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Academic News Brief July 2nd

July 2, 2014

 Round up of what is new in the world of Academic Affairs published by the Office of the Provost at Saint Francis University. July 2, 2014 Edition


Leadership Academy - Dr. Stephen Baker, Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Mark C. Gentry, Chair of the History & Political Science Department, and Dr. Balazs Hargittai, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Sciences, attended the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy, June 22 - June 26. 2014. The Academic Leadership Academy provided practical administrative knowledge and skills to academic administrators, including department heads, program directors, academic deans, vice presidents, and provosts. Topics included Leadership Development, Organizational Dynamics, Shared Governance, Communication, Faculty Employment Issues, Faculty Development, Strategic Management, Budgeting, Conflict Resolution, and Organizational Change. Participation was made possible with the generous support of the Office of the Provost and the School of Arts & Letters.


Honors Program - Advanced Placement (AP) test scores for the students in the incoming fall class have arrived and been processed. AP courses available through the College Board are taught in high schools and widely accepted by higher education institutions. Saint Francis University accepts scores of 4 or 5 (on a scale with maximum score 5) and awards from 3 to 21 credits for each AP course. With a score of 3, the corresponding SFU course(s) is(are) waived but no credit is awarded. Comparing 2013 and 2014, the number of entering students who reported AP scores decreased from 46 to 44. The corresponding number of courses awarded credit or waived decreased from 160 to 152. The most common AP courses accepted were for the SFU courses ENGL Writing Elective (25 students), MATH 121/122 (9), MATH 221/222 (4), ECON 102 (3). PSYC 101 (12), BIOL 111 (15), HIST 103 and 104 (9), STAT 205 (6),.HIST 101 and 102 (5), and PLSC 102 and 211 (5).


Literature & Languages - Dr. Robin Cadwallader's edited edition of Mary Rankin's Daughter of Affliction was released in early June 2014. The result of twenty years of research, including a one-semester sabbatical leave, this text, according to one reviewer, "makes an important contribution to the ongoing project of the recovery of overlooked US women writers and will be of profound interest to scholars of evangelical literature, disability studies, and women's studies."

Literature & Languages - Ms. Gale DeArmin, Clinical Assistant Professor of ASL, participated in the Medical Interpreting Immersion presented by the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University from June 26 June 29, 2014 in Minnesota. The four-day intensive course offered application of anatomy and physiology in ASL, with an emphasis on classifiers, specialized terminology used in medical settings, and ethical decision-making strategies especially for medical settings. This program was offered at CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital and allowed participants the opportunity to analyze and practice interpreting discourse in both classroom and clinical settings.


Biology - Student researchers, Paige Mundy and Zach Sterner, from Dr. Irene Wolfs lab presented their work June 4 June 8, 2014 at the National Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society conference at Gannon University in Erie, PA. They were awarded third place for their poster presentation, Analysis of Various Response Mechanisms to Cellular Stress Using Plant Models Elodea densa and Arabidopsis thaliana.