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January - June 2008

Activities or accomplishments of note 

Dr. Jeanine Burnett, Department of Elementary Education, participated in second grade observation at the Urban Seminar: Multicultural Education, Fairhills School, Philadelphia, May 2008. 

Dr. Gary Cordner, Department of Criminal Justice, was appointed co-chair of the Public Safety Training Academy standards review committee for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, March 2008. 

Dr. Richard S. Courtney, Department of Geography, represented Kutztown University at the meeting of the Digital Infrastructure Management and Security System Project in Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, June 2008; attended the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Geographic Information Systems meeting, Harrisburg, February 2008; and attended the Second Annual Assessment Symposium held at Kutztown University, April 2008.  

Dr. Richard A. Crooker, Department of Geography, did a peer review of a manuscript for The Geographical Bulletin

David Cullen, Department of Music, performed with Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, May 2008; performed with Grammy Award-winning guitarist Will Ackerman at the Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, New Hampshire, May 2008; recorded new music with renowned Ugandan musician Samite for an upcoming 2008 release.  

Matthew Daub, Department of Fine Arts, was the juror for the Bethlehem Palette Club Annual Exhibition at Moravian College, Bethlehem, April 2008. 

Dr. John J. Delaney, Department of History, received a Holocaust Educational Foundation fellowship to participate in the foundation’s 2007 Israel Study Seminar. The seminar included an international conference on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, Israel’s center for Holocaust research and remembrance. The 11-day traveling seminar included study of the ancient Hebrews, early Christianity, Rome, Byzantium, and the Modern State of Israel. Sites visited included historic Jerusalem, Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslin quarters, Masada National Park, Nazareth, Mount of Beatitudes, the occupied West Bank, occupied Golan Heights, a Kibbutz founded by surviving fighters of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the Israeli cities of Nahariya, Haifa, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv, December 2007. 

Dr. S. Pascale Dewey, Department of Modern Language Studies, was appointed a member of the advisory board for XVIII New Perspectives on the 18th-Century, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Studies, Auburn University, Ala., 2008. 

Dr. Heather Fountain, Department of Art Education and Crafts, chaired a college review committee for the Pennsylvania Department of Education focusing on “Special Education in Art Education,” April 2008. 

Dr. Michael P. Gabriel, Department of History, refereed two manuscripts for possible publication in The Journal of Military History and served as an outside evaluator for the Department of History/Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, February 2008. 

Dr. Curt Herr, Department of English, completed his Ph.D. at New York City’s Fordham University. His dissertation is published by Zittaw Press, April 2008.                                                                                                                                      

Cheryl Hochberg, chair, Department of Fine Arts, had three of her paintings purchased by the Lehigh Valley Hospital and permanently installed in the new Kasych Family Pavilion. The pavilion officially opened in January 2008. Hochberg exhibited three paintings in the group show “5 Views to the Landscape.” The show was reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, April/May 2008. She also had a solo show of three dimensional work, which she creates in collaboration with Andrew Brehm, at the Jacksonville Art Association, Jacksonville, Ill., May 2008. Hochberg had a solo show of her paintings at eDavid Gallery in Bethlehem, May/June, 2008.   

Mark Hostetter, fire safety technician, Environmental Health & Safety, received his national certification for Fire Inspector II, November 2007.  

Dr. Patricia Kelleher, Department of History, served as a referee for a revised manuscript submitted to the Journal of Urban History, July 2007. and completed a public peer review of a book-length manuscript for the Edwin Mellen Press, January 2008.  

Dr. Mahfuzul Khondaker, Department of Criminal Justice, is an editorial board member of the Prison Journal

Dr. Kevin Kjos, Department of Music, was the clinician/adjudicator at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Jazz Festival, March 2008. 

Carver Scott Lee, Department of Music, started Qi Gong (ancient Chinese exercises) and Breathing Techniques classes for the faculty, staff, and students of Kutztown University. These classes at KU are sponsored by the Women's Center and Housing and Residential Services with the help of Kathleen Lynch. He has taught this class at NYU, UNC-CH, Berklee College of Music, Morehead State, UNC-G, and the Eastern Music Festival. He will be conducting a similar class at Princeton University, May 2008.   

Dr. Robert N. Martin, chair, Department of Geography, chaired the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Geographic Information System Consortium meeting in Harrisburg, February 2008. 

Kevin McCloskey, Department of Communication Design, curated the art exhibition “Mexican Revolutionary Prints,” from the collection of Kutztown University, at the Art Gallery of Passaic Area Community College, Paterson, N.J. and presented an illustrated lecture that coincided with the exhbition, March/April 2008. 

Dr. Carrie Nordlund, Department of Art Education & Crafts, chaired the selection process for the National Art Education Association Women's Caucus Carrie Nordlund PreK-12 Award, a national award honoring an art teacher for feminist pedagogy in the K-12 classroom, March 2008. 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in concerts at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, and the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, December 2007; with Satori, a chamber ensemble, a mid-winter concert at Foy Hall, Bethlehem, January 2008; with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra  in the annual Family Concert, February 2008; and with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra she performed in concert with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, March 2008. Ogletree performed with the Allentown Symphony, April 2008; participated in the 201st Annual Bach Festival in Bethlehem, April/May 2008; as first violinist with Satori in a pair of concerts “North Meets South” in Allentown and Bethlehem; performed as concertmaster for the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra during the Winter Vivaldi concert in Bethlehem, January 2008; performed as concertmaster for the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Allentown, February 2008; and performed with the  Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra at Allentown’s Symphony Hall, April 2008. 

Dr. Patricia Pytleski, Department of English, was conferred a Ph.D. by Lehigh University, January 2008.    

Dr. Glenn Richardson Jr., Department of Political Science, was a chair/discussant on “Panel 27-11: The Media and Coverage of Scandals and Corruption” at the 66th Annual National Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill., April 2008. 

Dr. Oskars Rieksts, Department of Computer Science, and Dr. Joo Tan, Department of Computer Science, were co-chairs for the 23rd Annual Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Science Educators conference, April 2008.


Dr. Robert S. Ryan, Department of Psychology, served as a monitor for the psychology talks at the 9th Annual Berks County Research and Creativity Conference held at Kutztown University, April 2008.   

Dr. Kim Shively, Department of Anthropology/Sociology, spoke about Turkish culture in the “Portrait of Turkey” seminar for educators sponsored by the Berks County Chapter of the World Affairs Council of America and the Turkish Cultural Foundation, April 2008. 

Dr. Maria Sanelli, Department of History, was invited to the National Council of the Social Studies (NCSS) Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. She has crafted resolutions that have been voted upon as part of the NCSS House of Delegates meeting during the national NCSS conferences, July 2005-2008. Sanelli has been re-elected president of Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools for 2008-2009. 

Dr. Steven M. Schnell, Department of Geography, was interviewed and quoted as a researcher in local farming and sustainable agriculture in the article “Small-farm boosters help pay legal costs,” by Ron Devlin, The Reading Eagle, p. B-4, August 2007. The article also appeared in Passages, “PASA Members Show Support for the Lynch Family,” the newsletter for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, pp. 15, 18, September/October 2007. 

Dr. Louis Schwartz, Department of English, organized the first panel devoted to Vietnamese Cinema at the Annual 2007 Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, Ill., December 2007. He also presented a paper at the conference, "Dang Nhat Minh's Nostalgia for the Countryside: Abstraction in Contemporary Vietnamese Film and Culture." 

Dr. Heather H. Thomas, Department of English, delivered the keynote speech “The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain,” at the Greater Reading Literary Festival, Wallace Stevens House, Reading, October 2007. 

Dr. Pietro Toggia, Department of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Gary Cordner, Department of Criminal Justice, successfully established a chapter of the national criminal justice honor society Alpha Phi Sigma at Kutztown University including the induction of 14 charter members. 

Dr. Valerie Trollinger, Department of Music, was asked to serve as a professional consultant for music and for research design for a longitudinal music performance and educational achievement study with the Schuylkill Valley School District. 

Jeffrey Voccola, Department of English, was awarded the Associated Writing Program Writers’ Conferences and Centers Scholarship for fiction. The $500 scholarship is presented to one fiction and one poetry writer who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency, 2008. 

Dr. John Walker, Department of Accounting and Finance, recently completed the voluntary annual continuing education program offered by Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and became co-editor of The Journal of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology, March 2008. 

Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Department of Geography, and Faculty Athletics Representative, participated in the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association’s Executive Board meeting during the 102nd Annual Meeting of the NCAA, Nashville, Tenn., January 2008. He served as the official voter for Kutztown University of Pennsylvania during the NCAA Division II Business Session at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the NCAA, Nashville, Tenn., January 2008 and participated in the spring meeting of the Executive Board of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association in his capacity as vice-president of Division II,  Savannah, Ga., March 2008.  Ziegenfus also reviewed a manuscript for the Geographical Bulletin magazine, January 2008.



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