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News and Notes: Fall 2013

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Michael J. Hanophy, Ph.D., presented a poster titled “A Freshman Seminar Course on the History of Antibiotic Therapy Improves Scientific and Information Literacy” at the 20th annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) in Denver. Co-authored by McEntegart Hall librarian Lauren Kehoe, the work was based on their experience developing and implementing one of the College’s new SJC 100 courses. The abstract was published in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.


Child Study

Claudia Bonavita ’88 and Katherine L. Granelli ’82, Ed.D., presented “Teaching A Miracle: Integrating Special Education Practices into a Medical Model of Recovery from a Brain Injury” at Recreation: Improving Outcomes, Enhancing Lives, Reducing Risk, a conference hosted by SJC and the Long Island Leisure Services Association in cooperation with the Therapeutic Recreation Association of Suffolk County, on April 19.

JoAnn Vitiello and Helaine Vecchione presented at the New York State Council for Exceptional Children Student Association’s 2013 Student Leadership Conference in June at Dominican College in Orangeburg, Rockland County. Ms. Vitiello presented “Michael’s Story: Living with Autism,” and Ms. Vecchione presented “Using Common Sense with the Common Core” to the pre-service teachers.

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Dr. Claire Lenz

Claire Lenz, Ed.D., published an article, “Can We Talk? A Model for Active Comprehension Using Technology,” in the online edition of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (Vol. 57). Dr. Lenz also presented at the International Reading Association in San Antonio in May on the topic, “A 21st Century Combination: Informational Text, the Common Core Standards and Technology.”

Kathleen Cassidy ’99 and Edgar Daniels presented at the New York State Middle School Association Regional Conference, Teaching for Tomorrow, held at St. Joseph’s Long Island Campus on May 29. Their presentation was titled “Integrating Non-Fiction, Fiction and Video to Meet the Common Core Standards.”

Jan Harting-McChesney, Ed.D., presented a paper at the London Educational Research Symposium, held at the Oxford and Cambridge University Club in London last November. Dr. Harting-McChesney, along with research colleague Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, presented findings from their most recent study, “Preservice Teachers Use of Technology and Information Communication Technologies in Literacy Instruction. She recently contributed an article to The Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, “Finding a Manageable Body of Content: Seven Literacy Teacher Educators Explore the Constraints on What They Teach.”



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Dr. Judith Phagan

Judith Phagan, D.A., presented a paper at the New York College English Association meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., titled “Prayer, Poetry and Oppression: Exploring Borderlands in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.”

Peter Mascuch, Ph.D., presented a paper, “The Master Meets His Match? Bio-Pics, Dramatic License, and ‘The Dark Side of Genius’ in Hitchcock and The Girl,” at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in Washington, D.C., in March.

Alena Dillon’s collection of humor essays, I Thought We Agreed to Pee in the Ocean: and Other Amusings From a Girl Wearing Sweatpants (Martlet & Mare Books), will be published this fall in paperback and e-book formats from and select bookstores.

Susan Nakley, Ph.D.’s, article “‘Rouned She a Pistel’: National Institutions and Identities According to Chaucer’s Wife of Bath,” has been accepted by the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and will be published some- time in 2014. Dr. Nakley delivered a paper, “Chaos and Noble Designs, or, Blunder then Plunder?” at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Mich., in May, and is scheduled to deliver a paper, “On the Unruly Power of Pain in Middle English Drama,” at the MLA National Convention in Chicago in January. She also had a book review appear in The Medieval Review in April, and another will appear in JEGP next year.

Benedick Turner, Ph.D., contributed an article, “A Man’s Work Must She Do: Female Manliness in Tennyson’s Gareth and Lynette,” to the journal Victorian Poetry. It is scheduled for publication in the fall 2014 issue. In November, he will present a paper, “The Arching Vault of Truth: Architecture and Pragmatism in The Portrait of a Lady,” at the 111th annual meeting of the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association in San Diego.


General Studies

Debra Freedman recently co-authored and self-published a children’s book, The City Dog Meets the Country Dog, through She has also published a book used for teaching English as a second language through Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, and has presented papers at the Puerto Rico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (PRTESOL) annual convention.


Health Administration

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Dr. John Sardelis

John Sardelis, Dr.P.H., was recently elected chairman of the finance committee for Affinity Health Plan’s board of directors, and appointed as a member of the audit committee for IPRO’s board of directors.


Mathematics and Computer Science

S. Eileen Marie Connor, OP, Ed. D., presented at the fifth Technology- in-Education Conference, held at the Long Island Campus on May 20 (“User-friendly Apps for Education and Mobile Learning”), and at Campus Technology 2013: the 20th annual Education Technology Conference in Boston on July 31 (“Transforming Learning Through the Mindful Use of Digital Multimedia and Technology”). S. Eileen Marie also received a certificate of recognition from Phi Delta Kappa International for five years of distinguished service and leadership.

William McAllister and S. Jane Fritz, C.S.J., have signed a contract with publisher Mercury Learning and Information to co-author a basic programming textbook, Learning Java — A Game Programming Approach. The book incorporates game programming, which Mr. McAllister says has led to mea- sured improvements in student learning outcomes in his classes, into a basic text.


Modern Languages

María Montoya, Ph.D., contributed an article, “De la pantalla al papel: Benjamín Jarnés y el cine” (“From the Screen to the Page: Benjamín Jarnés and Film”) to the September 2013 edition of Hispanófila, a Romance- language publication of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her essay “Parodies of Don Juan in the Tales of Clarín and Galdós” appeared in the volume At Whom Are We Laughing: Humor in Romance Languages Literatures (Cambridge Scholars) in July.



Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., organized and presented at two conferences for the Interdisciplinary-Net Research Group in Oxford, England, in July. One conference paper was on childhood (“Portrait of the Child as the Young Artist”) and the other on the concept of play in learning (“Little Red Riding Hood meets Superman: Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Education and the Playful Child”).



Christopher Frost, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for SJC’s Long Island Campus, had several works published in Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the quarterly magazine of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, including a story, “Adoption: Homeward Bound” (summer 2012); and two photography columns: “Where (Mis) Fortune Resides?” (fall 2012) and “Opening the Doors of Educational Opportunity” (spring 2013). Dr. Frost also co-authored “The Ethics of Neuroscience and the Neuroscience of Ethics: A Phenomenonological-Existential Approach” in Science and Engineering Ethics, which also featured a scholarly reply to the work.

John Karahalis, Ed.D., co-authored and published an article in the spring 2013 issue of the Long Island Education Review, titled “An Examination of Transition Planning With Classified Special Education Students Using Kohler’s Model to Identify Coherence and Compliance Within Secondary Transition Programs.” Dr. Karahalis was also the keynote presenter at’s conference, Whose Life is it Anyway? Transition Planning for the 21st-Century Learner, in Bohemia on March 21.

Darshanand Ramdass, Ph.D., attended “Research on Innovation for Enhancing Achievement and Equity,” a seminar hosted by the Pittsburgh Science of JoAnn Vitiello in the classroom. Learning Center at Carnegie Mellon University on June 22 and 23. He also presented a poster titled “The Role of Modeling and Feedback on Middle School Students’ Math Skills, Self- Beliefs, and Calibration.”

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Dr. Diane Sherlip

Diane Sherlip, Ph.D., presented “How to Start and Build a Psychotherapy Practice” at the New York State Psychological Association’s 76th Annual Convention on June 1 in New York City. The next day, she presented “Bridging the Divide: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues to Enhance Student Learning” at The Teaching Professor’s 10th annual conference in New Orleans.

Dominique Treboux, Ph.D., present- ed “Two Weeks After Hurricane Sandy: Relations Between Loss and Anxiety,” at the 25th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. in May, along with St. Joseph’s students Justine Howell, Kelly Laliberty and Anthony Friszell.


Social Sciences

William Bengston, Ph.D., present- ed “Lessons from the Lab” via Skype to the World Institute for Scientific Exploration in Hong Kong in March, and in April presented “A Selection of Research on Anomalous Healing” to Columbia University’s Department of Psychology.

Stephen J. Rockwell, Ph.D., wrote “Public Service and the Making of America” for PA TIMES, a publication of the American Society for Public Administration, and contributed a book review to the September issue of the Journal of American History.


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