Vol. 4, No. 1 - October 27, 2004


Faculty/Staff Activities

John Bruggemann, associate professor of sociology and associate dean of the faculty, gave an invited lecture titled "Committed Sociology: Negotiating the Power of Meaning and the Meaning of Power," at the annual meeting of the Capital Region Theological Center Aug. 14 in Albany. He also presented a paper titled "The Rise and Fall of the United Electrical Workers of America: Defending or Assaulting Democracy in Cold War Labor Politics," at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association Sept. 13 in San Francisco.

Colleen Grossner, visiting professor of exercise science, gave a research presentation titled "Similar cardiorespiratory and performance benefits from sport-specific and high-intensity training in girls participating in soccer" at the 2004 biennial North American society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine meeting in St. Andrew, New Brunswick, in mid-August.

Charles M. Joseph, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, gave a talk titled "Poetry in Motion: Stravinsky's and Balanchine's Musical Bond" prior to a performance of the New York City Ballet July 10 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

James McLelland, visiting professor of geosciences, co-presented research with two Skidmore students at the Northeast/Southeast Geological Society of America Meeting in March. The paper, presented with Davin Lyons '06 and David O'Connor '03, was titled "Extension of the Canada Lake isocline into the Saratoga Springs, New York, region and structural implications for the southern Adirondack Mountains."

Raymond J. Rodrigues, director of assessment, presented a paper titled "Embedded Program Assessment: Concerns and Recommendations" July 13 at the 2004 American Association for Higher Education Assessment Conference in Denver.

Jay Rogoff, lecturer in liberal studies, interviewed New York City Ballet choreographer-in-residence Christopher Wheeldon July 13 in a program presented before a performance of the NYCB at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Gerry Schorin, director of strategic communications, has joined the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's volunteer Marketing, Public Relations, and Promotions Advisory Council. The group consists of marketing, public relations, and promotions professionals who advise SPAC's president and marketing director on the effectiveness of SPAC's marketing plans.

Bob Shorb, director of Student Aid and Family Finance, co-presented with Michael Bennett, Brookdale Community College, a session titled "What Students Want, Students Get! A Discussion of the Modernization and Simplification of Student Aid" at the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators annual conference May 17 in Providence, R.I.

Linda Simon, professor of English, participated in book-signings for her new book, Dark Light, July 29 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vt., and July 22 at the Central Square Branch of the Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library. She also gave a reading and book-signing July 27 at Border's in Saratoga Springs.

Publications, Exhibitions & Performances

Joel Brown, and John Nazarenko, senior artists-in-residence, Music, performed in the Luzerne Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend. Guitarist Brown performed with his Triple Play band mates (Chris Brubeck on piano, trombone, and bass guitar, and "Madcat" Ruth on harmonica); while Nazarenko, whose specialty is jazz piano and guitar, performed with his quartet.

Deb Hall, assistant professor of art, has three works included in "DPI (Digitally Propelled Ideas) 2004, a nationally juried exhibition running through Oct. 22 at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. This is the second time her work has been included in this biennial digital exhibition. View the digital catalog. In addition, she received a Juror's Award for her piece "Radio," exhibited this summer at the Mohawk-Hudson Regional sponsored by the Schenectady Museum; the University Art Gallery at the University at Albany, State University of New York; and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Juror was Pablo Helguera of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Hall also was a commentator to an educators' discussion summary compiled by the Association Typographique Internaionale on type and Typography Textbooks Required by Educators, posted online.

Matthew D. Hockenos, associate professor of history, has published A Church Divided: German Protestants Confront the Nazi Past (Indiana University Press). The book closely examines the turmoil in the German Protestant churches in the immediate postwar years as they attempted to come to terms with the recent past. Reeling from the impact of war, the churches addressed the consequences of cooperation with the regime and the treatment of Jews. While not an exhaustive study of Protestantism during the Nazi years, A Church Divided breaks new ground in the discussion of responsibility, guilt, and the Nazi past. Hockenos tracks the divergent and discordant paths taken by prominent pastors, church leaders, and theologians as they sought to explain the church's role in Nazism.

Mark Huibregtse, professor of mathematics, has had his paper titled "On Ellingsrud and Stromme's Explicit Cell Decomposition of Hilb^n_{A^2_C}" accepted for publication by the journal Inventiones Mathematicae.

David Miller, Tuthill Professor of Art and director of the Schick Art Gallery, was one of 10 featured artists in "Narrative Abstraction 2004," an invitational exhibition that ran through Sept. 21 at the Stephen Haller Gallery in New York City. In addition, Miller had a solo exhibition July 22-Aug. 22 at the Plum Gallery in Williamstown, Mass. Titled "David Miller: Recent Work," the exhibition featured 13 paintings and four mixed-media works completed in 2004.

Kyle Nichols, assistant professor of geosciences, co-wrote a paper titled "Rock to sediment, Slope to sea with 10-Be, Rates of landscape change," published in the Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Vol. 32, 2004. Paul Bierman from the University of Vermont was the co-author.

Jeffrey Segrave, professor of exercise science and athletics director, contributed an essay titled "Toward a Cosmopolitics of the Winter Olympic Games" to The Winter Olympic Games: From Chamonix to Salt Lake City, Larry Gerlach, ed., 2004, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology and Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, is a co-author of "Deliver Us From Evil: The Effects of Mortality Salience and Reminders of 9/11 on Support for President George W. Bush," to appear in the September issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. His co-authors are Mark J. Landau (Skidmore Class of '99), University of Arizona; Jeff Greenberg, University of Arizona; Florette Cohen and Daniel M. Ogilvie, Rutgers University; Tom Pyszczynski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Jamie Arndt, University of Missouri; Claude H. Miller, University of Oklahoma; and Alison Cook, University of Missouri. In addition, Solomon is a co-author of "Fatal Attraction. A New Study Suggests a Relationship Between Fear of Death and Political Preferences," appearing in the October 2004 edition of Observer (Vol. 17, No. 10), published by the American Psychological Society. His co-authors are Greenberg and Pyszcynski. A related article, "Fatal Attraction: The Effects of Mortality Salience on Evaluations of Charismatic, Task-Oriented, and Relationship-Oriented Leaders," by Solomon, Greenberg, Pyszcynski, Cohen, and Molly Maxfield, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will appear in the December 2004 issue of Psychological Science, the journal of the American Psychological Society.

Robert C. Turner, assistant professor of government, is the author of "Do Nebraska and Maine Have the Right Idea? The Political and Partisan Implications of the District System" which was accepted for publication in Presidential Studies Quarterly as a feature in "The Contemporary Presidency" section. The paper was a collaborative research project with Greg Thall '03.

Mark Vinci, lecturer in music, performed with his quartet June 20 as part of the Saratoga County Arts Council's summer concert series at Alsop Hall. Vinci was joined by Jan Vinci, senior artist-in-residence, music, for a presentation of Mozart's Flute Quartet.

Martha Wiseman, lecturer in English, wrote a story titled "Double Vision" that won the 2003 White Eagle Coffee Store Press Long Fiction Contest and will be published as a chapbook in November.


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