Shippensburg faculty, staff accomplishments 2.18.13

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. Nellie Cyr, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services, received notification that her research paper “Comparative Analysis of BMI Values in Adolescent Males“ was accepted for presentation at the 2013 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference. She also serves on ACSM’s Strategic Health Initiative Women’s Sport & Physical Activity National Committee.
  • Aaron Dobbs and Doug Cook, both of Lehman Library, co-edited with another colleague Using Lib- Guides to Enhance Library Services.The book is the first to focus on “LibGuides,” a library web content management system, used by more than 2,000 libraries worldwide. The book covers all aspects of library website management from purchasing software to designing pedagogically sound web guides.
  • Steve Dolbin, associate professor of art and department chair, recently had his sculptures be the subject of an exhibition at the Rose Lerhman Art Center in Harrisburg. The exhibition, “Steve Dolbin Sculpture: A Homecoming, Selections from 2000 to 2012” was Jan. 16 to Feb. 21. The exhibition was the subject of features in both the Public Opinion and The Sentinel newspapers.
  • Dr. Corinne Eisenhart, assistant professor of educational leadership and special education, was selected to serve on the Content Team for the new Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ARCC serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. She will provide consultation for the priority areas of early education and effective teachers and leaders. She also serves as a content expert for early learning for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center.
  • Dr. Robert L. Hewitt, professor emeritus of social work, was keynote speaker Jan. 20 for the 34th Annual Memorial Service for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Chambersburg. His speech was “Dare To Be The Dream...Not Just For One Day, But For One Lifetime.” The annual event was sponsored by the Chambersburg Area Ministerium, Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance Evangelical Fellowship of Cumberland Valley, and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area. He also received an Outstanding Tutor Award from the Franklin County Adult Literacy Council.
  • Dr. Xin-An (Lucian) Lu, associate professor of human communication studies, recently had two of his books placed under contract for publication. They are Passive Addiction or Why We Dislike Work: An Investigation of Problems in Organizational Communication and Life on My Own Agenda at My Own Pace: Effective Intrapersonal Communication for Self-Salvation and Self-Productivity. The first book, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Ramsey, assistantprofessor of human communicationstudies, investigates prevalent andobdurate organizational problemsthat have led to the general vitiationand denaturalization of work, tothe general aversion toward work,and to the wide practice of passiveaddiction—addiction with passivity,inaction, or the choice of least action.The second book explores methodsof effective intrapersonal communication,philosophical and practical,for the purpose of personal libertyand productivity. He was also recentlyawarded a Teaching and ResearchExcellence grant of $4,175 from theuniversity to support his pilot workfor the National Endowment for theHumanities Enduring Question Grantapplication. The funded projectinvestigates and anthologizes canonicalreadings on the philosophicalperspectives on and rhetorical mechanismsof eloquence in an effort toanswer the enduring question, “Whatis eloquence?”
  • Dr. Anca I. Lasc, assistant professor of art and design, co-chaired two program-sessions at the annual conference of the College Art Association in New York City. The sessions, “The Modern Interior as Space and Image I” and “The Modern Interior as Space and Image II,” were Feb. 15 and 16.
  • Dr. Kate McGivney, professor of mathematics, Dr. Alice Armstrong, assistant professor of computer science, Dr. Robin McCann, associate professor of chemistry, and Margaret Light, project manager, co-authored a poster presentation proposal that was accepted at the NSF ADVANCE/Association for Women in Science conference in March in Alexandria, VA. The presentation is “Improving Institutional Structures and Processes: Recruitment, Retention, Advancement.”
  • Dr. Susan Rimby, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, had her book Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement selected as WITF’s Book Pick of the Month for February.
  • Dr Praveen Veerabhadrappa, assistant professor in exercise science, recently published the editorial “Leading the change: Second International Society of Hypertension New Investigators’ Symposium” in the Journal of Hypertension, a premiere journal in the field of hypertension. His editorial, ‘How to write a paper and get it published in a good medical journal,” was published in Explore, the quarterly international society of hypertension new investigators newsletter.