- Dr. William Altman makes notable contribution to Dr. Diane Halpern’s TED Talk
- Ron Cubbison Alumni Exhibition
- International Magazine Features Whitney Point Photographer
- BCC Photography Instructor’s Work Selected for an International Exhibition
Dr. Bill Altman (Psychology & Human Services Department) recently completed editing on the sixth edition of Essentials of Psychology by Douglas Bernstein. This is Dr. Altman’s third stint as Consulting Editor, working with Dr. Bernstein on two editions of this text, as well as the latest edition of his larger text Psychology. It is their fourth collaboration on textbooks and ancillary materials. More information about the text is available from Cengage/Wadsworth.
Mary Seel, Assistant Professor in English, will be presenting at The Conference on Instruction & Technology (CIT), SUNY’s most prominent event on instructional technology in educating. CIT provides a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching/learning environment. The theme for CIT 2013 is Transformation in Higher Education: Sharing Ideas and Showing Results and will be held on SUNYIT campus in Utica, NY, on May 21-24.
Mary was encouraged to participate in the Conference by Jamie Heron-Starr, an Instructional Designer in BCC’s Teaching Resource Center. Mary will be sharing changes she has made in her ANGEL courses based on her participation in various of Jamie’s workshops. Mary’s presentation is part of a larger workshop titled Pedagogical Training and Course Assessment to Improve Student Perception of Learning.
Associate Professor Katherine Bacon’s Presentation of Paper is Well Received by the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University on March 18th
“The Women of Thornton Wilder: Reflecting and Transforming the Female Archetype,” Theater Professor Katherine Bacon’s paper was extremely well received by the members of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University for the session Women and Education this past March 17 to 21. Katherine had presented this paper in 2010 for the “Thornton Wilder Society” at the “Second International Conference on American Drama and Theater” at Keane University in New Jersey. She was inspired to begin work on this paper while directing BCC students in two productions. Thornton Wilder is distinguished by winning three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” and two for his plays “Our Town” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” all works covered in Katherine’s presentation.
Dr. Bill Altman Named Co-Editor of E-xcellence in Teaching
In January, Dr. Bill Altman (Psychology & Human Services Department) began a 3-year term as the co-editor (with Dr. Lyra Stein of Rutgers University) of E-xcellence in Teaching. This is an official online newsletter for the Society of the Teaching of Psychology (STP is a Division of the American Psychological Association). E-xcellence in Teaching highlights new, evidence-based techniques for teaching and evaluation, as well as philosophical essays about the teaching and learning process. In addition, Dr. Altman and Dr. Stein will edit the annual e-book volumes of the essays published in E-xcellence in Teaching. Learn more about STP and E-xcellence in Teaching at http://www.teachpsych.org/index.php. E-xcellence in Teaching e-books are available for free download from STP at: http://www.teachpsych.org/ebooks/eit.php.
Dr. Bill Altman Named NITOP Liaison for The Society of the Teaching of Psychology
Dr. Bill Altman (Psychology & Human Services Department) has been appointed to a 2-year term as the official liaison from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP is a division of the American Psychological Association) to the annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP). In this position, Dr. Altman will develop STP-sponsored programs for NITOP. You can learn more about STP at http://www.teachpsych.org/index.php and about NITOP at http://www.nitop.org/.
Department Of Performing Arts Theater Director Katherine Bacon Presenting Paper at Oxford University
Theater Professor Katherine Bacon’s paper on Thornton Wilder has been accepted for presentation by the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2013. Titled The Women of Thornton Wilder: Reflecting and Transforming the Female Archetype, Katherine presented this paper in 2010 for the Thornton Wilder Society at the Second International Conference on American Drama and Theater at Keane University in New Jersey. Katherine was inspired to begin work on this paper while directing BCC students in two productions — Our Town and The Long Christmas Dinner. Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, all works being covered in Katherine’s presentation.
Two of David Zeggert’s oil paintings have been accepted into the 2013 Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibit located in Oswego NY.
The subject portrayed in Doug’s Friend is a retired school bus garage mechanic, described by many as Rockwellian. Zeggert’s goal with this picture was to state his physical attributes with hopes that his rich persona would come through in the finished painting.
Turkish Breakfast is a still life consisting of several objects, with a Turkish Coffee Pot (cezve) as the main subject. The painting process provided Zeggert the opportunity to examine the space between the objects, resulting in the composition being unusual relative to a more classic approach.
Statement form the Exhibit:
Benjamin Entner, juror for the 2013 Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition, was very enthusiastic about the quality and variety of the works entered for this year’s show.
His job of narrowing down the 215 entries to the final 52 pieces for inclusion into the show was a difficult one, particularly given the quantity of high level work that was submitted.
Lucy Harkness and Suzanne Shepard are participating in “Measuring Faculty Labor in First-Year Composition Courses: a Study of the SUNY Community Colleges,” a project funded by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4 C’s). During the Fall 2012 semester, over 100 SUNY CC faculty tracked all their instruction-related activities in three one-week periods for one section of a first-year composition course. The data is currently being compiled and will be followed by interviews with participants prior to publication.
Dr. Bill Altman Shares Teaching Technology and Techniques at 35th National Institute on the Teaching of PsychologyDr. Bill Altman presented the workshop Creating Exciting, Pain-free PowerPoint Presentations as part of the MASTERING TECHNOLOGY FOR THE TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOP at the 35th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) on January 3, in St. Pete Beach, FL. Workshop participants learned to enhance their presentations with video, animation, and other specialized techniques, as well as appropriate editing and layout to enhance students’ understanding and engagement. Dr. Altman also provided participants with appropriate tools to make their PowerPoint creation easier and more exciting. This was part of a larger workshop on specialized tools and techniques for instruction, which also included the workshops Integrating the iPad into the Workflow of your Professional Academic Life (David S. Berg, Community College of Philadelphia) and Podcasting Basics (with David B. Miller, University of Connecticut).
As well, Dr. Altman presented the workshop CMS? We Don’t Need No Stinking CMS! Building Your Own Course Management System–Free and Easy at NITOP. Participants in Dr. Altman’s workshop learned to create complete online and hybrid courses with off-the-shelf, free resources. This was especially valuable for adjunct professors who might want to use their courses at more than one college, without having to recreate it completely for each one. Instructors learned how to create these courses with both secure and public spaces, so that people not registered in their courses would be able to share in some of the class materials and ideas, while safeguarding students’ work and ensuring appropriate security for proprietary materials. Alongside Dr. Altman’s workshop, two others were presented as part of the TEACHING TECHNOLOGY FAIR: ADVANCED WORKSHOPS ON TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY. These were the workshops Best iPad Productivity Tools For Your Classroom Practices (David S. Berg, Community College of Philadelphia) and Creating and Producing Screencasts (with David B. Miller, University of Connecticut).
At the Institute, Dr. Altman also served a judge for the research poster presentations. This was Dr. Altman’s 4th year serving as an evaluator for the research presented at the Institute.
Lenny Grozier passed the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Reliability Test. It is a national test that certifies Professor Grozier to conduct classroom observations via this standardized instrument.
During this past November, several students in David Chirico’s creative writing courses took part in National Novel Writing Month. This annual contest challenges participants to write a novel in thirty days. Dr Chirico wrote a novel as well, as a way to help guide students through the experience. By the end of the month, his students produced drafts of 200 pages and more.
Professor Irene J. Byrnes has won the Distinguished Advisor Award for the New York State Region for 2012 in her capacity as Faculty Advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year international honor society on campus.Professor Byrnes would like to acknowledge and thank the detailed and generous letters of support written on her behalf by the student President of the campus chapter and the College President, Dr. Drumm.
Professor Byrnes would also like to acknowledge that she works closely with hard-working student leaders whose efforts have greatly contributed to the receipt of this award.
Further Professor Byrnes notes that an honor such as this is impossible without, and owes much to, the key campus personnel who actively support the success of Phi Theta Kappa, and its outstanding student leaders and emerging scholars, on a daily basis.
She wishes to thank and acknowledge, in addition to Dr. Drumm, the following members of the campus: Dr. Francis Battisti, Vice-President Debra Morello, Dr. Michael Kinney, Registrar Marty Guzzi, Director David Maslar, Assistant Registrar Cheryl Heath, Ms. Rhoda Neal, Ms. Kelly Page and Ms. Patricia O’Day.
Bill Altman of Broome Community College and Sue Frantz of Highline Community College were invited to present a seminar on the use of wiki technology for teaching psychology classes at the 24th Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (SETOP) at Kennesaw State University. This presentation was not only well received, but was noted for being the first SETOP presentation to use online conferencing and presentation technology, so that Dr. Altman could attend from Binghamton, rather than traveling to Georgia. The tools with which they engineered this presentation were the same ones about which they presented, so the presentation itself was a unique demonstration of the technologies.
Tuong Nguyen is contributing a book chapter named “The Vietnamese Noun Phrase” to the book Linguistics of Vietnamese. It went through peer and editor reviews in 2012. It is in press now and is going to appear in July 2013. The citation is as follows:
Hole, Daniel (Ed.) and Elisabeth Löbel (Ed.). Linguistics of Vietnamese. An International Survey. Germany: De Gruyter Mouton, 2013. Web. Retrieved 19 Oct. 2012, from http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/183229
Dr. Kevin Sheridan will be attending a conference representing Broome Community College on October 26th at SUNY New Paltz. The conference is called “EvoS Summit: Expanding Darwin’s Reach across the Ivory Archipelago.” Dr. Sheridan will be co-presenting a talk with Hadassah Head of Binghamton University titled “EvoS Online: Deep History Meets the Future.” He will be receiving a $240 honorarium for his participation.
Dr. Bill Altman (Psychology & Human Services) has contributed 11 teaching methods videos to the Wadsworth Guest Lecture series. These and many other short videos about teaching are available online at http://college.cengage.com/psychology/shared/guest_lecture/popup.html. The videos in this series were contributed by many leading psychology professors in the United States, and although most deal specifically with psychology, the methods discussed are generally applicable to most fields. Dr. Altman’s contributions to this series were:
- Understanding and creating cults.
- Inducing false memories.
- Students revise their exam errors.
- Stream ideas in psychology.
- In-class writing assignments.
- The importance of creating a clear syllabus.
- Perception: Thinking of yourself in a critical way.
- Showing students how scripts control our behavior.
- Social psychology: Why do people do what they do?
- The need for passion and curiosity in good students.
- Psychologists in the media: Their role as a source of information.