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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Faculty Achievements Update

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Kalimah Johnson, MSW, assistant professor of Social Work, published a peer reviewed article with Dr. Carolyn West: http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_SVAAWomenRevised.pdf. She also applied for and was awarded several grants for sexual assault specific services in Detroit: (1) a SRERE grant for $5,000, awarded to programs that service the health care and social welfare needs of women and infants in the Detroit Medical Center’s Northwest Region; that focus on the health care of vulnerable and at-risk populations; and that address uninsured or under-insured women and infants. (2) A Verizon Wireless Hope Line grant for $5,000, awarded to build solid connections with charitable and law enforcement organizations committed to reducing domestic violence, providing support to victims, raising awareness of the issue and educating communities about domestic violence. (3) A Michigan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Treatment Board-State award, for $18,500, awarded to provide culturally-specific peer support group educational services for survivors of rape with a special focus on women who were sexually assaulted in the military. (4) An Office on Violence Against Women-Department of Justice-Federal grant, for $268,000, to create an opportunity for culturally specific community based organizations to address the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture and effectively addresses language and communication barriers. She also presented Intimate Partner Violence educational workshops with the Detroit Lions in October 2013 and Family Dynamics/Relationship Safety educational workshops with the NBA-Rookie Transition Program last August, and was a consultant to the Office on Violence Against Women for the Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services Program in January 2014.

Thomas A. Klug, Ph.D., professor of History, published the first part of a lengthy article on the website of The Court Legacy, which is the publication of The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The article concerns the Michigan alien registration law of 1931–its origins, the politics surrounding it, and the litigation over it. Here’s the link: http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/HistoricalSociety/pages/newsletters/the-court-legacy-december-2013.php.

Michael Martin, PhD, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Geschke Writing Center, has signed contracts for the publication of two books: a book of poetry, Meditations in Times of Wonder to be published by Angelico Press in summer 2014; and a scholarly work, Sancta Sophia: Ecumenism, Ecology, Orthodoxy, to be published by Angelico Press in mid-2015. The book traces reasons for the appearance of sophiology in sections of, primarily, Protestant Western Europe, but that eventually spread in a variety of permutations in Eastern Orthodox and Catholic religious contexts. Figures treated in the book include Simone de Bouvoir, Jacob Boehme, Rene Descartes, Robert Fludd, Thomas Traherne, Jane Lead, Henry and Thomas Vaughan, Novalis, J. W. von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Vladimir Solovyov, Valentin Tomberg, Sergius Bulgakov, Pavel Florensky, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Steven Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of Philosophy, will be presenting a paper on March 5 on the pragmatics of identifying arguments to the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric at the University of Windsor. He has agreed to read papers for the next iteration of the Argumentation, Dialogue, and Persuasion conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland. He has accepted an invitation to be on the Scientific Committee of the newly-formed European Conference on Argumentation, and is currently reviewing a paper for the journal Informal Logic. He continues editorial work on his other journal responsibilities, Cogency and Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric. He is working on a paper that has been accepted for the 8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation conference in Amsterdam this coming July.

Dena Scher, Ph.D., professor of Psychology, has had two papers accepted. At the 2014 national Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference from April 16-19 in Chicago, she will be presenting a paper entitled, “Marygrove College travels abroad: A course, an experience, a reflection…the process of learning.” She has also been asked to chair the panel on “Travel Pedagogy” at the conference. For the International Oral History Association 2014 conference in July at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, she will be presenting work from the Novak Digital Interview Collection. The theme of the conference is “Power and Democracy: The Many Voices of Oral History.” The title of her accepted paper is “Bennett Belles at the 1960’s Civil Rights Demonstrations in Greensboro, NC, USA.”

Sue Vanderbeck Lenz, MMus, professor of music, taught a private piano student, Caleb Washington, age 14, who won first grand place in the Sphinx Stars: Detroit 2013 competition for his piano performance of Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude and Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor. The award includes a $10,000 prize and appearances throughout the nation for Caleb.

Loretta Woodard, Ph.D, associate professor of English, attended the conference on Celebrating African American Literature: U.S. and Afro-Caribbean Poetry at Penn State University on October 25-26, 2013, where she introduced poet Nikky Finney, whose fourth collection of poetry, Head Off & Split , was awarded the 2011 National Book Award. At the same conference, she moderated a panel on “Poetry, the Body, and the Erotic.” She also attended, along with her colleague, Frank Rashid, Ph.D., professor of English, the Centennial Conference on Robert Hayden at the University of Michigan on November 1.

Faculty Achievements Update

3120872862_7dce2cf5a2Please join us in congratulating the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments:

Debra Hanselman, MSW, and Leona Mickles-Burns, PhD, both assistant professors of Social Work, have been selected to present a paper at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Traverse City, MI, on October 17, 2013. The paper’s title is “Improving Pedagogy through Student Self-Evaluation using a Retrospective Pre-Post Design.”

Michael Martin, PhD, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Geschke Writing Center, presented a paper, “Criticism and Contemplation: Steps toward an Agapeic Criticism,” as part of a panel entitled “Contemplating Hermeneutics” at “The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading” at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, on September 27.

Please continue to send Donald Levin notices of accomplishments (publications, presentations, talks, exhibits, performances, and so on) you’d like the College community to know about.

Faculty Achievements Update

Please join us in congratulating the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments.

Dena Scher’s work on the Novak Collection interviews featured in new Civil Rights book
A new book, Belles of Liberty: Gender, Bennett College And The Civil Rights Movement by Linda Beatrice Brown (Women and Wisdom Foundation 2013) includes four interviews collected by Dena Scher, professor of Psychology, as primary sources. The book details the actions of women from Bennett College in the historic 1960 Sit-in demonstrations at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro NC. These demonstrations resulted in a wave of similar sit-ins, which led to the integration of public restaurants. In 2004, 2010, and 2011, Dena traveled to Greensboro and Chicago IL to collect the oral histories of Bennett alumnae. The interviews included in Belles of Liberty were the recollections of Yvonne Revell, Gwendolyn Mackel Rice, Roslyn Smith, and Esther Terry. You can listen to the audio and read the transcripts of the Bennett College interviews at the Novak website: http://research.marygrove.edu/novakinterviews/civil_rights.html

Besides the Civil Rights interviews, the Novak Collection has been recognized for its interviews on migrations to Detroit. The migration interviews were featured in The Great Migration North: 1910-1970 (Laurie Lanzen Harris, Omnigraphics 2011) and as a featured educational link for IN MOTION: The African-American Migration Experience: The Second Great Migration.” IN MOTION was developed by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Here is the link: http://www.inmotionaame.org/migrations/links.cfm?migration=9&src=edu

The Great Migration North: 1910-1970 can be found in the Marygrove Library reference room (call number 307.2 H242 2011).

Jerry van Rossum gives national and international presentations
Assistant professor and coordinator of the Human Resource Management program Jerry van Rossum went to Okinawa last summer to lead two workshops on change management for the US Department of Defense Employees. He has been invited to lead a break-out session on “Ethics and Decision-making” for the National Education Conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals in Portland OR in May 2014; this is a reprise of his work at the 2013 conference.

 Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson asked to restage her original starring role
Having appeared as Juliet in the first American production of Romeo and Juliet with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson, division chair of Visual and Performing Arts and associate professor of Dance, has been contracted to restage and coach dance sequences from Romeo and Juliet at Point Park University in Pittsburgh for their full-length production in December. The gala performance is in honor of Nicolas Petrov, found of the Point Park University Dance Department and founder and former artistic director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Jordeen can be seen in a clip from the original production (ca. 1975) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bszG63yLopU