Now Presenting, Now in Print 2009-2010



Six members of the Middlesex faculty have been selected to participate in a Fulbright-Hayes Field Study trip to Cambodia. They include Legal Studies Professor Kenneth Dunn, Humanities Professor Dona Cady, Humanities Professor Priscilla Eng, English Professor Claire Kamasaki, Art Professor Margaret Rack and Music Professor Johannah Segarich.

Middlesex Interactive Director Matthew Olson presented with Paul Arcario, Dean of Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College and Karla Fisher from The Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at the League Innovations 2010 Conference in Baltimore, MD. The presentation, Dimensions of Student Engagement in a Tech-Connected World, discusses what it means to build a culture of connection in which students are engaged across multiple dimensions. Presenters shared findings from the 2009 CCSSE National Report, including new primary research on the use of Web 2.0 social networking tools at more than 300 colleges nationwide, and provide promising practices from LaGuardia CC and Middlesex CC, "connected colleges" that are using technology to increase student engagement in class, on campus, and beyond.

Several members of the Middlesex faculty and staff presented at the 13th Annual Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development held at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA.

Lori Weir, Coordinator of the Information Technology Program presented with Joyce LaTulippe of BATEC on Developing 21st Century Skills Online. Humanities Professors Ellen Nichols, Jill Keller, Denise Marchionda and English Professor Cathleen McCarron presented Engaging Faculty in Pedagogy. Director of Middlesex Interactive Matthew Olson and Director of Academic Support Jo Mucci presented Online Success Centers for Adult Learners. Career and Academic Counselors Kaitlynn Malinowski and Lisa Gibson presented Maximizing Institutional Career Counseling Technology Resources through a "Train the Trainer"Approach. Coordinator of Learning Technology Noreen McGinness presented Collaborative Learning Spaces.

Two faculty presented at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education International Conference held virtually in Second Life.

Professor of Humanities Dona Cady presented the keynote address The Reality of Transcending the Virtual with Donna Connor. Professor of Psychology Don Margulis and Dona Cady presented with others As the World Turns: In Search of the Perfect Virtual World.

Professor of Humanities Dona Cady and Professor of Philosophy Julien Farland co-directed the Asian Studies Seminar Contemporary South Asia: Emerging Trends and Voices held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.

Faculty presented at the University of Massachusetts Lowell First Annual Faculty Development Conference.

Science Department Chair and Professor Sally Quast presented Sparking Interest in Chemistry. Professors Donna Duffy, Binnur Ercem, and Robert Fera presented Seeing Things Differently: Using Student and Faculty Collegial Conversations to Envision New Possibilities for Learning.

Dona Cady, David Kalivas, Audrey Nahabedian and Kim Burns participated in a panel discussion on The Role of Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Massachusetts at a meeting of Global Education Massachusetts in Boston, MA.

Professors from the Mathematics department were invited to present at the Connect 2010 Conference that was held at Bridgewater State College. Connect is a Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership.

Professor Carol Henry presented a session on using Problem Based Learning in Developmental Mathematics courses. Professor Carol Hay, with assistance from Professor Carol Henry, and Professor Beth Fraser, led a session on MAC and MOD - Math Accrosss the Curriculum and Math On Demand.

Jean Trounstine, professor of Humanities, presented on Shakespeare with women in prison at the National Arts Club in NYC with colleague Kurt Toftland, who ran a Shakespeare program in prison for men for many years. The National Arts Club, located in Gramercy Park, counts Martin Scorcese, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, Robert Redford and Uma Thurman among its members. Jean says that although they weren't there that night, the historic Tilden Building crowd was quite impressive.

Three Middlesex faculty and administrators presented at the Undergraduate Foundational Learning Conference sponsored by the Access Success Institute at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Phyllis Gleason, Assistant Dean for Professional and Instructional Development and Activity Director for the Title III grant Strategies for Success, presented elements of the grant such as the twelve faculty implementation teams and the plans they have created, implementation of the plans and next steps. Denishe Marchionda, Associate Professor at Middlesex Community College, present her point system that allows students to take responsibility for their own learning. Elise Martin, Assistant Dean for Assessment, presented on Team-based Learning, a collaborative approach to student engagement used nationally by faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

Science Department Chair Sally Quast presented Sparking Interest in Chemistry at the Strategies for Success Workshop presented by Pearson at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Professor Quast shared her experience of implementing a community service learning project where her chemistry students shared lab experiments and green chemistry ideas with girls from Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell.

Music Instructor Thomas Rohde, guitarist, performed at the Plymouth Center for the Arts as a member of the Caravan World Music Trio. He joined the Brazilian ensemble Choro Democrático in a concert at the Third Life Studio in Somerville.

Professor and Music Department Chair Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist, performed in a chamber music concert in Ridgewood, New Jersey with John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Elizabeth Ostling, Associate Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The concert was recorded and a CD was published.

Music Instructor Susan Dill was the orchestra conductor for the festive production of Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord

Music Instructor Mark Berger, violist/composer, and his music have been featured in several venues. He was a featured soloist in Camerata New England's presentation of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti. The Worcester Chamber Music Society, of which he is a member, gave a performance of his String Trio No. 2, and he performed in the regular subscription concerts in the fall. Also, he gave a pair of concerts of new music with pianist/composer Ketty Nez.

Peter Shea, Pedagogical Instructional Designer, wrote a review of the book The Complete Guide to Simulations & Serious Games by Clark Aldrich. The review is published by eLearn Magazine.

Psychology Professor Donna Duffy presented Now I See that Teachers are Human: Faculty and Students Talk at the New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference in Worcester, MA, with Judith Kamber and Barbara Stachniewicz of Northern Essex Community College. Professor Duffy was also an invited presenter at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, along with John Duffy of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. They presented Research and Scholarship in Educating for the Common Good: Views from the Trenches.

Nursing Professor Marie Ryder wrote Everyone Wins: Nursing Students Gain Honors Track While Returning Veterans Gain Academic Support describing a nursing honors course that allows nursing students to meet honors distinction requirements at Middlesex. The article was published in the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's Innovation Abstracts.

Professor of Business Dr. James Dottin co-authored the journal article Visual sources and the qualitative research dissertation: Ethics, evidence and the politics of academia—Moving innovation in higher education from the center to the margins that was published in the International Journal of Education & the Arts.

Humanities Professor Jean Trounstine presented at a conference in Tavistock, England, hosted by Stories Connect which will soon be researched by Exeter University. Stories Connect is an offshoot of Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) in the U.S. pioneered by Trounstine who co-founded the women's branch with Judge Joseph Dever. She was asked to present about the development of CLTL which aims to help probationers transform their lives by offering them a literature intervention.

Project Manager Lori Weir co-moderated Immersion in STEM through Teaching Innovation with Annamaria Schrimpf, Director of Educational Technology for the Winchester Public Schools at the STEM Summit VI in Sturbridge, MA.

Psychology Professor Donna Duffy presented at two recent conferences.

At The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Colloquium at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Professor Duffy presented Lenses, Safety Net and Change with Stewart Ross from Minnesota State University Mankato and Michele Ramirez from Pine Manor College. At the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Professor Duffy presented Seeing Things Differently: Using Student and Faculty Collegial Conversations to Envision New Possibilities for Learning with Stewart Ross from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Sociology Professor Binnur Ercem's article, Hearing Students' Voices: What, How, and from Whom Do They Want to Learn? was published in the October 2009 issue of The National Teaching and Learning Forum.

President Carole A. Cowan and members of her staff spoke to a delegation of three dozen Brazilian educators about the college's international, business, and leadership programs. The visit was facilitated by the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. President Cowan gave an address to the delegation on the Mission and Organization of American Community Colleges.

Paralegal Studies Professor Deborah Walsh wrote Creating a Family of Clients for Paralegal Students published in the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's (NISOD) Innovation Abstracts, Volume XXXI, No. 20.

Adjunct Art Instructor Joyce Zarins has two painted steel sculptures on exhibit. The Whistler is in the artist-organized Maudslay Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Strobus will be on display at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.

English Professor Marilyn Black wrote the textbook Readers' Collective published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. The book is a Developmental Reading text infused with multi-cultural readings.

Professor of Psychology Donna Duffy delivered several presentations nationally:

keynote presentations Engaging Students through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Moving Students Toward Civic Engagement at the Nunez Community College Summer Faculty Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana keynote presentation Explorations into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learningat the Community College of Vermont's Successful Student Conference at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont pre-conference workshop Connecting the Dots: How the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Service-Learning Can Support Greater Student and Faculty Engagement at the Community College National Center for Community Engagement Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

Adjunct Mathematics Instructor and author Scott Imhoff, Ph.D., published a textbook, Shortcut to Ordinary Differential Equations published by Outskirts Press. The book is an introductory treatment of the post-calculus subject presented using an active learning approach.

Assistant Dean of Academic & Community Partnerships Kim Burns, Coordinator of Student Activities, Fitness and Recreation Jonathan Crockett, Director of Leadership Development & Student Activities Rebecca Newell and Coordinator of Student Activities Melissa Welch co-authored Student and Academic Affairs: A Partnership for Powerful Programming published in the September 2009 edition of Campus Activities Programming.

English Professor Jill Keller's article What's in a Name? was published in the September 2009 edition of The National Teaching and Learning Forum.

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