October 2016 Faculty Accomplishments

Marian Brown, Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment presented two sessions at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Baltimore MD, October 9-11. Her poster session, titled “From the Ground[s] Up” detailed two coffee grounds-related activities: the worm composting of coffee grounds generated from the GRIND Café, and the K-Cup Round-Up that was part of the college’s RecycleMania 2016 campaign. Brown also participated in a panel discussion, titled “Renewably Powering – and Empowering – a Community”, explaining Wells’ foundational role in implementing the 2015 Solarize Cayuga campaign, which helped bring 35 new solar power projects online in Cayuga County within a 5-month period. 

Laura Campbell, Lecturer in Music, performed as a flutist in several orchestral and chamber music concerts with musicians from around the world at the MostArts Festival of Music and Arts at Alfred University in a week-long festival in early July. Later in July she performed with the Grassroots Festival Orchestra in Trumansburg, NY and also with the Finger Lakes Summer Festival Orchestra in Ovid, NY as part of a fundraiser for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. In September, Ms. Campbell performed Holst’s “The Planets,” Williams’ “Star Wars,” and Liszt’s “Piano Concerto” as a member of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY. Earlier in September she performed as a member of Music’s Recreation at the Porchfest in Ithaca, NY. On October 2 she performed Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, Glinka’s “Russlan and Ludmilla,” and the Dvorak “Cello Concerto in B Minor” with the Colgate Symphony Orchestra. She also performed as a member of the Janus Wind Quintet on October 14 in a chamber music series in Elmira. On November 6 at Colgate University, Ms. Campbell performed Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6, Verdi’s “Overture to Nabucco,” and Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor” with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Laura Campbell was recently elected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee as Secretary on the Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc. / Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes Board. She was also appointed to be the Chair of the Programming Committee and to work with the Administration of the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania to initiate a new collaboration to provide chamber music programs for the patients and staff at the Robert Packer hospital.

Nancy Demerdash-Fatemi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History presented her paper, “Victor Valensi’s L’Habitation Tunisienne (1928): Jewish Perspectives on Pluralist Vernacular Modernities in Tunisia,” at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) on October 29, 2016 in Washington D.C. Her research in this article focuses on the residential buildings of the prominent Jewish-Tunisian Architect Victor Valensi and his pluralist vision for the Tunisian built environment in the early twentieth century.

Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre, directed "Urinetown, the Musical" on October 21st and 22nd. 30 Wells students, 1 alumna (Marie Angus), and 4 professional musicians were involved in the production. Just over 550 people were in attendance at the performances.

Richard Kegler, Director of the Wells Book Arts Center was the feature speaker for the Typophiles Luncheon at the Grolier Club in NYC on September 21, 2016. He was featured as a speaker and workshop leader at the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose in Kentville, Nova Scotia on October 22, 2016. He is also a speaker at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Wayzgoose Nov 4-6, 2016 (Wells Book Arts Instructor Lorrie Frear is also presenting at this conference). Wayzgoose is a term for a Printer's festival/conference. Kegler's article for the Canadian Journal: Devil's Artisan #79 features the story of the Jost Mediaeval typefaces which may only exist in North America at the Wells Book Arts Center.

Sarah Markowitz, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented "Teaching Mindfulness: A transdiagnostic treatment approach" as part of the panel "Preparing the Next Generation of Scientist-Practitioners: Disseminating principles of CBT through undergraduate teaching" at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in New York City, on October 29, 2016. At this meeting, Professor Markowitz was also elected president of the Clinical Psychology at Liberal Arts Colleges special interest group.

Lecturer in English, Alicia Rebecca Myers will have an essay published in the winter issue of Creative Nonfiction (print circulation 10,000) as part of their submission call on the theme of "Joy."

Elliott G. Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, traveled to Oviedo, Spain in September to present his research at the XIV International Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF). The title of the paper was “Using interrupted time series data to assess the efficacy of the CARE program model for residential care.” 

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