Xavier Faculty and Staff Make News Around the World

Xavier community participating in conferences, research and more | November 7, 2007


Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, associate professor in the department of modern languages, gave a plenary session at the North American Montessori Teachers Association Teacher Training Conference, on November 1 in Cleveland. Her presentation was titled “New Approaches to Second Language in the Context of the Montessori Adolescent Experiential Approach.”

Debora Kuchey, department of childhood education and literacy, presented “Using a Constructivist Approach to Alleviate Math Anxiety in Pre-Service Early Childhood Teachers,” October 26 at the Mid-West Educational Research Association Conference in St. Louis.

Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Kam C. Wong, presented at the following conferences: International Conference on Terrorism, Human Security and Development: Human Rights Perspectives, October 16-17. The conference was sponsored by U.N. University and the School of Law at the City University of Hong Kong. Wong spoke on “The Idea of Terrorism in China.” On November 15, Wong presented at the Public Security University in Bejing. His presentation was titled “9/11 Commission Report.”

D. Patrick Redmon, associate professor in health services administration and a consultant for Navigant Consulting, Inc., spoke at the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for the Study of Health, on November 5. His topic was “Medicare's Introduction of Severity-Adjusted DRGs for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System.”


Walt Bonvell, physical plant grounds foreman, received the Professional Grounds Management Society President’s Award at the 35th Annual Green Star Awards Banquet on October 27 at the Galt House in Louisville, KY, site of the Green Industry Expo. The award is given to recipients for their recognition of their outstanding service and contributions to the society.

Kitty Uetz and Jenny Shives of Xavier’s art department and Kathy Boutiere from financial services will be honored at a reception by the Ohioana Library Association on November 11 as authors of “Xavier University: A Celebration of Art.” This annual reception honors the year’s Hamilton County area authors, publishers and composers.


Christian End, department of psychology, was appointed associate editor of the Journal of Sport Behavior.

Cathy McDaniels Wilson, department of psychology, will serve as the president of the Ohio Psychological Association, effective this fall.

W. Michael Nelson, department of psychology is co-principal investigator of a NIH grant for his project “Coping Power: Interactive Video Development.” It is a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant of $99,908 that will be conducted with John Lochman, Ph.D., at the University of Alabama. The award is for one year with the possibility of funding for phases two and three.


Christina Swift, department of health services administration, contributed to a membership report in the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) Perspectives magazine. The article will be used as a benchmark for years to come, as well as a promotional tool for the organization. Swift is currently a member of marketing and membership committee.

W. Michael Nelson and Kathleen Hart, department of psychology, are co-editors with Al Finch of The Citadel of Conduct Disorders: A Practitioner’s Guide to Comparative Treatments (Springer, 2006).

Kam C. Wong, chair of the department of criminal justice, published the following articles:
“Impact of the USPA on Society: Case Study of American Universities,” Zhejiang Police College Journal Issue 4 (2007) (In Chinese); “The Behavior of Qing Law,” The Foreign Law Life (Official Publication – Institute of Comparative Law, Belgrade) (2007) (In Serbian); “A Preliminary Assessment of Hong Kong Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance: For Whom the Bell Toll,” Proceedings: Hong Kong’s Basic Law: The First Ten Years and its Future Conference (H.K.: City University of Hong Kong, 2007)


Ron Quinn, department of sports studies, has been corresponding with Amin Khalid Abdalla, Director of the Amal Sudan Sports Academy in Sudan for several years. During that time, he has sent soccer equipment as well as new camp T-shirts, which the soccer players wear proudly.

For more information please contact Debora Del Valle at 513-745-3925.