Faculty and Staff Activities

Mary Ware

Mary Ware, professor emerita of Foundations and Social Advocacy, and Mary F. Stuck, professor emerita of sociology at SUNY Oswego, facilitated a presidential salon discussion on diversity and inclusion on Feb. 27 at D'Youville College.

Susan Rayl

Susan Rayl, Kinesiology Department, recently had two chapters and one book review published: “Smilin’ Bob Douglas and the Renaissance Big Five” in the book Separate Games: African American Sport behind the Walls of Segregation, edited by David K. Wiggins and Ryan A. Swanson, and published by the University of Arkansas Press, 2016. Also, “Robert L. ‘Bob’ Douglas: Aristocracy on the Court, an Architect of Men” in the book Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers, edited by Gerald R. Gems and published by the University of Nebraska Press, 2017. Her book review of The Rise and Fall of Olympic Amateurism, by Matthew P. Llewellyn and John Gleaves, University of Illinois Press, 2016, was published online by the Sport Literature Association on Jan. 10.

John Suarez

John Suarez, Coordinator of the Office of Service-Learning, learned that his chapter, “Promoting Civic Engagement in a Required General Education Course,” has been accepted for publication in Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines in the Twenty-First Century, published by the American Political Science Association. Suarez’s chapter is in the section that provides guidelines for developing students’ commitment to civic engagement through a required general education course. In this case, that course is Writing Studies in the Community II (CPN 102), which is part of the Learning In Deed learning community. Guidelines included focusing on skills of relationship-building, and on “academic agility,” the instructor’s ability to take advantage of “teachable moments” by replacing planned lessons with others that help students connect service-learning experiences with learning objectives.

Also, Suarez presented “Developing Value in Civic Engagement” as part of a panel in the “Why Engage? The Value of Civic Learning in Higher Education” event held March 1 at SUNY Plattsburg. His message promoted three principles of civic engagement: Build Relationships, Be There, and Act. Benefits to students included the realization that they can improve society through short-term and through long-term activities. Communities benefit by enjoying greater capacity. Institutions benefit by being able to show that they provide students with strengthened professional, civic, and personal skills.

On March 16, Suarez served as a panelist in a session titled, “The Civic Action Plan:  So, How’s That Going on Your Campus?” which was part of the Eastern Regional Campus Compact’s Moving Us Forward:  Equity Through Community Engagement Conference in New York City. SUNY Cortland’s Civic Action Plan, which is a Campus Compact-promoted recommitment to developing students’ civic engagement, is based on the idea that our dedication to civic engagement, and our work for SUNY Cortland’s financial health, enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

Kathleen Lawrence

Kathleen Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had a spiraling abecedarian poem, “Dorothy Delivered,” published in March in The 2017 Rhysling Anthology (Science Fiction Poetry Association). In February Silver Blade Magazine published her “Haiku Swarm” group of four haiku: “Path,” “Rules of the Rodeo,” “Laws of Nature” and “Unrequited Love.” Altered Reality Magazine honored Lawrence as a Rhysling award nominee on their March/April 2017 front cover. Her free verse poem “Dear Lost Love of My Life” is the featured publication today in Silver Birch Press’s Lost & Found poetry and prose series. Lawrence’s published poem, “Trump's Tip,” was recorded by request of the editor at Rattle Magazine. In the last 12 months, 49 poems by Lawrence have been published or are forthcoming.

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris, Physics Department, gave an invited talk at the Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk workshop, held Feb. 27-28 at the Natural History Museum in London, followed by an invited talk on March 1 at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, was named a Boren Merit Review Panelist by the Institute of International Education and the National Security Agency, Washington D.C. Between Feb. 26 and March 1, the panel reviewed 27 National Security Education Program Merit Fellowship applications and selected finalists for the Africa Region Boren Fellowships for 2017. Serving on the panel with Asumah were Kelly O’Brien from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Lynn Westley from Lake Forest University.

David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick, Psychology Department, was the keynote speaker at the annual Arkansas Department of Education Literacy Conference on March 7 in Hot Springs. On March 18, he presented an all-day professional development workshop for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association in Cincinnati. Both presentations were on research on effective interventions for reading difficulties. 

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of a chapter titled, “The Unitary Executive and the Bush Presidency” appearing in the new book, The George W. Bush Presidency, published by Nova Publishers.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, had her recent book Tongzhi Living (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice in 2016 for its excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of its contribution to the field and value as important treatment of the subject. 

Kathleen Lawrence

Kathleen Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had a poem, “Young and Virgin at 17,” published by Silver Birch Press in February. Her poem “What T***p Was Really Saying” appeared in The New Verse News, also in February. Lawrence was nominated for a Rhysling Award, sponsored by the Science Fiction Association, for the poem “Dorothy Delivered,” originally published in Altered Reality Magazine in 2016. In addition, Lawrence had three poems accepted by Inigo Online Magazine — “Mean Girls,” “H-I-V: Hope Is a Verb” and “King” — scheduled to appear in April.

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