Professional accomplishments

The latest on faculty, staff and student achievement | June 20, 2007


Paul James, director of multicultural affairs, was the keynote speaker for the inaugural graduation Celebration of Black Excellence at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., on May 4. His topic was "Black Excellence: Where We Need to Go." James asked the 44 graduates to go and do good work with their degrees, and reminded a crowd of nearly 350 people that academic excellence and community organizing is firmly rooted in the past, present, and future of the African-American community.

Kam C. Wong, chair of the department of criminal justice, presented a paper on “The Idea of Terrorism in China” at Central European University in Budapest on June 1. He also conducted a law school seminar based on his new book “The Impact of USA Patriot Act on American Society” in Serbia from May 25-30, as a visiting scholar. Later this summer, Wong will travel to Beijing to launch a series of books with his chapter contribution, “Black’s Theory of Law Revisited.” He will also present a paper titled “For Whom the Bell Tolls: Interception of Communication and Surveillance—A Preliminary Analysis” on June 22 at City University of Hong Kong’s School of Law. The conference marks the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Basic Law.


Thomas Knestrict, Childhood Education and Literacy, received a Telly Award for his film “Rules, Rituals and Routines.” The film teaches parents how to manage the behavior of their young children at home, using the ‘Three R’s: Rules, Rituals and Routines.’ The film is based on research and fieldwork Knestrict completed while working with parents and parenting groups across the Midwest. The Telly is a national award honoring videographers and filmmakers. The competition received more than 13,000 entries from ad agencies, production companies, TV stations, cable companies and corporations worldwide. A clip of the video is available at

May graduate Jessie Fullenkamp was named the 2007 Bachelor’s of Social Work Student of the Year by Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio. Fullenkamp plans to enter the Peace Corps or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. This year she also received the Young Woman of Excellence Award from the YMCA. The awards were given by Ohio Region VI Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Congratulations to the spring 2007 Leadership Team Award recipients. These awards recognize dedicated students, advisors, and organizations for the work they accomplished during the past semester and are sponsored by the Peer Leadership Team. Giving Tree Award Winners: Shannon O'Neill (STAND), Amanda Stahl (SNAC), Katy Murphy (Fair Traders), Chantal Thomas (African Students Association and International Students Society), Keyur Parikh (South Asian Society). Bravo Branch Award Winner: Hem Raj Joshi (South Asian Society). Planting Seeds Award Winner: South Asian Society (Midwest Masala)

Edmond Hooker, graduate program in health services administration, recently received his Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. He was also honored with induction into Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society) and Delta Omega (honor society in public health).


David Knutson, chair and associate professor of Modern Languages, has contributed to Mulheres Más: Percepç?o e Representaç?o da Mulher transgressora no Mundo Luso-Hispânico (Evil Women: Perceptions and Representations of Women Transgressors in the Luso-Hispanic World), a newly-released collection of scholarly articles edited at the Universidade Fernando Pessoa in Porto, Portugal. Knutson's article is titled “Independientes y malas: las figuras femininas en Eduardo Mendoza.” (Independent and Bad: Female Characters of Eduardo Mendoza). The study plots women characters in Mendoza’s novels against cultural norms in Spain, showing how women have no choice but to transgress social rules in order to lead active, fulfilling lives in their communities.