Mount St. Joseph University

Faculty & Staff Updates

Mount News: alumni magazine

Elizabeth Bookser Barley, Ph.D., ’70, chairperson of English and modern languages, published a book, “Life After Death: Practical Help for the Widowed.”

Robert Bodle, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and new media studies, presented, “Right to a Good Name in the World of Social Media,” at the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary Celebration Events at Xavier University in April.

Sharon Kesterson Bollen, Ed.D., ’68, professor of art, served as a judge for the Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition in January, assessing more than 600 entries in the mixed media category, grades 7-12. Susan R. Lawrence, adjunct art education instructor, assisted with the jurying process.

J.W. Carter II, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and criminology, traveled to Dallas, Texas in March to attend the 50th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He co-presented a paper titled, “An Examination of Faculty, Staff and Students’ Perceptions of Active Shooter Training,” which he co-wrote with Brooke Gialopsos, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and criminology.

BC Charles-Liscombe, department chair of athletic training, Angela Wolfe, Ed.D., ATC, associate professor and clinical coordinator, Erin Beckwith, M.Ed., assistant athletic trainer and instructor, and Malissa Martin, adjunct instructor, attended the 2013 Athletic Training Educators Conference sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in Dallas, Texas, in January.

Julie Flanders, M.L.S., librarian, debuted a novel titled, “Polar Night” published by Ink Smith Publishing in February.

Mary Kay Fleming, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, presented an interactive session titled, “Characteristics of Courses and Assignments that Develop Students’ Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Skills” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AAHLE) in Lexington, Ky., in June.

James Green, Ph.D., associate professor of education, recently published an article titled, “God and Man at Yale and Beyond: The Thoughts of William F. Buckley, Jr. on Higher Education, 1949-1955” in the journal “American Educational History.”

Cynthia Gregory, M.F.A, M.L.S., ’08, head of electronic resources, is the recipient of a 2013 artist residency and grant from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska.

Catie Geraci ’07, admission counselor, and Calista Stone ’10, assistant director of Project EXCEL, presented at the Ohio Association of College Admission Counseling summer conference in June.

Amy Grincewicz, senior instructional designer, had a chapter titled, “Designing Quality Blended Courses” accepted for inclusion in the book, Practical Applications and Experiences in K-20 Blended Learning Environments.

Kristen Hedgebeth, service learning coordinator, served on a panel to share post-secondary service learning opportunities with 200 service-minded high school students from northern Kentucky and southwestern Ohio.

Karen Holtgrefe, DHS, PT, OCS, associate professor of physical therapy, was awarded the 2012 James Dunleavy Distinguished Service Award from the acute care section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Kim Hunter, director of instructional technology, has been selected to participate in the inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy this summer.

Paul Jenkins, M.L.S., director of library services, and Tim Lynch, Ph.D., professor of history, joined musician Mike Oberst at his performance in April at the Brookville, Ind., public library as part of the Tunes Through Time concert series.

Nazneen Kane, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled, “Fragmented Childhoods,” at the Annual Conference of North Central Sociological Association in April.

Adam Konopka, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, recently received word that his paper, “Common Goods that Obligate: Prudential Care and Leadership Decisions,” was selected to receive a Best Formal Paper by an Early Career Scholar Award by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE).

Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., professor of biology, will be describing the details of an Ancient Egyptian honey collection scene at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Austin, Texas.

Charles Kroncke, Ph.D., associate professor of business administration, co-authored the paper, “Educational Attainment and the Gender Wage Gap: A comparison of Young Men and Women in 1984 and 2007,” which will be published in the Forum for Social Economics.

Tim Lawson, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was ranked 8th in an article listing the top 20 contributors to the journal, “Teaching of Psychology,” during the past 40 years.

Jamie Leslie, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, attended the Midwest Nursing Research Society conference in March, in Chicago, Ill., where she presented, “Putting the Ethic of Care Into Action: The Social Class Dinner.”

Craig Lloyd, M.F.A., associate professor of art, was a panel presenter at the College Art Association (CAA) annual conference in New York City in February. The panel, organized by Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), shared selected foundation class projects from 10 college and university professors.

Bill Lonneman, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing, and Meg Riestenberg, Ph.D., ’68, associate professor of chemistry, presented, “Powering a Sustainable Future: Energy Production and the Environment,” at the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary Celebration Events at Xavier University in April.

Tim Lynch, Ph.D., professor of history, served as a visiting scholar in July for the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute seminar for teachers entitled, “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song.”

Pete Mosher, DPT, PT, OCS, DCE, assistant professor of physical therapy, along with Gina Fieler ’94, simulation lab coordinator, and Karen Holtgrefe, DHS, PT, OCS, associate professor of physical therapy, presented, “Utilizing High Fidelity Simulation in Developing Effective Clinical Teaching Strategies and Intra-professional Collaboration in Physical Therapy Students and Clinical Instructors” at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, in April.

Beth Murray, Ph.D., ’86, professor of biology, was honored by Ohioana Library Association in April for her 2013 book, “Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death.”

Mary Orloff, biology laboratory manager, talked to students at the Saylor Park Boys’ and Girls’ Club in January about some of the biology labs at the Mount.

Jennifer Querner, career and co-op coordinator, hosted a networking breakfast for colleagues who work in the cooperative education field in April, which provided an opportunity to share best practices and discuss current hiring trends. 

Patty Ragio, vice president of institutional advancement, presented the “Management and Metrics” module for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual Fundamentals of Fundraising course held at the Urban League in Cincinnati in April. 

Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, was recently published in the journal “Developmental Biology” about work on the regulation of the stem cell division in response to a bacterial infection in the gut of the fruit fly. 

Peter Robinson, Ph.D., associate professor of history, participated in the 2013 William Howard Taft Symposium in April. 

Brent Rogers, director of strength and conditioning, recently published an article in Stack magazine titled, “Broccoli or Big Macs? How collegiate athletes can eat healthy.” 

Drew Shannon, Ph.D., associate professor of English, published a monograph from Cecil Woolf Publishers in London, UK, entitled, “How Should One Read a Marriage?: Private Writings, Public Readings, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf.” 

Cindy Stewart, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and criminology, was selected as a research team member for the International Self-Reported Delinquency Study (ISRD3). 

Robyn Stone, adjunct instructor of English, won Oloris Publishing’s first spring poetry contest with her poem, “Spring, Cloaked.” 

John Trokan, D.Min., associate professor of religious and pastoral studies, performed with an ensemble from the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club at the Northern Kentucky Regional History Day at Northern Kentucky University in March, featuring “Tunes from Appalachia” and a workshop titled, “Music and Reflections from the Civil War.” 

Joe Zalot, Ph.D., associate professor of religious and pastoral studies, and Catie Geraci ’07, admission counselor, took 24 Mount students and a few chaperones to Washington, D.C., for the 2013 March for Life in January in support of a pro-life message on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 

Congratulations to the Mount faculty and staff who were honored at the annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning in April. 

Mark Fischer, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, was this year’s Distinguished Scholar. 

Peggy Gruen, administrative assistant, was the support staff recipient of the Elizabeth Seton Mission Award. 

Donna Hemberger, associate director of admission, was the professional staff recipient of the Elizabeth Seton Mission Award. 

Adam Konopka, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, was named the Emerging Scholar. 

Elizabeth Mason, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, was named the 2013 Sr. Adele Clifford Award winner. 

Suzanne Smith ’83, adjunct instructor of nursing, was named the recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. 

New hires

We welcome the following new faculty to the Mount: Jamie Bayliss ’04, Michael Bindis, Nick Bodmer, Martha Broerman Brosz ’69, Sarah Cassella, Shanti Chu, Harrison Collier, Kurt Grannan, Angela Kinney, Warren McConnell, Casey Monday, Bruce Nelson, Lisa Peters, Jamal Rashed, Laura Saylor, Brian Shuler, Susan Sportsman, Cynthia Veraldo, and Sue Wajert. 

We welcome the following new staff to the Mount: Brittany Arthur, Jack Ballman, Casey Biggs, Stephen Craig, Janet Cox, Breanna Cugliari, Michael Detzel, Corri Byrum Frey ’97, Beth Godersis, Aaron Goebel, Tom Grippa, Warren Grove, Amy Gum, Joshua Hess, Tyler Hopperton ’12, Jenny Rapien Kaeppner ’94, Kevin Larison, Ryan Lengerich, Stacy Mueller, Jeffrey Newman, Kathleen Ray, Joe Renner, David Schultz, Matt Tyahur, Andrew Verslype ’09, Elizabeth Welge, Amy Wolf, and Shawn Zeiser. 


We say goodbye to some exceptional people who have given much of their professional careers to the Mount. Good luck on your retirements! 

Jerry Bellas (art faculty) 

Sharon Kesterson Bollen, Ed.D., ’68 (art faculty) 

Maureen Doellman, M.A., ’73 (math faculty) 

Marilyn Hoskins (admission) 

Deb Mato ’07 (Project EXCEL) 

Linda Overman (administrative assistant) 

Nicki Veldhaus ’92 (alumni relations) 

Spotlight on Janet Cox, Dean of Students

image: Janet Cox

A hearty welcome goes to Janet Cox, the Mount’s new dean of students. She moved to Cincinnati this summer from Colorado where she worked for the BACCHUS Network, a collegiate peer education initiative. She brings with her a wealth of experience in student life and an affinity for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

What are some of the student life initiatives you hope to accomplish at the Mount? I am very excited the students have returned to campus so we can begin discussions about campus life. I want to learn from them and use their ideas to look at campus spirit, traditions and student leadership opportunities. I also want to connect with commuter students and hear about their needs to increase the connection they have with our campus and the programs and services we offer. 

What do you like best about the Mount? The people are incredibly FRIENDLY. It’s been a welcoming environment. There is much to be done and I am going to be asking a lot of questions, but I feel everyone understands the importance of helping each other. 

What is the best thing about Cincinnati? I am a native Ohioan and completed my education at schools in Ohio. I have only been here since early July so I have really not had much time to explore the city but look forward to doing that. 

What’s on your “must read” list? “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. 

What’s playing on your iPod? I like to stay current with music so anything that is pop Top 40. Classic rock from the ’80s and ’90s too.