Thursday, October 27, 2011

Faculty Spotlight

Communications and Media Arts
Stephanie Tuszynski, assistant professor of communications and media arts, traveled to Seattle to attend the international Association of Internet Researchers conference October 11-13. This was the 12th annual AoIR conference and Tuszynski's sixth acceptance. She presented a paper entitled "Fierce Resistance: Managing Multiple Identities in a Commercialized Marketplace" and also was asked to moderate a panel on fandom. Her presentation, summarizing the results of a survey done last spring, is available online at

R. Wiley Cash Jr., assistant professor of English, has completed his latest novel, A Land More Kind than Home. It can now be pre-ordered from Amazon (it won't be out until April 17, 2012), with a savings of more than $9 off the cover price. HarperCollins is planning the first release event for Bethany's campus some time in April. More information on the book signing to be held at Bethany in April 2012 will be provided later. To learn more about this novel and his other books, go to Dr. Cash’s website, located at

Heather Turner, technical services librarian, attended the Appalachian College Association’s (ACA) 2011 Annual Summit in Ashville, N.C., October 13-15. Librarians representing the member institutions of ACA met to learn from each other on how to engage students while teaching information literary skills.

Visual and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros has uploaded a short set of his performances of songs by Jimi Hendrix. More songs will be added to in the future. The video playlist can be accessed at

Collaros accompanied alumna Amanda McCoy in a concert at Wheeling-Jesuit University on October 14.  The concert premiered new material appearing on McCoy's next CD, The Hurt. Collaros is producing the CD that will contain approximately 17 tracks inspired by McCoy's long-standing fascination with and research into the American Civil War.