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March 2000
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  Tapestry: Motets & Merriment
Directed by Joseph P. Swain, 56:14 min.

by Rebecca Costello

Tapestry -- The All Centuries Singers, a 16-member vocal ensemble that performs works of the classical a cappella repertoire, brings together Central New York singers of varying occupations, musical training and choral experience, including a number of Colgate folk: director Joseph Swain (music), Richard Frost (emeritus, history), Marion Amico (university organist), Thomas Brackett (emeritus, computer science), E. Adger Williams (cataloger, Case Library), and Deborah Knuth (English).

     Motets & Merriment, Tapestry's second release, features a balance of sacred and secular pieces, from several examples of Gregorian antiphons to works by Josquin Desprez, Palestrina and J.S. Bach to delightful madrigals and part-songs by Passereau, Orlando di Lasso, William Byrd and Claude LeJeune, among others.

     Tapestry often performs Renaissance madrigals in period costume, with each selection prefaced by a poetic introduction composed by resident bard, Dick Frost. We hear a charming example of this tradition in Frost's lilting, rhyming portrayal of an unsuspecting mouse, pursued by his "swift nocturnal captor / Thomas Vautor's Suffolk raptor" prior to "Sweet Suffolk Owl."

     A few pieces depart from the a cappella format with the inclusion of organ or recorder ensemble accompaniment. The ensemble has achieved a rich and full, yet pure blend that truly complements the pieces they have chosen.

     To order ($10 for cassette, $15 for CD) write, call or send e-mail: Tapestry -- The All Centuries Singers, 3298 Craig Rd, Clinton, NY 13323; 315-853-6282; rmbornick@compuserve.com.


Diversity Consciousness: Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, and Opportunities
By Richard D. Bucher '71, Prentice Hall Career & Technology, 2000.

Diversity Consciousness takes a different approach to the subject of diversity. It empowers students by helping them understand how the development of their diversity consciousness leads to success at school, work, and in their personal lives. Diversity consciousness is defined as awareness, understanding, and skills in the area of diversity. Also, the book explores how people can develop their diversity consciousness.

     Diversity Consciousness personalizes the learning experience by weaving a wide variety of diverse student voices and perspectives throughout the text. Concepts such as teamwork, conflict management, flexible thinking, cross-cultural communication, leadership, racism and prejudice are discussed.

     In the foreword to the book, Franklin Raines, CEO of Fannie Mae and the first African American to lead a Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 firm, writes, "On an individual level, developing a high level of diversity consciousness is an absolutely essential part of a student's preparation for entering the workplace."

     Bucher received a Ph.D. in sociology (with a specialization in race and ethnic relations) from Howard University in 1983. At Baltimore City Community College, he teaches introductory sociology, cultural diversity in the workplace and race and ethnic relations. From 1991 to 1996, he served as the first director of BCCC's Institute for InterCultural Understanding. For more information about Diversity Consciousness, contact Bucher at 410-462-7667 or email rdbucher@aol.com.

Prentice Hall


Unleashing Intellectual Capital
By Charles Ehin '60, Ph.D, Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 2000. 224 pp.

"Unleashing Intellectual Capital is a daring and provocative book. Ehin opens our minds and demonstrates how our inherent genetic tendencies can be leveraged for competitive advantage. This book provides the reader with new and useful ammunition in which to operate in the new millennium," said John W. Patten, president emeritus of Business Week.

     Unleashing Intellectual Capital reveals breakthrough principles for structuring Knowledge-Age organizations. It helps leaders and knowledge professionals better understand how human nature supports or undermines voluntary workplace collaboration and innovation, vital sources of competitive advantage in business. Integrating the latest insights from diverse scientific disciplines, the book reestablishes some very basic truths about human innate behavior that determine how people best work together and are managed, or in some cases "unmanag-ed." Using understandable and practical models, Unleashing Intellectual Capital explains human nature and offers readers a comprehensive framework they can use to generate high sustained levels of intellectual capital within their own organizations while at the same time reducing workplace violence.

     Unleashing Intellectual Capital is indispensable for leaders and knowledge professionals who want to leverage the latest scientific discoveries to better manage their employees and create sustainable competitive advantage.

     Charles Ehin, Ph.D., is professor of management and former dean of the Gore School of Business at Westmin-ster College. A noted organizational development and international business consultant, Ehin was formerly the manager for organizational development at E-Systems, Montek Division and manager and professor for the United States Air Force. For information, visit www.unmanagement.com

Butterworth-Heinemann

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