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2008-2009, Announcement Two

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Faculty Professional Activities, 2008-2009, Announcement #2
Date: January 21, 2009

Dr. Shamir Ally co-oauthored a paper entitled "2007 Cricket World Cup Sport Tourists: The Caribbean Experience" for the European Association for Sport Management Conference on September 18, 2008, in Heidelberg, Germany.

Ms. Kimberly Attwood has been reappointed by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association to the President's Cabinet for Practice and Professional Development and the Continuing Education Reviewer Unit for 2009-2011.

Mr. John Bell co-authored a book with Dr. Steven Chicurel entitled Music Theory for Musical Theatre which was published by Scarecrow Press in September 2008. In addition, he has been asked to contribute a chapter about "Modulating Theory: Breaking New Ground in Musical Theatre Performance" for an upcoming book through Palgrave Press entitled Playing with Theory. Mr. Bell had an interview with Broadway actress Elaine Stritch entitled "Honest-to-God Talent: Stritch Holds Forth on Sondheim and More" published by The Sondheim Review. He presented workshops on grade inflation and musical theatre scholarship at national and international conferences for the National Association of Schools of Theatre in Ohio, the Music Theatre Educators Alliance in Hamburg, Germany, and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education in Denver.

Ms. Christine Bruce was recently recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She joins a select number of outstanding PAs who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the physician assistant profession, their commitment to advancing health care for all people, and by their exemplary personal and professional development. Ms. Bruce now has the privilege of using the professional designation of DFAAPA or Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Dr. Maria Cristina Campos Fuentes' article "No pasó nada de Antonio Skármeta: Exilio, identidad y adaptaciones de un texto" has been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal Céfiro 8.1-2.

Dr. Angela Corbo co-taught an interdisciplinary course on Women's Health and Politics during the fall semester at Moravian College with Drs. Loris Hoffman and Khristina Haddad. She presented a lecture on "The Media's Portrayal of Women's Health." On October 9-11, 2008, Dr. Corbo made a presentation at the University of South Carolina on "Journalistic Ethics and the Use of Facebook" and served on a panel during the Convergence and Society Conference.

Fr. Thomas Dailey reports the following:


"Jewel of Perfection: The Spiritual Directory of St. Francis de Sales as a Privileged Means of Propagating the Salesian Spirit" - accepted for publication in the December 2008 issue of the Indian Journal of Spirituality

Op-Ed publications in The Morning Call newspaper (Lehigh Valley, PA)

  • "All-Star reverie revels in backyard diamond" (July 13, 2008)
  •  "What play means" (August 11, 2008)
  •  "Baseball's 'adjustment' falls short on tradition" (October 3, 2008)

Other published essays

  • "Going to church can be hard work" - "Faith & Values" feature for The Morning Call newspaper (August 30, 2008)
  • "Christmas needs more than one day!" - "Faith & Values" feature for The Morning Call
  • newspaper (December 27, 2008)
  •  "On a Spiritual Note" - two (2) commentaries for On the Boards, the Act One theatre playbill


"Jewel of Perfection: The Spiritual Directory of St. Francis de Sales as a Privileged Means of Propagating the Salesian Spirit" - paper submitted to the Salesian Scholars' Seminar at the DeSales Resource Center (Stella Niagara, NY), October 22-26, 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • presentation on Church & Politics to the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Fr. Bally Council (Stowe, PA) on September 17, 2008
  • lecture on "Parents and Penance" in the religious education program at St. Thomas More parish (Allentown, PA) on Oct 2, 2008
  • retreat conferences on The Spiritual Directory to the ladies' spirituality group (Mobile, AL), on Oct. 17-19, 2008
  • mini-course on The Spiritual Directory for Oblate novices at DSU, Nov 3-6, 2008
  • lecture on business ethics to the Lehigh Valley (PA) chapter of Legatus on Nov 12, 2008
  • retreat conferences to the Visitation of Holy Mary (Tyringham, MA) on Nov 18-21, 2008
  • presentation on media & religion at the Lutheran Manor (Bethlehem, PA) on November 24, 2008
  • lecture on ethics & technology at St. Thomas More parish (Allentown, PA) on Dec 4, 2008

Media Features

  • The Express-Times (7-10-08) - "Courting Catholic Voters" (By John Zukowski)
  • WDIY (10-22-08) - "Lehigh Valley Discourse" (with Jim DeSouza)
  • WFMZ-69 News (11-13-08) - "Meeting on Energy Deregulation"


  • nominated by The Bar Association of Lehigh County to serve on the Investigative Panel Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Commission for candidates seeking election to the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts in 2009
  • Re-elected as Secretary and member of the Board of Trustees of The Wellness Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem, PA)

Mr. Steven Dennis appeared as Bellerose and Captain Carbon in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Cyrano de Bergerac," in July and August, 2008. In May 2008, he directed a short performance piece including dance and song as part of The Greenman Festival of Allentown. In August Mr. Dennis co-adapted the epic "Gilgamesh," among the earliest known works of literary fiction, for the stage with The Circle of Stones Ritual Theatre Ensemble, Emmaus. He served as project director at the company's summer workshop retreat.

Dr. Andrew Essig was a panelist at the Center Valley Forum "Believers in the Booth: The Role of Religion in the 2008 Elections," sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture on October 8, 2008, at DeSales University. Dr. Essig and Dr. Brennan Pursell co-chaired the 16th Annual Society of Catholic Social Scientists Meeting at DeSales University on October 24-25, 2008. At that meeting Dr. Essig presented a paper entitled, "World Health Organization," and he also moderated the panel on "Analytical Approaches to Catholic Issues." On November 20, 2008, he spoke to the Serra Club of Reading, PA, on the Topic of "World Bank and the World Health Organization - Population Programs."

Dr. Galen Godbey was a featured speaker at Drexel University's US - China Virtual Symposium entitled Building Virtual Global Communities on November 7-14, 2008. The title of Dr. Godbey's presentation was "Global Innovation Networks and the Future of Education."

Ms. Maryann Godshall authored the pediatric portion of Chapter 5, "Special Populations in Disasters: The Child and the Pregnant Woman" in the textbook Disaster Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, edited by D.S. Adelman and T.J. Legg and published by Jones & Bartlett (2009).

Dr. Tahereh Hojjat reviewed two chapters on unemployment and inflation for the textbook Advanced Macroeconomics published by McGraw Hill. She was also a member of the Advisory Board for McGraw Hill's 10th edition of Taking Sides: Business Ethics. Dr. Hojjat and Dr. Bhagyavati presented a paper entitled "Petrodollars, Globalization and U.S. Inflation Revisited" at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) at State College, PA, on October 30-31, 2008. Their paper was published in the conference proceedings. Dr. Hojjat and Dr. Bhagyavati's joint paper on "Innovative Teaching; Romanian and American Students" was presented at the Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Association International (ABEAI) meeting on November 16-20, 2008, in State College, PA, and was published in the conference proceedings. Her joint research paper with Dr. Shahpari, professor of sociology at Villanova University, entitled "Islamic Economic Foundation," has been accepted for presentation at the Villanova Conference on Arab and Islamic Studies 2009, scheduled for April 2-4. Dr. Hojjat was interviewed by WFMZ-TV 69 News on July 14, 2008, on the possible collapse of mortgage-related institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She was also interviewed by the Eastern Business Journal on September 28, 2008, on the "Banking Crisis." Dr. Hojjat was interviewed by The Morning Call on the bailout plan.

In May, 2008, Mr. Curvin Huber presented a paper entitled "3D Virtual Worlds and Their Global Implications" at the Annual Conference for Global Awareness Society International in San Francisco, CA. His article on the same topic appears online in the Combined Proceedings for that conference.

Fr. Christopher Hudgin presented a Day of Recollection to parishioners from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bethlehem, PA, on October 25, 2008, at the Mary Immaculate Center in Northampton. The theme of the day was "Growing in Virtue with St. Francis de Sales."

Dr. Stephen Liedtka and his co-author, Dr. James Hall, won the outstanding paper award at the 2008 Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) conference held at State College, PA, on October 30-31 for their work relating CEO conflicts of interest to information technology outsourcing decisions. Dr. Liedtka also was named the 2008 "Referee of the Year" for NABET's peer-reviewed journal and was named the new Co-Editor-in-Chief of that journal. In addition, Dr. Liedtka presented research papers at both the American Accounting Association's annual meeting held in Anaheim last August and at a Villanova University faculty workshop in November.

Ms. Debbie Malone has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors of LYRASIS, a large consortium which is a recent merger of PALINET covering PA, MD, DE and WVA, and SOLINET, covering ten southern states. She had a short article published in College and Research Libraries News, December 2008, entitled "Updated Academic Library Position Descriptions in CUPA-HR," which is a summary of a the work of a two-year task force which she co-chaired.

Dr. Sue McGorry served as a peer reviewer for MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) and has been invited to join the Business Editorial Board for that company. MERLOT board members are selected based on the criteria expertise in the discipline, excellence in teaching, experience with technology, and participation in professional organizations. As a board member she will review six or more new teaching websites and resources per year. Dr. McGorry was awarded a scholarship to complete a course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Data Modeling and Supply Chain Management in Summer 2008. Dr. McGorry was invited to chair a Marketing Education session and to serve as a reviewer for the 2008 Atlantic Marketing Association's annual meeting in Savannah, GA. At that conference she presented a paper entitled "Predicting Successful Online Learning Outcomes" which will be published in the conference proceedings. Dr. McGorry was an invited judge for the American Marketing Association's annual Collegiate Case Competition, 2008-09, in New Orleans, LA. She is serving as a co-investigator on a $30K grant in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium to measure the needs of the disabled community in the Lehigh Valley. Drs. Mary Ellen Miller and Barbara Moyer of DSU also serve on the research team.

Dr. Carol Mest's grant application has been funded by the Nursing Division HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) for $37,262. This funding can be used for DeSales MSN students who plan to teach nursing after completion of their degrees. It enables our MSN Program to fund tuition and fees for part-time and full-time students. Our MSN Program has over $98,000 to distribute in 2008-2009 from this one funding source through Dr. Mest's grants. The Workforce Investment Board has approved continuation funding though June 30, 2009, to support our Simulation Technology Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Coordinator positions with new support dollars of $108,735. Dr. Mest's successful grant applications led to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's selection of DeSales University as the location for the state press conference announcing the Workforce Investment Board grant awards for simulation technology as well as the Simulation Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Coordinator positions. DSU was chosen because we received grants in all three areas, and because our report of June 2008 clearly demonstrated progress and achievements within the first year of receipt of these funds.

Dr. Barbara Moyer co-authored a paper entitled "Testing the Effectiveness of the Amputee Mobility Protocol: A Pilot Study" in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Vascular Nursing.

Dr. Tricia Moller co-authored with her husband Dr. Michael Fraboni an article entitled "Fractals in the Classroom" which was published in the October 2008 issue of the Mathematics Teacher.

Mr. John Pappas was an invited attendee at the fourth Liberty Fund Colloquium at the Portland Regency in Portland, Maine, entitled "Freedom and Law in Sophocles and Aeschylus". The purpose of the Liberty Fund conferences is to encourage study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.

Fr. Alexander Pocetto and Bro. Daniel Wisniewski edited the book Father Louis Brisson (1817-1908): A Documented Biography (St. Joseph's University Printing Office, 2008). Fr. Daniel Gambet and Fr. Pocetto are two of six Oblates who served as translators for the project. The book is a condensation and translation of Fr. Yvon Beaudoin's OMI positio for the cause of Fr. Brisson's canonization. In October 2008 the Oblates celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fr. Brisson's death, who with Mother Mary de Sales Chappuis, founded the Oblate Congregation.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland's pilot script is currently being evaluated at CBS, while her co-written book, Into the Devil's Den: How an FBI Informant Got Inside the Aryan Nations and a Special Agent Got Him out Alive, won the New Mexico Book of the Year Award out of 250 finalists, as well as Best Biography. The Discovery network is making a documentary of it, projected for completion in March. Dr. Ramsland also appeared on a number of "Discovery Investigates" programs and recently filmed another episode of Forensic Files. The Moravian Bookshop reportedthat Dr. Ramsland's book Bethlehem Ghosts was their number one best-selling book this year, and Murder in the Lehigh Valley (published last September)was second during the fall. She finished a co-written book with criminalist Henry Lee, which should be published this year, as will two more of Dr. Ramsland's books, The Devil's Dozen and The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds. She continues to write her quarterly column for The Forensic Examiner on historic forensics, as well as contributing articles to several anthologies. On a trip to Ireland in summer 2008, Dr. Ramsland discovered an unsung forensic hero, George Lawlor, so she wroteabout him for a forensic journal.Throughout the fall, she spoke at several conferences and book venues about writing, ghosts, forensics, and local murders. Dr. Ramsland delivered a keynote speech to a stateattorney general's conference in Mississippi and was invited to be a visiting scholar at Mansfield University. She is currently offering a month-long online course about serial killers to an international writing group, and preparing for a documentary team to come to the DeSales University campus and film the Tucker House crime scene.

Dr. Karen Walton spoke on the topic of "Infinity and Transfinite Arithmetic" at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics 15th annual meeting on November 7, 2008. The presentation included algebraic and geometric approaches to the historically confusing and fascinating subjects of infinity and transfinite arithmetic.


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