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June 2010

Olga Dugan, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, won first prize for her poem “what we say” in the Innovative Haiku category out of 2,000 entries in the international Haiku Now! 2010 Contest. Former U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003, Billy Collins, and haiku poet and founder of The Haiku Foundation, Jim Kacian, judged The Haiku Now! 2010 Contest. Kacian described Dugan’s winning poem as suggesting, “a new way to organize material within a haiku. Its multiple reading possibilities are the very essence of innovation, and I expect serious poets will study this poem, and we’ll see more like it in the near future. But Olga Dugan got here first.” View Dugan’s winning poem at On May 14, Dugan returned to Soul Mountain Retreat to complete her poet-in-residence with acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson.

Rick Frei, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, Education and Human Services, was invited to join a symposium on snitching and violence in Philadelphia held April 14 and hosted by St. Joseph’s University and the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention. Other symposium speakers included Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., Black Ice, Patrick J. Carr, Ph.D. and Daniel Carino. View further information here. In addition, Frei served as the discussant at the symposium “Assessments in a global workforce: Cross-cultural variation in response distortion,” at the 25th Annual Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference held in Atlanta, Georgia from April 8-10. Most recently, Frei appeared as a guest on truTV’s legal show In Session, hosted by Ryan Smith. Along with Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, Frei provided commentary on the murder trial of Devonni Benton, who was convicted of the killing of 19 year-old Jasmine Lynn. Lynn was killed by a stray bullet near Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. Frei and Congressman Cummings discussed the Stop Snitchin’ phenomenon and methods of reducing witness intimidation.

Barry George, visiting lecturer in English, had a signing for his chapbook Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku at the 2010 Association of Writers and Writers Programs Conference held April 7-10 in Denver. View more information on his book at Accents Publishing. He had several readings in May including Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA; Spalding University’s Festival of Contemporary Writing and Blue Mountain Coffee House in Louisville, KY; and The Morris Book Shop in Lexington, KY. He presented a bilingual reading with his own French translation at the Montreal Haiku Canada 2010 conference, held May 21-23.

Elizabeth C. Master, AIA, adjunct instructor in Architecture, Design and Construction, curated the exhibit, “Expressions of Culture in the Guatemalan Marketplace: A Photographic Essay,” at the Temple University Architecture Gallery in the Engineering and Architecture Building from March 31-April 18, 2010. Her exhibition was an expression of her interest in the Plaza of Chichicastenango as a visual expression of the hybridization of culture seen in the marketplace. Masters explains, “For example, a person may be wearing a manufactured sweater as an outer layer over traditional Maya clothing.” She adds, “The use of the space, the handcrafts, and the clothing reveal the extent to which Guatemala has a diverse culture in constant transition, one that is rich in tradition woven together with new ways and new technologies.”

Cory Ng, CPA, instructor of Business Administration, received the Teaching Center Faculty Development Award. This award will provide training in the area of International Financial Reporting Standards, which will enhance student learning in the areas of international accounting standards and the internationalization of business.

Dena Sukol, Esq., and Julie Cimmet, Esq., adjunct instructors in Paralegal Studies and co-advisors for the Paralegal Student Association, coordinated a student trip to Washington, DC on April 21. Students visited the Supreme Court of the United States and observed Oral Argument before the Court’s nine justices in the case of Krupski v. Costa Crociere, S.p.A. This case established the interpretation of a Federal Rule for Civil Procedure. Prior to the trip, students were provided materials involving the case and discussed the legal issues on the bus trip to and from Washington. After the hearing in the morning, students had the opportunity to visit a variety of museums on the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial.

Elaine Wolfson Rosenstein, adjunct lecturer in Social Science, invited the Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss from the Court of Common Pleas to discuss toxicology and environmental health with her Environmental Conservation class on April 28. Judge Moss is the Coordinating Judge of the Complex Litigation Center where she was also the founder and initial supervising judge. The Complex Litigation Center, founded Feb. 10, 1992, was the first courthouse designed for mass-filed tort cases. Judge Moss discussed acute and chronic effects of various toxicants. Rosenstein described Judge Moss as very impressed with the students’ questions and discussion following the presentation.

New Faces in Familiar Places

Curtis Cephas assumed the position of project director of the New Choices Career Development Program in the Division of Adult and Community Education as of May 3. He previously worked in the New Choices program providing computer training and entrepreneurial development. He holds a BBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in Business Administration, Finance/Accounting and has nine years experience as an economic development consultant. The New Choices office is located in MR-4E, and Curtis can be reached at x8934 or

Tamika Jordan has transitioned to project director of Keystone Education Yields Success in the Division of Adult and Community Education as of May 3. Jordan previously held the full-time, temporary administrative position of project director/job placement coordinator, New Choices Career Development Program. She has an associate’s degree from Peirce College in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Cheyney University in Business Management. She has worked as a career advisor for Congreso De Latinos Unidos, Inc, handling employment, educational and occupational coordination as well as case management. Prior to that, she worked as a resource coordinator for Community Council for MH and MR, Inc. She has served as consultation and education specialist at Wordsworth Human Services, acting as social service liaison for the school and community. In this position, she also served as a youth engagement facilitator. The KEYS office is located in M1-24, and Tamika can be reached at x8025 or

Phillip Warren, Learning Resources Specialist B, has transferred from part-time evenings to full-time days in the Library.

Benjamin Webster, Learning Resources Specialist B, is a new hire in the Library. He works mostly part-time in the evening.

Rotunda Schedule

June and July
The Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia will show The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit titled, “Singgalot (The Ties That Bind): Filipinos in America, from Colonial Subjects to Citizens.

Student Life exhibit