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Dr. C.J. Churchill, Professor of Sociology, is the author of The Enigmatic Academy: Class, Bureaucracy, and Religion in American Education (Temple University Press) co-authored with Gerald. E. Levy.

Dr. C. Augusto Casas, Associate Professor, presented a paper titled “Parallelization of Artificial Neural Network Training Algorithms:  A Financial Forecasting Application” at the 2012 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Financial Engineering in New York City.

Carol Grieff Lagstein, Director of Art Therapy, presented “Art Therapy as a Career” at Clarkstown North High School’s Art Career Day.

Dr. Linda Levine-Madori, Professor of Therapeutic Recreation, recently published her second book, Transcending Dementia Through The TTAP Method: A New Psychological Approach to Art, Brain and Cognition (Health Professions Press). In addition, Dr. Levine-Madori contributed the chapter "Utilizing a Thematic Approach for Diverse Populations" to Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations: Crossing Cultural Boundaries and Abilities. In October 2012, the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work sponsored a 2 day-TTAP Method Certification Training for MSW students. In September 2012, Dr. Levine-Madori was part of a panel of 5 experts addressing the United States Senate Rules Committee headed by Senator Udall to raise awareness of the importance of arts-based research funding in Alzheimer’s care in conjunction with the National Alzheimer's Action Plan.

Gerald McCarthy, Professor of English, served as one of the judges for the Tillie Olsen Prize, and, with Poet Robert Bohm, will give the keynote reading for the Annual Working Class Studies Conference at SUNY Stony Brook. His poetry is forthcoming in The New Anthology of American Poetry-Vol. III: Postmodernisms 1950-Present and in the i70 Review.  

Dr. Craig Martin, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, was invited to be a member of the editorial board of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion – a top journal in religious studies.  In March 2011, he participated on a panel at the South Eastern Commission for the Study of Religion conference.  Dr. Martin was also interviewed by two websites, Genealogy of Religion and The Religion Beat, about his recent book.

William M. Prior, Associate Professor of Communications Arts, was selected to serve as a judge for the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. 

Dr. Carl Rattner, Professor of Art, had several of his sculptural works displayed this year including four works, including Poplar Drape, in the New Dimensions Exhibit at the Upstream Gallery in Dobbs Ferry and Phantom Hammer was on display at the Rockland Center for the Arts.

Dr. Maria Roglieri, Professor of Foreign Languages, has written a new book, The Gluten-Free Guide to France (  It is the 4th in the series of The Gluten-Free Guides (also Italy, New York and Washington).  She was awarded an Amici della Cultura Italiana award this Spring by the Coccia Foundation.

Dr. Stacy Sewell, Professor of History, along with 11 students, traveled to Nicaragua with the Bridges to Community Organization to build houses for two families as part of one of her special topics history courses.  Learn more about some of the students’ experiences: Nicaragua Service Learning Trip Profiles.

Dr. Robert Trawick, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, has been appointed to the Task Force "Living through the Economic Crisis" for the Presbyterian Church (USA) under the auspices of its Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.

Dr. Robert Vermilyer, Associate Professor of Computer Science, presented his paper entitled "Teaching Science Using Digital Literacy and 3D Gaming,” which has also been accepted for publication, at Game Education Summit North America in June in Redmond, WA.  The Game Education Summit provides conference sessions and networking opportunities to college and university educators that offer game development and design degrees as well as the various industries that work on game development including the entertainment sector, government, medical, military and various aspects of serious games.

Monica Wendel, Assistant Professor of Composition and Creative Writing, had her manuscript, Call it a Window, named the national winner of the 2011 Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest, and published by the Midwest Writing Center Press in 2012.

Barbara Yontz, Associate Professor of Art, hosted a panel at the FATE (Foundations in Art and Theory Education) conference in St. Louis.  The panel, entitled "Sold Ground of Shifting Sand: Foundations for Art and Technology," included papers by art scholars from around the country who are examining the role of the traditional core foundations courses in College and University Art programs.  In addition, she was selected to participate as a mentor in the mentoring workshop for recent MFA graduates at the annual College Art Association Conference in New York in April.  She was also selected to exhibit her sound installation, "You Are There, Like My Skin 2" at the MAD Gallery in St. Louis.



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