Faculty and Staff Activities


Christa Chatfield

Christa Chatfield, Biological Sciences Department, and undergraduate research students Casey Peterson ’15 and Cassidy Sauer ’17, co-authored “The Extracellular Polymeric Substances of Legionella pneumophila Biofilms Contain Amyloid Structures,” published in February in Current Microbiology.

Eileen Gilroy and Jill Toftegaard

Eileen Gilroy and Jill Toftegaard, Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, were recently awarded a $100 mini grant from the Central New York Speech Language and Hearing Association (CNYSLHA). The grant is in honor of a past president for CNYSLHA, Sandy Ladd, who passed away in July 2014. As an advocate for individuals with disabilities, Ladd often used creative cooking and craft projects to work on many speech, language and communication goals in small and large groups, often collaboratively with other teachers or staff. CNYSLHA honors her memory by offering mini grants to enable projects or activities that members would typically have to pay for out of pocket. 

The funds received will be used for a spring planting project with the clients of Liberty Resources Center for Brain Injury and Rehabilitation in Cortland, N.Y. Communication disorders and sciences graduate students have provided speech/language therapy in social groups throughout this academic year. For this project, the graduate students will work with individuals from the center in planning, cultivating and maintaining a community garden.  

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak, professor emeritus of theatre, is the author of The 100 Greatest American and British Animated Films, published this spring by Rowman and Littlefield. The book covers computer, stop-motion and hand-drawn animated movies from 1937 to 2017. 

Bonni C. Hodges

Bonni C. Hodges, Health Department, has had her paper “Health Promotion at the Ballpark: Peanuts, Popcorn, and Mighty Molar” selected by the editorial leadership of Health Promotion Practice for inclusion in the inaugural collection “The Best of Health Promotion Practice.” The paper, published in 2017, was selected based on “its ability to stimulate out-of-the-box thinking and reminder of the importance of nimble, creative, and appropriately opportunistic health promotion… the article also reminds us that well-planned health promotion can be both important and fun. [It] exemplifies the best of academic scholarship, insights from practice, and writing that is accessible, provocative, and inspiring to practitioners.”

Bonni C. Hodges, Donna Videto, Alexis Blavos and Page Dobbs

Bonni C. Hodges, Donna Videto, Alexis Blavos and Page Dobbs, Health Department, along with community health seniors Jerrell DeCaille, Brenna Taggerty and Maddison Terrillion, represented SUNY Cortland at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) annual meeting held April 4 to 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Hodges and Videto presented their work on fostering school district and community agency collaborations.
  • Hodges, Videto and Blavos presented their preliminary work in creating a framework for college health promotion.
  • Blavos presented two pieces of her work related to advocacy and health communication.
  • Dobbs presented two pieces of her work on college student substance use; one on e-cigarette use and the other on driving while under the influence of marijuana.
  • Students DeCaille, Taggerty and Terrillion, all Eta Sigma Gamma members, were selected to compete as a team in the annual public health case study competition.

Caroline Kaltefleiter and undergraduate student Karmelisha Alexander

Caroline Kaltefleiter, Communication Studies Department, and Karmelisha Alexander, communication studies undergraduate student who served as first author, had their paper “(Self)Care and Community: Black Girls Saving Themselves” accepted for publication in the forthcoming edited collection titled, Black Girls and Black Girlhood. The collection is edited by Aria Halliday, University of New Hampshire, and will be published by Canadian Scholars’/Women’s Press in Toronto. 

Caroline Kaltefleiter

Caroline Kaltefleiter, Communication Studies Department, was an invited speaker on a panel titled “Beauty Standards of Women Filling Nontraditional Roles in Film” at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in March. The panel explored representations of women in film as well as women serving in lead film crew positions.  Her talk, “Juno and Ladybird: Liberated Girlhood and Beyond” discussed the 2018 Best Director Nomination of Greta Gerwig, women crew members on both films and reaction to the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. 

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication Studies Department, had four of her speculative poems published in the special Gothic themed April issue of Prachya Review. Her surreal poem titled “Horror Show” is written in hay(na)ku form. Her second poem is a spiraling abecedarian describing a spectral “Flock of Morose.” Her poem “Aftermath” is written as a post-apocalyptic warning and “Little Mayhem” is a dark accounting of a visit from tiny but threatening otherworldly creatures. Lawrence also just received word that her love letter-inspired spiraling abecedarian titled “Love Note” was accepted for publication in the fall issue of the James Dickey Review.

Rhiannon Maton

Rhiannon Maton, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, was elected to the secretary/treasurer position of the Teacher's Work/Teachers Unions Special Interest Group of the American Educational Studies Association for a three-year term. In addition, she co-presented two papers at the same conference, titled: “The Micro-Macro Dialectic: Teacher Activism Within and Across Multiple Systemic Domains” and “Theorizing Resistance: Teacher Resistance to Neoliberalism in Canada and the United States.”

Angela Pagano and Greg Phelan

Angela Pagano, Biological Sciences Department, Greg Phelan, Chemistry Department, Lisa Gonsalves from University of Massachusetts Boston, hosted the 2018 Noyce Northeast Conference from April 19 to 21 in New York City. The conference brought together science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty, in-service STEM teachers and Noyce Scholarship recipients from 11 northeastern states to meet, network and share ideas and best practices on successful teaching in high-need schools. Collaborations with the American Museum of Natural History and the Alda Center for Communicating Science provided transformative experiences for members of the Northeast Noyce Scholarship community. Kerri Freese, Chemistry Department, organized the event with help from SUNY Cortland students Mia DiMartino, a biology major, Daniel Menendez, working on his masters in history, and Alicia Platt and Victoria Ryan, both history majors.