Faculty and Staff Footnotes

February 2012

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
Publications
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art+design (sculpture), has been awarded a Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. She will be in residence for the month of June 2012 to study the society’s collection of photographs of colonial grave markers and its large collection of early American almanacs for use in future art installations.
     
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, has received a Fulbright Award to Japan for 2012–13 academic year.

Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Michael G. Garber, lecturer in music, theatre, and film history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), presented a paper, “Just Before Scat: New Evidences of Nonsense-Syllable Singing, 1901–1922,” at the annual conference of the Society for American Music (SAM) in Cincinnati, Ohio, in March 2011. This March, he will be co-presenting on “Intergenerational Music Outreach Programs” for the conference of the New York State Intergenerational Network (NYSIgN), being held at Manhattanville College on March 15. He will report on the music outreach program he runs, in which Purchase College students and alumni as well as members of the community visit a White Plains nursing home.
     
  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), will give an artist’s talk on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. As part of the National Academy’s Annual 2012 exhibit, Gilmore will participate in an “Artists in Dialogue” talk with Joan Jonas, moderated by Marshall Price, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy. For nearly two centuries, the National Academy’s Annual has been a forum in which many generations of artists and architects have shown side by side. “Artists in Dialogue” brings together two artists of different generations to discuss similarities, influences, and inspirations in their work, illustrating the ongoing intergenerational dialogue occurring between artists.
     
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), gave an artist presentation, “How to be an Outsider,” for the series “Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century: Culture” at Tishman Auditorium, Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City on February 7.

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Publications

  • Ahmed Afzal, assistant professor of anthropology, published two entries in the peer-reviewed Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health (New York: Springer and Business Media, February 2012): “Veiling” and “Ethnocentrism.”
     
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, published an article, “A Librarian’s Guide to Relocating to NYC,” on the METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) website.
     
  • Lenka Pichlíková, lecturer in theatre and performance, has had her research on Czech modernism at the Frick Art Reference Library published by the New York Art Resources Consortium.
     
  • Ryan W. Taylor, assistant professor of environmental studies, has published “Creative Approaches to Environmental Education: Two Perspectives on Teaching Environmental Art Education” with co-author Hilary Inwood in the International Electronic Journal of Environment Education, Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2012.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Nelly van Bommel, visiting assistant professor of dance, choreographed a full-length ballet of the classic story of Hansel and Gretel for Ballet Austin. Her new work was performed by Ballet Austin II at the end of February.
     
  • Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art+design (sculpture), has a solo exhibition, Begettings, at the Peeler Art Center at DePauaw University from February 6 to March 23. It includes new sculpture and drawings. In conjunction with the show, she will give a lecture on her work on March 5.
     
  • Leigh Dillon, visiting professor of theatre arts (acting), continues to coach actor Archie Panjabi through the third season of The Good Wife (CBS-TV), for which Panjabi won an Emmy Award in 2010, was nominated in 2011, and just won an NAACP Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Dillon recently coached actor Marco Zunino in the role of Billy Flynn for the Broadway revival of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago. She also coached Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change (HBO), scheduled to air this March.
     
  • Joseph Ferry, associate professor of music (studio production), performed with his Ska Band in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona, Ariz., from Feb. 21 to Feb. 26.
     
  • Hal Galper, lecturer in music (jazz studies), performed on March 7 at the Purchase College Recital Hall with his trio. The trio’s current recording, Trip the Light Fantastic (Origin Records), has been in the top 200 JazzWeek airplay charts for its 20th week since its release in November 2011.
     
  • Tommy Hartung, lecturer in art+design (sculpture), had his fall 2011 solo exhibition at On Stellar Rays in New York City reviewed in the February 2012 issue of Art in America.
     
  • Ryan Homsey, lecturer in music (studio composition), curated a performance featuring six songwriters from the studio composition program at the Brooklyn-based gallery and performance venue, Vaudeville Park, on Sunday, February 26. The featured songwriters included Eli Wolf-Christensen, Laurie Anne Creus, Leila Hegazy, Kelly Izzo, Mitski, and Madeline Mondrala. As one of Vaudeville Park’s resident curators, Homsey will program a number of concerts throughout the 2012 season featuring a variety of contemporary commercial, classical, electronic, and vocal music by emerging composers and performers.
     
  • Ralph Lalama, lecturer in music (jazz studies), recently released his latest CD, The Lalama Brothers: Erie Avenue. Recorded with David Lalama of Hofstra University, it represents the brothers’ first collaborative release, although they have both enjoyed illustrious careers since the 1980s. Through the brothers’ original compositions and arrangements, Erie Avenue recalls the era in which they grew up in West Aliquippa, Penn., a steel mill town outside Pittsburgh. In addition to Ralph Lalama on tenor and David Lalama on piano, Erie Avenue features Peter Washington on bass, Kenny Washington on drums, and special guest Joe Lovano on G-mezzo soprano saxophone. A forthcoming CD on the Smalls Live label, Ralph Lalama and Bop Juice: Live At Smalls, is a recording of a set at the famous jazz club in the West Village. The trio is Lalama on tenor, Purchase College alumnus Joel Forbes on bass, and Clifford Barbaro on drums. The CD will be released in March.
     
  • Lenka Pichlíková, lecturer in theatre and performance, has several recent performances, including “First Night Danbury: 12/31/2011 Holiday Shows; Literary in Action,” a conference, performance, and interview in Bridgeport, Conn.; the role of Nurse in the television pilot film The Trouble with Dr. Lucas, filmed in New York in January 2012; the role of the wife in Milan Roganovic’s short film Butterfingers, released in January 2012; and a performance in the short film Siblings, directed by Olga Goister, which is pending release.

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Many of the above activities are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant, and by the Purchase College Foundation.

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