Dr. Ed. Simone, professor of theater and director of the theater program, was a presenter at the August 2016 Association for Theatre in Higher Education International Conference in Chicago. His presentation on using mask work to develop comedy was part of an expert panel on improvisational techniques in theater and related media. Simone was also re-elected for a fourth term, and elected an officer of the liaison committee for the Western New York Region of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Simone continued his work as an associate editor of Players, an online journal about the pedagogy and practice of acting. Simone is the host of Sunday Classics for Classical-WNED, and writes and produces radio promotions for WNED-TV.
Dr. Phillip Payne, professor of history, will be one of five scholars participating in The People’s Forum on the American Presidency Saturday, Oct. 1, at Daemen College in Amherst. The participants will discuss four presidents whose actions and reputations raise questions about how we understand history through the president's lens. Payne, author of “Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy,” and “Crash! How the Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked,” will discuss Warren G. Harding. The other presidents who will be discussed are Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at http://dae.men/ThePeoplesForum
Dr. John Mulryan, Professor Emeritus, co-authored a review article in Cithara (volume 55, no. 2) with his student, Tyler Grudi. The article dealt with the subject of Shrinking the New Testament Canon. Mulryan also published an article in "Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies," titled "Captioned Images of Venus in Vincenzo Cartari's Imagini." In addition, Professsor Mulryan and Mrs. Sandra Mulryan attended and participated in the Milton Seminar at Princeton University on September 16-17.
Dr. Donika Kelly, assistant professor of English, has made the longlist for the National Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, "Bestiary." Hers is one of ten books to make the longlist; other poets on this year's longlist include Rita Dove and Donald Hall.
The fall issue of Nūr: the Newsletter of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies is now available on the Center’s website, www.sbu.edu/CAIS. This issue features articles by Sr. Margaret Carney and Drs. Zahid and Durriya Khairulah, as well as book and exhibit reviews, news items, etc.
Fr. David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap., dean of the School of Franciscan Studies, has published a new article, “The Socio-Analytic Study of Catholic Organizations,” in John B. Morgan, ed., Foundation Theology 2016: Essays for Ministry Professionals (Mishawaka, IN: GTF Publications, 2016), 43-54.
An essay by Mark Phillips, HEOP tutor, appears in the spring issue of J Journal: New Writing on Justice. In “Calvin’s Wager,” Phillips trails the soul of John Calvin through the purgatory of southwestern New York.
Dr. René Hauser, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Master’s in Differentiated Instruction programs, received a $3,089 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds will be used to purchase materials for enrichment kits for graduate students in the Differentiated Instruction program to use with students in Olean and Buffalo area schools. Included are materials designed to facilitate higher order thinking and creativity, such as Lego and other building materials, engaging literature for book discussions and math, science and art games. The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of McDonald’s restaurants in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families by supporting programs that benefit the lives of children in our community.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
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