After two years of student participation in a Habitat for Humanity project in South Carolina, Moravian College now has an official chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This would not have happened but for the guidance and steadfast belief of Chaplain David Bennett ’88 and community service coordinator Phyllis Walsh, who organized the trips, found (and were) chaperones, drove the vans, and much, much more.
Phyllis tells us that Moravian walkers and supporters raised $150 for the American Heart Association. She thanks Kira Weller ’06, Sinking Spring, who coordinated this project.
Gordon Williams, assistant professor of math, had his usual busy summer doing mathematical things.
• He completed the year as a fellow in a mentoring program called Project NExT.
• He spoke on “Petrie Polygons and Petrie Schemes” at a conference devoted to the legacy of Canadian mathematician H. S. M. Coxeter, May 11-12 at the University of Toronto. Doris Schattschneider, professor emerita of mathematics, also gave a talk there on “Coxeter and the Artists: Two-Way Inspiration.”
• He was co-organizer of a panel discussion on designing math courses for non-majors at MathFest, the summer meeting of the Mathematics Association of America, held August 12-14 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Doris also was at MathFest, as were Kay Somers and Alicia Sevilla, professors of mathematics, and Michael Fraboni (see below). Aditya Khanna ’05, India, also was there to describe the SOAR project he worked on with Gordon.
Mike Fraboni and his wife, Trisha Moller, whose surname we spelled with an extra E in the last issue of InCommon, taught high school math teachers about fractals in a summer workshop funded by the National Science Foundation. They presented a talk about the workshop at MathFest.
Kevin Hartshorn, new assistant professor of mathematics, spoke on “A Topological Model for DNA Recombination” for an all-science math colloquium, September 22 at Lehigh University.
Enough of math. Barbara Liebhaber, assistant professor of music and director of music education, published a back-to-school op-ed piece September 15 in the Morning Call.
Tracey Vlahovic, a Philadelphia podiatrist and dancer (which may explain why she’s a podiatrist) was interviewed for the October issue of Good Housekeeping. Tracey is the daughter of Lou Ann Vlahovic, our telephone operator sine qua non.
Lisa Fischler, assistant professor of political science, is one of 25 college teachers selected to participate in Columbia University’s Expanding East Asian Studies Teaching Collaborative for 2004-05.This three-weekend workshop began September 11-12. Lisa led off the first day by involving colleagues in a problem-solving session on environmental politics that she uses in her Introduction to Chinese Politics class.
Sean Tallarico, director of campus safety, visited Bucknell University earlier this month as one of a three-person team from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Under its Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program, the consultant team reviews police and safety procedures on college campuses and suggests improvements and efficiency measures.
Khristina Haddad, assistant professor of political science, presented a paper at the seventh International Conference of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, September 23-26 at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. The conference theme was “Time, Memory, and History,” and it combined concepts of time and the self from different disciplines to shed light on memory, mental disorders, and the role of temporal experience in our lives.
However, Khristina says the highlight was meeting her student Jamie Booth ’06, Kresgeville, who is spending a study abroad semester in Heidelberg. “She picked me up from the train station, showed me around town, and got me to the university!”
Our sympathy to Gary Kaskowitz, assistant professor of economics and business, whose mother died September 18.
From Chaplain David Bennett: “During the summer, we were saddened by the death of John Paul Krupa ’06 on July 11 in Costa Rica. JP was part of the life of our campus through Sigma Phi Epsilon, as a member of the track team, and by being a good friend to many.” There will be a memorial service for him at 4:00 p.m. today in Foy Concert Hall.