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Press Release: Success of Women in Academia Focus of Brown Bag Lunch Program at De Sales, Friday, March 14
Date: 3/6/2008

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Success of Women in Academia Focus of Brown Bag Lunch Program at DeSales, Friday, March 14

Success of women in academia will be the focus of a Brown Bag Lunch program at noon, Friday, March 14, in Trexler Library at DeSales University. The event, held in observance of National Women's History Month, is open to the public free of charge, but seat reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please contact Loretta Ulincy, public services librarian, Trexler Library, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1446.

The program will feature a panel consisting of members of the DeSales faculty and administration with expertise in mathematics, Celtic myth and Native American culture, forensics, and secondary education. The guest panelists will share highlights and insights on their educational and career accomplishments. They include Dr. Karen Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Trisha Moller, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, Juilene Osborne-McKnight, assistant professor in the department of humanities, and Dr. Katherine Ramsland, assistant professor of forensic psychology. A question and answer session will follow their presentations.

Walton, distinguished faculty member and administrator at DeSales, joined the faculty at DeSales, then Allentown College, in 1978. She earned degrees in mathematics from Vassar College, Harvard University, and the University of Pittsburgh, including a doctorate in higher education administration from Lehigh University. She is the author of, Against the Tide: Career Paths of Women Leaders in American and British Higher Education. Walton has served on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 13 times. Since 1997, Walton has served as the host on Lehigh Valley PBS television show, "Scholastic Scrimmage".

Moller joined the DeSales faculty in 2004. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and secondary education from The College of New Jersey, and master's degree and a doctorate in mathematics from Lehigh University. She worked as a Senior Technical Associate/Systems Tester for AT&T, where she earned the District Recognition Award for Architecture Certification Testing. Other awards and recognition include Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellowship and Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women. "Fractals in the Classroom," an article by Moller, appears in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) journal, Mathematics Teacher. She has been the co-organizer of summer workshops, "Fractals in the Classroom," for secondary school teachers for the last four years.

Osborne-McKnight, a member of the DeSales faculty since 2001, has an extensive background in Celtic and Native American myth and culture. She completed her MFA in poetry and creative non-fiction at Carolow University in Pittsburgh and St. Patrick's College in Ireland. She earned a master's in Celtic and Native American Writing at Antioch University. She has published four novels, and numerous articles. Osborne-McKnight has previously worked as an editor, a newspaper columnist, a newspaper stringer, and as a magazine columnist. Currently, she teaches at Celtic and Native American Myth and Culture and Creative Writing at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

Ramsland, a forensics expert, joined the DeSales faculty in 2001. She earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy and psychology from Northern Arizona University, master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, master's degree in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, and a doctorate in philosophy from Rutgers. A prolific writer, she has published more than 29 nonfiction books, 16 short stories, 2 novels, and 400 articles. Ramsland has provided commentary on forensics and serial killers to national, regional and local media. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS 48 Hours Investigates, Fox 5 News, A&E Documentaries, Larry King Live, and the Learning Channel, to name a few. She has contributed work to Court TV, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Forensic Examiner, among others.

The featured program also is being held in conjunction with a gender communication class taught by Dr. Angela Corbo, assistant professor in the DeSales University Department of Humanities.

Trexler Library's Brown Bag Lunch Series was established in September 1999. The purpose of the series is to provide faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to share their research projects, personal interests, and hobbies with the whole DeSales University community. Each program includes a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

The program also is being held in conjunction with a DeSales University gender communication class, taught by Dr. Angela Corbo, assistant communication professor.

For more information on the program or the Brown Bag Lunch Series, please contact Loretta Ulincy, public services librarian at DeSales University's Trexler Library, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1446.

Press Release: Success of Women in Academia Focus of Brown Bag Lunch Program at De Sales, Friday, March 14 | Posted on: 3/6/2008

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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