Public Relations

Faculty Scholarship and Professional Engagement: Spring 2017


  • Trexler Library was part of an effort of 107 libraries that raised $1.8 million to cover the costs of publishing Independent Voices, the premiere digital collection of underground press and literary magazine titles from the 1960's, 70's and 80's. This partnership will change the scholarly publishing landscape forever!

Art Studio

  • Joe Elliott, professor of art, will exhibit "Palazzos of Power" at the University of Pennsylvania March 20 through June 14 with a reception and book talk April 13 at 6 pmRead More
  • Emily Orzech, assistant professor of art, has a solo show, "Public Private," at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem through April 9. The opening, followed followed by a public talk from 7 - 8 pm, is this Friday.


  • Junior Brandi Vallely of the women's basketball team was named to the NCAA Division III Academic All-District 4 team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Read More
  • Athletic trainer Steve Nemes received the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Presidential Award, which is presented to a person who shows unselfish and dedicated efforts in the athletic training profession. Nemes was honored at the 69th Annual EATA Convention in Philadelphia.


  • Erika Iyengar (biology), Paul Meier (biology) and Rachel Hamelers (Trexler Library)had an article published in the March 2017 issue of The American Biology Teacher - "The Small Mammal Project: Engaging Students as Scientists." Read More
  • Melissa Mayol '17 was awarded the "Best Student Poster Award" at the 2017 Conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans, LA. This is a national biology conference that very few undergraduates attend. Therefore, Melissa winning means she bested mostly graduate students in the competition!
  • Rich Niesenbaum, biology and sustainability studies, has been named to the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Advisory Council for a three-year term.

Business Administration

  • Roland J. Kushner, associate professor of business, presented "Conducting Graduate Research in Arts Management and Cultural Policy" to students in the Performing Arts Management master's program in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University.


  • Muhlenberg's chemistry department and chemistry and biochemistry club, along with Brenntag North America co-sponsored the "You Be the Chemist" Challenge, a question-and-answer competition for middle school children. Sherri Young helped organize the event and students Michele Fromel and Andrew Rice performed demos for the participants. Read More

Computer Science

  • Clif Kussmaul, associate professor of computer science, is attending the Understanding Interventions conference in San Antonio, where he is presenting "Helping Teachers to Adopt&Adapt Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning in Computer Science: The CS-POGIL & IntroCS-POGIL Projects."


  • Pearl Rosenberg, associate professor of education, has a solo art show, "Painting as Updraft" at Tim Fox Optical and Gallery in Bethlehem opening Fri night through Apr 29. There will be two artist receptions Mar 3 and Apr 7.

Environmental Science

  • Jason Kelsey, professor of environmental science, is a co-author of the manuscript "Nanoparticle silver coexposure reduces the accumulation of weathered persistent pesticides by earthworms." It was recently accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and will appear in an upcoming issue. To access the abstract click the link: Read More


  • Eileen McEwan, associate professor of French and Chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, published an article titled Into and Out of Quebec: The Transformation of Migrant Cultural Identity in Canuck and La Dot de Sara in the latest volume of Quebec Studies (vol. 62), (Fall / Winter 2016), Liverpool University Press.

Inst. for Jewish-Christian Understanding

  • Peter A. Pettit, director of the IJCU, led a seminar on "The Problem of Israel for American Christians" for the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Bay Area and co-chaired the 4-day International Theology Conference of the Shalom Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) on The Intersection of Religious Identities and Ethnicities/Peoplehood.
  • Peter A. Pettit, director of the IJCU associate professor of religion studies, led a workshop on the IJCU's "Images of Israel" for pastors and lay educators at Grace Lutheran Church, Apple Valley MN.


  • Daniel Leisawitz, Ph.D. participated in a panel on the Digital Humanities in Italian Studies at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia on Jan 5, at which time he presented his project, the "Orlando Furioso Atlas," and discussed the opportunities and challenges in this burgeoning sub-field. Read More

Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

  • Erika Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, will deliver a talk titled "Immigration 101: What You Need to Know And Why It Matters That You Do" at Moravian College this week.


  • Eugene Fiorini, Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics, and Gail Marsella (chemistry) were awarded a MAA Tensor grant in support of a summer high school forensics program. The program is in coordination with the Allentown School District and the Allentown Police Department.
  • Eugene Fiorini, Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics, and Gail Marsella (chemistry), presented a workshop at Rutgers University. The workshop was on coordinating forensic activities across mathematics and chemistry classrooms.
  • Michael Huber, professor of mathematics, had his book, Mythematics: Solving the Twelve Labors of Hercules, translated and published in Greek by Princeton University Press and Liberal Books.
  • Michael Allocca, assistant professor of mathematics, has coauthored and published a journal article entitled "Word Length Perturbations in Certain Symmetric Presentations of Dihedral Groups" in Discrete Applied Mathematics: Read More
  • Byungchul Cha, associate professor of mathematics, co-authored an article, "Prime number races for elliptic curves over function fields" with Daniel, published in Annales scientifiques de l'École normale supérieure, Volume 49, fascicule 5 (2016).

Media and Communication

  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, published a journal article (with Brooke Duffy), "Facebook for Academics: The Convergence of Self-Branding and Social Media Logic on," in Social Media + Society. Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media & communication, published a book chapter (w/ Christian Schwarzenegger), "Faulty Reception: The Institutional Roots of U.S. Communication Research’s Neglect of Public Sphere Scholarship," in Kommunikationswissenschaft im internationalen Vergleich. Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, gave an invited lecture to the Communication Forum at Cornell University, on The Four Cultures of U.S. Media Studies. Read More
  • Sue Curry Jansen, media and communication, sociology/anthropology, has a new book published by Polity Press, Stealth Communications: The Spectacular Growth of Public Relations. Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media & communication, published an essay, 'The Impact Platform,' on the Social Science Research Council's Parameters. Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, and senior Meredith Salisbury published an article, The #nofilter Self: The Contest for Authenticity among Social Networking Sites, 2002–2016 in the Social Media, Internet and Society special issue of the open access journal *Social Sciences*. Read More


  • Doug Ovens, professor of music, will premieire his composition "Piano Resonances" in New York City Fri at Spectrum on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Resonances will be performed by Max Lifchitz, called "one of America's finest exponents of contemporary piano music" by the American Record Guide.
  • Muhlenberg Voice Students Win Big at District Auditions. 22 students competed at Moravian College and Muhlenberg dominated the field. For complete details click here: Read More


  • Marcia Morgan, associate professor of philosophy and director of the women and gender studies program, published an article titled "An Existential Ecofeminism and a Renewed Critical Theory of Nature: An Imagined Dialogue between Simone de Beauvoir and Juergen Habermas" in Revista Idéias (vol. 7, n. 2), (Feb 2017) University of Campinas, Sao Paulo.


  • Jonathan Lassiter, assistant professor of psychology, has been accepted to the highly selective visiting professor program at UCSF. He will spend six weeks this summer at the Center for Aids Prevention Studies (CAPS) in a program for investigators who are already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities. Read More
  • Jonathan Lassiter, assistant professor of psychology, co-published in an article in Liebert Open Access Journals. The article was titled "Preintervention Profiles of Information, Motivational, and Behavioral Self-Efficacy for Methamphetamine Use and HIV Medication Adherence Among Gay and Bisexual Men." Read More
  • Jonathan Lassiter, assistant professor of psychology, co-published an article in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The article was about pre-exposure prophylaxis. Read More
  • Carolyn Chernoff, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Sociologists for Women in Society entitled "Feminist Organizations in Transition: From Funding White Women to Fighting for Racial and Gender Equity." In addition, she led a workshop on Zines in the Classroom.
  • Carolyn Chernoff, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia, "15 Minutes of Internet Fame: Technology, Roles, Networks, and Meaning."
  • Dana Scholar Gwen Kelly, who did independent study work with Carolyn Chernoff, presented a poster based on her research, "Labeling the Self: Towards a Theory of Schizophrenia," at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Philadelphia.
  • Sahar Sadegh, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper, "Restricted Transnationalism: Iranians in Diaspora" at the annual Eastern Sociological Association meeting in Philadelphia.
  • Alison Smith presented her summer archival research project, the history of Muhlenberg's relationship with the city of Allentown, "Exploring the Muhlenbubble: A Historical Analysis of Muhlenberg's Town and Gown" at the Eastern Sociological Association conference.
  • R. Tyson Smith, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper, "Incarcerated Veterans: Outlining the Health Experiences of a Missing in Action Population" at the annual Eastern Sociological Association meeting in Philadelphia.
Staff Activities
  • Allan Chen, chief information officer, was an author on a panel of community leaders who wrote '7 Things You Should Know About the Evolution of Teaching and Learning Professions.' Read More
  • Kelly Cannon, Rachel Hamelers and Jennifer Jarson (Trexler Library) are leading a roundtable, Creating Conversations & Inspiring Change: Using the Framework with Faculty at Small & Medium-Sized Institutions, at the Association of College and Research Libraries annual conference.
  • Tina Hertel, Director of the Trexler Library, was an invited panelist for "Not So New Library Directors," at the pre-conference workshop of the Association of Research College Library 2017 College Library Directors Mentoring Program.
  • Trexler Library staff members Rachel Hamelers, Jen Jarson and Kelly Cannon had a chapter published in the book "First Year Experience Cookbook." Read More
  • Pamela Moschini, director of disability services, will have her exhibit "Hair-Work: Relics of Remembrance," a collection of Victorian hairwork, on display at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem Mar 16 through Sep 3.
  • Mike Bruckner The College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals organization (CUPRAP) has selected Mike Bruckner, vice president of external affairs and community relations at Muhlenberg College, as the winner of the prestigious 2017 Don Hale Award. Read More
  • The College's annual report, published by the public relations office, has received a GOLD CUPPIE from CUPRAP, the organization of public relations professionals. There were 386 entries in the annual report category. Susan Williams&Associates helped produce the report and Alan Zerbe P'17 was the graphic designer.


  • Sharrell D. Luckett, assistant professor of theatre and performance studies, has been invited as a Guest Artist & Director at UC-Riverside's Center for Dramatic Innovation. She also received an invitation to join the Black Performance Theory national working group, held at Washington University-St. Louis.
  • Sharrell D. Luckett, assistant professor of theatre and performance studies, published an article in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies titled "Hell/Thinness."
  • Sharrell D. Luckett, assistant professor of theatre & performance studies, published an article in the journal Qualitative Inquiry, titled "Standing on the Edge of My Life: Recuperating Fat Sexuality in Beats and Measures."


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