February 4, 2009
Sean Miller, Xavier’s men’s basketball coach, has the 4th Highest Career academic progress rate (APR) of any Top 25 coach, beating coaches from Notre Dame, UCLA, MSU, Syracuse, Arizona and Oklahoma. Starting next year, the NCAA will release APRs for individual coaches in all sports to show how well their players fare in the classroom. The APRs are intended for use by recruits and their parents. The NCAA has released team APRs every year since 2005. Low-scoring teams have lost scholarships and, face stiffer penalties if they fail to improve. Xavier’s have always been exceptional. Coach APR ratings will be attached to the coaches and follow them from job to job. But no program penalties will be attached to their scores. Coaches say faculty, tutors and others on campus also play a part in students-athlete’s academic success, but since coaches are responsible for recruiting student-athletes and work with them most closely, they are held singularly accountable for their students’ academic progress and graduation.
XavierUniversity’s Department of School and Community Counseling in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association and Child Focus, Inc. sponsored the 33rd annual Winter Workshop for graduate counseling students, professional counselors and mental health professionals in the Gallagher Student Center January 9-10, 2009. Approximately 200 students and professionals attended the two day event. Presenters included Dr. Kathy Wintermann from Xavier University's Special Education Program. Dr. Bill O'Connell of Xavier, chair of the workshop, co-presented an ethics education. Dr. Lon Kriner and Dr. Margery Shupe faciliated discussion groups for school counselors. The workshop is an annual tradition that provides graduate students an opportunity to interact with professionals in the area. Professional counselors, social workers and psychologists received continuing education credit for attendance. Many Xavier staff helped make the workshop a success, including Dr. Mark Meyer, Dr. Jennifer Fager, Dr. Mary Kay Meyer, Mary Seifried, JoAnn Plunkett, Danny Bellman, Bill Kern, Denita Singleton and Campus Security, Debbie Romanello, Tracy MacMorine, Kim McGoron, Josh Grace and Tami Seurkamp.
Dr. Robert Bringle, world-renowned author and researcher on community-engaged scholarship and director for the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural workshop of Xavier's Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty on January 26. He spent much of the afternoon meeting with the eight faculty participants who were accepted into Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty. The eight selected are: Gillian Ahlgren, PhD, theology; Christine Anderson, PhD, history; Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, PhD, modern languages; Elizabeth Groppe, PhD, theology; Margo Heydt, EdD, social work; Tom Kessinger, PhD, education; Danielle Parker, PhD, communication arts; and Karim Tiro, PhD, history. They were selected by a committee consisting of Byron White, EdD, executive director of the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning; Kandi Stinson, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; and three department chairs, one from each college - Carol Scheerer, PhD, occupational therapy; David Burns, DBA, marketing; and David Knutson, PhD, modern languages. The Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty is a faculty development program focused on course redesign and curriculum creation using principles of community-engaged scholarship.
Kam Wong, PhD, of Xavier’s Department of Criminal Justice, has a new book entitled Policing: History and Reform, now available on Amazon. The book was 10 years in the making and promises to change the way we investigate into and understand Chinese policing. The book also introduces a new and radical theory of community policing: "Police Powers as a Social Resource Theory," now being practiced in the community as CDCC (Community Drive Crime Control).
Pickett Slater Harrington of the Community Building Institute was honored by the Evanston Community Council as Volunteer of the Year.
A short story by Marilyn Clark, an adjunct in Xavier’s English department, will be published in the spring issue of Short Story, a refereed journal published jointly by the University of Brownsville Texas and Caflin University in South Carolina.