Faculty and Staff Footnotes

April 2007

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

Awards and Prizes

The Purchase College Affiliates announces the following grants totaling $6,526:

  • Nancy Mascolo, Health Services: Emergency medical service transportation for 32 students
  • Rebecca Lerch, Liberal Studies and Admissions: Directional signs for the Transfer Student Workshop
  • Prof. Robin Lynch, Art+Design: Posters/mailing for a symposium on design artist Paul Rand
  • Prof. Nancy Zook, Psychology, and Lindsay Randall, student: Graduation pledge project for social and environmental awareness/responsibility in student life and jobs after graduation
  • Lorraine Miller, Film: Receptions for student film screenings
  • Tara Blackwell, Career Development: Speakers and refreshments for Fall Career Week
  • Peter Sprague, Humanities: Day-long celebration of Shakespeare
  • Christine Persche, Library: Acrylic poster displays for Visual Resources/Slide Room
  • Adrienne Belluscio, Health Services: HIV testing subsidy
  • Jon Esser and Lorraine Miller, Campus Beautification Committee: Plantings for the Campus Clean-Up and Planting Day in April.

  • Prof. Tony Lemieux, Natural and Social Sciences, and Profs. Monica Ferrell and Tara George, Humanities, are winners of the President’s Award for Junior Faculty Development for the 2006–07 academic year. The President’s Award conditions resemble those of a sabbatical leave of one semester and are a means to provide encouragement and support for faculty research.
  • Profs. Morris Kaplan and Michelle Stewart, Humanities, are winners of the Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant, designed for faculty interested in team-teaching an interdisciplinary course across departmental boundaries. The course pays toward replacing a course taught by one of the members.
  • Prof. Jacque Trussel, Music, received a 2007 Research Foundation Research and Scholarship Award, and will be honored at a dinner at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany on May 2. The criteria for the award includes sponsored program dollars and sources; research activity, where appropriate; publications and presentations; involvement of students; teaching and other community activities; and reputation in their field.
  • Prof. Margot Lovejoy, Art+Design, received the CAA Distinguished Teaching of Art Award at the annual Convocation during the 95th Annual Conference in New York. The awards go to those whose accomplishments transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large. In her acceptance, Prof. Lovejoy thanked Purchase for providing the supportive environment for growth in her profession.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Lisa Keller, Humanities, moderated the “Scholar to Scholar Panel” on biography at the joint conference of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication History Division, New York, March 14, 2007.
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Natural and Social Sciences, accepted an invitation to speak at the Rumi Conference at Rice University at the end of April.
  • Prof. Renqiu Yu, Humanities, will present several symposia at the China Institute in America during April and May on the post-Mao reforms and re-emergence of China as a great power. The dates of the presentations are April 17, April 24 and May 1 and are at 6:30 p.m. The China Institute is at 125 East 65th St. in New York City.
  • Prof. Robert Stein, Humanities, participated in a panel discussion at the conference “The French of England: Multilingualism in Practice, 1000–1500” at Fordham University at the beginning of April. Prof. Stein is also the chair of the session on the writing of history, “Constructing Meaning from the Primary Sources,” at the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in the middle of April in Toronto.
  • Prof. George Kraemer, Environmental Studies, will be speaking at the 5th International Congress in Boston in May on Marine Bioinvasions. The title of his paper is “Nine Years of the Population Dynamics of Hemigrapsus Sanguineus Invasion” and extends the work of his paper “Eight-Year Record of Hemigrapsus Sanguineus in Western Long Island,” written with two environmental science alumni and in press with Northeastern Naturalist.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra performed Music Prof. Ted Piltzecker’s work, “Tango Ruben,” at the Perelman Theater. Prof. Piltzecker’s quintet, “TedVibes and Company,” headlined at the New Mexico Jazz Festival in Center City. Purchase faculty member Randy Johnston is a member of the group, along with former faculty member Jim Pugh. Prof. Piltzecker will return in June to Argentina for the Patagonia Festival of Percussion.


  • Prof. Robert Stein’s, Humanities, contribution, “Multilingualism,” appeared in the inaugural volume of Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English (Oxford University Press), edited by Paul Strohm.
  • Prof. Elizabeth Guffey, Art History, has a chapter, “Illuminating Texts: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Lamps and the Rhetoric of Production, Authenticity, and Consumption,” in the book Alternative Narratives in the History of Design, edited by David Raizman and Carma R. Gorman (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).

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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 Office of the President by Agnes Benis from information supplied by the deans and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Anne Bradner, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.