Painting major William Dwiggins has won the Best of Show award at the SUNY Student Exhibition in the New York State Museum. His work Nude Study, from Blazo Kovacevic’s Life Drawing class, won the $1,000 award, which was presented at a special ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, June 9. The juried Best of SUNY exhibit features artworks chosen by individual art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses.
This short video, produced in fall 2014 by Andrew Hatling from Binghamton University’s Communications and Marketing Department, features Dwiggins and the Life Drawing class. The video also received an award in its category at one of the SUNY-wide movie competitions.
Myra Sabir, assistant professor of human development, has been recognized with a Phoenix Award by Citizen Action of New York. Phoenix Awards honor “unsung heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place. The Phoenix is a symbol of life and hope emerging from the ashes of despair. It speaks to a willful determination to rebound, rebuild and renew our commitment to pursuing a better quality of life for all.”
Sabir has partnered with the YMCA and Trinity AME Zion Church, who gave her access to African American parolees and homeless men, to assist them via her Life Writing Project. She facilitates their perceptions of their experiences in writing, which results in the men directing their narratives into a positive, action-oriented manner to reconnect with their communities.
Maria Roberts, associate director of auxiliary services, has been selected to participate in the 2015 NACUFS Leadership Institute, one of eight professional development institutes designed to develop successful food service professionals by the National Association of College & University Food Services. The conference will be held in June at the Nestlé Customer Innovation Campus in Ohio. The leadership institute focuses on analyzing personal leadership style and effectively getting things done through the help of others. Participants will learn to recognize and apply basic leadership principles, identify and analyze personal leadership style, demonstrate ethical decision-making and create a motivating work environment.
Pawel Nowacki, director of catering for Binghamton University Dining Services, recently saved the life of a woman who was choking at a local restaurant. When the woman was already turning blue from lack of oxygen, he used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge food caught in her throat. She quickly recovered and did not require transportation to a medical facility.
John Frazier, distinguished service professor of geography, has been awarded 2015 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Distinguished Service Honors “for his sustained and exceptional dedication to furthering the public good through applied academic and intellectual pursuits. The applied geography conference which he was instrumental in bringing to fruition is now in its 35th year. More recently he has expended similar energies toward funding and organizing the biennial Race, Ethnicity, and Place conferences which success largely because of his vision to preserve a place for intellectually divergent ideas on some of the most vexing and complicated issues in the world today.” Frazier will be recognized at the AAG annual meeting in Chicago, April 21-25. More information is available online.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has selected doctoral candidate Deneil Hill as one of 10 Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies for 2015.
The fellowship is the only national program to support doctoral work on women’s and gendered issues. Each 2015 Newcombe Fellow will receive a $5,000 award to help cover expenses incurred while completing their dissertations.
Hill is a doctoral candidate in history. Her dissertation, “Shifting Feminist Visions at the United Nations: Self-Determination, Sexuality, and Human Rights, 1975-1995,” explores how transnational feminists working at the U.N. between 1975 and 1995 expanded human rights legal definitions to include women’s sexual rights.