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This Week, December 1, 2013
I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Break and that you’re recharged and ready for the last week of classes and all the exams, papers, and projects that will be coming due in the next couple of weeks as we wrap up the semester.
On Wednesday of this week we will be having our school-wide Celebration of Student Achievement, featuring papers, panel discussions, and poster presentations by your classmates in African-American Studies, Criminology, English, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Religion & Classical Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and World Languages and Cultures. Please be sure to visit some of the papers and presentations to learn from your classmates and think about how you will be giving a paper or poster presentation at the Spring Semester college-wide Celebration of Student Achievement (COSA) or at a COSA in 2014-2015.
You can see the full program for COSA on Wed., Dec. 4 right here:
And speaking of celebrations: if you would like to celebrate your HSS spirit, please consider submitting a design for a new HSS t-shirt. Look under “opportunities” below for instructions as to how to submit your design.
As the semester closes, I wish you success in all your academic work and a happy and restful winter break.
This is the time of the year when we notice the darkness closing in, but it is also a time of year when we celebrate light. As we approach the winter solstice, I hope that you will enjoy the lights all around you and feel an inner warmth from the light inside you and the light inside those you love.
For those of you graduating after completing the fall semester: I wish you happiness and success. Please keep in touch with us at TCNJ. May TCNJ always have a special place in your heart.
Congratulations to all the HSS students who participated in the regional Moot Court competition in Massachusetts earlier this month, and, in particular, to Andrew Wallach and Teresa Akkara, who have advanced to the national competition to be held in January 2014 in Arizona.
Congratulations as well to Dr. Daryl Fair (Political Science) for having coached all our students in Moot Court this year and years past. This will be Dr. Fair’s last trip to Nationals because he’s retiring right after the January competition. Dr. Fair has inspired thousands of students in courses on politics, law, government, and justice over his decades-long career here at The College. Countless students have taken his courses and gone on to careers in law and public service, so he has had an enormous impact not only on campus, but well beyond. Dr. Fair will be sorely missed and we wish him a long, happy, and healthy retirement.
Congratulations to Nina Ventresco, a junior majoring in Psychology with a French minor, who has been chosen as the TCNJ Honors Program Outstanding Scholar for Fall 2013. The Selection Committee was very impressed with Nina’s work with Dr. Jarret Crawford and Dr. Shaun Wiley examining Americans’ attitudes toward drone strikes (their article was accepted for publication in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy).
Congratulations to Ashley Reichelmann, Class of 2008 (WGS and English Secondary Education major, with WILL Certificate), who is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology at Northeastern University. Her co-authored article on patterns of multiple family homicide has been accepted for publication in Homicide Studies.
Are you proud to be a member of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences? Are you interested in designing a T-shirt that shows off how awesome the School of HSS is? Well, then just fill out this survey and upload you design to https://tcnj.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_8Bmvl0F7J0tDuOV for a chance to boost the pride of HSS and win a $100 Gift Card to Amazon.com. Submissions are due by January 31st. If you have any questions, email Payal Ved at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Wed., Dec. 4 HSS Celebration of Student Achievement, see for full program
Wed., Dec. 4 International Film Festival Screening of “NO: Adios, Mr. Pinochet,” an award-winning Chilean film about an ad executive and his campaign to defeat Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum, at 6 pm in Education 115.
Wed., Dec. 4 Dr. Rachel Adler’s documentary From the Burg to the Barrio, she co-produced with Dr. Susan Ryan, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, will be screened at 6 pm at the Princeton Garden Theater, on 160 Nassau Street in Princeton. All proceeds will go to the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Fri., Dec. 6 Art after Dark: Exhibit in the Arts & Interactive Multimedia Building from 5 to 8 pm, featuring work by a broad range of students in various art programs