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Dr. Jim Chesebrough, Music, has been guest conductor for three honors bands in New England this semester. On Saturday April 9, he conducted the New Hampshire All-State Band at the New Hampshire Music Educators Association State Conference at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord. On February 5, he conducted the Kennebec Valley Honors Band at Waterville High School in Waterville, Maine, and on January 15, he conducted the 20th Monadnock Valley Festival Band in Swanzey, New Hampshire. This semester, Dr. Chesebrough has also performed with members of the New York Philharmonic at the Connecticut River Valley Orchestra “A Touch of Brass” concert at the Lebanon Opera House, adjudicated the Vermont Music Educators Association Band Festival in South Burlington, Vermont, and conducted the New Hampshire Band Directors Association Honors Brass Ensemble at the Mid-Level Honors Festival at Merrimack Valley High School in Pennacook, New Hampshire.

Associate Professor Kathleen Halverson (Mason Library) co-hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Sharing Information Resources: Why Rural Colleges should form Partnerships with Public Libraries” at the recent Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference that was held in Philadelphia, March 30 – April 2.

Also at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ biennial conference, Micki Harrington (Circulation Services Supervisor, who in December received her Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University), Kara Young (Head of Library Systems), and Jennifer Ditkoff (Collection Development Librarian) were honored for their poster presentation “Using Cloud Technology and Visual Storytelling to Develop an Engaging Orientation Session.” The poster session described using cloud technology and visual storytelling to develop an engaging orientation session for incoming freshmen. A dynamic multimodal presentation was created, moving away from a traditional tour, scavenger hunt, or lecture. PollEverywhere, an online voting tool, a video tour entitled “KSC Cribs,” and a scary story highlighting the research process gave students a creative introduction to the library. The poster highlighted the orientation session outline and the pros and cons of each element. Their poster was one of five honored during the conference out of over 200 posters.

Ali Lichtenstein, English and Women’s and Gender Studies, has accepted an offer for a Scholar in Residence appointment at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, for the 2011/12 academic year. As part of this research position, she will work with BNU colleagues and students on second language writing projects and pedagogies.

Dr. Skye Stephenson, Director of the Global Education Office, presented on Sustainability and Study Away at two panels of The Forum on Education Abroad Conference, “Making the Connections: Praxis and Theory in Education Abroad,” held April 6-8, 2011 in Boston.

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