Marist Magazine: Fall 2014 - page 7

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Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Speaks at Marist
ue Herera, the pioneering financial
journalist and award-winning author
and co-anchor of CNBC’s Power Lunch, was
the speaker at Marist’s traditional-under-
graduate commencement May 24, 2014, on
the campus green. Herera was awarded an
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree
during the ceremony.
The previous evening, William T.
Christie ’91MS gave the keynote address at
Marist’s adult and graduate commencement
in the McCann Center. At the ceremony, he
was awarded the College’s Distinguished
Alumnus Medal, the highest award pre-
sented to a Marist graduate. As executive
Tom Taft
Far left:
Sue Herera
Near left:
William T.
Christie ’91MS
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r. Michael Eric Dyson, University
Professor of Sociology at Georgetown
University, presented his perspective on the
state of race relations in American society
in a lecture in Marist’s Nelly Goletti Theatre
during the spring 2014 semester.
Dyson was one of a number of distin-
guished guests who spoke at the College
throughout the past
academic year. Others
included Jeffrey Toobin,
senior analyst for CNN
and staff writer for the New
Yorker, who spoke on poli-
tics, media, and the law;
Dr. Jaap Jacobs, a leading
authority on the history of
the Dutch in the Americas,
who talked about the rela-
tionship between Dutch
colonials and the Hudson
River; Yossi Klein Halevi,
whose talk was titled
“The Palestinian-Israeli
Tragedy: Why is a Solution
so Elusive”; Professor
Michael Greenberger of the University of
Maryland Francis King Carey School of
Law, who spoke on the future of financial
regulation; and Professor Alejandro de la
Fuente, the Robert Woods Bliss Professor
of Latin American History and Economics
at Harvard, who spoke on the Afro-Cuban
cultural movement.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor of Sociology at
Georgetown University, spoke on “Race, Racism, and Race
Relations in America” in Marist’s Nelly Goletti Theatre.
CNBC’s Sue Herera, Alumnus
Bill Christie Address Graduates
vice president of the Technology Services
Group and chief information officer at the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Christie
is responsible for ensuring the performance
and integrity of the technology platform
that underpins the work of the largest bank
in the Federal Reserve system.
President Dennis J. Murray conferred
a total of 1,568 degrees during the two cer-
emonies. On May 23, 122 adult students
received bachelor’s degrees and 296 stu-
dents received master’s degrees. The next
day, 1,150 traditional undergraduates were
awarded bachelor’s degrees.
The Boston Globe
interviewed Marist
Associate Professor
of History
about her new book
Common Threads: A
Cultural History of
Clothing in American
. The
book, published
by the University
of North Carolina Press, traces the symbolic
and practical significance of clothing within
American Catholic culture from the early 19th
century to the present day. The interview
appeared in the
’s May 11, 2014, edition.
Marist College is again one of the nation’s
best institutions for undergraduate educa-
tion, according to the
Princeton Review
Marist is featured in
The Best 379 Colleges
, the
12th consecutive year it has been recognized
in the annual college guide. Only about 15
percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleg-
es and only four colleges outside the United
States are profiled in the book. It includes
detailed profiles of the colleges, with rating
scores for all schools in eight categories based
on the Princeton Review’s surveys of 130,000
students attending the colleges.
Chris Bowser
, adjunct
instructor of environmen-
tal science, was awarded
a 2014 Environmental
Quality Award by Region
2 of the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA)
for coordinating research
on juvenile American eels
along the Hudson River
estuary. Marist has part-
nered on the project with the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation
and Cornell’s Water Resource Institute since
the project’s start in 2008. Each spring, trained
volunteers check funnel-shaped nets for glass
eels that have migrated into the Hudson
River from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda.
The eels are counted, weighed, and released
above dams and other barriers to migration.
Students and faculty have been directly
involved through internships and field work.
The project also engages local high school
students in the City of Poughkeepsie, sever-
al of whom have gone on to further studies
at Marist.
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