Shippensburg faculty, others accomplishments 4.19.13

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. Wendy S. Becker, associate professor of management, taught the class “Personnel Development” at the MCI Management and Law Center, Innsbruck, Austria March 18 to 22. MCI offers graduate, non-graduate and post-graduate educational programs in numerous fields. She conducted the master tutorial “Qualitative Investigation of Context” at the 28th Annual Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference in Houston April 10 to 14. She also presented “New Perspectives in Green Organizations: Driving Change with I-O Psychology.”
  • Dr. Masudul (Mas) Biswas, assistant professor of communication/journalism, received “Distinguished New Faculty” award at the 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL) in Florida April 10. Biswas also conducted a session on “Incorporating Twitter as a Tool of Course Participation” in the same conference. His research article, “Health Organizations’ Use of Social Media during a Pandemic Situation: A H1N1 Flu Context,” was published in the Winter 2013 issue of Journal of New Communications Research. Biswas and his Summer Undergraduate Research Experience mentee Kayla Krebs presented the research paper “Tweets and Facebook Posts on Egypt and Libya: Post-revolution public sphere discourses,” at the Global Fusion Conference 2012 at Ohio University. He also won second-place faculty research award for his research paper, “Latino Online Newspapers vs. Mainstream Online Newspapers: A Comparative Analysis of News Coverage of the 2010 Health Care Reform,” in Minorities and Communication Division at the 2012 annual convention of Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication in Chicago
  • Rebecca Blahus, assistant professor of teacher education, presented her dissertation research “Perceptions of Primary Teachers Using Responsive Classroom in the Era of No Child Left Behind” at the International Association of Laboratory Schools conference in Baton Rouge.
  • William L. Blewett and Scott A. Drzyzga, professor and associate professors of geography-earth science, respectively, co-authored the presentation “Unraveling Great Lakes Glacial History Using Ground Penetrating Radar.” The paper was presented at the Annual Symposium of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society in Denver.
  • Dr. Karin J. Bohleke, director of the Fashion Archives & Museum, gave the lecture “The Quintessential Flapper from Head to Toe” at the Historical Society of Dauphin County in the Cameron-Harris mansion in Harrisburg. The lecture also introduced the listeners to the Fashion Archives & Museum collection, as well as its work with students, researchers, the community, conservation, and exhibition
  • Dr. Cynthia A. Botteron, professor of political science, will have her co-authored article “Understanding Singular Vectors” published in the May 2013 edition of the College Mathematics Journal.
  • Dr. Joseph Catanio, associate professor of management information systems; Dr. Gary Armstrong, professor of management information systems; and Dr. Joanne Tucker, associate professor of supply chain management, published “Project Management Certification and Experience: The Impact on the Triple Constraint” in the Journal for Advances in Information Technology.
  • Dr. Sean Cornell of the geography-earth science department presented a number of papers at the Northeast Geological Society of America Meeting in Bretton Woods, N.H. recently. They include: co-convening a topical session with Dr. Joseph Zume of the geography-earth science department titled “T13. Bridging the Curriculum Divide: Using Geophysical Data and Field Methods in Undergraduate Courses to Anchor Theory and Application;” presented the paper he co-authored with Zume on “Enhancing an Introductory Geology Course Through the Integration of Shallow Geophysical Imaging Technology (Git) Into Field-Based Laboratories;” presented the paper he co-authored with Zume on “Breaking the Barriers of Traditional Education: A Curriculum Bridge Approach to STEM Education at Shippensburg University;” presented the paper he co-authored with student Brian Pawling on “A GIS Approach to Mapping Sedimentation Patterns in the Letterkenny Reservoir, Franklin County Pennsylvania Using Kayak-Deployed Ground Penetrating Radar;” presented the co-authored paper with students Eric Rothermel, Joseph D. Hawbaker and Dana Heston on “A Window into the Subsurface of the Cumberland Valley Of Central Pennsylvania: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Investigation of Karst Features In The Shippensburg Valley Quarry;” presented the co-authored paper with Heston and Hawbaker on “Hydrogeologic Investigation of Infiltration Rates in Natural and Man-Made Beaches at Wallops Island, Virginia;” presented the co-authored paper on “Grain Size Distribution and Sediment Transport Patterns Along Wallops Island, Virginia: Pre- and Post-Beach Replenishment, and Post-Hurricane Sandy;” and presented the co-authored paper “Investigating Barrier Island Migration and Storm Overwash On Wallops Island, Va, Though Vibracoring;” Zume and student Keri Simmons presented their paper “On the merit of hands-on education: Imaging a buried old stream channel in a shallow alluvial plain using near-surface geophysics.”
  • Dr. Scott A. Drzyzga, associate professor of geography-earth science, presented his paper “Using Boots on the Ground and Data in the Cloud to Motivate Student Learning” at the 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning at Ponte Vedra, Fla. Drzyzga also co-authored the paper “The Shippensburg University Address Referencing System Project” with students Samuel Finn and Will Davis that Finn presented at the 2013 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting at Los Angeles.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Fisher co-authored the article “Learning Through Experience: The Transition From Doctoral Student to Social Work Educator” that was recently published in the Journal of Social Work Education.
  • Dr. Luis Melara, assistant professor of mathematics, presented the talk “Introduction to Math Biology Using Differential Equations” at the Spring Colloquium Series at Gettysburg College March 29.
  • Dr. Amanda M. Olejarski, assistant professor of public administration, had her book Administrative Discretion in Action: A Narrative of Eminent Domain published. She also co-authored the journal manuscript “The little blue pill that killed the little pink house: A narrative of eminent domain” to be published in Administration & Society.
  • Dr. Praveen Veerabhadrappa, assistant professor of exercise science, co-authored the manuscript “Visit-to-visit and 24-h blood pressure variability: association with endothelial and smooth muscle function in African Americans” in the Journal of Human Hypertension.
  • Several members of various departments or offices participated in the Ellucian LIVE Conference Philadelphia. Amy Diehl, Cathy Sprenger, Eric Shirk, and John Vandebrake presented “Riding the Banner XE Wave: One University’s Experience. Trudy Smith and Diehl presented “Mom pay my bill! (But don’t look at my grades).” Justin Sentz, Dustin Sier, and Mira Mattern presented “Luminis and Content Management – Integrating Targeting of Content.” Sier, Sentz, and Mattern also presented “Responsive Design in Ellucian Luminis Platform 5.”

Members of the English department gave various presentations, received awards or had articles published. They are:

  • Neil Connelly held writing workshops at Shippensburg Library, Good Shepherd Middle School, Harrisburg Academy, and at the Amelia Given Library in Boiling Spring. He also participated in the panel “Zombies, Vampires, Detectives, Oh My: The Role of Genre in Undergraduate Creative Writing Workshop” at the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Boston. His story “The Dad in Question” was published by Gulf Stream, an online literary journal, while “The Lost Art of Believable Make Believe” was published by Pembroke.
  • Dr. Thomas Crochunis was awarded a faculty Teaching and Research Excellence grant for 2013-14 to pursue his research project, “Three women theatre managers in London, Scotland, and the Provinces in the 1830s.” He also organized and then presented with student Nicole Stouffer at the session “Connecting Through Student Affiliates to Ignite Campus Interest in Literature And Literacy” at the NCTE Conference in Las Vegas. He organized and then presented with students Kate Garvick, Janelle Healy, Krista Bussewitz, and Kelsey Winton at the session “Literacy Sponsorship Profiles: Encountering Students’ Changing Literacies” at the PCTELA Conference in Lancaster. He also organized and then presented with Dr. William Cowden from the educational leadership department the paper “Assessment in the Wild: Evaluating Field-Based Practice in Ways that Enhance Student Learning” at the Inaugural Conference on Emerging and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success in Shippensburg.
  • Dr. Erica Galioto published “Split Skin: Adolescent Cutters and the Other” in Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis. She also presented “Mentoring Marisol: Composition Pedagogy and the Gateway to Professional Identity” at the SUNY Council on Writing Annual Conference in Buffalo.
  • Dr. Sharon Harrow presented on the panel “Live Text as Interpretive Model: A Spirited Reading and Pedagogical Discussion of Scenes from Congreves Way of the World at the 44th annual meeting of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies in Cleveland. She was also invited to speak about pedagogy and feminisms at“Enlightenment Constellations,” the conference for the Canadaian Society of 18th-Century Studies.
  • Dr. Shannon Mortimore-Smith was invited by the English Department Professional Development Committee to present a scholarly talk on video games and classroom gamification titled “Gaming the Classroom: Multiplayer Approaches to Teaching.” She also chaired and presented on the panel “Gaming the English Classroom: Advancing the Literacy of Play” at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Las Vegas. She also published “Fueling the Spectacle: Audience as ‘Gamemaker’” in Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games. She also presented “Comics as Critical Consciousness” at the Comic Arts International Conference at the Comic-Con Convention in San Diego.
  • Dr. Kim van Alkemade and Connelly presented readings from their creative work in progress at the workshop “Whats in a Genre” at Shippensburg University.