Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2007

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

Awards and Prizes

The Purchase College Affiliates are pleased to announce the following Fall 2007 grant awards, totally $10,800:

  • Louise Yelin, Humanities: African Diaspora Film Festival reception
  • Wendy Morosoff and Jessica Mazzia, Career Development: Job Fair Professional Preparation Day
  • Charles E. McCarry, Design/Techology: Materials for a model of PepsiCo Theatre for student scenic and lighting designers
  • Tara Blackwell Malone, Career Development: Bookmarks with career planning steps for each major and industry field; also, hospitality supplies for the student lounge
  • Lorraine Miller, Film: Three bulletin boards and several frames for student film posters for the Film Dept. lobby
  • Maureen Pio, Admissions: Open House for Admissions recruitment
  • Tim Lampron, Athletics: Portable treatment table for use at athletic events
  • Anne Wetzel, Student Health Services: A HEPA air purifier and installation of a TV/DVD player in the Student Health Services waiting room
  • Patricia Bice, Registrar, and Lorraine Miller, Film: Campus clean-up and bulb planting
  • Patricia Bice, Registrar: May Day event for enrolled students to assist them with completing administrative services necessary for returning in Fall 2008
  • Danielle D’Agosto, Liberal Studies & Continuing Education: Experts to speak on topics in the liberal arts and arts
  • Briley Rasmussen, Neuberger Museum of Art: Neu Guides program to teach students about museum operations, functions, art and exhibition, and museum education theory, and how to act as docents and provide other visitor services
  • Pete Malinverni, Music: A Djembe African drum for Purchase Soul Voices Ensemble
  • Juli Griek, Residence Life: Exercise equipment for the Outback Wellness Lounge
  • Adam Brown, Learning Center: Collection of essential texts and resource materials to aid in student tutorial sessions
  • Matthew Oberstein, Music: Concert performance collaboration between the Conservatories of Music and Dance, plus Alumni Affairs, for Spring 2008
  • Bryan Roberts, Advising and Learning Centers: Refreshments for Sophomore Day, Dec. 4

Carry Kyzivat, Library Acquisitions Coordinator, was recently re-elected president of Concerned Citizens for Open Space, an environmental activist organization that works toward preserving green space and parklands and controlling downtown development in White Plains.

Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Lenora Champagne, Humanities, chaired a roundtable at New York University’s Kimmel Center in the beginning of November. The roundtable was convened by Prof. Champagne and a colleague from the University of Glasgow for the Performance Studies International Conference in New York City. The panel will query “The ‘Event’ of Autobiography?” in the context of 21st-century performance.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Natural and Social Sciences, was interviewed on her recent book and human rights conditions in Turkey for Radikal, a major daily published in Turkey.
  • Prof. Lisa Hershman, Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, presented a workshop for youth at the Association for Conflict Resolution’s national conference in Phoenix. The presentation was part of a national youth day called “Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Peace Leaders.” The participants came to the conference from high schools around the country.
  • Prof. A. Dean Bell, Theatre Arts & Film, will be a guest speaker at the Rutger University’s “Writers House” meet-the-filmmaker series in November.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Natural and Social Sciences, co-authored “The Bias You Don’t See or Hear, But Say and Explain: Subtle Biases from Category Norms.” The paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology in Chicago.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Lenora Champagne, Humanities, directed Inflation, or the Vigorous Style of the Moderns, a play from week 50 of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays project, at the HERE Arts Center in Manhattan in October. The production was re-mounted for one performance only at the Public Theatre on November 12.
  • Music Prof. Tara Helen O’Connor’s quintet, Windscape, released a second CD this fall entitled Dvorak for Winds. The CD features arrangements of Dvorak by members of the quintet. The guests on this release are pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Daniel Phillips.
  • Music Prof. Huang Ruo’s two pieces for orchestra, Fanfare and Announcement, received its New York premiere by the prestigious New York Philharmonic under the fast-rising conductor, Xian Zhang, at the beginning of November.
  • Prof. A. Dean Bell, Theatre Arts & Film, had his film What Alice Found invited into the UCLA Film Archive’s permanent collection. A 35mm print will be preserved in the archive and video copies will be provided for scholarly access. The screenplay for Alice was also invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences collection.
  • Art+Design Prof. Donna Dennis’ “Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue” can now be seen through December 2 as part of the New York City Parks and Recreation Department’s 40th anniversary of its public art program. The installation on the median that runs on Park Avenue from 52nd to 53rd Streets has garnered attention from Time Out/New York, The New York Post, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Sun, Sculpture, and The Journal News.
  • Prof. Michael Torlen, Art+Design, received a Friends of the Springfield Art Museum Purchase for the Museum Collections Award for his print, “The Longest Journey.” The competition attracted 110 print artists from 32 states. Of 311 entries, 79 works were chosen. The Friends of the Springfield Art Museum hosted a reception on November 16. The exhibition Prints U.S.A. 2007 will run at the Museum in Springfield, Missouri, through January 6.
  • Prof. Jon Faddis, Music, was featured in the concert “Three Generations of Jazz Trumpet” at Symphony Space earlier this month.
  • Prof. John Abercrombie, Music, was the guitarist in a trio that performed at a recent concert at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan. The other musicians were on drums and the organ.
  • Prof. Richie Morales, Music, toured Russia, Lithuania, and Croatia with recording artist and electric bassist Victor Bailey for two weeks during November 2007. The tour consisted of jazz festival concerts and club performances. Cities of note were Moscow, Voronezh, and Magnitogorsk, Russian Federation; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Pula, Croatia.

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  • Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, Neuberger Museum of Art, recently published “The Westchester County Parkway That Never Was” in The Hudson River Valley Review 24 (Autumn 2007): 38–58.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Natural and Social Sciences, and two colleagues had a paper accepted in the journal Health Psychology. The topic of the paper is a music-based intervention for urban adolescents.
  • Prof. Lisa Hershman, Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, authored an article, “A Transformative Approach to Peer Mediation,” for the November issue of Peer Resources, an online journal for conflict resolution educators and coaches.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat, Natural and Social Sciences, published an edited book, Human Rights in Turkey, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Prof. Arat also published two book reviews: Turam, Berna. Between Islam and the State: The Politics of Engagement. Stanford, 2007 (reviewed in Choice); and Dine, Janet. Companies, International Trade and Human Rights. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005 (reviewed in Global Law Books).

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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.