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FROM THE COLLEGE
Congratulations to Carol Murphy and Chris Pudlowski!
On Wednesday, April 23 Carol Murphy (Assistant to the Dean) and
Chris Pudlowski (Administrative Secretary, History) were recognized
as SLU Stars. The SLU Stars program recognizes the exemplary
service of employees of Saint Louis University. The program embodies
the Jesuit concept of Magis (the Latin word for more) and reflects the
highest ideals of Saint Louis University - men and women dedicated to
the service of others. SLU Stars identifies SLU staff and faculty who
consistently extend themselves in special ways as part of their daily
work at the University. Congratulations to Carol and Chris for this
About Our Fulbright Recipients
Dr. Georgia Johnston, English
Dr. Georgia Johnston, Professor of English, will spend seven months next
year in London as a Fulbright Scholar, researching and writing a new book,
"Gender as Textuality: A Modernist Methodology." Dr. Johnston is an expert
in early 20th-century British literature, and she has published widely on
autobiography, gender studies, and poetry. Her earlier book The Formation of
20th-Century Queer Autobiography paves the way for this new project.
In London, she will be affiliated with and supported by Birkbeck College,
University of London. A number of the faculty in the Birkbeck College English
Department emphasize (in their early 20th-century literary scholarship) the
connections between literature and some of the social sciences (sexology and
eugenics). Study of gender is connected by others of the Birkbeck faculty to
textual formal properties. These combinations of interests mirror Dr. Johnston's
own interests in early 20th-century literature, on gender, textuality, and social
sciences, and so the connection with Birkbeck College English Department faculty
should prove highly generative. The nexus between literature, social sciences, and
formations of texts is highly significant in early twentieth-century literary studies, with
its focus on interdisciplinary readings and historical contextualization.
Centers of research in London, especially archival collections that cannot be
accessed from anywhere else, will complicate Dr. Johnston's understanding of what
gender meant in the early 20th century to both literary authors and social scientists.
Archives of individual papers-letters, commentary, professional journals-are available
in The Wellcome Institute, The Science Museum (associated with the Imperial College),
The Women's Library (now housed in the London School of Economics), and The British
Library. Dr. Johnston will conduct research for her project in these and other libraries,
and she will give presentations to both academic and more general audiences on her
Nathaniel Millett, History
I am very excited to have been awarded a Fulbright-All Discipline Scholar Award
for the 2014-15 academic year. During the year abroad, I will be based in London
and associated with University College, London. The fellowship will allow me to
work full time on archival research for my current book project "Afro-Indian Relations
in the Anglo-Atlantic World, ca. 1550-1815." Happily the majority of the archives and
libraries associated with this project, such as the British National Archives and British
Library, are located in London or elsewhere in Britain. Thus, the Fellowship will serve
as an invaluable aid in the completion of my book. Having received my BA and PhD
degrees in Britain, I don't think that the culture shock should be too severe although
living in London will be a new and exciting experience that I look forward to sharing
with my wife and two year old daughter.
T. Christine Stevens , Mathematics & Computer Science
I am spending 3.5 months (March thru mid-June, 2014) as a Fulbright Senior Scholar
in Spain, where I am working on a research project with a member of the mathematics
faculty at the Universidad Completense de Madrid (UCM). Entitled "Character groups,
duality, and weakened Lie groups," my project stands at the border between algebra
and geometry. It deals with unusual ways to measure distances on mathematical objects
-- some familiar, some not. One of the principal tools for studying these metrics is duality
theory, and the faculty member at UCM with whom I am collaborating, Prof. Elena
Martin-Peinador, is an expert on that topic. I have also met with several other mathematicians
in Spain who share my research interests, and I have worked with graduate students here.
I even had the chance to teach a few calculus classes. I am also setting up plans to visit
the SLU campus in Madrid.
Recipients of the 2014 Faculy and Staff Excellence Awards
Regina E. Newmann (Fine & Performing Arts): Staff Excellence
L. Patton Chiles (Fine & Performing Arts): Excellence in Adjunct
Benjamin M. Looker (American Studies): Helen I. Mandeville Award
for Excellencein Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities
Kathryn E. Kuhn (Sociology & Anthropology): Robert A. Johnston, S.J.
Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Social Sciences.
Timothy P. Eichler (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences): William V. Stauder,
S.J. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Natural
Sharron Pollack (Fine & Performing Arts): Chauncey E. Finch Award for
Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.
Emily S. Lutenski (American Studies): Donald G. Brennan Award for
Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Judith L. Gibbons (Psychology): Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence
in Graduate Mentoring.
The awards were presented by Dean Michael Barber, S.J., at our annual
Spring Faculty & Staff Assembly on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
View photos from the 2014 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards.
Recipients of the 2014 Student Excellence Awards
Olivia White, American Studies
Zachary Burnett, Biology
Steven Doonan, Chemistry
Allison Walter, Communication
Erin Klostermann, Communication Sciences & Disorders
William Iwasko, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Marisa Lastres, English
Diane Reilly, Fine & Performing Arts
Jordan Slavik, History
Benjamin Raymond, Mathematics & Computer Science
Michael Meyer, Modern & Classical Languages
Benjamin Conover, Philosophy
Elena Baluyut, Physics
Eric Behna, Political Science
Van Rynald Liceralde, Psychology
Ashley Heavilon, Sociology & Anthropology
Allison Walter, Theological Studies
Dayne Malcolm, African American Studies
Aaron Duckels, Women's Studies
The awards were presented by Dean Michael Barber, S.J., at our annual
Student Excellence Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
View photos from 2014 Student Excellence Awards.
You can submit material for the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter to: Jeremy Nagle
by Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. via email. Please be sure to include your department in your
Please do not re-submit information for the Newsletter.
SILENCE & NOISE
APRIL 19-MAY 29, 2014
Jim Burwinkel and Sharron Pollack are included in the next exhibition at Art
St. Louis, "Silence & Noise." The show opens with a free reception on Saturday,
April 19, 6-8 p.m. and runs through May 29.
Panoramic Gallery view: "Silence & Noise" exhibit. Photo by Robin Hirsch.
Works in this multi-media exhibition reflect the push/pull of noise or silence. The two concepts
of opposites are examined, demonstrating how silence and noise work as a force against
and alongside one another. Artworks are either comprised of clean, simple lines and are
visually silent, or are multi-layered, messy and thereby noisy. In addition to the physical
representation of these concepts, artworks that are conceptually silent or noisy are also
presented. Featured are artworks in a variety of media including painting, photography,
printmaking, mixed media, woodwork, metal, drawing, and more.
Serving as Jurors for this exhibition were artist Marie Bannerot McInerney, Professor,
Fiber Department, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, and artist Gary Passanise,
Professor, Webster University, and founder, Executive Director, The Santo Foundation,
St. Louis, MO.
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
Music Program Events
|Wednesday, April 30||7:00 p.m., Guitar Ensemble and Piano Ensemble,
Steinway Gallery, West County. Directors: Bill Hopkins & Pam Dees
|Friday, May 2||7:30 p.m., String Orchestra, College Church. Director: James Nacy|
|Sunday, May 4||2:00 p.m., String Quartets, College Church. Director: James Nacy|
|Sunday, May 4||6:30 p.m., University Choirs, College Church. Directors: Jeral Becker and David Kowalczyk|
|Monday, May 5||7:30 p.m., Jazz Band, University Theatre. Director: Rob Hughes|
|Wednesday, May 7||7:30 p.m., SLU Concert Band, University Theatre. Director: Aaron Bounds|
Thursday May 1st, the Saint Louis University Catholic Studies Program is hosting the
"Second Annual Feast of St Joseph the Worker Mass in the Grass: A Prayer of Thanksgiving
for the SLU Community." Mass will be held on SLU's campus, in the quad by the St.
Ignatius statue at 12:15 pm. All are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic lunch to
enjoy after the celebration.
by Euripides, adapted
by Robinson Jeffers
May 2, 3 ALL 8PM
May 4 - 2PM
Friday, May 2
Our Lady's Chapel in lower College Church
Join alumni and friends of Saint Louis University for the First Friday Mass and Speaker
Series. Mass begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by pastries, coffee, and a brief presentation
and discussion led by Dr. Bonnie Wilson of the Economics Department. Feel free to bring
a friend to this spiritually and intellectually stimulating morning. The Mass and breakfast
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Senior Art ExhibitEvent Details: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., May 02, Samuel Cupples House, 3673
West Pine Mall, St. Louis, MO, 63108-3303
Come view intriguing artwork and enjoy opening festivities at the first
annual Senior Exhibition. Opening Friday, May 2nd with a reception
including live music and refreshments from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the McNamee
Gallery located below Cupples House.
This show will display capstone art pieces completed by studio art majors
and minors. Come browse the diverse pieces that cover various media
from oil paints to metal smithing and graphic design.
Artists participating in the show include Courtney Cannon, Briana Kagy,
Debra Reilly, Robert Pickner, Aalia Rahman, Diane Reilly, Tyler Pivoney,
Hongchen LI, and more.
The show will run until Friday, May 16 and select artwork displayed will
also be available for sale.
There will be a closing reception in conjunction with the graduation festivities
Friday, May 16th, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Gallery hours are Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m.
Saturday. The seniors appreciate the support of the SLU community
and look forward to seeing you there!
Annual Workshop for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students focuses on Diversity
Event Details: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, May 06, Wool Ballroom (Busch Student
The eleventh annual May professional development event for SLU faculty, staff,
and graduate students will focus on "Social Identity Differences, Diversity & Divisions:
Taboos, Teachable Moments & Transformation." The event will begin with continental
breakfast at 8:30 and with workshop activities beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6,
in the Wool Ballroom in Busch Student Center, room 170.
In this interactive workshop, SLU's own Karla D. Scott, Ph.D., will explore the concept
of social identities and how changing demographics of the country and Saint Louis
University create challenges for our campus community. Using SLU artifacts,
participants will examine how everyday lived experiences of inclusion and exclusion
create opportunities for teachable moments in both classroom and co-curricular contexts.
Activities will encourage mindful reflection on "the work we do at SLU" and how it supports
the university mission mandate to transform society. For more information or to register,
please go to http://www.slu.edu/cttl/events/social-identity-differences-diversity-and-divisions.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Division of Student
Development and the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.
About the facilitator
Dr. Karla D. Scott, is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois and alumnae of Saint Louis
University-earning her B.A. in Communication from the department where she is now
an Associate Professor. After completing her undergraduate studies at SLU, she worked
several years in the journalism and public relations fields before returning to graduate
school and earning a Ph.D. with a focus on intercultural communication from the University
of Illinois Urban-Champaign. Dr. Scott joined the SLU communication faculty in 1994 and
also holds an appointment as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Arts
and Sciences. She is also Co-Chair of the Saint Louis University President's Diversity Council.
SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Thesis Defense - Kimberly Thomas
Title: The Journey from Juvenile Delinquency to Recidivism
Date: May 8, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: McGannon Hall, Room 248
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IN THE UNIVERSITY
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Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition:
Augustine Across the Curriculum
October 2-4, 2014
Samford University is proud to announce its inaugural conference
on "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition." Supported by
funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts,
this biennial conference is designed to provide an opportunity for
scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about
teaching Christianity's rich intellectual heritage to today's
undergraduates. The 2014 conference will focus on Augustine and
will feature plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond)
and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary).
Call for Papers
Specialists and non-specialists are invited to submit proposals;
however, proposals should be designed with the non-specialist in
mind and should directly address how to incorporate Augustine
in the classroom. Proposals that demonstrate the interdisciplinary
connections in Augustine's work are strongly encouraged.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, teaching Augustine
in the following contexts: the Freshman Core, the Interdisciplinary
Seminar, Literature and Autobiography, Antiquity, the Middle Ages,
Modernity and Post-Modernity, Free Will and Determinism, and
Intellectual History. We are also interested in any number of
approaches to teaching Augustine in the major (Psychology,
English, History, Political Science, Education, etc.), as well as
presentations that focus on single works and how they may be
employed in a variety of class settings. Presentations are limited
to twenty minutes.
Please send a 350-500 word proposal with your name,
professional title, home institution, and contact information
(including e-mail address) to TCIT@samford.edu. There is
no conference fee, and limited travel stipends are available
to graduate students and early-career faculty. Please indicate
your desire to be considered for a stipend when you submit
The deadline for proposals is May 16, 2014. Presenters
will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2014.
One of the great gifts that emerged in the university during the search for our
new president was a clear sense that maintaining the identity and mission of
SLU as a Catholic, Jesuit research university is one of the most important
priorities for every constituency on campus - faculty, staff, students and
administrators. To this end, the Catholic Studies Program applied for
and received a grant from the Lilly Fellow Program in the Arts and
Humanities to foster a week of reading and discussion on the Jesuit identity
and mission at SLU.
Faculty from across the university are invited to apply for a role participating
in an Identity and Mission Seminar from August 11-15, 2014. Of the
twelve faculty members selected, we hope to welcome a mix of junior faculty
as well as senior colleagues from all colleges and disciplines. We also hope
to spark interest in the Catholic intellectual tradition among faculty from a
variety of religious backgrounds.
We will begin the week with a panel of faculty and administrators who will
discuss the changes in SLU's Jesuit mission since the university's founding
in 1818. Our next two days will discuss two potential challenges to this mission
- the emergence of corporate and consumerist models of higher education. We
will wrap up our week by discussing how to reconcile SLU's Jesuit identity to
these newer understandings of higher education.
Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University and a
former member of the faculty at Boston College, will be on hand for the second
part of the week to serve as an outside facilitator and to present a keynote
address on Thursday, August 12. We will also draw upon important texts of the
Catholic intellectual tradition that speak to multiple areas of interest in the
humanities, the natural and social sciences and the professional schools.
Here are the essentials of the week:
- Aug 11-15, 2014
- Meeting each morning for brief talk from facilitator and discussion of
reading assignment (50-100 pages per day)
- Daily lunch with the group
- Afternoons and evenings are free
- Stipend for completed experience: $300
- Space will be provided throughout this week for common prayer and
private reflection among faculty who wish to participate.
If you are interested in applying for a participating role in this experience, please
send a one page letter of interest. In your letter, you should describe how your area
of academic expertise and your approach to teaching intersect with SLU's mission as
a Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning. Above all, we are interested to
know why you would like to take part in this experience. Please send your letter of
application by May 7 to the director of the Catholic Studies Program, Chris Collins,
SJ, at email@example.com. If you have further questions, please contact Chris either
by email or at 977.2856.
Thanks very much for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
Chris Collins, SJ (Theological Studies and Catholic Studies)
Mark Edward Ruff (History)
Greg Beabout (Philosophy)
Ruben Rosario Rodriguez (Theological Studies)
Eddie Clark and Cheryl Holt (SLU alum) published "The relationship
between spiritual health locus of control and social and religious capital"
in the journal Counselling & Spirituality.
Geoffrey D. Miller, Ph.D. has published an article entitled "The Wiles
of the Lord: Divine Deception, Subtlety, and Mercy in 1 Kings 22," in
Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 126:1 (April 2014):
45-58. The article considers God's use of deceit in dealing with the
wicked King Ahab.
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