Professional Notes

Associate Professor of Anthropology Jason Antrosio was a commenter and panelist for a Templeton Colloquium organized by Jonathan Marks on "The Invisible Aspects of Human Evolution" at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. It brought together "scholars from various fields and perspectives in anthropology to discuss the transformation of an anatomical human into a behavioral human, which seems to have taken place between about 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, a timespan notably impoverished of data, but whose eventual products would become art, kinship, morality, religion, and the myriad other features of what we call 'humanity.'"

Lecturer in Religious Studies Bryan Babcock has seen his book, "Sacred Ritual," published by Eisenbrauns. The work is a translation of a second millennium BC ritual text, written in Akkadian, in comparison with a Hebrew ritual text found in the Pentateuch.

Assistant Professor of Art Richard Barlow's work was recently featured in Composite Magazine, issue #17, which was dedicated to educators who make art. In the article, titled "Bromides," Barlow discusses his ongoing series (also titled "Bromides), works of art derived from a Fox Talbot photograph from 1840. This summer, through a combination of a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant and a Hartwick College Faculty Development Grant, Barlow traveled to the site of the photo and visited the Talbot Museum in Lacock, Wiltshire, UK. His most recent exhibition, "Recognition Study Cards," opened at Michael Stolzer Fine Art in Oneonta, NY on September 19. Barlow is part of a group exhibition at the 801 Gallery in Minneapolis, MN titled "Material Sense," and his large piece titled "Pixelated Bromide" was installed at the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis as part of the institution's permanent collection.

From June 23-27, Assistant Director of Campus Activities Alicia Bates attended the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region 2 Mid Manager's Institute, an intensive four-day program that provides the opportunity for advanced Student Affairs professionals to interact with and learn from experienced, senior administrators in the field. From July 31 to August 3, Bates, along with Associate Dean and Director of Intercultural Affairs Harry Bradshaw Matthews, took five students to the National Student Leadership Diversity Conference. Through experiential workshops, keynote sessions, and roundtable discussions, the students and their advisors explore various elements of diversity and how they affect themselves and their campuses.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brent DeLanoy published a story, "Ghosts," in the summer issue of Sixfold.

Professor of Political Science Laurel Elder presented "Women and the Parties: An Analysis of Republican and Democratic Strategies for Recruiting Women Candidates" at the American Political Science Association Conference held in Washington, DC in August. She and co-author Steven Green presented "Red Parents, Blue Parents: The Politics of Modern Parenthood" at the same gathering. Elder also published "Contrasting Party Dynamics: A Three Decade Analysis of the Representation of Democratic versus Republican Women State Legislators" in The Social Science Journal 51: 377-385.

Professor of German Wendell Frye presented a paper on the "Authorship of the Nibelungenlied" at the Medieval/Renaissance Conference on September 26 at the University of Virginia at Wise, WV.

Residence Life Area Coordinator Paul Habernig graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a master's degree in business administration in May of 2014. 

Caitlin Jewitt '06 has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Jewitt's research interests include political campaigns and elections, public opinion, political parties, and presidential primaries and caucuses. She will teach introduction to U.S. government and politics, and research methods in political science. Jewitt has been published in American Politics Research and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and has articles pending in Public Choice and Electoral Studies. She received her bachelor's degree from Hartwick College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Director of Campus Safety Tom Kelly attended the Inaugural Conference of the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) in Baltimore, MD, July 15-17, 2014.

Professor of Art Katherine Kreisher has been busy. She was invited to create a new installation titled "Hakete" for RioBravoFineArts in Truth or Consequences, NM as part of "Fiberart 2014: A MIXED BAG" an exhibit curated by Susan Christie. The exhibit runs from September 13 to October 26, 2014. She was also represented by two works of art in "Alternatives 2014," an international juried exhibition of alternative process photographic images held at Whanganui UCOL Quay School for the Arts in Whanganui, New Zealand July 16 to August 1, 2014.

Further, Kreisher's photo-etching "Bowling in A Ball Gown" was included in the exhibition "Small and Seductive: Contemporary Art from the Institute's Collection" at the Albany Institute of History and Art which ran from May 3 to September 28, 2014. On August 1 as part of Albany's First Night, Kreisher spoke about the print, which was a purchase prize from one of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibitions. Kreisher's intaglio print, titled "Ball Gown With Skeleton," a photographic solar print with handcoloring, was selected by juror Laurie Snyder for the "18th Mini-Print International Exhibition" at The Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press in Ithaca, NY. The show runs from November 7, 2014 through January 2015 with an opening reception on Friday November 7. Further details on Kreisher's activities, and images of her work, can be found on Facebook at

Amy Lowe-Starbin '95 has written a feature screenplay for a film titled "Kelly and Cal." The film stars Juliette Lewis, Sybil Shepherd, Jonny Weston and Josh Hopkins. It opened at IFC in New York City on September 5 and in Los Angeles a week later, and is available on Video on Demand.

"Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage," by Professor of Accounting Tom Sears and Radu Cristea, has been accepted for publication by the number one publisher in Romania for books on Communist history, Cetatea deScaun. 

Professor of Biology Stanley K. Sessions is the recipient of the Dean Graham Foundation Award for his student/faculty collaborative research on organ regeneration in Urodele amphibians. He published a review of D.M. Green in Herpetological Review, and with Logson, Murhpy, and Louise Hecker '00 "Secreted factor(s) from young cells restores susceptibility to cell death in senescent myofibroblasts" in Bios. Sessions was invited to deliver his talk "Selfish DNA in Paradise: The Salamander Connection" at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and "Offensive Tail Autonomy in Plethodontid Salamanders" with Michael Itgen '13 at the Plethodontids 2014 Conference at the University of Tulsa, OK. Sessions spent the month of July doing collaborative research at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, working with colleagues there on evolutionary cytogenetics of Proteus, the mysterious Blind Cave Salamander. Sessions said "we are trying to understand the evolutionary relationships of Proteus and a local salamander called the Mudpuppy (Necturus) found in eastern North America, including New York state." This is Sessions' second research visit to Slovenia, and there have been reciprocal visits, with Slovenia biologist Dr. Liliana Bizjak-Mali visiting Hartwick, where she presented a talk on her research on cave salamanders. This research was funded by a Hartwick College Faculty Research Grant and was also supported by the Biology Department at the University of Ljubljana.

Dr. William A. Starna, NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities for fall 2014, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. Based in Hudson, NY, the Institute is a research and study center devoted to colonial New York under English rule, as well as the permanent home of the Papers of Jacob Leisler Project. The Institute is named for Jacob Leisler (1640-1691), whose ill-fated 1689-1691 administration of New York colored the province's political, economic, and cultural life until the outbreak of hostilities with Great Britain in the 1770s. Starna has  been invited to contribute an overview to a new introductory volume of the 20-volume reference work, the Smithsonian Institution's Handbook of North American Indians.  Editor Krupnik is asking him to review the last 44 years of research on Northeast Indians, identifying new study areas and advancements in the various culture areas that the Handbook treats for each topic and tribe.  He is to update the 900-page Vol. 15, "The Northeast," which was published in 1978.

Assistant Professor of English Julia Suarez Hayes has seen one of her poems, "New Bride," set to music by Julie Dolphin. The piece appears in "Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women" (Greewich Pen Women, 2013). Suarez Hayes has also recently completed an intensive Oxford Seminar course in ESL certification at Sienna College. 

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Tannebaum is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers. Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the leadership development seminar was designed to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times. Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Tannenbaum attended a seminar in Annapolis, MD, July 28-August 1. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will led the Colloquium, which engaged participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary readings-ranging from Sophocles to Eudora Welty-and compared them with situations that today's chief academic officers face. Examination, discussion, and reflection helped participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility, and strengthen their leadership skills.

Campus Safety Shift Supervisors Bert Tobiason and Ben Smith attended the Campus Safety Supervisors Academy, Hobart and William Smith College, July 28-31, 2014.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Sarah G. Whiteford will present a paper titled "Let's Talk About Sex: Sexual Comments Overheard on College Campuses"  at the upcoming International Organization for Social Science and Behavioral Research conference in Las Vegas from October 13-14. She will also be chairing the paper session in which she presents. 

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