Awards and Achievements

May 07, 2008

Professors publish books and papers across the country and around the world.

The Center for the Study of Aging (CSA) at McDaniel College announced the winners of the First Annual Writing Contest in Gerontology during the Your Future and Aging Event in the Decker Center Forum. Olivia Sykes ’11 won first prize and $300 award for her essay entitled, "Finding Color." Kate Maloney’09 won second place for “A Sestina for my Grandparents.” Ashley Boone ’08 won third place for her essay, “Mary,” and M.S. candidate Jena Ehmann ’07 won fourth place for “The Spelling Tests.” Read more here:

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Greg Alles gave a guest lecture at Lafayette College in April titled “Toward a Global Vision of Religious Studies” based on his edited volume, Religious Studies: A Global View.

Art and Art History Professor Sue Bloom’s book Digital Photography and Collage is now available in a Chinese translation.  She has been asked to author a revised second edition for 2010.

Foreign Languages Lecturer Cathy Bodin was the editor of Volume 26 of Linguistica Atlantica, published in February.

Music Professor Margie Boudreaux published “Musical Literacy and Rote Learning: Balancing Thinking and Feeling” in the latest issue of Choral Director magazine.  She spoke on the subject in a lecture series at the Peabody Conservatory in April.  Margie also led two collaborative performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony on April 5-6 with the Columbia Symphony, the McDaniel College Choir, and Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County at the Rouse Center for the Performing Arts in Columbia.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Peter Bradley is one of fifteen participants chosen nationally to participate in the Faculty Seminar on Liberal Education in July at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

Foreign Languages Lecturer Annette Budzinski-Luftig attended the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Long Beach CA in April where she presented a paper "Arrival and Departure in Ludwig Tieck's Zerbino" for a panel on Wit and Humor.

Under the advisement of Assistant Professor of Psychology Holly Chalk, senior majors Brittany Eyler and Eliza Gaskins presented posters at the 22nd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Salisbury MD on "The Effects of Trust and Comfort on Self-Disclosure and Client Satisfaction" and "College Counseling Center Outcomes Research," respectively.

Student-journalists from six colleges and two Westminster area high schools attended the ninth annual College Press Day on April 12, sponsored by McDaniel's chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists and advised by English Professor Terry Dalton.

Assistant Professor of English Kate Dobson presented "Beyond Traversal Time: Duration in Graphic Narrative" at the International Conference on Narrative on May 4; on May 23 she will present a paper on the Rhetoric of Comics at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Kate has been chosen to participate in the Wye Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American Polity in July.

Associate Professors of Sociology Lauren Dundes and Deb Lemke, and Military Science Instructor Jose Flores won increased funding in the amount of $36,883 for their afterschool leadership programs in Carroll County. “Field of Wings” for middle school girls will continue at East Middle, while TNT (Trust and Teamwork) for middle school boys will continue at East Middle and be expanded to West Middle. The grant provides McDaniel undergraduates with leadership and mentoring opportunities.

Senior Music Lecturer Kyle Engler performed as alto soloist in December in productions of Handel’s Messiah in Baltimore and Washington and in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the choir of Franklin and Marshall College. In February, she performed Lieder by Brahms and Schumann's Dichterliebe on tour with the Ravel Piano Trio in Switzerland; gave the European debut of a work written for the ensemble by American composer Dottie Anita Taylor; and performed in a concert of opera scenes with colleagues at Towson University. In April, she performed the role of Costanza in Rossini's Bianca e Falliero with the Washington Concert Opera (noted in the Washington Times) and sang performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Columbia Orchestra as alto soloist.

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Mohamed Esa gave a multimedia presentation on "Islam and Muslims in Germany" at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC.

Assistant Professor of History Stephen Feeley was one of 35 faculty selected nationally from member colleges in the CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) to participate in a seminar on “Slave Narratives” led by Professor David Blight at Yale University in June.   One of his students, History major Christy Thomas, has been accepted into the SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program – one of ten students selected nationally. The program will enable both Christy and Stephen to do research this summer at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Education Professor Skip Fennell, a member of The President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel, delivered its special report on mathematics education to President Bush on March 13. The panel, created in 2006 by executive order, was charged to examine and summarize the scientific evidence related to teaching and learning mathematics, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra.

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Volker Franke participated in a high-level national security symposium on March 20 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station, Texas.  The conference examined the contemporary international environment and American national security policy for the next presidential administration.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Science Kevin Harrison was a guest on the Midday Show with Dan Rodricks (NPR) on March 19 to talk about “What happens to discarded cell phones?”

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Vera Jakoby presented a paper titled "Vision and Destruction of Paradise" at the Mid-Atlantic Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in New Brunswick NJ.

Associate Professor of English Robert Kachur published "Buried in the Bedroom: Bearing Witness to Incest in Poe's ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’" in the March 2008 issue of Mosaic, a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature.

Associate Professor of Education Ramona Kerby is the author of the children’s picture book “Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch.” Based on the life of a stray dog who in the 1880s found a home at the Albany, N.Y., post office, the book captures the true life story of Owney as well as explains the early mail service system. The book received a starred review in School Library Journal. Watch more here:

Visiting Assistant Professor of Enviornmental Policy and Science Hali Kilbourne co-authored a manuscript titled "Variations of initial 230-Th/232-Th and limits of high precision U-Th dating of shallow-water corals" forthcoming in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Graduate and Professional Studies Diane Martin was named as the Dissertation of the Year Award Winner by the School of Psychology at Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Associate dean of Academic Affairs, director of the Honors Program and associate professor of Art and Art History Gretchen McKay’s most recent publication, “An Eastern Medieval Revival: Byzantine Art and Nineteenth-Century French Painting,” appeared in Studies in Medievalism 16 (2008).

Associate Professor of Education Debbie Miller served as an National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Maryland State Department of Education review team member for a six day on-site accreditation visit at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.  Miller was also chair for a full-day Institute at the International Reading Association National Conference in Atlanta.

Associate Professor of History Paul Miller has received a grant from the American Philosophical Society to spend the summer in Vienna continuing his work on a book about the memory of the Sarajevo assassination.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristin Nelson was lead author of "Narration and Vividness as Measures of Event-Specificity in Autobiographical Memory," published in Discourse Processes, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal specializing in textual studies.

English Professor LeRoy Panek and Associate Professor of English Mary Bendel-Simso have edited the collection of detective fiction “Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology.” Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Henze Fund, which supports the McDaniel College English Department. Copies are available in the bookstore.

Biology Professor Louise Paquin is co-author of the newly published Test Bank for Campbell-Reece Biology (8th edition) from Pearson Publications, which will be used nation-wide starting this fall.

Hoover Library Director Michele Reid was one of six people awarded a full tuition scholarship and admitted to the executive Ph.D. program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions at Simmons College, Boston.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Sara Raley was an invited speaker at the annual Gender Development Conference in San Francisco in April on "Do Fathers Invest More in Sons?” for a session on Family Dynamics and Child Gender: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know. She also presented in April at the annual Population Association of America meetings in New Orleans on "Rethinking the Link between Maternal Education, Reading with Children, and Verbal Achievement."

Assistant Professor of Education Victoria Russell presented "The Core Network Model: Candidates Self-Defining Support for National Board Certification;" as part of a paper panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in New York in April.  She was also selected as a member of the Secondary Education Performance Assessment (SEPA) committee organized under the Maryland State Department of Education and selected as a national scholarship reviewer for Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.

Assistant Professor of Education Mark Rust presented at two conferences this spring: in February, “An ASL Praxis I? An Exploration of Alternatives for Deaf Test-takers,” at the American College of Educators for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, in Monterey, CA; in April, “Bilingualism and Self-efficacy” at the Pacific Rim 2008 International Conference on Disabilities, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Music Lecturer Jonathan Seligman presented two concerts of original music in April for cello, reeds and two percussion at the Western Slope Chamber Music Series in Grand Junction and in Paonia, Colo.

Assistant Professor of Communication Robert Trader presented a paper titled “Knowledge Acquisition Theory: A Call for a Message Effects Research Agenda among Instructional Communication Researchers” on May 4 at the 99th annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association in Pittsburgh.

Assistant Professor of English Reanna Ursin was chosen to represent the College in June at the Jesse Ball duPont Summer Seminars for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center, Duke University in North Carolina. Ursin will participate in “Human Nature: Ethical Implications of Biology, Technological, and Cultural Transformation.”

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Elizabeth van den Berg is currently dialect coach for The History Boys at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. Celia Sharpe (All Arts Review) writes: “Coach Elizabeth van den Berg insured that the dialect was true to the play's setting while nevertheless clear to understand...a feat when considering the quick pace of the dialogue, the poetic recitals, and the one French-speaking classroom scene.”