Connecticut College Magazine · Summer 2014


Mike LeDuc '14, three-time national champion in track and field, with his teammates. Clockwise from top right: Mike LeDuc '14, botany major from Canton, Conn.; Ian Rathkey '14, East Asian studies major from Old Lyme, Conn.; Ben Bosworth '17, economics major from Dorchester, Mass.; Niall Williams '16, economics major from Niskayuna, N.Y.; Daniel Burns '16, government major from Alexandria, Va.; and Aaron Samuel-Davis '14, classics and dance major from New London, Conn. Photo by Bob MacDonnell

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Edited by Eileen Jenkins and Matt Engelhardt

Strength Training Exercises for Women: Tone, Sculpt, and Stay Strong for Life
By Joan Pekoc Pagano '68
2014, Dorling Kindersley, $22.95

Only four exercises are “truly essential,” says Joan Pekoc Pagano '68, who has just published a bible of 200 exercises.

Pagano's 96-year-old mother Irene Kennel Pekoc '40 now does the four exercises from her wheelchair: sit-to-stand squats, seated push-ups, sun salutations and abdominal compressions.

Both mother and daughter are active and sporty. “We can't figure out who influenced whom,” says Pagano, former trainer to Jacqueline Onassis and Caroline Kennedy. Pagano, who has finished seven marathons, is a health and fitness specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. She has specialized in strength training since 1988 and owns Joan Pagano Fitness in New York City.

A French major, Pagano said the two professors who most influenced her taught philosophy: J. Melvin Woody and Lester J. Reiss. “Their rigorous classes taught me critical thinking. I especially loved the discipline of learning a comprehensive viewpoint according to one philosopher and then having it completely refuted by the next.”

In her fourth book on exercise, Pagano guides the reader through exercises for the lower body, upper body and core. “The exercises in each section get progressively more difficult so it is a good resource for a beginner as well as for an advanced exerciser.”

Saving the World's Deciduous Forests: Ecological Perspectives from East Asia, North America, and Europe
By Robert A. Askins
2014, Yale University Press, $35

Askins, the Blunt Professor of Biology, analyzes approaches to the conservation of deciduous forests on three continents. He examines forests consisting of oaks, maples, hickories, beeches, chestnuts, birches and ecologically similar animals and plants.

Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back
By Deborah Carr '88
2014, Rutgers University Press, $12.95

Carr, a professor of sociology at Rutgers, synthesizes scientific research on stress and its effect on physical and emotional health. Checklists help readers gauge their own stress levels.

The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known
By Molly Cheek '73 and Debbie Zipp
2013, Bettie Youngs Books, $16.96

Cheek — best known for playing Jim's mom in four “American Pie” movies — and fellow actress Zipp offer advice on everything from preparing for auditions to saving money for dry spells between gigs.

Transforming the Doctor's Office: Principles from Evidence-based Design
By Ann Sloan Devlin
2015, Routledge, $59.95

From the parking lot to the exam room, doctors can improve physical surroundings for patients, yet they often do not. Devlin, the Sadowski Professor of Psychology, writes that it may fall to design professionals to implement changes to improve healthcare experiences. Devlin is the granddaughter, daughter and niece of physicians.

Eight Myths of Student Disengagement: Creating Classrooms of Deep Learning
By Jennifer A. Fredricks
2014, Corwin, $29.95

Engaging students is a challenge that teachers know all too well. Fredricks, professor of human development, empowers teachers to confidently identify students most at risk for disengagement; implement student-centered, project-based learning practices for maximum educational outcomes; work effectively with diverse groups of disengaged youth; and build positive peer cultures and high-quality student-teacher relationships.

Superfoods: Nature's Top Ten
By Myrna Chandler Goldstein '70 and Mark Allen Goldstein
2014, Books Alive, $11.95

The Goldsteins have identified the 10 most effective superfoods — plant-based staples low in fat and high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. A recipe section offers ways to combine the superfoods for optimal nutrition.

U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making from Truman to Kennedy – Responses to International Challenges and U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making from Kennedy to Obama – Responses to International Challenges
By Alex Roberto Hybel
2014, Palgrave Macmillan, $100 each volume

During the past 50 years, America has been involved in multiple wars. Hybel, the Lynch Professor of Government and International Relations, analyzes responses by John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon to the challenges emanating from Vietnam; George H.W. Bush's decision to defend Kuwait; George W. Bush's orders to invade Afghanistan and Iraq shortly after Sept. 11, 2001; and Barack Obama's handling of Afghanistan. Several Connecticut College students worked with Hybel to produce these books.

Women on the Move: Hanoi's Migrant Roving Street Vendors
By Donald Peppard, Rolf Jensen and Vu Thi Minh Thang
2013, Women's Publishing House, $9.95

Vietnamese women frequently migrate to cities to work as street vendors, leaving their husbands and children at home for weeks at a time. Economics professors Peppard and Jensen, along with Vietnam National University lecturer Thang, examine gender roles in Vietnamese society. Undergraduates studying abroad were critical in conducting interviews and gathering data for the project.

Ever the Patriot: Recollections of Vincent J. Riccio, World War II Veteran and POW
By Candace Riccio Salem '80
2014, CreateSpace, $5.99

Salem didn't know her father, Vincent J. Riccio, had been a prisoner of war in World War II until she was in high school. Her book celebrates a fun-loving patriot who recognized the humanity of people he encountered on both sides of the conflict.

Late Harvest: Sugar Tree Farm
By Elvira Trujillo Schrader '53
2013, Página Maestra Editores

Schrader attended Connecticut College with a Fulbright and calls it a “pivotal moment” of her life. Perhaps her experience at the College influenced some of the pieces in this volume of poetry, such as “Knowledge,” which begins, “A precious jewel of our minds: knowledge.”

Positive Couple Therapy: Using We-Stories to Enhance Resilience
By Jefferson A. Singer and Karen Skerrett
2014, Routledge, $155

When relationships become strained, true “we-stories” of strength and love can help couples reclaim positivity and catalyze hope. Singer, the Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology, teams with Northwestern University professor Skerrett to teach couples and therapists how to improve relationships.

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