Achievements — April 2017
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Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, presented a workshop, titled “From Mozart to Monk: Incorporating Jazz and Improvisation into the Collegiate Classical Piano Lesson,” at the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Region Conference. The conference was held at Towson University in Maryland.

Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science and Asian studies, presented a paper on propaganda effects in China at the Midwest Political Science Association annual conference in Chicago on April 7.

Chen also received a research travel grant from the Association for Asian Studies. This grant will be used to conduct fieldwork in China this summer

Mark Harman, professor of English, had a review-essay about a monumental new biography of Franz Kafka, “Lesser-known Kafkas,” published in the February 6, 2017, Los Angeles Review of Books.

Tamera Keiter Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy and department chair attended and presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, which took place March 30 – April 2, 2017, in Philadelphia. It also was the centennial celebration of the Occupational Therapy Profession.  She presented the paper, “‘Therapeutic Use of Self’ in occupational therapy practice: A historical reflection of the desire for greater connectedness.”

Michael Long, associate professor of religion and peace and conflict studies, has co-authored and published “Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography.” Long’s next book on nonviolent protest in U.S. history is scheduled to be published by City Lights Books in San Francisco.

Susan Mapp, professor of social work, served as co-editor for a special issue of the journal Social Work Education on combating discrimination through social work education in North America and the Caribbean.

Alexandria Poole, assistant professor of philosophy, was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 17 institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions, so that faculty members can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Poole will participate in the three-week “City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities” at the University of Washington. This is Poole’s second NEH Summer Institute, as she was a 2016 recipient for the “Extending the Land Ethic: Current Humanities Voices and Sustainability” held at Arizona State University.

Poole also participated in a continuation of the dialogue on social justice and race initiated by Dr. Amanda Kemp during her visit to E-town campus this spring as she participated in a workshop, titled “Say the Wrong Thing” that focuses on developing skills and providing strategies for engaging difficult conversations around race, equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Jean Pretz, associate professor of psychology and department chair, and her collaborators in Nursing and Psychology at the PA College of Health Sciences were awarded the 2016 Research Article of the Year from the journal “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” for their paper, “Effect of Simulation Role on Clinical Decision-Making Accuracy.” The researchers integrated an experimental design into nursing laboratory exercises using simulated patients. Results showed the value of intuition and analysis in clinical decision making among student nurses who were randomly assigned to various roles in the simulated scenario. This work was also presented at the Nursing Education Research conference and the Eastern Psychological Association conference in 2016.

Robert Spence, associate professor of music and director of instrumental studies, has been awarded the College’s 2017 Kreider Prize for Teaching.



Emily Wieder, French and history major, participated in the Undergraduate Conference in The Modern Languages March 30 and 31, “Migrations of Cultures,” at the University of Pittsburgh. She presented her paper “Acculturation in the Twentieth Century Francophone Classroom”.

O.T. students attended and gave various presentations at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, March 30 – April 2, 2017, in Philadelphia. It also was the centennial celebration of the Occupational Therapy Profession.  Presentations included:

Adam Amspacher and Nicole Brackman, with faculty advisor Debbie Waltermire, lecturer: “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Occupational Therapy Private Practice.”

Nicole Carlin MS ’16, Andrea Keady MS ’16 and Emily Mason MS ’16 with faculty advisor Debbie Waltermire, lecturer: “Physical Activity in Children with and without Congenital Heart Defects.”

Marla Peiffer MS ’16 with her faculty advisor Kerri Hample, assistant professor: “Dental Care and Intellectual and Developmental Disability:  Occupational Therapy’s Role.”

Leah Newman MS ’16 with faculty advisor Kerri Hample: “Autism, Dietary Modifications and the Social Participation and Roles of Caregivers: A Comparison Study.”

Ashley Cox: “An exploration of how occupational therapy students’ experiences studying abroad affect fieldwork and practice.”

Victoria Giaquinto MS ’16, Christina Gilley MS ’16, Robin Kreiser MS ‘16, Rebecca Lane MS ’16, Hunter Smith MS ’16 and Victoria Snyder MS ’16 presented a poster with their faculty advisor Linda Leimbach, ScD, OTR/L, assistant professor. The poster was titled “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility in Occupational Therapy: Current Practices and Moving Forward.”

Bronwyn Keller, MS, OTR/L, and Chris Achenbach were invited by AOTA to provide the Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program. This program was presented to 26 attendees on March 29 and 30.

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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.