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Vol. V No. 7   ·   28 September 2001 


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SED prof contributes to newly published book

Charles Glenn, an SED professor and chairman of the department of administration, training, and policy studies, wrote one of the chapters in a book to be released in October by the Yale University Press. Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society, edited by Diane Ravitch and Joseph Viteritti, is a collection of essays by a number of distinguished public policy specialists. The book's title echoes the course that Glenn will be teaching next spring for SED and the CAS history department, entitled Making Citizens. Glenn's most recent book, The Ambiguous Embrace: Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies, has just been published electronically by Princeton University Press.

"Du'oh!" -- Pinsky to be on The Simpsons

Add Robert Pinsky's name to the roster of guests who have lent their voices to episodes of The Simpsons, a Fox-TV hit now in its 13th season.

Pinsky, a CAS professor of English and creative writing and former U.S. poet laureate, confesses that he is "a deep Simpsons fan. I think it's possibly the best-acted and best-written program on television, with extremely high standards. It's a writers' show. The scripts are very adventuresome, surrealistic, parodies of all kinds of genres."

The upcoming spring episode casts him as a character named, appropriately, Robert Pinsky. "This guy is a self-important jerk," says Pinsky. "I brag about the White House, how much the president likes my poems, and I mutter to myself, congratulating myself about how the audience is in the palm of my hand."

Pinsky's experience was affected by the September 11 terror attacks; his quick trip to the West Coast to tape the show turned into nearly a week. "I was very disoriented, rattling around in a hotel room in Los Angeles, not knowing what I was doing moment to moment."

ENG adds new director of development and alumni relations

  Stephen Witkowski
Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Stephen Witkowski, former ENG assistant dean for administration, has been promoted to the newly created position of director of development and alumni relations. In his new role, Witkowski will develop and implement a comprehensive giving and alumni relations program that will focus on cultivating and securing gifts for the College of Engineering. This collaborative effort involves both ENG and major fundraising areas of the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Witkowski holds bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master of science in education from Old Dominion University. He is a career naval officer and aviator who served at the Naval Air Systems Command. As a civilian, he worked as program manager of E-2C surveillance radar systems at General Electric in Utica, N.Y., and as a certified public schoolteacher with a specialization in emotionally disturbed and learning disabled education, in the Virginia Beach, Va., and Oxford, Mass., school systems.


28 September 2001
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