A.C.C.E.T. announces recent faculty accomplishments

Bryan Bott was elected to the Adrian Public Schools Board of Education.

Keith Christy coauthored a manuscript that was recently published and also attended the 2012 Lilly Teaching and Learning National Conference in Traverse City Michigan.

Sanney, K.J., Christy, K., Kovar, S.R. (2012). Mandatory Steroid Testing of High School Athletes: A Synthesis of State Initiatives and Federal Constitutional Rights, Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. 21(2), 239-264.

Renee Collins attended the Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Chicago in August.  She also continues to fit in free-lance writing projects for The Daily Telegram, the Lenawee Magazine and the Toledo Free Press as she has time to do them.


Antonis Coumoundouros provided a link to his most recent publication: http://www.iep.utm.edu/republic/

Scott Elliott has co-edited, with Roland Boer (University of Newcastle, Australia), Ideology, Culture, and Translation (Semeia Studies, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012). This collection of original essays is drawn from presentations made in a program unit by the same name at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Sarah Selden (G ’12) served as an editorial assistant for the volume.

Scott has another edited volume in press and slated to appear in March: Reinventing Religious Studies: Key Writings in the History of a Discipline (London: Equinox Publishing). Autumn Hernes (G ’11), Sarah Selden (G’ 12), and Zach Wilson assisted with the production of this volume.

Scott also has published several recent book reviews:

Ann W. Astell and Sandor Goodhart, eds., Sacrifice, Scripture, and Substitution:

Readings in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), in Shofar 31 (2013). Available online at http://www.case.edu/artsci/jdst/reviews/Substitution.htm

George Aichele, Simulating Jesus: Reality Effects in the Gospels (Equinox 2011), in The Bible and Critical Theory 8 (2012): 80-82.

James G. Crossley, Reading the New Testament: Contemporary Approaches (Routledge, 2010), in The Bible and Critical Theory 8 (2012): 83-85.

Pete Ford On November 2nd at 7pm, in the spirit of “crossing boundaries and disciplines” and in cooperation with Dr. Sarah Hanson and astronomer Mark Fairclough, performed a 45-minute improvised program of piano music “under the stars” in the darkness of Adrian College’s Robinson Planetarium.  As they ran the sky through many impressive views of the cosmos, he played ruminative musical interactions with their visuals.  Roughly 35 pleased planetarium-goers were in attendance at this program.  Dr. Hanson plans to schedule a repeat performance of a similarly improvised musical program under the stars sometime during the spring semester.

Sarah Hanson published on her work on minerals in northern Arizona.  The paper, entitled Allanite-(Nd) from the Kingman Feldspar Mine, Mojave Pegmatite District, Northwestern Arizona, USA. was published in the August 2012 issue of Canadian Mineralogist.  She also presented a paper entitled Hydrothermal Mineralization in Lithophysal Cavities from the Taylor Creek Rhyolite, Sierra County, Southwestern New Mexico in April at the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium in Rochester, NY.  She continues to serve on the Abstract Review Panel for that conference.

Suzanne Helfer presented a talk entitled “Affective expectations increase positive mood, exercise intentions, and exercise duration” at the Society for Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans, LA, in April 2012. It was based on her sabbatical research.

Michelle Hiscock presented at the National Conference 13th Annual HIV/AIDS & Human Sexuality Education Regional Conference, “National HIV/AIDS Strategies:  Where Do We Fit?” on June 6-8, 2012.  Michelle’s session was titled:  “Assessment is NOT a Four Letter Word.”

Garin Horner will be exhibiting photography at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Juried Exhibition, February 1st through April 14th. On March 8th Garin will be presenting his talk, Integrating Web Resources, Team Learning, & Competition into a Classroom Experience Where Everyone Wins at the National Society for Photographic Education conference in Chicago. Finally, on April 3rd Garin has been selected to participate in the National ThinkTank on Integrative Teaching for College Art Curriculums in Savannah, Georgia.

Phil Howe in July, returned from his 2011-2012 sabbatical year in Vienna, Austria, where he was a European Institute for Advanced Study (EURIAS) fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.  Since then, one of his conference papers from that year has been published as “Imperial Austria as a Precursor to Consociational Democracy” in Agnieszka Pasieka, David Petruccelli, and Ben Roth, eds., Re-thinking European Politics and History (Vienna: IWM 2012) http://www.iwm.at/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=125.  Additional work from his sabbatical year includes a manuscript for a book entitled Well-tempered Discontent: Democratic Institutions and Inter-ethnic Cooperation in a Multinational Empire, which has been submitted to publishers, and chapters for a volume entitled Consociationalism in Central Europe, that he is co-editing with Daniel E. Miller of the University of West Florida and which will be submitted shortly.  More recently, Dr. Howe attended the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans, Louisiana.  There he chaired the panel “Minorities and Identities in Eastern and Southeastern Europe” and served as discussant for the panel “A Century of Bulgarian and Macedonian Borders and Identity Issues.”

Stephanie Jass helped to plan the first ever Game Development Conference in July, for Reacting to the Past, held at Central Michigan University.  They invited people to submit academic role-playing games in various stages of development, and ended up playing 6 different games and work-shopping 16 more.  It went so well that they’re making it an annual conference, and Stephanie is helping again to organize it for this summer. 

Jeffrey Lake gave two presentations at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Portland, OR, in August (a gathering of over 4000 ecologists).  One focused on his research work with students from Adrian, entitled: “Distribution of functional traits in Belize forests of varying successional stages,” and was co-authored by AC students Jordenne Ferenczi and Kelly Friend.  His poster presentation focused on ecology education, and was entitled, “Utilizing simple simulation models of niche and neutral processes to illustrate complex ecological concepts.” 

Jeff presented an invited seminar to the Grand Valley State University Biology Department over fall break, entitled, “What can plant functional traits tell us about community assembly?  Trait distributions and succession, invasive species, and competing hypotheses of assembly.”   

Jeff and a colleague have a manuscript accepted for publication, proofs approved, in press at Journal of Plant Ecology, entitled, “Trait plasticity, not values, best corresponds with woodland plant success in novel and manipulated habitats”.  Robert Warren II and Jeffrey K. Lake, authors. 

Jeff, with Penny Cobau-Smith and three Adrian College students, set up permanent plots to monitor invasive species at Michigan International Speedway and have been developing education and outreach programming for MIS.

Jeff is working to submit a National Science Foundation grant pre-proposal with colleagues from undergraduate institutions across the Great Lakes Region to address traits and invasive species in area forests.  The project would support several AC students to conduct summer research, among other things.

Victor Liberi  and Tony Coumoundouros sponsored a movie titled “Head Games” a documentary about concussions (Knight Auditorium, 730pm 11/13) which was a collaboration between Athletic Training, Relg & Phil, Ethics, and Athletics.  The movie and subsequent panel discussion involved conversation about the medical and ethical aspects of mild traumatic brain injury (concussions).  Panelists included:  Fritz Detwiler, Ali Alamdari (women’s soccer), Meg Sharp (Asso Athletic Trainer), & Brad Smith (Senior football player and athletic training student).  This event was attended by over 100 faculty, staff, and students.

Jim Martin attended the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference and gave a talk entitled: “Comparing Metrics Used to Assess  Macroinvertebrate Collections:  Ways to Communicate Your Results and Avoid Calibration Problems.”  Abstract of talk:Volunteer monitoring programs often use macroinvertebrate collections as indicators of stream quality.  While volunteer data are rarely as robust as data collected from professionals, they can, particularly if the collections are identified down to at least the family level, provide information on reference conditions and can aid in tracking trends in particular water bodies through time.   A variety of metrics exist to asses these collections, some more prone to false positives (declaring a body of water to be good, when it is not) than others.  Being able to convey biological water quality information to the general public is critical if communities along an affected waterway are to understand the impacts and implications of certain management strategies.   It is helpful if the metric used is both simple to understand and resistant to either false positives or false negatives.  He compared analyses from ten years of volunteer collected data with a variety of metrics from the literature (from across the region), as well as offer a simple system that he had developed.    He discussed the relative merits of each of the metrics.

There is a pdf of his talk at G1 of the conference proceedings:

In August he was a participant in a Monitoring for Sediment Workshop put on by the US Army Corps of Engineers:http://glc.org/tributary/pdf/Agenda_Roscommon.pdf

This last fall he held the twice a year Adopt-A-Stream program that he ran for the River Raisin Watershed Council.  He held three public events, a training day, an event day and an identification day.  Below is an excerpt from the email he sent to the Daily Telegram, which ran a story on the program:

On September 22nd at 9:00 am, there will be a training event at the Adrian College campus in Peelle Hall, Room 114.  The first hour will be spent giving background about the program, how to fill in habitat data sheets and how to look for insects.  We will then issue waders and nets and go to the river for training on the water.  People actually entering the water need to be at least of 18 years of age – though there are shore activities that anyone of any age can help with.  We should be done by noon.

October 6 at 9:00 am, in the basement hallway of Peelle Hall, we’ll meet for the adopt-a- stream event.   Equipment will be issued and teams will meet.  From there teams will travel to their survey sites (each team searches two sites).   Teams will return to Adrian College with their catches and return equipment after their search. 

October 20 starting at 9:00 am in Peelle 113 we will meet for Bug ID day.  We will sort and identify the insects we captured on the 6th.  It is not necessary to attend the training event if you are only interested in attending this activity, but please let us know if you are coming.

Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay received a Certificate of Merit by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for her scenic design of The Drowsy Chaperone at Adrian College.

Cari Massey will be presenting the following paper at the Appalachian Studies Association conference March 22-2:

Title: Social Education and Arts Industry in Appalachia: A Comparative Study of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Penland School of Craft


Art museums and craft schools are important sites of culture, creativity, and identity—providing access to art for the public, gathering together material histories and translating their significance, and offering education to the public about art and cultural history.  In Appalachia, these spaces have been important sites in the intellectual and social struggle against the stereotyping, othering, and mischaracterization of Appalachian cultures.  Indeed, art is an important cultural product that denies the stereotypical perception that Appalachians lack culture, or are solely lower class or that lower class people lack aesthetic culture.  In an effort to understand the multifaceted role of art institutions and craft schools in shaping aesthetics in and out of Appalachia, this project examines the forms, contexts, and rhetorics of Appalachian aesthetic institutions as agents in the construction of class and aesthetic identity.  This paper explores these ideas through an examination of three sites: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Penland School of Craft.

Cari also published this book review this spring:

A Review of “They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History”, History: Reviews of New Books, 40:4, 111-111.

Andrea Milner has the following publications:

Milner, A.R., Sondergeld, T., Demir, K., Johnson, C., & Czerniak, C. (2012). Elementary teachers’ beliefs and needs about teaching science: Examining the impact of pre/post NCLB testing in science. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 23, 111-132.

Milner, A.R. (2012). Letter from the Editor. School Science and Mathematics, 112 (5), 267.

And the following Professional Presentations:

NARST (National Association of Research in Science Teaching), Indianapolis, IN, 2012; Examining the Challenges and Successes of an Accelerated Science and Math Program for High Potential Urban Middle School Students. Toni Sondergeld, Andrea R. Milner, and Laurence Coleman.

SSMA (School Science and Mathematics Association), Birmingham, AL, 2012; Publishing in the SSMJ Journal; Serving as a Reviewer for the School Science and Mathematics Journal. Carla Johnson, University of Cincinnati; Shelly Harkness, University of Cincinnati; Andrea Milner, Adrian College, and Tammy Waldron, University of Cincinnati.

NWO (Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education), Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2012; Case Study: Strategies Modeling and Reading Together Through Integrating Science (SMARTTIS). Andrea R. Milner and Vanessa Morrison


  • Steve Shehan has been working as a Producer for the past six months, for the South Korean television network, Educational Broadcast System (EBS).  He was hired by Hyoung Gune, a network award-winning documentary director to coordinate a shoot that occurred at the end of October in Perrysburg, Ohio. Other locations in the United States included Ground Zero and San Francisco.
  • Mr. Hyoung last documentary production on the Swedish naturalist, Sten Bergman, won the Korean version of our Emmy Award for best television documentary series. The production he is currently working on chronicles how architecture, and specifically buildings and homes, elicit some of the strongest emotional reaction and memories people experience.
  • Perrysburg was used as a location due to its historic significance and its dedication to preserving its historic homes. It was named after Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, who defeated the British in the battle of Lake Eerie and is one of the oldest communities in the area. In addition, it is the only other city besides Washington D.C. to be platted by the federal government.
  • Steve’s role as producer was to organize and plan the local production in Perrysburg. It included scouting and identifying historic locations at which to shoot and securing permission to shoot at those locations. These included Ft. Meigs, the fort located on the Maumee River at which the British were turned back during the War of 1812 effectively ending their campaign and St. Roses Church, one of the oldest Catholic churches in the area.
  • Steve also coordinated the reenactment and interview scenes called for in the script.  This included auditioning and hiring the 6 reenactors, costuming the six actors in period-correct costume, and creating the shooting schedule for the reenactments. It also entailed locating and screening a local historian to be interviewed for this segment of the documentary, as well as scheduled the interview shoot.
  • Another one of his responsibilities was to write the script for the Perrysburg segment that was read by the reenactor around which the story revolved.  Steve then acted as dialog coach to the child actor who performed the script to be used as a voice over for the reenactment scenes.
  • Finally, he organized all schedule and budget elements such as coordinating where and when the actors and production crew would meet, how they would travel from location to location, where and when they would eat, when and how much they would be paid, that legal requirements for the Educational Broadcast System were met so the actors could be paid, and arranging all accommodations for the Korea production crew and their travel while they were in Ohio.

Matthew Zeckner published a paper co-authored with Eric Clark, “Simplicial Complexes of Triangular Ferrers Boards” in the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, July 2012.


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