TCNJ Magazine Fall 2020

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15 FALL 2020 Educator of the Year: Joseph Pizzo '73, an integrated language arts teacher at Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey, received the Association for Middle Level Education's highest award. It's (virtually) alive! Liz Greger Vitovitch '13 art directed Mary and the Monster, a retelling of Frankenstein through the simulated eyes of a young Mary Shelley. The 20-minute virtual- reality experience was one of 12 projects showcased at the Tribeca Virtual Arcade at the Cannes XR three-day exhibition. 7 "People sometimes think of humans as fundamentally selfish or violent, but anthropological research shows that we have evolved to work cooperatively and live in supportive communities." — Professor George Leader on why social distancing feels so strange in an article in Sapiens, March 30, 2020. He says … 4 Newsmakers A deep dive into Trenton's water quality earned The Signal, TCNJ's student-run newspaper, a first-place prize in the New Jersey Press Foundation's college newspaper competition. The student journalists also took home top honors in the biography/personality profile category. 5 199 The total number of TCNJ student- athletes honored on NJAC's All-Academic team, the most of all the conference's institutions. 8 Critical reads The Toni Morrison Book Club landed on the American Libraries list of "Antiracism Titles for All Ages." One of the book's authors, African American studies chair Piper Kendrix Williams, was also featured on the podcast "Glow Through It" to talk about racial progress in America. ILLUSTRATIONS BY PETER ARKLE. JILL SCHWARZ BY PETER MURPHY; FAMILY GUY BY FOX IMAGE COLLECTION VIA GETTY IMAGES A. Family Guy 10 Your flight is on time The Chronicle of Higher Education's Almanac ranks TCNJ fifth for four-year graduation rates among residential, public colleges. 9 Q U I Z Evan Waite '02, MAT '03 has made a living out of making people laugh. The comedy writer has now joined the staff of this long-running FOX animated series about a family from Rhode Island. Making waves Project SEA, a partnership between the School of Education and Save Barnegat Bay, amplifies New Jersey's K–8 marine science curriculum and provides professional development for future and practicing teachers on pressing topics like climate change. 6

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