J-Term Study Abroad Adventures
The J-Term courses "European Union: Culture, Politics, and Economics" and the social work course "Social Welfare: Worldview" are heading overseas for a few weeks. Professor of Business Janice Reily, Assistance Professor of Business Tracy Tunwall, Associate Professor of Social Work Joni Howland and Director of International Programs Catharine Cashner will be blogging about their adventures and posting student reflections. You can visit the blogs and get updates on the trips at:
President Christopher Blake was invited to write a reflection for the American College and University President's Climate Commitment Newsletter. His article, "Sharing Vision and Perspective with Campus Leaders from Across the Nation," appeared in the monthly newsletter and was used on the Advancing Education for Sustainability website.
In November, Professor of Art Jane Gilmor served as a visiting lecturer at Central Michigan State University, where she also exhibited her work at the CMU University Gallery. Gilmor worked with art majors Maria Terzopoulou, Christina Husmann and Cory Taylor as research and studio assistants on a 4000 square foot installation at The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell University. The exhibit, "(Un)Seen Work: Tradition and Transition," was on display through December 12.
Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar South/Central Asia Regional Travel Grant. The grant will allow her to spend two weeks in Sri Lanka, where she will lead a printmaking workshop at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She'll also lead a creativity workshop through the Sri Lankan Fulbright Commission. Hagy also recently presented at an international art conference in Nepal, and was featured in several Kathmandu newspapers. You can view the articles on The Himalayan Times site and the Republica Leisure site.
Professor of Sociology Mohammad Chaichian presented a paper titled "Contested Ideological Urban Landscapes: The Case of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany" at the International conference on Spaces and Flows, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), December 4 and 5.
Adjunct English Instructor Cecile Goding recently served as a consultant to the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, under a project designed to introduce Haitian social workers to therapeutic writing methods. She was the primary liaison and mentor to a psychologist from Haiti, who visited the University and corresponded with Goding for six months. To date, over eighty of his clients, suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related illnesses stemming from the 2010 earthquake, have begun to write songs, poems and journals as part of the healing process.
Associate Professor of History Edy Parsons will present her paper, "The US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992: Implications for US-Hong Kong Relations" for Hong Kong in the Global Setting Conference at University of Hong Kong on January 12.