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Faculty Staff Achievements, Sept. 30, 2013

October 1, 2013



Joe Murphy, community coordinator, Office of Residential Life, in recognition of his “service with a passion,” recently received the Knight of the Blind designation from the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. The club cited his hard work and dedication to several activities over the past five years including on-ice time with the Gliding Stars program, dealing blackjack at local casino night fundraisers, selling raffle tickets for the Duathlon Race fundraiser, and club operations.


Joe Murphy, community coordinator, Office of Residential Life, presented at the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers annual conference June 21-24 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. His presentation, titled “Staff Selection: Building & Renovating One Student at a Time,” discussed   the student staff selection process as they relate to the Resident Assistant (RA), Unit Assistant (UA), and Head Resident (HR) positions at Skidmore.

In addition, Murphy has been elected to a one-year term as treasurer of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club. His responsibilities will include managing the receipt and distribution of all funds, developing an annual budget, and providing financial reports.

Jay Rogoff, visiting assistant professor of English, discussed the ballet Giselle following a Saratoga Film Forum screening of the documentary Portrait of Giselle, June 23. During the New York City Ballet season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, he conducted public pre-performance interviews with NYCB ballet master in chief Peter Martins on July 9, and principal dancer Sara Mearns on July 12. On July 8, he presented “Falstaff’s Fall: An Introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, in connection with the production of the play by the Saratoga Shakespeare Company, which he serves as board president and dramaturg. A transcript of the talk is available here.

Linda Simon, professor emerita of English, delivered a paper, "William James and Unseen Energies" at the Summer Institute in American Philosophy July 12 at the University of Oregon.

Publications & Exhibitions

Regis Brodie, professor emeritus of art, was the featured artist this summer at the Malta League of Arts’ annual “Arts Attitudes” exhibition. The June event showcased the work of more than 35 artists, along with a featured artist (Brodie), who gave a brief talk about his work. In connection with his May-June solo exhibition titled Adventures in Space at the Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville, Brodie gave an artist’s talk May 30 at the gallery.

Gove Effinger, professor of mathematics, contributed a section entitled “Relations between integers and polynomials over finite fields” to the new volume Handbook of Finite Fields, edited by Gary Mullen (Penn State) and Daniel Panario (Carleton University) and published in June by CRC Press.

Jay Rogoff, visiting assistant professor of English, has published the following dance writings: “London: A Study in Scarlett and Other New British Dances,” a review-essay on new works performed in London by the Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Birmingham Royal Ballet, in The Hopkins Review, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Summer 2013), and two reviews, one of the nuns’ ghosts’ ballet, choreographed by Lionel Hoche, in the Royal Opera’s revival of Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable, and the other of Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit and Paz de La Jolla, for the New York City Ballet, both in Ballet Review, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2013). He also served as dance critic for The Saratogian in July and August, reviewing the New York City Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Momix at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Additional summer activities will be used in the weeks ahead. Please send news items to Andrea Wise, Office of Communications.