Friday, April 22, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. John T. Burns, Professor of Biology, attended an Appalachian College Association workshop at Davis and Elkins College on April 15th entitled "Navigating Risk Management Abroad." The workshop was conducted by Bill Frederick of Lodestone Safety International and drew on his many years of experience with such organizations as Outward Bound and the School for Field Studies. The workshop was for Appalachian College Association (ACA) faculty who lead international trips with students, or those who plan to do so. The workshop was organized by Kim Gardner of the ACA and made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation.

History and Political Science

Marc Sable, Assistant Professor of Political Science, attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Curriculum in New Haven, Conn., during the weekend of April 15-17. The association is dedicated to the development of curricula that place the close reading of great books at the center of liberal education. On Saturday, April 16, Sable presented his paper on the Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, entitled “Unveiling a Sufi Politics:  An Esoteric Reading of Mahfouz’s Arabian Nights and Days.”

Service Learning Center

The first Service Learning Center Awards Reception was held on Monday, April 18 in Phillips Hall lounge. Organized by the staff of the Service Learning Center, the reception highlighted service efforts by current faculty and students and recognized community agencies that collaborated on service projects throughout the past year.

The event opened with remarks by President Scott D. Miller, who discussed the importance of community service. His remarks were followed by a summary of the year’s work, reviewed by current Service Fellows, Lindsay Sobotka (Chemistry) and Taylor Morris (Social Work). Following the opening remarks and summary, certificates were awarded to those recognized for their efforts.

Special awards were presented to senior April O’Brien for her work with the Wheeling YWCA Women’s Boutique and to Elizabeth Langemak, Assistant Professor of English, for her dedication to incorporating service learning assignments into her courses and her work in establishing the first 5K race for Easter Seals, held on Saturday, April 16.

World Languages & Cultures
Heidelberg Exchange Student and Special Education major Kathrin Brandt and First Year Spanish and German Education student Gerhard Schultze attended the 58th Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore, Md., April 2-3. Accompanied by World Language Professors Joseph Lovano, Harald Menz and Eric Bennett, they attended a variety of workshops and presentations related to the conference topic “Strengthening Connections: Colleagues, Content, & Curriculum.”  The group also met with alumnae Beth Degges  (2003) and Jackie Berda (2000), who were in attendance at the conference. They were both Spanish/Education majors at Bethany and now hold positions at Maryland and Pennsylvania high schools.