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Media update for Feb. 11 thru March 9, 2009

    On Feb. 11, the Princeton, N.J. weekly, Town Topics, highlighted a “philosophical community café” program being started by Wagner College education professor Ann Gazzard.
    On Feb. 12, a Staten Island Advance column by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, Wagner College campus rabbi and politics professor, reminded us that in times of crisis, we must “dig deeper in our collective mind and soul to reconsider fundamental values and their application.”
    In the same issue of the Advance (Feb. 12), editor Marge Hack focused her column on the activities being offered on Staten Island by the three colleges located here, prominently featuring Wagner College.
    A story in the Feb. 19 Advance highlighted a Wagner College donor’s gift intended to help keep current students in college.
    That same day (Feb. 19), a weekly newspaper on the other side of the state, the Hamburg (N.Y.) Sun, plugged Wagner College professor Seymour Lachman’s book, “Three Men in a Room,” critiquing New York’s dysfunctional state government.
    Two stories focused on the press conference held on the campus of Wagner College by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Feb. 20: Cable news channel NY1 and the Staten Island Advance. The press conference focused on a $2,500 tax credit Schumer pushed for inclusion in the massive federal economic stimulus bill signed earlier that week by the president.
    In a succinct letter published in the Feb. 21 issue of the New York Times, Wagner College Carey Center for Government Reform director Seymour Lachman urged the Democratic majority in Albany to pursue “reform, not retribution.”
    On Feb. 25, the Staten Island Advance ran the obituary written by Associate Managing Editor Claire Regan ’80 for the late Julia Barchitta, dean of experiential learning and learning communities.
    On Feb. 26, the Advance ran two stories by theater writer Lisa Ann Williamson on the shows being staged at Wagner College, “Master Class” and “The Threepenny Opera.” (The latter also includes the review Williamson wrote the following week for “3Penny.”) The Feb. 26 preview of “Threepenny Opera” was the featured cover story in that week’s Advance Weekly Entertainment section.
    On Feb. 27, the “Jewish Life” page of the Advance ran a column by Rabbi Unger. Drawing from his observation of Wagner’s Hillel group and Congregation Ahavath Israel, of which Unger is pastor, the rabbi concluded that “the message is that the society we’ve taken for granted is up for more than simply change; it’s up for transformation.”
    The story featured in the cover photo on the Feb. 27 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education focused on Wagner College’s Civic Innovations program.
    Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth, an expert in the psychology of boys and men, was a featured source for a March 3 story in the Advance on sibling rivalry and childhood development.
    On March 5, the “Wonders & Marvels” blog ran a story plugging the new historical romance novel by Wagner College professors Laura Morowitz and Laurie Albanese, “The Miracle of Prato.”
    That evening (March 5), New York City cable news channel NY1 broadcast a story on Wagner College’s collaboration with Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island in conducting a seminar on home ownership.

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