Adrian College Facutly Accomplishments

Marcia Boynton spoke Friday, April 19, on the following, at the National Assn of Health Professions Advisors (Central Region) meeting in Detroit. 

Pre Health Experiences Abroad: Creating Application Value

Creating value from short clinical, public health or multi-cultural experiences abroad requires students to thoughtfully consider what the experience has meant to them, and how it illuminates their understanding of the global health environment. This session will offer advisors ideas about how to prepare students who are traveling abroad, suggest online readings and training (for before or after the trip), and methods of guiding student use of global health experiences in the personal statement and interview phases of the application process.


Penny Cobau-Smith–Adrian College in partnership with MIS is proud to announce its May field trip experience.  1,400 students from local counties and schools participated in field trips at MIS led by five Adrian College TED students and three biology students.  The Adrian College students developed lesson plans and activities under the supervision of TED Professor, Penny Cobau-Smith and biology Professor, Dr. Jeffrey Lake.  The field trip lessons were supported by Michigan Benchmarks in the areas of water quality and pollution invasive species, and animal classification along with scientific inquiry benchmarks.  These lessons were developed by Aubrey Quinlan, Brittany Basch, and Morgan Pendleton.  Other TED students involved in the Track and Explore partnership are Katie Kimmelman and Dorothy Bandlow.


Al Craven and his wife, Su Nottingham from Central Michigan University travelled to Charlotte, N.C. on April 23 to April 27, where they presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance national convention. Their session title: “I HAVE to teach it, But it CAN’T be Boring”. Four students from Adrian also attended the conference.

In Kansas City, June 12 – 14, Al Craven and his wife will present at the 2013 HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Annual Conference. The title of their presentation is: You say STI, I say STD. You say sex education, I say sexual health…..Let’s call the whole thing effective”.


Fritz Detwiler has two book reviews that have been published or are in the final stages of publication:

“The Morality of Spin: Virtue and Vice in Political Rhetoric and the Christian Right,” Journal of Church and State 2013; doi: 10.1093/jcs/cst012 (published on-line, April 7, 2013)

“‘I Choose Life’: Contemporary Medical and Religious Practices in the Navaho World,” Studies in American Indian Literatures (forthcoming, Spring issue, 2013)

Scott Elliott presented a proposal in March for a paper and was accepted.  He will be presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Society and Biblical Literature in Baltimore in November. The paper is titled, “The Rustle of Paul: Romans 7, Self-Narration, and the Figure of Writing.” He will be presenting in the Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism section. The success of this proposal is due in large measure to the feedback he received from those who attended his ACCET Research Seminar.

On April 4-5, he organized and moderated three New Testament sections at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Association in Erie, PA. Ten students accompanied Dr. Stewart and me to this conference.

This summer, he will be writing an invited chapter on the Gospel of Mark for the Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative (forthcoming in 2014), working on a book-length commentary on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and writing the aforementioned paper on self-narration in Paul.

Scott Elliott also has these two book publications:  Scott S. Elliott and Roland Boer, eds., Ideology, Culture, and Translation (Society of Biblical Literature, 2012). This volume includes an essay by John Eipper, and two Adrian College students (Sarah Selden and Zach Wilson) provided extensive assistance with its production.

Scott S. Elliott, ed., Reinventing Religious Studies: Key Writings in the History of a Discipline (Acumen, 2013).

Ahsan Habib presented a paper in the Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association at the end of May.

Gordon Hammerle (retired, Psychology) was awarded a full educator grant to attend The Amazing Meeting, the leading international conference on scientific skepticism held annually in Las Vegas. Previous keynote speakers have included Christopher Hitchens, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Dawkins.

Sarah Hanson presented a paper entitled “Mineralogy of Miarolitic Pegmatites in the Stove Mountain Area, Colorado” at the Rochester Mineral Symposium in April.  She was also coauthor with Adrian College alumnus and current Adjunct Faculty member TJ Brown on a paper entitled “New Data on Planerite from Mauldin Mountain, Montgomery County, Arkansas” (TJ presented). This work was the result of a recent mineral find during the Mineralogy Class Field trip to Arkansas in November 2012. 

Sarah will be traveling to the International 2013 Pegmatite Conference, held in New Hampshire this year, where she will be presenting 2 abstracts, one on the Kingman, Arizona pegmatites and one on a potential new mineral, “tantalowodginite” from the Emmons Quarry in New Hampshire.

Suzanne Helfer published the paper, “Effects of Estrogen and Opioid Blockade on Blood Pressure Reactivity to Stress in Postmenopausal Women”, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, November 9, 2012.


Amy Hillard presented “Persuading more positive attitudes toward women in STEM” at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s conference in Chicago, IL, in May 2013. It was based on her postdoctoral research.


Garin Horner presented “The Hybrid Photo Classroom: Integrating Web Resources, Teamwork, & Competition into a Learning Experience Where Everyone Wins” at the 50th Anniversary Society for Photographic Education in Chicago, IL, in March 2013. Also, in May, Horner was a Featured Speaker with Michelle Hiscock at the Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and learning at Central Michigan University. Their talk was “The Best Online Teaching Tools That Support Learning and Engage Us All”.


Philip J. Howe (Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science) attended the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago on April 10-14, 2013.  There he presented the paper “Are Ethno-Regionalist Parties Exceptional? A Comparative Exploration” for a panel that he had organized entitled “Modelling Ethno-Regionalist Party Behavior.”  He is now preparing that paper for journal submission.  At the conference he also served as discussant for the panel “Comparative Political Parties.”


Stephanie Jass led a Reacting to the Past workshop in Tokyo at Sophia University in May, and she’ll be presenting on a panel at the Annual Reacting to the Past Institute at Barnard in June.


Alia Khurram has been involved in the following activities in the last few months:

1. Mentored Sondra Bryan on a ROE project.
2. Attended the Michigan Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Sienna Heights University in February 2013. One of her students accompanied her.
3. Submitted a paper “Numerical Generation of Images for the Gibbs Phenomenon near a Corner
    in the Plane” in the journal  ‘Advances in Applied Mathematics’, in March 2013.
4. Attended the annual conference ‘Conversation Among Colleagues’ at Central Michigan University in March 2013
5. Attended a webinar “Math Anxiety and Math Test Anxiety: Causes, Effects, and Solutions” organized by Cengage Learning in March 2013.
6. Will be doing a book review on Number Theory by Rosen, in summer 2013.


Linda Learman will attend the national Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas in March, and will attend the Reacting To The Past workshop in NY with Dr. Melissa Stewart and Dr. Stephanie Jass in June.

 Carissa Massey presented titles and abstracts for two papers she has delivered/will deliver this year:

1: She delivered a paper in March to the Appalachian Studies Association titled: 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.

2: This summer, she is writing a paper to be delivered to the American Studies Association conference in November.  It is called: Stereotypes of Sexual Deviance in “Real” Depictions of Appalachians



Despite the substantial efforts of Appalachian studies scholars to trace, analyze, contextualize, and disempower Appalachian stereotypes over the past half century, these archetypal images persist, cyclically reemerging just as the dust settles on previous iterations.  As recent media artifacts attest, hillbilly and white trash stereotypes persist as archival evidence of “genuine” physiognomic and social corruption.  MTV’s new reality series Buckwild and TLC’s spinoff Here Comes Honey Boo Boo not only demonstrate continued interest in these caricatures by “mainstream” America, but also reveal widespread acceptance of such dramatic and overstated social difference as essential, rather than socialized behaviors or projections of audience prejudice.  This persistent vision of hillbillies and white trash as “essentially” deviant is also evident in visual cultural analysis of the Abu Ghraib prison photographs, proof that scholars too are susceptible to making essentialist evaluations of Appalachians.  This paper tracks the projection of stereotypical deviant sexuality onto Appalachians through analysis of the following media and textual examples: scholarship about Lynndie England’s role in the Abhu Ghraib prison photographs, Lynndie England’s social media presence since her release from prison in 2007, and characters in Buckwild and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Marti Morales will be considered a visiting scholar at U of M (unpaid), for the summer.  She will be working with Holly Mykolaitis and Alexandra Maxson on a summer research project at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute.

Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for her scenic design for The Drowsy Chaperone.  She presented two workshops at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival Region Region 3 in Saginaw, MI in January.  She is currently designing scenery for 9 to 5: the Musical at the Croswell Opera House and is recently stage directed Anatomy of Gray

Susan Nichols and Chuck Vanderwell wrote our Reaffirmation Self-Study for Council on Social Work Education, the product of two years work, which was submitted April 1.  The self-study is available in the social work main office if anyone wants to look through the three volumes.

Susan also sponsored two research projects by senior Emily Cutler:  Her research for the Ribbons of Excellence Presentation was titled “Implementing Child Sex Trafficking Protocol.”  Her second research project was presented to students and faculty in an open brown bag sponsored by the Social Work Department on April 9th, titled: “Are Social Workers Sexist?: An Analysis of Social Work Practice from a Feminist Perspective.”

Susan also attended two conferences, the Baccalaureate Program Director’s annual conference in March and the National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter’s annual conference. 

Catherine Royer was asked to serve on the selection jury for the fine arts show at the heart of the Black Swamp Arts Festival, in Bowling Green, Ohio, for the second year.  The second round of jurying was Saturday, Apr. 20, at BGSU.  The final round of jurying, for awards, happens at the fair in September.

She represented painting and two-dimensional work; her co-jurors are a metalsmith and a ceramic artist.  The festival’s art show runs the length of Downtown Main Street and features more than 100 fine artists from all over the nation. Over 60,000 people attend the festival.  This is the festival’s 20th year. 

She had 3 works in the Delicate Balance show juried by artist Mark Chatterley, which opened April 20 at LCVA Gallery at the Croswell Theatre.

She organized the “Promise of Light” exhibition for LCVA Gallery at The Croswell, which was on display in February and early March.   The show provided opportunities for students Hope Garrity, Colleen Higgins, and Ashley Kemerer; faculty/instructors Garin Horner, Glenn Rand, Lois Bryant, and Kris Rudolph; and staff member and AC art alum Sarah Henry, as they were juried into the show by guest artist Theodore (Ted) Vassar.  Vassar, a much collected, exhibited, and awarded artist/faculty member at Monroe County Community College, also loaned six of his large watercolor abstractions to the exhibition.    Professor. Vassar also was visiting artist for the Art and Design Department on February 22.  His visit included an artist talk, a watercolor demonstration, and student portfolio reviews.

Heather Strong/Victor Liberi Ms. Heather Strong, ATS will be presenting the following at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium in Las Vegas, NV in June:

Strong, H & Liberi,V.  A Displace Coccygeal Fracture in a Femail Collegiate Cheerleader. (poster):  June 24, 2013; Las Vegas, NV.

Greg Thompson had a paper published in the April issue of The Astronomical Journal.  He will be presenting the paper at the June meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Indianapolis.  The bibliographic info. is:  Thompson, G.B. and Morrison, N.D, 2013, “Variability in Optical Spectra of epsilon Orionis”, The Astronomical Journal, 145, 95

Stacey Todaro presented a paper entitled: “Assessing the impact of topic interest on comprehension processes” at the annual meeting for the Midwestern Psychological Association in May – in Chicago.  In addition, five of our majors presented their senior research projects at this same conference. Those students are: Rachael Walker, Logan Hamel, Mitch Barnard, Ashley Vernier. Drs. Pietrowski, Beechler, Hillard, and Stacey accompanied these students.

Aïda Valenzuela attended the 40th annual NACCS conference in San Antonio in March (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies).  She also presented an ACCET Faculty Research Seminar in April and will participate in the MALCS Summer Institute at Ohio State University in July (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social) (Women Active in Letters and Social Change)

Dr. Marilyn Whitney, IDEC was invited to be on a panel, February 2013.  The topic was how sustainability can be incorporated into building codes.  The Conference was the International Interior Design Educators Council in Indianapolis, Indiana.   

Summer 2013 – Dr. Whitney has had a paper accepted at the Interdisciplinary Social Science Conference in Prague, Czech Republic July 30 to August 1st.   The presentation is about the Special Topics class she taught Spring 2012.  It is called Collaboration in the Classroom.  AC interior design and business students prepared a sixty page feasibility study for the Lenawee County YMCA to make the facility more accessible and to attract younger membership. 

Dr. Whitney is working with Kathleen Labick on her McNair Scholarship.  Kathleen is comparing two LEED Green Buildings, one building is re-purposed and one new construction to see if the energy used after construction is similar. 

Dr. Whitney is working with Joe-Laurent Mbala Nkanga on a study for Ribbons of Excellence 2014.  The study examines a housing form that is resistant to earthquakes and hurricanes.  Joel hopes to find a construction technique that untrained people can build homes from readily available inexpensive materials. 

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