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Undergraduate Ceremonies Speaker

Jesse GoinsMr. Jesse D. Goins developed a love for theater and acting at a young age. Seeking a well-rounded education as well as excellent training in the arts, he enrolled at The College at Brockport, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Magna Cum Laude.

After earning a Master of Arts in Theater from the University of Michigan, Mr. Goins moved to New York City and worked with the Negro Ensemble Company, Henry Street Settlement, the Chelsea Theater and several Off-Broadway theaters. He established his career in commercials and voice-over work and appeared in his first film, King, on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

After four successful years working in New York, Mr. Goins moved to Los Angeles to further develop his career. To date, he has performed in more than 100 commercials and more than 100 television shows including Coach, NYPD Blue, 24, ER, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Bones, Castle and NCIS. Most recently, he has appeared in Scandal, Hit the Floor, Bosch and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Portrait of Love.

Mr. Goins’ film career includes costarring roles in Patriot Games, Soldier, Once Fallen, The Ugly Truth and RoboCop. He continues to develop his career in LA, working in commercials, film and television.

Mr. Goins is an active member of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Nichiren Buddhist organization dedicated to establishing a peaceful society through the promotion of harmony, culture and education.

Graduate Ceremony Speaker
Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts

Barbara BashawBarbara Bashaw, EdD, is a proud alumna of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, having graduated in 1989 summa cum laude with a double bachelor’s degree in dance performance and interdisciplinary arts for children. Today, she is one of the world’s leading dance educators.

Dr. Bashaw serves as the graduate director of the EdM Dance Education Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She is also a master teacher with the esteemed Dance Education Laboratory in NYC where she has provided innovative professional development for the past 20 years. Committed to the advancement of dance teachers and dance education for every child, she is a leader of arts education advocacy and PK-12 dance teacher certification efforts in the State of New Jersey, serving on several state-level task forces and boards. Prior to Rutgers, Dr. Bashaw served as the chair of the Dance Education Program at New York University where she developed several new degree programs, including a collaborative degree with American Ballet Theatre. In 2009, she was awarded an NYU Teaching Excellence Award.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Bashaw cofounded the Bridge for Dance studio on Broadway and worked in dozens of New York City elementary, middle and high schools as a teaching artist for programs such as ArtsConnction, the 92Y School Partners Program and the Creative Arts Laboratory. As a preK-12 certified teacher of dance, she helped to establish PS 295 The Studio School for Arts and Culture in Brooklyn, where she developed the Choreographer’s Workshop process featured in Dance Teacher magazine. Throughout her career, Dr. Bashaw has collaborated with hundreds of classroom teachers, physical educators, and artists to develop and implement interdisciplinary learning projects linked to math, science, social studies and literacy.

Among many other teaching awards and accomplishments, she received the National Dance Education Organization Emerging Visionary Award in 2003. Currently, Dr. Bashaw is one of 12 individuals selected nationally to serve on the elite, national task force for the development and implementation of the new National Core Arts Standards.

Dr. Bashaw has gone above and beyond in her eagerness to interact with Brockport students and her colleagues in our Department of Dance, routinely sharing best practices and networking at national and international conferences.

Last Updated 5/4/15