Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff of the Office of Student Research & Creative Arts 

Elizabeth Wimberly-Young, M.F.A
Associate Director, Student Research
University Hall 1874
310 258 2690

Elizabeth Wimberly-Young’s research interests concern exploring methods for incorporating high-impact and engaged learning and increasing inclusive excellence in student research across the disciplines, including humanities and the literary and creative arts. She has been teaching composition, creative writing, literary nonfiction and business writing for over fourteen years. During her nine years at LMU, she’s served as a Lecturer in English and the Core and worked as Academic Affairs Associate for the University Core Curriculum, where she managed the challenges and daily functions of the Core and engaged in collaborative, cross-disciplinary work to help build infrastructure and implement LMU’s recently revised curriculum. She’s a co-creator of the Rhetorical Arts Festival, a student supported event where Rhetorical Arts students deliver persuasive speeches on social justice, and a collaborator on several university initiatives, including the task force that successfully brought the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, to campus. Her work has appeared in various publications, including storySouth, and was a finalist for Creative Nonfiction’s Essays on Animals contest.  Elizabeth was the recipient of a Virginia G. Piper Center Independent Travel Grant for work and research at New Light, a care center for the children of sex workers in Kolkata, India. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Elon University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction from Arizona State University. In addition to her work with student research, she currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in BCLA and is a foundation member of the Omega of California Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at LMU.




Ralph Eurich Patacsil
Administrative Coordinator
Office of Student Research & Creative Arts

Ralph Eurich Patacsil is a 4th year Studio Arts-Graphic Design Major at Loyola Marymount University. Outside of designing for the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Experience and LMU's award winning Tower Yearbook, he uses art to express what words cannot, whether that is communicating a simple point or telling a story. As a student and developing artist, he continues to experiment with a wide variety of media to create conversations about the things he is passionate about including the dialogue between art and science and his desire to preserve the culture of the Chamorro, the indigenous people of his home island of Guam.