Check back here every Sunday for Dean Rifkin’s timely message to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences!
This Week: March 2, 2014
Dean Rifkin is in Europe, visiting study abroad sites in Germany and Italy and working with schools in Turkey on recruiting international students to TCNJ. So, it is my pleasure to write to you this weekend.
Recently, I read that on the day of the Super Bowl Pizza Hut served up 442 miles of pizza, while Domino’s dished out 11,000,000 slices.
This got me thinking about some of the impressive numbers that we in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences have been been putting up this year:
517 study abroad experiences
1,244 internship experiences
14,996 community engagement hours
57,208 student hours in HSS classes
560 bachelor’s degrees to be awarded this spring
All in the pursuit of learning. I love these numbers!
Please consider forming a team of 3 students to compete for the HSS Demosthenes Prize. This is an annual team-based competition that is open to all TCNJ students. The Demosthenes Prize aims to foster intellectual collaboration, strengthen skill in verbal communication and argument, and promotion serious discussion of critical public policy issues. In this competition, the winning teams will be awarded $300 and be lauded on the HSS webpage. For more information see:http://hss.pages.tcnj.edu/publicpolicycasecompetition/
Information Sessions for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors Summer Service Internship Program:
Monday, March 3, 8:30 pm-9:30 pm; Social Science 232
Thursday, March 6, 11:30 am-12:30 am; Social Science 331
The AUA Summer Service Internship Program places volunteers with schools or grassroots in NGOs in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan or Tanzania. Unofficial Ambassadors build relations between America and the Muslim World by interning full-time with a school or grassroots organization in the Muslim World for 6 weeks. In the process, volunteers gain hands-on professional experience, learn local languages, and can earn academic credit. For more information, visitwww.unofficialambassadors.org.
Target Case Competition
Deadline to sign-up, Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Procedure to Sign-Up: Send an Email with the names of your team members to Debra Klokis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes awarded: 1st Place: $2000; 2nd Place: $1000; 3rd Place: $750; 4th Place: $250; Teams of 2-5 students; Open to all majors
Congratulations to the members of Sigma Tau Delta (the national English Honor Society). TCNJ’s chapter has been awarded one of just two Outstanding Chapter Awards in the U.S. this year at the national Sigma Tau Delta conference in Savannah, Georgia.
Congratulations to the following faculty who, by vote of the Board of Trustees, have been promoted to the rank of associate professor effective the fall 2014 semester: Dr. Borders (Psychology), Dr. Grimm (Psychology), Dr. Jaksch (WGS), Dr. Lounsberry (Journalism & Professional Writing / English), Dr. Marino (History), Dr. McGreevey (History), Dr. Sow (African-American Studies and World Languages & Cultures), and Dr. Wiley (Psychology).
Congratulations also to these faculty who, by vote of the Board of Trustees, have been promoted to the rank of full professor effective the fall 2014 semester: Dr. Bates (Sociology & Anthropology), Dr. Jean Graham (English), Dr. Glenn Steinberg (English).
Congratulations to the Department of Criminology for offering a host of presentations at the recent annual Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences meeting in Philadelphia.
• Dr. Stout & Dr. Holleran presented a paper entitled “Re-evaluating the Efficacy of Prison Population Reduction Strategy”
• Dr. Leigey and criminology senior Mary Johnston presented a paper entitled “”The Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Aging Female Inmates.”
• Dr. Krimmel presented a paper entitled “1905: The year the Pennsylvania State Police was created.”
• Criminology senior Elizabeth Kamel presented a poster entitled “Sexual Assault on College Campuses.”
Congratulations to Dr. Krimmel (Criminology) for taking first place in the Annual Soup-Off sponsored by the Hulmeville (PA) Historic Society of Bucks County. Dr. Krimmel bested several entries by local professional chefs with his ‘Cheeseburger Soup.’
Mon., March 3 Lecture, Dr. Kevin Morris, Tulane University (Department of Philosophy) and TCNJ ALUMNUS! (Philosophy, 2003), titled ” A Cheshire Cat: Mental Causes and the Material World.” Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of English. Library Auditorium, 5:00 pm.
Tues., March 4 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture: Dr. David Forsythe, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Title TBD. The public is welcome to attend this free lecture. Light refreshments will be available at the post-lecture reception. Education Building 212, 4:00 – 6:15 pm.
Tues., March 4 INK’s Student Reading Series: Library Auditorium at 8:30 pm.
Tues., March 4 PRISM’s Queer Wedding: A Celestial Celebration. Ceremony at 7pm in the Allen Drawing Room; Reception at 8pm in BSC 202 Join PRISM in celebration of New Jersey marriage equality at the eleventh annual Queer Wedding! The ceremony, featuring several couples and the lovely Ms. Rosetta Stone, will take place at 7 pm in the Allen Hall Drawing Room. The reception, complete with wedding cake and WTSR, will be held in BSC 202 and begins at 8 pm. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, be sure to come to the dance! The theme for the night is “A Celestial Celebration,” and the color scheme is blue, black, gold, and silver. Dress to impress! This event is free/SAF funded and it is sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Wed., March 5 Lecture by Dr. James Livingston, Professor of History (Rutgers): “Did It Really Happen?: Can the Past As Such Be Changed by Its (Re)Construction?” Education 113 from 12 noon to 1:20 pm.
Wed., March 5 Lecture: Beyond the Images on the Evening News: Afghanistan’s Visual Culture in Context. Dr. Deborah Hutton, Associate Professor of Art History, TCNJ, and Exhibition Curator
4:00pm, AIMM Building, Room 125
Wed., March 5 Exhibit Opening Reception: ART AMONGST WAR VISUAL CULTURE IN AFGHANISTAN, 1979–2014 The College of New Jersey is pleased to present an interdisciplinary exhibition and series of five public programs that explore the effects of 35 years of conflict on the visual culture of Afghanistan.
5:00 – 7:00pm, Art Gallery, AIMM Building.
Wed., March 5 Lecture by Dr. Sue Wells, Professor of English at Temple University, and author of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and the Work of Writing: A rhetorical and sociological analysis of the best seller and the work of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective that produced it. Education 212 at 5:00pm. This event is part of Women’s History Month.
Wed., March 5 Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Drug Policy Alliance will be screening the film, “The House I Live In” at 7:30 in Science Complex room P-101. This film, which is a 2012 Sundance Film Festival winner, examines the effects of the United States’ drug war and features Danny Glover, Brad Pitt, John Legend and Russell Simmons. A discussion will follow the screening.
Thurs., March 6 Dr. John Ruscio will be giving a talk titled “What They Imagine They Can Design: A Story of Difficult Choices and New Ways of Thinking.” Description: When I applied for sabbatical leave, I planned to write a scholarly book that would explore the policy implications of behavioral economics. Instead, I postponed that project and wrote a novel called What They Imagine They Can Design. As events unfold at a university, the cast of characters is confronted with difficult choices and some new ways of thinking. What do they learn? How does the title encapsulate the fundamental lesson? Come and find out! Social Science Building 130, 11:30 am.
Save the date:
On Thursday, March 20th, members of the HSS Task Force on Oral Communication will hold a public forum on the current proposal for incorporating speaking-intensive courses within HSS curricula. 11:30am-12:20pm, Social Science Building, Room 328.