Faculty Achievements Update

faculty achievementsPlease join us congratulating the following people for their recent accomplishments:

Theresa Anne Jordan, M.A., divisional assistant of Continuing Education and Career Enhancement and adjunct faculty and co-coordinator of the Modern Language Translation Program, has several translations slated for publication. The first is “La Consecration des Vierges dans L’Eglise Romaine,” written in French by Fr. Rene Metz about the earliest form of Christian life shortly after the time of Christ. It covers the history of young unmarried women who chose to live a chaste life and petitioned their bishop around a century after the crucifixion to live a life mystically espoused to Christ and in the service of doing good works and serving others in various ways within the church and community; some excerpts within the text by Fr. Metz date from as early as 291. The translation is part of a book set for publication in 2015 by the USACV, an organization of unmarried Catholic women living out the consecrated life in the Catholic church, and will be recognized in the Vatican as it reflects Canon Law 604. The second translation by Fr. Metz focuses on Second Vatican Council’s influence on Consecrated Life, to be published in the same book. The third translation is a book titled Le tresor secret d’Ishrael (The Secret Treasure of Israel) written by Jean Gaston-Bardet in 1970. The text centers on the Hebrew roots of Christ, numerical codes related to the Hebrew Alphabet, and how each letter of the Hebrew alphabet corresponds to some significant aspect in Christ’s life.

Thomas Klug, Ph.D., professor of History, organized a panel for the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians in Atlanta, GA, which took place April 10-13, 2014. The session was titled, “Hold the Line: Enforcement practices and border crossers at the American-Canadian border, 1910s-1950s.”  He also contributed a paper to the session: “Canadian Commuters and the Politics of the US-Canada Borderland, 1920s-30s.” On March 28, 2014, he gave a lecture at the annual  Michigan in Perspectives conference, which took place this year in Sterling  Heights, MI; his presentation was titled, “The Origin of U.S. Immigration Controls on the US-Canada Border.” On February 28, 2014, he presented a paper at the annual conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters at Oakland University; his paper was titled, “The Dawn of the Color Line in Industrial Detroit, 1916-1929.” He presented the same paper at the 15th Annual Chae Pyong (JP) Song Academic Symposium at Marygrove College on March 21. The second part of his article, “The Michigan Alien Registration Act of 1931 and the Arrowsmith Case,” appeared in the February 2014 issue of The Court Legacy, the publication of the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; it can be found here: http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/HistoricalSociety/pages/newsletters/201402.php. In January 2014 he was elected to an eighth consecutive two-year term as treasurer of the Labor and Working Class History Association.

Donald Levin, Ph.D., professor of English and dean of the faculty, ran a poetry workshop on April 10 at the Waterford Public Library; the topic was “The Music of Language.” He will give a poetry reading at the MI Book Boutique Bookstore in Waterford on April 26.

Michael Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and co-director of the Geschke Writing Center, will publish a reprint of his paper, “Meditations on Blade Runner,” in Roboethics in Film, edited by Fiorella Battaglia and Natalie Weidenfeld and published by Pisa University Press (a member of the Association of American University Presses) in July 2014.

Steven Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of Philosophy and Division Chair of Letters, will present a paper, “A Question of Emphasis? Identifying Arguments in Primarily Linguistic versus Multi-Modal Settings,” at the Center for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric at the University of Windsor on April 25.

Tara Sievers-Hunt, MM, assistant professor of Music, has been invited to present at the 11th Annual International Dabrowski Congress in Calgary, Alberta, this July. The theme of the conference is “Creativity: Transforming Perceptions of Reality.” The title of her paper is “Finding Identity and Belonging within a Musical Community,” which shares her work with her student-centered, community-focused vocal ensemble for 9th-12th grade girls. She will also be performing at the Detroit Institute of the Arts with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club on Sunday, April 27th. She will be singing chamber works by Mozart, Schubert, Poulenc, and Smallman in the Rivera Court at both 1 pm and 3 pm.

Geert (Jerry) van Rossum, M.B.A., assistant professor of Business,  will present two papers on business ethics at the Society for Government Meeting Professionals 2014 National Education Conference and Expo on May 6-8, 2014, in Portland OR. The first paper is “Unethical Behavior: Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Make it Right”; the second paper, “Dealing with Unethical Behavior on Your Team,” will be videotaped.

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