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Faculty Honored at Celebration of Scholarship Reception

Four faculty members were honored during SUNY Plattsburgh’s 14th annual Celebration of Scholarship.

The special program, held Friday, Nov. 13 in the Feinberg Library, featured Dr. Elie Chrysostome, professor of business; Dr. Kathy Grant, associate professor of education; Dr. Bill Pfaff, associate professor of music; and Dr. James Rice, professor of history. 

The event celebrates academic achievements completed over the course of their careers. It also showcases books or other works written, edited and translated by other SUNY Plattsburgh faculty with a focus on publications from the past year.

The first Celebration of Scholarship was held during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Dr. Elie Chrysostome

Chrysostome co-authored “Building Businesses in Emerging and Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities” with Dr. Rick Molz, a professor of management at Concordia University in Montreal where Chrysostome is research associate.

His most recent book, published in 2014, focuses on the opportunities companies enjoy in developing countries while also examining the challenges businesses face by operating in these emerging countries.

Before joining the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty, Chrysostome taught at Laval University in Quebec, Canada and University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada.

Dr. Kathy Grant

Grant, who teaches on the Queensbury campus, was a contributing author for the college textbook “Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies: Connecting to Common Core,” published in 2015.

She has worked in the education field for 38 years as an elementary teacher, community college instructor, college professor and home school coordinator in Missoula, Montana. In that position, Grant oversaw the development of family resources centers, worked with family outreach specialists and social workers, established parent libraries and conducted home visits. She continues to work to establish family resource centers at North Country schools.

Dr. Bill Pfaff

During his tenure at SUNY Plattsburgh, Pfaff has written more than 60 original compositions. His music has been performed throughout the United States and at several international venues.

Pfaff has produced music for theater, dance and art installations. His music is characterized by a strong sense of line, clear harmonic motion and gestures. Pfaff’s special interest in the music of indigenous Americans inspired him to integrate traditional American Indian instruments and musical concepts in his work.

In 2013, Pfaff received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Pfaff has served as an artist in residence and composer in residence at several organizations and universities including the Petrified Forest National Park, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and California State University at Monterey Bay.

Dr. James Rice

Rice is a professor of history who specializes in early American and Native American history. His work, “Bacon’s Rebellion in Indian Country,” won the Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article published in the Journal of American History in 2014.

Rice’s other work includes a book published in 2009 called “Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson.” He is currently working on two books, “Native America: An Environmental History” and “Founding Massacres: Violence, Ambition and the Birth of Virginia.”

Rice was a scholar in residence at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, a Carson Fellow at Ludwig-Macimilians-Universitat in Munich and a visiting professor at Universitat Tubingen.

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