Shippensburg faculty, staff accomplishments 12.10.12

Following is a list of presentations, awards, honors and other achievements by or to Shippensburg University faculty. If you need further information, please send an e-mail to

  • Dr. Lynn Baynum and Dr. Mary Paxton of the reading program recently presented at the annual conference of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers in Grand Rapids, Mich. Their pre­sentation, “Purposeful Prompting: Preparing the Literacy Coach,” was based on the curricular continuum of the masters reading coursework de­signed to develop a deep understand­ing of prompting as a best practice in classroom literacy instruction and in coaching the professional develop­ment of teachers.
  • Dr. Kelly M. Carrero, assistant professor of special education, was named chair of the Division of Cul­turally Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL) Professional Development committee. DDEL is a division of special education’s leading inter­national organization, Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Dr. Misty L. Knight, assistant professor of human communication studies; Dr. Richard A. Knight, as­sociate professor of human commu­nication studies; and Aaron Dobbs, librarian and assistant professor, co-authored the chapter “Theory and Application: Using Social Network­ing to Build Online Credibility” for publication this month in the book Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication.
  • Dr. Anca I. Lasc, assistant profes­sor of art and design history, recently published her article “Interior Deco­rating in the Age of Historicism: Popular Advice Manuals and the Pattern Books of Édouard Bajot” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Design History.
  • Dr. Luis Melara and undergradu­ate Blake Burkett participated in the Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Math­ematics at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Syn­thesis at the University of Tennes­see at Knoxville. Burkett presented the poster “Mathematical Modeling of Panama Disease in Cavendish Banana” from their joint research. Melara and Burkett received exter­nal funds to attend the conference. NIMBioS is one of nine mathematics institutes in the United States.
  • Stephanie A. Witmer, assistant professor and internship coordinator for the communication/journalism department, wrote travel guides for online travel guides. Her article on the Laurel Highlands is in Forbes Travel Guide and a guide to Har­risburg will appear in an upcoming guide for USA
Following are recent activities from the Department of Social Work and Gerontology:
  • Dr. Dorlisa Minnick facilitated a roundtable, “Addressing Challenges and Barriers in Rural Social Work Field Placements,” at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Washing­ton, D.C. Nov. 1.
  • Dr. Michael Lyman presented the paper “A Mixed-Methods Com­parison of On-line vs. Live Peer-Assessment in a Research Course” at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Washington Nov. 11.
  • Dr. Jen Clements presented the workshop “Advocating for Group-Work Content in MSW and BSW Education” with two colleagues from the International Association for So­cial Work with Groups and the paper “Resiliency and Retention in Long-Term Child Welfare Workers” at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 9 to 11.
  • Dr. Andy Dunlap presented the paper “The Evolution of the Coming Out Process: Pre-Stonewall to Post Gay” at the Annual Program Meet­ing of the Council on Social Work Education in Washington Nov. 11.
  • Dr. Marita Flagler presented the paper “Unlocking Community Resources through an Innovative Partnership Triangle: The Case of Cumberland Perry Respite in Rural Pennsylvania, USA” at the 8th Inter­national Short Break (Respite Care) Conference in Toronto in October.
  • Dr. Dara Bourassa, Lyman, and Minnick will serve as project evaluators for a grant to fund men­tal health literacy training for older adults through the Pennsylvania Be­havioral Health and Aging Coalition.

Several members of the informa­tion technology staff gave presenta­tions at the Pennsylvania Banner Us­ers Group Annual Conference Nov. 19 and 20. Presenting were:

  • Luminis Content Management – Integrating targeting of content with a current CMS by Dustin Sier, Mira Mattern, and Justin Sentz
  • Responsive Design in Luminis 5 by Sier, Sentz, and Mattern
  • Functional Users can run scripts too! by Alan Zanotti and Andréa Rosenberry
  • Riding the Banner 9 Roller Coaster: One University’s Experi­ence by Amy Diehl, Rosenberry, Corinne Goyt, Eric Shirk, and John Vandebrake
  • PASSHE IT BOF co-presented by Diehl
  • Mom pay my bill! (But don’t look at my grades) by Rosenberry, Trudy Smith, and Diehl
  • Hear how Shippensburg U of PA was able to de-identify their non-production Banner databases and how Lehigh Carbon CC encrypted their Banner Database co-presented by Shirk
  • Financial Aid Information in NCAA CA by Ashley Grimm and Ravi Anne