FSC faculty pursue academic projects
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2005) — Florida Southern College faculty members pursue extracurricular academic activities year-round, giving presentations, publishing articles, and attending conferences. The following summarizes their recent activities and recognitions.
Dr. Paul D. Bawek, assistant professor of theatre, has written “Mithridatism,” a monologue to be published in June in “The Playwright’s Center Monologues for Women” (Heinemann 2005). The book includes monologues by 53 playwrights from across the nation. Playwright Mac Wellman describes the book as, “A splendid collection by some of the sharpest and smartest writers of new theatre in the United States.”
Dr. Carl C. Brown, professor of economics, has been included in the 9th Edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” to be published in November 2005. Nominations may come only from students who themselves are listed in “Who’s Who Among America's High School Students” or “The National Dean’s List,” and students may nominate only one teacher from their entire academic experience.
Dr. Jose M. Garcia, assistant professor of Spanish and chair of the modern languages department, will publish a paper titled “Out House In the Last World y The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” in the 2005 edition of “SECOLAS Annals” in November. The paper studies the influence of American culture on Cubans in the United States prior to the 1959 communist revolution, with a focus on the first two novels of Oscar Hijuelos. In addition, Garcia published an article on Cuban American history and literature titled “Historia y Literatura: Recobrando la Herencia Cultural Cubana en Norteamerica” in the 2005 monograph of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies.
Dr. Sara Fletcher Harding, associate professor of religion, presented her paper titled “Interpretation and the Biblical Tradition in the Religio-Scientifica Dialogue: A Redefinition” at the Metanexus Annual Conference: Science and Religion: Global Perspectives, at the University of Pennsylvania June 4-8. The paper explores how biblical interpretation relates to current debates in the interface of science and religion, specifically with regard to issues of stem cell research and evolution.
Dr. Luis A. Jimenez, professor of Spanish, co-edited a critical volume titled “The Poetry of Gladys Zaldivar.” Zalivar is a Cuban poet now residing in exile in Miami. Jimenez also published an article titled “Authorship, Culture, and Nation in the Poetry of Enrique Jaramillo Levi” in the journal “Intersedes” (U Costa Rica). Jaramillo is a post-modern poet from Panama.
Dr. Jo A. Jossim, associate professor of music, has been selected to present with the Hollingsworth Winds at the 2006 Florida Music Educator’s National Conference in Tampa in January. These competitive invitations are based on audition recordings.
Dr. Annette Kelly, assistant professor of nursing, attended “Quest for Meaning: Aging Well—The Role of Religion and Spirituality,” a conference cosponsored by the FSC department of nursing, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Fla. The purpose of the conference was to increase awareness, knowledge and action related to the psycho/spiritual needs of the growing aging population. Over 125 participants attended from all areas of the aging network, including clergy, nurses, social services professionals, ministers and students.
Dr. Mary Ferguson Pharr, professor of English, presented her paper titled “The Lab and the Woods: Science and Myth in ‘Le Yeux sans visage’” at the annual meeting of the Science Fiction Research Association in Las Vegas June 23-26. The paper discusses Georges Franju’s classic film variation on the Frankenstein myth and combines student comments with Pharr’s analysis of the film’s depiction of science and mythology as attempts to alleviate human suffering and death.
Dr. John L. Stancil, associate professor of accounting, spoke on the “ABC’s and XYZ’s of Today’s Management Accounting” at the Polk County Chapter of the IMA in Lakeland on Sept. 22. He also presented his paper titled “The Model Tax Curriculum, Return Preparation and Tax Research” at the Southeast Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences in Myrtle Beach, Fla. Oct. 6-7. In addition, Stancil’s review of TaxACT tax preparation software will be published in the Spring 2006 issue of the “Journal of the American Taxation Association.”
Dr. Bernice R. Sutton, assistant professor of accounting, was a manuscript reviewer for “Auditing After Sabanes-Oxley: Illustrative Cases,” 1st edition, by Jay C. Thibodeau and Deborah Freier. The manuscript explores recent questions of corporate information integrity and the ramifications of 2002 legislation intended to protect users of financial information. Sutton’s role as reviewer was to assess the book’s content, its application to undergraduate and graduate auditing courses, and its ability to meet key learning objectives.
Dr. Bernard W. Quetchenbach, associate professor of English, published a personal essay titled “Canadas” in Ascent 29.2, and two poems titled “The Hermit’s Friends” and “The Hermit’s Path,” in Blueline 26. In June he attended a conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment at the University of Oregon, where he presented on “Lake Hollingsworth and Florida Southern College.” While there Quetchenbach also participated in a roundtable discussion on “Rachel Carson and the Use of DDT: The Current Polemic,” and in the university’s graduate student mentoring program.
Dr. Timothy R. Toops, assistant professor of education, presented a paper titled “It’s a Highwire Act—Using Children’s Literature to Teach Historical Events—Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies” at the Annual Florida Council on Elementary Education Conference in Orlando on Sept. 22. The paper uses selected Florida Sunshine Standards as the springboard to integrate the subject domains of social studies and language arts. The literature selections include recent Caldecott and Newbery award winners.
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