UWW faculty and staff update

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mike Arria (student worker):  Mike recently joined UWW as a work-study student in January.  He is a sophomore at UMass Amherst majoring in Economics and Cool.

Celso Avelar (tech expert): Celso, our technology expert, has taken a full-time job with Microsoft as an Enterprise Architect. But, he’ll still be around to help out and promises to visit.

David Bartone (faculty): David’s poem, “Songs on the Loose Theme of Leda,” is forthcoming in the spring issue of Colorado Review. His poem, “I Was Wrong,” is being reprinted for an anthology of new poetry and art by Inter|rupture, due out this spring. Poems have recently appeared in Mountain Gazette and translations of Li Po (from the Chinese) in Aldus: A Journal of Translation. He was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry for 2012.

Mitch Boucher (faculty): Mitch welcomed a new niece, Noelle, to his family; and his daughter started kindergarten.

Ingrid Bracey (director): Ingrid attended President Obama’s Inauguration, including two of the inaugural balls. She also made her son’s wedding cake!

Liz Brinkerhoff (faculty): Liz and Abby have been busy putting together a graduate student panel called “After UWW” date TBA. Ten UWW graduates who went on to graduate programs in education will speak about their programs, things they considered when choosing the right programs for themselves, how they liked or didn’t like them, and what they’ve been doing since.

The bird feeder outside her office window has also been very busy.  She gets chickadees, gold finches, house finches, nuthatches, and sparrows. The feeder is too small to accommodate larger birds, though she did have a cardinal clinging to the edge of the windowsill, looking right in at her as if to ask if she couldn’t get a slightly bigger feeder.

Jacqueline Castledine (faculty): Jacqueline’s new book, Cold War Progressives: Women's Interracial Organizing for Peace and Freedom, was released in November.

She was also part of a panel discussion sponsored by the UMass WGSS Artifacts of Feminism speaking series. This series revisits and updates basic debates in the field of women's studies such as "waves" of feminist activism.

Abby Dallmann (faculty): Abby’s life outside of work right now consists of fighting with her tween and teen children (who she loves dearly), trying pilates, watching Modern Family, singing in her women’s chorus, and eating too many chocolate covered strawberries, which she understands is not entirely compatible with the pilates.

Melanie DeSilva (staff): In her “spare” time, she’s been either a) at hot yoga (peaceful), b) fighting with her tween/teen daughters (not peaceful, which is why she needs the yoga!), or c) watching irreverent comedies, old episodes of CSI, and reading vampire books.  She just finished Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and loved it. She also saw The Campaign recently and laughed until she couldn’t breathe.

On a more serious note, she edited the MotherWoman, Inc. Facilitator Training Manual for training health professionals and community members how to run safe, effective support groups for mothers, particularly mothers experiencing postpartum depression.

Jill Dubnansky (staff): Jill recently submitted her application to UMass Amherst’s Master’s program in higher education (and will now spend the next several weeks anxiously biting her nails).  At work, she’s been settling into her still somewhat-new position as Student Services Coordinator and has really enjoyed interacting more with students.

She was also recently persuaded by a friend to try CrossFit, which was awesome, despite the painful reminder of how out of shape she is.

Lisa Fontes (faculty): Lisa Fontes is revising a curriculum on preventing child abuse in federal residences for unaccompanied, undocumented minors. The revised version will contain more content on bullying. The previous version of the curriculum has been downloaded 100,000 times and is available for free in English and Spanish at: http://brycs.org/child-maltreatment-prevention-curriculum.cfm

She also conducted two trainings in November, one in Roanoke and the other in Charlottesville, VA, on Preventing Suicide in Refugees.  And this month she will participate in a Latino Research Roundtable on Domestic Violence, along with 25 other top researchers and activists in the field.

Connie Griffin (faculty): Connie Griffin's most recent literary project is a co-edited collection of narrative nonfiction. Crooked Letter I: First-Person Narratives of Coming Out in the South is an edited collection of 20 original, first person narratives that brings together under one cover the coming out stories of gay, lesbian, and transgender southerners.  What the writers of the stories have in common is the shared experience of being southern, different, and determined against all odds. Revealing a diverse cross-section of the American population from the South that identifies as gay, lesbian, and transgender, this collection pivots around a central theme finally finding a word for a feeling that each of our contributors thought had no name.

Kelsey Schmidt (student worker):  Kelsey started at UWW in January as a Customer Service and Events Assistant.  She is in her senior year at UMass Amherst studying Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Awesomeness.

Dona Schneider (staff):  Donna is enjoying spending time with her granddaughter and is in the process of moving to a new house.

Karen Stevens (faculty): Karen has been cross country skiing in the White Mountains with AWOL (Amherst Women's Outdoor League), a group of women of a certain age who enjoy being physically active and eating chocolate.  She also attended the 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning in San Francisco in November.

Cindy Suopis (faculty): Cindy is currently serving on the City of Northampton Board of Health and recently completed Mini-Medical School at Baystate Health Systems.  Her new interests in health communication include narrative medicine and health literacy.  Recent books she would recommend are:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo,  Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street by Karen Ho, The  Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci and Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street by Todd Gitlin.