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Faculty Presentations and Publications

September 2016

Colleen Krieser, Associate Professor of Biology, was funded by a TEACRS grant for eight weeks during the summer to work in a research lab at Tufts. She worked in the lab of Dr. Peter Juo to develop new lab techniques and a new lab module that will be piloted in the genetics course offered this fall.

A group from Pine Manor will be presenting a panel session titled “Assessing Core Competencies in the General Education Curriculum at Pine Manor College” at the 2016 NEEAN Fall Forum on November 4th at The College of the Holy Cross. Authors of the presentation include: Diane Mello-Goldner, Ph.D., Dean of the College, Associate Professor of Psychology; Eileen McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication; Michele Ramirez, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Foundational Learning, Professor of Psychology; William Stargard, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence Professor of Art History; Staci Weber, ABD, Dean of Student Affairs; & Melissa Yoffe, MSW, Associate Dean for Academic Services.

Karen Hussar, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented her research titled, “Can a Picture Book Teach a Thousand Words? Examining Picture Books as a Means to Teach Humane Education to Preschool Children,” in June, 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Chicago, IL.

Ieshia Karasik, Career Development Director, attended the 2016 NCDA Global Career Development Conference, June 30-July 2 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference theme was, Fostering Well-Being Through Meaningful Work.

Meg Kearney, Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Director, Director delivered the keynote address at the Kentucky Association of School Librarians’ Conference at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY, on Saturday, September 4. Meg’s picture book Trouper is winner of last year’s Kentucky Bluegrass Award.

Laura Williams McCaffrey,Solstice MFA Faculty member, is the new Fiction Editor at YARN.

Diane Mello-Goldner, Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Psychology, was elected President of the New England Psychological Association. She will serve as President-Elect beginning October 2016 and will begin as President of NEPA in October 2017.

Cindy Miller, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Sociology gave a talk at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival in Transylvania over the summer. In September, Cindy also gave a talk in Big Sky, Montana, at the Western Literature Association conference. Her latest edited collection, The Laughing Dead, was released over the summer. Cindy’s essay "Disney's Japan" appeared in Doug Brode's new book Debating Disney, and a second essay "'In God's Good Time': 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Cold War Culture" appeared in Doug Brode's new book It's the Disney Version!

Sharon Montella, Adjunct Professor of Dance, competed in the World Martial Arts Karate/Kung Fu Tournament on June 11 and won First Place in an Advanced Weapons Forms Division. Sharon holds black belts in kung fu and tai chi in both White Dragon Fist Kung Fu and Black Dragon Five Elements Forms. She currently teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi at Amigos Cambridgeport Community Afterschool Program and has taught Self Defense and the Moving Art of Kung Fu at Pine Manor College and Milton Academy Afterschool Program.

Josh Neufeld, MFA Faculty member, attended the Brooklyn Book Festival in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday, September 18. Josh co-lead a workshop on Flash Fiction inspired by comics and moderated a panel on comics inspired by conflict zones.

Dzvinia Orlowsky,Solstice MFA Faculty member, participated in a reading with poets Kelle Groom and Dan Tobin and others for Plume Literary Magazine at the Cambridge Public Library on Thursday September 22.

Melinda Ponder, Professor of English, Prepared the manuscript of her book, KATHARINE LEE BATES: FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, for publication. Her book will be published by the Windy City Publishers in the spring of 2017. In May, 2016 she gave a talk on “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Main Currents of the 19th Century Literary World” at the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House, and in June, 2016 presented on “The Wellesley College Roots of Katharine Lee Bates: Poet of ‘America the Beautiful’ and Social Activist” at Wellesley College.

Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, worked with printmakers from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Art and The Boston Printmakers to produce a portfolio of prints in Krakow, Poland during June. In July, she exhibited at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA in Inspired Views. This fall her work will be a part of Pictures at an Exhibition Reframed, in Malden, MA and 2016, A State of Mind at Lamont Gallery in Exeter, NH.

Renée Watson, Solstice MFA Faculty member, has launched a nonprofit to honor the legacy of Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes. I, Too, Art Collective will lease and renovate the brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and created. The non-profit will also provide poetry and writing workshops for youth and community members.

Solstice MFA Faculty members Jedediah Berry, Iain Haley Pollock, and Laura Williams McCaffrey are the 2016-2017 guest editors for Hunger Mountain 21: Masked/Unmasked.

On June 13th 2016, Sandra McElroy attended conference entitled,"Opening Pathways: Strengthening Opportunities for Early Educators Who Are English Language Learners".  The conference was sponsered by the CAYL Institute, the Masschusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Council, and Wheelock College.

 

May 2016


MFA Associate Director Tanya Whiton gave a reading with poet Kevin McLellan on Monday, May 2 at LFK in Portland, ME.

On May 24th 2016, Sandra McElroy attended a conference and annual dialogue at Wheelock College, "Children as the Focus: Promotion Quality in Early Education and Care"


MFA Program Director Meg Kearney presented at the Dutchess County School Librarians Association annual gathering, Friday, May 20

MFA Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky and poet co-translator Jeff Friedman are featured in an interview about their NEA award-winning translation project in the current issue of Solstice Literary Magazine. Dzvinia’s translation from Ukrainian of Natalka Bilotserkivets’ poem “We Will Not Die in Paris” is featured in a bilingual interview conducted by Andrew Singer for Trafika Europe Radio.

Stephanie Stigliano, adjunct VA professor, exhibited in The 4th National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition at the Attleboro Museum in Attleboro, MA. This summer she will travel to Krakow, Poland and work with the printmakers of Jan Matejko Academy of Art to create a portfolio of prints.

 

April 2016

At the Spring conference of the Massachusetts Association of College Teacher Educators on April 18th, Professor of Education Sandra McElroy was the facilitator of a session entitled, “Strategies for Meeting Diverse Needs: Incorporating Inclusive Practices Throughout Teacher Preparation Programs.” Nathan Jones, From Boston University and Chris Panarese from UMass Dartmouth also participated.Dr. McElroy also has been selected to be on the Advisory Board for Bright Horizon's of Massachusetts.

Assistant Professor of Computer Studies, Barbara Schwartz, attended a workshop on Moodle and its features.


Professor of English, Melinda M. Ponder, presented at The Boston Browning Society on the topic of The Wellesley College Browning Collection and Katharine Lee Bates on April 13.


Faculty members Dzvinia Orlowsky and Kathleen Aguero presented Verse and Diverse Walk Into a Bar: A Conversation With Solstice’s Editors on Diversity, Saturday, April 30 2016, at the Hawthorne Library in the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA as part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

Faculty member, Kathleen Aguero’s poem “Self-Portrait as the Two of Swords,” was published in Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary, Number 10

Program Director Meg Kearney’s poem “Ibis” was published in the spring 2016 issue of The New Ohio Review, issue 19.

MFA Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s short story “Crow’s Face,” was recently published by YA Review.

 

March 2016

Adjunct Professor of Art History, L’Merchie Frazier, was one of three winners of Boston’s new artist-in-residence program (Boston AIR). L’Mechie, will receive a stipend as part of a six-month residency to develop projects while embedded with various city departments. She will work with the Office of Women’s Advancement and Office of Recovery Services to develop a multidisciplinary fiber-art project that explores substance abuse among area women. L’Merchie was recently highlighted in a Boston Globe article about the program (https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2016/02/18/artists-partner-with-boston-police-other-city-departments/QMqDkAdAMTGiVbkZgjk9aK/story.html).

MFA Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s third young-adult novel, Marked, was recently published by Clarion Books.

MFA Faculty member Josh Neufeld is the co-editor (alongside his wife, fiction writer Sari Wilson) of Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose, recently published by Pressgang.

MFA Program Director Meg Kearney has two poems, “Woodpecker” and “Owl,” in the most recent issue of Poetry East.

MFA Faculty member Sandra Scofield’s short-short story, “Life Cooking,” has been recently published in “The Examined Life: A Literary Journal of the Carver College of Medicine” issue 4.2. Her short-short story “The Sinkhole” has been accepted by Narrative Magazine for future publication as a Story of the Week.

 

February 2016

Associate Professor of Business and Management, Stephen Becker’s review of the manuscript, "A psychological approach to understanding student learning difficulty for improving student success" was published in the journal Psychological Reports.

MFA Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s third young-adult novel, Marked, will be published by Clarion Books on February 16.

Faculty member Josh Neufeld is the co-editor (alongside his wife, fiction writer Sari Wilson) of Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose, due out in February 2016 from Pressgang. Josh also wrote the forward to Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir & Nonfiction, by Randy Duncan, Michael Ray Taylor, and David Stoddard. He also adapted journalist Alia Malek’s story of Syrian refugees traveling from Turkey to Sweden into comics form for the story “The Road to Germany: $2400,” for Foreign Policy magazine. His nonfiction comics story, “A Scanner Constantly,” written by Adam Bessie, will be published by Pacific Standard in February.

English Faculty Emerita and MFA Faculty member Kathleen Aguero has two essays, “In a Different Light,” and “The Things I Swallow,” published in the spring 2016 issue of The Tower.

MFA Faculty member Iain Haley Pollock’s poem “Brewerytown,” was recently featured on the Academy of American Poets “Poem-A-Day” digital poetry series.

 

January 2016

Professor of Political Science, Bill Vogele, has been invited to participate in V-Dem, an international project to develop nuanced indicators of the Varieties of Democracy. Bill is participating as a country expert on El Salvador, based on his work on democratic transitions in that country as well as his work on various peace and conflict projects.  For more information about the project, go to http://kellogg.nd.edu/projects/vdem/

Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, recently exhibited two prints in The North American Print Boston Printmakers Biennial at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.   A diverse coalition of DC-area universities and arts and literary organizations will present Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a book arts and cultural festival January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, DC, area. Stigliano’s book and print will be on display at McLean Project for the Arts, Northern Virginia Community College, McLean, VA. Major exhibitions, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, and stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq.  Stephanie also contributed the article “Printmaking as a Teaching Tool,” as the first in a series inviting teachers to share their classroom experiences, to be published in the Boston Printmakers Quarterly e-Newsletter, Spring, 2016.

English Faculty Emerita and MFA Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “My Hour in Miss Dickinson’s Room” has been published in A Mighty Room: A Collection of Poems Written in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom. Her essay, “Shopping,” has been published in the winter 2015 issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Her two essays, “In a Different Light,” and “The Things I Swallow,” will be published in the spring 2016 issue of The Tower. http://towerjournal.com/spring_2016/essays/index.php

MFA Faculty member Renée Watson recently sold a middle grade novel, Betty, to Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers. She is co-writing the book with Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.

MFA Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen’s new play, Firearms Tutorial, has been selected for a one-week script development program and staged reading in the Blank Theater Company's Living Room Series.

Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Cindy Miller, recently attended a one-day conference in Los Angeles, sponsored by the International Association for Media and History, and also served as a mentor/facilitator for their Master Class for graduate students.  Her works, "Disney's Japan" and “In God’s Good Time:” 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Cold War Culture" are both appearing in a two-volume set on Disney, edited by Douglas, in March.  Cindy’s latest book, The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland is due out in late March/early April.

 

December 2015

Adjunct Professor of Art History L’Merchie Frazier’s art work, "Quilted Chronicles: Targeted Populations," was featured at UMass Boston's Harbor Gallery from October 26 through November 25. The works in "Quilted Chronicles: Targeted Populations" are fiber and mixed media works that comprise a body of images. The exhibit utilizes these art images as documents to capture individual and public memory that is not only particular to African Americans, hemispherically American and universally global community memory.  The “Historic Chronicles” series highlights stories of 19th century activism in America that continue to challenge our notions of the black experience, while the “Target” series invites the viewer to use this backdrop of history as a foundation to contemplate current questions of social justice in the urban “now” environment and analogous communities.

Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Cynthia Miller, coordinated the Film & History Annual Conference in Madison, WI, in early November.  Cindy gave a workshop on scholarly publishing as part of the program.

Assistant Professor of English, Anne Alexander chairing a session at Boston University’s Conference on Language Development 40, in mid-November.

The Early Childhood: Education, Health & Leadership Department hosted the MAECTE meeting at Pine Manor College in early November.   Education Professor Sandra McElroy is co-president of this state wide organization.  Adjunct Professor of Education Gina Tzizik was also a speaker at the conference.

MFA Faculty member Anne-Marie Oomen will be reading and signing books on Saturday, December 5 between 1:00–4:00 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library for the Authors’ Meet and Greet on Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City, MI. She will also be participating in “Poetry of the Back Forty” at the National Writers Series Book Expo on Saturday, December 19 from 12:00–5:00 p.m. at Inside Out Gallery, 229 Garland St, Traverse City, MI.

Sterling Watson

MFA Faculty member Sterling Watson will be reading on Tuesday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at the Studio at 620, 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL.

MFA Faculty member Josh Neufeld will present his work on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Hangin’ with Hang Dai Editions event at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St., New York City.  Josh (and co-reporter/co-wrter Michael Keller) also recently finished a follow-up nonfiction comics story to Terms of Service: Understanding Our Role in the World of Big Data, to be published by Al Jazeera America in early December 2015. This nonfiction graphic novella was awarded a 2015 EPPY for Best Innovation Project on a Website.  In addition, Neufeld’s nonfiction comics story, “A Scanner Constantly,” written by Adam Bessie, will be published by Pacific Standard in early 2016.

Faculty Emerita and MFA Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “Night Beckons,” has been published in Ibbotson Street #38.

 

 

November 2015

MFA Faculty Member Venise Berry is co-editor of an anthology, Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues, published with Peter Lang in October 2015.

 

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Rebecca Mitchell, recently had an article titled “Examining the use of a structured observation protocol to support pre-service teacher noticing” published in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.

Stephanie Stigliano, Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, gave a gallery talk November 5 at Curry College about an exhibition of twenty-five prints that she curated titled ABSENCE & PRESENCE II:  A Printmaking Response to the Bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street.  Stephanie also is on the Board of The Boston Printmakers and is the editor of Member News and the Quarterly e-Newsletter.

Ujwala Panse, Professor of Chemistry co-authored two abstracts accepted at the conference of The American Chemical Society November 5-7.  The titles were “Application of Thermodynamics For a Mechanism of Binding of Ions to a Cell Membrane,” Ujwala Panse and Vidyullata Waghulde, Ph.D.  Professor, St. Louis Community College, Meramec, St   Louis, MO;  “Teaching Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions of Alkyl/Aryl Halides using Inquisitive Approach,” Vidyullata Waghulde and Ujwala Panse.

Faculty Emerita and MFA Faculty member Kathleen Aguero had a reading at Gallery in Cambridge, MA on November 14.  Kathi also was a moderator and presenter on the panel “Self-Care for Writing Workshop Leaders” on November 6, at PEN New England’s Writing and Trauma Summit, at Regis College. She also taught a workshop in “Creative Writing for Caregivers” on November 9 at The 9th Annual Caregivers Conference, Courtyard Marriot, Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH.

MFA Associate Director Tanya Whiton will be teaching a seminar, “Indie Publishing 101: What Writers Need to Know About Turning an Idea into a Book,” as part of Aside Vol, 5: A Citizen’s Forum on Literary Particulars, Saturday, November 14 from  1-3 p.m. at the Albert Brenner Glickman Library, Portland, ME.

Sterling Watson

MFA Faculty member Sterling Watson recently presented at the Tampa Bay Times Reading Festival, and he will join fellow authors Jeff Lindsay, Heather Graham, & James O. Born for “It’s a Crime: New Novels,” at the Miami Book Festival, Saturday, November 21.

 

October 2015

Faculty Emerita and MFA Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be reading on Tuesday, October 20 at 4 p.m. at Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Road, Concord, MA. Kathi will also be leading a seminar, “Creative Writing for Caregivers,” on Sunday, October 25 from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA.

Karen Hussar, Assistant Professor of Psychology, presented a paper on “Understanding Children’s Evaluations of Attacks against Animals as Compared to Humans” at the October annual conference of the New England Psychological Association at Fitchburg State University on October 10, 2015.

MFA Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s “265 Days of Furie — Part I: Summer” was named a finalist for the 2015 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, which is sponsored by Hunger Mountain: The VCFA Journal for the Arts.

Michele Ramirez, Professor of Psychology, presented four posters at the annual conference of the New England Psychological Association at Fitchburg State University on October 10, 2015. The research was co-authored by the students in the Spring 2015 Community Based Research Practicum class.

MFA Faculty member Sandra Scofield’s latest book, Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life, is now available from Texas Tech University Press.

Bill Stargard chaired a Panel titled, “Urban Ceremonies in the Long Eighteenth Century” at a meeting of the Northeast Chapter of the American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies, at Trinity College, Hartford, CT on October 9, 2015.

MFA Associate Director Tanya Whiton will be teaching a seminar, “Indie Publishing 101: What Writers Need to Know About Turning an Idea into a Book,” as part of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance annual Harvest Writing Retreat, on Saturday, October 24 at The Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, ME


 

September 2015

Kathleen Aguero, Professor Emerita, Adjunct Professor of English and MFA Faculty Member, gave a reading on Thursday, September 24 at the Chatham Public Library, Chatham, MA.

Anne Alexander, Assistant Professor of Enhanced Foundational Program and English: Literature and Writing, attended a conference on social justice for Boston-area educators.

Venise Berry, MFA Faculty member, now has her memoir, "Driven", represented by Nadeen Gayle of the Serendipity Literary Agency in New York.

Lisa Breger, Assistant Professor of English: Literature and Writing, had her poem, "Time Under a Bridge," published in Hunger Mountain and was a runner-up for the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize.

Meg Kearney, MFA Program Director, had her poem “Scarlet Tanager, 1893” published in the summer issue of The Kenyon Review. Meg also participated and led the poetry workshops at Writers in the Round, a retreat for poets and songwriters, September 10–13 in Star Island, NH.

Cindy Miller, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, had her co-edited volume Horrors of War: The Undead on the Battlefield published this summer by Rowman & Littlefield. Cindy had several articles published as well: “Twilight Heroes: Old Age and Unfinished Business in Four ‘Heartland’ Films.” in Aging Heroes. Ed. Norma Jones. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; “Holodeck History: Past, Present, and Future on The Final Frontier” in The Star TrekUniverse: Franchising the Final Frontier.Ed. Doug Brode, Rowman & LittlefieldPublishing Group; and "Marketing, Monsters, and Music: Teensploitation Horror Films" inThe Journal of American Culture, 38:2, 130-141. Cindy was also elected to the Board of Directors of the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association.


Sharon Montella, Adjunct Professor of Dance, completed Horton Pedagogy Intermediate/Advanced Level at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in July 2015. The Horton Pedagogy is a weeklong dance teacher's workshop consisting of six hours per day of intensive training and pedagogical study in Horton dance technique. One of the most highly respected systems of dance training in the world, Horton Technique emphasizes both fluidity and athleticism in movement. The codified fortifications, preludes and movement studies are danced to both percussive and lyrical compositions. Horton stood firm on the premise that his technique could be accomplished by all dancers and did not depend on any one, specific, structural body type. Pine Manor students are eagerly learningthe techniques'challenging and dynamic movements combinations in Sharon’s Multicultural Dance Class this semester. In June and July, Sharon also had the opportunity to teach hip-hop to various groups of Taiwanese English Language students at Tufts University.

Dzvinia Orlowsky, MFA Faculty Member, and her colleague Jeff Friedman, were awarded a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship for their translations of poems by Polish poet Mieczslaw Jastrun. Their translations of Jastrun’s book, Memorials: A Selection, was published by Dialogos Press in 2014.

Ujwala Panse, Professor of Chemistry, attended The American Chemical Society's International Conference in Boston where she learned about Green Chemistry resources that will be used in chemistry labs this year. In addition, she learned about a number of chemistry databases that will be introduced to students as the lab called Computers in Chemistry.

Melinda Ponder, Professor of English, has completed a biography, KATHARINE LEE BATES: FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, of the poet of "America the Beautiful." The book was finished after many years of work, some funded by the the Lindsey and Wean Sabbatical fellowships. The book has been sent to an interested editor at the University Presses of New England. The book's website is "www.MelindaPonder.com."

Barbara Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Computer Studies and Instructional Technology Specialist, attended Cengage's Learning Computing Conference in Phoenix, AZ, this past spring. There were over 500 attendees, keynote addresses, and break out sessions with topics ranging from Microsoft's new products, eportfolios, interactive apps, best practices in higher education, networking with higher ed colleagues.