Faculty and staff accomplishments

See what your peers have been up to lately. | November 15, 2007

Presentations and Exhibitions

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 Nov. 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,” Oct. 26 at the Mid-West Educational Research Association Conference in St. Louis.

Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Kam C. Wong, presented a talk, “The Idea of Terrorism in China,” at the International Conference on Terrorism, Human Security and Development: Human Rights Perspectives, Oct. 16-17. Wong made a second presentation, “The 9/11 Commission Report,” at the Public Security University in Bejing on Nov. 15.

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 Nov. 5. His topic was “Medicare's Introduction of Severity-Adjusted DRGs for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System.”

Awards and Honors

Walt Bonvell, physical plant grounds foreman, received the Professional Grounds Management Society President’s Award at the 35th Annual Green Star Awards Banquet on Oct. 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, both of the department of art, and Kathy Boutiere, office of financial services, were honored by the Ohioana Library Association on Nov. 11. The trio was recognized for co-authoring Xavier University: A Celebration of Art. This annual reception honors the year’s Hamilton County area authors, publishers and composers.

Appointments and Grants

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

Cathy McDaniels Wilson, department of psychology, is the new 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 grant of $99,908 that will be conducted with John Lochman 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 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.

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” in the Zhejiang Police College Journal Issue 4; “The Behavior of Qing Law” in The Foreign Law Life, the official Publication of the Institute of Comparative Law, Belgrade; “A Preliminary Assessment of Hong Kong Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance: For Whom the Bell Tolls,” in Proceedings: Hong Kong’s Basic Law: The First Ten Years and its Future Conference.