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					Academic Affairs News
January, 2006

Message from the Provost
Greetings and best wishes for an exciting semester ahead! The past term has been very eventful, as the items in this newsletter can document. Before going into specifics of the division‟s activities, I‟d like to offer a few reflections on where we are at BSC and where we are going. Bridgewater is at a crossroads with the implementation of the new Core Curriculum. The new Core will offer students more choice among courses but will also have more explicit expectations for their learning outcomes, especially with regard to writing, speaking, and critical thinking. The past semester‟s pilot project for the First Year Seminars was a success, and the “piloting” faculty generated many good ideas about how to implement the requirement next fall. Those of us who sit on Governance committees have been overwhelmed – in a good way – by the number of proposals for Core courses that the departments are submitting and by the challenges inherent in explaining the new requirements to the campus. During the summer we expect to offer some workshops on integrating writing into Core courses. Faculty development is important to us at Bridgewater, and we offer several programs that support faculty research and creative ability. This year, President Mohler-Faria proposed that we add programs of support and recognition for teaching. Consequently, this semester the College will launch the Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Collaboration to Improve Teaching. Please consider nominating a colleague for the first award, or nominating yourself and one or more colleagues for the second award. We are also initiating a summer grants program for faculty development in three focused areas: scholarship (an expansion of the CART summer program), course development, and program development. Announcements about these new programs are located on the Academic Affairs website. Bridgewater faculty, staff, and students are also increasingly turning their attention to the interplay between students’ academic studies and real-world experiences. The last few years have seen a steady increase in the number of our students completing internships, studying abroad, and doing community service. This year, a number of faculty members have come together to discuss ways in which they can infuse the practice of civic engagement into the curriculum, including but not exclusively through the Second Year Seminars. In April, the College will hold a Festival for Service Learning and Community Service that we hope will inspire the BSC community to participate in these activities. Nancy Moses, Susan Holton, and Diane Bell are organizing the weeklong series of events. Many of you make extensive use of technology in your teaching, and demand for smart classrooms has overrun the supply in recent semesters. You will be pleased to learn that as of January 15, all general purpose classrooms have technology “front ends” permanently installed. No more rolling carts in and out of your classes! Also, Ann Hird will continue this spring as a Teaching and Technology Fellow to assist you with integrating technology into your courses. If you have not yet taken advantage of the student laptop requirement, you might want to talk to Anne or to Eric LePage about how to go about using laptops in class. I am pleased to report that the Honors Program has a new assistant director. Jodi Cohen, assistant professor of sociology, is beginning her two-year term this semester. She will work with the director Sandy Neargarder on recruiting and advising students and coordinating this thriving program. Perhaps the most pressing question on the minds of the faculty this past semester was whether and when the contract between the faculty union and the Board of Higher Education would be funded. We were all relieved that the House and Senate passed the funding legislation and the Governor signed it in late December. According to our Human Resources Office, faculty members should receive their retroactive pay before the end of January. Best wishes for a successful semester.

Nancy Kleniewski

BSC has joined the Foundations of Excellence for First-Year Programs. The project involves an intensive, guided self-study of our first year program with regard to learning outcomes and assessment measures. As members of a “select cohort,” we will have the guidance of a consultant from John Gardner‟s Policy Center on the First Year of College as well as the materials to help us with the self-study. The Massachusetts State House exhibited the state-wide essay winners of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center’s Grades 3-5 Anti-Bullying Essay Contest last June. The third, fourth, and fifth graders wrote essays about why children bully each other and provided possible solutions to the problem. Each grade had a first-, second-, and third-place winner and they were professionally mounted for the exhibit. BSC and MARC (Massachusetts Aggression-Reduction Center) are also included in an article on cyberbullying in the current issue of Boston Magazine. The National Institutes of Health has awarded the CityLab program a two-year Science Education Partnership Award in the amount of $530,266, which will allow the program to develop learning modules in biotechnology for school districts across the region. HERS at Bridgewater became an official organization at its first annual meeting held on May 13 . Several dozen HERS alumnae at the college approved bylaws and elected officers and Susan Holton will serve as the first president of HERS at BSC. Membership is open to employees or retirees who have either participated in or taught a HERS program or served as a HERS consultant. Tracy Charbonnier is the BSC Campus Coordinator for Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education (MWPHE). Sandra Christoun has been appointed to the Transfer Articulation Committee of NEACRAO, the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, as well as the Massachusetts State Transfer Committee. She is also chairing the Connect Transfer Task Force, which consists of the transfer coordinators of the five Connect campuses. Jodi Cohen has been appointed the Assistant Director of the Honors Program and she will begin her twoyear term this semester. Dwight Cook was the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from NETA, the New England Transfer Association. This award is presented to those who have given years of service to their institutions, service to transfer students, and have been mentors and leaders in transfer admissions. Sandy Courchesne has the new title of Student Resolution Specialist. She remains a member of the Academic Affairs staff, but her office is now located in the Academic Achievement Center. Students should continue to direct their appeals to the Office of Academic Affairs as Sandy will still receive her mail in that office. She may still be reached at extension x2698. Kathy Kedski recently spoke at the State House to an audience of legislators and their staff members, providing them with information regarding the financial aid resources that are available to them and their constituents. Dan Shockley was elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee of NEACRAO and he is a member of the Professional Development and Ethics Committee. Dan is also the Chair of the Academic Progress/Graduation Committee of AACRAO. Heather Smith was a plenary panelist at the Strategic Enrollment Management Conference in Chicago discussing “Trends in Higher Education – Their Impact on Enrollment and Retention.” Heather is a member of the Board of Directors of AACRAO, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and is the co-Chair of Volunteers for the national meeting to be held in Boston in March 2007.


BSC has been asked by BC to partner in their $5M/5 Year Carnegie grant for the redesign of teacher education called “Teachers for a New Era.” Out of fifteen grants around the country, BSC is the only higher educational institution to be a partner. We were invited because of past collaborations, our reputation, and the role BSC plays in providing teachers for the Commonwealth. The college has established a number of new transfer articulation agreements with other institutions. These include Bristol Community College/Bridgewater State College, Computer Information System/Management Science – Information Systems, Business Administration Transfer/Management Science – General Management, Business Administration Transfer/Accounting, Business Administration Transfer/Finance, Liberal Arts: Artistic Theater Option/Communication Arts and Sciences: Theater Arts, Criminal Justice/Criminal Justice, Communication/Communication, and Computer Science/Math & Computer Science.

Sandra Clark has been elected Vice-President of the New England St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) regional division of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). NESTVAL is the oldest professional geography association in North America and Sandra‟s goals include reaching out to members from both New England and southeastern Canada. Anne Hird as been reappointed as a Teaching and Technology Faculty Fellow for the 2005-06 academic year. In this role, Anne will speak to faculty members about integrating technology in their teaching and draw from the expertise of faculty experienced in the use of classroom technology. Susan Holton is on the faculty of the American Council on Education‟s Fellows program, the nation‟s premiere higher education leadership development program that prepares senior leaders for American‟s colleges and universities. Dorothy Mulcahy was invited to serve on the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) Nominating Committee. She also serves as IACBE‟s Treasurer, a member of the Board of Directors, and a Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee. IACBE is a specialized accrediting body for business and business-related degree programs. Jim Quinn is serving as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Clerk of the Corporation of the New England Theatre Conference, which is a non-profit, board-run organization dedicated to providing its members with professional services, career development, and recognition awards in the live theater arts. Lee Torda has been named the Director of Undergraduate Research and she will assume the position effective January 16, 2006.

Marcia Dinneen, Cynthia Svoboda, and Pamela Hayes-Bohanan all wrote articles for the reference book The Seventies in America. Pam‟s articles were “The Brady Bunch,” “Grease” (the movie), and “Manilow, Barry;” Cynthia wrote about “Family” (the television series); and Marcia wrote “M*A*S*H;” “Animal House”; “Apocalylpse Now”; “Field, Sally”; and “DeNiro, Robert”. The book is expected to be published in December 2005. Dorothy Mulcahy’s article “The Importance of Leadership” was published in the June 2005 issue of the Bridgewater Review. Nancy Witherell co-authored an article with Mary C. McMackin, entitled “Different Routes to the Same Destination: Drawing Conclusions with Tiered Graphic Organizers,” that was published in The Reading Teacher (Vol. 59, No. 3), November 2005.


An article presented by BSC graduate students at the November 2004 Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON) in Newport, Rhode Island was approved for publication in the Information Systems Education Journal (ISEDJ). The article, “Utilization of Robotics in Higher Education,” by MSM students John Drew, Michael Esposito, and Christine Perakslis, was also awarded the ISECON 2004 Meritorious Writing Award presented by the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Robert Wolk’s articles “Creating an Outcomes Assessment Instrument that Incorporates Information Technology Dimensions” and “Measuring Innovation: A Comprehensive Audit” with his student Michael Sale have been accepted for publication in the Information Systems Education Journal. Nancy Witherell co-authored an article with Mary C. McMackin, “Different Routes to the Same Destination: Drawing Conclusions with Tiered Graphic Organizers,” that was published in The Reading Teacher (Vol. 59, No. 3), November 2005.

Awards and Honors
Fran Jeffries was named one of three Distinguished Faculty by the Society of Research Administrators International, which recognizes outstanding teachers, researchers, or exemplar professionals in the field of research administration. Sylvia Keyes was honored for her seven years of service to the organization at last April‟s Alpha Mu Alpha International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. Kathleen Laquale was one of five certified athletic trainers inducted into the National Athletic Trainers‟ Th Association (NATA) at last June‟s ATA Hall of Fame‟s 56 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Since NATA‟s founding in 1950, more than 200 people have been inducted. Kathleen is the eighth woman inductee and the only woman inductee in district one, which covers all of New England and the eastern coast of Canada. Leora Lev was featured on the cover of the literary journal American Book Review about an essay that she wrote called “Infernal Bridegroom(s) Reanimated” for a special section on “Fiction on the Edge.” Aeon Skoble has been honored with the inclusion of his biography in the 9 edition of Who‟s Who Among American Teachers.

Patricia Bancroft co-authored and presented a paper entitled “Can the „Clan Effect‟ Reduce the Gender Sensitivity to Fraud? The Case of the IPO Environment” in August at the National American Accounting Association Conference. Patricia Bancroft presented a co-authored paper at last summer‟s 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association entitled “The Gender Effect on Ethical Choice: The Case of IPO Accountants.” Entrepreneurship and Macroeconomic Management Conference at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. Ruth Farrar co-authored and co-presented a paper with Britt Sable (Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal) th entitled “Adult Literacy Education in Post-apartheid KwaZulu-Natal – A Chronicle of Frustration” at the 50 Convention of the International Reading Association, in San Antonio last May. Ruth Farrar and Clare Verbeek (University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa) co-authored and co-presented a paper entitled “Using Assessment to Guide Instruction: A Positive Model for Learning about Children‟s th Literacy. A Guide for Teachers” at the 4 Pan-African Reading for All Conference (sponsored by the International Reading Association and the Swaziland Reading Association), Ezulwini, Swaziland in August.


Fernanda Ferreira presented her paper “Complex Plural Marking in Popular Brazilian Portuguese” at the annual meeting of the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Lexically Based Creoles (ACBLPE) in June at the Université d‟Orléans, in Orléans, France. Martin Grossman’s co-authored paper entitled “Knowledge Management Assessment: How Does it Measure Up?” was presented at the International Association for Computer Information Systems in Taipei, Taiwan. Fran Jeffries gave a keynote presentation at an AASCU event that was followed with a discussion by two research administrator-provost pairs about the role of sponsored projects at their respective institutions. Daniel Lomba’s paper “The Effect of Proposition 2 ½ on the Distribution of Crime in Massachusetts” was accepted by the Southern Economics Association for presentation at the annual meeting in November. Leonard Long moderated two sessions at the 2005 national meetings of the Institute of Management Accountants in Boston. He moderated a session on Accounting for Lean Manufacturing and another on risk management, internal controls, and performance management. He was also a speaker at a session on CMA Learning System Orientation about how to use the CMA learning system in the classroom. Evelyn Pezzulich presented a paper entitled “Money, Money, Money‟: Enslaved in a False Identity” at the XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film, and Visual Arts at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Dan Shockley, Assistant Registrar, presented his paper entitled “In House Diploma Production” at the North American Association of Commencement Officers last February. Robert Wolk presented a paper entitled “What We Can Learn from a Capstone Student Survey” at the NEEAN/NEASC Fall Forum 2005 Assessment Conference. Steve Young was one of the featured organ recitalists who performed for the Organ Historical Society‟s national convention held in the southeastern MA region last July.

Faculty Librarian Research Grants
First Round (January-December 2005):
Thomas Curley, “Johnson on Truth-Telling in Life and Literature: A Book on Cultural Wars in Imperial Great Britain” Patricia Fanning, “F. Holland Day: A Biography” Rob Lorenson, “Jukebox Construction” Leora Lev, “21 Century Spain: Celluloid Visions, Transnational Remappings” Thomas Mickey, “Commercialization of Nature: Seedsman James Vick” The Picturesque Garden According to 19
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Nancy Street, “China: From the Four Modernizations to Globalization through Higher Education”

Second Round (Late Spring 2005-June 2006):
Barbara Bautz, “Learning as they Teach: What do Beginning Teachers Know?” Edward Brush, “Green Chemistry Synthesis of Indole-based Organic Conducting Polymers”


Gregory Chaplin, “Milton Classical Friendship, and the Republican Tradition” Kevin Curry, “Fluctuating Asymmetry in Calopteryx Maculata: A stress indicator for wetland streams in Southeastern Massachusetts” Ed Deveney, “Atomic and Molecular Structure Codes with Lab View” Michael Farley, “The Effects of Preparation Techniques on Flight Training” Fernanda Ferreira, “Sociolinguistic Study of European Portuguese Communities” Louise Graham, “Project Adventure and Group Cohesion in Counselors” Shaheen Mozaffar, “The Social Calculus of Voting and the Role of Legislatures in Africa‟s Emerging Democracies” Ellyn Robinson, “Quantifying Power: Does Technique Make a Difference in the Olympic Lifts?” Uma Shama, “2005 National Survey of Geo-Spatial Information Systems (GIS) in Transit” Beatrice St. Laurent, “Tangier and Morocco through the Lens of Photography 1900-1930” Kathleen Vejvoda, “Savonarola‟s Shrine: George Eliot‟s Religion of Humanity”

Faculty Partnerships for Notebook Computer Integration Project
The newly established “Faculty Partnerships for Notebook Computer Integration Project” provides peer advice, technical support, and funding to faculty and librarians to support the integration of notebook computers in their courses. This project was funded in part through a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after his retirement as chair of Shaw‟s Supermarkets, Inc. The following faculty were awarded grants for this academic year: Mentor: Linda Cohen Leslie Goldberg, Torben Lorenzen, Thomas Mickey, Edwin Milham, Mark Walsh Mentor: Kenneth Dobush Joanne Abdallah, Lisa Battaglino, Sandra Ciocci, Jeri Katz, Laura McAlinden Mentor: Anne Doyle Deborah Barshay, Mark Kemper, Thomas Kling, Arthur Lizie, Margaret Lowe Mentor: Martin Grossman Jon Bryan, Shannon Donovan, Michael Farley, James McKinsey Mentor: James Hayes-Bohanan Daniel Cooney, Kevin Curry, Michael Jones, Ahmad Saranjam, Robert Sutherland Mentor: Mia Holland Richard Abers, Kathleen Cummings, Meredith Spencer, Julia Stakhnevich Mentor: John Marvelle Walter Carroll, Kelly Donnell, Steven Greenberg, Susan Todd


Grants Awarded (FY 05 Quarter 4 & 5)
During FY05 Quarter 4, a total of $153,317 in grant funds were received, bringing the FY05 total to $1,863,749. The following proposals were funded during the fourth quarter of FY05. Michael Carson, BSC CityLab Thread of Evidence, Brockton Public Schools, $11,042 Kevin Curry, Taunton River Tributary Monitoring Study, The Nature Conservancy, $4,800 Mary Fuller, Southeastern Massachusetts Regional ITAC Proposal, Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative, $7,000 John Jahoda and Ms. Carol Carson, Plymouth Schools Oceanographic Studies (Project PSOS), Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, $25,000 Merideth Krevosky, BSC CityLab: Training Scientists of Tomorrow, Verizon, $2,500 Merideth Krevosky and Michael Carson, Enhancing Academic Success and Entry to College (EASE), Nellie Mae Foundation, $500 Margaret Landman, Virtual Economics, Train-the-Trainer Workshop, The National Council on Economic Education, $1,475 Emily Mann, National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, National Academy of Education, $27,500 Thomas Mickey, Commercialization of Nature: Selling the 19th Century American Garden - Enid A. Haupt Fellowship in Horticulture, Smithsonian Institution, $20,000 Dr. Philip Tabakow, Lectureship in American Literature at the American Studies Center at the University of Bahrain, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, $53,500

Grants Awarded (FY 06 Quarter 1)
During FY06 Quarter 1, a total of $979,775 in grant funds were received. The following proposals were funded during the first quarter of FY06. Edward Brush, Green Chemistry Institute Sabbatical/Fellow Grant Program, American Chemical Society, $42,636 Michael Carson, Biotech for Students and Teachers: Phase II, National Institutes of Health, $260,671 Nancy Clark, Community Partnerships for Children – Triumph, Massachusetts Department of Education, $20,541 Nancy Clark, Community Partnerships for Children – PACE (People Acting in Community Endeavors) Provider Agreement and CCK (Community Care for Kids) Provider Agreement James Decker, Higher Education Support Program Senior Non-Resident Scholar Fellowship, Open Society Institute, $5,000 Andrea Garr-Barnes, LEAD Program 2006-2007, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, $26,000 (This is Year I of a two-year project, for which the total award is $52,000.) Frank Gorga, LI-COR Bio-Sciences Undergraduate Training Award, LI-COR Bio-Sciences, $34,450


Margaret Lowe, Teaching American History through Discovery, Investigation and Participation (Brockton) Year 2, U.S. Department of Education, $276,067 (This is Year II of a three-year project, for which the total award is $796,770.) John Marvelle and Gregory Nelson, Building Careers, Department of Early Education and Care, $56,600 Amos Nwosu, Rotary Grants for University Teachers, The Rotary Foundation, $12,500 Peggy Smith, Ronald McNair Disadvantaged Student Program, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, $48,600

Jon Bryan has entered into an agreement with Thomson/South Western Publishing to author “Student Guide to Labor and Employment in a Global Economy.” This publication will be marketed as a supplement to their labor and employment law texts. Nancy Kleniewski published Cities, Change, and Conflict: A Political Economy of Urban Life (3 Edition) with Wadsworth Publishers. Leora Lev’s essay “Stories of the I” was published in the May/June volume of the literary journal American Book Review. Her essay explored the feminist, avant-garde memoir of award-winning Dodie Bellamy in the context of contemporary American culture, gender issues, gothic literature and film, and body image. Leora Lev’s book Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper, which she edited and wrote several essays for, is forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in early 2006. Jeff Williams has signed a contract with Wiley and Sons to write a book for a liberal arts physics course. The working title of the book is Visualizing Physics and the expected publication date is 2007.

Maggie Lowe’s book, Looking Good: College Women and Body Image, 1875-1930, was reviewed by Linda Eisenmann in The American Historical Review last October.

Student Accomplishments and Awards
The Bridge has recently been awarded its second consecutive gold medal by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in its “Annual Critiques of Collegiate Magazines.” Christopher Donnelly has been chosen the 2005-2006 Washington Intern and he has been assigned to work in Congressman William Delahunt‟s office. Georgette Dumont successfully defended her MPA master‟s thesis last spring and is now attending the doctoral program at Northern Illinois University. Amy Goldstein won 5 Place in Oral Interpretation of Prose at the Suffolk University Tournament last October. She now qualifies to compete in the National Tournament in April at the University of Wisconsin. BSC business alumna Dinneen D. Graby spoke to marketing students in Principles of Marketing and in International Marketing on November 2. Ms. Grably is a Business Development Associate with the Quebec government office in Boston. She spoke to students about career opportunities and international issues


based on her knowledge of the Quebec delegation in Boston. She earned an MBA in Grenoble, France and prior to earning her M.S., she worked for Secretary of State Bill Galvin. Laura Grindell, a graduate of the Biology Department, has accepted a position working for Dr. Terry Hassold and Dr. Patricia Hunt, a husband and wife team at the Center for Reproductive Biology at Washington State University. Joanna Norton has been selected by the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) as one of four undergraduate students to represent Massachusetts as a nominee to the Eastern District Association Outstanding Future Professionals Program. A nomination requires having demonstrated dedication to the HPERD profession and contributing to their college and community. Susan Paul was honored as a Student Achiever during the 2005 Hall of Black Achievement Celebration held in February 2005. She was named to the Who‟s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Class of 2005. Susan was awarded the Patricia Collins Amaral Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, Service and Overall Contributions to the Life of the College for the academic year 2004-2005. In September 2005, Susan began a year of direct service for Massachusetts League of Community Health Center‟s Community HealthCorps program at the Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain. Luis Rosa was invited to work at the University of Nevada last summer in the area of residential life and multi-cultural affairs. Cherylynn Silvia turned her honors thesis into a paper entitled “One Ring to Rule Them All: Power and Surveillance in the Film Adaptations of The Lord of the Rings,” that she presented at the “Tolkien 2005,” a five-day conference in England. Cherylynn‟s paper has also been accepted by a New Zealand publisher for publication in a Tolkien-related anthology due in 2006 or 2007. Shun Terasawa, a May 2005 Biology graduate, has begun graduate studies in the Ph.D. program in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy at Loyola University, Chicago. After graduating from BSC, Hillary Thomas attended the Biomedical M.S. program at Boston University School of Medicine. She is currently finishing her final year at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (College of Osteopathic Medicine) and has accepted a residency in Internal Medicine in Hawaii for the next three years. Advance for Nurses named Susan Ventura, graduate of the MSM program, as one of the “Best of the Best.” Susan is Administrative Director at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. Last spring Dianna Bell, Kevin Bento, John Dudley, Kaitlyn MacAleese, Crystal Newman and Kani Srisuwanporn were inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha, the marketing honor society. These six graduate students achieved this honor by being in the top 5 percent of their marketing concentration, with at least a 3.0 overall grade point average.


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