NEWS AND NOTES
Awards and Recognitions
Janet Knauss, office manager for campus safety, received a Vice President's Impact Award on September 22. The award recognizes Janet's key role in communicating and implementing the new campus parking plan, approved last spring. At the start of the fall semester, Janet was on the firing line as students and parents called or visited concerning the changes. Janet's grasp of the extensive policy changes and professionalism in communicating them were critical to the successful roll-out of the plan. Impact Awards recognize exceptional performance by Moravian faculty and staff.
John Black, assistant professor of English, recently received the "Golden Apple Award" for leadership and excellence in teaching. The award was given by the Omicron Delta Kappa Chapter at their Leadership and Awards Ceremony last spring.
Heikki Lempa, associate professor of history and chair, received a grant of $7,000 from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvHF). The grant will support archival research in Halle, Leipzig, and Paderborn, Germany, for the project "Der Strukturwandel der Ehre in Deutschland, 1700 - 1945" (Transformation of Honor in Germany, 1700 - 1945), planned for spring 2009. The AvHF is considered the most important German foundation supporting foreign scholars' work in Germany; projects must be conducted in cooperation with a German colleague. Heikke will be working with Professor Pia Schmid of the University of Halle-Wittenberg.
Research and Publications
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, assistant professor of theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, has published "What Forms Us: Multiculturalism, the Other and Theology" in Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Perspectives on Contextual Theology, edited by Mary Ann Beavis, Elaine Guillemin, and Barbara Pell (Ottawa: Novalis, 2008) 78-99.
An article about poet Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and her gravesite in Nisky Hill Cemetery ran in the September 28 edition of The Express Times. Author Adam Richter quotes Joel Wingard, professor of English, about the Moravian poet's work, and mentions the 1986 H.D. centennial conference he helped organize. Read the complete article "Who's leaving shells at poet Hilda Doolittle's grave in Bethlehem?"
An article by John Black, assistant professor of English, entitled "Stripping the Saint: Formation and Transformation in the Cult of St. Mary of Egypt in Medieval England" has been accepted for fall publication in Medieval Perspectives, the peer-reviewed journal of the Southeastern Medieval Association. The article is based on a paper that John presented at the 33rd annual Southeastern Medieval Association Conference.
Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of Learning in Common, has published a review of Daniel Gilbert's book Stumbling on Happiness in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Dana is the journal's book review editor.
Conferences and Presentations
Sharon Brown, director of the Office of Institutional Diversity, will co-chair the sixth annual Symposium on Black Women's Health, "Reaching Out - Changing Lives," October 10 - 11. The Friday night event, "Put on Your Red Dress and Dancing Shoes," will be held at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, 7 to 9 p.m. The Saturday symposium will be held at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem. Featured speakers include Michele DeLeaver Balamani, D.Min., an ordained elder, licensed psychotherapist, and founding director of UBA/Baraka Pastoral Counseling Center in Largo, Maryland. For more information, contact Sharon Brown at (610) 625-7847 or Shelba J. Scheffner at (610) 379-2001.
On September 26, Moravian College hosted the fall quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrators, a regional affiliate of the national Council of Writing Program Administrators. Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, welcomed the group on behalf of the College. Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of Writing-across-the-Curriculum, and senior English major Angela Geosits gave a presentation about WAC assessment at Moravian and their SOAR project.
Carol Ann Modjadidi, education field coordinator, attended "Access to the General Education Curriculum for All" conference, presented by Richard Villa, Bayridge Consortium, held in Easton, Penna., August 14.
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