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  Professional Contributions

 


July 2008 - January 2009

Activities or accomplishments of note 

Dr. Jeanie Burnett, Department of Elementary Education, Dec. 15, 2008, facilitated a grant from Organization Mondiale pour l’Education Pre’soclaire (World Organization for Early Childhood Education) OMEP to Riverside School, London, England. The grant will be used to extend special projects that provide much needed physical activities such as movement, dance, and inviting games for young children before, during and after school. Riverside School has welcomed scholars from Kutztown during KU-UK visits. 

Dr. Marie-Aline Cadieux and Dr. Maria Asteriadou, both of the Department of Music, presented a recital of cello and piano works at Lebanon Valley College, on Sept. 14, 2008, and at Kutztown University, on Sept. 15, 2008. The program included the rarely-heard Samuel Barber Sonata and the Sonata by 19th century composer Agnes Zimmerman, which Cadieux rediscovered, as it has been out of print and unperformed for decades.   

Dr. Sandra Chambers, Department of Elementary Education, Summer 2008. A partnership model for the Graduate Reading summer clinic was established over 30 years ago with the Kutztown School District. This summer, through Chambers’ leadership, the Summer Reading Clinic was expanded from two to four sites. Under the supervision of Chambers and Dr. Mary Ann O’Neil, 47 Kutztown University graduate reading candidates worked for six weeks with a total of 240 students from Kutztown, Wyomissing, Brandywine Heights, and Quakertown school districts. The programs were well received by the participants and district personnel. 

Dr. Jo Cohen-Hamilton, Counseling and Human Services. Current Community Mental Health Volunteer - Psychological Services Provider Trauma Counseling Services Shillington, Pa. Children’s Alliance Center of Berks County Reading, Pa. Child abuse interviews and assessments, forensic evaluations, court report and appearance, prolonged exposure therapy, short-term crisis intervention, on-call service, mandated child abuse reports, referral and case transition services, child, adolescent, couple, and family therapy, intensive service for at-risk youth, consultations and advocacy for school and community provider programs, mobile and in-vivo therapy. Receiving supervision toward LMFT credential, 10-12 hours/week. 

Dr. Jo Cohen-Hamilton, Counseling and Human Services. Maintenance of Psychology License and Counselor Certification Licensed Psychologist, PA Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, #PS-007200-L National Certified Counselor. National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. #56437. 

Dr. John Conahan, Department of Social Work, was elected to a third term as President of the Board of Directors for the Gatehouse, an organization for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence. Conahan was also elected to the Board of Directors of Fairview Counseling and Play Therapy Center in Reading, Pa. The Gatehouse is a substance abuse treatment organization with multiple locations that provides gender-separate, long-term care to residents of central and southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Ann Marie Cordner, Department of Criminal Justice, is serving on the 2008-2009 Nominations and Elections Committee for the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS). 

Dr. Gary Cordner, Department of Criminal Justice, chaired three panel sessions at the 2008 International Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Bellevue, Washington, D.C. 

Frances C. Cortez Funk, Health and Wellness Services, was voted in by the Board of Directors from Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, Inc. as chairperson for the 2008-2009 fiscal year on Sept. 25, 2008. She has been actively involved as a board member for a combination of four years. Centro Hispano is a community-based organization that, through its professional, linguistic and cultural skills, provides services to the growing Latino community in the city of Reading and Berks County, both directly and in cooperation with other community service agencies and organizations. 

David Cullen, Department of Music, performed with Philadelphia jazz vocalist, Denise King, in Boyertown as part of the Unity Walk celebration of diversity on Oct. 12, 2008. 

David Cullen, Department of Music, performed with jazz vocalist Kelly Meashey and jazz bassist Steve Meashey as part of the Monday Concert Series at Elizabethtown College on Oct. 13, 2008. 

David Cullen, Department of Music, performed at a fund raising event for the United Way at First Energy Stadium for over 500 people. 

David Cullen, Department of Music, was a guest faculty artist at the West Chester Jazz Camp during the week of July 13-18, 2008. 

David Cullen, Department of Music, performed with the Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra at the Mann Music Center on July 30, 2008. 

David Cullen, Department of Music, was featured on July 15, 2008 in a 30 minute performance /interview segment on NPR syndicated radio show, “Echoes,” promoting his latest release “Guitar Travels.” 

David Cullen, Department of Music, recorded for Grammy Award Winning Producer Will Ackerman in Brattleboro, Vt. on Nov. 14, 2008. 

Dr. Mary Ann Dailey, Department of Nursing, was a chapter reviewer for the forthcoming Pearson text, Nursing Theories (6th Edition) by Julia B. George. 

Dr. Mary Ann Dailey, Department of Nursing, was a guest lecturer on “Nursing and the Political Process” at the Fourth Annual Nursing 204 Clinical Seminar Day at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, June 23, 2008.  

Dr. William A. Dempsey, Dean of the College of Business, visited Slippery Rock University (SRU) in the role of the AACSB’s mentor to SRU concerning progress toward achieving AACSB accreditation, Oct. 1, 2, 2008. 

Dr. Rosemary Fliszar, Department of Nursing, served as a peer reviewer for a manuscript submitted to the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, July 2008. 

Dr. Rosemary Fliszar, Department of Nursing, was elected chairperson of the Pennsylvania League for Nursing Area 2, effective July 2008. 

Dr. Rosemary Fliszar, Department of Nursing, served as a site visitor and program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., Oct., 2008. 

Dr. Rosemary Fliszar, Department of Nursing, is a member of the Lehigh County Aging & Adult Services Advisory Council. 

Dr. Rosemary Fliszar, Department of Nursing, was named the National League for Nursing (NLN) Ambassador for Kutztown University’s Nursing Department on Nov. 5, 2008. 

Dr. J. Frederick Garman, Department of Human Kinetics, has been selected to serve on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education 2008-2009 HIV Education Prevention Education Materials Review Panel. Tasked with evaluating HIV materials distributed to educators and used in professional development, this joint initiative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on improving health and educational outcomes of young people. 

Dr. Janice Gasker, Department of  Social Work, and Dr. John Vafeas, chair, Department of Social Work, gave testimony titled “The Importance of Baccalaureate Licensure for Consumer Protection in Human Services: A Need for Separate BSW Designation,” at the PA House Professional Licensure Committee, Public Hearing on House Bill 2352, Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 24, 2008. 

Anuradha Ghai,  Department of Accounting and Finance, serves as the treasurer of the Executive Service Corps of the Lehigh Valley (ESCLV).  ESCLV is a local non-profit dedicated to providing professional services (marketing, financial, human resources) to area not-for-profit. Some beneficiaries include: Casa Guadalupe, Allentown Art Museum, Reparatory Dance Theatre, and the City of Bethlehem. 

Dr. David Haas, College of Business, along with Dr. Quintus Jett of the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, and Eddie Garcia of Comcast Corporation, conducted a workshop on the application of the supply chain management concept to the development and growth of minority-owned businesses at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 27, 2008. 

Dr. David Haas, College of Business, attended the Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference on Oct. 5, 2008 and the Annual Global Conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Oct. 6-8, 2008, in Denver, Colo. 

Dr. Edward P. Hanna, Department of Social Work, designated as a qualified family court mediator by the Berks County Family Court Administration, presented “Child Custody Mediation Orientation Consultation,at the Berks County Courthouse, Reading, Pa. on Oct. 30, 2008. 

Dr. Edward P. Hanna, Department of Social Work, through the request of Cigna Corp of CA, provided “Grief and Lossconsultation to the professional management and employees of the R.H. Donnelly Company, Lancaster, Pa. on Nov. 13, 2008. 

Jonathan Kremser, Department of Criminal Justice, completed the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Active Shooter Response course. The course was sponsored by the Fargo Police Department on June 9-13, 2008, in Fargo, N.D.  

Dr. Sharon C. Lyter, Department of Social Work, a member of the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education, served as chair and presented a Field Director Development Institute (FDDI) for Experienced Field Directors, along with co-presenter Dr. Alan Dettlaff of the University of Illinois at Chicago, at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 29, 2008. The lecture was titled “Research Vision: Field as Signature.” 

Dr. Carol C. Mapes, Department of Biology, gave a guided walk on insect galls for the Kutztown Public Library’s Insect Program at the Kutztown Park, June 11, 2008. 

James C. Matejik, Department of Nursing, member on the Lehigh county Advisory Council on Adult and Aging Services, reappointment was on Feb. 14, 2008. 

James C. Matejik, Department of Nursing, four year plan for The Area on Aging and Adult Services for Lehigh County Public Hearing, March 20, 2008. 

James C. Matejik, Department of Nursing, PLN District II, director, Public Relations Committee, adjunct secretary, obtained CEU’s for April 23, 2008, and Oct . 20, 2008, Pennsylvania League of Nursing District II presentation from Merion Publications.  

Dr. Marilyn Meder, Department of Nursing, lectured on forgiveness and moving beyond tragedies at a two day conference conducted by the Parish Nurse Coalition Advisory Board in May 2008. 

Dr. Marilyn Meder, Department of Nursing, served as a Parish Nurse for Scared Heart Parish in Allentown, Pa. 

Dr. Marilyn Meder, Department of Nursing, serves on the Parish Nurse Coalition Advisory Board and on the Parish Nurse Manual Development Committee. 

Dr. Mary Ann O’Neil, Department of Elementary Education. Provides tutor training support for The Adam II Center After-School Program and volunteers at the Grace Christian Preschool. 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed with the chamber ensemble SATORI in a pair of concerts in Allentown, Pa., in the Castelnuevo-Tedesco guitar quintet and the string quartet in Bb, Op. 18 no. 6 by Beethoven, Oct. 18 & 19, 2008. 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a concert at Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. on Nov. 11. 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, served as concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in a performance at Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pa. on Nov. 15. Works to be performed include the Mozart “Magic Flute Overture,” the Schumann Cello Concerto, and “Here is my Heart” for chorus and orchestra by Paul McCartney. 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed on Sept. 9, 2008 with the Bach Festival Orchestra and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in the first Bach at Noon concert at Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa. The performance included Cantata 131 and Suite No. 1 in C by J.S. Bach.   

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, played on Sept. 14, 2008 in the orchestra for a performance of “Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast,” by Paul Salerni and “The Music Master,” a short opera by Cimarosa, at Bethlehem’s Zoellner Center for the Arts. 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed on Sept. 27, 2008 as concertmaster with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in its opening concert of the season at Allentown’s Symphony Hall. Works included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, “Le Tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel, and the Chopin Piano Concerto in e minor.   

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, served on Oct. 10, 2008 as concertmaster for the Moravian Music Festival at Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem.  

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed on Oct. 11, 2008 with Joel Grey and Marvin Hamlisch for Lehigh. 

On June 8 and 29, July 27 and Aug. 24, 2008, Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed with other principal players of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in four different summer Valley Vivaldi concerts. She was the featured soloist in the J.S. Bach “Concerto for Violin in a minor,” the Albinoni “Balletto No. 3 in G,” and the Bach “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.” 

Dr. Mary Ogletree, Department of Music, performed on Aug. 7, 2008 at Bethlehem’s Musikfest with the Chamber Ensemble SATORI, in works by Schubert, Schickele, Mozart, and Durufle. 

Dr. Dubem Okafor, Department of English organized a conference entitled “Breaking Cultural Boundaries/Barriers” in September 2008, at Reading Area Community College. Okafor is the president of M.A.L.I. teen organization, Reading, Pa. 

Ilene Prokup, Department of Nursing, completed a research project titled, “An Examination of Women’s Cancers in Northeast Pennsylvania.” 

Ilene Prokup, Department of Nursing, received accreditation as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. 

Ilene Prokup, Department of Nursing, was appointed to the newly forming Lehigh Valley Board of Health. 

Dr. CJ Rhoads, Department of Accounting and Finance, on Monday, July 14, 2008, was the organizer for the Taijiquan Gathering at the Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization in Bethlehem, Pa.  

Dr. CJ Rhoads, Department of Accounting and Finance, attended the following:   Sunday, Aug. 03, 2008, Other Accounting Career Fair American Accounting Association, Anaheim, Calif. and on Aug. 13, 2008, Speaker Building Knowledge: Impact of Whom We Ask at the Academy of Management in Anaheim, Calif.    

Donna Sabella, Department of Nursing, presented “Health Risks, Problems and Needs of Prostituted and Trafficked Women in September 2008 at the Annual Prostitution and Trafficking Conference, University of Toledo, sponsored by the University of Toledo Department of Social Work. 

Donna Sabella, Department of Nursing, appeared on “Speak UP,” CW Philly 57, in September 2008 and discussed prostitution and trafficking and Dawn’s Place, a residential recovery program in Philadelphia, where she is the program director. 

Donna Sabella, Department of Nursing, had two proposals on trafficking and caring for women involved in sex work accepted for the Drexel University Women’s Health Conference held February 2009, in Atlantic City, N.J. 

Dr. Christopher F. Sacchi, Department of Biology gave a guided walk entitled, “Meet the Fall Forest” on Sept. 27, 2008, sponsored by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  

Dr. Christopher F. Sacchi, Department of Biology, served as a botanist/plant ecologist at the PA Institute for Conservation Education (PICE) Wildlife Leadership Camp (for high school students) at the Raystown Field Station, July 2008.  

Dr. Gregory P. Setliff, Department of Biology gave an insect presentation for approximately 25 preschool and kindergarten students at the Early Learning Center, Kutztown University, Sept. 19, 2008.  

Dr. Deborah Sieger, Department of Criminal Justice, was one of three guests on Berks County Community Television participating in “Diversity: A Wider Vision” televised live on Nov. 10, 2008, from 8-9 p.m. 

Dr. Terre Sychterz, Department of Elementary Education, Dec. 16, 2008, attended the Leadership Series 2008- 2009 Building Common Assessments, Part 1 “Improve Your Assessment Literacy” at BCIU 14, Reading, Pa. 

Dr. Marilyn Stewart, Department of Art Education and Crafts, was one of two nationally recognized scholars invited to organize and present “Transformation: Authentic Connections Through Art and Writing, Teacher Institute 2008” at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Va., July 13–15, 2008. 

Dr. Joo Tan, Department of Computer Science, chair of Faculty/Student Posters, Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Eastern Conference, Hood College, Frederick, Md., October 2008. 

Dr. Pietro Toggia, Department of Criminal Justice, served as Panel Chair, “Responding to Neo-Liberalism”  for the American Society of Criminology 2008 Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 13, 2008. 

Dr. Pietro Toggia, Department of Criminal Justice, served as Panel Chair for the “Genocide and Conflictpanel at the American Society of Criminology 2008 Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Nov.14, 2008.

Rhonda Wall, Department of Art Education & Crafts, exhibited her artwork in the Miami Art Fair, AQUA Wynwood, Miami, Fla., represented by Accola Contemporary, NYC, Dec. 2-7, 2008. 

Rhonda Wall, Department of Art Education & Crafts, had a solo exhibition of recent artwork at Accola Contemporary, NYC, Jan. 7-Feb. 7, 2009. 

Dr. John S. Walker, CFA, Department of Accounting and Finance, completed the editing of the Fall 2008 issue of the Journal of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology

Dr. John Walker, Department of Accounting and Finance,  in the September issue of Banker’s Economic & Investment Alert, a trade publication for bankers,  co-authored an article titled “Should Your Bank Consider a Stock Buyback?” 

Dr. John Walker, Department of Accounting and Finance, in the October issue of Banker’s Economic & Investment Alert co-authored an article titled “What Is the Impact to Earnings per Share from a Stock Buyback?” was published. 

Dr. John Walker, Department of Accounting and Finance, prepared three practitioner articles that were distributed to Ambassador Financial Group’s clients:  (1) “Assessing Stock Performance Depends a Lot on the Benchmark” (issued in June), (2) “Should Your Bank Consider a Stock Buyback?” issued in July, and (3) “What Is the Impact to Earnings per Share from a Stock Buyback?” issued in August. 

Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Department of Geography and Faculty Athletics Representative, chaired the NCAA Division II Legislative Review Committee that prepares the faculty athletics representatives’ position on the proposed legislation to be considered at the NCAA Convention. October and November 2008. 

Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Department of Geography, Faculty Athletics Representative, chaired the NCAA Division II Legislative Review Committee session at the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association Annual Meeting and Symposium. San Diego, Calif. Nov. 14, 2008. 

Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Department of Geography, served as a reviewer of a manuscript anticipated to be the next edition of James Rubenstein’s, “An Introduction to Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape, September 2008. 

Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Department of Geography, Faculty Athletic Representative, chaired the meeting of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives, Lock Haven, Pa., Sept. 28, 2008. 

Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus, Department of Geography, attended the inaugural meeting of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania. Ziegenfus assisted Geography Professor Emeritus Robert Ensminger in pre-meeting field trip reconnaissance and during the field trip to the Oley Valley for meeting participants, Kutztown University, June 5-7, 2008. 

 

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