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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

The Quarantined City, a digital illustration by Kenneth Calhoun, M.F.A.KENNETH CALHOUN, M.F.A, program chair of art and graphic design, had a digital illustration, “The Quarantined City,” (pictured left) and microfiction story of the same name published in Beyond Words.

PATRICIA CANTIN retired in June after 34 years as a part-time teacher at The Barn and Rockwell Preschool.

ELENA CEBAN, MBA, supported living manager at Lasell Village; and ELIZABETH FLAIG, MBA, coordinator of intergenerational programming, received their MBA degrees from Lasell in 2020. They continue to help Lasell Village meet the challenges presented by the pandemic: Ceban created a new enclave of community living to accommodate social distancing, and Flaig has continued to provide intergenerational programming, now in a virtual medium, to residents.

Hand fans donated to the Lasell Fashion Collection by an alumJILL CAREY, M.ED., professor of fashion and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection, provided assistance on a working bibliography for author Moira Linehan. Linehan’s collection of poems documents her grandmother’s career as a dress designer and seamstress in Paris and Boston. The book, & Company, will be published by Dos Madres Press. Carey also received a grant from the Fan Association of North America to catalog and digitize the hand fan assortment in Lasell’s Fashion Collection (pictured right). 

ELIZABETH HARTMANN, PH.D., associate professor of education, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to serve as an expert reviewer on an evaluation of a federally funded National Technical Assistance Center.

BETSY LEONDAR-WRIGHT, PH.D., associate professor of sociology, was interviewed for the podcast Root Causes on “Class Oppression and Movement Work,” and presented a webinar, “Activism That Works,” about the strategy of the Black Lives Matter movement. Leondar-Wright was also quoted in The Atlantic in the spring and presented a webinar on nonprofit workplaces, “Are you living your values in the COVID era?”

JOANN MONTEPARE, PH.D., director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, was elected chair of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education of the Gerontological Society of America. Montepare was also elected president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), and was awarded a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation on Aging for a project on “Taking the Pulse of Age-Friendliness in Higher Education in the U.S. Today.”

ESTHER PEARSON, ED.D., assistant professor of mathematics and data science, accepted a three-year appointment from the American Statistical Association’s national committee on career development. The group’s mission is to organize and promote activities and information to aid the careers of statisticians and data scientists.

CLAUDIA RINALDI, PH.D., education program chair and Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor of Education, was invited to be a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for their 2020 Model Demonstration Program competition. Rinaldi also developed a five-hour course for the New York Teachers Union on Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for bilingual English learners.

NANCY SNOW, M.S.M, executive assistant at Lasell Village, led planning efforts for the Village’s 20th anniversary party.

KELLY TUCKER, B.S., human resources generalist at Lasell Village, continues her studies toward a graduate degree in human resources while concurrently leading efforts for the Village’s staff recruitment and retention.

ERIN VICENTE, ED.D., associate professor of communication, had three presentations accepted to the National Communication Association’s fall 2020 conference: “Female Mentorship in Higher Education,” “The Communication Capstone Experience Present to Future — What It Is to What It Should Be,” and “The Crossroads of Education and COVID-19: Balancing Priorities and Lessons Learned.”

NANCY WALDRON, PH.D., associate professor and chair of business, was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Waldron is completing a second Ph.D. in public administration at Walden University, and was interviewed by The New York Times in May 2020 for their story, “Keeping Clients Fit During the Pandemic by Going Virtual.”

An article in BAB Magazine featuring input from Professor Brian WardygaBRIAN WARDYGA, ED.D., professor of communication, was featured and quoted in an article about video games in BAB Magazine in June 2020 (pictured left).

CATHARINE WEISS, PH.D., associate professor of fashion, co-edited a special edition journal, Fashion Technologies, for Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, published in May 2020 by Intellect. Weiss is also co-editing a second iteration of the journal with colleagues from Drexel University and the University of Rhode Island, to be published in 2021.

TOM ZAWISZA, PH.D., assistant professor of justice studies, co-authored an article in the Journal of Crime and Justice, “Whirlwinds and Break-Ins: Evidence Linking a New Orleans Tornado to Residential Burglary.”