June 2005

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Faculty and Staff on the Move

Joseph E. Howard, professor in the Learning Lab, participated in a teacher training program in Macedonia sponsored by USAID and conducted by the International Reading Association. In Macedonia, Howard visited vocational schools in Skopje and Tetovo. He also worked with other professors and teachers to conduct a three-day conference for 280 Macedonian teachers on the topics of student-centered learning and critical thinking. He created a Web site for the trip that can be found at

Virginia Ramirez, recruitment coordinator, received the El Premio de la Gente award in the category Favorite Educator at the Second Annual Hispanic Choice Awards. The Hispanic Choice Awards were created to honor Latinos working in the tri-state region. Ramirez accepted the award at a ceremony at the Zellerbach Theater on April 9.

Annette Onema, assistant professor of English, was recognized for her service as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the 2005 Robert Giles Distinguished Advisor Awards. Onema accepted the honor at the 87th Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Dallas, Texas, on April 16.

Jerry Fedorijczuk, assistant professor of Library Services and NWRC Librarian, received a 2004-05 Outstanding Part-time Faculty award from Bucks County Community College, where he is an adjunct faculty member.

Four faculty members delivered a presentation at the International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on April 1. Their presentation described the College's efforts across three divisions to help ESL students participate in the academic community. The presenters were Huizhen Ren, coordinator of ESL; Ginja Nagaswami, assistant professor of English; Ann Silverman, associate professor of English; and Linda Fellag, associate professor of English.

Ardencie Hall-Karambe, assistant professor of English, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to attend the African Cinema Institute in Dakar, Senegal, from June 8 - July 6, 2005. The African Cinema Institute surveys the history, theory and aesthetics of African cinema from 1960 to the present and explores the significance of African cinema in African cultural development.

Linda S. Wallace, a member of the College's Foundation Board, has been named a 2005 Ally Award winner by the Center for the Healing of Racism. The award is given to individuals and organizations who work to promote inclusiveness and racial harmony. She will be honored during a celebration on June 18 in Houston, Texas. Wallace, who writes an advice column called "The Cultural Coach," offers advice on dealing with situations related to diversity. You can view her Web site at

Mei-Ling Hom, is participating in an exhibition at the Asian-American Arts Centre in New York City through July 1. Her work, "Cultural Clouds," is on display. The Centre is located at 26 Bowery, third floor.

Alex Gontar, assistant professor of physics, published an article in Proceedings of Seminar titled "Corrosion of Reinforced Elements in Marine Hydrotechnical Structures and its Prevention." The seminar was held in Gdansk, Poland, in February.