College Announces 2008-2009 Faculty Accomplishments

Release Date: Friday, October 16, 2009

Lakshmi Atchison, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Dr. Lakshmi Atchison participated in the First International Workshop on “Prognostic and Therapeutic Roles of Yin Yang 1 (YY1) in Cancer” in Catania, Sicily. YY1 is a human transcription factor, and is an extension of her sabbatical research of 2006, where she participated in cloning 13 transgenic Drosophila using YY1, at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Atchison.

Dr. Atchison also gave a two day 60 minute - Presentation of Best Teaching Practices, at the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society Conference in Baltimore, MD. The title of her presentation was, “Integrating Biomedical Topics for teaching A&P Using All -In -One Text/manual: Copyrights, Patent Information”. She emphasized that teaching of anatomy and physiology starts with cell structure and function. This information lays the foundation for A&P as well as for other biological subjects such as general biology, cell biology, histology, pathology, hematology, genetics, endocrinology, molecular biology and other biomedical subjects. Cell biology lays a foundation that is built upon by educators who teach A&P to generate a continuum from single cell biology, to tissues, to organ systems. Abnormalities in cell function can impact cell physiology leading to disease states that influence A&P. Understanding normal cell biology, followed by aberrations that result in oncogenesis leading to changes in A&P, can provide a powerful teaching approach that links basic cell biology to whole organism A&P. Dr. Atchison’s text/manual published recently by McGraw Hill will link basic cell biology to other sub-disciplines of biology, including cancer biology.

Aida Beaupied, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish
Last year, Dr. Beaupied revised her book-length manuscript, adding a new chapter and changing its conclusion in a significant way. These revisions are the rationale for changing the manuscript's title to: “Libertad para perdonar: entre agravios y perdón en los discursos cubanos de la libertad.” At the moment, she is writing the proposal that will be sent to an editor.

David Borsos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
In December, 2008, Dr. Dave Borsos published three articles in the Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery put out by Sage Publications. The articles were on the topics of: Models of Addiction, The History of Addictions Treatment and Co-Dependency. During this past school year, he also attended professional conferences and trainings on the topics of: Mandated Reporting, Trauma in Children, Internet Addictions and Psychological Case Formulations. He has maintained memberships in the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Lynn Brandsma, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Brandsma’s scholarly accomplishments include: D. Herbert, J. D., Gaudiano, B. A., Rheingold, A. A., Moitra, E., Myers, V. H., Dalrymple, K. L., & Brandsma, L. L. (2009). Cognitive behavior therapy for generalized social anxiety disorder in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 167-177. In addition, Dr. Brandsma, together with Dr. James Herbert and Ms. Regina Brown have been appointed legal consultants by David A. Arnold, Esquire, for the Students Doe v. Lower Merion School District. This is the first racial busing case in over 30 years and will be tried in Federal Court beginning March 1, 2010.

Scott W. Browning, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Dr. Scott Browning’s chapter on stepfamily therapy in Blackwell’s Handbook of Family Psychology is now in print. The Summer Institute for Family Studies, which Scott coordinates, had a successful second year here at CHC. In addition, Dr. Browning received a contract from APA Books for his manuscript on clinical treatment with stepfamilies.

Kelly Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Butler is currently a member of the steering committee for the POGIL Project grant. On October 3, 2008, Dr. Butler gave a presentation on POGIL in Physical Organic Chemistry at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. She facilitated a three-day Standard POGIL Workshop at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, June 18-20, 2009. In addition, she was conference coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Discovery Chemistry Project's 2009 annual meeting at George Washington University, Washington, D.C, June 7-8, 2009. With Laura Spencer, Dr. Butler gave a presentation on Writing guided inquiry activities at the 7th Annual POGIL National Meeting, St. Paul, MN, May 30 - June 2, 2009. She was a reviewer for Gupta-Bhowon, M.; Jhaumeer-Laulloo, S.; Li Kam Wah, H.; Ramasami, P. (Eds.) Chemistry Education in the ICT Age; Springer Netherlands: The Netherlands, 2009.

Theresa Carfagno, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education Theresa L. Carfagno, Ed. D, Education Department, attended the National Student Teacher Supervision Conference - 2009. The conference was held at Slippery Rock University from May 14 to 16. In addition, she attended the SEPCHE Spring Faculty Development Conference entitled “Ethical Uses of Information in an Online World.” The conference was held in Lafayette Hill at the ACE Center on May 13.

Ana M. Caro, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Caro presented “Working with Survivors of Hate Crimes” with Dr. S. McGroarty at the Diversity Challenge Conference, Boston College, October 3-5, 2008. In addition, she presented a three hour workshop “Play Therapy with Abused Children” for social workers at Laurel House, a shelter and temporary housing project for women and children, on December 4, 2008. On February 12, 2009, Dr. Caro presented six hours of training, “Working therapeutically with adolescents with histories of trauma” for mental health staff at St. Francis Home for Boys. A five hour training session, “Treatment of adolescents with complex trauma” for therapists and clinical supervisors at St. Francis Home for Boys, was given by Dr. Caro on March 9, 2009. Dr. Caro was asked to do a Proposal Review of the new book titled: “Treating Complex Trauma in Adolescents: Interventions for Multi-traumatized Youth” by John Briere and Cheryl Lanktree. This Review was done per invitation by Sage Publications and was submitted on March 7, 2009. In addition, in December 2008 Dr. Caro became a Licensed Psychologist by the State of Pennsylvania, and, in May 2009, a Registered Play Therapist by the Association for Play Therapy in the United States.

Marie Conn, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies
Publications include the article, “Plurality in Unity: The Ecclesiology of Leonardo Boff,” Theology Today, April 2009, and the book review, Mary J. McDonough, Can a Health Care Market be Moral? A Catholic Vision. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007, pp. 256. $29.95 pb. ISBN 1-58901-157-0. Reviewed in Catholic Studies:An On-Line Journal ( Presentations include “Can Joan of Arc Be Considered Reluctant?,” Faculty Colloquium, with Rosemont College students Jessica Muff and Margarita Rodrigo, Chestnut Hill College, PA; "An Incomplete Death: Artificial Hydration/Nutrition and the PVS Patient,” Oxford Round Table, Oxford University (presented by Patrick McCauley); and “Voting the Common Good,” at Family Weekend, and for a meeting of SSJ Associates, Chestnut Hill College, PA. The last two presentations grew out of participation as a delegate to The Convention for the Common Good, held in Philadephia. Served as peer reviewer for Article 090113: “The Dominican Charism and Higher Education: A Personal Reflection from the Field,” Journal of Catholic Higher Education. Worked with Rosemont College seniors Jessica Muff and Margarita Rodrigo through the SEPCHE Undergraduate Research Grant project, including a poster session at Chestnut Hill College and a presentation at the SEPCHE Honors Conference at Neumann College. Oversight of a project dealing with the SSJ cemetery behind Fitzsimmons Hall involving students in RLSTU 226, The Meaning of Death and Dying. The project included the charting of each of the nearly 1600 headstones; the creation of a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the cemetery; the creation of and leadership in a ritual for dedication of a marker at the grave of Sister Kostka Logue as part of Founder’s Day; and student presentations on Mother Saint John Fournier and college presidents, Sisters Mary James Rogers, SSJ, Maria Kostka Logue, SSJ, PhD, and Catherine Frances Redmond, SSJ, PhD, as part of a Founder’s Day tour of the cemetery. Received a grant from PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) to participate in the Senior Projects Course Development Institute, which brought together college faculty and personnel from Philadelphia public schools. The grant also allowed participation in the National Service Learning Conference held at the University of Pennsylvania.

David R. Contosta, Ph.D., Professor of History Dr. Contosta presented lectures on Bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China; University of Connecticut; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois; Center for Inquiry, Hollywood, Cal.; University of New Mexico; Union League of Philadelphia; LaSalle University; and, World Congress of Center for Inquiry, Washington, D.C. He also gave a Lecture for Summer Workshop, National History Week, at the National Archives of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Contosta was moderator and speaker for the Panel on Germantown Township for the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, at Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was keynote speaker for Cum Laude Society of Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Finally, Dr. Contosta presented talks at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA on the History of Presidential Elections, and gave a faculty colloquium on Nanjing, China.

Suzanne Conway, M.A., Associate Professor of Art History Associate Professor Conway co-presented a paper with Sara Ellen Kitchen, Professor of Criminal Justice: “Childhood: Romance, Reality and Rights” at the 43rd Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference “Crossing Frontiers” at San Antonio, Texas, October 22-26, 2008. In addition, she published a paper “Children’s Clothing: Signposts of Lost Childhood”. Civilisations No. 9 Adult in miniature: Life without childhood. Presses de l’Université des sciences sociales de Toulouse, University of Social Sciences, Toulouse, France), 2009. On January 5-7, 2009, Associate Professor Conway delivered a paper “Jean-Joseph Laborde: Man of Contrasts” at the Annual Conference of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies at Oxford University, England. The following month, on February 22, 2009, she delivered a talk “Cecilia Beaux: an American in Paris” at the Woodmere Art Museum. Her accepted paper “The Queen’s Breast and her Bowls: the Political Iconography of the Laiterie de la Reine” was presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Eighteenth Studies at Richmond, Virginia, March 25-28, 2009. Finally, Associate Professor Conway’s research included Multiple venues for multiple projects, Rome, Italy, July 27-August 11, 2009.

Lorraine Coons, Ph.D., Professor of History
Dr. Coons did a book review of John Maxtone-Graham, Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner (W.W. Norton, 2007) in International Journal of Maritime History (Memorial University of Newfoundland), June 2009. In addition, she attended the International Conference on the Arts in Society (28-30 July, Venice, Italy) sponsored by the University of Illinois.

Margery W. Covello, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education
From July 19 through July 23, 2009, Dr. Covello participated at the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) Project Directors’ Conference in Washington, DC. Along with Dr. Carol Pate, she I attended this conference as part of two grants that were awarded to our Education Department from OSEP. The first grant is a Personnel Preparation grant. The purpose of the grant is to improve the quality, and increase the number of personnel who are fully credentialed to serve students with disabilities especially in areas of chronic personnel shortage. The second grant’s purpose is to improve the quality of K-12 special education teacher preparation programs, in order to ensure that our graduates meet the “highly qualified requirements” and are well prepared to serve children with high incidence disabilities. They will continue to be actively involved in national webinar conferences related to both grants throughout the 2009-2010 school year.

Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Dahlsgaard, along with two colleagues from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, submitted a paper to Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders entitled “Efficacy of a social skills training intervention to reduce social anxiety and increase social motivation in young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders” in 2008. In addition, Dr. Dahlsgaard and a doctoral student from the program presented for the Chestnut Hill College clinical case presentation series Daylight in the mind: Positive affect interventions for autistic spectrum conditions in November 2008. Dr. Dahlsgaard and CHC doctoral student Stacey Petersen presented a paper titled The logic of happiness: Positive psychology interventions for individuals with ASD at the 4th Annual Penn Autism Network Conference, Philadelphia, PA in 2009. Dr. Dahlsgaard and two of her dissertation advisees presented the students’ dissertation research at poster sessions at the World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, PA in July 2009. Posters were titled Mean girls: Do they teach us anything? (with student Angela Burcham) and About face: Work adjustment among National Guard soldiers following deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan (with student Stacey Petersen).

Nancy DeCesare, IHM, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Services
Dr. DeCesare gave a number of invited presentations during the past year. These included: “Ethics and Values: It’s Impact on Professional Values, Ethical Decisions and Dilemmas and Ethical Standards in the Profession of Social Work”, September, 2009, “Cognitive Behavioral Theories and Casework Practice”, July, 2009, “A Strengths-Based Perspective for Counseling Children”, June, 2009, “Ethical Issues Facing Social Workers in the 21st Century: A Roundtable Discussion”, November, 2008, and “A Holistic Approach to Helping Children and Youth with Issues of Grief, Mourning and Death”, October 2008. The presentations were through Social Work PRN and were held at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health System, Belmont Behavioral Health Center, Philadelphia, PA. As a consulting editor for Families in Society-The Journal of Contemporary Social Services she reviewed several studies including: “Correlates of Multiple Placements in Foster Care: A Study of Placement Instability in Five States”, March 2009 and “Material Hardship among Banked and Unbanked Earned Income Tax Credit Eligible Families”, August 2009. She participated in the review of John Carl’s new textbook entitled “THINK Social Problems” for Pearson. In the Spring of 2009 Dr. DeCesare, was nominated for the Distinguished Alumna Award, New York University Silver School of Social Work and received the American Red Cross of Greater New York “Ten Year Volunteer Recognition Award.”

Suzanne del Gizzo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English During the past year, Dr. del Gizzo published an article, "Reconsidering Remate: Hemingway's Approach to Writing in A Moveable Feast" in The Hemingway Review, a chapter on Hemingway and Fitzgerald scholarship in American Literary Scholarship: An Annual edited by David J. Nordloh and Gary Scharnhorst for Duke UP, and a review of Amy L. Strong's book, Race and Identity in Hemingway's Fiction, in Modern Fiction Studies. She also had two articles accepted for future publication: “Glow-in-the-Dark Authors: Hemingway’s Critique of Literary Celebrity in Under Kilimanjaro” which will appear in The Hemingway Review in Spring 2010 and "Tracking the Elephant: The Significance of David's Childhood in Hemingway's The Garden of Eden," which will appear in Hemingway and Africa edited by Miriam B. Mandel and published by Camden House. Dr. del Gizzo was invited to present on "Hemingway on the Big Screen" at the Chestnut Hill College Alumni weekend and on Hemingway's role in Tobias Wolff's Old School at the Mid-Continent Public Library System in Kansas City, MO. In addition, she continued to serve as a Board Member of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society, including her work as ALA/MLA Program Director and Chair of the J.F.K. Library's Hemingway Grant, and as a conference co-director for the 2010 Hemingway Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. She also worked with Susan Magee over this past summer to develop online and hybrid course guidelines for the College.

Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D., Professor of Physics
Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D. published a review of Christ in Evolution by Ilia Delio in America, October 13, 2008 that was reprinted in Teilhard Perspective, Fall 2008 along with a review of Teilhard de Chardin: The Divine Milieu Explained by Louis Savary. The latter was also published in the online magazine, Metanexus Global Spiral. Rediscovering Teilhard’s Fire, a volume of essays that she edited, is awaiting publication by St. Joseph University Press. Kathleen also serves as editor of Teilhard Studies, the biannual journal of the American Teilhard Association. Kathleen presented the following lectures: “Teilhard's China Years,” at the University of Pennsylvania Newman Center, September 3, 2008 and at Chestnut Hill College, January 29, 2009, a series on Global Spirituality at the annual meeting of Region IV Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Emmitsburg, MD, April 20-21, 2009, “To Boldly Go,” June 5, in the Chestnut Hill College planetarium, and a series on Teilhard de Chardin at the convocation of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Tarrytown, NY in July 16, 2009 and attended the following conferences: Mendel in the 21st Century: The Scientific, Social, and Ethical Impact of Genetics in our World at Villanova university, September 21-23, 2008, Cosmos and Creation, Loyola University in Baltimore, June 12-14, 2009, the annual conference of the Metanexus Institute July 18-21 and also participated in the Meeks 2009 Acoustics Workshop at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, July 6-9, 2009. At Chestnut Hill College, Kathleen hosted lectures by Keith Ward and Jay McDaniel as well as an exhibit of the “Kopanang Tapestries” from South Africa that illustrate The Universe Story.

Robert Durney, M.B.A., Associate Professor of Business
Professor Durney served as Advisor to the Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lambda Division and was named State Advisor of the Year. Nine students who are club members won seven National Finalist awards at the National Leadership Conference held in Anaheim, June, 2009. These awards included a first place in Desktop Applications Programming. This was the fourth year in a row that our students qualified for national competition. He also developed a Project Management workshop to be offered during the Fall 2009 Semester. He attended the Project Management Institute Global Congress in October, 2008, and earned recertification as a Project Management Professional 2009-11. Bob is also an active member of the National Business Education Association, having attended their annual meeting in April, 2009. Other activities included service on Griffin Days, the Accelerated Curriculum Committee, as well as the Library and Information Literacy Committee.

Carolynne Ervin, M.A., Instructor of Religious Studies
Carolynne Ervin, MA, was the invited keynote speaker for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in West Chester, PA on September 20, 2008. The theme of the lecture was “Discernment: A Spirituality of Choice at the Level of Faith.” Carolynne also participated in a panel later in the day responding to questions on discernment.

Carolynne Ervin, M.A presented “Discernment: The Art and Skill of Supervision”, at the fall gathering of Spiritual Directors Circle on October 29th 2008 at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Carolynne presented and facilitated seminars for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, PA beginning on November 29, 2008. The topics included: Transition in Everyday Life: Dealing with Endings (November 29, 2008); Transition in the “Neutral Zone”: Understanding the Terrain ( December 30, 2008); Coping with Loss during Transition: Noticing the Changes (March 7, 2009); Discernment during Times of Transition (May 16, 2009); Living with Hope: Celebrating a New Beginning (July 2, 2009).

S. Jean Faustman, SSJ, D.M.L., Associate Professor of French
For the past three years, graciously on loan from Chestnut Hill College, Sr. Faustman served as a missionary in the South Andes of Peru. Sr. Faustman’s main work was as a pastoral assistant in a parish, but she also worked closely with the social workers, psychologists, and the mayor and his cabinet in the Province of Espinar. In addition, she served as a catechist for children, preparing them for the sacraments of Baptism and First Communion, and taught Bible classes during Advent and Lent. Sr. Faustman taught English to adults, and also to children in the summer. She also was invited to teach English in a Municipal Youth Tourism class to 80 young adults and she was the liaison with the prison, and was able to help with funding and providing training for male and female inmates with haircutting classes, and using a knitting machine to make pants, hats, skirts, gloves and scarves. Sr. Faustman also served as the parish liaison with the children’s shelter and special education school in our province. She was recognized as a “Woman of Solidarity” on International Women’s Day by the province during my second year.

John Gerace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Dr. Gerace’s Abstract entitled “The CHC International Business, Language and Culture (IBLC) Program was accepted for a Joint Presentation with Sr. Mary Helen Kashuba at the PACIE (Pennsylvania Council for International Education) conference in Harrisburg, PA held on October 2, 2009. In addition, his Abstract and Paper entitled “A Case Study of the CHC International Business Language and Culture (IBLC) 5-Year BS/MS Degree Program” has been accepted for Presentation at the One Voice (Institute for Elemental Ethics) Conference in Sante Fe, New Mexico to be held December 18-20, 2009. Dr. Gerace reviewed 3 papers for the Annual Academy for International Business Conference held in July, 2009 in San Diego, CA: Why do Leaders do What they Do? A 22-Country Study on Leadership Behavioral Intent; Biculturalism and Attributional Complexity: Cross-Cultural Leadership Effectiveness; and, The Meaning of Context in Communications: Reconceptualization and Scale Development. In January, 2009, Dr. Gerace was elected President of the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics (PCBE).

Karen Getzen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Assistant Professor of English Karen Getzen, with her co-author B. Jane Hibbs, published Try To See It My Way: Being Fair in Love and Marriage. It was published in March by Avery, a member of the Penguin Group. The paperback edition is now available.

Sister Barbara Glennon, SSJ, D.M.A., Professor of Music
Sister Barbara gave a faculty recital on November 9, 2008 in the East Parlor, Saint Joseph Hall, at Chestnut Hill College. She was accompanied by Sister Kathleen McCloskey, SSJ, M.A. on the piano, Melia Schmauck on the Harp and Joan King on Cello. Works performed were C.P.E. Bach – Sonata; I. Dahl, Variations on a French Folk Tune; F.J.Haydn, Trio, (Flute, Piano, and Cello); V. Persechetti, Serenade #10; J. Molnar, Fantasia on Japanese Folk Tunes; and E. Strauman, original composition for Flute and Harp. In addition, a Flute Ensemble was performed at Wissahickon Estates on November 19, 2008.

Mary Ellen Higgins, IHM, L.S.W., M.A., Instructor of Sociology
Sister Mary Ellen Higgins presented workshops entitled “Mindfulness in Daily Life” to the residences of Ann’s Choice in Warminster, Pa. and to the residents of Shannondell of Valley Forge sponsored by Chestnut Hill College through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Jessica Kahn, Ph.D., Professor of Education Dr. Jessica Kahn spent the Spring semester revising Blackboard training materials. She also created a System Administrator’s Guide and a Workshop Leader’s guide. During the semester Dr. Kahn traveled to Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji for seven weeks, and plans to talk with some of the biology classes about the wildlife and environmental issues she was introduced to during her travels.

Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, D.M.L., Professor of French and Russian
Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, D.M.L. served on the national Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) as Vice President. In this capacity, she participated in the annual meeting of the Association in San José, California, from June 30-July 5, 2009. She is chair of the Local Committee for the 2010 convention which will take place in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Board of the Philadelphia AATF Chapter and French Contest administrator for the area. She serves on the Board of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA), and as delegate to the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE). She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and recording Secretary for the Modern Language Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity (MLAPV). She regularly attends the meetings of these Associations, and often hosts them at Chestnut Hill College. She also attended the conference: “Gothic—Art and Thought in the Middle Ages” at Princeton University, March 20, 2009.

Sister Mary Helen Kashuba is the Chief Evaluator of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Institute for World Languages. As such, she was responsible for assessing follow-up activities for the 2008 Institute throughout the year. She is also Chief Evaluator for the federal Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) for the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg. She visited foreign language programs developed under this grant throughout the state of Pennsylvania and assessed their impact. She evaluated language competency for students in the Jenkintown School District through the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

Sister Mary Helen gave the following presentations during the 2008-2009 academic year: “Tailoring French and Spanish Intermediate Classes to Today’s Students” (with Carmen Rogers). Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City. April 18, 2009; and, “Building Interpersonal Communication in Advanced French Classes,” American Association of Teachers of French, San José, California, July 5, 2009.

The following presentations have been accepted: “International Business, Language, and Culture: A New Look” (with John Gerace), Pennsylvania council on International Education, Harrisburg, PA, October 3, 2009.; « La France avant et après mai '68, » Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association, Gettysburg, PA, October 16, 2009 ; and, “Assessing Intermediate-level Language Classes,” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages,” New York City, March 27, 2010.

Sister Mary Helen Kashuba published the following book reviews: Rosenkrant, Sandra Freels. Russian in Use. An Interactive Approach to Advanced Communicative Competence. NECTFL Review. Fall/Winter 2007/2008. pp. 302-304l, and Valdman, Albert, Cathy Pons, and Mary Ellen Scullen. Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 3rd edition. NECTFL Review. Fall/Winter 2007/2008. pp. 309-312. The following book review has been accepted for publication: Darmon, Reed. Made in France. The French Review. Spring 2010.

Sara Ellen Kitchen, J.D., Professor of Criminal Justice
Professor Kitchen co-presented a paper with Suzanne Conway, Associate Professor of Art History: “Childhood: Romance, Reality and Rights” at the 43rd Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference “Crossing Frontiers” in San Antonio, Texas, October 22-26, 2008. In addition, she published a paper “Growing Up in Prison-Sentenced to a Life Without Childhood.” Civilisations No. 9- Adult in miniature: Life without childhood. Presses de l’Université des sciences sociales de Toulouse (University of Social Sciences in Toulouse, France), 2009. Professor Kitchen also presented a paper “The Politics of Breastfeeding: Rights, Resistance, and Change.” 79th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society – “Changing Lives, Resistant Institutions”, Baltimore, MD, March 19-22, 2009. Another paper, “Children on the Move: A Focus on the Violation of Human Rights for the Unaccompanied, the Left-Behind, the Separated, the Undocumented, the Trafficked and the Refugee Child in this Village of a World”, was presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the Justice Studies Association – “Immigration, Sanctuary, Worlds Without Borders.” Albany, NY, May 27-30, 2009.

John Kovach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
During the 2008-09 academic year, John Kovach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology presented a paper at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meetings in Baltimore, “Emerging Models for Recruiting Minorities into the Building Trades: The Philadelphia Story.” He also organized a paper session for these Annual Meetings, “Bridging Race and Gender Divides in the Construction Trade Unions.” In addition, Dr. Kovach continued to serve as a consultant to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Office of the District Attorney, Delaware County, Media, PA. where he provides grant writing assistance and designs and conducts project evaluation research. Last, Kovach was the featured speaker at an Educational Leadership Symposium at Kutztown University where he presented, “Leadership Principles for Educators.”

Joseph Kulkosky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Kulkosky offered a new Special Topics course in Biology entitled: “Biotechnology Discoveries and Dilemmas”. This new offering presented the latest in technological innovations in Biotechnology. This course included considerable discussion regarding the moral, ethical and legal impact of whole organismal cloning, DNA typing analyses, stem cell research and genetic modification of higher organisms for the benefit of medical research or the generation of commercially valuable bio-products. This was a highly interactive course which included tours to the: American Philosophical Society for the “Dialogues with Darwin” exposition, zebrafish research facility at Fox Chase Cancer Center and finally the state-of-the-art Philadelphia Police Forensics Center. Dr. Kulkosky’s participation in writing a poem about the “Dialogues with Darwin” exhibit resulted in a copyright of his effort called – “Darwin’s Delight”. In addition, Dr. Kulkosky served as an external program reviewer on behalf of the 5-year strategic plan for the Department of the Natural Sciences at Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ.

Barbra Lonnquist, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
Dr. Lonnquist presented a paper at the Conference of the Modern Language Association in San Francisco, December 2008, on Bilingualism in Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls and Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts as a Counterstrategy to Fascist Thought in the 1930s. In addition, she presented a paper at the 19th Annual Conference of the International Woolf Society at Fordham University in June 2004: “Mapping and Re-Mapping the Metropolis in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” Dr. Lonnquist also had an essay accepted for publication on James Joyce’s “Clay” for a volume of co-authored introductions to Dubliners, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.

Catherine Looker SSJ, D.Min., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Catherine Looker. SSJ, had her article, “Thérèse of Lisieux: Our Spiritual Guide for the Easter Season” published as the cover article that was featured for the March 2009 issue of Saint Anthony Messenger. She presented her paper, “’When the Saints Come Marching In:’ Perspectives on Augustine’s Treatise, On Rebuke and Grace,” as part of the Catholic Intellectual Life Panel at the spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association that was held at LaSalle University on April 17-18, 2009. Dr. Looker also offered a poster/electronic demonstration entitled “Click and Contemplate: Utilizing Technology in the Study of Religion” as part of the SEPCHE Faculty Showcase held at the ACE Conference Center on May 13, 2009.

Richard G. Malloy, S.J., M.Div., S.T.L., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Fr. Richard G. Malloy, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D., published (or saw reprinted) several articles in the past academic year. “Making a Mark: Attracting Young Adults to Priesthood and Religious Life” in America. January 5, 2009. Pp. 18-22. “Religious Life in the Age of Facebook.Com: Where Have All the Young People Gone?” in Crossroads: A Publication of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. September 2008. Pp. 16-17. Reprint of the article in America July 7, 2008.“Religious Life in the Age of Networking.” in Religious Life Review. Vol. 47, No. 252. September/October 2008. Pp. 263-270. Dublin Ireland. Reprint of the article in America July 7, 2008.

Fr. Malloy also published several articles in more popular venues. “Mind, Body and The Bubble on me Bellybutton”: A Skpetical Jesuit finds a Holistic Connection. June 23, 2009. “Crying Uncle” in U.S. Catholic. April 2009. Pp32-33. “Making Real Friends In Low Places: A Jesuit Priest dares soon to be graduates to consider service.” March 4, 2009. “What Do We Really Desire? Searching for the Heroic.” Ignatian Imprints in Company Magazine. Winter 2008-2009, vol. 26, no. 2. Pp. 13-15. “Celebrating Christmas in Tough Times.” December 22, 2008. “The Word Made Digital: 7 Ways to a Church Worth Connecting to.” Cover story for U.S. Catholic. December 2008. Volume 73, number12. Pp. 12 – 17. “God Doesn’t Need An Invitation: In Response to Cara O’Brien’s ‘Do we invite God to the wedding?’” December 1, 2008. “The Obama Gap: A Boomer Contemplates the Millenials on the Night of the Election.” November 5, 2008. Book Review of John Dear, S.J., A Persistent Peace: One Man’s Struggle for a Non-Violent World (Loyola Press 2008). September 2008. Fr. Malloy also writes a regular feature for’s question box, fielding question on prayer and sexuality.

Fr. Malloy also gave multiple public lectures and presentations. “Catholicism through Hollywood Eyes.” Chestnut Hill College Alumni faculty workshops. June 5, 2009. “Looking for Catholic Heroes at the Dawn of the 21st Century. Union College. Shenectady, NY. May 28, 2009. “A Faith that Frees: Catholicism in a Time of Hope and Change.” Seattle University Magis Program. April 16, 2009. “Listen, Lead, Learn: Developing Heroic Catholic Culture for Today’s College Students” (Workshop for the Student Life and Mission and Ministry offices). Seattle University. April 16, 2009. “Lonergan’s Method for University Advancement: Dialogue and Discernment” (Workshop for the Development office team at Seattle University). April 15, 2009. “St. Paul and A Faith That Frees: Ways to think about Catholicism in a Scientific culture.” A Public lecture at the Chapel and Neumann Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. April 1, 2009. “Vocation Discernment and Cultural Factors Affecting Recruitment to Religious Life.” A workshop presented to the Regional Meeting of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. St. Monica’s. South Philadelphia. March 28, 2009. Reflections on Richard Rohr’s Everything Belongs. Lenten talk at Chestnut Hill College. March 18, 2009. “Cultural realities affecting Vocations to Religious Life.” Address to the East Coast Vocation Directors Association. University of Pennsylvania Neumann Center. February 7, 2009. “Catholicism through Hollywood Eyes.” St. Monica’s Lenten Speaker series. March 10. 2009. “St. Paul’s Challenge as seen in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life”, “St. Paul’s Gift as seen in the movie The Shawshank Redemption”; “St. Paul’s Love as seen in the movie While You Were Sleeping.” Preached 40 hours celebration. Three nights. St. Margaret’s Parish, Narberth PA. November 23-25, 2008. Urban/Suburban Catholics. Mass and talk on the upcoming Presidential Elections for this group of committed Lay Catholics who have been meeting in the Philadelphia area for over thirty five years. October 10, 2008.

Along with Dr. Kitchen, he attended the Justice Studies Association annual meetings in Albany NY, May 2009. Fr. Malloy also preaches every Sunday at the 8:00 PM student Mass here at CHC and served for six weeks in the summer of 2009 as the parish priest in Skagway, Alaska.

Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Marjanovic-Shane attended the following conferences, symposia and workshops: “Socio Cultural Studies of Emotions”, Symposium at the Annual Meeting of AERA, San Diego, CA. Chair; “The Ugly Duckling: Art of Storytelling in Developing Multiple Perspectives and Complex Emotions”, an interactive three hour workshop for teachers, Developing Teachers Fellowship Program, East Side Institute, New York, NY, Workshop Author and Leader; Performing the World Conference – 2008. Convener; ( index.html); and Narrative Learning/Playworlds (2): Development through intense forms of engagement, Symposium at the Second Conference of ISCAR (International Society for Culture and Activity Research), San Diego, CA. Chair.

Dr. Marjanovic-Shame’s conference papers are as follows: Marjanovic-Shane, A. & John-Steiner, V. (2009, April). Catharsis – Mediator of Emotional Transformation and its Role in Learning and Development, Paper Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA; Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2008, September). Transformation in play and with play: living in the chronotopes of play and reality and transformations in the participants’ relationships. Paper presented at The Second ISCAR Conference. San Diego, CA; Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2008, March). Power of Play and Dramatic Arts in Learning and Development. Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association. New York, NY; and, Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2008, March). Navigating Across Diverse Boundaries of (play)*. Paper presented at 29th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Marjanovic-Shane’s research and scholarly projects were: “Playworlds” – International Research in Play and Art in Education. Based on principles found in play, drama, literature and the arts, pedagogical practice of Playworlds involves the totality of the students’ and teachers’ experiences leading to transformations in their relationships and to rise in curiosity and learning. International study in 5 countries (USA, Sweden, Finland, Japan and Serbia). Pilot projects completed, developing proposal for new funding, writing articles and conference presentations based on preliminary data. Researchers: Dr. Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Dr. Kiyotaka Miyazaki, Japan; Dr. Monica Nilsson, Sweden; Dr. Mirjana Pesic, Serbia; Ms. Ljubica Beljanski-Ristic, Serbia; Dr. Beth Ferholt, USA; Anna Rainio, Finland; Dr. Pentti Hakkarainen, Finland; “Art against Violence” – Analyzing data collected in the work with children refugees and other children and youth during the wars in Yugoslavia (Serbia). Data has been collected; Additional Interviews pending; There are already a few publications (reports, a peer-reviewed article; and other publications). Other publications are in preparation. Developing proposal for new funding. Researchers: Dr. Ana Marjanovic-Shane, USA; Dr. Mirjana Pesic, Dr. Vesna Ognjenovic, Ljubica Beljanski-Ristic, Serbia; and, “Yugoslav Research on Creativity, Play and Art in Education” – preparation of a publication to present 40 years of study on Creativity, Play and Art in former Yugoslavia. The collection of selected articles with introduction into the key concepts developed will be offered to the Journal of Russian and Eastern European Psychology. Editorial Board (for the publication): Dr. Ana Marjanovic-Shane; Dr. Vesna Ognjenovic; Dr. Mirjana Pesic; Dr. Isidor graorac; Ljubica Beljanski-Ristic.

Dr. Marjanovic-Shane’s peer-reviewed journal publication was Marjanović-Shane, A. & Beljanski-Ristić, Lj. (2008). From Play to Art – From Experience to Insight, Mind, Culture, and Activity, 15(2), 93 – 114.

Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. McCauley was the invited speaker at The Religion and Philosophy Forum held at the R Michael Fryer Conference Center of the Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill Campus. The theme was “Religion Today: Faith and the Twenty First Century.” The title of his presentation was “Kant, the Enlightenment and Contemporary Issues of Faith.” He presented on Friday, September 26, 2008. Dr. McCauley spoke for an hour and fielded questions. The Forum invites one speaker per session and holds six sessions through the academic year. In addition, Dr. McCauley presented a paper at the Oxford Round Table Conference held at Lincoln College, Oxford University. This year’s Round Table was titled: “Ethics: The Convolution of Contemporary Values” and was held March 22-27. The title of his presentation was “Running Riot in the Transcendent: Enlightenment Rationality Speaks to Contemporary Ethical Convolution.” He was also invited to submit his essay for a publication arising out of the conference. Dr. McCauley presented a paper “The Separated Worlds of Power and Ethics in Pan's Labyrinth” at the American Academy of Religion’s Eastern/International Regional Meeting which was held at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, May 1-2.

Susan McGroarty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
On October 6, 2008 Dr. McGroarty gave a Workshop Presentation: “Trauma therapy for hate crime survivors.” Diversity Challenge. Boston College, Boston, MA. On August 8, 2009, she was Keynote Speaker on the topic “Positive coping for children with alopecia” Children’s Alopecia Project, Philadelphia, PA.

Therese Benedict McGuire, SSJ, Ph.D., Professor of Art
Sister Therese sponsored, supervised and attended the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the founding of The International Society of Hildegard of Bingen Studies, “Bridges to Infinity” May 28 to June 1, 2008. Furthermore, she exhibited paintings, hung the show for the Art Exhibit and sponsored the reception for the artists.

In addition, Sister Therese wrote a paper, “La pedagogie par l’image dans le Hortus Deliciarum de Herrad de Landsberg abbesse du monasterie de Sainte-Odile en Alsace (xii siècle)” ( Teaching by Image in the Hortus Deliciarum of Herrad of Landsberg Abbess of the Monastery of St. Odile in Alsace). The paper was read at the Conference on Word and Image Approach, Paris, July 7-12, 2008.

Sister Therese attended the Workshop for SSJ Community Artists and produced five oil paintings in August 2008. In addition, she attended the Conference “Gothic Art and Thought in the Middle Ages,” at Princeton University sponsored by the Index of Christian Art as well as The Conference at the University of Leeds July 13-16 on The Thematic Strand of Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Middle Ages Heresy in the Middle Ages.” Sister Therese presented a paper, “Hildegard of Bingen and Her Dispute with Heresy: the Cathars.” She gave a Lecture at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Jersey City on the History and Symbolism contained in the Magnificent Stained Glass Windows., and exhibited paintings, “The Living Flame of Love,” and “The Veil of Unknowing,” and hung the show for the SSJ Chapter exhibition of art works created by Congregational Artists.

Joseph A. Micucci, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology
Joseph A. Micucci, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Division of Psychology and Director of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, completed the second edition of his book The Adolescent in Family Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Relationships which was released by Guilford Press in August 2009. He also completed a chapter for Imaging the Other (Marie Conn and Therese McGuire, eds.) entitled “The Serpent Swallows its Tail: Contributions of Systems Theory to Understanding ‘Self’ and ‘Other’” and published a review of the book Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence by Gregory C. Elliott in PsycCRITIQUES: The APA Review of Books. In December 2008, he was invited by Guilford Press to review a manuscript submitted for publication. In June 2009, Dr. Micucci and four Psy.D. students presented a workshop entitled Using Personality Tests to Answer Challenging Referral Questions at the Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. In July 2009, he participated as an instructor in the Summer Institute for students from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. In October 2008, he was invited by Alliant International University, San Francisco, to serve as an outside reviewer of a faculty member’s promotion application. Dr. Micucci participated in the Pennsylvania Doctoral Program Summit (November 2008) and the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (January 2009). During the past year, he extensively revised, updated, and expanded the Psy.D. Dissertation Manual and revised all course syllabi to meet PDE standards for instructional hours.

Sheldon L. Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Miller served as an invited reviewer for the journal, Metabolic Brain Diseases. In addition, he was re-appointed by College Board as a Senior Reviewer (1 of 2 selected nationally) for reviewing the approval of high school AP course syllabi. In the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Miller was appointed chair of a committee to establish a summer job listing for undergraduates in chemistry in the Philadelphia area.

Catherine T. Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies
During the academic year 2008-2009, Catherine Nerney, SSJ, PhD. has served as President of the Board of the National Association of Small Christian Communities. In that position, she hosted the national board meeting in March 2009 and serves with Robert Pelton, CSC of the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame in planning to convene an International “Think-Tank” in 2010 on the future of small communities in the life of the church. She offered several presentations on “Growing As Church in Light of Vatican II: A Challenging Commitment” to the diocese of Camden, NJ, Hartford, Conn and at a national conference in Phoenix, Arizona, as examples. Sister Catherine taught a course on the Church and our Ecclesial Identity to the SSJ novices. Throughout the year, she has continued working with the National Federation of Sisters of St Joseph in helping to promote a common understanding of our relationship with the “official Church” (Rahner) in a time of pain and promise. She addressed large gatherings of the Federation at congregational chapters, assemblies, theological renewal days and weeks this past year in Orange, California, Rochester, NY, Brentwood, Buffalo and Syracuse on the “SSJ Charism of Unity and Reconciliation”, and “Re-appropriating Philippians 2: Our Call to Self-Emptying Love.”

Dr. Nerney’s speaking engagements, particularly on issues of forgiveness and reconciliation, included: The Philadelphia Coalition for Peace and Justice, The Clergy Council of the Presbyterian Church of America, The National Formation Council of Religious Men and Women, The Religious Associates of Philadelphia Congregations, various Associate Groups of Sisters of St Joseph, local parishes, retreat houses and businesses in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. She offered a week-long retreat on Forgiveness: The Great Work of Love, July 2009 in Cape May, NJ.

Sister Catherine’s essay “Facing the Other: Finding Myself” will be published in the forthcoming volume Imaging the Other, edited by Drs. Marie Conn and Therese Benedict Maguire.

Lisa M. Olivieri, SSJ, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Technology Lisa M. Olivieri, SSJ, Ph.D., participated in the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College (CCSC) Northeastern Conference on April 24-25, 2009 at SUNY Plattsburgh. At the conference she presented a Tutorial Session entitled Using Visual Logic© to Teach Programming Logic in an Introductory CS Course. A summary of the presentation is included in The Journal of Computer Sciences in Colleges, 24(6), 146-148.

Carol M. Pate, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Pate, Dr. Covello and Dr. Black participated in an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Project Directors’ webinar on July 17th, 2009. The webinar introduced new 325T grantees (of which CHC is one) to the requirements of the cooperative agreement. The 2009 CHC Education Department’s OSEP funded 325T grant is titled “Culturally Responsive Educators: Alignment of Teacher Education to Diversity”.

Dr. Pate and Dr. Covello attended an Office of Special Education Programs’ Project Directors’ conference July 22-25, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pate’s poster presentation proposal: Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices: A Beginning Dialogue for New Urban Special Educators; was accepted and presented at the July 24th session. This poster presentation was a report of a survey of first-year students’ perception of the knowledge gained resulting from their participation in the 2007 OSEP funded Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers: Highly Successful Students project.

Jacqueline C. Reich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Reich was a Poster Co-Presenter: “Designs for Global Learning at Chestnut Hill College: The Global Awareness Seminar,” AAC&U Shared Futures: Global Learning Forum. Philadelphia, PA March 19, 2009. In addition, she presented the following Professional Lectures by invitation: “Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next President” at Ann’s Choice Retirement Community, Warminster, PA, Nov. 19, 2008; “Africa: Does Its Troubled Past Condemn Its Future Prospects?” at Ann’s Choice Retirement Community. Warminster, PA, Feb. 4, 2008; and, “Foreign Policy Challenges for President Obama” at Shannondell Retirement Community, Norristown, PA, Feb. 13, 2009. Dr. Reich was an Invited Reader for the June 2008 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) readings, scored the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attended the SEPCHE Faculty Development Conference in May 2009, “Conference on Ethical Uses of Information in an On-line World” at the ACE Center in Lafayette Hill, PA.

Carmen Villegas Rogers, Ed.D., Associate Professor of French and Spanish
Associate Professor Rogers presented a paper “Spanish vs. French: Misconceptions about Language Difficulty” at the South Central Modern Language Association (SCOLT) annual meeting held in Atlanta, GA, March 2009. She also presented with Sister Mary Helen Kashuba “Tailoring French & Spanish Intermediate Classes to Today’s Students” at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) annual meeting, New York, April 2009.

Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., presented a 3-hour continuing education workshop at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in June, 2009. The title of her workshop was “African American Clients: Cultural and Societal Considerations in Clinical Assessment and Intervention.”

Merilyn Ryan SSJ, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics Working with Judith Sullivan M.Ed., Associate Professor of Mathematics, Professor Ryan coordinated the implementation of Part I of SEPCHE-organized grants from the US Department of Education. Sister Merilyn and Judith worked with two adjunct faculty members to plan the content of a July 2009 course for twenty middle school teachers; the course focused on mathematics and technology in grades 5-6 and 7-8. They also selected participants, chose materials, served as mathematics consultants and administered the program. Two additional parts of the funded program, a workshop in which the course participants will share their learnings with other teachers, and a series of tutoring sessions for teachers of immigrant children at the SSJ Welcome Center, will take place in Fall and Spring of 2010.

Rita Michael Scully, SSJ, M.A., Associate Professor of English
Rita Michael Scully, SSJ, M.A. attended a conference in Philadelphia devoted to Germaine Greer's research on Shakespeare’s Wife.

Edward Strauman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music
Edward Strauman, Ph.D., presented papers entitled,” Sarah Pallin, Peter Tchaikovsky, Duke Ellington and the Nutcracker Suite” at the annual conference of the Popular Culture/American culture Associations held in New Orleans and “The Language of Music” at the Cosmopolitan Club in Philadelphia. In addition, he completed the final mastering for a solo piano recording of jazz standards and a trio recording of original jazz compositions and performed at a special event for the Risk Management Association held at the Baltimore Harbor and performed at the annual conference for the Pennsylvania Dental Association held in Hersey PA. Dr. Strauman also lectured on original compositions at a Faculty Colloquium.

Judith Sullivan, M.Ed., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Working with Merilyn Ryan SSJ, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Associate Professor Sullivan coordinated the implementation of Part I of SEPCHE-organized grants from the US Department of Education. Judith and Sister Merilyn worked with two adjunct faculty members to plan the content of a July 2009 course, Enhancing Activity-Based Learning in Mathematics with Technology, for twenty middle school teachers. They also selected participants, chose materials, served as mathematics consultants and administered the program. Two additional parts of the funded program, a workshop in which the course participants will share their learnings with other teachers, and a series of tutoring sessions for teachers of immigrant children at the SSJ Welcome Center, will take place in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.

Also, Judith gave a presentation “Helping Our Students Learn How to Learn” to adjunct faculty in all three divisions, August 2009.

Kathleen Szpila, SSJ, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History
Throughout October 2008, Sr. Kathy presented a four-part lecture series at Woodmere Art Museum entitled: Art for the People. In February 2009, she attended ninety seventh annual College Art Association Conference held in Los Angeles. In April 2009, a paper that she wrote entitled “Art and Politics at Blenheim Palace: The Iconography of Victory” was accepted for presentation at the Politics and Art Symposium held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire..

Throughout the academic year 2008-2009, as a recipient of a Teagle grant, Sr. Kathy participated in several seminars with faculty from SEPCHE institutions. The grant permits participants time, resources and instruction in order to design courses using the current instructional pedagogy on how the adolescent brain learns. In August, she submitted the essay “Re-Imaging the ‘other” Marlborough: Restoring the Honor of the British Hercules of the War of Spanish Succession” for publication in 2010 in Imaging the Other anthology edited by Dr. Marie Conn and Dr. Therese Maguire.

Sister Margie Thompson, SSJ, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art
Sister Margie Thompson, SSJ, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art Studio presented an evening of reflection and PowerPoint presentation “Contemplating Mary in Advent” to the Associates of the Sisters of Mercy in Merion, PA on December 8, 2008. Sister Margie participated in the “Chests of Hope” project to benefit the John B. Deaver Auxiliary of Lankenau Hospital. Using oil paint and gold leaf, Sister Margie painted a large pine chest with 2 Tuscan landscape scenes on the outside and inside of the lid . She also collaborated with students and an alumna to create a Frida Kahlo Chest. The chests were auctioned on March 7 and proceeds given to the Lankenau Hospital Breast Cancer Center. Sister Margie exhibited two oil paintings, “ Rower in Sunset” and “ Abundant Life in the Everglades” in the Juried Art Exhibit at Croft Farm Arts Center, Cherry Hill, NJ April 25-May 3, 2009. June 4-7 S. Margie attended the Conference of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The theme of the conference was Impasse and Beyond.

Karen S. Wendling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Karen S. Wendling, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was published in October 2008 as a coauthor in The Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (Kamel, I.R.; Wendling, W.W.; Chen, D.; Wendling, K.S., Harakal, C.; Carlsson, C. N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) Antagonists - S(+)-ketamine, Dextrorphan, and Dextromethorphan - Act as Calcium Antagonists on Bovine Cerebral Arteries. The Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, 2008 (20), 241-248). Dr. Wendling has also been active in the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (DVMSDG). She was formally elected to the board of the DVMSDG in May 2009 as the Awards Chair.