Faculty and Student Accomplishments: November 2014
View all the recent accomplishments and accolades of Manhattan College’s faculty and students.
Rachel Cirelli, director of the Center for Career Development, was quoted in an article on NerdWallet.com, which was later picked up by the Huffington Post, giving a tip to stand out at a career fair. See the article
School of Arts
In early November, Manhattan College’s Model UN team brought home four awards while representing the United Kingdom at the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington D.C. Pamela Chasek, professor of government, is program director of the College’s team and helps to prepare the students throughout the year.
The team consisted of the following students: Evan Amadio ’15, economics and international studies major; Kelly Ann deAprix ’17, government major; Irene Entringer ’15, economics and international studies major; Kaitlyn Greiner ’18, government major; Luke Hartman ’16, communication and international studies double major; Chris Hoey ’17, electrical engineering major; Natalie Heinitz ’16, communication major; Evelyn Infante ’15, international studies major; Elizabeth O’Connor ’17, international studies and government double major; Kelly Ortega ’17, international studies and Spanish double major; Lenisa Patterson ’16, international studies major; Mario Selca ’15, government and communication double major; Dan Wallace ’16, communication and international studies double major; and Deonta Wortham ’15, international studies major. The entire delegation won Honorable Mention and other awards included Chris Hoey and Evelyn Infante, Outstanding Position Paper; Irene Entringer and Deonta Wortham, Outstanding Position Paper; and Irene Entringer and Deonta Wortham, Outstanding Delegation in Committee.
Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center and assistant professor of religious studies, recently received a $10,000 donation on behalf of The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.
On Nov. 21, Afridi will present with the Academic Relations Committee and Public Understanding of Religion panel at the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.
She also was interviewed on Oct. 26 on ARISE NEWS to discuss who ISIS is and how Muslim women in America think ISIS is affecting them. Watch the interview
In addition, Afridi spoke at Northern Arizona University on Oct. 6 and 7, and presented Nostalgia and the ‘mal du Siècle’ in Jewish-Muslim Interaction and Antisemitism/Islamophobia. Both events were sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Martin-Springer Institute.
Joan Cammarata, Ph.D., professor of Spanish, presented the paper “On Eros vs. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Cervantes’s Marcela” at the Early Modern Image and Text Society Conference, Oct. 23-24 at Rutgers University-Camden.
Bridget Chalk, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recently published Modernism and Mobility: The Passport and Cosmopolitan Experience, which reveals an engaging literary and historical paradox. Read more
Suzanne Cope, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of English, published a new book Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food. Read more
She also wrote a New York Times essay detailing how she and her husband do their best to eat thoughtfully (locally), while pursuing their professional goals and raising their infant son.
Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D., professor and chair of the sociology department, gave a public lecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico on Nov. 3 entitled “Estructura e ideología en las movilizaciones estudiantiles.” His lecture was featured on Nov. 4 in a full-page article in the prominent Mexican Newspaper La Jornada entitled “Lo menos que puede exigirse a gobiernos es que respectan la vida” [The least that governments can do is respect people’s lives]. Dello Buono openly expressed solidarity with the 43 students at a rural teacher’s college that disappeared on Sept. 26 in the Mexican State of Guerrero.
Paul Droubie, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, was quoted by USA Today on Nov. 2 about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. See the article
Julie Leininger Pycior, Ph.D., professor of history at Manhattan College, interviewed Rev. James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest, author and editor-at-large at America, the national Catholic magazine, at a forum at Columbia University in September. The Thomas Merton Changed My Life event was presented by the Columbia Catholic Ministry and Corpus Christi Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society, and the event celebrated the centenary of Thomas Merton, one of the most prominent spiritual writers of the 20th century.
On Oct. 18, Pycior also presented the paper “Ernesto Galarza and Transnational Scholar Activism” at the Western History Association Conference in Newport Beach, Calif.
Margaret Toth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented the paper “Adapting Geography: Place, Land, and the Industrial Frontier in Oil! And There Will Be Blood” at the annual Literature/Film Association conference in Missoula, Mont.
School of Business
Poonam Arora, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing, and Janet Rovenpor, Ph.D., professor of management and marketing, won the best paper award at the 6th Development of Leadership Capacity Conference at Lancaster University in Lancaster, United Kingdom. Their forthcoming paper, “The Power of Poetry in Cultivating Responsible Leadership,” was presented in the summer and received rave reviews.
Charles Geisst, Ph.D., Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Professor of Economics and Finance at Manhattan College, was quoted by Onwallstreet.com on Nov. 12. See the article
A number of business students recently competed in the College Fed Challenge, which is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank, and competed in the semifinals on Nov. 14. Joshua Clark ’16, economics major; William Gerard ’15, accounting major with a business analytics co-major; David Lothrop ’15, finance and economics double major; Riko Mochizuki ’16, finance business economics dual major; Jessica Schutte ’16, finance major with a business analytics co-major; and John Trieste ’16, economics major; presented on Oct. 31 on the current state of the Federal Reserve Bank with the help of Francisco Alvarez ’15, government and international studies double major; Jonathan Cruz ’15, economics major; Julio Santana ’15, economics and finance double major; and Bianca Trinidad ’16, economics major.
School of Education and Health
Deborah Harris, adjunct instructor in the education department, received the Branch Service Award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Freedom Fund Luncheon, on Sept. 13.
Lisa Toscano ’79, Ed.D, associate professor of kinesiology, along with seniors Amy Bright, Donna Jo DiNorcia, Shannon Garrity, Caitlyn Hynes and Sydney Weedonwill present Falling and the Effects of Compensatory Stepping: Balance for a lifetime at the the NY chapter of American College of Sports Medicine, Nov. 19-22. Research was conducted with the Kinesiology Department and field experts Louis DePasquale ’73.
The research was also presented at the American Conference of Sports Medicine Hospital for Special Surgery on Nov. 8.
School of Science
Gerardo Carfagno, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, presented a poster entitled “Effects of deforestation on microhabitat suitability for salamander communities” at the August 2014 meeting of the Northeast Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation.
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