President's Update – October 24, 2017

Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and Staff,

This week means a great deal to me, both professionally and personally. After 32 years at Loyola University Maryland, I wasn’t sure I would ever leave, but as soon as I arrived at Bellarmine I felt a sense of coming home. That feeling has only deepened in my five months here. This is a special community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to scholarship and service, and I am thrilled to be sharing Inauguration Week with you. Thank you for welcoming me with such warmth and support.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro to give Guarnaschelli Lecture

One highlight of Inauguration Week will be tomorrow’s Guarnaschelli Lecture by Ari Shapiro, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered. The lecture, “Lessons from the Fake News Front Lines,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the George G. Brown Center’s Frazier Hall. As with all Guarnaschelli Lectures, it is free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from Dr. John and Marty Guarnaschelli.

Mr. Shapiro, an award-winning radio journalist and frequent television guest analyst, has worked for NPR since 2001. Before joining “All Things Considered,” NPR’s afternoon news program, in 2015, his work included reporting as an international correspondent based in London, four years as a White House correspondent and five years covering the U.S. Department of Justice.

At 3 p.m. tomorrow, Mr. Shapiro will participate in a Q&A with students in Hilary’s.

I hope the Bellarmine community will take advantage of these timely opportunities!

Faculty and Staff News and Achievements

Ms. Leslie Maxie-Ashford, director of Housing & Residence Life and Dean of Students, began her term serving as the president of the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers on Oct. 6.

Dr. Paul Pearson, director and archivist at the Thomas Merton Center, was selected by the Catholic Library World (CLW) Editorial Committee to receive the John Brubaker Memorial Award for the best article appearing in CLW for 2016-17. His article, “The Seven Storey Goldmine: The Extraordinary Success of Thomas Merton’s Autobiography,” which appeared in the March 2017 issue, describes the fascinating backstory to the publication of The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton’s classic spiritual autobiography, in 1948. The Brubaker Award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding work of literary merit published in Catholic Library World during the previous year.

Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences
Mr. David Dominé, adjunct faculty in Global Languages and Cultures, had his story “Orpheus Stands in Front of the Old Opera House” published in a recent issue of the Airgonaut literary journal. In June, he traveled to Cuba on an IPO faculty development grant. He appeared in episodes of The Dead Files on the Travel Channel on June 3 and Aug. 19. In July, the University Press of Kentucky reissued three of his books (Ghosts of Old Louisville, Phantoms of Old Louisville, Haunts of Old Louisville) under the UPK imprint. Also this summer, David Dominé and Old Louisville's Haunted Places, a program in the Kentucky Life series on KET about the stories made famous in his books, received an Emmy Award.

Dr. Gregory Hillis, associate professor of Theology, wrote an article on Pope Francis’ comments on the liturgy for America magazine, 8/28/17. He also wrote a review of a new children’s book on Merton for America magazine, 9/11/17. He was one of the experts on a panel discussion at Holy Trinity Church in October called “Living Laudato Si’,” which concerned Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation and included practical suggestions to help in the Earth’s healing process.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, professor and chair of Theology, recently published The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence (Orbis, 2017).

Dr. Joseph S. Flipper, assistant professor of Theology, recently published “Henri de Lubac and Political Theology” in T & T Clark Companion to Henri de Lubac (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017) and a review of Philippe Geneste’s Humanisme et Lumière du Christ chez Henri de Lubac in the Journal of Jesuit Studies 4:4 (2017). Dr. Flipper was also the invited lecturer at the University of Dayton in March, presenting “The Political Theology of Henri de Lubac: Relevance and Trajectories.”

Dr. Deborah Prince, associate professor of Theology, recently published an article, “Picturing Saul’s Vision on the Road to Damascus: A Question of Authority,” in the peer reviewed journal Biblical Interpretation (June 2017).

Dr. Hoon Choi, assistant professor of Theology, had an article picked up by Georgetown University Press and published in October as a chapter. “Brothers in Arms and Brothers in Christ? The Military and the Catholic Church as Sources for Modern Korean Masculinities” was included in the book Sex & Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections, Mary Jo Iozzio and Patricia Beattie Jung, editors.

Ms. Jennifer Palmer, adjunct professor of Art, is the October 2017 artist in residence as part of the Collider AIR program at Louisville's South Central Regional Library.

Ms. Sarah Martin, associate professor of Art, is a featured 2017 Louisville Photo Biennial artist, with her solo exhibit Expectations in the McGrath Gallery through Oct. 27.

Ms. Laura Hartford, associate professor of Art and associate dean, is also a Louisville Photo Biennial artist, with her exhibit Stage/D at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Ind., through Nov. 25. LEO named her image Embraced as one of the 21 Biennial Photos You Need to See in Person in the Sept. 20 issue.

Ms. Caren Cunningham, professor of Art, exhibited three new painted wood sculptures at the Patio Gallery in Louisville from August through September.

Mr. Frederick Smock, professor of English and Kentucky Poet Laureate, was featured in the Bowling Green Daily News for his leadership of the 21st annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing. The Oct. 15 event included a public reading of Mr. Smock’s poetry and a writing workshop with 10 students selected by competition.

Dr. John Gatton, professor of English, delivered a paper titled “‘Scenes sublime’: Viewing Nature through Byronic Windows” at the Twelfth Messolonghi (Greece) Byron Conference in May. In July, in Yerevan, Armenia, he presented the paper “‘… Such Scope for Scenery': Theatrical Time and Space in Byron's Historical Tragedies” at the 43rd International Byron Conference.

Ms. Kathi E.B. Ellis, adjunct theatre faculty, directs NYC-based playwright Cheryl L. Davis’ Carefully Taught for Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. Davis' play is a searing and provocative exploration of the way internal biases and subliminal prejudice impact relationships between the races within a context of systemic discrimination. The production is at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage from Oct. 26-Nov. 4. Additional BU involvement includes Ms. Takayla Williams, adjunct theatre faculty, as assistant director and BU student Melanie Metcalf as stage manager.

Ms. Megan Burnett, assistant professor and Theatre Program director, directed Things My Mother Taught Me in June for Eve Theatre, a professional theatre company based in Louisville. In September, Ms. Burnett had two proposals accepted for the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities in January 2018. She will present a paper entitled “Standing on the Shoulders of Great Women: Unearthing an Unexpected Voice of the Abolitionist and Suffragist Movement in the United States in the 19th Century - Mattie Griffith Browne,” and she will perform a one-woman play that she wrote and directed: Conversations with a Suffragist: Mattie Griffith Browne – Kentucky Abolitionist and Suffragist.

Drs. Steven Wilt, associate professor and chair of Biology, and David J. Porta, professor of Biology, presented their poster, “Removal of brain with dura mater and eyeballs intact,” in July at the American Association of Clinical Anatomists’ 2017 annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Drs. Amanda Krzysiak and Francis Barrios, professors of Chemistry, published a manuscript entitled “Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Chalcone Derivatives as Cytotoxic Agents against Ovarian Cancer Cells” in the journal Letters in Drug Design and Discovery on April.

Dr. Francis Barrios and colleagues had a publication entitled “Bromofluorination of unsaturated compounds using DMPU/HF as a fluorinating reagent” accepted in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry on July 27. 

Dr. Gregory Kelsey, assistant professor of Mathematics, and colleagues had an article entitled “Origami, Affine Maps, and Complex Dynamics” published in the Arnold Mathematical Journal, Vol. 3, 2017.

Dr. Perry Chang, adjunct faculty in Sociology, made a presentation titled “All Mixed Up? Possibilities for Multiracial Congregational Development in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)” at the Religious Research Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in October.

Dr. Mary Huff, associate professor of Biology and assistant dean of Arts & Sciences, received the Rev. Leo Foley Outstanding Educator of the Year Award at the summer convention of the national fraternity Alpha Delta Gamma for the second year in a row. In addition, Mr.James “Duffy” Baker III won the Undergraduate Delegate Award, the Distinguished Leader Award and the ADGEF Scholarship; Mr. Ian Cox won the Presidential Citation; and Bellarmine’s Xi Chapter won the Inter-Chapter Communications Award and the Jelen-Schiro Convention Travel Award.

College of Health Professions
Dr. Sonja Bareiss, associate professor of Physical Therapy, and colleagues had an article entitled “Physical Training and Activity in People with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Paradigm Shift” published in the journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Vol. 97, Issue 1, January 2017, that was selected as an Editor’s Choice.

Dr. Kathy Hager, associate professor of Nursing, presented “The Future and Virtues of Nursing” at the interdisciplinary Kentucky Perinatal Association’s 30th Annual Conference, June 4-6 in Lake Cumberland. Dr. Hager attended the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly as a voting delegate June 8-10 in Washington, D.C., and the Kentucky Nursing Association’s “Building on a Campaign for Action Pillars to Create a Healthier America” meeting June 14-15 in Madison, Wis. As a representative of the KNA, she met with Kentucky Sen. Paul Hornback about improving access to health care; with Matt Daily, special assistant to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, about the use of medical marijuana; Ben Chandler, CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, about reducing Kentucky’s high youth and adult smoking rates and exposure to secondhand smoke; and Tom Brown to discuss MCV4 2nd dosing, a meningococcal vaccine. Dr. Hager published a chapter, “Diabetes and Other Conditions of the Endocrine System,” in Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability, 6th ed., and she and colleagues published “Bridging the Gaps in Patient Education for DBS Surgery in Parkinson’s Disease” in the journal Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Elaine Lonnemann, associate professor of Physical Therapy, was elected president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in October. She was an invited speaker at the AAOMPT Annual Conference Oct. 18-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she and colleagues presented “Opportunities to Advance the Profession” and “The History of AAOMPT.” Dr. Lonnemann also published an editorial, “The History of IFOMPT: Paving the Way to Global Leadership in OMPT Excellence,” in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Vol. 26.

Drs. Nancy York, dean of the Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing & Clinical Sciences, and Anne Bucalos, vice provost for Faculty Development, and Mr. Adam Elias, director of Innovative Learning Systems, will present “Plugging into Opportunity: Assessing Faculty Development Needs in a Fledgling Distance Education Program” at the 2017 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Oct. 22-24.

Dr. Beth Ennis, associate professor and associate chair of Physical Therapy, and colleagues had a paper accepted for publication entitled “Effects of an 8-Week Individualized Aquatic Therapy Program on Respiratory Muscle Function and Quality of Life in Adolescents with Muscular Dystrophy” in The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy.

Ms. Brooke Vaughn, Simulation Laboratory, Nursing, passed her Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Exam.

Ms. Sarah Pehlke and Ms. Janet Vogt, instructors in Respiratory Therapy, traveled with junior and senior students to the national AARC convention in Indianapolis Oct. 4-6. They attended lectures presented by well-known educators and researchers on various topics such as acute care, ventilator management and sleep.

Ms. Sarah Pehlke was selected as a Derby City’s Finest Young Professional representative for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This achievement recognizes her role in the respiratory profession, as well as her goal to help make a difference for patients fighting cystic fibrosis.

Drs. Andrew Carnes and Sara Mahoney had an article entitled “Cohesion Is Associated with Perceived Exertion and Enjoyment during Group Running,” which was published in the Journal of Exercise Physiology Online in December 2016, cited in an article entitled “3 Tips to Reduce Perceived Exertion and Make Running Feel Easier” by David Roche in the September 19, 2017, issue of Trail Runner.

Dr. Christopher Wingard, professor of Physical Therapy, and colleagues published “Ultrafine Particulate Matter Increases Cardiac Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury vis Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore” in Cardiovascular Toxicology, Vol. 17, No 4.

Presentations for the KPTA-2017 Kentucky Fall Conclave, Sept. 8-9 at WKU in Bowling Green, Ky., included:

  • Drs. Megan Danzl, Elizabeth Ulanowski and Natalie Vance, “Yoga for Individuals with Essential Tremor” and “Yoga for Individuals with Neurological Disorders”
  • Drs. Sonja Bareiss and Elizabeth Ulanowski, “Understanding and Managing Pain in Neurodegenerative Diseases”
  • Dr. Beth Ennis, “On the Move – the Evidence for Power in Young Children”
  • Dr. Gina Pariser, “New Recommendations for Physical Activity and Exercise for Patients with Diabetes”
  • Drs. Leann Kerr and Gina Pariser, “Walk with Ease: An Evidence-Based Community Program for People with Arthritis: A Program Outcome Study”
  • Dr. Leann Kerr and colleagues, “Correlation between Steps Walked and Functional Outcome Measures in Patients Post-CVA: A Pilot Study”
  • Drs. Megan Veltman, Elizabeth Ulanowski and Megan Danzl, “Development and Outcomes of a Community-Based Golf and Exercise Program for People with Parkinson’s Disease”
  • Drs. Patricia Gillette and Gina Pariser, graduate students and a colleague, “Effects of a Community-Based Fall Prevention Program on a Comprehensive Assessment of Balance Problems”
  • Drs. Leann Bruce and Irena Tran, “Exploring Animal-Assisted Therapy in the Pediatric Population”

Poster Presentations for the 2017 Nursing Research! Louisville Symposium held Sept. 8 included:

  • Ms. Sarah Woolwine, Dr. Barbara Jackson and a colleague, “But No One Ever Told Me That!: Using Gamification to Promote Learning Retention and Inquiry”
  • Dr. Barbara Jackson and colleagues, “Health Care Provider Perceptions about Assessing Patient Satisfaction and Expectations”
  • Ms. Jessica Scheller, Dr. Barbara Jackson and colleagues, “Recognition and a Sense of Belonging: Effect on Turnover, Commitment, and Satisfaction”
  • Ms. Bonnie Hibbs, “A Little Dab Will Do Ya…Protecting Our Smallest Patient Population”
  • Ms. Katlin Davis, “Increasing Bar Code Medication Administration for an Emergency Department”
  • Ms. Jessica Scheller and colleagues, “Using Technology and Staff Input to Engage the Team and Increase Shared Governance Participation” (also podium presentation)

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education
Dr. Amy Lein co-authored an article entitled “Mathematical Interventions for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Mathematics Difficulties: A Meta-Analysis” which was accepted for publication by Exceptional Children. She also co-authored a proposal, “Teaching Elementary Students with Mathematics Learning Disabilities to Solve Multiplication and Division Word Problems,” that has been accepted for presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children conference in February 2018 in Tampa.

Dr. Rosie Young represented Bellarmine at an OVEC Personnel Directors meeting on Sept. 7. OVEC is an education consortium of 13 Kentucky districts. She also served as the lead on a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation team conducting a site visit to a university in Ohio from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.

Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins presented “Family Diversity for LBGTQ Support Coaches” to JCPS teachers and counselors. She also presented “Sustaining Literacy Practices: Turning Knowledge into Action” to Oldham County high school teachers.

Dr. Dottie Willis presented a workshop for high school teachers, “How to Read like a College Admissions Officer and Teach to the Ultimate Tests (College Admission, Scholarship, Fellowship, Employment, etc.),” at the Louisville Writing Project Conference held at the University of Louisville on Sept. 9. Dr. Willis and two DuPont Manual High School English teachers have also developed a series of writing workshops for the Louisville Writing Project that are designed to teach high school juniors and seniors how to compose college narrative essays. Dr. Willis made two presentations on the topic “Building Community and Mentoring College Students by Exploring Values and Beliefs via This I Believe” at the National Mentoring Symposium in Indianapolis on Oct. 7.

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business
Dr. Elizabeth Payne joined the Financial Executives International Board of Directors for the Louisville chapter.

Dr. Patrick Lach published an article for The Wall Street Journal in September titled “The Four Most Important Financial Lessons I will Teach My Daughter.” This article was the topic of a three-minute television segment on KCPQ-13 in Seattle. In addition, Fidelity Investments has added this article to the “Insights” section of their website. An article co-authored by Dr. Lach, “Quiet Period REIT Returns,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.

Drs. Daniel Bauer, David Collins and Keith Richardson published the article “Attitudes about Financial Wealth: Generational Comparisons of Gen-Xers vs. Millennials” in the Journal of Business and Economic Policy, Vol. 4, No. 2.

Dr. Patricia Carver contributed an op-ed, “Women of Color Ph.D. Candidates Thrive in Sister Circles,” which was published on Oct. 5 in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Dr. Joe Thornton was named to the Executive Committee for the Heuser Hearing Institute board.

School of Communication
Dr. Lara Needham and Mr. Ed Manassah traveled with 10 students to Los Angeles over fall break as part of the immersive class, City Experience: Film & Television in Los Angeles. Highlights included being VIP guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, having a dinner and private tour with Rick Dees at his studio, visiting with Wild Canary Productions (which animates two Disney shows), meeting Communication alum Emily Carroll and touring Whalerock Entertainment, and meeting other industry insiders.

Dr. Michael Strawser published four peer-reviewed articles: “Deflated: The Strategic Impact of the ‘Deflategate’ Scandal on the NFL and its Golden Boy” (in collaboration with Communication Professor Stacie Shain and three Bellarmine students), Case Studies in Strategic Communication; “The Communication Center as a Transcendent Physical and Virtual Space” (in collaboration with Dr. Shawn Aposteland a graduate student), in the Communication Centers Journal; “Serving a Death-Denying Culture: Funeral Directors as Servant Leaders” (in collaboration with a former student), in the International Journal of Servant Leadership; and “Evolving Identities: A Case Study Analysis of a Writing Center Collaboration with a Public Speaking Course,” in The Peer Review.

Professor Winnie Spitza gave a presentation at the annual Kentucky Communication Association Conference in September entitled “Online Alternative News Websites.”

Dr. Gail Henson has developed a pastoral care course entitled “Loneliness in the Digital Age” that is being piloted in October at the Oates Pastoral Care Institute, an international online learning community providing continuing education for clergy, social workers, nurses, and lay caregivers. All classes are taught pro bono. Dr. Henson also attended the Kentucky Broadcasters Association annual convention and the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board Meeting in New York.