Jozef Bajus, Sun Hwa Kim, Tara Nahabetian, Stephen Saracino, Carol Townsend, and Robert Wood

Invited works by Buffalo State Design Department faculty members Jozef Bajus, Sun Hwa Kim, Tara Nahabetian, Stephen Saracino, Carol Townsend, and Robert Wood are included in the exhibition Clay - Fiber - Metal - Wood, on view at Indigo Gallery, 74 Allen Street, through April 26. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 3:00 p.m., or by appointment.


R. Bruce Baum, Professor, Exceptional Education

Bruce Baum, professor, Exceptional Education, was one of 12 trainers selected to facilitate a daylong event, “Aligning Diversity Management with Strategic Corporate Governance,” sponsored by DiversityInc. The program was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on March 12.


Joy Guarino, Assistant Professor, Theater

Joy Guarino, assistant professor, Theater, will present “Kids Are Kinesthetic Learners: Why Aren’t Teachers?” at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts’ 2009 Arts & Education Forum at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga May 8 and 9. The national forum will differ from conferences where program overviews and success stories are showcased. Instead, the forum will consider dilemmas encountered in providing effective professional development in arts integration, promoting teacher growth and change.


Joëlle Leclaire, Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance

Joëlle Leclaire, assistant professor, Economics and Finance, presented “L’endettement des Menages et L’instabilite Financiere” as an invited scholar for the Rencontre Francophone, International Economic Policy Institute, Laurentian University, March 2–9.


Gerard Puccio, Jeffrey Zacko-Smith, and Marie Mance

Gerard Puccio, chair and director, and Jeffery Zacko-Smith, assistant professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity; and Marie Mance, director of leadership development, Strategic Planning, presented “Creativity: A Core Leadership Competency” at the Multi-Sector Leadership Forum of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University March 5–7.


Lisa A. Rafferty, Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education

Lisa A. Rafferty, assistant professor, Exceptional Education, gave two presentations at the Association for Childhood Education International Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, March 18–21. The first, part of a research forum, was titled “Self-Monitoring for Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disabilities: Which Type Works Better?” The second, a short lecture presentation, was titled “Teaching Students to Self-Monitor in the Diverse Classroom.”


Mark Warford, Associate Professor, and William White, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages

Mark Warford, associate professor, and William White, assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, hosted a roundtable colloquium, “LOTE and Higher Education,” at the Western New York Foreign Language Educators’ Council’s spring meeting in Buffalo on February 28. They also presented a joint workshop, “Teaching Culture in the Target Language,” at the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers’ Rochester Regional Conference in Rochester, New York, on March 14.


William White, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages

William White, assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, published a chapter, “Education for What and for Whom?” in The War Against the Professions: The Impact of Politics and Economics on the Idea of the University. He also published a think piece, “Higher Education at Risk,” in the fall 2008 issue of the SUNY Faculty Senate Bulletin. Both of these works treat challenges facing higher education in the early years of the twenty-first century.


Rita Zientek, Associate Dean, School of the Professions

Rita Zientek, associate dean, School of the Professions, has been awarded the 2009 Edwin D. Duryea Jr. Higher Education Memorial Award from the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. The award is given annually to a graduating Ph.D. student who has achieved outstanding success in the field of higher education. Zientek will receive the award during the Graduate School of Education’s commencement exercises on May 8.