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Faculty Scholarship and Professional Engagement: Fall 2014


  • Senior Deborah Carlin, an RJ Fellow, and a double major in environmental science and art, spoke at an international conference at the United Nations. She delivered her address before an audience of about 300 representatives from international Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Janine Chi (Sociology & Anthropology), Linda McGuire (Mathematics), and Cathy Marie Ouellette (History) attended A Public Dialogue Between bell hooks and Cornel West, and Man Enough: Theory and Practice In and Outside of the Classroom, a dialogue with bell hooks, Oman Frame, Darnell Moore, Ron Scapp, and Kurt Voss, in NYC on Wed Oct 8.
  • McCauley Breault '15 and Wendy Cole traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico Oct 1-3 to present a conference session on the impact or the Peer Learning Assistant program. This was the annual conference of the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).
  • Benjamin Carter, Anthropology, and Tim Clarke, Trexler Library, will present a poster entitled, "Student-Based Digital Data Collection in Archaeological Field Schools" at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference on Saturday, November 14, 2014.
  • Ben Carter, Tim Clarke, Jen Jarson, Tian Luo, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Lynda Yankaskas, and Kathy Harring attended the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Faculty Research held Nov 14-16. Read More
  • Senior Amanda German wrote an essay in the Athens Centre newsletter. Her essay was about her experience in Athens as part of her MILA class "Homeric Epic and Greek History." Read More


  • Students in Ben Carter's Field Archaeology class presented the results of their semester long research project to crowd of people at the home of their community partner, the Moravian Historical Society, in Nazareth, PA. Read More

Art Studio

  • Carol Heft's work will be presented at the First Bank & Trust Gallery on the campus of Dakota State University. Read More
  • Scott Sherk, professor of art, will be exhibiting his work at Assembly in Montreal. The exhibition is a collaborative work with Pat Badt based on their travels to historic Quaker Meeting Houses. The show opens Friday.


  • Amy Hark, associate professor of biology, is a co-author on an article published this month in CBE Life Sciences Education. Read More

Business Administration

  • Roland Kushner, associate professor of business, attended the conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations (ARNOVA) in Denver, CO, Nov. 20-23. He presented "How We Serve Who We Serve. Relating Strategy and Structure in Association Management." Read More

Career Center

  • Sarah Bollinger, assistant director of the Career Center, presented "Stay Classy, PCPA: Transitioning Tips for the New Professional" at the Annual Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Community Engagement

  • Abigail Hedrick `18 has received a RAVE award - "Abby is truly a fantastic volunteer! She has taken such initiative working with the students at Community Bike Works and is always willing to help anyone, any time! Abby always has an optimistic manner and never misses a visit! Thanks for all of your hard work, Abby!"
  • Sam Gelbert '17 - has received a RAVE Award! "Sam gives 110% every single week when she’s at the caring place. She’s created amazing bonds with our 4th-6th graders and they all look forward to seeing her smiling face when she walks through the door. She is patient with everyone and is an amazing listener."
  • Drew Swedberg `17 received a RAVE award – “Drew is always so excited to be at America Reads and brings such enthusiasm and love to the program. Everyone he works with immediately loves him and the effects he makes can be seen in every student. He is the perfect person for our program and we are so lucky to have him!”
  • Spring 2015 Air Products Community Interns Congratulations to:Jillian Lansey- MayFair!, Cynthia Pereira- Boys & Girls Club @ Cleveland Elementary, Melanie Tramontina- The Sanctuary at Haafsville, Monique Goldstein-Casa Guadalupe, Stephanie Solomon- ARCH of the Lehigh Valley, Julia Miller- Communities in Schools @ South Mountain Middle School
  • Peri Ganbarg `18 has received a RAVE Award - "Peri is a dedicated volunteer who always brings a smile to The Caring Place!" Congrats, Peri!
  • Zoe Banning '15 has received a RAVE award - "Zoe is one of the most active members of our club. She has come to the majority of our meetings, which we truly appreciate. She also volunteered her time during fundraisers and dorm storming events. We appreciate that Zoe has put so much time and effort into our club."
  • Becca Hahn '17 has received a RAVE award - "Becca has always set a great example for the other volunteers at the program. Her positive energy and joy in helping or playing with the animals is just what we are trying to promote. Great work Becca!"
  • The College has been named to the PRESIDENT'S HONOR ROLL for community engagement. The President's Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. The College is listed under the community service category. Read More

Computer Science

  • Several members of the Muhlenberg community participated in Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley Nov 14-16 at Ben Franklin Technology Partners on the Lehigh University Mountaintop Campus. Read More


  • Mark Wolfmeyer, assistant professor of education, gave two papers at the American Educational Studies Association in Toronto. The paper titles were "STEM as Trojan Horse" and "The EcoJustice Catalog of Early Childhood Media."


  • The English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, Gamma Iota Chapter inducted its new members this weekend on Sunday, Oct 26. Read More

Human Resources

  • Anne Speck, Maryruth Olshefski and Kent Dyer On October 9, 2014, Highmark Blue Shield and Benecon awarded Anne Speck, Maryruth Olshefski, and Kent Dyer (Treasurer's Office)the Gold Star Award in recognition of innovative ideas and best practices in Health and Wellness - Biometric Screenings

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • The Languages, literatures and cultures department and the French department are mentioned on the website of the French Embassy in the U.S. The French Culture section of the Embassy announced the US tour of French-Romanian poet Rodica Draghincescu, including her public lecture at Muhlenberg Sept 16, sponsored by the French Club and the LLC department. Read More
  • Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, team-taught the immigration law seminar at the Northampton County Bar Association's People's Law School. Her team teacher for the session was DA John Morganelli. Sutherland was the only non-attorney invited to teach as part of the 8-week course.
  • Daniel Leisawitz and students of ITL 382, The Holocaust in Italian Literature & Film, have begun publishing translations & original pieces in the international, English-language version of the Italian newspaper, Pagine ebraiche (Rome). The first translated article can be found here. Read More
  • Erika M. Sutherland presented her paper "Building Bridges in the Lehigh Valley: Translation with Spanish for the Community" at the annual conference of the American Translators' Association in Chicago. Read More
  • Erika Sutherland has been nominated for a Golden Latin Award. Voting will take place November 15-30 at
  • Erika Sutherland has been nominated for a Golden Latin Award. Voting will take place November 15-30 at Read More
  • Mirna Trauger and Camille Qualtere (Spanish) attended the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where they co-presented the paper: "Students with Disabilities in the L2 Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches."

Media & Communication

  • Sue Curry Jansen, professor of media and communication, had her chapter, 'Every Idea is an Incitement: Holmes and Lenin in 1919' published in Censorship Moments edited by Geoff Kemp. Bloomsbury Press Read More
  • Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Associate Professor of Media and Communication, presented a paper with Steve Goodman titled, "Building Cultures of Documentary with Youth in Neoliberal Times," at the Codes and Modes: The Character of Documentary Culture Conference, Hunter College, City University of New York, November 7-9.


  • Michael Schnack led a workshop entitled "Teaching Tuning, Balance, and Groove in Choral Jazz" at the 3rd International Conference of the Jaques-Dalcroze Society of Japan in Tokyo.
  • Doug Ovens, chair of the music department, composed a piece that will be performed by the North/South Chamber Orchestra in New York City next weekend. Read More
  • Doug Ovens, professor of music, performed his "Improvisation #1 for Solo Marimba" at the National Association of Composers, USA Festival at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
  • Tim Cochran, visiting assistant professor of music, published "The Pebble in the Water: Messiaen, Debussy, and the Meaning of Rhythmic Contrast" in The Journal of Musicology 31/4 (2014).


  • Marcia Morgan delivered a guest lecture on the existentialism of Nietzsche and Sartre at Stony Brook University in New York, and on Thursday, 10/23, she delivered a conference paper on Habermas's postsecularism at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in New Orleans.

Religion Studies

  • Peter A. Pettit, director of the IJCU, keynoted "Faith, Peace, and the Two-State Solution: A Jewish-Christian Forum" at Pacific Luth. Theol. Seminary, Berkeley. He was also the panel respondent on Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures: Jewish, Christian, and Critical Perspectives at the annual meeting of the Soc. of Biblical Literature.

Staff Activities

  • Rachel Hamelers presented Advocating for Information Literacy: Successful Programs Beyond Library Instruction at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference. The presentation was co-created by Jen Jarson.
  • Sarah Bollinger and Jenna Azar, Career Center and Academic Resource Center, presented "Talkin' bout my Generation: Thriving in a Multi-Generational Workplace" at the Navigating Success for Adult Students Conference hosted by Eastern University.
  • Rachel Hamelers, Trexler Library, presented Advocating for Information Literacy: Successful Programs Beyond Library Instruction at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference. The presentation was co-created by Jen Jarson, Trexler Library.

Student Activities

  • Danielle Levin was awarded the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award by Valley Youth House.


  • Writing Center Tutors Teresa Kennedy '15, Kelly Toner '15, Jen Freed '15 and Carly Lyon '16 presented their Writing Center research at the International Writing Centers Association conference, which took place Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Orlando, Florida.

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