THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE SPRING 2012
FACULTY and STAFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Ramona Anderson, assistant director of the counseling center, had an article published in the online newsletter Student Affairs eNews.
The piece is about the Critical Incident Support Team at Keene State, and has initiated a number of inquiries from other institutions around the country about our special work in this area.
Ann Atkinson, Sara Hottinger, Jamie Landau
Three Keene State College professors presented their research on a panel about "Seeing Gender" at the 20th Annual Women & Society Conference at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Running from October 21 to 22, this interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conference covered a wide range of issues related to women's and gender studies and modeled feminist inquiry for undergraduate students.
Ann Atkinson, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication, Journalism, & Philosophy, presented her paper entitled "Seeing Supreme Court Justices: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Images of Sandra Day O'Connor and Other Women on the Court."
Sara Hottinger, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, presented her paper entitled "Visualizing Rationality: An Examination of Portraits in History of Mathematics Textbooks."
Jamie Landau, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Journalism, & Philosophy, presented her paper entitled "From Myopia to a Hybrid Gaze: The Visuality of Halle Berry."
Beverly J. Ferrucci, Craig Sheil
Beverly J. Ferrucci, professor of mathematics, and Craig Sheil '03 presented a workshop entitled "Blending Mathematics and Technology Meaningfully" at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE) in Warwick, RI.
Their workshop shared ways in which technology can be incorporated into mathematics courses for grades 7-12, and they included examples of mathematics activities for teaching algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus.
A discussion of other mathematical resources, along with projects and lessons that can help students and teachers, followed the presentation. More than 600 mathematics teachers at all levels were in attendance at the conference.
Professor Ferrucci also presented a talk entitled "Cases in Technology-Enriched School Mathematics" at the 15th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics at Abant Izzet Baysal University in Bolu, Turkey.
The presentation discussed research that Ferrucci conducted with colleagues while on sabbatical at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She also presented a workshop, "Technology-Rich Learning Experiences from the Web for the Secondary Mathematics Classroom," for a group of Turkish teachers. Mathematics teachers, professors, and education professionals from 25 countries were in attendance.
Professor Ferrucci has been awarded the Richard C. Evans Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award by the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics. The intent of the award is to highlight creativity and innovation in the teaching of mathematics to all students. The recipient of this award is recognized as representing Evans' philosophy, passion, and knowledge of mathematics education.
Ferrucci was recognized for her unsurpassed passion for mathematics education and for the improvement of mathematics teaching for all in the State of New Hampshire, and for her significant contributions to and advancements in the field of mathematics education on an international level.
She has been invited to conduct research in more than 70 countries and has published more than 80 research articles.
In addition to being a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, she is the first female editor of the New England Mathematics Journal.
Dr. Jose Lezcano
Dr. Jose Lezcano, professor of music, performed his "Canciones para Alfonsina" cycle with soprano Carrie Culver at the College of Wooster (Nov. 1) and a solo recital at Oberlin College (Nov. 4), where students also performed a complete program of his chamber music (Nov. 5).
He also performed solo recitals in Ecuador, featuring his own works as well as those of Latin composers, at the Casa de la Musica in Quito (Nov. 28) and at the International Guitar Festival of Cuenca (Nov. 29). In addition, he taught master classes or gave guest lectures at all these institutions.
With harpist Francizka Huhn, he played a duo concert at Middlesex (MA) Community College (Nov. 18).
Penny Miceli, director of Sponsored Projects and Research, co-led a half-day professional development workshop entitled "Compliance Issues for Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions" at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the National Council of University Research Administrators in Washington, D.C., on November 6.
The workshop was presented with colleagues from Agnes Scott College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and was attended by research administrators from around the country.
Prof. Daniel Patterson
Prof. Daniel Patterson of the Theatre and Dance faculty has been asked to adjudicate for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award given by the Kennedy Center. This will be the second year in a row that Patterson has adjudicated for that award.
In addition, Patterson has been asked to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Region VIII (California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada) as a festival respondent and adjudicator for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship award.
Patterson will be on sabbatical in the spring of 2012 and is working on two scripts for possible presentation at KSC when he returns.
Director of Campus Safety Amanda Warman recently completed a program at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators' (IACLEA) Executive Development Institute at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, IL.
Warman received a Motorola Foundation scholarship to attend the program.
Karen Cangialosi, Scott Strong
Biology faculty Karen Cangialosi and Scott Strong received a grant of $550 from the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund to support their coral-reef monitoring work, including a pilot of a snorkeling education program with students from the Clement Howell High School on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Lara Bryant and Kayla Reeves
Lara Bryant, geography faculty, served as an invited member on the opening panel session for GIS (Geographic Information System) Educator's Day at the New England ArcUsers Group Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, on November 13.
Entitled "Educating Indispensable Geospatial Professionals for the 21st Century," the panel was moderated by Richard D. Quodomine from the New York State Department of Transportation, and also included Tora Johnson from the University of Maine at Machias and Tao Tang from Buffalo State College. This panel was sponsored by the New York State GIS Association.
The panel members shared the methods used in their courses, as well as their ideas about what skills are needed for employees in the current geospatial workforce.
Bryant discussed the need to be able to not only apply learned GIS skills and knowledge in the classroom but also determine which technology and skills are most appropriate in a variety of settings to enhance learning within a variety of disciplines.
There is also a need for educators to build a foundation of GIS skills that can begin in public elementary schools.
The panel also focused on the two different types of skills needed in a geospatial career, the knowledge and capability to use current technology, as well as the ability to think critically and work with others. Much of the discussion focused on service learning and community involvement. All of the panel members discussed how they require their students to complete meaningful projects that are relevant to their local communities.
At the same Saratoga Springs conference, KSC senior Kayla Reeves presented a vernal cache lesson she and her senior seminar group created. The lesson is one of four piloted as part of her senior geography seminar project and utilizes GPS (Global Position System) technology.
Instead of teaching GPS as a separate skill, this lesson teaches students to use the technology in the context of learning how to identify vernal pools.
Her presentation was attended by educators from many organizations, including the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New York iMapInvasives Program, and was very well received.
Alex Brown, coordinator of Greek Life and Student Leadership, recently presented a program entitled "Fraternal Inception" at the New England Greek Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The summit brought students, professionals, and volunteers together from across the Northeast to address challenges and issues within fraternity and sorority communities, and to find new, revolutionary ways to create stronger leaders, organizations, and communities.
Alex's program weaves pop culture with education by connecting plot points from the hit movie Inception with tangible lessons helping students understand the importance of taking ownership of their current reality, recognizing the power of ideas, and initiating change.
Sally Southwick, associate director of Sponsored Projects and Research, organized and co-led a half-day professional development workshop entitled "Finding the Right Research Administration Situation" at the annual meeting of the Society of Research Administrators International in Montreal, Quebec, on October 23.
The workshop was presented with colleagues from Dakota State University and Christopher Newport University, and was attended by research administrators from six countries.