Faculty and Staff Footnotes

January 2011

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

Awards and Prizes

  • The New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation selected Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) as one of four residents in the 2011 NARS Artists Residency Program. He will receive a Brooklyn studio and a series of visiting critics and artists from January to June 2011.
  • Philosophy Prof. Jennifer Uleman’s first book, An Introduction to Kant’s Moral Philosophy, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) was selected by Choice as Outstanding Academic Title of 2010.
  • Prof. Lisa Keller (History) received the Best Book Award for 2009 from the Urban History Association on January 8, 2011 during the American Historical Association Convention in Boston.
  • Purchase College, State University of New York, was selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for its Baccalaureate and Beyond Community College Mentoring Project. The award is administered by the National Science Foundation. Prof. Joe Skrivanek (Chemistry), founder and director of the program, accepted the award on behalf of the College at a White House ceremony on January 27.
  • Prof. George Kraemer (Environmental Studies) received a $13,400 research grant from the EPA. The funds support a part of a $124,000 study titled “Bioextraction of Nutrients from Long Island Sound,” conducted in collaboration with Prof. Charles Yarish, University of Connecticut.
  • Purchase College Faculty Support Awards are made possible by the Purchase College Foundation, the President’s Club, the Annual Fund, and gifts from donors. These awards support faculty research, academic travel and conference presentations, artistic endeavors, or other comparable professional activity. The Fall 2010 recipients are:
    1. Zehra Arat, Natural & Social Sciences
    2. Karen Baird, Natural & Social Sciences
    3. Allyson Bellink, Music
    4. Nancy Bowen, Art+Design
    5. Lenora Champagne, Theatre Arts
    6. Antonio Cuyler, School of the Arts
    7. Donna Dennis, Art+Design
    8. Stella Ebner, Art+Design
    9. Suzanne Farrin, Music
    10. Tracy Fitzpatrick, Humanities
    11. Rudolf Gaudio, Natural & Social Sciences
    12. Kate Gilmore, Art+Design
    13. Rachel Hallote, Humanities
    14. Cassandra Hooper, Art+Design
    15. Matthew Immergut, Natural & Social Sciences
    16. Jane Kromm, Humanities
    17. Anthony Lemieux, Natural & Social Sciences
    18. Kirsten Lunstrum, Humanities
    19. Jim McElwaine, Music
    20. Maryann McEnroe, Natural & Social Sciences
    21. Shaka McGlotten, Film & Media Studies
    22. Joseph McKay, Film & Media Studies
    23. Marjorie Miller, Humanities
    24. Lisa Jean Moore, Natural & Social Sciences
    25. Veronica Perera, Natural & Social Sciences
    26. Jason Pine, Film & Media Studies
    27. Lorraine Plourde, Film & Media Studies
    28. Christopher Robbins, Art+Design
    29. Rosanna Seravalli, Dance
    30. Brooke Singer, Film & Media Studies
    31. Michelle Stewart, Film & Media Studies
    32. Joanne Tillotson, Natural & Social Sciences
    33. Michael Torlen, Art+Design
    34. Jennifer Uleman, Humanities
    35. Gary Waller, Humanities
    36. Louise Yelin, Humanities
    37. Soyoung Yoon, Film & Media Studies
    38. Agustin Zarzosa, Film & Media Studies

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. George Kraemer and environmental studies alumnus Andrew Payne presented results of Payne’s senior project research in a poster, “Strong Claws May Help Explain Population Growth of Non-Native Hemigrapsus sanguineus and Decline of Resident Crabs in Western Long Island Sound,” at the October Long Island Sound Research Conference.
  • Prof. Meagan Curtis (Psychology) was interviewed recently on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” The interview explored why people like sad songs. According to Prof. Curtis, the inherent sadness of the minor third is what we hear in music. A recent study at Tufts University suggests it is also what we hear in speech.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Robin Aleman (Academic Affairs) celebrated her new release, “In Your Eyes,” at Miles’ Cafe on 52nd Street in New York City on January 15. She was accompanied by David Epstein, piano; Bob Sabin, bass; Brian Adler, drums; and Nathan Childers, sax.
  • Jazz Studies Prof. Pete Malinverni’s “Invisible Cities” Quintet (with Scott Wendholt, Rich Perry, Ugonna Okegwo, and Eliot Zigmund) will appear at Smalls Jazz Club at 183 W. 10th Street in New York City on Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5. The shows are at 10 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Prof. Robert Thompson (Arts Management) co-produced/managed several new concerts and theatrical events in November and December, including composer and Guggenheim fellow Cynthia Hopkins in her one-woman show (“The Success of Failure or the Failure of Success”) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (“A triumph of disciplined thinking, narrative fluidity and musical accomplishment”–NY Times); composer Mikel Rouse’s Gravity Radio Project at BAM; the TEAM Theater’s production of “Three Pianos,” about the life of Franz Schubert, at the New York Theatre Workshop (“A Wild Joy Ride”–NY Times) ;and the Lone Twin Theater’s production of “9 Years” at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Earlier in November, Thompson’s production of “The Baseball Music Project” with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was sold out at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois (“It’s a Hit!”–Champaign News Gazette). Thompson was in Austria in early January workshopping his production of “Tabula Rasa,” a full-length evening of the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, after which he attended the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) conferences in New York City.
  • Prof. Todd Coolman (Jazz Studies) will be “hitting the road” with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra and his student Jazz Combos in the spring. Here is the itinerary:
    • Monday, April 11: PJO appearing with special guest artist, saxophonist Eric Alexander at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, Lincoln Center. Shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
    • Monday April 18: Purchase Jazz Endeavor (Jazz Combo) performing live on WBGO-88.3 FM, “WBGO Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month,” with the WBGO Next Generation Festival. Live broadcast 2:00–3:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 20: PJO appearing with special guest, trumpeter and Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire, at in the PAC, PepsiCo Theatre. 7:00 p.m
    • Monday, April 25: PJO appearing with special guest artist, guitarist John Abercrombie at the Blue Note in NYC. Shows at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday, April 29: PJO recording date at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ, 12:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 6: PJO appearing at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. Shows at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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Many of the above activities 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, chairs, and directors. Professional staff members are requested to contact Patty Bice, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.