September Faculty/Staff News

By: Mark Tarnacki

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George Ashline, professor of mathematics, recently presented "Exponential Functions in Snowflakes, Carpets, and Paper Folding" to two separate classes at Brattleboro Union High School on May 23rd.

Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, has written an article, "How to read a garden: Creating signage grows critical readers and audience-savvy writers" to be published in the Fall volume of the New England Reading Association Journal.

Valerie Banschbach, professor of biology, is in India working at the Wildlife Institute of India as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar this semester.

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, instructor of applied linguistics, conducted a Pre-Convention Institute workshop at the International TESOL Convention in Dallas, Texas, March 21-23, 2013.

Michael Bosia, associate professor of political science, has been awarded an external research grant through the Small Research Grant Program of the American Political Science Association, which supports research conducted by faculty at non-Ph.D.-granting institutions that have funding sources available for faculty research.

Susan Breeyear, Technology Learning Center associate director, and Kellie Campbell, manager of the Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC), presented two Teaching with Technology Workshops on campus this summer in June and again in August. The purpose was to bring faculty up to speed on some of the basic technology available in Saint Michael's classrooms and spark ideas for enhancing teaching with that technology.  The June participants, who included Brian O'Regan (instructor of education), Patricia Bunt (instructor of physics), Mahmoud Arani (Applied Linguistics chair), Timothy Mackin (Writing Program director, English instructor), and James Conley (classics professor), learned about the my.smcvt portal, played an interactive game that helped them learn to manage their files better, practiced setting up and recording with Tegrity and had a hands-on session with several types of classroom podiums with Rick Leggett (Media Services senior specialist). They were given a sampling of various computer efficiencies to help them work smarter and faster, and spent a good deal of time practicing their Smartboard skills. Each session included both teaching and application of their learning through discussions led by the workshop mentor Mary Beth Doyle (education professor), and hands-on work with instructional technologist support. The discussions were tailored to foster deeper thinking on teaching in general and with technology in particular. The last day was capped off with participants presenting new skills and how they hope to enhance their teaching with technology.

Alain Brizard, professor of physics, had two articles accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Physics of Plasmas: "Monte Carlo implementation of a guiding-center Fokker-Planck kinetic equation" in a collaboration with physicists from Aalto University (Finland); and "Beyond linear gyrocenter polarization in gyrokinetic theory."

Nick Clary, professor of English, wrote a review of David Bevington's Murder Most Foul: Hamlet through the Ages (Oxford University Press), which appeared as the lead review in the Summer 2013 edition of Shakespeare Quarterly.

Laurence Clerfeuille, assistant professor of modern languages, has learned her article, "Les masques noirs de Cunégonde: relecture fanonienne des nouvelles de Fatou Diome sur l'immigration dans La Préférence Nationale," was accepted for publication in Mélanges francophones, Issue 8: "Dialogues francophones" [forthcoming].

Brian Collier, assistant professor of fine arts/art, and his project "Roadkill Shrines" has been written about in a new book by Jane Desmond from the Routledge Studies in Anthropology series (Routledge Press), titled Environmental Anthropology: Future Directions, published on June 4, 2013.

Laura Crain, associate director for collection services in the Saint Michael's College library, recently was honored by the local United Way with a "Building Block Award" for her work with the Kids-A-Part Storybook program, which allows incarcerated mothers an opportunity to "mother" from prison.

George Dameron, professor and chair of history, recently had his essay, "Purgatory and Modernity," published in Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide: Medieval Times in the World of the Reformation, edited by James Muldoon (Ashgate, 2013), 87-105.

John Paul Devlin, associate professor of fine arts/theater, served as Production Manager for the Saint Michael's Playhouse this summer, supervising the work of 21 professional staff and interns including seven Saint Michael's students.

Mary Beth Doyle, professor of education/department chair, and Jim Millard, senior instructional technologist/IT, presented "Tegrity as a Platform for Student Evaluation" at the annual Tegrity User Conference in Boston, April 10.

William Ellis, professor of fine arts/music, was curator recently of a group art show titled "This Was Me: Self-Taught Art from the G.R.A.C.E. Gallery Collection," in the downtown Burlington art space New City Galerie, through regional arts organization Grass Roots Arts and Community Effort (G.R.A.C.E.).

Kristin M. Gehsmann, associate professor of education and coordinator of the Master's in Literacy program at Saint Michael's College, and her co-author, Shane Templeton, Foundations Professor Emeritus from the University of Nevada, Reno, recently announced publication of their new book, Teaching Reading and Writing: The Developmental Approach (Pearson/Ally & Bacon, 2014).

William F. Grover, professor of political science, had an article published in the journal New Political Science (Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2013).

Robert Letovsky, professor of business, recently had his case study "The Workplace that Kills: Suicides at France Télécom Parts A and B" accepted for publication by the Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Pew Case Study Center.

Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology, and Valerie Bang-Jensen, associate professor of education, presented a talk, "Interpretive Literary Gardens," at the American Horticultural Society's National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium in Denver, CO, in July 2013.

Michael Stefanowicz, assistant director of admission, is participating in the third class of the Enrollment Leadership Academy (ELA) through the New England Regional Office of the College Board, following a nomination from Jacki Murphy, director of admission. The Enrollment Leadership Academy is a year-long program focused on leadership skills, enrollment management issues, and development of the next generation of enrollment leaders. Participants come from a diverse group of institutions and backgrounds.

Jerry Swope, associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, in early May had some of his photographs of a house in Stowe appear on the New York Times web site in the Real Estate section.

Joan Wagner, director of the Center for Community-Engaged Learning and coordinator of experiential learning, on April 12 won the top statewide award for an engaged educator, presented at the Vermont Campus Compact Engaged Campus Forum at Burlington's Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center. As the key person facilitating community-engaged learning at the college, Joan was recognized for her role integrating service and community engagement into the college's curriculum. Her honor was based on the nomination of Saint Michael's President John J. Neuhauser and the recommendation of Katherine Kirby, Saint Michael's associate professor of philosophy. Carrie Williams Howe, executive director of Vermont Campus Compact, presented the award. The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) specifically seeks and supports close partnerships between faculty, students, and community members to make a better world a reality through an emphasis on integrating experiential service-learning, community-based research, or advocacy projects into academic coursework across the disciplines. Its focus is on the Burlington/Winooski area, but community-engaged learning opportunities frequently propel students and faculty to other parts of Vermont, the nation, or the international community.

Bill Wilson, professor of political science emeritus and former Vice President for Academic Affairs, recently was elected to the Board of the Vermont Historical Society. Bill served on the committee to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Underhill, Vermont, and has served as the Moderator of the Town Meeting for 21 years.

Joan Wry, associate professor of English and former associate dean of the college, presented at two international conferences this summer.

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