Faculty, Staff and Student Accomplishments

Read all of March's faculty, staff and student accomplishments

School of Arts

Faculty Accomplishments

Ashley Cross, Ph.D., associate professor of English, will explore Vindicating The Writing Woman: Mary Robinson in Dialogue with Godwin and Wollstonecraft on March 22 at the New York Public Library. She will analyze poet and novelist Mary Robinson’s personal and literary relationships with William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, the parents of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.
Scott Grimaldi, M.A., adjunct faculty member in the fine arts department and director of the College’s jazz band, released his new smooth jazz album The Color Of Midnight in late 2011. Since January, the album has been in rotation on more than 50 smooth jazz radio stations around the nation, and on the United Kingdom’s The Soulchoonz Show.  
Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action, recently had her paper Partners in Ministry accepted for publication in the April/May issue of Crossroads, the newsletter of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, the national professional organization for Catholic campus ministers. 
Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies had the opportunity to preach at the Lenten vespers on Feb. 26 at Corpus Christi Church in New York City.
Mark Pottinger, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the fine arts department, was picked to be a scholar-in-residence at the Casa Zia Lina on the Italian island of Elba, where he will be working on his newest book project, Romantic Science: Nineteenth-Century Opera in the Age of Becoming. The two-week residency is sponsored by the Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr Foundation, which is based in Stansstad, Switzerland.

Student Accomplishments

Four seniors majoring in communication were accepted to present their senior seminar papers at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Cambridge, Mass., April 26-29, 2012. The students and paper topics include: Brittany Barb (concentration in public relations) and A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Wrong Words: The Interpretation of Photographs, Focus on Africa; Mary Kate Boylan (concentration in journalism) and School-funded Student Newspapers: School-funded Means School-censored; Chuck Daly (concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and A Simpler Time: A Study of Nostalgia, Power Rangers, and Fondly Remembering the Past; and Kelly Hart (concentration in advertising) and The Power of Social Media: Credit Card Companies’ Need for a New Medium of Advertising.

School of Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Gwendolyn Tedeschi, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics and finance, presented A Failure of Fair Trade or a Market Failure? An Example for a Microeconomics Course at the Robert Morris University Teaching Economics Conference on Feb. 17.

School of Engineering

Faculty Accomplishments

Thomas Twardowski, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of chemical engineering, was named volunteer of the month at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, for organizing the Plastic Chemistry Fair and his commitment to The Institute.

Walter Matystik, J.D., associate provost and adjunct engineering instructor, was reappointed to the Westchester County Board of Ethics, and remains a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Federal Credit Union.

Student Accomplishments

Charity Njau ’12 and Ramiro Magboo ’12, graduate chemical engineering students, presented another option to make hydrofracking more environmentally friendly based on their research Collagen-Based Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Research, at the International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management last week. Read more

Last month, Olivia Derderian, a graduate student focusing on environmental engineering, was awarded the best paper at the university forum at the 84th Annual New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) winter meeting. Her presentation Degradation of Water Quality of the Saw Mill River Due to Urban Runoff is part of a four-year water quality monitoring project under the direction of faculty adviser Richard Carbonaro, Ph.D., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. 

Staff Accomplishments

Walter Matystik, J.D., associate provost, was reappointed to the Westchester County Board of Ethics, and remains a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Federal Credit Union.