Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November 2008

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

Awards and Prizes

The Purchase College Affiliates Fall Grants totaling $10,402 are as follows:

  • Nancy Mascolo, Student Health Service: Transportation for emergency medical treatment for students.
  • Peter Polinski, Advising Center: toward Sophomore Day.
  • Eileen Prager, Library: Audio books collection.
  • Sarah Warren, Humanities: Student workers to increase the online digital image database used in classroom or for study. (EmbARK Web Kiosk through Visual Resources page of PC Library Web site.)
  • Pete Malinverni, Music: DVDs of Leonard Bernstein’s works for four music courses.
  • Cindy Markus-Jones, University Police: Equipment for Student Safety Program student escort service.
  • Jessica Mazzia and Wendy Morosoff, Career Development: Student participation in project to create career videos for online help.
  • Matthew Palatnik and Anthony Pinto, Students: Field trip for Biology Club.
  • Anne Wetzel, Health Service: Refrigerator for student vaccines and medications.
  • Melissa Thornburg, Student Life: Rug for Campus Center North lobby.
  • Ebony Brown, Art+Design: Display cases outside A+D Building to display School of the Arts events that are free and open to the public.
  • Robert Spahr, Art+DesignL Dynamic media display in A+D hallway for student graphic design art.
  • Janet Wafer, Student Health Service - Educational health pamphlets available to all campus.
  • Jon Esser, Assoc. Dean of the Arts - Transportation for students to/from NYC to participate in Downtown Cabaret in spring 2009.
  • Dennis Andreas, Student: Senior and Junior Photography exhibit, Nov. 19.
  • Allyson Bellink, Music: Toward a new course for graduate composition students with related concert.
  • Anthony F. Lemieux, Natural and Social Sciences: Speaker on terrorism at May, 2009 event.
  • Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Humanities: Readings by contemporary women fiction writers.

  • Prof. Connie Lobur (Political Science) was awarded the Community Service award for her work on the Peekskill Board of Education by the Peekskill Chapter of the NAACP.
  • Dean Denise Mullen (Art+Design) was re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors of NASAD.
  • Prof. Todd Coolman’s (Music) CD “Perfect Strangers” was voted one of Jazz Improv NY Magazine’s Top Jazz CDs of 2008. The list will be published in the December Holiday Gift issue.
  • Prof. Ryan Taylor (Environmental Studies) was awarded this year’s Robert O. Fehr Research Fellowship. The Fehr Professorship allows the School of Natural and Social Sciences to sustain important research contributions in environmentally related problems. The public lecture that Prof. Taylor will deliver next year will enhance the reputation of the School.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Marty Lewinter (Mathematics/Computer Science) and his student, Anthony Degado, presented two papers, “Minimum Color Sets of Tripartite Graphs” by Anthony Degado and “Minimum Difference of Square Factorizations” by Anthony Degado and Marty Lewinter, at a regional conference at Central Connecticut State University on November 15. Prof. Lewinter also gave an invited lecture, “An Introduction to k-long Numbers,” at Pace University’s Mathematics and Computer Science Seminar on October 30.
  • Prof. Maryann McEnroe (Biology) presented a paper at the 2008 Biennial Long Island Sound Research Conference: “The Nearshore Fish Community of Milton Harbor, Rye, NY Over the Last Decade,” which was co-authored with seven Purchase alumni who had worked on the project during their senior thesis research.
  • Prof. Michael Taub (Liberal Studies) spoke at the Smith College Theater Department. The lecture was entitled “Religious Wars on the Israeli Stage.”
  • Prof. Michelle Stewart (Cinema Studies) gave an invited lecture in Claremont, California, entitled “New Channels of Indigenous Media: From the Local to the Global,” as part of Scripps College Humanities Institute’s series on global media.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) was invited by the Turkish Society of Canada to give a talk entitled “The Recent Human Rights Reforms and Conditions: A Mixed Outcome,” at a special event organized to discuss Contemporary Perspectives on the Turkish Republic at Its 85th Anniversary at North York Civic Centre, Toronto, Canada.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Art Librarian Heather Saunders had a solo exhibition, “When I Was Just A Little Girl: Que Sera, Sera?” at Gallery 1313 in Toronto, Canada.
  • Prof. Greg Lock (Art+Design) has an exhibition of his sculpture, 2D prints and digital video at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, China. His work is part of the group show “e-Form,” curated by Bruce Beasley, Robert Michael Smith and Tang Yao. The exhibition is currently touring China.
  • Prof. David Gluck (Music) and his group, Rhythm & Brass, gave a featured performance at the Instituto Municipal de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlan as part of the Festival Cultural MZT 08. In addition, Prof. Gluck gave master classes and lectures to percussion and composition students at the School of Music of the Municipal Arts Center in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Recently, in Mexico there has been great interest and incentive to make stronger links between the music world in the United States and the blossoming music world in Mexico.
  • “Our Delight” (IPO) is the wonderful new release by James Moody, a garrulous saxophonist and flutist and Hank Jones, an unfailingly elegant pianist. The tunes are mainly by Tadd Dameron and Dizzy Gillespie and the principals are backed by an attentive bassist, Prof. Todd Coolman (Music).
  • Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology/Media, Society, and the Arts) produced and hosted, in collaboration with Paper Tiger Television, a television show on the subject of emergent identity and Second Life. Prof. Shaka McGlotten (Media, Society, and the Arts/Anthropology) participated in the live studio discussion panel. The show will air on December 3rd at 8:00 p.m. on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and at 3:00 p.m. on Brooklyn Community BCAT. Additionally, it will stream on Paper Tiger’s Web site and in-world on Second Life TV and at the open-air cinema on Purchase College Island in Second Life.

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  • Prof. Aviva Taubenfeld’s (Literature and Expository Writing) first book, Rough Writing: Ethnic Authorship in Theodore Roosevelt’s America, was released this month by NYU Press. Prof. Taubenfeld will also be giving a talk in December on race and immigration at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) published a journal article, “Human Rights Ideology and Dimensions of Power: The State, Property, and Discrimination,” Human Rights Quarterly 30:4 (November 2008) 906-932.
  • Prof. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum (Creative Writing) recently published her collection of short fiction, Swimming with Strangers (Chronicle Books, November 1, 2008). Prof. Lunstrum read from the collection in October as part of the Possession Sound Writers series in Everett, Washington and at the Behind the Book series at the KGB Bar in New York City in November.
  • Prof. Michelle Stewart (Cinema Studies) co-edited a collection that was just released by Duke University Press: Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics.
  • Prof. Jason Pine (Anthropology/Media, Society, and the Arts) published an article, “Icons and Iconoclasm: Roberto Saviano’s Gomorra” in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies.

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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 Fern Becker, president of the Professional Staff Council, or to e-mail news items directly to Agnes Benis.