Awards and Recognitions

A book by Robert H. Mayer, professor and chair of education, was recognized by The Society of School Librarians International (SSLI). When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement was selected as a 2008 Honor Book for the Social Studies Grades 7-12 category. SSLI chooses one "best book" for each category. The goal of SSLI is "to speak singularly and forcefully for the unique needs of school librarians in the educational community."

Krista Steinke Finch, assistant professor of art, won the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship in Photography, a $5,000 award.

Articles, Reviews, and Other Publications

The article "Ultimate Reality in the Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce: To Want to Learn the Truth," authored by Bernie Cantens, associate professor of philosophy, was pubished in the Spring 2009 issue of Ultimate Reality and Meaning 29(4) 229-243.

Conferences and Presentations

Bernie Cantens, associate professor of philosophy, presented "Dewey on Thought and Life: A Reply to Jaime Nubiola's 'Peirce and the Hispanic World' " at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting Eastern Division in Philadelphia, December 29, 2008. He also presented "Dewey's Pragmatism and Social-Political Philosophy: A Reply to Rosa Mayorga's 'Hispanic Philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Cuba'."

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, participated in a Division Leadership Conference sponsored by the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. Over fifty Presidents-Elect representing various interest areas and expertise in psychology attended a variety of workshops anmd presentations dealing with effective governance issues. Dunn will serve as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) in 2010.

Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, will make a presentation at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Convention to be held March 11-14, 2009, in San Francisco. His presentation will be for the session "Changing Stories through Public Assessment, Research, and Teaching: The WPA-NMA Workshop." The CCCC Convention draws college faculty members from around the world.

Other News

Joanne McKeown, associate professor of French, participated in a literary roundtable commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of St. Francis de Sale's Introduction to the Devout Life, January 20, 2009. The roundtable was sponsored by the Salesian Center at DeSales University and was part of their yearly Heritage Week celebration. The title of McKeown's talk was "A Saint and Physician Write about Healing: Literary Therapies by Savoy's Francis de Sales and Antoine Despine."

A bit of whimsical news: Gary Olson, professor of political science, coined a new word that has been accepted by the editors of Urban Dictionary 2009. Olson's "bore-boarded" refers to the practice of inducing a near death experience in others by incessant and mindless chatter. As in, "Poor Gary barely survived being bore-boarded by Leon at the faculty party."

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