FSC faculty pursue
LAKELAND, Fla. (April
7, 2003) - Florida Southern College faculty members have engaged
in extracurricular academic pursuits during the current semester,
giving presentations, publishing articles, and attending conferences.
Following is a summary of their endeavors.
Dr. Susan P. Conner, dean of the college and professor of
history, has written 14 biographical essays on women soldiers during
the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era, as well as two major
essays on the "French Revolution and Napoleonic Era" and "French
Women Supply/Support Roles." The essays were published in "Amazons
to Fighter Pilots: A Biographical Dictionary of Military Women,"
2 Vols., edited by Reina Pennington (Greenwood Press, 2003). Conner
attended the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe in Lafayette, La.,
Feb. 19-23, and spoke on "Women and Politics in the French Revolutionary
Era." She was elected to the Governing Council of the consortium,
a national organization for historians of Europe (1750-1850).
Dr. James M. Denham, professor of history, participated as
a judge in the 4th Annual Polk County History Fair March 19. He
has written a book review on "Somebody's Darling: Essays on the
Civil War," by Kent Gramm, in the Society of Civil War Historians
Newsletter 15 (Winter 2003). Denham presented speeches for North
Lakeland Rotary Feb. 12 about the Center for Florida History; Orange
County Social Studies Teachers Forum Feb. 15 on "The Florida Frontier
in the Nineteenth Century;" Warner Southern College Feb. 23 on his
book, "A Rogue's Paradise: Crime and Punishment in Antebellum Florida,
1821-1861;" and the Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta at Stetson
University March 29 on "Cast Your Bucket Down Where You Are: Research
Opportunities in Florida History." The Ledger and Tampa Tribune
published his article on Gov. Bush and the State of Florida Library
on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, respectively. In addition, Denham offered
comments for the Ledger's article titled "Time Reveals Flaws: 75-Year-Old
Polk History has Shortcomings, but Still Useful," Feb. 24.
Dr. Carmen V. Gauthier,
chair of the chemistry and physics department, and chemistry student
Houda Darwiche, a junior from Winter Haven, presented a poster display
at the 225th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting. The
poster, a result of last summer's faculty mentorship program at
FSC, depicts the self-assembly of one-dimensional supramolecular
arrays using transition metal salts and hexamethylenetetramine.
Gauthier, a member of the International Activities Committee of
the Chemical Education Committee of the ACS, was asked to organize
a session for an international symposium in Bahia-Brazil in summer
Dr. Barbara M. Giles, political science professor, attended
the Florida Political Science Association conference on March 20-21.
She was reelected to the Executive Council of the national organization
for a three-year term.
Dr. Mavra E. Kear, nursing professor, published an article
in The Florida Nurse (March 2003) titled, "Moving Toward a Tobacco-Free
Dr. Susan Opt, communication professor, participated in the
International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference in Orlando
April 3-6. She presented a paper entitled, "Organizations and Attention
Switching: A Rhetorical View." In addition, her article, "Organizational
Change: An Attention-Switching View," was published in the "Business
Research Yearbook: Global Business Perspectives," Vol. X, edited
by J. Biberman and A. Alkhafaji (McNaughton & Gunn, Inc., 2003).
Dr. Benjamin H. Reuter, physical education professor, wrote
a chapter on "Cardiovascular Fitness and Training." The chapter
has been accepted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA) for two documents being developed by the NSCA for the U.S.
Marine Corps: "Basic USMC Semper Fit Fitness Training Correspondence
Course" and "Advanced USMC Semper Fit Fitness Training Correspondence
Dr. Lawrence E. Ross, business professor, attended the Club
Managers Association of America World Conference Jan. 31-Feb. 4.
He spoke on "Implementing Effective Member-Survey Programs." In
addition, Ross offered comments for The Ledger's March 3 article
on foodservice at the Cleveland Heights Golf Club.
Dr. Claudia S. Slate, English professor, heads the first
Harriet Jacobs Symposium April 4-5 in Edenton, N.C., where Jacobs,
a writer, abolitionist and reformer, was born a slave in 1813. Slate
has spent two years planning the symposium and applied for and received
funding through a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council.
In conjunction with this symposium, Slate interviewed with WITN,
Greenville, N.C., March 4. The Baltimore Sun, Virginia Pilot, and
North Carolina History and Archives publications have written about
her involvement with the symposium.
Katherine G. Straw, physical education professor, attended
the Eighth Annual Educational Forum of the American Foundation for
Greek Language and Culture at the University of South Florida in
March. The Foundation's mission is "Enlightening the Young with
the Olympic Torch of Hellenism." Two sessions, "Ancient Greek Olympics:
Progress, Decline or Democratization" and "The Reality of Female
Participation in Ancient Greek Sport," relate to her forthcoming
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.