UnCommon Achievements

Jim Barnes, director of instrumental music, was one of eight conductors for the 2007 College Orchestra Directors Association-Northeast Division conference at Binghamton University on February 24-25. Jim is Secretary-Treasurer for CODA's Northeast Division, and was one of three divisional officers to review proposals and organize the two-day conference. The event included 8 orchestra reading sessions, 2 research presentations, a panel on the preparation of orchestra conducting students, round-table discussions, a string bowing session with Binghamton University faculty, a master class for winds, attendance at a Binghamton Philharmonic performance with the big band DIVA, and a banquet with guest speaker Maestro Jose-Luis Novo.

Daphne’s Season, a new novel by Naomi Gal, adjunct faculty in the Comenius Center, has just been published (PublishAmerica, 2007). This is the first English-language novel by Naomi, who has published 15 books in Hebrew and is a recipient of the Jerusalem Literary Prize.

Daniel Jasper, assistant professor in sociology, presented a paper titled "Common Sense History and the Transcending of Social Divisions: The Case of Shivaji Commemoration in Pune, India" at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 15-18 in Philadelphia. At the same meeting, sociology student Danielle Corvacchioli presented her paper from her summer 2006 SOAR project: "Ice Cube and Racism: Culture Clash and Social Implications of Hip-Hop."

Jeff Lawson, CIT manager of administrative systems, organized and  chaired the third semi-annual users conference of the Jenzabar EX Regional Users Group at Elizabethtown College on March 5. The conference brought together over 80 Jenzabar users from 13 different colleges across Pennsylvania to network and discuss tricks and techniques for a more productive use of the Jenzabar software. Thanks to Jeff's efforts, this was the largest-ever such event for Jenzabar.  
Assistant professor of history Heikki Lempa’s book, Beyond the Gymnasium: Educating the Middle-Class Bodies in Classical Germany, has been published by Lexington Books. He describes it as the first systematic effort to examine the history of the body in modern Germany. "By looking into medical dietetics, walking, dancing, gymnastics, cholera, and classrooms, it reconstructs the ways the middle-class body became a source of political and social autonomy and a medium of social interaction," Heikki tells us.

Carol Traupman-Carr, associate dean for academic affairs, will have her latest brass arrangement, "Concertato on Hyfrydol," premiered on Easter Sunday in NYC at Park Avenue Methodist Church.  "Concertato" is her most ambitious project yet, written for brass quintet and organ, with optional congregational and timpani parts. Also, Carol was an invited panelist at the Jenzabar Mid-Atlantic Regional Users Group Conference at Elizabethtown College on March 5 (organized by CIT’s Jeff Lawson; see above).