February 2010 President's Update

Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and Staff,

I hope everyone’s spring semester is off to an enlightening and productive beginning.

We are now accepting nominations on our website for our 2009-2010 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 click here.

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 and your name (optional), choose the appropriate award, and include a brief description of why your nominee deserves recognition.

Award winners will receive a beautiful stoneware "Bellarmine jug" when faculty and staff convene at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Go, Knights!

I was very impressed by the enthusiasm displayed by the 200 students who made the road trip to Highland Heights on Jan. 23 to cheer our Knights against the Northern Kentucky Norse. The Bank of Kentucky Center may be larger than Knights Hall, but Bellarmine had just as many students present as NKU did.

While our women’s team suffered a tough loss, the men’s team held off the Norse for a 74-69 win on national television in CBS’ Division II Game of the Week.

I encourage everyone to come out and support both teams at their next home games: 5:45 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday and 5:45 and 8 p.m. Feb. 11.

Out in the Country presented by author Mary Gray

On Jan. 14, Dr. Mary Gray, author of Out in the Country, discussed youth, media and queer visibility in rural America during a presentation in Hilary’s. The event was sponsored by Bellarmine’s Office of Multicultural Affairs; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Society (GLASS); Ariel, Bellarmine’s Friendly English Society; and the Bellarmine Communication Association.

Dr. Gray is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture and an adjunct professor of American studies, anthropology and gender studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. She also wrote the book, In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth. To learn more, click here.

Bellarmine Hosts Discussion on Restorative Justice

Also on Jan. 14, we welcomed Dr. Howard Zehr, who is nationally acclaimed for his work in the area of restorative justice, which focuses on repairing the harm caused by, and revealed by, crime or wrongdoing. The process brings together those who have a stake in an offense, including the victim, offender, family members and community, in an effort to heal all parties. Dr. Zehr, professor of restorative justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., gave two presentations in Frazier Hall. Read more here.

Bob Edwards Addresses December Graduates

Bellarmine University awarded 232 degrees during annual December commencement exercises on Dec. 16 in Knights Hall. Mr. Bob Edwards delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree, along with Mr. John M. Cranor III, chairman and director of AFC Enterprises Inc. of Atlanta and former director of Bellarmine’s Center for eBusiness, now known as CITÉ. Mr. Edwards is a native of Louisville and host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend,” distributed to public radio stations by Public Radio International (PRI). Read more about commencement here.


Congratulations to Dr. Christy Wolfe, assistant professor in the Psychology Department, and her husband, Mr. Matt Trippe, on the birth of their daughter, Sophia Wolfe Trippe, on Dec. 29.

Mrs. Janet Conover ’89, daughter of Mrs. Joanne Kleinhenz, faculty secretary for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, was promoted in January to warden of the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) at Pewee Valley after serving as interim warden of the prison since October. She and her husband, David, live in Louisville with their daughter Allie.

Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Hannah Clayborne, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs, was selected to attend the Alice Manicur Symposium, a biennial leadership program for women aspiring to be senior Student Affairs officers. The leadership program, coordinated by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, focuses on such topics as strategic thinking; leading change; planning for career advancement and continual development; and personal and professional life balance.

Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan, director of Campus Ministry and Service, has completed a curriculum guide for teaching discernment entitled Whispers, Nudges, and A Couple of Kicks. Based upon her doctoral research, the book walks instructors through an introduction to the topic and intersecting disciplines. It will be available through the Office of Campus Ministry, with proceeds to benefit Alternative Spring Break domestic trips. It will also be distributed nationally through the National Coalition for Church Vocations’ website. Mr. Brad Craig, director of Creative Services, designed the book.

Dr. Robert Kingsolver, dean and director of the Center for Regional Environmental Studies, has been accepted as a member of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2010. Sponsored by the Leadership Louisville Center, the Bingham Fellows focus their collective efforts for one year on a community project. This year’s topic, “Positioning Louisville as a Green Leader,” emphasizes environmental sustainability and reduced carbon emissions for our region.

School of Arts and Sciences

Broadstone Books, which published Mr. Frederick Smock’s Pax Intrantibus: A Meditation on the Poetry of Thomas Merton in 2007, has accepted his new collection of essays, On Imagination: Poetical Essays 1995-2010, for publication in the fall. Mr. Smock is chair and assistant professor of the English Department.

Dr. Annette Powell, assistant professor of English, presented a paper at the 2009 national meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, associate professor of Theology, recently presented a paper entitled “Embodying Wisdom: Creating Effective Communities of Moral Discernment in the US Today” at a conference in Velletri, Italy. Her paper will be translated into Italian and published later this year.

Last semester, Dr. Hinson-Hasty also served as a lecturer for a series on “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart” that was sponsored by Pinnacle Theological Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her lecture was entitled “For a Love Beyond All Reasons: God and the 21st Century Social Creed.”

Ms. Meme Tunnell, Bellarmine music faculty member, is featured on Patrick Henry Hughes’ second CD, Look Within, released this past fall on the TNT label.

Mr. Richard Burchard, associate professor of Music, had his composition for six-part a cappella choir, When David Heard, published by Gentry Music in Los Angeles under the Bruce Rogers Choral Series – Hal Leonard, distributor. The world premiere of the published composition will take place on March 4 at the American Choral Directors Association Regional Convention in Tucson, Ariz.

Dr. Mary Huff, associate professor of Biology and director of the BMB program, was awarded a stipend from the American Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to support the development of a lab entitled “Design of an Inquiry-based Laboratory Project to Study the Structure and function of alcohol dehydrogenase in Yeast using a collaborative approach” in December.

Dr. Joann Lau and Dr. Dave Robinson, members of the Biology faculty, published an article called “Effectiveness of a cloning and sequencing exercise on student learning with subsequent publication in the National Center for Biotechnology Information GenBank” in the December issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education(vol. 8, pp. 326-337).

Dr. Pam Cartor, associate professor of Psychology, was elected to the Kentucky Psychological Association Board of Directors as the academic representative for a two-year term, which started in January.

Dr. Thomas Wilson, associate professor of Psychology, completed revisions on his Study Guide to accompany Burger’s Personality (8e) to be published in March. A companion guide to understanding the grand personality theories of psychology, their application and supporting research evidence, the work uses six different study strategies to strengthen students’ knowledge of the core concepts and applications. Dr. Wilson also completed revision of the Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank ancillaries that accompany Jerry Burger’s textbook.

Dr. Bill Fenton, interim dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of Mathematics, gave a presentation, “Exploratory Labs for Multivariable Calculus,” at the national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in San Francisco this month.

Works by Ms. Laura Hartford, assistant professor of Art, will be in these upcoming shows:

“No New Tale to Tell: Contemporary Narrative Art” will show from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17 at the Claypool-Young Art Gallery of Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky.

“Lucid Directions” will show from Feb. 24 to March 19 at Western Michigan University’s Frostic School of Art in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“Conspiring with Nature” will show from April 30 to May 30 at The 930 Art Center, 930 Mary St., Louisville.

Ms. Hartford’s photographs were also featured in the Jan. 29 “Late Seating” event at Actors Theatre.

Dr. David Mosley, associate professor of Philosophy, will present a paper this month at the annual meeting of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education in Chicago. The title of the paper is “Nietzsche’s Acoustic Philosophy of Education and the Designation of Genius.”

Mrs. Gabriele Weber Bosley, director of International Programs, received the 2010 Louisville MOSAIC AWARD, honoring first-generation immigrants who have made significant contributions in their profession and community.

Mrs. Bosley has been invited to speak on “Cutting Edge Intervention Research” at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Aug. 15-18, 2010. She has also been invited by Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, England, one of Louisville’s sister cities, to take a “standing visiting professorship” to assist the university in their internationalization efforts.

School of Education

School of Education MAT/MAILSA alumni Dustin Johnstone has been recognized as a Louisville Science Center 2009 Ambassador of Science Literacy. Mr. Johnstone is currently an assistant principal at Kammerer Middle School.

Education student Delana Hill and Kathy Drehmel, a KEA-retired student program leader, were featured in The Heart of a Mentor, an article in the National Education Association’s journal, NEA Today. Ms. Hill is a senior from Owensboro.

Dr. Robert Cooter has just completed the fourth edition of his book (co-authored with D. Ray Reutzel), Strategies for Reading Assessment and Instruction, for Allyn & Bacon/Pearson Education. It will carry a 2010 copyright and should be released sometime in the spring. The text is currently listed as the country’s top-selling book on reading assessment in higher education and is frequently used for in-service programs.

Dr. Christy McGee, along with former faculty member Dr. Claire Hughes, presented “Hey, We Are Gifted! – A Look at Being Gifted in the Millennial Generation” at the national meeting of the National Association for Gifted Children in St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 6.

Dr. Cindy Gnadinger has been appointed by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board to serve on the Committee to Review Admissions and Clinical Experience (CRACE) for pre-service Programs.

Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The doctoral program in nursing practice welcomed its first students on Jan. 9. Twenty-one students make up the first cohort. The doctoral students come from Somerset, Cincinnati and Southern Indiana as well as the Metro Louisville area.

Dr. David Pariser, Mr. Kent Brown and Mr. Tony Brosky have received a Faculty Development Fellowship for Summer 2010 for their research, “Effects of pre-habilitation on early rehabilitation of total knee arthroplasty.”

Dr. Christy Kane will partner with Dr. Pam Cartor for a Summer Faculty Development Fellowship to explore the impact of faculty participation in renewal and wholeness work on student engagement.

Dr. Dan Golemboski, a member of the Clinical Laboratory Science faculty, will initiate his research, “Correlation between biofilm production and acquiring antibiotic resistance in Acinetobactor,”with a Summer Faculty Development Fellowship.

Dr. Mark Wiegand has been nominated for a MediStart Award, the A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education. This award is presented to an individual who has developed and implemented programs that increase the level of knowledge, education and career opportunity in healthcare.

Ms. Sally Sturgeon has completed certification as a Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner (SANE) through the Forensic Nursing Certification Board. Ms. Sturgeon works closely with the Center for Women and Families, the judicial system and law enforcement.

Dr. Sherill Cronin’s article, “Low back symptoms among hospital nurses, association to individual factors and pain in multiple body regions,” was published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics(2009).

Dr. Cronin and Dr. Carole Pfeffer have published “Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ and ventricular assist devices” in Highlights from the December Digital Edition of CCN (2009).

Second-year doctoral students in physical therapy presented a two-day continuing education program on evidence-based therapeutic approaches to treatment of spinal dysfunction to 40 area clinicians. Attending clinicians received 8 hours of continuing education credits through the Kentucky State Board of Physical Therapy. Dr. Elaine Lonnemann and Dr. David Boyce were facilitators for this workshop, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2009.

Dr. Karen Golemboski will present a poster, “Patient safety-related concepts in CLS and CLT,” at the 2010 Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference this month.

Dr. Elaine Lonnemann and Tim Noteboom of Regis University in Denver teamed for a platform presentation, “Utilizing a wiki to promote evidence based practice and collaborative learning between physical therapist student, clinical instructors, and academic faculty in a doctoral program in physical therapy,” at the 2010 Health Professions Educational Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in January.

Mr. Tony Brosky, Dr. David Pariser and Dr. Mark Wiegand have had a paper, “Key elements for the development of professional core values through service learning and community involvement,” accepted for presentation at the Gulf-South Summit in Athens, Ga., this year.

Dr. Barry Padgett, Dr. Mark Wiegand and Mr.Tony Brosky have had their paper, “Copy cat colleague: A case study,” accepted by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics for presentation in March in Cincinnati.

Dr. Beverley Holland, Ms. Brandy Henderson and Bellarmine nursing students received recognition from Dr. Richard Clover, dean of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, for their services during the H1N1 Immunization Campaign at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

School of Communication

The School of Communication welcomes three new part-time faculty: Ms. Heather Howard, Mr. Dominic Guarnaschelli and Dr. Gennadi Gervorgyan.

Dr. Kimberly Parker and co-author Bobi Ivanov had their paper, “The Interaction Effect of Attitude Base and Multiple Attacks on the Effectiveness of Inoculation,” accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association, to be held in Singapore in June 2010.

Dr. Kyle Barnett has been asked to submit a book review of David Suisman’s Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music to the Society of Cinema and Media Studies’ Cinema Journal, to appear in 2010. On Dec. 17, Dr. Barnett joined panelist Wes Harris at Fern Creek High School for a screening and discussion of the film “Young@Heart,” as part of a continuing Community Cinema film series sponsored by the Louisville Film Society at that high school.

Dr. Gail Henson has agreed to serve as co-chair of the Service Learning Committee at Bellarmine University.