President's Update – September 7, 2018

Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year! Just a couple of weeks ago, it was my pleasure to greet the incoming Class of 2022, whose 653 members hail from 21 states and four countries. Sixty-six percent of these first-year students will be living on campus, and just over a third of them are first-generation students.

On their final day of orientation, our freshmen visited nearly 30 locations around Louisville to do service projects during the annual Knights in Action program, helping at places such as the Americana Community Center, Boys & Girls Haven, Dare to Care, Louisville Parks & Recreation, Nativity Academy and the St. Joseph Children’s Home. Knights in Action marked the return of regular student service opportunities at Bellarmine after a summer of faculty and staff service initiatives. In July, the annual summer picnic organized by the Staff Council incorporated three off-campus service opportunities for the first time, for example, and on Aug. 21, faculty in the School of Communication prepared and served food at the Franciscan Kitchen for the sixth straight year.

I am delighted to be in my sophomore year here at Bellarmine, and I look forward to a year of more great service, teaching and scholarship. In the meantime, here is a look at some of the many things our faculty and students accomplished over the summer.

Faculty and Staff News and Achievements

Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Cristina Carbone, adjunct faculty in Art, was quoted in Atlas Obscura in June for her expertise on California’s “crazy” novelty architecture. Dr. Carbone is working on a book on the architectural style of buildings that look like anything but buildings, such as a huge flowerpot for a florist or a giant oxford for a shoe store.

Dr. Heather Pruss, assistant professor of Criminal Justice Studies, was quoted in The Marshall Project in a story on a capital punishment case and juror bias.

Ms. Kathi E. B. Ellis, adjunct faculty in Theatre, directed a production of We. Are. Here in June. The production moved to Bellarmine’s Black Box Theatre when fire damaged its original venue, the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Dr. J. Milburn Thompson, professor emeritus of Theology, attended the annual Convention of the College Theology Society on the theme, “You Say You Want a Revolution? 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective,” May 31-June 3 at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, chair and professor of Theology, won the 2018 Catholic Press Association’s First Place Award for a book related to Catholic Social Teaching with her book The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence.

Dr. Gregory Hillis, associate professor of Theology, reviewed In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir in the July 5 issue of America Magazine.

Dr. Justin Klassen, associate professor of Theology, spoke to Forward Radio in July on the ethics in the life and teachings of Jesus.

Dr. David Orberson, an adjunct faculty member in Theology, recently published a book entitled Thomas Merton: Evil and Why We Suffer.

Dr. Courtney Keim, associate professor of Psychology, discussed the cost of ignoring workplace mental health in the July 2 issue of the Lane Report.

Dr. Anthony Lentz, associate professor of Biology, was the featured scientist for a “Verify” segment for WHAS-TV in July, separating fact from fiction when it comes to ticks, a relevant topic for summer outings.

College of Health Professions

Dr. Kent Brown, associate professor of Exercise Science, presented “Practical Blood Flow Restrictive Training as a Proactive Recovery Intervention” at the 2018 National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference (NSCA), July 11-1 in Indianapolis.

Dr. Chelsey Franz, assistant professor of Athletic Training, Dr. Dawn Hall-Bibb, associate professor of Physical Therapy, and colleagues presented “Elbow Injury Prevention in American and Dominican Baseball Players: A Training Intervention Pilot Study” at the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Studies’ Annual Conference at Judson University in Elgin, Ill., June 6-8.

Dr. Christopher Wingard, professor of Physical Therapy, Ms. Sarah Pehlke, instructor of Respiratory Therapy, and Dr. Sarah Quinn, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, presented a poster entitled “Utilization of an Interprofessional Simulation Experience to Change Student Perception of Interprofessional Education” at the 2018 American Physiological Society (APS) Teaching Workshop – The APS Institute on Teaching and Learning in Madison, Wis., June 18-22.

Dr. Sonja Bareiss, associate professor of Physical Therapy, received the prestigious Jack Walker Award at the APTA NEXT Conference in Orlando, Fla., June 27-30. This award honors an author or team whose published study in Physical Therapy Journal presents novel and innovative research related to patient care and advances clinical science, as it pertains to the physical therapy profession.

Dr. Keith Knapp, associate professor and chair of Health Services and Senior Living, presented “Professional Certification Readiness Workshop” at the American College of Health Care Administrators Annual Convocation in Orlando, Fla., on April 23, and “Aging Matters: Gerontology 101” at the Kentucky Housing Managers Association Annual Conference in Louisville on April 25. Dr. Knapp also served on the faculty for the 2019 National Emerging Leadership Summit at George Washington University from July 17-19.

Dr. Carrie Hawkins, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, published an op-ed article entitled “A Call to Diversify the Profession” in the Viewpoints section of the June 2018 issue of PT in Motion.

Dr. Kim Hawkins, associate professor and chair of Undergraduate Nursing, and colleagues published “Development and Assessment of an Inter-professional Education Simulation to Promote Collaborative Learning and Practice” in the Journal of Nursing Education, July 2018, Vol. 57, Issue 7.

Dr. Tony Brosky, professor and dean of the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, is a member of the Leadership Louisville class of 2019. This is the 40th year for Leadership Louisville, a program that aims to educate community leaders about issues in the area, enhance their leadership skills and inspire them to create change.

Dr. Kathy Hager, associate professor of Nursing, received the Good Samaritan Foundation Award. She also published “A One Hour Teaching Intervention Can Improve End-of-Life Care” in Nurse Education Today.

Dr. Teena Darnell, assistant professor of Nursing, Dr. Hager and a colleague published “The Impact of School Nurses in Kentucky Public High Schools” in the Journal of School Nursing, July 5.

Ms. Debi Hatton, simulation director, and colleagues published “Student Evaluations of Teachers and Courses: Time to Wake Up and Shake Up” in the Guest Editorial section of the May/June 2018 issue of National League for Nursing, Vol. 39, No. 3. Ms. Hatton also presented “Operationalizing the Revised INACSL Standards of Best Practice” at Ivy Tech in Sellersburg, Ind., on Aug. 10 in conjunction with a Laerdal Mini-SUN (Simulation Users Network) Conference.

Dr. Kelly Ruppel, assistant professor of Nursing, and colleagues published “‘I Am Surprised at the Change in Me’: What Is It Like for Nurses to Be in the Process of Completing a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing?” in the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Vol. 49, No. 7. This article is a qualitative descriptive study using a naturalistic inquiry process to gain an understanding of what it is like for students in the midst of an RN-BSN program.

Dr. Paul Lonnemann, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, presented a poster, “Investigating the Utility of Functional Movement Tests to Predict Injury in Collegiate Wrestlers,” at the APTA NEXT Conference in June 2018 on behalf of his student researchers (Ryan Barry, Amanda Ellison, Jaclyn Crush and Jonathan Ke). Dr. Lonnemann also completed editing of the Physical Therapy Manual entitled Foundations of a Clinical Orthopaedics by Drs. Stanley V. Paris and Eric S. Furto.

Dr. Ta’Neka Lindsay, assistant professor of Nursing, was a speaker at the National Black Nurses Association Conference in St. Louis, Mo., on Aug. 3. Her topic was “Mentorship across the Profession: A Case Study Approach to Nurses Serving Nurses.”

Ms. Janet Vogt, instructor of Respiratory Therapy, passed the National Board for Respiratory Care’s Adult Critical Care Specialty Exam.

Mr. Dennis Lesch, instructor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Beth Quinn, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, completed a study for the Thrive Center evaluating the effectiveness of shoe inserts on balance for older adults.

Mr. Chris Webb, instructor of Nursing and FNP assistant chair, and Ms. Britt Schloemer, instructor of Nursing, along with two FNP students, Dr. Carol Smith and Rachel Gould, participated in a JCPS welcome back event and completed nearly 100 free sports physicals for students on Aug. 11.

Dr. Christy Kane, associate professor and chair of Respiratory Therapy, and the Respiratory Therapy Program received the Nation’s Best Award according to College Choice, a website that offers college rankings and resources. This award is based on institutional reputation, graduation rates, selectivity and faculty resources. College Choice uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database, U.S. News & World Report, and individual college websites. In addition to this award, Bellarmine’s Respiratory Therapy Program has received the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care’s “distinguished RRT credentialing success award” for the past five years. This award demonstrates that graduates of the program earn their registered respiratory therapist credentials at a high rate.<

Dr. Chantal Prewitt, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, presented a poster entitled “Muscular Dystrophy – A Cadaveric Study of Anatomical Findings” at the 35th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists in Atlanta, July 8-12. Second author on the poster was second-year DPT student Mason Sullivan.

Ms. Julia Senn-Reeves, instructor of Nursing, is serving as the vice president of the Board of Directors for Highlands Community Ministries.

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education

Dr. Kristin Cook, interim associate dean, and colleagues published “Establishing a STEAM learning environment,” “Partnering for successful STEAM teaching and learning,” “Administrator checklist for supporting STEAM,” and a STEAM video in myTeachSource®, an online professional development platform for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Dr. Cook and colleagues also published: “Design thinking in integrated STEAM learning: Surveying the landscape and exploring exemplars in elementary grades” in School Science and Mathematics; “Design thinking framework: Shaping powerful mathematics” in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School; and “The rise of the creationist movement in Brazil” in Evolution Education around the Globe (L. Borderding & H. Deniz, Eds.). Dr. Cook continued service on the Editorial Review Board for Innovations in Science Teacher Education.

Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, interim dean, and Dr. Patrick Englert, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, published “Reading, Writing, Queering: Education” in Living Out Loud: An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture (M. Murphy and B. Bjorngaard, Eds.). Dr. Dinkins also participated in the Kentucky Youth Advocates Blueprint for Kentucky's Children Convening to provide perspective on KYA's policy agenda.

Dr. David Paige, associate professor of Graduate Education, and colleagues published two peer-reviewed studies: “A PATH Analytic Model of Reading Skills Predicting Achievement on an End-of-Year State Assessment,” Journal of Educational Research, and “A study of letter identification, phonological awareness, and spelling knowledge in kindergarten children,” Child Development Research. For his 13th trip to India in support of the Thinking Schools Academy, Dr. Paige and Ph.D. student Gayle Bartilow spent three weeks conducting workshops for more than 300 teachers in the cities of Shillong, Meghalaya, Guwahati, Assam, and Bandel, West Bengal.

Dr. Kevin Thomas, associate professor, spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about New South Wales Minister for Education Rob Stokes’ call for a review of mobile phone use in schools.

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business

Ms. Christy Burge, instructor of Accounting, conducted a workshop geared toward professionals from the local community – “Blockchain: The Next Disruptor of Our World" – on May 17 and spoke on July 23 at the Kentucky Association of Career & Technical Education Summer Conference regarding “The Importance of Teaching Accounting and Other Business Courses in Kentucky High Schools.”

Ms. Patricia Carver, instructor of Management, and a colleague presented a paper, “An Exploratory Study of ‘Political Leanings’ Influencing Views on Entrepreneurship and Profitability,” at the Academy of Business Research Summer conference. Ms. Carver also assisted with coordinating and teaching in the Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP). The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) sponsors the weeklong program at the University of Louisville for high school students interested in accounting careers. The students also visited the Bellarmine campus. Ms. Carver attended the seminar “BME (Black and minority ethnicity) Experiences in Higher Education: Social Justice, Inclusion, and White Privilege” offered at Birkbeck, University of London, and “Knowledge in Education: Why Philosophy Matters” offered by the University College of London School of Education.

Dr. David Collins, professor of Accounting, Dr. Keith Richardson, professor of Accounting, and Dr. Patricia Selvy, associate professor of Accounting, presented “How In-Class Cases Can Be Used to Achieve Learning Objectives and Improve Student Use of Technology” at the AIKCU Teaching, Learning and Technology Conference in June.

Dr. Sharon Kerrick, dean of the Rubel School, was an invited judge for Venture Connectors Shark Tank competition awarding a local entrepreneur with an awards package worth over $25,000 of services and $5,000 in cash. She took a group of MBA students to Madrid, where they studied businesses such as IVECO, Europe’s largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer, and had a personal tour of the REAL Madrid soccer stadium with an Economics professor who works with this soccer team. She collaborated with other business school faculty for a presentation to the AIKCU Teaching, Learning and Technology Conference regarding using mobile devices in the classroom. Dr. Kerrick was a special guest speaker at Fort Bragg for the Joint Special Forces Command. She also created one of the first-ever cross-collaborative MBA courses that included students from Simmons College. Dr Kerrick hosted business delegates from Belarus to discuss global economic issues and entrepreneurship. She was voted 2018 Most Admired Woman in Education in Today’s Woman magazine. Dr. Kerrick serves on the Advisory Board for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) by invitation of the World Affairs Council and on the AACSB peer review team for Xavier University. She was chief judge for the Annual U of L Speed Engineering School’s business plan competition. Finally, she was named to the Kentucky World Trade Center’s committee for the “Women in Trade” symposium.

Dr. Elizabeth Payne, Endowed Chair of Accounting, served as the director of the KYCPA BASE (Business and Accounting Summer Education) Camp held on Bellarmine’s campus June 10-14. Dr. Payne serves on the KYCPA Board of Directors, the KYCPA BASE Camp committee, the FEI (Financial Executives International) Board of Directors and is VP for Professional Development.

Dr. Joe Thornton, assistant professor of Management, and Dr. Mike Luthy, professor of Marketing, had their article, “Management principles applied to acculturating students to classroom behavior: The professionalism statement,” published in the Institute for Global Business Research (IGBR)’s 2018 Conference Proceedings in July, Vol. 2, No. 2.

School of Communication

Dr. Shawn Apostel led a workshop titled “Infographics: A picture is worth a thousand words, Imagine the Future of Learning,” at Bellarmine, June 5 and 6.

Dr. Apostel and Dr. Michael Strawser presented a session titled “When did ‘Sage on the Stage’ become ‘Weaned to the Screen’?: Instructional implications of the new digital divide” at Pedagogicon, Eastern Kentucky University, May 18, and Drs. Apostel and Strawser, along with Mr. Adam Elias and Dr. Janice Poston of the Faculty Development Center presented a session titled “Using H5P to Create Interactive Videos and More.” Drs. Apostel and Strawser also participated in AIKCU’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference at Bellarmine in June, presenting various sessions with Mr. Elias, Dr. Poston, John Stemmer and Eric Satterly. The featured presentation was “Tour Bellarmine’s Fishbowl Multimedia Communication Center/classroom and the newly renovated library: Student-centered, collaborative spaces.”

Dr. Michael Strawser completed the HubSpot Education Partner Program in May. Dr. Strawser published two book chapters: “International organizational ‘culture’: Expanding an intercultural understanding of the global workplace” in Intercultural Communication: Adapting to Emerging Global Realities: A Reader (2nd Edition) and “The power of reflection: The ‘thought-piece’ in capstone courses” in It Works for Me with High-Impact Practices, May 2018. Dr. Strawser was named Book Review Editor for the Journal of Faculty Development in June. He was a panelist on Next Generation Philanthropy at the Give for Good Louisville Nonprofit Training Camp in July.

Dr. Kyle Barnett collaborated with Mr. Ben Aguilar and Mr. Gary Fogle to set up a new podcasting lab in the School of Communication Fish Bowl, with funding from the Institute for Media, Culture, and Ethics. He then worked with Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty and Mr. Aguilar to create a podcast companion series for Dr. Hinson-Hasty’s book, The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence. The podcast episodes were meant to introduce the book to 29 reading groups participating in JustFaith, a national social justice training program. Dr. Barnett and a colleague wrote “Site-ing the Sounds: Discovering Australia and New Zealand’s Popular Music in the United States,” in Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge, 2018).

Mr. Gary Fogle was involved in producing a video for Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, a program of volunteers who work to help people coming out of prison be successful in their return to normal life.

Dr. Wuyu (Rain) Liu was invited to become an advisor for the Greater Louisville Medical Society to help develop a plan for effective communication among patients, physicians, and health insurance companies. Dr. Liu was invited by the Louisville Sustainability Council to lead the marketing/communications work for the 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit at the University of Louisville.

Ms. Winnie Spitza, SOC undergraduate chair, wrote a news article on Bellarmine’s Pre-Law Program in the August 2018 issue of Louisville Bar Briefs. She is currently the interim pre-law director while Dr. Lee Remington is on sabbatical for the fall semester.

Ms. Stacie Shain took The Concord editors to the Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Pro Chapter awards dinner in June, where the staff earned 10 total awards, the most they have ever won. Bellarmine students competed against students from other area universities, including the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast. The winners were: Rebecca Waskevich, News/Business Page Design, 2nd and 3rd place, Feature Writing, 2nd place, and Sports/Feature Page Design, 3rd place; Hunter Boschert, Feature Photography, 1st place, and Picture Story, 2nd and 3rd place; and Katie Vulich, Column Writing, 1st place, Sports Feature, 3rd place, and Editorial Writing, 3rd place.


Ms. Lynn Bynum, chief Human Resources officer and Title IX coordinator, was re-elected for a second term as the chair of the Tuition Exchange Board of Directors at the semi-annual meeting in Chicago on June 14. The Tuition Exchange provides reciprocal tuition scholarship opportunities for the dependents of eligible staff and faculty at more than 672 colleges and universities. Bellarmine has been a participant for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Paul Pearson, director and archivist of the Thomas Merton Center, published “Introduction” to “Letters to Pat” in The Merton Annual 30 (2017): 17-28. At a Thomas Merton Symposium on Prophecy and Renewal held at Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Italy, June 12-15; he gave the keynote address, “Thomas Merton: Poet, Monk, Prophet,” and presented a paper, “Emblems for a Season of Fury: The Art of Thomas Merton.”

Ms. Laura Kline, previously the assistant director of Campus Ministry, is now the director of Campus Ministry. She was also elected to the National Campus Ministry Association board for the 2018-19 year.

Ms. Natasha Begin, previously the director of Service & Leadership, is now the assistant dean of Students.

Mr. Bryan Hamann is now a Residence Life coordinator in addition to his role as the assistant director of Campus Traditions.

Dr. Janice Poston of the Faculty Development Center presented “Inclusion in Online Courses: Research and Strategies to Overcome Communication Gaps” at the April 2018 Dialogue on Diversity Conference. At the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities’ (AIKCU) annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference on Bellarmine’s campus in June, she presented “Inclusion in Online Courses: Tips for Assisting and Guiding Faculty.” In addition, she, Dr. Moira O’Keeffe of the School of Communication and Dr. Patricia Selvy of the Rubel School presented “H5P Overview: Description, Tools and Classroom Applications,” and Dr. Poston, Mr. Adam Elias of the Faculty Development Center and Dr. Michael Strawser of the School of Communication presented a session titled “Trending: Fifteen Trends in Higher Ed.”

Dr. Jordan Wiehebrink from Graduate Admission received her Doctorate in August.