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Awards, Honors, Appointments

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit program awarded Amy Cheng (Art) a $90,000 commission to design a faceted glass project for a subway station on the Jamaica Line in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn. The J, M, and Z subway trains travel on the Jamaica Line.

Brian Obach (Sociology) was awarded an $85,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project "Coalition Dynamics and Strategic Innovation in the Organic Movement." The project examines how political coalition building may have undermined the organic farm movement, thus requiring development of new political strategies. The grant includes funds for undergraduate research assistants.

Alumni in the News

Sarah Bradshaw '02 (Journalism) has been named business reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal. She will cover issues such as small businesses, tourism and careers, as they relate to the Hudson Valley region. Recently, a feature story she wrote on speed-dating won an award from Gannett Newspapers, the Journal's owner. Tammy Cilione '02 (Journalism) was named communications director at the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibilities include creating, overseeing and implementing communications plans for chamber events, as well as editing communications materials. Prior to her new position, Cilione was business reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal for three years.

Edward Renehan Jr. '80 (Political Science) has released an audiobook, “Dark Genius of Wall Street, The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons.” The volume – published in May 2005 by Basic Books/Perseus – received critical praise in The New York Times, Forbes and Barron's. In May 2006, the book will be published in paperback.

Lyn (Carolyn) Sisti-Sommer ’67 (Art Education) "retired" in June of 2002 from the Wallkill Central School District having spent many years teaching pre-first, first and second grades. Missing the classroom, Sisti-Sommer went to work at Florida Gulf Coast University as a university supervisor. Most recently, she took a job as Program Manager of Early Childhood Education at Southwest Florida College to start up the new program and has also started teaching reading full time in the Lee County School District.


Anthony Cinquemani (English, emeritus) published the chapter, "Milton Translating Petrarch: Paradise Lost VIII and the Secretum" in Travel and Translation in the Early Modern Period. The chapter derives in part from Cinquemani's graduate course, Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature: Petrarch, Donne, Milton, offered in Spring 2001. It includes contributions from former students including Eileen Abrahams '02g and Peggy Webb '02 (both English).

Glenn Geher (Psychology) recently published "Perceptions of Self and of Ideal Mates: Similarities and Differences across the Sexes" in Current Psychology. He co-authored the paper with Steven Clark, associate professor of social sciences at Utah Valley State College; Adam Dover, a senior psychology major at Utah Valley State College; and Paul Presson, director of institutional research at Westminster College. Geher also co-wrote the chapter, "Measuring Emotional Intelligence: Paradigmatic Diversity and Common Ground," in Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life, with Marc Brackett, a research professor of psychology at Yale University.

Howard Good (Communication & Media) has a poem, "Heretic," in the March issue of Right Hand Pointing, available online at He also has three book reviews in the March/April issue of Teacher Magazine.

Hon Ho (Biology) published a paper titled, "Pythium Vexans Causing Patch Canker of Rubber Trees on Hainan Island, China," in Mycopatholgia, Vol. 159 (2005) with H.C. Zeng of Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculutral Science and F.C. Zheng of South China University of Tropical Agriculture.

Yaser M.A. Khalifa (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Ehi Okoene '02 ,'04g published and presented the paper "A Distributed Agent-Based Surveillance System" at the proceedings of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) International Symposium on Signals, Circuits and Systems, held in July 2005.

Presentations & Exhibitions

The Honors Program presents David Appelbaum (Philosophy) at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27 as part of the Faculty Lecture Series. "Jacques Derrida’s Ghost" will be held in Honors Center (College Hall, Room CH-H111). For more information, call x 3933.

MARCH 27, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 5

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