September 2010

Faculty Accomplishments

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, chaired a Panel on the Villanelle at the 2010 West Chester Poetry Conference on June 10th, 2010. He also presented a talk on Keats’s "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and Yeats’s "The Song of Wandering Aengus" at the Yeats Critical Seminar at the West Chester Poetry Conference on June 10th.

Two poems by Professor Bennett appear in the Fall 2010 online poetry magazine, 

Professor Bennett read his poetry at the Aurora Arts & Design Center, Aurora, September 3rd, 2010.


Tracy Brandenburg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish had the opportunity 
to both study and consult at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( at Stanford University in July. She studied in an executive program on "design thinking," and learned how to both implement, as well as teach this methodology. Design thinking is used to solve difficult problems and arrive at innovative solutions. It employs techniques from the arts, anthropology, business, and engineering.


Robert Ellis, Director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, has been quoted on the Dow Jones Wire service, as well as in Ignites and FundFire, on different aspects of the wealth management industry. Ignites is an online newsletter for asset managers. FundFire, also owned by Source Media, is a retail-oriented newsletter that focuses on asset management choices by individual wealth managers and advisors. FundFire recently quoted Ellis on the quality of senior execs at the four big wire houses; what they were focusing on and whether it was the right thing to be concentrating on for their firm.


Deborah Gagnon, Associate Professor of Psychology, delivered the opening keynote address at the New York Library Association's 2010 Academic Librarian's Conference held June 7-8 in Ithaca, NY. The conference theme was 'Faster than the Speed of Bytes: Technology, Cognition, and the Academic Librarian;' Dr. Gagnon discussed the intersection between brain, cognition, and technology and its impact on library services in her talk 'This Is Your Brain on Technology: The Technology Exposure Effect."


William GanisAssociate Professor of Art History, had two articles appear the Summer 2010 issue of The Gather, published by the Corning Museum of Glass—These texts are: "Meet the Artist: April Surgent" profiling a Seattle-based glass engraver; and "Masters of Studio Glass: Ji?í Harcuba" previewing an upcoming exhibition of this Czech artist.

His article, "Shift Dress" on pâte de verre sculptor Mielle Riggie published the Summer 2010 issue of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly and his review of "Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection" exhibition at the Corning Museum of Glass appears in the same issue.

The Art Book, a publication of the Association of Art Historians — published Dr. Ganis’s review of Sheldon Barr’s book, Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917, in the Volume 17, Issue 3, August 2010 issue.

As director of Wells College’s String Room Gallery, Professor Ganis opened the first show of the 2010-11 season with "Ceramic Trompe L’oeil: Walking with Softer Steps" featuring vessels by Eric Serritella. This exhibition is on view from September 1 to October 7. 

In another discipline, Dr. Ganis has his "Bakery and Bistro: Normal Bread—Red Dove Tavern" article discussing relationship of a bakery and restaurant in Geneva, NY, published in the Fall 2010 issue of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. 


Michael GrothProfessor of History, presented a paper entitled, "ABOLITIONISM AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF BLACK IDENTITY IN THE MID-HUDSON VALLEY" at the 32nd Annual Meeting Of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic held in Rochester, NY in July.


Cynthia J. KoeppProfessor of History, reviewed Geraldine Sheridan's new book, "Louder Than Words: Ways of Seeing Women Workers in Eighteenth-Century France" for the September issue of H-France Review (Vol. 10, No. 128), the on-line journal of the Society for French Historical Studies. 


Laura J. McClusky, Associate Professor of Sociology, at the invitation of the Global Center of Non-Killing, submitted a chapter titled Ending Violence, Changing Lives: Identity, Domestic Violence and Culture Change in Southern Belize. This chapter is now published in Non-Killing Societies (Honolulu, HI: Center for Global Non-Killing 2010). 


Laura J. McClusky proposed, and in collaboration with John Wells and Amy Torea of Wells College and faculty and administrators at Galen University, developed and initiated a semester abroad Off-Campus study program in Sustainable Community Development at Galen University, Belize. This program, primarily for sophomores in the fall semester, and juniors and seniors in the spring, allows students to learn first-hand about critical issues concerning poverty, poverty alleviation, economic and environmental sustainability, cultural survival and the maintenance of autonomy for communities in this multi-ethnic Central American nation. McClusky also developed and coordinated an orientation for students participating in this program. The orientation included a five day in-country field experience (including exploration and skills acquisition) and a suggested set of readings reflecting current research in the regions they visited. 

McClusky is also serving as a judge for the New York State Sociological Association’s graduate and undergraduate student prize for best paper submitted to the annual conference. 


Niamh O' LearyProfessor of Environmental Studies, had her article on carbon footprints, "Footprints by the Lake", published in the summer 2010 issue of *Network News*, the newsletter of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. The article highlighted Wells College's Climate Commitment signed by President Ryerson in 2008.