Accomplishments by SU faculty, others 9.6.13

Following is a list of presentations, awards, honors and other achievements by or to Shippensburg University faculty or other members of the campus community. If you need further information, please call 477-1202. 

  • Dr. Wendy S. Becker, associate professor of management, presented her research “Extending the Staff Ride for Qualitative Research in Organizational Psychology” at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology in Münster, Germany in May 24. She was also elected treasurer on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO). METRO is the oldest and largest local professional association of applied psychologists in the U.S.
  • Mary S. Burnett, associate dean of students and director of international programs, and Stephanie Erdice, director of the Women’s Center, published the article “Learning in a Global Classroom, How Studying and Volunteering Abroad Can Help Your Fraternity/Sorority Community” in the summer edition of Perspectives, a quarterly publication of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. 
  • Drs. Kelly M. Carrero and Calli G. Lewis, assistant professors of spe­cial education, will present “Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Teach Play Skills to Children with Autism” at the International Conference for Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders in Chicago Sept. 26.
  • Dr. Debra Cornelius, professor of sociology, co-authored a paper that will appear in a 2014 edition of the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. The article is  “A Transnational Approach to Understanding Indicators of Mental Health, Alcohol Use, and Reproductive Health Among Indigenous Mexican Migrants.”
  • Dr. Donna Couchenour, professor emerita of early childhood education, and Dr. Kent Chrisman, professor of early childhood education, have been contracted by Sage Publications to serve as editors for the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education, a three-volume reference work to be available in 2015. Dr. Annie Papero and Dr. Jennifer Pyles, assistant professors, of early childhood education, will serve as the managing editors. Couchenour and Chrisman will name a 10-member board of nationally recognized scholars in early childhood education to serve in an advisory role for the encyclopedia.
  • Emilee Danielson Burke, assistant dean of students and director of fraternity sorority life, published the article “Membership Reviews: I Did Not Drink the Kool-Aid, Should You?” in the July edition of Essentials, a monthly publication of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. She also published the article “Brothers and Sisters in Uniform.” in the summer edition of Perspectives, a quarterly publication of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. 
  • Dr. Amy Diehl, director of system and applications, defended her dissertation in July as part of the doctoral degree program in administration and leadership at IUP. Her dissertation was “Making Meaning of Adversity: Experiences of Women Leaders in Higher Education”
  • Steve Dolbin, chair of the Department of Art and Design, was featured in an article focusing on contemporary art educator/artists titled “Walk The Talk” in the May Issue of Hagerstown Magazine.
  • Dr. Scott A. Drzyzga, associ­ate professor of geography-earth science, was selected for and par­ticipated in Google’s first Geo for Higher Ed Summit in July. The sum­mit brought together 75 instructors and researchers in GIS, GPS, and remote sensing from higher educa­tion institutions around the world at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., and focused on learning and testing new tools for collecting, hosting, analyzing, visualizing, and publishing map data.
  • Dr. Corinne Eisenhart, associate professor of educational leadership, conducted several professional development sessions during the summer. They include a two-day training program for the Minnesota Department of Education with a leadership perspective on closing the achievement gap through effective early learning experiences, emphasizing the importance of building language and early literacy skills. She was a featured speaker at the Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 Education Conference where she presented “Differentiating Reading Instruction (K-3)” and “Resources for Emergent and Early Reading Instruction.” The second session highlighted resources from the Center on Instruction; Doing What Works; Stepping Stones, a curriculum for Home Visitors; and other state and federal resources, part of her work with the federally-funded National Reading Technical Assistance Center and the Center on Instruction. She provided professional development for teachers and leaders from charter schools in a day-long session at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit focused on intentional instruction that builds robust vocabulary to increase students’ literacy proficiency. She also provided professional development for early learning leaders at the Office of the School Superintendent of Education in Washington, D.C.  She also is the Early Learning Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC) through which she provides consulta­tion and technical assistance for early learning leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region. Eisenhart represented MACC at the National Early Learning Round Table in San Francisco. She also planned and provided leadership for a regional round table in New Brunswick, N.J., Aug. 15, which brought together early learning lead­ers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
  • Dr. Robert L. Hale, professor of psychology, completed an invited chapter review of the textbook Research Methods published by Worth Publishers. He also reviewed grant proposals for the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences, of which he is a member.
  • Dr. Billy Henson, assistant profes­sor of criminal justice, co-authored the article “Does gender matter in the virtual world: Examining the effect of gender on the link between online social network activity, security, and interpersonal victimization” pub­lished in the Security Journal.
  • Dr. Xin-An (Lucian) Lu, associate professor of human communication studies, was awarded a tech fee grant of $39,495 to establish a multimedia classroom with software to significantly aid the instruction of multiple courses in the department and enable many instructional and research projects in connection with computer-mediated communication and multimedia presentation. He was also awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience grant of $750 with human communication studies major Amber Sherrock to canvas technologies for his book project Computer-Mediated Communication: A Survey of the Latest Research.
  • Dr. Ben Meyer, assistant professor of exercise science, presented “Prediction of jumping and throwing performances using measurements from comparable activities” at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in New Orleans.
  • Janice Minetola, Robert Ziegen­fuss, and Kent Chrisman, all of the teacher education department, had their textbook Teaching Young Children Mathematics published this summer.
  • Dr. William J. Morrison, profes­sor emeritus of biology, authored the feature article “The Lithuanian Roots of Igor Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring” in the May/June issue of Lithuanian Heritage.
  • Dr. Matthew C. Ramsey, assistant professor of human communication studies, had his research study “Communicating Paranormal Belief: An Investigation of the Relationships Among Personality Temperaments, Paranormal Belief and Lie Acceptability” published in the Northwest Journal of Communication, a scholarly, peer-reviewed communication journal. He was also invited to review manuscripts for the Western Journal of Communication, a top-tiered regional journal of the National Communication Association.
  • Dr. Cheryl Slattery, associ­ate professor of teacher education, in her role as chairperson for the Shippensburg Area School District Education Foundation, worked col­laboratively with six district elemen­tary teachers to create and launch a new program called Smooth Sailing. Through Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funding from the Foundation, Smooth Sailing is an investment in the school commu­nity’s need for a smooth transition into school for selected children who will start Kindergarten, and back to school for selected children who will start first grade. The program’s goal is to provide foundational skills for selected incoming Kindergarten children and to provide targeted, data driven intervention to children start­ing first grade. It is a free, week-long supplemental transition program into the school year for up to 120 qualify­ing children enrolled in the district, including snacks and bus transporta­tion. Smooth Sailing was Aug. 12 to 16 and will be offered every sum­mer at one Shippensburg elementary school. She presented this program to the Shippensburg Area School District Board of Directors Aug. 26.
  • Dr. Richard D. Stone, professor emeritus of marketing and logistics, recently had his co-authored article “Commerce in The Late Unpleasant­ness: Business Aspects of Civil War Railroads” published in the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics, and Policy.
  • Drs. Robert Ziegenfuss, Janet Bufalino, and Eucabeth Odhiambo from the teacher education depart­ment, and Dr. Michael Small, direc­tor of the Shippensburg University School Study Council sponsored the “Best Practices for Middle Level Students” symposium in the CUB. The symposium also involved the National Professors of Middle Level Education, the Pennsylvania Pro­fessors of Middle Level Education and the Pennsylvania Middle Level Association. A major goal of the symposium was achieved by bring­ing together educators involved in middle level education. More than 100 teaching candidates, recently graduated teachers from PASSHE universities, professors, and school-based administrators and teachers attended the keynote presentations along with 12 presentations and exemplary middle level school-based programs. Ziegenfuss, president of the National Professors of Middle Level Education, brought the sym­posium to Shippensburg to promote more involvement in the Northeast and to celebrate the new middle level teacher certification in Pennsylvania.
  • Marc Renault, Ben Galluzzo, Tom Evitts, and Dave Kennedy of the mathematics department served as presenters at Halifax Elementary School’s Science and Math Day. They each conducted four or five sessions to highlight mathematics as a career tool and as a source of enjoyment. Galluzzo featured mathematical modeling as a way to estimate number of cheese balls in the fifth grade sessions. Kennedy highlighted the Mira as a tool for performing reflections with fourth-graders. Renault and third-graders graders explored “really large numbers.” Evitts involved second-graders in creating a binary-number “secret code.” Participation in this event has been an annual tradition among the department’s faculty.
  • Several faculty members from the mathematics department made presentations at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Denver. Dr. Debbie Gochenaur and student Andrew Geesaman presented “High-Impact Techniques for Asperger’s in the Classroom.” Dr. Ben Galluzzo presented at the session “How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?” Dr. Dave Kennedy presented “Will This Way Work? Pre-service Teachers Validate Their Solution Strategies.” Dr. Tom Evitts presented “Making Mathematical Connections: An Important Aspect of Reasoning.”