Date: January 28, 2005
Dr. Larry Chapp's paper entitled "The Retrieval of Gaudium et Spes: A Critical Comparison of Tracey Rowland and Hans Urs von Balthasar" has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society to be held on June 2-5, 2005 at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.
Dr. Chris Cocozza has been appointed academic editor of Becker CPA Review Regulation Textbook. Becker is the largest CPA review provider in the United States. He will be editing topics in the area of taxation, including individual taxation; C corporation, S corporation, partnership, estate and trust entity level taxation; and estate and gift taxation. The textbook will be used by over 10,000 students yearly in 149 U.S. and 57 foreign cities.
Fr. Joseph DiMauro presented Marriage Encounter Weekends to couples in West Chester, PA, from July 23-25 and November 19-21; in Shillington, PA, from September 17-19; and in Camp Hill, PA, from October 22-24. He presented a Marriage Encounter Enrichment Workshop for couples and priests in San Francisco, CA, from October 8-10. Fr. DiMauro attended a World Wide Marriage Encounter Leadership Training Workshop in Houston, TX, on November 5-7. He presented an Advent Day of Recollection, "Prophecy and Our Sacraments," on December 5, 2004, at DeSales University and on December 12, 2004, at the Transfiguration Monastery in Emmaus, PA. Fr. DiMauro's ProjecTELL team (Ruth Munilla from Lehigh Carbon Community College, Doris Correll from Bethlehem Area School District, Luisa Monteiro from Lehigh Carbon Community College, Stanley Nowak, Jr., and Fr. DiMauro) presented "Achieving Success for ELL's Through Sustained Professional Development" at the 34th Annual International Bilingual/Multicultural Education Conference sponsored by the National Association for Bilingual Education in San Antonio, TX, on January 19, 2005. They presented their professional development program, a partnership between two institutions of higher education and school districts.
Dr. Andrew Essig was the speaker at the Lehigh County Conference of Churches' Theological Roundtable on the topic of "Religion and Politics," providing a Catholic perspective, on September 28, 2004, at Muhlenberg College. On October 25, 2004, Dr. Essig organized a presentation for the DeSales Political Science program entitled "On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq." The two presenters were Lieutenant Colonel Platte Moring and Fr. Mark Plaushin, who spoke about their experiences in the two countries. On October 28, 2004 Dr. Essig was a judge at the DeSales Political Debates concerning international policy sponsored by SIFE. Dr. Essig presented a paper entitled "Pope John Paul II and the New International Order" on October 29, 2004, at the 12th Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, MI. On November 4, 2004, Dr. Essig advised on the "Senator for a Day" program hosted by State Senator Rob Wonderling on the DeSales campus. Ten DeSales University students participated as lobbyists for the various bills presented to the Senate committees.
Judge William E. Ford, a lecturer in the day and ACCESS programs in the Social Sciences Department, organized and oversaw a mandatory continuing education presentation for the Lehigh Valley Psychological Association on December 17, 2004. Judge Ford chaired a panel of lawyers and other judge presenters to the 40 psychologists in attendance. Topics explored at this half-day program were psychological evaluations, the MMPI-II, appropriate responses to subpoenas, expert witnesses, custody litigation, and defense litigation. The program also served the purpose of increasing understanding and improving the already good relationship between the professional psychological and legal communities.
Mr. Charles Gloman's book Placing Shadows: Lighting Techniques for Video Production has been published by Focal Press, which they believe is the first lighting text ever printed in full color. The book features exercises for the students to actually light existing scenarios in three different ways, making the book "interactive." Mr. Gloman's book Placing Shadows, Second Edition, published in 2000, is being used at the University of Southern California (USC) and UCLA as a textbook in Advanced Lighting Techniques in their MFA programs. Mr. Gloman, a contributing editor to Government Videography Magazine, provided his assessment of Sony's PDW-530 XDCAM camcorder in the September 2004 issue. He states that it is the first time he's worked in a "tapeless acquisition environment" and calls the product "the future of video as we know it." According to Mr. Gloman, you can't lose with this camera's configuration, as it shoots on inexpensive disc, provides immediate access to low and high resolution images, and there is no quality loss when you send the end result back to disc or to anything else.
In February 2004, Dr. Galen Godbey was the keynote speaker at the Annual Mid-Winter Conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education in Hershey, PA. He spoke on the meaning of globalization for adult continuing education. During 2003-2004, he served as an outside consultant to the faculty team re-designing Drexel University's doctoral program in Educational Leadership. While in Peru as part of DeSales' federally-funded Business and International Education grant activities, Dr. Godbey made a presentation, spontaneously translated by Joseph Brown to 125 headmasters of private schools in the Lima area on preparing students for global careers and organizational environments. In August 2004, he was the keynote presenter for the Bangor Area School District's annual in-service day on the topic of "Innovation, Globalization, and the Future of K-12." In September 2004, Dr. Godbey made a presentation to participants in the University of Pennsylvania's Executive Doctoral Program in Higher Education on the politics of state policy-making for higher education in Pennsylvania. In October, he served with Dr. Andrew Essig as a judge for our DSU undergraduate debates on the Presidential election. In November 2004, Dr. Godbey was the keynote speaker at an international education conference sponsored by Temple University's Center for International Business Education and Research held at Raritan Community College in New Jersey. The topic was globalization's meaning for organizational design and decision-making processes in higher education. Also in November, he served as a panelist as part of the Trexler-funded symposium series at DeSales University on entrepreneurship and innovation which honored General Trexler's Sesquicentennial. On his December 2004 trip with Dr. Mohamed Latib to India, Dr. Godbey made a presentation to the students, faculty, and staff of the Xavier Institute for Management and Entrepreneurship in Bangalore on technology, collaboration, and the production of global-ready graduates. Dr. Godbey served on the boards of two area non-profit organizations, Vision Family Programs, which provides support services for families recovering from teenage addiction issues, and Bicycle Crossing, which seeks to strengthen opportunities for and support of cycling activities in the Lehigh Valley.
Mr. Michael Krajsa, advisor to the DeSales SIFE Team, reports that our SIFE team received a $1,500 grant from the Erwin J. and Gertrude K. Neusch Fund. With the grant funds, the SIFE team will bring together teenagers from the Upper Bucks Vocational and Technical Agra Science School of Perkasie and link them with members of the Heifer village in Cuchuma, Peru. The funds will be used to purchase five ewes which the votech students will raise. The sheep will not only give the students a global opportunity, but also a sense of responsibility, social outreach, and technological know-how. Offspring from the ewes will be sold annually and the proceeds will be used to benefit the Heifer village. The students will also exchange information on the care and breeding of sheep. The grant proposal was written by SIFE student Elizabeth Pfister. Mr. Krajsa thanks Fr. Daniel Gambet for his support of the SIFE Team's efforts in obtaining the grant. Dr. Joe Colosi and Jonathan Andrews, a biology student, will also be working on this project with thevotech students and the villagers. The DeSales SIFE team is participating in a project called SAGE, Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship. They will be working on innovative entrepreneurial projects with local high schools as well as the Boy Scouts. The DeSales SIFE team will be hosting a competition involving at least three high schools. The team applied for and received the grant for $1,000 from Walgreens, one of the SAGE sponsors. Mr. Krajsa conducted a session entitled "Short-term Field Study Trips - Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Visit Peru" at the Global Educators Forum held at Raritan Community College in NJ and cosponsored by the Temple University Fox School of Business on October 29, 2004.
Dr. Stephen Loughlin's article entitled "Tristita et Dolor: Does Aquinas Have a Robust Understanding of Depression?" was accepted for publication in the journal Nova et Vetera. Dr. Loughlin's paper proposal entitled "The Importance of Fasting to the Christian Life as Found In Aquinas's Summa Theologiae" has been accepted for the conference, "Feast, Famine, and Fasting: Food and Material Consumption in Medieval and Renaissance Culture," to be held February 17-19, 2005, at the Fiesta Inn Resort in Tempe, AZ. His paper proposal entitled "Can the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, with an Eye Firmly Fixed Upon the Thought of Thomas Aquinas Say Anything Meaningful to the Nature and the Treatment of Mental Illness?" has been accepted for presentation at "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Good Society" conference sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN, April 7-9, 2005.
Dr. Shana Maier presented a paper, "Rape Crisis Advocates: Perceptions of Rape Reform Laws and Methods of Empowering Rape Victims as They Navigate the Legal System," at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Nashville, TN, November 17-120, 2004. This paper was based on research she completed for her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Maier also was one of three speakers for a professional development workshop on mentoring entitled "Workshop on Mentoring: Breaking the Mold."
Dr. Richard Noll's paper entitled "Spirits, Souls, Bodies: The Social Construction of the Shaman in S. I. Shirokogoroff's 'The Psychomental Complex of the Tungus' (1935)" has been accepted for presentation at the biennial conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, June 20-24, 2005. Dr. Noll presented a paper entitled "Mad Blood, Bad Blood: Psychiatry's Search for a Blood Test for Insanity" at the DeSales University Faculty Colloquium on September 29, 2004.
Fr. Alexander Pocetto's paper "Rabelais, Francis de Sales and the Abbaye de Thélème," was published in the Indian Journal of Spirituality, 13 (July-Sept. 2004):1-12. He presented a paper at the Salesian Scholars Seminar in October 2004 at the De Sales Resource and Ministries Center in Stella Niagara, NY, on the "Freedom to Love: A Close Reading of Francis de Sales' 14 October 1604 Letter to Jane de Chantal." This paper has been accepted for publication in the special ICSS volume Human Encounters in the Salesian Tradition published by the St. Joseph University Press to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the encounter of Francis and Jane. Fr. Pocetto made the following presentations on Salesian Spirituality: a workshop on "Supreme Blessedness: The Beatitudes in St. Francis de Sales" at the St. Maria Goretti parish, in Hatfield, PA; and a conference to a Women's Courage Group at St. Francis Center for Renewal, in Bethlehem, on "Self-knowledge and Self-acceptance." This conference has been posted on the COURAGE website. Fr. Pocetto is News Editor of the ICSS Newsletter published biannually in five languages - English, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish - by the International Commission on Salesian Studies of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He is also Regional Director of the DeSales Spirituality Center for the dioceses of Allentown and Harrisburg. This center is the chief organ for disseminating Oblate/Salesian spirituality of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Pocetto is also serving as an advisor to three doctoral candidates working in the area of Salesian studies. One is at the University of Buenas Aires in Argentina, the second at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and the third at the Virginia Theological Seminary.
Dr. Karen Walton was a guest on "Disability Update" on WPAZ 1370 AM radio on January 16, 2005. She spoke about "Scholastic Scrimmage," a quiz show competition among 34 high schools which she hosts. The program airs at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays on PBS39. It is also broadcast at 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, on the Digital Learning Center Channel, including SECTV Ch. 211, RCN Ch. 86, and Blue Ridge Ch. 117. On "Disability Update" she also discussed the DeSales University Mathematics and Technology Workshops. Dr. Walton received a grant for $159,129 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to conduct these workshops during the summer of 2005 for 60 teachers, grades K-10.
Dr. Galina Yermolenko presented her research concerning Roxolana, a sixteenth-century Ukrainian woman who was sold into the court of Suleiman the Magnificent as a slave and concubine and who became the sultan's beloved wife and close advisor, at the DeSales Faculty Colloquium on November 10, 2004. Because of her tremendous impact on Suleiman I and the Ottoman Empire, Roxolana became a legend in various cultures. Dr. Yermolenko conducted research on this topic in the Ukraine last summer, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. During the spring 2005 semester, Dr. Yermolenko will be on leave in Washington, DC, continuing her research on a Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies.