News & Events
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman (anthropology) attended the annual meeting of the New England Antiquities Research Association, where he participated in a panel discussion, "Across Before Columbus, 20 Years Later," which centered on new evidence of trans-oceanic contact with Native Americans before the Columbus voyage. Additionally, the professor conducted a tour of the Robbins Museum and the Middleborough Little League site for conference attendees.
The works of Professor Mary Dondero (art) were included in the art exhibit, "Nature Vive and Nature Morte," displayed at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College from Oct. 9 - Nov. 8. The other artists with works on display were: Constanze Kirmse, Mary O'Malley and Brenda Star. Prof. Dondero presented two bodies of work, flower photographs and ink paintings. For more information on Prof. Dondero's art and the rest of the exhibit visit: visit:http://www.simmons.edu/trustman/exhibits/230.php.
Lorrie Jenkins, '13, a Navy veteran, was recently hired as Veterans' Liaison for U.S. Sen. John Kerry, a position she secured thanks to Career Services' Shadow a Legislator Program, where students trail an official at the Massachusetts Statehouse for a day. Her new job recently brought her to President Obama's rally in New Hampshire, where she met the presidential candidate. Pretty good for someone who was never one for politics before the shadow program sparked her interest just last semester. After participating, the Foxborough native interned with her district's State Rep. Jay Barrows (R), and State Sen. Michael Rush (D), who represents Suffolk and Norfolk districts, before landing a spot in Sen. Kerry's office. "All this from a one-day job shadow," she told Career Services.
The BSU Forensic Team placed second overall at the 34th annual Suffolk University Intercollegiate Forensic Tournament. The team was up against competition from the likes of the University of Maine, Emerson College, St. Anselm College, Ithaca College, Plymouth State University, Suffolk University, and Lafayette College. In addition to the team victory, Jessica Krautz earned second place in persuasive speaking and third in informative speaking, while Shannon Lynch pulled second in informative speaking. Other members of the second-place team were Hillary Howarth and Mike Niccoll. In their first competition of the season, Ms. Krautz and Ms. Lynch qualified for nationals to be held next spring. The team will attend its second tournament at St. Anselm College on November 3.
Dr. Deborah Nemko (music) traveled to China to perform at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center with violinist, Mei-Mei Wei in a Chamber Music Series. While in Shanghai, Dr. Nemko also conducted a master class and performed in a recital at Shanghai Normal University as a visiting scholar. Dr. Nemko, a pianist, played works by contemporary composers including Maurice Ravel and Iannis Xenakis. Also, Dr. Nemko gave a collaborative lecture, “Le Corbusier and Xenakis’s Methods of Composition and Rhythmic Structures, Spanning Between Architecture and Music” at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, with members of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn/Paris Design Institute. This summer, Dr. Nemko also performed in Amsterdam at the Liberal Synagogue with Julia Bronkhorst. The repertoire there included works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Gershwin.
Former Dean of College of Education and Allied Studies Anna Bradfield (now executive director of university initiatives), former Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Michelle Cox and Assistant WAC Coordinator Phyllis Gimbel, presented “In Response to the New Common Core State Standards: WAC/Secondary Education Collaborations” in Savannah, Ga., at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Attendees to the conference came from as far away as South Africa.
Dr. Diana Jennings, director of Regional Outreach, was elected chairperson of the board of directors of The Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum. The organization is dedicated to serving entrepreneurship and venture activity with programs that combine topical forums with networking opportunities. Learn more at www.sneef.org. Dr. Jennings is also a recent graduate of the Bryn Maw HERS Institute.
Professor Jo-Ann Della Giustina (criminal justice) participated in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety's conference, "Rethinking Reentry: A Massachusetts Imperative." The goal was to create tailored concrete strategies to support successful reentry of returning citizens after incarceration, and was held in anticipation of Gov. Deval Patrick's statewide Reentry Task Force. Dr. Giustina also presented her paper, "Incarcerated workers in the Prison Industrial Complex: From convict leasing to modern day prison labor," at the Justice Studies Association conference in Chicago. She is the national treasurer of the Justice Studies Association.
Professor Margaret Bellafiore (art) has published "Combat to Campus" in the September issue of Academe, a publication of the Association of University Professors. In the article, Professor Bellafiore recounts a sound installation she created using the voices of BSU student veterans. The installation took place at BSU and at Mobius, a Boston gallery. You can read the article here.
The Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS) and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance sponsored an Archaeological paddle in the watershed. The canoe and kayak tour drew more than 40 participants and featured an in-depth look at the Taunton River and its tributaries. It was guided by Professor Curtiss Hoffman (anthropology), past president of MAS. Dr. Hoffman is an activist supporting the rich historical values in the watershed, who recently contributed to the important discussion among developers, regional lawmakers, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission debating the ability of a medical software company to expand on archeologically sensitive land located on the South Coast. Participating in the trip were anthropology major McKayla Hoffman (no relation) and recent alumna Mara Smith. October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month. Go to www.SaveTheTaunton.org for more information. Photos from the trip can be found here, and a video here.