Faculty and staff awards, honors and publications – December 2018

SUNY New Paltz congratulates faculty and staff on their notable awards, honors and publications.

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LYNN BATCHELDER (Art – Metal) is exhibiting in “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then + Now,” on view from Nov. 8, 2018 – Feb. 17, 2019 at the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts.

The exhibition features more than 30 jewelry artists who have lived, worked and been educated in or near Boston during their careers, and presents handmade works that emphasize creative expression and design.



FRANCOIS DESCHAMPS (Art – Photography) received the Honored Educator Award at the Society for Photographic Education conference, which was held at SUNY New Paltz on Oct. 6 & Oct. 7.

Deschamps also chaired a conference panel on Czech Republic photographic education based on his 2018 Fulbright in Prague.

That experience was foundational to a growing partnership between New Paltz and FAMU, the photographic school in Prague where Deschamps taught, and the host site of “American Identities,” a gallery exhibition of photographs by SUNY New Paltz students and alumni.

ANDREA FRANK (Art – Photography) is a co-author, with Aaron Knochel, of “Looking for Sustainable Systems on Campus,” which was published in the Journal of Sustainability Education in November.

The article documents and reflects on the authors’ visit to a number of college campuses in New York, where they find connections between sustainable initiatives in infrastructure, pedagogy and campus life.

More information about this article and a complete abstract are available online.


HOWIE GOOD (Digital Meda & Journalism) enjoyed multiple successes as an author of poetry this fall.

His poem “Sea of Reeds” earned a nomination from publisher One Sentence Poems for prestigious Pushcart Prize;

His manuscript of prose poems, “The Titanic Sails at Dawn,” was selected as a finalist Bateau Press’s 2018 BOOM Chapbook contest;

And, Analog Submission Press published his new, limited-run chapbook, “A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel.”

MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS (Theatre Arts) adapted Jason Reynolds’s best-selling novel “Long Way Down” for the stage.

Told entirely in free-form poetry, “Long Way Down” captures a single, 60-second elevator ride during which 15-year-old Will contemplates retaliation after witnessing his brother’s murder. As mysterious guests appear at each floor, Will realizes there might be a bigger story to be told. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

The new adaptation was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 27 – Nov. 4.

BENJAMIN JUNGE (Anthropology) gave an interview to Vox.com’s Jen Kirby for a piece titled “Corruption, fake news, and WhatsApp: how Bolsonaro won Brazil.”

In the interview, Junge draws on his extensive experience researching Brazilian working-class communities and households, and offers explanations for the rise of a far-right leader in South America’s largest democracy.



SUN HEE KIL (Theatre Arts) is the Assistant Sound Designer for a production of “Choir Boy,” which will open at the Manhattan Theater Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in January 2019.

The play, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Trip Cullman, follows a young black man’s journey to earn a place as leader of the legendary gospel choir at an elite preparatory school. It was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick during its first run in 2013.

More information about “Choir Boy” is available online.

KATE MCCOY (Educational Studies and Leadership) has been working on a project to rehabilitate a nineteenth-century gold mining site in the mountains of Colorado. She nominated the site as a Park County Landmark in 2017 and, with her partner Jeff Crane (a former adjunct in Art History at SUNY New Paltz), formed a non-profit organization, North London Mill Preservation Inc., which has been awarded more than $100,000 to do this work.

McCoy is working alongside archaeologists Michelle Slaughter and Natasha Krasnow to conduct archeological research and record and preserve the site’s archaeological features. They will present this work at the February 2019 Saving Places Conference in Denver, Colorado.


SHANNON MCMANIMON (Educational Studies and Leadership), along with co-editors Zachary Casey and Christina Berchini, recently published the text Whiteness at the Table: Antiracism, Racism, and Identity in Education with Lexington Books. To read more about the text, visit Rowman & Littlefield’s site at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498578073/Whiteness-at-the-Table-Antiracism-Racism-and-Identity-in-Education.

“Whiteness at the Table” examines whiteness in the lived experiences of young children, family members, students, teachers, and school administrators. Its authors argue that we cannot read or understand whiteness without attending to the everyday complexities and conflicts of white people’s lives and how whiteness is both reproduced and challenged in day-to-day interactions and relationships. The responsibility to theorize and combat white supremacy cannot and should not fall only to people of color. Thus, this book aims to persuade white people of their moral and political responsibility to bring whiteness to the table.

MYRA MIMLITSCH-GRAY (Art – Metal) is exhibiting an original work, “Brass Knuckles, 1993,” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” on view through Feb. 24, 2019.

Mimlitsch-Gray’s work is also featured in the exhibition catalog. More information about this exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



AMY NITZA (Institute for Disaster Mental Health) has received a $93,764 grant from SUNY System Administration to support her role in the pre-development phase of SUNY’s Sustainable Village and Learning Center, a statewide collaboration to develop an educational, economic and social programs on 40 acres of land in Akayè, Haiti.

The project is made possible through a W.K. Kellogg Foundation award to SUNY, and will include contributions from 10 SUNY campus and five not-for-profit organizations.

Read more about SUNY’s Sustainable Village and Learning Center online.


LISA PHILLIPS (Digital Media and Journalism) published “Tangled in Turmoil,” an article about the challenges borderline personality disorder sufferers face in close relationships, in the November/December 2018 issue of Psychology Today.

The article can be read online in its entirety via this link.




AIKO PLETCH (English as a Second Language) received the 2018 New York State TESOL Outstanding Teacher Award for excellence in English language instruction, at the 48th annual NYS TESOL conference on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

“I couldn’t be more pleased, as Aiko is so very deserving of this honor, which is competitive among all universities, colleges, secondary, and primary schools in New York State,” said ESL Director Connie Perdreau.

NYS TESOL is the largest affiliate in the International TESOL organization, a worldwide leader for teachers of English to non-native speakers.

Pletch is the second SUNY New Paltz faculty member to win this prestigious award in recent years; James Phillips preceded her as the 2016 awardee.

VANESSA PLUMLY (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) is co-editor with Tiffany N. Florvil (University of New Mexico, History) of the volume “Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories” published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Oxford.

This volume assesses the current field of Black German Studies by exploring how periods of recent German history inform the present and future of the interdisciplinary field. The experiences of current generations of Black Germans, the construction and reimagining of race, the importance of cultural identity and power structures, and the opportunities for counter-narratives are considered.

More information is available at https://www.peterlang.com/abstract/title/36896?rskey=NI24xT&result=1.

L.H. ROPER (History) published “’Private Enterprise, Colonialism, and the Atlantic World” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, edited by William Breezley.

The article summaries and contextualizes European colonial activities undertaken by individual or corporate adventurers, with or without governmental approval, in the 16th and 17th centuries in regions spanning the Atlantic basin.

A summary and citation is available at the Oxford Research Encyclopedia website.


KEVIN SLIVKA (Art) gave a presentation titled “Envisioning Transformation in Art Education Practices with Indigenous Arts” at the 70th annual New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA) conference, held from Nov. 16 – 18 in Buffalo, New York.

The workshop examined several contexts specific to American Indian experiences with institutional representation, education, and the arts.



DAVINA VORA (Business) had a paper accepted in the Journal of International Business Studies, the top journal in the field of international business.

Vora’s paper is titled “Multiculturalism within individuals: A review, critique, and agenda for future research,” and co-authored by Lee Martin of Deacon University, Australia; Stacey Fitzsimmons of the University of Victoria, Canada; Andre Pekerti of the University of Queensland, Australia; C. Lakshman of the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley; and Salma Raheem of the London School of Economics.