February 2009 President's Update
Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and Staff,
Thanks to all of you for your patience and fortitude
during our recent ice storm and power outage. Thanks especially to our
Student Affairs, Residence Life, Facilities and Security teams for
your hard work and quick thinking during difficult times. Here is this
month's President's Update:
In December, the accreditation of Bellarmine University
was formally and publicly reaffirmed before the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools conference assembly. Thank you so very much to
everyone in our Bellarmine community, trustees, faculty, students,
deans, staff and alumni – who participated in the SACS reaffirmation
process and thus who played a very important role in the University’s
grand achievement and success in this regard. Congratulations, thanks,
and way to go, Team Bellarmine!
Siena Secondo Open
Eighty Bellarmine students marked the New Year by
moving into a brand new residence hall, Siena Secondo. Both first-year
and upper-class students moved into the beautiful second phase of the
Siena project during the first weekend of the New Year. Professional
movers and facilities personnel helped students pack and move their
belongings, while parents, University staff, and members of the
Student Government Association helped with the transition. Lenihan
will be razed this spring to make way for another phase of the Siena
project. The students were excited about the move, as sophomore Amanda
Gray said, "It's exciting to be the first people to live in a
building that will be here for years to come." Please join us for the
dedication and open house on Tuesday, February 10, at 4:00 PM.
Students and Staff Attend Inauguration 2009
The Bellarmine University Office of Multicultural
Affairs took approximately 40 students and faculty to Washington for
the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Students were selected to
attend based on an essay in which they described the personal and
historic significance surrounding the inauguration, as well as how they
support diversity on the Bellarmine campus. Visit our photo gallery to
see photos of this historic event.
Bellarmine awarded more than 280 degrees during
December commencement. Ceremonies took place in Knights Hall, with a
commencement address from the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick Jr, the Episcopal
bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky. Read more about the ceremony here. Congratulations graduates!
Süd-Chemie Endows Chemistry Research Fund
Beginning in spring 2009, Bellarmine chemistry students
will be able to compete for a $25,000 stipend from the Louisville
office of Süd-Chemie Inc., a specialty chemical and industrial
minerals company. The gift will fund the Süd-Chemie Summer Research
Stipend and will be rewarded based on the student's research,
including an original proposal, work-to-date and proposed future work.
To read more about this gift, click here.
Become a Facebook Fan of BU
Bellarmine now has a fan page on Facebook where you can
see photos from our events, get news, and show your support for
Bellarmine. Click here to become a fan today. Bellarmine now also has
a Twitter account where you can keep up on daily news and happenings
around campus. Find out what Bellarmine is doing today here.
There are several new photo galleries, including
students' impressions of Bellarmine, basketball excitement, and a poem
by LaKesha Perry. Check them out on the BU >photo galleries web page.
Bellarmine University will celebrate Homecoming 2009
with a week of Mardi Gras themed activities February 15-21. This
annual tradition is a terrific opportunity to build spirit for the
men's and women's basketball games on the 22nd against University of
Indianapolis. With events ranging from a charity date auction to a
masquerade dance at the Seelbach Hotel to the grand finale and
crowning of the Knights of Honor during the Men's home game on
February 22nd there will be something for every Knight on campus.
"The Bellarmines" nominations
We are now accepting nominations on our website for our
2008-2009 faculty and staff awards. The awards recognize the
distinguished achievements of faculty and staff in living the core
values of the Bellarmine campus community. To nominate a faculty or
staff member for one of these prestigious awards, please visit the nomination page. The page includes
descriptions of the awards, along with a form you can use to make a
nomination. Just enter the name of the nominee, your name (optional),
choose the appropriate award, and include a brief description of why
your nominee is deserves the nomination. Award winners will receive a
beautiful stoneware "Bellarmine jug."
News and Information for Parents Now Online
Parents of Bellarmine students now have a new blog
resource, written by Drs. Cathy Sutton and Lynell Edwards. The blog – "Bellarmine Academic Advising"- will provide
weekly updates and insights about how parents can help their children
be successful at Bellarmine and make the most out of the time here.
The blog is also designed as a space where parents can ask questions,
dialogue with each other, and even network on mutually important
topics, from travel plans to career opportunities.
Student and Alumni Accomplishments
Physical Therapy Student, Hao LI,
co-authored a paper with Dr. John Nyland and Tom Helton. The article is Effectiveness
of Anodyne Therapy System in Treating Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy:
A Systematic Review published in Physical Therapy Reviews,
2008, Volume 13, No. 6, pp. 395-404.
Jake Hogg, a junior political science
major, was selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this
February. A non-partisan initiative of the William J. Clinton
Foundation, CGI moves beyond discussion, fostering a shared
responsibility to address major global problems. CGI’s second annual
meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Austin from
February 13-15, 2009. In Austin, over a thousand students will come
together to make a difference both internationally and locally. Many
Congratulations to Jake as he represents Bellarmine in Austin!
Music Technology Majors Caroline Petrik
and Gilbert Wang have been selected to participate
as violinists in Kentucky's Intercollegiate All-State Orchestra. They
will be performing Resphigi's Pines of Rome at the Kentucky Music
Educators Association State Convention in February. The All-State
Orchestra is comprised of music students from colleges and universities
in Kentucky. Congratulations to both students and to Bellarmine
University Violin Instructor, Karen Lord-Powell who is also principal
second violinist with the Louisville Orchestra.
Education alumna Stephanie Schrader was
recently awarded the Catholic Education Foundation award for
excellence. Stephanie is a graduate of the Bellarmine Education
program and has been a teacher at St. Raphael for ten years.
BU nursing students organized on-campus
programming to raise awareness of the cervical-cancer-causing Human
Physical Therapy students in PT 650
presented cases studies to area clinicians and where highly commended
for the didactic and clinical information presented.
Brandy Henderson worked with community
health students at the Community Center in Germantown where nursing
students introduced the use of Wii Fit with seniors
Faculty and Staff News
“Suite For Red River Gorge,” by Lynnell Edwards
of our Academic Resource Center, was nominated by Valparaiso Poetry
Review for a 2008 Pushcart Prize (this is a yearly best of literary
journals award). The poems are featured here.
A Meeting of Angels: The Correspondence of Thomas
Merton and Edward Deming and Faith Andrews edited by Paul
Pearson has been given an award of merit by the Kentucky
Historical Society in their Annual Kentucky History Awards in the State
or Local History Publication category.
Dean of Students Helen Grace Ryan and
colleagues have received word that their article Making the
Familiar Strange: How a Culture Audit Can Boost your Advising Impact
is slated for publication in the March/April Issue of About Campus
Dr. Robert Korn, professor emeritus of
biology, has been invited to be on the editorial board of the
prestigious Journal of Theoretical Biology.
Jefferson County Public Schools and Superintendent Dr.
Sheldon Berman have invited Bellarmine’s School of Education
to partner with Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary to create a
communications magnet. Additionally, Dr. Mary Goral has
been appointed as a member of the Magnet Redesign Team at Byck
Elementary in JCPS.
Drs. Anne Bucalos and Claire
Hughes presented their case study Bridging the divide: One
university’s approach to understanding different generations on a
college campus, at the International Lilly Conference on College
Teaching November 21st at Miami University.
Dr. Sonya Burton presented two
sessions at the recent CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Conference
in Louisville. The presentations were entitled: Beyond Paris
Hilton: Empowering Children to Change the World through Critical
Literacy and Reading, Writing & Rising Up: Giving
Students the Power to Read the Word and the World.
On November 17th, the School of Education
dedicated the new Bellarmine Center for Economic Education.
The new center will provide training to in-service and pre-service
teachers, community outreach and new graduate programming.
Dr. Robert Cooter received the A.B.
Herr Award at the College Reading Association’s annual meeting. This
annual award is presented for distinguished service in reading and
recognizes a professional educator who has made outstanding
contributions to the field of reading.
An article co-authored by Dr. Claire Hughes
has just been published in the Journal for the Education of the
Gifted: Brice, A. R., Shaunessy, E. S., Hughes, C. E., McHatton-Alvarez,
P., & Ratliff, M. A. (2008). What language discourse tells us
about gifted behaviors in bilingual adolescents: A case study of
gifted and non-gifted students. Journal for the Education of the
Gifted, 32(1) 7-33.
Dr. Robert Cooter presented the
following session at the Annual Conference of the College Reading
Association in Sarasota, Florida: Cooter, R. (2008) Writing for
Publication in The Reading Teacher: Tips from the Editors. Annual
Conference of the College Reading Association, Sarasota, FL, November
Dr. Christy McGee and Dr. Claire
Hughes made the following presentations at the National
Association for Gifted Children: McGee, C.D. & Hughes, C. E. (2008).
I swear we’re not pushing her… but. National Association for
Gifted Children Annual Conference. Tampa, FL, November, 2008. Hughes,
C. E. & McGee, C. D. (2008). Gifted in a millennial world.
National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference. Tampa,
FL, November, 2008
Dr. Mary Goral presented at the
Wisconsin State Teachers’ Association annual conference in October. Her
presentation was entitled: Teaching Environmental Sustainability in
Dr. Adam Renner made the following
presentations at the American Educational Studies Association
Conference: Thayer-Bacon, B.; Renner, A.; Young Kang, S.; Peng, H.; Cao,
Y.; & Ellison, S. (2008). Beyond liberal democracy in schools:
The power of pluralism. American Educational Studies Association.
Savannah, GA. Schramm-Pate, S.; Jeffries, R.; Carlson, D.; Lussier,
R.; Gilliam-Smith, R.; & Renner, A. (2008). Civil rights pedagogy:
Critical debates and scholarship. American Educational Studies
Association. Savannah, GA.
Dr. Claire Hughes’ chapter “Janusian
Gifted: Twice-Exceptional Children” has been accepted for publication
in “Gifted Education: Trends and Issues: A festschrift for Dr. Joyce
VanTassel-Baska”. The book is due out in the spring of 2009.
Dr. Christy McGee was an invited
panelist for a session at the National Association for Gifted Children.
The panel discussed parenting gifted children.
Dr. Claire Hughes will co-edit a
special edition of the journal “Gifted Child Today” with Mary Ruth
Coleman, former President of the Council for Exceptional Children, on
Response to Intervention for Gifted Children. The edition is due out
Fall of 2009.
Dr. Christy McGee served as a
contributing editor to The National Association for Gifted Children’s
Mile Marker Series that collated over 300 hundred documents written
about the needs of gifted children.
The KY Education Professional Standards Board reported
that the 2008 graduates of our MAILSA (Principal Preparation) program
have maintained a pass rate of 100% on the KY Principal Certification
Dr. Sherill Cronin and Dr. Ruth
Carrico (nursing alumna) published, Carrico, R. M., Tebmann,
T., English, J. F., Mackey, J., & Cronin, S. N. (2008). Infection
prevention and control competencies for hospital-based health care
personnel. American Journal of Infection Control, 36, 10,
Dr. Mike Huggins wrote an article that
appeared in the Central West Neighborhoods section of the Courier
Journal. The article focused on Dr. Huggins’ work in the Umoja Clinical
in Chickasaw. The Clinic is stepping into newly renovated space on the
St. Martin de Porres Church campus at 3112 W. Broadway.
Dr. Elaine Lonnemann published A
Morphological Comparison of the Human Lumbar Multifidus by Chemical
Dissection, 2009. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative
Therapy, Vol. 16, No. 4
Dr. David Pariser, Professor Tony
Brosky, and Dr. Mark Wiegand will present Students as Colleagues:
Community Engagement as Model for Faculty-Student Scholarly
Collaboration at the 2009 Gulf South Summit in Baton Rouge, LA,
March 25-27, 2009.
Dr. Gina Pariser was granted a Summer
Stipend 2009 by the BU Faculty Development Committee.
The Physical Therapy Department is
sponsoring the Fun Run, Walk or Roll on Saturday,
March 14, 2009, 830a-10A at the Louisville Zoo. Packet Pick Up at Kent
Combs Running Store, Friday, March 13, 2009, 5-7pm.
Theology Professor Milburn Thompson
has had an article on torture published. The citation is: J. Milburn
Thompson, “Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethics of Torture,” Journal
for Peace and Justice Studies vol. 17, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 22-42.
This is a refereed journal.
Tommy Miller who works in the Maintenance Dept is a
proud father of a baby boy, Dylan Thomas Miller. Dylan was born
1-11-09. He weighs 7lbs 14 oz. and 20” long. Mom and baby Dylan are
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