February 2008 President's Update
Dear Bellarmine University Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am delighted to share the news that Bellarmine
University has appointed Dr. Robert B. Cooter, Jr. as the Ursuline
Endowed Chair of Teacher Education. This appointment is effective this
fall and signifies the first endowed chair in education. It is named
in honor of the Ursuline Sisters because it is the merger with Ursuline
College in 1968 that brought teacher education to Bellarmine’s campus.
Dr. Cooter is an internationally known expert on
literacy, especially in the area of increasing literacy among
poverty-stricken, urban schoolchildren. He is also renowned as editor
of The Reading Teacher, the largest education journal in the world. We
are quite proud that this distinguished scholarly journal now will be
housed at Bellarmine University!
I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen Spencer
Cooter will be joining the education faculty as professor this coming
fall. She will teach special education courses and serve as founding
director of the new center in the School of Education that will
provide outreach to the local schools and community as well as provide
Currently, both Dr. Robert Cooter and Dr. Kathleen
Cooter are on the faculty at the University of Memphis, where they have
each earned a number of honors and have published extensively. Among
their published works are more than a dozen books, 60 refereed journal
articles, and several book reviews. Combined, they have attracted
more than $35 million in grants.
Thanks and kudos to Dean Cindy Gnadinger and Vice
President Doris Tegart for successfully recruiting these prominent
educators to Bellarmine’s Annsley Frazier Thornton School of
Bellarmine awards degrees at December commencement
Bellarmine awarded 274 undergraduate and graduate
degrees at its annual December commencement exercises on Wednesday, Dec.
19. Honorary degrees were awarded to USA Harvest founder Stan Curtis
and philanthropist Joan Cralle Day. Curtis also delivered the
commencement address. Read more on our web site.
Bellarmine named one of “Best Places to Work in
I'm delighted and not one bit surprised to report that
the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management, in conjunction with
the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, has announced that Bellarmine
University is among the winners of its 4th Annual “Best Places to Work
in Kentucky” competition.
The program is a multiyear initiative designed to
motivate the state’s companies to focus, measure and move their
workplace environments toward excellence. It is based on Fortune
magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”
Summer Stipend Recipients
I am pleased to announce the 2008 recipients of the
Faculty Summer Stipend:
- Akhtar Mahmood – Search for New Subatomic
Particles at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
- Michael Luthy – Global Marketing Outposts?The
Role of Foreign Embassies in Fostering Commerce, Trade, and Tourism
- Don Osborn – Historico-Cultural Factors in Beauty
Judgments: 16th Century Courtesans Judged Against 21st Century Media
- Frederick Smock – The Appalachian Achievement of
Poet James Still
The Faculty Summer Stipend program provides support to
full-time teaching faculty to pursue two consecutive months of study
or research. We look forward to hearing the results of their research
at a Faculty Forum in the 2008-09 academic year. Please join me in
congratulating our colleagues on this opportunity to enhance their
scholarship and further the academic mission of Bellarmine University.
Lecture on Merton and Racial reconciliation
The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University
will sponsor a lecture by Princeton University professor Albert
Raboteau. The lecture, titled “Thomas Merton and Racial
Reconciliation,” will be held on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Frazier Hall.
Raboteau will also be a guest on State of Affairs which will be
broadcast from campus.
Raboteau specializes in American religious history with
a focus on American Catholic history and African American religious
movements. He is the author of the book A Fire in the Bones, which
includes a chapter on Merton and Martin Luther King, Jr. Other titles
by Raboteau include Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the
Antebellum South, Canaan Land: A Religious History of African
Americans, African-American Religion, and A Sorrowful Jay.
Lansing School achievements
Dr. Karen Golemboski and Professor Michelle Draper have
had their work, “Emergency Preparedness Instruction: Use of a Global
Bioterror Scenario in a CLS Curriculum” accepted as a poster session
at the Clinical lab Educators Conference in February 2008 in Savannah,
Dr. Kathy Hager's article, “Pilot Project: the Chronic
Pain Diary” appeared in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Vol.
33, No. 9, September, 2007, pp. 14-19.
Grace Dowe presented “Community-based Healthcare:
Management of cholesterol and glucose values in an Underserved
population” as her final project in the MSLA program. Ms. Dowe is the
last student to graduate from the MSLA program
Dawn Ginter and Robert Holland, BSN majors, have had
their article, “Medication Errors in a Rural Hospital Setting”
selected for publication in the next issue of the Kentucky Nurse.
Dr. Beverley Holland has published a chapter, “The
Aging Client” in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: An Introduction to
Theory and Practice by P G O’Brien, W. Z. Kennedy and K. A. Ballard.
The text is a 1st Edition published by Jones and Bartlett, 2008.
Dr. Joan Masters has published a chapter, “Mental
Disorders due to General Medical Conditions” in Psychiatric Mental
Health Nursing: an Introduction to Theory and Practice.
Dr. Connie Cooper has had a paper presentation accepted
by the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
International Conference in March 2008. The paper is titled “A Study
of Faculty Attitudes, Perceptions, Resistance and Expectations Toward
Teaching Web-Based Learning Courses in Higher Education”.
Dr. Gina Pariser has published an article, “Physical
Activity: A Cornerstone for Managing Type 2 Diabetes”, in Kentuckian
Healthy Woman, November/December 2007.
Lansing School Student Accomplishments
Hilda Ortega, a 2007 Cytotechnology graduate, passed
the national board exam attaining an overall score of 787 and perfect
scores of 999 in two subspecialties. These are the highest scores ever
achieved by any graduate dating back to the 1960s.
Respiratory Therapy students were featured in the
American Association of Respiratory Care newsletter, "In the News." The
students’ efforts on campus on smoking cessation and other lung
diseases were noted. The students’ activities of pulse oximetries and
peak flow measurement, and general information were highlighted.
Welcome to Michael Jude Hoskins-Harris
Congratulations to Megan Hoskins, MSN, RN, Clinical
Coordinator for the Nursing Department on the birth of a health and
happy baby boy. Master Michael Jude arrived at 7:53am on December 31,
2007. He weighed 7 lbs and 10 0z and was 20 in long.
Please congratulate Dr. Paul M. Pearson, Thomas Merton
Center Director and Archivist, on the publication of his articles “A
Wide Open Lens: The Photography of Thomas Merton” in Dialogue
Australasia 18 (October 2007) and “A Meeting of Angels: Thomas Merton
and the Shakers.” American Communal Societies Quarterly 1.4 (October
Who's Who Students
Congratulations to these Bellarmine students upon being
named 2007-08 Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.
Claude Allen Berry
Crystal Lee Early
Elizabeth Ann Ulanowski
Amanda Danielle Alvey
Beth Ann BecVar
Sarah Lynn Bell
Rachel Rena Best
Amber Rose Brown
Amberly Kristine Burris
Colin Michael Carroll
Kelly Marie Casey
Andrew Joseph Coverstone
Patrick Ryan Crush
Michael Todd Daniel
Danielle Lucille D’Aniello
Rita Helen Dixon
Joseph J. Esch
Franklyn Paul Fenton
Tiffany Kathleen Florence
Kristen Netter Harrison
Kathryn Caroline Hickey
Maria Genevieve Hornung
Jourdan N. Hubbuch
Andrea Sloan Hubbuch
Jolene Nicole Hughes
Alexander Joseph Kuebbing
Jason Eugene Lally
Kara Noelle Lauterbach
Tracy Lynne Law
Tumaini C. Malenga
Suzanne Elise McGee
Rebecca J. Meade
Christopher Todd Mozier
Sara Jane Musk
Jessica Dianne Neiser
Cassandra Ashley Patterson
Riayn McKenna Porter
Jessica Dee Poteet
Michelle Kathleen Quill
Thomas Stephen Reynolds
Jeanna Marie Romani
Katherine Grace Schaffer
Megan Lynne Schlarman
Sabrina E. Sebastian
Tiffany Ellen Simpson
Whitney Rachel Talbott
Wesley Mark Thomas
Patricia Suzanne Todd
Sara L. Triftshouser
Rachel Lee Walz
Samuel Jovian Weigel
Fall Sports Wrap-Up
Bellarmine student-athletes were among the nation’s best
in several NCAA categories. In field hockey, junior goalkeeper
Kristina Thomas finished third in the nation in save percentage at
.824, and was sixth in the country in goals against average at 1.35.
Meanwhile, her teammate, Sloane Hubbuch was seventh in the country in
assists at 0.47 assists per game, which helped Bellarmine rank fifth
nationally in that category. On the volleyball court, setter Caryn
Schoeff, who was in her first year at that position this season,
finished 46th in the country in assists per game at 11.8, while senior
outside hitter Chelsea Bibelhauser was 58th in kills at 4.1 kills per
game. In men’s soccer, goalie Justin Welply was 63rd nationally in
saves per game with an average of 4.4, while women’s keeper Alison Von
Hoene ranked 56th nationally in goals against average at 1.06.
Congratulations to these fine athletes.
Cross Country Doles Out Awards
Recently, the Bellarmine cross country teams hosted
their post-season awards banquet. At the event, several runners were
recognized. On the women’s side, Katie Hickey was named team MVP and
picked up her Great Lakes All-Region award. Junior Kristin Gieger was
given the “Most Team Impact” award. For the men’s team, freshman Neal
Masterson, who is coming off a sensational rookie campaign, was named
MVP, while the “Most Team Impact” honor went to junior Greg Robinson.
Lewallen Pours in the Points
In the Knights’ recent game with SIU-Edwardsville,
senior center Ashley Lewallen scored her 1,000th point. Lewallen
became the 23rd player to join the 1,000-point club at Bellarmine. Two
nights later, Lewallen scored a career-high 23 points in a game at
Mondy Named State’s Top Track Star
Basketball player and track star Denasha Mondy was named
USA Track and Field’s College Female Athlete of the Year in the state
of Kentucky for 2007. Last spring, Mondy became just the third
Bellarmine female track athlete to earn All-America honors by
finishing fourth in the long jump at the NCAA national meet in
Charlotte, N.C. She also earned a berth in the national meet in the
100 meter dash. Although she is now a senior, Mondy ran her first
season of collegiate track last spring. She promptly set school records
in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump. She was named the Great
Lakes Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year after winning the 100 and
long jump events in the GLVC meet, while finishing second in the 200.
Nault named Kentucky Official of the Year
Also recognized at the USATF ceremony was Bellarmine
jumps coach Bill Nault who was named Kentucky Official of the Year and
was selected to be a high jump referee for the 2008 USA Olympic Track
and Field trials.
Soccer Teams Excel On and Off Field
The soccer teams posted some of the best team grade
point averages in the nation during the fall semester this school
year. The Knights were one of just 74 NCAA schools nationally to have
both their men’s and women’s programs average a 3.0 team GPA.
Bellarmine was one of just three schools in the GLVC to have both
teams earn the honor, and joined the likes of NCAA powers Notre Dame,
Duke, and Penn State in the double achievement. Junior goalkeeper
Justin Welply was selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association
of America to the Great Lakes Region Third Team for his work on the
field, while Andrew Coverstone, Jessica Neiser, and Mackenzie Prather
were all named to Academic All-Region teams by the NSCAA.
Coach Sullivan Becomes Dad
Congratulations to women’s basketball assistant coach
Brian Sullivan and his wife Margaret, who became the parents of
Catherine Elizabeth, who was born Jan. 11. The newest Knight checked
in at 21 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces at birth.
Cornell Craig to be inducted in SIU’s Hall of Fame
Bellarmine University Director of Minority Programs
Cornell Craig will be inducted in Southern Illinois University’s Hall of
Fame in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 29. Craig, who played wide
receiver on the Salukis football team, also recently earned his master
of business administration degree from Bellarmine. Congratulations,
Bellarmine Basketball on the Air
Basketball fans can listen to radio broadcasts of all
Bellarmine home games and selected road games by tuning into BU Radio on the internet.
Students Benjamin Dowdy, Nick Mattingly, and Donnie Kornick will be
calling the action live. Links to internet webcasts of basketball road
games can be found in the upper right corner of the Bellarmine