Meet the Bloggers

Timothy Alborn
I've been teaching in the History Department at Lehman since 1999, and I've also served as Chair of History (2005-2009) and Dean of Arts and Humanities (2009-2012). Between 1985 and 1998, when I was a student and then a professor at Harvard, I did a music fanzine called Incite!, and for most of that time I also ran a small record label called Harriet. Most of my blogs will be about music, much of which you might not have heard of; but my other interests (British history, in particular) will probably show up now and then as well.

Ayanna Alexander-Street
Dr. Ayanna Alexander-Street of the Department of Biological Sciences is a relative newcomer to Lehman, having taught Anatomy & Physiology here since 2010, but not new to CUNY. She has taught at both Hunter and BMCC, and was a graduate researcher at Hunter College. In her short time on campus, she has dedicated herself to preparing pre-nursing and pre-health sciences students for their future careers as the Pre-Nursing advisor. She is now working with Biology department chair Dr. Liesl Jones to hold the first Bronx Science Fair in collaboration with Intel Corporation. She is here to offer assistance to any student participants, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Fair.

Ronald Bergmann
Thank you for visiting the Lehman College Blog. I'm Ron Bergmann, Lehman's Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer. Blogs@Lehman are a wonderful way to learn about and share inspirational stories. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors to our historic campus are all invited to share stories about Lehman's impact on your lives.

Terrence Cheng
I've been teaching @ Lehman since 1997, when I started as an adjunct in the English Department. I became a full-time professor in 2003, was assistant chair, then chair, and now I'm Acting Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Humanities. The 15 years that have transpired since coming to Lehman have not felt long, and that's a good thing. I know a thing or two about Lehman: its students, faculty, culture, and general goings-on. When I post something it will be about Lehman, or about writing, or about education, something our students, and potential new students, might care about. I may go off on a rant every now and then, but I'll try to keep it in perspective.

Norma I. Cofresi
My name is Norma I. Cofresi, PhD. I am the Director of the Counseling Center at Lehman College. I am interested in learning more about the experiences of Lehman College students, especially incoming freshmen, transfer students, and all students seeking suuport. As Clinical Psychologist, along with the Counseling's Center's welcoming staff, I work to help Lehman students overcome internal and external barriers, stay in school, and succeed academically!

Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes
Stuart Chen-Hayes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Counselor Education/School Counseling. He teaches professional identity in counseling, practicum, internship, developmental school counseling, and sexuality counseling at Lehman. He loves to write, edit, educate, supervise, and empower school counselor candidates, colleagues, site supervisors, and all K-16 school stakeholders on the power of transforming school counseling and college access/admission/success counseling to close achievement, opportunity, and attainment gaps.

Stefanie Havelka
I am the Electronic Resources-Web Service Librarian at the Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College.I consider myself a bit of a geek and I definitely like to try out new gadgets, software, and learn about new things related to technology, teaching and libraries.
One of my responsibilities here at Lehman College is to maintain the library, its website (both mobile and desktop) and take care of all things in relation to electronic resources (databases, e-books, e-journals).I also teach mobile information literacy classes, where students learn how to use mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) to access, retrieve and evaluate information. So far these classes are still a pilot project, but I hope to make them an essential part of the library’s teaching philosophy.Like many of the librarians here, I also work at the reference desk, teach “regular classes”, and serve on several local and national committees.I have a BS in Information Management from the University of Applied Sciences of Stuttgart, Germany; a Master in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science as well as an Advanced Certificate in Digital Libraries from Syracuse University.

Michael Max Knobbe
Michael Max Knobbe is the Executive Director of BronxNet, the community television station programming six channels reflecting the diversity of the Bronx, and located on campus. He has spearheaded training and access to thousands of Bronxites and students, contributing to workforce and community development through Media. Michael Max has a production background, and produces documentaries, arts programming, and other innovative programs. He has served as an adjunct professor at Lehman College.

Amy Larimer
I am the Director of the Dance Program and have been teaching at Lehman, in one form or another, since 2003. When I am not at Lehman, I can be found working with my company, The Raving Jaynes, or choreographing short, theatrical solos. I am currently exploring the ways that improv (comedy improvisation) and dance improvisation can be woven together to create works of improvised dance theater. I am interested in improvisation because I love the adventure of creating something in front of an audience without knowing what comes next. Improvisation has been a big part of creating the Dance Program at Lehman.

Alison Lehrner-Quam
I'm Alison Lehner-Quam and I hope to give you a behind the scenes picture of all of the exciting things that are happening in the library to support Lehman students. It is a really interesting time to be a librarian. Libraries are incorporating increasing amounts of electronic resources into their collections and into library instruction. Many of these resources can be accessed on digital readers and handheld devices. Library reference is happening 24/7 in an online chat forum. Ideas about what constitutes a book and the nature of publishing are being challenged.

Leslie Leiman
I have been the Educational Technology Coordinator for the School of Education since 2006 and worked on several educational technology grants and projects for the SoE since 2001. It is my goal to provide leadership, professional development and support so School of Education faculty and their students effectively and seamlessly integrate today's technologies into teaching and learning. The educational tech world is moving quickly; together let's try to keep up. Teach and Learn with Technology = Inspire. Inquire. Integrate. Innovate. Influence.

Brendan McGibney
Brendan McGibney has worked in the multimedia industry for the last 12 years, with experience in pre-production, production and post-production. In his position as Technical Director, Brendan supports all aspects of production for the center, working with students, faculty, staff and outside vendors as well as working with the MMC team to improve and develop the facility through equipment upgrades, staff training and marketing strategies.

Angela Piva
Angela Piva, Music industry ace, highly skilled in all aspects of music/audio production, recording, mixing and mastering with over 25 years of professional audio engineering experience and accolades. Recognized by several Grammy award nominations from NARAS as well as RIAA multi-platinum sales, awards for many projects both current and in the past. Angela Piva brings her cutting edge knowledge to the facility and to the student body. On any given day you can find her flying the Audio Control Room, 5.1 suite or the digital board in the Television Control room, working her multimedia magic on the facilities sessions that run the gamut from dialogue replacement, acoustic & orchestral recording to mixing audio to picture.

Jennifer Poggiali
I'm Instructional Technologies Librarian at Lehman's Leonard Lief Library, which means I create and promote tools to help students learn about the library, develop research skills, and practice critical thinking. Like many of the librarians here, though, I also work at the reference desk, teach classes, and serve on committees. I have master's degrees in Library and Information Science and the History of Art and Design, both from Pratt Institute, and a BA in English from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. I'll be writing about my experiences as a new professor here at Lehman, especially my interactions with students and faculty. So far that has been my favorite part of my job.

David Sullivan
I am the Director of the Theater Program and an Associate Professor of Theater at Lehman College/CUNY. I joined the faculty at Lehman College in the fall of 2011, and I am excited to engage with the student artists here as we develop the theater and dance programs to transform students into versatile, self-directed theater artists of the 21st Century. I am also a professional stage director who has directed Off Broadway, regionally, and internationally. This year, I am collaborating with playwright Ronan Noone to launch Fat Violet Theater, a company that develops and cultivates new Irish American theater through readings, workshops, and productions. Here, I will be blogging about what's happening in theater at Lehman College/CUNY and at the various theaters throughout NYC.

Donald Sutherland
I am the Coordinator for Institutional Effectiveness at the Office of Assessment and Planning. The Office of Assessment and Planning is dedicated to promoting continual improvement at Lehman College to enhance its operations, strengthen student outcomes, and to meet its accreditation requirements. I am also an adjunct faculty member in the Economics and Business Department. My courses have ranged from microeconomics to strategic management.

Denisse Then
Hi, my name is Denisse Then a recent graduate from Lehman College and an employee for the Information Technology Resources Department for close to 4 years now. I received my Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Multilingual Journalism with a double minor: Business Management and Mass Communications in December 2011. During my undergraduate career, I interned in several news stations ABC, Univision and NY1. These internships helped me polished and improve my journalism skills. For now, I'm exploring different things that are coming up and looking forward to succeed in the journalism industry.