Xavier Tipsheet

September 1, 2008


The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has chosen Sandra Richtermeyer, chair/associate professor of accounting at Xavier, as one of 50 executives from local businesses and nonprofits for its 32nd Leadership Cincinnati class. The class, selected from a cross-section of the Tri-State, will participate in a 10-month leadership training program that includes initiating and implementing projects that benefit the community. The Leadership Cincinnati program focuses on leadership, education, economic development, diversity, justice, arts and culture, government, health, human services and housing.
Margo J. Heydt, Associate Professor, Social Work and Sarah J. Melcher, Associate Professor of Theology undertook a ten-day Ignatian pilgrimage with several other Jesuit university colleagues coordinated by the College of the Holy Cross. Mary, the Hidden Catalyst: Reflections from an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome, described Mary’s influence on the life of Ignatius Loyola represented through Italian and Spanish art.They wrote from a feminist perspective about their experiences in learning about the history of a religious order of men. Through the pilgrimage, early stories about women and the Society of Jesus offer historical lessons that can aid in seeking greater solidarity among the Society, Jesuit institutions, and the many women who contribute to the Jesuit mission on a daily basis. They stress the value of incorporating such experiential learning in the future in Jesuit institutional contexts, especially towards the end of making these contexts more inclusive.
Anas Malik (Political Science/Sociology) authored A Common Word between Us: Reflections of a Muslim Faculty Member at a Jesuit University, in which he states that the best communities are where people from diverse backgrounds interact regularly, develop trust and learn how to disagree agreeably.
David Knutson, chair & associate professor of the department of modern languages, appeared at the 8th Biannual Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia, held July 2-4 in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Knutson's presentation was titled "Popular Fiction or Trash Culture? The Case of Víctor Saltero." The article considered the novels of a previously unknown author who published three best-selling novels in the last year. These novels were launched with an unprecedented marketing campaign, leading to questions about the relationships among commercialism, quality, and resentment in and around the literary establishment in Spain.
Randall Patnode, associate professor in Communication Arts, presented two award-winning research papers at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago earlier this month. He won the first-place faculty research paper award in the history division for a study of the conflicts between radio and newspapers in the 1920s. He also won the third-place faculty research paper award in the critical cultural studies division for a study of how television was presented in New Yorker cartoons in the 1940s and 1950s.
Terry Richards, Vice President for Student Enrollment, Marianne Borgmann, Director for Enrollment Communications, and Doug Ruschman, Director for Web Services presented at The National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention. Their presentation: Customized Online Communication, Information and Social Networking for Accepted Students was rated as one of the conference's best presentations.
Jeffrey Cooley, visiting faculty in the classics department, has been selected to participate in an institute supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cooley is one of 25 selected to attend a 5-week program “Holy Land and Holy City in Classical Judaism, Christianity & Islam” at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England.
Anas Malik, assistant professor of political science, received the 2008-2009 Jesuit Community faculty Fellowship for his proposal “The Rational Islamist: How Political Survival Beats Political Ideology in Islamist Political Participation, Rhetoric and Violence.” Malik will travel to Pakistan and Jordan to research his book, which will explore political survival as a basis for analyzing Islamist behavior.
Rachel Chrastil, assistant professor in the history department, has received a Fulbright Award for research in France. The award will support her research in Stasbourg, France during the 2008-09 school year. She is developing a book manuscript with the working title Civilians Under Siege: Strasbourg and European Civilization during the Franco-Prussian War.
A study by Hema Krishnan, Xavier chair/professor of management, Michael Hitt and Daewoo Park, professor of management and director of the Xavier Entrepreneurial Center, published in Journal of Management Studies in 2007, was selected as one of the 50 best articles out of 15,000 articles published in 2007 in leading management/business journals. It has won an Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding articles published by the top 400 management journals in the world. This is the first time Xavier has received an award and no other area school has been so honored.