December 2008 President's Update
Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and
December is always a very busy month, especially as the
Fall term comes to a close. In the midst of this activity, I extend to
you and yours my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,
and Happy New Year.
Mock Trial Victory
The Bellarmine Mock Trial Team, under the expert guidance
of James Wagoner, Jason Butler and Matt Rich, had a great month in
November. In an invitational tournament on the first weekend of
November, hosted by the University of Virginia, they beat the teams of
George Washington University, Yale, Cornell, Michigan, Harvard,
Princeton and University of Virginia to take first place.
The second weekend of November they traveled to New York
University with the younger members of the team and placed second
against teams including Harvard, Furman, Rhodes, Cornell and Michigan.
In Bellarmine’s Invitational Tournament, which was held
last weekend they tied for fourth place against schools such as UCLA,
George Washington and Duke. Congratulations to all for such notable
2008 Study Abroad Photo
The 2008 Study Abroad Photo contest was a success and we
had many exceptional entries. Congratulations to these winners:
First Place: A Distant Horizon by Alex Green
Second Place: Prince’s Street Gardens by Brittany McGarry
Honorable Mention: Nature’s Window by Caroline Petrik
People and Cultures
First place: Every Morning by Samantha Workman
Second place: Happily Ever After by Lisa Abell
Honorable Mention: A Day in the Fields by Alex Green and
Lights of London by Lisa Abell
Visit our photos page
to view these wonderful photos.
Freshmen get involved
One of our Freshmen Focus classes of 14 students
collected $275 with their old-fashioned rock-a-thon to purchase the
material to make blankets for the homeless this winter.
Michelle Spurlock, RN, MBA (BSN and MBA from Bellarmine
University) has accepted the position of Vice President and Chief
Nursing Officer for Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Congratulations and good
luck with your new position Michelle.
December 2008 commencement
Bellarmine will award more than TK degrees during its
annual December commencement exercises on Wednesday, December 17.
Ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. in Knights Hall with TK delivering the
commencement address. Honorary degrees will be awarded to TK and TK.
Another highlight of the commencement exercises will be awarding the
Archbishop's Medal of Scholastic Excellence, which is awarded to the
graduate(s) having the highest cumulative grade point average. For
information about cap and gown pick up and other details, consult the
Good luck graduates.
University Professors Dominate Metroversity Awards
I am pleased to announce that several Bellarmine
University professors captured three of four Kentuckiana Metroversity
Instructional Development awards. Karen Golemboski and Elizabeth
Hinson-Hasty each collected $1,000 for their respective proposals.
Steven D. Wilt and David J. Porta shared a $1,000 prize for their joint
proposal. To read the full story click here.
Princeton Review: Bellarmine Graduate School of
Business Ranks Among Top in the Country
I am proud to say that The Princeton Review has named the
Bellarmine University School of Business one of the country’s best
destinations for graduate school. The test preparation company – also
known for its lists of college rankings – had previously designated
Bellarmine one of the best colleges in the country and one of the best
southeastern colleges. Thank you to all who make our program successful.
For more details, click here.
Bellarmine University “Knights” E.ON U.S. CEO
Bellarmine University “knighted” Victor Staffieri, CEO of
E.ON U.S. at the university’s annual Knight of Knights black-tie dinner
and dance celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15. The honor has been bestowed
upon an individual since 1998 in recognition of outstanding support and
service to Bellarmine University. Congratulations Sir Victor.
On the 40th anniversary of the death of Trappist monk
Thomas Merton, ceremonies and gatherings across the country celebrate
his life and mission. An extensive profile went up on the PBS website
Friday, including an in-depth interview with Dr. Paul Pearson, the
director and archivist for the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine. The
interview can be accessed here.
Bravo to all those listed below for their involvement and
Four Biology students, and several Biology faculty
members, presented their research at the annual meeting of the Kentucky
Academy of Science held at the University of Kentucky in early November,
Sanda Zolj presented an oral presentation on the
“Isolation of triterpenoids from reishi mushroom and their anti-cancer
effects.” She won second place in the undergraduate research competition
for this talk.
Melissa Pawley presented a poster on “Does the reishi
mushroom induce apoptosis in female lung cancer?” She won second place
in the undergraduate research competition for this poster. Drs. Joann
Lau, Dave Robinson and Mary Huff were co-authors of these two papers on
Elisabeth Shaw presented an oral presentation on the
“Continued Studies of Ventral Eversible Gland Function and Composition
in Velvetbean Caterpillars, Anticarsia gemmatalis (Lepidoptera:
Noctuidae).” This research was co-authored by Dr. Anthony Lentz.
Matthew Galante presented a poster on “The effect of
single nucleotide polymorphisms on brain-derived neurotrophic factor
(BDNF) biosynthesis in lymphoblast cells from bipolar disorder
patients.” He was also a co-author on a poster called “BDNF
Expression in Lymphoblastoid Cell Lines Carrying BDNF SNPs Associated
with Bipolar Disorder.” This research was carried out at the
University of Louisville Health Science Center during a summer
internship funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Drs. Dave Robinson and Joann Lau presented a pedagogical
poster at the meeting titled “Bring biomedical research into your
classroom with The Ambrosia Project.”
Professor Winnie Spitza organized and publicized a visit
by 5 Kentucky and Ohio law school representatives at Bellarmine on Oct.
1st. The reps talked with about 12 undergraduate students who are
interested in attending law school after graduation.
She also took 6 Bellarmine students to the IU Law Fair Day
on Oct. 6 to talk with representatives from 140 different law schools
from across the U.S.
On Nov. 18th Prof. Spitza organized a powerful
presentation by Jo Lawless, U.S. Attorney, who discussed her passion for
public service and the law. About 60 students attended the discussion
where Ms. Lawless gave an in-depth look into prosecuting child
exploitation cases throughout Kentucky. She is the Project Safe
Childhood coordinator for the Western District of Kentucky.
Also on Nov. 18, she proctored a small group of students
who took the 3 1/2 hour practice LSAT. She is coordinating with a
representative from Kaplan Testing Center to present a 2 hour test
strategy session for Friday, Nov. 21. Any interested student is welcome
to come and attend this free session in Horrigan Hall Room 106.
Dr. Lara Hayes Needham coordinated and hosted the Public
Relations Panel with the Communication Directors for Mayor Abramson and
Governor Beshear on October 21. It was well attended.
Dr. David Meyers presented a paper “Convergence 2008,”
about blog support for education, at a conference in Somerset, Kentucky.
He has also been selected to teach abroad in China in 2009.
Dr. Ruth Wagoner and Adam Molnar from the Math Department
are conducting research with the attorneys who judge the Mock Trial
Teams. This will be ongoing during the school year.
Dr. Gail Henson helped to coordinate the Festival of
Faiths in Louisville this fall and brought Dr. Stephen Prothero, author
of Religious Literacy: What Every American Need to Know - and Doesn’t,
to campus for a radio broadcast and luncheon involving several key
religious and educational leaders here in town.
Clinical Laboratory Science
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Golemboski, the recipient of
the Metroversity Award for Instructional Development. The award is
presented following peer review for her development of “The Atlantic
Storm: A Global Bioterrorism Scenario.”
Bellarmine University education professor Robert B. Cooter
has received the A.B. Herr Award from the Association of Literacy
Educators and Researchers. The association presents the award annually
to a professional educator who has made outstanding contributions to the
field of reading. Cooter received the award at the association’s annual
meeting in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 7.
International Program News
Gabriele W. Bosley, International Programs Director and
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages/German, was an invited speaker
and partially funded by the European Federation of Intercultural
Learning at the Berlin Academy of Sciences and Humanities on October 14
on "Moving beyond Mobility: Targeted Intervention in International
Professor Bosley was invited and partially funded by the
Coimbra Group (a group of leading European universities committed to
influencing European educational policy for the benefit of
internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning,
research, and service.) to contribute to a leadership seminar at the
University of Graz, October 15-18. Besides Bellarmine's IPO Director,
the group of 21 invited leaders in international education included
Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Cambridge.
Gabriele Bosley was an invited speaker on "Targeted
Meta-level Intervention in Cultural Immersion Abroad" at the 2008 CIEE
(Council on International Educational Exchange) Conference in Nashville
on November 13.
For 2009, Gabriele has received three invitations to
present on intercultural education: the 2009 Forum on Study Abroad in
Portland, OR, and the 2009 European Association of International
Educators in Madrid, Spain, and to contribute to a book on international
learning at the University of Leeds in England.
Associate Professor of Music, Richard Burchard, will have
two of his choral compositions published by Gentry Publications in Los
Angeles, CA. Miserere Mei for 8-part a cappella choir will be featured
in Gentry's 2009 music catalogue and Creator Alme Siderum for 5-voice a
cappella choir will be featured in their 2010 catalogue. Both pieces can
be heard here.
BSN students, Sherri Ryan, Matt Starr, and Lisa Wheeler,
had their article, SCDs Bring Sexy Back, published in DATA BITS of the
Dr. Sherill Cronin’s article Work-Life Blend in
Healthcare, was published for Quit Studer of the Studer Group.
Dr. Sherill Cronin and Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald have had
their manuscript accepted for publication. Fitzgerald, EM, Cronin, SN,
& Campinha-Bacote, J. ( In press). Psychometric testing of the
inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competency Among
Healthcare Professionals-Student Version (IAPCC-SV). Journal of Cultural
Diversity, 16, (4).
Dr. Sherill Cronin and Professor Barbara Lee have had a
chapter, Caring Behaviors Assessment, published in the 2nd edition of
Jean Watson’s book, Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health
Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald’s poster, using Positive Social
Norms marketing to Reduce Tobacco Use by Hispanic/Latino Women of Child
Bearing Age, was accepted for presentation at the Kentucky Nurses
Association Annual Meeting, Louisville.
Dr. Connie Cooper has been selected as the NLN Ambassador
for the Lansing School of Nursing
Three Nursing faculty members will be conducting study
aboard Sumer 2009: Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, IDC 301 Mexico. Professor
Mary Ellen Pike, IDC 301 and Nursing 455, Bellarmine courses, Riga,
Latvia Dr. Linda Cain, N663/PT691, Professional graduate education,
Dr. David Boyce presented at the American Medical Writers
Association, 68th Annual Conference in October. His presentation,
“Treating Work-Related Injuries of the Upper Limb: What Does the
Evidence Say?”, examined the most recent evidence related to
recognizing, evaluating and treating work-related injuries with emphasis
on physical therapy interventions and application of ergonomic
In 2008, eight faculty member in the PT Department,
Lonnemann, Danzel, Boyce, Wiegand, Gillette, Brosky, D. Pariser, G.
Pariser, have published 16 publications, peer reviewed. Many of these
professional articles have been published with DPT students. For 2009,
Professors Ennis, Lonnemann, Brosky, Wiegand, DPariser, GPariser and
Ennis have had manuscripts accepted for publication. Several of these
articles will be published again in collaboration with DPT students.
Theology Department News
Daniel G. Groody, CSC, Ph.D. will give the annual Theology
Lecture on “Crossing the Divide: Immigration, Spirituality, and the
Human Journey” on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Hilary’s at 7:30 PM.
Please mark your calendar.
Fr. Groody is Assistant Professor of Theology at Notre
Dame University and Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and
Culture there. He has spent many years working in Latin America,
particularly along the Mexico-U.S. border. He is the author of "Border
of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit", and
"Globalization, Spirituality and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace"
(2007). He is also editor of two books, "The Option for the Poor in
Christian Theology" (2007), and co-editor of "A Promised Land, A
Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration" (2007).
A Meeting of Angels: The Correspondence of Thomas Merton
with Edward Deming and Faith Andrews edited and introduced by Paul M.
Pearson. (Frankfort, KY: Broadstone Books, 2008.)