Regents Grant Faculty Sabbatical Leaves

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 14, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today granted sabbatical leaves to two faculty members during a closed session meeting of the board.

They are Dr. Sarah Riley, professor of art; and Dr. Allan Bornstein, professor of biology. Riley’s sabbatical will be for the spring 2009 semester. Bornstein’s sabbatical will be for the fall 2008 semester.

Riley’s sabbatical will include a month-long residence at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica as an artist-in-residence. She plans to complete a new series of paintings, drawings and photomontages. She also will participate in a series of workshops in computer-assisted printmaking at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Calif. Also, as part of her sabbatical, she will conduct concurrent and complementary work in her home art studio, in addition to visiting galleries in Kansas City and Boston.

Bornstein will work on two projects: the taxonomic revision of a group of plants (Piper subgenus Enckea), focusing on examination of important materials in European plant museums, and the completion of a floristic treatment of the genus Piper for the country of Honduras. Both projects require access to plant museums in Europe to examine materials. Bornstein is a respected expert on the genus Piper and is likely to publish his results in professional journals.