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    A Podium and A Legacy: Professor Lisa Bernard

    In the narrow halls of King Hall on Tuesday evenings, a Queens College professor not only passes on her speech eloquence to students, but also a stronger passion to take on the professional world and all it has to offer. Lisa Bernard has been a public speaking professor in the QC Media Studies department since 1999. She also taught oral communications in the Business and Liberal Arts department (BALA) for seven years. Her work on and off Queens College has earned her the love and respect from staff and students all over campus. Norvilia Etienne was one of those students. “Professor Bernard is the realest professor I’ve had at Queens…

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    Professor Spotlight: Sheryl McCarthy

    Sheryl McCarthy grew up in a segregated black community in Birmingham, Alabama, while Dr. Martin Luther King was leading the African-American Civil rights movement. She personally knew three of the victims of the 16th Baptist Church Shooting. Denise McNair, who was the daughter of her second-grade teacher, Carole Robinson, a friend who was in the same social club as McCarthy, and Cynthia Wesley, who attended the same high school as her. “I was stunned, really,” McCarthy said, recalling the tragedy. I remember thinking, “White people hate us so much that they’re willing to murder children rather than have to sit next to us at a lunch counter.” Although growing up…

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    Spotlight Article: Professor Jason Tougaw

    The English Honors Seminar for the 2016-17 year at Queens College focuses on literary works that tell stories about relationships between the brain, mind, body and self. Professor Jason Tougaw facilitates the course and has engineered the title “Reading Minds, Touching Brains” to represent the connection between neuroscience and literature. Tougaw is an associate professor in the Department of English and has been teaching at QC for 10 years. Before working at QC, he taught in the writing program at Princeton and the literature program at American University in Washington, DC. Tougaw was the first person in his family to go to college. “When I got to college, the place…

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    Meet Coordinator of Music Education, Dr. Janice Smith

    Dr. Janice P. Smith, Associate Chair of Aaron Copland School of Music, has been surrounded by music her whole life. She was surrounded by musical influences, such as her two aunts, and listened to recordings played by family members. Music became natural to her. She learned how to play the piano when she was eight years old. Then, she proceeded to play percussion and the oboe. “My aunts inspired me,” Smith said. “One played the piano and the other sang.” Smith continued to pursue her passion after grade school. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education at the University of Maine. She started teaching at School Union…

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    English Professor lives a fairytale life

    Most kids dream of growing up in the world of fairy tales, but Veronica Schanoes, an English professor at Queens College, figured out how to do it for real. Schanoes wrote her own adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. In her short story, “Ballroom Blitz,” she sets the classic tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” at a punk dive bar in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In doing so, Schanoes makes old stories relevant to a modern audience. “I have always loved [fairy tales]. I have always been fascinated by stories that have been told over and over again, stories that are able to hold so many different meanings…