increase their understanding of Hayward’s complex social and economic issues. They are exposed to the challenges facing Hayward’s leaders and how they respond. Participants are challenged to learn about and experience leadership by:   leadershiphayward

  • Evaluating issues, leaders and solutions
  • Challenging viewpoints
  • Provoking thought
  • Examining leadership styles
  • Understanding the process of consensus

We invite you to apply for this year’s class, or to pass this invitation along to someone who might be interested. It’s a great investment in our community and your future!

Kim Huggett                                                          Richard Patenaude
President & CEO                                                  Leadership Hayward Director
Hayward Chamber of Commerce                Planning Manager, City of Hayward, Retired


CALsatelogoHow Does it Work? 

Leadership Hayward features eight monthly, one-day sessions from November through June. Each session will focus on a general topic presented by experts.


Topics include team building, heritage and cultural awareness; economic and public policy; community design and transportation; health and human services; education; arts and recreation; public safety and disaster preparedness; and public facilities.


Participants receive professional development credit from California State University, East Bay. The June graduation luncheon coincides with the mayor’s State of the City address and is attended by local and state elected officials and other dignitaries.

Who’s Involved? City of HaywardAbout 20 individuals participate each year and there have been 250 graduates. They represent a cross section of Hayward’s diverse private and public sectors, cultures and age groups. Participants have included teachers, school principals, professors, police officers, firefighters, business persons, medical personnel, nonprofit staff, city employees, and many others. The knowledge they’ve gained has helped them in their neighborhoods, organizations, city governance, businesses and professional development.The selection criteria include:·         Evidence of commitment to Hayward’s well-being·         A commitment to attendance and active participation

What’s the Investment?

Tuition for each participant is $800. This covers meals, materials and certification. Fees may be paid by the individual, an employer or a sponsoring organization. Participants are encouraged to seek tuition assistance from civic and professional organizations. There may be partial scholarship assistance

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