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Kean University

March, 2011 Volume 2, Issue 1

Chapter 199 Follow us on Twitter @PhiKappaPhi_KU

Editor: Lily Chen-Hafteck

Recognizing and Promoting Academic Excellence in All Fields of Higher Education and Engaging the Community of Scholars in Service to Others EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2010-2011


President…….……....Cathy Hannan Past President..Carole Shaffer-Koros President-Elect…..John Dobosiewicz Secretary.................Patricia Morreale Treasurer....................... Rongsun Pu Public Relations...Lily Chen-Hafteck Student Vice President…Kristina Kavanaugh

ANNOUNCEMENTS Annual Student Term Paper and Project Contest Nominations are now being accepted. Deadline is March 29, 2011 at 4 PM. Student Initiation Ceremony and Reception: April 29, 2011 6.30 PM in Wilkins Theatre Please come and support your students!

On Friday, December 3, 2010, the Kean University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi hosted their Annual Faculty/ Staff/ Alumni Induction and Luncheon. We celebrated the nine new initiates with a wonderful luncheon. While more recently there have been smaller groups initiated, this year, nine individuals were invited to join the Society based on their outstanding scholarly achievement and integrity of character. They represent a diverse group of the Kean University members - Administrator, Staff/ Director, and faculty in a variety of ranks, across various disciplines. Our event speaker was Dr. Patricia Morreale from the Department of Computer Science. She presented a talk entitled How Undergraduate Research is Reshaping the University Experience. (See page 4 for more information). In addition, we thanked Dr. Dennis Finger and Ms. Patricia Gruytch, our long-term members who have most recently served as the Chapter’s Vice-President and Secretary respectively. We Patricia Gruytch was honored at the luncheon. also wish them well as they are retiring from Kean. (photo by G. Chang)

Deadlines Approaching Soon See page 5 for deadlines for submitting applications for national awards. Full Membership Meeting Watch out for the date for a full membership meeting as we will be electing new officers for the 20112013 term. Wear your Phi Kappa Phi pins during March 29 - April 29 when students will be receiving their invitation letters to join the Honor Society and responding.

Dr. Patricia Morreale shared her interesting research promoting undergraduate research with Phi Kappa Phi members. (photo by G. Chang) 1

WELCOME TO OUR NEW INDUCTEES Paula Smith Avioli, Ph.D., has been a professor in the Psychology Department at Kean since 1984. She also holds a position as assistant chairperson of the department since 1991. She has published 13 articles, book chapters, and scholarly papers primarily in the area of sibling relationships and the effects of working mothers on family relationships. She has also made over 30 presentations on these topics at professional conferences. Additionally, she has served as an assessment consultant and publication reviewer for a number of organizations. Paula is not only a scholar whose work is respected in her field, but she is committed to her students and Department. Brian Charles Baldwin, Ed.D., has been an Assistant Professor in NJCSTM at Kean since the Fall of 2007. His scholarly research is in teacher education, professional development, technology integration and teacher retention. Among his many recent publication and presentations at national conferences, was a project on classroom implementation WiiMote Interactive Whiteboards – effectively a low cost alternative to the SmartBoard. The research presented was an outgrowth of projects originally undertaken by undergraduate pre-service students under his direction. He is the Principal Investigator for a recently funded grant from the New Jersey Department of Education for professional development for math and science teachers in the state, that helped the University receive more than $1.7 million for the project. E. Teresa Choate, Ph.D., has been a Professor in the Theatre Department for 14 years at Kean with an exceptional record of scholarly and creative work. She published 5 books and a dissertation in the last 2 years, with a publication pending a March 2011 release. She has directed 12 productions at Kean and dozens elsewhere. She is a regular presenter at the Paper Mill Playhouse and is the National Theatre Honor Society president, Alpha Psi Omega. In addition to her service to Kean, Teresa has served her community as the Commissioner of the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission. Terrence Golway, Ph.D. Candidate, has been directing Liberty Hall, Kean Center for American History for 5 years while being an adjunct for the History Department. He is author of nine books and has contributed numerous articles to newspapers such as The New York Times, New York Observer, Empire State Reporter, among others. In October 2009, he was the curator of the informative show “Headline News” at the Burger Gallery at Kean. Terry began at Kean as Scholar in Residence and he has continued to produce scholarly work over the past 5 years. He will receive his Ph.D. at Rutgers next year.

In the Photo (from left to right): Terrence Golway, C. Brid Nicholson, Susan Polirstok, Paula Smith Avioli, E. Teresa Choate, Melda N. Yildiz, Jonathan Mercantini, Brian Charles Baldwin, Larry Tung. (photo by G. Chang) 2

Jonathan Mercantini, Ph.D., has been an Assistant Professor in the History Department since September 2007. In a department of overachievers, he is a standout. He is able to combine the scholarship/ teacher role in an exemplary fashion and is able to present his scholarship in accessible ways to a wide range of audiences. Last year, he won a NJ Humanities Council grant, a Kean Presidential Scholars Award and a Faculty Research Award. Jonathan has served as liaison between the History Dept and Liberty Hall. The Kean family’s roots in South Carolina coincide with Johathan’s own research and publishing interests. He is a very accomplished scholar of whom Kean can be justifiably proud. C. Brid Nicholson, Ph.D., has been an Assistant Professor of History at Kean since September 2006. She is an outstanding scholar with an impressive publication record of books and articles. Her research and teaching fields intersect many traditional and cutting edge areas of research, from military, legal, religious, and intellectual history to issues of gender, culture, and society. This is evident in the range of topics on which she has written and taught. Her reputation as a sound expert on these many matters is clear from the fact that a variety of publishers have asked her to function as a peer reviewer: Oxford University Press, Bedford/St. Martin’s, McGraw-Hill, Peter Lang. Her community service includes giving public lectures at Liberty Hall, the Madison Public Library and the Riverside Church in New York. Susan Polirstok, Ph.D., has been the Dean of the College of Education and a Professor of Special Education at Kean since 2008. Prior to coming to Kean, she was Acting Dean of Education and Professor of Special Education at Lehman College, CUNY, with a career spanning more than 30 years. Her recent book focuses on providing strategies for the classroom teacher to work effectively with children in varying stages of language development and second language acquisition. She also has many articles and book chapters. Her work is cited over 260 times in the professional literature and appears in approximately 20 dissertations. Many of her articles were translated into Italian. She is the co-editor of the Journal of School Connections and an editorial board member of a number of top international journals in education. Larry Tung, M.F.A., has been an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Kean for 6 years. He anticipates receiving a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University in December 2011. Larry has contributed scholarly articles to many international journals. He also has had numerous documentaries featured nationally and internationally and continues his professional journalism in New York City. Larry brings an international and multicultural perspective to his scholarly and professional interests. His films have won prestigious honors at the Honolulu Film Festival and screenings throughout the world. Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., has been at Kean since January 2010 as an Associate Professor in the School of Global Education and Innovation. Prior to coming to Kean, she was an Assistant Professor of Educational Media at William Paterson University. Her areas of specialization include Global Education, Media, Culture & Curriculum, Diversity in Education, and Information & Communication in Education. In 2009, she served as the first Fulbright Scholar in Turkmenistan. In addition to scholarly publications, Melda has delivered numerous presentations on a broad spectrum of topics at many local, national and international conferences. She has also served as a keynote speaker. She has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and community service.




On April 23, 2010, close to 600 people gathered – 165 new student members and over 400 family members, friends, faculty and staff joined them for our Chapter’s Annual Student Initiation Ceremony in Wilkins Theatre. New members were recognized for their achievement and a special reception followed in the theatre foyer. A couple days after the ceremony, a student came and talked with me. In the course of our conversation he expressed how very happy he was to see a particular staff member, who had really had an effect on him and his journey to graduation at Kean, in the audience.

The crowd gathered in Wilkins Theatre Foyer for the reception and to buy honor items to wear at commencement . (photo by G. Chang)

If you missed last year’s event then April 29th, 2011 is another opportunity for you. If you are able, please come and support the students - I think you will be glad you did! ….and although you may never know, a student may see you there in the audience and be really glad that you were there!!! Cathy Hannan 3

RESEARCH How Undergraduate Research is Reshaping the University Experience Patricia Morreale At the December 2010 Phi Kappa Phi New Member Initiation luncheon, Dr. Patricia Morreale spoke about the importance of undergraduate research and Kean’s leadership in the national effort to increase undergraduate research experiences. She contrasted the undergraduate experience from the second half of the 20 th century with the current experience. Decades ago, undergraduates arrived on campus unsure of their future plans and after exposure to college curriculum and faculty, selected their majors. Faculty facilitated this decision and undergraduates rarely, if ever, participated in research. Today, over 90% of high school juniors and 92% of high school seniors have identified a primary area of interest or college major – well before beginning their university career. In addition, current high school curriculum offerings have increased to include a range of courses, such as Advanced Placement, which can provide university credit. High school internships and volunteer work provide pre-professional experience. This results in a university experience which is more focused and promotes the selection of graduate and professional paths much earlier than before, with greater competition. As Kean’s undergraduate experience has changed, the importance of undergraduate research and the faculty role in shaping this activity has grown larger. Dr. Morreale is the co-leader of a study conducted by the National Center Dr. Jeffrey Toney, Dean, CNAHS, and Dr. Evros Vasfor Women and Information Technology and the National Science Foun- silio (Biology) with their research team in the lab. dation which examined the impact of undergraduate research on faculty and students in computer science, with a goal of identifying key elements which will encourage more undergraduate research. This study, to be published and formally presented at the NCWIT Summit in New York City in May, provides faculty and student guidelines for participating in undergraduate research. Undergraduate research in all disciplines has been found to be a strong predictor of student retention in the major and provides students with a glimpse of future research opportunities. The lack of undergraduates in the U.S. continuing on to graduate school has increased the importance of universities such as Kean in encouraging students to consider enrollment in graduate schools. NSF surveys show that most undergraduates are not aware of undergraduate research opportunities at their university and do not understand the importance of research experience for graduate school applications and future careers. This is particularly true of first-generation college students, which make up 54% of Kean’s undergraduate population. Students who participate in undergraduate research are more self-motivated, take initiative, and demonstrate better time management skills in meeting deadlines and juggling multiple priorities. Faculty participation with undergraduate research students has been demonstrated to increase faculty productivity, as undergraduate contributions can move the research along faster. Often, undergraduates can rival graduate students on tasks such as data analysis or user studies. Undergraduates take part in research to get to know faculty members, to find out if research is in their future and to gain experience for graduate school. Faculty members must keep in mind that undergraduate research is different from graduate research and the scope of the proposed project and the timeline should be clearly defined to meet the expectations of both faculty and students.

Dr. Jennifer Chen (Education) works with her students Dana Bladon and Kristen Huisman Farhat on "A Meta-Analysis of Research Students on the Quality of Early Childhood Programs", SpF 2010. 4

Kean University is exemplified by its outstanding undergraduate research programs, including the Students Partnering with Faculty (SpF) program, which will be enter its 8th year in 2011 and has involved approximately 50 faculty and almost 200 students. Research outcomes included posters, presentations at research conferences, and publications. In addition, undergraduate research at Kean is supported by the Department of Education’s Ronald McNair program, which encourages undergraduates to consider graduate school as a goal of their undergraduate career. Other faculty-led initiatives throughout the university demonstrate that undergraduate research is a hallmark of the Kean undergraduate experience, as it promotes student success now and in the future.

NATIONAL AWARDS SNAPSHOT We would like to share with our members the many opportunities available to you and your students! Many of these deadlines are rapidly approaching. Put your dues to work! “LET THE LOVE OF LEARNING RULE HUMANITY” Name






Phi Kappa Phi members Entering 1st year graduate studies or post baccalaureate Phi Kappa Phi campus chapters and Phi Kappa Phi individual members for projects relating to literacy Phi Kappa Phi members continuing their education beyond the baccalaureate degree through professional studies, graduate degree, adult programs and more!

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$5,000 $15,000 Up to $2,500 $500

Phi Kappa Phi members Offered once per biennium Undergraduate students Minimum 3.5 GPA 30-90 Semester Hours completed Attending a Study Abroad Program between 5/1/10-6/30/11







Literacy Love of Learning Scholar / Artist Study Abroad

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*submission to Kean University Chapter c/o Dr. John Dobosiewicz, other submissions directly to Phi Kappa Phi Headquarters Details available at: or contact Dr. Dobosiewicz.

TALK John Kean and the Constitution Jonathan Mercantini On March 1, 2011, Dr. Jonathan Mercantini from the Department of History gave a talk entitled John Kean and the Constitution: New Documents from the Liberty Hall Museum Archive at The Carriage House at Liberty Hall. The lecture used John Kean's address to the Ratification Convention of South Carolina, as well as other notes in his hand and his personal correspondence, to revisit the contest over the United States Constitution during the ratification debates there. Based on these heretofore unknown sources, Dr. Mercantini argues that ratification of the Constitution in South Carolina and in fact the new nation was much less certain then has previously been believed. Dr. Dawood Farahi, President of Kean University brought greetings and introduced Mr. John Kean H’05. Mr. Kean is a direct descendant of John Kean, the original patriarch of the Kean Family, who was the subject of the talk. Mr. Kean grew up at Liberty Hall where his mother lived until her passing in 1995. Liberty Hall is located on the other side of Morris Ave. just across from the main Kean Campus in Union, NJ. Dr. Mark Lender, former History Department chairperson, currently serving Kean as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Sue Gronewold, current Chairperson of the History Department also made remarks. About 75-80 faculty, staff, administrators and students, a nice size for the Carriage House, attended the lecture. This is one of the three lecture events sponsored by the Department of History this semester.

Dr. Jonathan Mercantini presenting “John Kean and the Constitution” at Liberty Hall. (photo by Ricardo Fonseca) 5

NEWS FROM PHI KAPPA PHI MEMBERS The research of Dr. Joseph Amorino, Art Education Coordinator, has been included in the current textbook Art and Disabilities: The Social and Political Struggles Facing Education by Alice Wexler. Published by Palgrave-Macmillan, the book contains a description of the psychologically informed and sensory based approach to art education which Dr. Amorino has formulated in his doctoral dissertation and which has lent pedagogical distinctiveness to the Art Education Program at Kean University. The author draws connections between the efficacy of Dr. Amorino's approach in not only enlivening global intelligence within normative children but in reaching a wide variety of special needs populations as well.

Dr. Lily Chen-Hafteck has been invited to participate in a workshop organized by UNESCO on International Monitoring and Comparative Research in Arts Education. The invitation is an honor as only 40 international arts education leaders from 18 countries were selected based on their research and contributions to the field. At this meeting, ,the participants will work together to formulate an arts education policy document for UNESCO. The event will take place from May 25-27, 2011 in Wildbad Kreuth, Germany.

Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir has been invited to write a chapter for the upcoming book, Edith Wharton in Context (Cambridge University Press). Her chapter is entitled “Wharton’s Contemporaries” which explores the writers and artists who composed contemporaneously with Edith Wharton.

Dr. Julia Nevarez is the main editor of the book On Global Grounds: Urban Change and Globalization, which includes chapters about different cities around the world and the impact of globalization. Her latest publication Spectacular Mega-Public Space: Art and the Social in Times Square is in an edited volume by the collaborative effort between Amsterdam and Australia. Her essay demonstrates the changes undergone in Times Square, NYC through the pedestrian mall and the privatized effort of the Times Square Alliance looking at the significance of this changes to the management of public space. Currently she is completing the book The Global Library about libraries and urban development initiatives.

Dean Holly Logue directed a sold-out run of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd February 25-March 9, 2011. With a cast of 23, production team of 12, and orchestra of 10, the production broke all box office records and was favorably received and reviewed. Dean Logue was also elected to chair the National Association of Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation. Having served as a NAST consultant, evaluator, member of the board of directors, and commissioner, she was delighted to accept the position.


MESSAGE FROM PAST NEWS FROM PHI THE KAPPA PHIPRESIDENT MEMBERS Dr. Patricia Morreale published "Real-time Environmental Monitoring and Notification for Public Safety" in IEEE Multimedia, Vol. 17, Number 2, April-June 2010. Dr. Feng Qi and Dr. Paul Croft, both at Kean, were co-authors.

Dr. Anthony Scelba, Chair of the Conservatory of Music, in his mission to advance double bass chamber music, has entered into a partnership with Edition Silvertrust of Ravenwoods, Illinois. Edition Silvertrust publishes unjustly neglected music by once famous composers whose works were much appreciated in their lifetimes. These works are often as fresh and original as masterworks by well-known composers. Scelba is adding to Silvertrust’s vast library his arrangements of these works to include double bass. A new webpage has been created and eight of Scelba’s arrangements have been mounted since the partnership began this past winter. ( Dr. Scelba and the Kean Concert Artists have performed the World Premiere of Samuel Zyman’s Quintet for Strings written especially for them. Dr. Zyman, a prominent Mexican-American composer and Professor at the Juilliard School, is 2010-2011 Concert Artist Composerin-Residence. The Premiere took place in Enlow Hall on November 18, 2010. Scelba and the Concert Artists will Premiere Dr. Zyman’s Piano Quintet on April 28, 2011.

Dean Susan Polirstok has recently been named Professor Emerita by Lehman College, CUNY. Her new publications include a co-edited book, Language development: Understanding language diversity in the classroom and two book chapters entitled Fostering teacher and family partnerships in the development of language and literacy and Making pictures: Using imagery and drawing to plan, write and edit stories.

On April 11, 13 and 14, 2011, 7:30 PM at Little Theater in Kean’s University Center, there will be staged poetry readings and the arts against genocide workshop: ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust. It is the third in a series of daring onewoman, audience-interactive performances written, produced, and performed by Emmy-nominated Dr. Susanna Rich, and directed by Kennedy Center award-winning Ernest Wiggins. Vigil and remembrance, ashes, ashes probes the many faces of tyranny, and celebrates the triumph of human dignity and love.

Dr. Dale E. Vitale has recently become a regular contributor to Food and Health Communications, an online magazine. His latest articles published in it are Salt Reduction for Cooks and The Rainbow is not Enough: The Nutritional Values of Plant Pigments.


MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW STUDENT VP I am a double major in Elementary and Special education at Kean. I will be graduating in May 2011 and will possibly go on to get my Masters degree as well. Throughout my whole life I had to work very hard at my studies, and to be where I am today is a very big accomplishment for me. So, being a part of the Phi Kappa Phi leadership team is especially exciting because it is a position that I never thought I would acquire. I am the type of person that loves to be involved and I truly enjoy working with others and volunteering as well. I am very happy and proud to be the Student Vice-President and I hope to continue to be a part of the Phi Kappa Phi leadership team and help to involve us in volunteer opportunities. Kristina Kavanaugh

Kristina Kavanaugh, Student Vice-President, Kean Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

APRIL 29, 2011, 6.30 PM, WILKINS THEATRE Come and join us for the Student Initiation Ceremony and Reception to celebrate with many students and their family members as they are honored and recognized as new members of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow the program.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT I’ve been at Kean quite a number of years now and have been able to get to know a lot of people on campus. However, I’m thankful for the opportunity to become acquainted with more of you over the last two years as I served as Chapter President. I hear of books you have written and want to read them, plays you’re directing and want to see them, talks you’re giving and want to hear them. There is so much we can learn and share. Another thing I feel happy about is being able to get the Kean University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship off the ground and established in December 2010. We will soon be working on a donor appeal with assistance of The Kean University Foundation. We will be awarding our first $1,000 Scholarship on April 29 th 2011. I know times may not be easy for people but I hope, if you find that you are able, that you would consider making a donation to the Honor Society Scholarship Fund. Learn more about the scholarship and ways to donate at: . I also want to thank those of you who have already donated. We also have had Kristina Kavanaugh (see above article) as a member of the Executive Committee since last summer. I believe Kristina is our Chapters’ first Student Vice-President. I hope the Student VP positions can continue and lead to more involvement of our student members. Communication , connection and encouragement have been important as I strived to help the chapter grow. I hope over the past four semesters you have felt a part of the Honor Society, that you have learned more about it and that you have felt encouraged that everyone is important and can make a difference. I’d like to encourage you all a little more by saying that if there is something you would like to do, something you would like to help organize, something you would like to share, please let the Executive Board know – we/they are YOUR board. If you are interested in volunteering but not sure in what way, please let us know that too. As also conveyed in the honor society’s mission statement, I hope scholars and individuals recognized for their outstanding work can take the gifts they have been given and continue to share and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Thank You to Dr. Rongsun Pu and Dr. Carole Shaffer-Koros, who

Cathy Hannan

served on the Scholarship committee with me. Also special thanks to Mr. David Farrokh and Ms Connie Alexis-Laona from the Kean University Foundation for their assistance with getting the Kean University Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship established. - Cathy Hannan 8

Kean Phi Kappa Phi Newsletter  

Spring 2011 Newsletter for the Kean University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Kean Phi Kappa Phi Newsletter  

Spring 2011 Newsletter for the Kean University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi