Faculty/Staff News

By: Mark Tarnacki

William Grover, professor of political science, delivered a paper titled "Deep Presidency:  Toward a Structural Theory of a Sustainable Office - Obama and Beyond," at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Boston, MA, November 15-18, 2012.

Dave Landers, instructor of psychology and gender studies, on Jan. 1, 2013, began a three-year elected term as chair of the NE-10 Faculty Athletics Representatives Executive Council. Dave has served for the past year and a half as a member of the Executive Council and when the chair position opened up he was nominated and elected by other Faculty Athletics Representatives. Dave also continues to serve as chair of the college's Athletic Advisory Council, faculty adviser for the Student Association, faculty adviser for the Psychology Club and now the faculty adviser for the newly recognized/formed Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

James Nagle, associate professor of education, presented two papers in November 2012 at the annual conference of the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) in Portland, OR. The papers were entitled "Co-teaching to enhance science literacy" and "Professional development using the Vermont policy document - Middle school is not a building.” In January he co-hosted, with Penny Bishop from University of Vermont and Kathleen Brinegar from Johnson State College, the Vermont Middle Grades Conference – an annual showcase of middle-level teaching throughout Vermont.

Reza Ramazani, professor of economics, recently wrote two book reviews in his field. He reviewed Capitalism from Below: Markets and Institutional Change in China, by Victor Nee and Sonja Opper (Harvard, 2012) for the November 2012 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, a publication of the Association of  College & Research Libraries. For the same publication's February 2013 issue, he also reviewed The Ashgate Research Companion to International Trade Policy, edited by Kenneth Heydon and Stephen Woolcock. (Ashgate, 2012). Reza also has been invited again this year to be on several panels as part the 65th Conference on World Affairs at University of Colorado, Boulder on April 8-12, 2013, and he will attend the Annual Western Economic Association International Conference this summer in Seattle, Washington.

Patrick Standen, instructor of philosophy, recently was appointed by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger to his Advisory Council on Accessibility and was elected co-chair of that council at its first meeting. Patrick also published a short piece on adaptive Nordic skiing for the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association newsletter and gave a presentation and clinic on Nordic sit-skiing at Middlebury's Rikert Nordic Center as part of the National Wintertrail's Day Celebration.

Tim Whiteford, associate professor of education, had his paper, "Is Mathematics a Universal Language,” accepted for the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics conference on April 5, 2013, in Manchester, N.H. 

Bill Wilson, emeritus professor of political science, continues to offer a first-year seminar at Saint Michael's and volunteer in the MOVE Refugee Reachout program. Bill also has joined the faculty of CCV-Saint Albans and offers seminars for entering students and a capstone course. He remains active as a Board member of Vermont Adult Learning, which provides high school completion, basic skills, and English courses. "Beyond this, Mary and I spend as much time as we can spoiling our granddaughter, Willa, and we regularly retreat to our cabin in Walden: no utilities, no cell/wifi access, and . . . no zip code,” he says.

Joan Wry, associate dean of the college, has a paper in the current issue of The Explicator:  "Perception, Representation, and the 'property in the horizon': Thoreau's and Emerson's Differing Versions of a Liminal Aesthetic" (70:4, 264-267). Another article, "Emerson, the Genius Tradition, and the Aspirant Poems of Margaret Fuller," was published in The CEA Critic 73.2, 21-33.  Joan will be presenting two papers at conferences this spring, the first at the College English Association conference in Savannah, GA, on April 4-7, and the second at the Transatlantic Women Writers II international conference in Florence, Italy on June 6-9.

Staff Career News

Angela Irvine, director for foundation relations and sponsored programs, recently was elected to the Alumni Board for Lyndon State College.

Buff Lindau, director of marketing and communication, published a poem titled "Bread and Puppet!" in The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas), Winter 2013.

Jerome Monachino, associate director of Edmundite Campus Ministry for liturgical music, recently recorded a CD with his jazz group Eight 02 that is enjoying popular success. After only six weeks on Smooth Jazz Radio, Eight 02's CD DRIVE has reached #6 on The Top 50 Chart () and has been the fastest rising CD in the genre.  The group includes two musicians - Lucas Adler and Chris Peterman - from the band Kilimanjaro, which topped jazz charts in the early 1980s; along with Jerome and Peter Engisch, founding members of the group Picture This. They're joined on the CD by guest spots from percussionist Lenny Castro and bassist Jimmy Earl, two well-established performers. A recent review called their music "some of the freshest contemporary jazz you'll hear this year."

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