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Around Myers Hollow
1. Planned $23 million Science Center name in honor of Barbara Deer Kuss
Robert Baker, professor of political science and department chair, has published a textbook titled The Lanahan Readings in State and Local Government. The book will be used in courses around the country. Baker is also currently engaged in a study of small city boards and commissions in more than 100 cities in nine states. In addition, Baker was also a panel chair and discussant on the topic of “State Administrative Procedures and Governmental Performance” at the Western Political Science Association meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.
Donald Busarow, professor of music, presented a hymn festival in January for the Lansing, Mich. chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and conducted a series of workshops on new organ literature, improvisation and hymn treatments. He presented a similar program of his choral, organ and instrumental music for the Kansas City, Mo. chapter of the AGO. As director of the Wittenberg Choir, Busarow also traveled with the choir to Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio for its annual spring concert tour. Sixty former members of the choir returned for the choir’s home concert, March 16, to join in its traditional closing numbers.
Robert Davis, associate professor of English, gave the keynote address at the Benjamin Prince Society’s annual meeting on April 21 at Wittenberg. Davis will also present a paper titled “Reviving Ophelia’s Brother: The Personal Narratives of Adolescent Males” at the Lycoming Conference on Teaching Excellence on May 3. In addition, his new course Honors 300: Medicine as Science/Medicine as Art, which he is co-teaching with Margaret Goodman, associate professor of biology, will be profiled in an upcoming biography of the physician/writer Richard Selzer as an example of the integration of literature and medicine in college teaching.
Steve Dawson, associate professor of health, fitness and sport, and head men’s soccer coach, completed a United States Soccer Federation “A” license coaching course at the University of Tampa in January. This qualification measures coaches on their teaching/coaching ability and theoretical knowledge of the game. It is the highest license awarded for soccer in the United States.
The Ohio Arts Council has recommended to its board that Kent Dixon, professor of English, receive an individual artist grant for his fiction in the amount of $10,000. Dixon is currently working on a graphic novel of the ancient Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh in collaboration with his artist/cartoonist son, Kevin Dixon. Both are taking a cuneiform-by-mail correspondence course, sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.
Scott Dooley, assistant professor of art, was chosen to have his ceramic art included in the International Altech Biennale Juried Exhibition in Gauteng, South Africa last fall. The piece was included in the permanent collection at the Pretoria Art Museum in Gauteng following the exhibition. Dooley’s artwork was also selected for national juried exhibitions in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Texas, Washington, Kansas and Rhode Island. In addition, his work was included in the newly revised and expanded edition of the textbook Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Robin Hopper.
Keith Doubt, professor of sociology and department chair, has published an article titled “The Critique of Utilitarianism in Structure and Gorgias” in the Austrian Journal of Sociology’s special issue on Talcott Parsons titled Zur Aktualität eines Theorieprogramms.
Kurt Fickert, professor emeritus of languages, has published two poems titled “Kinderstuden ABC” and “November-Lied” in Trans-Lit. Fickert’s article titled “Literary Aspects of Friendship Between Martin Walser and Uwe Johnson” also appeared in Internationales Uwe Johnson Forum/Band 8, a book of literary criticism.
Richard Flickinger, professor of political science, and Staci Rhine, associate professor of political science, have published three articles: “Gaps in Americans’ Knowledge about the Bosnian Civil War” in American Politics Quarterly; “Reading’s Impact on Democratic Citizenship in the U.S.” in Political Behavior; and “Assessing Americans’ Opinions About the News Media’s Fairness in 1996 and 1998” in Political Communication. Flickinger and Rhine will also present two of their joint papers at both the Political Science Association and Community Studies Association meetings.
Carmiele Foster, assistant professor of English, presented “Images on the Border II: Writing Myself onto the Island” at the 61st Annual College Language Association conference in New Orleans, La., April 18-21.
Maureen Fry, director of the Writing Center, received an ELCA grant to participate in a workshop with poet Tom Sleigh at Colgate’s Chenango Valley Writers’ Conference last summer. During her fall semester study leave, Fry also spent a week in Taos, N.M. writing with Imogene Bolls, adjunct professor emeritus of English. Two of Fry’s poems will appear in the Spring 2001 issue of Sou’wester.
Tom Kennedy, associate professor of music, has been appointed conductor of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, a 70-piece community orchestra in Dayton. In addition to its regular concert season, the orchestra premiered Robert Israel’s new orchestral accompaniment for the 1924 silent film Peter Pan and performed Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the Dayton-based Ballet deJeunesse. Kennedy’s transcription for band of Chadwick’s “Noël” was also performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December. This transcription was first performed by and is dedicated to the members of the 1996-97 Wittenberg Symphonic Band.
Linda Lewis, associate professor of anthropology, has had her manuscript, “Laying Claim to the Memory of May: A Look Back at the 1980 Kwangju Uprising,” selected as the second title in a new series in Hawaii Studies on Korea. The book will be published by the University of Hawaii Press in late fall 2001.
April Lindner, visiting assistant professor of English, has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Grant for an individual artist. Her poem, “The Rubin Vase,” has also been accepted by The Paris Review, and she has an essay on poet Ruth Stone forthcoming in Paintbrush. In addition, Lindner’s monograph, New Formalist Poets of the American West, is due out this spring in Boise State University’s Western Writers Series, and she will be presenting a paper on poet Marilyn Nelson and another paper on the New Narrative movement at the annual West Chester University Poetry conference. Lindner will also participate in a critical seminar at the conference, which centers on new trends in American poetry.
Ian Polster, professor of music, addressed the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Las Vegas. He also gave a multi-media presentation about his recent trip to the Ukraine.
In July, Tammy Proctor, assistant professor of history, will present a paper on gender and war in Victorian Britain for the international Locating the Victorians conference in London. The conference will bring together scholars from around the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s death and to assess the state of the field in Victorian studies.
In January and February, George Ramsay, professor emeritus of art, presented a series of lectures at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ramsay discussed basic design principles as they relate to architecture, interior design, industrial design and graphic design.
Don Reed, associate professor of philosophy and department chair, presented an invited paper at the Nags Head Moral Development Conference on Jan. 19 in Highland Beach, Fla. The paper was titled “What Kohlberg’s Early MJI was Intended to Measure.” On Feb. 3, Reed presented his work-in-progress at the Lutheran Academy of Scholars’ follow up from the Summer Seminar 2000. The work he presented was titled “Why Was Kohlberg So Thoroughly Misunderstood?”
Suzanne Smailes, technical services librarian and instructor, has been named the new book review editor for the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Newsletter. The Newsletter is a 45-page quarterly publication of the association, which is the professional organization for Judaica librarians in school, synagogue, academic and special libraries. More than 1,000 AJL members in the United States, Canada and around the world receive the publication, and each issue contains 60-75 brief reviews of juvenile and adult fiction and non-fiction works on Jewish themes.
Carmen Trisler, associate professor of education, attended the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) meeting, Feb.15-17, in Cincinnati where she made a presentation on “Edible Earth Science.” Three Wittenberg education majors assisted Trisler during the presentation. Trisler also made a presentation at the Palais de Congres de Montreal at the combined meeting of the Entomological Society of America, The Entomological Society of Canada and the Societe d’Entomologie du Quebec in December. The presentation was titled “Integrating Science and Art through Insect Appreciation Projects.” The projects, developed by Wittenberg students in Trisler’s entomology course, were showcased during the conference and portrayed how Wittenberg students incorporate the arts with science as part of a strong liberal arts background.
Catherine Waggoner, assistant professor of speech communication, has published “Feminist Ideologies Meet Fashionable Bodies: Managing the Agency/Constraint Conundrum,” co-authored with Lynn O’Brien Hallstein of Babson College, in Text and Performance Quarterly. It was also featured in the January 2001 issue of Spectra, the monthly publication of National Communication Association.
John Young, instructor, is conducting research on the role of city councils in downtown economic development for his Ph.D. dissertation at The Ohio State University. Young also presented a paper on his research at the Southwest Political Science Association meeting in Fort Worth, Texas in March.
Bin Yu, associate professor of political science, has published an article titled “Putinism in its First Year & Sino-Russian Relations” in Comparative Connections. He has also authored a chapter titled “From Yeltsin to Putin: Coping with the Rise of China and Decline of Russia” in The Rise of China: Security Implications. In addition, Yu will publish another chapter titled “From Clinton to Bush: Asian Security and U.S. Policy” in 2000 U.S. Election and Implications for Sino-U.S. Relations.
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