News Notes May 2011

Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson, an award-winning PBS documentary by Vincent Parrillo, sociology, was selected for screening during the first Ridgewood Film Festival held in April. The film traces the history and development of manufacturing in Paterson.

Janis Strasser, early childhood and elementary education, discussed the College of Education’s urban field experience in “Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensing and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades,” a research report conducted by the New America Foundation.

Photographs by Lily Prince, art, are featured in the new book Something to Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America by Richard Klin. The book profiles an eclectic group of fifteen American artists working in a wide range of media, including musician Pete Seeger, chef and food activist Didi Emmons, and filmmaker Gini Reticker, with accompanying portraits taken by Prince.

Kathleen Malu, secondary and middle school education, gave a series of lectures on Ethiopian, Rwandan, Ghanian, American, and British children’s literature at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. Her invitation to speak was supported by the E.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and the Fulbright Regional Sharing Plan.

Members of the University’s ice hockey team were honored for their achievements by the Northeast Region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Forwards Shaun McTighe, a senior, and Matt Hunter, a junior, were named to the first team and third team, respectively. Senior Justin Liscio and graduate student Ron Niznik were named Academic All-Americans based on their records of academic achievement. In addition, head coach Joe Ballance was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

Miryam Wahrman, biology, has received a New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Award. Wahrman received first place in the weekly health, science, technology and environment category for an article she wrote on aphasia for the Jewish Standard. Wahrman serves as science correspondent for the paper.

Lorra Brown, communication, Cyril Ku, computer science, and Martha Witt, English, have each received the Outstanding Partnership Award for Best Practices in Employer Relations, presented each year by the University’s Career Development Advisory Board. They were honored for the strategic partnerships formed, contributions made to student career development, and the resulting benefits from the activities to the University community.