Author Archives: Michael K. Barbour

About Michael K. Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

CAN Big Give

A second item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Big Give
Dear Friends of Canadian Studies
Greetings from Canadian Studies! We are writing with some exciting news. You may remember the late Thomas Garden Barnes, founder of the Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley. The Barnes Family has made a generous donation in support of Canadian Studies, at the Northwest Territories Diamond Level in the Berkeley Maple Leaf Society.
What is the Berkeley Maple Leaf Society, you may be wondering? The members of the Berkeley Maple Leaf Society are the loyal supporters of Canadian Studies who make research and teaching on Canada at Cal possible. You can learn more about the Maple Leaf Society on our brand new redesigned website, at
The annual Cal Big Give is TODAY, March 14, 2019. Our goal is to match the Barnes family’s generosity, and double their Northwest Territories Diamond-level gift. Will you join us in this effort? You can make your contribution securely online anytime between now and at 9:00 PM Pacific at this link and your gift will be credited towards Canadian Studies’ Big Give Total. This allows Canadian Studies to compete for matching funds from campus, during the Big Give.
Your support helps keep Canadian Studies a vibrant part of intellectual life at Berkeley. We hope you will join us in our goal of matching the Barnes family gift during the 2019 Big Give. Thank you for your support. We could not do it without you.
Irene Bloemraad, PhD
Co-Director & Thomas Garden Barnes Chair
Richard A. Rhodes, PhD
Elliott Smith, MA
Program Manager
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL

CAN Announcements

From one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Canadian Studies Colloquium Tuesday March 19
Canadian Language and Culture and Citizenship Development: Academic Literacy Interventions using New Technologies for Immigrant and International Youth in Canadian Universities
Dr. Jia Li
Canada has a comparatively open immigration policy. On average the country has accepted about 200,000 immigrants and refugees a year over the past decade, one of the highest per capita admission rates in the world. In addition, Canada has been one of the top preferred countries for international students because of a wide selection of programs in top educational institutions, and great potential of job opportunities. As a result, Canada universities accommodate immigrant and international students from countries where the language and the culture of pedagogy may not align with students’ needs to acquire content-based language and culture competence required for their academic success and development of Canadian citizenship critical to Canada’s economic growth. This talk reports on my research work for the past few years, focusing on empirical intervention studies using new technologies to engage university English learners who are current or former immigrant and international students. It aimed to enhance their learning of English for Academic Purposes and develop in-depth understanding of Canadian culture. The talk will focus particularly on two research projects by my team: including (1) an intervention study using drama and filmmaking activities based on a Canadian novel, and (2) an intervention study using text messaging to facilitate immigrant and international youth’s learning of the issues of contemporary Canada. Qualitative and quantitative research results will be reported, including the excerpts of interview transcripts and film clips students made. Suggestions will be made for further research and pedagogical practice.
Co-Sponsored by the Berkeley Language Center
11:30 AM, Tuesday March 19
223 Moses Hall
The 2019 Cal Big Give starts tonight, March 13, and runs through 9:00 PM March 14. If you are planning on giving to Cal during this annual online fundraiser, please consider giving to Canadian Studies! You can make a secure contribution online at this link, or by check mailed to Canadian Studies, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley CA 94720-2308 USA.
Donations received during the Cal Big Give are eligible for contest matches from central campus. Canadian Studies’ hashtag for social media posts this year is #CalPOLARbears. If you are participating in the Cal Big Give and use social media, please use our hashtag #CalPOLARbears in a post to help Canadian Studies win additional bonus prizes! More info forthcoming!
Co-Sponsored Talk Monday March 18
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Canadian Concert at Stanford
Oscar, With Love
A Tribute to the Late Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson was one of the finest pianists of the 20th century. Beloved by jazz and classical audiences alike, it was not as widely known that this man Duke Ellington dubbed “the maharajah of the keyboard” was also a prolific composer. During the course of the year in 2015, 17 jazz greats were gathered by Kelly Peterson, the pianist’s widow, to change this. The result was this unique program and recording Oscar, With Love.
Performers Benny Green, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Gerald Clayton, Justin Kauflin, Robi Botos, piano; John Clayton, bass
Host Céline Peterson, daughter of Oscar Peterson
Canadian Studies Program
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WWI DISPATCH March 12, 2019

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March 12, 2019

Sculptor Sabin Howard on a mission to effect lasting social progress through art

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A brand-new “Great Women Sculpture Initiative” (GWSI), which aims to change the way women are portrayed in sculpture, is celebrating female leadership in human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights. The sculptor for the national World War I Memorial in Washington, DC, Sabin Howard, is a key player in the movement. Howard and his associates have started the process to create a body of work of female sculptures to be shown as a traveling exhibit to museums. A book and documentary about the process of creation will follow.  Click here to read the entire Architectural Digest article about this women-focused artistic effort.

Hough, Cobbs, Theres honored by U.S. Army Women’s Hall of Fame for Hello Girls work

Mark Hough

Attorney Mark Hough (left), who succeeded in 1978 in lobbying for Congressional recognition for the Hello Girls’ military service, nearly fifty years after their return from WWI, was one of three people recognized by the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation as they inducted, collectively, the U.S. Army Telephone Operators of World War I — AKA the “Hello Girls” — into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame March 7th on Capitol Hill. Along with Hough, also recognized were Elizabeth Cobbs, author of the definitive “Hello Girls” book, and Jim Theres, director of the award-winning documentary, “The Hello Girls”. Click here to read more about the ceremonies honoring the Hello Girls, and the three special partners of the United States World War I Centennial Commission in the Task Force for gaining Congressional Gold Medal recognition for the Hello Girls.

Cobb OpEd Washington Post

Also last week, Elizabeth Cobbsbrought the Hello Girls message to a broader public audience. Cobbs published an OpEd in the Washington Post that urged Congress to support the measure introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to honor the women of the WWI U.S. Army Signal Corps Signal Corps with the Congressional Gold Medal.  Click here to read the OpEd and find out more about the proposed Congressional Gold Medal.

Restored memorial in Hudson, OH recognizes 81 veterans of World War I

Hudson, OH memorial

A restored World War I memorial in Hudson, Ohio recognizes 81 veterans of Great War, with help from U.S. World War I Centennial Commission partner reenactors Seth and Garrett Moore. The restoration of this memorial was part of the Commission’s 100 Cities/100 Memorials program. Click here to read more about the unveiling of the restored bronze tablet containing the names of 80 men and one woman from Hudson who served in World War I.

Navy Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Board of Decorations and Medals

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The Navy celebrates the centennial of the Board of Decorations and Medals. Founded March 6, 1919, the board was established by order of then-Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to standardize the awarding of medals to service members for extraordinary acts of heroism or distinguished service. The Board was established following the World War I Armistice, and Congress’ creation in February 1919 of two new decorations: The Navy Cross and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Click here to read more about how the century-old Board of Decorations and Medals “guarantees authenticity of the high tributes we bestow on our Nation’s warfighters.”

“We’re Home—Now What?” Exhibition at National WWI Museum & Memorial

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A new Exhibit opening today at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO looks at the challenging transition for American armed forces personnel from War-time duty to civilian life after World War I through archival materials. The U.S. government offered financial, vocational and social resources to the nearly 5 million servicemen and women who began demobilizing in 1919 after nearly half served overseas in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Click here to read more about this new look at the government and private efforts 100 years ago to the assist returning veteran’s in becoming a “civvie” again.

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans:
Writer Elizabeth Foxwell on the Roles & Experiences of Women in the Great War

Elizabeth Foxwell

In March 8th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 113, host Theo Mayer spoke with writer Elizabeth Foxwell about stories and experiences of female service in WWI, many of which have been neglected or forgotten. Foxwell, a journalist and author focusing on the stories and neglected accounts of and by women who served in various roles in the war. Click here to read a transcript of the entire interview.

WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it’s about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New – Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

The Fingerprint Girls of WWI 2

Episode 113
Highlights: Women’s Diverse Roles

Host – Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago This Week – Host | @02:15

Getting to a League Of Nations Draft – Mike Shuster | @10:35

Being Hospitalized in France – Dr. Edward Lengel | @14:30

“Digital Technology and the Sculptor’s Art” Part 2 – Host | @20:50

Courtesy of the author: Traci Slatton

K9 Veterans Day and Our Poll | @35:15

Women’s Diverse Roles in WWI – Elizabeth Foxwell | @37:15

Hello Girls Documentary Update – Jim Theres | @45:05

Literature in WWI This Week

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Writing in the Post-War World of Agatha Christie

By Christopher Huang

Agatha Christie has won the world over with her fabulous detective novels and her star character, Hercule Poirot.

Less renowned is her time in WWI as a nurse, an experience that, without a doubt, inspired her narrative universe. Christopher Huang, the author of A Gentleman’s Murder, a detective story about a murder in a gentlemen’s club of British 1914-1918 veterans, discusses the influence of WWI on Agatha Christie’s work. Uncover Huang’s post about one of the greatest detective writers of all time at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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From Behind Their Lines

Celebrate Pi-Day (3.14) this week with an American doughboy poem from WWI: “Home Is Where the Pie Is!”.

Doughboy MIA for week of March 11

Private Percy E. Southard

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s Doughboy MIA this week is Private Percy E. Southard. Born in March, 1897, the son of Henry and Minerva Southard of Reidsville, North Carolina, Private Percy Southard was already a member of the 3rd Regiment of Infantry, North Carolina National Guard, when America entered WW1 in April, 1917. His unit – Company G of Reidsville – was federalized on 06AUG1917 and sent to Camp Sevier, South Carolina to prepare for overseas service. There the company became Company G, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division. Fighting strength for the units of the 30thwere then built up by drafts of men coming in from Camps Jackson and Taylor. Private Southard shipped ‘Over There’ on 12MAY1918 aboard the transport Bohemian, departing from Boston, Mass. Overseas, the division was brigaded with the British, first in the Ypres Sector up in Belgium. By August, however, they had been transferred to the British 4th Brigade, in the Somme Sector, to take part in the coming ‘Final Offensive.’

At 5:50 am on 29SEPT1918, the 120th Infantry was sent over the top in the area of Bellicourt, near the St. Quentin Canal. It was a section of the line the Germans believed impossible to break and the fighting was intense. Nevertheless, by 11:45 am that day  the 120th had taken Bellicourt. The price had been high though – of the 250 man Company G, some 120 of them had been killed or wounded. One of the killed was Private Percy Southard. Nothing further is known of his case at this time.

His death was announced in the papers back home on 01NOV1918, while his father did not receive official word until 12NOV1918. His mother had died (ostensibly of TB) in June, 1918, while Percy was overseas.

Want to help solve Pvt. Southard’s case? Consider making a donation to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Collector's Bundle

World War I Collector’s Bundle Sale

Collect all commemorative coins and lapel pins in one purchase, with a nice discount!

  • Coins: Each piece is die-struck, bronze alloy, with nice gravity (unlike cheaper zinc coins)
  • Enamel inlay provides premium detailing and finish
  • Each coin and pin comes with its own commemorative packaging, adding value and gifting appeal.

This collection includes a WWI Centennial Coin, Centennial Lapel Pin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Coin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Lapel Pin, and U.S. Victory Lapel Pin.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.

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Sawyer the Seadog

Sawyer the Seadog, the mascot of the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, DC, hosted a visit from the staff of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission last week. Sawyer and the whole Commission team will be working together in NYC for the upcoming annual Fleet Week New York, 22-29 May, which this year will have a World War I theme! Click here to meet Sawyer and the Commission staffers.

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Vincent ALuza

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

Vincent A. Luza

Submitted by: Lydia Luza Mousner {granddaughter}

Vincent A. Luza was born in 1895. Vincent Luza served in World War I with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1920.

Story of Service

Vincent Aloysius Luza was born on May 2, 1895 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas. His parents, Vincent and Mary Luza, and grandparents, Baltazar and Francis Gibble Luza, immigrated through the Port of Galveston in 1873 from Praha, Moravia. He was also the grandson of Frank and Angelina (Honozak) Luza. V.A.

Luza attended Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas. He was drafted into the army in 1918 and was assigned to the 344th Field Artillery in Battery F at Camp Travis, TX.

On March 4, 1918, the regiment with its two batteries of guns and six hundred-odd animals marched out to Camp Bullis (Leon Springs) for target practice. It was at Camp Bullis that reconnaissance gun squads were first able to put into practice their gun drill, which had in the beginning been executed on make-shift carriages of wood and later perfected by work on the eight three-inch pieces which had been assigned to the regiment.

Read Vincent ALuza‘s entire Story of Service here.

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The latest news and events for Canadians in the Bay Area

From one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

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It’s been a wet start to the year–and for those of us who’ve been here a while, that’s a good thing!

In this newsletter: Two new DML blog posts, including our *NEW* Ask A Canadian series; Welcome to the DML Board; SF Chronicle looking for Canadian TN holders for story.

What’s coming up for local Canadians:

  • March 15thUniversity of Saskatchewan Alumni & Friends Reception
  • March 16th: Stanford Live: Old Stock, A Refugee Love Story
  • March 17th: Meet Montreal Studios
  • March 22nd to 24th: Mouthpiece (Berkeley)
  • Volta (San Jose)  until March 24th
  • April 25th: IIBA Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights

Enjoy all the event details below (and always available on our website).

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Share your news tips @digitalmoose on Facebook or Tweet @fromthemoose.​

New Blog Series: “Ask A Canadian”
We are launching another new blog series called “Ask a Canadian.” One of our newest DML board members, Hugh Morgan who has lived in the Bay Area for 27 years, brings a wealth of knowledge to this series. He starts by tackling the thorny subject of health care and health insurance in the United States. For those who have recently arrived, are contemplating the move or have been here and are still stymied, Hugh attempts to debunk some of the confusing and quirky conventions that exist south of the 49th parallel. First up: all those acronyms and jargon!
Blog Post: Meet Madeline Jhawar
In our latest DML profile we meet an Edmonton native who has a real wanderlust, so much so she set up her own travel business, providing great advice to travelers and adventure goers.

Our newest DML board members

Pavan Dhillon, Hugh Morgan & Dorin Greenwood
We are thrilled to welcome our newest Digital Moose Lounge Board members. One of them knows a thing or two about parenting hockey kids, another is rather busy as a Canadian immigration expert, and somebody bakes sourdough and roasts coffee in their back yard. You can read about all our board members here.

Now you know

There were over 780,000 Canadians living in the United States as of 2016. Approximately 16% of them live in California. That means just over 125,000 Canadians call California their home away from home.

Source: Migration Policy Institute

What’s your immigration story?

Reporter Melia Russell from the San Francisco Chronicle covers tech and labor.

Melia is working on a story about how the NAFTA Professional (TN) visa became a popular pathway around the (oversubscribed) H-1B visa.

If there are any TN visa holders out there who are willing to share their immigration stories, Melia wants to get a “real person’s” perspective on what the process was like (especially for engineers and computer systems analysts).

Melia can be reached at 415-777-6305 or by email.

When DMLers donate to the food bank, this happens:


Total dollars raised: $564.14
Total pounds collected: 54

Please join us in a celebration of your incredible impact on our community.

Upcoming events
in the community…

University of Saskatchewan
March 15 (San Francisco)

USask alumni and friends are invited to join President Peter Stoicheff at The City Club of San Francisco for an evening reception.

More information>>

Six Montréal Studios = job opportunities
March 17 (San Francisco)

Come enjoy a friendly and laid-back happy hour with some of Montréal’s most exciting video game studios. They’re coming to the GDC and are looking to meet up with top talent in the video games industry and that’s you!

More information>>

March 22 to 24th (Berkeley)

Don’t miss this talented performance (from Toronto!) coming to Berkeley. Created and performed by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava.

A two-woman show acclaimed for its raw honesty and insightful portrayal of womanhood, Mouthpiece follows a woman over the course of a day, as she struggles to find her voice and contend with the formidable shadow cast by her mother.

Berkeley shows (March 22nd to 24th): More information>>

until March 24th (San Jose)

Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company and the largest theatrical producer in the world. Volta is the title of Cirque du Soleil’s big top show which is themed around extreme sports; the show story-line is about a game show contestant named Waz, who has lost touch with himself, but starts a personal quest to find again his true self by going through his memories, after discovering a group of free spirits who encourage him during this process.

This is your last chance to see Volta in the Bay Area!

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Saturday, April 25th (San Francisco)

DML member and longtime Canadian Women’s Club 2.0 leader, Zuzana Goldstein is helping with this event on April 25th and she recently shared the scoop with us:

“We’ve built a program to celebrate Bay Area diversity, which compliments that of Canada. Our 400+ attendees include legal, tech, and business professionals, many with their own immigrant stories. Ultimately, I think it’s safe the say that the values of IIBA (multiculturalism, inclusion, diversity) closely align with those of Canada.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the Canadian community are available. Please contact Zuzana if interested.

AND don’t forget to get your tickets! Early bird is sold out but there are still general admission tickets available.

More information>>

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National Defence – Research & Development Canada – Aircrew Survey

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Dear Member,

The Department of National Defence (DND) Research & Development Canada (DRDC) is conducting a survey specifically for (all) aircrew, on the signs and symptoms of Mild Hypoxic Hypoxia. The link to the survey is here: . Please share this link with all of your aircrew colleagues and friends who may wish to contribute to this important scientific flight-focused research.

Please note that the online survey can be completed using any internet browser running on a computer or a smartphone. The survey is expected to 10-15 minutes to complete, for which the responder will receive $13.37 in stress remuneration. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Fethi and Oshin
Fethi Bouak, PhD
Defence Scientist, Toronto Research Centre Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) / Government of Canada / Tel: 416-635-2079

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NEW EPISODE: Women’s Diverse Roles: Episode #113

From the World War One Centennial Commission

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Women’s Diverse Roles: Episode #113

The Fingerprint Girls of WWI 2

Women held diverse roles in WWI – These are “The Fingerprint Girls”

Women’s Diverse Roles

Host: Theo Mayer

  • 100 Years Ago This Week – Host | @02:15
  • Getting to a League of Nations Draft – Mike Shuster | @10:35
  • Being Hospitalized in France – Dr. Edward Lengel | @14:30
  • “Digital Technology and the Sculptor’s Art” Part 2 – Host | @20:50
    Courtesy of the author: Traci Slatton
  • K9 Veterans Day and Our Poll | @35:15
  • Women’s Diverse Roles in WWI – Elizabeth Foxwell | @37:15
  • Hello Girls Documentary Update – Jim Theres | @45:05


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  • Maury Klein on how the Great War lead to the Great Depression
  • Alejandro Valdez & Joe Turrin on their WW1 Cantata

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