Faculty and Staff accomplishments

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Presentations and Exhibitions

Tom Knestrict, assistant professor of childhood education and literacy, will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 Columbus Association for the Education of Young Children's Conference at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 3. He will also be presenting his research entitled “A Trip to Holland: Developing Family Resiliency When Raising Children with Severe Disabilities.” The keynote address and presentation are being filmed for a video distributed by Learning Seed/Magna Systems. Knestrict will also present the paper at the 16th Annual National Conference on Parent Education in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 14 and 15.

Joan Tunningley, clinical faculty in occupational therapy, provided an in-service at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for occupational therapists interested in seeking board certification in pediatrics. Joan is one of only three such certified occupational therapists in the state of Ohio.

On Jan. 18, Ginger McKenzie, associate professor of childhood education and literacy, and Gina Lofquist, director for Montessori education, spent the day with the staff at Pleasant Ridge Elementary the first public neighborhood Montessori school to share itsknowledge of Montessori methods and practices.

Ron Quinn, former women’s head soccer coach at Xavier, was the featured clinician at the North Carolina State Soccer Association annual general meeting on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Greensboro, where he conducted a four-hour workshop for recreational coaches. He then flew to Allentown, Pa., where he was the guest speaker at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete banquet, which honored senior scholar-athletes from more than 40 high schools in the Lehigh Valley. As part of the event, he was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Soccer Hall of Fame.

Awards and Honors

The U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Paul Fiorelli, director for the Xavier University Williams College of Business Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, attended an afternoon discussion on Jan. 24 with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg regarding U.S. v. U.K. law at Georgetown Law Center, followed by a reception and dinner at the Supreme Court. Fiorelli was one of four Supreme Court Fellows selected to work in Washington, D.C., between Aug. 1998 and August 1999. During his year in Washington, Fiorelli received the Justice Thomas Clark Distinguished Fellow Award from Chief Justice Rehnquist. He currently serves as one of 16 people on the ad hoc advisory group to the United States Sentencing Commission. Fiorelli is also a Senior Fellow in the Washington-based Ethics Resource Center's Fellows Program. He has written extensively and conducted numerous workshops on business ethics.

Ann Marie Tracey, assistant professor of legal studies in the Williams College of Business, has been elected chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission.

Sherrie Human, associate professor in management and entrepreneurship, was featured in a January New York Times article as the winner of the 2007 3E Award. The award program identifies innovative ways to get business students involved in learning how to become successful entrepreneurs. Human’s winning project, “Entrepreneurial Ethics: Is it Posturing or Is it Lying?” allows students to experience the complexities and “shades of gray” that entrepreneurs face daily in making decisions, and forces students to confront differences of opinions regarding these complexities. Second place in the 3E contest went to Xavier alumna Debbi Brock of Berea College for “Do you want to be an Entrepreneurial Millionaire?”

The Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities has nominated Xavier for an Ohio Public Images Award. The University hosted a three-day conference for 110 people with disabilities July 5-7. The board says, “University personnel went out of their way to make participants in the conference feel welcome, accommodating many special requests in conjunction with unparalleled accessible accommodations and meals.”


Mike Flick and Debbie Kuchey, both of the department of childhood studies, published “Success at Mathematics Contests and Relational Understanding in Mathematics: A Way to Enhance Problem Solving Skills” in the December 2007 issue of The Ohio Journal of School Mathematics.

Tori Zascavage and Kathy Winterman presented in December 2007 at the International Association for People with Disabilities conference. In addition, the pair also published “Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning: What Does the Middle School Educator Need to Know?” in The Middle School Journal and “Considerations for the Strategic Recruitment of Special Educators” in Teacher Education Quarterly.

Tina Davlin-Peter’s article, “Perceptual Style and Visual Contribution to Dynamic Balance: A Pilot Study,” was accepted for publication in the journal Perceptual Motor Skills.

Tom Hayes, professor of marketing, had a new book published for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Entitled "University Marketing Mistakes, 50 Pitfalls to Avoid," it is co-authored with Roy Adler, a former Xavier marketing professor who now teaches at Pepperdine University. This is the first of two books Hayes will have published this year focusing on the marketing of higher education.