March 2010

Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce BennettProfessor of English, had two poems published in Stone Canoe, the annual Journal of Arts and Ideas published by Syracuse University. Professor Bennett also had two poems in the online magazineInnisfree Poetry Journal.

A poem by Professor Bennett, "The True Story of Snow White" was reprinted in the Bedford/St.Martin’s textbook, Literature: The Human Experience, Tenth Edition, edited by Richard Abcarian, Marvin Klotz, and Samuel Cohen.

Professor Bennett's poem "Swimming In A Watering Can" was selected to appear on the website for The Healing Muse.


Brad FrazierAssociate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, published a review of Damon Young's Distraction: A Philosopher's Guide to Being Free (Melbourne University Press, 2008) in Metapsychology Online, Volume 14, Issue 7.


Cynthia J. KoeppProfessor of History, Frances Tarlton Farenthold Presidential Professor, reviewed a manuscript about an eighteenth-century poet and café keeper for possible publication in the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Professor Koepp also was asked to review two books, one for the Journal of Modern History and one for the on-line journal of the Society for French Historical Studies, H-France Review.


Crawford R. ThoburnProfessor of Music conducted the Wells Choral Ensembles in three performances during the past holiday season. On Saturday, November 21st at 1:00 P.M. the three college singing groups performed at the Bass Pro Shop in the Auburn Fingerlakes Mall. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, on Sunday afternoon, December 6th the ensembles presented their annual Holiday Concert in Barler Recital Hall at 4:00 P.M. for a large and enthusiastic audience, which donated a significant amount of dry and canned food for the Cayuga-Seneca County Food Pantry. Sarah Clark was the Soprano soloist with the Concert Choir in two selections, and all three ensembles were accompanied by Russell Posegate. The following weekend, on Friday evening, December 11th the Choral Ensembles presented a concert at the Morgan Opera House as a part of the "Christmas In Aurora" celebration.

Published compositions and arrangements of choral music by Professor Thoburn continue to be performed widely in this country and abroad. In September, the AMC Chamber Choir of Amsterdam, Netherlands, presented his original setting of the English 15th century text "A Lovely Rose Is All My Song" in four concerts. In November, his arrangement of the hymn tune "Mendon" to the text, "Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song" was sung at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles, N.Y. during the annual Village Ecumenical Thanksgiving service by a combined choir made up of singers from the seven churches of the village. Also in November, his arrangement of the French Carol "Whence Comes This Lovely Fragrance?" was sung by a choir of teachers in Islip, N.Y. In December, the Mary Baldwin College Madrigal Singers of Staunton, VA performed Professor Thoburn’s arrangement of the German carol, "O Sing to the Babe," the Choir of Allegheny College in Meadville PA sang his original setting of the English 15th century text, "Nowell, Out of Your Sleep Arise, and Wake!" and the St. Martin Singers of London, U.K. performed his composition, "Adam Lay-ybounden." On January 24th the Chancel Choir of Faith United Church of Christ in State College, PA performed his original setting of Richard Crashaw's poem, "Welcome, All Wonders."