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Faculty Achievements Update

Posted by mgcollege

Sep 26, 2013, 2:33:42 PM

Please join us in congratulating the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments.

Dena Scher’s work on the Novak Collection interviews featured in new Civil Rights book
A new book, Belles of Liberty: Gender, Bennett College And The Civil Rights Movement by Linda Beatrice Brown (Women and Wisdom Foundation 2013) includes four interviews collected by Dena Scher, professor of Psychology, as primary sources. The book details the actions of women from Bennett College in the historic 1960 Sit-in demonstrations at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro NC. These demonstrations resulted in a wave of similar sit-ins, which led to the integration of public restaurants. In 2004, 2010, and 2011, Dena traveled to Greensboro and Chicago IL to collect the oral histories of Bennett alumnae. The interviews included in Belles of Liberty were the recollections of Yvonne Revell, Gwendolyn Mackel Rice, Roslyn Smith, and Esther Terry. You can listen to the audio and read the transcripts of the Bennett College interviews at the Novak website:

Besides the Civil Rights interviews, the Novak Collection has been recognized for its interviews on migrations to Detroit. The migration interviews were featured in The Great Migration North: 1910-1970 (Laurie Lanzen Harris, Omnigraphics 2011) and as a featured educational link for IN MOTION: The African-American Migration Experience: The Second Great Migration.” IN MOTION was developed by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Here is the link:

The Great Migration North: 1910-1970 can be found in the Marygrove Library reference room (call number 307.2 H242 2011).

Jerry van Rossum gives national and international presentations
Assistant professor and coordinator of the Human Resource Management program Jerry van Rossum went to Okinawa last summer to lead two workshops on change management for the US Department of Defense Employees. He has been invited to lead a break-out session on “Ethics and Decision-making” for the National Education Conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals in Portland OR in May 2014; this is a reprise of his work at the 2013 conference.

 Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson asked to restage her original starring role
Having appeared as Juliet in the first American production of Romeo and Juliet with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson, division chair of Visual and Performing Arts and associate professor of Dance, has been contracted to restage and coach dance sequences from Romeo and Juliet at Point Park University in Pittsburgh for their full-length production in December. The gala performance is in honor of Nicolas Petrov, found of the Point Park University Dance Department and founder and former artistic director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Jordeen can be seen in a clip from the original production (ca. 1975) here:


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