Faculty and staff accomplishments

See what your peers have been up to lately | September 14, 2007


Edward P. Hahnenberg, assistant professor of theology, was a keynote speaker at the National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, held July 31-Aug. 3 at St. John's University in Collegeville. The theme was “Working in the Vineyard of the Lord.” The symposium explored such areas as formation, pathways to ministry and the ministerial workplace. Hahnenberg’s presentation was featured in a Catholic News Service story. He is also a theological adviser to the U.S. Council of Bishops.

Byron White, associate vice president of the Community Building Collaborative at Xavier, is co-authoring three essays for the Washington, D.C.-based American Council on Education. The council serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives. White’s essays are drawn from roundtables held with college presidents this past summer. The topics include: innovation, future leadership and diversifying the presidency.

Ron Quinn, sport studies, and colleague Dave Carr, sport sciences chair at Ohio University, made a poster presentation titled “Developmental Characteristics of U.S. Male and Female National Team Soccer Players” at the International Council for Coach Education Global Coach Conference, held Aug.30-Sept. 3, at the Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China. The conference theme was “Effective Coaching to Improve Athlete Performance” and was attended by 125 individuals from 29 different countries.

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, associate professor of Spanish, delivered a presentation at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, held August 2-5 in San Diego. Her talk, prepared with Kathy Barton, a colleague from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was titled “A New Focus on Language Learning.” The presentation offered new ways of promoting language learning through reduced grammar, with suggestions for using grammar as a tool to build proficiency. David Knutson, chair and associate professor of Modern Languages, also presented an article at the meeting. Titled “Past of Present of the Spanish Civil War,” his paper is a continuation of an ongoing study of the civil war in contemporary culture.

Kam Wong, chair for the department of criminal justice, was a visiting scholar and professor of law at the City University of Hong Kong in China from June to August. He has also been appointed as a special editor for Police Practice and Research: An International Journal for August-November 2007. Wong also sits on the organizing committee and papers committee for the 15th annual International Police Executive Symposium Annual Conference, which will examine police without borders. The conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio in May 2008.

Bill O’Connell, department of School and Community Counseling, is the president-elect of the Ohio Counseling Association. He will begin his term in July 2008. OCA is the lead representative organization of professional counselors in Ohio and is the state chapter of the American Counseling Association. O’Connell is past president of the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association, the local chapter of OCA.


Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, associate professor of Spanish, recently published “A Montessori Approach to Learning Another Language,” which appears in the winter 2007 edition of the North American Montessori Teachers Association Journal.

David Knutson, chair and associate professor of Modern Languages, has published an article, “La novela universitaria española: ¿deseo o rechazo?” (The Spanish University Novel: Desire or Rejection?) which appears in a new collection titled Deseo, poder y política en la cultura hispánica (Desire, Power, and Politics in Hispanic Culture).

Kam Wong, chair for the department of criminal justice, authored three articles that earned distinction among Science Direct’s Top 24 Hottest for January–March 2007. The list is determined by paid download counts. The three articles are “The Making of the USA PATRIOT Act II: Public Sentiments, Legislative Climate, Political Gamesmanship, Media Patriotism;” “The USA Patriot Act: Some Unanswered Questions;” and “The Making of the USA Patriot Act I: The Legislative Process and Dynamics.” Wong also published “Studying Policing in China: Some Personal Reflections,” in the International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Volume 35, Issue 3.