Achievements — FEBRUARY
March 6, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements


Peter Licona, assistant professor in the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Spanish American Civic Association and Agilent Technologies Inc., has co-planned and is implementing the STEM on Saturdays program (SOS) at Tec Centro in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. SOS provides free hands-on, minds-on STEM learning opportunities aimed at underrepresented groups (such as girls, low-income and Latina/o students) in STEM.

Licona also was elected cochair of the Latino/a Research Interest Group (LaRIG) of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). In conjunction with other Latina/o scholars, he plans to present on early career activities at the NARST 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta this April.

Charla Lorenzen, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, presented “Pre-service Teachers and the Art of Planning to Improvise,” on her research on pre-service teacher development at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Fletcher McClellan, professor of political science; Kyle Kopko, assistant dean for academic achievement and engagement and associate professor of political science, and Kayla Gruber ’18 presented at the 2018 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in February. The research is titled, “The Effects of a High-Impact Practice Graduation Requirement on Student Learning, Engagement and Satisfaction at a Small, Private College: Implications for the Political Science Curriculum.”

Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor in English, has written an essay titled “Gaining the ­Grown-Up Perspective in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The essay appears in the edited collection “Harry Potter and Convergence Culture: Essays on Fandom and the Expanding Potterverse,” which has just been published.

Jonathan Rudy, Peacemaker in Residence for the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, facilitated, on invitation from the World Council of Religions for Peace – Japan, a mediation for reconciliation seminar in Tokyo in February. This group is working at interfaith leadership in Japan through networking, advocacy, peace education and humanitarian assistance.

Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, was named Pennsylvania state chair for the Society for Music Teacher Education. In this position, he represents higher education faculty within the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.



The following students of Michele Lee Kozimor-King ’93, associate professor of anthropology, presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Stevie Caronia ’19, Stephanie Hanus ’19, Dan Lauritzen ’18, Emily Modrak ’19, Emalie Rell ’20 and Dayna Stewart ’19 presented a research poster from the SAN 330 and SAN 331 community-based research project, titled “Subscribing to Social Research: Community-Based Research Provides Students with Research and Professional Skills,” on Friday, Feb. 23, at the 88th-Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Baltimore, Maryland.

Courtney Shaffer ’18 presented her research, “Is This Land Made for You and Me? The Effects of Political Ideology and Age on Views of Immigrants,” in an undergraduate research poster session.

Alyssa Vielee ’18 presented her research, “I Got My Kids on My Money and My Money on My Kids: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Age on Parental Values,” in an undergraduate research poster session. Vielee also represented Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, as the undergraduate social media intern at the conference.

Caronia, Hanus, Modrak and Vielee each received a $1,200 student-member research travel grant from Alpha Kappa Delta for their conference participation. Kozimor-King  was the faculty mentor and was the recipient of an Alpha Kappa Delta chapter representative research grant for her role.


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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.

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