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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

James Halpern (Psychology) and Phyllis Freeman, Ph.D.(Psychology) have been awarded a $37,000 grant by the American National Red Cross for their project, titled "Treatment Innovations for September 11th Survivors: A One-Day Conference and Workshop." The Institute for Disaster Mental Health will host a one-day conference to provide evidence-based best-practice training on the topics of trauma and loss (complicated grief) to mental health professionals who are treating 9/11 victims. They will target those who are providing mental health services to 9/11 victims throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Sandy DiStasi (Communication Disorders) is the winner of the first of the 26 SEFA Campaign payday drawings for a reserved parking space. DiSasi will have the reserved parking space for a year, beginning Feb.1. The 2006 SEFA Campaign collected $18,138.50 in pledges. This is $102.50 more than last year. Anyone who still needs to hand in a form can still do so. It's never too late. Your pledge will simply be deducted from the remaining paychecks. Contact Lorraine DuBois, SEFA campaign manager at x3192 for more information.

Dr. Robert V. Piluso (Professor Emeritus, Latin and Romance Languages) was made an associate of the American Society of the Italian Legion of Merit on June 6, 2005 by New York State Supreme Court Justice Dominic R. Massaro. On Dec. 10, 2005, Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia recognized Dr. Piluso's long involvement in educational and humanitarian efforts by proclaiming him a Cavaliere (Knight) of the Order of Merit of the House of Savoy.

Other Interesting Endeavors

In preparation for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life on campus March 3, Colleen Bruley (Athletics) is asking for your favorite recipes to help create a campus cookbook that will be sold to help raise funds. Please send recipes to or by campus mail to Elting Gym Suite 105B by Jan. 31, so the cookbook can be printed in February and be ready for sale in March. If you have questions, call Bruley at x3918.

Alumni in the News

Edward J. Renehan Jr. '80 (Political Science) has been elected to membership in the National Arts Club in Manhattan. Founded in 1898 by Charles DeKay, literary and art critic for The New York Times, The National Arts Club's membership has included three presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Among the distinguished painters who have been members are Frederic Remington, William Merritt Chase and Cecilia Beaux. Sculptors have included Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Paul Manship. Many renowned literary figures (such as John Updike, Margaret Atwood, and Philip Roth) are also members, as were architects Stanford White and George B. Post. The dramatic arts are currently represented by members Martin Scorcese, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, Robert Redford and Uma Thurman.

Virginia R. Dugan '68 was sworn in by the New Mexico Supreme Court Dec. 14 as the president of the State Bar of New Mexico. Dugan is a shareholder with the Albuquerque firm of Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A., practicing exclusively in divorce and family law. Dugan received her master's in 1971, an Ed.D. in 1992 and a J.D. in 1995, all from the University of New Mexico. She was admitted to the U.S. District Court in 1995. Dugan is also admitted to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Howard Good (Communication & Media) has had two poems published, "The Concierge of Hell," in the winter 2006 issue of PoetryBay, available at, and "False Positive" in issue #9 of Right Hand Pointing, available at

Presentations & Exhibitions

Nancy Kassop (Chair, Political Science and International Relations) will present a lecture, titled "Law vs. Presidential Power in the Bush Administration's Anti-terrorism Policies: One at the Expense of the Other," on Feb. 20 at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London. The lecture is a part of the London School of Economics and Political Science Public Lectures and Events.

JANUARY 16, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 1

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