Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2012

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

Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Kimberly Johnson, application coordinator and admissions officer, was presented with the 2012 Friend of EOP/MAP Award by Paul Nicholson, the director of special programs and ombudsman, at the EOP/MAP Town Meeting.
  • Carmen Oquendo-Villar, assistant professor of cinema studies, is one of the winning filmmakers of a screenplay competition in Puerto Rico. The Corporación de Cine de Puerto Rico (CCPR) announced the winners of the initiative, carried out for the third consecutive year to promote film production in the country. The productions will make up the collection of Micros 2012, which is divided into two segments: Montage (five short films with a theme of love in its different forms and a duration of five minutes) and Zoom (five documentaries that will last 10 minutes). The winners for the Montage segment were Sr. Júpiter, Federico Torres Fernández; Amarillo (Yellow), Glorimar Marrero; Buscando a Kia (Looking for Kia), Miguel Hernández; Fraud Squad TV, Carmen Oquendo-Villar; and Telequinesis (Telekinesis), Mariana Roca. Oquendo-Villar, who is on leave this year, is a visiting professor at the Institute for Communication and Cultural Studies at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá, where she is teaching a seminar on sensory ethnography and visual anthropology.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), has been promoted to First Pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Larry Clark, associate professor of dance, traveled to Hong Kong this month to adjudicate the Asian Youth Dance Festival for the second consecutive year. He also presented the awards to the participating companies, chaired a panel of the judges discussing the choreographers, and taught a master class.
  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), was a juror for the 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, organized by the International Sculpture Center. Dennis participated in the award ceremony and attended the opening of the exhibition of award-winning student work from around the country, presented at the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, N.J. The award recognizes deserving sculpture students and encourages their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, presented a paper, “The Hearts and Minds of National Servicemen in Britain’s Small Wars 1948–60,” at the North American Conference on British Studies meeting in Montreal in early November.
  • Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, gave an online conference presentation about text message reference and the user experience at SpringyCamp, a virtual library conference held on November 8. More than 300 librarians from multiple countries attended the webinar.
  • Barbara Hauptman, assistant professor of arts management, conducted a workshop, “The Stage Director’s Experience,” on November 5 for first-year arts management graduate students at the Yale School of Drama, where she is a lecturer in the Theater Management Department.
  • Amanda Lechner, lecturer in art and design (painting/drawing), participated in an artist talk and panel discussion on November 9 with Dustin Dennis and Rachel Frank, moderated by Jonah Criswell, at the Kansas City Art Institute’s Epperson Auditorium. This event was held in conjunction with In Search of …, a traveling group exhibition co-curated by Lechner (see the October 2012 issue of Footnotes for information on the exhibition).
  • Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, will read from her story, “Aunt Alice in Wonderland and the Last Two McCormicks,” at the Italian American Studies Association on December 1 at Hofstra University. She recently participated on a panel of commentators on Mary Buscci Bush’s new book, Sweet Hope, a fictionalized account of early Italian immigration to the American south.
  • Paul Nicholson, director of special programs and ombudsman, presented at “College Opportunity Programs for Historically Disadvantaged Students,” the November speaker series of the Westchester Putman Rockland Counseling Association (WPRCA).
  • Carmen Oquendo-Villar, assistant professor of cinema studies, was interviewed by Tío Louie at a Prime Latino Media Salon “fireside chat” on November 14, held at Casa Mezcal in New York City. She spoke about her documentary, La aguja (The Needle), which is described in the films section below. This event was sponsored by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
  • Lorraine Plourde, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, presented a paper, “Technology, Sound, Sensation: Disorienting Noise and Electricity in Tokyo,” during the Crossing the Wires: Network, Sense, and the Horizons of Connectivity in East Asia session on November 17 at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco.
  • Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, and Nicole LaMoreaux, librarian at LIM College and the Fashion Institute of Technology, presented their myMETRO Researchers project, “Off the Cuff: How Fashion Bloggers Find and Use Information,” at the Fashion: Now & Then Symposium on October 20 at LIM College in New York City.
  • Curtis St. John, director of operations in the Conservatory of Music, presented a workshop, “Strength, Resilience, and the Brilliant Triumph of Joy,” at MaleSurvivor’s 13th International Conference, “A World of Healing,” held November 15–18 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. St. John is the media coordinator and spokesperson and a past president of MaleSurvivor, the nation’s preeminent resource for male victims of sexual abuse. This conference, the only one of its kind in the world, brings together hundreds of survivors, psychologists, social workers, academic researchers, members of the law enforcement community, and friends of the cause to share information on their research, insights, and efforts to help survivors.
  • Mary Alice Williams, assistant professor of journalism, participated as a speaker at the New York Women in Communications’ annual Student Communications Career Conference, held at New York University’s Kimmel Center on November 17.

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  • Donna Dennis, professor of art and design (sculpture), has more than four decades of her installations featured in an article by Jan Riley, “Donna Dennis: Re-Imagining an American Vernacular,” in Woman’s Art Journal (Fall/Winter 2012, Vol. 33, No. 2). The Printed Books and Bindings Collection of the Morgan Library and Museum recently acquired a copy of poet Jim Carroll’s 4 Ups and 1 Down (Angel Hair Press, 1970) with a cover designed by Dennis. She was contacted by Sheelagh Bevan, the Andrew W. Mellon assistant curator, for help in documenting information about the book, the story of her collaboration with Carroll, and general information about her work over the years on book-related projects. The Archive for New Poetry at the University of California, San Diego recently acquired the original manuscript/art of The Making of the President, an “undated, presumably unfinished and unpublished” work by Dennis and poet Ted Berrigan. Dennis was contacted by the archive’s curator, Robert Melton, to provide her recollections of the date, the evolution of the ideas, and other details about the work.
  • Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, lecturer in art history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), has a review of the Francesca Woodman exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum (March–June 2012) in the fall 2012 issue of WomenArts Quarterly Journal (University of Missouri, St. Louis). Gersh-Nesic also wrote the catalog essay for the exhibition Malcolm D. MacDougall III: Parallel Worlds, organized with Ivan Savvine ’06, head curator of 287 Spring in New York City. MacDougall is a 2011 graduate of Purchase College.
  • Marty Lewinter, professor of mathematics, has a research article, “Resonance Structure Counts in Contorted and Flat Hexabenzocoronenes,” co-written with Sasan Karimi, Anthony Delgado, and Michael Kupfert, accepted for publication in the Journal of Mathematical Chemistry. Kupfert is a chemistry major at Purchase; Delgado, an alumnus of the mathematics/computer science program, is pursuing his master’s degree in mathematics at New York University’s Courant Institute. As Lewinter notes, “Research with our students is an important and valuable part of a Purchase education.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, has a new book out, The Art of Making Do in Naples (University of Minnesota Press, November 2012). It is an ethnography of neomelodica music and its entanglements with the camorra, the organized crime networks of the Campanian region of southern Italy.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), has had four compositions for percussion ensemble published by Bachovich Music: Dancing Past Eleven, Junctures, Great Idea! Who Pays?, and Buffalo Dance.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Edmund Cionek, lecturer in music (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), had a reading of his new theatrical work, Frankentata, at the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City on November 14. Cionek composed the music and co-wrote the libretto, based on the classic Mary Shelley novel, with Patti Wyss. Conducted by Gerald Steichen, the cast included Curt Olds as Frankenstein, Daniel Neer as The Being, Katrina Thurman as Elizabeth, and Ron Loyd as Robert Walton. On November 17, Cionek’s 2011 orchestral work, American Remix, was performed by the Western Piedmont Symphony, with John Gordon Ross conducting, in Hickory, N.C. Two other Cionek compositions, Bronx Bomber Boogie Woogie and Veni Creator Spiritus Boogie Woogie, are included on pianist Donna Coleman’s new CD of piano music, Lost Lady.
  • Suzanne Farrin, director of the Conservatory of Music, had her first solo CD, Corpo di Terra, released this month by New Focus Recordings. It is a collection of “songs without words” based on sonnets by the Italian poet Petrarch. The debut of this full-length recording will be celebrated with a concert at the Italian Academy at Columbia University on November 30, featuring live performances of works from the recording by Nuiko Wadden, Cal Wiersma, and Julia Lichten.
  • Kate Gilmore, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), has work in several exhibitions: Under the Table at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts in Fort Worth, Texas (November 3–December 15); Projecting Identity at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (November 9–December 14); and Dark Flow Lurking at the David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Fla. (November 8–December 31), which is running concurrently with the ArtBasel/Miami Fair.
  • Ryan Homsey, lecturer in music (studio composition), composed the music for The Orpheus Variations, a multimedia play produced by the Deconstructive Theatre Project at Magic Futurebox in Brooklyn (October 19–28). Homsey was also the sound designer for the play Seventy Scenes of Halloween, produced by the Friends and Enemies of Modern Theater at Vaudeville Park in Brooklyn (October 25–27).
  • Sharon Horvath, associate professor of art and design (painting/drawing), is participating in a group exhibition, LookoutOutlook, at the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, Conn. (November 16–December 21).
  • Carmen Oquendo-Villar, assistant professor of cinema studies, has a new 40-minute documentary short, La aguja (The Needle), co-directed by José Correa Vigier and produced by Felipe Tewes, which follows the owner of a domestic cosmetic clinic in Puerto Rico. La aguja had its world premiere on November 15 at DocNYC, as part of the “Portraits” selection at the Independent Film Center in New York City and its Puerto Rican premiere on November 18 as part of the Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest. Reviews, articles, and trailers have appeared in the Huffington Post, Global Voices Online, Repeating Islands, and Cruce, an academic journal in Puerto Rico.
  • Ted Piltzecker, associate professor of music (studio composition), performed in October with Japanese taiko artist Kenny Endo and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura at Georgia State University in Atlanta. In January, Piltzecker will be a guest performer and composer at Vibraciones, the 2nd International Vibes and Marimba Festival, at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericaono (ICPNA) in Lima, Peru.
  • Valencia J. Wallace, library media specialist, was the dramaturge for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts production of Orpheus Descending, directed by A. Dean Irby.

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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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