Faculty and Staff Footnotes
Awards, Grants, and Prizes
Appointments and Residencies
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
Commissions, Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances
Awards, Grants, and Prizes
2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence:
- Fern Becker, Assistant to the Chair of Natural and Social Sciences: Excellence in Professional Service
- Jaime Caiado, Plant Engineer, Facilities: Excellence in Classified Service
- Joseph Ferry, Professor of Music: Excellence in Teaching
- Nancy Zook, Associate Professor of Psychology: Excellence in Teaching
Purchase College Awards:
- 2012 Faculty Awards:
- 2012 Dee and Robert Topol Faculty Development Award
– Christopher Robbins, Assistant Professor of Art+Design
– Brooke Singer, Associate Professor of New Media
This summer stipend is used to write a grant, develop a course, or redesign an existing course.
- 2012 Annual Assessment Award
– Kim Detterbeck, Art Librarian
– Rebecca Oling, Coordinator of Instruction and Literature Librarian
– Darcy Gervasio, Reference and Instruction Librarian
For creating a rubric titled “Senior Project Information Literacy Skills Assessment” (SPILSA) that evaluates information literacy skills in senior project research papers.
- 2012 Student Engagement Awards
– Richard Nassisi, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
– Andrew Salomon, Assistant Professor of Journalism
This award is presented to one faculty member and one staff member who demonstrate commitment, initiative, dedication, and efforts that are above and beyond the normal obligation in helping with the college’s student retention and engagement goals.
- 2012 Guiding Light Award
– Soyoung Yoon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
This award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who exemplifies the selfless spirit of Jill Richmond, former director of career development.
- 2012 Mark Albrecht Award
– Matthew Leach, University Police Officer
- 2012 President’s Awards for Classified Service:
– Mariana Garcia, Cleaner, Student Services Building
– Santiago Lineras, Senior Grounds Worker
– Jose Pool, Plummer/Steamfitter, Residential Facilities
Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science, was honored as an alumna of the Scholar’s Rescue Fund at the Institute of International Education’s 10th Anniversary Gala celebration on September 18 in New York City. The royal family of Jordan and President Thomas Schwarz were among the distinguished guests who received copies of her book, The Female Voice in Sufi Ritual: Devotional Practices of Pakistan and India.
Jonathan Callahan, a lecturer in college writing, is the winner of the 8th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction competition. In addition to receiving a $1,500 stipend, his collection of short stories, The Consummation of Dirk, will be published in Starcherone Books’ 2012–13 season.
Stephen Cooke, assistant professor of chemistry, received $115,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to perform a 21-month study, “Experimentally Characterizing the Electronic Structures of f-Electron Systems Using Advanced High Resolution Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopies.”
Donna Dennis, professor of art+design (sculpture), is the recipient of the Sixth Annual Artists’ Legacy Foundation Award. The award was established in 2007 and provides an unrestricted $25,000 award to one artist each year in order to encourage their ongoing creative pursuits. The foundation’s 2012 panel of jurors included painter Beverly McIver, artist Leslie Dill, and Bill Berksen, a poet, art critic, and professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, who says, “Donna Dennis is a quiet wonder. For over 40 years, she has been making these marvelous structures that become places of both fond recognition and mystery.” Her much anticipated Coney Night Maze will first be exhibited at the Neuberger Museum in June 2013.
Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art+design (printmaking), was awarded the Kala Fellowship, an international competition that annually grants nine artists a cash award, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery.
Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC), Jim McElwaine, professor of music, Paul Thayer, TLTC instructional designer and lecturer in new media, and Pier Bode, professor of video arts at Alfred University, received a Tier One Award (for projects up to $10,000) from the 2012 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) program for “Gestural Melody: New Learning Tools for Musical Composition.” Initial research begins this fall. The IITG, a new, peer-reviewed SUNY program, provides support for pedagogical and technological innovations that have the potential to be replicated throughout the SUNY system and benefit students and faculty worldwide.
Deaf Jam, a film by Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance (video dance documentation), opened the Greenpoint Film Festival on September 20 and was the winner in the best documentary feature category.
Jim McElwaine, professor of music, is also on an interdisciplinary, multicampus team that has received a Tier Three Award (for projects up to $60,000) from the 2012 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) program for a “SUNY Co-laboratory on Immersive Virtual Environments for STEM Learning.” The team comprises 11 faculty members from six campuses, staff from the University of Albany and SUNY Research Foundation, and members of the SUNY system central administration.
Paul Siegel, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded a $20,000 research grant from the American Psychoanalytic Association to support his fMRI study of dynamic relationships between brain and behavior in unconscious processing of phobic stimuli. He has now been awarded a total of $45,000 in extramural funding this year to support the fMRI study. More information about this study is in the April–May 2012 issue of Footnotes.
Appointments and Residencies
- Bill Abdale, lecturer in printmaking, was named a 2012 Summer Printshop Artist in Residence at the Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn. The residency culminates in a group exhibition this fall with the other artists in residence.
- Nancy Bowen, associate professor of art+design (sculpture), participated in a summer residency at the Dora Maar House in France, which was sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and part of the Brown Foundation Fellows Program.
- Cary Brown, musicians’ coordinator in the Conservatory of Dance, is the creative director of the new educational website, iRockU.com.
- Kazuko Hirabayashi, professor of dance, is now a part-time faculty member in composition at the Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
- Olivia Kalin, education coordinator at the Neuberger Museum of Art, has been appointed as vice president of the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable, a forum for museum education professionals to exchange and disseminate current information and ideas.
- Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), participated in a July residency at Mary Mattingly’s Flock House, a public art project and mobile living system designed around migratory patterns of humans over land, sea, and air, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Museum of Art.
- Stephanie Tooman, associate professor of dance, has accepted an invitation to be a board member of the 360 Dance Company, founded in 2006 by Martin Lofsnes, former principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
- Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, attended the World Conference of the International Political Science Association in Madrid, Spain (July 8–12). Arat served as the chair and convener of a panel on “Institution and Machinery of Human Rights” and presented the paper “Feminisms, Empowerment and Human Rights” to another panel.
- Leah Massar Bloom, associate librarian (natural and social sciences) and head of reference services, Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, and Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, presented “Uncovering Undiscovered Needs: Using Mobile Librarians and Technologies to Provide Point-of-Need Services” at the 2012 SUNYLA Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, in New York City on June 7.
- Edmund Cionek, lecturer in music history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), moderated the 18th Annual New Composers Forum, “Whales and Other Voices,” on July 10 at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, where he is composer in residence.
- Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, and Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, along with several other information professionals in the New York metropolitan area, participated over the course of six months in the myMETRO Researchers Pilot Project, part of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Each team presented its research projects at a public event at METRO in New York City on July 2.
- Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, and Rebecca Oling, coordinator of instruction and literature librarian, organized and participated in a panel, “Who are you Embed with? How Faculty Can Benefit from Embedding a Librarian in their Courses,” at the 2012 SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) at Stony Brook University on May 30. The panelists included Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy, and Laura Ricciardi, lecturer in legal studies (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education).
- Suzanne Farrin, director of the Conservatory of Music, was a discussant at Harvard University’s Summer Composition Institute 2012 Colloquia, “Historicized Composition, Music and History,” on August 25.
- William H. Flank, lecturer in mathematics, presented an invited paper in the Fellows Symposium at the 24th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia on August 20. The paper, “How Does a Catalyst Evolve? Literal and Figurative Perspectives,” traced the evolution of mechanistic understanding of how a petroleum-cracking catalyst surface operates.
- Darcy Gervasio, reference and instruction librarian, presented “MyMetro Researchers Pilot Project: Occupy Wall Street Group: Research for the 99%” with fellow New York area librarians at the Metropolitan New York Library Council in New York City on July 2. The final research product of this collaboration with Occupy Wall Street members was published by the Metropolitan New York Library Council.
- Kazuko Hirabayashi, professor of dance, conducted several workshops this summer: the Dance New York International Workshop in collaboration with Barnard College; at the University of South Florida and the Fordham/Ailey School at Mikadanse in Paris, France; a summer intensive workshop for Martha Graham School for teaching composition and technique; and the Summer Workshop for Centro National de Danza Contemporanea in Queretaro, Mexico.
- Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, gave a lecture on September 20 at the New York Public Library on 40th Street on A Natural History of the Piano and served as a jury member at the American Pianists Association piano competition in Indianapolis.
- Olivia Kalin, education coordinator at the Neuberger Museum of Art, attended the Teaching Institute in Museum Education (TIME) national conference in August, a week-long intensive hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Lisa Keller, professor of history, was invited by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to participate in the Paths Through History conference in Albany on August 28. She was appointed to the governor’s Historic Corridor Task Force earlier this year.
- Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance (video dance documentation), was invited to moderate a panel discussion following the screening of Wim Wender’s Pina at Riverton Film in Nyack, N.Y., in July.
- Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, was an invited panelist at the WLA (Westchester Library Association) Conference, Sustaining Libraries Panel, on May 11 in Tarrytown, N.Y.
- Verónica Perera, assistant professor of sociology, presented the paper “Neither Commodity nor Human Right: Water as a political intervention from below” at the International Sociological Association Conference in Buenos Aires (August 1–4).
- Lenka Pichlíková, lecturer in theatre and performance, taught mime, acting, and commedia dell’arte for dancers at the Connecticut Dance School in Southport and Connecticut Ballet in Stamford, Conn., this summer. She also produced weekly children's performances in Norwalk and shot a pilot film in New York City (June 2012) and two commercials on June 12 and September 12.
- Edward Pomerantz, associate professor of screenwriting, attended the 4th International Conference of American Drama and Theater at the University of Seville in May, where he presented the paper “Great Comedies of the American Theater: Time to Take Them Seriously.”
- Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented two hands-on workshops this summer: “Become a Zotero Advocate: Learn How To Use It So You Can Teach It!” at the SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) Annual Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City on June 7; and “Using Zotero to Support Scholarly Research” at the annual SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT) at Stony Brook University on June 1.
- Rosanna Seravalli, professor of dance, staged Etudes, choreographed by Harold Lander, in collaboration with other faculty at the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in New York City in June–July and taught master classes for Philadelphia Dance Theatre in August.
- Stephanie Tooman, associate professor of dance, taught Graham technique in Bari, Italy, as a representative of the Alvin Ailey School at the invitation of Anna Marie Forsythe, former co-director of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Tooman also taught at Los Talleres in Mexico City, where she serves as artistic advisor and is regularly invited to teach.
- Nelly van Bommel, assistant professor of dance, was the director of choreography at Regional Dance America 2012 National Choreography Intensive, held July 22–August 2 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Festival Dance Center, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, has written a chapter on women in the recently published Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey, Metin Heper and Sabri Sayarı, eds. (Routledge, 2012: 259-270); the foreword for Nationalism and Human Rights: In Theory and Practice in the Middle East, Central Europe, and the Asia-Pacific, Grace Cheng, ed. (New York: Palgrave, 2012: vi-xii); and the article “The United States, Justice, and Human Rights: Revisiting David Forsythe’s Work,” in the Journal of Human Rights, 11:3 (2012): 322–331.
- Pedro Barbeito, lecturer in art+design (general visual arts/foundation/MFA), was interviewed by Artslant NYC in August 2012 (The Order of Things: Interview with Pedro Barbeito).
- Eugene Callahan, lecturer in economics, has a new book out: Oakeshott on Rome and America (Imprint Academic, July 2012).
- Stephen Cooke, assistant professor of chemistry, has had four articles published in peer-reviewed journals: "Rotational spectra, nuclear quadrupole coupling tensors, and structures for CF3CF2X, X = Cl, Br,” B.E. Long, G.S. Grubbs II, and S.A. Cooke, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol. 1023, pages 55-60 (2012); “Bis-trifluoromethyl Effect: Doubled Transitions in the Rotational Spectra of Hexafluoroisobutene,” G.S. Grubbs II, Stewart E. Novick, W.C. Pringle Jr., Jaan Laane, Esther J. Ocola, and S.A. Cooke, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 116, pages 8169–8175 (2012); “The Rotational Spectrum of Perfluoropropionic Acid,” G.S. Grubbs II, A. Seratto III, D.A. Obenchain, S.A. Cooke, S.E. Novick, and Wei Lin, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Vol. 275, pages 1–4 (2012); and “The Structures of Pentanoyl Chloride, CH3(CH2)3COCl, Contained in Supersonic Expansions of Argon Gas,” R.A. Powoski and S.A. Cooke, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol. 1021, pages 29–33 (2012).
- Kim Detterbeck, art librarian, Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, and Nicole LaMoreaux (LIM College and FIT) had their research report, “Style and Substance: The Information Seeking Behavior of Fashion Bloggers,” published by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).
- Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), has published his first novel, Connected: Mob Stories From My Past, which is a bestseller on Amazon.com.
- Ronnie Halperin, chair of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, Suzanne Kessler, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and psychology alumna Dana Braunschweiger had their article “Rehabilitation Through the Arts: Impact on participants’ engagement in educational programs” published in the Journal of Correctional Education, 63, 1 (2012) 6–23.
- Tommy Hartung, lecturer in art+design (sculpture), was featured on the September 2012 cover of Border Crossings, along with an article discussing his work.
- Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, has had his critically acclaimed book, A Natural History of the Piano, sold to publishers in Italy, England, Russia, Spain, Japan, and Korea. The book was first released in November 2011 by Knopf.
- Lisa Keller, professor of history, has an essay, “The Grass is Always Greener: A Brief History of Public Spaces and Protest in New York City and London,” appearing in the new book Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (New Village Press, September 2012).
- George P. Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, published “The Asian shore crab invades Long Island Sound,” in Long Island Sound Study Update Newsletter Summer 2012, and “Metabolic Plasticity of Nitrogen Assimilation by Porphyra umbilicalis,” with J. Kim and C. Yarish in the Journal of the Ocean University of China, Vol. 11, 2012: pages 1–10.
- Susan G. Letcher, assistant professor of environmental studies, has the following paper in a forthcoming issue of Biotropica: “Increasing liana abundance and basal area in a tropical forest: the contribution of long-distance clonal colonization,” with Yorke, S. R., S.A. Schnitzer, J. Mascaro, and W.P. Carson. Letcher is a participant in BIOTREE-NET, an international network of researchers sharing data on tropical tree abundance and distributions. A paper announcing the network, “The Tree Biodiversity Network (BIOTREE-NET): prospects for biodiversity research and conservation in the tropics,” has been published in English in the journal Biodiversity and Ecology 4 (2012): 211–224, with concurrent publication in Spanish in the journal Ecosistemas, 21.1–2 (2012): 126–135.
- Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, has an essay, “Online Portfolios,” published in the book What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students, by Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard A. Murray (Libraries Unlimited, 2012).
- Edward A. Musal, environmental health and safety officer, contributed a revised chapter on “Fleet Safety Benchmarking and Performance Criteria” in the second edition of The Safety Professionals Handbook (Joel M. Haight, ed., Des Plaines, IL, 2012), published by the American Society of Safety Engineers.
- Francine Rubin, associate director of the Learning Center, has published a chapbook of poems, Geometries (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems will also appear soon in Saint Katherine Review (St. Katherine College), Windmills (Deakin University, Australia), you are here: the journal of creative geography (University of Arizona), and Coin Opera 2, an anthology of poems about video games (Sidekick Books, London).
- Andrew Salomon, assistant professor of journalism, is the publisher and faculty advisor of the new, long-form journalism student publication The Beat, a print magazine devoted to music and the arts in and around the Purchase College community. Robin Lynch, associate professor of art+design (graphic design), is the magazine’s creative director and a faculty advisor.
- Marie Sciangula, assistant director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, and Rebecca Oling, coordinator of instruction and literature librarian, published the article “Learning to Leverage: Using Moodle to Enhance F2F Interaction in One-Shots,” in LOEX Quarterly, Vol. 38, Issue 3, Article 5.
Commissions, Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances
- William Abdale, lecturer in printmaking, curated two exhibitions at Heliopolis, a collaborative nonprofit project space in Brooklyn, N.Y.: Steven Rose and Joanna Seitz (June 1–24) and Eric Lee Bowman: Chemical Portraits (August 10–26). Abdale played guitar on the self-titled EP by Brooklyn’s Acid Problem, now available from 16OH Records and via free streaming at acidproblem.bandcamp.com. Acid Problem also recorded a live set on WFMU for Distort Jersey City, which can be streamed at www.wfmu.org/playlists/RD.
- Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, professor of political science, was a consultant on the docudrama The Sultan’s Women (Hidden Women of the Harem), directed by David Rabinovitch and produced by Fleetwood Films Ltd., which was released this summer. She will continue to consult on the film’s educational use. On September 13, Arat participated in a discussion on “Honor, Rape, and the Right to Abortion [in Turkey],” an episode of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera radio.
- Cary Brown, musicians’ coordinator in the Conservatory of Dance, will be the live pianist for 2012–13 monthly Silent Film Series at the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library/aa> in Cold Spring, N.Y. He is scheduled to tour this fall with Yonrico Scott, the Grammy Award–winning drummer and percussionist.
- Edmund Cionek, lecturer in music history (School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education), had two new works performed in July at the Bar Harbor Music Festival: Emersonia for flute, cello, and piano and O Virtuous Light for string orchestra. Cionek is the composer in residence at the festival. Also in July, Yankee Doodle Dandy, a musical on the life of George M. Cohan orchestrated by Cionek and Patti Wyss, ran at “Theatre Under the Stars” in Houston. The book for the musical was written by James Rocco (Ordway Theatre) and David Armstrong (Fifth Avenue Theatre).
- Nancy Davidson, professor emerita of art+design (painting/drawing), has a solo exhibition, Dustup, at the Betty Cunningham Gallery in New York City (September 6–October 6).
- Julia Elsas, lecturer in art+design (general visual arts/foundation/MFA), participated in several group shows this summer: The Phylogeny Projects, curated by Derek Parker and Anne Roecklein, at the Branch Gallery in North Adams, Mass.; Ode to Street Hassle, a group show curated by Chris Hosea at the Bronx Art Space; Still Figuring it out at Recession Art culturefix in New York City; and the Dieu Donne Benefit Exhibition at the Dieu Donne Exhibition Space in New York City.
- Suzanne Farrin, director of the Conservatory of Music, will have her composition Serenade included in an opera in 2014, commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as part of its ICElab program. More information about Serenade is in the April–May 2012 issue of Footnotes.
- Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), produced an EP for Jump Up Records (Chicago) featuring Uzimon, the Don’s Victor Rice, and Channel Tubes. Ferry is currently producing singer Jennie Brooks for Shanachie Records and has begun work on his fifth solo ska CD, featuring Dana Mancuso, a current student in the Master of Music program, and drummer Dave Lewitt, a musician in the Conservatory of Dance. Ferry toured in September as the bassist with singer Joey Ray, a studio production alumnus.
- Karen Guancione, lecturer in printmaking, exhibited in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, as part of Fiestas Patrias, the Mexican Independence Day celebrations. Her work, Rebozos/K’uanindik’uccha, is a large-scale installation with images of womens’ work silkscreened on flannel cloths, woven rags, and rebozos, the traditional handwoven shawls made by Mexican women. The title is also in Purépecha, an indigenous language of Michoacán. The work was hung in front of the Presidencia Municipal (the city hall), on the main square Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, where a series of cultural events and festivities are taking place. Guancione’s work was also included in two group exhibitions: Montclair State University Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2012, curated by Dan Bischoff, at the George Segal Gallery, College of the Arts (on view through December 8); and The Artists of IAVANET, Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, Staten Island, N.Y.
- Kazuko Hirabayashi, professor of dance, presented a solo work in July at the Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Mass.
- Ryan Homsey, lecturer in music (studio composition), had his art song, To Anna Akhmatova, performed by baritone Kelvin Chan and pianist Wei-En Hsu during Chan’s vocal recital, “Love, Fragmented,” at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Bronx. The recital was held on May 18, as part of the Westchester Square Arts Festival’s three-day event celebrating the grand opening of the Cephas Center for the Arts. Homsey’s new work for solo violin, The Abandoned Valley, performed by violinist Adrianna Mateo, had its premiere at the Società Operaia di Mutuo Soccorso in Cairo Montenotte, Italy (July 4), followed by performances at the Ecoles d'Art Américaines de Fontainebleau in France (July 28) and in Cortland, N.Y. during the new music concert and lecture, “Crossing the Line: Performing in the 21st Century” (Aug. 21). The piece will have its New York City premiere on September 30 during the grand opening of the art gallery Bliss on Bliss Studio. Additional performances are scheduled at Vaudeville Park and Queens College.
- Stuart Isacoff, lecturer in music, wrote and narrated episode 2 of “The Piano in Five Pieces,” a series of programs focusing on the piano, for BBC Radio 3. The episode was first broadcast on September 25. He also appeared on the BBC Radio 3 programs “Music Matters” (Oct. 6) and “Piano Keys.”
- Judy Lieff, lecturer in dance (video dance documentation), was an invited guest of the EIDF (EBS International Documentary Festival and conference) in Seoul, Korea, in August. Her documentary film Deaf Jam screened in competition for the EDU section of the festival; at the Folkets Bio Festival in Malmo, Sweden, on August 23; and at the Greenpoint Film Festival on September 20. From September 29 to October 7, the film will be featured at Festival Cine Sordo (Deaf Film Festival) in Ecuador, in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca.
- Richie Morales, visiting assistant professor of music (jazz studies), will perform with six-time Grammy-nominated jazz fusion guitarist Mike Stern at the 55 Bar in New York City on September 19 and October 1. This fall, Morales will be performing with Stern’s trio at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis and the Jazz Cafe in Detroit. The trio will also be conducting a clinic/master class on October 4 for the jazz studies program at the University of Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music.
- Rachel Owens, assistant professor of art+design (general visual arts/foundation/MFA), has several pieces in Next Wave Art, part of the 30th Next Wave Festival (September 12–December 2) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her installation at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City was reviewed in the April 2012 issues of Sculpture Magazine.
- Pamela Prather, assistant professor of theatre arts (acting), is serving as vocal and dialect coach for the Tony Award–winning Alley Theatre production of Death of a Salesman in Houston, Texas. Previews began on September 28.
- Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art+design (sculpture), is exhibiting at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the official U.S. presentation, Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, organized by the Institute for Urban Design (August–November 2012). In August, Robbins participated with Aaron Krach (MFA ’12) in Art and Social Activism, curated by Nicholas Cohn Art Projects, at Chashama in Long Island City. Robbins’ work is currently in the group show Bushwick Blackout at the Shirey Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (August 30–September 30).
- Huang Ruo, lecturer in music (composition), will have the American premiere of his first opera, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, during the Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 Summer Festival. This opera commemorates the centennial of China’s 1911 Revolution and highlights the personal and political life of Sun Yat-sen, a revered figure often referred to as the “Father of the Nation.” Dr. Sun Yat-sen was commissioned by Opera Hong Kong and had its world premiere on October 13, 2011.
- Peter Sprague, technical director (theatre and performance), played the role of Teach in a production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, directed by Liz Liebeskind Sipes and produced by Twelve Miles North, in June to sold-out houses in the American Legion Hall Theatre in Hastings-on-Hudson.
- Leonard Stokes, professor emeritus of art+design (painting/drawing), participated in the group show Paper Band at the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York City, July 11–August 24.
- Eric Wildrick, sculpture instructional support specialist, installed a new sculpture, Give/Take, in the upper lobby of the Performing Arts Center. This found-objects work will be on view through the end of the semester.
- Mary Alice Williams, assistant professor of journalism, appeared on NBC’s Weekend Today Show on September 16. The show celebrated the 25th anniversary of Weekend Today, which she co-anchored with Garrick Utley.
- Jennifer Wroblewski, assistant professor of art+design (painting/drawing), organized, curated, and participated in the group show Righteous Perpetrators at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., during August. Artists generated audience participation–based work in the gallery during the exhibition.
- Murray Zimiles, professor of art+design (printmaking), has had work from the East portfolio of East/West: A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking exhibited this past year at Nicholls State University’s Ameen Art Gallery, Thibodaux, La.; the University of Colorado; the University of Wyoming’s Visual Arts Gallery, Laramie, Wyo.; Old Dominion University’s Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries; and Boston University’s Department of Visual Arts. The portfolio and subsequent exhibition, organized by Brian Kelley, professor of printmaking at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, consists of work by 100 printmakers that is being exhibited across the country. The portfolio has been acquired by the Special Collections Department of Rare Books Room, the University of Colorado, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Nicholls State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
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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