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Arts & Humanities

Verhaalen, S. Marion (Ed.D., 1971) wrote Camargo Guarnieri: Brazilian Composer (Indiana University Press). Her previous book, Camargo Guarnieri: Expressoes De Uma Vida, was published by the University of So Paulo in 2001. She wrote about Guarnieri in her doctoral dissertation at TC under the direction of Robert Pace. Verhaalen is writing a third book on Brazilian music and is on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee where she teaches piano and composition.

Marilyn J. Ziffrin's (M.A., 1949)
latest composition, Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano, premiered in April in Davenport, Iowa, at the final concert of the season for the Friends of Chamber Music. Ziffrin's Concertino for Piano and Strings with Helen Lin, piano, and the North/South Consonance ensemble, Max Lifchitz, conductor, was also recently released.

Joyce Luhrs (M.A., 1987) served two terms as Vice President of Marketing on the state board of trustees of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO). Luhrs is President of Luhrs & Associates, a public relations, grant services and promotional products company. She received a Teal Heart Award for outstanding service to the community from NJAWBO-Bergen. Luhrs also received a Certificate of Commendation from the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. She traveled to the Arctic Circle in Alaska to work on a $300,000 distance learning proposal that won a Public Telecommunications Facilities Program grant from the Commerce Department. An accomplished ballroom dancer, Luhr writes a column, "All Things Considered," for Amateur Dancers, the national publication of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, and has been published in Enterprising Woman and Dancing USA.

Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (Ed.D., 1993) was elected Academic Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rev. Kujawa-Holbrook has been an associate professor at the school since 1998, and in September 2004 was installed as the first Suzanne R. Hiatt Professor in Feminist Pastoral Theology and Church History. She has been Chair of the Antiracism Committee of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church since 1998.

Gertrude Dubrovsky (Ed.D., 1972) authored Six From Leipzig (Frank Cass/Valentine Mitchell), a book that looks at the history of Kindertransport in England through the experiences of six cousins from Leipzig, Germany, and examines the work of the Cambridge Refugee Children's Committee and the rescue effort that brought 2,000 German children to Cambridge during World War II.

Helene Alalouf (M.A., 1972) was awarded the Susan J. Goldberg Memorial Teaching Award for Outstanding Work in Holocaust and Human Rights Education. Alalouf is a seventh grade English teacher at Yonkers Middle and High School. She has studied at the Westchester Holocaust Education Center and her mother is a Holocaust survivor. She is the Jewish Council's 2004 Jewish Educator of the Year, the NYS Alternative Educators Association's 1992 Teacher of the Year, and she has received the Yonkers Public Schools PTA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marcia V. Keizs (M.A, 1971; Ed.D., 1984) was named president of York College in Queens. Keizs previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York's Bronx Community College.

Rebecca Pawel (M.A., 2000) has written four books with Soho Press, including Death of a Nationalist and The Watcher in the Pine. Pawel is a school teacher in Brooklyn.

Biobehavioral Sciences

Jan Klein Miller (M.A., 1971) obtained her doctorate in audiology in August 2003. Miller has a private practice in audiology and hearing aid dispensing in Plainview and Long Beach, New York.

Lisa Horowitz Zeitoun (M.S., 1980) obtained her doctorate in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. She has worked as a clinical audiologist for Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx for the past 21 years.

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Francis J. O'Brien (M.A., 1977; Ed.M. 1977; Ph.D., 1980) received the International Order of Merit from the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England. The award is given to 500 people nationwide. O'Brien was also awarded the American Medal of Honor by the American Biographical Institute in recognition for his work in partially reconstructing the extinct Amer-can Indian languages of southeastern New England. O'Brien has worked in the Combat Systems Department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, since 1987.

Terence P. Hannigan (M. Phil., 1994; Ph.D., 1998) was granted Diplomat status with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Hannigan is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Student Counseling Services and Disability Services for Students at Texas A & M International University.

Jack Rothman (Ph.D., 1961), a professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, authored Hollywood in Wide Angle: How Directors View Filmmaking (Scarecrow Press). The book takes an inside look at the competitive world of filmmaking and the impact of sociological factors that limit and assist the creative process.

Marion Rudin Frank (M.A., 1967), who holds an Ed.D and is a licensed psychologist, was elected President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Gold Star Wives of America Inc., a national non-profit military widow/widower organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. Frank is also President of PPS, a mental health professional corporation serving local and national companies, and private clients in the Delaware Valley.

Nimat Hafez Barazangi (M.A., 1972) authored Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading (The University Press of Florida). The book investigates the role of women according to the Qur'an. Barazangi is a research fellow in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University.

Mary Wall (M.A., 2005) authored Lyme Disease is No Fun: Let's Get Well! (Lyme Disease Association). The book, with a forward by Amy Tan, is geared toward school-aged children diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It also provides information for parents regarding the Lyme Disease Association's (LDA) LymeAid 4 Kids Fund, which provides financial support for children with Lyme Disease who lack health insurance. Proceeds from book sales will support the LDA's education, research and support programs.

Curriculum & Teaching

Kimberly J. McKeon (M.A., 2002) received tenure in April in the Mamaroneck School District in Westchester, New York. McKeon teaches at the Chatsworth Avenue Public School.

Educational Institutions & Programs

John Brady (Ed.D., 1999) was named Superintendent of the Amity School Board in Connecticut. Brady was previously an assistant, interim, and deputy superintendent for Westport Public Schools, as well as Principal of Staples High School.

Maryalice Mazzara (Ed.D., 1984) was named Director of Education for The Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization that works to enhance cross-cultural understanding through cinema. Mazzara was the education attach for the Govern-ment of Quebec in New York and the Director of Education Outreach for the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI grant at Columbia's Harriman Institute. She serves on the Martha Graham Dance Company Guild, the Cathedral School Education Foundation Advisory Board, the TC Alumni Council, and is an adjunct professor at TC.

William M. Silver (M.A., 1973; Ed.D., 1993) was named Superinten-dent of the Killingly School District in Connecticut. Silver was previously Superintendent of Regional District 8 in eastern Connecticut.

Health & Behavior Studies

Thomas Kelly (M.A., 1990; Ed.M., 1990; M.Phil., 1994; Ph.D., 1995) was appointed head of the Horace Mann School, a private school with locations in Manhattan, Riverdale and Washington, Connecticut. Kelly was previously the Superintendent of the Valhalla Union Free School District in Westchester County.

Mary Ann Scoloveno (Ed.M., 1971) received a Warren I. Sussman Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rutgers University, its highest honor for innovative teaching and mentoring. Scoloveno has been a faculty member in the Rutgers College of Nursing since 1971. She was the Rutgers College of Nursing Educa-tional Opportunity Fund Program Teacher of the Year in 2004, 2003 and 1995; received the New Jersey League for Nursing's Nurse Recognition Award in 1998 and Seton Hall University's Margaret C. Haley Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985; and was named Somerset County College's Outstanding Visiting Lecturer in 1980.

Dale Atkins (M.A., 1972), a licensed psychologist, authored Wedding Sanity Savers: How to Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes, and Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect Day (Broadway Books). The book shares questions and answers from Atkins' online advice column.

International & Transcultural Studies

Kara Vander Kamp (M.A., 2005) was appointed to international mission service by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is serving as an educational consultant with the Evangelical Church of Niger.

Jean Benton (Ed.M., 1983; Ed.D., 1984) authored Using Action Research to Foster Positive Social Behaviors (Scarecrow Press/Rowman Littlefield). Benton is an Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Foundations of Education at Southeast Missouri State University.

Margaret Dikovitskaya (Ed.M., 1999; M.Phil., 2000; Ph.D., 2001) authored Visual Culture: The Study of the Visual after the Cultural Turn (MIT Press). The book examines an archaeology of visual culture, looking at the "cultural turn" away from art history and the emergence of visual studies. Dikovitskaya is the John W. Kluge Research Fellow at the Library of Congress.

Organization & Leadership

David F. Finney (M.A., 1991; Ed.D., 1992) was appointed President of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Finney was previously Dean of New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Lois Zachary (M.A., 1985; Ed.D., 1986) authored Creating a Mentoring Culture: The Organization's Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2005). The book is a step-by-step practical resource for anyone looking to include mentoring in their organization. Zachary is the President of Leadership Development Services, a consulting firm that provides leadership development, coaching and training for corporations and non-profit organizations.

Eric Frazier (M.A., 1978; Ed.M., 1979) released his third CD, Find Yourself (Then Find Me). The magazine All About Jazz called his music "danceable R&B jazz with elements of smooth jazz."

Maureen Furr (Ed.D., 1990) was a recipient of the first Distinguished Mid-dle Level Educator Award at the National Middle School Association's annual conference in 2004. Furr was also a finalist for the 2004 Wachovia Principal of the Year award. She has been a middle-level principal for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina for 12 years. Furr was previously Principal of Rombout Middle School in Beacon, New York, and Assistant Principal of East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and she has taught middle school in Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois and Quebec.

Steffani Burd (M.Phil., 1997; M.A., 1998) was named Executive Director of a study funded by the National Institute of Justice that will develop solutions geared toward improving information security standards. Burd is founder of Ansec Group, a security solutions company. She served as Director of Research of the FBI InfraGard and was nominated to  participate in the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. She is an NYPD auxiliary officer, a Citizens Emergency Response Team incident commander, and a Federal Emergency Management Agency-trained emergency manager. Burd has written more than 10 articles and her research has been featured in more than 20 press journals.

Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005