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achievement_mattdavies Matt Davies, assistant professor, Shakespeare & PerformancePlayed Agamemnon in Deus ex Machina — which integrates theatre and technology by giving the audience unprecedented power to vote (via cell phones) for one of twelve possible versions of The Oresteia — for Whirligig Theater Company in Austin
Ben Herz, program director and professor, occupational therapyBecame a member of the Board of Directors for the Pony-Up for Parkinson’s Foundation, December, Fishersville, VA.

Invited to review a manuscript titled The Effects of Nintendo Wii-Based Training that has been submitted to the The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

Consulted as a resource for The Lancet Neurology article, January 2014.

achievement_MBC seal Cara Jones, assistant professor of political scienceAn article published in the World Politics Review titled “Political Violence Tests Burundi’s Stability Ahead of Elections.”

Her dissertation selected as a finalist for the Gabriel Almond best dissertation in Comparative Politics award from the American Political Science Association.

Paul Menzer Paul Menzer, director of Shakespeare & Performance Convened and chaired a panel at the Modern Language Association called “Marlowe’s Queer Futurity,” January 9, Vancouver, BC.
achievement_danielmetraux  Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies Attended the 2015 annual conference of the SE Chapter, Association of Asian Studies meeting at UVA. Asian Studies and International Relations major Shekira Ramdass presented a paper, “The Socio-Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS on Indian Women,” January 17, which also won top prize in the popular competition for the best undergraduate paper of the year. Metraux presented a paper, “George Kennan’s Influential 1905 Depiction of Korea as a “Degenerate State” and Japan as its Gracious Savior,” at the same conference.

An article, “The Malevolent Japanese Seizure of Korea through the Eues of Canadian Journalist Frederick Arthur McKenzie,” appeared in the chapter’s journal, the Southeast Review of Asian Studies.

 achievement_MBC seal Linell Gray Moss, adjunct assistant professor of musicPresented a poster paper at the National Opera Association Convention, January 9, Greensboro, NC. Eros and Psyche, a 2011 opera premiere by Bridgewater College composer Larry Taylor, was the subject of her study.
achievement_rodowen Roderic Owen, professor of philosophyA paper presentation, “Gandhi’s Conception of the Self,” January 18, the Southern Association Conference for Asian Studies at UVA.
1Potter403 Rick Potter, assistant professor of historyServed as a peer reviewer for an upcoming article in the Virginia Social Science Journal on redlining and racial residential segregation.
Katherine Turner Katherine Turner, associate professor of EnglishA commissioned essay on Thomas Gray for Oxford Handbooks Online.
  Laura van Assendelft, professor of political scienceA review of Ida McKinley by Carl Sferrazza Anthony in the December 2014 issue of Indiana Magazine of History.
Abby Wightman, assistant professor of anthropologyAn article, “Disappointing Indigeneity: Powwow and Participation Among the Plains Apache,” published in the most recent issue of the journal Ethnology.


Pam Bailey, assistant professor of education

Appointed editor of the Problem Corner in the Virginia Mathematics Teacher Journal, a peer reviewed journal published by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Sharon Barnes, director of Roanoke ADP Center

With Sandra Bagbey and Kari Frenz, participated in the National ACHE Meeting in Las Vegas in late October. Barnes, Bagbey, and Frenz are members of the Mid-Atlantic Planning Committee for spring 2015. Barnes completed a year-long commitment to the ACHE Mentor Program. Frenz served as a session presider and continues as the treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Ralph Cohen, Virginia Worth Gonder professor of Shakespeare and Performance, co-founder and director of mission at the American Shakespeare Center

Invited presentation, “Teaching at the Intersection of Text and Script,” at the Dartmouth College Symposium on Teaching Shakespeare, October, Hanover, NH.

A book chapter, “The Knotty Discourse in All’s Well That Ends Well,” in Reading What’s There: Essays on Shakespeare in Honor of Stephen Booth, University of Delaware Press, November.

Louise Freeman, professor of psychology 

Attended the 3rd annual Harry Potter Conference October 18-19 at Chestnut Hill College and gave a presentation “Last Wizard in the Forest: Harry Potter and the Escape from Nature Deficit Disorder.”

A panelist on the live podcast Mugglenet academia, which summarized the conference proceedings.

Attended the State AAUP Executive Committee meeting hosted by Mary Baldwin College on October 25. She serves as state chair on the committee for faculty governance.

Ben Herz, program director and professor, occupational therapy

Essential Tremor, Occupational Therapy and Video Games for Rehabilitation, Essential Tremor Support Group, October 9, Charlottesville, VA.

PD Community Education Day,The Wii And Parkinson’s Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, & Clinical Center, VA Medical Center, October 11, Glen Allen, VA.

Participant: AOTA Programs Directors and Fieldwork Coordinators Meeting , AOTA, October 23-24, 2014, New Orleans, LA.

Invited Participant, 1st Virginia Regional Movement Disorders Symposia (Physicians),University of Virginia, Movement Disorder’s program, October 25.

Eric Jones, assistant professor of biology

Named the Caroline Rose Hunt Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences.

facachievements_AnneWick Anne Wick Manes, adjunct professor

Performed her lecture-recital Le Cafe: Early French Baroque Cantate by Nicolas Bernier at JMU on November 2 in partial fulfillment of requirements for the DMA degree.

Paul Menzer, director of the MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance

An invited lecture at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.A book review in Shakespeare Quarterly.

An article, “Something Wanting: The Shakespearean Actor and the Object of Desire,” in Shakespeare Studies.

A chapter, “The Laws of Athens: Academic Shakespeare and the Campus Economy,” in the Cambridge Collection Shakespeare on the University Stage.

achievement_danielmetraux Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies 

Two papers at the Jack London symposium in Berkeley, California: “Jack London’s coverage of the Russo-Japanese War and his Futile Battle with Japanese Censorship” and “Jack London’s Japanese Women Characters: Hona Ashi and O Haru”

achievement_rodowen Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy 

An invited guest lecture at James Madison University on Conflict Resolution in Cross Cultural Contexti, October

A presentation, Bystanders and Compassion in the Face of Evil, the Ahmisa Center of California State, Pomona at the Compassion and Mindfulness Conference.

bob_robinson Bob Robinson, adjunct sociology professor

Attended a meeting of the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at Mary Baldwin College as an at large member on the Executive Council.

Lisa Shoaf, program director and professor, physical therapy

In collaboration with her colleague Judith Steel at Virginia Commonwealth University, presented “Using Experiential Anatomy and Cueing to Enhance the Dancer’s Integration of the Pelvis, Hip, and Lower Extremity” at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science held in Basel, Switzerland in mid-October. This organization brings together health care practitioners and dance educators from around the world to share research related to healthy dance practices.

Spencer Julie Spencer, assistant mathematics professor

A talk, “Min-Max Game Theory for the Linearized Navier-Stokes Equations,” at the Southeastern-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations.

Linda Seestedt-Stanford, vice president, health sciences

Presented on October 17 at the Economic Development Forum; she provided an overview of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences to regional and local community leaders.

A paper, “How Buildings Support Interprofessional Education and Address Current Educational Paradigm Shift,” at the Society for College and University Planners conference on October 22 in Orlando, Florida.

Drew Gogian Strong, RN to BSN program director

Presented, “A Paradigm Shift in the Educational Preparation of Nurses,” at the Augusta Health Third Annual Nursing Symposium on November 5.

Katherine Turner, associate professor of English 

Wrote a review for Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies of M-C. Newbould, Adaptations of Laurence Sterne’s Fiction: Sterneana, 1760-1840 (Ashgate, 2013).

Tamra Willis, associate professor of education

Presented a session on “Working with Natural Teachers: Tips for Supporting K-12 Outdoor Learning” at the National Science Teachers’ Association Conference held October 16-18 in Richmond, VA.


Doug Davis, director of the criminal justice program

Spoke on the importance of leaving a legacy and conducted mock promotional interviews for mid-managers at the Institute for Leadership in Changing Times, September 24, Roanoke.

Elected vice president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators for the 2014–2016 year at the annual conference in Richmond.

Interviewed by PBS about crimes scenes, evidence, and how they tie a suspect to a crime.

Bruce Dorries, associate professor of communication

With Kai Kennedy and Doris Dodson presented From “Hope Kits” to “Walls of Hope”:  Bending Best Practices on an Alternative Spring Break to Cherident, Haiti. They will attend SUNY’s Intercultural Horizons Conference in New York City.

Named to the Staunton advisory board for WMRA public radio.

Allison Ellington, director of clinical education, doctor of occupational therapy

Co-presented to the Virginia Fieldwork Council on “Collaboration between local academic programs for fieldwork success.”

Joined the Brain Injury Triage Team for the CrossRoads to Brain Injury Recovery Community Support Program.

Sally James Sally James, professor of art history

Received a contract from Oxbow Publishers in England for her book, Art in England 6001600: The Saxons through the Tudors.

Professor of EnglishSarah Kennedy

An essay on four contemporary poets, “The Known World,” appeared in the Fall issue of West Branchand and was a prose feature on the Poetry Daily website in September.

Her second novel, City of Ladies, will be released in London on October 21 and in the US shortly after that.

Bess Maxwell, assistant professor, physical therapy

As president of the Aquatic Section of American Physical Therapy Association, led development of the National Aquatic Physical Therapist Certification program, launched in August 2014.

Kathy McCleaf, professor of health and studies of gender and sexuality

Invited to participate on a second term (2014–2016) on the editor’s review staff for Academic Advising Today, a national Academic Advising Association publication.

Invited to present Understanding Qualitative Research at the Western State Hospital Psychology Department’s development seminar on September 10, 2014.

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies 

An essay, “Why Coolidge Matters,” in the Fall issue of Vermont History.

A review essay of Capturing Contemporary Japan: Differentiation and Uncertainty in the 2014 issue of Asian Ethnology.

An article,”Vermont’s Palatial Hildenr Estate and Lincoln Home,” in the October issue of Vermont’s Northland Journal.

Brenci Patino Brenci Patiño, assistant professor of Spanish 

Attended the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network Annual Summit (Encuentro) on October 3, where her student Anahí Trujillo-Camorlinga was presented with the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Scholarship.

David Paulk, program director and professor, physician assistant studies

Presented on mild traumatic brain injury in May at the AAPA National Conference.

Guest lectured in June at Philadelphia University on child abuse and neglect epidemiology, recognition and disclosure; pediatric seizures; pediatric headaches; and mild traumatic brain injury.

Lisa Shoaf, program director and professor, physical therapy

A presenter at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy annual meeting September 18–20 in San Francisco. The title of her presentation was “A Strategic Approach to Expanding Scope” in which she and the executive director of the Virginia PT Licensing Board highlighted how the Virginia PT Association and the licensing board have collaborated to enhance practice of physical therapy in Virginia.


achievement_mattdavies Matt Davies, assistant professor in the MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Performance programCo-chaired a panel with Dr. Janna Segal and Doreen Bechtol called “Let me play the lion too!”: A rare vision for training collaborative theater makers,” the Association of Theater in Higher Education’s annual convention, Scottsdale, Arizona.Participated in an extended play development workshop for a new play Jacob’s Ladder on the questionable role of the State Department in their response to the Nazi’s final solution in World War Two, Austin, Texas.Performed in the American premiere of a Russian dramatization of Anton Chekhov’s short story,The Black Monk, as part of the double-bill, We Play Chekhov, for Breaking String Theater Company,August.
achievement_douglasdavis Doug Davis, director of the criminal justice programAttended the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, September.Re-elected as Chairman of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.
Bruce Dorries, associate professor of communicationNamed a faculty fellow of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. For the past 85 years, the Foundation has supported efforts across the American South to promote service learning and social entrepreneurship.
Emily Ely, assistant professor of reading education

Upcoming presentation, “Applications of Content Acquisition Podcasts to Improve Teacher Candidate Knowledge and Practice,” September. Roundtable discussion presented at Virginia Educational Research Association (VERA), Charlottesville.
Louise Freeman, associate professor of psychology 

Taught a short course and led a breakout session in the Inaugural Young Adult Literature Conference and Symposium at Louisiana State University, June 2-6.Attended the Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, June 20-21.Gave an academic  presentation on personality theory in the Divergent series at the Leakycon fandom convention in Orlando, FL, August 1.

Ben Herz Ben Herz, program and director, professor, occupational therapy 

Presented via Skype to Florida International University OT Students “Occupational Therapy and its Future in Heath Care.”Presented to the Roanoke Parkinson’s Support Group “New Innovations in Rehabilitation Related to Parkinson’s Disease.”Attended the Blue Ridge District VOTA Meeting at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg.

Attended and directed the Budget Meeting for the AOTA Board of Directors, Bethesda, MD, June, and completed his term as AOTA Treasurer, July.

Presented on the use of gaming technology in rehabilitation (Wii and Xbox Kinect) to the rehabilitation staff at Augusta Health, Fishersville, and participated as a facilitator in the Caregivers Open Forum, Fishersville PD Support Group, Fishersville.

Presented to the Fishersville PD Support Group on “Virtual Reality and Gaming in PD Rehabilitation,” August.

Sally James Sara Nair James, professor of art history 

One of three regional art historians featured in the upcoming PBS special Stained Glass Windows of the Shenandoah Valley to be aired October 9 at 8 pm on WVPT. She discusses the Tiffany windows at Trinity Church in Staunton.

achievement_MBC seal Cara Jones, assistant professor of political science 

Appointed lead researcher for the World Bank’s Innovation Challenge “Mindset-Changing” project in Nigeria, May to June 2014.Appointed lead researcher of the World Bank’s Third National Urban Water Sector proposal, a $161 million grant, August.Published a World Bank working paper “Public-Private Partnerships in Urban Water Sector Reform: The Cross-River State Water Board Limited.”

Lise Keiter, professor of music 

Performed two solo concerts, May, and also performed as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Harrisonburg, June.Performed at the Heifetz Institute “Celebrity Series” faculty concert series, July, appearing alongside the award-winning violinist Joan Kwuon of the Cleveland Institute of Music.Performed a world-premiere of Barbara York’s The Sunken Garden, with bassoonist and ADP faculty member Elizabeth Roberts, August. They will also play this work at their MBC Sunday Recital on November 23.

Chandra Mason Chandra Mason, assistant professor of psychology 

A talk “On the Horizon: The Role of Educational Experiences in Work-Family Expectations of College Students,” Biennial Conference of the Work-Family Researchers Network, June, New York.

achievement_catherinemcpherson Cat McPherson, associate professor of businessAwarded the 120-hour certificate in nonprofit management through the Nonprofit Learning Point program, an affiliate program of VCU and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, and the certificate’s requirements follow the curricular guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.
Paul Menzer, director of the MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance 

An invited lecture at the Folger Shakespeare Library as part of the NEH-sponsored Teaching Shakespeare Institute.An invited lecturer at the Shakespeare Academy in Stratford, Connecticut, July.Delivered an invited plenary address at the International Shakespeare Conference at Stratford-upon-Avon, August.

achievement_danielmetraux Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies 

Edited the 2014 issue of the Virginia Review of Asian Studies, which includes articles by Ivy Arbulu and Roderic Owen and student Shekira Ramdass.A chapter, “Jack London: The Adventurer-Writer who Chronicled Asian Wars, Confronted Racism — and Saw the Future” in 2014 ebook White Peril/Yellow Peril and Japan’s Pan-Asian Visions 1850-1930.An article, “The Escalating Japan-China Island Dispute and the Potential for War in East Asia” in 2014 issue of the Japan Studies Review.

achievement_rodowen Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy 

Invited to serve on this region’s planning board for the Shenandoah Governor’s School and agreed to serve on the Ethics Review Committee of AHC ( Augusta Health Community Hospital).Presented a paper, “Gwynfor Evans, Pacifist and Nationalist, Viewed from Outside Wales,”  the N. American Association for Welsh Culture and History, Kingston, Ontario.

achievement_paulryan Paul Ryan, professor of art 

A review of the exhibition “Sae A Lee: Wavering Zips” in the July/August 2014 issue of Art Papers Magazine.Aew work included in the group exhibition, Vacation Days, July 10 – August 29, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.

achievement_jimsconyers Jim Sconyers, Jr., associate professor of artServed as juror for the Shenandoah Valley Art Center’s Annual Juried Members Art Show.
achievement_jannasegal Janna Segal, assistant professor of theatre 

Dramaturged Adam Seidel’s play Bodega for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) New Play Development Workshop.At the ATHE conference, she also co-coordinated the panel, “‘Let me play the lion, too!’: A Rare Vision for Training Collaborative Theatre Makers,” with Doreen Bechtol and Matt Davies. For the panel, she presented the paper, “Dramaturgy in and as an MFA Company.”Served as a peer reviewer for the journal Text and Presentation.

Lisa Shoaf, program director and professor, physical therapy 

Completed the American Physical Therapy Association’s Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship, July, Beaver Creek, Colorado. This is a 12 month fellowship for new Program Directors for PT and PTA education in the United States.

Terry Southerington Terry Southerington, assistant professor of theatre 

Played the title role in Honour at the Oak Grove Theatre this summer. Other actors were student Katie Mahoney and alum Liz Lodato and producers were alums Morgan Alberts Smith and Jennifer Hall Jones.

Julie Spencer, assistant professor of mathematics 

Completed her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Virginia this summer.

Tamra Willis, associate professor of education 

Received a 3-year grant from NOAA entitled “Seeds of Learning” that involves a partnership between Mary Baldwin, Staunton City Public Schools, Allegheny Mountain School, and Project GROWs. Students in Staunton City Schools will investigate the school division food system and study its relationship to the health of students, local water, and the Chesapeake Bay. Students will problem-solve food supply and waste issues and grow food for their school’s cafeteria in schoolyard gardens. The approximately $200,000 of funds will pay for science equipment and technology for the schools and professional development for teachers through graduate courses in the College of Education.



Nosal_Lambda Pi Eta 2014

MBC alum Crystal Nosal ’00, third from left, spoke to new initiates to Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication honor society. Members in the shot are (l-r) Lyndsey Aldred, Carolina Giraldo, Julia Bridgen and Kristina Lee, chapter president. Nosal serves as the senior public information officer for the Alexandria Police Department. (Professor Bruce Dorries, far left, requested the frame job.)