College of Arts and Science Highlights
Computer Science Professor, Gregg C. Whyte
Since the earliest days of my professional career I have been drawn to international experiences. Starting with many years of university sponsored study tours to half a dozen countries, then to academic membership for the last 25 years in a pre-eminent international educators association, SIEC-ISBE (Societe pour l’Enseignment Commercial/The International Society for Business Education). It is through that connection that I was afforded an irresistible opportunity for my sabbatical in the spring of this year.
Annually the Faculty of Management of the Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza (University of Science and Technology) in Krakow, Poland extends an invitation for a Visiting Professor to complement their course offerings taught in English. Last spring I was honored to be able to teach an international version of a module, “Problem Solving with Excel.” My students were comprised of individuals not only from Poland but also The Ukraine and Turkey. Many were students in the Erasmus programme, a European Union student exchange program established in 1987.
Needless to say I learned much from my students in terms of their personal and cultural perspectives on their studies and the international situation. It was a fascinating mix of the commonality of humanity and the appreciation of diversity. Their work ethic was inspiring. Oh, that I could inspire such a laser-like focus in all of my students!
Of course the setting was equally inspiring. Being one of the oldest university cities in the world, it was mercifully spared much of the war ravages of the 20th century to this part of the world.
Thus I am grateful for the opportunity given to me this past semester. It renews my commitment to making all of my students, wherever they may be from, of their connectedness to our global community.
History Professor Jamie Wilson
My spring 2014 sabbatical was productive. My most influential project was writing and editing my manuscript The Black Panther Party of Connecticut. It was published by the Amistad Committee, Inc., a Connecticut-based historical society, in May 2014, and traces the rise and fall the Party in the state. According to the organization’s president, “the Amistad Committee published the monograph to recognize the Black Panther Party as an important organization in the long struggle to rid our country of the cancer of racism. While it deals with the Black Panther Party of Connecticut, it is, undoubtedly, with different names and locations, a page in the national struggle for equality in our country.” The Black Panther Party of Connecticut is my third book published while at Salem State University. I also used my time away from teaching to review the manuscript, Harlem Doctor: Fifty Years on the Healing Front for Fordham University Press. Harlem Doctor presents the memoir of the pioneering healthcare provider and activist Beny Primm. In addition, I researched and wrote two encyclopedic articles “Black Islamism” and “Black Power” for the forthcoming reference guide Ideas and Movements that Shaped America (ABC-Clio, 2015).
During my time away, I became the only faculty member disc jockey at Salem State University’s 91.7 FM, WMWM Salem, a University institution and community service that has had a profound influence on the North Shore for decades. 91.7 FM also streams live online for those who want to listen through the World Wide Web. The title of my show, Makes Me Wanna Holler, comes from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 Motown release Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler). The radio show was featured every Thursday during the 12 to 2pm time slot from January to July 2014 and played music from the African Diaspora with a focus on African American secular and sacred music.