October 2009 President's Update
Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and Staff,
In the past month we have seen the beginnings of an
ambitious project that will expand our main dining hall and add new
space for the School of Communication, while also making our campus
more environmentally friendly.
A crew is presently constructing a geothermal system, a
series of pipes, under the Frazier Hall parking lot.
Workers will drill 88 wells 500 feet into the bedrock
and back up. The system will provide heating and cooling throughout
the Brown Activities Center, Wyatt Hall, Norton Fine Arts and Alumni
Hall. We also will tie the expanded dining hall and School of
Communication space onto this system.
In addition, a rainwater collection system will gather
rainwater off the roofs and store it in six tanks inside the Brown
Activities Center. We will use the rainwater to operate toilets in the
restrooms in that building.
While this work has meant the temporary loss of some
parking near Frazier, the long-term gains will be well worth the
short-term inconvenience. This project will give us a much more
attractive and functional dining hall as well as more classroom and
office space, and the addition of the geothermal system is directly in
line with our goal to seek opportunities to create a globally
New tennis complex dedicated
On Sept. 12, the beautiful new Eddie Weber Tennis
Complex was dedicated at a ceremony attended by Eddie Weber’s three
sons and by a number of generous alumni and friends, including Mr.
John J. Flynn Jr. ’70 and Mr. G. Jesse Flynn ’71, who led the
fundraising effort and contributed the signs and the landscaping. Mr.
Weber earned 17 varsity letters from the University of Louisville
during his own playing career. He joined Bellarmine in 1952 and served
in several capacities until his retirement in 1971, including
athletic director, professor, intramural director and head coach for
tennis, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf and track. As a
Bellarmine coach, Mr. Weber was one of the first in Kentucky to
integrate basketball. Read more about the complex and Mr. Weber here.
Financial Aid Welcomes New Assistant Director
The Office of Financial Aid welcomes a new assistant
director, Ms. Sandy McShane. Ms. McShane comes to us
from Indiana University Southeast, where she served as a financial
aid counselor for the past four years. Ms. McShane has a bachelor of
arts in biological sciences from Southern Illinois University and is a
December 2009 candidate for a master of liberal studies with a
concentration in gender studies from IUS.
Faculty and Staff News and Achievements
Dr. Hank Rothgerber has assumed the
role of Honors Director. Dr. Rothgerber is a member of the Psychology
Department and is beginning his 10th year at the university. Having
been involved previously in the Honors Council, thesis-directing, and
the Bellarmine Scholars competition, he brings key experience to this
new position, as well as great passion for the work.
On Sept. 11, Dr. Melanie-Préjean Sullivan,
director of campus ministry, presented a break-out session at the
East Regional Meeting of the Association of Clinical Pastoral
Educators based upon her doctoral research on theologies and models of
discernment. The following day, she presented a Plenary with Sr. Helen
Préjean, CSJ (Dead Man Walking) entitled, “Shaping Prophetic
Ministry; Educating for Social Justice.”Dr. Sullivan also recently
led a retreat for vocation directors as part of the National
Religious Vocations Conference at Loretto.
The following faculty who developed proposals for the
Center for Cooperative Study Abroad will teach abroad in summer 2010:
Dr. Tom Wilson of the Psychology
Department will teach “History of Psychology in Britain” in England.
Dr. Anne and the Rev. Dean Bucalos of
the School of Education will teach “Learn to Live Together: Irish
Democratic Education and Its Roots in History and Culture” in Ireland.
Mr. Carlos Chavarría of the
English/Theater Department will teach “Multicultural Theater” in
Dr. Frank Hutchins of the Sociology
Department will teach “Physical Reality, Geographic Imaginary and
Profound Bonds between People and Place” in Ireland.
Dr. Kathy Hager of the Nursing
Department will teach “Aging across Cultures” in Australia.
Ms. Winnie Spitza of the School of
Communication will teach “Multicultural Look into Interpersonal
Relationships” in Australia.
Dr. Lara Hayes Needham of the School
of Communication will teach “Speaker’s Corner and the Art of
Persuasion” in England.
The following faculty who developed proposals for the
Kentucky Institute of International Studies will teach abroad in
Mrs. Theresa Koester Mills of the Art
Department will teach “Michelangelo, the Artist and his Patron” in
Mr. Richard Burchard of the Music
Department will teach “Digital Music Production” and “Experiencing
Non-Western Cultures through Music and Film” in Salzburg, Austria.
Dr. Nelson López of the Global
Languages and Cultures Department will teach “Intermediate Spanish
Language and Culture” and “Advanced Spanish Conversation” in Spain.
The following School of Business faculty will teach in
the Bellarmine Faculty-Led Business Program in Italy, Austria and
France in summer 2010:
Mrs. Pat Carver will teach
“The International Business Experience.”
Dr. Patricia Selvy will
teach “New Business Ventures.”
College of Arts and Sciences
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded
$165,000 to fund a proposal by Dr. Eric Roorda,
professor of history, for a Summer Institute for college faculty. “The
American Maritime People” will be held next year at Mystic Seaport
Museum in Connecticut as part of the NEH “We the People” initiative,
with Dr. Roorda as the director. Dr. Roorda was also invited by the
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Indiana to give a well-attended
talk on Cuba, based on his book Cuba, America and the Sea, on
Sept. 8 at Havana Rumba restaurant. In addition to his academic
accomplishments, Dr. Roorda ran the U.S. Air Force marathon at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton on Sept. 19, completing the
race in less than four hours.
Dr. Lisa Willner, adjunct faculty in
psychology, is the new executive director of the Kentucky
Mr. Barry Padgett, associate professor
of philosophy, and Drs. Mike Luthy and Julie
Toner, business professors, have an article published in the
most recent Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, Ethical
Perspectives of Business and Non-business Majors among College
Dr. David Mosley, associate professor
of philosophy, is editor of Word and Music Studies Forum,
http://wordmusicstudies.org/index.htm, 2009 (an online journal
published annually). He made presentations at two international
conferences in 2009: “Listening to Kierkegaard’s Don Giovanni” at the
University of London, and “Milan Kundera’s Contrapuntal Prose and the
Poetics of Divestment” at the Universität für Musik und darstellende
Kunst in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Mark Kaelin, instructor of
biology, had chapters published in two books over the summer:
“Strength Training Strategies for Individuals with Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease” (Resistance Training for Special Populations)
and “Resistance Training Strategies for Individuals with Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” (Resistance Training for Special
Populations Quick Reference Guide).
Dr. Anthony Lentz, assistant professor
of biology, was the principal author of a scientific research article
published in the Florida Entomologist: Effect of male accessory
gland extracts on female oviposition and sexual receptivity of the
Caribbean fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae).
As part of his contribution to Imagining
America, Dr. Nelson López, chair of the Global
Languages and Cultures Department, was the featured speaker on Sept. 19
at the Literary Salon at Iroquois Library. Dr. López is Bellarmine
University’s campus representative for Imagining America: Artists and
Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium of colleges and
universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities,
Mr. Carlos Chavarria, assistant
professor of theater, made presentations to MEChA: Movimiento
Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan’s Multicultural Series, 2008-09, at the
University of Oregon, and the XVI International Mexican Association of
Theatre Researchers, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City;
presented “Vaqueeros: An Ethnodrama” in Mexico City; served as
producer and program coordinator for ImPACT—Staged Reading for 2009
Latina/o TFYA New Work Winning Play, The Real Adventures of Jimmy
de las Rosas by Ricardo Gamboa, in New York City; and presented
the paper “Innovative Approaches to Commissioning and Developing Plays
for and with Youth” in New York City.
Dr. Melody Boyd Carriere, instructor
of French, Italian and interdisciplinary studies in the Department of
Global Languages & Cultures, had an article, The Sound of
Silence: How Memory Becomes Text in Tina De Rosa’s Paper Fish,
published in the Spring edition of Forum Italicum.
Mr. David Dominé, adjunct faculty in
Global Languages and Cultures, signed a contract with Globe Pequot
Press in August to write a comprehensive travel guide about
Louisville. An Insider's Guide to Louisville will be released
in spring 2010. His fourth book, Haunts of Old Louisville: Gilded
Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America's Spookiest Neighborhood,
was published by McClanahan Publishing in mid-August and received a
very good review in the Sept. 12 Courier-Journal. In September, Dominé
signed a contract with Arcadia Publishing to author a pictorial
history of Old Louisville, one of the nation's premier historic
preservation districts. Images of America: Old Louisville will
be released in summer 2010.
Mr. Curtis Bergstrand, associate
professor of sociology and criminal justice, and Ms. Jennifer Sinski,
instructor of English and IDC, co-authored the book Swinging in
America: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the 21st Century, scheduled for
release in November.
The article Teaching Permutations through Rhythm
Patterns by Dr. Bill Fenton, professor of
mathematics and interim dean of Bellarmine College, appeared in the
September issue of the Journal of Mathematics & the Arts.
Mr. Fong Choo, adjunct faculty member
in the Art Department, recently exhibited work at the American Craft
Exposition in Evanston, Ill., where he was awarded the Artistic
Expression Award by a panel of three judges. The American Craft
Exposition is a showcase of work by about 150 of the country’s finest
artists and craftspeople.
Mr. Frederick Smock’s new book of
poems, The Blue Hour, has been accepted for publication in
2010, and new essays are to be published this fall in The Writer’s
Chronicle and The Bloomsbury Review.
Dr. Chuck Hatten’s book, The End
of Domesticity: Alienation from the Family in Dickens, Eliot and James,
is to be published this fall.>
Dr. Kathryn West is co-writer and
co-editor of Contemporary American Literature: 1970 to Present,
to be published this fall.
Dr. Anthony O’Keeffe was a Fulbright
Fellow in Romania this past spring.
Dr. David Overbey published the book Verifying
Web-based Information: Detailed Accounts of Web Use in Real Time.
School of Education
Dr. John Russ,
adjunct faculty member with the Bellarmine School of Education,
appeared in the KET program Kentucky Principals: Leading by Example
on Sept. 15. Dr. Russ teaches in the principal preparation program
and serves as the Bellarmine liaison for JCPS in its
leadership-mentoring program. The show featured a panel discussion
with leading Kentucky Educators, with topics including student
literacy, leadership and instruction. See the KET magazine article
featuring Dr. Russ here.
An article written by Ms. Deborah Baker, Dr.
Anne Bucalos, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, Mr. Thomas Scott (adjunct
instructor), Ms. Brenda Maynard (adjunct instructor) and
Debbie Daniels (State Action Education Leadership Project Director,
Division of Leadership & Instructional Support-Kentucky Department
of Education) was published in the Spring 2009
ScholarlyPartnershipsEdu journal. The title of the article is Partnership
for Preparing the Perfect Principal: A Collaboration of Hope or a
Dr. Christy McGee’s article Killing
Three Birds with One Stone: An Innovative Tutoring Program Provides
Effective Reading Intervention, Increases the Self-Perception of
Struggling Readers, and Prepares New Teachers was published in
the Summer 2009 issue of Kentucky Reading Journal. Dr. McGee has been
named the chair-elect of the Parent and Community Network of the
National Association for Gifted Children. She will serve as
program-chair for the national meeting in 2010. Dr. McGee also
presented a workshop for Chenoweth Elementary on Differentiated
Instruction on Aug. 12.
Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, with former
graduate students Ms. Nicole Costanzo and Ms.
Shelby Wilson, had their manuscript, The Journey of a
Reading Teacher, published in the Kentucky Reading Journal’s
Summer 2009 issue.
Dr. Adam Renner was named the
associate editor of the journal Critical Education. On Aug. 1 he
offered a workshop at the Kentucky Social Forum, “Close the Debt Trap:
Eradicating the predatory lending industry in Kentucky,” at Berea
Ms. Stephanie Sullivan, adjunct
faculty member and Graves County Central Elementary School principal,
was named Kentucky’s 2009 National Distinguished Principal.