Welcome to the following new employees at the Mount: Shawn Adkins, admission, Mimi Daria, Bill Fellinger, and James W. Gibbs, buildings and grounds; Hannah Thompson, career center; Mark Osborne, institutional advancement; Erin Sommer, nursing; Michael Obert, physical therapy; Wayne Black and Julie Chowning, Upward Bound.
Congratulations to Robert Bodle, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and new media studies, who chaired the panel, “Anonymity, Identity, and Journalism in the Snowden Era” and presented his paper, “Online Anonymity, Whistleblowing, and Journalistic Standards” at the conference “Circuits of Struggle,” Union for Democratic Communications in Toronto, Canada in May.
Robert Bodle, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and new media studies, wrote a book chapter “Predictive Algorithms and Personalization Services on Social Network Sites: Implications for Users and Society” which was published in the collected volume The Ubiquitous Internet: User and Industry Perspectives (Eds. A. Bechman & S. Lomborg), Routledge, December, 2014.
R.A. Davis, Ph.D., M.S., B.A., professor emeritus of biology and geology, served as one of a team of two judges of competitive fossil exhibits at the Cincinnati Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show in May at the Sharonville Convention Center. Now called GeoFair, this has been an annual event in Cincinnati for 50 years.
R.A. Davis, Ph.D., M.S., B.A., professor emeritus of biology and geology, was a co-presenter of a course at the Cincinnati Observatory in April. The course, offered through the Communiversity program of the University of Cincinnati, was titled, “From Attic to Cellar.” It was a behind-the-scenes investigation into the history of astronomy, especially in the Cincinnati area, and the historic and scientific treasures housed in the Cincinnati Observatory, including the oldest professional astronomical telescope in the Country (1840s), indeed, in the Western Hemisphere.
Lisa Dehner, PT, Ph.D., professor of physical therapy, was invited to be a lecturer and research mentor to faculty and students at Hanze University School of Applied Sciences Physical Therapy program in Groeningen, Netherlands. Her week-long visit included lecturing in pharmacology to physical therapy students, discussing physical therapy education with faculty, and observing and reviewing research projects with faculty and doctoral students. She is currently in discussions for a full visiting professorship.
Mary Kay Fleming, Ph.D., academic assessment coordinator and professor of psychology, and Jim Bodle, Ph.D., director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, presented an interactive session at the Lilly International Conference on Teaching and Learning in November, in Oxford, Ohio. The session titled, “Students Fail When We Fail: Improving Assignments to Increase Validity of Assessment” demonstrated the positive effects of the new assignment-approval process for baccalaureate-level assessment.
Mary Kay Fleming, Ph.D., academic assessment coordinator and professor of psychology, and Jim Bodle, Ph.D., director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, presented “Improving Course-Embedded Assessment through Faculty Development” at the annual conference of the Higher Learning Commission in March in Chicago, Ill. A publication is also included in HLC’s Collection of Papers from the 2015 meeting.
Karen Holtgrefe, DHSc, PT, associate professor of physical therapy, presented at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association annual conference in April. The topic of her three presentations were, “Change Theory and Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness: Guiding Patients/Clients to Improving Their Health,” “Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription Across the Lifespan,” and “A Physical Therapist’s Journey to Health and Wellness: Finally Ready to Change.”
Karen Holtgrefe, DHSc, PT, associate professor of physical therapy, and Jean Shannon, DPT, PT, assistant professor of physical therapy, and several physical therapy students from the 2026 and 2017 cohorts completed Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings at the 2015 Wellness/Bienstar Spring Health Fair in April. The event was held at the Cincinnati Recreation Facility in Price Hill. This is the fifth year the DPT program has assisted with the fair.
Marguerite Kloos, SC, D.Min., associate professor of religious studies, was elected to serve on the Executive Leadership Council of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Her four-year term begins on July 1.
Jamie Leslie, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing, published an article in the January issue of Nursing2015 titled, “Why Should You Attend a Conference This Year?”
Tracy McDonough, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, and Lynda Crane, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology, were invited to talk at Columbia University in March about their Schizophrenia Oral History Project.
Jennifer Morris, Ph.D., associate professor of history, wrote a book, “The origins of UNICEF, 1946-1953” which is available from Lexington Publishers in May.
Stacy Mueller, M.Ed., director of Project Excel, was a panelist on the topic of “Choosing a College for Students with an IEP” in Granville, Ohio, at the Granville Exempted School District in November.
Judy Singleton, Ph.D., associate professor of social work and sociology, celebrated 35 years as a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest professional association of social workers in the world.
Nancy Shockey and Deb Wille, tutors with Project Excel, participated in Educational Services Night at St. Ursula High School in October. They presented “High School Versus College, Support Services for Students with Learning Differences” to high school juniors and their parents.
Marsha Smith, coordinator of Project EXCEL, was a panelist at Holy Cross High School speaking about the college process for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
Robyn Stone, M.A., adjunct instructor of English, will have two books, “Uncertain Rustling” and “The Emperor and His Rose Garden” published by Oloris Publishing in a second edition to celebrate National Poetry Month 2015.
Karl Zuelke, Ph.D., M.F.A., director of writing and math and science centers, and Fr. John Amankwah, associate professor of communication and new media studies, co-authored a paper titled, “Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution and Gaia” accepted for publication in a volume of critical essays, tentatively titled, “Ecocriticism and Religion.” It will be published by Lexington Press, date still to be determined.