May 2009

Faculty Accomplishments

BRUCE BENNETT Professor Bennett ‘s new book of poems, Something Like Karma, was published by Clandestine Press.


CATHERINE BURROUGHS Catherine Burroughs's book, Approaches to Teaching Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Women Playwrights (Ed. with Bonnie Nelson), has been accepted for publication by the Modern Language Association Press in its Approaches to Teaching series.


LAURA CAMPBELL Laura Campbell, Instructor of Chamber Music, performed  works of Stravinsky and Doppler on a recital in Ithaca on Feb. 22. She was principal flutist for performances with the Colgate Orchestra performing works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Franck, Schuman, and others on concerts on March 1 and April 19. She also appeared with the Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes performing works of Copland, Dvorak, Wagner, and Berlioz on concerts in Elmira on March 22 and in Corning on May 3. Ms. Campbell performed works by Quantz and Volker on a recital at Ithaca College on March 16 and performed for a class on digital music at Ithaca College on March 17. She also performed as a member of Fingerlakes Flutes on a recital in Ithaca on March 29. On April 26, Ms. Campbell performed works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Brouwer, and Milhaud on a program in Ithaca for the group Music's Recreation. On May 10, Ms. Campbell was a member of an ensemble playing Rutter's "Children's Mass" in Ithaca.


CANDACE COLLMER Candace Collmer is one of four co-authors on a paper accepted for publication in the July issue of Trends in Microbiology.  The paper is entitled “Applying the Gene Ontology in Microbial Annotation” and details the work of the Plant Associated-Microbe Gene Ontology (PAMGO) consortium in developing the Gene Ontology for use in annotating genes involved in microbe-host interactions.  The work of the 6-institution PAMGO consortium has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)/ U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) award #EF-0523736. 


WILLIAM V. GANIS William V. Ganis had his review of the Christof Migone “Disco Sec” exhibition shown at the new Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON published in the Volume 28  No. 3, April 2009 edition of Sculpturemagazine.

Dr. Ganis worked with the students of his Museum and Gallery Practicum class to renovate the vitrine in the Barler Recital Hall lobby. This work included the documentation and cataloging of Wedgwood ceramics and ancient objects, cleaning the objects and case, and painting and adding fabric to brighten and beautify the display. Students have enhanced the viewer’s experience by adding sets of labels, creating and mounting interpretive texts and designing and printing a “take away” brochure.


MICHAEL GROTH Michael Groth's essay, "Black Loyalists and African-American Allegiance in the Mid-Hudson Valley," has been published in  Joseph Tiedemann, Eugene Fingerhut, and Robert Venables, eds., The Other Loyalists: Ordinary People, Royalism, and the Revolution in the Middle Colonies, 1763-1767 (Albany: SUNY Press), pp. 81-104.


ROBERTA KOLPAKAS  Roberta Kolpakas designed the costumes and scenic elements for the April 3, 5 Phipps Auditorium show: Absurd Performance.  The program included The Maids directed by Professor Siouxsie Grady,  Escurial directed by Joe DeForest, and Absurdist Motions choreographed and performed by Eden Kostick '10.   The production won 6 awards from the Theatre Association of New York State: Outstanding Accomplishment in Scenic and Costume Designs to Roberta G. Kolpakas; Excellence in Lighting Design to Joe DeForest;  Excellence in Directing to Joe DeForest;  Excellence in Directing to Siouxsie Grady; Excellence in Acting to Julian Trutmann as the King; and Excellence in Ensemble Acting to Becca Danis, Catherine Marshall and Elsa Dial.  Comments adjunct to the awards: The Wells College production An Absurd Performance provided an evening of thought provoking theatre for the audience and exciting acting challenges for the cast. Under the skillful direction of Joe DeForest and Siouxsie Grady the actors accepted the challenge and raised the bar for the Theatre Department. Talented Scenic and Costume Designer Roberta G. Kolpakas, work was stunning and unified the two one-act plays and the intermission dance performance. Professor Kolpakas working in collaboration with director and scenic designer, Howard Lindh, designed the costumes for Mother Courage at the SUNY Cortland Lab Theatre which opened on April 30.  The production and designs were a realization and experiment in the philosophy of theatrical objectivity espoused by playwright Bertolt Brecht.


LANNI LANTTO Feminist Transitions 22nd Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland) Conference 19-21 June, 2009 Presenting "Feminist Peace Theory Then and Now"


SARAH MALENA Sarah Malena co-wrote and presented the paper "A Prophetic Nationalism:  Assimilation and Reform in Elijah and Felix Mendelssohn" with Donald Wallace (Assistant Professor of History, US Naval Academy) at the "Viewing Mendelssohn, Viewing Elijah: assimilation, interpretation, and culture" research conference hosted by Arizona State University and sponsored by ASU's Jewish Studies program, Religious Studies faculty, and School of Music, April 29 - May 1.


MILENE MORFEI Milene Morfei served as a reviewer for presentation abstracts submitted for the September, 2009 conference, "Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing the Change." The conference is being sponsored by Ball State University and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


LAURA PURDY Laura Purdy published a review article on conceptions and ethics of parenthood in Social Theory and Practice (April 2009). 
WILLIAM ROBERTS Professor Bill Roberts photographed the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday May 2, 2009 for Horsephotos.Com of  Lexington, Kentucky. A selection of these photos may be viewed on (search Roberts).


ANDRÉ SIAMUNDELE During the annual meeting of Africa Network in Chicago (17-19 April, 2009), I have participated in a round table discussion on: "The experience of Africa: Our students on Campus and Abroad"


CRAWFORD THOBURN Prof. Crawford Thoburn conducted the Wells Choral Ensembles in their annual Spring Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2009 at four o'clock in the Barler Recital Hall.  Accompanied by pianist Russell Posegate, the Women's and Men's Ensembles performed separately and then joined as the mixed voice Concert Choir, performing a varied selection of choral literature from the 16th century to the present.

Prof. Thoburn's original published choral compositions continue to be performed around the country.  Typical recent performances include "A God And Yet A Man"  by the Chamber Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan in February, "Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee" by the Chancel Choir of The United Church of Christ in Midland, Michigan in January, and "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue"  by the Kent State University Chamber Singers in April.

Prof. Thoburn's edition of Gregor Aichinger's "Ave Regina Coelorum" for women's voices has been selected for inclusion on the 2008-9 list of recommended literature for High School Choirs by the Indiana State Public School Music Association.


CHRISTINA WAHL Christina Wahl attended the colloquium “Celebrating a Centennial of Limnology at Cornell University” and presented “Assessing Sensory Function in Young-of-the-Year Percids: A Decade of Teaching Summer Interns at the Cornell Biological Field Station” on April 18, 2009.