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Baseball Triple Crown

In Faculty, Research on October 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

by Stan Rothman, professor of Mathematics

Baseball historians analyze the great baseball feats established by very special players. In my book Sandlot Stats I devote two entire chapters to two of these feats both accomplished in 1941. That year Ted Williams (.406) was the last player to bat over .400 for a season and Joe DiMaggio accomplished his 56-game hitting streak. Since 1941, the closest to reaching these two marks were: Pete Rose’s 44 game hitting streak in 1978 and Tony Gwynn’s .394 batting average in 1994.

This leads me to another special feat which was last accomplished in 1967 by Carl Yastrzemski. That feat, called winning the Triple Crown, is leading the league in batting average (AVG), home runs (HRs), and runs-batted-in (RBIs) in one season. Since 1900 only eleven different players have achieved the Triple Crown. Since 1967, the closest a player has come to achieving the Triple Crown was Henry Aaron who led the league in HRs and RBIs in 1963. However, his .319 AVG was second to Tommy Davis’s league leading .326 AVG.

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Advising Creative Minds

In Campus, Students on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Creative Minds Advising – Advising Creative Minds

by Seán P. Duffy, associate professor of Political Science, CAS Director of Undergraduate Advising, and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Political Science

Last month, Chris Kluwe, the 30-year old punter/kicker for the Minnesota Vikings, made news even for those of us who don’t follow football: his well-constructed, eloquent-though-profane open letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr., achieved viral status in the social media and then received a considerable amount of attention in traditional media such as the New York Times and National Public Radio. Kluwe spoke out in favor of marriage equality and–more importantly–the right of anyone, in any walk of life, to speak out publicly. It seems to me that Kluwe provides us with an important example of who (and what) we hope our students will become as educated graduates of Quinnipiac–and even, perhaps, how we should think about achieving this goal.

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Chemistry Collaborations

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Dr. James Kirby in the Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences attended the 244th Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia in August, where he made two presentations. The first was a poster in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry co-authored by undergraduate student Dennis Ampadu entitled “Effect on the Redox Potential of Bridged Monovacant Polytungstophosphates Caused by Potassium Ion Concentration.” Polytungstophosphates are inorganic anions which easily gain and lose electrons. That process usually does not depend on what cations are present. In the work presented, two examples were shown which are affected by the cation. Work continues to find other systems which exhibit this unusual phenomenon.

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Theater Evokes Reflection

In Students, Theater on October 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Performance Notes on The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

by Drew Scott, adjunct professor of Theater

“She comes through at 7:10 sometimes 7:12…She’s never exact; you can’t trust her. That’s what I like…She’s pulling eight cars at seventy tons each at eighty-five…the engine herself’s one hundred and fifty-three tons. And not cotton, kid. Just cold, lip-smackin’ steel. Imagine a kiss like that. Just imagine it.”

That’s knife-wielding seventeen year old Pace Creagan, as unstoppable as the powerful freight train she is describing, challenging shy fifteen year old Dalton Chance to play chicken with the train on the trestle above Pope Lick Creek. A trestle with no safety sides, only a one hundred foot drop to the dry creek bed below. “So what do you do if you know you can’t make it across?” asks the frightened Dalton. “You make the cross. That’s all there is to it” replies Pace matter-of-factly. And so begins the intense, enigmatic relationship at the heart of Naomi Wallace’s gripping and poetic play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. A relationship that builds to a shattering and unexpected climax that forever changes Dalton, Dray, his father, and Gin, his mother.

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VPA Freshmen Retreat

In Faculty, Students on October 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Notes from the First Visual and Performing Arts Freshmen Retreat

By Courtney Marchese, Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Design and Pattie Belle Hastings, Professor of Interactive Digital Design

September 22-23, 2012 was the first annual Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) freshmen retreat at Camp Hazen in Chester, CT. Freshmen from each of the three majors—Game Design and Development, Interactive Digital Design and Theater—were joined by selected juniors and seniors from each of these programs for an immersive overnight experience designed to create a community of creative scholars through team building activities.

Full-time faculty members representing all of the VPA programs were involved throughout the weekend including Pattie Belle Hastings, Stephen Henderson, George Sprengelmeyer, Courtney Marchese, Charmaine Banach, Crystal Brian, Ira Fey, and Valija Evalds. The upper level students that assisted with the retreat were Ashley Barbuito, Samantha Epstein, Greg Rava, Nick Baldoni, Alexis Alexander, Ashley Sadej, Jason Barna, and Kristen Banaszak. These volunteer counselors were joyful, tireless, and an inspiration to students and faculty. The international and energetic Camp Hazen staff facilitated a variety of events geared towards helping students make connections outside the classroom and dorm with fellow creative discipline students. This overnight excursion also provided ample opportunities for students to meet and get to know full-time faculty outside of the classroom and office.

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Abingdon Theater Partnership

In Students, Theater on October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Opportunities Abound for Students, Faculty, and Alumni

The theater department at Quinnipiac University is continuing their partnership with the Abingdon Theater in New York City. The Abingdon is an exciting off-Broadway theater that focuses on new American plays. This partnership offers a full season of professional workshops specifically designed for Quinnipiac students. In addition to the workshops Quinnipiac students can spend a week in residency at the Abingdon this spring where they will present a new original play.

The Abington’s professional workshops are open to all members of the Quinnipiac community (including faculty and alumni) and offer hands-on training in the following areas: Stage Combat, Shakespearean Acting, Theater For Young Audiences, Writing a One-Person Show, and Improvisational Performing. In addition to these workshops the Abingdon will host an end of the year professional training session led by a New York casting agent.

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