Faculty and Staff Footnotes

April–May 2010

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

Awards and Prizes

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines
Student Engagement Awards
Spring 2010 Affiliates Grant Awards

Faculty Research & Development Awards:
Doris and Carl Kempner Senior Faculty Research Award
Juanita and Joseph Leff Senior Faculty Research Award
Peter and Bette Fishbein Junior Faculty Research Award
Dee and Robert Topol Faculty Development Awards
Junior Faculty Development Awards
Spring 2010 Faculty Support Awards

Other Awards and Honors

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
The recipients of the 2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence will be honored during the Fall Convocation in September 2010:

  • Cassandra Hooper, Printmaking: Excellence in Teaching
  • William Guerrero, Purchase College Association: Excellence in Professional Service
  • Anwarul Haque, Library: Excellence in Classified Service

SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines
Prof. Jim McElwaine (Music) won one of seven funding proposals from the State University of New York’s Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) for the upcoming 2010–2011 cycle. By virtue of this award, the Copyright & Copyleft conference will be held at Purchase during the 2010–11 academic year. Funding will allow the organizers a unique opportunity to bring together SUNY and external scholars in a shared space with leading professionals and working artists from the entertainment and publishing fields to discuss intellectual property issues.

Student Engagement Awards
The Student Learning and Success Committee announced that Prof. Chrys Ingraham (Sociology) and Jerzy Klebieko (Art+Design assistant manager of instructional technology) won 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.

Spring 2010 Affiliates Grant Awards
The Affiliates Grants Committee announced the following Spring 2010 Awards, totaling $5,433.

  • Todd Coolman, Music: Bobby Avery Trio jazz concert
  • Candice DioGuardi, student: Picnic tables
  • Lauren Doty, student: Equipment for mini-farm project
  • George Eversmann, Athletics: Fitness Center equipment
  • Christian Gay, Humanities: Charles Busch guest lecture
  • Pete Malinverni, Music: Guest artists for Soul Voices Concert
  • Wendy Morosoff, Career Development: Workshops for graduating seniors
  • Jacqueline Shilkoff, Neuberger Museum: First Wednesdays at the Neuberger
  • Peter Sprague, Humanities: Shakespeare day-long event
  • Charles Tuthill, Theatre Arts & Film: Furniture and Library of America books and plays
  • Calvin Wiersma, Music: Three master classes by visiting artists

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Faculty Research & Development Awards

Doris and Carl Kempner Senior Faculty Research Award
Thanks to the generosity of Doris and Carl Kempner, the recipient of this award receives $5,000 over two years to subsidize research, performances, exhibitions, conferences, travel, and/or recital expenses. During these two years, the selected faculty member also carries the title of Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor. The Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor for 2010–2012 is Chrys Ingraham (Sociology), who will be completing a book-length project, Transcending Gender: Theory, Research, and Culture.

Juanita and Joseph Leff Senior Faculty Research Award
Thanks to the generosity of Juanita and Joseph Leff, the recipient of the Leff Senior Faculty Research Award receives $5,000 over two years to subsidize research, performances, exhibitions, conferences, travel, and/or recital expenses. During these two years, the selected faculty member also carries the title of Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor. The Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor for 2010–2012 is Elizabeth Guffey (Art History), who will be conducting research and working on a book project, Poster.

Peter and Bette Fishbein Junior Faculty Research Award
Thanks to the generosity of Peter and Bette Fishbein, this award provides
$5,000 to subsidize the costs of a scholarly research endeavor in a liberal arts discipline. The 2010–12 recipient of this research award is Nancy Zook (Psychology). Prof. Zook plans to conduct a series of studies that will examine whether or not meditation practices result in changes in performance on executive functions tasks.

Dee and Robert Topol Faculty Development Award
This award, thanks to the generosity of Dee and Robert Topol, provides recipients with a summer stipend of $3,000 to help defray the costs of writing a grant, developing a new course, or significantly redesigning an existing course. The recipient for Summer 2010 is Peggy De Cooke (Psychology), for redesigning Introduction to Psychology as a hybrid course.

Junior Faculty Development Awards
The President’s Award for Junior Faculty Development is designed to encourage and support junior faculty in their field of research. Awardees receive a Title F leave at regular salary for one semester to devote exclusively to their project. At the end of the project, the awardees submit a detailed report of their accomplishments. This year’s winners are:

  1. Ahmed Afzal (Anthropology): Undertaking and completing research for an ongoing project on Pakistani and Indian media industries in the United States.
  2. Agustin Zarzosa (Cinema Studies): Revising a book-length manuscript, Learning from Masters: Melodrama and Modes of Oppression.

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Spring 2010 Faculty Support Awards
These awards are made possible by the Purchase College Foundation, the President’s Club, the Annual Fund, and gifts from donors. They support faculty research, academic travel and conference presentations, artistic endeavors, or other comparable professional activity. Recipients for Spring 2010 are:

  1. Shemeem Abbas (Political Science): Graphics support for her book On the Margins of State and Empire: Theorizing Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws.
  2. Karen Baird (Political Science): Presenting at the Levan Institute on “The Ethics of State Involvement in Women’s Health” and at the Research Group on Qualitative and Multi-Method Analysis Institute.
  3. Lenora Champagne (Drama Studies): Presenting at the Arts in the One World conference.
  4. Laura Chmielewski (History): Publication costs for her monograph The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier.
  5. Yun Chu (Psychology): Presenting a paper at the Experimental Psychology Society and Spanish Experimental Psychology Society.
  6. Ross Daly (Journalism): Attending the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication meeting.
  7. Donna Dennis (Sculpture/3-D Media): Sound costs for Coney: Night Maze installation sculpture.
  8. Carrie Eastman (Library): Presenting at the American Library Association national conference.
  9. Lee Ehrman (Biology): Presenting at the International Wolbachia Conference.
  10. Tara George (Journalism): Attending a multimedia training seminar at the Columbia University School of Journalism.
  11. Kate Gilmore (Sculpture/3-D Media): Installation and video/performance project for the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  12. Elizabeth Guffey (Art History): Chairing meetings at the College Art Association meeting.
  13. Maria Guralnik (Arts Management): Attending Association of Performing Arts meeting.
  14. Barbara Hauptman (Arts Management): Attending Commercial Theatre Institute meeting.
  15. Sharon Horvath (Painting/Drawing): Painting materials for new works.
  16. Genevieve Hyacinthe (Art History): Participating in a conference at Stella Maris College in India.
  17. Chrys Ingraham (Sociology): Presenting a paper at the Grant McEwan University School of Business International Conference.
  18. Deanna Kamiel (Film): Presenting a paper at Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
  19. Paul Kaplan (Art History): Presenting a paper at the Renaissance Society of America meeting.
  20. Lisa Keller (History): Presenting a paper for the Chicago Historical Society.
  21. Julian Kreimer (Painting/Drawing and Art History): Funding for the project Robert Moses’ Built Legacy: A Series of Outdoor Paintings.
  22. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology): Participating at the International Association for Conflict Management meeting.
  23. Lindy Leong (Cinema Studies): Conducting dissertation research at the South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association meeting.
  24. Greg Lock (Sculpture/3-D Media): Training and certification on Autodesk software.
  25. Jeanine Meyer (Mathematics/Computer Science and New Media): Presenting a paper at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence meeting.
  26. Marisa Olson (New Media): Participating in the College Art Association meeting.
  27. Diana Reinhard (History): Participating in the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association meeting.
  28. Karima Robinson (Drama Studies): Participating in the Performance Studies International annual meeting.
  29. Heather Saunders (Library): Expenses related to the Titillate exhibition in Toronto.
  30. Paul Siegel (Psychology): Conducting research to develop an experimental paradigm for studying nonconscious processes in fear.
  31. Brooke Singer (New Media): Funding Superfund365 photo and book project.
  32. Karen Singer-Freeman (Psychology): Presenting a paper at the Association for Psychological Science annual meeting.
  33. Robert Stein (Literature): Participating in the New Chaucer Society biennial meeting.
  34. Renqiu Yu (History): Serve as part of a delegation of Chinese historians visiting Taiwan to conduct research and participate in a cultural exchange.
  35. Nancy Zook (Psychology): Presenting a paper at the Association for Psychological Science meeting.

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Other Awards and Honors

Nelly van Bommel (Dance) won First Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the New American Talent/Dance national choreographic competition organized by Ballet Austin in Texas. Interviews with the three finalists are available at the www.balletaustin.org/atb/natd2010.php.

UUP Annual Service Awards
At the Annual UUP Chapter Appreciation Luncheon on May 6, the following awards were presented:

  1. Dennis FitzGerald, Art+Design: Service to the College
  2. Roger Hendricks, LS&CE: Part-time Service to the College
  3. Frank Liotti, LS&CE: Part-time Service to the College
  4. Jim McElwaine (Music), University Faculty Senator and UUP chapter academic delegate: Service to the Union
  5. Theresa McElwaine (Academic Affairs), UUP chapter vice president for professionals: Service to the Union

Plaques were presented to retiring faculty members Kim Christensen (Social Sciences), Peter Corfield (Natural Sciences), and Renneth Sorhaindo (Humanities). Jim Daly, the outgoing faculty presiding officer, also received a plaque for his service to the faculty. Flowers were presented to Sarah Van Gundy (Library) in recognition for her work with professional development workshops and to Susan Bloom Jones, UUP labor relations specialist, Glenda Davenport, UUP administrative assistant, and Alison Ferry, for her inspiration to the campus community.

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Conferences, Presentations, and Educational Programs

  • Deirdre Sato (International Programs and Services director) participated in a panel discussion, “Recent Research on Student Learning and Development Through Study Abroad Experiences,” during March at the Forum on Education Abroad Conference in Charlotte, NC. Congratulations are in order for Ms. Sato, who will receive her Ph.D. in international education from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU during the commencement exercises at Yankee Stadium. The paper she gave at the conference was based on her dissertation, “When Worlds Collide: Evaluating the Impact of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs.”
  • Prof. Elise Lemire (Literature) led a workshop on archival research at the New Hampshire Writers’ Project’s annual Writers’ Day Conference. On June 24, Prof. Lemire will teach a session on “Racial Imagery in the Classroom” at the American Antiquarian Society’s Center for Historic American Visual Culture.
  • Art librarian Heather Saunders gave a presentation about her blog at the Art Libraries Society of North America Conference in Boston. Next month she will present on the course Art and the Environment (ENV 2260), co-taught with Prof. Ryan Taylor (Environmental Studies) at the Arts for Social and Environmental Justice symposium at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
  • Prof. Ahmed Afzal (Anthropology) gave a talk titled “Warring on Air: Religious Transnationalism and the Cultural Politics of Pakistani Radio Programs in Houston, Texas” at the Yale Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis on April 19. Earlier in April, Prof. Afzal presented a paper titled “Recuperating the American Dream: Corporate Lay-offs, Ethno-Religious Networks and South Asian Muslim Professionals in Houston” at the annual meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies in Austin, Texas.
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) gave an invited address titled “The Impact of Grievance and Risk in an Experimental Context: Data from the U.S., Turkey and Malaysia” at the University of Texas in El Paso. Earlier in the year, Prof. Lemieux gave the address at a research briefing at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.
  • Prof. George Kraemer (Environmental Studies and Biology) was invited by the Center for Coastal and Marine Studies at Southern Connecticut State University to give a talk in April. The title of his presentation was “The Ecology of the Non-Native Asian Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus): A View from Western Long Island Sound.”
  • Prof. Stuart Isacoff (Music) was invited by the New York Philharmonic to lecture at Lincoln Center in May as part of its Stravinsky Festival, under the direction of conductor Valery Gergiev. The lecture focused on the two landmark Stravinsky works, Orpheus and Oedipus Rex. The festival was held from April 21 to May 8.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, and Performances

  • Prof. Edmund Cionek (Liberal Studies) recently produced a benefit for the Bar Harbor Music Festival at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. Performing were The Janes, singers Margaret Dorn and Dennis Deal, clarinetist Maureen Hurd Hause, and pianist Christopher Johnson. Prof. Cionek’s new work, Bad Robots, was played at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT, by the chamber group Eight Strings and a Whistle at the beginning of May.
  • Kirsten Nelson (Art+Design MFA alumna, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery coordinator, and Visual Arts Building manager) participated in the 10th Anniversary Invitational Part II group show at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery in NYC, on view April 8–May 8, 2010.
  • Prof. Kathleen Tolan (Dramatic Writing) has an adaptation of Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest currently being presented by the Classic Stage Company. Directed by Brian Kulick, the production stars Dianne Wiest and John Douglass Thompson. Performances run April 24–May 30.
  • Prof. Lenora Champagne (Drama Studies) participated in the online exhibition The Playwright Portrait Project. Excerpts of plays accompanied the playwrights’ portraits.

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  • Prof. Doug Munro (Music) has just had his newest book and companion CD, The Total Latin Guitarist: A Fun and Comprehensive Overview of Latin Guitar Playing, published by Alfred Music Publishing (April 2010).
  • Prof. Anthony Lemieux (Psychology) has a paper, “Across the Divide: Reflections of a Collaborative Class on Terrorism,” in ELiSS (Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, a peer-reviewed, online journal focusing on pedagogical issues).
  • Prof. Lee Ehrman (Biology) has a recently accepted paper: T. H. Chao, L. Ehrman, A. Permaul, R. Vincent, L. Sattaur and D. Brandt, “Male-Specific Cuticular Compounds of the Six Drosophila paulistorum Semispecies: Structural Identification and Mating Effect” in the Journal of Chemical Ecology. A. Permaul, L. Sattaur, and R. Vincent are recent graduates and the work of the paper was part of their senior projects.

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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 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.