Reflections Magazine Issue #54 - Fall 2000 - Page 6

From the Heights 6 ongratulations to the following Siena Heights faculty, whose promotions in rank were approved by the Board of Trustees at the end of the Spring 2000 semester: promoted to Professor—Daniel McVeigh (English), Christine Reising (art), and Simone Yehuda (English); promoted to Associate Professor—Mark DiPietro (theatre and speech), Idali Feliciano (education), and Jun Tsuji (biology). Peggy Treece Myles (Graduate Studies) was selected as the outstanding Educator of the Year by the Lenawee County Chapter Doug Miller ’74, director of technical theatre at Siena Heights, this summer served as designer for the Plowshares Theatre Company production of “Full Circle” at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. “I was honored to work with Plowshares,” said Miller noting that they are Michigan’s only professional African-American theatre company and one of just a few such companies in the nation. “They are a real force in the Midwest.” Working with Plowshares was especially rewarding for Miller because it reunited him with Leslie Gladden ‘93, now the Plowshares business manager. “Leslie was a great student and I really enjoyed working with her again,” Miller said. A member of the Siena Heights faculty for more than 20 years, Miller teaches production and design classes such as lighting, costume and scene design. He also tries to give students as much hands-on production experience as possible. Much of that experience comes from Faculty Honors and Awards of Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional society of educators. Conformational Analysis using Chime or RasMol.” Steve Wathen (chemistry) attended the 16th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, held at the University of Michigan this past summer. In addition to attending workshops on “Safety in Academic Laboratories” and “Writing Across the Chemistry Curriculum,” he presented a program titled, “A Student Exercise in Jack Bologna (business administration and management, emeritus) has two new books available: “Avoiding Cyber Fraud in Small Businesses: What Auditors and Owners Need to Know” (John Wiley & Sons) and “Preventing Corporate Embezzlement” (Butterworth-Heinemann). Both books are co-authored with Paul Shaw. The online bookseller amazon.com lists a total of 11 books by Siena’s own Jack Bologna! working on five Theatre Siena productions each year. “We work on a limited budget, so we have to push, squeeze and tug to provide the in-yourlap theatre that audiences demand,” Miller said. “It is exactly the kind of work students will need to be doing when they leave and get professional jobs.” Theatre students also sometimes have the opportunity to assist Miller with professional design assignments. Miller’s recent work has included projects with the American Drama Group of Europe in Munich, the LynnAllen Organization of New York City, the International Theatre Company of London, the Toledo Repertory Theatre, the Michigan Ensemble Theatre in Traverse City and the Westgate Dinner Theatre in Toledo, as well as the Plowshares project. Through the years, he also has worked on 18 productions at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian. Miller directs one or two Theatre Siena productions each year, and designs almost every Theatre Siena show. Although he enjoys the stimulation of outside professional assignments, he has no plans to leave his teaching position and looks forward to many more years working with students. “I would love to design and direct forever,” he says. Greg Fallon (business administration and management) was invited to and participated in the Congress of Political Economists (COPE) at the London School of Economics in August. Topics addressed at the week-long conference included: Third World Nations, the European Union, GATT, and political events and consequences regarding the freedom of the republics of the former Soviet Union. Mark DiPietro ‘83 (theatre and speech) followed in the venerable footsteps of Jimmy Durante this summer when he took to the stage in Adrian for the Croswell Opera House’s historic revival of Cole Porter’s 1936 musical, “Red, Hot and Blue.” Until the Croswell took on the task, the show had never been revived, anywhere, since its original Broadway production starring Ethel Merman, Bob Hope and Durante. The “fabulous trio” who reinvented those roles in Adrian pulled off a “tour de force” according to The Daily Telegram. DiPietro’s performance as the lovable jailbird Policy Pinkle was lauded as “an over-the-top performance” and “great fun.” Although “not a show to see for the storyline...one of the silliest ever put on stage,” the musical featured wonderful Cole Porter tunes, offbeat humor including some surprisingly contemporary political jabs, and “madcap performances” such as DiPietro interrogating himself before a Senate committee. The show, and DiPietro’s part in it, attracted considerable attention throughout the region. Pat Schnapp, RSM (English) gave a precontinued on page 16 sentation last spring on “Restorative Justice”