Media update, April 8 through Aug. 31, 2011

Media update, April 8 through Aug. 31, 2011

Our last Media Update was posted on April 7. Quite a bit has been written about Wagner College since then in the public media. Below are summaries and links to all the news about Wagner published or broadcast between April 8 and Aug. 30, 2011, including a few strays that had eluded our scrutiny at the time the last update was produced.

  • Feb. 1, Staten Island Advance, “Shared interests, values and devotion are the means to sustaining a lifelong friendship,” by Andrea Boyarsky drew upon Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth as an expert source. (Only recently was this article brought to our attention.) LINK HERE
  • March 26, The Daily, “Out-of-office experience: Voters hesitate to elect those who took a break from politics,” an op-ed written by Joshua Spivak, a senior research associate with Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform and an expert on the history of recall elections in the United States. LINK HERE
  • March 30, New York Times, editorial letter. Stephen Preskill, chairman of Wagner College’s Education Department, comments on David Brooks’ March 25 column, “The Ego Advantage,” musing about how a leader as mentally unhinged as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi manages to stay in power for 42 years. LINK HERE
  • April 8, Playbill, “Original ‘Seussical’ Star Michele Pawk Directs Musical for Wagner College.” Tony Award winner Michele Pawk, who appeared in the original Broadway cast of “Seussical,” will stage the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical at Wagner College beginning April 13 on Staten Island. LINK HERE
  • April 11, BroadwayWorld.com, “Wagner College's Annual Dance Project Features Claire Porter.” LINK HERE
  • April 11, USA Today, “Mayoral recall drives go viral,” by Haya El Nasser. One of many news stories about local and state recall elections that cite Joshua Spivak. LINK HERE
  • April 12, McClatchy Newspapers, “Mayors group fights back against recall elections,” by Lesley Clark. Joshua Spivak cited as source on recalls. LINK HERE
  • April 13, Staten Island Advance, “SI350 Book launch,” a captioned photo showing Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob with her new book, “Discovering Staten Island,” a guide to the history of Staten Island that she co-edited for si350, the committee responsible for coordinating the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the European settlement of Staten Island. Weintrob is the co-chair of si350. LINK HERE
  • April 13, NPR’s “The Takeaway,” “Frustrated voters recall mayors online” — an interview with Joshua Spivak. (Audio download) LINK HERE
  • April 13, NY1, “Wagner College's ‘Seussical’ directed by Tony Award winner Michele Pawk.” LINK HERE
  • April 14, Staten Island Advance, “Just what the doctor ordered” (Seussical preview). LINK HERE
  • An April 14 address by former New York Stock Exchange Richard Grasso at Wagner College for the Presidential Symposium lecture and panel discussion series came with an unexpected, news-breaking announcement: Grasso declared that, under certain specific circumstances, he would run for mayor of New York City. Here are the news stories examining Grasso's conditional declaration:
    • April 15, Staten Island Advance, “NYSE ex-boss takes an option on mayoralty.” LINK HERE
    • April 15, Dealbreaker, “If Something That Will Never Happen Happens, Dick Grasso Will Run for Mayor of New York,” by Beth Levin. LINK HERE
    • April 15, Gothamist, “Former NYSE Head to Run for Mayor in 2013 if Spitzer Does and Kelly Doesn’t,” by Jen Chung. LINK HERE
    • April 15, New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog, “Dick Grasso vs. Elliot Spitzer Gets a Bit More Likely,” by Dan Amira. LINK HERE
    • April 15, New York Times, "Ex-chairman of New York Stock Exchange may run for mayor," by Michael Barbaro. LINK HERE
    • April 16, Wall Street Journal, “Grasso Asserts Mayoral Run Not Vengeful,” by Michael Howard Saul. LINK HERE
    • April 19, MarketWatch/Wall Street Journal, “A worst-case scenario looms for New Yorkers: Two Wall Street losers vie for a coveted role,” by David Weidner. LINK HERE
  • April 15, American City & County magazine, "How to save money on recall elections: Recalls are on the rise, but their costs do not have to be," an op-ed by Joshua Spivak. LINK HERE
  • April 15, MTI Marquee, “Broadway’s Original Mayzie LaBird and Gertrude McFuzz ‘Return’ to ‘Seussical’,” by Tyler Paul, about theater professor Michele Pawk’s reunion with “Seussical” castmate Janine LaManna (WCT’88) at a Wagner performance of the show. LINK HERE
  • April 18, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Story on mayoral recalls (featuring Joshua Spivak, among others). (Audio download) LINK HERE
  • April 24, Staten Island Advance, “William Mea named chief financial officer at Wagner College.” LINK HERE
  • April 26, Staten Island Advance, “A different camp experience,” by Melissa Chapman-Mushnick, including a highlight of Wagner College’s summer day camp program. LINK HERE
  • April 26, Staten Island Advance, a standalone photo highlighted a “field trip” taken by Marissa Mortimer’s External Programs wedding planners course to the studio of designer Preston Bailey. LINK HERE
  • April 26, Staten Island Advance, “Porgy & Bess at CSI.” A standalone photo with extended cutline (featured prominently on the inside front page) promoted the upcoming “Porgy & Bess” concert being organized and director by Wagner College music professor Roger Wesby. LINK HERE
  • April 26, Broadway World, “Wagner College’s Annual Dance Project Features Claire Porter.” LINK HERE
  • April 26, Preston Bailey’s Blog, “A behind the scenes tour of my studio with Wagner College.” LINK HERE
  • April 28, Staten Island Advance (AWE), “Gershwin & Co.,” a boxed promo of the upcoming “Porgy & Bess” concert by arts editor Michael J. Fressola. LINK HERE
  • April 29, Staten Island Advance, “Annual Community Mitzvah Awards Dinner will be Thursday at Bernikow JCC.” The Wagner College Chai Society event is the feature item on this week’s Jewish Life page. LINK HERE
  • May 1, Staten Island Advance, “Dr. Lily McNair named provost, VP for academic affairs at Wagner College.” LINK HERE
  • May 3, News Record, “Honoring teachers on National Teachers Day,” by education professor Jennifer Lauria, a Wagner College News Service op-ed essay distributed to a private syndicate of nearly 500 community newspapers in the northeastern U.S. LINK HERE
  • May 4 & 5 — Two news stories from Phoenix, Ariz. (one on KPNX TV, the other in the Arizona Republic) revealed that a local school superintendent had plagiarized much of Dr. Lauria’s op-ed essay and presented it as her own work in a National Teachers Day morale-boosting memo to her faculty. LINK HERE
  • May 3, News Record, "World Press Freedom Day: The world can’t be free without a free press," an unbylined WCNS op-ed on the importance of a free press, highlighting an interview with Wagner College journalism professor Claire Regan. LINK HERE
  • May 5, Staten Island Advance (AWE), “Pawk Rocks: Wagner theater prof nominated for Drama Desk Award.” LINK HERE
  • May 5, News Record, “Cinco de Mayo: More than a Mexican beerfest,” a WCNS op-ed highlighting an interview with Wagner College languages professor Margarita Sanchez. LINK HERE
  • May 6, News Record, “Mothers Day and soup kitchens,” a WCNS op-ed highlighting an interview with Wagner College sociology professor Jean Halley. LINK HERE
  • May 12, Staten Island Advance, “Wagner College football players give back to community.” LINK HERE
  • May 20, Staten Island Advance, “Wagner College pinning ceremony,” a standalone photo with cutline highlighting the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing’s graduation program. LINK HERE
  • May 20, Staten Island Advance, 2 photos from the Spiro pinning ceremony posted on the Advance website. LINK HERE
  • May 21, Staten Island Advance, “669 turn tassels at Wagner College,” a news story by Judy Randall on the 2011 Commencement exercise. LINK HERE
  • May 25, Staten Island Advance, “Molinaro basks in joy of degree,” by Kiawana Rich, on a reception honoring S.I. Borough President James Molinaro, who was awarded an honorary degree at the previous week’s Commencement program. LINK HERE
  • May 25, Miami Herald, “A costly way to get rid of politicians,” an editorial column by Fred Grimm on a Florida recall election that cites expert Joshua Spivak. LINK HERE
  • May 30, The Daily, “The incredible growing VP,” an op-ed essay by Joshua Spivak on the historically growing role of the United States vice president. LINK HERE
  • June 1, Reuters Great Debate blog, “Traveling men: Kucinich and running for Congress in a new state,” an op-ed by Joshua Spivak. LINK HERE
  • June 3, Atlantic Highlands Herald, “Wagner College awards honorary doctorate to Atlantic Highlands man.” About the honorary degree awarded to long-time trustee Fred C. Williamson Jr. at the 2011 Commencement exercise. LINK HERE
  • June 6, Arizona Capitol Times, “History says Pearce has little to worry about from recall effort,” an op-ed by Joshua Spivak focuses on the recall threat against Arizona state Senate President Russell Pearce. LINK HERE
  • June 12, New York Times, the annual “Commencement Roundup” feature — this year compiled by Lisa W. Foderaro — included a boxed photo and quote from Wagner College’s 2011 Commencement speaker Kenneth T. Jackson. LINK HERE
  • June 14, Staten Island Advance, “Lavelle Preparatory’s Night of Champions” noted that Wagner College President Richard Guarasci had been honored by the charter school as an “education champion.” LINK HERE
  • June 14, the Australian radio program “Dads on the Air” broadcast a half-hour interview with Wagner College psychology professor and male studies pioneer Miles Groth, in advance of Professor Groth’s participation in a June 24 symposium in Adelaide sponsored by the Australian Institute of Male Health Studies on the theme, “From Boyhood to Manhood: Difficulties & Challenges of Transition.” LINK HERE
  • June 14, Politico, “Why congressmen stay, govs resign,” an op-ed by Joshua Spivak. LINK HERE
  • June 17, NJToday.net, “This Fathers Day, Be There For Your Kids,” a Wagner College News Service op-ed featuring insights from an interview with Prof. Miles Groth. LINK HERE
  • June 19, Staten Island Advance, “And Staten Island, too: A short history of B’way ties.” In a longish sidebar by arts editor Michael J. Fressola localizing interest in that evening’s Tony Awards broadcast, he highlights some of the Island’s Broadway connections, including Wagner College alumnus Paul Zindel ’58 M’62 H’71 (“The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”), English professor Willard Maas (inspiration for the male lead in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”), playwright-in-residence Edward Albee, and Stanley Drama Award winner Jonathan Larson (“Rent”). (No mention, however, of the multiple Tony Award-winning graduates of the Wagner College Theatre program.) LINK HERE
  • June 19, New York Times, “In Arizona, sponsor of immigration law now faces a recall,” by Mark Lacey cites Joshua Spivak as an expert source. LINK HERE
  • June 21, NJToday.net, “Wagner College to offer summer programs,” previewing External Programs’ summer lineup. LINK HERE
  • June 29, Tinytown Gazette, “Sanitized History is Boring History,” an op-ed by Education Department chairman Stephen Preskill distributed by the Wagner College News Service. LINK HERE
  • July 3, Green Bay Press-Gazette, “Represent workplace positively at all times,” by syndicated columnist Andrea McKay, quoted from the 2011 Wagner College commencement address by Ken Jackson. LINK HERE
  • July 5, New York Times, an editorial letter by President Richard Guarasci was published, written in response to a David Leonhardt column, “Even for Cashiers, College Pays Off.” LINK HERE
  • July 6, PBA FM (Adelaide, Australia). In a 2-part Australian radio interview, Tony Ryan talks with Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth about the transition from boyhood to manhood, the subject of his address at a June 24, 2011 conference of the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies. LINK HERE
  • July 10, Bloomberg News, “ ‘Madness Abounds’ as Fake Candidates Confuse Wisconsin Recalls,” by Tim Jones, cites comments by Joshua Spivak. LINK HERE
  • July 10, New York Times, Education Department chairman Stephen Preskill wrote an editorial letter in response to columnist David Brooks’ take on an op-ed written by school-reform critic Diane Ravitch. LINK HERE
  • July 13, Independent Sector magazine included a brief on a visit by Wagner College business professor Cathyann Tully and members of the Wagner Student Investment Group to P.S. 20 to teach students about goal setting and financial planning, using games. LINK HERE
  • July 16, The Villages Daily Sun, “Promoting interfaith dialogue: Retired minister reflects on final decade in ministry,” by J.R. Duren, profiles recently retired Wagner College chaplain Richard Michael. LINK HERE
  • July 19, NJToday.net, “Improving the Assessment of Teachers,” a Wagner College News Service op-ed by Education Department chairman Stephen Preskill. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 7, Staten Island Advance, “It's never too early to start teaching children about differences,” by Danielle Lucchese, cited Wagner College sociology professor Laura Martocci. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 7 — Following the death of former New York Governor Hugh L. Carey, patron of Wagner College’s Carey Institute for Government Reform, Carey Institute director Seymour Lachman was in high demand as a media commentator on the late governor’s life, having written the definitive political biography of Hugh Carey last year. A memorial page for Governor Carey was created, which includes descriptions of and links to the news stories to which Professor Lachman contributed. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 10, Staten Island Advance, “Staten Islanders are finding that mob rule reigns in cyberspace,” by Deborah E. Young, drew upon expert advice from Amerika Grewal, coordinator of student development in Wagner College’s Office of Campus Life. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 15, Staten Island Advance, “Staten Island’s small businesses bracing for an uncertain future,” by Frank Donnelly, sought out expert commentary from Wagner College Economics Department chairwoman Mary Rose Leacy. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 18, Staten Island Advance, “Wagner College Freshman Receiver Josh Talbott has Two New Teams: Talbott getting acclimated to life as a Seahawk and life with a family to call his own,” by Cormac Gordon, considered the remarkable recent life story of one of the newest members of the Wagner College football team. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 19, The Daily, “Don’t Mess with Texans,” an op-ed by Joshua Spivak commenting on the appearance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the national political scene by looking at other prominent Texans in history. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 20, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “A recall of Walker could backfire on Dems: There are risks both political and practical,” an op-ed by Joshua Spivak cautioning Democrats seeking to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Also published Aug. 12 in Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 22, Staten Island Advance, “Happy Birthday, Staten Island!,” a brief account of the first European settlement of Staten Island, by Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob and Phillip Papas. Weintrob is co-chair of si350, the organization responsible for coordinating the official commemoration of the 350th anniversary of Staten Island’s European settlement, and Papas is co-chair of si350’s academic conference. LINK HERE
  • Aug. 23, two news stories recounted the previous evening’s “birthday party” at the Staten Island Ferry landing commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Island’s settlement, organized by si350, co-chaired by Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob.
  • Aug. 25, Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, “Aid to College Students Benefits All of Us,” an op-ed by President Richard Guarasci. Guarasci reminds Congress that federal aid to college students yields all kinds of benefits to society as a whole, not just to the individual student. — LINK HERE

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