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Academic News Brief April 2014

April 24, 2014

Round up of what is new in the world of Academic Affairs published by the Office of the Provost at Saint Francis University. April 2014 Edition 


History/Political Science - Dr. Joe Melusky, Professor of Political Science and Director of the SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law, participated in the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas, NV, April 13-15, 2014. Dr. Melusky presented a paper entitled, "Negative Campaigning: What Is It, Why Do They Do It, and What Difference Does It Make?"

History/Political Science - The Current Affairs Club and the History/Political Science Department are sponsoring Humanitarian Interventions: Through the Looking Glass – Strategy and R2P (Responsibility to Protect) by Colonel Thomas E. Sheperd on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Scotus 104. Colonel Thomas E. Sheperd of the U.S. Army War College will share his expertise on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine, its development and how it relates to strategy and statecraft. The talk will cover the challenges, difficulties and consequences of humanitarian interventions. The presentation will last 30-40 minutes with 20 minutes set aside for Q&A. Colonel Sheperd’s comments are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army or the United States Government. This is a CES event.

Social Work – The Social Work Department and Social Work Club had a successful Take Back The Night and Clothesline Project this year. Over 250 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the events offered. Dr. Mark Lynch and Dr. David Hunter would like to thank the General Education department and all the CORE 403 students for their assistance this year, as well as the faculty who supported the efforts.

Fine Arts –The Saint Francis University World Drumming Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Jim Donovan, Instructor of Music, presented its annual Spring concert on Monday, April 14, 2014 in the JFK Lounge. Special guests included Ms. Becky Bickford and her West African style dance ensemble “Kulani”. The concert was well attended and enjoyed by all.

Institute for Ethics - Dr. Michael McKale, Director of the Institute for Ethics at Saint Francis represented the University at the Annual "Moral Choices Lecture" at Mt. Aloysius College. Delivering the lecture entitled, "Journey to the Kingdom of God: From Individualism and Tribalism to Neighborliness and the Common Good," was a former colleague in the Philosophical and Religious Studies Department and former President of Mt. Aloysius, Sister Mary Ann Dillon, PhD, RSM.

 The Annual Ethics Lecture was held on April 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the John F. Kennedy Student Center Auditorium. The Saint Francis University Office of Mission Integration, under the direction of Rev. Joseph Lehman, T.O.R., has established "Sustainability and Care for Creation" a campus theme for this academic year. This year's Ethics Lecture, in keeping with that theme, will be delivered by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. A question and answer session with the audience will conclude the presentation entitled "The Green Path: Developing a Shared Ethic for Protecting the Planet." For over a decade, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has been a passionate voice for the planet and its people and a very popular speaker on college campuses. He is a consultant with The Frontier Project, the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and a contributor to All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim. Ibrahim is a former sustainability policy advisor to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Outward Bound instructor. In 2013, Ibraim was honored by NBC's TheGrio.com as one of 100 African Americans making history today.

Literature & Languages - On April 12, 2014 SFU hosted the 25th Annual APPLES Foreign Language Festival led by Ms. Mary Jean Bujdos, Adjunct Instructor of Italian. APPLES stands for the Appalachian Language Educators Society, a collaborative born of a multi-county meeting to strengthen language instruction and opportunities for teachers and students. APPLES was named by Dr. Vincent Remillard, Professor of French, in 1987, and our logo was designed by Mr. Charles Olson, Professor of Art. Fifteen schools attended bringing well over 300 high school and junior high students to campus, where they competed in seven different categories of 3 languages, and four or more levels of each language. Competition was held in composition, speaking proficiency, literary recitation, and listening/reading, with additional categories for music performances and art. In addition to Ms. Mary Jean Budjos and Dr. Vincent Remillard, on board as judges, speakers, and support were faculty members Dr. Margaret Morales (Spanish), Ms. Gale DeArmin,(ASL) , Dr. Tim Bintrim (English), Dr. David Ervine (German), Ms. Ariadna Sanhueza (Spanish), and Ms. Martha O’Brien (Music/General Education), as well as a dozen SFU student volunteers. Participants were also entertained by members of the ASL at the awards ceremony. The event itself was partially funded by the College of Arts and Letters through a creative Recruitment grant to decrease the cost of lunches for participants. The Office of Admissions also donated folders, pens and drawstring bags for each participant APPLES provides a unique opportunity for the expansion of language awareness for current and prospective students.

Psychology - Dr. Marnie Moist, Associate Professor of Psychology, and five research students presented their research on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the 17th Annual Laurel Highlands Undergraduate Research Conference held at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg, PA. The following posters were presented: Chelsie Adams, Macy Brink, and Marnie Moist presented a research poster on the PSYC 202 class behavioral observation project called Relationship between Signing a Trivial Petition and the Tone of the Requestor’s Voice. Results of this study showed that, of 240 people approached on campus, 80% agreed to sign a petition regarding a trivial issue (e.g., support for adding Nemo, the clownfish, to the Science Center aquarium). Surprisingly, of the 20% who refused to sign, 77% said “No” after receiving an excited tone of voice inviting them to sign; of those who agreed to sign, only 42% did so after hearing the excited invitation. It is unclear if receiving an excited invitation to sign a petition increases feelings of coercion, hence resistance, or if it simply makes people more strongly wish to avoid others with strange priorities. Emilee Janidlo, Christine MacMillan, and Marnie Moist presented a research poster on a quasi-experiment called The Relationship between Cognitive Control and Pencil Grip among College Students. Results of this study failed to find any relationship between ability to see 3D-image stereogram “pop-out” and use of the optimal dynamic tripod pencil grip (relative to non-optimal, as unobtrusively observed in adults). However, a significant majority of college students were unable to perceive depth in the stereogram, and a significant majority displayed non-optimal pencil grip. Katie Vena and Marnie Moist presented a research poster on a quasi-experiment called Effect of Hours Slept and Sleep Patterns on Students’ Academic Performance. Results of this study showed that the third quiz taken by PSYC 101 students for a grade was significantly impacted by whether their sleep quality the night before the quiz matched their typical sleep quality. Those who slept poorly the night before the quiz despite normally getting good quality sleep performed on average (at 58%) worse than those whose night-before-quiz sleep quality matched their regular sleep (whether both were good [87% average] or both poor [71% average]). It is unclear whether disrupted sleep schedule or the poor study technique of “pulling an all-nighter” most contributed to these results.

Sociology/Criminal Justice – Dr. Justin Snyder, Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented "The Narrative Self and Traumatic Images of Combat" at the Eastern Sociological Society conference in Baltimore, February 2014. He has been invited to present "Coming of Age in Combat: Masculinity and Traumatic Awakening” at the Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, May 2014. In January, he published entries titled "War" and "Trauma, The Patients' View" in Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness, edited by A. Scull and published by SAGE Reference. He has an article “’Blood, Guts, and Gore Galore:’ Bodies, Moral Pollution, and Combat Trauma" forthcoming in the journal Symbolic Interaction. Research and writing for the journal article was supported by grants from the School of Arts and Letters and the Faculty Development Committee.


Business Administration - On Monday, April 14, 2014, the School of Business held the annual School of Business Zanzuckki Research Poster Presentation in the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness. There were 14 posters presented including posters from both undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty mentors for the posters included: Dr. Margaret Garcia, Dr. John Miko, Dr. Ed Timmons, and Ms. Jonna Contacos-Saywer. Some expenses and awards related to the event were funded through a Koch Family Foundation grant.

Business Administration - The School of Business under the Dr. Albert A. Zanzuccki Endowed Chair in Business Executive in Residence Series hosted two successful Saint Francis University Alumni. On March 10 and 11, 2014, Mr. Peter Stevenson presented campus talks entitled, “International Communications and the IT Services Industry.” Mr. Stevenson spoke to approximately 160 business students during his two day visit to campus. Mr. Stevenson is the cofounder of Latisys, a leading provider of hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) IT solutions. He is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. His firm operates large interconnected data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, Denver, Southern California, and Chicago. He is now expanding his business to Europe. His company has been named to INC’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List for the past five years, and in 2011 was ranked #23 by Forbes magazine in their “Top 1000 Most Promising Companies in America” List. He graduated with a business management degree at Saint Francis University and is currently on the Advisory Board for the School of Business. He resides with his wife and family in Northern Virginia. The second Executive in Residence to visit campus in March was Ms. Christine B. Carr. Ms. Carr visited campus on March 27 and 28 and presented sessions entitled, “Preparing for a Career in the Finance Industry” to 150 business students. Ms. Carr is founder and manager of the Community Development Finance Group at Silicon Valley (SVB) in California. Part of her professional responsibility is to provide lending expertise and services for affordable housing projects in and around the San Francisco Bay area. She received a BA in History from Saint Francis University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She resides with her husband in Berkley, California where they raised her three daughters.

Business Administration - Ron Pullman, president of the Pullman Financial Corporation of Carnegie, Pa and an author on personal finance presented a workshop, “Taking a Proactive Approach to your Financial Situation” on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to a standing room crowd of business students and faculty in Padua Hall.

MHRM - The SFU SHRM Student Chapter members Kelsey Kohler, Caroline Sandrick, Tim Ott and Advisor Jonna Contacos-Sawyer attended the Blair County Human Resource Management Association’s Monthly meeting featuring speaker Bob Low on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Mr. Low presented a management and leadership presentation entitled, Low’s Laws of Leadership. Kelsey Kohler, SFU SHRM Student Chapter President introduced all SFU attendees, informed the audience about the mission and accomplishments of the newly formed chapter, offered to volunteer and partner with Blair county on community service projects and all students had the opportunity to network with HR Professionals. Blair County HR Association is offering financial support to the SFU SHRM student chapter for future needs.

Dr. Randy Frye, Dean of the School of Business, was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) as an Officer during association elections by the membership at its annual conference on Thursday in San Diego, California. Dr. Frye, who was formerly on the Audit and Member Development Committees of the Board, was elected Treasurer. This will be Dr. Frye's fifth board term since the global business accreditation organization was founded in 1997 by Dr. John Green. He also is a founding board member. The IACBE is one of the three American collegiate business accreditation organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Dr. Frye conducts assembly training endeavors for new site reviewers, recruits new college members, and leads two to three site visits of business units being considered for either accreditation for the first time or a reaffirmation of accreditation per year. Recent site visits during the past two years include Misericordia University (Dallas Town, Pa), InterAmerican University -San German Campus (Puerto Rico), University of Business and International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), and Lynn University (Boca Raton, Florida). He is on the faculty of the Annual IACBE University Summer Training Institute for new chairs, associate deans, and deans.

Dr. Frye co-presented an all-day conference workshop for 26 prospective site reviewers at the IACBE annual conference on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Mission Bay, near San Diego, California. The purpose of eight hour workshop is to train future site reviews for peer assessments of business programs and schools seeking accreditation by the IACBE. Dr. Frye presented the workshop with Dr. Margarita Knopik, former Vice President of Accreditation for the IACBE and Dean of General Education for Grantham University located in Kansas City, Mo.


Physician Assistant Sciences – The University has reached agreement with a new faculty member beginning July 1, 2014. Ms. Heather Gides has been appointed as Instructor/Clinical Coordinator of Physician Assistant Sciences; she earned her B.S. from Saint Francis University, and M.P.A.S. from Saint Francis University. Ms. Gides is currently employed by Richard M. Kastelic & Associates, Johnstown, Pa.

DiSepio - This year's annual Rural Conference for Cancer Survivors: Education to Overcome the Fear is being hosted by the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness/CERMUSA on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This special event is open to survivors, their families, and all who support them. Information and materials will be provided from many organizations and programs dedicated to helping survivors. Presentations from two dynamic speakers in the field of cancer and survivorship, as well as two panel discussions, will also be provided. The event is free to all attendees and lunch will be provided.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required by April 25, 2014.  To learn more about the conference or to register please call (814) 472-3923 or visit the conference website: www.cermusa.francis.edu/survivorsconference 

Nursing - The Nursing Department will present a Faith Community Nursing course June 8-10 and June 29-July 1, 2014 at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.  Faith community nursing is a recognized specialty practice that combines professional nursing and health ministry. Faith community nursing emphasizes health and healing within a faith community. The philosophy of faith community nursing embraces four major concepts: spiritual formation; professionalism; shalom as health and wholeness; and community, incorporating culture and diversity.  Saint Francis University is an Educational Partner with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC), A Ministry of the Church Health Center, Memphis, TN.  Faith Community Nurses engage in a variety of ministries, including:  Visiting church members at home or in the hospital, providing counseling on health-related issues, making referrals to community resources and providing assistance in obtaining needed health services, assisting members in adapting to important lifestyle changes, teaching classes on how to maintain good health, providing health screenings, developing support groups within the church, and training and coordinating volunteers. Tuition cost is $350.00. For additional information contact cdrenning@francis.edu or visit the Department of Nursing website: http://francis.edu/nursing/ for full course details and application.

Nursing - All thirteen of our senior nursing students have completed the student Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course. This is a course required of registered nurses working in a critical care area. It involved a two day intensive course and a test for certification. All of our students passed the examination. This two-day course provides up-to-date information and hands-on practice related to the current American Heart Association recommendations for the emergency evaluation and management of adult cardiac patients.  Objectives of ACLS Course were to recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome, demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), recognize and manage respiratory arrest, recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care, recognize and initiate early management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), including appropriate disposition, recognize and initiate early management of stroke, including appropriate disposition, and demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team.    All students also passed the Megacode testing. Congratulations to our seniors!

Occupational Therapy - Dr. Donald Walkovich received the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows Award at the 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Roster of Fellows recognizes members of AOTA, who with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the Association.  In recognition of his contributions, the following statement appears on his award: “Visionary Leadership for Access to Rural Services”. Dr. Walkovich was nominated for this award by Dr. Kerri Golden and the faculty in the OT department, as well as Dr. Maralynne Mitcham, consultant to the OT program. Dr. Walkovich will now be granted the honor of adding FAOTA (Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association) to his credentials. Join us in congratulating him on this award! 


 Environmental Engineering – Mr. Alan Garrido of the Ecological Engineering firm BioHabitats, Inc. was guest speaker on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Science Center. Mr. Garrido works as an Ecological Engineer in North and South America for building living water treatment machines and restoring ecosystems. His talk was titled "Ecological Engineering Across Continents." The presentation was part of the “Engineers and Scientists Serve” series funded by the Dominion Foundation.

Environmental Engineering - Ms. Beatriz Santamaria, environmental engineering air quality consultant with Trinity Consultants in Houston, TX was guest speaker on Friday, April 14, 2014 in Science Center. Her talk was titled "A Day in the Life of an Air Quality Consultant." The presentation was part of the Engineers and Scientists Serve series funded by the Dominion Foundation.

Awards Ceremony - The School of Sciences Academic Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the John Wozniak Atrium in the Science Center. Approximately 120 people attended, including faculty, staff, students, and parents. The Dean of the School of Sciences, Dr. Charles MacVean, welcomed everyone and congratulated the students on a job well done. The following awards were presented: Michael DeLyser - Outstanding Mathematics Senior Award; Sean Veights – Mathematics Department Service Award; John Devlin – Outstanding Computer Science Senior Award; Rebecca Peer – Outstanding Engineering Senior Award; Gregory Mountain and Elise Lofgren – Outstanding Chemistry Senior Award; Robert Hodgson and Steven Mosey - Chemistry Service Award; William Shee– Chemistry Freshman Achievement Award; James Krug and Logan Stern - Father Albert Driesch/Avian Technologies Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry; Robert Hodgson - Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Award for Excellence in Chemistry; Stephen Mitarnowski - Kaylee Harford Undergraduate Research Award; Ariana Leeper - Dr. M. Jayne Kimlin Award in Physical Sciences; Brandon Herman – Zovinka Summer Research Award; Paige Mundy - Wayne Takacs Award for Excellence in Physiology; Zachary Rozansky – Outstanding Biology Senior Award; Zachary Rozansky - Biology Senior Service Award; Zachary Rozansky - Marine Biology Award and Outstanding Environmental Sciences Student Award. The 2013 School of Sciences Research Award recipients and the 2014 Undergraduate Research Award recipients were recognized. In addition, the STEM Excellence in Education Award was presented to Ms. Sheryl Imler, retired teacher from Foot-of-Ten Elementary School in Hollidaysburg.

Mathematics - Dr. Ying Li, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and two students, Naiyi Wu and Ryan Ickes, attended the 31th Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on April 11 - April 12, 2014 at Terre Haute, Indiana. Naiyi Wu presented his research "Mathematical Modeling of Open Limeston Channel" and was awarded a book named Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing. He was among 30 undergraduate students who were chosen to present their research projects. Naiyi Wu's research was directed by Dr. Ying Li and Dr. Joel Bandstra in summer 2013, funded by NSF. Ryan Ickes' trip was funded by the President's Office.