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Forensic team earns several trophies

The Bridgewater State Forensic Team took home several trophies from the recent St. Anselm Fall Tournament. Ten colleges and universities participated, including the University of Pennsylvania, Suffolk University, Emerson College, and Plymouth State University.

The BSU team received the 3rd Place Speech Team Trophy. Individual honors included: Shannon Lynch, who received the 2nd Place Trophy in Informative Speaking; and Frank Theodat, who received the 2nd Place Trophy in Speaking to Entertain. Also in recent news, at the Suffolk University Fall tournament, Shannon Lynch placed 7th in Informative Speaking.

The BSU Forensic Team was next scheduled to participate in one of the largest East Coast World Debate tournaments on December 7 and 8 at Brandeis University. Nearly 30 colleges and universities from the U.S. and Canada attended this tournament. It will be the squad’s first large tournament in this fast growing debate format.

Professor to study ‘permaculture’
Ronald Maribett, a visiting Lecturer in the Geography Department, has been awarded a scholarship to attend this month's Permaculture Your Campus Conference. Held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the conference focuses on providing attendees with the tools necessary to transform their home campus using permaculture design to be more ecologically, economically, and socially regenerative. Attendees will explore diverse models of institutional sustainability designed using the permaculture framework, participate in experiential learning programs, gain hands-on permaculture design and implementation experience, explore transformative strategies for creating a campus permaculture initiative, and establish an international network of students, faculty, staff, and community members working to create a culture of sustainability. Learn more about permaculture or the conference here
Alumna Wins Art Award
Artist Anne Heywood, ’90, was presented the Silver Award by the International Association of Pastel Society for the 2nd Masters Circle Exhibition at the 10th IAPS Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, NM. Heywood's pastel, "Walk in the Woods IV", was her winning painting, chosen from among numerous entries by other members of IAPS's exclusive Master Circle, a distinction conferred upon only a small percentage of IAPS members worldwide. Ann is a ’90 graduate, member of the Alumni Chamber Choir and was selected by the Bridgewater Alumni Association as the 2012 recipient of the Dr. Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts. She has a studio in East Bridgewater. See some of her work here. Founded in 1994, IAPS currently represents 73 pastel organizations from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Art Professor Selected
Professor Margaret Bellafiore (instructor, art) was selected to be part of the Boston Children’s Museum’s centennial celebration. She designed a window installation for a letter of the alphabet. Professor Bellafiore said she chose the letter S for “symbol.” The installation includes a 100-year-old American bald eagle, a peace symbol, the Great Seal of the United States, 26 little "dolls" holding semaphore flags, an 1883 silver dollar, quarters and several dollar bills. Also, one of Professor Bellafiore’s students, Ghada Masri, took part with her in a performance at the Cambridge Art Council. The performance included writing 51 names in Arabic calligraphy on a 15-foot-scroll. Part one of this two-part event was photographed and images can be seen here.
Looking at Almodóvar
Dr. Leora Lev (foreign languages) has contributed an essay, "Our Rapists, Ourselves: Women and the Staging of Rape in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar," to the recently published Companion to Pedro Almdovar. Dr. Lev’s chapter suggests that Almodóvar's cinematic reflections on rape offer a more nuanced, troubling, and necessary analysis that complicates – even when it's also clearly grappling with – understandings of rape both within Spain and beyond in ways that resist reductive categorizations. More information about the book is available here
A Musical Presentation
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman (anthropology) hosted a conference at Regis College in Weston on "The Creative Power of Dreams." Included was a special presentation of a paper by Dr. Hoffman on his Gilgamesh Cantata, which included a performance of two movements of the piece by a group of singers including BSU students Karen Sargent (soprano), McKayla Hoffman (soprano), and Anthony Winters (tenor), as well as volunteers Katherine Tyrer-Vassel (alto) and Betty Gilson (alto). Dr. Hoffman himself sang bass. The conference was attended by 53 people from the New England area and was sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Professor on TV

Dr. Phyllis Gimbel (educational leadership) was featured on the local cable TV showWellesley One on One. Log on to and under “programming” click on “demand.” Search there for the title of the program to view. Dr. Gimbel speaks with Rama Ramaswamy, a geologist turned poet.

National mathematics honor society inducts 15
BSU hosted the 2013 Abramson Colloquium & Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony, honoring 15 new members of the honor society. Inducted were Mark Baker, Katie Gruner, Amanda Hudson, Shellie Johnson, Dr. Annela Kelly, Corey R. Ladderbush, Jacqueline G. Lawson, Ashley Minahan, Judith S. Morin, Terry Mullen, Alberto Ocampo, Kerrie Pratt, Kara Marie Plourde, Camille Schulman and Alexandra Vitiello. Pi Mu Epsilon is the National Honorary Mathematics Society, founded in 1914. Advisers to the group are Drs. Laura Gross and Annela Kelly. More information is available here
Dr. Hoffman completes archaeological report

Dr. Curtiss Hoffman (anthropology) has completed a management summary report on the archaeological excavations at the Middleborough Little League site conducted by his field school students during the summer of 2012.  The overview included a summary results, detailing pit features, artifacts, flakes, organic materials, fire-cracked rock, historic materials, and some preliminary conclusions as to what it all means. A copy of the report has been submitted to the Bridgewater State University library

New international agreements
The institution and its Center for Middle East Studies now has comprehensive and exclusive  memorandum of understanding with Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey and University of Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq. The center’s director, Jabbar Al-Obaidi, said, “These new vibrant partnerships have many unique areas of expertise and specialties that will be shared for the benefit of both institutions and communities.” The agreements offer opportunities that include faculty exchange, student exchanges, joint research, joint conferences, study tours, professional development, project on social justice, leadership training, cultural and educational workshop, undergraduate research, graduate advising and mentoring, short time co-teaching, and more. An informational meeting will be scheduled regarding the newly signed partnerships, as well as existing ones.