Faculty News - Fall 2007 Ivy Leaf Magazine

Ivy Leaf - Fall 2007

Faculty News


Brian Black (associate professor of history and environmental studies) has been awarded a Resident Scholar Fellowship with Penn State's Institute for Arts and Humanities. For the fall 2007 semester, he will be a fellow at the Institute on the University Park campus while he researches and writes a book about twentieth century petroleum consumption. As part of his fellowship, Black will give a public lecture at University Park near the end of the semester.

Todd Davis (associate professor of English) had his poem, "Sleep," published in former poet laureate Ted Kooser's weekly newspaper column, American Life in Poetry in fall 2007.

Jennifer deCoste (director of institutional equity and diversity) received a $14,000 grant from the Equal Opportunity Planning Commission for the development of diversity web-based training.  These short programs, less than ten minutes each, will focus on multiple areas of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and gender identity.  Each area will be stand-alone and fully available to all members of the campus community to incorporate into course curricula to help develop a shared campus-wide understanding of diversity.

Carrie Freie (assistant professor of education) explores class, racial, and gender identity construction among white, working-class students in her book Class Construction: White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium. Freie goes into River City High School to find out what happens to the adolescent children of working-class families when economic changes such as globalization and technological advancements alter the face of working-class jobs.

Tulay Girard (assistant professor of marketing) received the Best Paper Award at the Academic Business World International Conference. The paper evaluated which online features of the top 100 U.S. retailers' websites significantly affected their business performance. The paper was presented by one of the co-authors in Nashville, Tennessee at the conference in May. The aim of the Academic Business World conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of research within business and reference disciplines in education and the social sciences as well as research and experiences in learning and administration in higher education. The paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of the Academic Business World.

Sharon Lacue (instructor in nursing) passed the Certified Nurse Educators exam. For academic nurse educators, certification establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met.

Erin Murphy (assistant professor of English) was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  The fellowship is supported by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment which underwrites residencies of visual artists, writers, and composers from southwest Pennsylvania so they may work in a supportive and secluded atmosphere.  Murphy will reside with approximately twenty other artists for several weeks. 

Mary Lou Nemanic (associate professor of communications) traces the history of Independence Day celebrations including the Minnesota Iron Range's own version of the holiday, the Iron Range Fourth of July in her book, One Day for Democracy. For an excerpt from Nemanic's book, please see p. 10.

Robin Reese (assistant professor of theatre arts) wrote an original play inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina entitled What About Frou Frou? with students Clay Anthony Hasychak, Olivia Parry, and Barbara Seymour which was performed on campus. Reese also was one of five playwrights selected to take part in Philadelphia's The Cardboard Box Collaborative Speed the Muse Competition at the 2007 Philadelphia Fringe Festival; she wrote a new play that was performed at the Festival.

Bob Trumpbour (assistant professor of communications) has prepared an essay entitled "Sport and the Urban Landscape" which has been included in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of Urban History. Trumpbour also released two books: Forbes Field; Essays and Memories of the Pirates' Historic Ballpark, 1909-1971 and The New Cathedrals: Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction.

Ken Womack (professor of English) guest-edited the summer issue of the journal College Literature. The special issue was entitled "Popular Textualities" and included his essay "Authorship and the Beatles."

Jerry Zolten (associate professor of communication arts and sciences) conceptualized, co-produced, and hosted a one hour radio program for Penn State Public Broadcasting for national syndication. Boppin' With Pekar features graphic novelist and jazz aficionado Harvey Pekar and graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner in a program on the history of twentieth century jazz. Harvey Pekar is best known for the comic book American Splendor and the film based on it starring Paul Giamatti. Boppin' With Pekar debuted on WPSU radio this fall.