Faculty and Student Accomplishments: August 2014

View all the recent accomplishments and accolades of Manhattan College’s faculty, students and administration.


Leaders of Manhattan College participated in the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) Summer Institute “Creating Community through Collaboration” at the University of Redlands in June. The NAC&U brings together schools that share integrating liberal arts, professional studies and civic responsibility. College participants included: Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president; William Clyde, Ph.D., provost; Richard Satterlee Ph.D., vice president for student life; Br. Jack Curran, vice president for mission; Antonio Cordoba, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern language and literature; Shawn Ladda, Ed.D., professor of kinesiology; Carol Hurwitz, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics; as well as Heidi Laudien, Ph.D., associate professor of English, and James Abulencia, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering, who have been designated as the College’s campus ambassadors.

School of Arts

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI), gave a talk for the Turkish Islamic Center at Shaarei Tikvah Synagogue in Scarsdale, N.Y. on July 14.

HGI has partnered with Yeshiva, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and SelfHelp (social services) to create three fellowships. Three MC students and Yeshiva students will be working together with a Holocaust survivor and attend 8-10 events. The Fellowship is called YHS: Bridging Faiths Through the Holocaust.

Afridi will serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee On Religion, Ethics and the Holocaust. The Committee serves as a resource for individuals and groups grappling with the ethical and philosophical issues raised by the Holocaust and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.

Afridi attended a luncheon at the British Consulate to meet and consult with the United Kingdom Commission on the Holocaust in June. Members of the commission included Mick Davis, Helena Bonham Carter and Amy Kaplinsky, and were appointed by Prime Minister Cameron. 

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies, recently took part in the Catholic Conversation Project (CCP), a gathering of young theologians, for a few days of panels, discussions, camaraderie and prayer. He was cited in the National Catholic Reporter’s coverage of the event.

School of Business

Patricia M. Sheridan, J.D., assistant professor of business law, published an article “Advising Students or Practicing Law: The Formation of Implied Attorney-Client Relationships with Students” in Vol. 31 of the Journal of Legal Studies Education, a
publication of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Additionally, Sheridan was elected vice president of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business at their annual conference held in Lenox, Mass.

Andrea Laquidara ’14 and Alyssa Vigada ’14 were among 71 recipients of the Excellence in Accounting Scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year, which were awarded by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Foundation for Accounting Education.

School of Education and Health

Shawn Ladda, Ed.D., professor of kinesiology, representing the national organization SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators), participated in the LGBT Sports Coalition Summit hosted by Nike in Portland, Ore. this summer. The mission of the Coalition is to wipe out homophobia in sport. Nike has already committed more than $200,000 in funding and plans to continue its financial support this next year.

Additionally, Ladda served as keynote speaker and delivered a three-hour workshop entitled, “From the Common Core to Bullying Prevention: Physical Literacy is a Social Justice Issue!” at the California Physical Education Workshop, a week-long professional development opportunity for current teachers held at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo in July.

School of Engineering

Computer engineering major Daniel Sanz ’15 published a paper, “Automated Menu Recommendation System Based on Past Preferences” in the July 2014 edition of International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA). The paper is a result of an independent study with Ankur Agrawal, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, during spring 2014.