Monday, August 27, 2012
From the College
In the University
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Department Community Events
Community Outreach, Partnerships, Media Events
External Funding, Research Productivity
Welcome Message from the Dean
Allow me to extend to all of you the warmest welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2012-2013 academic year! Most welcome, of course, are our newest faculty, staff, and students. The College is hiring 28 new or replacement faculty and staff members this year.
We are indebted to Donna LaVoie, Associate Dean for Planning and Resources, who interviewed and negotiated the contracts with all incoming faculty. Donna developed the workload policy that has been very helpful in annual faculty evaluations and ensured that faculty can integrate their workload with
their interests. Donna has also done very well at strengthening the cases that we needed to make to hire faculty and staff replacement positions. In addition, she has also been procuring resources (e.g., computer, classroom technology) and seeing to it that new faculty receive their start-up funding. Finally, she has been active with a University Committee that has been spelling out the outcomes we expect for all our undergraduate students throughout the University.
Stephen Dina, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, ensures that requirements are clearly stated and met, updates the undergraduate catalog, monitors all graduation certification, answers student inquiries, and serves as liaison with the Office of the Registrar.
Assistant Dean Denise Sleet organizes all SLU101 sessions, supervises all the College-wide advisors, and along with Professor Janet Kuebli, she has been working on ways to improve the advising and mentoring of our students.
We would like to welcome to the Dean's staff a new Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Janet Barber, who comes to the office with widespread recommendation from many people in the College and several years of experience as the Director of Graduate Students for the Department of Biology, in which she performed with excellence. Jan will meet with the Associate Deans for Graduate Education from the various Schools and Colleges in the University, support graduate student research, look for ways to strengthen and increase the graduate assistantships, and improve graduate education in general.
The College is doing very well winning grants. The College of Arts and Sciences reports 68 grants. The Office of Research Development and Services reports in FY 2012 grants totaling $3,106,843. Faculty in the College have produced over 467 works (including performances, books, and peer-reviewed articles). The College is an extremely productive institution.
As far as the enrollment data (August 22, 2012) is concerned, the University enrollment of incoming freshmen stands at 1,544 compared to 1,651 last year at this time, but the College of Arts and Sciences total undergraduate enrollment is at 2,506, 98% of its enrollment last year at this time. In addition, the College retention rate between freshmen and sophomore year is at 88.1%, which is almost 2% higher than last year-perhaps a record. In addition the ACT average for our undergraduate students across the University has climbed to 27.3 - again very good news.
There are many challenges we face in the year to come. Of course, we are constantly on the alert for ways to improve the quality and quantity of our research. The College has been very involved in several creative strategies and collaborations. Several of us are pursuing discussions on a project in STEM+ project that involves careful space planning that will be implemented in the anticipated moves the College will make when the Law School moves. As examples of the creative ways in which the College has been collaborating with other institutions, all three of the $50,000 intercollegial Presidential Research grants included Arts and Sciences faculty as investigators. Several of our departments and programs received national accreditation, and many of our departments are ranked within the top 100 in their discipline.
Thanks to the presence of a new Web Content Developer, Jeremy Nagle, the College hopes to revise and update the Arts and Sciences Website, which has not been altered much since 2001. In addition, we plan to work more closely with its graduate students, to integrate more smoothly the advising and mentoring functions of the College, to standardize the various stipends given for leadership positions (e.g., directors of graduate and undergraduate studies, chairs and directors, etc.), and to increase the public visibility of the College, particularly through web renovations. We have updated all the faculty records in Activity Insight which makes available data of faculty performances in scholarship and service, and we will be collecting our own data as a College. For strategic planning this year, the College departments and programs will be refining their benchmark studies and the Faculty Council Academic Affairs Committee will study benchmark institutions in the areas of research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and mission.
Though we face many challenges in the year to come, the College of Arts and Sciences has been living up to its long tradition of hard work, creative teaching and research, impressive achievement, and a spirit of generosity and service that is manifested by faculty and staff alike. There is no question that we will live up to this wonderful tradition in the academic year to come.
Michael D. Barber, S.J.
College of Arts and Sciences Web Content Developer
Please welcome Jeremy Nagle who has joined the College of Arts and Sciences as our Web Content Developer! Jeremy will be designing, revising and updating the College of Arts and Sciences website. Access Facebook to check out the new College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page that Jeremy designed at http://www.facebook.com/SaintLouisUCollegeofAandS.
Jeremy was most recently working for the National Association of Electrical Distributors as a web technology project manager. Prior to that he worked at Webster University while pursuing an MA in IT Management. His responsibilities included maintaining the College of Arts and Sciences website in coordination with the Marketing & Communication Officer.
Jeremy's office is in Verhaegen Hall, Room 318. You can contact him at 977-3979 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name Change Announced for the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence
Beginning on July 1, the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) formally changed its name to the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). With the name change will come other changes, as well, including a new website and
The new name signals a new phase of growth and development for the Center; in the 15 years since it was founded by SLU faculty, the Center has become an important resource for helping educators create transformational learning experiences at the University. Serving full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and other instructors at SLU, the CTTL offers a broad range of programs and services focused on the formation and transformation of teachers,
learners, and learning environments. Importantly, with its focus on transformative teaching and learning, the new name foregrounds the importance both of Jesuit educational traditions and values and of the educational innovations demanded of a 21st-Century university. (To find out more about the new name, read this blog posting by Dr. Debra Lohe, the Center's Director, at www.slu.edu/cttl.)
Along with the name change, the Center also is unveiling a new website, featuring, among other things, a new blog, The Notebook. Since 1998, The Notebook has functioned as the Center's quarterly newsletter; the new format offers a more timely, more dynamic way to inform the SLU community about upcoming Center events and to highlight evidence-based research on effective teaching and learning, among other things. While the site is still in its early formation, it will eventually feature much more original content and pedagogical resources developed by CTTL staff and SLU faculty.
This fall, the Center will hold a reception to celebrate its 15th anniversary and its new name.Please come join us as we celebrate the past, look ahead to the future, and welcome SLU's new faculty.
Friday, August 31st, 2012
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Pius XII Memorial Library
Second Floor Quiet Study Area
To find out more about the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, go to www.slu.edu/cttl, or contact us at our new email address: email@example.com. We are located on the 2nd floor of Pius Library, with a satellite office in 209 Des Peres Hall, and can be reached by
phone at 314-977-3944.
May issue of the University Libraries e-newsletter
The May issue of the University Libraries e-newsletter is now available online at:
The University-wide Testing Center has moved from Pius Library to Room 103, Beracha Hall, 3721 Laclede Avenue.(Click on address for University map.)
You can submit material for the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter to:
Linda Thien by Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. via email or by Google newsletter submission form. Please be sure to include your department in your submission. Please do not re-submit information for the Newsletter. One submission is all that is necessary, your calendar item will continue to run in subsequent Newsletters until the event has taken place or the deadline has expired.
Thursday, August 30
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Thursday, September 6
Chairs and Program Directors Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.
Beracha Hall, Room 121
Thursday, September 20
Chairs, Associate Chairs, Program Directors, Associate Director Meeting
3 - 5 p.m.
DuBourg Hall: Pere Marquette Gallery
Tuesday, October 23
College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
DuBourg Refectory 157
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SLU Domain Google Calendars
If you have a question about a College of Arts and Sciences Meeting time or location or checking on a deadline, please check the "College - AS - meetings and deadlines" Google calendar.
In Google Calendar go to "Other Calendars" section
Click on "ADD"
Click on "Browse Interesting Calendars"
Click on "Resources for slu.edu"
and then look for College (1) and click on it and you will access the "College - AS - meetings and deadlines" Google Calendar.
You can also view the College of Arts and Sciences Meeting calendar on
http://www.slu.edu/x12577.xml without adding it to your calendars.
An Art Exhibition in Partnership with
Stray Rescue of St. Louis
The Exhibit can be viewed through September 16
The Saint Louis University Museum of Art
3633 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
After shattering opening night attendance records in 2011, the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, in partnership with Stray Rescue of St. Louis, is pleased to announce the 2012 installment of Urban Wanderers.
The theme of this year's highly anticipated fundraising event will focus on the survivors of Stray Rescue - innocent dogs and cats that have suffered shocking abuse, neglect and abandonment. Due to the efforts of the dedicated staff of Stray Rescue, these innocent victims of unspeakable cruelties are protected, sheltered and loved for the remainder of their lives.
"The theme throughout the exhibition will be one of hope, showing that the majority of these companion animals survive the very harsh city streets to have the most loving, attentive, gentle, and playful personalities," said Randy Grim, Founder of Stray Rescue.
The focus of the show also has an essential educational component, giving Stray Rescue a platform on which to present the public with facts about the animal abuse and neglect the organization combats on an almost daily basis.
Regional and national artists will paint, photograph, and sculpt a Stray Rescue dog that has been abandoned, abused or neglected, and shelter dogs will also create works of art using their paws, tails and noses.
Urban Wanderers is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and Barret's Buddies.
About Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Stray Rescue's mission is to lead the way towards making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection, and no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned, abused or neglected.
As part of its mission, the devoted staff and volunteeers of Stray Rescue take a progressive, proactive approach to establishing a permanent resolution to the stray animal problem. Through their dedicated rescue efforts, community outreach programs and the promotion of responsible pet guardianship, these innocent victims are able to to begin a their new journey ... free of pain, and full of life.
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Graduate student Nina Hausmann and Dr. Brent M. Znosko published an article titled "Thermodynamic characterization of RNA 2x3 nucleotide internal loops" in a recent issue of Biochemistry. Nina was a former MS student in the Znosko lab and is currently pursuing her chemistry PhD while working with Drs. Shelley Minteer and Dana Baum.
Dr. Harold K. Bush gave a lecture at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, May 11. Prof. Bush's lecture on recent research on brain science in the humanities was titled "Academic Blink: Mindfully Creating the Brain You Want (and Need) for Research and Teaching."
Sandra Olmsted, Ph.D. candidate in English and Director; Vanessa Roman, Director; and Denise Ward Brown, Editor; won the 2012 Best Experimental Film at the Female Eye Film Festival in Canada for their short film, The Inheritance.
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Dr. Cathleen Fleck's recent book The Clement Bible at the Medieval Courts of Naples and Avignon: A Story of Papal Power, Royal Prestige, and Patronage ( Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010) was just positively reviewed in CAA.reviews, the online review site of the primary U.S. academic arts association, the College Art Association (CAA), which provides critical and peer reviews of all areas of the fine arts and art history. Though access to the online review is only possible with membership to the CAA (http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/1851),Dr. Fleck is happy to provide a copy to anyone interested in the topic.
Dr. Simone Bregni has published an article, "The Ubiquitous Language Lab - Using the iPod Touch to Enhance Language and Culture
Acquisition," in Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2 (2012), pp. 81-90. Available as PDF download at http://ijq.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.186/prod.177 .
Dr. Pascale Perraudin has co-edited a Guest Issue of Postcolonial Text: "Transnational Inquiries: Representing Postcolonial Violence and
Cultures of Struggle". Vol 7, No 1, (2012). Postcolonial Text is a refereed open access journal that publishes articles, book reviews,
interviews, poetry and fiction on postcolonial, transnational, and indigenous themes. The volume is available at
Dr. Claudia Karagoz presented a paper titled "Italian Women's Cinema: Motherhood Revisited in Comencini's The White Space" at The
Second Annual Film and Media Conference, University of London, UK, June 2012. She also delivered a presentation in May 2012, "Virtually
Unbound: Desire and Gender in Donatella Maiorca's Viol@," at the XXXII Annual Conference of The American Association for Italian Studies,
College of Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Tim Lomperis has made an arrangement with an independent movie producer for a movie adaptation of his memoir, The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon. For more information, access http://www.mediafusionent.com and click on Rules of Another Game, the proposed title for the film.
Dr. Tim Lomperis gave a presentation on his recently published memoir, The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon, to the Missouri Military History Society at the Missouri Athletic Club on Washington avenue on June 27, 2012.
Dr. Eddie Clark co-authored "Religious involvement measurement model in a national sample of African Americans" that appeared in the Journal of Religion and Health.
Thompson, V. L. S., Clark, E. M., & Purnell, J. (2012). The role of African American racial identification in health behavior. In Sullivan, J. M. & Esmail, A. (Eds.). African American identity: Racial and cultural dimensions of the Black experience (pp. 189-220). Lexington Books.Dr. Eddie Clark and Dr. Cheryl Holt (SLU alum) co-authored: Spiritual health locus of control and health behaviors in a nationalsample of African Americans that was published in the American Journal of Health Behavior and Relationship between religious social support and general social support with health lifestyle behaviors in a national sample of African Americans published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. Eddie Clark co-authored (with SLU alum Dr. Cheryl Holt):Social, religious, and spiritual capital and physical/emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
Dr. Judith Gibbons, Professor of Psychology and International Studies, received the 2012 Florence L. Denmark/Mary E. Reuder Award for Outstanding International Contribution to the Psychology of Women and Gender at the recent American Psychological Association meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Judith Gibbons (professor of psychology and international studies) and Carrie Brown (former doctoral student in psychology) just published an article in Adoption Quarterly. Gibbons, J. L., & Brown, C. M. (2012). Modeling adoption attitudes: Recalled maternal warmth, affection for children, and parenting motivation. Adoption Quarterly, 15 (2), 1-17.Dr. Judith Gibbons attended three psychology conferences: the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Stellenbosch, South
Africa, then International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, and then the American Psychological Association in Orlando,
Florida. The papers Dr. Gibbons presented are:
Gibbons, J. L. (2012, July). Publishing with Division 52: International Perspectives in Psychology and International Psychology
Bulletin. Presented at the 200th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Gibbons, J. L., Vander Wal, J. S., & Grazioso, M. P. (2012, August). Gender role attitudes and eating disorders in young adolescent
Guatemalan girls. Presented at the 200th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Fanjul de Marsivocetere, R., Grazioso, M. P., & Gibbons, J. L. (2012, August). The worldview of Guatemalan non-believers. Presented at the
200th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Gibbons, J. L. (2012, July). Addressing global problems grounded in local contexts. Presented at the 30th International Congress of
Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.
Gibbons, J. L., & Rotabi, K. S. (2012, July). Parallels between intercountry adoption and surrogacy in Guatemala. Presented at the
30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.
Gibbons, J. L., & Ahmed, R. A. (2012, July). Does size matter in adolescents' drawings of the ideal person: Evidence from Egypt. Presented at the 21st Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Gibbons, J. L. (2012, July). Intercountry adoption: Relevance for cross-cultural psychology. Presented at the 21st Congress of the
International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Stellenbosch,
SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Dr. Scott R. Harris has become Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociology Compass, published by Wiley-Blackwell.
The annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society took place at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, Illinois, May 24-26, 2012. NAPS is the professional organization for scholars of late antiquity and the early church. There were over 350 participants at the conference. Saint Louis University was well represented by three faculty members and twelve students, all from the Department of Theological Studies. The names of the faculty participants and their paper titles follow:
Peter Martens, "Antiochene Exegetical Advice: Adrian's Introduction to the Divine Scriptures"
David Meconi, "Learning to Leave the Wheat: Forgiving Charity in Early Ecclesiologies"
Kenneth B. Steinhauser, "Was there a Carthaginian Circle?"
The names of the student participants and their paper titles follow:
Alden Bass, "Donatist Catechesis in the Early Fourth Century: New Evidence from ÖNB lat. ms. 4147"
Andrew Chronister, "St. Gregory of Nyssa and Humanity's Vocation of Unity"
Scott Dermer, "The Latin Fathers on Song of Songs 1:5"
Blake Hartung, "Arians and Muslims in Theodore Abu Qurrah's Refutations of the Saracens"
Donna Hawk-Reinhard, "Cyril of Jerusalem's Pedagogical Use of Paradise and Heaven"
Zachary Kostopoulos, "Christ as Unifying Light: The Christological Imperative of Dionysius the Areopagite"
Micah Miller, "Maximus the Confessor: Defender of the Chalcedonian Definition"
Noël Pretila, "Case for a ‘Guarded' Typology using Greek Myth: Justin's First Apology"
Kyle Schenkewitz, "Citing ‘He who must not be named': Evagrius in Dorotheus"
Jacob Van Sickle, "Reading Scripture with a Rhetor: John Chrysostom on Psalm 44"
Benjamin Wayman, "Prónoia: Understanding Diodore of Tarsus' Commentary on the Psalms"
Jordan Wood, "Body, Soul, Spirit: Origen's Doctrine of Divine Inspiration"
In addition, during the business meeting Benjamin Wayman was awarded the prize for Best Student Paper. Finally, Dr. Kenneth B. Steinhauser, Professor in the Department of Theological Studies, was elected President of the North American Patristic Society by the membership.
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