Academic Achievements | Gratz College

Academic Achievements

Over the past months, our Gratz students, faculty, and alumni have engaged in a variety of scholarly pursuits.

Student News

Stephanie Blake, a student in the M.A. in Education program, was admitted into Gratz’s Education Leadership Ed.D. program and will start in May 2019. She also received her Pennsylvania director’s credential and recently accepted an adjunct position at Goucher College, where she will teach undergraduates beginning this fall.

Stacey Butler, a student in the Education Leadership Ed.D. program, accepted a job as Support Program Manager for Sharsheret, a Jewish breast cancer organization.

Barbara Krasner, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Ph.D. program, was named a Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellow for the 2019 Summer Institute on the Holocaust & Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. Barbara has also been accepted to the 2019 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty, Displacement, Migration, and the Holocaust, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Barbara’s creative nonfiction essay, “An Alphabetized View of My Mother's Edward B. Shallow JHS Autograph Book, 1936,” was published today in the Museum of Americana literary journal and she has signed a contract for a middle-grade novel in verse about the doomed voyage of the MS St. Louis.

Judy LaPietra, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Ph.D. program, has been invited by the USHMM to work as a facilitator at this year's Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators in her capacity as an adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights.

Elijah LaPrince, a student in the Jewish Professional Studies M.A. program, published his book, A Mother's Desire, A Father's Prayer, God's Promise: From the Trials of Infertility to the Triumph of Parenthood, in 2018. He was interviewed by the Philadelphia NBC affiliate about his book.

James Lucot, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies M.A. program, will attend a Holocaust study seminar in Greece this June with Avi Ben-Hur and Classrooms Without Borders. His course, “Introduction to Holocaust Studies” that he teaches at Butler Community College was approved as a fully transferrable history elective. In November 2018, James published a memoir, My Prison Had No Bars, a project that took three years and debuted as No. 1 in the child abuse category on Amazon. James was interviewed on the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate on Jan. 23, 2019.

Kerri Malloy, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Ph.D. program, presented his lecture “Nowhere is the word 'genocide' used: America's Terminal Narrative,” as part of the KHSU My Favorite Lecture series. In his lecture, he examined the language of denial that is engrained in the origin story of the United States as a point of understanding for the deep divisions that exist in American society.

Katy Matello, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies M.A. program, was selected for the Echoes and Reflections Advanced Learning Seminar at Yad Vashem for July 2019.

Rosanna Matos, a student in the Early Childhood Director Credential program, was named a 2018-2019 fellow with Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Philip Moore, a student in the Education Leadership Ed.D. program, published an essay, The Play That Broke the Barriers, in the March-April 2019 issue of “The Gay & Lesbian Review.”

Rich Quinlan, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Ph.D. program, spoke on “Holocaust Studies and the Fight Against Hate: Using Education to Combat Rising Violence” at Temple Judea of Manhasset in March. His program incorporated a video presentation of photos of Holocaust victims, illustrating that the Holocaust is “more than just numbers.”

Stefani Sobol-Pastor, a student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Ph.D. program, will be presenting at the National Council of Teachers of English language convention this November in Baltimore. Her topic is Holocaust education and the use of art to teach empathy.

Joshua Suchoff, a student in the Master's in Nonprofit Management program, received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credential. He also led a Pop-Up Giving Circle at Prizmah's recent North American Jewish Day School conference. Joshua is director of development at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital.

Faculty and Staff News

Peter Lucash, who teaches business and leadership courses, received his doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in March 2019.

Dina Maiben, director of Gratz’s Hebrew Program and a student in the Education Leadership Ed.D. program, was interviewed by Behrman House about the joys of the Hebrew language.

Paul Mojzes, who teaches in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program, was alerted that his book, North America Churches and the Cold War, was nominated for the Albert C. Outler Prize. The book was published in 2018 by Wm. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Alumni News

Rabbi Dr. Dov Peretz Elkins, who earned his teacher’s diploma from Gratz in 1958 and founded Gratz’s online Hebrew high school, will launch his latest book, To Climb the Rungs: Memoirs of a Rabbi, on May 30 at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Nikki Marczak, a graduate of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies M.A. program, started a new position as Atrocity Prevention Coordinator at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Jared Rosenbloom, a graduate of the Jewish Communal Service M.A. program, was appointed senior regional director of the BBYO Liberty Region.

-- MAY 2019