English Division Bog (04.24.17)

Coming Events

Be sure to check the blog in two weeks for news of student achievements and awards.

The Writers Project

On Wednesday, April 26 Dr. Kathleen McCoy, Professor of English and Chair of the English Division, will read from her poetry in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall at 12:40 p.m.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Stuart Bartow, Professor of English, will be promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor effective September 1, 2017. Bartow has published a new haiku in New England Letters #27: April 2017. He has given permission to reprint it here.

the wind in the trees
at 4 a.m.
her endless exhale

On April 28, Anthony Cavaluzzi, Associate Professor of English, will present “Redefining Bel Canto: Vocal Manifestations of Italian Opera in the Evolution of Frank Sinatra’s Recordings”  at the Calandra Italian-American Institute Annual Conference at City University of New York, Italian Sonorities and Acoustic Communities Listening to the Soundscapes of Italianità.

On May 9, Dr. Lâle Davidson, Distinguished Professor of English, will give a presentation on "Black Sheep and Electric Sheep" as part of the Never Stop Learning Series (formerly Senior Lecture Series) offered by the Division of Continuing Education. 

Dr. Robert Faivre, Professor of English, has been chosen to be a Marshal at the Commencement for the class of 2017.

Dr. Khristeena Lute, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Center for Reading and Writing, will present “A Writer Divided: Grace King’s Maternal French Mentors and Paternal Northern Editors” at the Society for Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) 2017 Conference. Bordeaux, France. July 5-8, 2017.

Dr. Kathleen McCoy, Professor of English and Chair of the English Division, was awarded an Emerging Leader Award by the American Association of University Women of New York State. She will receive her award in Syracuse on April 21. 

“Enlightenment,” a short story by Joe Portes, Adjunct Professor in English, was chosen for publication in 17 Very Funny Short Stories.


Report from Power in Partnership Brown Bag Lunch

No one will argue that teaching can get stressful, especially as we near the end of the semester or school year.  The English Division’s Power in Partnership committee had that in mind when they hosted their annual Spring Brown Bag event on April 7.  Seventeen exhausted educators from area high schools and SUNY Adirondack came together for an afternoon of mingling, meditation, and mindfulness at the Wilton Campus.

After coffee and complimentary chair massages, everyone was led through techniques of mindfulness in a workshop titled “Taking Care of Students by Taking Care of Ourselves: Mindfulness in Education,” presented by Chris Mazura of Guilderland High School and Damian Ubriaco of Saratoga Springs High School. Mazura and Ubriaco describe mindfulness as “… a technique of bringing your awareness continually and gently back to the present moment.”  Participants learned mindfulness techniques, such as posture and how to work with emotions, and how to practice them in both their everyday lives and in their classrooms.

As always, discussions were lively and interesting, and it is safe to say that all seventeen attendees left in a far more relaxed state, and with several practical ideas to take back to their classrooms. (Submitted by Di Kivi, Adjunct Professor of English and member of the Power in Partnership committee.)

Honoring Our Colleagues

In the Spring of 2014, William (Bill) Losinger, Associate Professor of English, and William (Bill) Weiss, Associate Professor of English, retired after many years at the College (Losinger had taught for 40 years). Recently two pear trees in the College orchard were dedicated to these men. Above are pictures of the plaques under the trees, and a picture of the two trees together, taken from the west looking toward Bay Road.

Carole Moreau, Adjunct Professor of English and Tutor in the Center for Reading and Writing, died on July 27, 2015. A cherry tree in the orchard will be dedicated to Moreau. 

 “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” –Jacques Barzun.

Faculty Websites

Dr. Lâle Davidson
Dr. Khristeena Lute
Peter Marino 
Dr. Kathleen McCoy
Joe Portes
Ellen Ricks
Charlotte Smith
Bill Weiss

Other Websites of interest
Library Blog
CRW Tutors’ Blog
Joyce Miller

The English Division blog is maintained by Jane Arnold, Professor of English/Reading Specialist, arnoldj@sunyacc.edu.