In recent months, the Board of Trustees of the Institute of General Semantics elected three new trustees: Corey Anton, Thom Gencarelli, and Ben Hauck.
Corey Anton, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Grand Valley State University, is author of Selfhood and Authenticity (SUNY Press) and of the forthcoming book, Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism (Purdue University Press). He is a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Media Ecology Association. He enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and juggling.
Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D. (NYU, 1993), is the Chair of the Communication Department at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. Thom was hired by Manhattan to create its Communication department after spending 14 years on the full-time faculty at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, four years at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, and seven years on the part-time faculty of the M.A. program in Media Studies at The New School in NYC. Thom is currently the Vice President of the Media Ecology Association, a Past President of the New York State Communication Association, and a two-time Past President of the New Jersey Communication Association. Thom’s scholarship focuses on the areas of media literacy/media education, media ecology, and popular media and culture (with an emphasis on popular music). An example of his scholarship bridging the fields of media literacy and media ecology is his article, “The Missing Years: Neil Postman and ‘The New English Book Series,” published in Explorations in Media Ecology, Volume 5, Issue 1, in 2006. He is currently at work on a book about cognitive development and language acquisition. In addition, Thom is a songwriter and musician, and his debut CD with his ensemble bluerace was released in June 2009. (The group is presently at work on their follow up release.) Thom lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, with his wife Alison, and their two sons Miles and Griffin.
Ben Hauck is an actor who has recently stood in for Jason Bateman in the upcoming film with Jennifer Aniston The Baster and for Peter Facinelli on the second season of the Showtime seriocomedy with Edie Falco Nurse Jackie. He is a long-time student of general semantics, and his essays on the subject have been published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics and the General Semantics Bulletin. Ben has led classes and meetings on general semantics for the New York Society for General Semantics, for which he sits on its Board of Directors. He is also webmaster for both the New York Society for General Semantics and the Institute of General Semantics, updating their websites and moderating online discussions. Living in NYC, Ben enjoys running in Central Park, and he recently completed the Philadelphia Marathon (3:07:32). He plans to complete his fourth NYC Marathon in 2010 and run his first Boston Marathon in 2011. (http://www.benhauck.com)