Our Faculty

Our Faculty — 2010

See below for work completed by our faculty outside of the classroom.

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DECEMBER 2010

Img: Bowen-HartungPeggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung reviewed the manuscript for a textbook, "Controversial Issues in Law Enforcement," for Delmar Cengage Learning Publishers, December 2010.

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2010

 

Deborah Greenawald, PhD, RN, CSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Greenawald's most recent publication is a featured article in Nursing Education Perspectives (Nov/Dec 2010, Vol.31, No.6, p.368-371) titled "Faculty Involvement in Undergraduate Research: Considerations for Nurse Educators." At Alvernia, Greenawald has been a faculty advisor for Capstone Projects and Honors Program Theses and is the lead faculty for the preceptorship component of the MSN program (focus on the Nurse Educator Role).

Carrie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication and CIS
Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick was selected by EF College Study Tours to attend a Group Leader Conference in London over the Thanksgiving holiday. She will be featured in a future commercial discussing the importance of international travel and education.

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung reviewed the manuscript of a textbook, "Statistics You Can Understand," for Jones & Bartlett Publishers, November 2010.

Rosemarie Chinni

Associate Professor of Forensic Science
Journal publication: R.C. Chinni, D.A. Cremers, and R. Multari. "Analysis of Material Collected on Swipes Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy." Appl. Opt. 2010; 49: C143-C152.

Img: BallantyneScott Ballantyne, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Business
Two of Dr. Scott Ballantyne's classes presented findings to the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce in late November, as part of their MBA Capstone projects. Students worked in groups to determine the feasibility of the Chamber's proposed Reading area trolley service. Click here to read a Reading Eagle article covering one class presentation.

 

Steve Elmarzouky

Trustee
Alvernia Trustee Steve Elmarzouky was featured in a Reading Eagle "Faces" article after receiving the NAACP Image Award in October and organizing the second annual People First event, in November. People First is a community volunteer effort to feed the less fortunate at his Queen City Family Restaurant, and at four Berks County senior citizen centers.

Judy Warchal, Ph.D.

Professor of Counselor Education/Psychology
Dr. Judy Warchal accompanied Alvernia psychology students Danielle Fessenbecker, Chris Abby, and Nicole Brooks during a panel about mental illness at the university in late November. Click here to read a Reading Eagle article about the event.

Scott Ballantyne, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Business

Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Drs. Scott Ballantyne and Kevin Godfrey are collaborating to write a new book Franciscan leadership: linking historical origins with current practices. Contracted with Rowman and Littlefield, the book should be published in the spring of 2012.

Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Dr. Kevin Godfrey was the featured speaker at the Lancaster Order of Malta’s Defense of the Faith series on Nov 19. He spoke on St Francis and how he transformed the church.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Donna Yarri gave a presentation entitled, “Designing Our Babies: Playing God or Using the Brains God Gave Us?” for the Theology with a Twist program at the Kutztown Tavern on November 9, 2010.

Img: RadoshJodi Radosh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication
Jodi Radosh gave  a workshop  along with her husband, Dr. Lee Radosh, director of family medicine at Reading Hospital, at the Family Medicine Northeast Regional Conference in Hershey the weekend of October 29. The presentation was entitled: “How to Use the Media to Your Advantage: Practical Tips for Family Physicians.” In addition, Radosh co-hosted Election Night Coverage on BCTV with Mark Abrams from KYW and Kevin Murphy, president of the Berks Community Foundation.

Scott Ballantyne, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Business

Travis A. Berger, M.Ed.

Instructor of Business
Scott Ballantyne and Travis Berger discussed watching personal online profiles on WGAL Channel 8 News, November 11, 2010. Their “Tips to improve your reputation on social network sites” aired in Lebanon, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York.
Click here to view the airing.

M. Eva Weiker, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Eva Weiker has reviewed two chapters: Body Defenses and Hematopoietic Function from the third edition of Carol Porth’s Essentials of Pathophysiology.

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Bryan Dreibelbis, CMA, CFM

Associate Professor of Business
Bryan Dreibelbis recently participated in the Accounting Educator Idea Exchange Conference held in Hershey. The conference was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

 

Travis A. Berger, M.Ed.

Instructor of Business
Travis Berger signed a contract with Exide Technologies to create and deliver a leadership development program. The pilot for the overall training program is being conducted at the smelter plant here in Reading. For the 2010 season, Berger served as interim CEO for Reading United A.C., the minor league soccer franchise affiliated with the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. He is currently serving as a Leadership and Organizational Development consultant, facilitating the formulation of their strategic plan.

 

OCTOBER 2010

 

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung was iterviewed by Channel 69 News about the alleged serial murderer, "Kalina." The interview aired on October 26 and 27, 2010. She was also interviewed about serial murderers for a Reading Eagle article, "Serial Murderer: Kalina," which appeared on the front page of the October 31, 2010 edition of the newspaper.

Mary-Beth DeMeo

Associate Professor of English and Communication
Beth DeMeo moderated a panel discussion at Alvernia on November 2, 2010. “Ethics, Leadership, and Atticus Finch” explored the relevance of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, hero — Atticus Finch — in today’s society. The panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Berks County Bar Association and Alvernia’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement, include the Honorable Arthur E. Grim, Keith Mooney, Esquire, and Jill Scheidt, Esquire as panelists.

Frances M. Ross, MFA

Assistant Professor of Art
Alvernia honored long-time Assistant Professor of Art, Fran Ross, by displaying her work at a private show in the studio at Cedar Hill Farm, followed by a two-day public exhibit in the Student Center, Private Dining Room. The private show at Cedar Hill was the first event held in the Conference Center/Studio, on the farm property. Fran signed artwork for others and enjoyed evening with many Alvernia friends.

Roxana Delbene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Languages
Roxana Delbene’s paper, “Discourse practices of de-humanization in the representation of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. press” will be published in the book collection, Readings in Language Studies Volume 2, edited by John Watzke, in December 2010.

Karen Cameron, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

John Luvisi

Director of Grants and Prospect Research
Karen Cameron and John Luvisi will present “Grants: fulfilling needs and dreams for occupational therapy” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 91st Annual Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, April 2011.

Bryan Dreibelbis, CMA, CFM

Associate Professor of Business
Bryan Dreibelbis recently contributed to a series of articles written about Financial Regulation (FinReg) that were published in the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Four faculty members have been awarded Faculty Excellence Grants for the spring 2011 semester. Richard Stichler (humanities) for collaborative research with professors at Peking University and the China University of Politics on “Western Interpretations of Chinese Philosophy;” Takele Mojire (humanities) for an article on “The Impact of Foreign Aid on the Quality of Life” in Sub-Saharan Africa; Ana Ruiz (psychology) for a paper to be presented at the Oxford Roundtable on “Social Justice for Women by Women;” and Judy Warchal (psychology) for an article and presentation at the Fourth International Symposium on Service Learning on “The Long Term Impact Of Multiple Undergraduate Service Options On Alumni.”

Neil Penny, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Neil Penny has recently accepted the responsibility of Occupational Therapy Program Director. Karen Cameron will continue to serve in the role as Occupational Therapy Graduate Coordinator.

Dolores Bertoti, MS, PT

Chair, Department of Allied Health and Human Services

Karen Ann Cameron, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and MSOT Graduate Coordinator
On October 22, 2010 Dr. Karen Cameron and Dolores Bertoti presented "Teaching Through Discovery, Socrates and Evidence-based Inquiry" at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference held in Scranton, Pa.

Karen Ann Cameron, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and MSOT Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Karen Cameron presented "Chronic Sorrow: Considerations for Rehabiliation and Recovery to military and Department of Defense medical personnel" at the State of the Science Symposium: Loss, Trauma and Resilience, sponsored by Walter Reed Army Medical Center on October 15, 2010 at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Bethesda, Maryland.

Carrie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English, Communication, and CIS
Distance education department members Carrie Fitzpatrick, Bryan Hugues, Sean Cullen, and Miro Liwosz presented a paper, “The Pedagogy of New Media: Smarter, Cheaper, More Effective,” at the Laurel Highlands Communications Conference in Indiana, Pa., on September 23, 2010.


SEPTEMBER 2010

 

Karen Ann Cameron, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and MSOT Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Karen Ann Cameron presented her research paper "The Occupational Therapy Utilization of Evidence-based Practice" at the Joanna Briggs International Colloquium on Evidence-based Practice on September 13, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

Michele Shuman, MSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Professor Shuman presented "Caring for the Elderly in Critical Care" to the Greater Reading Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) on September 21, 2010. AACN is the professional organization for acute and critical care nurses in the Reading area, of which Shuman is a founding member.


Img: YarriDonna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Alvernia University announced its first Neag Professorship endowed faculty position on Friday, September 24 in a small ceremony in the university’s Franco Library. Named for Ray and Carole Neag, the appointment will first be awarded to Dr. Donna Yarri, Associate Professor of Theology at Alvernia. Click here for the full story.

Theresa Adams, MSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Terri Adams was recognized during “Author Night” by the New York Institute of Medicine on Monday, September 14, for her work with Marianne Jeffreys on Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care. The event, attended by multidisciplinary professionals (physicians, social workers, nurses, nurse educators, and graduate students from many professional schools in the area) was the first time that a nurse was invited to speak to this group.

Bryan Dreibelbis, CMA, CFM

Associate Professor of Business
Dreibelbis recently received a “Top Five Members” award from the Reading Institute of Management Accountants Chapter for the 2010 chapter year.  This award recognizes outstanding participation in chapter activities and dedication to chapter ideals.

Ed Hartung, J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Hartung attended the 76th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. (APCO) in Houston, Texas August 1-4. On August 4, Hartung served as Moderator for the APCO Leadership Symposium. Members of the symposium included Dr. Deborah Gonzales, Officer in Charge of the Los Angeles, Ca. Police Department's Protected Activity Evaluation Unit (Risk Management Division); Mr. Chris Moore, JD, Assistant Chief of Police, San Jose, Ca.; and Mr. David Williams, M.Ed., Inspector with Victoria Police Australia.

Tim Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Tim Blessing has examined the impact of partisan and ideological attitudes on historians’ evaluations of five recent presidents and presented his findings at the American Political Science Association Convention, Saturday, Sept. 4, in Washington, D.C.
Along with Dr. Di You (Assistant Professor of Psychology) and Dr. Anne Skleder (Cabrini College), Blessing created a survey to measure 256 historians’ rankings of these American presidents, as well as historians’ ratings of their actions, policies, and personal characteristics.

“One of the things we noticed immediately was the fact that not only did conservative historians and liberal historians reach different conclusions, they did it in different ways,” said Blessing. Click here to read the full story.

Theresa Adams, MSN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Adams and Kathleen Nevel (Alvernia PhD candidate) were book contributors for Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care, authored by Marianne R. Jeffreys, EdD, RN. In addition, they have been invited by Jeffreys to attend the New York Institute of Medicine’s “Author Talk” on Sept. 14. Adams was also recently appointed to the Steering Committee for “A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program,” an evidence-based peer-to-peer program, researched and studied by the Stanford Education Patient Research Center.

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Edgar J. Hartung, J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Both criminal justice professors attended the Aspen Wye Faculty Conference in Queenstown, Maryland July 17-23.


AUGUST 2010


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Please Welcome the following new faculty members to Alvernia University:
Professor John Barone (Occupational Therapy)
Dr. Liang Ding (Business)
Dr. Michele Garrett (Nursing)
Dr. Kathleen McCord (Education)
Professor Rosemary McFee (Criminal Justice)
Sr. John Ann Proach, OSF (Education)
Dr. William Renninger (Theology)
Dr. Hans Schmidt (Communication)
Professor Mary Seamon-Zellers (Occupational Therapy)
Dr. Andrea Sholtz (Philosophy)
Professor Holly Smith (Education)

Tracy Scheirer

Adjunct — Nursing
Tracy Scheirer received the Pennsylvania 2010 Outstanding Advocate for Immunization award at the Annual Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition conference in Lancaster in June.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Spencer S. Stober, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Drs. Yarri and Stober had an essay, “What Makes Us So Doggone Special? Darwin’s Challenge to Human Superiority” accepted for publication in an edited volume entitled 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Impact on the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The book will be published in 2011. They also have a contract for a co-authored book to be entitled God, Darwin, and the Origins of Life, expected to be published in 2013.

Tim Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Dr. Blessing has been elected Vice-President (2010-2012) and President-Elect (2012-2014) of the Pennsylvania Division of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

Kathy Wisser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Kathy Wisser successfully defended her dissertation to earn her doctorate degree, this summer.

James Siburt

Adjunct — Humanities
James Siburt will be presenting a paper at the Semiotic Society of America’s annual conference October 2010 in Louisville, KY entitled “The Zombie as Sign and Symbol.” He is also scheduled to lead a round table discussion about online and distance learning at the Annual American Academy of Religion conference in Atlanta, GA this October. The discussion will be titled “Distant and Communal: Exploring New Forms of Online Pedagogy.”

Deborah Greenawald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Deborah Greenawald successfully defended her dissertation to earn her doctorate degree, this summer.

 

JULY 2010


Rosemarie Chinni

Associate Professor
Rosemarie Chinni was listed as a co-presenter on a conference presentation and co-author on a proceedings paper: D.A. Cremers, M. Bostian, C.R. Jones, G.M. Smith, R.J. Chiffelle, R.C. Chinni, and C. Navarro-Northrup, “Detection of Actinides Using LIBS.” Proceedings of the 51st INMM (Institute of Nuclear Materials Management) Meeting, July 2010.

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung was an Aspen Institute Fellow, WYE Faculty Seminar, "Citizenship in the American and Global Polity," in Queenstown, Maryland, July 18-23, 2010.

 

JUNE 2010

 

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung was a Federal Grant Reviewer, United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice programs. Reviewed grant applications for two national programs, June and July, 2010.

Roxana Delbene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Languages
“From interaction to meaningful interaction in medical communication: a study of presence in the screen play Wit” was accepted as oral presentation at the Eighth International Conference on Communication, Medicine & Ethics, held at the School of Public Health in Boston University, June 2010. The presentation was part of the Colloquium “Presence in Health Care Communication: Discursive and Ethical Dimensions.”

MAY 2010

Img: StoberSpencer S. Stober, Ph.D.

New leadership position

Effective July 1, Dr. Spencer Stober will become the Director of Alvernia’s Center for Ethics and Leadership. In addition to continuing to work closely with the Holleran Center for Community Engagement the Center is positioned for new ventures. Spence’s leadership in the Ph.D. Leadership program and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a focus in sustainability and community leadership and numerous community based opportunities is providing the opportunity to house Alvernia’s various leadership programs under the Center’s “leadership umbrella.” A variety of leadership programs, such as Leadership Berks, will report to the Center under a new organizational structure. Professor Stober succeeds Dr. Gerald Vigna, the Center’s founding director, who will return to the Humanities Department to teach undergraduate and graduate theology classes.

Img: TigliogluTufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.

New leadership position

Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu has accepted the position as Director of Ph.D. in Leadership, filling the space being vacated by Dr. Stober. Tiglioglu is an Associate Professor in Business, who is currently the Director of the MBA degree program. His reputation as a rigorous graduate professor and scholar makes him the ideal faculty member to lead this program.

APRIL 2010

Daonian Liu and Sharon Neal

Library Staff
Liu and Neal attended the Technology Expo, “Technology for 21st Century Education,” held at Villanova University on April 22. Keynote speakers included Jackie Fenn, Gartner Research, who presented “Emerging Trends Radar Screen,” and VU Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright, who discussed his approach to leadership and motivation, “Attitude of a Champion.”

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung reviewed a manuscript of the textbook, "Homicide: Death on the Streets," for Jones & Bartlett Publishers, April 2010, and "Police Operations: Planning Your Police Department," for Delmar Cengage Learning Publishers, April, 2010.

Karen Ann Cameron

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Presented the paper, “Intervention Strategies for Adolescents with Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy at the 90th annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, April.

Neil Penny

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Presented “Evaluating Student Outcomes in the Area of Ethical Reasoning” at the 90th annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, April. In addition, he worked with Julia Ryan ’08 and Nicole Keller ’08 who presented the results of their Master’s thesis research in a poster presentation at the conference. It was titled, “Barriers to a Level II Occupational Therapy Mental Health Fieldwork.”

Img: RadoshJodi Radosh

Assistant Professor of Communication
Presented “Health Reporters on Local Television News: A Descriptive Analysis,” at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) National Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 24-28, 2010.

 

 

Img: TigliogluTufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Business
Quoted in the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal, “Profs: Prices, wages fall, but not ‘across the board,’” April 12, 2010.

 

 

 

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Had a book review published: “Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification,” by Ronald Cole-Turner, in Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 26:2

Tim Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Presented a paper on “Majority Republicans and Minority Democrats? A Model Drawn from the Thirty-Eight Presidential Elections After 1856,” at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, on April 24, 2010.

Bryan Dreibelbis, M.Ed.

Associate Professor of Business
Recently elected to serve another term on the Reading Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 chapter year, and has been appointed as the chapter’s Director of Academic Relations. He has served on the Reading IMA Board since 1990.

Img: StoberSpencer S. Stober, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Published a paper entitled, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 6 (2), 2010, pp 229-240; Dr. Stober presented this paper at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador, January 5, 2010.

 

 

Shirley Williams, Ed.D.

Provost

Spence Stober, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Pictured in the Reading Eagle on April 24, along with Reading Mayor Tom McMahon, Charles Jones (public works director), and Kim Murphy (Berks County Conservancy president). The group held shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony in Angelica Park where the vacant boat house will be turned into an Environmental Education Center for the community and local students. WFMZ Channel 69 News also covered the groundbreaking and Eco Fun Day on that day.

Img: MichalikJennifer Michalik

Assistant Professor of Music

Randel Wolfe

Adjunct Professor of Music
Featured in the Reading Eagle for their work with the Wheatland Chorale group, Monday, April 26.

 

 

John Rochowicz, Ed.D.

Professor of Matematics/Physics
Mentored, proctored, and prepared Alvernia’s math majors for participation at the 11th Annual Berks County Higher Education Council Undergraduate Research Conference held at Albright College on April 17, 2010. Students presented papers on topics that included Catastrophe Theory, Coding Theory, Network Theory, the Golden Ratio, Logarithms, Fractal Geometry, and the Mathematics of Sudoku. Rochowicz also served as a moderator and facilitator for a paper session on mathematics and physics.

Bryan Dreibelbis, M.Ed.

Associate Professor of Business
Led Alvernia’s Phi Beta Lambda members for their annual State Leadership Conference in Harrisburg, along with students from schools such as Penn State, Duquesne, Bloomsburg, Shippensburg, Drexel, Temple, Bucknell, and the University of Pittsburgh. The following Alvernia students earned awards in their respective events:
• Andrew Haefner, 2nd place state champion, Management Concepts
• Andrew Smolarski, 3nd place state champion, Business Law and 3rd place state champion, Word Processing
• Dan Wehry, 1st place state champion, Annual Business Report
• Alvernia’s PBL Chapter won 2nd place state champion, Outstanding Chapter in PA
• Rob Ganter (business) was named to “Who’s Who in PA PBL”

Curtis Datko

Library Staff
participated in a panel presentation, “Got Game? BRING IT!: Gaming in Libraries,” on Oct. 21, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Annual Conference in Harrisburg. Representatives from three Pennsylvania universities discussed how gaming events held at their academic libraries impact student engagement.

Jennifer Michalik

Assistant Professor of Music
Sang in a “Noonday Recital” at the Trinity Lutheran Church, April 22. The recital was part of a musical series, open to the public.

Tim Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Led a panel on “Power and Democracy” at the British Association of American Studies meeting, held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. The panel included three Alvernia Ph.D. candidates. “I have been to a number of BAAS meetings,” said Blessing, “and I have never seen a panel where all the people were on the same research team from the same school—a matter on which the moderator commented at least twice.”

Thomas Minich ’98

Director of Development & Assistant Baseball Coach
Was named Junior Achievement’s ‘Classroom Consultant of the Year.” Check out a YouTube video for a message from Tom and other award winners about Junior Achievement, and how you can get involved.

Yogi Lutz

Head Coach—Baseball
Although he didn’t know it until Assist. Coach Tom Minick placed the game ball in his hand, Yogi Lutz cleared a milestone this season, with his 600th win as Alvernia Head Coach. Lutz has been Head Coach at Alvernia since 1987, winning seven PAC Championships, one ECAC Championship, and one Freedom Confer¬ence Championship (in 2009—the only year the team was in that conference).

 

MARCH 2010

 

Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
The A.D. Times published an article on March 4, featuring the appointment of Kevin Godfrey (theology) to the AFCU’s Executive Director post (effective July 1).
> Read more about the announcement

Steve Elmarzouky

Trustee
Alvernia Trustee, Steve Elmarzouky was featured in a lengthy WFMZ newscast on March 10. Elmarzouky discussed the local muslim reaction “JihadJane.” Click here to see the newscast.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Spencer S. Stober, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Attended the National Association for Professional and Practical Ethics conference from March 4-7 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they were judges in the national student ethics bowl competition and presented a paper entitled, “God, Science, and Designer Genes: A Model for Inte¬grating Teaching and Scholarship.” In addition, their book, God, Science, and Designer Genes was featured at a “lunch with an author” session.


FEBRUARY 2010

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Has been named the sole editor for the Bioethics sub-section of the Ethics Section of the Religious Studies Review journal. Her responsibility is to oversee all the book reviews on books published in this area.

Spencer S. Stober, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
Received a book contract from Mercer University Press to co-author a volume entitled, God, Darwin, and the Origins of Life, to be published in 2013.

Tim Blessing, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Worked with the Reading Eagle to find facts about past U.S. Presidents for President’s Day.
Click here to visit his front-page article from Feb. 15.
Click here to visit a secondary article from the same day

Blessing also presented a paper at the Association of American Law Schools about “Workplace Mobbing and Freedom: The Socio-Economic Connections,” January 7, 2010.

Bryan Dreibelbis, M.Ed.

Associate Professor of Business
Participated in the annual Accounting & Auditing Conference co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the Reading Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). The conference featured several professional development sessions related to current topics and issues in the accounting profession.

Kevin Calabria

Head Coach—Women’s Basketball
Was honored with “the Cardiac Kids” (1970 Holy Name High School Basketball State Champions) as the team was being recognized during a game at Holy Name High School last week, 40 years after winning the State Championship. In 2000, the Reading Eagle named them one of the top 10 teams in Berks County history. Calabria was the starting point guard on the 1970 team. He is in the Holy Name High School Hall of Fame as well as the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Berks County Chapter. He has been the head women’s basketball coach at Alvernia for 21 years and is approaching his 400th career win.

Jonathan Silver, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Business
Answered a short notice Philadelphia Inquirer request to talk about Super Bowl advertising. Silver was quoted in their article, “Kicking off a controversy: A Super Bowl ad that tackles abortion has won both praise and criticism,” today. Click here to read the article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


JANUARY 2010

Edgar J. Hartung, J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Completed a review of a manuscript for the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE), entitled “Unfolding the Focus Group Experiential Learning Process.”

Img: WeikerM. Eva Weicker, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Completed a book (published by Linus Publication Inc.), entitled NCLEX Anatomy and Physiology Review. The book is available in the Alvernia bookstore.

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Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.

English & Communication
Holleran Center for Community Engagement

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