Alumni Network and Department Newsletter

Class of 1973


Arpadi, Judy

Reading Teacher

I am a 1973 graduate of Ithaca College (B.A. History). I continued my education after I.C., earning two Masters Degrees. I am an elementary school reading teacher at Vails Gate High Tech Elementary School in New Windsor, New York. I previously taught kindergarten and first grade in the East Harlem section of New York City, where I resided for 24 years.

I wasn't the best student the History Dept. has ever seen but thanks to terrific professors like Paul McBride and Frank Falcone I left with a good foundation to continue my studies.

My daughter, Leah, incidentally, is currently an Art History major (class of 2010) at Ithaca College.

Mamapajama1@hotmail.com

 

Scheiner Gillis, Georganne

Assoc. Professor of Women and Gender Studies

I have enjoyed receiving the newsletter over the past year. I was a 1973 Social Studies Ed major, so it is fun to see names that I recognize from the past, like Paul McBride, David McKeith and Joe Tempesta. One of the best experiences that I had as a major was when my advisor, Frank Falcone, offered me and Marci Shulman Gruber a tutorial on “American Heroes and Anti-heroes.” That course helped guide my own research interests in the emerging field of social history. After graduation, I began an MA in Educational Technology at Syracuse. It was there that I signed up for my first course in Women’s History and it literally changed my life. I changed my major and completed a masters in History with an emphasis in Women’s History. After teaching secondary school for a few years, I received a Ph.D. in History from Arizona State. My mentor was chairing Women’s Studies, so I became her TA and began teaching for the program. I continued to teach for Women’s Studies as a faculty associate, lecturer, until finally getting a tenured track line. I am now an associate professor of Women and Gender Studies at ASU. My research interests include girlhood and adolescence and visual and narrative cultures. I am the author of Signifying Female Adolescence: Film Representations and Fans (Greenwood, 2000) and am finishing my manuscript, Haven for Hopefuls: The Hollywood Studio Club and Narratives of Stardom. I teach courses on Girlhood and Adolescence, Women and the Body, Feminist Pedagogy and Epistemology, and the History of Feminist Thought. In 2004, I received the Faculty Teaching Award from the ASU Alumni Association.

 I have very fond memories of my days at IC, and I am looking forward to attending my 35th reunion this May. Thanks again for keeping us informed.

Georganne.scheiner@asu.edu

 

Levinsohn, Judy

Coordinator of New Teacher Induction Program

 

I really enjoyed the History Department Newsletter I just received.  "Catching up" with where my former professors are and knowing that they are enjoying their retirements was terrific.  I will be returning to IC in May for my 35th Reunion.  I am not sure where the time has gone, but I look forward to returning and joining many of my classmates from 1973.  IC provided me with many opportunities and it will always have a special place in my heart.

After teaching in Montgomery Co., Maryland for several years, our famiily moved to Southern California where I continued as a classroom teacher.  In 1992, I became an elementary principal at Peters Canyon ES in Tustin, California.  I left Tustin in 12001, to become a Senior Research Associate for WestEd, working with low-performing schools throughout the West.  In July, 2007, I left WestEd to become the Coordinator of the New Teacher Induction Program for Orange County Department of Education.

JLevinsohn@ocde.us

 

 

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