News & Events
Dr. Catherine Holbrook, associate vice president of student affairs, was honored by the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education with the Institutional Leadership Award. The honor is given annually in recognition of a professional who has contributed significantly to the growth and development of his/her home institution in the areas of programs, policies, staff or student development. The award covers the organization’s New England region, and was given to Dr. Holbrook at a conference held in Mystic, Conn. Seven administrators from across campus contributed nomination letters in her name. “I was shocked and honored and felt very humbled to be both nominated by my colleagues and then to be recognized by others in the profession,” Dr. Holbrook said. Earlier in the year she’d earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska, after completing her dissertation on the subject of first-year students. “It’s been a fun year,” she said.
Professor James E. Leone (Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies) is the coauthor of a major position statement on androgenic-anabolic steroids. Published in the Sept. 2012 Journal of Athletic Training the article seeks to inform athletic trainers and medical professionals about the dangers of steroid use. “The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids” was coauthored by Drs.Robert D. Kersey, Diane L. Elliot, Linn Goldberg, Gen Kanayama, Mike Pavlovich and Harrison G. Pope Jr. View the piece here.
An article by Associate Professor Emily Douglas (social work) was published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare (Vol. 6, issue 5). The paper, "Child Welfare Workers' Training, Knowledge, and Practice Concerns Regarding Child Maltreatment Fatalities: An Exploratory, Multi-State Analysis" centers on child welfare professionals as agents of prevention for maltreatment fatalities. It presents results from studying 426 child welfare workers and reveals deficits in knowledge of parent and household risk factors, among other things.
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman (anthropology) attended the annual meeting of the New England Antiquities Research Association, where he participated in a panel discussion, "Across Before Columbus, 20 Years Later," which centered on new evidence of trans-oceanic contact with Native Americans before the Columbus voyage. Additionally, the professor conducted a tour of the Robbins Museum and the Middleborough Little League site for conference attendees.
The works of Professor Mary Dondero (art) were included in the art exhibit, "Nature Vive and Nature Morte," displayed at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College from Oct. 9 - Nov. 8. The other artists with works on display were: Constanze Kirmse, Mary O'Malley and Brenda Star. Prof. Dondero presented two bodies of work, flower photographs and ink paintings. For more information on Prof. Dondero's art and the rest of the exhibit visit: visit:http://www.simmons.edu/trustman/exhibits/230.php.
Lorrie Jenkins, '13, a Navy veteran, was recently hired as Veterans' Liaison for U.S. Sen. John Kerry, a position she secured thanks to Career Services' Shadow a Legislator Program, where students trail an official at the Massachusetts Statehouse for a day. Her new job recently brought her to President Obama's rally in New Hampshire, where she met the presidential candidate. Pretty good for someone who was never one for politics before the shadow program sparked her interest just last semester. After participating, the Foxborough native interned with her district's State Rep. Jay Barrows (R), and State Sen. Michael Rush (D), who represents Suffolk and Norfolk districts, before landing a spot in Sen. Kerry's office. "All this from a one-day job shadow," she told Career Services.
The BSU Forensic Team placed second overall at the 34th annual Suffolk University Intercollegiate Forensic Tournament. The team was up against competition from the likes of the University of Maine, Emerson College, St. Anselm College, Ithaca College, Plymouth State University, Suffolk University, and Lafayette College. In addition to the team victory, Jessica Krautz earned second place in persuasive speaking and third in informative speaking, while Shannon Lynch pulled second in informative speaking. Other members of the second-place team were Hillary Howarth and Mike Niccoll. In their first competition of the season, Ms. Krautz and Ms. Lynch qualified for nationals to be held next spring. The team will attend its second tournament at St. Anselm College on November 3.
Dr. Deborah Nemko (music) traveled to China to perform at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center with violinist, Mei-Mei Wei in a Chamber Music Series. While in Shanghai, Dr. Nemko also conducted a master class and performed in a recital at Shanghai Normal University as a visiting scholar. Dr. Nemko, a pianist, played works by contemporary composers including Maurice Ravel and Iannis Xenakis. Also, Dr. Nemko gave a collaborative lecture, “Le Corbusier and Xenakis’s Methods of Composition and Rhythmic Structures, Spanning Between Architecture and Music” at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, with members of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn/Paris Design Institute. This summer, Dr. Nemko also performed in Amsterdam at the Liberal Synagogue with Julia Bronkhorst. The repertoire there included works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Gershwin.
Former Dean of College of Education and Allied Studies Anna Bradfield (now executive director of university initiatives), former Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Michelle Cox and Assistant WAC Coordinator Phyllis Gimbel, presented “In Response to the New Common Core State Standards: WAC/Secondary Education Collaborations” in Savannah, Ga., at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Attendees to the conference came from as far away as South Africa.
Dr. Diana Jennings, director of Regional Outreach, was elected chairperson of the board of directors of The Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum. The organization is dedicated to serving entrepreneurship and venture activity with programs that combine topical forums with networking opportunities. Learn more at www.sneef.org. Dr. Jennings is also a recent graduate of the Bryn Maw HERS Institute.