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School Notes: Yale College
September/October 2007

Scholar in American Indian studies to lead Native American Cultural Center

Yale's first director of the Native American Cultural Center is Shelly C. Lowe, who has been the facilitator of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Arizona for the past six years. In that role she served as academic adviser for the undergraduate students in this program, and coordinated many aspects of admissions, financial aid, curriculum development, special event planning, and alumni relations. Lowe has published research on the use of campus services by Native American students and is a member of the research team conducting the Gathering of Voices Project sponsored by the National Institute of Native Leaders in Higher Education. She serves on the board of directors of the National Museum of the American Indian and was vice president of the National Indian Education Association. Lowe is completing her doctorate at the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education. Her program of study emphasizes American Indian college-student development and achievement. She received her undergraduate education in sociology and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona as well as a master's degree in American Indian studies and a graduate certificate in college teaching.

Three colleges welcome new deans

Daniel Tauss ’94 returns to Yale as dean of Branford College. He earned a BA in religious studies at Yale, where he was a member of Branford College and served as a freshman counselor for the Class of 1997. He acquired an MA in Asian studies and comparative philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and an MPhil in Chinese history at the University of Cambridge, and he is currently a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Southern California. Tauss brings extensive experience to his new role as dean, having directed a residential college of 700 students, coordinated a faculty-in-residence program, and taught courses in philosophy, political science, and international relations. He has also been involved in training students to be college resident advisors. His leisure pursuits have at various times included snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing.

Joining Calhoun College as its dean is Leslie Woodard, who earned a BA in literature and writing at Columbia University and an MA in creative writing at New York University. Woodard has published a number of articles and short stories in magazines and has had her work anthologized in Streetlights: Tales of the Urban Black Experience and in Men We Cherish: African American Women Praise the Men in Their Lives. Her short story collection, The Silver Crescent, was published last year, and she is currently at work on a novel that is loosely drawn from her decade-long experience as a professional dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem. As director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia, Woodard has shepherded student groups and activities, advised students on academic and personal matters, and counseled faculty on issues related to syllabus development and student advising. She has taught introductory courses on poetry, prose poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as intermediate and advanced fiction workshops. Woodard is an avid dressage rider, and is also a devotee of film, classical and jazz music, and opera.

The new dean of Morse College is Joel Silverman, who earned a BA in English from Cornell University, and his MA and PhD, both in American studies, from the University of Texas-Austin. Silverman's research interests include rhetoric and its relation to a variety of issues and topics, including socio-cultural reform; masculinity; biography and autobiography; and the law. Currently an instructor of writing in Yale College and in the School of Management, Silverman has taught non-native graduate students in Yale's English Language Institute and adult professionals in the New Dimensions Program at Albertus Magnus College. A native of Connecticut, Silverman has studied at the University of Seville and worked in Madrid as a translator. He has eaten fried rattlesnake in Austin, Texas, and played jazz with Dave Brubeck in Wilton, Connecticut. A huge fan of music and movies, and of good writing of all kinds, he is currently working on a biography of Morris Ernst, the civil-liberties attorney who successfully defended James Joyce's Ulysses against obscenity charges. Joining Silverman in Morse is his wife Alba Estenoz, a native of Spain (and pastry chef at Zinc and Chow restaurants on Chapel Street), and their son, Noah, a first-grader.

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