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  December 10, 2003

Activities and Achievements

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Articles & Chapters

Margaret Higonnet, English, "Music Albums: A Tiny Gesamtkunstwerk," Arcadia 38.2 (2003), pp. 271-6.

Awards & Honors

Philip Austin, President, received the 2003 Governor's Leadership Award during the Team Connecticut Rally on December 3, in recognition of the work done by the University to ensure the success of the Rentschler Field football stadium as "a significant economic resource for the Greater Hartford area." The award, presented annually, honors those that have done "an outstanding job bringing a wide spectrum of people and resources to bear on a significant economic issue."

Albert Alissi, Social Work, emeritus, was recognized as "American Association of Social Work with Groups International Honoree" for his "extraordinary contributions to social work practice with groups," during the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Inc. 25th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, "Creating Connections: Celebrating the Power of Groups," held Oct. 16-19, in Boston.

Harvey Luce, Plant Science, emeritus, received the Monsanto ARCPACS Service Award during the annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of American, and the Soil Science Society of America, held in Denver, Colo., from November 2-6. The newly created award recognizes outstanding service to the agricultural industry.

A book by Robert Thorson, Geology, received the Connecticut Book Award. Stone by Stone won the non-fiction category in a field of five finalists. Thorson received the award during a ceremony at City Hall in Hartford.


Subhash Jain, Marketing, Toward a Global Business Confederation: A Blueprint for Globalization (Praeger, 2003), 230 pp.; Claude Cellich and Subhash Jain, Global Business Negotiations: A Practical Guide (Southwestern Educational Publishing, 2003); and ed., Handbook of Research in International Marketing (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003).


Ken Best, University Communications, gave a presentation on rock 'n' roll to a media history class at Quinnipiac University on Oct. 9. The presentation is based on his book, Eight Days a Week: An Illustrated History of Rock 'n' Roll.

Alex Gitterman, Social Work, co-presented a half-day institute on "Challenges in Middles of Groups;" the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Inc. 25th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, "Creating Connections: Celebrating the Power of Groups," held Oct. 16-19, in Boston. At the same symposium, social work faculty members Julianne Wayne co-presented a half-day institute entitled "Field Instruction with Group Work Assignments;" Michael Borrero, emeritus, and Edna Comer gave an invitational presentation "Creating Small Groups for Socially and Emotionally Disconnected Families of Middle School Youth and Their Parents/Caretakers;" and Kasumi Hirayama co-presented a paper on "The Influence of Fundamental Japanese Values about Interpersonal Relationships on Group Processes and Development;"

Lawrence Goodheart, History, Greater Hartford Campus, gave a lecture about his book, Mad Yankees: The Hartford Retreat for the Insane and Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry, at the Institute of Living in Hartford on November 5 and at the University of Massachusetts Medical School on November 12.

Donna Hollenberg, English, presented "Visions of the Field in Poetry and Painting: Denise Levertov, Robert Duncan, and John Button," at a symposium on Black Mountain Poetry and Politics at Stanford University on November 8.

Leanne Kennedy Harty, State Museum of Natural History, presented a session on "Current Challenges for University Natural History Museums" at the annual conference of the New England Museum Association, in Mystic, Conn., on November 13.

Frederick Roden, English, Torrington Campus, presented "Eppie's Queer Daddy: Spiritual Fatherhood in Silas Marner" at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, on Oct. 18.

Anita Walker and Edmund Dickerman, History, emeriti, presented "Blaming the Messenger: Colbert's courier de l'orient, the Abbé Carré, 1666-1674" at the meetings of the Western Society for French History on Oct. 30.

Other Activities

Nancy Bull, Agriculture, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the National 4-H Council.

James Chesebrough, Music, doctoral student, and Jeffrey Renshaw, Music, co-edited a performance edition of the "Second Regiment Connecticut National Guard March" by David Wallis Reeves. This new rendering of the 1876 composition was published recently by Ludwig Music Publishing Co.

Stephen Sacks, Economics, demonstrated a computer system for designing police patrol districts at the Operations Research Unit of New York City's Office of Management and Budget on Oct. 24.