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Angie D'Agostino, '11

Angie at work 2014

Angie (on the left) and her colleague at work at Cornerstone Eye Associates.


   i.            What got you interested in anthropology?


   When I was growing up, I was not only interested in people's lives and experiences, but also the biological aspect of life in general. When I went to college, I learned that there was a whole field dedicated to exactly what I loved learning about. As I delved into my education, I was able to combine my love of science with my interest in human behavior through anthropology.


ii.     How would you describe your learning experience as an anthropology major at Brockport?

My learning experience at Brockport as an anthropology major was amazing. All of the professors were supportive not only of academics, but of the students in general. Being able to sit and talk with a professor outside of a classroom setting really enforced the bond in the small department. There was never any doubt that every professor loved what they did and what they taught. They brought enthusiasm along with their awe-inspiring knowledge to every class, every day. The amount of opportunities to learn that I had in the department was incredible.   All of the students had opportunities to participate in an archaeology study, study museum artifacts, or sharpen their leadership skills in the anthropology club. I was even able to participate in an archaeological study in Greece, which was run through Adelphi University, because of the academic experience and teacher recommendations that I received from Brockport. While most of my friends committed time to extra-curricular activities to make their resumes look good, I found most of the students in the anthropology department participated in club events out of love of the field and learning. That alone set the anthropology department apart from others at the school.

iii.     What are your future plans?

My future plans are to continue working in the Opthamology field. While I never thought that healthcare, and especially eye care, would be a part of my life, I find my path to be both satisfying and challenging. Every day, I get to use science and technology to help manage ocular diseases for all sorts of patients. As an Anthropology major (which really sticks with you for life), I find that being able to combine my biological understanding of the human body, a need to figure out why something is the way it is (along with the tools to do such research), and compassionate care for our patients all creates a rewarding career.


Last Updated 5/22/14


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 pm in the New York room in Cooper Hall for an evening celebrating Brockport's Black History, specifically honoring Fannie Barrier Williams and William Page. The celebration will include presentations, musical performances and refreshments.