This academic year, 2010-2011, I had the opportunity of participating in the Mid Career Fellowship Program (MCFP) sponsored by the Princeton McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning in coordination with twelve colleges from New Jersey, including CCM. Becoming a fellow enables faculty and staff from participating colleges to pursue advanced studies at Princeton University. Among other privileges fellows can take up to two courses for credit during the academic year, attend additional courses and conferences, participate in a seminar focusing on pedagogical issues, write a research paper, consult with distinguished scholars, and use all Princeton University’s library collections and resources. In the fall semester of 2010 I took a course in Mathematical Methods for Engineering Analysis (MAT 501) with Professor Edgar Choueri from the Aeronautical and Space Engineering Department. Half the semester was devoted to applied linear algebra, the other half to differential equations and their uses in engineering. This semester I am taking Mathematical Methods for Physics (MAT 407) with Professor Christopher Herzog from the Physics Department. The main topics of this course include linear algebra, differential equations, Green’s functions, tensors, group theory, and Lie algebras, as well as their applications to physics. I also attended six conferences in Abstract Algebra with Professor Sorensen from the Mathematics Department. As part of the seminar’s activities I chose to study the root causes of an issue that is affecting all colleges nationwide, and that is the high demand and need for remedial course. In mathematics up to two thirds of entering students take at least one remedial course, and around 50% fail to pass it the first time they take it. My proposal to alleviate the problem consists of developing short but comprehensive modulus for each class, deliver a mini lecture of no more than 15 minutes per period, allow for team work the next 40 to 45 minutes, and give feed back in the last 10 to 15 minutes. A paper with preliminary results will be published by the McGraw Center this summer. The same will be distributed to all participant colleges. The program culminates with a dinner at the Prospect House (Old residence of the President). Fellows, program directors and guests, get together to talk about the academic activities and experiences lived throughout the year. The whole program provides from beginning to end a great opportunity to grow professionally in the unique learning environment of one of the finest educational institutions in the Globe. For more information visit the MCFP website www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/mcfp.
Craig W. Pilant received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in Historical Theology in 1997, including areas in Medieval and English Reformation religious history. Since 2005, he has been teaching European history courses at the County College of Morris, including courses in ancient, medieval, modern, and Russian history. Dr. Pilant is an active online instructor at the College, and has been an adjunct at Fordham University since 1986. Dr. Pilant was awarded the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter – Faculty Award on April 23, 2010 from Fordham University, Fordham College of Liberal Studies. The award is given to faculty at the annual dinner and reception for the induction of new members each Spring. It is the Fordham chapter for this honor society, whose description is as follows: Alpha Sigma Lambda’s aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career. By so doing, this Society encourages many students to continue toward and to earn associate and baccalaureate degrees. Through leadership born of effort, both scholastically and fraternally, Alpha Sigma Lambda inspires its candidates to give of their strengths to their fellow students and communities through their academic achievements. To the newcomer in higher education, Alpha Sigma Lambda stands as an inspiration to scholastic growth and an invitation to associate with similarly motivated students. http://www.alphasigmalambda.org/ *Please visit Faculty Publications & Presentations link to view Dr. Pilant’s travels and presentation information.
Professor Longo has specialized in brand repositioning, new product/brand development, visual identity and packaging design since 1978. Overseeing every aspect of the design process, he has assisted clients in significantly increasing the value of their brand assets by developing original, beautiful and strategically sound design solutions. Before opening his own design firm, he rose through the ranks from junior designer to senior design director at several major international design groups such as CatoJohnson, CBDA, Young & Rubicam, and Lippincott & Marguilies Inc. His expertise includes branding identity programs for a wide range of clients. He has been responsible for the design of such blue chip accounts as Haagen-Dazs, Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones, Tang, Star Kist Tuna, Close-Up toothpaste, Ronzoni pasta, Borden’s Cremora, Ore-Ida, 9-Lives cat food and numerous other national brand accounts. His work has been featured in many trade and design publications and has garnered him many recognized awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Clios, Graphis, Package Design Council International, GraphicDesign USA, Creativity, ADCGlobal, the Davey Awards , and the International Academy of the Arts to name a few. Exhibitions of work include the following: The Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago; Shirley Goodman Museum, NYC; Unicorn Gallery, NYC; TGI Gallery, NYC; RyderTypes Graphic Design Gallery, Chicago; American Institute of GraphicArts, NYC; Sharadin Gallery, PA; Lemmerman Gallery, NJ; The Package Design Council International, NYC; The Package Design Council, Tokyo; Association of Graphic Communications, NYC; Xerox Gallery, NYC; Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC. Professor Longo holds a Masters degree in Packaging/Industrial design from Pratt Institute in New York, as well as numerous trademark and patent letters. A longtime member of the Brand Design Association, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, Package Design Council International, and The Art Directors Club he has organized numerous educational seminars, sponsored a mentoring program, and is currently developing a program to increase awareness of brand design as a profession in U.S. art and design schools. Recently, his extraordinary body of design work has been nominated to the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in the area of Communications Design. He has served as Vice President of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey and has taught graduate communication design at Pratt Institute and undergraduate design at Kean University, New Jersey City University, and Kutztown University.
After attending the School of Visual Arts, he started in the graphic design business as assistant to the late graphic designer, Herb Lubalin at Sudler & Hennessey. Two years later, he was promoted to Art Director of the consumer division, creating ads for CBS Radio, McCall’s magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Callaway Carpets and Towels. For the next ten years, Mr. Zlotnick rose from senior art director to VP/Creative Director at Young & Rubicam (One of the largest agencies in the world). His work for clients such as Eastern Airlines, Hanes Underwear, Frito-Lay, OceanSpray, Breck, Dunlop Golf and Tennis and Olympic Airways. His poster for The Peace Corps hangs in the Smithsonian in Washington, as one of the best 100 posters the 20th century. Then as owner of a Manhattan ad agency, Barnett Zlotnick, his company was eventually purchased by Y&R as an autonomous subsidiary which he ran for another four years. And for the last number of years, he has had his own creative business where he continued developing print and TV for clients like Ovaltine, Nutella, Hain Foods, Finlandia Cheese, Revlon, Marvel Comics, Tommy Armour Golf and Absolut Vodka. Rounding out his extensive career, he has won over 250 prestigious awards including Society of Illustrators medal, The Clio awards, The One Show, Art Directors Club Gold medal, AIGA, Type Directors club, Graphis and The Type Directors Club. Mr. Zlotnick wrote a popular monthly column in Art Direction magazine for over ten years. And is also the designer of Bernase Roman, an ITC type face. He has also taught advertising and design at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute and presently at the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey. He was Vice President on the board of directors of the internationally famous New York Art Directors Club for four years.