Faculty Accolades Archives 2010-2011

Winter 2010 - 2011

Congratulations to The Sage Colleges faculty members who received promotions and/or tenure this year. Sage is proud of the contributions they have made to enrich the lives of students and our community.

David Baecker, promotion to Associate Professor, Creative and Performing Arts and granted tenure
Kim Fredericks
, promotion to Associate Professor, Management and granted tenure
Laura Gras, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy granted tenure
Linda Morrell
, promotion to Professor, Visual Arts
Mary Rea
, promotion to Professor, Biology
Barbara Thompson
, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy granted tenure


Professor's Work on Display From New York to Washington

Harold Lohner recently had numerous monoprints included in exhibits across the country. One monoprint from his “Ninety-Nine Names” series is included iin the “New Directions ‘10” Barrett Arts Center Galleries in Poughkeepsie, NY. The juror was Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum of Art. Lohner’s digital font designs are featured in the exhibition “Graphic Design: Get the Message” at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Two monoprints are presently on display at Gallery 110 in Seattle, WA. These prints were created in the printmaking studio at Sage College of Albany.

Two monoprints from Lohner’s “Profile” series are included in the exhibition “Positive/Negative 26” at the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University. These prints were also created at SCA. Two monoprints from “Atlas of Men” are included in the exhibition “Gender Matters/Matters of Gender” at the Freedman Gallery of Albright College in Reading, PA. These prints were made during Lohner’s Fall 2010 sabbatical leave at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Additionally, Lohner has two monoprints in the exhibition “ViewPoints” at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ. One print was created at Sage, the other at Kala.

Harold Lohner
Associate Professor, Visual Arts
lohneh@sage.edu


Professor's Work Presented at International Conference

Assistant Professor of English Tonya Moutray will present “Violated Virgins and Spoiled Economies: Abbe Augustin Barruel and the September Massacres” at the 42nd annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies in Vancouver, B.C. Moutray’s paper explores the political, economic and gendered debates that motivated the dismantling of monastic orders in France in the late 1700s. Drawing on archival research, popular periodicals and the writings of the French emigrant Augustin Barruel, the paper argues that descriptions of violence towards religious orders by the Revolutionary Army had a significant impact upon British readers, motivating a nation-wide response to the plight of refugee nuns in spite of 250 years of anti-Catholic polemic. Professor Moutray's research is part of a book-length manuscript entitled Revolution, Religion, and Community: British Revaluations of the Convent, 1765-1860.

Tonya Moutray
Assistant Professor, English
moutrt@sage.edu


Professor’s Work Included in Exhibitions Through 2012

Since the summer of 2010, Penny Perkins has been accepted into nine photography exhibitions and her work will be on display throughout the year. “Sudden and Spontaneous” are in the two-artist exhibition at The Equal Grounds Gallery, Rochester, NY. “The American Dream: A Juxtaposition” is a group exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. The Rap-1- book and online group exhibition will also include a photograph taken by Perkins. In 2012, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, NY will host “Signs of the Times: Adirondack Vernacular,” featuring 20 of her digital photos.

Penny Perkins
Assistant Professor, English & Modern Languages
perkip@sage.edu


Article Explores the Effectiveness of Student-Led Assignments

Associate Professor of Sociology Michelle Napierski-Prancl’s article “Raising Awareness: Incorporating a Student-Run Campus Awareness Week in Course Objectives” was recently published in Teaching Sociology, a peer reviewed journal of the American Sociological Association. The article provides a model for incorporating a student-led initiative into the course objectives of a sociology class. It addresses the design of the project, outlines student responsibilities and expectations and includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of the assignment.

Michelle Napierski-Prancl
Associate Professor of Sociology
napiem@sage.edu


Research and Commentaries on Asian Studies Published and Online

Professor of History, Law and Government Steven Leibo recently had an article published in the most recent edition of Education About Asia, a journal that serves as a teaching resource for instructors and students interested in Asia. Leibo’s article, “Asia & the Climate Crisis,” can be found in the Winter, 2010 publication.

Additionally, Leibo’s commentaries on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio are now available online on his website, Leibo's World Watch. Recent discussions include: “Why Can’t They Just Be Honest?” and “The Irony of China’s Return.”

Steven Leibo
Professor, History, Law and Government
leibos@sage.edu


Fall 2010

Professor's Research Published in Peer Review Journals

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Tom Keane's research on vitamin B2 and its production of free radicals when exposed to ultraviolet light, which may have applications in treating skin disease and cancer, was accepted for publication in the highly selective peer reviewed journal, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The title of this work was “Riboflavin Sensitized Degradation of Purine and Pyrimidine Derivatives of DNA and RNA under UVA and UVB.”

His work in collaboration with Julie Moses from the Space Sciences Institute on “The Non-Cometary Abundance of HCN on Jupiter” was presented at the Faraday Discussion 147: Chemistry of the Planets conference in France in June and accepted for publication in a high-impact peer reviewed journal, Faraday Discussions, The Journal of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics.  Keane, along with his colleagues Tom Gray, assistant professor of chemistry, and Prakash Joshi, visiting scientist from RPI, were awarded a $5,000 Sage Research Grant to seed several new research projects in which students will participate. Research will be submitted for peer review in professional journals.

Tom Keane
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemisty
keanet@sage.edu


How to Write an Engaging Case Study

Associate Professor of Marketing & Management James Cleveland’s article “Recontextualizing the Case Study” will appear in the November/December 2010 issue of The Journal of Business Case Studies. Cleveland shares the byline with John MacDonald, a professor at SUNY Oswego. The piece examines how case studies can be written in a way that engages students and provokes thought. Case studies can often be difficult for students to analyze. The article explores ways to write memorable cases that will encourage discussion and learning. Based on the work of Walter J. Ong, it involves centering cases around a context with which students can identify personally.

James Cleveland
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
clevej@sage.edu 


SCA Dean Sarolta Takács Elected President of Classical Association

Sarolta A. Takács, dean of Sage College of Albany and professor of history, was elected president of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS). The Classical Association was founded in 1907 and is one of the oldest classical associations in the United States. The goals of the association are to strengthen teaching and research as well as foster public support for the languages, civilizations, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome in the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). In furtherance of its mission, the Classical Association publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, the Classical World.

Sarolta A. Takács
Dean, Sage College of Albany
takacs@sage.edu


Performing Arts Professors Work with Lawyers Across the State

This June, David Baecker and Leigh Strimbeck served as communications faculty for the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA). Since 1987, NYSDA has conducted the only basic training skills program for entry-level public defenders in the state. The program is the only one of its kind in the nation, using communication specialists to teach trial skills and client sensitivity to lawyers.

Baecker spent most of August in Sante Fe, directing John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the 2010 Sante Fe Theatre Festival. Shanley is an Oscar and Tony winner, best known for penning Doubt and Moonstruck. Baecker also started a blog which can be found on the Troy Record's website, www.troyrecord.com, entitled All Things Sage.

David Baecker
Assistant Professor, Creative and Performing Arts
baeckd@sage.edu

Leigh Strimbeck
Assistant Professor, Theatre,
Creative & Performing Arts
striml@sage.edu


Psychology for the 21st Century

Julie McIntyre led a symposium at the recent American Psychological Association gathering in San Diego. The title of her talk was "Teaching Psychological Science in the 21st Century." While at the international convention, she also participated in a focus group with other developmental psychologists to share feedback on "Lifespan Development: A Cultural Approach."

Julie McIntyre
Associate Professor, Psychology Languages
mcintj@sage.edu


Stress Management & Teambuilding Techniques

John Pelizza spent the summer months speaking at a variety of engagements. In June, he presented "Teambuilding 1+1=11" to the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and "Stress Management" to the Schenectady Job Service Employer Committee and Schenectady Chamber of Commerce for Human Resource Certification Institute Approved Program. He was the keynote speaker at the Citizens Bank Government Banking Summit in Chicago and spoke at the Michigan Family Support Council Conference in Harbor Springs, MI.

John Pelizza
Associate Professor, Education
pelizj@sage.edu


How Physical Therapists Exercise

Esther Haskvitz began her two-year term as treasurer of the Section on Research of the American Physical Therapy Association in July. She also had an article published in a recent issue of Physical Therapy entitled "Do as I Do: Exercise Habits of Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Student Physical Therapists"

Esther Haskvitz
Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences
haskve@sage.edu


Exhibits in Illinois and Indiana Acquire New Pieces

Harold Lohner's monoprint "Blue Kiss 6" was acquired for the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, IN. The Kinsey Institute was founded in 1947 and houses a vast collection of historical and contemporary art. There are more than 100,000 items spanning 5,000 years of history. Two of Lohner's monoprints, "Aura 2" and "Phrenology 2," have been added to a national juried exhibition at Governors State University Gallery in University Park, IL. The exhibit was inspired by Daniel Pink's book, "A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future."

Harold Lohner
Associate Professor, Visual Arts
lohneh@sage.edu


Three Decades of Artwork on Display

Gary Shankman's work was on display in May and June at the Clement Art Gallery in Troy in an exhibit entitled "A Quarter of a Century of Painting." The exhibit included Shankman's works from 1977 - 2008. All were oil paintings and were of landscapes and still lifes.

Gary Shankman
Professor, Visual Arts
shankg@sage.edu


Efforts Continue to Combat Childhood Obesity

Sonya Hauser, Neeti Pathare and Kim Fredericks were invited to appear on WNYT News Channel 13's weekend morning program, Weekend Today, to offer suggestions and simple tips to prevent childhood obesity, as well as preventative measures and tips for a healthy lifestyle. They discussed how families and schools can collectively create ways to combat this epidemic. Sage is involved in a significant research project on childhood obesity and its impact on families and the health care system.

Sonya Hauser
Assistant Professor, Nutrition
hauses@sage.edu

Neeti Pathare
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
pathan@sage.edu

Kimberly Fredericks
Assistant Professor, Management
fredek1@sage.edu


Highlighting Leadership Efforts

Rayane AbuSabha was recently awarded the Dannon Leadership Institute Mid-Career Leadership Award. The Dannon Institute developed awards to highlight successful, community-based nutrition programs and to offer ideas and insights for nutrition leaders, educators and program planners nationwide. She was also elected as chair (2010-2011) of the Dietetics Educators of Practitioners Area VII. Additionally, AbuSabha authored Effective Nutrition Education for Behavior Changes.

Rayane AbuSabha
Associate Professor, Nutrition
abusar@sage.edu


Centuries Old Historical and Political Topics Explored

Harvey Strum recently had two articles published. "A Jersey Ship for Ireland" is the first chapter in Ireland's Great Hunger, and "A House Divided: New York's Gubernatorial Election of 1813" was accepted to the Journal of the War of 1812.

In recent months, Strum chaired three panel discussions: "American Foreign Policy," "Current Issues in International Affairs," and "Dimensions of History and Politics." Strum was also appointed the New York State representative to the Executive Council of the Northeastern Political Science Association. He is also the recipient of a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, which supports a speaker for the Jewish Historical Society of Northeastern New York.

Harvey Strum
Professor, History, Law and Government
strumh@sage.edu


Recently Published Article Examines Women of the 1920s

Shealeen Meaney's article, "Every head was bobbed: Anti-tourism, the Identity Market and Women on the Road in the 1920s," will appear in the Fall/Winter issue of Women's Studies Quarterly. The article explores three cross-country road narratives of that time, focusing on women's struggles with the contradictions inherent in mainstream messages about womanhood in the years after the 19th Amendment was passed.

Meaney was also awarded a grant to participate in a workshop entitled "Civic Engagement in the Women's Studies Classroom" at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in Denver this November. The grant is supported by the Teagle Foundation. Her presentation is entitled "Outdoor Girls and Motor Maids: Early 20th Century Young Women's Adventure Fiction."

Shealeen Meaney
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Languages
meanes@sage.edu


Professor to Lead an Arm of the APA

Patricia O'Connor assumed the role of president for the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27, of the American Psychological Association in August. Her term as president will last one year, during which time O'Connor plans to pursue an agenda of solidifying and extending membership and enhancing the organization's visibility. 

Patricia O'Connor
Professor, Psychology
oconnp@sage.edu


Dissecting the Wii Fit

Laura Gras, along with two physical therapy students, recently published "Reliability and Validity of the Nintendo Wii Fit" in the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation. The article called the accuracy and consistency of the Wii Fit into question, and found that many balance tests were not reliable and should not be cited by physical therapists when documenting patient outcomes.

Laura Gras
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
grasl@sage.edu


Education Professor Working With Local Health Agency

Nancy DeKorp served as Interim Dean for the School of Education, during which time a number of curricula were created, including the ABA certificate, MTX program and a four-year Physical Education program at Sage College of Albany. DeKorp is now working with a local health agency to improve evaluation data collection systems for funding agents and reporting purposes.

Nancy DeKorp
Assistant Professor, Community Health Education,
dekorn@sage.edu


Blog Chronicles Travels to Guatemala

During a sabbatical leave earlier this year, Maureen McLeod traveled to Guatemala to study Spanish and to meet with inmates of a women's correctional facility. She studied at immersion schools in Quetzeltenango and San Pedro de la Laguna. She blogged about her experiences while traveling.

Maureen McLeod
Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Chairperson
mcleom@sage.edu
 


Medical College of Virginia Gives Scholarship

Gabriele Moriello recently received the MCV Alumni Association Scholarship for Allied Health Professions and presented her research, "Effects of Body-Weight-Supported Treadmill Training in Patients with Impaired Ambulatory Ability from a Traumatic Brain Injury," along with adjunct faculty Kerri Maloney at the Combined Sections Meeting.

Gabriele Moriello
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
morieg@sage.edu


School of Management Unveils Trading Tool

Sage is the only college in the area to use the Rotman Interactive Trader (RIT) software, which allows students to conduct financial transactions in real time. RIT is an application that simulates the stock market, both past and present. Students create a mock portfolio, track their stocks and make trades. With this technology, students will become familiar with order-driven markets and order types; learn about the liquidity of markets and the impact of trading costs, all in a realistic borrowing environment.

Daniel Robeson
Dean, School of  Management
robesd@sage.edu

John Marsh
Visiting Professor, Management
marshj3@sage.edu


Study on Balance Control Accepted

Marjane Selleck had her research; "The Effects of the EquiTest Posture Training on the Household Ambulation Skills of a 16-year-old Female with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy," accepted at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting along with Sage DPT alumni Fallon Haldane, Linda Miller and Katie Tracy.

Marjane Selleck
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
sellem@sage.edu


NRCCUA Names Newest Board Member

Lisa Carr is a member of the board of advisors for the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA). She traveled to both Kansas City and St. Louis this summer to attend NRCCUA meetings with other members from various colleges and universities.Carr is also the facilitator for diversity training at Russell Sage and Sage College of Albany orientation programs.

Lisa Carr
Assistant Professor, Education
carrl@sage.edu
 


September 2010

Shealeen Meaney's article, "Every head was bobbed: Anti-tourism, the Identity Market and Women on the Road in the 1920s," will appear in the Fall/Winter issue of Women's Studies Quarterly. The article explores three cross-country road narratives of that time, focusing on women's struggles with the contradictions inherent in mainstream messages about womanhood in the years after the 19th Amendment was passed.

Meaney was also awarded a grant to participate in a workshop entitled "Civic Engagement in the Women's Studies Classroom" at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in Denver this November. The grant is supported by the Teagle Foundation. Her presentation is entitled "Outdoor Girls and Motor Maids: Early 20th Century Young Women's Adventure Fiction."

Shealeen Meaney
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Languages
meanes@sage.edu


This June, David Baecker and Leigh Strimbeck served as communications faculty for the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA). Since 1987, NYSDA has conducted the only basic training skills program for entry-level public defenders in the state. The program is the only of its kind in the nation, using communication specialists to teach trial skills and client sensitivity to lawyers.

Baecker spent most of August in Sante Fe, directing John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the 2010 Sante Fe Theatre Festival. Shanley is an Oscar and Tony winner, best known for penning Doubt and Moonstruck.

David Baecker
Assistant Professor, Creative and Performing Arts
baeckd@sage.edu

Leigh Strimbeck
Assistant Professor, Theatre, Creative and Performing Arts
striml@sage.edu


Harvey Strum recently had two articles published. "A Jersey Ship for Ireland" is the first chapter in Ireland's Great Hunger, and "A House Divided: New York's Gubernatorial Election of 1813" was accepted to the Journal of the War of 1812.

In recent months, Strum chaired three panel discussions: "American Foreign Policy", "Current Issues in International Affairs" and "Dimensions of History and Politics."
Strum was also appointed the New York State representative to the Executive Council of the Northeastern Political Science Association. He is also the recipient of a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, which supports a speaker for the Jewish Historical Society of Northeastern New York.

Harvey Strum
Professor, History, Law and Government
strumh@sage.edu


Patricia O'Connor assumed the role of president for the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27, of the American Psychological Association in August. Her term as president will last one year, during which time O'Connor plans to pursue an agenda of solidifying and extending membership and enhancing the organization's visibility.

Patricia O'Connor
Professor, Psychology
oconnp@sage.edu


Gary Shankman's work was on display in May and June at the Clement Art Gallery in Troy in an exhibit entitled "A Quarter of a Century of Painting." The exhibit included Shankman's works from 1977 – 2008. All were oil paintings and were of landscapes and still lifes.

Gary Shankman
Professor, Visual Arts
shankg@sage.edu


Laura Gras, along with two physical therapy students, recently published "Reliability and Validity of the Nintendo Wii Fit" in the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation. The article called the accuracy and consistency of the Wii Fit into question, and found that many balance tests were not reliable and should not be cited by physical therapists when documenting patient outcomes.

Laura Gras
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
grasl@sage.edu


Julie McIntyre led a symposium at the recent American Psychological Association gathering in San Diego. The title of her talk was "Teaching Psychological Science in the 21st Century." While at the international convention, she also participated in a focus group with other developmental psychologists to share feedback on "Lifespan Development: A Cultural Approach."

Julie McIntyre
Associate Professor, Psychology
mcintj@sage.edu


John Pelizza spent the summer months speaking at a variety of engagements. In June, he presented "Teambuilding 1+1=11" to the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and "Stress Management" to the Schenectady Job Service Employer Committee and Schenectady Chamber of Commerce for Human Resource Certification Institute Approved Program. He was the keynote speaker at the Citizens Bank Government Banking Summit in Chicago and spoke at the Michigan Family Support Council Conference in Harbor Springs, MI.

John Pelizza
Associate Professor, Education
pelizj@sage.edu


Nancy DeKorp served as Interim Dean for the School of Education, during which time a number of curricula were created, including the ABA certificate, MTX program and a four-year Physical Education program at Sage College of Albany.

DeKorp is now working with a local health agency to improve evaluation data collection systems for funding agents and reporting purposes.

Nancy DeKorp
Assistant Professor, Community Health Education, Education & Counseling
dekorn@sage.edu


Esther Haskvitz began her two-year term as treasurer of the Section on Research of the American Physical Therapy Association in July. She also had an article published in a recent issue of Physical Therapy entitled "Do as I Do: Exercise Habits of Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Student Physical Therapists."

Esther Haskvitz
Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences
haskve@sage.edu


During a sabbatical leave earlier this year, Maureen McLeod traveled to Guatemala to study Spanish and to meet with inmates of a women's correctional facility. She studied at immersion schools in Quetzeltenango and San Pedro de la Laguna. She blogged about her experiences while traveling.

Maureen McLeod
Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Chairperson
mcleom@sage.edu


Harold Lohner's monoprint "Blue Kiss 6" was acquired for the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, IN. The Kinsey Institute was founded in 1947 and houses a vast collection of historical and contemporary art. There are more than 100,000 items spanning 5,000 years of history.
Two of Lohner's monoprints, "Aura 2" and "Phrenology 2," have been added to a national juried exhibition at Governors State University Gallery in University Park, IL. The exhibit was inspired by Daniel Pink's book, "A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future."

Harold Lohner
Associate Professor, Visual Arts
lohneh@sage.edu


Sonya Irish Hauser, Neeti Pathare and Kim Fredericks were invited to appear on WNYT News Channel 13's weekend morning program, Weekend Today, to offer suggestions and simple tips to prevent childhood obesity, as well as preventative measures and tips for a healthy lifestyle. They discussed how families and schools can collectively create ways to combat this epidemic. Sage is involved in a significant research project on childhood obesity and its impact on families and the health care system.

Sonya Hauser
Assistant Professor, Nutrition
hauses@sage.edu

Kimberly Fredericks
Assistant Professor, Management
fredek1@sage.edu

Neeti Pathare
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
pathan@sage.edu


Rayane AbuSabha was recently awarded the Dannon Leadership Institute Mid-Career Leadership Award. She was also elected as chair (2010-2011) of the Dietetics Educators of Practitioners Area VII. Additionally, AbuSabha authored, Effective Nutrition Education for Behavior Changes.

Rayane AbuSabha
Associate Professor, Nutrition, SGS Program Coordinator
abusar@sage.edu


Lisa Carr is a member of the board of advisors for the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA). She traveled to both Kansas City and St. Louis this summer to attend NRCCUA meetings with other members from various colleges and universities.

Carr is also the facilitator for diversity training at Russell Sage and Sage College of Albany orientation programs.

Lisa Carr
Assistant Professor, Education
carrl@sage.edu


Gabriele Moriello recently received the MCV Alumni Association Scholarship for Allied Health Professions and presented her research, "Effects of Body-Weight-Supported Treadmill Training in Patients with Impaired Ambulatory Ability from a Traumatic Brain Injury," along with adjunct faculty Kerri Maloney at the Combined Sections Meeting.

Gabriele Moriello
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
morieg@sage.edu


Marjane Selleck had her research; "The Effects of the EquiTest Posture Training on the Household Ambulation Skills of a 16-year-old Female with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy," accepted at the Combined Sections Meeting along with Sage DPT alumni Fallon Haldane, Linda Miller and Katie Tracy.

Marjane Selleck
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, Chairperson
sellem@sage.edu