February 2007 President's Update

Dear Bellarmine Community Members,

One of the many things I enjoy about doing this update is having the opportunity to share with you a presidential perspective of the University in all of its many aspects.

As I share this good news about our wonderful Bellarmine faculty, students, staff, alumni, and guests, I hope that it engenders in you as it does in me a tremendous sense of pride in the great people of Bellarmine and in their great achievements and progress, as well as a sense of amazement at all that we are accomplishing.

Dr. Tegart Acting VP for Academic Affairs

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Doris Tegart has been appointed Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Tegart will serve in this position until the completion of a national search for a permanent Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In the meantime, we are all very fortunate indeed to be able to rely on Dr. Tegart with enthusiasm and confidence. Dr. Tegart was a public school teacher and then a professor at four public and private colleges and universities before coming to Bellarmine as an assistant professor in Education and the Liberal Arts Core in 1994. A tenured professor, she was the founding Dean of the School of Education from 1995-1999, and was acting Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1999. She has also served the university as Vice President for Special Projects, founding Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Vice President and Associate Provost. For the past four years Dr. Tegart has been Vice President for Bellarmine University and Executive Assistant to the President.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tegart on this appointment and in thanking her for everything she has done, and will do, for Bellarmine University as we embrace and pursue our Vision 2020, becoming the premier independent Catholic university in the South.

New VP Enrollment – Sean Ryan

Please join me in welcoming Sean J. Ryan to the Bellarmine community in the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management. Mr. Ryan will oversee all aspects of student recruitment and financial aid. He comes to Bellarmine from Daniel Webster College, where he served as their chief enrollment officer. Under his guidance, the Nashua, N.H., school experienced a 40 percent increase in new student enrollment. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Anselm and a master’s degree in professional and organizational communication from Regis College. In addition to his Daniel Webster admission experience, Ryan also served in St. Anselm’s admissions office for four years and worked in the investments industry for three years. We're delighted to welcome him to the BU family.

"War and Peacebuilding"

The theology department will host a lecture by Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D., titled "War and Peacebuilding: Global Challenges for Christian Ethics" on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cralle Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public. Cahill holds the J. Donald Monan, S.J. Chair in Theology at Boston College, where she has taught since 1976. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the Society of Christian Ethics, Cahill is the author or editor of 11 books and of 150 essays in books and journals in the areas of war and peace, the ethics of sex and gender, and bioethics. She is working on a follow-up to her 1994 book titled 'Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War'. She is a Catholic moral theologian who enjoys an international reputation. The lecture is supported by a bequest from Rev. Vernon Robertson.

Merton and the Tragedy and the Hope of America

On February 22 at 7 p.m. in Frazier Hall, Dr. Vincent Harding, a friend and associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver a lecture entitled “Thomas Merton and the Tragedy and the Hope of America.”

Woodward to Deliver Wyatt Lecture

Mark your calendars: journalist and author Bob Woodward will deliver the Wyatt Lecture in March. He will deliver an evening lecture on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in Knights Hall.

Student Achievements

Dean's List
Congratulations to all the Bellarmine Students who made the Dean's List for the fall semester. For the complete list of students, please visit the Bellarmine News site.

Soccer Players Earn Academic Honors

Bellarmine women’s soccer players Jamie Halas, Lindsay Scheer, Jessica Neiser, and Megan O’Brien were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-East Region Team. The Bellarmine women’s soccer team also earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2005-06 academic year, as the squad posted a team grade point average of over 3.0. Bellarmine men’s soccer players Steve Slough and Milos Maldonado were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-East Region Team. The NSCAA All-Scholar teams include student-athletes from all three NCAA divisions, plus NAIA schools. Congratulations to these student athletes for their academic and athletic accomplishments.

Mattingly Wins Music Composition Award

Senior Music Major Bart Mattingly has been selected as the winner of the Kentucky Music Educator's Association Collegiate Composition Competition. His winning composition is a 5-part Choral Composition on the text O Magnum Mysterium. The prize includes a $250 award, a certificate and an invitation to have his work performed at the 2007 KMEA In-service Conference. The competition is held every year and is open to all students of music at all Kentucky Colleges and Universities. This is the first year a Bellarmine Music Student submitted a composition. Congratulations to Bart and his fine work!

Literary Success

Congratulations to English major and Honors student Ben Lesousky, whose book of poems, "As It Was," was accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Recent graduate David Harrity (now at the Spalding MFA program) has also had a book, “Morning, and What Came After,” accepted by the same press. Their books will be released in the fall.

Video Winner

Congratulations to BU student Shawn Kelly, winner of the "Day in the Life @ Bellarmine" video award sponsored by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. For his video, Shawn won a digital camcorder. You can view his prizewinning video on the Undergraduate Admission page or on the Bellarmine MySpace.

Bellarmine Inducts Five New Hall of Famers

The Bellarmine athletics department inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame on February 9. Cathy (Brawner) Todd, John Nichwitz, Molly (Niehaus) Schurfranz, Bob Pfaadt, and Brian Zoeller formed the class of 2007. History professor Pfaadt played baseball for the Knights in the 1960’s, and was the basketball public address announcer for over 25 years. For more information on all of these Hall of Famers, please visit the athletics web site.

Faculty/Staff Achievements

Lancaster Pens Professional Development article
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Lancaster for the acceptance of her article in Distance Learning. “Time, Support and Follow-up: The Keys to Successful Professional Development," will be published in Volume 4 Issue 2 of Distance Learning, scheduled for mailing in June 2007.

Mican Earns Kentucky USTA Coach of the Year Award

Bellarmine head women’s tennis coach John Mican was named Kentucky Co-Coach of the Year by the United States Tennis Association. Mican has helped resurrect the Bellarmine women’s tennis program in just three seasons at the helm. In 2004-05, during his first season as coach, he coached the Knights to a school-record 14 wins. Last year, playing a much tougher schedule, Bellarmine finished with a record of 13-9 under Mican. For more information, please visit the athletics site. Congratulations to Coach Mican on this accomplishment.

"Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing"

Congratulations to Professor Carol Smith and Professor Nancy York (now of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) on the publication of "A Blueprint for Developing an Undergraduate Critical Care Nursing Course" in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. The article is scheduled for publication in May/June 2007.

Cronin Appraises Excellence in Nursing

Congratulations to Dr. Sherill Cronin on her performance as an Appraiser for the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet Recognition is awarded to outstanding acute care facilities that demonstrate exemplar nursing practice and performance. Dr. Cronin's talent, dedication and commitment to quality care and patient outcomes is shown in this recognition from ANCC.

"Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon"

Congratulations to Lee Smith upon the production of "Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon," a movie he wrote. And no, this is not just a trick to see if you're still reading. Directed by Richard Griffin, the movie tells the story of "A group of college students run afoul of not only a passel of insane, inbred rednecks, but also a humanoid fish monster bent on making chum of them all." The movie will be released this spring. You can view the trailer here. Also, ST@B (Student Theatre at Bellarmine) is producing one of Smith's short plays, "The Dancing Clown." Check out the play in the Wyatt Blackbox, February 22, 23 & 24 and March 1 & 2.

Bosley Paper on Study Abroad

Gabriele Bosley chaired a session and presented her research in a paper at the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Conference in November in Seville, Spain on "Identifying Goals and Measuring Success in Study Abroad through the Integration of Curricula and Cultural Immersion Programs" .

International Activities

The International Programs Office completed negotiations for bilateral exchanges with strategically selected Premier Catholic Universities in Spain and Italy, resulting in the Presidents of the Catholic University of Madrid and the Catholic University of Milan signing a 5 year agreement with BU in December 06 and January 07. Also, the IPO is currently in negotiation with universities in Britain, Australia, Finland, Mexico, and Morocco to establish strategic, bilateral linkages for Bellarmine. And this May will mark the second year for Bellarmine's new Business Program in Tuscany near Roberto Bellarmino's birthplace. David Collins and Pat Carver will lead this year's group. A search is under way in the FLIS Department for a tenure track position in Francophone Studies and Arabic for the 2007-08 academic year.

Roorda on CNN

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Roorda for his appearance on CNN/International on December 26. He provided expert commentary for a news segment on the slave trade on sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic. The segment was broadcast throughout the world on CNN/International. The transcript is available here.

Promising New Music Talent

Congratulations to Leon Kirkpatrick, Co-Chair of the Music Department, and his wife on the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Noel. Jennifer was born on Jan. 26. Mother, father, and baby are all doing well.

Discover Day

Thanks to all those who helped make Discover Day a success, despite some very unfavorable weather. We rolled out the claret carpet for 369 hardy guests on Sunday, January 21. Our presenters and ambassadors made a much better showing than local meteorologists!

Successful Financial Aid Workshop

Thanks to our Financial Aid team on a successful and well attended workshop held on campus on January 18. Over a hundred people attended the workshop, up from 88 last year and 57 the previous year. Thanks to the team and to those who helped promote this event. These kind of efforts are critical to helping us reach our enrollment goals!

O Magnum Mysterium

"Brave New World," a 90.5 FM WUOL program devoted to new music and living composers, presented Richard Burchard's "O Magnum Mysterium" on December 17.

Hinson-Hasty Book

The Theology department celebrated the publication of Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty’s first book, "Beyond the Social Maze: Exploring Vida Dutton Scudder’s Theological Ethics" (T&T Clark, 2006) on January 16.

Chemistry expert Ellis on WAVE-TV
WAVE 3 TV included a phone conversation with Chemistry professor Graham Ellis in its reporting of the railcar explosion January 16. Dr. Ellis served as an expert to explain the dangers of the chemicals the train was carrying.

Communications Professors Present

In March, Kyle Barnett will present "Iggy Does Dinah: The Politics of Musical Performance on TV Talk Shows" at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago (March 8-11, 2007). He and Dr. Len Cooper will participate in the Southern States Communication Association conference in Louisville (March 28-April 1, 2007) on a panel entitled "Spaces, Places, and Races: The Architecture of Communities." Barnett's paper is titled "Race Records, Hillbilly Music, and Authenticity in the U.S. Recording Industry: Race & Authenticity in Popular Music."

Adams Named to Cytotechnology Committee

Congratulations to Professor Mary Beth Adams on her appointment to the Cytotechnology Examination Committee of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Registry. The work of the committee is essential to ensuring competency of cytotechnologists in the US and it's an honor to be selected.