Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Kudos, Awards & Honors – Staff & Faculty: Spring 2013

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An abbreviated list of accomplishments appears in the print edition of the spring magazine. Below are additional faculty and staff accomplishments.

The College


  • Diane Bridge, Jon Coren and Jodi Yorty, plus 10 students, attended the annual Tri Beta Undergraduate Research Conference at Lincoln University. Elizabethtown College was recognized for having the largest group of delegates at the conference.
  • Jon Coren, Biology, was an invited speaker and the cochair of the Structural Genomics and Functional Genomics Session at the fourth annual World DNA and Genome Day in Nanjing, China. The title of his presentation was “An Arrayed Human Genomic Library Constructed in the PAC Shuttle Vector pJCPAC-Mam2 for Genome-wide Association Studies and Gene Therapy.”


  • Colin Helb was named the area chair person of Internet Culture Studies of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCAACA).


  • Kathy Blouch, Science Education, was invited to attend the Sustainable Energy Symposium on “The Challenges for Implementation of the SE4All Initiative for Sustainable Development at the Global and Local Level.”


  • Kimberly VanEsveld Adams published an essay, “Women and Literary Criticism,” in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol. VI.
  • Mark Harman, English and German, was an invited speaker at a Berkeley conference on the intersections between art, literature and psychiatry in the works of the Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956). The event at which Harman spoke took place in San Francisco and was co-hosted by the Swiss Consulate in that city. He was also an invited speaker at German Wor(l)ds, a conference on multicultural German literature, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Among the audience at that event were current E-town English major, Andrew Herm, and a recent alumna, Jessica Funtanilla ’12, who will begin graduate studies in German this fall at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Jesse Waters has new fiction in an upcoming issue of Drunken Boat magazine, a top-tier venue for international fiction. Additionally, Waters’ essay “Gotterdamerung” and short story “The Man Who Identifies a Body” will be reprinted in Dana Sent Me, an anthology of creative writing published by Poets & Writers Magazine.

Fine and Performing Arts

  • Douglas Bomberger presented a paper on composer Edward MacDowell March 8 at the annual conference of the Society for American Music in Little Rock, Ark. He also was recognized at the conference for completing a four-year term as treasurer of the Society.
  • Robert Spence presented “The Franchise Model: What the Fast Food Industry Can Teach Us About Directing an Orchestra” at the College Orchestra Directors Association 2013 National Conference.
  • Elizabethtown College Theatre participants received Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) awards this term. For “Distracted,” sophomores Christine Evangelista and theatre major Wendy Moulton were nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship; senior major Kyle Kovatch is the alternate. For “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” junior major Mike Wawrzynek and sophomore minor Theresa Forcellini were nominated for the Ryan; sophomore major Taylor Luckenbill is the alternate. In addition, the entire company of “Spelling Bee”—cast, crew, staff, students and faculty—earned a KCACTF Certificate of Merit for their excellent ensemble work. At KCACTF’s January regional festival at Towson (Md.) University, Michael Swanson, director of theatre and dance and associate professor of theatre, earned a Certificate of Merit, for his direction of a reading of a new student-written play, “End of August.”
  •  Kevin Shorner-Johnson presented two papers—“Developing pre-service planning: Music teacher educator beliefs about pedagogy and curricular sequence” and “A case study of beliefs supporting music education formalization in Terrier Rouge, Haiti”—at the recent American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Sarah Daughtrey and Justin Badgerow, FAPA, were selected to perform two sets of newly composed works for voice and piano at the Northeast Regional Conference of the College Music Society. The works were featured on the Composer’s Showcase Concert. The Conference took place at Keene (N.H.) State College March 15 and 16.
  • Faith Shiffer, adjunct Instructor of clarinet, and Dr. Justin Badgerow, assistant professor of piano, performed the composition “Circuitry” by Brad Eargle ’11 at Millersville University’s 2013 Single Reed Symposium. The event took place April 12 at the Ware Center in Lancaster.
  • The article, “Building evidence for music education advocacy,” will be published in the June issue of the Music Educators Journal. Written by Kevin Shorner-Johnson, the article analyzes the persuasive rhetoric of 19th-century Boston and applies lessons to present-day advocacy.
  • Patricia Likos Ricci, art historian and FAPA — Fine Arts Division, was invited to speak at the exhibition, “Pilgrim of Peace: Violet Oakley’s Portraits of the United Nations Delegates,” held at Woodmere Art Museum in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Ricci discussed Oakley’s history as a peace activist and advocate of world government in the founding years of the League of Nations and the United Nations.
  • Debra Ronning, Fine and Performing Arts, wrote a review of the piano collection, titled “Favorite Festival Solos,” for the Oct./Nov. 2012 American Music Teacher journal.


  • Jeffery D. Long, Religious Studies and John Teske, Psychology, were invited delegates to a conference in New Delhi, “On World Religions: Diversity Not Dissensus,” sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Teske gave a presentation on “Emotional Psychology of Religious Diversity,” and Long talked on “Diversity as the Nature of Reality: A Jain-Informed Approach to the Variety of Worldviews.” Both will be published in a volume emerging from the conference. The conference was inaugurated by the President of India at the Rastrapati Bhavan, and the valedictory panel included His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Rev. Mpho Tutu, daughter of Desmond Tutu.
  • Michele Kozimor-King, Sociology and Anthropology; Conrad Kanagy, Sociology and Anthropology; and April Kelly-Woessner, Political Science, and 23 students participated in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference; all students presented original research.
  • Heather Kanenberg, Social Work, and Sara Atwood, Engineering, had their peer-reviewed paper, “Gender-focused policy analysis for STEM faculty at regional teaching-focused institutions,” accepted for presentation at the Engage Everyone: Building an Inclusive Climate for Diverse Communities of Women in STEM conference to be held in Atlanta, Ga., this summer.
  • Tomas Estrada and Petru Sandu will present their multidisciplinary research project, “How to Grow in the Emerging Markets of Central America? The Story of VERNET, a Puerto Rican Entrepreneurial Company,” at the Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, in Florence, Italy.
  • Michael Silberstein and Mark Stuckey had their paper, “A Path Integral Over Graphs Approach to Unification and its Foundational Implications,” accepted for presentation at Foundations of Physics 2013, the 17th UK and European Meeting LMU to be held in Munich, Germany, July 29 through 3. Only five percent of papers were accepted. “Being, Becoming and the Undivided Universe: A Dialogue Between Relational Blockworld and the Implicate Order Concerning the Unification of Relativity and Quantum Theory” by Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey and Timothy McDevitt, is now published in Foundations of Physics. Volume 43, Number 4, 2013.

Occupational Therapy

  • Linda Leimbach, Department of Occupational Therapy, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Towson University in Baltimore, Md., April 11. The title of her dissertation is “Men as Quiltmakers: Crafting the Intersection between Gender and Creative Occupation.” She received her Doctor of Science in Occupational Science degree May 22 during commencement at Towson University.


  • Michael Silberstein was elected vice president of the Society for Mind-Matter Research (SMMR). The SMMR is an international non-profit organization with members from more than 20 countries worldwide, and it is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Its mission is to explore and support novel promising routes of research on mind-matter relations and their impact on cultural issues in general. The SMMR also administers the Journal “Mind and Matter.”

Political Science

  • Oya Ozkanca, Political Science, was invited by the European Institute at the London School of Economics to serve this summer as a visiting fellow in Research on South Eastern Europe. During her fellowship, she also is scheduled to visit Serbia and Bosnia to conduct fieldwork on the Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans and give invited talks at the London School of Economics, University of Bath, and Coventry University. Ozkanca also attended the 54th Annual International Studies Association Conference in San Francisco, Calif., and gave two paper presentations—“Security Sector Reform in Costa Rica: Challenges of Security Sector Reform in Non-Military Countries” and “Searching for a Negotiated Settlement of the Cyprus Conflict: New Incentives or Perpetuated Deadlock?,” which was coauthored with Dr. Odysseas Christou of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Kyle C. Kopko ’05 presented the paper “Maximum Advantage? Estimating the Home State Advantage of Vice Presidential Alternatives in the 2000 and 2004 Elections” with Dr. Christopher Devine of Mount Vernon Nazarene University at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, Ill., April 11. Kopko also served as a discussant on a roundtable panel, titled “Pre-Law Advising in Departments of Political Science,” April 12.
  • Fletcher McClellan, political science, was an invited panelist on a plenary roundtable celebration of the 10th anniversary of the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Long Beach, California, February 8-10.
  • W. Wesley McDonald, Political Science, was quoted in “Experts expect Corbett budget to be hard sell” by Brad Bumsted, in the Feb. 9 Pittsburgh-Tribune.McDonald also was quoted in “Gov. Corbett makes bold but risky move” by Sue Gleiter posted Jan. 31 on Harrisburg Patriot News “Penn Live” website.


  • In collaboration with Sebastian Schwab and Daniel Memmert of the German Sport University, Michael Roy, Psychology, published “The Effect of Motivation and Attention on Bias in Memory for Duration” in the journal Psychology.

Religious Studies

  • Amy Milligan signed a contract with Rowman and Littlefield to publish “Kallah’s Choice: Hair Covering Practices of Orthodox Jewish Women.” In addition, her essay, “Expanding Sisterhood: Jewish Lesbians and Externalizations of Yiddishkeit,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Lesbian Studies.
  • Jeffery Long, professor of religion and Asian studies, published “Ultimate Complexity: A Hindu Process Theology,” in the volume “Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities;” “Universal Avatar: A Hindu Theology of Divine Incarnation in the Tradition of Sri Ramakrishna,” in the journal “Studies in Interreligious Dialogue;” and two articles on Swami Vivekananda, the person who first brought Hinduism to America and whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated this year—“Globalization, Religious Pluralism, and Swami Vivekananda” in the volume “Swami Vivekananda: New Perspectives” and “After 150 Years, the Voice of Vivekananda Still Resounds” in the journal “Hinduism Today.”
  • Michael Long recently penned an op-ed for USA Today.com and was a recent speaker at the City Club of San Diego, Calif. He is slated to speak at the Great Fenway Park Writers Series. Long’s book on Bayard Rustin is a finalist for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards and, this month, he joined other finalists for readings in Greenwich Village in New York, N.Y. Long continues to blog for “The Huffington Post” and to pen reviews for “Interpretation.” In following up his recent book on Martin Luther King Jr. and gay rights, Long has completed a manuscript on gay rights pioneer Franklin Kameny. Long currently is researching the social ethics of Fred Rogers.

Social Work

  • Peggy McFarland was elected as the president of Elizabethtown-based Brittany’s Hope Foundation, an organization which facilitates adoptions of special needs children and provides humanitarian help to children worldwide.
  • Susan Mapp, Social Work, has published a teaching note, titled “Integrating a Social Justice Assignment Into a Research Methods Course,” in the Journal of Social Work Education. The piece discusses the “breaching assignment” completed by social work students in their research methods class in which they breach a social norm.

Centers & Offices


  • David Beidleman spoke March 14 on “Fundraising Success Through Benchmarking” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia.

Marketing and Communications

  • Donna Talarico-Beerman, Office of Marketing and Communications, presented “No Such Thing as TMI: How to Create a Culture of Content Sharing” at eduGuru Summit, a two-day, live, online conference held in late March. Talarico also presented “Putting the ‘E’ in Engagement”—a look at Elizabethtown’s social media success—for the Harrisburg Social Media Club’s April meeting, which was hosted at Elizabethtown College.
  • On Feb. 11, Donna Talarico was one of four local professionals on the ‘Internet Marketing Experts Panel’ hosted by the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was facilitated by Matt Self of Web Talent Marketing. In addition to Talarico, the panel included Oliver Feakins, CEO of Web Talent Marketing; Tim Haak, owner of Mile6; and Chris Flohr, president of Pulse.
  • Donna Talarico-Beerman wrote one of the 25 chapters featuring case studies of social media use in higher education for the new book, ‘Social Works‘ released Feb. 25, from EDUniverse Media. Talarico-Beerman wrote about the fictional alumni campaign between Cornell and MIT.

The S. Dale High Center for Family Business

  • Mike Mitchell, High Center for Family Business, and Sylvester Williams, Department of Business were guests on witf’s Smart Talk radio April 12. The two discussed the 2013 Family Business Survey.

School for Continuing and Professional Studies

  • Dawn Spaar, associate dean, CCEDL, was featured in the January “Recruiting & Retaining Adult Learners” newsletter. Two articles, “Starting, Growing Accelerated Program Requires Self-assessment and Sound Business Plan” and “Know How to Overcome Objections over Quality of Accelerated Programs” were included. This national newsletter, a Wiley Co. production, is widely circulated to hundreds of higher education subscribers.

cover of the amish by don kraybillThe Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

  • Donald B. Kraybill, senior fellow and distinguished college professor, co-authored “The Amish” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), a companion to the documentary of the same name from PBS’s “The American Experience.” Coauthors are Karen M. Johnson-Weiner and Steven M. Nolt.