Faculty and Staff Footnotes

September 2010

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

Awards and Prizes

Awards Presented at the Fall 2010 Convocation:

  • The 2010 Chancellor’s Award winners for Purchase College—Prof. Cassandra Hooper (Printmaking) for Excellence in Teaching, William Guerrero (Purchase College Association) for Excellence in Professional Service, and Anwarul Haque (Library) for Excellence in Classified Service—were honored at the annual Fall Convocation on September 8.
  • President Schwarz also presented the President’s Awards for Excellence in Classified Service to Angela Estopinan, Edgar Vera, and Antonia DiFeo (Facilities). Police Officer Donelle Charles received the Mark Albrecht Award.
  • The Student Affairs Guiding Light Award went to Peter Sprague, technical director of the Humanities Theatre. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who provides students with guidance, motivation, and inspiration.
  • Prof. Chrys Ingraham (Sociology) and Jerzy Klebieko, assistant manager of instructional technology for the School of Art+Design, received this year’s Student Engagement Awards. The awards are given to one faculty member and one staff member who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, initiative, and dedication in helping the College serve its students.

Other Awards and Honors:

  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) was presented the award of Distinguished Scholar in Human Rights by the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on Human Rights.
  • Prof. Carmen Oquendo-Villar (Cinema Studies) received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Prof. Oquendo-Villar will spend a year in Puerto Rico working on a film in progress. She will also complete a book on Chile’s 1973 coup during her fellowship tenure.
  • Prof. Suzanne Farrin (Music) received a Rockefeller Residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy this September. This award is given to artists twice during their careers.
  • Prof. Paul Siegel (Psychology) was awarded a $3,000 research grant by the International Psychoanalytic Association to support an MRI study on the unconscious basis of fear. Prof. Siegel is conducting the study in collaboration with Dr. Bradley Peterson, director of child and adolescent psychiatry and director of MRI research at the New York Psychiatric Institute of Columbia.
  • The Ghana Think Tank, founded by Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) and two colleagues, was awarded a Public Art Commission from Creative Time/Queens Museum. The Ghana Think Tank was also one of three finalists for the 2010 Cartier Award from the Frieze Foundation.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Prof. Karen Kramer (Political Science) had a paper on the growth of the private sector in the Arab world and its implications for political reform in the region (“Holding On: State Strategies for Maintaining Authoritarian Rule while Allowing Private Sector Growth”) accepted for presentation and publication at the Gulf Research Meeting held at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in July 2010. The conference was sponsored by Cambridge University and the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) served as the chair and discussant of two panels, “Norms: Challenged, Mitigated, Diffused II” and “Continuities and Changes in US Human Rights Policy,” at the conference Assessing the State of Human Rights Nine Years after 9/11 held at Roosevelt University, Chicago, June 19–20.
  • Prof. Lorraine Plourde (Anthropology and Media, Society and the Arts) gave an invited talk in July at the Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series in Tokyo, Japan. The title of her lecture was “Distracted Listening: Background Music, Noise and Ambient Sounds in Recessionary Tokyo.”
  • Art librarian Heather Saunders presented the paper “Self-Publishing from an Artist’s Perspective” at the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association Conference in Takoma Park, MD, in June.
  • Prof. Carol Walker (Dance) was invited to Beijing twice this summer. In June she was invited to make a presentation as honored guest at the First International Dance Choreography Education Forum at the Beijing Dance Academy. Colleague Rosalind Newman also presented at this forum. In August, Prof. Walker gave the keynote speech at the 18th International Congress of Aesthetics Forum, specifically in the dance education and aesthetics topics sponsored by the Beijing Dance Academy. The title of her talk was “A Plié in Any Language.”
  • Prof. Kathleen McCormick (Literature and Writing) gave an invited address, “Teaching as an Italian American: Developing and Overcoming Student Resistance,” at the conference “For A Dangerous Pedagogy: A Manifesto for Italian and Italian American Studies,” held at Hofstra University. She was a part of a book-release panel discussion of her new book, Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, CUNY, in May. Prof. McCormick will be discussing the book on October 13 at New York University’s Casa Italiana.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Edmund Cionek (Liberal Studies) will have his new orchestral work, “American Overture,” premiered by the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra on October 2. The work was commissioned by the symphony and its musical director, Gerald Steichen.
  • Prof. David Gluck (Music) was a featured performer and clinician at the 35th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, during July 6–10. His group, Rhythm & Brass, sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation, performed a concert at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on July 8. Prof. Gluck also spent time researching aboriginal music-culture, specifically the dijerido. He and his ensemble will be in residency September 23–26 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition to performing on the guest artist series, Prof. Gluck will be conducting lectures in composition, percussion performance, and music business.
  • Prof. Todd Coolman (Jazz Studies) can be heard playing on Moody 4B, which received recognition on the number-one slot on Jazz Week’s national airplay charts.
  • Mark Vinci (Jazz Studies), a saxophonist and visiting affiliate artist at Purchase, has recently been invited to join the faculty at The Julliard School. Mr. Vinci will now share his expertise as an ensemble coach and instrumentalist with two great music schools.

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  • Prof. Gary Waller (Literature and Drama Studies) co-edited with Dominic Janes Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (Ashgate, 2010). The book includes two essays by Prof. Waller, “From the Holy Family to the Sidney and Lee-Warner Families: The Protestantization of Walsingham,” and “The Virgin’s ‘Pryvytes’: Walsingham and the Late Medieval Sexualization of the Virgin,” as well as the volume’s introductory essay. An additional essay, “Mary Sidney’s ‘…Two Shepherds’” is included in Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550–1700: Volume 2: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, ed. by Margaret P. Hannay (Ashgate, 2009).
  • “Equipartition Sets of Hypercubes II” by A. Delgado, Prof. Martin Lewinter (Mathematics), and L.V. Quintas has been accepted for publication in The Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications.
  • The second edition of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives by Prof. Lisa Jean Moore (Sociology) and Judith Lorber was published in July by Oxford University Press. Prof. Moore has also been chosen as the 2010–11 chair-elect of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment.
  • Prof. Paul Siegel (Psychology) had an article published in Psychotherapy Research, the premier scientific journal on the process of psychotherapy. The article presents the first systematic study of a patient’s personality pathology across psychotherapy.
  • Prof. Zehra Arat (Political Science) published “Opportunities, Freedoms and Restrictions: Women’s Employment in Turkey,” in Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity, ed. by Celia J. Kerslake, Kerem Öktem, and Philip Robins (Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010: 165–189). Prof. Arat’s keynote speech, “The Main Subject and Some Problematics of Women’s Studies,” delivered at the International Multidisciplinary Women’s Congress held in Izmir in 2009, was published as “Kadin Çalişmalarinin Temel Konusu ve Bazi Sorunsallari” in the Turkish feminist journal Amargi, Istanbul (Spring 2010). Her article “Kemalism and Turkish Women” has been translated into Arabic and published by the Women and Memory Forum in the Reader on Gender and Political Science, edited by Mervat Hatem and translated by Shohart al-Alem (Cairo: Mu’assasat al-Mar’at wa al-Thakira. 2010: 109–128).
  • Prof. Christopher Robbins (Sculpture) published an article, “Beyond Preservation: New Directions for Technological Innovation through Intangible Cultural Heritage,” in the latest edition of IJEDICT, the International Journal of Education and Development using ICT: Vol. 6, No. 2 (2010). The article explores the potential of digital media for the preservation and exploration of indigenous cultural traditions.
  • Prof. Taina Chao (Chemistry), Prof. Lee Ehrman (Biology), Adrianna Permaul, Rachel Vincent, Lana Sattaur, and Dan Brandt have a paper, “Male-Specific Cuticular Compounds of the Six Drosophila paulistorum Semispecies: Structural Identification and Mating Effect,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Ecology, Volume 36, Number 9, 933–942. Permaul, Vincent, and Sattaur are Purchase graduates, and Brandt is a former summer Bridges to Baccalaureate student.
  • Prof. Karen Kramer (Political Science) also had an article on private sector-state relations in the Arab world published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (the research arm of the UK-based Economist Group) in their June 2010 Middle East Regional Overview (“Updating the Ruling Bargain: the Private Sector and the State”).

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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.