Achievements — January 2017
February 8, 2017   //   By:   //   Achievements


Susan Asbury, director of student rights and responsibilities, published a book chapter, titled “Serious Fun: A ‘Strong’ Model for Play and Folklore in Children’s Museums.” It is featured in Folklife and Museums: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Asbury also wrote the educational program guide for “Threads,” a spring 2016 exhibit at the Governor’s mansion. This exhibit highlighted the textile work of seven artists and two community art projects from across the state of Pennsylvania.

Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, served as an official accompanist for the performance competitions of Eastern Division of the Music Teachers National Association. The competition was held at Boston University and featured state winners from the northeast region (Maryland through Maine). Badgerow collaborated with six contestants from the woodwind category in the junior and senior divisions.

Douglas Bomberger, professor of music, published the first installment of a three-part article in the February/March 2017 issue of the journal American Music Teacher. The article traces the early career of music publisher Theodore Presser (1848–1925). This research was supported by a grant from the Presser Foundation of Philadelphia.

Richard Fellinger, fellow in The Writing Wing, has signed a contract with Open Books to publish his novel, “Made To Break Your Heart.” The novel is due out in June.

Kyle Kopko, assistant dean for academic achievement and engagement and director of the pre-law program, was interviewed by Metro World News in December 2016 about the possible Russian influence on the U.S. election.

Dmitriy Krichevskiy, assistant professor of economics, was quoted in the Gulf News Journal story “Egyptian currency change painful for citizens.”

Michael Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies, was interviewed by the The Huffington Post for the December 2017 article “Mister Rogers And The Bully-in-Chief.”                                                                   

Tammie Longsderff, assistant director of learning services, completed 125 hours of coaching instruction through Mentor Coach, earning an ADHD coaching certification.

Sean Melvin, associate professor of business law, was quoted in the Miami Herald story “St. Thomas professor celebrates a half-century teaching at the university.”

Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor of English was interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition about “Victorian Christmas Ghosts.”

Brian Newsome, associate professor of history and dean for curriculum and assessment, had his translation and annotated edition of “Invasion 14,” Maxence Van der Meersch’s classic novel about the German occupation of northern France during World War I published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in June 2016.

He co-authored “Rethinking World War I: Occupation, Liberation, and Reconstruction” with George Robb, professor of history at William Patterson University. “Rethinking World War I” is the introduction for a special issue of the journal Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques. The issue is devoted to recent scholarship on World War I and features articles by James Conolly, Michael McGuire, Nicole Hudgins, Michelle Moravec, Ginger Fros, and Carl Strikwerda, College president and professor of history.

Newsome also presented “Bearing Witness to Occupation: Maxence Van der Meersch’s Invasion 14” for William Patterson University’s History Department Lecture Series on World War I in October 2016 and “Reflections on Regime Change in the Oeuvre of Maxence Van der Meersch” for the Western Society for French History in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in November 2016.

Steven Nolt, professor of history and Anabaptist studies and Senior Scholar, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, was quoted in the story “Farmers Of the Year” and in the Journal Gazette story “Rules tighter on breech births.”    

Oya Ozkanca, associate professor of political science and director of the International Studies Minor, gave an invited talk on Turkey at the U.S. Army War College in January 2017

Jim Reeb, director, Social Enterprise Institute, was quoted in December 2017 in Gulf News Journal’s story “Qatar pilot project addresses diabetes.”

Jonathan Rudy, Peacemaker-in-Residence in the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking was part of a ‘training of trainers’ hosted by the Swamp Revolt and Montgomery County (Maryland) Coalition for Civil Rights in Active Bystander Nonviolence in preparation for the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., in mid-January. Subsequently he and co-facilitator, Kristen Hoffman, trained two groups (totaling 45 persons) preparing to go. Three other groups around Lancaster County are requesting the training, with the objective: “to de-escalate hate speech and harassment and better understand what it means to (safely) stick up for our neighbor with compassion and resolve.”

Cynthia Schanke, Instructional Technologist for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Edward R. Murphy Center, co-presented “Canvas Conversion Campfire Stories” with Linda Macaulay, Instructional Technologist, at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference in November 2016

Michael Swanson, director of Theatre and Dance and associate professor of theatre and dance, was named best director of a play in south-central Pennsylvania for 2016 by, a national theatre website with a significant regional focus. Swanson received the recognition for his direction of David Mamet’s examination of Chicago real estate salesman, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which was seen in September 2016 at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC).  This is Swanson’s second such recognition by’s voters, following his 2014 award for directing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” at EPAC.

Nobuaki Takahashi, associate professor of Japanese and Asian studies, will give a talk on “Traditional Performing Arts and Instruments of Japan” at Millersville University Sunday, Jan. 29. This talk is a pre-show talk for a traditional Japanese drum (taiko) performance by Taikoza.

John A. Teske, professor of psychology, was recently designated a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion, which entitles him to put F.I.S.S.R. after his name. Not that he ever will.

Hossein Varamini, Turnbull-Jamieson Chair, professor of finance and international business and director of International Business, was quoted in the January 2017 Gulf News Journal story “Saudis stay silent on Rafsanjani’s death.”

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About the Author :

E.A. (Elizabeth) Harvey is the communications manager and news editor at Elizabethtown College. She has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2008, after more than two decades as a newspaper feature writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communication from Elizabethtown College.

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