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Letters From the Dean

Check back here every Sunday for Dean Rifkin’s timely message to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences!

This Week -  November 23

Dear students,

With Thanksgiving break approaching, we are entering the final phase of the semester.  No doubt, at this point, you are busy writing papers and preparing for exams.  From one perspective, you face ‘many tasks’ and ‘a lot of work.’  But there is another perspective that I would like you to consider: at this stage of the semester, you are most fully engaged in the life of the mind.  This is an exciting moment in which you are exercising intellectual autonomy and deepening your understanding of important texts, issues, processes, and events.  You are creating and synthesizing new knowledge.  Some of you are delving into the intricacies of Anaxagoras’ theory of homoeomerous stuffs, while others are analyzing data on how economic inequality has impacted hurricane Sandy recovery in New Jersey.  Further, some of you are testing hypotheses on connections between mood manipulation and food selection, while others are considering the relation between current events in Hong Kong and the legacy of Tiananmen Square.  In addition, some of you are researching the impact on method, voice, and form in authentic autobiography, while others are studying transgender-related health care in the United States.  This is a moment of intellectual adventure.  It is a moment in which to thrive. Embrace it.

John Sisko


Congratulations to Annabel Lau (International Studies), whose article, “East Windsor author recounts family’s flight from former Soviet Union,” was recently published in the Times of Trenton.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn McMahon ’09 (Sociology), who just started a new social work position with the inpatient substance use disorder program at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville, PA.

Congratulations and good luck to senior Mageline Noelvil (Sociology), who has recently been accepted to Hackensack UMC Mountainside School of Nursing.

Congratulations to Sarah Brown ’06 (Psychology), who after 8 years at News America, now manages the company’s database marketing business for the Eastern Division.


Tues., Nov. 25
Ireland Study Abroad information session
Travel with the TCNJ WGS program, earn liberal learning credit in gender, global, and SCHP, and have the experience of a lifetime in Eire!
Sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement
Bliss 147  (12:30 – 1:30 PM)

Wed., Nov. 26
Study Abroad 101 – information session
Interesting in earning credit in another country? Curious about how to use your financial aid/scholarship award toward a study abroad program? Don’t know where to start your research? This weekly info session is for you! CGE staff and students present “how to study abroad” and answer your questions.
Sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement
Social Science Building 130 (2:00 – 2:30 PM_

Wed., Dec. 3
Fall 2014 HSS Celebration of Student Achievement. The program is available at the event web site: The Celebration will take place throughout the Social Sciences Building and features an exciting collection of posters, poster panels, paper presentations, and panel presentations from 11 different departments/programs and 35 different faculty sponsors.
Social Science Building (11 AM – 5 PM)

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