Achievements — February 2017
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Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, associate professor of political science and director of the international studies minor, published the article, “Pitfalls of Police Reform in Costa Rica: Insights into Security Sector Reform in Non-Military Countries in Peacebuilding.” The first 50 copies are free.

This research was supported by a Faculty International Studies Seminar Grant, which Dursun-Ozkanca received from Elizabethtown College. The manuscript was finalized during her yearlong sabbatical leave, made possible through a Sabbatical Research Grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University.

Richard Fellinger, a Fellow in The Writing Wing, is a finalist for the Somerset Novel Award for his forthcoming novel, “Made To Break Your Heart.” The novel is due out in June from Open Books.

Kyle Kopko ’05, assistant dean for academic achievement and engagement and professor of politics, gave a presentation to the Lancaster Rotary on Jan. 25, 2017, titled “President Trump and the Case of Law v. Politics: Understanding the Supreme Court.”  Kopko also was interviewed regarding Supreme Court nominations by several news outlets including the Toronto (Canada) Globe and Mail and Newsday.

Charla Lorenzen, associate professor of modern languages, was selected to review proposals for presentations on foreign language teacher development at the 2017 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages national conference.

Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor in the English Department, presented “Coaxing Lifelong Learners from Within: Getting to the Heart of the Matter” at Lancaster Learns, along with her co-author Suzanne Shaffer. This presentation stems from research on the Effective Lifelong Learning Initiative and its application in college teaching.

Steven Nolt, Senior Scholar with the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies; Donald Kraybill, Senior Fellow Emeritus with the Young Center; and Edsel Burdge, research associate with the Young Center, recently published a chapter, “Language Use among Anabaptist Groups,” in a new book, titled “Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia,” edited by Simon J. Bronner and Joshua R. Brown. It is published by The Johns Hopkins University.

Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education, was invited to present lectures on Music Education and Peacebuilding at Northwest Missouri State University (September 2016) and at Gettysburg College (January 2017). This lecture represents the culmination of work in music education philosophy, spirituality and peacebuilding theory. Shorner-Johnson also presented research on his teaching at the Lancaster Learns Conference. In this session, Shorner-Johnson modeled his approach to engaging undergraduate students in action research and the use of collaborative technology platforms to facilitate student inquiry. This practice and research informs how different students approach, synthesize and reflect upon their experiences teaching in kindergarten classrooms.

Jesse Waters, director of Bowers Writers House, will have his collection of short stories, titled “So Let Me Get This Straight,” published by Paycock Press.

Nicole Brackman
, Occupational Therapy graduate student, was selected as a participant for the second annual American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy. The institute is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Boston University. In addition, Brackman will attend the AOTF Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars June 2-3, 2017. This is an opportunity to engage in mentoring and develop research-centered networks. Brackman earned a highly competitive scholarship to attend these events.

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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.