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Vice President for Finance and Administration Diane Blake, Chief of Staff Edward Summers and Senior Director of Communications and Marketing Gail Glover presented workshops at the annual conference of the National Association of Presidential Assistant in Higher Education in San Diego. Blake and John Pecchia, vice president for business affairs at Marist College, addressed  “Understanding Institutional Finances: Lessons for Strategic Advisors to the President.” Summers and Glover co-presented a workshop on social media, “The Online Presidency.” Summers hosted two other sessions: “Managing, Supervising and Leading Others in the President’s Office: Where Do I Start?” and “Using Institutional Research to Enhance Your Roles as a Presidential Assistant.” He also led a roundtable discussion, “Dual Role: Presidential Assistant/Board Secretary.”

Brad Hays, associate professor of political science, was a guest on WAMC’s “Congressional Corner” with host Alan Chartock. The two discussed the Supreme Court’s recent decision on campaign spending.

Andrew Burkett, assistant professor of English, was accepted into the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) at Wolfson College, Oxford. In July, he will enroll in a course of study titled “Introduction to Digital Humanities” and will present his ongoing work in digital studies. The DHOxSS summer school program is a joint initiative of the Oxford e-Research Centre, IT Services, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries.  

Jillmarie Murphy, assistant professor of English, published a journal article in Studies in American Naturalism 8 (Winter 2014). "Chains of Emancipation: Place Attachment and the Great Northern Migration in Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Sport of the Gods," employs the psycho-social construct of “place attachment” to broaden the implications of Dunbar's staging of late 19th African-American familial disruptions experienced during the nadir of race relations in the U.S.

Jennifer Matsue, associate professor of music, director of the Asian Studies program and director of World Musics and Cultures program, presented at the “Voices of Asian Modernity: Women, Gender and Sexuality in Asian Popular Music” at the University of Pittsburgh. Matsue’s talk was titled “Female Passivity or Musical Democracy?: Making Music with Hatsune Miku.”