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Marianne Adam, assistant professor of nursing, gave a poster presentation at the AANP National Conference June 2006 Grapevine, Texas.  The poster title was Impacting Adherence and Compliance in Clients with Diabetes: Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It. Marianne’s conference attendance was supported by the FDRC and nursing department.

Deborah Andrus, artist-lecturer in Clarinet, performed Trio (2004) by New York City composer Matthew Quayle at the International Clarinet Association conference on August 10, 2006.  She performed with Kenneth Boulton, piano and Amy K. Leonard, viola, who are members of The Southeastern Trio, a group which they founded in 2003.  Trio by Matthew Quayle was the ensemble's first commissioned work.  In addition, the international conference was also attended by two Moravian College clarinet students, Valerie Pearson '06 and Helen Smith '09.

Sandy Bardsley, assistant professor of history at Moravian College, recently authored Venomous Tongues: Speech and Gender in Medieval England, that examines how women became associated with deviant or disruptive speech during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The book was written for the Middle Ages Series, and was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

In June James Barnes, director of instrumental music and associate professor of music, joined 55 other colleagues from Division I, II, and III colleges and universities to discuss current band trends and issues at the 4th Annual National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Symposium at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The symposium is a sub-set of the College Band Directors National Association.

Rita Berk, Reeves Library director, attended the national American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 25-27, 2006 (shortened by travel delays). She attended a presentation on information literacy and made contact with several library vendors. This conference was the first major one to be held in New Orleans since the hurricanes and the residents were very appreciative.

This summer, John Black, assistant professor of English, was selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on saints in early medieval England. The seminar, which was hosted by Corpus Christi College, the Parker Library, and the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge (UK), offered participants access to a major library collection, with time reserved to pursue individual research and study projects. John’s seminar included fifteen participants working in collaboration with leading scholars, including Professor Paul Szarmach, a specialist in Anglo-Saxon hagiography at the Rawlinson Center at Western Michigan University and Executive Director of the Medieval Academy, and several medievalists at Cambridge. In the 6-week seminar, John studied the development and cultural significance of saints’ cults in Anglo-Saxon England. For his individual project, he researched the reception and transformation of representations of holy figures in early medieval England as found in Latin, Old English, Middle English, and iconography in order to explore how the writing and re-writing and imaging and re-imaging of their traditions elucidate early medieval concepts of sainthood, patronage, and political appropriation. The experience of the seminar directly supports and enhances John’s particular research and teaching interests. During the course of the seminar, John was able to examine (with his own grubby hands!) several important (and priceless!) medieval manuscripts and enjoyed visits to several medieval sites in London and East Anglia. Before he headed back to the US (and during the recent air travel disruptions), John spent a few blissful days biking and hiking in Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland.

Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, and several of his students participated in the Association of Psychological Science (APS) Conference held in New York, May 25 – 28.  At the pre-conference APS-STP (Society for Teaching Psychology) Institute, Bob presented a writing assignment and critical thinking exercise he developed and uses in his Experimental Methods and Data Analysis course, Bolstering Scientific Thought: Student Reaction to “Prisoners of Silence.  At the conference Bob also presented a poster disseminating results from a research project he did with his independent study students and co-authors, Laura DeValdenebro and Wesley Bush, Spirituality and Religious Orientation as Predictors of Coping with Work-Family Conflict: An Exploratory Analysis.   At the same poster session, Karima Modjadidi, one of Bob’s Honors students, presented her work entitled Exploring the Predictive Validity of Personality Traits for Success in a Work-Release Program.

Carol Traupman-Carr, associate dean for academic affairs, reports the publication of five of her original brass arrangements: Once in Royal David’s City (originally written for the Silver and Brass Trombone Quartet, of which Jon Conrad, director of human resources, is a member), and the brass quintet arrangements of Shenandoah, Loch Lomond, Greensleeves, and Tri-Angels (a fantasy combining three “Angels” Christmas carols).  All five arrangements are now available from Cimarron Music Press.

Jan Crooker, adjunct instructor in art, was selected as a reader for Educational Testing Services and spent a week in New Jersey reviewing student AP artwork. There were about two hundred teachers from all over the world and they reviewed over 30,000 students’ works. This fall, Jan will have two pieces in the Northeast Regional Show at University of Scranton.

Therese Decker, a former but long-time adjunct of the Foreign Language Department, was in the spring 2006 issue of the ALS Association (Greater Philadelphia Chapter) News. The article includes a picture and a full-page feature story telling about her history with ALS, about what a fantastic attitude she has, and how she enjoyed teaching at Moravian College: “a marvelous environment, with wonderful colleagues.”

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, participated in two symposia at the Annual Meeting of American Psychological Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 9 - 13th.  Dana spoke on assessment advances and the need for quality benchmarks in a symposium on Assessing Quality Benchmarks for Undergraduate Psychology Programs.  While in the Big Easy, Dana also attended Executive Committee meetings of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, toured the post-Katrina devastation – “TV and photos cannot portray the loss adequately” --with colleagues from Xavier and Loyola Universities, and went on a tour of the city's oldest above ground cemetery. The food, the coffee with chicory, and the residents' hospitality were all wonderful.

Anne Dutlinger, associate professor of art, gave a talk on September 17, at Muhlenberg College, hosted by the Center for Jewish & Christian Understanding. Anne spoke about art created by "secondary witnesses", children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Bonnie Falla, Reeves Library Reference Librarian/Seminary Liaison, attended the 60th Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association in Chicago, IL, June 21-June 24, 2006.  She participated in a panel presentation by former students of the newly-created “Introduction to Theological Librarianship” course, offered online in fall, 2005, by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. The class reported on their individual professional goals set during the course and the progress they had made in reaching their goals since December, 2005.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, gave a presentation at St. James Episcopal Church in Langhorne located in lower Bucks County on the topic of the U.S./Iran confrontation on September 10th.   The Bucks County Courier Times also covered the event in the September 11th issue.

Carmen Ferrero, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the 52nd International Conference of Americanists: People and Cultures of the Americas, Dialogues between Globality and Locality, July 17-21, 2006, Seville, Spain (http://www.52ica.com).  Her paper was read at a panel that discussed the emergence of new linguistic varieties.  The title of her paper is, El caso lingüístico de México: evolución del léxico castellano peninsular por su contacto con el náhuatl.  (The Linguistic Situation in Mexico: The Lexical Evolution of Castilian Spanish in its Contact with Náhuatl).

Five art faculty participated in the exhibition, “Some Serious Business: Art of the Lehigh Valley,” at the new NCC Fowler Family Center (formerly Bethlehem Steel headquarters office building) from August 25 to September 16.  Participating:  Krista Steinke-Finch (assistant professor of art), Sherman Finch (former adjunct in art, and husband of Krista), Jan Crooker (art adjunct), Les Fletcher (art adjunct), and Jan Ciganick (art adjunct and departmental administrative assistant).

Lisa Fischler, assistant professor of political science, presented papers at two different international conferences in Hong Kong during June. The first was a pedagogically focused conference on gender, equity, and education that brought together academics from all over Asia and the U.S. One of the key note speakers was Peggy MacIntosh from Wellesley College who spoke on diversity at Moravian College last spring. The second conference was on the representation of minorities in Chinese societies. Lisa presented a paper and chaired a panel for this conference.

Angela Fraleigh, assistant professor of art (new to the College this fall), had a busy summer before settling in the Lehigh Valley.  This included a review in the NY Times (Johnson, Kentucky, Art in Review: Reality Unchecked P.P.O.W., NY Times. July 28, 2006) and an interview (Marchetta, Theresa. “Interview: Angela Fraleigh” Cantanker Visual Arts in Austin. Summer 2006), and a show in Italy [(Artissima Art Fair, Turin, Italy (with Inman Gallery)].  In addition, she expects a 2007 showFantasmania,” at the Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City, MO, curated by Elizabeth Dunbar.  This needs clarification

Beth E.  Fuchs, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian, Reeves Library, co-authored the article, Behavioral Citation Analysis: Toward Collection Enhancement for Users, in the July 2006 issue of COLLEGE AND RESEARCH LIBRARIES. Diane Husic, professor of biology, had a busy summer with conference participation.  Her invited paper entitled, Navigating Through Interdisciplinary Pitfalls and Pathways to Success, was published in the June 2006 edition of the CUR Quarterly.  Then, in June she attended the Council on Undergraduate Research business meeting and national conference.  Diane is currently serving on CUR’s Executive Board and as chair of the Chemistry Division.  She served as a member of the Program Planning Committee for the biannual conference, organized and introduced one of the plenary sessions, and participated in several sessions:

  1. organizer and moderator for a session entitled The NSF Undergraduate Research Center Program – Some Preliminary Models
  1. organizer, moderator and a panel member for a session entitled Changing Career Directions:  New Opportunities or Mid-Life Crisis?
  1. organizer, moderator and a presenter for a session entitled Challenges Faced by Research Active Faculty Members at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions:  Generating New Ideas and Sustaining Research Productivity.
  1. organized and moderated a session entitled Want to Bring CUR to Your Home Institution?  Tips for Bidding on and Hosting a CUR National Conference or Business Meeting.

Later in July, Diane attended the inaugural workshop on Economics for Environmental Studies sponsored by PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), where she was one of 12 individuals selected to participate.

Daniel Jasper, assistant professor of sociology, recently returned from Montreal, where he attended the 68th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (Aug. 10-12).  At the meeting, Daniel presented, The Political Past as Sacred Past: Making Shivaji a Sacred King in Western India.

Curtis Keim, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, participated in a “Listening” sponsored by the Teagle Foundation on September 7-9, The Listening brought together about fifty liberal-arts oriented academic leaders from around the country to help the foundation explore what it can do to promote liberal arts teaching and learning. Curt was invited to participate because Moravian is helping to lead a Teagle-sponsored assessment project (Moravian, Muhlenberg, Susquehanna, Drew, Roanoke). The premise of the Listening was that although liberal arts colleges are good at student engagement and learning, institutions can take these to “a higher level” through assessment. The goal was to help the Teagle Foundation understand how it can use its resources to promote such systematic assessment of our teaching so that students might benefit.

Bill Kleintop, associate dean of the Comenius Center, will be awarded an “Outstanding Reviewer Award” during October’s annual meeting of the Management Education Division of the Academy of Management in Atlanta, Georgia.

Barbara Liebhaber, assistant professor of music, will be participating in a scholastic scrimmage type event as a fundraiser for Communities in Schools.  CIS is a non-profit educational foundation for troubled youths.  Barbara sits on the local board of CIS.

On Wednesday, October 18, Barbara Liebhaber, assistant professor of music, will perform a set of Schumann songs with Trisha Budlong at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall.  The performance will include analysis of both text (Trish) and music (Barbara) prior to the performance.  They will present how the text and music are inter-related.

Santo D. Marabella, associate professor and chair and Economics and Business Department at Moravian College, has written and published The ENGAGED® Model of Board Orientation, a best practices guide for not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Santo is the executive producer of a short film that was shot recently in the Lehigh Valley, that includes the Moravian College campus. The film, entitled, Then Came You, was written by John E. Fitzpatrick and was produced in collaboration with Marabella through their production company SanJohn Productions. The twenty-minute "short" was filmed in March at various locations including downtown Easton and utilized actors and production staff on a volunteer basis.

Bob Mayer, professor of education reports two items:  1) The March/April issue of The Social Studies, available in Reeves Library, contains an article entitled, Learning to Teach Young People How to Think Historically: A Case Study of One Student Teacher's Experience, by Bob Mayer of the Education Department. The article is based on a qualitative study examining how one student learned to teach history in a sophisticated manner; 2) The May/June issue of Social Education, "the official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies" contains a brief review of Bob Mayer's book, The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Joanne McKeown, associate professor of French, visited libraries and archives in Paris and Aix-les-Bains conducting research (meeting people and collecting materials, mainly 19th century visuals) for the Despine project.  In addition, Joanne had an article accepted for publication next year.  Restoring literary wholeness to the fragmented account of Antoine Despine’s magnetic cure of Estelle L’Hardy’s dissociative disorder, will appear in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in July or October, 2007.  It will be published with a favorable theoretical commentary by John G. Watkins, Professor Emeritus of the University of Montana.

Carol Moeller collaborated with other members of the Future of Minority Studies Project (a national “mobil think tank”), in roundtables and other formats at the national conference: Theory From the Periphery, July 28-30, at Stanford University.

Kym Morrison, Carol Moeller, and Sharon Brown gave talks September 14 at the National Conference on Race and Pedagogy, held at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Washington.  Together with Ohio University professor Mara Holt, they gave a session called, Hearing Voices Once We are At the Table: Do They Really Want Diversity and Why?  The national conference drew 600 people from the higher education community, the Tacoma, Washington School district, and community organizations to discuss the impact of race and pedagogy in the academy of teaching and learning. Renowned scholars such as Cornel West, Beverly Daniel Tatum, focused on how to go beyond some diversity and multicultural initiatives toward genuine, anti-racist transformation in education. The presentations were: Kym Morrison: Generational Approaches to Race and Inclusion in Higher Education: Memory and Strategies. Carol Moeller: Race, Knowledge, and Error Correction: Epistemic Grounds for Inclusion and Sharon Brown: Reality Speaks: Enacting Genuine Multiculturalism.

Gary Olson's Op-ed, Nationalism, Not Islam, Motivates Suicide Terrorists, Common Dreams, September 5, 2006, has been reprinted on 77 websites around the world, from Egypt, Canada and India to Bahrain, Iran and Nigeria,  including French translations. His Op-ed, Palestinian Diaspora that originally appeared in The Morning Call has been reprinted on websites, blogs, and papers in the U.S., Canada, England, Palestine, and Bangladesh. Z Magazine circulated it to 205,000 readers around the world via their ZNet service.

Jamie Paxton, assistant professor of history, presented a paper entitled, Bordered Lands and Bordered People: Race, Identity, and Independence in Two Haudenosaunee Communities, at the annual meeting for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in Montreal, PQ.

Diane Radycki, assistant professor of art, presented a paper at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Freiburg, Germany, June 2006.

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, co-chaired a panel along with co-editor David C. Ogden of the University of Nebraska at Omaha at the 18th Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture hosted by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where they discussed the coalescence of race, sport, and so-deemed villainous reputations, the topic of the first of their proposed multi-volume anthology series on sport and fame. Portions of Dr. Rosen's trip were underwritten by a grant from FDRC.

Carl Salter, associate professor of chemistry, Dan Libby professor of chemistry, and Carol Libby, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, made a strong presence among the 15,000 chemists at the 232nd Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco September 9-14, 2006. Carl shared his expertise in computational chemistry in the exhibition hall as a representative of Gaussian, Inc. In her role as Councilor for the Lehigh Valley Section of the ACS, Carol was involved in a number of governance activities, including work with the Local Sections Activities Committee and The Committee on Minority Affairs. Dan attended the Executive Committee meeting of the American Chemical Society Women Chemists' Committee, where he serves as a member of the long range planning group and the National Meeting Program Chair. Dan also supported the efforts of POGIL at the ACS meeting. POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) is a chemical education movement which was just awarded a $2,000,000 grant by the National Science Foundation. Dan has recently has been appointed to the POGIL steering committee and was awarded a private foundation grant to serve POGIL as a consultant during his sabbatical.

Maria Schantz, assistant professor of nursing, has had her manuscript, Compassion: A concept analysis, accepted for publication by Nursing Forum.  It is tentatively scheduled for publication the spring 2007 edition.

Joseph Shosh, assistant professor of education, and Charlotte Zales, associate professor of education, gave a presentation at the 2006 Summer Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators, which took place at Penns Landing, Philadelphia on August 1.  The presentation was titled, Mentoring the Reflective Practitioner: Professional Development in an Action Research M.Ed. Program.  Three M.Ed. graduates took part in the presentation: Susan Bell (Teacher in Whitehall-Coplay School District), Erin Kratzer (Teacher in Easton School District), and Rose Wilburn (Math Specialist in Nazareth School District).

Joseph Shosh, assistant professor of education, and director of the Moravian College M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction, and Jennifer Wescoe, Freedom High School Teacher of English, were named recipients of the 2006 James Moffett Award for Classroom Research by the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Writing Project.  The collaborative research project, “In the Shadow of the Blast Furnace: Constructing the Digital History of Early 21st Century Bethlehem,” partners tenth grade students at Freedom High School with Moravian College English majors to produce digital living history documentaries.

The Janet A. Sipple Lecture Endowment Fund was established this past summer to honor Dr. Janet A. Sipple, founding chair of the St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The endowment was conceived in consultation with members of the nursing faculty at the college, to “provide for an annual lecture in the area of international health care, world community service, leadership, or public health open to all students and members of the greater Lehigh Valley community.” Janet retired from her position as department chair, but will continue to teach at the College in 2006-2007.

Don St. John, professor of religion, conducted research this summer as a participant observer in an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program run by Lehigh Valley Hospital. Don is working on an article that explores the history, principles and practices of the M.B.S.R. program, including its roots in Buddhist meditation practice. The centerpiece of the article is a qualitative study of the effects the program may have on participants, including the author.  

Jim Tyler, adjunct instructor of Latin, has three items to report.  The Latin comedy Minotaurus that he wrote for the students of the Moravian College Classical Society was performed twice by them in April, including once on April 1 in Fogelsville (by invitation) for the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Classical Association, and once on April 22 in PPHAC. Both audiences noisily expressed appreciation. On July 5, he participated in the biennial meeting of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary Management, this time in Black Mountain, NC and was elected to a second term as chair, for 2009-2010. This summer an opus maior of Jim’s was put online by Lehigh University, namely the finding aid to the Philip and Muriel Berman Archive, which he had cataloged. Interested researchers and others may search at http://www.lehigh.edu/library/speccoll/berman.html -- Jim did most of the work of cataloging back in 1999-2000, but this year was requested to bring the finding aid up to speed for online publication. However, during the summer Jim has been occupied with processing and cataloging the next installment of Berman papers, for which the finding aid may go online later this year or in 2007.

Connie Unger, assistant professor of education, and Charlotte Zales, associate professor of education, were guests on WDIY's program, Taking Charge of Your Life, on July 19. They discussed their Framework for Integrating Science and Literacy in Elementary Schools.

Peter von Allmen, professor of economics, presented a paper entitled, Wages, Productivity and Monopsony Power in the NFL, which was co-authored with Gerry McGLinn ('06) and Bob Brill, at the Western Economics Association Meetings in San Diego, CA, in July. Peter was the lead expert in a feature story on the business page in USA TODAY during August..  This major trend story was spurred by the popularity of Peter’s book, Economics of Sports, that he co-authored with Michael Leeds, Temple University (husband of Eva Leeds.  Peter was also one of four Lehigh Valley area college professors profiled in Lehigh Valley Living, a Morning Call magazine supplement.

Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, assistant professor of sociology, has two items to report.  Her article, Adjustments to the Correction for Attenuation, appeared in the June 2006 publication of Psychological Methods. In the article, Deb verifies Zimmerman and Williams (1977) contention that Spearman's (1906) correction for attention did not appropriately account for independence of error scores. Subsequently, she derived formulas to correct partial and part correlation coefficient for attenuation without making the assumption of independent error scores. Applications to data related to weather patterns and baseball performances prove the validity of these new formulas.  In addition, Deb gave a poster at the 2006 International Chinese Statistical Association Applied Statistics Symposium at the University of Connecticut in June.  Deb’s conference attendance was supported in part by the FDRC.

Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of writing-across-the-curriculum, attended in July the annual conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA). There, Joel presented a paper called, An Undergraduate Course-Design Project in First-Year Composition, that recounted a project of that nature completed by students in my ENGL314: Theories of Composition and Rhetoric in the Fall 2005 term.

Stacey Zaremba, professor of psychology, has three items to report: 1) Stacey was elected to serve on the Board of the YWCA for a three year term; 2) Stacey was interviewed by Jim DeSousa of Valley Venue (WDIY 88.1)--the topic was Domestic Violence.  Stacey is the faculty advisor at Moravian College for the new Special Interest House on Domestic Violence. 3) Michelle Schmidt and Stacey were invited speakers at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, New York. Their talk focused on service learning in psychology.

September 26, 2006

This special issue of InCommon Light, containing the Gaudeamus column, will serve to keep the campus community apprised of notable faculty and staff achieve-ments during the InCommon newsletter's temporary hiatus.