Faculty and Staff Footnotes

February 2006

Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. George Kraemer, Environmental Studies, and three collaborators from the University of Connecticut have received funding from the Sea Grant College Program of Connecticut to study the ecological impacts of a non-native seaweed on the Long Island Sound ecosystem and predict the rate and eventual extent of its spread. The work will help define socioeconomic effects and inform coastal zone managers. The larger rationale is to model impacts and expansions of invasive alga in other estuaries, thereby helping predict what will happen elsewhere.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Michelle Stewart, Cinema Studies and Literature, was selected to participate in an international, interdisciplinary seminar in Europe this spring – the 2006 Fulbright German Studies Seminar - which will take place in Berlin and Strasbourg, bringing together 25 scholars from around the world to discuss the theme “Muslim Minorities: Opportunities and Challenges in Western European Societies. German and French Experiences.” The seminar is funded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
  • Prof. Eng-Beng Lim, Drama Studies, will be a keynote speaker for the Summer Institute on Performance at Northwestern University in August 2006. Prof. Lim will also deliver a lecture on the queer theatre and performance cultures of colonial and global Asia, and will teach a seminar for advanced graduate students and faculty in a week-long theory institute.
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Political Science, presented a paper, “The Political Discourse of Qawwali and Sufi Texts: Artists Speak for Themselves,” at the Stanford University Pan Asian Music Festival 2006 on February 12.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Michael Torlen, Art+Design, recently exhibited a one-person show entitled “Narratives: Recent Works on Paper” at Miranda Fine Arts in Port Chester. A catalogue is available with an essay by Carl Little, an art critic who writes for Art in America. Prof. Torlen also exhibited his monotype, “Projection,” in Prints USA 2005 at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, MO. The exhibit ended in January.
  • Prof. Narda Alcorn, Design Technology, was Production Stage Manager for the Rededication of August Wilson Theatre at the August Wilson Theatre, NYC and for August Wilson's Radio Golf, Seattle Repertory Theatre, WA. Prof. Alcorn was also Production Stage Manager for workshops of Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope at the Trumball Theatre in Brooklyn and the Fords Theatre in Washington D.C.
  • Prof. Rob Andrusko, Design Technology, was Assistant Scenic Designer for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tour 2006, The Clinton Global Initiative, and The 2006 NBA Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Prof. Andrusko was also Associate Scenic Designer for the Broadway production of Princesses.
  • Prof. Christine Field, Design Technology, was Costume Designer for a dance piece entitled Watershed for Juilliard's Centennial. It will tour nationally and be televised in April as part of Lincoln Center's Gala on PBS. Prof. Field designed the costumes for The Marriage of Figaro, Conservatory of Music, Purchase College and for Hamlet, Mint Theatre, NYC. She also designed the Buick launch of the new Enclave at The North American International Car Show in Detroit.
  • Prof. Joe Forbes, Design Technology, was the Charge Painter for the Broadway productions of The Wedding Singer, Le Stat, Barefoot in the Park, and Chita Rivera - A Dancers Life and for the Las Vegas production of Spamalot.
  • Prof. Dan Hanessian, Design Technology, was the Technical Director for the “look” of Times Square New Year’s Eve 2005, including the Mayor’s Stage, Media Risers, and the Fences Stage that featured Mary J. Blidge.
  • Prof. Jason Lyons, Design Technology, was the Lighting Designer for the Broadway revivals of Barefoot in the Park and The Threepenny Opera. Prof. Lyons also designed the lighting for Brilliant Mistake, a Broadway/Elvis Costello Benefit Concert for Friends in Deed and Abigail's Party for The New Group.
  • Prof. Brian MacDevitt, Design Technology, was Lighting Designer for the Broadway productions of The Color Purple, The Wedding Singer, and Absurd Person Singular.
  • Prof. Ina Mayhew, Design Technology, was Production Designer for the film Madea's Family Reunion that opened Feb 24 and for a TV series House of Payne. Prof. Mayhew was also Production Designer for commercials for Dawn, Mentadent, TV Land, Cargil-Better Pork, Endless Youth, Budweiser, and a PSA for Anti-Drinking with Nelly.
  • Prof. Charles McCarry, Design Technology, was Art Director for The Book of Daniel, NBC/SONY, and Get Rich or Die Tryin, Paramount, NYC. Prof. McCarry was Assistant Art Director for The Departed, Warner Brothers, and for Chapter 27, PA Fade in Films.
  • Prof. Gene O’Donovan, Design Technology, was Production Coordinator for Spamalot (Broadway, National Tour, London, and Las Vegas) and for the Broadway productions of Three Days of Rain, Faith Healer, Bridget and Tunnel, and Chita Rivera - A Dancers Life. Prof. O’Donovan also coordinated the Off-Broadway productions of Red Light Winter, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, and Jacque Brel.
  • Prof. Dennis Parichy, Design Technology, was Lighting Designer for Yellowman, Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Winesburg, Ohio, The Arden Theatre; The Member of the Wedding, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine, all at People’s Light & Theatre Co., where he is an Affiliated Artist. Upcoming work includes The Crucible, People’s Light & Theatre Co., and the world premiere of a new Sherlock Holmes, The Last Case, adapted by Steven Dietz at The Arizona Theatre Co. in a co-production with Pasadena Playhouse.
  • Prof. Hal Tiné, Design Technology, was Production Designer for the new reality show "One Week To Save Your Marriage" on TLC. He was Scenic Designer for Greyhounds, Lion Theater, Theater Row, New York, and How I Learned To Drive, Gloria Maddux Theater, NYC. Prof. Tiné was Lighting Designer for the Harrison Opera production of "L'Elisir D'Amore".
  • Prof. Mark Viola’s, Design Technology, and Vice President Showman Fabricators, Inc., recent significant projects include Good Morning America, ABC, ABC World News Tonight, ABC, Victoria’s Secret Christmas Special, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, The Apprentice, ‘Donald’, NBC, The Apprentice, ‘Martha’ NBC, Martha, NBC, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, Superbowl XL, ABC, Howard Stern Studio for Sirius Satellite Radio, Cinderellabration, Disneyworld, and Barbie Live.

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  • Prof. Lenora Champagne, Humanities, recently published “Peter Brook and a Handful of Hamlets,” a book review of Margaret Croyden’s Conversations with Peter Brook and Andy Lavendar’s Hamlet in Pieces: Shakespeare Reworked by Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and Robert Wilson, in PAJ, A Journal of Performance and Art, #82, January 2006.
  • Prof. Shemeem Abbas, Political Science, has a chapter titled “Sakineh: The Narrator of Karbala” published in The Women of Karbala, University of Texas Press, 2005. Prof. Abbas was interviewed recently by The New York Times in the Wednesday, February 22 issue regarding her background and teaching career in Pakistan and being a Scholar at Risk at Purchase.

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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 Council of Employees, or directly to Agnes Benis.)