In The News at Xavier University

Faculty and Staff Honors and achievements | January 7, 2008

Bruce Miller, managing partner of Xavier’s Center for Corporate Success, was the keynote speaker at the conference 2nd International Conference on Project Management, held December 6 -11 2007 in Moscow. Over 1,000 participants from 25 countries attended. Miller spoke on "The Right Choice: Making Better Portfolio Management Decisions."

Xavier University's department of art hosted "Art at the X," a national juried competition, December 7, 2007-January 11, 2008. Juror was local art curator, critic, lecturer, collector and independent art advisor Daniel Brown. He reviewed 485 art pieces submitted by 117 artists from 31 states and selected 88 pieces by 48 artists. Mediums included cast and enameled glass, collage, drawings, fibers, paintings, photographs, prints including hand colored etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio, and screenprints, and mixed media and sculpture. Faculty Kitty Uetz and Bruce Erikson were among those honored.

Ronald Quinn, Xavier's director of undergraduate and graduate programs in Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies, will be the featured guest speaker for the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Foundation. He was the head coach at Xavier from 1993 through 2004.

Xavier’s department of music received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), which establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements. “This status speaks very well of our departmental strengths in scholarship, teaching and performing. We look forward to many more successes in the near future,” says department chair Tom Merrill. He also cites the leadership of professor and former department chair Kaleel Skeirik as instrumental in obtaining the accreditation.

Dr. Heidrun Schmitzer, assistant professor of physics, was awarded the Cottrell College Science Award funded through Research Corporation, her second award from this highly competitive national foundation. The Cottrell College Science awards support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and the professional and scholarly development of faculty at undergraduate institutions along with their students. Dr. Schmitzer's proposal, "Micromanipulation and Microtools: Investigating Self Regulating Optically Active Elements and Naturally Grown, Optically Driven Rotors", will support her summer research and the research stipend for two students.


Dr. Ginger K. McKenzie, associate professor of the Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program, has been doing research for the past five years at Montessori secondary schools all over the country and in Cincinnati at Clark Montessori High School. She recently published her research in an article in the refereed journal Montessori Life entitled "Montessori Secondary Schools: Preparing Today's Adolescents for the Challenges of Tomorrow".

Four articles published by Xavier chair/associate professor of criminal justice Kam Wong in the International Journal of the Sociology of Law are among the top 10 most downloaded articles in ScienceDirect TOP25 Hottest Articles for July - September 2007. No author has achieved such a distinction in the past. The articles are:

“Studying Policing in China: Some personal reflections,” Wong, K.C., International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Volume 35, Issue 3, 1 September 2007, Pages 111-126.

“The USA PATRIOT Act: Some unanswered questions.” Wong, K.C., International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Volume 34, Issue 1, 1 March 2006, Pages 1-41.

“The making of the USA Patriot Act I: The legislative process and dynamics,” Wong, K.C., International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Volume 34, Issue 3, 1 September 2006, Pages 179-219.

“The making of the USA PATRIOT Act II: Public sentiments, legislative climate, political gamesmanship, media patriotism,” Wong, K.C., International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Volume 34, Issue 2, 1 June 2006, Pages 105-140.