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Brad Igou '73, ed., The Amish in Their Own Words
(Scottsdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1999)

The AmishIgou majored in sociology and anthropology at Ithaca and lived on an Amish farm as part of his anthropology studies. He is now vice president and co-owner of Amish Experience, a center interpreting Amish culture to visitors. He has compiled the first book consisting entirely of contemporary Amish writings on a wide range of topics from across the United States and Canada. Sixteen chapters cover such subjects as shunning, nonresistance, clothing, youth activities, conflicts with the modern world, church, and humor.

Gordon Rowland, A Tripartite Seed: The Future Creating Capacity of Designing, Learning, and Systems
(Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 1999)

This book is about imagining, triggering, and guiding change in ourselves, our organizations, and our society. The author, chair of the Department of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design, considers the concepts of designing, learning, and systems independently, then in combination. For example, the book addresses design theories and methods, systems views, and systems thinking, and then explores alternative approaches to systems design. Instructional design is set in a broad context, and the author intends this to be used as a stepping-stone to further study.

Marian MacCurdy and Charles M. Anderson, eds., Writing and Healing: Towards an Informed Practice
(Washington, D.C.: National Council of Teachers of Education Press, 2000)

Writing and HealingMacCurdy, chair of the Department of Writing, and Anderson have compiled 15 essays on the subject of writing as a healing therapy. The essays were written by and directed toward writing teachers, as well as people in substance-abuse treatment centers, illness support groups, and others who could benefit from descriptions of particular practices and exploration of theories supporting the development of healing techniques.

Sharon R. Mazzarella and Norma Pecora, eds., Growing Up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity
(New York: Lang, 1999)

Growing Up GirlsInformed by a broad range of theoretical perspectives and using a variety of methodologies, the essays in this collection address the ways that mainstream culture "instructs" girls on how to become women. They examine the messages mainstream culture gives girls about romance, sexuality, life experiences, body image, gender, and culture identity, as well as the ways girls then negotiate these messages. Mazzarella is an associate professor of
television-radio.

Stephan Schiffman '68, Cold Calling Techniques (That Really Work!), fourth edition, and The 25 Sales Strategies That Will Boost Your Sales Today!
(Holbrook, Mass.: Adams Media Corp., 1999)

Cold Calling TechniquesSchiffman has trained some 350,000 sales-people at firms such as AT&T, Chemical Bank, Motorola, and U.S. Healthcare. He is president of DEI Management Group and the author of several other popular books on sales. In these books he delivers more of the direct sales advice he gives to people in the field.
 

Charles Spencer, Physics Plot
(Raleigh, N.C.: Physics Academic Software Publishing, 1999)

Plotting data sets may not be the most exciting task facing students, but it is one of the most fundamental and necessary functions in the study of physics. Physics Plot, a sophisticated Windows-based plotting package developed by physics professor Charles Spencer, takes the tedium out of the job. The program offers autoscaling, least square fitting, data manipulation, and function plotting in a simple interface. Spencer had worked on the program since the early 1980s, when it came out of a project to develop computer instruments. About a third of all IC physics majors over the past two decades participated in applied electronics projects associated with the software's development.

Keith Styrcula '82 (under pen name of Stephen Rhodes), The Velocity of Money
(New York: Avon Books, 1999)

In this thriller, Styrcula's second novel, a young Manhattan attorney has climbed to the top. Rich Hansen has a plum new job at a blue-chip global-investment firm, and has made it into the power elite. But something is troublingly wrong. As he digs deeper, he comes closer to revealing an international conspiracy to engineer the biggest market crash since 1929 - and reap billions in profits from the ensuing devastation. With the clock ticking down to the zero hour, Hansen discovers he's the only one who can stop the nightmarish Black Friday from dawning - but only if he puts his own life on the line.

 

 
 
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