Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Leaves highlights community achievements.

Recent faculty and staff accomplishments from late 2018 and early 2019 include:

RICHARD ARNOLD, director of health services, is a member of the Board of Health in Watertown, Massachusetts, and a volunteer at Project Literacy. He has previously led medical missions to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

DIANE AUSTIN, vice president of student affairs, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Plattsburgh College Foundation for an initial three-year term. Austin will retire from Lasell College after 24 years of service in late spring. According to President Michael B. Alexander, "Diane Austin is one of the people who have shaped and molded the modern Lasell College. Her expertise and lifetime of experience in developmental education have served to advance the growth of Lasell students. She has been a mentor, sage, and advocate and friend to generations of Lasell students, colleagues, and alumni - an influence that will long endure."

JANICE BARRETT, professor and graduate program coordinator for communication, was a respondent for the National Communication Association's annual convention's collection of top papers in peace and conflict communication, and chair for two competitive paper panels: social media as a channel for political communication, and communication ethics at play. She continues to serve as a judge for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation's Profiles in Courage essay contest, and participates in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education alumni-student mentoring initiative.

RICHARD BATH, associate professor of fashion, will retire from Lasell College after 31 years of service this spring. Jim Ostrow, vice president for academic affairs, said, "Richard has had a long lasting impact on the education and successful careers of hundreds of Lasell graduates. He has been an innovator and risk-taker in his teaching, and is one of the greatest faculty leaders in the history of the College, having paved the way for the growth of what is today a signature academic program."

JILL CAREY, professor of fashion and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection, presented with LYNN BLAKE, professor and program director of fashion, at the Fashion and the Future of Design Symposium at the University of Minnesota's College of Design in September 2018.

CHRISTIANNE EASON, assistant professor of athletic training and graduate school coordinator for the School of Health Sciences, was appointed District I representative to the National Athletic Trainers' Association post- professional education committee. Her term begins in June 2019.

KIMBERLY FARAH, professor of chemistry and program director for applied forensic science, produced a case study, "Disaster at the Daisys': The Analysis of Forensic Evidence," for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. The study was written to help students understand analysis techniques for both organic and inorganic crime scene evidence.

HORTENSE GERARDO, associate professor of anthropology and performing arts, presented at the Complex Systems Design & Management conference at Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France, in December. In 2018, multiple productions and staged readings of her work were performed, including one of "Virtuous Reality" as part of International Women's Voices Day. One of her choreographed works, "Infinite Corridor," was screened at the MIT SPXCE Intercultural Center. Gerardo received several honors in 2018, including the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust Foundation artist grant.

SHARON HARRINGTON-HOPE, director of the counseling center, is the treasurer and a member of the steering committee for the New England Center for Existential Therapy.

ELIZABETH HARTMANN, associate professor of education, has delivered presentations on universal design for learning (UDL) at Harvard University, Massasoit Community College, and the Council for Exceptional Children. She has also presented at the Deafblind International Network of the Americas conference, for the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Antigua for the country's Ministry of Education Summer Institute.

JANET HUETTEMAN, assistant professor of marketing and graduate program coordinator for business, delivered a presentation and interactive workshop, "Building Trust in an Online Learning Environment," for the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) in June 2018.

THOMAS HUNT, associate director of student financial planning, served as co-chair for the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' (MASFAA) Graduate and Professional Concerns Committee (GPCC). He helped to design and run the GPCC Symposium this spring.

MICHELE KOSBOTH, director of student financial planning, was a faculty member for the College Board Institute on Financial Aid - a national training for higher education professionals - in October 2018. She has also been selected to serve on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) task force on enhancing loan counseling.

MARSHA MIRKIN, professor of psychology, presented "The Abraham Tapestries: Psychological Interpretations of Biblical Stories" for the docents at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in November 2018.

JOANN M. MONTEPARE, director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, has publications in both the Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education and the Journal of College Science Teaching, the latter with KIMBERLY FARAH, professor of chemistry and program director for applied forensic science. Montepare was featured in Senior Housing News' story, "CCRC Lasell Village Helps Propel Age-Friendly University Movement," and received a Retirement Research Foundation AGHE Founders Innovation Grant for Age-Friendly University (AFU) work.

"Grandmother Clock," an artist book structure by Margo Lemieux

MARGO LEMIEUX, professor of art and graphic design, will be published in the upcoming edition of Hunger Mountain Review with her story, "The Gift." Her artist book structure (pictured above), "Grandmother Clock," was included in the "Unbound" exhibit at the Artis-tree Gallery in Pomfret, Vermont. "The piece has real clockwork in it and the photos rotate over the course of an hour. It was a creative adventure for me," says Lemieux.  

ESTHER PEARSON, assistant professor of mathematics, will present this summer at the Science and Information (SAI) conference in London; at the 15th International Conference of "The Mathematical Education for the Future Project," in Kildare, Ireland; and for the JSM-American Statistical Association (ASA). She was published in January 2019 in the ASA's newsletter on "Student Exposure to Non-Parametric Statistical Concepts for Biostatistics."

DOLORES RADLO, director of the Academic Achievement Center and Learning Disabilities Services, delivered a presentation on her paper, "Discourses on Whiteness in Higher Education: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Discussions Concerning College and University Courses on Whiteness," at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) national conference in Tampa, Florida.

MATTHEW REILLY, assistant professor of marketing and program director of business, earned a certificate in entrepreneurship from Duke University and professional certification in social media marketing from HubSpot.

SARAH RICHARDSON, assistant director of student activities, serves on the NODA IX Regional Leadership team as the communications coordinator. She also chaired the organization's 2019 regional conference at SUNY Oneonta in March.

CLAUDIA RINALDI, associate professor of education and director of the education program, delivered an online webinar for the American Federation of Teachers in March. Rinaldi presented at the International Council for Exceptional Children conference and at a session for the National Association for Bilingual Education in Orlando, Florida, the latter on the conceptualization of Lasell's graduate certificate program in teaching bilingual special education students.

Converse display made by Lasell College students (reads "Bloom Where You're Planted")

ANNE VALLELY, assistant professor of fashion, facilitated a partnership with Converse in the fall semester. Students in her class worked with a Lasell alumna, AMBER BAZDAR '04. Bazdar mentored the students as they developed visual display concepts for the brand's newest product, to be launched this spring. One student team's display, pictured above, was selected by a group of Converse employees to be used in the product's launch.

NANCY WALDRON, associate professor of marketing, spoke on "The Affective Component and its Relationship to Student Learning and Retention" at the New England Faculty Development Consortium's fall 2018 conference. She recently received a certificate in "Protecting Human Research Participants" from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research.

BRIAN WARDYGA, associate professor of communication, designed and supervised the installation of Lasell College's new on-campus TV studio (pictured bottom left).

VLADIMIR ZIMAKOV, associate professor of art and graphic design and director of the Wedeman Gallery, participated in the Codex Book Fair, an international books exhibition (pictured bottom right). 

Lasell College TV Studio Vladimir Zimakov at the Codex Book Fair

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