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Art professor’s work selected for biennial

Three of Professor Ivana George’s Sustain series cyanotypes were juried into the biennial at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, and earned an honorable mention in the Best of Show competition.

Every two years, Danforth Art celebrates contemporary photography through a highly selective exhibition of innovative photography by both established and emerging artists who live or work in New England. The New England Photography Biennial 2015 was juried by Susan Nalband, director of Boston’s 555 Gallery, and will be on view at Danforth Art from Sept. 9 to Dec. 6.

View the Sustain series at Professor George’s website.

Details of the exhibition can be found here.

Administrator publishes paper on best practices in undergraduate research

An article written by Dr. Jenny Shanahan, director of Undergraduate Research, has been accepted for publication in the CUR Quarterly, which is published by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

The article, “Research-Informed Practice, Practice-Informed Research: The Integral Role of Undergraduate Research in Professional Disciplines” will appear in the journal’s summer issue.

The editors said the article “will be a great resource for CUR Quarterly readers from a variety of disciplines and professional schools.”

BSU’s undergraduate research program is held up as a model at colleges and universities across the U.S. The Council on Undergraduate Research is an organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship, according to its website.

Administrator earns scholarship

Crystal Howard, alumni relations coordinator in University Advancement, was awarded a $1,500 Professional Development Scholarship from the National Educational Alumni Trust (NEAT). 

Bill Dean, Executive Director and CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and Chair of the scholarship committee for NEAT announced the award. 

Ms. Howard was one of 16 winners selected by the scholarship committee. Scholarships were awarded in October to enable recipients to attend a professional development conference during the 2014-2015 conference season. 

“We are pleased to announce the 2014-15 NEAT scholarship recipients,” said Mr. Dean. “The partnership between NEAT and its member institutions is truly demonstrated by the commitment to reward these talented up-and-coming alumni relations professionals.” 

NEAT is a not-for-profit organization that provides insurance and financial services to constituents of its 140 member associations. NEAT insurance plans and programs are administered and marketed by USI Affinity Collegiate Insurance Resources. (John Winters, G '11, University News)

Students present, compete at geography conference in N.H.

Faculty and students from Bridgewater State University’s Geography Department attended the annual conference of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society, held in at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. 

Students participated in the much heralded Geography Bowl, and Kevin Bean and Lawrence Wood presented their research. It was an especially valuable learning experience and a great opportunity to interact with geography faculty and students from other institutions in New England and the eastern part of Canada, said Dr. Vernon Domingo, professor of geography at Bridgewater.

Next year the annual conference will be held at BSU.

Forensic team earns several trophies

The Bridgewater State Forensic Team took home several trophies from the recent St. Anselm Fall Tournament. Ten colleges and universities participated, including the University of Pennsylvania, Suffolk University, Emerson College, and Plymouth State University.

The BSU team received the 3rd Place Speech Team Trophy. Individual honors included: Shannon Lynch, who received the 2nd Place Trophy in Informative Speaking; and Frank Theodat, who received the 2nd Place Trophy in Speaking to Entertain. Also in recent news, at the Suffolk University Fall tournament, Shannon Lynch placed 7th in Informative Speaking.

The BSU Forensic Team was next scheduled to participate in one of the largest East Coast World Debate tournaments on December 7 and 8 at Brandeis University. Nearly 30 colleges and universities from the U.S. and Canada attended this tournament. It will be the squad’s first large tournament in this fast growing debate format.

Professor to study ‘permaculture’
Ronald Maribett, a visiting Lecturer in the Geography Department, has been awarded a scholarship to attend this month's Permaculture Your Campus Conference. Held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the conference focuses on providing attendees with the tools necessary to transform their home campus using permaculture design to be more ecologically, economically, and socially regenerative. Attendees will explore diverse models of institutional sustainability designed using the permaculture framework, participate in experiential learning programs, gain hands-on permaculture design and implementation experience, explore transformative strategies for creating a campus permaculture initiative, and establish an international network of students, faculty, staff, and community members working to create a culture of sustainability. Learn more about permaculture or the conference here
Alumna Wins Art Award
Artist Anne Heywood, ’90, was presented the Silver Award by the International Association of Pastel Society for the 2nd Masters Circle Exhibition at the 10th IAPS Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, NM. Heywood's pastel, "Walk in the Woods IV", was her winning painting, chosen from among numerous entries by other members of IAPS's exclusive Master Circle, a distinction conferred upon only a small percentage of IAPS members worldwide. Ann is a ’90 graduate, member of the Alumni Chamber Choir and was selected by the Bridgewater Alumni Association as the 2012 recipient of the Dr. Adrian Tinsley Award for Achievement in the Arts. She has a studio in East Bridgewater. See some of her work here. Founded in 1994, IAPS currently represents 73 pastel organizations from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Art Professor Selected
Professor Margaret Bellafiore (instructor, art) was selected to be part of the Boston Children’s Museum’s centennial celebration. She designed a window installation for a letter of the alphabet. Professor Bellafiore said she chose the letter S for “symbol.” The installation includes a 100-year-old American bald eagle, a peace symbol, the Great Seal of the United States, 26 little "dolls" holding semaphore flags, an 1883 silver dollar, quarters and several dollar bills. Also, one of Professor Bellafiore’s students, Ghada Masri, took part with her in a performance at the Cambridge Art Council. The performance included writing 51 names in Arabic calligraphy on a 15-foot-scroll. Part one of this two-part event was photographed and images can be seen here.
Looking at Almodóvar
Dr. Leora Lev (foreign languages) has contributed an essay, "Our Rapists, Ourselves: Women and the Staging of Rape in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar," to the recently published Companion to Pedro Almdovar. Dr. Lev’s chapter suggests that Almodóvar's cinematic reflections on rape offer a more nuanced, troubling, and necessary analysis that complicates – even when it's also clearly grappling with – understandings of rape both within Spain and beyond in ways that resist reductive categorizations. More information about the book is available here
A Musical Presentation
Dr. Curtiss Hoffman (anthropology) hosted a conference at Regis College in Weston on "The Creative Power of Dreams." Included was a special presentation of a paper by Dr. Hoffman on his Gilgamesh Cantata, which included a performance of two movements of the piece by a group of singers including BSU students Karen Sargent (soprano), McKayla Hoffman (soprano), and Anthony Winters (tenor), as well as volunteers Katherine Tyrer-Vassel (alto) and Betty Gilson (alto). Dr. Hoffman himself sang bass. The conference was attended by 53 people from the New England area and was sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Dreams.