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Receiving & Giving in Consumer Society

In Students, Teaching on December 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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By Sue Hudd, Professor of Sociology

Professor Sue Hudd’s Sociology 101 class, themed on consumerism has spent the past semester studying consumer culture. The course is designed to enable students to dissect messages we encounter daily that encourage us to “shop ‘til you drop’ using introductory concepts in Sociology. Hudd’s students spent the semester considering the various ways in which consumerism has become an integral component of American culture. They examined both the invisible forces that compel us to consume as well as the impact of consumerism on a wide range of social institutions. Throughout the semester, Hudd’s students also worked in discipline-based groups, with the goal of analyzing the effects of consumerism on their chosen field.

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Anatomy of Creative Writing

In Faculty, Students on March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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By Dawn Colomb-Lippa, Instructor of Biology

In the world of anatomy there is an expected organized exactness. Is it possible that, in the precise and historically never-changing world of anatomy, one can be creative?

It is time for the BI211 writing assignment in the organ system module. Students from many other sections of lab will be completing case studies for their projects. These are scientifically based cases based on organ system diseases followed by questions which require research and appropriately written responses. It makes sense. It is a long standing and proven way to have students think about anatomy in their writing. It’s fitting for the course. It bores me to tears.

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2014 New Play Festival

In Event, Students on February 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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By Drew Scott, Adjunct Professor of Theatre

How often do beginning playwrights get the chance to have their first plays produced in New York at an Off-Broadway theatre? At least once a year if they are Quinnipiac students taking part in Theater for Community’s New Play Festival.

This year Theater for Community in partnership with Abingdon Theatre, a professional Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to developing and producing new plays by American playwrights, is launching an exciting endeavor for students, its first annual New Play Festival! The festival will be comprised entirely of plays written, directed, and performed by Quinnipiac students. For this first festival, seven original ten-minute plays have been chosen to be performed at Abingdon. As all the plays are set in a diner, the festival is being billed as The 2014 New Play Festival: The Diner Plays. The playwrights and plays which will be presented are Samantha Chasse, Emma; Marina Dugan, Diner of Eden; Yara Farahmand, Love At Corner Diner; Steph Fasano, Count; Alan Johnson, Three Musketeers; Jessica Lehman, The Lives We Lead; and David Piselli, Apocalypse Tonight.

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Co-curriculars Draw Out Talent

In Faculty, Students on February 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

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By Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

I used to find myself questioning whether students would be motivated to engage in challenging assignments in the classroom if grades were not included as an artificial catalyst. Beginning the mock trial program made me realize that our students possess both the talent and the motivation to spend countless hours devoted to meaningful and rigorous academic work regardless of grades or official credit. It also connected me with students who were willing to spend the kind of time required to prepare for an intensive academic program of study. I have already observed noticeable differences in the articulation of concepts, and a willingness to speak up, by students who began the program quiet and reserved. These students now assert their opinions rather decidedly after winning awards and praise for mastery of their performance at tournaments. In fact, the students themselves have noticed a difference in their own engagement in other classes.

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Writing Outside the Curriculum

In Students, Teaching on December 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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By Ken Cormier, Assistant Professor of English

A journalism student recently asked me if I thought the internet and all of its digital-communications spin-offs were having a positive or negative effect on young people’s reading and writing skills. She was working on a class project, and I felt compelled to complicate her question. I showed her a short column entitled “The Phonograph” from the Nov 7, 1877, edition of the New York Times in which an anonymous author speculates that “if the phonograph proves to be what its inventor claims that it is, both book-making and reading will fall into disuse.” The author goes on to envision a future in which students “will never have to learn [their] letters or to wrestle with the spelling book.” To me, this alarmist thinking about the phonograph demonstrates that the question of how emerging technologies will impact literacy is not a question of any one historical moment; it is a perennial question. Furthermore, the assumption that we will become either more or less literate tends to ignore the more plausible, and certainly more complex, inevitability that new technologies will continue to make us differently literate. Since the beginning of the written word, the development of newer, faster, and “better” communications platforms (printing press, typewriter, photocopier, online discussion board, instant message, blog, live tweet, etc.) has allowed more and more participants to enter into a larger discourse that is increasingly accessible and progressively diverse. The monolithic and largely subjective issue of “literacy” begins to show its limitations in such a fluid and dynamic communications environment. After all, no one is “literate” in any single, overarching way. The best communicators are those who know how and when to adopt the most appropriate and effective discourse for any given interaction. It seems we are much better served, then, by considering and examining the plethora of “literacies” that advance and recede as our communications technologies continue to evolve.

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Raising Adoption Awareness

In Event, Students on November 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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By Suzanne Hudd, Professor and Chair of Sociology

It’s an issue that affects six million people directly – 1.6 million of them under the age of eighteen. And yet for many, it remains invisible. November is National Adoption awareness month, and this past week in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Quinnipiac’s Sociology and Social Services students hosted an adoption information table with the goal of raising awareness about the facts surrounding adoption.

There are roughly half a million children in the foster care system and about 20-25% of these children are available to be adopted. The National Adoption Attitudes survey reports that 63% of Americans hold positive attitudes toward adoption and 78% of Americans think that we could do more to increase the number of adoptions and raise awareness. Surveys reveal that nearly 40% of American adults have considered adopting. So how to reduce the waiting list and increase the number of adoptions annually?

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Anthropology Studies in London

In Research, Students on September 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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By Holly Bisset, History Major and Anthropology Student

This summer fellow sophomore Paige Ferreri and I spent two weeks in the heart of London assisting Professor Jaime Ullinger with data collection. The time was truly remarkable, providing me with an opportunity to learn about the many stages of work that go into a research project.

Paige and I became involved in the project because we had both taken Professor Ullinger’s introductory level biological anthropology course and Paige had taken the 300 level osteology course, while I worked in the biological anthropology lab. At the time, I don’t think either of us could have imagined that our interest in anthropology would turn into an opportunity to conduct research abroad though the Bioanthropology Research Institute.

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Urban Revitalization

In Faculty, Students on August 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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By Charmaine Banach, Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Design

Six Graphic Design students from Youngstown State University, with the help of Assistant Professor Charmaine Banach from Quinnipiac University, installed a vinyl mural in May in Youngstown, OH.

Last year Charmaine Banach led a successful Kickstarter campaign to help raise just under $7,500 for a student based mural targeting urban revitalization efforts. The vinyl mural will span the windows of multiple downtown facades of Youngstown OH. The student-designed mural will highlight Youngstown’s Metamorphosis from prosperous steel-city, to a collapsed economy, and now to a city that is finding new hopes in technological businesses and culture. This is a unique project because it demonstrates how graphic design can be used as public art to help inspire people to come to come downtown and patronize local businesses. Banach hopes to bring similar projects to urban sites in New Haven.

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2013 Model African Union

In Event, Faculty, Students on March 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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By Fodei Batty, Assistant Professor of Political Science

A student delegation recently returned to campus after attending the 2013 Model African Union in Washington D.C. The delegation of 11 students was accompanied by Professors Fodei Batty and Colleen Driscoll of the Department of Philosophy and Political Science. Each year, students from universities across the country meet on the campus of Howard University and the Washington Plaza hotel to simulate the activities of the African Union. Faculty members serve as facilitators and students preside over all the meetings. Although it’s only the second time they are attending the Model, students from Quinnipiac University excelled at this year’s conference. Cole Goodman, a senior majoring in Political Science won two prizes for outstanding delegation and outstanding committee leadership. The delegation consisted of Jesse Macera, Sara McKersie, Cole Goodman, Jessica Mineo, Anthony Santi, Rebecca Maioriello, Courtney Seymour, Jeffrey Timberlake, Jamar Paris, Elizabeth Walker and Danielle Susi.

ePortfolios in the Classroom

In Faculty, Students, Teaching on March 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

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By Tracie Addy, Assistant Professor of Biology

During the Fall 2012 academic semester, a team of Biology faculty who teach the introductory courses for majors (myself, Nancy Burns, Linda Chicoine, and Michael Vieth), took part in a Quinnipiac University pilot initiative involving the implementation of student ePortfolios in their classes. Lisa Connelly has also taken part in this initiative this semester. These courses involved three sections of approximately 50 students each who were mostly freshmen. Having the students use an ePortfolio was the next step for the students, as they already included their laboratory reports in a paper portfolio. To encourage information fluency and reflective learning, students uploaded the final drafts of their reports, as well as a written reflection on how they improved their scientific writing skills over the semester, into their ePortfolios.

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