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May 15, 2013
This year, a Wagner College Intermediate Learning Community combined classes in art history (Museum Studies, taught by Dr. Sarah Scott) and anthropology (North American Archaeology, taught by Dr. Celeste Gagnon) to learn about museum ethics through hands-on study of an archaeological collection. The results of the ILC’s studies are on display in the Horrmann Library’s Spotlight Gallery in an exhibition entitled, “What is Slackwater? Prehistoric Native Americans, Archaeology, and Ethics of Material Culture Display.”
The campus community is invited to a gallery reception for the exhibition on Wednesday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Students made several trips to New York City museums whose missions are the display of Native American material culture. They developed their knowledge of the museum exhibition methodologies behind this fascinating and sometimes problematic category of objects.
They also took part in the cataloguing of a collection of artifacts from an archaeological dig known as the Slackwater Site, in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, on loan from the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit on display here represents a number of topics developed through the students’ research projects that reflect ideas and concerns investigated during the semester.
One group looked at the process of archaeological excavation. This group examined how a site is investigated, beginning with the initial research phase, obtaining of permits, primary survey, through the actual digging process, artifact recovery and analysis and record keeping.
Bridging this topic with that of Eastern Woodland Culture was another group of students that worked on how the materials from an excavation are reassembled in the process of reconstruction. Reconstructing a site is essential for interpreting the excavated remains and gleaning information from them about the culture or civilization that originally inhabited the site. Students collected important artifacts from three specific houses to display in the Spotlight Gallery, illustrating how the reconstruction process facilitates understanding of particular dwellings’ functions in their original context.
The most common artifact type found at Slackwater was ceramics. However, chipped stone, beads, pipes and organic materials were also excavated. Students interested in these particular artifact types have illustrated how an understanding of the manufacture, use and symbolic meaning of these objects help to advance our understanding of the culture that created them.
Another group of students then developed research projects on how the Slackwater site fits into the larger Shenks Ferry archaeological horizon, and ultimately the even broader group of cultural developments in Eastern Woodland Native American civilization.
The exhibition of Native American material culture is sometimes problematic, as the students have learned from museum trips and class readings. Objects are frequently purchased, looted or, in some cases, even excavated through unethical channels, only to appear in museums. Although not all objects of Native American origin are acquired through unethical channels, the display of such objects is sometimes problematic. Issues of cultural patrimony, museum display theory and national laws relating to the exhibition of Native American culture are thus an important part of the class’s research agenda as well. Particularly engaging is the involvement of contemporary artists with Native American heritage.
May 7, 2013 – May 8, 2013
April 30, 2013
On Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. in the Spiro Sports Center VIP Room, please join Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, for its annual induction ceremony. Refreshments will be served.
April 9, 2013
The Wagner College Chai Society has announced the honorees for its 6th annual Community Mitzvah Awards, to be given at a dinner on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Rd., Staten Island. For information and tickets, call Betty McComiskey at 718-420-4014.
The Outstanding Student Award goes to Arielle Richardson ’14 of Eastport, Maine. As a student, Richardson has been actively engaged with Israel and Hillel programs on campus. She has studied at the Rothberg School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem while living in Pisgat Ze’ev for one year. Arielle is committed to deep involvement and furthering understanding of the complexities of Israeli culture and history and has been an active force in Israel programs at Wagner College.
The Outstanding Chai Society Member Award goes to Marcia and Monroe Klein of Staten Island, N.Y. The Kleins, current members of the Wagner College Chai Society Steering Committee, assist the society in providing scholarships and programming to Wagner College and the Staten Island community. Marcia was a New York City teacher for 30 years; Monroe, a former insurance agent, continues to be an active, licensed real estate broker. They have both been active volunteers in the Staten Island community for more than 40 years.
The Outstanding Community Member Award goes to Dr. Morton J. Kleiner of Staten Island, N.Y. Dr. Kleiner is the chairman of the Department of Medicine and director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Staten Island University Hospital. He is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Kleiner has research interests in iron deficiency and rehabilitation medicine for end-stage renal dialysis patients. He is highly regarded in the medical community and the Staten Island community-at-large.
April 8, 2013
On Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in Spiro 2, please join the members of Wagner College’s Physician Assistant Program Class of 2013 for their annual Research Forum as they present and defend their theses. Refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend.
Moderator: P.A. Program director Nora Lowy, Ph.D., MPA, PA-C
- Wagner College Provost Lily D. McNair, Ph.D.
- Philip Roth, M.D., Ph.D. — Director of Neonatology and Chairman of Pediatrics, Staten Island University Hospital
- Martin Morales, P.A., MHA — Director of P.A. Services, North Shore–LIJ Health System
- Elaina Mastrangelo, M.S., PA-C Neurosurgery — Healthcare Associates in Medicine P.C. — President, Wagner College P.A. Alumni Association
Theses defense presentations
“Barrier Contraceptive Compliance: Effectiveness of Sex Education”
- Brianna Samson, PA-S
- Julia Medina, SI Tech Student
“Major Attraction: The Association Between Majors and Learning Styles”
- Shaun Beaulieu, PA-S
- Daniel Fitzpatrick, PA-S
- Erica Guidipietro, PA-S
- Robert Liberto, PA-S
“Let There Be Light: The Effect of Sunlight on Cardiac Patients”
- Shane Courtney, PA-S
- Alma Duka, PA-S
- Bora Kim, PA-S
- Engjel Muca, PA-S
“Differences in Perception of Diabetes Mellitus Amongst Different Ethic Groups”
- Maryellen Bonito, PA-S
- Esta Neyman, PA-S
- Princess Poku, PA-S
April 4, 2013
Please join us on Thursday, April 4 at 4:15 p.m. in Foundation Hall’s Manzulli Board Room for the annual Civic Engagement Recognition Awards program. This year’s honorees are:
- Project Pericles Student Award: Kevin Ferreira
- IMPACT Scholars Student Award: Julia Zenker
- Staff Member Award: Mike Miller
- Faculty Member Awards: Dr. John Esser & Dr. Abe Unger
- Department Award: Modern Languages
- Community Partner Award: Project Hospitality
- Special Recognition Award: Lee Manchester
April 2, 2013
Please join us on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room for dinner and a candlelighting ceremony to remember the 6 million Jews and other victims of Nazi genocide, courtesy of Wagner College’s Chai Society. History major Patrick Bethel ’14 will help moderate a program of presentations, including:
- “IBM and the Holocaust,” by Andrew Farrell ’14, History Major
- “The Einstazgruppen: SS Death Squads,” by Ryan Clinton ’13, History Major
- “Homosexuality and the Holocaust,” by Jaclyn Jaffe ’14, French Studies
- “Jewish Resistance: The Escape from Sobibor,” by Jennifer Beliard ’15, Arts Administration
- “The Nuremberg Trials and International Law,” by Patrick Dutton ’15, History Major
For more information, or to light a candle, please email Prof. Lori R. Weintrob or phone her at 718-390-3309.
March 27, 2013
The Investment/Business Group will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in the Business Conference Room, located on the second floor of Campus Hall next to Room 214. Light refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to network, meet new friends and exchange ideas. Please join us and bring a friend! If you have questions, email Alyssa Ahern.
March 22, 2013
Please join the Wagner College circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the international leadership honor society, as it inducts a new membership class on Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in Spiro 2. Education professor David Gordon is the faculty initiate, and physics professor Otto Raths is the keynote speaker.
New undergraduate members: Marianna Agliata, Ian Bertschausen, Diane Catalano, Ava DiLeo, Ananda DiMartino, Alessandra D’Onorio DeMeo, Jennifer Durso, Adena Ershow, Stephanie Grassullo, Kellie Griffith, Carolyn Hagerty, Stephanie Hinkes, Thomas Horvath, Kristen Lee, Rick Leung, Jenna Lombardo, Kristen Matteoni, Audriana Mekula-Hanson, Radislav Meylikh, Trey Nicosia, Patrick O’Connor, Samantha Pulliam, Sheldon Rozman, Justin Sciarra, Amanda Sieferman, Brittany Thrasher, Gina Toscano, Meredith Ward, Zachary Weinsteiger, Bernadette Zapata
New graduate student members: Nicole Eckert, Jakki Guenther, Caroline Kouretsos, Julia Mullins, Jenna Scafuri, Jennifer Terranova, Lorenza Troncoso