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School of Arts and Sciences | Faculty Accomplishments


Dr. Natalie Weaver, Religious Studies = promoted to Professor

Dr. Beth Kavran, Biology = awarded tenure

Ms. Mary Kay Deley, Chemistry = promoted to Assistant Professor

• Sr. Lisa Marie Belz gave the talk, "Following the Mystic Path:  An Evening with Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross" given at the St. Malachi Center, Cleveland, 19 Feb 14.

• Sr. Lisa Marie Belz gave the talk, "St. Paul and Women in the Early Church: Sorting through the Contradictions" given to St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Fairport Harbor, 13 Mar 14.

• Mark Kyle attended AAC&U conference and workshop, Portland, Oregon, including the following: General Education and Assessment:  Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities.  Workshop: Communicating Effectively about the Value(s) of General Education, 27 Feb-1 Mar 14.

• Sr. Lisa Marie Belz presented a paper at the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature in Bourbonnais, Illinois, titled: "Proper Household Relations in Whose Basileia?  Examining Ephesians’ Subtle Revisions to the Household Code of Colossians," 8 Feb 14.

• George Matejka presented two Lenten lectures at Sts. Robert and William Church  on the Passion Narrative in Matthew’s Gospel, and on the Passion Narrative in John’s Gospel, 11, 18 Mar 14.

• Jenise Snyder is leading the research of Biology students Michele Hare and Ashley Sotak to examine how fallen tree removal following the tornado is impacting the decay of leaves and invertebrate decomposers.

• Beth Kavran attended the “Quality Matters APPQMR Face-to-Face workshop” on Friday, March 14th at The University of Akron.

• Biology Faculty member Jenise Snyder earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, successfully completing her dissertation: "Impact of Phosphorus Enrichment on Wetland Ecosystem Processes: Nutrient Resorption, Above and Belowground Decomposition, and Microbial Activities"

• Jenise Snyder presented "Impact of Phosphorus Enrichment on Wetland Ecosystem Processes: Nutrient Resorption, Above and Belowground Decomposition, and Microbial Activities" to the Biology Senior Seminar, John Carroll University, 13 Mar 14.

• Jenise Snyder presented "Impact of Phosphorus Enrichment on Wetland Ecosystem Processes: Nutrient Resorption, Above and Belowground Decomposition, and Microbial Activities" to the Tropical Ecology Class, John Carroll University, 20 Mar 14.

• Sarah Preston attended the ACS National Meeting in Dallas, including sessions on POGIL (peer-oriented guided inquiry learning), flipped classroom, on-line learning, and mobile technology in the classroom. She represented the Northeast Section of the ACS at the councilor meeting, 16-20 Mar 14.

• Mimi Pipino Attended “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Managing Visibility at Work,”  19 Mar 14.

• Mark Kyle Attended course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) held in the Geospatial Technology Department, Lakeland CC: An introduction of the fundamentals of spatial reasoning and applications of spatial thinking in order to gain a better understanding of cultural and natural landscapes (using satellite imaging, census data, geophysical data, legal descriptions, etc. to create multilayered maps of regional interest), 21 Mar 14.

• Tim Kinsella contributed to the Ursuline website blog about Birmingham Bombings, 24 Feb 14.

• Tim Kinsella contributed to the Ursuline website blog about S. Henrietta, 14 Mar 14.

• Mimi Pipino did a presentation to USP faculty on contract grading, 10 Feb 14, 25 Feb 14

• George Matejka presented Caring for the Environment:  A Moral Commitment to the Lorain First Friday Forum, 7 Feb 14.

• George Matejka prepared a module for PH 340 Animals and Ethics to be offered the Spring 14 semester in the UCAP format. 

• Tim Kinsella gave a brief talk: “Minimizing Conflict Through the Values of Sr. Angela”, at the St. Angela Luncheon, 6 Feb 14.

• Mimi Pipino participated in a webinar titled “Teach Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key,” 24 Feb 14.

• Sr. Cynthia Glavac has been meeting with Teresa Potter to set up her Grade Book, etc., for Desire2Learn, Feb 14.

• Tim Kinsella continued work with D2L.

• Pamela McVay attended a webinar on “Copyright 101: Managing Your Intellectual Property” by Karen Christensen, CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, 12 Feb 14.

• Liz Meacham attended Dialogue and Civil Discourse Training, with Rachel Eryn Kalish, Cleveland Jewish Dialogue Group, Mandel JCC, 16 Feb 14.

• Tim Kinsella attended the MLK Celebration, 23 Feb 14.

• Tim Kinsella began work on assessing AYA and Middle Childhood needs with History/Political Sciences courses, 20 Feb 14.

• Mimi Pipino attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities annual conference on general education in Portland, OR; this year’s title is “General education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations and Opportunities, 27 Feb.-1 Mar 14.

• Christopher Edmonds organized and chaired a panel discussion titled “Integrating Research Courses into the Psychology Curriculum” at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, 2-6 Jan 14.

• Mary Kay Deley is working with Mike Watson, the field biologist at the Holden Arboretum in conjunction with the biology department, Sarah Preston and facilities to investigate the possibility of establishing a bluebird trail on the campus. Mike will also be giving a presentation to the ornithology class and any interested faculty or staff member about Holden’s bluebird program and the potential of beginning a  similar program here at Ursuline.

• Janet Kolesar finished the MOOC from American Museum of Natural History and has a certificate of completion with distinction.

• Fred Wright wrote a blog post for the campus blog:  http://ucmosaic.com/2013/12/16/the-death-of-an-english-major-and-the-death-of-the-english-major/, 16 Dec 13.

• Beth Kavran attended the NCAA National Convention, 14-18 Jan 14.

• George Matejka attended the 2-day D2L workshop, 12-13 Dec 13.

• Tim Kinsella continued D2L Training.

• Michelle Wiggins attended several D2L workshops.

• Christopher Edmonds attended the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. 2-6 Jan 14.

• Mary Kay Deley attended a D2L learning session and integrated D2L into all classes and labs. She met with Teresa Potter to learn how to add drop boxes into the earth science labs and discussion boards into classes which are in the process of being completed.

• Janet Kolesar attended several mini workshops for D2L training.

• Janet Kolesar attended and participated in two day workshop on Intensive training for D2L, 12-13 Dec 13.

• Mary Kay Deley implemented additional simulation experiments into the physics 202 lab this semester with free simulations available from the NSF.

• Tim Kinsella did a presentation to Ursuline Library Board “The Early Post World War II Era: Cleveland in Transition, 9 Jan 14.

• Tim Kinsella attended the MLK Talk (Dr. Malveaux), 23 Jan 14.

• Sr. Janet Moore attended the MLK Talk (Dr. Malveaux), 23 Jan 14.

• Sr. Diane Therese Pinchot created an Angela Mandala - program and invitational design for the 25th and 50 Jubilee Anniversaries of the Ursuline Sisters.

• Sr. Rosaria Perna has set up a website of her digital art: http://rosariaperna.com/

• Natalie Weaver spoke at JCU as a guest of Dr. Sheila McGinn on Intersex in Global Perspective, 14 Nov 13.

• Tim Kinsella wrote a book review: The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans. By Lawrence N. Powell, in The Historian. Vol. 75. No. 3.

• Janet Kolesar enrolled in a MOOC through Coursera: “Evolution: a course for Educators. From the American Museum of Natural History.”

• Beth Kavran attended the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) National Conference. Jacksonville, FL, 11-14 Nov, 2013.

• Earley, Samantha Manchester; Natter, Wolfgang; and Kavran, Elizabeth. “Advancing the Career Opportunities of Liberal Arts Graduates: Best Practices and Strategies for Working with Multiples Constituents of Articulate Liberal Arts Skills Set and Value,” CCAS National Conference. Jacksonville, FL, 11-14 Nov 13.

• George Matejka co-presented a lecture at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center with Shannon Jerse, legal counsel for SVCMC, on the topic of the ethics of Futile Treatment of the dying, 15 Nov 13.

• Christopher Edmonds supervised students Marissa Dean and Kayla Stefancic in their research project “The Stigmatization of Axis I and Axis II Mental Disorders” which was submitted for review to the Midwestern Psychological Association Psi Chi division conference.

• Natalie Weaver and Sr. Lisa Marie Belz attended the American Academy of Religion Conference in Baltimore, 23-26 Nov 13.

• Sr. Lisa Marie Belz presented “The Place of Women in the Household of Faith: Sorting through the Disputes between Paul and Paul’s Inheritors” at the AAR Conference in Baltimore, 23-26 Nov 13.

• An essay that Sr. Lisa Marie Belz wrote on undocumented immigration was accepted by America Magazine for publication in its  November 18 issue, found here at http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/rafael%E2%80%99s-story

• Jennifer Schwartz-Wright presented at the Buckeye Art Therapy Association conference in Columbus  with Cathy Malchiodi: "Art Therapy in the 21st Century: embracing who we are," 27-28 Sep 13.

• Natalie Weaver attended the Catholic Theological Society of America's annual conference in Miami, 6-9 Jun 13 and moderated a session at the CTSA annual conference entitled "De-Conversion."

• Natalie Weaver had a paper published in the Journal of the Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology entitled "Ecumenism as Organic Wholeness," SU 13.

• Natalie Weaver became a permanent contributor to the Feminism and Religion Blog, SU 13.

• Natalie Weaver presented at the Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology IX conference in Leuven, Belgium: “As New Songs Upward Surge” 23-27 Oct 13.

• Sarah Preston presented a poster at ACS of her students’ (Erin Childers and Jen Wisen) research entitled: “Synthesis of a diphosphinite 2,6-diphenylpyridine analog of m-terphenyl pincer ligands,” 11 Sep 13.

• Sarah Preston chaired the organometallic session of talks at ACS, 11 Sep 13.

• Sr. Diane Therese Pinchot was invited to show in the Ursuline College Art Alumnae Invitational - with a new body of art work – Mixed Media, titled: “World Soul,” Summer 13.

• Mark Kyle (Biology) received a certificate of completion, which includes 48 hours of formal classroom and field training, passage of a written examination, and an additional 40 hours of volunteer service within a twelve month period, for his participation in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program, a science-based natural resource education program coupled with community-based volunteer service sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension in partnership with Holden Arboretum. Naturalists are also required to complete eight hours of advanced education approved by the OCVN coordinators and a minimum of twenty volunteer hours of service on a yearly basis to maintain their certification, 20 Sep 13..

• Mimi Pipino presented poster prepared with Beth Kavran “Values, Voice, Vision: A College-Wide Commitment to Assessment” at the Association for General and Liberal Studies annual conference in Indianapolis, IN, 20-21 Sep 13.

• Fred Wright had a poem, "America, Land of Freedom," published in Inscape.

• Fred Wright’s scholarship on zines was cited by Viviana Gaballo in her article "Language and Culture in Minor Media Text Types:  A Diachronic, Intralinguistic Analysis from Fanzines to Webzines," published in Contrastive Media Analysis:  Approaches to Linguistic and Cultural Aspects of Mass Media Communication, edited by Stefan Hauser and Martin Luginbühl (John Benjamins, 2012).