Tony Astran, Publications Staff Writer, College Relations

Tony Astran, publications staff writer, College Relations, was reelected to the board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo/Niagara Chapter and will serve as secretary during the 2010 year. He also became chair of the e-communications committee. In addition, he was recently appointed as vice president of Brush Up Buffalo, an all-volunteer organization that repaints owner-occupied, single-family houses for low-income homeowners.

Trish Dillenbeck, Assistant Director, Orientation and New Student Programs

Trish Dillenbeck, assistant director, Orientation and New Student Programs, received the Chester A. Berry Scholar Award for Excellence in Writing from the Association of College Unions International during its Community Builder Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 2, for her “Women in Leadership” research project and article, which was published in the November 2009 ACUI Bulletin. Dillenbeck also completed her term as host director for the ACUI 2010 annual conference in New York City, February 27–March 4.

Shaun McLaughlin, Lecturer, Theater

Shaun McLaughlin, lecturer, Theater, has published the first of 12 issues of his graphic novel “Cheapjack Shakespeare,” which will be released in a serialized format. Available initially through Amazon, the series will be collected into a single volume next year. His animated feature “Gene-Fusion” is currently being readied for distribution. McLaughlin was the producer and voice director on this picture.

Robert Mead-Colegrove, Director, Orientation and New Student Programs

Robert Mead-Colegrove, director, Orientation and New Student Programs, presented “Signature-Only Advisor? The Sky’s the Limit, but So Is the Cement” at the 2010 Western New York Student Leadership Conference on February 27. In addition, Mead-Colegrove presented “The Customer Is Always Right: So Is the Student a Customer or Client?” at the United Across Campuses annual conference on March 3 in Amherst, New York.

Steve Street, Lecturer, College Writing Program

Steve Street’s review of the Moroccan novelist Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Leaving Tangier appears in the online Winter 2009/2010 edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Zhang Jie, Professor, Sociology, and Director, Center for China Studies

Zhang Jie, professor, Sociology, and director, Center for China Studies, published his article “Influencing Factors for Depression among Chinese Suicide Survivors” in Psychiatry Research (in press). The study’s coauthor was Li Ning, Ph.D. student and visiting scholar from China, who visited Buffalo State in 2008–2009.