The Haunting of Mississippi
Barbara Sillery ’67
(Pelican Publishing, March 2011)
The Haunting of Mississippi by Barbara Sillery ’67 is the second book in a series on folklore, legends, and myths. From Native American burial grounds to Civil War battle sites, the Magnolia State encompasses an area brimming with rich history. This ghostly guide takes readers on a tour of over 20 historical sites that the supernatural tend to frequent. The author, who also is a television producer, delves into the legends and myths while having a few encounters of her own. The Haunting of Mississippi is available at bookstores nationwide, as well as through www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, or www.pelicanpub.com. The first book of this series, The Haunting of Louisiana, is also available through these outlets. Visit the author’s website at www.barbarasillery.com.
Brothers & Fathers
Monsignor John Esseff (M.S.’78; M.A. ’84) and George Esseff
(EME Press, 2011)
On the surface, John and George Esseff seem to have traveled very different paths in life: George as a successful scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist with a wife, children, and grandchildren; John as a celibate priest, whose life has been spent mostly with the poor. Yet, from their humble beginnings in Depression-era Wilkes-Barre, PA, to this day, the Esseff brothers’ lives have been very much intertwined. Their shared story takes us from the poorest places on the planet to the bastions of wealth and power, with these remarkable men touching and changing lives all along the way. Gripping and inspirational, this book is the story of faith made real in the lives of two men who are Brothers & Fathers. The book can be purchased at www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com, and at many bookstores, as well as directly from the publisher, at www.EMEpress.com/bookstore.
Inez Cordoni Mellow ’46
Active Artist & Retiree
Artist Inez Cardoni Mellow ’46 is happily living in Jacksonville, FL, in the retirement community Cypress Village. This accomplished artist still paints, is in a book club, goes to Mass, visits museums, and visits or keeps in touch with family. She serves as an acolyte and dresses the altar at her community’s small interdenominational chapel when Cathlolic Masses are held. An active, curious learner and teacher, she has had a lifetime affinity for art and world travel. A 22-day architecture and garden tour of Japan in 1983 was the turning point in Ms. Mellow’s artistic perspective, because she fell in love with the kimono. Since then, her work has centered on the subtle and beautiful face of Lady Murasaki. Two of her art pieces have been in the American Embassies of Japan and Bahrain. Lady Murasaki won Best in Show, Strawbridge Art League Juried Show, 2001.
Annette Basalyga ’58
(Music of Note, 2011)
“LIFER is the long wished-for book by Annette Basalyga, who probably never knew that her classmates in the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop of the sixties thought her the most graceful writer in the room,” observes American poet and teacher Marvin Bell, the state of Iowa’s first Poet Laureate, in his glowing review of LIFER. He continues, “LIFER is detailed, beautiful, and courageous.” Ms. Basalyga was published even before she was a fellow at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received an Academy of American Poets' Prize and an M.F.A. in poetry. She appeared regularly in both print and online publications during her years teaching in the New York City schools, University of Puerto Rico, Penn State University, and Marywood University. She has received prestigious awards, including the Atlantic Monthly’s undergraduate poetry competition, a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Duncan Lawrie Prize, and a Chester H. Jones Foundation first prize. LIFER is Annette Basalyga’s first book of poetry. She’s currently working on a second book and is also collaborating on another book about and including poetry. LIFER is available through online book outlets.
Solo Art Exhibition
Linda L. Anderson (M.F.A. ’06)
(Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery, April 1-May 15, 2011)
Linda L. Anderson ’06 was one of six applicants selected for a solo exhibit this past spring at the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, VA. Ms. Anderson exhibited 16 mixed-media compositions from her newest series of works: “Dimensional Landscapes: New Views of Our Natural World.” Her lithograph print, “Eve,” was also recently selected to be published online in connection with the International Women’s Day Global Art Initiative, which featured 100 works of art from 100 women on its website. Ms. Anderson was a recipient of the Thalia Ann Thomas Endowed Scholarship for a Graduate Art Student for the 2003-2004 academic year, and she earned her M.F.A. in printmaking in 2006. Her “Dimensional Landscapes” are layered, mixed-media compositions on canvas that combine printmaking and painting processes with sculptural form. These compositions evolved from the body of work that Ms. Anderson began at Marywood University. Linda L. Anderson’s “Dimensional Landscapes” series and other collections of works may be viewed on her website: www.LindaLAndersonFineArt.com.
Lead! Becoming an Effective Coach and Mentor to your Nursing Staff
Patty Kubus, (Ph.D. ’01)
(HcPro, October 2010)
This management resource for nurse leaders is packed with communication strategies and proven methods to help elevate the performance of any nursing staff. It is written to inspire both new and seasoned nurse leaders to become role models within their organizations. Lead! provides specific ways to coach and mentor staff, including dealing with negative performance and keeping top performing staff committed and engaged. Dr. Patty Kubus is a Talent Management Principal Consultant with Right Management. She has 25 years experience leading others and consulting with corporate, healthcare, and academic executives. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Nursing from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Instructional Leadership from Marywood University. Lead! is available for purchase online.