Professional Notes

On January 12, Professor of Mathematics Ron Brzenk presented a paper in San Antonio, TX at the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.  The paper was titled "Teaching Mathematical Modeling - What works, What does not."

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard presented a paper at the Cornell Conference on Histories of American Capitalism titled "An Essential Industry: American Department Stores and the State in World War Two." The paper came from her latest book, which is due out from the University of Pennsylvania Press in June. It is to be titled "From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store." Howard also gave the keynote talk at the SUNY conference "Small Place Identity" hosted by the Center for Social Science Research. Further, Howard's popular book, Brides, Inc. was discussed at length in an article published December 5, 2014 in the magazine Aeon.

Caitlin Niedzialkowski '07, CRNA has joined Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. After Hartwick, she studied at the University of New England in Portland, ME. Niedzialkowski is the third Hartwick alumna to join the certified registered nurse anesthesiologist group at Bassett. She is certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

Jillian Price '14, RN is embarking on a new career opportunity as High Risk Labor and Delivery Nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY - her "dream job." Price cites her Hartwick education and networking with Hartwick nurses, particularly Beth Saubeir and Jen Traux, in helping her land the position.

Nancy (Lester) Richardson '56 recently published a book titled My Sister's Diary. It is "a moving story of a strong, passionate woman who endured the hardships of cerebral palsy for 79 years." Richardson, a Binghamton, NY native, received a B.S. in nursing from Hartwick and an M.S. from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, MO. She worked for 50 years as a registered nurse, and is now retired. She now lives in Mesa, AZ with her husband. The book is available via

Assistant Professor of Sociology Cecelia Walsh-Russo was among the scholars who presented work at the SUNY Oneonta Center for Social Science Research's Conference, "Small Place Identity" late in the fall of 2014. Walsh-Russo and Hamilton College's Christina Ceisel presented "Small Places, Large Resistance: Anti-Fracking Mobilization and Small-Scale Agriculture". Also presenting was Hartwick Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard, who gave a talk titled "Remembering Downtown Department Store: A Case Study of Bresee's".

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