Musa Abdul Hakim, Associate Librarian, E. H. Butler Library

Musa Abdul Hakim, associate librarian, E. H. Butler Library, presented a workshop titled “Homage to a Combatant Poet: Aimé Césaire” on February 11 at the Rooftop Poetry Club in the library. In addition to the workshop, Hakim also arranged a book display, “Homage to Aimé Césaire (1913–2008): Afro-Martinican Poet, Quietist Revolutionary, Statesman, Father of the Negritude Literary Movement.” The display, in the lobby of Butler Library, will end February 28.

Beth Holleran, Lecturer, and Amitra A. Wall, Associate Professor, Sociology

Beth Holleran, lecturer, and Amitra Wall, associate professor, Sociology, presented a workshop to Buffalo State College students on RaFa classFriday, January 20. The workshop, RaFa RaFa, was designed to illustrate the concepts of culture (values, beliefs, norms, and language), ethnocentrism, culture shock, authority, conformity, and in and out groups. Students, grouped into two societies, were charged with the tasks of learning the rules of their society and of visiting and interacting with members from the other society. After stepping out of their comfort zones, students had an opportunity to debrief and discuss assumptions and ideas that are taken for granted. Student participants included Brittany Aron, Coshele Campbell, Carolyn Drumsta, Teresa Dykeman, Jenny Findel, Skyler Flaherty, Kennieth Frazier, Ryan Glendinning, Diane Hollis, Jessica Lees, Sharne' Lindsey, Marni Lippel, Laura Lott, Cory Martin, Kiara Phelps, Christine Santoro, and Erica Tucker.

Michael Johnson, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages

Michael Johnson, associate professor, Modern and Classical Languages, presented his poster “Wisdom and Aspects of Creativity Theory in Job 28” at the 2008 annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, in Boston, Massachusetts, November 21–25.

Barbara D. Miller, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages

Barbara D. Miller, associate professor, Modern and Classical Languages, made an interactive presentation at the historic Birge-Horton House in Buffalo on Presidents Day related to her recently published book about nineteenth-century church records in historical context. The presentation, open to the public, was sponsored by the Katherine Pratt Horton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A docent for tours of the home, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Miller was recently reappointed chair of the KPH Chapter’s College and University Scholarship Committee, which offers University at Buffalo and other students financial awards based on academic excellence and financial need.

Gerald Nosich, Professor, Philosophy and Humanities

Gerald Nosich, professor, Philosophy and Humanities, presented “A Training for College Life Mentors, Resident Assistants, and Orientation Leaders,” at Buffalo State College on October 15. He also presented “A One-Day Foundational Workshop on Critical Thinking” and “A Workshop on Critical Writing” at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, Kentucky, on November 6 and 7.

Ted P. Schmidt, Associate Professor, Economics and Finance

Ted P. Schmidt, associate professor, Economics and Finance, has been appointed to the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Board of Trustees.

Deborah Silverman, Assistant Professor, Communication

Deborah Silverman, assistant professor, Communication, served as a panelist for the roundtable discussion “What’s Top of Mind Now for the PR Profession—And Where Are We Headed?” hosted by the Public Relations Society of America on January 23 in New York City. As a PRSA board member, Silverman was one of three team leaders for the board’s recent “Pulse of the PR Profession” research project, featuring in-depth interviews with PR practitioners nationwide about the impact of the recession on their careers. Silverman also posted an entry about the project on PRSA’s new blog, PRSAY.

John Thompson, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems

John Thompson, associate professor, Computer Information Systems, was awarded an Elluminate Research Grant by Elluminate in partnership with the Sloan Consortium to use Elluminate vClass as part of an online education research project. Elluminate vClass is a Web-conferencing application that provides a virtual classroom that includes multiple functions, such as a shared/interactive whiteboard, voice and video, and full recording/archival capability. The grant will provide a free 50-person Elluminate vClass—approximately a $5,000 value—to use for research for the remainder of 2009.