In Appreciation of Cori and Tim

Hi all,

More than a few faculty have noted that without the unheralded work of Cori Miller and Tim Gauss over in TLS, the technological challenges of the last semesters would have hit all of us like a ton of bricks. But thanks to their constant, timely, and (importantly) practical help, most of us are surviving on Canvas, Zoom, and the like. And, since they seem to get very little recognition or support from the PTB, some of us thought it would be nice if we showed them our appreciation in a substantive manner, like with money and stuff.

So, if you too had your technical questions actually answered directly or your online problem actually solved effectively by Cori and Tim, perhaps you’d like to chip in and help us all say “thank you” to the pair. They certainly deserve it.

Over the next few weeks (starting now) Kathy Lamaute will open her Zelle account to online donations, and Jeff Massey will accept old fashioned paper checks; we will collate the donations and send the two a nice card with all the donor names attached as a sign of faculty gratitude in these difficult times. And the money; we’ll send them the money too. 

Deadline for donations (please allow time for mailing) is Monday, November 23rd…right before the new round of post-Thanksgiving technical challenges inevitably arise.

To donate via Kathy’s Zelle account, please use:

Kathleen M. Lamaute

561-452-5840

To donate via check, please post to:

Jeff Massey

366 North Van Dien Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

We hope you all are as well as can be hoped.

Sincerely,

Jeff and Kathy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that Molloy AAUP joins our colleagues in mourning the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a giant among giants packed in a tiny frame held together by uncommon determination and a keen intellect.

Her passing will no doubt plunge the nation into even more of a frenzy over the next few months, but we would like to take a moment now to honor the stillness of her resolve, her love of this country, and her devotion to equality and fairness. There is and never will be another like her. People like her come one to a world, and they come at the time that world needs them most.

RIP, RBG.

On the Passing of John Lewis

Photo Credit: Christine Barrow

Dear Fellow Members of the Molloy Community,

As you know by now, Civil Rights leader and icon, John Lewis, a member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and an original member of the Freedom Riders who served in Congress as a Representative of the State of Georgia for over 33 years, passed away Friday night at 80 years of age. 

Over the next few days, weeks, months, and years, there will be no shortage of tributes, memorials, testimonies, and other honors to his memory. But there will never be enough to capture what he meant to this country and, indeed, to the world. His selflessness and bravery will serve as an inspiration for generations to come. Molloy College itself bobbed in the wake of his legacy very recently. 

In the Fall semester of 2015, then-Director of the First Year Experience, Kathleen Conway, brought Congressman Lewis to Molloy to share his experiences with the themes and events in his trilogy of graphic novels collectively titled, March. At the time only the first two installments had been released, but he, his co-writer, and his illustrator came to speak to us as the Class of 2019 began their first semester with us.

One consistent message that Congressman Lewis shared with us at the time was not to be afraid of causing what he called “good trouble.” He argued that one causes good trouble when one stands up for justice against individuals, institutions, and ideologies that one believes are unjust. Good trouble disrupts the status quo in an effort to return power to the disempowered, and he called on us and our students to act when these moments come to us.

Congressman Lewis will soon be as celebrated as his fellow Civil Rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now that he is at rest, history alone can reveal the scale of what we have lost, and it will probably be some years before we take his full measure. But it is important to remember how the dignity he brought to his public life contrasts with the indignities that brought him to the world’s attention in the first place.

Now that time has vindicated his actions in the 60’s it is easy to forget that most Americans did not approve. In fact, most Americans felt that the marches, sit-ins, and other forms of protest he and others initiated were disruptive and counter-productive. It now seems almost inconceivable that many Americans felt that these Civil Rights leaders were pushing for too much too soon. But he kept on making good trouble.

John Lewis has left many of us with a better America than the one that cracked his skull on that bloody Sunday, March 7th, 1965. But for far too many too little has changed. When he was here, John Lewis inspired us to keep making good trouble like he did because much remains to be done.

May your weary body rest, John Lewis, but your indomitable spirit marches on.

Mark James

President, AAUP

In Memoriam: Meritta Cullinan

Photo Credit: Molloy College

The loss of our dear friend and colleague, Meritta Cullinan, is a profound and deeply painful event for all members of the Molloy community. Her reputation as a scholar, both national and international, outstanding educator, Chair of the Sociology Department and tireless worker on so many committees supporting the mission of Molloy is legend. Her awards and accolades are too numerous to enumerate here. A presentation of these was given in the beautiful Bereavement notice provided by the Office of Academic Affairs.

In this more personal message, the Executive Committee of Molloy AAUP wishes to pay our respects and give great thanks and appreciation to Meritta for the unflagging efforts in her work to support the rights of faculty, and to improve the working environment of faculty that would enable us to provide the highest level of education for our students. 

Meritta was a woman of strong ethical beliefs and was perseverant in achieving fairness and justice. She was an original founder of the Molloy AAUP chapter; an onerous task that was filled with many obstacles. After achieving recognition of the AAUP Chapter by the college, she and other founding members developed the first faculty handbook which actually enumerated the rights and responsibilities of faculty. She was the one who insisted on faculty input on the college-wide governance structure. When the handbook was updated in the 1980’s, Meritta led the ad hoc committee as the member of Faculty Council.

An interesting backstory that demonstrates Meritta’s whimsical side is that she requested and received a pro bono consultation with one of the members of the Molloy Board of Trustees who also happened to be an attorney. (She knew this trustee was an ethical person who believed that faculty played a paramount role in meeting the mission of the college, so his advice helped us to develop the strongest handbook for faculty rights. For instance, he advised us to add the line “All teaching and extra-curricular activities of a full time faculty member end at commencement,” which still appears on page 8.)

In all of her work and interactions with the administration and Board of Trustees, Meritta was professional and respectful but unwavering. She also had a great sense of humor which often disarmed those in positions of power and allowed for more collegial relationships between faculty and administration. She was also a hell of a poker player, and those skills served us well in many negotiations. Over the years she has served as our representative to the AAUP’s New York State Conference, and she worked with Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure with the national office. Meritta was a very active member of the Executive Committee of Molloy AAUP until her death, and her wisdom and guidance will be sorely missed as we move forward. 

Meritta leaves is a monumental legacy to the faculty of Molloy College, many whom never even knew of her quiet yet Herculean efforts over her 49 years of service. Her commitment and compassion were unending throughout her career, and her great humility was such that she never wanted recognition and was embarrassed by the numerous awards she received.

We, the Executive Committee of Molloy AAUP,  will miss her greatly, as will the entire Molloy community. Our hearts are broken, but we will do our best to make her proud.

Composed by Lois Moylan on behalf of the Executive Committee:
Mark James

John Eterno

Damian Hey

Christine Barrow

Cheryl Camenzuli

Juliette Fernan

Tyce Nadrich