Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

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

Recent faculty and staff accomplishments include:

Professor Lynn Blake in Montana

Lynn Blake, professor of fashion and program director of fashion, was one of several professional working artists invited by the Montana Painter's Alliance to join the October 2017 "Paint Out" in Paradise Valley, Montana. 

Diane Austin, vice president of student affairs, was invited to serve on the "BSO in Residence" program committee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The new program places BSO musicians, staff, and board members in Boston communities to collaborate on programs that celebrate and reflect the character of that neighborhood.

Janice Barrett, professor of communication and graduate program coordinator for communication, shared three presentations with the National Communication Association in Dallas in November 2017. Among her presentations: "The Legacy and Relevance of Rhetoric in Conflict and Peacebuilding."

Kyle Benedict, program assistant for international student services and the Office of Student Activities, is a member of the Hosteling International USA Scholarship committee for the second year in a row.

Paul DeBole, assistant professor of political science, was a featured expert in a Boston Globe article regarding a potential casino on Martha's Vineyard. He and the political science program were also recognized for their contributions to a recent Massachusetts Gaming Commission report.

Math Workbook from Deirdre Donovan and Neil Hatem at Lasell CollegeDeirdre Donovan, assistant professor of mathematics, co-published a Math 106 workbook through Academx Publishing Services with Neil Hatem, associate professor of mathematics and program director of mathematics.

Julia Dougherty, program coordinator in the Office of International Student Services, presented on "Pre-Departure (Dis)orientation: Making Sure Students Are Effectively Engaged," at the Region XI conference for NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Marie Franklin, associate professorof journalism, appeared as a special guest on "The Today Show" in Australia to discuss her personal finance blog in November. Her blog was also featured in February in an article on the NBC News website, "How one woman saved thousands by pocketing $5 bills."

Hortense Gerardo, associate professor of anthropology and performing arts, will be featured in an upcoming journal article, "Systemic Design Engineering," in the 27th Annual INCOSE International Symposium. Gerardo also received an Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds Grant for the presentation of her film, Infinite Corridor, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Jennifer Granger, director of student activities and orientation, presented three sessions at the annual conference of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Topics included bridging new student transitions through leadership education and retention employment at small colleges and universities.

Celeste Harring, manager of education at Lasell Village, retired after 20 years of service. Harring was an integral part of Lasell Village, where she worked in sales, ran educational programming, and helped raise the facility profile as a one-of-a-kind senior living community on a college campus.

Michael Hoyle Book: Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities

Michael Hoyle, vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer, authored a chapter in Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities: New Strategies for Higher Education Leaders, from James Martin and James E. Samels & Associates. 

Gavin Hurley, assistant professor of writing, had work featured in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and in an essay collection, Approaching Twin Peaks: Critical Essays on the Original Series.

Tom Hunt, associate director of student financial planning, presented at the College Board New England regional forum in March.

Michele Kosboth, director of student financial planning, was a co-coordinator for FAFSA Day at Burlington High School, an event sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Financial Aid Administrators. It is designed to make financial aid professionals available to assist students and families with their federal Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.

Sarah Large, assistant professor of writing, gave presentations at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) convention and at the 2017 Sharing Best Practices CCCC Summer Conference.

Margo Lemieux Cut Paper Wall HangingMargo Lemieux, professor of artand graphic design, edited a memoir by Henry Lemieux of growing up in a Franco-American household in Fall River, Massachusetts. A recent pieceof Lemieux's visual work, a cut paper wall hanging titled "Lady Phật ĐàNẵng Cares for Thế Giới" (translation:Lady Buddha Da Nang Cares for the World), was featured at the Attleboro Arts Museum Invitational Exhibit in February.

Jennifer Leszkiewicz, clinical counselor, achieved the highest level in the social work profession - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work (LICSW) - which requires passing the state board examination and completing supervised post-graduate clinical hours.

Michelle Niestepski, associate professor of writing, shared two presentations in spring 2017, "Demystifying Drafting: Lessons from a Workshop Model of Composition," and "Using Themed Writing Courses to Promote Humility and Conviction."

Sarah Richardson, assistant director of student activities, became a member of the Keuka College Alumni Board. She will serve as class representative for alumni classes from 2005 to 2010.

Claudia Rinaldi, associate professor of education and program director of education, co-authored an article with Joni Magee and two other industry professionals in the Fall/Winter issue of the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL) newsletter. The article examined insights from Lasell's new graduate certificate in teaching English Language Learners with disabilities.

Erin Vincente, associate professor of communication, was recently published in the Review of Social Sciences for her paper on faculty experiences at private, liberal arts colleges. She also shared a presentation with the National Communication Association Undergraduate College and University Division on supporting adjunct faculty with mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Allison Whitcomb, health educator and clinical counselor, was the keynote speaker for the residential life staff training at Boston University in January. She discussed supporting the mental health of students in residence life.

Zane Zheng, assistant professor of psychology, received the 2017 American Psychological Association International Travel Award. Zheng was also quoted in a recent journal article in Psychological Reports.

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