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Faculty News and Notes — November 2012

Business Administration and Accounting

For the third year in a row, the New York Law Journal has named Elizabeth Bonina, J.D., one of the top 10 mediators in New York state. She is ranked fifth overall and first among female mediators. A former justice of the state Supreme Court, Ms. Bonina currently teaches business law at the Brooklyn Campus.


Richard J. Torz , Ph.D., participated at the 2012 Northeast Business & Economics Association (NBEA) conference, held October 25-27 in Port Jefferson, Long Island. Dr. Torz organized on behalf of his EU-EMU Working Group two panel sessions: one on lessons for the European Union (EU) from the current global economic and financial crisis, and another on lessons for the European Monetary Union (EMU) from the current European sovereign debt crisis. He chaired and served as a panelist for the latter.


In September, Phillip Dehne, Ph.D., presented a paper, “Opposing the wrath of the victors: The Supreme Economic Council during the Paris Peace Conference 1919,” at the Western Conference on British Studies in Las Vegas.


Landon Frim coached SJC’s first Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) team. Hundreds of student teams from across the United States and Canada compete in 10 regional Ethics Bowl competitions each fall. The teams argue and defend their moral assessment of some of the most troubling and complex ethical issues facing society today. St. Joseph’s team was scheduled to compete in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl on November 10 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., but the competition was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., organized two conferences sponsored by the ID-Net Conference, held in July 2012 in Oxford, England. One conference was on childhood and the other on play.


Christopher Kearney, Psy.D., NCSP, earned a doctoral degree in School Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in May. He recently contributed an interview for the September 2012 issue of Communiqué, a publication of the National Association of School Psychologists. A 2001 SJC graduate, Dr. Kearney is a school psychologist for the Sachem Central School District, and has worked as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s Long Island Campus for the past seven years.

Speech (Communication Studies)

Julie Raplee, M.S., CCC-SLP, gave a presentation titled “Vocal Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment” at the Suffolk Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy on October 21.

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