Batt Burns, a Seanchaí, or traditional Irish storyteller and historian, shared stories, poetry, and traditional Irish music with a crowd of over 75 people from Marywood and the local community on October 2, 2012. Batt Burns has performed at countless storytelling festivals in Ireland and in the United States and has given storytelling performances on many US College Campuses. It was wonderful to have him visit Marywood after he had acted as a guide and host for a study abroad group in Ireland (summer 2012). Before Batt's storytelling performance, these study abroad students shared writings and videos about their time in Ireland.
On the following day, Batt Burns visited a Marywood poetry class to speak with students and perform works by W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, and Brendan Kennelly. That afternoon, Batt offered a storytelling workshop for local educators.
Pictured left: Dr. Laurie McMillan, Batt Burns and Molly Boylan.
BUSINESS & MANAGERIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
v Uldarico Rex Dumdum, PhD, Associate Professor, and Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., Associate Professor accompanied 33 faculty and students on a China Study Tour, including Shanghai, Tongli, Tai’An, Suzhou, Qufu, & Beijing in March 2012. Dr. Dumdum taught - BUS 461: Leadership in the Global Marketplace and Dr. Speicher taught BUS 370: International Business Management. Dr. Dumdum, published and presented the following: “Towards Developing and Sustaining a Culture of Evidence-Based Assessment for Improved Institutional Effectiveness: Research in Progress”, Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology 2012 Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting, October 2012, State College, PA with Murray Pyle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. And in January 2013, Dr. Dumdum presented, “Exploring Best Practices in Second Life Virtual World Adoption”, Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology 2012 Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting, October 2012, State College, PA with Mark Choman, Lecturer, published in January 2013. Dr. Dumdum also published with Lowe, K., and Avolio, B.J., December 2013, “Don't You Love it When A Plan Comes Together? A Brief Update on Advances in Meta-analytic Findings for Transformational and Transactional Leadership” in Avolio, B.J. and Yammarino, F.J. (Ed) Transformational and Charismatic Leadership: The Road Ahead (Monographs in Leadership and Management). 10th Anniversary Edition (2013). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
v Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, along with the Business Faculty of Marywood University, coordinated the “Wednesday Night Entrepreneur Speaker Series” held in McGowan Center. Topics include Environmental Entrepreneurs, Green Energy, Women Entrepreneurs, Sources of Capital- How to Find the Money, The Serial Entrepreneur, Local Food and Wine, Marcellus Shale Entrepreneurs and Think Big but Act Locally.
v Helen Bittel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, presented a paper titled "The Great Depression as Free-Range Fantasy: Representing the Unsupervised Child in Culture of Fear" in June 2012 at the Children' Literature Association annual conference at Simmons College (Boston).
v Agnes Cardoni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, published: Rev. of Two Kisses for Maddie: A Journal of Loss and Love, by Matt Logelin. Journal of Radiology Nursing. September 2012. (in press), and "The Problem of Belief: Understanding the Dying Unbeliever in Sylvain Trudel’s ‘Mercury under My Tongue.’” Drew University Journal of Medical Humanities. Fall 2012. (in press). Dr. Cardoni also presented conference papers: “Building Cultural Understanding: The Role of the Curandera in Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya,” at the Medical Humanities Consortium Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2012 and “’Curandera’ or ‘Bruja’?: Paganism vs. Catholicism in Rudolfo Anayo’s Bless Me, Ultima,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Rochester, NY, April 2012. Dr. Cardoni authored “Re-Creations: Teaching, Self-Care, and the Inner Life of the Teacher” The National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV, November 2012.
v William Conlogue, Ph.D., Professor, secured a $1,000 Sponsorship Grant from Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority for a Primary Document Recovery Project at the Lackawanna Historical Society.
v Laurie McMillan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair , published the article, “Undergraduate Writing Research Shapes Pedagogy & Curriculum.” Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly on the Web 33.1 (Fall 2012). Web: http://www.cur.org/publications/curq_on_the_web/. Dr. McMillan also made two refereed conference presentations: "Performing Gender on YouTube: The Rhetoric of Jenna Marbles," at the Pennsylvania College English Association, Scranton, PA, April 2012; and "Spiraling into Activism: Writing about Feminist Writing" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 2012. In addition, Dr. McMillan was a Co-Leader for a Professional Workshop under the direction of Barbara Bird: "Writing Studies Curriculum: A Gateway to Writing Transfer," at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 2012. Dr. McMillan, Ph.D. received two Internal Grants from Cultural Affairs: March 2012 with Agnes Cardoni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Taylor Mali, slam poet and YouTube sensation, visited Marywood for a poetry workshop with students and a performance open to students and the public and in October 2012 (with Lindsey Wotanis and Tammy Brown): Batt Burns, a poet and seanachie (Irish storyteller), will visit Marywood for a public reading, a poetry workshop with students, and a storytelling workshop for education students and local teachers.
v Jonathan Najarian, B.A.,’12, dual English and Sociology major - had an article based on his honors Chaucer class published in the scholarly journal Criterion, which publishes works by undergraduate and Master's level students. Mr. Najarian also gave a version of his essay, titled "(Re)Fashioning the Self: L'Epistre au Dieu d'Amours, The Legend of Good Women, and the Narrative Frame Tradition" at the Sigma Tau Delta-Xi Alpha Student Conference in Chattanooga, TN on March 23-4.
v Erin A. Sadlack, Ph.D., Associate Professor, led a workshop with two colleagues from the University of Maryland and the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, titled "Teaching Gender and Geography in Early Modern Women's Writings" at the eighth triennial Attending to Early Modern Women Conference in Milwaukee, WI, June 2012.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT
v Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, presented a paper as part of a panel discussion of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima in October 2012 at Marywood's Comerford Theater. The event was part of the “Scranton Reads” program that chose Bless Me, Ultima as this year's selection.
v John DePoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department - published in March, 2012, “The Problem of Evil and Reasonable Christian Responses” in True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism, eds. T. Gilson and C. Weitnauer (Patheos, 2012), chapter 14. Dr. DePoe also presented “Plantinga vs. Lewis on Naturalism” – Friday Symposium Lecture at Dallas Baptist University, September 2012 and presented at an international, interdisciplinary conference “Indirect Realism with a Human Face” – Religion, Critical Realism, and Education: Interdisciplinary dialogue about reality, knowledge, and the pursuit of truth at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, September 2012, accepted by peer-review. Dr. DePoe, published, “Bergmann’s Dilemma and Internalism’s Escape,” Acta Anlytica 27, no. 4 (2012): 409-423, December 2012.
RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT
Laurie Cassidy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, was invited by Mr. Michael Hogan, director of the Faber Center at Marquette University to lead a weekend retreat for faculty, staff and administrators at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Faber center at Marquette is focused on helping faculty, staff and administrators to develop their spiritual lives. Dr. Cassidy’s task in giving this fall weekend retreat was to provide presentations and a process that would enable the retreatants to reflect on the Gospels from an Ignatian perspective. There were seventy people who attended this retreat, and she gave five presentations as well as met with individuals for spiritual direction. Dr. Cassidy was an Invited Respondent: “The Dark Night(s) of Malcolm X: Catholic Spirituality and African American Sanctity” Black Catholic Theology Section/Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Convention in San Jose, California (June 2012). Dr. Cassidy also was the Co-editor with Maureen O’Connell, of “She Who Imagines: Catholic Feminist Aesthetics” (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, November 2012). In addition, Dr. Cassidy authored two articles - “Grotesque Un/Knowing of Suffering: A White Christian Response in Christology and Whiteness: What Would Jesus Do?” Edited by George Yancy (New York: Routledge, 2012), 36-58 and “Mindful Breathing: Creating Counter Public Space in the Religious Studies Classroom” Feminist Journal of Studies in Religion 28/1 (Summer 2012): 156-169.
v Charles DeCelles, Ph.D., Professor, published an article in Priest magazine entitled, "Mary is the Mother of God," (May 2012), pp.46-51. Dr. DeCelles also published an article in the Catholic Leader, "Mother Teresa of Calcutta Part II: Founding the Missionaries of Charity." May 2012, pp.6-13. Dr. DeCelles published a 2,800 word historical article in the December 2013 issue of The Catholic Leader entitled “Rosemary: A Quadriplegic Who Loves Life Thanks to Lourdes.”
v Lisa Antonaicci, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, along with her Research Labs, Biology 455 Senior Biotechnology Research Project and BIOL 595 Research students: Jared Haas, M.S., ’11, Amanda Lemoncelli, M.S., ’11, Karl Franke, M.S., ’11, John Dominder, M.S., ’11, and Christina Morozov , M.S., ’12, Biotechnology majors, published the following paper in DNA and Cell Biology: Physical links between the nuclear envelope protein Mps3, three alternate replication factor C complexes, and a variant histone in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
v Christopher Brey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, presented research on “Regulation of Lipidstorage and Secretion: Genetic and Molecular Analysis. C. Elegans Aging/ Metabolism/Stress/ Pathogenesis/ Small RNAs” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conference in July 2012 and Dr. Brey also presented on the “Detection of Dirofilaria immitis (Nematoda:Filarioidea) by Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, from Northern New Jersey and Characterization of the Transcriptional Regulatory Fat Gene, klf-3 in Caenorhabditis Elegans at the Penn Academy of Science, Cedar Crest College in March/April 2012.
v Robin Ertl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, was awarded an internal research grant in the amount of $6,000 to examine the consequence of ocean acidification due to global warming on the biochemistry of phytoplankton. Dr. Ertl was also awarded an internal research grant, which will fund a Graduate Assistantship. Damon Musso ’12, BS Biotechnology, currently earning his M.S. in Biotechnology will work in the fall 2012 on "Biochemical Toxicology and Evolution."
SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
v Sr. Margaret Gannon, Ph.D., Professor, traveled to Tanzania in May and June 2012 to conduct a service-learning trip. Sixteen students and faculty from three ASEC schools offered their services at Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in Morogoro, Tanzania. They coached sisters and lay students in written composition and worked at a local orphanage. Students pursued a semester-long course in the spring to prepare them to engage in this service. Sister Gannon, spent three weeks in Kenya teaching an orientation course for eighteen East African sisters who will be starting their online courses toward a degree in January. This is the initiation of HESA program, the Higher Education for Sisters of Africa, one of the programs of ASEC, the African Sisters Education Collaborative.
v Brian Monahan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, had his book The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making on 9/11 referenced in an article in USA Today, 9/11/12 edition and he was interviewed by CNN. The article discusses how 9/11 should be remembered going forward.
v Jeremy Rich, Ph.D., Associate Professor, served as a commentator and program organizer for a panel, “Food in French Colonial History,” at the annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society in New Orleans in June 2012. He also became the executive editor of the French Colonial Historical Society's peer-review journal French Colonial History at the conference. In addition, Dr. Rich published three book reviews in this period: Matthew Stanard, Selling the Congo: A History of European Pro-Empire Propaganda and the Making of Belgian Imperialism, in Choice (September 2012), Jennifer Sessions, By Sword and Plow: The French Conquest of Algeria, in Choice (May 2012), Andrew Ivaska, Cultured States: Youth, Gender and Modern Style in 1960s Dar es Salaam, in Canadian Journal of History 47 (2012). This was published in June 2012 and James Sweet, Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World, in Journal of World History 23:1 (2012), 188-190. This was published in March 2012. Dr. Rich also had a peer reviewed publication entitled, “Gabonese Men for French Decency: The Rise and Fall of the Gabonese Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, 1916-1939,” French Colonial History, May 2012 and reviewed an article manuscript for the Journal of Transport History in August 2012 and another manuscript for the journal Oral History Forum in July 2012. Dr. Rich was awarded a Marywood University Research Initiation Fund grant for $4,000 for research for his ongoing book project, "Mobutu and the Cross: Decolonization, Dictatorship, and Mission Protestant Christianity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-1990." This funding will pay for research at the Christian and Missionary Alliance archives in Colorado Springs and the African Inland Mission archives at Wheaton College in Illinois. Also, Dr. Rich presented a paper, “From Crusading Heroes to Conflicted Bureaucrats: The Congo Protestant Relief Agency in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-1965,” at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, in Philadelphia, PA, in December 2012.
v Patrick M. Seffrin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, co-authored “Police interviews of sexual assault reporters: Does rape myth acceptance matter?” which will appear in the journal, Violence and Victims. 27(2), (2012).
v Lawrence Walsh, M.S., Assistant Professor, is a member of the Vidocq Society, an organization comprised of experts in their fields who devote persona time to helping close difficult crime cases. The Vidocq Society is an exclusive organization of crime solvers in Philadelphia, Pa that pull together their forensic skills and crime solving experiences to “..evaluate, investigate, refocus, revivify and solve the unsolved deaths officially brought to them.” This organization now consists of over 150 volunteers from fields including forensics, private business, psychology and law enforcement.
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