Making Moves In and Around Lasell

Leaves highlights new faculty members, personnel moves, and community achievements

In addition to six new faculty members joining Lasell this fall, many members of the staff and faculty had notable achievements to share. Here are the new faces and accomplishments within the Lasell community:

Faculty Additions

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Communication
Professor Anderson joins the faculty after completing her PhD at Florida State University. Her research and publications focus largely on media representations of gender and race in sport, as well as the ways in which media shapes social and cultural values.

Maithily Erande, Associate Professor and Program Director for Information Technology Degree
Professor Erande joins us as former vice president of product engineering at RSG Media Systems, with years of experience in global project management. More recently, she was a lecturer and program developer for the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Erande earned her MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore.

Lori L'italien, Assistant Professor of Music and Performing Arts, Director of Performing Arts
Professor L'Italien joins Lasell full-time after serving as the college's choral director and director of the student drama production, as well as teaching performing arts, voice, and chorus over the past six years. She holds an MFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.

Ron Laham, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Professor Laham joins the faculty as an assistant professor following a year as visiting assistant professor and eight years as a lecturer in the athletic training and exercise science programs. Laham is a licensed athletic trainer, certified personal trainer, and certified strength and conditioning coach. He earned his MEd at the University of Virginia.

Elyssa Miller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Professor Miller comes to Lasell after 19 years of teaching mathematics at Marlborough High School in Mass. For the past two years, she has served as an adjunct professor at Boston University and Assumption College. She is currently working toward an EdD in Mathematics Education with research focused on how emergent bilingual students communicate mathematically in general education math classrooms.

Matthew Reilly '06 G'09, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Professor Reilly joins the full-time faculty after one year as a visiting professor at Lasell. Previously, he served as a lecturer at the college and worked in marketing and communications roles at Boston-based financial firms including State Street Corporation. He holds an EdD in organizational leadership from Northeastern University.

Personnel Moves

Sarah Abbott was promoted from assistant professor of criminal justice to associate professor of criminal justice. Jill Carey was promoted from associate professor of fashion to professor of fashion. Margo Lemieux was promoted from associate professor of art and graphic design to professor of art and graphic design. Anne Trevenen was promoted from assistant professor of fashion to associate professor of fashion. Erin Vicente was promoted from assistant professor of communication to associate professor of communication. 

Jeanne Johnsen '72 retired from Lasell in May 2017 after 44 years of service to the college. Jeanne began her career at Lasell immediately following her graduation with a position in administration. From 1982 through to her retirement, she served in the Development and Alumni Relations office. Jeanne remains an active member of the Lasell community and recently celebrated her 45th reunion on campus.

Malini Pillai retired from Lasell after 30 years of service in May 2017. Pillai joined the Lasell faculty in 1987 and was known for her incorporation of real-world application problems in her courses to ensure that students appreciated the relevance of math in everyday life. She established the Seminar for Math Tutors, which trained students to become peer tutors to help their colleagues develop confidence in the subject and launched the math minor to help all students learn math skills needed to excel in their fields.

Community Achievements

College President Michael Alexander and Lasell Village President Anne Doyle were featured speakers at the 2017 Biennial Global Ageing Conference in Montreaux, Switzerland. They presented on Lasell's innovative model of housing, healthcare, and higher education.

Diane Austin, vice president of student affairs, is now the president of the board of directors for Project STEP (String Training and Education Program). She was recently elected as a member of the board of directors of the Bidwell House Museum and as an overseer emerita (second term) of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Janice Barrett, professor of communication, was featured in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Boston Buzz Newsletter.

Kyle Benedict, program assistant for international student services and the office of student activities, was the sponsorship coordinator for the Spring
2017 Conference Committee of the Boston Area Study Abroad Association.

Steven Bloom, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of Undergraduate education, received the 2017 Eugene O'Neill Medallion from the Eugene O'Neill Society alongside Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange.

Kenneth Calhoun, associate professor of art and graphic design, had his PEN/O.Henry award-winning story "Nightblooming" chosen by radio and stage show Selected Shorts to be performed at the Mark Twain Library Puddn'head Festival.

Christianne Eason, assistant professor of athletic training, presented at the National Athletic Training Association 2017 Annual Clinical Symposium.

Charlotte Frazier, associate professor of psychology, attended the annual Summer Training Workshop on African-American Aging Research, as well as the Summer 2017 International Faculty Development Seminar hosted by the Council on International Educational Exchange.

Aaron Galletta, head coach of men's basketball, has been selected for induction into the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sarahbeth Golden, associate professor of psychology, Bruce McKinnon, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, Jim Ostrow, and Catherine Zeek, dean of Curricular and faculty innovation, presented on "Fostering Curricular Reform and Institutional Change through PBL" at the Project Based Learning Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Jennifer Granger, director of Student Activities and orientation, completed 10 years of membership on the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association Board of Directors in June 2017.

Thomas Hunt, associate director of student financial planning, is serving as co-chair for the Graduate and Professional Student Concerns committee of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). He will also be participating in the College Board Enrollment Leadership Academy.

Michele Kosboth, director of student financial planning, presented to the first Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) Leadership Academy meeting. Michele serves as the co-chair of the communications committee for MASFAA.

Betsy Leondar-Wright, assistant professor of sociology, co-presented a paper at the American Sociological Association (ASA) and presented at the annual Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) conference.

The Marketing and Communications team, including Chris Lynett, Lindsey McCabe, Rebecca Oliver, and Phillip Spencer, were awarded a silver and merit award for their outdoor ad campaign and website, respectively, at the 32nd annual Educational Advertising Awards. The team also received a 2016 Ingeniux Site of the Year award for Extraordinary Mobile Experience and presented at the National Ingeniux User Conference on "Rebranding an Organization and Its Website."

Arianna Magee, assistant director of student financial planning, is participating in the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's (MASFAA) Leadership Academy.

Joan McGrath, administrative assistant, serves as chairperson of the Social Justice Committee of the Corpus Christi - St. Bernard's Church in Newton, organizing monthly events to raise money, clothing, and food for needy families.

Marsha Mirkin, professor of psychology, had an entry accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy and presented a session titled "Immigrants and Allies: Biblical Models of Connection and Change" at the American Family Therapy Academy Conference.

Joann Montepare, director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center on aging and intergenerational studies and Kimberly Farah, professor of chemistry, co-chaired a session entitled "Being an Age-Friendly Institution of Higher Education: Perspectives from Global Partners" at the June meetings of the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Jim Ostrow, vice president for Academic Affairs, served on a panel to discuss higher education cost containment at a meeting of the Council for Independent College Online in the Humanities Consortium.

Sarah Richardson, assistant director of the office of Student Activities, has served on the regional conference planning committees of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) for the past five years.

Lori Rosenthal, associate professor of psychology, was appointed editor of The Exchange, the publication of the New England Faculty Development Consortium, and had a presentation accepted at a NEEAN meeting with Mike Daley, Denny Frey, and Catherine Zeek.

Dominique Mathieu Ross, assistant professor of athletic training, delivered Massachusetts State House testimony before the Joint Committee on Education in support of the Athlete Safety Bill and before the Joint Committee on Financial Services in support of the Consumer Choice in Health Care Bill.

Dan Sargeant, assistant professor of sport management, made a presentation with students Lane Sulzer and Tom Colvell on "Technological Advances in Baseball
and Their Impacts" at the Cooperstown Baseball Symposium.

Jill Shoemaker, Brennan Library head of reference and instruction, led a presentation for the American Library Association in June 2017.

Zane Zheng, assistant professor of psychology, presented on "A Perceptual Effect Based on Lexical Processing of Words During Hearing" at the International Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science.

Lasell Village entered a team into the LeadingAge Hackfest in June 2017. The team developed a business idea for Smart Step, a product to aid people in picking up their feet to walk. Team Lasell placed first and won a trip to the national LeadingAge conference in New Orleans as well as $2,500 to develop the product.

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