Staff, faculty accomplishments

Get the latest news on faculty and staff achievements | May 9, 2007

Ignacio Rodeño, assistant professor of Spanish, has been invited by Harris Manchester College and Lincoln College in the University of Oxford, U.K., to speak on diversity in society at the Oxford Round Table. Rodeño will present on racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination.

José María Mantero, associate professor in the department of modern languages, recently presented an article titled “Mi íntima multitud de Gioconda Belli y la representación lírica de Nicaragua” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. With this project, Mantero continues his focus on the contemporary Nicaraguan poet, who has become one of the strongest feminist voices in Central America.

Ron Quinn of sport studies presented three sessions at the 2007 U.S. Youth Soccer Workshop and Coaches Convention in St. Louis in March. The first, by invitation only to all state directors, was titled "Psycho-social Aspects of Coaching." The second was a collaboration with Ohio University colleague Dave Carr based on a current research project, "Identifying the Developmental Characteristics of U.S. National Team Players," and the third presentation was titled “Sport Education—Separating Fact from Fiction for Coaches and Parents.”


Xavier University students Matthew Finger and Patrick Stevenson, opinions and editorials editors for the Xavier Newswire, traveled to New York City in February to take part in the Inside the Times student newspaper editors workshop hosted by The New York Times. The workshop provided student newspaper editors the opportunity to work directly with The New York Times newsroom, to explore the role of a newspaper and to develop their journalistic skills.

Xavier Police Chief Michael Couch and Lt. William Smith attended a two day conference on law enforcement prevention and deterrence of terrorist acts, sponsored by the Butler County Emergency Management Agency. Multiple federal and local agencies attended the conference to coordinate terrorist prevention plans for our community.

One hundred and thrity three occupational therapy practitioners attended a meeting of the Cincinnati District of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association that was held at Xavier on February 8. Carol Scheerer and 10 Cincinnati colleagues strongly encouraged all attendees to get involved in the research process to build the body of knowledge that the profession of occupational therapy needs to carry out the profession’s centennial vision.


An article written by Sylvia Bessegato, associate vice president for the office of emergency management and business continuity, was published in the February issue of Campus Law Enforcement Journal. Titled “LEMAP Report Helps Secure Resources for Xavier Campus Police,” the article focused on how Xavier has implemented many of the recommendations made by campus law enforcement consultants who conducted a thorough review of Xavier campus police in July 2005.

Craig M. Davis, associate professor of chemistry, recently had two articles accepted for publication. The first article, “Hydride Abstraction from the Octahydrotriborate Ion and Formation of Bridged Triborane(7)-Phosphane Complexes,” will appear in the journal Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements. Chemistry majors George A. Hamilton ('06) and Vincent P. Schnee ('03) were co-authors. The second article, “Manipulation of a Schlenk Line: Preparation of Tetrahydrofuran Complexes of Transition-Metal Chlorides,” will appear in the Journal of Chemical Education. Chemistry major Kelly A. Curran ('04) was the co-author.

The February issue of Restaurants & Institutions included an article that talks about Xavier’s executive chef Tom Turnbull and one of his recipes for serving turkey to his Xavier customers. The article was about the many different and creative preparations for turkey in Asian, Italian and Mexican style dishes. You can review the article at