Faculty and Staff Footnotes

Sept. 2007

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

Awards and Prizes

  • The 2007 Chancellor’s Award winners for Purchase College were honored at the recent Fall Convocation: Prof. Lenora Champagne, Humanities, for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Prof. Geoffrey Field, Humanities, for Excellence in Teaching; Prof. Ronnie Halperin, Natural and Social Sciences, for Excellence in Faculty Service; and Eric Wildrick, Art+Design, for Excellence in Professional Service.
  • President Schwarz also presented the President’s Awards at Convocation. The winners for 2007 are Miguel Cuyatti and Manuel De Almeida, Custodial; Marsia Riley, Library Clerk; and Lt. Darryl Jones, University Police, who received the Mark Albrecht Award.
  • Student Affairs Awards presented at Convocation went to Prof. William Needham, Psychology, for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life by a faculty member and to Tara Blackwell, assistant director of the Career Development Center, who received the Guiding Light Award, given in memory of Jill Richman, former director of career development.
  • Dr. Pat Amanna, director of the Children’s Center, is this year’s winner of the Champion for Children’s Early Childhood Leader Award from the New York Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Prof. Robert Stein, Humanities, won the Doris and Carl Kempner Senior Faculty Research Award for 2007–2009. In addition, Prof. Stein carries the title of Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor for this period.
  • Prof. Len Stokes, Art+Design, is also a Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor for 2007–2009. The title carries a stipend for any project of professional interest.
  • Prof. Joel Tenenbaum, Natural and Social Sciences, was chosen as a winner of the Juanita and Joseph Leff Senior Faculty Research Award for 2007–2009 and carries the title of Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor for this period.
  • Prof. John Forrest, Natural and Social Sciences, also won a Juanita and Joseph Leff Senior Faculty Research Award for 2007–2009. Prof. Forrest will also carry the title of Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor for the period of the award.
  • Carol K. Walker, retired dean, School of the Arts, Conservatory of Dance, was awarded the DeLavallade Award for Dance, the highest award given by the New York Dance Festival, recognizing leading figures in the world of dance. The award ceremony took place in July.
  • The New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries appointed Monecia Samuel, senior assistant librarian, as chair of the Cultural Diversity Discussion Group.
  • Prof. Brooke Singer, New Media, is a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Computer Arts Fellow.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Brooke Singer was also co-curator of Conflux, the annual New York festival for contemporary psycho geography that took place in Brooklyn on the weekend of September 14. During the festival Prof. Singer participated in two panels, “Tactical Media” and “Ecovisualization Design Challenge.”
  • Robin Kaufman, director of counseling and associate dean of student affairs, Donna Siegmann, coordinator of supported education, and Regina Abdou, director of wellness, presented at the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Conference in Houston, Texas, on “Collaborations for Improved Mental Health and Wellness on College and University Campuses.” Their topic was “Wellness at Purchase—A Model for Integration and Collaboration.” They presented on Purchase College’s integration and collaboration of student affairs and academic affairs as related to mental health issues and supported education counseling, a service designed to support students with a psychiatric disability.
  • Regina Abdou also represented Purchase at the NY State College Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference, “Healthy Campus Communities: Looking to the Future sponsored by the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Statewide College Consortia in Albany.
  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Literature and Writing, presented a paper, “Reading Italian American Literature in the Shadow of Archetypal Gangster Images,” at the conference, “Showcase Italian: Pedagogical Approaches to Italian Language, Italian Studies and Italian American Studies,” sponsored by the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission Higher Education Committee.
  • Prof. Michael Taub, Liberal Studies, spoke at the Jacob Burns Film Center after a screening of Who Killed Walter Benjamin? Over the summer he spoke at “Theater J” in Washington D.C. at a post-production public discussion of an Israeli play, Pangs of the Messiah, a work that Prof. Taub translated and published in his 2004 anthology, Israeli Drama for the New Millennium. His translation of Masked, an Israeli play by Ilan Hatzor, was shown at DR2 Theater in New York City.
  • Joy Kestenbaum, Library, participated in the SUNY CIT conference in Plattsburgh. Her presentation, “Purchase College’s Experience with ARTstor: Uses, Impact and Implementation Strategies,” was part of the session, “Leveraging ARTstor as a Campus-Wide Digital Library.”
  • Prof. Gary Waller, Drama Studies and Literature, presented two papers “How Shall I Your True Love Know? Walsingham and Elizabethan Nostalgia for a Lost World” at the Shakespeare Association of America annual convention in San Diego and “Teaching the Midwives: Gynotheology in the Mary Play” at the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
  • Prof. Mary Kosut, Natural and Social Sciences, presented a photo essay, “Hipster Visual Culture: Gentrification and Consumption in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” at the International Visual Sociology Conference at New York University in August.
  • Prof. Jan Factor, Natural and Social Sciences, will attend the Eighth International Lobster Conference at Prince Edward Island, Canada on September 23–28, 2007. Prof. Factor will give an hour-long lecture on the basic biology of the American lobster, Homarus americanus, called “Lobster Biology 101.” He will also present an oral research paper, “Occurrence and distribution of cycliophorans on the American lobster, Homarus americanus,” co-authored with several Purchase graduates. The project grew out of their senior projects. Prof. Factor will also chair a session at the conference.
  • Prof. Maryann McEnroe, Natural and Social Sciences, presented “Gill Morphology and Epithelial Cell Ultrastructure in Juvenile Green Sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris) and Effects of Salinity Increase” at the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in San Francisco at the beginning of September. Several of the co-authors were Purchase students.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux, Natural and Social Sciences, presented several posters over the summer: “Perceived Grievance and Risk as Predictors of Support for Terrorism” at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism; “Terrorism or Protest? Considering the Impact of Perceived Grievance and Risk,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington D.C.; “Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Effective Practice: The Social Antecedents of Musical Excellence,” also presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science; and “Category Norms and Androcentrism in the Construction and Understanding of Graphs” and “The Effect of Sexually Explicit Rap on Sexual Attitudes, Norms and Behaviors,” both presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Undergraduate students were the first authors of the latter four presentations. Prof. Lemieux also presented a research report, “Modeling and Simulation of Individual and Group Decision-making: Perceived Grievance and Risk as Predictors of Support for Terrorism,” at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism in College Park, Maryland.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Cary Brown, musicians’ coordinator and pianist for the Conservatory of Dance, has just released his debut self-titled jazz trio CD, The Cary Brown Trio, available on CD Baby and iTunes. Mr. Brown was also commissioned to write a dance suite for the 70th anniversary gala performance of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance.
  • Prof. Murray Zimiles, Art+Design, has an exhibition of recent work at the Unison Gallery at 68 Mountain Road in New Paltz. The exhibit runs through September 30. Prof. Zimiles is also the curator of the exhibition “Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses—The Synagogue to the Carousel,” opening at the American Folk Art Museum on October 2.
  • Prof. Todd Coolman, Conservatory of Music, continued his varied performing and teaching activities over the summer. He recorded CDs with the Gerald Wilson Big Band and also with pianist Rob Schneiderman that featured alto saxophone veteran Charles McPherson. Prof. Coolman will be a member of the Charles McPherson Quartet on a 10-day jazz cruise in the Caribbean in November. The cruise will feature 16 renowned jazz groups from across the U.S. that will perform daily for upwards of 2,500 jazz-addicted passengers.
         Over the recent Labor Day weekend, Prof. Coolman performed in Seigi Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood with pianists Marian McPartland and Renee Rosnes. The concert was recorded live for future broadcast on Ms. McPartland’s acclaimed radio show, Piano Jazz, for National Public Radio. Piano Jazz is now in its 28th year on NPR and is the most listened to jazz radio program in the nation.
         Prof. Coolman also was an instructor at the 20th annual Skidmore Jazz Institute and directed the 5th annual Purchase Summer Jazz Institute.

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  • Prof. Gary Waller, Drama Studies and Literature, reviewed Penny MacCarthy, “Pseudonymous Shakespeare.” Comparative Drama 41.1 (2007) 119–122.
  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick, Literature and Writing, published the story “First Kiss, with Only Shakespeare to Protect Me” in The Dirty Goat. She also read an extract of this story at the journal’s release party in Manhattan. Prof. McCormick’s review of Louise DeSalvo’s Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feud, and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family was recently published in Italiana Americana, and her story, “Practice Boyfriend,” has been accepted for publication by the journal The Rambler.
  • Prof. Peter Schwab, Natural and Social Sciences, has an article, “Seventy Years after Gernika, Burgos has the Scent of Franco,” published in the June 2007 issue of The Volunteer: Journal of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
  • Prof. Joanne Tillotson, Natural and Social Sciences, has a recently published project, Fetal Pig Coloring Book A Laboratory Manual, by Kaplan Publishing. The manual is for laboratory students to help them find, identify, and learn anatomical features in their study of vertebrate anatomy. The process of labeling structures and color-coding them will aid in understanding and remembering how they relate to one another.
  • Prof. Pete Malinverni, Conservatory of Music, was interviewed for the September issue of the magazine Jazz Improv NY.
  • Prof. Jan Factor, Natural and Social Sciences, recently received electronic versions of two papers published late in 2006: “A Model of Lobster Disease: The conceptual approach to shell disease revisited.” Journal of Crustacean Biology, 26(4): 646–660. Prof. Factor’s contribution to this paper was the conceptual model of lobster disease processes. The second paper was a summary of a discussion led by Prof. Factor on disease processes and population-level impacts at a Sea Grant Workshop: “Lobsters as Model Organisms for Interfacing Behavior, Ecology, and Fisheries: Discussion Session Summary on Disease and Population Level Impacts.” Journal of Crustacean Biology, 26(4): 661–662.

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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.