Faculty and Staff Footnotes

April 2006

Awards and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Todd Coolman, Music, and Prof. Peter Corfield, Natural Sciences, have each won a 2006 Research Foundation Research & Scholarship Award, and will be honored at a special dinner in Albany on May 3, 2006. The selection committee considered the following criteria: sponsored program dollars and sources; research activity; publications and presentations; involvement of students; teaching and other community activities and reputation.
  • The Purchase Affilates announced the following spring grants awards for 2006. The awards totaled $9,084.
    1. Patricia Bice, Registrar: Campus-wide planting and cleanup project
    2. Prof. Kim Christensen, Social Sciences: Women’s History Month Film Festival
    3. Angela Kang, Residence Life: Renovation of Crossroads community kitchen
    4. Lorraine Miller, Film: Lobby furniture
    5. Prof. Peter Bell, Social Sciences: Lectures on significant global issues
    6. Prof. Jennifer Uleman, Humanities, and Prof. Jan Factor, Natural Sciences: Defray the cost of Awards Luncheon
    7. Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Natural Sciences: Toward a psychology information resources mobile work station for psychology majors
    8. Prof. Daniel Hanessian, Design/Technology: Portfolio presentations of graduating BFA and MFA students
    9. Jason Alt, Keegan Mills, Sandra Garcia, Residence Life: Retreat for Purchase student clubs/organizations leaders
    10. Prof. Todd Coolman, Music: Jazz film for jazz history course; replacement of snare drum
    11. Prof. Ronnie Scharfman, Humanities: Film rental and workshop; breakfast/round table discussion for Annual French Film Festival
    12. Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Social Sciences: Toward Global Black Studies luncheon/speaker series
    13. Anne Wetzel, R.N., Student Health Services: Waiting Room furniture
    14. Elena Pellegrini, Neuberger Museum of Art: First Wednesday Programs.
    15. David Poole, Residence Life: Toward production of a play.

  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Political Science, received a fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace to study human rights discourse and practices in Turkey since the 1920s.
  • Dean Carol Walker, Conservatory of Dance, received the Arts Award from the Westchester Arts Council at their annual Arts Awards Luncheon. Recognized for her contributions to arts education in Westchester County, Ms. Walker was honored for her 23 years at Purchase College and for putting the Conservatory of Dance on the map “as one of the best schools in the world for talented young dancers seeking to launch professional careers.”

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Lenora Champagne, Drama Studies, is an invited presenter at the international Women’s Writing for Performance Symposium at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, April 28-30, 2006.
  • Prof. Robert Stein, English Literature, took part in a roundtable discussion at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association: “Editions, Translations, and Electronic Media.” Prof. Stein also presented a paper at the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, March 30-April 2: “Sacred Authority, Secular Power, and the Eucharist” and will present another at the International Medieval Association Conference, May 4: Multilingual England and the Law of Genre.”
  • Prof. Donna Dennis, Sculpture, recently participated in a small focus group that is part of a large research project being conducted by a team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts Management program in partnership with the New York Foundation of the Arts. The study is being conducted to determine the needs of visual artists and will help NYFA pinpoint the exact services that visual artists require.
  • Prof. Dana-Ain Davis, Anthropology, gave the keynote address at the Empire State College Women’s Studies Residency Conference, “United/Divided: Women, Race and Place,” held in Syracuse at the beginning of the month. The title of the keynote was “Mapping the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Violence, and Place.” Prof. Davis will present two papers at the Society of Anthropology of North America Conference. The papers are “Standing at the Crossroads: Feminist Ethnography and Public Anthropology” and “Resisting Bureaucracy: Advocates in the Certain Age of Post-Welfare Reform.” The conference is at Baruch College from April 20-22.
  • In March, Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, participated in the panel “Floating Points 3: Ubiquitous Computing” co-hosted by Emerson College and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc./Turbulence.org. While in Boston, Prof. Singer also presented “Purpool” (a collaboration with Prof. Peter Ohring, Mathematics/Computer Science) at MIT’s Media Lab and she conducted a workshop at Mass. Art.
  • Prof. Jennifer Uleman, Humanities, will present a paper, “Everyday Noumena: The Fact and Significance of Ordinary Intelligible Objects,” on April 29 at the North American Kant Society Meeting in Boston.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Political Science, presented a paper, “Human Rights in Political Party Programs: Inferences from the Case of Turkey,” at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, held in San Diego at the end of March. She was also the chair and discussant of a panel on “Conflict and State Building in Iraq” and served on other panels at this conference. Prof. Arat also delivered the David Jacobson lecture at Concordia College in April. The title of her talk was “Globalization, Human Rights, and the United States.”
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Psychology, will present two posters at the Association for Psychological Science conference in May. One is entitled “Aggression Following Music Exposure is Influenced by Trait Aggression, Not Music Preference” and was in collaboration with Purchase graduate, Adam Rosen. The second title is “Intergroup Emotions as Indicators of Changes in Group Positions.”
  • Dean Carol Walker and Prof. Megan Williams, Dance, attended the 8th National High School Dance Festival in Miami, FL in late March. Dean Walker participated in a panel discussion about College Admissions and Dance Majors. Prof. Williams taught a modern dance class to students at the host school, as well as presented a lecture demonstration to an audience of over 500 interested dancers and taught a master class at the Festival. Prof. Richard Cook taught a ballet master class to the Festival participants. All three auditioned over 500 students, attended performances by these same students, and recruited and offered scholarships to the most talented dancers.
  • Prof. Steve Lubin, Music, will present a paper entitled “Toward a Typology of Mozart’s Tonal Designs” at a Chapter Conference of the American Musicological Society at Princeton on May 7.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Donna Dennis, Sculpture, has lithographs in a group exhibition: “Contemporary Icons: Prints of the 80s & 90s” at the Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Prof. Edmund Cionek, Liberal Studies, will have his arrangement of Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite” performed by the Quintet of the Americas at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 30. Other recent performances of Prof. Cionek’s music include “At The Art Gallery, Part II (Water Music)" for piano and percussion on the Tribeca New Music Festival at the Flea Theatre last November. Also in November, his a cappella “Jazz Fantasia” was performed at New York’s “Don’t Tell Mama” by the award-winning vocal group, “The Accidentals.”
  • Conservatory of Dance faculty, Megan Williams, participated with the Purchase Dance Corps cast of “Gloria” in a Hunter College program, “Sharing the Legacy,” in April. “Gloria” will be performed on campus at the Purchase Dance Corps Spring Concert and again in Hong Kong in June 2006. Prof. Williams performed as a guest artist during the SYREN Modern Dance Westchester Performances in March at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. She premiered a new solo, “Half Full,” to Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 for Violin, Cello, and Piano.
  • Prof. Kevin Wynn, Dance, presented the premiere of “Tracing Sirocco” at the Ailey Studios Citigroup Theatre on April 7 and 8. The piece is set in an African desert and deals with the growth, constrictions, transformations, and survival of individuals as they navigate through their challenging and complicated lives.

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  • Prof. Robert Stein’s book Reality Fictions: Romance History, and Government Authority 1025-1180 was recently published by Notre Dame University Press. Prof. Stein also has two essays, “Sacred Authority and Secular Power: The Historical Argument of the Deeds of the Bishops of Cambrai,” just published in Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures, edited by Lawrence Besserman (New York: Palgrave, 2006), and “Literary Criticism and the Evidence for History,” recently published in Writing Medieval History, edited by Nancy Partner (London: Hodder Arnold, 2005).
  • Prof. Jeanine Meyer, Mathematics, has a review of the book Institutionalization of Usability: A Step-by-Step Guide by E. Schaffer, Addison Wesley Longman Publishing Co. in “Computing Reviews.” An excellent review of Prof. Meyer’s book, Dom Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model, was just published in Computing Reviews.
  • Prof. Nancy Zook, Psychology, had an article published in Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, Volume 13, Number 1/March 2006. The title of the article is “Performance of Healthy, Older Adults on the Tower of London Revised: Associations with Verbal and Nonverbal Abilities.”
  • Prof. Brenda DeMartini-Squires, Director of the Learning Center, has published an article, “Richard Newman’s Borrowed Towns,” in the Spring 2006 issue of Southern Indiana Review.

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

Faculty and Staff Footnotes is compiled in the President's Office by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the Deans and Directors. (Professional staff members are requested to e-mail news items to Patty Bice or Bill Guerrero, Co-Presidents of the Professional Staff Council, or directly to Agnes Benis.)