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Faculty and Staff Activities

Carolyn Bershad

Carolyn Bershad, Counseling and Student Development centers, has learned that the office was awarded full re-accreditation for the 2014-15 year by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). IACS is the only association that accredits counseling services on university and college campuses. Approval by IACS is dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence in counseling performance. The office offers individual and group counseling for students, as well as consultation and outreach to the campus community.

Peter Ducey

Peter Ducey, Biological Sciences Department, co-authored the presentation “Predator-Prey Relationships Between Streamside Salamanders and Earthworm Communities Inhabiting the Riparian Zone” recently given by lead author and Cortland alumna Rebecca Forrest Pinder ’02 at the 10th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology held in Athens, Ga., in June. Pinder has recently completed her Ph.D. at University at Albany in ecology and evolutionary biology and is currently a faculty member at Columbia-Greene Community College. The presentation was part of a broader study investigating the influences of non-native earthworms on biotic and abiotic components of stream ecosystems.

Benjamin J. Lovett

Benjamin J. Lovett, Psychology Department, had an article published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. “Testing Accommodations Under the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act: The Voice of Empirical Research” critically examines recent legal regulations that are followed when students request testing accommodations for disability conditions.

Doug Langhans

Doug Langhans, Admissions, has been elected to the board of directors for Study New York, a consortium of SUNY, CUNY and private institutions formed to promote New York as a destination for international students. Langhans has served on the consortium’s programming committee for a number of years and has represented the consortium at various events including the American International Recruitment Council Conference, the International Consultants for Education and Fairs  (ICEF) North American Workshop, National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA): Association of International Educators Annual Conference, and the EducationUSA Forum. 

Nancy Kane

Nancy Kane, Performing Arts Department, performed in the Endicott Performing Arts Center’s production of “Great Expectations” this summer.

In other news, Kane has assumed full director duties for Twin Tiers Honor Flight, a nonprofit local hub of the national Honor Flight Network, which takes WWII, Korean Era, and terminally ill veterans at no charge to Washington, D.C. to visit their war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.

John C. Hartsock

John C. Hartsock, Communication Studies Department, has been asked to serve as a reviewer this fall for Fulbright scholarship applicants from Russia for the 2015-16 academic year. The candidates would conduct research and teach in the United States in the area of journalism. Hartsock was a Fulbright scholar in journalism in Ukraine in 1993 at Taras Shevchenko Kiev State University in Kiev.

In other news, Hartsock stepped down at the end of May after five years as the editor of the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Literary Journalism Studies. The official journal of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, it was founded by Hartsock starting with the Spring 2009 issue. The journal is published biannually. Under Hartsock’s editorship, the journal established the first bibliography in its subject field and is now listed in the MLA International Bibliography. It is also listed with Ebscohost. Bill Reynolds, director of the graduate program in journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, has been selected as Hartsock’s successor.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, had her paper, “Transnational Migration, Global Links, and Social Inequality: Human Trafficking and North Korean Women in China,” accepted for publication in the journal The Social Sciences Collection. Her ethnography “Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China” was accepted by University of Minnesota Press and is in production for release in Fall 2015.

Nance S. Wilson

Nance S. Wilson, Literacy Department, had the following published. “Trying to Make Sense of E-readers” was published in the Summer/Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Reading Education with V. Zygouris-Coe and V. Cardullo as co-authors; “Text Complexity of Popular Middle Grade Texts: How Do Popular Middle Grades Texts Stack up to CCSS Standards?” co-authored by M.D. Koss, was published in AMLE Magazine; Wilson’s textbook, Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies: Connecting to the Common Core, and co-authored by K. Grant and S. Golden, was published by Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Orvil White

Orvil White, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, represented the university's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, at the 43rd Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis, Mo. White currently serves as vice president of the SUNY Cortland chapter and attended the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate. 

David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick, Psychology Department, presented a poster titled “The Compensating Dyslexics We Never Hear About: A Multiple Case Study Approach” for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. The presentation took place at the society’s annual conference in July in Santa Fe, N.M.