April 26, 2013
St. John's University celebrated its annual Research Month in
April with activities showcasing the academic excellence and
scholarship of its students and faculty.
Professors and students shared their work with the University
community through a variety of well-attended events. At the Queens campus,
lectures, poster sessions, oral presentations, roundtable
discussions and workshops took place throughout the month. Students
and faculty at the Staten Island campus
held a series of events on Thursday, April 25.
View a Research Month
photo gallery and a complete list of events.
Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph., Provost, complimented students and
faculty on their commitment to scholarly achievement.
“Research—especially academic research—is a form of optimism about
the human condition,” he stated. “I know that’s something we all
believe in our hearts.”
“This month is an opportunity for our entire University
community to come together and recognize the impressive level of
scholarship achieved by our students and faculty," said
Christopher Cuccia, Ed.D., Academic Assistant Vice President at
the Staten Island campus.
Dr. Mangione offered special congratulations to faculty at the
University’s annual Grants Reception, held on April 8 in the
D’Angelo Center. The reception recognizes professors who receive
significant government and private support for their research. “We
love being students,” he said, “but what’s more important is that
there are significant answers to be found, and that, more than
anything else, is what drives us to do research—to make a
difference, to make our world better.”
During the faculty poster session,
Andre McKenzie, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic Support
Services, discussed the value of sharing scholarly endeavors across
disciplines. "Many faculty members are working within the confines
of a particular department or academic area,” he said, “so it may
be rare to have a chance not only to meet their colleagues, but
share their research."
He added, "The faculty is the heart of the institution. Having
the opportunity to see their research and hear them discuss it is
“I find it so interesting to see what everyone else is doing,”
Thomas M. Kitts, Ph.D., Professor of English and Chair of
English and Speech in the
College of Professional Studies. He was on hand to present his
own research on singer/songwriter John Fogarty. “I find myself
wandering away from my own poster exhibit—I’m meeting so many
people for the first time, and I've been here 30 years."
Feedback from colleagues made Research Month especially
Ming-hui Li, Ed.D., Associate Professor of
Human Services and Counseling in The
School of Education. "We're learning from each other,” she
said, “and that can only enhance our research."
On the Queens campus, students displayed their own research in a
poster session at
Carnesecca Arena. Dr. Mangione was impressed that so many
projects reflected their strong collaborations with faculty. "It's
consistent with the tremendous mentoring that is available at St.
John's—and the extraordinary scholarly work these partnerships
generate,” he said.
“This really helps me to see all the other studies my peers are
conducting in the field,” said Deanna Kokotos '14G, a graduate
Communication Sciences and Disorders. She was there to present
her research on English-language screening for children from
"A day like this reminds you that no one works in a vacuum,”
said Sapna Narang '14G, who is conducting research with Kokotos.
"The best part is, even people who are not part of our field are
coming up and telling us how interesting they find our work."