March Tipsheet

March 2, 2009


Tom Hayes, Professor of Marketing, had his second article in a year published in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) monthly magazine, Currents. The article is entitled "Branding Outside the Box." CASE is the largest association of Higher Education in the world focusing on development, alumni relations and marketing/communications. Currents has a circulation of 23,000.
The following 5 projects were awarded 2009 Xavier Wheeler Grants: Christine Anderson, history: the Great Migration in the US; Tom Clark, management and entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship in the Arts; Graley Herren, English, and George Farnsworth, biology: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Ireland; Joseph Wagner, S.J., mathematics and computer science: Enhancing the mathematical preparation of pre-service, secondary mathematics teachers; Shelagh Larkin, Stephanie Brzuzy, social work, Carol Scheerer, Joan Tunningley, occupational therapy, Susan Namei, Barb Harland, nursing, Eddie Hooker, health services administration, and Renee Zucchero, psychology: a multidisciplinary approach to working with older clients experiencing dementia.
Summer 2009 fellowships were awarded to these Xavier faculty: Dennis Frost, history: Paralympic sports and disability in modern Japan; Natalia Jacovkis, modern languages: The flaneur in a globalized city; Margaret Martin, ESL: Examining student and teacher attitudes toward western cultural content in Sri Lankan reading materials; Cathy McDaniels Wilson, psychology: The extensive sexual violation and sexual abuse histories of incarcerated women twelve year follow up; Christopher Pramuk, theology: Meditations on pregnancy, miscarriage, and infant loss. Nicholas Salsman, psychology: Dialectical behavior therapy for borderline personality disorder; Thomas Strunk, classics: Libertas and the political thought of Tacitus; Lifang Wu, management and entrepreneurship: A study on supply chain behaviors of industrial clusters.
Lea Minniti, Director for International Student Services, successfully completed the NAFSA Academy for International Education in January 2009. Lea was selected by the leaders of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, to participate in this 9-month national training program that prepares international educators to expand their professional skill set. As part of the NAFSA Academy, Lea presented two sessions at the November 2008 Regional Conference in Lexington, KY: "The Triple Crown of International Education" and "Developing a Peer Mentoring Program for International Students." Lea is currently serving on the 2009 Leadership Team for NAFSA as the co-local arrangements chair for the November 2009 Regional Conference to be held in Cincinnati.
Michael Webb, Chair/Professor of Economics at Xavier spoke at the Global Center Young Professionals Professional Development Speaker Series on February 12th. His topic was “People Skills for Doing Business across Cultures.” Styles of decision-making and communicating vary widely across countries, often leading to misunderstandings, failed negotiations, and broken alliances.  Webb discussed tools and skills that allow professionals to understand differences in decision-making, communicating and negotiating, and leading across the globe to be effective in any culture.
James Buchanan, Director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, delivered the 2009 Harry S. Truman Lecture in Kansas City, MO on Feb. 3, 2009. The Lecture entitled "Responding to Crisis: Global Social Capital and The Role of Interfaith Dialogue, Engagement and Action." The lecture is sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and Avila University.
Tom Merrill, Associate Professor and Chair of Music, has been elected to serve a six-year term as the president of the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. The Central Division includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio and represents choral directors from many different schools, churches and independent arts organizations.  Merrill has previously served the American Choral Directors Association as president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association.

Ida Critelli Schick, professor and chair/director of the graduate program in health services administration, addressed the University of Cincinnati Physician Leaders on February 11. The title of her presentation was “Topics in Applied Ethics in Medicine.”