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January 1, 1970

Faculty-Staff Achievements, Oct. 14, 2013



Pola Baytelman, distinguished artist-in-residence, Department of Music, has been named the conference artist by the New York State Music Teachers Association and will perform a free concert beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Massry Center for the Arts, College of St. Rose. Her program includes works by Milhaud, Fennimore, Crumb, Mendelssohn, and Villa-Lobos. The Massry Center for the Arts is located at 1002 Madison Ave., Albany.

Publications and Exhibitions

Ginger Ertz, interim assistant director for engagement, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, had an exhibition of her soft sculptures at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center in Niskayuna this summer. She gave a talk about her work on May 29.

Mary Kathryn Jablonski, gallery monitor, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, had a group of drawings in an exhibition titled “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” (after the Yeats poem “Among School Children”) in July at the Arts Center of Saratoga. Also this summer, three of her monotypes were auctioned in the Trask Art Show and Sale sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation to support the restoration campaign for the spirit of Life and Spencer Trask Memorial.

A talented artist and writer, she is the author of an introduction to an article on the watercolor diary of Anne Francey, published June 14 in Numeo Cinq Magazine. Jablonski also is the author of a poem, “Pick Your Own,” published in Blueline Literary Magazine, Vol. 34, published by SUNY College at Potsdam.

Susan Layden, associate dean of student affairs, and Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology, are contributors to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, edited by Beatrice L. Bridgiall and published in August as both hard cover and e-book by Rowman and Littlefield. The book explores strategies for promoting high achievement, retention and completion rates for underrepresented students attending community college, and public and private colleges and universities. It examines higher education models – Skidmore’s Opportunity Programs; the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the Premedical Program at Xavier University, New Orleans – that have a “proven record of student achievement and completion.”

In the News

Paul Arciero, professor of health and exercise sciences, was a source for a story on “Back to School Nourishment” that aired Aug. 24 on WNYT-TV.

April Bernard, associate professor of English, was a source for “Writer’s Retreat: Millay’s home in Columbia County offers insight on lifestyle of free-spirited poet,” published June 30 in The Daily Gazette.

Ian Berry, Dayton Director, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, was a guest July 8 on WAMC’s “Roundtable,” where he discussed the museum’s exhibition “Someday Is Now:  The Art of Corita Kent.” He also was a guest on the program’s Aug. 8 edition, discussing the Tang’s collaborations with Yaddo and Caffè Lena.

A new CD titled Places by Joel Brown, senior artist-in-residence, Department of Music, received a positive review from critic David Malachowski in the Aug. 29 edition of “Preview,” the arts supplement published by The Times Union.

Tim Harper, associate professor and chair, Department of Management and Business, was a source for a story titled “GlobalFoundries Gets OK from Town of Malta to Expand,” airing Aug. 21 on

James Kettlewell, professor emeritus of art history, was a source for an article titled “An artist remembered” published July 13 in The Post-Star. The article, on artist Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, noted Kettlewell’s help in getting a state historic marker placed in downtown Glens Falls to celebrate the centennial of Furlong’s birth. He also was a source for an article titled “Architectural styles line North Broadway” published July 19 in The Daily Gazette.

Helen Knowles, visiting assistant professor of government, was a source to a story on area reaction to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act. She was one of several area experts quoted in the June 27 article “Ruling seen as watershed for future of gay rights” published in The Daily Gazette.

Monica Raveret Richter, associate professor of biology, was a source for a story titled “Allergies in the Time of Research,” published July 21 in The New York Times.

Linda Simon, professor emerita of English, wrote a letter to the editor titled “Belief, Then and Now,” published July 2 in The New York Times.

Please send contributions to Andrea Wise, Office of Communications.

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