Faculty Accomplishments

December 2011

Julie Bailey, Cross Country Coach,  was named the NEAC W. Cross Country Coach of the Year.


Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, had his poem, "Poetry And Grace," published  in  the most recent issue of the HEALING MUSE, is posted on the HEALING MUSE  website (under Volume 11).


Tracy Brandenburg, and Sirietta Simoncini, Lecturers in Business, facilitated two workshops at Cornell University:

On October 13 they led the Design Connect students through a hands-on exercise that simulates the entire Design Thinking process. This was followed by a discussion on how Design Thinking can be used for their specific needs.  Design Connect is an initiative of the Cornell Design and Planning Club, an organization that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration on campus and facilitates volunteer student design work for the surrounding New York State community.

On November 16 they led a session where undergraduate and graduate students from different Cornell colleges, including Architecture, Human Ecology, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and the MBA program, came together for a two hours to design, build, and submit a solution for the Amnesty International challenge on OpenIDEO, a platform for social good. This was a hands-on workshop that taught the Cornell students some of the fundamentals of Design Thinking. The two Cornell teams that submitted ideas to Amnesty International were among the final eight that won the competition.
Tracy and Sirietta also let the Wells Innovation class to great success in the Amnesty International challenge. One Wells team made it to the top 16 best solutions. (164 ideas were submitted).
Tracy Brandenburg was invited to become a member of the executive education faculty at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the d.school).  Starting in January, she'll regularly travel to Palo Alto to teach design thinking bootcamps.
Tracy and Sirietta facilitated a "Designathon" in NYC at the School of Visual Arts. A film was recently released of this event. Watch them in action!!


Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre, directed "Lizzie Borden Took an Axe," the winner of the Gloria Peter Playwriting Competition at the Morgan Opera House in Aurora in November. The play featured many community members, students, and Wells faculty and staff members  Avery Ayers,  Alan Clugston, and Scott Heinekamp.


Robert Ellis, Director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, was quoted in Source Media (Fundfire) article the proposed three-basis-point tax on stock, bond and derivative trades.  Mr. Ellis is preparing a report on Dynamic Hedging in retail investor portfolios for NYS Broker Dealer and he has been elected to the Board of Directors of a major retirement asset trust company.


William Ganis, Associate Professor of Art History, presented  "Worldviews Apart: Research University Ideals, Teaching College Realities" as a part of the "Table for One: Teaching Art History When You're the Only Art Historian" session and panel discussion at the 2011 Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, in October.


Michael Groth, Professor of History, facilitated a book discussion series during the winter and spring, entitled "Women in the History of Upstate New York" at the Aurora Free Library. The series was sponsored by the New York Council of the Humanities. This past summer, Professor Groth assumed responsibilities as the Aurora Village historian.
Professor Groth reviewed John L. Brooke's award-winning book Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson (Chapel Hill, 2010) for the Hudson River Valley Regional Review and delivered a presentation on the Korean War to the Good Shepherd Catholic Community Men’s Club.  He attended the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in Philadelphia."


Carl Johengen, Wells College's new Choir Director, recently led Ithaca's Cayuga Vocal Ensemble in two successful performances. The concert, "Gypsies, Weavers, Chariots... Folk Songs of Many Lands," was presented for appreciative audiences at Ithaca's First Presbyterian Church and at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Bath.  Dr.  Johengen  has served as Music Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble since 2009.


Niamh O’ Leary, Professor of Environmental Studies,  attended the 7th Annual Finger Lakes Research Conference at the Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva in November.